We ran a weekly Rookie Rankings this season, and while the Rookie of the Year was decided sometime before the All-Star break, it remained to be seen who would join Portland’s Damian Lillard among the NBA’s top five rookies.
When is a retread hire not a retread hire?
When the Cleveland Cavaliers hire Mike Brown.
The Cavaliers made it official Wednesday morning, bringing back Brown as coach after a three-year absence. He will receive a reported $20 million over five years and should have a heavy hand in a rebuilding project that already is well under way.
Bryant is a student of the game who understands its history and normally is not given to hyperbole. So when he offers an evaluation of an opponent – most of whom he holds in disdain – it should not be taken with a grain of salt.
And here’s what he had to say about Portland Trail Blazers rookie point guard Damian Lillard.
“He’s spectacular … really fantastic,” Bryant said. “A lot of players get hot, but he’s got the moves, patience, intelligence, the balance on his jumpers. He’s the real deal.”
Do you know what does spook the 19-year-old rookie forward of the Orlando Magic? Haunted hotels.
Last weekend, Harkless and his Magic teammates made a trip to Oklahoma City and stayed in the Skirvin Hilton, which is supposedly haunted. After his first stay there, Harkless may be a believer.
The Miami Heat didn’t set out to break the NBA’s all-time longest win-streak of 33 games – a 41-year old record held by the 1971-’72 Los Angeles Lakers — but as they continue to stack win after win, it is becoming well within reach.