Jun 16, 2013
The NBA Draft may lack the NFL draft's panache but it is the most important draft in pro sports. Why? Because the NBA has collective-bargained itself into a knot; there are very few ways of adding real new talent in the league and almost no flexibility to make significant trades. So, who are the top five game-changing players in this draft?
Jun 13, 2013
This shall be the second to the last of our series on NBA teams, and in here we take a look at the Utah Jazz, whose rather peculiar team name can be explained by the fact they started out in New Orleans in 1974. The team shall be playing its 40th season in 2013-14, and while they got left out of the playoff hunt in 2012-13, a return to the postseason shouldn't be farfetched provided the Jazz make the right moves.
Jun 13, 2013
For the first time in NBA history, the league maintained the same number of teams and none of these teams moved to another city in the next season. It also marked the continuation of the Minneapolis Lakers' dynasty, as the George Mikan-led team finished with the league's best record and won the NBA Championship in the postseason. Yet the NBA remained far behind in popularity to the college game; the pro game was still slow, especially in fourth quarters where teams would stall to protect their leads and new rules on fouls and free throws did little to curb excessive fouling. Indeed, it would be a couple more years before the NBA would "move into the 20th century", but for now, it was the Lakers and George Mikan's NBA, and it wasn't always exciting.
Jun 11, 2013
This is the Best Sports Blog's mock draft for 2013. Of course, it contains who the teams should pick, not who they are likely to pick. No one can predict the minds of the average NBA GM! Of course, if you want to follow along with your own mock draft then grab your promo mini marker and lets compare picks.
June 08, 2013
Sports enthusiasts and NBA executives alike have been speculating about the best players in the 2014 NBA draft for months now, and as each month goes by, lists of players are rearranged and reconsidered as they try to guess who will be the first pick come summer 2014. Whether you're hoping to see your favorite team draft one of this year's top players or you just like to keep up with the world of basketball, there are definitely some prospects for 2014 that are worth watching.
June 03, 2013
Unlike the Toronto Huskies, who took part in the first-ever BAA game (in a losing effort) and lasted all of one season, the Toronto Raptors, at least, had staying power, if not overwhelming success in the NBA. So far, the team has won just one division title, and didn't do too well either in the 2012-13 NBA regular season, no thanks to subpar and/or injured seasons from Andrea Bargnani and Kyle Lowry. We're down to our last few NBA teams to cover in our weekly trivia articles, and here are the Raptors, still one of the NBA's newest teams after 18 seasons.
June 03, 2013
The NBA's membership was down to ten teams in 1951-52, and it was more of the same – Rochester, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Syracuse all favored to go far in the Playoffs. Still, this season was memorable for a couple other reasons – first, George Mikan wasn't the NBA's leader in points for the first time in a while, and he got beat out for the rebounding title by two youngsters. (He would have led in rebounds had averages been taken into account in those days.) Second, this season proved 1950-51 was not a fluke for Red Auerbach's Boston Celtics, as Bob Cousy enjoyed a breakout season for the C's and led the way on a team that now featured Bill Sharman in the backcourt to complement Cousy and starting center Ed Macauley.
June 02, 2013
The Spurs will be well rested and prepared for the Heat in the Finals. Hold on...the Heat-Pacers series is tied 2-2 and I'm already calling this series over? Yes. Sorry Pacer (and anti-Heat) fans but remember that you guys were in a similar position last year when Indiana was up 2-1 in the series and then went onto lose the next 3 games.
May 30, 2013
Two overtime plays defined the Miami Heat's victory over the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. In the first play, LeBron took about ten steps to the basket and put it in the hoop. Nothing you can do about that – when the refs decide to let James travel to the basket so the Miami Heat can win at any cost, there is no stopping him. Move on.
May 28, 2013
I don't care who the GMs pick. Let's start there. Most basketball GMs are terrible. Let's face it – just horrible. So, instead of reading their minds, let's just pick the right guys in the right order. In fact, since its almost always best to take the most talented, best makeup guy on the board, let's just cut out team context all together. So, without further ado...
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