The first day of November featured 26 NBA teams in action in 13 games, 10 of which were decided by single digits. Three teams won by three points or less, and one game went to overtime. There were game-winning 3-pointers, stunning upsets and uncharacteristically poor performances by some of the best players in the world. Here’s what you need to know about what transpired on November 1. 1. With a 101-100 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, the Miami Heat have dropped to
The Utah Jazz have signed power forward Derrick Favors to a four-year contract extension worth $49 million. Favors, 22, was selected No. 3 overall in the 2010 NBA draft and was a critical piece in the infamous Deron Williams trade between Utah and the Brooklyn Nets. There’s undeniable reason for skepticism, but the numbers say that Favors is worth the long-term investment.
Ever heard of the Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City? It is haunted, and a good number of NBA players have reported paranormal activity while staying there. You know what else in Oklahoma City is haunted? The Thunder. And you know why? Because of the monumental act of stupidity known as the James Harden trade. That haunting will carry into the upcoming NBA season, and the Thunder will be nowhere near the top of the West, I state in this podcast with Sam Mayes and
Anytime expert analysts and writers are tasked with ranking the competitors within their industry, unless it is based solely on statistics and analytics, people will always find fault with them. Such is life. No one can perfectly judge a group of individuals—much less 500 of them—when weighing their value, ability, talent and skill when using a blend of factual numbers and subjective opinions and biases. Yet, that seems to be the expectation. Once again, while compiling its complete 1-500 NBA preseason player rankings, the
There are many tragedies in life that many hope to never have to experience. One of the saddest realities in life is that of a parent outliving their child. There are also many things—evil, terrible things—that no one should ever have to bear in life. The worst of which, perhaps for a parent, is harm inflicted on their child at the hands of a criminal—whether verbal, physical or sexual abuse or even abduction or death. The burden of knowing that your child suffered such
Daily Trivia: During the 2009-10 season, which team became just the fifth team in NBA history to lose 70 games in a single season? Pau Gasol unlikely to take a pay cut to remain with the Lakers Posted 4:15 pm ET With his free agency pending once the 2013-14 season concludes, Pau Gasol has made it clear that his chances of taking a significant pay cut to remain with the Los Angeles Lakers are slim to none. Gasol has recently talked openly about keeping
The NBA futures market has opened up across many different sports books and shops, not only in Las Vegas but also across the offshore markets as well. In this column, I am going to list all of the different odds and current opportunities between these shops to see if there are any differences worth noting and where the biggest discrepancies lie. Here are the two Las Vegas Sports Books that we will be comparing: The Las Vegas Hilton and William Hill;
Counting down to the exciting 2013-14 season … And counting, and counting, and counting. The preseason may be on, but I’m holding the excitement until something happens. By that I mean something bigger than media day, where all involved tell us what they’d like most, as if sitting in Santa Claus’ lap, asking for a pony. The tipoff is they have media day in Charlotte, and everyone is just as optimistic there. Personally, I try to measure my (yawn) excitement level, according to the