3:46 PM EDT, Mon August 31, 2015
Rufus on Fire 39 mins ago

Frank Kaminsky's footwork in the post could make him a factor in his rookie campaign

We're breaking down the tape on three new additions to the Charlotte Hornets. This week, it's Frank Kaminsky and his agile moves near the basket. Frank Kaminsky will have to bulk up if he wants to be a legitimate big man in the NBA. Pundits noted it, fans noticed it and now Steve Clifford has put it on the record in his interview with Rick Bonnell and the Charlotte Observer. Luckily for Frank and for Hornets fans, Kaminsky has pro-level footwork already installed into his game. Frank will need to use a combination of instincts, basketball IQ and decisive moves around the basket to counter...
CelticsBlog 39 mins ago

Boston Celtics Daily Links 8/31/15

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Globe  Sunday Basketball Notes: Who will make USA Basketball’s 12-man Olympic roster?CelticsBlog  Relive Game 5 of the 1976 NBA Finals with Celtics Beat CelticsBlog Triva: Celtic 6th man trivia quizThe All-time Boston Celtic teamsCelticsBlog Triva: Larry Legend trivia quiz ESPN  Boston Celtics Summer Forecast: Rare extensions Lex Nihil Novi  Leon Pow(e)!Oh yeah, uh huhNo Picassos in Celtics WinRed's Army  Your Morning Dump… Where Kelly Olynyk is back in actionCSNNE   Celtics' Olynyk ready to play for CanadaCeltics.com ...
Hot Hot Hoops 43 mins ago

Open Tryouts for Sioux Falls Skyforce

Want to play for the Miami Heat NBDL affiliate Sioux Falls Skyforce? You can try out for them in two locations. Remember that time you were playing a pickup game and you were draining everything from long distance? and you thought to yourself "man the Heat could use me right now." How about that one game a handful of months ago, when  you were blocking, rebounding and swishing long jumpers, as if you were the next Chris Bosh..and you thought to yourself "I could be the next Chris Bosh for the Bosh-less Heat." Well now you no longer need to think about these things. You can actually do it....
Welcome to Loud City 1 hour ago

The 5 Best Thunder Draft Picks of All-Time

It's all about perspective. The Thunder's front office has been credited as one of the most successful in the NBA. Despite coming from a small market, the Thunder have been able to field a winning team for six consecutive seasons by continually finding gems in the NBA draft. Let's take a look at some of the best draft picks the Thunder have made, starting with the team's genesis in 2008. (Only players whom the Thunder held the rights to after draft night was over will be considered.) Honorable Mention: Andre Roberson, Pick #26, 2013 The Next 3: Rudy Gobert, Livio Jean-Charles, Archie...
Daily Thunder 2 hours ago

ESPN Forecast says KD is (probably) staying

The infallible ESPN Summer Forecast (which predicted the Thunder to finish fifth in the West) has a new question: Is Kevin Durant staying or going? And the soothsayers have spoken: 72 percent say staying.
Net Income / NetsDaily 2 hours ago

Native New Yorker Chris McCullough serious about giving back

Before the draft, when he thought he might be drafted by the Nets, Chris McCullough told a videographer chronicling his rehab following ACL surgery that he hoped to give back to the community.  Now, even before he has played his first game in his native New York, the rookie has shown he's serious about the idea. A few weeks ago, he was in the Bronx, where he grew up, running a one-day Chris McCullough Skills Academy for youngsters in the neighborhood, making sure each of them got a t-shirt with his hashtag, #They Sleep, on the back.  Then, this week, just as quietly, he did the same thing...

Brightside Bling: Vote for your favorite shirt designs

Help us deck you out in Bright Side of the Sun gear for the upcoming NBA season by letting us know what you think about a few designs we've come up with and voting on your favorites. Until Adidas (all day I dream about...) officially picks up the Brightside brand we're at the mercy of our staff design team. It could be worse, though, since we have taken a little bit of creative license with the site logo and came up with (hopefully) a few good ideas. Vote on which shirt you would most like to see available for sale on the site and let us know what you think about all the different designs...
Raptors HQ 2 hours ago

Should the Raptors go after Tristan Thompson in 2016?

Reports say that the Raptors are a potential destination for Tristan Thompson if the Cavaliers don't pay up. Should Masai Ujiri make the investment? Since free agency began on July 1, Tristan Thompson has made it no small secret that after the season he had for the Cleveland Cavaliers, he wants to get paid. Early on, he rejected an initial five-year, $80 million offer, instead requesting a max contract in excess of $94 million. Negotiations have been in this stalemate for two months and now agent Rich Paul is looking for collateral. Enter the Toronto Raptors. Report: Tristan Thompson...
Kris Willis / Peachtree Hoops 3 hours ago

Tiago Splitter checks in at No. 74 in SI.com's Top 100 NBA Players for 2016

Atlanta Hawks reserve center cracks Sports Illustrated's Top 100 NBA players list for 2016. Find out where some former Hawks also ranked. One clear sign that a new NBA season is just around the corner is when various publications around the web start dropping their top 100 player countdowns. SI.com dropped part one of their Top 100 NBA Players for 2016 list on Monday and new Atlanta Hawks center Tiago Splitter checks in at No. 74. It pays to have friends in the NBA, as Hawks president and coach Mike Budenholzer proved again this summer when he acquired Tiago Splitter from the...
Silver Screen and Roll 3 hours ago

The Big Podcast with Shaq and Kobe Bryant is available now, with some great quotes here

Kobe and Shaq take a stroll through the three-peat era and much more. The highly anticipated podcast featuring Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant is available now in the iTunes store, reuniting two of the greatest Los Angeles Lakers. It's roughly 20 minutes of traveling down memory lane, delving into one of the most successful and fascinating eras of Lakers basketball. Shaq and Kobe touched on their relationship, which you can read quotes from over here, the best Lakers team they were a part of, and much more. The two joked and laughed throughout the podcast, talking about topics ranging...
Bullets Forever 3 hours ago

The Mystics split two games over the weekend, continue long road trip this week

The Mystics split a pair of games over the weekend and are on the road all week against some tough opponents. The Mystics played two games over the weekend where they earne First, they defeated the Phoenix Mercury 71-63 after Ivory Lata scored 24 points and dished 5 assists. In addition, Washington made 15 of 20 free throws while Phoenix only made 5 of 6 which was the difference maker in this contest. There was a lot of buzz about Brittney Griner throwing a dunk on the road, but the bottom line is that Washington got a crucial win in a stacked Eastern Conference. And the Mystics earned a...

Robin Lopez ranks 84th on Sports Illustrated's Top 100 list

Pretty good, RoLo. When last we saw the New York Knicks play NBA basketball, they fielded a lineup of guys who, try as they might, weren't very good. The franchise needed to find a player or two who could not only match up with his opponent, but might actually surpass him. They needed dudes who are better than some other dudes. With that in mind, it feels surprisingly good to see one of their new acquisitions -- center Robin Lopez -- make Sports Illustrated's Top 100 NBA Players list. The Big Sideshow clocks in at No. 84: For a guy with elementary-school hobbies, Robin Lopez has an...

Tristan Thompson, Timofey Mozgov make SI's 'Top 100 Players of 2016' list

Sports Illustrated released the first half of its 'Top 100' rankings and two Cavs big men made the cut. Cleveland Cavaliers big men Tristan Thompson and Timofey Mozgov were key in the Cavs making a title run last season and now they've received some recognition for their efforts. Sports Illustrated today released the first partof its 'Top 100 Players of 2016' rankings -- and both Thompson and Mozgov made the cut. Thompson came in at No. 70 - between Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul Pierce and Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside - while Mozgov came in at No. 68 behind the likes of Orlando...
Bright Side Of The Sun 3 hours ago

The Madhouse - Week of August 31, 2015

Hello, Bright Siders!  What bee is in your bonnet this week? "Straight Outta Compton" continues to go gangsta on the cinematic universe. Some things involving Miley Cyrus and Kanye West and probably Justin Bieber happened at the MTV Video Music Awards. Wes Craven died. A lot people participated in fantasy football drafts.  How's your team looking? Share your thoughts on this and whatever else is on your mind in The Madhouse!
Raptors HQ 4 hours ago

Let's argue about this ranking of the top 50 players in Raptors history

Please review HoopsHype's list and make value judgements. With the basketball season still stubbornly far away we can always look for comfort in rankings. Ah yes, nothing beats a good list of names, one on top of the other, building towards the euphoria of a number one. Rankings tell us all is right in the world, that things will proceed in order. We can find peace in rankings. We need them in our lives, and most importantly in sports. (It's what the whole thing is based on, really.) Now I admit, it's been too long since I've reviewed some rankings. To that end, a couple of days ago this...
Straight Outta Vancouver 4 hours ago

Poetry Corner: Summertime Blues

Grizzlies' topics are hard to come by during the off-season, so I thought I'd try my hand at some poetry. Spending summer just passing time 'til it's time to see Grizzlies throw bodies on the line. Having heart palpitations over title aspirations, which have been put on hold for our summer vacations. Prison Break, I've sat and watched them all, now I just wanna chill 'n' watch me some ball. 'Where's Beno?' Who cares?, I don't know, just get him on the court dishing dimes to ZBo. Twitter timelines are now rather boring, Brandan Wright, Jeff Green it's time to start...
Hot Hot Hoops 5 hours ago

Will Hassan Whiteside revive the lost art of trash talking in the NBA?

Trashing talking is becoming a lost art in the NBA - will Hassan Whiteside save it? The recent Twitter feud between Hassan Whiteside and Draymond Green shows the mental head game of trash talk isn't totally gone. While Gary Payton was Miami Heat's acknowledged trash-talking king, Whiteside seems determined to take his place. In today's NBA, being politically correct is standard operating procedure. Maybe Whiteside (and Green) will change that. The legendary NBA trash talkers were never afraid to play mind games to get an edge any way they could. The list includes greats such...
Daily Thunder 5 hours ago

Monday Bolts – 8.31.15

Amin Elhassan of ESPN Insider looking at KD contenders: “While OKC’s big three has remained intact, the supporting cast has arguably deteriorated over the years. Thunder general manager Sam Presti is one of the
Canis Hoopus 6 hours ago

Rookie Report: Karl-Anthony Towns Season Preview

There's plenty of expectations for the #1 pick. What areas will he contribute towards most? Think of the last defensive highlight you’ve had during your Timberwolves fandom. Chances are it involves a Ricky Rubio steal or an Andrew Wiggins block. Now, take a step back and think of the last major defensive highlight you’ve had that took place AT the rim. Chances are it’s a Kevin Garnett block. It's been far too long since the Wolves have had a true rim protector. The dreams of having even a decent rim protector have been just that for quite some time until finally, on June 25th, the...
CelticsBlog 6 hours ago

CelticsBlog Triva: Larry Legend trivia quiz

How well do you know the Legend? If one wishes to try the harder All-Star edition of the quiz, try to answer the questions without looking at the multiple choice offerings. Layup-Which college did Larry Bird first transfer from in the fall of 1974?*for an extra point and 3-point play, who was his first college roommateA) Indiana B) Northwood Institute Dunk-Why was Larry Bird not the first pick in the 1979 NBA draft after his spectacular senior season?*who was the second pick in the 1979 draft, for an extra pointA) Boston drafted him as a junior eligible in 1978 B) Rival Earvin Johnson was...

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