Rookie Rankings, Edition 1: Rebuilding Lakers Must Play Russell More


It’s time for the Los Angeles Lakers to get serious about rebuilding. The Lakers aren’t making the playoffs this season. They are 2-9, with losses already to Minnesota, Sacramento, Denver, New York and Dallas twice. One of their wins came against Brooklyn. The only thing between the Lakers and the bottom of the Western Conference is the New Orleans Pelicans, who have almost as many injuries as the 3rd Ranger Battalion. This is uncharted territory for the Lakers, who already have missed


Young guns lead T-Wolves back to NBA respectability

It’s been a long rebuild for the Minnesota Timberwolves, who have endured 10 straight losing seasons, and 11 without making the NBA playoffs. But thanks to a pair of young stars, long-suffering basketball fans in the North Star State may finally have reason to cheer again. It took 14 games and over a month for the Timberwolves to earn four wins last season, a campaign in which they endured a pair of double-digit losing streaks before finishing with an NBA-worst 16


Bernucca: Van Gundy Working His Magic In Detroit

Andre Drummond

As a personnel man, Stan Van Gundy has broken a lot of the so-called contemporary rules. Since being lured back to the NBA by Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores in May 2014, Van Gundy has not exactly followed the usual NBA blueprint in rebuilding the once-proud franchise, which has not been to the playoffs in six years. Van Gundy has flat-out waived four veterans with fully guaranteed contracts, accumulating nearly $32 million in dead money to be paid over the next five


Five Things to Watch: Minnesota Timberwolves

Andrew Wiggins

After failing for two decades to pair their franchise cornerstone – be it Kevin Garnett or Kevin Love – with a complementary superstar, the Minnesota Timberwolves finally have reason to believe they have found a perfect two-man combination for sustainable long-term success. With Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns on hand, Minnesota has the NBA’s most promising 1-2 punch since Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook joined forces with the Oklahoma City Thunder seven years ago.  So despite finishing last season with an NBA-worst 16 wins,


Levi: Top 5 impressive performers in EuroBasket so far


You can complain all you want about FIBA’s way of doing things, you’d probably be right more often than not. Only two teams from Europe can earn berths to the Rio Olympics this summer, while there will be four teams from FIBA-Americas (USA, Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina)? But if you are a fan of basketball, this EuroBasket Tournament is an overdose of fun after a long empty summer. The best national teams in Europe go at it day after day nonstop, with


Minnesota Timberwolves: Need to Know

The Timberwolves won 16 games last season and secured the 1st overall pick in the draft. There should be optimism in Minnesota this season as the young players are a year older and the team has some great veteran leadership. The Wolves have not had a winning season since 2004-05. Can they do it this season? Here are the things you need to know about the Timberwolves.   [Read more…]


Mitnick: Looking at the NBA’s 2015-16 Euro Rookies

Magic Rob Hennigan Mario Hezonja

In the past, a handful of players have come over from Europe and made a big impact in their rookie seasons in the NBA. Pau Gasol came from Spain to win NBA Rookie of the Year with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2002. Coming off two straight Italian League MVP awards, Manu Ginobili gave the San Antonio Spurs the extra push off the bench they needed to win the NBA title in 2003. Luis Scola and Juan Carlos Navarro were immediate contributors as


Sheridan: Midsummer Report Cards — Northwest Division


We are now about to enter Year 6 of the Oklahoma City Thunder dynasty … Oh, sorry about that. The James Harden trade slipped my mind. Allow me to begin again … We are now about to enter the final season of Kevin Durant’s career in Oklahoma City, and the clock is ticking as well on Russell Westbrook’s departure. In the summer of 2017, when the salary cap is nine figures, the NBA’s best-dressed man will be taking his talents elsewhere, too. And