9:06 PM EDT, Fri October 31, 2014
Daily Thunder 33 mins ago

Westbrook likely out 4 to 6 weeks: Can the Thunder survive?

What are the Thunder going to do?
SLC Dunk 1 hour ago

Utah Jazz salary updated with new Alec Burks contract details

Thanks to BBAll Insiders So just as I suspected, the Alec Burks contract that the Utah Jazz gave him is back-loaded, so allow for more flexibility this off-season. @NateDuncanNBA Do you know if Burks' contract is backloaded? Because if the '15-16 cap is at $66.5m then it could be tight for Jazz nxt yr. — Amar (@AllThatAmar) October 31, 2014 Alec Burks' ext. starts at $9.2 mil - climbs $9.9, $10.6, $11.3 mil - $41 mil total - $1 mil ea yr in incentives @BBallInsiders Utah Jazz — Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) October 31, 2014 Here's the updated info: (previous estimation here) ...
Liberty Ballers 1 hour ago

Sixers-Bucks Game Thread

How bad can it be? 2014-2015 NBA Regular Season @ October 31, 2014 BMO Harris Bradley Center 8:30 PM TV: CSN Philly 3M's - Marc Zumoff, Malik Rose, and Molly Sullivan Radio: 97.5 FM Probable Starters Tony Wroten PG Brandon Knight Hollis Thompson SG Jared Dudley Chris Johnson SF Khris Middleton Nerlens Noel PF Jabari Parker Henry Sims C Larry Sanders 2014/15 Numbers Of Note 87: Giannis Antetokounmpo's wingspan in inches 4: Number of Milwaukee Bucks who are 6-foot-7 or taller and shoot three-pointers at 35% or better 34-130: Combined 2013-14 record for the...
Golden State Of Mind 2 hours ago
Warriors, Klay Thompson agree on 4-year, $70 million maximum extension

Warriors, Klay Thompson agree on 4-year, $70 million maximum extension

Per Marc Stein, Golden State has agreed to a maximum extension for Klay Thompson: Four years, around $17 million per season. In the waning hours of the last day an extension could be agreed upon for Klay Thompson, it was finally accomplished. Per ESPN's Marc Stein, Thompson and the Warriors have agreed on a four-year extension worth around $70 million in total. ESPN sources say that Thompson and the Warriors have struck a four-year max agreement that is projected to be worth in the $70 million range — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) October 31, 2014 Golden State had been confident that...
Pounding The Rock 2 hours ago
Book Review: Scribe, by Bob Ryan

Book Review: Scribe, by Bob Ryan

Bob Ryan's autobiography, Scribe, is really more of a biography of basketball itself rather than one the game's most accomplished writer. In his autobiography Scribe, Bob Ryan says of his famous game recaps for the Boston Globe that he "cared deeply about writing a game story that would be along the lines of what a Broadway critic on opening night would write." So, how do you review the guy who reviews on that level? Besides, in the eyes of someone like Bob Ryan, I'm probably just another one of those clueless Millennials. I'm the kind who missed the Golden Age of American Music,...
Silver Screen and Roll 2 hours ago

Nick Young is Rick James for Halloween

Charlie Murphyyyyyy! Bravo, Nick Young. You successfully pulled off the Rick James look from The Chappelle Show for Halloween, complete with the infamous, "What did the five fingers say to the face," joke. Happy Halloween from Rick James (aka Swaggy) and Charlie Murphy ( @bigmeat2000 ) haha darkness everybody A video posted by Nick Young (@swaggyp1) on Oct 10, 2014 at 12:19pm PDT Cold bloooooooded.
Fear The Sword 2 hours ago
Cleveland Cavaliers make Anderson Varejao contract extension official

Cleveland Cavaliers make Anderson Varejao contract extension official

The Cavaliers longest-tenured player will be around a bit longer. Anderson Varejao's contract extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers is now official. ESPN's Marc Stein reported yesterday that the team was close to finalizing a three year, $30 million extension that would kick in next summer. NEOMG's Chris Haynes confirmed that number today. The Cavaliers themselves announced the move: The Cleveland Cavaliers and Anderson Varejao have signed a multi-year contract extension, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. Per league policy, terms of...
Blazersedge 2 hours ago

Portland Trail Blazers News from Around the Web: Damian Lillard Video

We collect the most interesting Trail Blazers links from around the web and dish them up straight to you! In the spirit of Halloween (non Blazers related)  (courtesy of Rusty Simmons, Twitter) Remember the Blazers first Tweet? (by John Canzano) Thursday night NBA. TV viewership skyrockets  (by Turner.com) Damian Lillard video. Poise under pressure (by NBA.com) Will Barton and his message from Coach Stotts (by Jabari Young, CSNNW) This HAS to make Wes Matthews REALLY HAPPY! (By Bleacher Report) Nice recap of opening night, the new court, and Lillard's jam on CP3 (by Sarah Hecht)
Welcome to Loud City 3 hours ago
Five Coaching Victories from the Thunder's loss to the Clippers

Five Coaching Victories from the Thunder's loss to the Clippers

Scott Brooks isn't often applauded, but he should be after last night. Last night was probably one of the craziest games in recent memory. But hidden amongst the drama of Westbrook's injury was a tactically sound performance from our coach, Scott Brooks. Coaching two of the top 10 players in the world hasn't done Brooks a lot of favors in the eyes of the public, and it's rare that he gets recognized for his own accomplishments. But given his limited resources last night, Brooks did a really excellent job of managing what he had and putting his team in a position to win. Here's his five...
SLC Dunk 3 hours ago

NBA Free Agency: Utah Jazz Alec Burks to get paid, but how does it change future financial flexibility?

...because you know you're only going to get massive walls of text from the other sites out there... The good news today is that the Utah Jazz have reached an agreement to extend the contract of former NBA Draft 2011 #12 pick Alec Burks. (Report here) Excited to be apart of the @utahjazz future.Thankful to the Miller family and the best fans in the NBA #jazznation pic.twitter.com/l98WqqXGww — Alec Burks (@AlecBurks10) October 31, 2014 Moving beyond the rookie scale contract for our young core is something we worried about before because of the desirability perception of our small...
Blog a Bull 3 hours ago

Jimmy Butler rejects Bulls' 'final offer,' likely headed to restricted free agency

There's technically still time for the Bulls and Butler to reconvene, but the sides are done talking for now with the deadline only several hours away. It's looking like there won't be any last-minute contract extension for Jimmy Butler. The 25-year-old swingman has rejected the Bulls' "final offer" and plans to enter restricted free agency next summer, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. This comes straight from Butler: "It came down to me deciding that I want to bet on myself," Butler told Yahoo Sports in a text message on Friday. "It was about me believing that I put the...
Sactown Royalty 3 hours ago
Kings attempted to trade for Klay Thompson, lacked trade assets

Kings attempted to trade for Klay Thompson, lacked trade assets

The Sacramento Kings made a strong push to trade for Klay Thompson, but lacked the assets to complete the deal. Klay Thompson agreed to a four-year, $70 million dollar extension with the Golden State Warriors on Friday.  While it looked like Klay and the Warriors wouldn't reach a deal before Friday's deadline, the Sacramento Kings may have had a hand in the deal getting done. Kings made late push to try to acquire Klay Thompson for anyone not named Cousins or Gay, a source said. Might have helped push GS agreement — Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) October 31, 2014 What the Kings'...
Detroit Bad Boys 3 hours ago

Pistons vs. Nets: Brook Lopez still sidelined for Brooklyn

The Detroit Pistons are getting bigger on Saturday, with power forward Greg Monroe returning from his two-game suspension. Their opponent, meanwhile, is staying the same size, with center Brook Lopez's expected return pushed back indefinitely. Lopez, who's been battling a sprained right foot, was originally ruled out 10-14 days earlier this month — and as NetsDaily points out, Saturday will be 16 days. But after participating in non-contact drills earlier this week, Lopez was unable to practice Friday, prompting Nets head coach Lionel Hollins to rule him out. From Colin Stephenson...
The Dream Shake 3 hours ago

Rockets, Jason Terry working on chemistry - Rocket Fuel

That, plus crazy Croatian illustrations and James Harden's signature move Happy Halloween Rockets fans! Nothing spooky in this link roundup, unless you consider the phrase "Jason Terry working on chemistry with the Rockets" spooky. No one would fault you if you did, Jason Terry working on chemistry with new team | Ultimate Rockets Terry says he's "almost there," and said he saw opportunities to get Dwight Howard the ball in the first two games that he missed. Jason Terry will play 15-plus minutes a game this year, so just get used to it now. Film Room Friday: The Houston Rockets, Andrew...
Hot Hot Hoops 3 hours ago

Norris Cole has the potential for breakout season

Spending his entire career as Miami's back-up, it appears as if Cole has grown tired of his previous role and is making an alluring argument as to why he should remain Miami's starting point guard for the future. When Norris Cole joined the Miami Heat in late 2011 as a rookie, he intrigued me. I'm not going to lie and say that from his debut I knew that he would turn into an All-Star point guard, because he's not one, and he may never reach that level and I'm not Clairvoyant Bill. Nevertheless, the resilient point guard from Cleveland State who's acted as Miami's back-up his whole career is...
Blazersedge 3 hours ago

Complete Coverage: Blazers vs. Kings

Fresh off a 17-point win in their season opener against the Thunder, the Blazers head to Sacramento tonight to square off against DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay and the Kings. Portland Trail Blazers (1-0) vs. Sacramento Kings (0-1) Friday, October 31 Sleep Train Arena; Sacramento, CA | 7:00 p.m. PDT | Local TV/Radio: CSNNWHD; 620 AM Out for the Blazers: Meyers Leonard (illness) | Out for the Kings: N/A SBN Affiliate: Sactown Royalty | Timmay's viewing guide | BE's 2014-15 Kings Season Preview | Blazer's Edge Night The Blazers meet up with the Sacramento Kings tonight at Sleep Train...
Kris Willis / Peachtree Hoops 4 hours ago
Adreian Payne injury: Hawks' rookie out with plantar fasciitis in left foot

Adreian Payne injury: Hawks' rookie out with plantar fasciitis in left foot

Adreian Payne won't play in Saturday's home opener for the Atlanta Hawks due to a foot injury. The Atlanta Hawks have declared rookie Adreian Payne out for Saturday's home opener due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Hawks rookie Adreian Payne will miss Saturday’s home opener due to Plantar fasciitis in his left foot — Peachtree Hoops (@peachtreehoops) October 31, 2014 Payne was inactive in Wednesday's season opener and there is no word as to whether the injury played a part in that decision. Atlanta selected Payne with the No. 15 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. He appeared in...
Clips Nation 4 hours ago

Do The Clippers Have That Championship Pedigree?

The Los Angeles Clippers have the unfamiliar spot of being one of the four or five teams expected to win a championship, the big question is are they ready to be considered in that class or are they still just a playoff team? Editor's note: When we looked to expand the contributor staff at Clips Nation recently, one suggestion from the readership was to try to find someone who could provide an outsider perspective. Kevin Nesgoda is the managing editor of Sonics Rising, an NBA blog without an NBA team right now. Many Sonics fans, Kevin included, have adopted a rooting interest in the...
Blog a Bull 5 hours ago

Bulls vs. Cavaliers game preview: Halloween night home opener

[Thanks to THEKILLERWHALE for today's game preview. Yes, it's back this year. -yfbb] My, it's a spooky night in NBA basketball! The Chicago Ghouls and the Cleveland CavaFears will face off tonight at the Boo-nighted Center in what is sure to result in bloodbath! Chicago is 1-0 this after dismembering the Boo-York Knicks in the season opener while, Cleveland was absolutely murdered by this same Knicks team. While Cleaved-Hand is looking to get their first win of the season, do not expect Tom Thibodeau's team to be ... AFRAID! Matchups: Point Gored: Derrick NOOOOOOOOOOO's vs. WHYME?...
Peachtree Hoops 5 hours ago
FanDuel Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks

FanDuel Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks

Get into the action of daily fantasy sports with the leader in daily fantasy sports games, FanDuel. Also, see if I have any money left. As you recall, SBNation has partnered with FanDuel this season to give our readers a chance to see what is the latest breaking trend in the fantasy basketball industry, Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS). Even though this is a sponsored post with affiliate links, all of the opinions in this post are my own. And as an FYI, FanDuel gave me some cash to play its daily fantasy games. The excellent thing about daily fantasy sports, and especially fantasy basketball, is...

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