Kansas PF Marcus Morris was in Toronto on Wednesday for a pre-draft workout that also included Kawhi Leonard, Tristan Thompson and Tobias Harris . Speaking to the media after his workout, Morris discussed his game and talked about his twin brother, Markieff.Read More
Former Tennessee PF Tobias Harris was in Toronto on Wednesday as part of a loaded workout that also included Kawhi Leonhard, Tristan Thompson and Marcus Morris. The projected mid-to-late first rounder talked about his all-around game, as well as being one of the draft’s high risers.Read More
The Dallas Mavericks are one of those fun anomaly teams that work despite failing to fit any of the popular trends or assumed truths of the NBA as it currently exists. Today, they also happen to be champions.Read More
Sorry for my LeBron-esque Game 4 no-show. I had to cover Rihanna’s ACC concert, complete with all those chains and whips that apparently excite her.
* With an entire season having been spent psychoanalyzing the Miami Heat, it now comes down to this: do-or-die games on home court to truly test the mettle of the team. [...]
Toronto has seen its share of point guard battles in recent years, most notably Jose Calderon against T.J. Ford and, later, Calderon against Jarrett Jack. But it was the battle being waged between top draft prospects Kemba Walker and Brandon Knight in the Raptors’ practice court on Tuesday that could hold the greatest significance on [...]Read More
After getting an up-close look at NCAA tournament hero Kemba Walker during a draft workout in Toronto on Tuesday, Raptors Senior Director of Scouting Jim Kelly spoke to the media about the UConn alum. Kelly raved about Walker’s passing skills and added some general thoughts on the scouting process.Read More
Toronto Raptors Senior Director of Scouting Jim Kelly was busy on Tuesday. After the team hosted an early workout featuring Kemba Walker, Kentucky’s Brandon Knight took to the practice court for his own workout. In speaking to the media afterward, Kelly compared the two young point guards.Read More
Kentucky alum and projected top five pick Brandon Knight stopped into Toronto on Tuesday to work out in front of Raptors’ brass and speak to the local media. Knight talked about playing for John Calipari, his decision to declare for the NBA and his friendship with DeMar DeRozan of the Raptors.Read More
Former UConn hero Kemba Walker was in Toronto on Tuesday looking to prove to the Raptors that he is worthy of the team’s No. 5 over-all pick. Speaking to local media after going through a workout with Kansas State’s Jacob Pullen, Walker compared the experience of being drafted, winning a national title and talked about [...]Read More
While some players shy away from one-on-one drills in draft workouts, Washington alum Isaiah Thomas welcomes the challenge. Fresh off a workout with Kentucky’s Brandon Knight, he spoke to Toronto media about playing bigger than his 5’9″ frame and finding inspiration from his grandfather.Read More
Hoping to here his name called come Draft day, Kansas State alum Jacob Pullen spoke to Toronto media after working out with UConn’s Kemba Walker in front of Raptors’ brass. Pullen talked about his mindset going into the workouts and how he was “just playing basketball”.Read More
* Go figure: a one-eyed Chris Bosh nails a clutch, 15-foot game-winner after being ice cold throughout the first three games of the series, while Dirk Nowitzki can’t put home the type of off-balanced jumper from the free-throw line that he’s made his bones off of all Finals long. As they say, that’s why you [...]Read More
A few scattered thoughts as I sat on my couch taking in what was an epic Game 2 of the NBA Finals, which the Mavs stole 95-93:
* Not sure if it’s Rick Carlisle’s inspiration or Dirk Nowitzki and/or Jason Kidd’s leadership, but holy crap do these Mavs have heart!
* Shawn Marion was Dallas’ second-leading scorer once again, [...]
A few scattered thoughts as I sat on my couch taking in what was a slow, ugly, defense-oriented Game 1 of the NBA Finals, which the Heat took 92-84:
* Has Dwyane Wade always taken over as the central focus during the Heat’s player introductions like that? I get that the homegrown star gets announced last, [...]
Forget the 2006 Finals.
It’s an easy over-arching storyline to focus on, especially given the fact that it marks both Dallas and Miami’s most recent visit to the NBA’s final showdown and the follow-up to what had been a series marred by referee controversies and a blown 2-0 Mavericks’ lead. But that was five years ago, [...]
Too bad that the NBA seems to have shifted their marketing efforts towards talking basketballs, as a “Where Late Game Heroics Happen” ad campaign seems like it would practically write itself.
First shot: Dirk Nowitzki hits another impossibly clutch jumper in the final minutes of Mavs-Thunder Game 4 while the jovial Dallas bench offers a stark [...]
To call the Western Conference Final featuring the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder a series of the old guard versus a group of young rising stars would be an oversimplification. After all, Dallas has 26-year old J.J. Barea playing a crucial role off the bench, just as 33-year old Nazr Mohammed and 30-year old [...]Read More
The first round of the NBA playoffs served as a confirmation of much of what we already knew: the East still isn’t particularly deep (seeds No. 6, 7 and 8 combined for two wins), the West certainly is (Grizzlies’ upset, plus spirited efforts from New Orleans and Portland) and we are living in the age [...]Read More
That sound you heard towards the conclusion of Wednesday night’s Heat-Sixers game was the collective pumping of fists from ESPN, ABC and TNT executives, not to mentions those in the NBA’s offices in New York.
Yes, the league’s hype meter is about to be sent into overdrive as Miami’s Big Three (more like a Big Two) [...]
Take one look around the Western Conference playoff picture, and you can be forgiven for feeling as though the Conference championship is the Lakers’ to lose.
They have, after all, emerged from the West in each of the past three seasons (including the last two NBA titles), hold the No. 2 seed and home court advantage [...]