I kind of believe it. This really was their year. And everything has kind of lined up perfectly. Outside of LeBron becoming Superman, the chances of an Eastern team taking home the 'chip are pretty low for likelihood. And I figured that the 'real Finals' was going to be the Western Conference Finals, considering the entire Western is a rage in a cage for comparative strength among either conference.
On top of that, the Clips took out the Spurs, then got taken out by, imo, a pretender team ... Houston is just not that well-constructed.
And it wasn't all easy-peasy for the Warriors, don't get me wrong. Memphis was a dangerous opponent, until Golden State figured them out.
And I think the only thing between them and one of the biggest guarantees in terms of likelihood of winning it all ... it's probably Steve Kerr. He's a rookie coach, and to start out his coaching career in the NBA with a 67-15 record, well, that's amazing.
But don't forget, there have been some pretty weak-ass coaches with some sparkly records, over the years. Avery Johnson's '06-07 Mavs come to mind.
But Kerr seems to suggest that he's not a fraud ... in other words, it is not just the amazing talent and deep bench that is responsible for all of those 67 regular season wins, and plenty of wins so far in these playoffs.
Some curiosities that I noticed:
1) I have a hard time believing the '08-09 Lakers were the best of their franchise. When you have Sasha Vujacic, Luke Walton, and Jordan Farmar all notching over 1000 minutes that year, it speaks to both the razor-thin depth of the average contending 2k Lakers squad, and it also speaks to Phil Jackson's ability as a coach. That guy once got an entire productive season out of Smush Parker as a starting point guard, in '05-06. 'Nuff said about his ability, right there.
IMO, the best Lakers team OAT was the '84-85 Showtime club. That was the height of Showtime, and they were rock solid as Lakers teams get.
2) Best Knicks teams being two Ewingknicks teams from the 90s, over the '72-73 championship club? Not sure about that one. It's only a 20-point elo difference between '72-73 and the top, but still.
3) The '13-14 Spurs being their best team OAT ... I believe it. I'll never forget that one half during the Finals where they only missed like 2-3 shots, setting a record for FG% of some type in a Finals game. They straight up torched the Heatles, and it was glorious.
4) Speaking of the Heatles, none of those teams made the Top Ten. Lol.
5) The '09-10 Magic made the Top 20, coming in @ 19th. That speaks plenty toward Stan Van Gundy's ability as a coach, since none of those Howardmagic teams seemed all that potent. Also feels slightly promising in terms of the likelihood that Stan will turn around the dumpster fire that is still the current Detroit Pistons.
6) The best Charlotte Bobcats team was the '09-10 club, coming in @ 594th. Charlotte-turned-Hornets-again has been one shitty-ass franchise during its existence.
7) And it wasn't much better for the old Hornets club, either (now NO Pelicans). The '00-01 club came in @ 326th. I think it's safe to say that the Carolinas put on a better NCAA show than they do a pro show.
8) To speak toward just how bad Avery Johnson really was as a coach, that '06-07 Mavs club was the highest-ranked of the Mavs, @ #33. '06-07's team beat out the championship-winning '10-11 club by 11 points.
Those are just some of the things off the cuff, coming from me. What strikes you as interesting about the ESPN elo-list?
You can sort it by any of the fields as well, so it makes it easier to find your favoritest teamz and whatnot, to compare against each other, and other despised foes, and their highest (or lowest) ranks.
- Current Location:Detroit, MI, USA
- Current Mood: bouncy
- Current Music:Kurtis Blow - Basketball
They're interesting. The primary logo retains the throwback look of the last logo, reminiscent of the logo from the 60s and 70s, the orientation of the basketball has been changed, a lighter blue color is used, and the font has changed. I like the very retro look of the secondary logo, and the baller Ben Franklin secondary logo is simultaneously ridiculous and kinda cool.
New unis will debut in June.
Sources told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne on Thursday that Donovan agreed to a five-year deal -- with a team option on the fifth year -- to replace Scott Brooks, who was fired as coach of the Thunder after seven seasons on April 22.
Donovan will be introduced at a Friday news conference scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET, the Thunder said.
Donovan spent the past 19 years as coach of the Gators, with whom he won two national championships and appeared in four Final Fours.
Who are your picks for the following awards:
Rookie of the Year:
Most Improved Player:
Most Valuable Player:
6th Man of the Year:
Defensive Player of the Year:
Coach of the Year:
You know the routine, since we're handing out awards, who are your picks for the following:
Most Overrated Player:
Most Underrated Player:
The Player That Should Win an Award, But Probably Won't:
Player That You Thought Was a Bust, But Who Turned Out to be Pretty Damn Good Award:
The Whiniest Little Bitch Award:
Least Valuable Player Award (and it has to be a notable player, no Robert Sacre's or Eric Moreland's):
Biggest Waste of a Draft Pick Award:
Most Fashionable Award:
The “I Can’t Believe I Wasted My Fandom on You” Award (this can be an individual or team award):
Least Improved Player Award:
6th Man Who Should be a 12th Man Award:
Coach That Needs to be Out of a Job Right Damn Now Award:
The Donald Sterling Memorial Worst Owner Award:
The Damn It, Old Man, Retire Already! Award
Heat say Chris Bosh will miss remainder of the season
MIAMI (AP) -- Not even a week ago, Chris Bosh was talking about how eager he was to get home in an effort to turn the Miami Heat season around.
His focus will be on something far more important now.
The All-Star forward's season is over, with the Heat announcing on Saturday that - as suspected - blood clots were found on one of his lungs. The problem, if it had not been caught, could have killed the 30-year-old Bosh, who had been fighting pain in his side and back for several days.
''Bosh, who is receiving care under the guidance of Miami Heat team physicians at a Baptist Health System Hospital, is currently resting comfortably,'' the Heat said in a statement. ''Chris is OK and his prognosis is good.''
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was scheduled to address reporters later Saturday, before Miami hosted the New Orleans Pelicans.
Bosh is the second NBA player whose final game this season was the All-Star Game. New York's Carmelo Anthony was shut down for knee surgery earlier in the week, a move that was long expected.
- Miami gets: Goran Dragic, Zoran Dragic
- Phoenix gets: Â Danny Granger, Justin Hamilton, John Salmons, two 1st-round picks
- New Orleans gets: Norris Cole (per ESPN), Shawne Williams (per Woj)
- Oklahoma City gets: Enes Kanter, Kyle Singler, D.J. Augustin, Steve Novak
- Utah gets: Kendrick Perkins, Grant Jerrett, protected future Oklahoma City 1st-round pick, Detroit 2nd-round pick, rights to Tibor Pleiss (per ESPN)
- Detroit gets: Reggie Jackson
- Phoenix gets: Brandon Knight, Marcus Thorton, Cleveland's 2016 1st-round pick (per Woj)
- Philadelphia gets: Los Angeles Lakers 2015 1st-round pick (top-five protected)
- Milwaukee gets: Michael Carter-Williams, Miles Plumlee, Tyler Ennis
- Boston gets: Isaiah Thomas
- Portland gets: Arron Afflalo, Alonzo Gee
- Denver gets: Will Barton, Victor Claver, Thomas Robinson, lottery-protected 2016 1st-round pick
- Minnesota gets: Kevin Garnett
- Brooklyn gets: Thaddeus Young
- Detroit gets: Tayshaun Prince
- Boston gets: Jonas Jerebko, Gigi Datome
- Philadelphia gets: JaVale McGee, Oklahoma City Thunder's 2015 1st-round pick (top-18 protected),Â Chu Chu Maduabum
- Denver gets: Cenk Akyol
- Houston gets: K.J. McDaniels
- Philadelphia gets: Isaiah Canaan, 2nd-round pick
- Washington gets: Ramon Sessions
- Sacramento gets: Andre Miller
- Rockets get: Pablo Prigioni
- Knicks get: Alexey Shved, two 2nd-round picks
AP Source: Wolves, Nets discussing Kevin Garnett trade
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Timberwolves and Brooklyn Nets are discussing a deal that would bring Kevin Garnett back to Minnesota, the place where his brilliant career began and to the franchise that he put on the map.
The two teams had exploratory talks on Wednesday, one day before the NBA's trade deadline, a person with knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press. The person requested anonymity because no deal has been agreed upon.
Garnett spent his first 12 years in Minnesota and was coached for much of that time by Flip Saunders, who made his own return to Minnesota before last season and is now the president of basketball operations and coaches the rebuilding team. Garnett was traded to Boston in 2007, won a championship and made two NBA Finals appearances with the Celtics.
He has spent the last two seasons languishing in a reduced role on the Nets, one of the league's biggest disappointments.
Garnett is in the final year of a contract that pays him $12 million this season and has a full no-trade clause, giving him all the leverage in this situation. He is notoriously resistant to change, especially in the middle of a season, and it remains unclear if he would uproot his family to come and play for the team that has the worst record (11-42) in the Western Conference.
But Garnett remains beloved in the Twin Cities, receiving thunderous standing ovations every time he returns to the Target Center. And the prospects of perhaps finishing his career wearing that familiar No. 21 on his back and playing in front of fans he always held close to his heart could appeal to him.
Al Horford not thrilled with Hawks GM Danny Ferry’s return
Hawks power forward Al Horford doesn’t seem too thrilled with the idea of embattled Atlanta general manager Danny Ferry rejoining the organization.
Given a chance to support Ferry this weekend, Horford deferred to the Hawks’ future ownership group. Asked directly by the Miami Herald if he thought Ferry should be forgiven for his racially charged comments and reinstated as general manager, Horford said, “I don’t know.”
And, for those who remember that Hawks owner Bruce Levenson also said some messed up racist shit in an e-mail, he in the porcess of selling his interest in the team
Knicks and Amar’e Stoudemire agree to contract buyout, ending former All-Star’s tenure in New York: source
Power forward who played four-plus seasons in New York is on his way out. Mavericks, Warriors and Spurs could sign him.
Amar’e Stoudemire’s days in New York are over but he could find a new home by the end of the week.
A league source told the Daily News that Stoudemire and the Knicks formally reached a buyout prior to Sunday’s All-Star Game and that the six-time All-Star, who should clear waivers by Wednesday, could be in a new uniform by the time the league schedule resumes on Thursday.
“It’s hard for me to believe,” Carmelo Anthony said after Sunday night’s game. “It hasn’t really sunk in. One of the main reasons I came to New York is because of him.”
Several teams in the Western Conference are expected to pursue Stoudemire, who would be a solid addition to a playoff team as a reserve. The Dallas Mavericks have already been mentioned as a possible destination. Two others clubs in the West that could be in the running are San Antonio and Golden State.
The fans son decided to make the e-mail exchange public.
Dolan: "Start Rooting For The Nets Because The Knicks Don't Want You"
Here's the email that was sent to Dolan:
Subject: I have been a knicks fan since 1952
At one stage I thought that you did a wonderful thing when you acquired EVERYTHING from your dad. However, since then it has been ALL DOWN HILL. Your working with Isaiah Thomas & everything else regarding the Knicks. Bringing on Phil Jackson was a positive beginning, but lowballing Steve Kerr was a DISGRACE to the knicks. The bottom line is that you merely continued to interfere with the franchise.
As a knicks fan for in excess of 60 years, I am utterly embarrassed by your dealings with the Knicks. Sell them so their fans can at least look forward to growing them in a positive direction Obviously, money IS NOT THE ONLY THING. You have done a lot of utterly STUPID business things with the franchise. Please NO MORE.
[Aaron Bierman's dad]
On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 8:15 PM, James Dolan <JDOLAN@cablevision.com> wrote:
You are a sad person. Why would anybody write such a hateful letter. I am.just guessing but ill bet your life is a mess and you are a hateful mess. What have you done that anyone would consider positive or nice. I am betting nothing. In fact ill bet you are negative force in everyone who comes in contact with you. You most likely have made your family miserable. Alcoholic maybe. I just celebrated my 21 year anniversary of sobriety. You should try it. Maybe it will help you become a person that folks would like to have around. In the mean while start rooting.for the Nets because the Knicks dont want you.
It's been a long since anyone could say this without irony, but the Hawks are for real.
The Orlando Magic have a bright future but it’s one that does not include head coach Jacque Vaughn, who is expected to be fired this season.
In what has turned into a situation that will only take a matter of time, the Orlando Magic are gearing up to replace head coach Jacque Vaughn this season — they just won’ the doing it before Saturday night’s game.
Orlando is currently 15-34 and one of the worst teams in basketball despite having a roster of young and promising talent. The onus of the failures are falling on Vaughn and his inability to show growth with the team and that’s something which will be costing him his job sooner rather than later.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo! Sports, the Magic are going to fire Jacque Vaughn at some point this season, they’re just not ready to replace him yet.
“It isn’t a matter of ‘if,’ anymore, but ‘when,’ ” a source close to the decision-making process told Yahoo Sports about Vaughn’s fading job security.
Actually, the current scuttlebutt has it that the Magic are looking at Scott Skiles to replace Vaughn.
And, now, on to the introductions.
- Current Mood: amused
Former Sonic arrested in home invasion robbery plot
Former Seattle SuperSonic and Oklahoma City Thunder center Robert Swift was arrested by Snohomish County Sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday for allegedly trying to rob a home near Gold Bar.
According to sources, the 7-foot-1 former NBA basketball player and 28-year-old Carlos Abraham Anderson of Everett put masks over their faces and attempted to rob a home in broad daylight. Witnesses notified the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
“I believe there were a couple of people who called in, they saw masked subjects on the property, reported that at least one of them was armed with a weapon, one possibly with a baseball bat,” Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Shari Ireton told KIRO 7. “It appeared they were either trying to make an entry or knocking on the door.”
Sources told KIRO 7 that Swift was armed with multiple weapons when he was taken into custody.
The 29-year-old Swift has already been charged in King County Superior Court for possessing an illegal sawed-off shotgun. The weapon was found – along with a cache of other weapons – in the home of his Kirkland roommate late last year.
When Swift failed to show up for his November 26th court appearance in Seattle, a warrant for his arrest was issued. Ireton confirmed that warrant was one of the reasons Swift was booked into the King County Jail in Seattle instead of the Snohomish County Jail in Everett.
Sources also said it was because Swift – an admitted heroin addict – told deputies he was high on drugs when he was arrested on Tuesday.Ireton confirmed the Snohomish County Jail no longer admits people with certain medical issues.
The investigation is ongoing. Detectives are searching the car Swift and Anderson were driving the day they were arrested.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have reached an agreement in principle to acquire New York Knicks guards J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert in a multi-team trade that also sends guard Dion Waiters to the Oklahoma City Thunder, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Oklahoma City will give the Cavaliers a protected future first-round draft pick and send guard Lance Thomas to the Knicks, league sources said. As part of the trade, the Cavaliers will send rookie center Alex Kirk, forward Lou Amundson and a 2019 second-round pick to the Knicks, sources said.
For New York, the deal is a salary dump to clear cap space. The Knicks unload the $6.4 million owed to Smith next season.
The Knicks will have approximately $28 million in salary-cap space this summer.
A trade call with the league is expected to take place later Monday night after the Cavaliers', Knicks' and Thunder's games, sources said.
The Knicks also will waive center Samuel Dalembert, a league source said. His contract would've become fully guaranteed for the season if he remained on the roster through Wednesday.
Pistons waive Josh Smith in shocking move
“Our team has not performed the way we had expected throughout the first third of the season and adjustments need to be made in terms of our focus and direction,” Van Gundy said via a statement. “We are shifting priorities to aggressively develop our younger players while also expanding the roles of other players in the current rotation to improve performance and build for our future. As we expand certain roles, others will be reduced. In fairness to Josh, being a highly versatile 10-year veteran in this league, we feel it’s best to give him his freedom to move forward. We have full respect for Josh as a player and a person.”
In June 2011, basketball fans who wanted to watch the NBA Draft did what they had done for years: They flipped on ESPN. The sports network had aired the event since 2003, and the 2011 version started like all the others, with then-NBA Commissioner David Stern announcing the first pick in his nasally New York accent: “The Cleveland Cavaliers select Kyrie Irving, from Duke University.”
But then a strange thing happened. At 7:43 p.m., Yahoo Sports NBA columnist Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted: “The Timberwolves have already alerted Derrick Williams' camp: They're drafting him with the No. 2 pick.” Two minutes later Stern walked out to the stage and repeated the same thing. At 7:56 p.m., Wojnarowski tweeted “The Cavs will draft Tristan Thompson with the fourth pick, a source says.” A minute later Stern made it official. Wojnarowski scooped half of the 30 first round picks, and his Yahoo Sports colleague Marc Spears racked up a few more.
At that time, Wojnarowski had 90,000 followers on Twitter. Today he has over 800,000. His owning of the 2011 draft “was the first time you saw the power of Twitter [in sports journalism],” says Sports Business Journal reporter John Ourand. Wojnarowski now breaks news on Twitter so frequently that his fans have quit lumping his messages in with the millions of other “tweets” sent every day. Instead, basketball fans refer to them as #WojBombs. They are so essential to the functioning of the NBA that some league executives have turned on text notifications just for Wojnarowski’s tweets.
“I signed a player, and my staff didn’t know that we got the guy yet, and I heard the cheering outside the office because they had seen Woj tweet it,” one team executive said. “I was still on the phone with the agent, negotiating areas of the exhibit, and Woj already had it.”
When Wojnarowski began at Yahoo Sports in 2006 the site wasn’t known for its sports reporting. Wojnarowski singlehandedly changed that. “He is the one who made Yahoo, it is not Yahoo that made him,” says ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. Wojnarowski churns out reported columns at a furious pace and often publishes them in the middle of the night. “He is a complete freaking animal,” says New York Daily News Knicks reporter Frank Isola. “Adrian is basically a reporter on steroids.”
Wojnarowski has needed more than just a strong work ethic, though, to develop the best sources in basketball. If you look closely at his columns and talk to people in the NBA, you discover that he mixes his reporting and opinion writing in improper ways, rewarding sources with flattery and punishing the uncooperative with nastiness. In fact, it often appears as though Adrian Wojnarowski lets his sourcing dictate not just the topic but also the tone of his writing. In private, NBA reporters complain endlessly about Wojnarowski’s methods. Some of it is undoubtedly professional jealousy, but his body of work shows they also have a point.
Celtics Agree To Trade Rondo To Mavs
Sources tell ESPN.com that the Celtics and the Mavericks have an agreement in principle to send the All-Star point guard to Dallas for Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson and draft picks. The Celtics will receive a first-round pick in the 2015 draft and a second-rounder in 2016, sources said.
The possibility exists that other players will be added to the final deal, but a Rondo-to-the-Mavericks deal is expected to be completed Thursday night.