1:49 AM EDT, Tue July 28, 2015
NetsDaily 1 hour ago

Jim Boehim: Chris McCullough will be a ‘front line’ player in 2-3 years

The Brooklyn Nets had a pretty solid draft night. They nabbed Rondae Hollis-Jefferson with the Trail Blazers' # 23 pick, and then grabbed Syracuse Freshman Chris McCullough with the 29th pick. "It was an enlightened move to draft him. In 2 to 3 years, he is going to be a front line player in the NBA," Syracuse head coach Jim Boehim told SiriusXM NBA Radio Monday about McCullough. These are things the Nets obviously want to hear. After focusing most of the franchise's former direction on immediate winning by spending large, the Nets are now working on a different technique to find success:...
CelticsBlog 3 hours ago

Celtics building a cast of high character guys

Maybe good guys can finish first. One recurring theme I'm noticing about the Celtics current roster is the emphasis on high character guys. The team already featured the well liked Avery Bradley as the longest tenured player in Boston.  Jae Crowder has an infectious energy that has won fans and teammates over.  Isaiah Thomas has one of those megawatt smiles and Napoleon complex attitudes that mixes for a lot of fun on the court.  Jonas Jerebko quietly goes about his business and does everything the coaching staff asks of him.  Right on down the list there are a lot of guys you want on...
Net Income / NetsDaily 4 hours ago

Roof goes up at HSS Training Center

It's finally starting to look like this... With the roof above the practice courts now being installed, construction of the 70,000-square foot HSS Training Center is on time. Crews continue to push for a February opening and the construction crane is preparing for the "topping off." The steel frame for what will be a 34-foot high ceiling went up two weeks ago. Inside, the construction includes installation things like one of the players' to hydropools. February is the ideal time for the team to move from its long-time home in East Rutherford to Brooklyn. The all-Star break and the Nets...
CelticsBlog 5 hours ago

Boston Celtics finalize several summer transactions

David Lee, Jae Crowder deals completed, Jonas Jerebko, Amir Johnson, and Perry Jones III all introduced. The Celtics front office was very busy today.  They made several roster moves, but most of them have been known about for weeks. Amir Johnson and Jonas Jerebko officially signed weeks ago but the team waited until the rest of the transactions were complete to introduce them to the fans.  That seems fitting since all the moves this summer essentially added or maintained depth for Brad Stevens's squad. The David Lee trade was made official today (so long Gerald Wallace and Chris Babb)....
Net Income / NetsDaily 7 hours ago

In Power Rankings, Schuhmann drops Nets below Knicks

John Schuhmann's power rankings have always been the gold standard in the class.  Very thorough, very dispassionate and very succinct. So when he suggests the Nets come out of the Draft and free agency in 25th place, three below the Knicks (!), it's probably worth your attention. Here's what he has to say about Brooklyn... Key addition(s): Locker room happiness, tax relief Key question: Can Jarrett Jack just run the offense? Two sobering numbers in regard to the Nets: They had the point differential of a 31-win team last season and, though he had a down year, they were much worse when...
CelticsBlog 10 hours ago

Boston Celtics Daily Links 7/27/15

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald  Warriors trade David Lee to Boston for Wallace, Babb Celtics acquire Zoran Dragic from Heat, but he won't be around long Sixers’ misstep with Joel Embiid might have been Celtics’ Globe  Sunday Basketball Notes: Trail Blazers have embarked on new, younger pathCeltics acquire Zoran Dragic from Heat, intend to waive him -CelticsGreen  SQ1 65 Days to Camp, Lots of Time to ThinkSQ2 Making the Even Range of Talent WorkRandom Thoughts as the Celtics Make Another Move CelticsBlog  Isaiah Thomas scores 50 points in return to...
CelticsBlog 11 hours ago

Larry Bird on going 1-on-1 with Michael Jordan, "..he'd kill me."

The great Larry Bird is as grounded and realistic as he ever was. In a recent interview with Dan Patrick, he was asked if he could beat Michael Jordan 1-on-1 right now at their advanced ages. LB: God, I hate to admit this, but he'd kill me. (laughs) DP: I don't know if I honestly believe that. LB: Dan, I'm 40 pounds more than I was when I played, I'm broken down. I really don't care like I used to. I have a fight in me, but it's not the fight I once had. But it would be a pretty close game. (laughs) There's also a funny exchange about Bird being better than players he was coaching back in...
Raptors HQ 11 hours ago

Thumbs Up To These Concept Jerseys For Next Year's All-Star Game In Toronto

Can we go ahead and commission these as the official jerseys? NBA jersey designs are hit or miss, and when it comes to feedback from fans, it appears to be more misses than hits (see: the new Clippers uniforms). Via the folks at Hooped Up Online, here are some concept jersey designs for next year's All-Star Game in Toronto from Mississauga artist Artur Wrona:

Knicks bringing forward Darion Atkins to camp

This hasn't been 100-percent confirmed as of yet, but it certainly appears as if former University of Virginia big man Darion Atkins has been invited to Knicks training camp. Per Sheridan Hoops: Former Virginia forward Darion Atkins plans to sign a partially guaranteed contract with the #Knicks, a source tells @sheridanhoops. — Shlomo Sprung (@SprungOnSports) July 24, 2015 A 6'8 forward and four-year senior, Atkins was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2013-14, averaging 7.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game for Tony Bennett's successful, almost inconceivably...
CelticsBlog 13 hours ago

Celtics acquire Zoran Dragic from Miami Heat

So the Celtics get the "other" Dragic brother. The Boston Celtics have acquired guard Zoran Dragic and a second-round pick from the Miami Heat in exchange for a heavily protected second-rounder that they will likely never part with. Miami Heat have traded Zoran Dragic & a 2nd round pick to Boston for a heavily-protected 2nd round pick. Move could save Heat $6 million — Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 27, 2015 Boston picks up another draft pick to add to their collection in exchange for taking on the approximately $1.7 million owed to Dragic this season. Miami's incentive is...
CelticsBlog 14 hours ago

Isaiah Thomas scores 50 points in return to court

Looks like his wrist is feeling just fine. Isaiah Thomas gave Celtics fans a bit of a scare when he unexpectedly revealed earlier this summer that he underwent surgery to remove a cyst from his shooting wrist, but it would appear that any concerns regarding his health can be put to rest after this past weekend. Thomas returned to the court for his first game action since the surgery to drop 50 points in a Seattle Pro-Am game over the weekend, proving that his wrist is feeling just fine and hasn't impacted his shooting stroke. He was his usual aggressive self in getting to the rim and...
Hot Hot Hoops 14 hours ago

Heat trade Zoran Dragic to Celtics for future 2nd round pick

The Heat slimmed their roster and tax bill again by trading Zoran Dragic to the Celtics. The Miami Heat are slowly slimming their roster down to regular season size by again trading a player for not much in return. First reported by Dan LeBatard, and confirmed by Ira Winderman, the Miami Heat sent Zoran Dragic to the Boston Celtics in exchange for a future second round pick. The trade helps alleviate the repeater tax penalty the Heat are facing and trim the roster, which they would have to do regardless. Miami Heat have traded Zoran Dragic & a 2nd round pick to Boston for a...
Net Income / NetsDaily 16 hours ago

Bobby Marks candidate for Kings' front office job?

Bobby Marks who's gone from the Nets assistant GM to the insanely popular capologist of Twitter may be joining the Sacramento Kings front office, according to several reports.  Sportando, the European hoops site, tweeted this out overnight... Bobby Marks spoke with the Kings at summer league in Las Vegas and is scheduled to interview again with them in Sacramento, per sources — Sportando (@sportando) July 27, 2015 Marks left the Nets after 20 years this summer. Since then, he set up a Twitter account that's making use of the knowledge he gained as the Nets capologist.  He has...
Net Income / NetsDaily 16 hours ago

For Markel Brown, Las Vegas provided big spark

There wasn't a lot to recommend about in Markel Brown's first game in the Orlando Summer League. Maybe he was nervous or trying to prove too much, but his line was positively horrid: 3 points, on 1-of-7 shooting, including 0-of-3 from downtown, five personals, five turnovers, all in 22 minutes.  Ugh. Starting from that baseline, improvement wouldn't be difficult, but the 6'3" Brown slowly made his way back, averaging 8.3 points on 29.7 percent shooting, but 37.5 percent from deep in four games in Florida.  Then, in Las Vegas, he looked like a player who knew that as second year guy, he...
CelticsBlog 19 hours ago

Sports Illustrated uses statistics to project 47 wins for Celtics

Math! You can't argue with math. Projecting the NBA standings for the 2015-16 season by Win Shares - NBA - SI.com Boston Celtics 2014-15 record (win shares): 40-42 (41.0) Key players gained: Amir Johnson (5.1), David Lee (3.2), full seasons of Isaiah Thomas (+4.0) and Jonas Jerebko (+1.9) Key players lost: Brandon Bass (5.3), Jeff Green (2.0) Projected 2015-16 win shares (record): 47.4 (47-35) The rebuilding job at the Garden continues to zoom along without a hitch. The Celtics will be a ton of fun to watch in 2015-16, and should expect to improve on their playoff seeding from last...
Net Income / NetsDaily Jul 26, 2015

NetsDaily Off-Season Report No. 12

Not much left to report now. It appears the off-season is over, with the possible exception of some news before training camp. The Nets currently have 17 players who could go into camp. Earl Clark may not make it. He could go back to China. Brooklyn has a decision to make on Ryan Boatright by August 1, but it's looking good for him, at least through camp. Jonathon Simmons and Cliff Alexander The two players on the Nets summer league roster who had the best July were not Rondae Hollis-Jefferson or Markel Brown, but Jonathon Simmons and Cliff Alexander. They went into summer league training...
Liberty Ballers Jul 26, 2015

76ers' Sunday Morning Shootaround: Steaks and Sauce

In this edition of the Sunday Morning Shootaround, #TheProcess is debated, Allen Iverson wins an award, and Nik Stauskas puts hot sauce on his cheesesteaks. Whether you're a card-carrying member of the Sons of Sam, or if you're not quite sure if you #TrustTheProcess, you'll probably find the above video at least mildly entertaining. In this behind-the-scenes clip from ESPN's Around the Horn, Pablo Torre defends the Sixers' strategy as the other panelists (mostly, Bomani Jones) equate Sam Hinkie's moves to a con game. No matter what side of the ledger you fall on, I think (nearly) everyone...

Does Robin Lopez hate Disneyland? A P&T investigation

Frowny-faced Disney hater! It's a glorious summer weekend - the sun is out, the birds are signing, and all across America kids of all ages our flocking to theme parks to enjoy a day of magic and wonder. This is certainly true at our most famous theme park, Disneyland, where sources inform me a fun time was had by all. *cue ominous music* ...or was it? Earlier this weekend, security cameras at The Happiest Place on Earth caught this disturbing image on Splash Mountain: No, that isn't Thor in the back -- the 'fro peaking out from behind the helmet should be a dead giveaway. It's...
Net Income / NetsDaily Jul 25, 2015

Polling NetsDaily fans!

How do you think the Nets did in the off-season --from Draft Night through Sunday?  Give us your grade in the poll and in the comments, explain why you voted the way you did. Also, in the comments, let us know who you think was the best move and the worst move; which player you think will surprise next season and where you think the Nets will finish in the East? Poll How would you rate the Nets off-season? A. One of the best in the NBA B. They did well within their restrictions C. Some good moves, some bad D. They didnt...
Raptors HQ Jul 25, 2015

Pan Am Games Update: Canada win in overtime against the United States, play Brazil for the gold

Consider this a game thread, or a digital shrine for Jamal Murray if you'd like. In retrospect, we probably should have put up a game thread for yesterday's Pan Am Games classic (words from an announcer, not mine, don't shoot the messenger) between Canada and the U.S., which went to overtime with the home team emerging victorious thanks to 31 points from Andrew Nicholson and Jamal Murray becoming a human We The North flag in the fourth quarter and overtime: But then again, it was late July, and a Friday night, and who is really watching these games? Actually I did, and I'm curious as to...

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