The Bernucca List – Edition 31


Last week’s edition of The Bernucca List was correctly answered by reader Cory, who determined the five players listed all have been teammates of Michael Jordan. So congrats to Cory. Nice job, and please keep reading. Our first list of the season was up for less than 10 minutes before the right answer was posted. Our second list had been posted for less than an hour before Cory nailed the answer. So this week, we have come up with what we


Bernucca: In case you haven’t noticed, Celtics have issues, too


While all of the focus has been on the soap opera swirl around the Los Angeles Lakers, the NBA’s other similarly storied franchise has its own set of issues. The Boston Celtics also raised expectations by adding some key pieces in the offseason, then promptly stumbled out of the gate. But there were no death stares, insurrections, coach beheadings or panic moves. But there are some problems in Beantown. Let’s allow team leader Kevin Garnett to explain. “You can’t speed chemistry up,” Garnett said.


SH Blog: Redick, Lillard prove valuable in opening week

JJ Redick

Were there enough highlights from the first week of the NBA season for you?James Harden’s surreal first two games. The Knicks’ phenomenal ball movement. LeBron James’ assist to Ray Allen for a game-winning four-point play over Denver (Pat Riley had to be grinning away). Along with the other top stories of the week, the Dwight-less and rebuilding Orlando Magic skated through their first two games of the 2012-13 season against the Nuggets and Suns, respectively, in large part to the play of


Tweet of the Day: Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin

Happy Halloween everyone. As the NBA has its second night of games, opening night for most teams—including the practically rebuilt Houston Rockets, the rest of America embarks on the age-old tradition of wearing costumes and stockpiling candy. Hopefully your costume—if you’re wearing one—is up to snuff. In a retrospective tweet, Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin seems to think that he had the best costume as a kid.

Happy Halloween! Dont be jealous of my bambi costume...
Jeremy Lin
While Lin may have had the cutest photograph of the day, the most outlandish and hilarious


Tweet of the Day: J.J. Redick


Orlando Magic guard J.J. Redick is the champion. The photo he posted on Instagram and then tweeted earlier today from the Magic practice facility confirms it.

But what exactly does it confirm? What is he the champion of?


Bernucca: Do injuries to Love, Nowitzki change West playoff picture?


When we wrote last month that the Western Conference playoff picture would be filled in by the Dallas Mavericks and Minnesota Timberwolves, it was assumed that both teams would have their alpha dogs at power forward. Now that Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Love are both out until at least December, that picture could be changing. Nowitzki and Love both are top-10 players whose presence instantly legitimizes their teams as playoff-worthy, regardless of the other 14 players sharing a locker room and airplane with them.


Fantasy: Camp Battles


In today’s column I am going to take a look at how some of the most interesting camp battles are turning out. It is very early but it’s worth looking at the impressions of people who are watching teams closely, in order to get a sense of who is gaining and who might be losing ground. If you have an early draft (and I’ve already had one and have another coming up on Friday) then it’s well worth passing on


Tweet of the Night: @MagicInsider (Brian Schmitz)


This was the 2,000th Tweet posted by Brian, a friend and a fixture in the Orlando media scene: It’s hilarious how people still fall for Shaq’s Don Rickles’ act: His target, media, fans. He said long ago, “It’s all entertainment.” — Brian K. Schmitz (@MagicInsider) October 5, 2012 That tweet has nothing to do with Stan Van Gundy, who may have been shown the door by ESPN after they were close to making a deal to bring him in as a studio analyst,