7:14 AM EDT, Fri May 06, 2016
Raptors HQ 7 hours ago

Raptors beat Heat 96-92 in a stupid, hilarious Game 2

Sure. Stop it. Just stop trying to figure out the Raptors. It's futile. They are stupid, and infuriating, and nonsensical. They're both unstoppably good and lottery-team bad within almost every playoff game they play. They're also a total freaking blast. Somehow, Toronto pulled a 96-92 overtime win out of its ass on Thursday night, tying its Conference Semi-Final series with Miami at 1-1. So how did it happen? For eight playoff games, Raptors fans had been waiting for the team that captivated the city and steamrolled to 56 wins in the regular season. Short flashes of okay-ness here and...
Raptors HQ 7 hours ago

HQ Overtime Post-Game Show: Let's talk about the big man

I'm joined by Joshua Priemski from At The Hive, SB Nation's Charlotte Hornets team site, to discuss Game 2 of Raptors-Heat. 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. Thanks to one big Lithuanian dude, the Raptors shed some ugly offense and got the Game 2 win over Miami, 96-92 in overtime. I'm joined by Joshua Priemski, managing editor of At The Hive (the Hornets ying to our Raptors yang) to...
CelticsBlog 9 hours ago

Translating Danny Ainge's GM speak

What he says and what he means can be two different things. Danny Ainge is the master of using lots and lots of words without really saying much.  So a writing gimmick I like to use is to translate his GM speak into words that fans can understand better. Disclaimer: the block-quote words are actual quotes from him. My translations are (obviously) satire.  Please don't sue me. Expectations, urgency figure in Danny Ainge’s Celtics plans | Boston Herald "My expectations are high this offseason, and yet I also know that it takes good fortune. We need the (draft lottery) ping-pong balls to...

Playoff open thread: 05/05/16

Only one game again. Shucks. 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! 8:00 PM - Miami Heat at Toronto Raptors Heat Free Agents: Dwyane Wade (UFA), Udonis Haslem (UFA), Luol Deng (UFA), Hassan Whiteside (UFA), Amar'e Stoudemire (UFA), Dorell Wright (UFA), Tyler Johnson (RFA), Joe Johnson (UFA), Gerald Green (UFA) Raptors Free Agents: Luis...
Raptors HQ 12 hours ago

NBA Playoffs 2016: Dwane Casey, Derozen, and Ross address media before Game 2 vs. the Miami Heat

The Raptors look to come out with a more physical mindset in Game 2 vs. the Miami Heat. Dwane Casey set the tone, saying that the Raptors need to "bring more physicality" when they face the Miami Heat tonight in Game 2 at Air Canada Centre. DeMar Derozan admitted that sometimes the Raptors "like drama for some reason." How else to explain their tendency to drop games at home to start playoff series? And lastly, Terrence Ross said that "as bad as we played [in Game 1], we still put ourselves in a position to win. So, if we go out there and play the right way -- play the way we're supposed...
Net Income / NetsDaily 14 hours ago

The Biebs don't need no shooting practice

We're way beyond pointing out how many celebrities wear Nets gear.  It was a thing back in 2012-13 when the Nets moved from Newark to Brooklyn and made black-and-white Brooklyn cool.  That was so Brooklyn's Backcourt (tm) ago. But, really how can we ignore this?  Justin Bieber posted a video Thursday of a shootaround on the Barclays Center sidecourt sometime in the last few days. He's playing the big Brooklyn stage this week. The Biebs and promoter Scooter Braun somehow (Hello, Brett!) got their hands on customized Nets jerseys and the Canadian singer showed off his range, hitting from all...
Net Income / NetsDaily 18 hours ago

Nets add Shelden Williams, two lawyers to basketball operations staff

The Nets continued beefing up their staff Thursday by adding two scouts, including Shelden Williams the former New Jersey Net, and three other staffers, two of whom are lawyers. Natalie Jay has been named as cap and contract specialist.  Jay comes to Brooklyn after most recently serving as a judicial law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in St. Louis, Mo.  Previously, she held sports law clinic externships with the Memphis Grizzlies and Fluminense FC of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  A native of Oxnard, Calif., Jay received her Bachelor of Arts degree in history from...
Liberty Ballers 18 hours ago

Sixers Hire NBA's Vice President Of Basketball Operations Ned Cohen

Ned! Bryan Colangelo's front office is beginning to take form. Just one week after interviewing Washington Wizards Vice President of Scouting Marc Eversley, the team will be hiring the NBA's Vice President of Basketball Operations Ned Cohen to a high-ranking front office position, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski. Sources: Ned Cohen, NBA's Assoc. VP of Basketball Operations, joining 76ers front office in high-ranking basketball job. Significant coup. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) May 5, 2016 In addition of the hiring of Cohen, Eversley will be named the team's...

Frank Vogel, a very good coach Phil Jackson sort of knows, no longer coaches the Pacers

Thank you, based Bird. Frank Vogel is free! The Indiana Pacers coach was let go Thursday morning by team president Larry Bird in an press conference that damn near matched our own Phil Jackson's exit interview in terms of smug, rambling, spit-firing horse crap: Larry Bird: "It’s time for a new voice around here."Vogel is done. — Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) May 5, 2016 Larry Bird says #Pacers job is desirable: "We're Hoosiers, and we treat people - well, other than today - we treat people pretty good." — Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) May 5, 2016 Bird: I think he...
Liberty Ballers 21 hours ago

Sixers Assistant Coach Mike D'Antoni to Interview With Houston Rockets

The associate head coach will check in with Daryl Morey and Co. Could this be the first domino in Brett Brown's demise? The Sixers connection to the Houston Rockets may have evaporated in the front office, but Daryl Morey is reportedly still interested in members of Philadelphia's organization. According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Rockets are set to interview Associate Head Coach Mike D'Antoni sometime this week. ESPN sources say Sixers associate head coach Mike D'Antoni is interviewing for the Houston Rockets' coaching job this week — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) May 5, 2016 D'Antoni...
Raptors HQ 21 hours ago

Raptors Look to Rebound in Game 2 vs. Heat: Preview, TV info and more

After falling short in yet another Game 1, the Toronto Raptors are back at it on Thursday night against the Miami Heat in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Another playoff series and another early deficit for the Toronto Raptors. Riding the highs of their first post-season series victory since 2001, the Raptors fell to the Miami Heat in dramatic fashion on Tuesday night to kick off their second-round set. Toronto has still only won one Game 1 in franchise history. So now there's some serious work to do. Another loss on Thursday and this series could get out of hand in a hurry....
Net Income / NetsDaily 21 hours ago

ESports next big thing for Prokhorov's Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment?

The Nets parent company, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment announced Wednesday that ESL, the world’s largest esports company, will bring the East Coast’s largest esports tournament to Barclays Center in October.  ESports are online video game competitions. Now, as esports grows, big tournaments will be conducted live in large venues like Barclays. Barclays Center will play host to a US$250,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competition, with more games joining the tournament’s lineup to be announced in the coming weeks. Esports has become a top priority for BS&E, Mikhail Prokhorov's...

Mystery solved: Phil Jackson is road tripping to his Montana home, collecting his thoughts

Get your motor runnin', head out on the hiiiiiigh-way... We've had a lot of fun around here guessing as to why Phil Jackson has been repeatedly seen traversing the Plains states of Iowa and Nebraska, and now we finally have an answer. Intrepid Sioux City journalist Chris Neyerhouse tracked down the Zen Master's brother, Chuck, who told him that Phil will be dropping him off in Idaho. From there, Phil will head to his ranch in Montana. "Curly"moment. pic.twitter.com/xKgKl5SYt4 — Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) May 5, 2016 Why is the Knicks team president retreating to Big Sky...
CelticsBlog May 5, 2016

Terry Rozier had an admirable rookie campaign

While the Celtics' first selection from the 2015 NBA Draft remains more of a mystery than an answer to any of the team's needs at the moment, it became clear in 2016 what Danny Ainge saw in him last June. Less than a week removed from the Game 6 loss that eliminated the Celtics at the hands of the Atlanta Hawks it's still difficult to believe that thrill of a season came to an end all too soon. There's still a wound in my heart that makes it all so painful to look back at a year of intense emotion and swings in retrospect days into May, but the time has come. This summer is crucial to the...

Playoff open thread: 05/04/16

Only one game of NBA action this fine Wednesday evening. 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! 8:00 PM: Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers Hawks Free Agents: Al Horford (UFA), Kent Bazemore (UFA), Kris Humphries (UFA), Kirk Hinrich (UFA) Cavs Free Agents: Timofey Mozgov (UFA), Richard Jefferson (UFA), Dahntay Jones (UFA), Mo Williams...
Raptors HQ May 4, 2016

Plucking positives from a wild and disappointing Game 1 loss for the Raptors

Well, that was a bit of a throat punch, wasn't it? Let's recollect ourselves and focus on some positive things that can be taken from the Raptors disappointing loss in Game 1 against Miami. Raptors fandom is the business of sadists. Toronto fans have seen it all in 21 seasons. Game 7 misses, 60-loss seasons, first round flops, emigrating stars, Andrea Bargnani - it seems no form of suffering has been left off the table by this franchise. But just when you think the Raptors franchise as reached its peak potential for fan torment, the research and development team comes out with a shiny, new...
CelticsBlog May 4, 2016

NBA trade rumor: Asking price for Jimmy Butler would be high

The Bulls start the public negotiations early. The Chicago Bulls are likely to look to shake up their roster this offseason.  They have a lot of pieces that don't fit anymore and some pieces that could be leaving via free agency anyway.  So many have opined that they might also consider putting star Jimmy Bulter on the block to jump start a full rebuild process. We don't know how much of this is truth and how much is negotiation spin, but the early word out of Chicago is that the price would be pretty steep for Butler. Celtics like Butler, but Bulls not making him easy to acquire |...
Net Income / NetsDaily May 4, 2016

Andrea Bargnani - Nets promised me more minutes

Sometimes, international signings don't work out so well. In a Facebook post Wednesday, Andrea Bargnani said he asked for a buyout from the Nets because he didn't get the minutes he had been promised.   He did not say who promised him the minutes ... or how many.  Buying out the Itlalian seven-footer was Sean Marks first move after taking over as GM in February. Translated, Bargnani's post reads... "I chose to leave the Nets and a guaranteed contract because the conditions under which they had convinced me to sign were otherwise and being used with such limited playing time, it made no...
Raptors HQ May 4, 2016

Raptors' mascot tried to get under Dwyane Wade's skin before Game 1

You gotta admit, emulating Purple Shirt Guy was a pretty smart move. The Toronto Raptors' mascot pulled out all the stops before last night's Game 1 vs. the Miami Heat. Dressing up in the guise of one of Dwyane Wade's former tormentors, The Raptor danced around and taunted the Heat's star. Purple Shirt Raptor was trying to get under Dwyane Wade's skin before tip-off. pic.twitter.com/SlPOZGHsgg — TSN (@TSN_Sports) May 4, 2016 Unfortunately, I don't think it worked. Oh well, at least we'll always have this: (h/t reddit)
Raptors HQ May 4, 2016

Notes from Wednesday's Media Availability: Is Lowry injured? Kyle says no, "it's all me"

After a wild Game 1, everyone wants to know what's up with Kyle Lowry. So, Game 1 of the Raptors' conference semi-finals series against the Heat was, in a word, madness. The only reason it has not reached the heights of, say, The Bat Flip, is because the Raptors ultimately lost the game in overtime. It sucks, is what I'm saying. Anyway, one of the biggest reasons Toronto was able to feel both the abject sadness of defeat, the joyous relief of almost victory, and then that damned sadness again, was Kyle Lowry. As you may have heard, he did not play particularly well. Sure the on/off numbers...

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