It might sound ridiculous to try to compare Aron Baynes, an undrafted reserve with four career starts, to Bill Laimbeer, a four-time All Star and NBA champion. However, the two have more in common than you would expect. Before Laimbeer became the ringleader for the Pistons’ Bad Boys and a namesake for a Super Nintendo videogame, he was an afterthought. Sandwiched in the draft between two players who never appeared in the NBA, Laimbeer – the 65th overall pick in 1979 – was forced to
The NBA, like most sports, can often be defined by its different eras. And those eras are often defined by players, teams and rivalries. LeBron James has come to define this era of basketball, and he continues to shift the landscape of the NBA, specifically the Eastern Conference. In terms of competition, the East has been in another league compared to the Western Conference. And not it a good way.
LAS VEGAS – In his first Summer League, it seems like the weight of the world has been lifted off Anthony Bennett’s shoulders. In the city he once called home and the arena he once shined so brightly that the Cleveland Cavaliers made him the unexpected top pick of the 2013 NBA draft, Bennett is playing loose, having fun and suddenly showing the athleticism and versatility that made him such an intriguing prospect in the first place. After scoring 15 points and
In actual basketball news, the San Antonio Spurs were able to secure a key component to their recent championship run. While rumors are running amok over key free agents around the NBA, the Spurs have quietly retained their teams core. Deciding to break the news himself, Boris Diaw announced through social media that he would be returning to the Spurs. By agreeing to terms on a multi-year deal, Diaw ensures that the Spurs will be able to maintain the core roster
SAN ANTONIO SPURS 2014-15 Offseason Additions: G Bryce Cotton, F JaMychal Green 2014 Draft Picks: F Kyle Anderson, G Nemanja Danbugic Draft Picks Coming: 2016 second round (Charlotte, protected 31-55) Draft Picks Going: None Trade Exceptions: Nando de Colo ($1,460,000, expires Feb. 20, 2015) Over/Under: Over the cap, under the tax Amnesty Provision: Available (Tony Parker)PLAYER 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19Tony Parker $12,500,000 $13,440,000 $14,450,000 $15,450,000Tim Duncan $10,360,000Tiago Splitter $9,250,000 $8,500,000 $8,250,000Boris Diaw $8,000,000 $7,500,000 $7,000,000 $7,500,000Manu Ginobili $7,000,000 Danny Green $4,020,000Patty Mills $3,840,000 $3,580,000 $3,580,000Kawhi Leonard $2,890,000 $4,270,000Marco Belinelli $2,870,000Cory Joseph $2,020,000 $3,200,000Jeff Ayres $1,830,000Matt Bonner $1,450,000Aron Baynes $1,120,000Kyle Anderson $1,090,000 $1,140,000 $1,190,000 $2,150,000 $3,230,000Austin Daye $1,060,000Bryce Cotton $510,000 $850,000JaMychal Green $510,000 $850,000Livio Jean-CharlesTOTAL SALARY $70,320,000 $43,330,000 $34,470,000 $25,100,000 $3,230,000Player Option Team Option Qualifying Offer BACK TO TEAM SALARY INDEX
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.
The San Antonio Spurs and the organization’s two stalwarts, Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich, are coming off a fifth championship and are poised for another title run next season – provided Duncan doesn’t retire. With five championships in a 15-year period, the Spurs have made a claim to be considered a dynasty. However, some people – most notably Phil Jackson – would disagree because the Spurs haven’t won consecutive titles. Jackson won three consecutive championships on three separate occasions (1991-93, 96-98, 2000-2002).
With the San Antonio Spurs parading around town to celebrate their 5th NBA championship on Wednesday, thousands of fans along with players that were formerly a part of the organization were on hand to experience the joy. Included in the crowd to document the scenery was Malik Rose – two-time champion with the Spurs turned broadcaster for the Philadelphia 76ers - who took all the photos he could to show how pumped everyone was: