Sprung: Can Kobe Bryant win the MVP Award?


What would it take for Kobe Bryant to win the 2015-2016 NBA MVP award? As we handicap the MVP race for the 2015-2016 season, we’ll take a look at last season’s top five finishers— Stephen Curry, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis and LeBron James— along with Kevin Durant. But a question many Angelenos and basketball fans around the world have is what kind of numbers would Bryant have to put up in his age-37 season to take home the crown? To


Cleveland Cavaliers: Need to Know


LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love started 60 games together. They were 46-14 in those games, a .766 win pct. That is a 63-win pace over the course of 82 games. They played 1,441 minutes together and the team’s net rating was +12.6. That ranked as the 35th best trio on the team (min. 50 min played).   [Read more…]


Bernucca: NBA’s Largest Pay Raises Show It Pays To Be Patient

Jimmy Butler

It pays to be patient. That is the financial lesson of the NBA’s offseason, which saw the biggest pay raises go to players who turned down contract extensions and gambled on themselves. Among the top 11 pay increases this summer, five went to players who felt like they were being lowballed by their teams — and proved it when they cashed in with bigger deals as restricted free agents this summer. Chicago’s Jimmy Butler, Orlando’s Tobias Harris, Detroit’s Reggie Jackson, Oklahoma City’s Enes


Why Kevin Love is No Longer Elite

Kevin Love Cavaliers

TOO MANY THREE-POINTERS: Love has shot more and more three-pointers in every season. Last season, 41.2% of his shots were three-pointers. His percentage of three-pointers has dramatically increased in every season. A corresponding statistic is that his average shot distance has increased in every season as well, and his more than doubled what it was in his rookie season. [Read more…]


PODCAST: Scotto on Tristan Thompson with TSN 1050 Radio


There are rumblings from several NBA executives agent Rich Paul could deliver another client to his hometown team next summer as I wrote in my latest piece for SheridanHoops. Paul has publicly stated his client Tristan Thompson won’t return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the summer of 2016 if he signs his one-year, $6.8 million qualifying offer. That would make Thompson an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2016 where he would be one of the youngest players on the market


Scotto: Rich Paul and Tristan Thompson: Another “Going Home” Story?

Tristan Thompson

There are rumblings that agent Rich Paul could deliver another client to his hometown team in the near future. Several league executives believe Canadian Tristan Thompson may head north to Toronto in the summer of 2016 if he signs his one-year, $6.8 million qualifying offer with the Cleveland Cavaliers. “I always thought he was going to end up (in Toronto) this year,” one Eastern Conference general manager told SheridanHoops. “There’s going to be so much money next year so I think he


Tweet of the Day: US leaders laud LeBron James for funding Akron college program


Count US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as among those impressed by LeBron James’ willingness to pay for thousands of local kids to go to college. Through a partnership between the University of Akron and the LeBron James Family Foundation, the 1,100 children currently in his “I Promise” program will receive a fully-sponsored scholarship covering tuition and the university’s general service fee — currently $9,500 per year. In addition to the 1,100 students currently in the program, an estimated 1,200 are expected


NBA Releases Kinder, Gentler 2015-16 Schedule


The kinder, gentler NBA schedule is out. First, here’s the stuff you want. Opening Night is Tuesday, Oct. 27 and has a TNT doubleheader with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers visiting the Chicago Bulls and the New Orleans Pelicans visiting MVP Stephen Curry and the defending champion Golden State Warriors, who will be handing out rings and hoisting their title banner. Both are rematches of playoff showdowns. The following night, it’s ESPN’s turn with Kevin Durant returning for the Oklahoma City Thunder