2:25 PM EDT, Thu August 25, 2016
CelticsBlog 2 hours ago

NBA rumors: Stars not on the market

All is quiet on the trade front... for now. Danny Ainge has trade chips burning a hole in his pockets. As you may have noticed on this blog, there have been a few names bandied about in trade rumors related to the Celtics. However, at least for the moment, all is quiet on that front. Various reports have emerged over the past few days indicating that several potential trade targets are not available right now. Here are a few of those reports: Blake Griffin: Per old friend Kevin O’Connor There’s always a chance Griffin is dealt before then, but a league source told me trade talks...
CelticsBlog 5 hours ago

Open topic: What do you expect out of Jaylen Brown this year?

He’s the 3rd pick overall, but he’s joining a playoff team. Jaylen Brown is entering his rookie season in a unique position. Most top-3 picks join a lottery team focused on developing their talent and getting a glimpse into the future. Brown joins a Celtics team that is a little more concentrated on building from the momentum of the last couple of playoff seasons and making progress towards becoming a legit contender. High lottery teams tend to put a magnifying glass on their draft picks because they represent the team’s best hope at getting good again (someday). The Celtics will be a...
Net Income / NetsDaily 5 hours ago

Did Brooklyn Nets have a better off-season than New York Knicks?

There have been a lot of off-season and free agency grades.  David Aldridge thinks the Nets had the worst off-season and most of those who ranked the Nets noted two things: they missed on Tyler Johnson and Allen Crabbe, but didn't make any dumb moves. Now comes Sports Illustrated with an in-depth look at the Atlantic Division, from the 76ers and Celtics' A's to the Knicks D.  The Nets didn't do well either, with a C- and a prediction of "a new flavor of awful" that could be worse than the 21-win season completed four long months ago. The assessment is lengthy, but again, the bottom line...
Net Income / NetsDaily 18 hours ago

How much do Nets like Isaiah Whitehead? A lot!

One of the under-the-radar stories of the off-season is how much the Nets realllly like Isaiah Whitehead. The first Brooklynite to sign with the Nets was was given high praise the night of the draft, with Sean Marks citing Whitehead's "tenacity, his professionalism ... For us he embodies what Brooklyn grit is about." Then, a few days later, the Nets introduced him at the Nets Store in Coney Island. More praise, this time from Kenny Atkinson. "Isaiah [Whitehead] represents everything we're looking for in a player; high character, great integrity and a great competitor." But it's not just...
Net Income / NetsDaily 21 hours ago

Long Island Nets select 12 players, led by Gary Forbes, in Expansion Draft

The Long Island Nets selected 12 players in the D-League expansion draft, led by Gary Forbes, the 31-year-old UMass product who was in Nets training camp their first year in Brooklyn and two other swingmen: Carrick Felix, a 6'6" former Cavalier draft pick who played for Cleveland and Utah, but hasn't played in a year because of a knee injury; and the well-traveled Jamaal Franklin, a 6'5" Grizzlies pick who averaged a triple double in China last season: 34 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. He's already signed a Chinese contract for next season. Here's the complete list of the 12... In...
Raptors HQ 21 hours ago

Report: Raptors to sign E.J. Singler to deal

Details are sparse at the moment, but apparently Singler will be with the Raptors for now. Fresh off a stint with the Raptors 905 and Toronto’s Las Vegas Summer League team, E.J. Singler has apparently agreed to terms on a contract with the Raptors. Our friend (and bitter rival) Blake Murphy has the scoop: The Raptors have agreed to terms on a deal with E.J. Singler. He'll be in camp and compete for the 15th roster spot.— Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) August 24, 2016 Singler brings a few things to the table for the Raptors. First and foremost, he’s obviously a guy the franchise...
CelticsBlog 22 hours ago

Boston Celtics Daily Links 8/24/16

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald  Timberwolves' Towns chosen as face of 2K mobile app Globe  How Jaylen Brown is making sure his mind is ready for start of NBA journeyR.J. Hunter motivated by competition for last Celtics roster spotCelticsBlog  Open topic: What should each Celtics player work on? CelticsGreen  Random Thoughts as we wait for the Preseason Chowder and Champions  The Time Is Now for Boston Celtics Big Man Kelly OlynykLex Nihil Novi  Gerald Green a Fit"Red's Army  Your Morning Dump… Where Boston will be the 4th best team this...
Net Income / NetsDaily Aug 24, 2016

NetsDaily Deadlines and Commitments No. 85

The off-season is winding down ... and the Nets are still adding to staff and starting to fill out their D-League roster. With that in mind, here’s the latest we have on what’s happening... August 24 -- D-League expansion draft. Next season, the Greenboro Swarm (Charlotte Hornets affiliate), Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls affiliate), and Long Island Nets (Brooklyn Nets affiliate) will debut in the D-League. The D-League's 19 current teams can protect 10 players each on their rosters. Don't expect any stars to be drafted. Last year, only one player taken in the expansion draft...
Liberty Ballers Aug 24, 2016

What is the defining move of Sam Hinkie's tenure as Sixers GM?

The Sixers Beat crew discusses the biggest and best move of the Sam Hinkie era. With the Olympics done and dusted, there's very little live basketball to discuss for the next month or so. Knowing that, the Sixers Beat crew got together to discuss the past, offering up their take on the defining move(s) of the Sam Hinkie era. What should come as no surprise is the positive tone for the podcast. Most of our focus was directed at the big wins of Hinkie's tenure in Philadelphia; the MCW-Lakers pick trade, the Kings swap and the 2014 Draft (unknown as it still is) were discussed at length as...
Liberty Ballers Aug 24, 2016

ESPN Predicts Sixers to Place Last in East Again

ESPN's Kevin Pelton wrote his annual piece predicting the Win-Loss records of all 30 NBA teams. Despite the steps the Sixers took towards improvement this offseason, he still predicts them to finish last in the Eastern Conference. The Sixers have seen a lot of positive developments over the last 6 months. They won the lottery, adding the 2016 overall top pick, Ben Simmons, to their stable of talented young big men. Joel Embiid seems to be well on his way to recovery, with his Sixers debut likely to come during pre-season this Fall. Dario Saric made good on his word and finally came over...
Net Income / NetsDaily Aug 24, 2016

D-League expansion draft Wednesday. Should we get excited?

The D-League expansion draft takes place Wednesday with the Long Island Nets, Greensboro Swarm and Windy City Bulls starting to stock their rosters.  But don't get too excited about the names in the expansion pool.  The best players will play overseas this season and the others are mostly end-of-the-benchers ... or players with a troubled past.  Only one player selected in last year's expansion draft was on a D-League roster on Opening Night in mid-November. Here's how it works, per Upside Motor which tracks the D-League... Each team will select 12 players’ returning rights from the 19...

La La Anthony lets DJ Khaled wear Carmelo’s Olympic gold medals

Sure, why not? I may be old and not “with it”, but even I’ve heard of DJ Khaled. He’s that guy who does all the Snapchatting, which bagged him his very own Silk almond milk commercial. He also raps, from what I’ve heard. DJ Khaled’s Snapchat is the place to be right now, and Carmelo Anthony and his wife, La La, are savvy marketers — at least as savvy as the people at Silk — so Melo gave his medals to La La so she could let Khaled wear them on his Snapchat: “Only basketball player in history to have three gold medals is my husband, Carmelo Anthony.” That’s just quality...
CelticsBlog Aug 24, 2016

Open Topic: What should each Celtics player work on?

Summer is the time for players to work on their game. Here’s another topic to chew on and discuss: What specific elements would you like each player to work on? You can run down the whole team, or just choose a player or two to pick on. Everyone knows that Marcus Smart needs to work on jump shooting, but what about his finishing at the basket? How about pick-and-roll defense for Rozier or just about any younger player? I’ve long thought that Olynyk needs to catch and shoot with more decisiveness instead of pump-faking and waiting for the defense to catch up to him. Don’t get me wrong,...
Net Income / NetsDaily Aug 23, 2016

Long Island Nets name Ryan Gomes, Pat Rafferty assistant coaches

The Long Island Nets have officially named Ryan Gomes and Pat Rafferty as assistant coaches. They will join previously announced head coach Ronald Nored on the Long Island bench this season. Gomes' hire has been rumored for more that a month.  Raffterty's name is new, but it's not surprising the Nets hired the veteran college coach. Neither Nored nor Gomes has head coaching experience. Gomes enters his first year on the sidelines after finishing up an eight-year NBA career. Originally selected with the 50th overall pick in the second round of the 2005 NBA Draft by the Boston...
Raptors HQ Aug 23, 2016

Kyle Lowry puts up stud numbers for USA Basketball

As a backup point guard, Lowry was a defensive monster, as proved by the final numbers from the Rio Olympics. With gold medals already in their clutches, members of USA Basketball are now enjoying the afterglow of the Rio Olympics. For Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, the Raptors participants on Team USA, there’s plenty to be gleaned from their experience in Brazil. Today, NBA.com’s John Schuhmann released the final on-court numbers from USA’s 13 games, both exhibition and at the Olympics. What immediately stands out is Lowry’s contributions on the defensive end. Final USA on-court...

Carmelo Anthony’s trip to Rio’s favelas is a big part of his Olympic legacy

Melo won, but he also made some memories off the court. The 2016 Rio Olympics are finished. The athletes have all returned home, and the city — the whole damn country, in fact — is left to clean up what has been by all accounts a financial disaster for Brazil. As for our own Carmelo Anthony, he captured his third Olympic gold on a USA team that probably won’t last very long in the collective consciousness of American basketball fans. They got the job done, but they never quite captured imaginations the way some previous squads had. With that in mind, let’s look back on one Melo...
Raptors HQ Aug 23, 2016

Raptors unveil two new alternate jerseys for 2016-17 season

The Raptors bring back the Huskies look, while finally getting in on the Chinese New Year jersey trend. The Raptors ended an extended spell of summer silence late Tuesday morning, unveiling a pair of new alternate jerseys to be worn during the 2016-17 season. Based on a teaser video tweeted yesterday from the team's account, a return of the Toronto Huskies motif felt like a foregone conclusion. Those assumptions were in fact, accurate. Except instead of the minimalist look used in 2009-10 that featured and all-white uniform with blue lettering, this coming season will see the Raptors pay...
CelticsBlog Aug 23, 2016

Boston Celtics Daily Links 8/23/16

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Globe  Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas marries Kayla WallaceCeltics’ pick Abdel Nader will join D-LeagueCelticsBlog  Abdel Nader to sign with Red ClawsOpen topic: Who is your favorite non-Celtics player? Hardwood Paroxysm  Over and Back: Let's Play 'Lakers versus Celtics and the NBA Playoffs'Lex Nihil Novi  Gerald Green can Score the RockRed's Army  Your Morning Dump… Where Abdel Nader passes up Europe for Maine Locked On Celtics: What’s loyalty really mean?CSNNE  Ceiling-to-floor profiles: Marcus Smart's defense gives him...
Net Income / NetsDaily Aug 23, 2016

Kenny Atkinson: Roster, not system, will dictate Brooklyn Nets' offense, defense

In an interview marked by its depth --and intelligence -- Kenny Atkinson told ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz that he will not be relying on a "system" to drive his offensive and defensive strategies. Instead, it will be the strengths of his roster that will determine how the Nets play the game. There was almost no discussion of individual players in the half-hour interview. Instead, it was about Atkinson's philosophy and the Nets new culture. "I'm definitely not a systems guy," said Atkinson. "I just love Mike D'antoni's offense, love it. You know, in a beautiful world, spreading the court like...
CelticsBlog Aug 23, 2016

Open topic: Who is your favorite non-Celtics player?

What non-Boston player to you like and why? Consider this a reverse mailbag. I want to hear from you. I’m just here to start the conversation going. Give us your favorite player in the NBA today that doesn’t play for the Celtics. To make things more interesting, let’s say that it can’t be a player that ever played for the Celtics. So my obvious answer of Paul Pierce gets eliminated and I have to think a bit harder. I guess personally I’d have to go with Steph Curry. He’s obviously great, but I like his unique style and I’m enjoying the way that he’s legitimately changing...

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