8:10 AM EDT, Fri October 31, 2014
Net Income / NetsDaily 23 mins ago

Lionel Hollins: "We're a work in progress"

Lionel Hollins spoke with Mike Lupica Thursday and said all the right things after his team did a lot of wrong things on Wednesday night, losing to the Celtics by 16, 121-105.  Summing it up, Hollins called his team a "work in progress" and wondered aloud if the team's eight-day trip to China was part of the problem. "We’re a work in progress," Hollins said. "We haven’t had as much work as we would’ve liked after going on the China trip. We didn’t really have the days of practice that we would’ve liked, but it’s all part of growing and becoming a good team. "I still...
Posting and Toasting 5 hours ago

Knicks 95, Cavaliers 90: "I feel amazing."

The NBA stopped on its axis Thursday night as all eyes turned to Cleveland, Ohio, for a certain much-anticipated debut. And Derek Fisher did not disappoint, winning his road coaching debut. Felicidades, Coach Fisher! A deeply satisfying us-against-the-world effort by the orange & blue ended in a much deserved 95-90 Knicks' victory. Blutspender said it best: "I feel amazing. Thank you, New York Knicks." The early action saw Kevin Love looking hot (12 points/7 boards/3 assists/several sweet-ass outlets) and Carmelo Anthony looking not. Melo missed 6 of his first 9 shots and tweaked his ankle...
Celtics Today 6 hours ago

Garnett "It’s always special coming back here into Beantown"

KG's third return to Boston came with little tribute. KG looked pretty solid out there, but the Celtics controlled the game from the second quarter and on. KG witnessed Gino time, and you know he wanted to look up and laugh at the big screen. “Listen, I was so upset I didn’t even get the really, really deep Gino in my system,” Garnett said. “My low moment for the night, you know what I mean? Gino is a big part of me and I didn’t even get to celebrate it. I’m still a huge Gino fan.” Garnett had a lot of nice things to say about Stevens, Smart, and the city of Boston. "It’s...
Celtics Today 6 hours ago

Lebron's return comes in a loss, Cavs lose 95-90 to New York

It was an emotional night for the city of Cleveland, and for the homegrown star. The night didn't end as planned, but it's just one game in a long 82 game season. James finished with 17 points on 5-of-15 shooting. He also committed eight turnovers and never looked comfortable in his return. He pressed all night, and the chemistry was off, but the Cavs have time to fix things. Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points and buried a baseline jump shot with James in his face with 25 seconds left to give the Knicks a 92-87 lead.
Liberty Ballers 9 hours ago

Sixers Exercise Options for Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel, and Tony Wroten

The Sixers have exercised the team options for 2015-16 on the contracts of Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel, and Tony Wroten. The Sixers have exercised 2015-16 team options for Michael Carter-Williams, Tony Wroten, and Nerlens Noel, a source with knowledge of the situation has told LibertyBallers. As is standard for rookie scale contracts, the third and fourth year on the contracts are team options, where the team has until the preceeding October 31st to exercise those options. For Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel, the 2015-16 options are for their 3rd season, and it will pay...
CelticsBlog 9 hours ago

Introducing FanDuel daily fantasy sports

Daily fantasy basketball games. Our parent network SBNation has entered into a partnership with FanDuel, a daily fantasy sports site and they've asked me to give them weekly Celtics-related fantasy articles.  These are sponsored posts and I understand if fantasy basketball isn't your thing but I will endeavor to make them both informative and entertaining. As for the site itself, it offers people the chance to participate as much or as little as they like with no season-long commitment.  There's also real money that can be won.  You can even create private leagues (perhaps with other...
Posting and Toasting 9 hours ago

Final Score: Knicks 95, Cavaliers 90 HAHAHAHAHA WHAAAAAT

THE KNICKS ARE CHAMPIOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONS. I feel like my brain is swelling out of my ears right now. That was so much fun. The Cavs looked flat and disorganized and the Knicks exploited it. They really did. Derek Fisher got bold with his rotation and his chosen gents moved the ball waaaaayyy better and contested shots waaaayyyy better than I ever expected. After a horrid start, the Knicks not only came back but took over. Then, through a thorny endgame, they made up for a few brain farts with some lovely sets and stops and one big Carmelo Anthony jumper in the final seconds to put it...
Net Income / NetsDaily 12 hours ago

How'd "Bogie" do in his Brooklyn Nets debut? Not bad

Three years after being taken by the NEW JERSEY Nets with the first pick in the second round, a pick the Nets bought for $1.3 million, Bojan Bogdanovic stepped on an NBA court for real Wednesday night. At 6'8", the Croatian became one of the NBA's biggest shooting guards --and the first Nets rookie to start an Opening Night contest since Kenyon Martin and Stephen Jackson did back in 2000. How'd he do?  Not bad.  He finished with seven points, 3-of-6 overall, 1-of-2 from deep, with a block, two assists --both to Kevin Garnett for angle jumpers, but no rebounds and two turnovers. About the...
CelticsBlog 13 hours ago

The Boston Celtics are developing into an impressive offensive force

It's still early, but the Celtics offense sure looked impressive in the season opener against the Brooklyn Nets. The Boston Celtics have the highest scoring offense in the league! Ok, so it's only been one game. We can also get excited about the Celtics being tied for the top seed in the East, but that ignores a few simple caveats, such as the other 81 games left to play or the fact that a certain super team from Cleveland has yet to take the court this season. Nonetheless, there are several reasons to be optimistic about how this offense is developing after the Celtics put up 121 points to...
Posting and Toasting 13 hours ago

Game Thread: Knicks at Cavaliers- 10/30/14

Hey, the Knicks might win tonight. You never know. They might beat the stacked Cavaliers in LeBron James' born-again debut in Cleveland short-handed on the second night of a back-to-back. That would be great. There's a chance-- just a chance!-- they won't, though, and I'm steeling myself for that. And all the crap around that. Tonight is a party in Cleveland. It's going to be overwhelming-- tens of thousands of giddy people watching tens of millions of dollars of talent and #branding assembled for real for the first time, televised on a national scale. You can't play a basketball game...
Net Income / NetsDaily 15 hours ago

There's a new player in the Brooklyn Nets financial picture

Blackstone Group, one of the world's largest private equity groups, is working with the Nets and Barclays Center to refinance some of the two entities' debt, reports the New York Post.  The Post did not discuss whether Blackstone or its partners would be interested in an equity stake or a role in brokering a sale or partnership. Led by its billionaire CEO Steven Schwarzman, the firm is buying up old team and arena loans, reports Josh Kosman. Also, Schwarzman is considering helping the Barclays Center rework its $511 million construction debt. Negotiations are apparently underway on that...
Net Income / NetsDaily 15 hours ago

Uniform number binds Cory Jefferson with Isaiah Austin

Five days before the draft, Cory Jefferson got a phone call from his Baylor teammate, Isaiah Austin.  The two had hoped to be selected in the draft and play in the NBA this year.  As Jefferson recounts to Mike Mazzeo, the call turned out to be more than the normal banter between the two.  It was deadly serious. "I remember when he told me that he couldn’t play. It was a Saturday night, five days before the draft. He told me he wasn’t going to play anymore, and I went right over to see him," said Jefferson. "We just talked -- talked about everything -- but he’s definitely turned...
Raptors HQ 16 hours ago

What's In A Name? Open Call For Raptors Nicknames

With support for the Raptors taking off, it's time to start doubling down on some roster nicknames. Mighty Mouse. Junkyard Dog. Vinsanity. The Toronto Raptors have had some well-thought out and famously nicknamed players in their history. But with the team rolling into its 20th season, there seems to be a dearth of definition as to the current nickname situation. Over on Reddit, the suggestions have been flying around as to the definitive nickname role call for the Raptors. It feels like it is time for us to work together as a community to nail some down here (and develop some new...
CelticsBlog 16 hours ago

Boston Celtics Daily Links 10/30/14

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald  Healed Rondo hurts Nets as Celtics roll to season opening winPlenty of offense in impressive Celtics opener Buckley: First night fun for CeltsRajon Rondo doesn’t miss a beatMarcus Smart idea to become Celtics leader Kevin Garnett still bleeds greenCeltics rookie Smart ready to hit the ground runningCeltics blow past Nets 121-105 in season openerPace and space: 5 key issues to watch for this Celtics seasonGlobe  17 Reasons To Watch the Celtics This Season, And Yes, There Really Are That Many comRajon Rondo Gives KG a Taste...
Liberty Ballers 17 hours ago

How Much Does An Second Round Draft Pick Cost?

The Sixers have bought quite a few draft picks, but are they really getting good deals? Matt Carey looks at the cap value spent for second round picks and Since taking over as Sixers General Manager, President of Basketball Operations, and Part-Time Team Mascot (little known fact, he's Betsy Ross), one of Sam Hinkie's main focuses has been utilizing the team's cap space to acquire assets attached to acquisitions of onerous contracts. After this happens, the reaction among many is usually "hey, we got something for nothing, great move Sam!" That's not a bad way of looking at it. It's not...
Posting and Toasting 17 hours ago

Jose Calderon will miss a couple weeks, which sure does suck

Ohhhhh that's not good. This seems less than ideal! An MRI to Jose Calderon's right calf today confirmed a strain. He is expected to miss 2-3 weeks. — NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) October 30, 2014 HOW COME YOU NEVER HAVE ANYTHING NICE TO SAY, MRI MACHINE, HUH!? This started as a no-big-deal-he'd-play-if-it-were-the-regular-season-he'll-be-ready-don't-worry thing, and now it's a oh-buns-the-Knicks-have-to-play-their-first-few-weeks-of-a-difficult-new-offense-against-a-tough-schedule-without-their-chief-ballhandler-whose-understudies-are-an-old-guy-and-a-tiny-rookie thing. I think it is...
Kevin O'connor / CelticsBlog 18 hours ago

3 in the Key: Boston creatively scored their way to victory over Brooklyn

How the Boston Celtics used creative lineups to effectively score and defend the Brooklyn Nets The fans at TD Garden were partying on Wednesday night, as the Boston Celtics crumpled the Brooklyn Nets, 121-105. With Brooklyn's star center Brook Lopez inactive with a foot injury, Boston was able to exploit them in a number of ways, but some chinks in the armor also showed. Here are three takeaways from the Celtics' season opener in this year's first edition of 3 in the Key. Boston's shot distribution was encouraging Last season, 31.2 percent of Boston's shots came from mid-range, which was...
Raptors HQ 19 hours ago

Excitement is the Word of the Day After Raptors Home Opener

With the first game of their season completed, the Raptors sit at 1-0. But the story of the game against the Atlanta Hawks was everyone's excitement. The buzz is real. It's a thing that exists just slightly beyond the usual noise of an arena - the blaring music, the PA announcer, the traffic outside. You walk into the Air Canada Centre and you can hear it: that buzz of excitement. "Can you feel it?" Amir Johnson chuckled. "Definitely, there's definitely a lot of excitement, a lot of buzz around the city." For the city of Toronto and Raptors fans, its the excitement that comes from...
NetsDaily 19 hours ago

Trying to make sense of what happened on Opening Night in Boston

I was sitting in my room last night, excited for the new season, watching the Nets get set to take on an underwhelming Celtics team, and then it happened. I really don't know what it was, but it was really ugly. I'm going to try my best to make sense of what went really wrong for the Nets Wednesday night in Boston. First off, Lionel Hollins may be a great defensive coach, but he will need to do his very best work on the defensive end with this Brooklyn team. We knew that the Nets would struggle on defense—their best starting defender is a 20 year veteran on his last legs—but we weren't...
Liberty Ballers 20 hours ago
Sixers Mailbag Volume 1 - Roster Decisions, Draft, MCW's Jump Shot, And More

Sixers Mailbag Volume 1 - Roster Decisions, Draft, MCW's Jump Shot, And More

We're going to start up a weekly Sixers mailbag. Here is the first iteration, as we head into year 2 of the Sam Hinkie era. Roster Questions ThaOneNOnly [reddit] Q: I remember during Hinkies' post draft press conference he mentioned that while MCW shot poorly in college, he actually shot pretty well in high school and I've seen it mentioned from time to time that his actual shooting form is actually pretty decent. Well I recently saw an interview with MCW (pretty sure it was on Sixers.com) and when he was asked about his recent surgery for that torn labrum, he mentioned that he's had it...

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