7:38 PM EDT, Wed April 23, 2014
Silver Screen and Roll 2 hours ago

Playoffs Game Thread - First Round

Come and join the Silver Screen and Roll community to discuss the first round of the NBA playoffs. Western Conference San Antonio Spurs (1) vs. Dallas Mavericks (8) via www.dallasnews.com Spurs lead series 1-0 Game 1: Spurs 90 Mavericks 85 Game 2: Mavericks at Spurs | Wednesday, April 23, 5:00 PM PST | NBA TV Game 3: Spurs at Mavericks | Saturday, April 26, 1:30 PM PST | TNT Game 4: Spurs at Mavericks | Monday, April 28, 6:30 PM PST | TNT Game 5: Mavericks at Spurs | Wednesday, April 30 | If Needed Game 6: Spurs at Mavericks | Friday, May 2 | If Needed Game 7: Mavericks at Spurs |...
Sactown Royalty 4 hours ago
Sacramento's

Sacramento's "Only 3" needs some support

DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay and Isaiah Thomas were fantastic this season, but they also had to carry a huge load because of the lack of a supporting cast. If you haven't yet read Blake's excellent breakdown of the Pete D'Alessandro media Q&A from earlier today, you should rectify that immediately.  One of the things that Pete stressed to the media was the need to improve both the ball movement and the shooting of this team. Now, you don't have to be an assist heavy team to have a good offense.  While the Kings weren't a good offense (they finished the year 20th in Offensive Rating), a lot...
SLC Dunk 6 hours ago
Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic award NBA's Most Improved Player Award, Jazz guard Alec Burks distant 27th

Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic award NBA's Most Improved Player Award, Jazz guard Alec Burks distant 27th

Baby dragons can still kill The NBA's Most Improved Player award is the craziest award there is. There are really no rules. Some people vote for who made the biggest personal improvement. Some people vote for great players who take that next step. Others vote for fringe players who become rotation guys, or better. For the last few years it's really just gone to the guy who has gone from rookie to realizing his potential. This year we got the award going Phoenix Suns point guard Goran Dragic, a player in his 6th season in the NBA. That isn't rare when you look at the award historically, but...
Bright Side Of The Sun 7 hours ago
Phoenix Suns Goran Dragic named NBA's Kia Most Improved Player for 2013-14 season

Phoenix Suns Goran Dragic named NBA's Kia Most Improved Player for 2013-14 season

After a cinderella year both for himself and the team, the Phoenix Suns' Goran Dragic gets a trophy for his work. After the entire Phoenix Suns team displayed Most Improved Team characteristics all year long, their star point guard Goran Dragic received the individual Most Improved Player Award. The Suns had many candidates on their roster for Most Improved - Gerald Green nearly doubled his career scoring average (15.8 vs. 8.0). Markieff Morris led all reserves in double-doubles (11), points off bench and rebounds off bench. Eric Bledsoe was the early leader for most improved before hurting...
Silver Screen and Roll 7 hours ago
The Credits:

The Credits: "Quest For Camelot" - Lakers Links

The playoffs are well under way and some teams are making a good showing. Others, not so much. Lakers News Jordan Farmar, Nick Young Attend Kings Game " Lakers Blog Lakers Announce Hiring of Dan Grigsby as General Counsel | Lakers.com Lakers can spend up to $28.2 million in new salary-cap projections - latimes.com Mike D'Antoni says basketball has changed; analysts need to adapt - latimes.com ESPN Washington Wizards vs. Chicago Bulls - Recap Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers - Recap Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors - Recap Gregg Popovich of San Antonio Spurs is NBA Coach of the...
2014 NBA D-League Finals: Santa Cruz Warriors open championship round against Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Thursday

2014 NBA D-League Finals: Santa Cruz Warriors open championship round against Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Thursday

While the Golden State Warriors try to gain an edge in the first round of the NBA playoffs at Oracle Arena, the Santa Cruz Warriors will be embarking upon their second consecutive attempt at a D-League championship at Kaiser Permanente Arena (Thursday, 6:30 p.m., CBS SN). Perhaps the Golden State Warriors' D-League affiliate hasn't produced the type of breakout rotation star that we would all love to see, but nothing speaks to a successful venture better than making consecutive league championship series. After beating the Rio Grande Valley Vipers by a gaudy score of 147-128 on Monday, the...
Sactown Royalty 8 hours ago
Kings used this season to 'recruit' Rudy Gay

Kings used this season to 'recruit' Rudy Gay

Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro spoke about Rudy Gay's future with the Kings at a media luncheon Tuesday. D'Alessandro said the organization used this last season as a "getting to know each other" period with Gay in hopes that the positive experience would make the decision to leave Sacramento a difficult one. Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro is banking, at least partly, on the culture of the Kings and the vibe of Sacramento to make it difficult on Rudy Gay to make a decision on whether or not to leave the purple and black this summer. D'Alessandro discussed Gay's pending...
Bright Side Of The Sun 8 hours ago
Phoenix Suns ready to deal, but Frye and Okafor not in mix

Phoenix Suns ready to deal, but Frye and Okafor not in mix

Channing Frye and Emeka Okafor count nearly $21 million against the Suns cap this season and both may be free agents on July 1. Okafor's contract expires on June 30, and Frye can opt out of his final year as well. That means the Suns cannot include them in trades. The Phoenix Suns want to rejoin the NBA elite in the very near future, and they have assets to burn - cap space to take on salary, youth on rookie contracts and six first round draft picks in the next 15 months. Any incoming All-Star free agent or trade acquisition would join two rising stars at the guard positions - Goran Dragic...
Bright Side Of The Sun 11 hours ago

The Legend of Ish Smith's Three Point Shooting

I guess it's technically a report card if you only got graded in your worst class. As frequent readers of Bright Side of the Sun have come to know, the three point shooting adventures of Ish Smith were a bit of an obsession of mine in the late stages of the Suns season. Those of you who have been around this site long enough may also be aware that both Suns history and awful shooting performances from members of the Phoenix Suns are two of my more significant basketball interests. Those two were first married together back in December of 2010 following the incredible 12 game reign of Sir...
Steve Perrin / Clips Nation 17 hours ago

ClipCast Episode 73: Game 2 blowout

Game 2 went just a little better than Game 1, and the ClipCast guys are feeling better as well. Game 2 went just a little better than Game 1, and the ClipCast guys are feeling better as well. You can listen to ClipCast right here whenever new episodes are available. Check out prior episodes in iTunes. Follow ClipCast on twitter. All that stuff.

San Francisco waterfront arena opponents declare victory after Golden State Warriors shift plans to Mission Bay

Opponents of the Warriors proposed waterfront arena declared victory yesterday after San Francisco media outlets reported that the franchise has instead purchased a site in the city's Mission Bay neighborhood with the arena slated to be completed by 2018. But rather than a defeat for the franchise, the move might be the most logical choice for the franchise. Not long after John Cote of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that the Golden State Warriors had abandoned their plans to build an arena on Piers 30-32, the San Francisco Waterfront Alliance sent out an email announcement to its...
Bright Side Of The Sun Apr 22, 2014
Popovich wins Coach of the Year, Hornacek runner-up

Popovich wins Coach of the Year, Hornacek runner-up

Jeff Hornacek is not the NBA's coach of the year this season, but that is OK. The NBA announced today that Gregg Popovich was voted as the 2013-14 Coach of the Year, the third time he has taken home the Red Auerbach Trophy in his career and the second time in the last three years. Popovich, who wins his second NBA Coach of the Year award in the past three seasons and third of his career, joins Don Nelson and Pat Riley as the only coaches to receive the honor three times. He totaled 380 points, including 59 first-place votes, from a panel of 124 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout...
Silver Screen and Roll Apr 22, 2014

Going "in house" for their next head coach would be a terrible decision for the Lakers

As it becomes apparent that the Lakers might elect for a new head coach this offseason, chatter has increased about the Lakers selecting a head coach that has history with the team in order to placate the fanbase, a painfully bad path for the team to go down. For a franchise with a history as expansive as the Lakers, it should be understandable that those following the team, whether in a professional or fan capacity, indulge in a bit of nostalgia every now and then. After all, this is one of the most successful franchises in the league, in all of sports really, and there are more than...

2014 NBA Playoffs, Golden State Warriors vs. L.A. Clippers: The Game 2 disaster

There were some questions for the Warriors to answer entering Game 2 and not much went their way during a 138-98 blowout loss. Golden State Warriors (1-0) at L.A. Clippers (0-1) Staples Center - Los Angeles, CA 7:30 p.m. PST TV: TNT (national), CSNBA/HD (local) | Radio: KNBR Buddy blog: Clips Nation If you've been following the NBA long enough to remember the time when the first round was just five games per series, perhaps you'll appreciate the expansion to seven games after Game 1 of the first round between the L.A. Clippers and Golden State Warriors. Playoff games shouldn't be decided by...

Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson finished eighth in 2014 NBA Coach of the Year voting

After a season full of controversy, milestones, and questions, Warriors coach Mark Jackson got one third place vote for 2014 NBA Coach of the Year. Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson tied for eighth in 2014 NBA Coach of the Year voting after receiving one third place vote. Coach, Team 1st 2nd 3rd Pts Gregg Popovich, San Antonio 59 23 16 380 Jeff Hornacek, Phoenix 37 44 22 339 Tom Thibodeau, Chicago 12 22 33 159 Steve Clifford, Charlotte 8 21 24 127 Dwane Casey, Toronto 5 9 18 70 Terry Stotts, Portland 2 3 6 25 Doc Rivers, L.A....
Bright Side Of The Sun Apr 22, 2014

Report Cards: Channing Frye

Channing Frye's return to the starting line-up was almost as surprising as the Phoenix Suns' return to NBA relevancy. What grade did the Comeback Kid earn for the comeback Suns? One has to wonder what the future holds for Channing Frye.  According to The Arizona Republic, the 30-year-old power forward reportedly would like to work out a contract extension that would likely end his career in Phoenix.  This is more amazing news than your average contract extension story considering his career nearly ended in Phoenix at the end of the 2011-12 NBA season. Frye's recovery from his heart...
Silver Screen and Roll Apr 22, 2014

The Credits: "The Return" - Lakers Links

Starring Kobe Bryant, who returned to the court of Monday to start a six month training program in preparation of the 2014-15 NBA season. Lakers News Kobe Bryant of Los Angeles Lakers starts six-month training program - ESPN Los Angeles Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Begins Six Month Training Program | Lakers Nation Kobe Bryant Begins Intense Six Month Training Program - RealGM Wiretap Bryant Returns to the Court | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS Lakers News And Rumors Recap: Kobe Begins Workout, Barkley Takes Shot At Shaq | Lakers Nation Loving and Letting Go Of Two-Time Champion,...
Sactown Royalty Apr 22, 2014
New arena term sheet gives city further financial protections

New arena term sheet gives city further financial protections

A revised term sheet for the agreement between the city of Sacramento and the Sacramento Kings was released Monday. Under the new agreement, which is scheduled to be voted on by the city council on May 13, the city is provided with more protections as the team takes on more of the financial burden. The revised term sheet for the new downtown Sacramento arena was released by the city of Sacramento on Monday, revealing that provisions have been made to the deal that further protect the city from potential financial issues. The cost of the arena has increased from the $447 million price tag...

2014 NBA Playoffs: Grizzlies shock Thunder, Clippers blow out Warriors

The Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Clippers put up solid performances Monday night to tie their best-of-seven series. The NBA Playoffs continued Monday night and a pair of series are now tied after solid performances from the Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Clippers. Memphis Grizzlies 111, Oklahoma City Thunder 105 OT - Series tied 1-1 Photo Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports The Memphis Grizzlies overcame a heroic effort down the stretch by Kevin Durant to even the series at 1-1 with a 111-105 win over the Thunder in overtime. Zach Randolph finished with 25 points while...
Golden State Of Mind Apr 22, 2014
Game Links #R1G2: Golden State Warriors 98 @ LA Clippers 138 - Amnesia would be a nice thing to have right now

Game Links #R1G2: Golden State Warriors 98 @ LA Clippers 138 - Amnesia would be a nice thing to have right now

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