10:00 AM EDT, Sun September 25, 2016
Fear The Sword 1 hour ago

#CavsRank: LeBron James is No. 1

It’s no surprise that the King remains on his throne. It should come as no surprise that LeBron James finished as the top player in Fear the Sword’s #CavsRank. James is the most decorated Cavalier - a three-time NBA Champion, three-time Finals MVP, four-time regular season MVP, 12-time All Star, 10-time All-NBA First Team, the all-time scoring leader of the Cavaliers Franchise, the NBA’s 11th all-time scoring leader, 18th all-time in assists. He is the highest paid player in the league at $30.96 million. He is a living superlative. And, perhaps his crowning achievement, he ended...
Net Income / NetsDaily 9 hours ago

NetsDaily Off-Season Report No. 24

The off-season is over, or will be Monday morning when the Nets players, dressed in their uniforms, walk out on to the floor at HSS Training Center to answer the media’s questions. Media Day is the beginning of training camp, that is, pre-season. So this is the last Off-Season Report for this year, the ninth year we’ve done it. We will be doing season preview roundtables with our writers and editors soon enough but from a personal viewpoint, the off-season probably warrants a B- or C+. There’s no disputing that they lost out on two of their big three free agent targets when...
Pounding The Rock 13 hours ago

A Spurs' eye view of the 2016-17 Los Angeles Clippers

The lucky 13th of a 30-part series previewing the season. Los Angeles Clippers Last Season: 53-29, 4th Seed in the West Off-season Gains: PG Raymond Felton (free agent), C Brandon Bass (free agent), PF Marreese Speights (free agent), SG Alan Anderson (free agent), PF Brice Johnson (draft), SF Dorell Wright (free agent) Off-season Losses: SF Jeff Green (free agent/Orlando), C Cole Aldrich (free agent/Minnesota) Off-season Stock: Never higher, through virtually nothing of their own doing. League Pass Team?: Oh heck yeah. Love 'em or hate 'em, they're never boring. We're used to a constant...
Chris Manning / Fear The Sword 16 hours ago

LeBron James pays homage to Kevin Garnett

As KG retires, the star Cavalier shows his respect. When word came out yesterday that Kevin Garnett was retiring after 21 years in the NBA, a number of current players took to social media to pay their respects. LeBron James was one of them in taking to Instagram to recall how a 10 year old LeBron was inspired by KG. “I mean where do I start. First watching you play at the Solon Cage Classic in Ohio with Team Michigan when u were in HS, I believe I was 10 years old and I was like dang this dude nice!!,” LeBron wrote. “Then a lil time passed and u were drafted straight out of HS to the...
CelticsBlog 16 hours ago

Boston Celtics Daily Links 9/24/16

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald  Heat forward Chris Bosh fails physical, future in doubt Westbrook on police shootings: "Something has to change" Around NBA, teams already discussing need for social change Globe  Kevin Garnett will retire after 21 NBA seasonsRemembering Kevin Garnett’s days in BostonGary Washburn: Keith Closs shares his failures so others can avoid themSB Nation  Kevin Garnett was one of a kind. These bizarre stories prove it CelticsBlog  Kevin Garnett announces retirement, leaves legacy with Celtics and Timberwolves ESPN Kevin...
Net Income / NetsDaily 16 hours ago

Sean Marks on defining the Nets new culture

It’s a rare interview of an NBA GM that doesn’t touch the team’s roster at all, but that indeed is what happened when John Schuhmann of NBA.com sat down with Sean Marks to talk Nets. Instead, Marks and Schuhmann spoke at length about how Marks is creating a culture —it’s not an exaggeration to say he’s carrying out an experiment— as he directs the Brooklyn rebuild. As Schuhmann writes... Marks wants an open office, both literally and figuratively. Diversity -- in regard to who the people are, where they've worked, and what they think -- is important. Thinking outside the box...
Silver Screen and Roll 18 hours ago

Kobe Bryant and the Lakers pay tribute to Kevin Garnett's retirement

The purple and gold say farewell to an old foe. Kobe Bryant is retired. Tim Duncan walked away as well. That already would have been enough for the NBA to feel like they were saying goodbye to a generation this summer, and now Kevin Garnett has also decided to accept a buyout from the Minnesota Timberwolves to end his 21-year career. Those three players will make for one of the best Hall of Fame classes in league history in five years because all of them made an incredible impact on the game of basketball. Tim Duncan’s two decades of casual dominance change the way we think about a...
Silver Screen and Roll 19 hours ago

The Lakers are D’Angelo Russell’s team now

Los Angeles has a new centerpiece, and all signs point to a breakout. It's clear that no one player can fill Kobe Bryant’s giant Nikes as the Los Angeles Lakers approach their first training camp in decades without him. That process will be a group effort, but what the early days of the post-Kobe era have also made crystal clear is this: the Lakers are D'Angelo Russell's team now. Brandon Ingram could end up being the next big thing, Jordan Clarkson has shown plenty of scoring prowess, and Julius Randle and Larry Nance, Jr. look poised to man the four spot for the next several years. The...

Kristaps Porzingis, Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Willy Henangomez make soccer legends look like munchkins

Andrea Pirlo and David represented NYCFC (and the Lollipop Guild) There are those in this world who believe that soccer is a superior game to basketball. They are entitled to their opinions, of course, but they are wrong. That being sad, I do not believe Kristaps Porzingis, Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Willy Henangomez traveled to Yankee Stadium, home of New York City Football Club, with the intention of making soccer players feel tiny and insignificant — it just kind of worked out that way. Here we see Kristaps on the pitch before the game, demonstrating to the world that soccer is...
Sactown Royalty 20 hours ago

30Q: Why did the Kings pay Anthony Tolliver $8 million this summer?

What are the Kings’ plans with Anthony Tolliver, exactly? The Sacramento Kings signed veteran forward Anthony Tolliver to a somewhat-head-scratching two-year deal at $8 million per year this summer. It’s worth noting that only $2 million of that $8 million is guaranteed next season, giving the Kings an out if Tolliver doesn’t live up to that price tag this season, but the real reason I would categorize Tolliver’s contract as ‘head-scratching’ is because the Kings had a lot of holes to fill this offseason, and if there is one thing they didn’t need, it was another combo...
SLC Dunk 20 hours ago

The Downbeat #1993: Jazz Power Ranking Edition

The Utah Jazz hype train continues at the World Wide Leader. The first Marc Stein NBA Power Rankings were released on ESPN yesterday. The Utah Jazz are ranked 7th after being ranked 15th at the end of last year. Here’s what the Stein had to say about the Utah Jazz. Folks tend to forget just how consistently good Utah was for the better part of two decades with that Karl Malone-John Stockton-Jerry Sloan foundation, but I'm not sure I've ever been more intrigued by a Jazz team than this one. Adding Joe Johnson, Boris Diaw and George Hill, along with a healed Dante Exum, to...
Daily Thunder 20 hours ago

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Let’s begin

Happy Saturday. Thank you for your support of Daily Thunder. Here goes.
Golden State Of Mind 20 hours ago

GSoM offseason roundtable, Part II: Pre-game rituals and movie slogans

The second part of Duby Dub Dubs’ GSoM pre-preseason roundtable. When Duby Dub Dubs put together this offseason roundtable project, we didn’t exactly know how it would go or how many responses we’d get. Yet we ended up getting so many responses that I chose to divide it into two parts so it’s actually readable. If you missed the first part, you can find that here. And without further ado, here’s the second part. Would you rather be the Harrison Barnes and start games, or the Andre Iguodala and finish them? Ivan Bettger: Good lord. This question is a loaded grenade launcher....
Fear The Sword 21 hours ago

2nd annual "Who can the Cavaliers target with their trade exception?" extravaganza

David Griffin is a wizard. We all know this. Ever since the savvy acquisition of Brendan Haywood, he's managed to keep a hefty trade exception in the Cavaliers pocket. For a team that has literally no cap room and probably won't have cap room for the rest of the century (rough estimate), this is insanely valuable. The current Cavaliers trade exception is worth $9.6M, and it was created by dumping Anderson Varejao's salary to Portland at the expense of a future first-round pick. Almost every season, a player is available for the cost of taking on their salary or, at the least, at a very low...
The Dream Shake 21 hours ago

Clint Capela has gotten bigger and better

The big man prepared his body in the offseason for a bigger role. Clint Capela had his first true taste of a full season in the NBA last year, averaging just under 20 minutes a game, scoring 7 points while pulling in 6.4 rebounds. His performance and overall talent were enough to assure the Houston Rockets brass move that they can move on from Dwight Howard. This upcoming season, Capela will be asked to play even more than he did last year, probably between 10 and 15 more minutes per game. During media day, Capela mentioned that he's bulked up, adding about 10-12 pounds to his frame. The...
Hot Hot Hoops 22 hours ago

2016 Miami Heat Position Preview: Small Forward

We continue our look at the Heat position-by-position as training camp nears. The Miami Heat are quickly approaching training camp and before you know it, they will be playing in the preseason. That’s why we are taking a closer look at the roster and doing it position-by-position. Yesterday, we looked at the shooting guard position led by Josh Richardson/Tyler Johnson/Dion Waiters. Today, it’s the small forward position. The OutlookThe Miami Heat’s depth at the small forward position has altered significantly since last season. Where Luol Deng, and Gerald Green found themselves a...
Rufus on Fire 22 hours ago

Locked on Hornets: Depth Chart Preview Week

From point to center, we take a look at last season's performances and look ahead to what could be at each position for the Charlotte Hornets. In case you missed it, all last week we examined each depth chart position on Locked on Hornets. We brought in guests including At The Hive rock star writers Nick Denning and Russell Varner to help us catch up on the state of the Hornets at each spot. All five episodes are listed below. If you subscribe to Locked on Hornets via iTunes or any podcatcher out there you can easily access these episodes on your computer or mobile device. Point Guard On...
Bullets Forever 22 hours ago

Weekend links: Wall bids adieu to Garnett, Meesseman talks about her hearing loss, more

Some cool stories on the Wizards and Mystics’ best players to start your Saturdays. It’s been a busy few weeks for me and I didn’t get a chance to review too many links outside of BF. Also, many great stories seems to get released on Friday too. Is that for the PR cycle? Anyway... let’s get to them. Wall gives tribute to retired NBA star Kevin Garnett The 21 year NBA veteran and Timberwolves star retired on Friday. Canis Hoopus’s Drew Mahowald wrote a nice tribute just as the news was becoming official. Wall gave his take in an Uninterrupted Video, calling him “one of the best...
Rufus on Fire 23 hours ago

2016-17 Player Preview: Spencer Hawes

The big man from Seattle brings floor-awareness and three-point shooting to the 5, but where does he fit as Zeller and Kaminsky grow into their positions? Key Stats: 57 GP, 18.2 MPG, 6.0 PPG, 1.9 APG, 4.3 RPG, 40.5 FG%, 37.3 FG3% Oh, Spencer Hawes. The backup big man has been in Charlotte one season, acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers in the Lance Stephenson trade. It was a confusing move for the Hornets at the time. While we needed to get Lance out of the locker room (and off the court), we didn’t really need a stretch-four/three-point shooting five with the young big-men on the...
The Dream Shake 23 hours ago

Rockets off to a better start than last year and they’ve yet to play a game

Last season did not go the way anyone expected — players included — which started the chain reaction of move upon move. The team jettisoned players that didn't fit the new world they are trying to create, and they added shooters to help make the life of their super duper star much easier. Now a new season is here, a new coaching staff, new players, and also a new outlook. "Like a fresh start," Patrick Beverley said during media day yesterday. "You work hard, you move into that new apartment, you know, everything's a fresh start. That's how it feels around here: like a breath of fresh...

NBA Schedule Sep 25th

  • Season starts Tuesday Oct, 25 2016