By Joseph Makram,
We all know that the western conference is absolutely stacked. An overwhelming majority of the best players in the world are on western conference teams, and this is reflected in the Wests domination of the East in the past few years.
By Daniel Flores,
I was not surprised when the Houston Rockets traded Jeremy Lin to the Lakers. But I was really surprised that the Rockets did not sign a big name, free agent like Carmelo Anthony or Chris Bosh. By losing Jeremy Lin, you would think that they are in the hunt to sign a point guard. (more…)
By Matthew Pertz,
In the midst of the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Commissioner Adam Silver proposed creating a new NBA tournament in the middle of the season, very similar to the FA Cup in European soccer. The event would likely take place on a neutral court, much like the Summer League in Las Vegas. Silver wants to spice up the most boring part of the basketball year: the regular season. The idea is just another stroke of brilliance from Silver, whose first six months in charge have the most noteworthy in league history, from the Sterling scandal to the Spurs return to the top to LeBron’s return to Cleveland. (more…)
By Walt Cerrato,
October 28th, 2014 cannot come soon enough. For the uninitiated, said Tuesday evening will mark the beginning of the NBA season, and I cannot wait. Does this have anything to do with the fact that I’m a huge homer and my team just landed the number one pick and the best player on the planet and maybe getting another All-Star who puts up 25-15 regularly? Maybe just a little. My excitement is not because I feel the Cavs win the championship (which I do not think they will regardless of whether or not they get Love, I predict a 53-55 win season nonetheless), my excitement is because the balance of power between the West and the East is finally starting to even out ever so slightly.
By James Horan,
The Las Vegas Summer League has begun featuring other top draft selections Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Dante Exum, Julius Randle among others. This event is highly publicized and the NBA actually treats it as a profit center, giving free access to the public. This contrasts to the Orlando summer league that only allows access to media and NBA personnel and a few lucky folks who get passes. (more…)
By Hayley Irvin,
In the summer of 2011, fresh off of their Finals win over the Miami Heat, the Dallas Mavericks received strong criticism for blowing up their title-winning team. Rather than hamstringing themselves by overpaying for an aging roster, the front office chose to disassemble their championship team and preserve their flexibility under the salary cap in order to make another run at the title in a few years. (more…)
By Jim Tal Evans,
In the immediate aftermath of LeBron James’ seismic decision to vacate South Beach and return to his Ohio roots, many pundits were predicting that the Miami Heat were perhaps irreparably damaged. Throw in the very real possibility that Chris Bosh would also leave and some were saying that Miami was in danger of becoming a virtual basketball wasteland. It was suggested that the Heat were on the verge of falling apart to the point of being considered an afterthought. In other words, the Heat were in serious jeopardy and darn near close to evaporating.
By Jonathan Leonard
Well last week was surely a great week for Cleveland, as the Cavaliers gained the services of their hometown boy who also happens to be the greatest basketball player on the planet – LeBron James. Now the next big question arises: how else can the Cavaliers get better? They already added former Heat players, and LeBron’s pals, Mike Miller and James Jones and possibly could also add Ray Allen if he doesn’t retire. The Cavs are trying to put together another possible “Big Three” by adding Kevin Love to LeBron and Kryie Irving. (more…)
By Amos Leak,
The summer has been full of surprises and one of the biggest surprises was LeBron “King” James returning to Cleveland. I meant… some people expected it. In other worlds, it might not have been. The question that’s asked is, where does this leave things for Wiggins? Questions are always posed when you look any type of situation like this for the future of the NBA. I think the last time we really got to see something like this was with Shaq and Kobe and we see how that ended up. Shaq jumped around after his career in LA, he was able to get another ring but nothing ever stuck with him jumping to Cleveland when LeBron was really starting to take off or even that little time with Steve Nash when he was winning NBA MVPs. (more…)
By Arjun Karthikeyan
With Lebron James returning to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers many people began wondering what it would be like if all NBA players returned to their hometowns to play. While an interesting topic in its own merit, a peer and I began to wonder, what if colleges and NBA teams worked together to create a partnership? Imagine the excitement for fans that grow up in a city following both the collegiate and professional basketball teams that get to watch the best players for their collegiate team go on to play for the nearby professional team. The time overlap, for example, would allow Michael Jordan to play alongside James Worthy and then eventually Vince Carter in their professional careers. Forming this partnership would bring collegiate and NBA fans closer than ever. (more…)