PHILADELPHIA – Let’s begin with a question. In the three-plus decades since David Stern took the reins as NBA commissioner from Larry O’Brien and handed them to Adam Silver, what do these franchises – the Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors, Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards, New Orleans Pelicans, Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers – have in common? Answer: None has gone to the NBA Finals. Furthermore, among that group only Denver, Minnesota, Milwaukee, Sacramento and
This isn’t your child’s game of King of the Hill. No sir. No m’am. This is grown man, elite athlete, basketball “King of the Hill.” A game of one-on-one involving three players. It starts with Player 1 trying to score on Player 2. If he succeeds, Player 2 exits the floor and Player 3 takes over on defense. If Player 2 manages to prevent Player 1 from scoring, Player 1 exits and Player 2 moves to offense to try to score on Player
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 2014-15 Offseason Additions: G Anthony Morrow 2014 Draft Picks: F Mitch McGary, F Josh Huestis, G Semaj Christon Draft Picks Coming: 2015 second round (Philadelphia, protected 31-55); 2017 second round (Memphis, 31-35) Draft Picks Going: None Trade Exceptions: Ryan Gomes ($880,000, expires Jan. 6, 2015); Thabo Sefolosha ($4,150,000, expires July 15, 2015); Hasheem Thabeet ($1,250,000, expires Aug. 26, 2015) Over/Under: Over the cap, under the tax Amnesty Provision: Available (Kevin Durant)PLAYER 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19Kevin Durant $19,000,000 $20,160,000Russell Westbrook $15,720,000 $16,740,000 $17,770,000Serge Ibaka $12,350,000 $12,350,000 $12,350,000Kendrick Perkins $9,650,000Anthony Morrow $3,320,000 $3,340,000 $3,390,000Nick Collison $2,240,000Reggie Jackson $2,200,000 $3,400,000Jeremy Lamb $2,200,000 $3,030,000 $4,180,000Steven Adams $2,180,000 $2,280,000 $3,140,000 $4,320,000Mitch McGary $1,400,000 $1,460,000 $1,530,000 $2,430,000 $3,500,000Sebastian Telfair $1,320,000Andre Roberson $1,160,000 $1,210,000 $2,180,000 $3,210,000Perry Jones $1,130,000 $2,040,000 $3,040,000Lance Thomas $950,000Grant Jerrett $820,000 $950,000 $1.020,000 $1,090,000Josh HuestisTOTAL SALARY $75,640,000 $66,960,000 $48,600,000 $11,050,000 $3,500,000Player Option Team Option Qualifying Offer BACK TO
The ‘stuff’ hit the proverbial fan Tuesday just before lunch, as ESPN broke the that four-time NBA MVP LeBron James’ agent Rich Paul had informed the Miami Heat that he has elected to opt out of his contract and become a free agent.
Very few things in the NBA could diminish the media frenzy surrounding LeBron James’ thrilling 35-point Game 2 performance in the NBA Finals. The news coming from New York is one such thing. 18 years of lacing up sneakers, playing in 1,287 games, 259 playoff games—including an NBA leading 161 playoff wins, Derek Fisher seems to be moving into the next phase of his career. He is expected to be officially announced as the New York Knicks new head coach Tuesday
Wednesday the All-NBA Teams were announced, and with them came a slew of congratulatory, confused and frustrated tweets. Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant led all vote getters as the lone unanimous selection to the First Team, followed by Miami Heat forward LeBron James, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, Houston Rockets guard James Harden and Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul. Much to the chagrin of 124 NBA writers with voting privileges, Chris Sheridan, our esteemed Editor-in-Chief, was the lone vote preventing
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
We have decided to bring back the Three-Man Weave, which we did for a while back in the day before the guest authors turned their answers into SAT essays. While emphasizing no extra page clicks and answers around 100 words or so, we address Paul George’s whining, Frank Vogel’s future and Serge Ibaka’s impact.