Last Friday night, USA Basketball put on a scrimmage in Las Vegas. The twenty players on the current Team USA roster were split into two squads, and matched up against each other. It was similar to an all-star game atmosphere. In a game where there as much fun to be had, and basketball to be learned, the only outcome turned to be a negative one. Indiana Pacers star small forward, Paul George, suffered a gruesome leg injury when he landed awkwardly on the base of the basket, after chasing down the opposing James Harden. At first, it did not seem as though he was greatly injured. Replays showed, however, that his leg wrenched just above the ankle, causing a ghastly image and complete fracture. Director of USA Basketball Jerry Colangelo, at the time, had stated, “Everyone saw what we saw, but that’s for the medical team to decide, determine, and then make the announcement about what it is and what’s going to take place.” Ultimately, it has been determined that George will miss the entire 2014-2015 NBA season, causing some distress in the minds of owners, coaches, teammates, and fans alike. Continue reading
The NBA is nearing the start of the signing period in free agency. On July 10th, players like Kyle Lowry, Kyrie Irving, and Josh McRoberts will officially be able to sign on the dotted line. However, a major question still remains; where is LeBron James going to land? Continue reading
Pending unrestricted free agent Carmelo Anthony has a big decision to make in the coming days. In a contract that keeps him with the New York Knicks for (potentially) one more season, the All-Star forward has plenty of options in the form of suitors by way of both the Eastern and Western Conferences. The first, and possibly most simplistic, option would be to opt-in for the final year of his contract with the Knicks and see how things play out. Beyond that, however, is where things get interesting. Continue reading
On Tuesday afternoon, the Golden State Warriors let go of Mark Jackson from his head coaching duties. Normally, when someone is going to be fired from their coaching position, it’s because they’re doing something wrong and becoming detrimental to the organization. Prime example of that: Warriors Assistant Coach Darren Erman was fired for “violating company policy”, which later came out to be that he had been recording conversations, practices, etc. See, now that’s a reason to let someone go. Not because they made the playoffs for the second straight season, winning forty-seven games one season, and fifty-one the next. That’s where the problem sets in. Continue reading
As promised, myself and the guys here at Standing Room Only give our picks and I break down the second round match-ups. But first, what a first round, am I right? The most game 7’s in first round playoff history with FIVE. Five series out of eight had to use every game to decide the winner. And who would’ve thought? For a lot of these teams some weaknesses were exposed to teams that should have been beaten in six at the most (cough* cough* ATLANTA). Now for the second round we have a little more understanding of certain things teams do well in a playoff setting. With that said let’s get this thing going!
1st round prediction records- Matt: 6-2. Ashton: 6-2. Aaron: 7-1.