It is often easy to look to our favorite athletes and just see them as stars and icons apart from the rest of the world. We watch their games, support their teams with fanaticism and get lost in the revelry and competition of sports. It is easy to forget that our favorite athletes are humans just like us, that they, too, have feelings and are affected by the world and people around them. Then, on occasion, there comes a time when
When I first sat down to write this piece, I immediately knew I had a battle between the player and the coach in me. The player in me wants a high motor, energy guy that takes no prisoners and would bite their own grandmother in the neck to win. The coach/general manager side of me wants guys that compete and play the right way, partly by making their teammates better. After 20 years of coaching, I learned rather early that I
The New York Times brought the front page news recently that more people watched The Walking Dead and NCIS; New Orleans last week than Game 1 of the World Series. Which leads me to Prediction No. 1 for the 2014-15 NBA season: Commissioner Adam Silver is going to take on the national pastime, move up the start of the season by a week and see what happens. Which leads us to prediction No. 2: When Silver does this, his league will outdraw the
Every year, one of the more entertaining conversations around the NBA surrounds the race for the Sixth Man Award. While it’s never about the most shimmering and glamorous of superstars, the talk always turns to the most precious of commodities – a guy who can come off the bench and consistently inject life into his team. The award has gone to characters such as J.R Smith and Anthony Mason, stars such as James Harden and Kevin McHale, and champions such as Toni
LAS VEGAS — All I can say is that thank God this game was in the preseason or we would be qualifying the Clippers as the Clippers of OLD and not the new and improved #LobCity Clippers. LAC started off sluggish, sloppy and looking downright silly at times and I can only hope, for their sake, that it was a case of pre-season paralysis. Although, on the other side of things, Denver came out with a 24′ 3 pt attempt from
One of the major contributions made by David Stern during his time as NBA commissioner was expanding the appeal of the game globally. As a result of this, China became the second largest market for the game outside of the United States.
There have been plenty of speculation around the league about a number of important free agents in the past couple of weeks – most notably, of course, LeBron James. James still has yet to make a decision (although our Chris Sheridan reports of a probable return to Cleveland), and not much else looks to happen with anyone else until he does. While the big guns take the necessary time to mull their options, other NBA players around the league are enjoying their time off
2014 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah led all vote getters for the NBA All-Defensive First Team. The NBA released the 2014 All-Defensive teams Monday afternoon. Leading the charge was the 2014 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year and Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, who led all vote getters. He was the only player to get triple-digit votes for the First Team, tallying 105 such votes as well as another 13 Second Team votes