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Kevin O'connor / CelticsBlog 2 hours ago

"Rajon Rondo can't shoot?" Well, actually he sorta can

Evans Clinchy published a well-written article about the possibility of building around a point guard that can't shoot the basketball, but is that player really Rajon Rondo? Let's investigate. Didn't we already close the book on the narrative that Rajon Rondo can't shoot? Rondo certainly did enter the NBA as an abominable shooter, but he has developed to a stage that defenders have to at least respect his shot. Saying "Rondo can't shoot" is like saying "LeBron will never win a championship." It's an erroneous statement that has been proven wrong time after time. Over the course of the...
Posting and Toasting 5 hours ago
The Knicks have signed Cleanthony Early

The Knicks have signed Cleanthony Early

The second-round pick is officially a Knick. It was only a matter of time. After getting selected 34th in June's draft and acquitting himself pretty well in Las Vegas Summer League, Wichita State's Cleanthony Early has a guaranteed contract with the Knicks. He signed his deal in New York, which means...MINI TABLE! Aug. 1, 2014 – President Phil Jackson announced today that the team has signed Cleanthony Early to a contract. pic.twitter.com/cCmvkmwBCD — NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) August 1, 2014 Early is, I assume, day-to-day with a back injury after craning to apply his signature in...
A Thing

A Thing

Hello! An update of sorts. This has been a long time coming, but now it's official -- Sean O'Connor and Jake Pavorsky are taking over as co-heads of Liberty Ballers. I've graduated myself to Blogger Emeritus slash Senior Overseer slash Drunk Uncle slash Chief Warlock of the Wizengamot. But I'm not going away. Like Gangrel of his The Brood days, Liberty Ballers blood runs too deep in my veins. Like Arwen, my fate is tied to the fate of this blog. Like farts, I accidentally come out as poop sometimes. So I'm not gonna make a big deal out of this and say goodbyes or whatever. I'll still tweet...
NetsDaily 5 hours ago
USA Basketball: Mason Plumlee over DeMarcus Cousins? I mean...Sure, why not?

USA Basketball: Mason Plumlee over DeMarcus Cousins? I mean...Sure, why not?

Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com reported on Thursday that Mason Plumlee is "likely" to make Team USA's 12-man roster over DeMarcus Cousins, which was met with a great sense of pride among Brooklyn Nets fans, especially right here on NetsDaily. Elsewhere, the pending decision was met with great confusion as to why a second-year player in Plumlee, who played just 18.2 minutes per game as a rookie, would get the nod over Cousins, arguably one of the most talented big men in the NBA. Over at SB Nation, Satchel Price wrote his take on the situation with the premise being that there is "no good...
Celtics Today 18 hours ago
Are the Celtics preparing for another lottery year?

Are the Celtics preparing for another lottery year?

Now that July 31st has come and gone. It's a painful reminder that it's been seven years since the blockbuster deal that sent KG to Boston. Now that's a massive fireworks show. The Celtics struck out this summer, and Ainge wasn't able to put another star along side Rondo heading into the 2014-15 season. When you look at the roster it's hard to say who this team is. Without question Brad Stevens will have his work cut out for him. The Celtics have a full house right now with 18 players (so far) heading into training camp in late September. The roster is full of young. and upcoming talent, but...
NetsDaily 20 hours ago

Markel Brown and his Journey to the NBA

A good portion of your character is formed from hard times experienced and the resilience in which you possess to get through these 'hard times'. Markel Brown has dealt with plenty of these hard times, and has not only beat them, but conquered them along his way to the NBA. You root for guys like Markel Brown. Growing up with a passion for basketball, Brown had something special. His high school coach, Charles Smith at Central Louisiana’s, Peabody Magnet, knew Brown was a different kind of player. "Markel broke his right wrist in the eighth grade, and he was so dedicated to basketball...
Net Income / NetsDaily 23 hours ago
Mason Plumlee now

Mason Plumlee now "likely" to make Team USA, says Brian Windhorst

Looks like Mason Plumlee on Team USA is becoming less and less of a dream and more and more of a realty.  Brian Windhorst of ESPN, who's covering Team USA tryouts, tweets... 2 things from Team USA: post practice games between Durant/Harden/George are epic; Mason Plumlee likely to make team over DeMarcus Cousins — Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 31, 2014 That's big stuff.  But not everyone is surprised ... or thinks the Nets big has an advantage simply because Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski coached him for four years at Duke. Would not be shocked of Mason Plumlee is on final...
Liberty Ballers Jul 31, 2014

Report: Greg Foster Leaves Sixers For Bucks

Word is the Sixers assistant is leaving for a similar position with the Milwaukee Bucks. When Nerlens Noel was spending his days in the gym rehabbing his torn ACL and working on post moves, the one guy there every day was assistant Greg Foster. In Summer League when Noel finally hit the court Foster honed in on him, yelling at him to be more aggressive. While in Vegas, I noticed he was keeping a note pad, and when Nerlens messed up he would jot down things for him to work on. If there was any person (outside of Noel) that was responsible for helping to build the skill set the 2013 first...
NetsDaily Jul 31, 2014
Brooklyn Nets 2014-15 preseason schedule includes two games in China, three games at home

Brooklyn Nets 2014-15 preseason schedule includes two games in China, three games at home

The Brooklyn Nets have released their 2014-15 preseason schedule, which, as we know, will include two games in China against the Sacramento Kings. The Nets will also play three games at Barclays Center and one game on the road, within the United Sates, against the Boston Celtics. Along with the Global Games in China, the Nets will play a home game against 6-time Euroleague Champions Maccabi Tel Aviv. Here is the complete schedule: And just like that, we're a little over two months away from some preseason basketball. Hey, October, hurry up!
CelticsBlog Jul 31, 2014

Boston Celtics Daily LInks 7/31/14

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald  Timberwolves sign Mo Williams Bosh signs 5-year, $118 million Heat dealCelticsGreen  SQ14 #5 Soapbox--Sportscasters, Drunks, and Willful IgnoranceCowboys Ride for Free  Marcus Smart Preparing For His Next ChapterCelticsBlog  No Love, no fireworks, no problem? A quick recap of where the Celtics stand Lex Nihil Novi  "Lapsadaisical" Celtics Foreshadow Remainder of SeasonRed's Army  Your Morning Dump… Where Marcus Smart continues to impressCeltics.com  #AskPressey Sit Down: Part 1CSNNE  Stern lauds Silver in Sterling...
Posting and Toasting Jul 31, 2014

Thursday Little Skates

Links! Hi! Sorry it's been quiet. I am on vacation and, well, it's been quiet. I've been looking for things to read, though, and I have a few of them to share. Look! - We saw some little skates swimming near the beach yesterday. They were good dogs. Did you know the mermaid's purses you see wash up on the beach are the dried-up egg cases of skates, rays, sharks and the like? - Will Leitch did his regular Tortured NBA Fans rankings and...hey, we're pretty tortured! - Tim Hardaway Jr. is doing a diary from the USA Select camp and...well, we can now confirm he is definitely at USA Select...
The Lunacy of the NBA's Proposed Immediate Draft Reform

The Lunacy of the NBA's Proposed Immediate Draft Reform

Lukewarm Sports Take: The NBA has clearly targeted Sixers when discussing Draft Lottery reform over the past few months. About 40 minutes before the second day of Orlando Pro Summer League action tipped off back in early July, I walked over to the snack area of the media dining room in the Amway Center hoping to merely stuff my backpack with a few Nature Valley granola bars and head to my seat on press row. That's when an NBA Hall of Famer and former executive approached the snack bar as well, prompting a conversation. We touched on the typical summer league points of interest: Who's...
Adam Francis / Raptors HQ Jul 31, 2014

Raptors Sign Guard Will Cherry - Roster Now Set at 15

Toronto grabs Summer League stand-out Will Cherry to complete its roster for the 2014-15 season. So looks like we have our answer on that 15th roster spot we've been discussing on the site. Late last night, Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reported that the Toronto Raptors had indeed signed the player Spears had recently linked them to, Guard Will Cherry. From Spears' tweet: Former D-League Canton guard Will Cherry has agreed in principle to sign a two-year minimum deal with the Raptors, a source told Yahoo. If it's indeed a minimum salary deal Cherry would likely receive just over $500k...
NetsDaily Jul 31, 2014

In Terms of Reliable ‘Plan B’s’, Jarrett Jack is as Good as it gets

Judging from the past, Jarrett Jack seems like a pretty solid option to backup Deron Williams. During the 2011-2012 season, Deron Williams was an elite point guard among the NBA, topping the league with the most points scored in a game (57) and most assists as well (20). He dished out 10 or more assists in 23 games that season, out of 66, despite Kris Humphries being the team's second scoring option. After he signed a hefty contract the following off-season, the expectations on Williams' shoulders were tremendous as the Nets made their move across New York state lines. But, ever since the...
Net Income / NetsDaily Jul 31, 2014
Versatility close second to health among Brooklyn Nets issues

Versatility close second to health among Brooklyn Nets issues

"If healthy" has become as much a defining phrase for the Nets this summer as "It's a process" was during their awful start last season.  It captures the team's hopes. IF healthy, they should be a competitive force in the East if not a championship defender. IF healthy, their decision not to re-sign Pierce and go young shouldn't be that much of an issue. But second to health, versatility will define how well the team does.  Can Lionel Hollins take advantage of the roster's ability to play --and play well-- at multiple positions? It's one thing to have "six to eight players" who can play...
CelticsBlog Jul 30, 2014

No Love, no fireworks, no problem? A quick recap of where the Celtics stand

In case you were in a coma, or stuck at a comma, or stuck trying to think of the perfect comment, here's your Cliff Notes. Not a ton of news right now, so let us take a moment to reflect on how we got to this point (while linking to and quoting several articles posted in the last couple of days).  Blogging! Remember back when Wyc Grousbeck talked about potential "fireworks" this summer?  That didn't work out so well, but he doesn't regret making the remark. Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck doesn’t regret fireworks comment - Sports - The Boston Globe "No, if you go back and look at what I...
NetsDaily Jul 30, 2014
Brooklyn Nets officially announce assistants coaches

Brooklyn Nets officially announce assistants coaches

The Nets have officially announced the club's assistant coaches for the 2014-2015 season under new coach Lionel Hollins. Paul Westphal, John Welch, Tony Brown, Joe Wolf and Jay Humphries are the lead assistants while Jim Sann will be the team's assistant coach/advance scout. Westphal brings head coaching experience to the bench, as he was a head coach in Phoenix, Seattle and Sacramento during his 20 plus years as a coach. Westphal has a head coaching record of 318-279. Westphal is also a five-time NBA All Star and won an NBA Championship with the Boston Celtics in 1974. Welch is the only...
NetsDaily Jul 30, 2014
Mirza Teletovic has an opportunity to sustain last season's success

Mirza Teletovic has an opportunity to sustain last season's success

After an offseason that saw the Nets frontcourt change shape, Mirza Teletovic has a chance not only to sustain the success he found in Brooklyn last season, but to go even further. Steve Alexander of Rotoworld is in the group that believes Teletovic can make a big step this season, as he lists the "King of Bosnia" as one of his winners of this offseason. Mirza Teletovic,  F, Nets – With Paul Pierce no longer in Brooklyn and Kevin Garnett and Andrei Kirilenko playing in the bodies of old men, the time is now for Teletovic. The hope is that Teletovic will fly under the radar after...
CelticsBlog Jul 30, 2014
Boston Celtics Daily Links 7/30/14

Boston Celtics Daily Links 7/30/14

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald  Byron Scott sees swift title contention for LakersGrizzlies sign GM Chris Wallace to multi-year dealGlobe  Three Reasons the Celtics May Not Regret Missing Out on Kevin LoveNBA players union elects female executive directorMarcus Smart is Drawing Rave Reviews at Team USA Training Camp CelticsGreen  SQL14 #4 An Early Depth Chart GuessCelticsBlog  Is Eric Bledsoe an option for the Boston Celtics?Marcus Smart impresses in USA Basketball scrimmageESPN   Rookie Young says he's 'good to go'Lex Nihil Novi  The Raefinator goes...

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