Scotto: Ben Simmons Headlines NBA Draft Prospects at 2K and Legends Classic

Ben Simmons

NEW YORK – Some of the 2016 NBA draft’s top prospects were in town for the 2K and Legends Classics with executives drooling over their potential, including Philadelphia’s Sam Hinkie and Boston’s Danny Ainge. With Brooklyn holding the third-worst record in the league (3-12), Ainge should give Nets GM Billy King a Thanksgiving turkey for sending him Brooklyn’s unprotected first-round pick next summer as part of the 2013 trade for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. However, Hinkie – the man who puts


Bernucca: 2012 Draft Class Contract Extension Scoreboard


The silence following Jonas Valanciunas’ contract extension was deafening. When the Toronto Raptors gave a reported $64 million over four years to Valanciunas, there were no proclamations from pundits that the NBA’s financial sky was falling. Owners didn’t start forming plans of collusion. No one drew comparisons to Jim McIlvaine. On the other side, there have been no whispers that Raptors GM Masai Ujiri engineered another steal. Virtually no one has suggested that Valanciunas got fleeced. Agent Leon Rose – who days


PODCAST: Knicks likely to trade No. 4 pick

Phil Jackson Knicks

If Jahlil Okafor is available at No. 4, the New York Knicks will take him. If Okafor is gone, somebody is going to take the No. 4 pick from the Knicks. This is the intel I am hearing from points near and far as we count down the days to the 2015 NBA Draft. Phil Jackson has a bare cupboard when it comes to future draft picks, and he is inclined to trade down in exchange for multiple picks in this year’s


Bernucca: Scoreboard Watching, Lottery Style

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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


Bernucca: Mythbuster Brad Stevens No Longer a “College Coach”

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With the NCAA Tourament upon us, it seems like as good a time as any to remind everyone that there is a canyon between coaching in college and coaching in the NBA. There is more than a generation of evidence which clearly illustrates that any NBA team hiring a head coach directly from college is making a huge mistake. P.J. Carlesimo. Tim Floyd. Leonard Hamilton. Lon Kruger. Mike Montgomery. Jerry Tarkanian. Rick Pitino, who failed twice. Even John Calipari, who is


SH Blog: Memphis nearing a deal for Jeff Green, Phoenix acquires Brandan Wright

Jeff Green

The Western Conference got a little crazier in December when Dallas acquired Rajon Rondo from Boston to become a dark horse contender, while Houston was willing to take on the volatile ways of Josh Smith, who was amazingly waived by Detroit. It seems the rest of the West won’t stay quietly as others shore up on their weaknesses. Oklahoma City traded for Dion Waiters earlier in the week, and apparently, all you have to do is pick up the phone and talk


Five Things To Watch: Boston Celtics


In all their years in the NBA, the Boston Celtics had only put together six seasons worse than the one they muddled through in 2013-14.  The shattered remains of their former glory were cobbled into a team built to lose games and win ping pong balls in a draft allegedly top-heavy with potential franchise players. But 25 wins and the sixth pick later, the Celtics are setting forth on the slow journey upward.Their coach, Brad Stevens, having suffered through the


May: Rondo and Celtics are Stuck With Each Other


Rajon Rondo takes as many as five showers every day. I am not making this up. So it makes perfect sense for him to break his hand falling in the shower. Sort of. This is not to challenge Rondo’s version of events that led to his latest mishap, which will sideline him for a couple of months. (But admit it: Wasn’t your first reaction something like, “That’s his story?’’) Unless some other evidence surfaces contradicting Rondo’s version, well, it is what