Teams in the NBA playoff races aren’t the only ones watching scoreboards this time of year. Take the Philadelphia 76ers, for example. The Sixers lost their first 17 games, were mathematically eliminated from the playoff race nearly a month ago and almost certainly will lose 60-plus games for the second straight season. But GM Sam Hinkie and the rest of the Sixers’ front office are tracking the results of other games almost as closely as their own. That’s because Philadelphia could have
During TNT’s first game between the Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns on Tuesday, Charles Barkley said something about both teams that had plenty of folks shaking their heads on twitter. “Two of the worst defenses in the league” were the words spoken by the long-time analyst, despite the fact that Houston is ranked seventh on defense, while Phoenix is a bit lower at 17th overall. To be fair to Barkley, who has a tendency to make comments as if he were
While many GMs were working the phones this week, Knicks president Phil Jackson was using a different, more contemporary form of communication: Twitter. On Thursday, Donnie Nelson and Danny Ainge swung a five-player trade that sent Rajon Rondo to Dallas and draft picks to Boston. On Friday, Daryl Morey, Flip Saunders and Sam Hinkie worked a three-team deal that landed Corey Brewer and Alexey Shved in Houston and draft picks in Minnesota and Philadelphia. But not Jackson, and not the Knicks. Jackson doesn’t
Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks suffered yet another heartbreaking loss on Thursday – this time against the Cleveland Cavaliers at home 90-87. Not unlike many of their previous losses, the Knicks put in the effort and played a hard-fought game. Unfortunately, Anthony played his ugliest game of the season offensively, scoring nine points on just four-of-19 shooting from the field. His potential game-tying 3-pointer at the end of the game bounced off the rim, sending New York to its 16th
Even a year ago, it didn’t seem as though DeMarcus Cousins would ever get his act together. The talent was undoubtedly there. Last season, the center averaged 22.7 points on 49.6 percent shooting from the field to go with 11.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks. The man can absolutely play, and is one of the toughest to guard in the league with his unique ability to shoot from the mid-range, create from the high post and simply bulldoze
There was a lot of attention on the Pacific Division this past weekend. People were wondering when the Golden State Warriors would finally lose and when the Los Angeles Lakers would finally win. Both happened Sunday, with the Warriors – playing without Klay Thompson and David Lee – finally falling at Phoenix and the Lakers – getting production from someone other than Kobe Bryant – knocking off the Charlotte Hornets. But if you ask me, the attention was misplaced. With consecutive playoff
Over the summer, Carmelo Anthony had the chance to put himself in position to be a part of one of the top contending teams in the league. He was a free agent, and the Chicago Bulls believed the small forward was the perfect offensive force to complete their team compromised of mostly defensively-dominant players. Of course, Anthony decided to be loyal (the extra $20-plus million probably helped) and remained with the rebuilding New York Knicks. Unfortunately, he got to see on Wednesday
Game 1 of TNT‘s season-opening doubleheader on Tuesday is headlined by the businesslike Spurs receiving and celebrating their championship rings in front of Mark Cuban and in-state rival Dallas. Game 2, on the other hand? That one, appropriately for the network, is all about the drama.