Training camps start next week for five teams, and preseason games are just a couple of weeks away. The excitement is palpable as we build towards the 2014-2015 season with players who should have breakout or standout seasons. Here are five players in the Eastern Conference – one at each position, no rookies – who will take the next step towards greatness this upcoming season.
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.
We are just outside of the two month countdown for the start of the NBA season, but one player is already itching for opening night. That would be the games best player, LeBron James.
After defeating Puerto Rico 112-86 in an exhibition match, USA Basketball finalized their roster heading into the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. Team USA has played with 16 men on the roster for both of their exhibition games this week, as they evaluated which players would be making the trip to Spain with them.
Dick Bavetta’s first game as an NBA referee was a Celtics-Knicks game at Madison Square Garden was Dec. 2, 1975. The first game I covered as a writer with Dick Bavetta as an NBA referee also was a Celtics-Knicks game, almost 14 years later. The once-mighty Celtics were fighting to make the playoffs. Larry Bird had missed most of the season with a back injury. His replacement was Kevin Gamble, a second-year player already on his second team. Early on, there was
Kevin Durant and the small-market Oklahoma City Thunder are the darlings of ABC, according to the NBA national TV schedule. Durant and the Thunder will appear on ABC six times this season, more than any other team. The games are against six different opponents, with three at home and three on the road. Among the NBA’s multiple TV partners, ABC is the only network available in every American home with a TV. It is the home of the NBA Finals but not the
J.R. Smith, like Philadelphia Sixers rookie Joel Embiid of recent memory, has been a frequenter of the Tweet of the Day. From making fun of an Appalachian State center’s failed free throw attempt back in December of 2012 to being accused of partying too hard in May of 2013, he has routinely been among the most entertaining NBA tweeters. The New York Knicks shooting guard captured the hearts of his followers Wednesday with an endearing look into his family life.
The title of this podcast is the same as the question I was asked by Steve Somers of WFAN radio in New York. My answer will be revealed during this broadcast, and go ahead and click over to Chris Bernucca’s fantastic column on Nowitzki that was published earlier today. If you are a multitasker, you can read while you listen.