8:09 PM EDT, Thu July 28, 2016
NetsDaily 1 hour ago

Is Jeremy Lin the next Michael Jordan? (Hint: No...But, Space Jam 3!)

Jeremy Lin was signed this summer to essentially save the Brooklyn Nets from being 20-win team with no story to tell to being a 23-win team with some cachet among fans, to bring excitement back to the Barclays Center. He’s also been tasked with saving the world...If, in fact, you think that humanity is doomed should Lin and his anime basketball team lose a game to the Anime All-Stars. Although, well, just watch the video. “But, boss, he’s not even like MJ or LeBron.” No, he’s not. But, he’s probably the most fun, slash, entertaining player to have ever suited up for the...
CelticsBlog 1 hour ago

Doc Rivers would allow Paul Pierce to retire with Boston Celtics

If Paul Pierce is ready to call it a career, the last jersey he wears should be green. Paul Pierce should retire as a member of the Boston Celtics. That’s a sentiment shared by many fans here in New England, but his current coach seems to agree. Speaking on an episode of The Vertical Podcast with Adrian Wojnarowski, Doc Rivers revealed that if Pierce does indeed decide to call it a career, he would allow the Celtics legend to sign a one-day contract with the franchise that drafted him so that he could retire in green. “If Paul decides to retire then we’re going to make sure that...
CelticsBlog 2 hours ago

Doc rejects Blake Griffin rumors

Rivers denies trade talks with Boston In an appearance on The Vertical Podcast with Adrian Wojnarowski, Doc Rivers was dismissive of trade rumors linking Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin to the Boston Celtics. In no uncertain terms, Doc brushed off the trade talk as the product of bloggers and gossipers who “have nothing to do with the sport.” He also asserted his and the Clippers’ desire for Griffin to remain in LA in the long term. As Rivers told Wojnarowski, “We are hoping that Blake ends his career playing for the Clippers. No team is calling because teams know we...

Kristaps Porzingis's new apartment complex has a basketball court designed by Carmelo Anthony

Knicks is a flat circle. Kristaps Porzingis is the unquestioned prince of New York. And, like any prince, he needs a suitable palace from which to look down on the unwashed peasants, and occasionally to spit on us when the mood strikes. The young unicorn spent much of his time out in Westchester last season, but now he's moving on down to the West Side (Midtown West, to be exact), to a deee-lux corner penthouse apartment in the sky, according to Jennifer Gould. He finally got a piece of the piiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeee. But fear not, fans of the other Porzingis Bros., he's bringing them...
Raptors HQ 3 hours ago

Norman Powell dunks on a bunch of little kids at Raptors' basketball camp

Hey man, the bench loved it. The Raptors are holding a multi day basketball camp and have been inviting a bunch of current and former players to come on by and show these young'uns whats up. Apparently, Norman Powell decided to show the kids who was in charge here. Bench reaction: #RBA #WeTheNorth @npowell2404 https://t.co/1e7VNGWU6w — Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) July 27, 2016 Man, I love the reaction though from the guys court side. That's what basketball is all about. (h/t Raptors)
Net Income / NetsDaily 4 hours ago

Brooklyn Nets sign Egidijus Mockevicius to partial guarantee

Egidijus Mockevicius, the NCAA's leading rebounder last season, has signed a one year, partially guaranteed contract with the Nets, according to RealGM. Egidijus Mockevicius Signs Camp Deal With Nets: https://t.co/q97vIzy93K pic.twitter.com/zEyMySiPPX — RealGM (@RealGM) July 28, 2016 Mockevicius, 23, played four years at Evansville, averaging 15.7 points, 14 rebounds and 1.4 blocks.  He led the NCAA Division I in rebounding.  In the NBA summer league, the 6'10" Mockevicius averaged 5.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in 10.7 minutes per game for the Nets. Although there's no detail yet on...
Liberty Ballers 5 hours ago

Jahlil Okafor Offensive Video Analysis

NBA analyst Nick Sciria has recently made some waves by creating long Twitter threads providing in-depth video analysis of players' games. He recently shared a deep dive on Jahlil Okafor's rookie season. Of all the topics to divide 76ers' fans over the past few years, few have been quite as unifying as Jahlil Okafor. Everyone completely agrees about all aspects of his game, and the likelihood that he'll improve each of them. Wait... Sorry, I was thinking about some other player. Okafor has been, next to Hinkie, perhaps the single most divisive character in the post-Doug Collins era Sixers....
CelticsBlog 6 hours ago

Boston Celtics Preseason Schedule Released

Celtics preseason schedule is out, and it comes with a new opponent. The Boston Celtics have officially released their preseason schedule for 2016-17 season. Their first game will be on October 4th against the Philadelphia Sixers UMASS- Amherst. A new wrinkle this season will be the team playing back-to-back games against the Charlotte Hornets on October 6th and 8th, rather than playing the Toronto Raptors. Teams usually play the teams in their division, so it'll be nice to see the Celtics venture out of the normal routine. The full schedule can be seen below: ...
CelticsBlog 6 hours ago

Boston Celtics Daily Links 7/28/16

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald   Iconic Celtics parquet sweeper, ‘Spider,’ dies of cancer at age 86 NBA to send Pacers, Nuggets to London for January game Globe  Celtics, rookie Demetrius Jackson finalize four-year, $5.5m dealCeltics complete deal with second-round pick Ben BentilCelticsBlog  Celtics officially sign Green, Zeller, Brown, Jackson, Bentil Lex Nihil Novi  Blount is BackRed's Army  Your Morning Dump… Where the squad is working up a sweatLocked On Celtics: Are Celtics challengers to Cleveland? Doc blames bloggers for fueling the...
Raptors HQ 11 hours ago

What do the Numbers Say? Projecting the Raptors' Win Total for the 2016-17 Season

Let's take a look at a couple of common catch-all statistics to see what we can predict in terms of wins for the Raptors this coming season. The Raptors' off season appears to be over, for the most part, so let's take a look at what they might be able to achieve this regular season. All the core pieces remain on the team, with two major losses in Bismack Biyombo and Luis Scola, while James Johnson also played meaningful minutes for the team. Their replacements mostly come in the form of larger roles for young players on the team, as well as adding Jared Sullinger to fill in both big man...
Net Income / NetsDaily 11 hours ago

Brooklyn Nets start promoting Jeremy Lin to New York's Chinese and Chinese-American community

That didn't take long. Nets reps were in Flushing Tuesday to promote Jeremy Lin's arrival in New York, meeting with local community leaders and explaining what the arrival of Jeremy Lin means for the Nets and New York's Chinese and Chinese-American communities. There are 570,000 New Yorkers with Chinese or Taiwanese heritage and 200,000 of them live in Brooklyn.  Flushing hosts one of the city's biggest Asian communities. Joe Grande, Senior Account Manager for Group Sales at the Nets was on hand. He told NTDTV, a local Chinese language TV station, "We went all in on Jeremy Lin and we would...
Net Income / NetsDaily 11 hours ago

Luis Scola with 17 and 9 as Argentina beats Lithuania in double OT

Argentina defeated Lithuania Wednesday, 86-85, in double overtime on a last second shot as the pace of pre-Olympic friendlies picked up in South America. The game was played in Buenos Aires, the Argentine capital. The big news was the final shot of the game. Facundo Campazzo hit a fadeaway in the lane as time ran out in the second overtime to give Argentina the victory.  Once again, the Nets' Luis Scola led the blue-and-white, with 17 points and nine rebounds.  Scola is now averaging 17 points in five friendly games.  He shot 5-of-17, including 1-of-5 from deep and handed out four...
Net Income / NetsDaily 17 hours ago

Several former Brooklyn Nets still not signed

With Andrea Bargnani signing in Spain Wednesday, more than half of last year's Nets are re-signed, have jobs in places from Florida to China. But that means that less than half are still unsigned. Here's an update where they are ... and who's still out there. -- Andrea Bargnani, waived in February, return to Europe, signed a two-year deal with Saski Baskonia of Spain’s ACB,  the second-best professional basketball league in the world. No financial details were released but despite his claims he had NBA offers, it appears Bargnani's career on this side of the Atlantic is done. --Donald...
CelticsBlog Jul 27, 2016

Celtics officially sign Green, Zeller, Brown, Jackson, Bentil

Ainge loses some flexibility, but a big trade is still possible. The Celtics made their summer moves official today. The Boston Celtics announced today that they have signed free agent guard/forward Gerald Green, re-signed center Tyler Zeller and signed 2016 NBA draft picks forward Jaylen Brown, guard Demetrius Jackson and forward Ben Bentil. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed. This closes the book on some trade flexibility, but trades are still possible with existing players and future picks. More details and analysis coming soon.

Let's all watch Carmelo Anthony drop a quick 20 points on China

No wall could have stopped this barrage of buckets. China has been roughed up by foreigners many times over the last millennium. The Mongols swept aside the last vestiges of the Song Dynasty, first under Genghis Khan and later under Kublai Khan. In the 1600's, the Machu schemed and bribed their way through the Great Wall and ruled China for 400 years. The late Manchu dynasty ended up getting bullied by the Eight-Nation Alliance of Western armies who rampaged through Beijing, and by World War II it was the Japanese holding sway over much of the country. But did any of those marauding foreign...
CelticsBlog Jul 27, 2016

Boston Celtics Daily Links 7/27/16

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald  Amare Stoudemire retires from NBA Butter sculpture offers Cavs fans new way to savor NBA title Globe  Celtics, rookie Demetrius Jackson finalize four-year, $5.5m dealCeltics complete deal with second-round pick Ben BentilCelticsBlog  ESPN projects Boston Celtics to finish tied for second in EastCelticsBlog Mailbag - deep summer editionWho is Demetrius Jackson? ESPN  Boston Celtics stars at peace with soaring salaries for role playersCeltics give 2nd-rounder Demetrius Jackson 4-year, $5.5 million contractNBA: 2016 Summer...
Liberty Ballers Jul 27, 2016

ESPN projects Ben Simmons as 2016-17 Rookie of the Year favorite

The No. 1 overall pick is projected to claim the Rookie of the Year award, according to a panel of over 200 NBA experts and contributors from ESPN. Ben Simmons is who we thought he was going to be in the Summer League. The No. 1 pick flashed phenomenal vision, the ability to effectively set up teammates for high percentage looks and tendencies that could be beneficial when he's asked to run the point in the regular season. He also left an evident impression on the NBA media and experts. In ESPN's annual Summer Forecast: NBA Rookie of the Year edition, Simmons is heavily favored to claim the...
Liberty Ballers Jul 27, 2016

Sixers Promote Lance "Doc" Pearson To Director Of Applied Analytics

Pearson received a big promotion from the Sixers to continue analytical work. After news emerged yesterday that most of the analytics team assembled by former general manager Sam Hinkie would be gone by August, there was some room for mild concern about the future of the program under Bryan Colangelo. It's safe to say the analytics department is still in good hands. Lance "Doc" Pearson, formerly the coordinator of coaching analytics and special video projects, announced on Twitter he has now been promoted to a full-time position as director of applied analytics. Just to clarify, since it...
Raptors HQ Jul 27, 2016

DeRozan tries to 360 dunk on entire country of China; how's your summer going?

This is not a thing that happens every day, or any day. And DeRozan's dunk didn't even go down. Consider that. For all the talk of international basketball catching up to Team USA in the talent category, it's useful to remember that America remains the nuclear option on the court. Poor China -- a world power in every meaningful way -- faced off against the USA in a showcase last night and, uh, it did not go well. I'm talking a 49-point route of not-wellness. To add some serious global-level insult to injury, our favourite Raptor, Mr. DeMar "I am Toronto" DeRozan, attempted to do this in the...
CelticsBlog Jul 27, 2016

CelticsBlog Mailbag - deep summer edition

Mailbag! Submit your questions and I’ll get to them as soon as I can. With all the trade rumors and this weekend’s deals, I was hoping to hold off the deep summer doldrums for a little bit longer. As Kevin points out, this could very well be the calm before the storm. However, at the moment there’s not a lot of new news for me to report on. I’ll soon be opening up my annual bag of tricks (Shakespeare SWAGs anyone?) but for the moment I’ll just go back to an old reliable. Mailbag! Submit your questions and I’ll get to them as soon as I can. Cheers.

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