3:09 PM EDT, Sat August 23, 2014
CelticsBlog 1 hour ago

Kevin Love officially traded to Cavaliers, ...now what?

We'll always have Fenway. The league's worst kept secret was that Kevin Love was going to the Cavs for Andrew Wiggins and other pieces but they couldn't announce it till today because of CBA restrictions on trading signed draft picks.  There were some (like me) hoping that the Celtics would be able to shoe-horn themselves into this deal to pick up an asset or two.  While that didn't happen we can officially put this saga to bed, which is nice. Kevin Love officially traded to Cavs - SBNation.com With the 30 days up since No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins signed his rookie contract, the Cleveland...
CelticsBlog 2 hours ago
Boston Celtics Daily Links 8/23/14

Boston Celtics Daily Links 8/23/14

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place Herald  Wiggins: rare No. 1 pick traded before rookie year Source: Wolves get Young as part of Love tradeHawks re-sign backup guard Shelvin MackUS picks 12-man roster for basketball World CupGlobe  Celtics Add Rodney McGruder and Christian Watford to Training Camp Roster Danny Ainge Joins Twitter, Takes Part in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Celtics Green  SQ14 #27 Soapbox: The Isolation Play SQ14 #28 Motion Offense Anyone? CelticsBlog  Will James Young get playing time this year?Avery Bradley's step back to deep range could make him...
Liberty Ballers 4 hours ago
The Thaddeus Young Trade Was An OK But Sobering Exchange

The Thaddeus Young Trade Was An OK But Sobering Exchange

It's hard to be upset at the Sixers trying to get a draft pick for Thaddeus Young, but it's a sobering reminder of the consequences associated with the Sixers rebuilding strategy. The Sixers were right to trade Thaddeus Young. He's a player who, as much as I like him, will not be around beyond the 2014-15 season. Sam Hinkie and the Sixers were right to get something for him while they could. The pick they got back was a fair return for Young. Not necessarily a great return, as Miami, even with Luol Deng replacing LeBron James, and even with the aging and injury-plagued new "Big 3", should...
Posting and Toasting 4 hours ago

2,015 Questions - #869: Is JR Smith best utilized as a starter?

Questioning aloud whether JR Smith should be a full time starter for the Knicks in the 2014-15 season. The P&T staff will preview the 2014-2015 with a series of questions. We made a list of 2,015 Qs (actually 2,000,015 before we narrowed it down) and will open them up for discussion one by one until the season starts. First: Should J.R. start? - Seth Oh hey, you have a valid opinion about JR Smith? Well thats just fantastic, because don't we all! Just hold on to it for a minute and- oh, ok. yes, fine. skip to the comments. i'm sure you'll crush it. Thankfully our opinions won't hold much...
Net Income / NetsDaily 12 hours ago
Deadlines and Commitments - No. 55

Deadlines and Commitments - No. 55

It's now crunchtime in international basketball. With five Nets playing in FIBA competition --three in the World Cup, two in FIBA Europe's qualifying tournament-- and one assistant coaching in the Worlds, Brooklyn will be well represented.  It's not likely that the three Nets in the World Cup will face each other, barring upsets (plural). Bojan Bogdanovic and Croatia will face former Net Andray Blatche and the Philippines on Opening Day, August 30, in Seville, and Joe Wolf, the Nets new big man coach, will face one of his charges, Mason Plumlee, on September 4 in Bilbao. The two Nets...
Net Income / NetsDaily 12 hours ago
MASON PLUMLEE FOR AMERICA!

MASON PLUMLEE FOR AMERICA!

From Summer League to USA Select to Team USA.  Mason Plumlee has had himself one improbable summer. Team USA announced the final roster of 12 players Saturday morning and the 7'1" Nets center is going to Spain.  USA Basketball announced the roster in a series of tweets. 2014 #USABMNT World Cup roster - F/Cs: @KennethFaried35, @boogiecousins, @AntDavis23, @rudygay22, @AndreDrummondd & @masonplumlee — USA Basketball (@usabasketball) August 23, 2014 2014 #USABMNT World Cup roster - Guards: @drose, @StephenCurry30, @KyrieIrving, @KlayThompson, @DeMar_DeRozan and @JHarden13 — USA...
Celtics Today 13 hours ago
Rethinking the Celtics rebuild, closer than we think to contending?

Rethinking the Celtics rebuild, closer than we think to contending?

I know the title is a bit off. The Celtics are not that close to contending I suppose. But, it could be closer than we think. For those who read this blog. You know that we believe in Rondo, and that won't change from my point of view. So, I would like to get a few points out there from this article. The first thing that I would like to talk about is the idea that the Celtics need a "Big 3" to reach contention. I think "Big 3" trios vary around the NBA. Let me give you a few examples. Depending on how you feel on Rondo, or believe in him for that matter. Rondo is easily a top 5 point guard,...
Net Income / NetsDaily 16 hours ago

Mason Plumlee plays well in Team USA win over Puerto Rico

With final cuts looming, Mason Plumlee played only nine minutes on Friday night vs. Puerto Rico and made the most of it. Plumlee scored four points, two on an alley-oop from DeMarcus Cousins to end the game, grabbed five boards and stole the ball twice as Team USA beat Puerto Rico by 26 at The Garden. And while Plumlee didn't get much playing time --and had some trouble guarding Puerto Rico's pick-and-roll-- the player who's likely his chief competitor, Andre Drummond, didn't play at all. In fact, if Mike Krzyzewski's rotation mimics his final cuts, it's likely that Drummond, DeMar DeRozan,...
NetsDaily 20 hours ago

Team USA Men's Basketball Open Thread: USA vs. Puerto Rico, 7:00 PM

Team USA Men's Basketball will take on Puerto Rico tonight at Madison Square Garden in another tune-up as they ready for real action in the FIBA World Cup, in Spain. Tonight, we'll hope to get a good look at Mason Plumlee and what he can do as he tried to make the final roster. What: USA vs. Puerto Rico Who: Mason Plumlee When: 7:00PM Where: Madison Square Garden or ESPN2 Why: Mason Plumlee
Raptors HQ Aug 22, 2014

Tim Leiweke's Departure And Why It Matters

Tim Leiweke is set to leave his position as President and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment next year. What does his departure mean to the Raptors? Earlier this week, speculation ramped up on the potential of Tim Leiweke’s departure from his role as President and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment ("MLSE"). Those rumors were denied by Leiweke himself, but yesterday he had notified MLSE of his departure effective next June. Because he is involved with all the teams that fall under MLSE's control, evaluating Leiweke’s overall performance in Toronto requires a...
Posting and Toasting Aug 22, 2014
Friday Grunions

Friday Grunions

Links! Hi! It's me, Annette Bening, here again to show you some Knicks links. Let's get to it! - I wish I'd come across grunions back when Glen Grunwald was in charge, but I like them just the same today. What you see above is a female grunion spawning. For a few nights, female grunions work their way up to the beach, dig their tails into the sand, and lay eggs while the males wrap their bodies around the females and contribute some milt. Did you know fish sperm is called milt? I didn't! We're learning so much today. Good for us! You're only allowed to catch grunions by hand. That practice...

Goodbye, Thaddeus Young: Former Sixer and Golden Boy of a Bland Era

Jake Fischer, 13, throws up his hands at the Sixers draft party at the Wachovia Center after Sixers pick Thaddeus Young. That's me in the royal blue Sixers Camp t-shirt seven years ago. The appears-to-be-sleeping twerp to my right is my little brother, Jameson. June 28, 2007 was so long ago, the gold, black and white Gilbert Arenas Washington Wizards alternate jersey he's wearing isn't ironic yet. My mother graciously shlepped us over the Walt Whitman Bridge that evening to attend the Sixers' season ticket holder NBA Draft party. Inside the Wachovia Center, Marc Zumoff was hosting some form...
NetsDaily Aug 22, 2014

Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Brooklyn Nets new affiliate, to host an open workout at Nets practice facility

The Fort Wayne Mad Ants will be the Nets' D-League affiliate this season as will 13 other NBA teams.  The Nets hybrid affiliation with the Springfield Armor ended after last season. The Armor franchise, along with its D-League player rights and draft picks (including two of the top four in this November's draft), were sold to group of businessmen in Grand Rapids who are moving the franchise to the Michigan city. There, it will be the Pistons affiliate. Of the 17 D-League teams, all but the Mad Ants have NBA affiliations. So the remaining 14 NBA teams must share an affiliation with Fort...
CelticsBlog Aug 22, 2014

CelticsBlog Readers' Roundtable: in the second year of the rebuild, what's the plan?

With Kevin Love getting traded to the Cavaliers tomorrow, Celtics fans might have to wait until next summer for fireworks. Until then, Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens have a stable of young talent, productive veterans, expiring contracts, and draft picks to work with. The question is: how should they move forward in the 2014-2015 season? We saw how one scenario could have played out this summer.  There were persistent rumors that Ainge was willing to trade some of his young talent and first rounders to land Kevin Love in a blockbuster deal.  Instead, Boston kept both picks this summer,...
Raptors HQ Aug 22, 2014

DeRozan Shines in Latest Team USA Exhibition

After sitting the previous game, the Raptors' DeMar DeRozan took to the floor in Team USA's latest outing against the Dominican Republic. His play prompted many to ask: Is DeRozan still on the bubble? What a difference a couple of days makes. After a bout of hand-wringing following Team USA's game against Brazil on Wednesday night - a game in which, as we've noted, Raptor DeMar DeRozan did not get off the bench - the Americans were at it again on Wednesday night in exhibition against the Dominican Republic. While the ultimate result was another victory - a soul-crushing 105-62 blowout in...
Liberty Ballers Aug 22, 2014

Casual Friday Sixers Links: T-Wolf days of August

We'll bring the links, you bring the discussion. Casual Friday open thread discussion fun for everyone! In this week's edition of Casual Friday, we scour what we can for articles on Sixers other than Nerlens Noel AND OH IS THAT A THAD YOUNG TRADE HI SAM HINKIE Welcome to another edition of Casual Friday Sixers Links! Housekeeping: • We are still 2 days away from 30 days since Andrew Wiggins signed his contract with the Cavs, therefore, there is not much Sixers news this week! • Missing you, trade action OHAI THAD YOUNG TRADE • Many people have asked many blog leaders over the years if...
Net Income / NetsDaily Aug 22, 2014
At the center of it all for Brooklyn Nets, good news

At the center of it all for Brooklyn Nets, good news

The Nets have six players who can be classified as "bigs", centers and power forwards.  In descending order by height, there's Brook Lopez, Mason Plumlee, Kevin Garnett, Andrei Kirilenko, Mirza Teletovic and Cory Jefferson. For each one of them, there's good news to report. --Lopez has been cleared for basketball activities and says his injured foot feels fine. --Plumlee is getting closer to his goal of joining Team USA. Friday morning, Marc Stein reports that Plumlee and Klay Thompson "have emerged as Krzyzewski favorites." --Garnett is "hungry" and feeling "great" according to Plumlee...
Liberty Ballers Aug 22, 2014
Done Deal: Thaddeus Young Traded To Minnesota

Done Deal: Thaddeus Young Traded To Minnesota

Woj says he's on his way to Minnesota. Thaddeus Young has been involved in trade rumors for nearly a year now, and has been tied to the Minnesota Timberwolves for nearly a month. While the reported return package may have changed, one thing is official: Young will be a member of the Timberwolves. The deal cannot be official until Saturday, but Woj has the full details: As @JerryZgoda 1st reported, Minny's Luc Mbah a Moute, Alexey Shved and Heat '15 1st-rounder go to 76ers for Thad Young. Deal done Saturday. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) August 22, 2014 We'll have more on...
Celtics Today Aug 22, 2014
Does Avery Bradley have a realistic view for the coming season?

Does Avery Bradley have a realistic view for the coming season?

It's normal to go into a season with some confidence. But, the Celtics haven't made big moves to feel like they can make the playoffs with ease. I think having Rondo back to start will put the Celtics in a good spot. But this team needs to remain healthy, and they need to hit an extra gear. That extra gear is Jeff Green scoring 2-3 more points a game, and Bradley playing over 70 games. Along with scoring 15-17 a night. So, if some that happens. Then perhaps the playoffs are possible. ESPN Boston"I can’t even [put it into words], you guys just have to see," said Bradley. "A lot of people...
Celtics Today Aug 21, 2014

Rondo, and Danny Ainge team up with Ice Bucket Challenge

Well, that's a sight for sore eyes. Rondo, and Danny teaming up for the Ice Bucket Challenge. They nailed Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck pretty good. Maybe the trio talked about a contract?

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