By Jonathan Leonard, It is still only July, and moves are still to be made but this offseason has already been so intriguing I want the season to start now instead of October 28th. But to hold us all over until then, I have created my “Way Too Early Eastern Conference Predictions” starting at the bottom, up to the top. Warning – Some of my predictions may shock you.
By Arjun Karthikeyan,
Now that the NBA summer league is over with the Sacramento Kings defeating the Houston Rockets 77-68 to claim the Las Vegas Summer League Title it’s time to take a look back and reflect on each team’s showing in both Orlando and Las Vegas. Each time showed flashes of brilliance and many are brimming with future stars but as expected many players showed signs of inexperience and hesitation when taking the court. Ten teams participated in the Orlando Summer League that took place July 5th- July 11th while twenty-four teams participated in the Las Vegas Summer League from July 11th – July 21st. Three teams, the Houston Rockets, Miami Heat, and Philadelphia 76ers took place in both events. The 76ers took home the trophy in Orlando while the Kings reigned supreme in Las Vegas. We will take a look at some of the highlights and lowlights that each team displayed throughout summer league play.
By Hayley Irvin,
In March of this year, NBA legend Phil Jackson was hired as the Knicks’ President of Basketball Operations, seizing the reins of the franchise the inept team manager, James Dolan. In what could be one of his smartest moves during his tenure in the Knicks’ front office, Dolan ceded control of the team to Jackson and gave hope to the Knicks’ oft-maligned fan base for years to come.
By James Horan
The Orlando Magic are now fully removed from the Dwight Howard in term of Personnel, having gutted every player from that era and are 2 years into a “tanking” rebuild that features lots of new, young faces. (more…)
By: Amos Leak
Sometimes it takes a few adjustments and other additions to make a difference in life. I guess the NBA picked that up really quick. Even though, the summer league is not a huge addition to the league or adjustment, there definitely are some things you can learn from it. I think fan take full responsibility on the future of the league and sometimes when people can showcase in front of you, you get that needed opportunity.
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…)