A big thanks to the fine folks at Wahl for sending me this fantastic infographic about the best beards in basketball.
One of my favourite stats is that in each of the past eight seasons, the league’s MVP has rocked a beard, in one form or another.
Here’s audio from DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, Lou Williams, Greivis Vasquez and Dwane Casey after Toronto’s 116-109 win over Boston.
Here are some observations, notes and quotes from the Toronto Raptors locker room after the team beat the Boston Celtics 116-109:
Are you a fellow fantasy basketball geek? If so, I’d like to invite you to join the official Hoops Addict Fantasy Basketball League.
The fine folks at DUNKEST.com will be hosting the league this year. I’m hoping to give away some prizes at the end of the season to the top teams in the league. I currently have some books from Bobby Knight to give away and I’m still looking for some sponsors to help out with donating prizes.
The strength of DUNKEST.com is to offer a free and totally innovative Fantasy Basketball game. Through a graphical interface that allows direct interaction with the court, users can create their Fantasy Teams choosing their favorite NBA players.
The management of the team throughout the season is simple and fun: trades and substitutions are possible during each day of the Regular Season and Playoffs in order to select the best starting five for future matches.
DUNKEST.com is very attentive to the scoring logic in order to reward the more strategic users and not the luckiest ones. Users can also create private leagues to challenge their friends (like the Hoops Addict league).
Moreover, from this year DUNKEST has introduced several sections to engage even more its users: a Forum to discuss the performances of the game, a Lineups section to check the probable rosters of the games, and a Statistics section that will be useful to pick the best players available.
Here’s the link to join the league. Of, if you need to search for the legue fter you create your team, the league ID is 0141199740986929.
Here are photos of Jay Triano (Portland TrailBlazers), Eric Hughes (Milwaukee Bucks), Jama Mahlalela (Toronto Raptors) and Bruno Caboclo (Toronto Raptors) working with campers at Nike’s Americas Team Camp.
Click on any of the pictures to see a larger, high res version.
I was a guest on SiriusXM to talk about the big summer the Cleveland Cavaliers have had. We talked about the trade for Kevin Love, Dion Waiters and Kyrie Irving butting heads in the past and how Cleveland’s current roster has some flaws.
“This was an extremely difficult decision as I take great pride in representing our country. I know that I owe it to my USA Basketball teammates to be totally invested in the experience. After going through training camp with USAB, I realized I could not fulfill my responsibilities from both a time and energy standpoint. I need to take a step back and take some time away, both mentally and physically in order to prepare for the upcoming NBA season. I will be rooting for USAB and look forward to future opportunities with them.”