2:33 AM EDT, Fri May 27, 2016
Net Income / NetsDaily 7 hours ago

Brooklyn Nets to hold second free agent mini-camp next month?

David Pick, the European hoops writer, tweets that the Nets will hold another free agent mini-camp next month. I'm told Kwame Vaughn, All-FIBA Europe Cup SG, has been invited to next Nets mini camp. — David Pick (@IAmDPick) May 25, 2016 The mini-camp is expected to begin around June 16, after international leagues finish up and well before NBA free agency -- and summer league play. The second mini-camp is yet another indication that the Nets are pushing development and unconventional free agency.  As Kenny Atkinson said last week, "We’re going to have to look under every rock, and...
Liberty Ballers 9 hours ago

Houston Rockets Hire Sixers Assistant Mike D'Antoni

D'Antoni didn't even spend a full season with the Sixers. Less than six months after joining the organization, Sixers assistant coach Mike D'Antoni will be leaving to become the head coach of the Houston Rockets, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski. D'Antoni interviewed for the job less than a week ago, and narrowly beat out Charlotte Hornets assistant Scott Silas. This will be D'Antoni's fifth head coaching job and the sixth NBA team he's worked for. The 65-year-old former player joined Philadelphia's staff in December after spending nearly 18 months out of basketball once he...
Fear The Sword 9 hours ago

NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers vs. Raptors Game 6 Preview

The Cavs will look to finish off the Raptors in Game 6. The Cavs look to end the series and advance to the finals after jumping out to a 3-2 on Wednesday night, a game where the Cavs bounced back to form, jumping out to an early lead and not letting the game get remotely competitive. With a team as streaky and scrappy as the Raptors, you don't want to give them a fighting chance. Who: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors When: Friday, May 27 at 8:30 p.m. Where: Air Canada Center, Toronto TV: ESPN Enemy Blog: Raptors HQ Music: Meek Mill — "All The Way Up" Three keys to the game 1....

Kristaps Porzingis will team up with Thanasis Antetokounmpo for a streetball game in Greece

How do you say "Knicks for life" in Greek? The nation of Greece invented the Olympic Games, so it is only fitting that they recently created a sporting event so glorious, it makes the 2016 Rio Olympics look like two drunk townies fighting over the last 30-pack of Coors Light. A streetball tournament is being held throughout the various Greek city-states, pitting Thanasis Antetokounmpo against his brother, Giannis Antetokounmpo. Oh, and in case that matchup isn't titanic enough for you, the brothers split the first two contests and Thanasis has called in some backup for the third and...
Raptors HQ 10 hours ago

James Johnson Watch: What to do in the uncertainty of the night

There may not be very many games left in the 2015-16 season for these Toronto Raptors. It's hard to say goodbye though. The sports media world has been all aflutter today thanks to a doofy column from the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons. The imbroglio in question is over a late night stroll through a casino by Raptors players DeMarre Carroll and Cory Joseph. The column is wrong in a bunch of ways: it attacks the players' reputations, but doesn't talk about their existing good rep; it ignores that NBA players are night owls who nap in the afternoons; it weakly implies that their poor play in...
Raptors HQ 11 hours ago

Kyle Lowry voted onto the 2015-16 All-NBA Third Team

A just reward for a historic season from the best Toronto Raptor. Announced earlier today, Kyle Lowry joins Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Damian Lillard, Chris Paul, and Klay Thompson as the All-NBA guards for the 2015-16 season. pls ignore the tears in my eyes for the love of my life kyle lowry making an all-nba team pic.twitter.com/dvPOqoJN3q — Ty Rupee Singh (@IamHarshDave) May 26, 2016 Although he was the second-lowest vote getter of the fifteen names on the list, it's a well-deserved honour for the orchestrator and focal point of the Raptors' franchise record season. ...
Liberty Ballers 12 hours ago

Sixers Mailbag Season 2 Vol. 19 - What Team Other Than The Celtics Could Trade For Jahlil Okafor

This week's edition of the Sixers mailbag includes answers on potential suitors for Jahlil Okafor outside of the Celtics, my top realistic choices for the Sixers to select with their late first round picks, and when Dario Saric might sign with the Sixers. @Darth_Doug: What teams beside the Celtics would have interest in Jahlil Okafor? When I took a look at the NBA Trade Machine right before this year's trade deadline, I struggled to find any teams that made sense outside of Boston from the perspectives of a sensible fit and tradable assets. The offseason changes that a little bit. Lottery...

Should the Knicks pursue Joakim Noah?

He and Phil Jackson "have a rapport", per Howard Beck. The basketball world was set abuzz Wednesday afternoon by news that Joakim Noah has already told teammates he won't re-sign with the Chicago Bulls. Howard Beck -- a.k.a. The Guy Who Broke the Jeff Hornacek Hiring -- jumped all over this: LRT: If Noah's leaving Bulls, expect Knicks to make a strong pitch. Phil Jackson and Noah have a rapport. And Noah has NY roots. — Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) May 25, 2016 Much depends, of course, on whether Noah still sees himself as a fulltime starter. Knicks have RoLopez, but Noah would be...
Net Income / NetsDaily 14 hours ago

What did we learn, if anything, from the Brooklyn Nets mini-camp?

It's hard to make sense of what went on earlier this week at the Nets mini-camp, held at the HSS Training Center in Brooklyn.  The Nets did not release anything on the "campers," not their number or names.  No reporters were invited to watch or talk to staff. (Same is true of Draft prospects). We found out the identities of only 13 players, maybe a representative sample, maybe not. But one thing we're fairly confident about:  One camper's background didn't fit with the rest of those we looked at: Anthony Bennett.  He is the youngest prospect we found, at 23.  He is the only one we...
Raptors HQ 15 hours ago

NBA Eastern Conference Finals 2016: Kyle Lowry is dumbfounded by his own boxscore

Things were bad last night. After winning Games 3 and 4 in Toronto, the Raptors were summarily slaughtered by the Cavaliers in Game 5. Kyle Lowry, who finished the game with 13 points, five turnovers, and a plus/minus of -25, was not impressed when he came to the podium for his press conference and reviewed the box score. And by "not impressed," I mean, "downright shocked." When you get your report card and you have to explain to your parents why you failed all of your classes. A video posted by Sports Videos (@houseofhighlights) on May 26, 2016 at 12:32am PDT You can literally...
Raptors HQ 15 hours ago

Post-Game 6 Breakdown: The Raptors were beat in every way possible

A simple summary of a very bad game for Toronto. The prevailing attitude among Raptors fans was that the team had met expectations by taking two from the Cavaliers and that anything else was gravy. Well, the team sure thought so. No gravy for us. Everybody Was Terrible Usually in bad losses, there is a lineup that is suspect, or a player who played terribly, that you can point to as an adjustment for the next game. But not in this one. Here are the on-court net ratings for each player who played real minutes. DeRozan: -52Lowry: -47Carroll: -47Ross: -37Biyombo: -48Patterson: -73Valanciunas:...
Liberty Ballers 16 hours ago

Liberty Ballers Still Needs Your Help Qualifying For The Basketball Tournament

Please take 30 seconds out of your day to vote for Liberty Ballers. Last time we mentioned The Basketball Tournament on this site, we were announcing the signing of John Salmons to the team Liberty Ballers roster. That resulted in our team receiving enough fan votes to jump all the way to third in the northeast standings. Since then things have quieted down and we're currently 10th out of 11 teams that receive an automatic bid for the tournament, with a handful of teams hot on our heels. Voting ends in just five days, so I'd like to ask you all one last time to take thirty seconds out of...
Net Income / NetsDaily 16 hours ago

NetsDaily Gallery: a look at the players rooftop lounge at HSS Training Center

The same day that the Nets introduced Kenny Atkinson to the media, we got a chance to take a look upstairs at the HSS Training Center.  Work had just been completed on the rooftop lounge, the ninth floor add-on to the player lounge just off the main practice courts. The bar still had to be stocked and a few logos added here and there, but it --and the training center-- are now open for business. First, a quick walk from the stairway up to the roof to the 3,000-square-foot space.  As Tony Brasile, the Nets operations director notes, there's "a full sound system, capabilities for TV, a...
Raptors HQ 16 hours ago

Watch: The Raptors reflect on a Game 5 drubbing in Cleveland

This one was not pretty for Toronto. Remember hope and laughter? Well, if you were watching the Raptors plummet to their deaths last not in Cleveland, you may be hard pressed to conjure up much positive emotion this morning. Game 5 was a disaster for Toronto and now, as the series moves back to the ACC, the Raps are set up for a do-or-die situation -- their third of these playoffs. Neither team has been able to win on the road in this series, so who knows what Game 6 will hold, but for now, we are left only with the sad Raptors being sad and trying their best to put things into perspective....
CelticsBlog 19 hours ago

Future Rumors - predicting Celtics rumors that will likely surface before the NBA draft

Stop me when you've heard these before. We've got a month until the NBA Draft and you generally have to wait till the Finals wind down before the "silly season" of NBA rumors really start to heat up. That's fine because I'm all for giving the teams that have earned their way to a deep playoff run to get their due attention. Still, I do love me some rumors. You could say that I've been through a few rodeos covering the Celtics over the last 11 years. I've written about so many trade deadlines and offseasons that they all start to run together. They have a certain cadence and rhythm to...
Raptors HQ May 26, 2016

Cavs Blast Raptors 116-78; Game 6 Goes Friday at the ACC

The Cavs romped all over the Raptors in a laugher of a game in Cleveland tonight. The Q just ain't kind to the Raps. Once again the Cavs absolutely smacked the Raptors around on their home floor in a 38 point win, vanquishing any of the questions raised in their two losses. Kevin Love reappeared as himself and finished with 25 points on 8-10 from the floor and 6-6 at the free throw line, while Kyrie Irving remained potent with 23 points on 9-17 and Tristan Thompson held his own with 10 boards and nine points. And of course this man did this thing to the tune of 23 points, eight assists and...
Raptors HQ May 25, 2016

HQ Overtime Post-Game Show: Let's talk about that blowout

I'm joined by Russell Peddle to discuss Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. HQ Overtime is a live post-game show. Tune in through the Mixlr player below and leave a question in the comments section -- we'll address as many as we can on the show. For all the details on this show, check out our introductory thread. The Raptors got clean blown out in Game 5, losing 116-78. In a bit of an abridged show (sorry, but there's just not a lot to discuss from this one), Russell Peddle and I will talk about the Cavs energy to start, the outburst from Kevin Love, and the funky rotations that Dwane...

Playoff open thread: 05/25/16

All kinds of weirdness going on in the NBA playoffs at the moment. Can the Raptors continue that trend in Cleveland? Included with each matchup is a list of each team's unrestricted (UFA) and restricted (RFA) free agents. I've added a few players who will probably opt out of their contracts this summer, ignoring the Dirk Nowitzki and Tim Duncan types who certainly aren't going anywhere. Go future Knicks! 8:30 PM - Toronto Raptors at Cleveland Cavaliers Raptors Free Agents: Luis Scola (UFA), James Johnson (UFA), Jason Thompson (UFA), DeMar DeRozan (player option), Bismack Biyombo (player...
NetsDaily May 25, 2016

Can the Brooklyn Nets find the next Isaiah Thomas at No. 55?

No one actually believes the 55th overall pick will turn the Brooklyn Nets around all on its own. It's a crazy idea that won't stop fans from regularly rolling out the names of those who were drafted that low or lower, in pastt. Names that belong to a Hall of Famer (Drazen Petrovic at 60), a future Hall of Famer (Manu Ginobili at 57) and a current All-Star (Isaiah Thomas at 60) Still, that record doesn’t negate the fact that that anyone who gets picked at that point in the Draft is going to be a crap shoot, at best. For the Nets, any semblance of young talent is a ray of hope for the...
CelticsBlog May 25, 2016

Avery Bradley is First Team All Defense!

3rd leading vote getter! Avery Bradley has been named to the first team of the All Defense team.  Well deserved. Avery Bradley wasn't just top vote-getter at guard, he was third in points overall behind only Kawhi, Draymond. pic.twitter.com/YrCyNt0N8s — Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) May 25, 2016 Jae Crowder barely missed the 2nd team and Marcus Smart got votes as well.  Not too shabby.

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