3:08 PM EDT, Sat August 23, 2014
Silver Screen and Roll 3 hours ago

Happy Birthday, Kobe Bryant!

The Black Mamba turns 36 today. Happy Birthday Kobe Bryant! The five-time NBA champion turns 36 today, and we want to take a moment and wish him well and thank him on this day. It's also a great excuse to post whatever the heck we want about Kobe in this little hub, and in the comments. I'll kick it off with a 30 minute highlight reel featuring his playoff hits through the Lakers' from 2008-2012. Enjoy. This is also a good moment to thank Molly Martirez for making the banner above for the Black Mamba. Here's to (at least) a few more Kobe birthdays to celebrate while he's still wearing...
Bright Side Of The Sun 4 hours ago

Goran Dragić has 18 points, 7 assists and a block in a home loss to Brazil

The Dragon plays on Slovenian soil again, breathing some defensive fire and making longer 3s. After almost 11 months Suns Goran Dragic played in front of Slovenian fans again. It was nice to finally see him lead Slovenia team on court as its rightful captain. His first home game, though statistically not as efficient as usual, was still good: 18points on 7/17 shooting, 7 assists and a chase down block you could see coming immediately after the ball changed possession. When the Dragon doesn't produce well on offence, he goes into defense (make-up) mode, which I really have to commend here....
Sactown Royalty 6 hours ago

DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay make final cut for USA Basketball following win over Puerto Rico

The Kings will be represented on Team USA for the first time in years as DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay both made the final cut for the 2014 FIBA World Cup. The speculation on whether or not the Kings would be represented on Team USA for the 2014 FIBA World Cup is officially over.  Jerry Colangelo announced the final roster last night after USA Basketball's 112-86 win over Puerto Rico and it was good news for Kings fans as both DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay were named to the team. Cousins and Gay join Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, DeMar DeRozan, Andre Drummond, Kenneth Faried, James Harden,...
Sactown Royalty 7 hours ago

DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay named to final Team USA roster

Both Kings will go to Spain with Team USA. USA Basketball announced its final cuts before the 2014 FIBA World Cup late on Friday, and both DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay survived. Both will represent the United State when the World Cup opens in Spain in a week. The final four cuts were Chandler Parsons, Damian Lillard, Kyle Korver and Gordon Hayward. That brings the roster to 12. On Friday against Puerto Rico, Gay was one of the first players off of the bench, scoring 13 points in 16 minutes on 5-9 shooting. Cousins was the second big man off of the bench behind Mason Plumlee. He played 12...
Bright Side Of The Sun 8 hours ago

Dragic, Slovenia lose to Brazil in overtime, 84:88

Dragic and the sharp-shooting Prepelic were not enough to beat the hard-hitting center line-up of Nene, Splitter and Varejao. Recap Slovenia looked great early on, shitting down on D and using good ball movement to find the open man for a quick lead 10:5. After a time-out, the ball just seemed to stop finding the hole, but luckily the defense was still doing it's job so the score was 15:15 going into the second period. Goran Dragic had a really average (being nice) first period, struggling to run the team and missing a few open shots. The second period was basically a butt-whopping for...
Bright Side Of The Sun 13 hours ago

Where are they now? Part 2: Zabian Dowdell, Earl Baron, Gani Lawal, Garret Siler

Ever wondered what happened to your favorite Phoenix Suns bench warmer or marginal miracle player? This series of articles will revisit some of Suns fans' beloved bench warmers from over the years and track their careers. Welcome back for part two of our trip down memory lane, as we catch up with some of the most memorable Suns of all time! This story will focus on guys from the 2010-2011 season, a disappointing season that saw the team miss the playoffs just one season after the team lost a tough Western Conference Finals matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers. This team was a bit of an...
Sactown Royalty 21 hours ago

Team USA vs Puerto Rico Open Thread

Watch, enjoy, discuss. Team USA is back in action Friday, facing Puerto Rico in a warm-up exhibition.  The Sacramento Kings are represented by DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay.  Friday's game also represents the potential last chance to impress the coaching staff, as more cuts are expected on Saturday.  According to ESPN's Marc Stein, DeMarcus and Rudy seem likely to survive this rounds of cuts, but nothing is set in stone.  In Wednesday exhibition against the Dominican Republic Rudy Gay led Team USA in scoring, and DeMarcus Cousins grabbed a game-high 8 rebounds. All eyes will also be on...
Bright Side Of The Sun Aug 22, 2014

BSOTS Round Table: Most Likely To.... How will the Phoenix Suns look and appear coming into the 2014-2015 season?

At our Round Table all opinions are not equal. Some are better than others as you will see. Enjoy. The off-season is tracked the FBI looking for a serial killer these days with investigative tools such as Twitter, Instagram, and "sources" filling us in on the happenings of every NBA player. Every athlete for that matter. It is rare for an athlete to sneak by the world and do their own thing, but the off-season is almost over for them now. Training Camp is around the corner for the Phoenix Suns so it feels like a good time to get to the brass tacks here with the Round Table. We took this...
Bright Side Of The Sun Aug 22, 2014

First Round Playoff Preview: Phoenix Mercury take on the Los Angeles Sparks

BEAT L.A. BEAT L.A. BEAT L.A. Team sports are broken down into two seasons from the regular season to the playoffs and the reset button has been hit for the WNBA -- Playoff Time. The Phoenix Mercury wrapped what was one of the most historic seasons in WNBA history winning 29 games, including 16 in a row, and winning the last 15 straight games at home. This team is primed and poised to make a run in this second season that is equally historic with the end goal of hanging up a third banner from the rafters at U.S. Airways Center. Up first for the Mercury is an all to familiar foe in the Los...
Silver Screen and Roll Aug 22, 2014

The Credits: "Problem Child" - Lakers Links

On a slow news day, Jeremy Lin has some fun at the expense of Mom. Lakers News Jeremy Lin celebrates his mom's birthday by smashing a cake in her face - ESPN Shaq answers the question: Kobe or LeBron? | ProBasketballTalk TeamSPACE: Pacific Rim - Nylon Calculus Mitch Kupchak, Jerry West Take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (VIDEOS) | Lakers Nation Derek Fisher On Playing Again: 'Those Days Are Gone' | Lakers Nation NBA Season Previews 2014-2015 - Los Angeles Lakers - Hoopshype Sorting Out the LA Lakers' Numerous Logjams | Bleacher Report Phil Hubbard Could Become Head Coach Of D Fenders - RealGM...
Bright Side Of The Sun Aug 22, 2014

Suns Swag 8/22: Sunsational Sounds, Zubaz Returns

Your gameday gear is waiting on eBay. Phoenix Suns Sunsational Sounds CD Preceding the seminal Suns banger, "I'm a Suns Fan," was this collection of Phoenix favorites, "Sunsational Sounds." The CD, released in 1996, includes all of your arena favorites, as well as classic Phoenix Suns highlights.  Included is the drafting of Dan Majerle, the 1976 NBA Finals against the Celtics, and of course, Al McCoy. This auction includes the disc only, and can have a place in your 8 disc CD changer in your 1987 Nissan Stanza, complete with Blue Thunder subwoofers, for a twenty dollar bill. 90's Zubaz...
Sactown Royalty Aug 22, 2014

The Sacramento Kings All-Time Draft: Final Thoughts and Vote!

We have drafted our 8-man teams over 8 rounds and 4 days and now it's time to vote on a winner which will be up to you.  You will only be able to judge a team by their tenure in Sacramento, but aside from that any judgement is up to you. We've included statistical breakdowns of each team as well as some final thoughts from each of our GMs to aid you in your vote.  I just want to thank you guys and my fellow GMs for making this exercise so fun.  The feedback from you guys was awesome and I hope you enjoyed this as much as we did. *** Team Blake aka "The Webb of Talent" ...
Silver Screen and Roll Aug 22, 2014
Carlos Boozer must embrace a new role with the Lakers

Carlos Boozer must embrace a new role with the Lakers

Joining the Lakers in the twilight of his career, Carlos Boozer can contribute on and off the floor. Adding Carlos Boozer to the Los Angeles Lakers' middling fold could be a challenge, but the results can elicit relative rewards. Of course he's no longer an All-Star forward, or even the $80 million player the Bulls signed after he helped the Jazz average 52 wins between 2007-10. Boozer now is a cagey veteran hoping to redeem himself after the worst season of his career, and his atonement has an array of platforms. As role players age, they discover the need to reinvent themselves. As the...

Could the Atlanta Hawks be the best fit for Eric Bledsoe?

Could the Atlanta Hawks be a potential landing spot for restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe? Restricted free agency can be a tough situation for a player and Eric Bledsoe's current position with the Phoenix Suns illustrates that. On one hand he is a high upside talent but as a restricted free agent he has little to no leverage in negotiations with the Suns. The situation has played itself out all summer and Bledsoe may be forced to roll the dice and sign Phoenix's qualifying offer and become an unrestricted free agent next summer. The Suns are well aware that this could be a possibility and...
Bright Side Of The Sun Aug 21, 2014

WNBA Playoff Preview Podcast: Ann Meyers Drysdale and Nate Parham breaking it all down

The BS of the Suns Podcast will back with more BS than ever next week, this week, the WNBA steps to the front of the room... The WNBA Playoffs are starting up tonight with the Phoenix Mercury starting their series on Friday against the Los Angeles Sparks. Nate Parham from Swish Appeal joins me to preview the entire first round, talk WNBA Awards, and break it all down. Suns VP, broadcaster, and basketball Hall of Famer Ann Meyers Drysdale then comes on to talk about all the events in the world of basketball currently including Becky Hammon, the WNBA Playoffs, and the Phoenix Mercury's...
Golden State Of Mind Aug 21, 2014

Season in Review: How Strong are Stephen Curry's Shoulders?

The Golden State Warriors, contrary to popular belief, struggled from the beginning of the season until the end. Ranked near the middle of the pack despite what many believed as a team with explosive offensive pieces, it took a Herculean effort from Stephen Curry to barely keep them alive in games night in and night out. Before each game, David Lee and Stephen Curry high-five and meet at center court before turning and sprinting to the end of the baseline area, slapping the stanchion, and running back onto the hardwood all before the first tip. This signifies that the two captains are in...
Bright Side Of The Sun Aug 21, 2014
Film Study: Remember how good Eric Bledsoe was last season for the Phoenix Suns

Film Study: Remember how good Eric Bledsoe was last season for the Phoenix Suns

Before we completely write off the union of Bledsoe and Dragic on the Phoenix Suns, let's recall just how good Eric Bledsoe was last year in his 38 games next to Dragic. While his contract negotiations are still underway, Suns fans can't get distracted from how good of a player Eric Bledsoe was last year. There is no "subtraction" situation currently that ends in the Suns being a better team than last year if Bledsoe leaves and some fans are missing that point while they take these negotiations personally.Amin Elhassan of ESPN, and formerly the Suns front office, ranked the Slash Brothers...
Silver Screen and Roll Aug 21, 2014

Projecting and discussing the Lakers defense

Despite their new coach's best intentions, will the Lakers' defense have more leaks than the Titanic? We have reached the dead point in the offseason. There are front page stories on basketball websites devoted to Khris Middleton milking a cow, various players and league officials taking the ALS ice bucket challenge, and breaking down Nick Young's social media postings. The point is, there's not an incredible amount of tangible basketball news currently, which makes this a good time to take a look back, and forward, at the Los Angeles Lakers' defense. A lot of ink, both real and virtual,...
Silver Screen and Roll Aug 21, 2014

Silver Screen & Rollcast, Episode 17: New writers on new Lakers! Live at 6pm!

The Silver Screen & Rollcast is here to fill this NBA-less August void with an all-new episode! Got the mid-August-no-NBA blues? Bummed out because training camp is still a month away? Kobe ruining your day with a Sports Illustrated cover? Well, we got your cure right here! It's the Silver Screen & Rollcast! A Lakers podcast! In August! Join Ben Rosales, Drew Garrison and Blake (The Great Mambino), as they not only talk through the various contracts the Lakers doled out this summer, but introduce you to our new staff of writers, as they hop on the pod and chat with the crew. Get it on...
Silver Screen and Roll Aug 21, 2014

The Credits: "[Derrick Rose]'s Day Off" - Lakers Links

With Derrick Rose given the night off, Team USA cruises to an easy victory against the Dominican Republic, 105-62. Lakers News March may be make-or-break stretch on Lakers' schedule - LA Times Blogtable: Kobe hot, Lakers in playoffs? " NBA.com | Hang Time Blog with Sekou Smith Los Angeles Lakers rumors: Will Ed Davis have a breakout year? - FanSided LA Lakers Must Take Advantage of Full Health in 2014 Training Camp | Bleacher Report Jeremy Lin Has Golden Opportunity to Reinvent Himself with Los Angeles Lakers | Bleacher Report Q & A: Head Coach Byron Scott | Los Angeles Lakers -...

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