5:05 AM EST, Sun February 14, 2016
Net Income / NetsDaily 7 hours ago

Denver Post: "Pretty good chance" Arturas Karnisovas will join Brooklyn Nets

Chris Dempsey, the respected Denver Post writer, reports that there is "pretty good chance" the Nets will offer Nuggets assistant GM Arturas Karnisovas the Brooklyn GM job.  In fact, Dempsey notes that Chauncey Billups is already lobbying for Karnisovas' job. Dempsey reports, "Karnisovas spoke with the Nets earlier this week while the Nuggets were in New York for three days to face the Knicks and then the Nets. He is as hot a candidate as there is, and there a pretty good chance the Nets offer him the job" Of course, one question is what job? Karnisovas was interviewed for Billy King's...
CelticsBlog 8 hours ago

Karl-Anthony Towns stuns Isaiah Thomas to win Skills Competition

Buries a three at the end of a wild final matchup with the Celtics all-star. The skills field looked too easy for Isaiah Thomas throughout the night. He soared through the ball handling drills, made his passes with perfection, and disposed of all the competition he faced early in the competition. It just came down to one final three. He found his match in a surprising big man, the 2016 Skills Competition champion, Karl-Anthony Towns. Thomas and Towns tore through the early portions together, finishing their lay-ups at nearly the same time. Then Towns took off in the other direction, using...
Raptors HQ 8 hours ago

NBA All-Star Saturday Night: Welcome to the Party

The official Raptors HQ hangout for the NBA All-Star Saturday night party in Toronto. The All-Star party is just getting started in Toronto as basketball fans across the city settle in for tonight's events. On the schedule for the evening are the Skills Competition, the Three Point Shootout, and of course, the Dunk Contest. I won't even try to make some predictions as to who the winners will be. On the Raptors side of things, only Kyle Lowry is involved in tonight's festivities. He's competing in the Three Point Shootout. As you'd expect, the reigning MVP and human supernova, is favoured to...
Posting and Toasting 10 hours ago

Carmelo Anthony is "not going anywhere"

Unless the Knicks want to make things super weird, it's up to him. I have a question. I don't know the answer to the question. Here's the question: Would Phil Jackson and Steve Mills initiate discussions of a Carmelo Anthony trade? Would they make calls? Would they return calls? On one hand, it would be politically very dicey to work toward a Melo trade before talking to him, because you have to talk to him at some point. He could sandbag negotiations by being whiny or choosy about his destination. He could give a flat-out no, which would make for a suuuuper weird relationship. On the other...

Jimmer Fredette named D-League All-Star Game MVP; The Knicks are invincible!

The Westchester Knicks guard set a new scoring record. Fresh off Friday night's despicable theft of Kristaps Porzingis's Rising Stars MVP award -- I'll never forgive you, Zach LaVine -- it appeared the Knicks would be shut out on All-Star Weekend. Jimmer Fredette had other plans. NEW RECORD! 35 points from @jimmerfredette is the new all-time high for #DLeagueAllStar. And the #EAST prevails! pic.twitter.com/ZpYfwQAJKQ — Westchester Knicks (@wcknicks) February 13, 2016 #MVP!!! #Jimmer!!! #DLeagueAllStar pic.twitter.com/P6wUHmm16p — Westchester Knicks (@wcknicks) February 13,...
CelticsBlog 15 hours ago

Isaiah Thomas recruiting players to Boston at the All Star weekend

Sounds like at least one player want a piece of that Celtic Pride. All Star games can be an opportunity for players to compare notes and plant seeds about future plans.  So it is great that Isaiah Thomas can be there to do a little recruiting for Boston. #IsaiahThomas says a player, who he will not name, asked him about Boston... As in that player is interested in joining the Celtics. — Marc D'Amico (@Marc_DAmico) February 13, 2016 I will say this about #IsaiahThomas and recruiting: every player in the @NBA seems to love that dude. He's a valuable recruiter. — Marc D'Amico...
Net Income / NetsDaily 15 hours ago

WHAT?! Marc Stein hints of Prokhorov interest in R.C. Buford!

It started Friday night with Howard Beck tweeting about the possibility that Mikhail Prokhorov may have a secret candidate or secret list of candidates for the GM job. 5. Last time Prokhorov made GM hire, he had a quiet "A" list that never became public. Some execs believe same is happening now. — Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) February 12, 2016 Then Saturday, Marc Stein tweeted a series of messages that hinted at the name at the top of that list might be (pause for deep breath) R.C. Buford, GM of the Spurs!! In a scenario @HowardBeck tossed out yesterday, I've been betting on a Bryan...
CelticsBlog 17 hours ago

NBA All Star Weekend Open Thread

Enjoy the festivities and comment here. Love All Star Weekend?  Want to chat about it with your friends here on CelticsBlog?  Well, here's your open thread. And here's a few links for you as well.  Enjoy. NBA All-Star Weekend schedule for Saturday: How to watch the busiest day of the weekend - SBNation.com Catch all the action on one of the most exciting days of the NBA calendar. NBA Slam Dunk Contest 2016: Participants, rules, TV schedule, start time and more - SBNation.com Zach LaVine will attempt to retain his title after turning heads with a fantastic performance in the 2015...
Net Income / NetsDaily 19 hours ago

Bojan Bogdanovic on the bubble?

The Nets participation in NBA All-Star Weekend is over now that the Rising Stars Challenge is over.  Bojan Bogdanovic played --scoring six points in the USA vs. World game. If you missed the game, Bogdanovic played well enough, getting a C- from one pundit. He started but played only 16 minutes and made a pair of 3s in six attempts for his only scoring. He also had two rebounds, two assists and a steal. Bogdanovic has played well of late. In February, he's averaging 11.6 points a game off the bench, hitting a scorching 56 percent of his three's and 50 percent overall.  He seems to be...
Net Income / NetsDaily 19 hours ago

Mikhail Prokhorov's GM search not over yet ... and there's no deadline

The Nets promised a thorough search for a GM and Mikhail Prokhorov promised he would be in on the key interviews. So far, they are sticking to that script, Alex Raskin of the Wall Street Journal reports. He writes Saturday that while the Nets may be down to a "short list", as Prokhorov told ESPN Wednesday, "no specific deadline is in place" and there may even be more interviews this week when Prokhorov returns to Brooklyn this week to open the $50 million HSS Training Center. There has been speculation that the Nets would like have to their new GM on hand for the grand opening of the...
Liberty Ballers Feb 13, 2016

Okafor, Team USA Prevails over Team World in the Rising Stars Challenge, 157-154

THE FUTURE IS NOW! It's All-Star Weekend, the final reprieve before the long stretch to the post-season. Once more, the Philadelphia 76ers have decided to sit this year out because The Miami Big 3 The Golden State Juggernauts are laying siege to the rest of the league and who likes to getting massacred? I digress. Thankfully, the Sixers have been pretty well-represented during the festivities for the past couple years. The infusion of youth and talent have been put on display over the past few years with, former Sixer, Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel getting their share of the...

Isola: The Celtics and Cavaliers talked about including Carmelo Anthony in a Kevin Love trade

Very big deal; also probably not happening. The New York Knicks are languishing near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings and the trade deadline is near, which can mean only one thing: Carmelo Anthony trade rumor fever! This one, from Frank Isola, would be a blockbuster ... an extremely unlikely blockbuster, but a blockbuster nonetheless: The Daily News has learned that the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers have discussed a blockbuster trade centered around Kevin Love. There were very preliminary discussions about expanding the deal to include the Knicks and Anthony, who...
CelticsBlog Feb 12, 2016

Rumor: Celts and Cavs Have Discussed Kevin Love; Knicks Involved, Too?

Love to Boston; Carmelo to Cleveland? It's hard to say how much substance this has, or if talks are ongoing, but this is a juicy rumor from Frank Isola and the NY Daily News: The Daily News has learned that the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers have discussed a blockbuster trade centered around Kevin Love. There were very preliminary discussions about expanding the deal to include the Knicks and Anthony, who would have to waive his no-trade clause in order to facilitate a deal to the Cavs.The Knicks would receive draft picks and players in return. One of those players is believed to...
CelticsBlog Feb 12, 2016

NBA Trade Rumor: Celtics talking with Cavs about Kevin Love

Also, Carmelo Anthony is involved... somehow. You wanted big names and rumors, here's some more big names and rumors. Once again, Kevin Love is being tied to the Celtics.  This time from Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. Isola: Mega-deal that would send Melo to Cavs still possible - NY Daily News The Daily News has learned that the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers have discussed a blockbuster trade centered around Kevin Love. There were very preliminary discussions about expanding the deal to include the Knicks and Anthony, who would have to waive his no-trade clause in order...
Raptors HQ Feb 12, 2016

NBA All-Star Friday Night: Team Canada wins the Celeb Game, beating Team USA, 74-63

A fun evening of ridiculous basketball was capped by a convincing 74-63 win by Team Canada. It's not particularly difficult to come up with highlights from the NBA All-Star Weekend's celebrity game. Set up as a Canada vs. USA contest, the teams featured a host of celebrities from across the continent -- and equally impressive coaching staffs. We have to begin with the coaches here. For Team Canada, Drake strode the sidelines, dressed the part, with a serious look his face for most of the night. He was helped out by Jose Bautista, who mostly just chilled on the sideline, and Steve Nash, also...
Liberty Ballers Feb 12, 2016

Rising Stars Challenge Game Thread

Watch Jahlil Okafor take part in tonight's festivie NBA All-Star festivities get underway tonight with the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge. Formerly known as the Rookie-Sophomore game, the Rising Stars Challenge now pits a team of USA born players against internationally born players. The Philadelphia 76ers sole representative tonight will be rookie big man Jahlil Okafor, who will be suiting up for the U.S. team. Nerlens Noel was also chosen to participate in tonight's game, but right knee tendonitis will keep him from partaking. He was replaced by Phoenix shooting guard Devin Booker. Tip-off...
NetsDaily Feb 12, 2016

Game Thread: NBA All-Star Weekend Rising Stars Game, 9:00PM

This is essentially all Brooklyn Nets fans have to look forward to this NBA All-Star Weekend: watching Bojan Bogdanovic play in the Rising Stars Challenge. Hey, at least it's something. Here are the details: Date: Friday, Feb. 12 Time: 9 p.m. ET Place: Air Canada Centre TV: TNT Online: Watch TNT Participants: Jordan Clarkson, Rodney Hood, Zach LaVine, Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, Jabari Parker, Elfrid Payton, D'Angelo Russell, Marcus Smart, Karl-Anthony Towns ... International Team: Clint Capela, Mario Hezonja, Nikola Jokic, Emmanuel Mudiay, Raul Neto, Kristaps...

NBA Rising Stars Challenge game thread: Team Kristaps vs. Team Not-Kristaps

Kristaps Kristaps Kristaps Kristaps Kristaps Kristaps Kristaps Kristaps Kristaps Kristaps Kristaps Kristaps Kristaps Kristaps Kristaps Kristaps Kristaps Kristaps Kristaps Kristaps Kristaps Porzingis! Now that I've got you attention, let's talk about Friday night's kick-off to All-Star Weekend. The festivities begin at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN with the All-Star Celebrity Game. That game has zero Kristapses, so do with that knowledge whatever you will. Then, at 9 p.m., the main event: The BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge. It is ostensibly a "USA vs. The World" format. Sorry, America, because...
Raptors HQ Feb 12, 2016

Toronto and the Raptors, the city and team that could

Over the past five years, the Raptors have climbed up the ladder of the NBA. And now, at All-Star Weekend 2016, it's time for Toronto to shine. At their mutual cores, the city of Toronto and its hometown basketball team, the Raptors, are more than just geographically linked. There's a spiritual connection here, a shared identity taken on by both the franchise's players and the fans who watch them play. As the NBA's All-Star weekend kicks off today, it was impossible to ignore the feeling that this inextricable bond between Toronto and the Raptors is what makes everything happening right now...
Net Income / NetsDaily Feb 12, 2016

Would Nets go for Bryan Colangelo AND Arturas Karnisovas, asks Howard Beck

In a series of tweets, Howard Beck updates his coverage of the Nets GM search, suggesting that there's some speculation the Nets might want to hire both Bryan Colangelo and Arturas Karnisovas. He also suggests that Mikhail Prokhorov may have a "quiet A-list" and isn't opposed to trading Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young, just "reluctant." In a Colangelo-Karnisovas construct, the former Suns and Raptors GM might be given the title of President (or vice-president) of Basketball Operations and Karnisovas would be "general manager." Here's the tweets... 1. Lots of intrigue/speculation about Nets...

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