8:52 AM EDT, Wed August 27, 2014
Pounding The Rock 2 mins ago

NBA virtual 1-on-1 Tournament: Manu Ginobili vs. Andre Iguodala

The finale of the second round is a feature of low seeds, but that doesn't matter because it's still a great matchup. The second round of the PtR Summer Showdown closes out with a matchup between the lowest two seeds left in the tournament, and it's still going to be a good one. The Rules I's a half-court game in which the scoring increments are 1 point for everything inside the arc and 2 points for everything outside the arc, so long-distance bombers will do well in our tourney.  The higher seed starts off with the ball and the first player to 11 points wins. The possession switches every...
Brew Hoop 22 mins ago

Bucks turn nothing into something with Dudley deal

The Milwaukee Bucks made a clear play for future value, and it barely cost them a thing. There are a bunch of moments one could point to as the so-called "Beginning" of the New Era Milwaukee Bucks. The day the sale of the team to Marc Lasry and Wes Edens was made official. The day the team selected Jabari Parker with the second overall pick. Maybe it won't start until *fingers crossed* a new arena opens its doors in Milwaukee. But in at least one way, yesterday's trade that brought in Jared Dudley and a future 1st-round pick from the Los Angeles Clippers marks a true first for the new...
Denver Stiffs 52 mins ago

Podcast: Faried, Prater, Sam and a whole lot of agenda

This week's CSG features topics galore, including Kenneth Faried and the plight of Broncos Kicker Matt Prater The boys are back talking movies, Emmy's, Kenneth Faried and Team USA, the non-showering Michael Sam, Matt Prater, and more. We also delve into Beyonce and her "wood grain" ... and we try to make you understand that NFL showers are NOT the same as one in your home. Lots of laughs in this podcast. As always, enjoy the show! Please visit our partner Denver ChopHouse. It's a great place to dine, with some of the best food and brews in Denver. They...
Net Income / NetsDaily 56 mins ago
Lionel Hollins: Brooklyn Nets need

Lionel Hollins: Brooklyn Nets need "toughness, aggressiveness, physicality"

Lionel Hollins, talking with  China Daily by phone last week made it clear what he wants from his team this season. He told reporter Yan Weijue... "Any team that wants to have success must have a foundation of toughness, aggressiveness, physicality. If you play together on the offense end and take good shots, you play with each other, you don't care who makes the bucket as long as the person has a Brooklyn Nets name on his jersey." Hollins spoke mostly about history with China, where the Nets play two preseason games but also touched on how he's communicating with his players,...
Canis Hoopus 1 hour ago

Wolves at the Fair: Crowd Cheers as Young Core is Introduced. Glen Taylor Said Words.

Some of the Timberwolves were at the Minnesota State Fair. Glen Taylor said things. Players made first impressions. Tuesday was quite the day. These are musings. Today is Wednesday. Hello, everyone. The Minnesota Timberwolves recently traded Kevin Love. In return, they received three-players from two-separate teams. Those players are; Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young. Months ago, at the NBA Draft, the Wolves drafted Zach LaVine. Yesterday, the Wolves paraded these four-players around at the State Fair. Also, yesterday, in Cleveland, Kevin Love was introduced as the...
CelticsBlog 2 hours ago

The Celtics have a lot of work to do to imrpove

What do the Celtics need to get better at? ...umm, everything? Chris Forsberg's Summer Forecast series has chugged along and a couple of posts in a row have highlighted the fact that the Celtics have a lot of work to do.  One post is centered on what the Celtics should be able to improve upon and the other is on what the Celtics are weakest on.  The short answer for both of them is "everything" but here's a sampling from both posts. Summer Forecast: Biggest improvement - Boston Celtics Blog - ESPN Boston Jeff Clark, CelticsBlog (Scoring) The Celtics were one of the worst offensive...
CelticsBlog 2 hours ago

Nirvana, Shakespeare, Fireworks

Special thanks to Casperian for the title. I asked you to give me 3 words, all your responses were so great but I could only pick one for the title.  Hope you enjoy this creative writing exercise. Smells Like Teen Spirit "We know what we are, but we know not what we may be." - from Hamlet The kids are going to be alright.  We don't know if they'll be stars or merely rotation players, but there's talent there.  Marcus Smart hasn't played a single minute yet and he happens to share a position with our best player, but he also might have the highest upside of the bunch.  In last year's...
Blazersedge 4 hours ago

Damian Lillard has arrived as an NBA superstar. What's next for the Portland Trail Blazers?

Portland point guard Damian Lillard is an All-Star, All-NBA Third-Teamer, commercial actor and video game cover star, among other prolific roles both on and off the court. How will Lillard's newfound star power affect the Blazers going forward? Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard's star power has skyrocketed since the 2012 NBA Draft, when Portland made him the No. 6 overall pick. Playing in Ogden, Utah at Weber State University from 2008 to 2012, Lillard's national exposure was fairly minimal, especially for an All-American who averaged 24.5 points, five rebounds and four assists per...
Detroit Bad Boys 8 hours ago

USA vs. Slovenia recap: Andre Drummond has No. 1 highlight in exhibition win

USA Basketball takes off for Spain Aug. 29. In their final tune-up game before tipping off in the FIBA World Cup in Spain on Saturday, Team USA defeated Slovenia by 30 points, 101-71. Andre Drummond played roughly 7 minutes, all of which came in the fourth quarter when the game was already decided. He finished with 2 points and 2 rebounds, and believe it or not, his only bucket was an alley-oop dunk. It was a highlight alley-oop dunk. In fact, it was the No. 1 highlight from the game. Watch Drummond's dunk here Anthony Davis led Team USA with 18 points on 8 shots and added 11 rebounds, 4...
Bright Side Of The Sun 8 hours ago
Dragic, Slovenia hounded by Team USA, had

Dragic, Slovenia hounded by Team USA, had "no solutions"

You know that Slovenia lost to Team USA today in convincing fashion. No surprise there. A country with 400 million people to choose from can beat a country with 2 million people to choose from. Slovenia is a country full of heart, trust and effort but they are not blessed with the same level of athleticism as the very best the country of 'Murca can offer. That's just the way it is. I loved that Marc Stein got some time with Goran Dragic after the game: "Their energy is unbelievable," Dragic told ESPN.com just outside Slovenia's locker room, having managed a mere six points in 21 minutes...
Pounding The Rock 8 hours ago

Report: Spurs sign former San Diego State forward Josh Davis to camp deal

Davis is on track to accept the Finals MVP from Adam Silver in June of 2017. Mark Deeks first reported that the Spurs signed the 23-year-old forward out of San Diego State to a multi-year contract. New @Hoop365: Spurs sign Josh Davis (the San Diego State one, not the Wyoming one). http://t.co/M0vdudR7Ri — Mark Deeks (@MarkDeeksNBA) agosto 27, 2014 Deeks clarifies in his post that this is likely a camp deal, which makes sense. The Spurs have signed Bryce Cotton and JaMychal Green to only partially guaranteed multi-years already, designed to provide bodies for training camp and to lock...
Bright Side Of The Sun 8 hours ago
One year after being traded for Eric Bledsoe, former Phoenix Suns forward Jared Dudley traded for cap space

One year after being traded for Eric Bledsoe, former Phoenix Suns forward Jared Dudley traded for cap space

The Los Angeles Clippers traded Jared Dudley to the Milwaukee Bucks today for the second round pick they gave up, along with Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler, to get him and J.J. Redick last July. Let me see if I can get this straight. First, the Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers engaged in a four-player trade. Then the Suns and Bucks engaged in another trade involving one of those four players. And now Clippers and Bucks have made a trade involving another of those four players. Three teams, three trades, all involving the original four players. To recap, the Phoenix Suns...
Kris Willis / Peachtree Hoops 10 hours ago

2014 WNBA Playoffs: Dream's season ends with heartbreaking loss

The Atlanta Dream saw a 20 point lead slip away in a heartbreaking 81-80 loss to the Chicago Sky. The Atlanta Dream saw a 20 point lead vanish and their season come to an end after the Chicago Sky completed a remarkable comeback behind an MVP type performance from Elena Delle Donne. The Dream jumped out of the gate quickly building a 30-17 advantage at the end of the first quarter. They'd extend that lead to 20 in the second and looked poised to run Chicago right out of the building and the series. Like in Game 1, Chicago found a bit of their game at the end of the half and cut that 20...
Sactown Royalty 10 hours ago

Kings interested in Russian Guard Dmitry Kulagin

According to Yahoo!'s Marc Spears, the Kings are potentially interested in bringing over Russian Guard Dmitry Kulagin. Kulagin, a member of Zenit Saint Petersburg, is 22 years old and went undrafted in this past June's draft.  In his last year he averaged 7.3 points per game on 41.6% from the field to go along with 2.7 points and 2.4 assists in 22.3 minutes a game. Signing Kulagin would likely be more than just a training camp invite as he is subject to a buyout from his current team and he likely wouldn't come over to the NBA unless he was guaranteed a job.  One reason the Kings could be...
Indy Cornrows 11 hours ago
Paul George's injury sparks change

Paul George's injury sparks change

Crashing into a basket stanchion and suffering an open tibia-fibula fracture, Paul George's injury most assuredly precipitated the NBA's plans to move forward with changes to make baselines safer. After watching Tony Parker jam his finger on the camera of a photographer seated near the baseline during the third quarter of an eventual preseason loss to the Miami Heat last October, Spurs' coach Gregg Popovich refused to shy away from the opportunity to vocalize his ardent opinion about what he perceived as clear threats to player safety: "It's kind of like when you're in your...
Fear The Sword 11 hours ago

Cleveland Cavaliers general manager talks to Fred McLeod about Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving

Cavs fans are pretty happy about the new look Cleveland Cavaliers. It appears the general manager is as well. David Griffin took the reins of a Cleveland Cavaliers team in a freefall. Pegged to make the playoffs, the team floundered for much of the season. In one of the worst Eastern Conferences in history, the Cavaliers tried, and failed, to make the playoffs. Things are looking a little bit better now. The team introduced Kevin Love as a Cavalier this afternoon, and the power forward made clear his intentions to play in Cleveland long-term. LeBron James joined the team this summer. A...
Steve Perrin / Clips Nation 12 hours ago

Dudley and a pick for Delfino and Raduljica -- Why the Clippers did it

The Clippers didn't lose much in this trade, but the didn't gain a lot either. The one thing they did gain was a little bit of flexibility. At first glance, the Los Angeles Clippers' trade of Jared Dudley and a 2017 first round pick to the Milwaukee Bucks for Carlos Delfino and Miroslav Raduljica looks like a bit of a head scratcher. Yes, Dudley was the only significant payroll deadwood on the roster, and yes they were dangerously close to the hard cap and lacking options. But the combined salaries of Delfino and Raduljica ($4.75M) is actually MORE than Dudley's price tag ($4.25M) so it's...
Sactown Royalty 14 hours ago

Team USA beats Slovenia 101-71 in final exhibition match before FIBA World Cup

The United States men's basketball team played their final exhibition match before the FIBA World Cup today, beating Slovenia 101 to 71. DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay both came off the bench for the national team, playing about 14 minutes apiece.  Cousins had a rough offensive game, scoring just 6 points on 2-7 shooting, but he was very active defensively, grabbing 4 rebounds to go along with 3 steals and 3 blocks. One of those steals led to a very emphatic dunk on the fast break with the assist from none other than Rudy Gay: Rudy himself scored 11 points on an efficient 4 of 6 from the...
Net Income / NetsDaily 14 hours ago
In big wins, Bojan Bogdanovic explodes vs. Lithuania while Mason Plumlee plays limited minutes vs. Slovenia

In big wins, Bojan Bogdanovic explodes vs. Lithuania while Mason Plumlee plays limited minutes vs. Slovenia

In their last warm-ups before the FIBA World Cup begins this weekend, Team USA and Croatia breezed to unexpectedly big wins. but the two Nets who play for the winning teams played very different roles.  Mason Plumlee didn't play until long after the US has scrambled Slovenia in Gran Canaria, Spain, while Bojan Bogdanovic exploded for 24 points in 23 minutes to spark Croatia's 94-80 win over Lithuania, in the Croatian capital of Zagreb. Bogdanovic put on a clinic against Lithuania, hitting 10-of-15 shots overall, including 5-of-9 from deep. Three of them came in quick succession in the...
Welcome to Loud City 14 hours ago
Thunder Up for National Dog Day

Thunder Up for National Dog Day

It is National Dog Day, and you know what that means. Well, you do now. "I don't know what the media is doing out here, but everybody just needs to lay off of Russell. That's a bad little dude, man. That's a bad little dude, man. You guys are fortunate to have him.... ...He's got the same type of dog that I had in me - that I still have in me - when I was coming up with Shaq. He's got the same fight and he's just 6-4."- Kobe Bryant on Russell Westbrook There are Alpha Dogs in the NBA, and then there are dogs in the NBA. Well, one dog, anyway. Here's she is playing NBA basketball like a...

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