12:27 AM EDT, Thu August 25, 2016
Silver Screen and Roll 1 hour ago

Lakers News: D’Angelo Russell reveals his NBA 2K rating

Los Angeles’ young guard might be able to make some shots as himself in the game this year. On Monday, D’Angelo Russell took to Twitter to say he just wanted to be able to make a shot as himself in the latest edition of NBA 2K. He may have gotten his wish, as the Lakers guard revealed that he will be rated a 79 this season. Russell and Lakers fans were probably hoping for a higher rating after he set Las Vegas Summer League on fire, tantalizing with his scoring, but 79 is pretty good for a second-year guard whose debut season was fairly mixed. And while the ranking doesn’t quite...
Net Income / NetsDaily 4 hours ago

How much do Nets like Isaiah Whitehead? A lot!

One of the under-the-radar stories of the off-season is how much the Nets realllly like Isaiah Whitehead. The first Brooklynite to sign with the Nets was was given high praise the night of the draft, with Sean Marks citing Whitehead's "tenacity, his professionalism ... For us he embodies what Brooklyn grit is about." Then, a few days later, the Nets introduced him at the Nets Store in Coney Island. More praise, this time from Kenny Atkinson. "Isaiah [Whitehead] represents everything we're looking for in a player; high character, great integrity and a great competitor." But it's not just...
Bullets Forever 6 hours ago

The NBA in Europe: A team in Madrid will help, not hurt its existing basketball culture

We head to the Spanish capital in our six-city tour of a hypothetical NBA European Division. We’re now heading into the second half looking at every city in a hypothetical six-team NBA European division. Here are the cities: Amsterdam, Netherlands Berlin, Germany London, United Kingdom Madrid, Spain Milan, Italy Paris, France For the rest of this series of posts, we are heading to countries that have well-established basketball traditions. But with that come different challenges. Let’s talk about Madrid and how it fits in the conversation. Some things about Madrid ...
Hot Hot Hoops 7 hours ago

Heat's work ethic and resilience must set course for this season

Can Miami rise above their perceived lack of talent in the East? By conventional wisdom a 5'10" Michael Jordan was not selected for his varsity team in high school. Again in the 1984 NBA draft he was picked after a 7' Hakeem Olajuwon and 7'1" Sam Bowie. Jordan would soon prove his doubters wrong. The Charlotte Hornets picked 6'6" Kobe Bryant in the 1996 draft and traded him for 7'1" Vlade Divac. The Hornets miscalculated the importance of Kobe's death stare and his obsession to win. Are critics missing the Miami Heat's death stare, as a team, and drive to win, in spite of what others...
Net Income / NetsDaily 7 hours ago

Long Island Nets select 12 players, led by Gary Forbes, in Expansion Draft

The Long Island Nets selected 12 players in the D-League expansion draft, led by Gary Forbes, the 31-year-old UMass product who was in Nets training camp their first year in Brooklyn and two other swingmen: Carrick Felix, a 6'6" former Cavalier draft pick who played for Cleveland and Utah, but hasn't played in a year because of a knee injury; and the well-traveled Jamaal Franklin, a 6'5" Grizzlies pick who averaged a triple double in China last season: 34 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. He's already signed a Chinese contract for next season. Here's the complete list of the 12... In...
Bullets Forever 7 hours ago

LaToya Sanders rejoins Mystics, Jamie Weisner waived

The frontcourt gets a boost before the latter third of the season. The Mystics announced that LaToya Sanders has returned to Washington for the rest of the 2016 season. To make room for her, the team waived Jamie Weisner, who averaged 1.7 points a game in seven appearances for Washington. Sanders, who is a Turkish citizen, missed the first 24 games of the season in order to focus on the Olympics where she is on the national team. She scored 22 points and grabbed 8.2 rebounds in Olympic play, where they made the quarterfinals. With Sanders in Washington again, these are the main...
Raptors HQ 8 hours ago

Report: Raptors to sign E.J. Singler to deal

Details are sparse at the moment, but apparently Singler will be with the Raptors for now. Fresh off a stint with the Raptors 905 and Toronto’s Las Vegas Summer League team, E.J. Singler has apparently agreed to terms on a contract with the Raptors. Our friend (and bitter rival) Blake Murphy has the scoop: The Raptors have agreed to terms on a deal with E.J. Singler. He'll be in camp and compete for the 15th roster spot.— Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) August 24, 2016 Singler brings a few things to the table for the Raptors. First and foremost, he’s obviously a guy the franchise...
Silver Screen and Roll 8 hours ago

RPM projects Lakers to win fewest games in NBA next season

Los Angeles may need some ping pong luck again this summer. There have been two stories of the summer for the Los Angeles Lakers. On one hand, the team is certainly better than the group that left last year. A promising new coaching staff and plenty of talented additions in the draft and in free agency have left the Lakers in a much better position than the team that went 17-65 last season. On the other hand, projections for this season still don’t have the Lakers looking very good. The Lakers have the most difficult schedule in the NBA, and ESPN projected that the team will be the...
The Dream Shake 8 hours ago

The leaked image of James Harden’s first signature shoe isn’t pretty

Ugh. Gross. So the first image of the James Harden signature shoe — the result of the trippy-as-hell Project Harden ad campaign adidas and The Beard have created — has been released and it is ugly. The picture is above this story. Just look at it. I am by no means an expert in such things, but I did take a photography class once. I have taken many photos that have been published in respected news organizations, including several of a deli sign that is an upside-down penis. I believe I am an educated observer of things like this. First of all, the whole sneaker isn’t even in the frame....
CelticsBlog 8 hours ago

Boston Celtics Daily Links 8/24/16

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald  Timberwolves' Towns chosen as face of 2K mobile app Globe  How Jaylen Brown is making sure his mind is ready for start of NBA journeyR.J. Hunter motivated by competition for last Celtics roster spotCelticsBlog  Open topic: What should each Celtics player work on? CelticsGreen  Random Thoughts as we wait for the Preseason Chowder and Champions  The Time Is Now for Boston Celtics Big Man Kelly OlynykLex Nihil Novi  Gerald Green a Fit"Red's Army  Your Morning Dump… Where Boston will be the 4th best team this...
Canis Hoopus 9 hours ago

Wolves Projected for 37 Wins, 11th in West

Kevin Pelton’s RPM forecast sees the Wolves out of the playoffs again...but doesn’t factor in Tom Thibodeau. Kevin Pelton of ESPN published his projections for team wins based on RPM and playing time estimates today on Insider. He estimates the Wolves to win 37 games and finish 11th in the Western Conference, just behind the Kings (!) and in front of the Pelicans. Here’s what he has to say: Remember, RPM projections don't factor in coaching, and the arrival of Tom Thibodeau makes the Timberwolves overwhelmingly likely to outperform their projected ranking of 27th in defensive...
Golden State Of Mind 9 hours ago

2016-2017 NBA Season: Golden State Warriors projection

The Golden State Warriors have been projected to have the most wins in the league, while the Cleveland Cavaliers are projected to top the Eastern Conference. Can the Warriors meet the lofty expectations and will we see yet another Finals rematch with the Cavaliers? ESPN.com’s Kevin Pelton released his NBA projections for the 2016-2017 season. You can check out the original article and an explanation of the methodology to the rankings here. As expected, the Golden State Warriors stand atop the Western Conference with a projected 66.8 wins. This lofty projection reminds me of an article...
Justin Rowan / Fear The Sword 9 hours ago

Report: Trading Kevin Love "Not even a remote consideration"

No player on the Cleveland Cavaliers roster has sacrificed more over the last two seasons than Kevin Love. He is a tremendously talented player on the offensive end of the floor, with defensive limitations. But his touches have been limited playing aside the best player of his generation in LeBron James and a blossoming star in Kyrie Irving. Despite hiccups along the way, Love has found a way to adjust his game and remain productive even when the flow of the game dictates that he must take a back seat. These attributes came shining through in the NBA playoffs. He was a major contributor...
Straight Outta Vancouver 10 hours ago

Mid-South Maze to feature the A-Maze-ing Mike Conley

Memphis’ conductor will follow in Marc Gasol’s footsteps as he gets his a-maze-ing image carved into corn. As part of the team’s Round Town Tour events, the Grizzlies today announced that it will be holding an MVP Season Ticket Holder recognition event at the Mid-South Corn Maze. That’s not all, though. The maze will feature the likeness of none other than Memphis’ own conductor, Mike Conley. Mike’s role as a corn star (Editor’s Note: corn star!!!!!!!!!! -KY) follows in the footsteps of Marc Gasol, who was featured in the maze last year. Fall is right around the corner! The...
John Meyer / Canis Hoopus 10 hours ago

Kris Dunn calls the Wolves a beautiful organization

Larry Berger of USA TODAY Sports sat down with Kris Dunn for a short interview. Larry Berger of USA TODAY Sports sat down with Wolves rookie point guard Kris Dunn for a short interview during the NBA's annual rookie photo shoot earlier this month. Dunn calls the Wolves a beautiful organization and talks about his emotions on draft night, his dreams coming true, learning under Kevin Garnett, and showing out for the city of New London. He even says “the Minnesota Wolves,” which is worth at least 2,000 Canis points in my book. It sounds smooth and I’ve always wanted them to simply go by...
Net Income / NetsDaily 10 hours ago

NetsDaily Deadlines and Commitments No. 85

The off-season is winding down ... and the Nets are still adding to staff and starting to fill out their D-League roster. With that in mind, here’s the latest we have on what’s happening... August 24 -- D-League expansion draft. Next season, the Greenboro Swarm (Charlotte Hornets affiliate), Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls affiliate), and Long Island Nets (Brooklyn Nets affiliate) will debut in the D-League. The D-League's 19 current teams can protect 10 players each on their rosters. Don't expect any stars to be drafted. Last year, only one player taken in the expansion draft...
Indy Cornrows 10 hours ago

Glenn Robinson III to honor young fan battling cancer

Brody Stephens’ dream was to sign autographs for fans. Now, his name will be proudly displayed on Glenn Robinson III’s shoes for all to see. Whether it be an inspirational verse, motivational message, statement against social injustice, or memorial tribute, the available blank space on shoes has become a popular vehicle for NBA players to express themselves as fathers, sons, friends, activists, and community members. Next season, the words inscribed on Glenn Robinson III’s shoes will fit within the latter category, as he honors, Brody Stephens, a seven-year-old boy battling leukemia...
SLC Dunk 11 hours ago

The Downbeat #1976 - The Utah Jazz with home court advantage in the 1st round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs? Maybe?

The pre-season hype training is filling up, now with ESPN on board. Guess who else likes the Utah Jazz? It’s ESPN. Read below to see how much! Also, new NBA Signings may make you scratch your head — from retreads and castaways from former Jazz teams, to one of our rookies. In fact, that rookie’s contract make mean the end of a few Jazz players. But time will tell what’s going to happen in training camp. We all have our favorites, but cannot deny that with great depth comes great logjams. Also, Jeff Withey would probably be unfair to play ping-pong against because dude has an unfair...
Hot Hot Hoops 11 hours ago

No trade plans for Miami Heat this fall?

Barry Jackson indicates in his chatter the Heat's priority is building a team, including Josh McRoberts, not a collection of bodies. The continued intense sessions in the practice facility points to creating a Miami Heat team from a group of players, instead of having a bunch of players on the floor who will allow easy baskets on communication breakdowns. The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson writes in his sports buzz column that Josh McRoberts remains part of the plan. "Though he was mentioned in trade rumors previously, the Heat has indicated to Josh McRoberts’ camp that he’s in the...
Sactown Royalty 11 hours ago

Sacramento Kings unveil new court design

We’ve seen the new logos, we’ve seen the new jerseys, and now we see the new court. The Sacramento Kings today revealed the design for the new court through their social media account. Kings Unveil New Court Design » https://t.co/AgehiUS1Bj pic.twitter.com/Ul6LJ0WR9J— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) August 24, 2016 In addition to incorporating the new logo, the Kings will also be using Sacramento elm trees for the wood under the center court logo while the rest of the court will be made up of “sustainably-harvested maple”. The new court looks solid and simple and I like...

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