3:30 PM EDT, Tue September 16, 2014
Raptors HQ 29 mins ago

Canada's Olympic Hoop Hopes Continue to Rise

As the din from the recent FIBA World Cup dies down, it's never too early to look at the next big international basketball tournament: the 2016 Olympics. What hope does Canada have to qualify? A noteworthy and delightful bit of news came out yesterday from the NBA's Hangtime Blog and writer John Schuhmann. Turns out the success of Team USA at the recent FIBA World Cup means potentially good things for Team Canada. As Schuhmann explains: Since both the U.S. (World Cup winner) and Brazil (host nation) have already qualified for the 2016 Olympics, two other teams will earn bids at next...
NetsDaily 1 hour ago
Deron Williams and Brook Lopez crack the top 50 in SI's top 100

Deron Williams and Brook Lopez crack the top 50 in SI's top 100

Deron Williams and Brook Lopez, always a worry with injuries, are ranked inside the top 50 of Sports Illustrated's top 100 for the 2014-2015 season. Williams was ranked at 45 this season, one ahead of his former teammate Paul Pierce. D-Will is down from his 24 ranking last season, a big drop. Deron Williams will likely never be Deron Williams again. That player -- the one who led the Jazz to the 2007 Western Conference finals and until recently was regarded as a superstar -- has been undercut by ankle injuries. What Williams can be, though, is a perfectly effective point guard. Don't...
CelticsBlog 1 hour ago

Boston Celtics Daily Links 9/16/14

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald  Amusement park won't rename coaster 'King James' CelticsGreen   SQ14 #52 Chris Johnson Is the Most Painful CutCelticsBlog  Kelly Olynyk's rookie year put him in good company in NBA history The importance of being earnestESPN  #NBARank: Babb + Bogans at tail end Stevens: Rondo 'a big part' of futureLex Nihil Novi  Odds and EndsRed's Army  Truth looking svelte as always as camp approaches Your Morning Dump… Where Rondo is a big part of what Brad Stevens is doingCLNS Radio  Boston Celtics and Maine Red Claws Continue...
Posting and Toasting 1 hour ago
Tuesday Greater Weevers

Tuesday Greater Weevers

Links! Congratulations! You have beaten the final boss and earned the opportunity to peruse some trivial mid-September Knicks links. If you can make it through the links, you get ice cream sundaes. - Greater Weevers will sting you if you grab them on their spines, which...I don't know why you would do that. I mostly just chose them because I love that photo (which is definitely of a pair of weevers, I'm not totally convinced those are this species). - 50 Cent did a pretty excellent job warding off paparazzi trying to ask Carmelo Anthony about Ray Rice stuff. - The When The Garden Was Eden...
CelticsBlog 2 hours ago

The importance of being earnest

"Good at everything, great at nothing." "Too slow, not athletic, but very skilled." "The next __________." How about we just let Kelly Olynyk be who already has been, huh? With a young player, sometimes the worst thing you say about them is that they're good at everything, but not great at anything.  It can be the kiss of death for a lot of NBA prospects.  That kind of meandering talent might you a flyer as a second rounder or a summer league invite or an open ended ticket to play abroad.  And there's the other side of the spectrum where scouts see something in you and expectations...
Raptors HQ 2 hours ago

Dinos & Digits Countdown: A Look At Kyle Lowry's 2013-14 Season

We continue our countdown of the best individual seasons in Raptors history with a look at Kyle Lowry's stellar 2013-14 season.  In case you missed it, we're doing a countdown of the best individual seasons in Raptors history. So far, we've taken a look at the pros and cons of win shares as a measurement, took a deep dive into Chris Bosh's 2007-08 season at number five, and admired Jose Calderon's extremely efficient and often overlooked campaign from the same year at number four. Today, we look at the third best individual season in team history without having to go too far back in...
Celtics Today 12 hours ago
Can James Young connect with Rondo?

Can James Young connect with Rondo?

James Young had some kind words for the All-Star point guard. He hopes that he and Rondo can connect. This summer has been about Marcus Smart, and very little about James Young who was drafted at the 17th pick. James Young is a wing, and he'll likely see little playing time with Jeff Green and Gerald Wallace ahead of him in the rotation. ESPN Boston"Playing with [point guard Rajon] Rondo," Young told the team's official website during a recent video Q&A. "He's a player I looked up to growing up, and he sees the floor very well and has a high IQ for the game. So just getting open with him and...
NetsDaily 21 hours ago
Lionel Hollins: Kevin Garnett to start at power forward

Lionel Hollins: Kevin Garnett to start at power forward

At Deron Williams' Dodge Barrage event in New York City Monday afternoon, Lionel Hollins meet with the New York media and dropped a very interesting note about the Nets' lineup this season. The head coach told reporters that Kevin Garnett will be the team's starting power forward this season, at least for the start of the season. Lionel Hollins says Kevin Garnett is going to start at power forward this season. — Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) September 15, 2014 Hollins also gave a hint to how many minutes the big man can play this year. Nets coach Lionel Hollins says Kevin Garnett will...
Liberty Ballers 21 hours ago
NBA Rank: Almost All The Sixers Are In The Bottom 100

NBA Rank: Almost All The Sixers Are In The Bottom 100

Can't get no love. ESPN has begun their annual NBA Rank, ranking every player in the league from 500 to 1. Today they listed those ranked between 400-500, and unsurprisingly eight active 76ers saw their names pop up today. Point guard and summer league standout Casper Ware came in at 476th, up from being completely unranked last year. In respect to other point guards he beat out Raptors ball handler Will Cherry and San Antonio's Bryce Cotton, which seems reasonable. Casper wasn't anything special in the nine games he spent with the Sixers last year, but played really well in summer league....
NetsDaily Sep 15, 2014

NetsDaily Quiz: Which Bogdanovic is right for you?

With all the confusion between rookies Bojan Bogdanovic and Bogdan Bogdanovic, we decided to help you figure out which Bogdanovic is right for you. Take our simple quiz to find out your results!
CelticsBlog Sep 15, 2014

Boston Celtics Daily Links 9/15/14

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald  Hawks apologize for racially charged commentsUSA wins basketball worlds, 129-92 over Serbia Dream Team, Barcelona Games continue to impact NBAGlobe  Thought Experiment: Is the Minnesota to Boston Pipeline Dried Up?CelticsGreen   SQ14 #51 Roster Slots and The Philly Pick(s) SQ14 #50 Unwatchable, I Think Not! CelticsBlog  Rango El Hombre: Breaking Down Vitor Faverani's Three-Point Jump Shot MechanicsBest supporting actor - Jeff Green What will it take for Chris Johnson to stick this year and beyond? Lex Nihil Novi   Mr....
Posting and Toasting Sep 15, 2014
What's Jason Smith been up to?

What's Jason Smith been up to?

Jason Smith: Knick, politician, football player, artist, sheriff, hockey coach, criminal. I like it when the Knicks have a guy who has an active, far-ranging life outside basketball. It always happens to be the guys with really generic names, for some reason. I miss Bill Walker and James White every day, and I'm happy Jason Smith has arrived to carry on their legacy. Let's see what he's been up to over the last few weeks. He scored 6 touchdowns in ONE HALF for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, which made his future school, Auburn, very happy. He got promoted to assistant coach of...
Raptors HQ Sep 15, 2014

CBA 101: An Introduction to the Basics of the Salary Cap

Daniel Hackett starts his CBA 101 series with a look at the basics of the salary cap, including exceptions, Bird Rights and cap holds. Hey all. Welcome to the first of a series of posts where I'll be outlining the basic rules of the NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement. We'll start out simple, and gradually get more complicated. Good sources for more information on the salary cap include the CBA itself and of course Larry Coon's CBAfaq.com. In this post, I'm going to talk about the salary cap in the most general sense, and touch on some key ideas to understand when talking about team...
NetsDaily Sep 15, 2014
SI lists Andrei Kirilenko and Joe Johnson listed as top 100 players

SI lists Andrei Kirilenko and Joe Johnson listed as top 100 players

With Media Day under two weeks away, the season about a month and a half away, NBA websites are releasing their lists of top players in the league heading into the new year. Sports Illustrated's Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney published their list of players ranked 51-100 Monday afternoon, and two Nets were listed: Andrei Kirilenko and Joe Johnson. Kirilenko was placed 85 on the list, ahead of the likes of Boris Diaw (No. 100) and Jamal Crawford (No. 86), which is a pretty fair spot for the Russian who is coming off an injury-riddled year. Mahoney believes that Kirilenko is over the hump, but...
Raptors HQ Sep 15, 2014

Team USA and DeMar DeRozan Bring Home the Gold

After a rocky start, Team USA refocuses to beat Serbia, capping the FIBA Basketball World Cup Tournament with a dominant 129-92 win. As the final seconds of the FIBA World Cup counted down, Mason Plumlee dribbled out the clock and the celebrations began: Team USA were champions again. With tournament MVP Kyrie Irving and Houston Rocket James Harden leading the way, Team USA dominated Serbia to the tune of 129-92 to capture its second straight FIBA World Cup Gold Medal. Although the game did not have the same level of excitement that would likely have been generated had it been Spain or...
CelticsBlog Sep 15, 2014

What will it take for Chris Johnson to stick this year and beyond?

Chris Johnson brings two very important skills to the table. It turns out, they might be what save him. At this point in the offseason, it’s very possible that Danny Ainge is beginning to think less about creating fireworks and more about the minor, in-house roster decisions that he’ll ultimately have to make. Among those decisions is what to do with Chris Johnson, who will be entering training camp on a completely non-guaranteed contract and is one of many on the Celtics’ current roster that occupy the guard position. Johnson caught on with the team about halfway through the 2013-14...
Things for James Dolan to sing about that aren't Trayvon Martin

Things for James Dolan to sing about that aren't Trayvon Martin

Let's help Mr. Dolan find something else to sing about. In this, perhaps the worst week in sports history, the last person New York fans wanted to hear from was James Dolan. Yet here was the MSG honcho in the New York Times, delivering perhaps the most welcome news in Knicks history: "I am definitely spending less time with the Knicks," Dolan said. Please somebody inject that sentence straight into my veins! I'm positively giddy. Dolan, 59, has filled at least part of that void by pouring himself into his music, a throaty brand of blues that he describes as Americana. Totally, bro. You...
Celtics Today Sep 15, 2014
Big statements made about Stevens from a former player

Big statements made about Stevens from a former player

Who hasn't said kind words about Brad Stevens? He took a low key Butler school from the bottom to back-to-back National Championship appearances. He overachieved, but he also had the coaching skills to succeed. Now Stevens has made his way to the most storied team in NBA history. Stevens will be heading into his second year with a team still looking for a culture, and a core of players to build around. I like Stevens, but I'm not sold on him as the next great coach in the NBA. I still view him as a college coach. CSNNE"It was great being able to work with some of the talented players and...
Net Income / NetsDaily Sep 15, 2014

Sports Illustrated names Bojan Bogdanovic to its All-World Cup team

Bojan Bogdanovic has appeared in FIBA competitions virtually every summer for the past decade, three in youth tournaments, five in the senior competitions, all for Croatia. In each, he has done better than the previous time, this year averaging 21.2 points per game.  Last season, it was 17.4; the FIBA competition before that 15.8. Sports Illustrated cited that consistency and his big game history in naming him to its second team, All-World Cup, the only incoming NBA rookie honored. Here's what Ben Golliver wrote of the Nets swingman... Bogdanovic, 25, finished as the tournament's...
Liberty Ballers Sep 14, 2014
Sixers Reportedly Sign JaKarr Sampson to Three-Year Deal

Sixers Reportedly Sign JaKarr Sampson to Three-Year Deal

Something has happened! This is not a drill! According to Turner Sports writer and noted Rights to Ricky Sanchez supporter David Aldridge, the 76ers have dipped their toes into the dangerous free agent waters. Hearing former St. John's forward JaKarr Sampson, who played on 76ers' SL team, has signed a partially guaranteed 3yr deal w/Sixers. — David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) September 15, 2014 The 6'8" forward went undrafted after leaving St. John's following his sophomore year. He averaged 12.8 points and 6.1 rebounds during his last season with the Red Storm. He checked in with an...

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