5:14 AM EDT, Tue September 02, 2014
Celtics Today 4 hours ago

The latest of the evolution, that has become Rondo's career in Boston

Rondo's one of the best point guards in the NBA. That's a statement that's said about Rondo often. It's a true statement, but when most talk about Rondo. It's usually about trading him, or a rumor about him, and how big of a head case he is. His great gift is often buried in the back yard because of the rumors surrounding him. I wish we could talk more about Rondo the player, and the leader that he's become. Along with the growth that he's shown in the past years. Instead of the good stuff, were given the daily regiment of rumors. Spokeswoman for Rajon Rondos agent, Bill Duffy, said both men...
Net Income / NetsDaily 9 hours ago

NetsDaily Off-Season Report #16

Every weekend, we update the Nets' off-season with bits and pieces of information, gossip, analysis, etc. to help take the edge off not winning the NBA championship last year. Sad for us. We rely on our own reporting as well as what the Nets’ beat reporters and others have slipped into larger stories, blogs and tweets... New Product Rollout When Apple or another big company rolls out a new product, it starts with a tease, leaked to an obscure (at least by marketing standards) source. The tease comes out of nowhere, after a lot of conflicting rumors. It's usually...
CelticsBlog 12 hours ago

Blakely: "Rondo wants to start the season in Boston"

In today's episode of As The Rumors Swirl Around Rajon, CSNNE's A. Sherrod Blakely confirms Rondo and his agent's statement that neither have requested a trade after Jackie MacMullan claimed that he wanted out of Boston. Your browser does not support iframes. Here's the gist of Blakely's report: That said, the idea that he would demand a trade at this point is a bit of a head-scratcher. Why now, on the eve of training camp, rather than at the start of the summer, when teams had money to spend and would have been more eager to get something done? Multiple league sources have repeatedly...
Liberty Ballers 12 hours ago
Report: Sixers In On Australian Joe Ingles

Report: Sixers In On Australian Joe Ingles

AUSSIE! AUSSIE! AUSSIE! The Sixers have holes....everywhere, so it is a little surprising that the instances Philadelphia has been linked to free agents are few and far between. But there's a new name on the Sixers radar today, and the hot stove is cookin' in Philadelphia. According to the always reliable Sportando (and reporter Orazio Cauchi), the team has shown interest in Australian small forward Joe Ingles. Australian forward Joe Ingles has received some interest from the Philadelphia 76ers, sources told @sportando.— Orazio Cauchi (@paxer89) September 1, 2014 The 26-year-old Ingles...
CelticsBlog 15 hours ago

Boston Celtics Daily Links 9/1/14

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald  Rajon Rondo, agent deny trade requestTimberwolves have record week after trading LoveMemphis Grizzlies waive guard Jamaal FranklinGlobe  Report: Rajon Rondo Has Told Celtics He 'Wants Out'Rajon Rondo's Camp Denies Report That He Wants Out of Boston Ex-high school basketball phenom finds his placeCould Ray Allen Rejoin Doc Rivers in LaLa Land? CelticsGreen  SQ14 #37 Enough Optimism, How Bad Could It Get? 28 SQ14 #36 In-Season Change From Growth Rather Than Personnel Moves CelticsBlog  Rajon Rondo didn't demand a trade,...
NetsDaily 18 hours ago

Bogdanovic leads Croatia in scoring, but loses to Sengal

Croatia entered the third day of group play fresh off a victory over Argentina behind 16 points from Bojan Bogdanoivc, but the leaders of Group B dropped one to Sengal Monday morning, an upset by all accounts. Sengal has now beaten both Puerto Rico and Croatia to move into a tie for first place in Group B with Bogdanovic and Croatia. Led behind Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Gorgui Dieng, the No. 41 ranked team by the FIBA world ranking shocked the Croatians, 77-75. Dieng scored 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds after scoring 18 and grabbing 13 boards Sunday in their victory over the...
SLC Dunk 19 hours ago

NBA Rumor: Boston Celtics Rajon Rondo asks to be traded . . . or didn't he?

The rumors just never end with some people Now that the NBA season is just around the corner, and most teams have finished making overt moves until training camp, it's possible that there isn't much to wait for. The FIBA World Cup 2014 is happening, but it's still the group stage right now and the games are, really, starting at 4:30 am MT most days. That's just too darn early for most folk from the Beehive state. So what else is there to worry about? Apparently everything. The Boston Celtics have a young team that tied with the Utah Jazz last season, we were only worse than them because of...
Posting and Toasting 19 hours ago
FIBA World Cup Open Thread: 9/1/14

FIBA World Cup Open Thread: 9/1/14

Pablo Monday! Hi! No USA game, no Spain game today, but Argentina play the Philippines at 11:30 EST. It doesn't look like the game will be televised, but you can find it on WatchESPN live or on replay later. Have a pleasant Labor Day!
Liberty Ballers 22 hours ago

The You Are Insane For Being Up This Early Croatia vs. Senegal Game Thread

Yawn. Do you want to make it three straight days of awakening at early times on off days to get an off chance at seeing Dario Saric make awesome plays? Then boy, do I have the game for you! Croatia, with or without Dario Saric, plays against Senegal this morning. The Senegal team is led by Minnesota Timbewolves center Gorgui Dieng, who has played almost each minute for the underdog Senegalese team while averaging 19.5 points and 13.5 rebounds through two games. They're 1-1 coming off a Sunday victory over Puerto Rico. Saric's status is unknown after 6 of his teeth were knocked out during...

Rajon Rondo didn't demand a trade, according to the Boston Herald

According to the Boston Herald's Mark Murphy, a spokeswoman for Rajon Rondo's agent, Bill Duffy, says that the Boston Celtics' captain didn't demand a trade. Spokeswoman for Rajon Rondo's agent, Bill Duffy, said both men deny that Celtics guard has demanded a trade. — Mark Murphy (@Murf56) September 1, 2014 This, like Jackie MacMullan's report that Rondo "wants out," is a non-story as far as I'm concerned. I don't think Rondo would demand a trade, but I do think there is probably an understanding between the front office and him that if things don't turn around this season, then...
NetsDaily Aug 31, 2014
USA tops Turkey, 98-77, as Mason Plumlee sees limited action

USA tops Turkey, 98-77, as Mason Plumlee sees limited action

Team USA saw an early scare from Omer Asik and Turkey in their second game of the 2014 FIBA World Cup. With the score tied at 16-16 after one quarter, Turkey actually went on to take a halftime lead, 40-35. USA leaned a little too heavy on the 3-point shot early on, going 1-of-8 from beyond the arc in the first quarter. In the end, though, they went to what works best, beating the ball inside, getting out on transition and hounding the ball on defense. Behind 56 points in the paint, 17 steals to just 12 turnovers and a 26-4 thrashing in fast break points, Team USA beat Turkey, 98-77. Omer...
NetsDaily Aug 31, 2014

FIBA World Cup Open Thread: USA vs. Turkey, 3:30 PM on ESPN

Team USA Men's Basketball, after crushing Finland, 114-55, will take on Turkey in their second game of the FIBA World Cup. Mason Plumlee logged almost 12 minutes in the first game, scoring six points. What: FIBA World Cup Game 2 Who: USA vs. Turkey Where: ESPN When: 3:30 PM EST Why: Mason Plumlee
Celtics Today Aug 31, 2014

According to Jackie MacMullan "Rondo wants out"

According to Jackie MacMullan, Rajon Rondo has told the Celtics he wants out http://t.co/If0NQTP31b— Jay King (@ByJayKing) August 31, 2014That's a source that your going doing to listen to. Rondo wants out? Probably after being tosses around in trade talk since 2009. Loyalty doesn't exist for General Managers, and for some owners these days. So why should players be loyal? This is the first report that I recall that proclaims that Rondo wants traded, or to leave Boston. Maybe this is the start of the end.
Liberty Ballers Aug 31, 2014
FIBA World Cup Recap: Dario Saric Scores 16, Wins Game, Loses Tooth

FIBA World Cup Recap: Dario Saric Scores 16, Wins Game, Loses Tooth

Croatia beat Argentina, and Dario Saric looked good again. His pearly whites took a beating, however. Here, looking at specific positives and negatives gleaned from his performance. Dario Saric played vrlo dorbo this morning in a 90-85 victory for Croatia over an aging Argentina squad. Saric finished with 16 points (on 5-12 shooting) and 9 rebounds in about 26 minutes, and his teeth plus/minus rating was a minus-1. Dario's tooth got knocked out during the third quarter while Croatia had possession. He subsequently asked out of the game, causing the FIBA announcers to call him out for being...
Posting and Toasting Aug 31, 2014
FIBA World Cup Open Thread: 8/31/14

FIBA World Cup Open Thread: 8/31/14

Two Knicks + the USA in action again. Good morning! As I write this, Pablo Prigioni and Argentina are already fighting in the fourth quarter against Croatia. Pablo just scored off a gorgeous cut. I love him. The United States plays Turkey at 3:30 EST on ESPN. Jose Calderon and Spain play Egypt at 4 PM, viewable on WatchESPN. Let's watch!
Liberty Ballers Aug 31, 2014

The You Are Insane For Being Up This Early Croatia vs. Argentina Game Thread

Croatia got things started right on Saturday. Despite a scare from the tiny southeast Asian nation, Croatia was able to down the Philippines 81-78 in overtime in the opening game of the FIBA World Cup. Saric contributed nicely, finishing the contest with a loaded stat line: 10 points, 9 rebounds, and four assists. The bad? Saric fouled out with just over two minutes to go in the fourth quarter, leaving his national team to fend without him in the overtime period. From Sean O'Connor's recap: Point forward may be a bit strong of a description for Saric right now. He puts the ball on the...
Net Income / NetsDaily Aug 31, 2014

Lionel Hollins hints starting lineup up for grabs

Mike Mazzeo posted more excerpts from his interview with Lionel Hollins Sunday. In them he talked about how he picked his staff, individual players like Brook Lopez, Mason Plumlee, Bojan Bogdanovic and Kevin Garnett ... who he said he's yet to talk with. When asked about his starting lineup, how it will be balanced between veterans and young players, Hollins made it seem like some of it is up for grabs... "It’ll be a little bit of both. There’s guys that have earned it in this league and somebody has to unseat them to take their job. But there’s also guys that are doing good things...
Celtics Today Aug 31, 2014

Player Profile: Brandon Bass, the steady one for the Celtics

Okay guys, it's been pretty boring, and I've been pretty lazy on the blog for the past month or so. With the season approaching I feel it's time to fine tune things, and why not start by profiling the roster. I want to go player by player, and so I start with Brandon Bass. Brandon Bass is one of those guys who goes out there every night giving 100%. He works hard because he's not blessed with the greatest basketball body. He's got the height, the build, but the length wasn't given to him. Because the lack of arm length, Bass needs to work that much harder to get the job done on a nightly...
Liberty Ballers Aug 30, 2014

Report: Changes Are Coming to the Sixers Scouting Department

On an innocuous Saturday night in late August, changes appear to be coming to the power structure of the 76ers front office. But exactly how sweeping those changes are, we don't know for sure. Howard Eskin blindsided 76ers twitter with a very big news item on Saturday night: .NBA source. @sixers GM Sam Hinkie fired Courtney Witte, Dir Player Personel and all scouts. Hinkie has no heart. Now its hard to find jobs — Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) August 31, 2014 @mediamike77 @NBA @Sixers sam hinkie @Sixers wants all his own ppl but could have done after draft. Courtney Witte may be going...
NetsDaily Aug 30, 2014

Team USA dominates Finland in FIBA Opener, 114-55

Mason Plumlee scored six points as USA opened their FIBA tournament with a huge victory over Finland. All eyes were on Team USA as they opened up their tournament play against Finland. Heavy favorites to win the entire FIBA tournament, Vegas had USA as 35.5 point favorites heading into Saturday's game. Of course, our main focus was wrapped around Mason Plumlee. Final score: USA 114, Finland 55. Recap: The story of the first quarter was Team USA's defense. Their offense was stellar, but their ability to force bad shots from Finland was key to them gaining a big lead. James Harden had the...

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