They’ve turned one of the last pages on a long chapter in the storied franchise. Long-time talents are out and a seven-foot experiment with injury questions is in. And no, I’m not doing a recap of the Philadelphia 76ers once-promising 2012 offseason. In fact, it’s the other pillar of the Magic-Sixers-Lakers megadeal that the Hawks […]
Which teams are doomed (or merely destined) to miss the postseason in 2016-17? Here’s one way-too-early (and wildly ridiculous) look at that question.
The Memphis Grizzlies chose to stay the course this offseason, adding Chandler Parsons to an aging but proven core. Can they reach their lofty goals? Or will they fall back into the ranks of the lottery?
It seems like a very long time ago that Larry Bird made the decision to not renew the contract of Frank Vogel as head coach of the Indiana Pacers. On that day in early May, there was some level of disbelief and a mixture of contempt and animus toward Bird for making that decision. Some […]
One of the most compelling contrasts in summer strategies involved Indiana and New Orleans. The Pacers seemingly swapped out its defensive identity for an offensive one, but the Pels did just the opposite—allowing Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon to sign with the Houston Rockets and instead nabbing numerous defensive-minded grinders and overlooked talents.
The Wolves selected Providence senior guard Kris Dunn with the no. 5 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, then brought in two centers and a wing during free agency. Is Minnesota still a year away from jumping into the Western Conference playoff pool, or is new coach Tom Thibodeau ready to lead this pack […]
The Lottery Mafia is seeking to sign a few new contributors as we gear up for basketball season.
U.S. versus Spain Spain hung close and fought hard from start to finish, keeping the U.S. within striking distance for the entirety of the contest. However, they weren’t able to produce enough offensive firepower to truly threaten the red, white, and blue. Pau Gasol scored 23 points (9-19 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT) and added […]
Stan Van Gundy took a 32-win Pistons team and transformed them into an exciting squad that snuck into the playoffs only to be ushered out by the future NBA champion Cavaliers in a surprisingly competitive sweep.
The Oklahoma City Thunder lost a superstar this offseason, and their replacement plan is just coming together. Should they expect to fall hard, or can they strike a note of optimism for the future?
TLM’s Jon Elliot, Josh Cornelissen, and I joined together to tackle the biggest and baddest question facing the basketball world: among the squads that didn’t make the playoffs, which would you choose to compete in the following Olympic team sports?
Of course, LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis, and several other stars are not participating in this summer’s Rio Olympics. Yet, as evidenced by recent bouts versus Serbia and Australia, the U.S. might not be as far ahead of the pack as we (you know, the royal we) thought.
After being aggressive in recent years and seeing it fail to pay off, the Phoenix Suns’ front office went the more subtle route, drafting players and adding locker-room vets via free agency. What grades did they earn with their moves this offseason?
Last year, the Rockets finished the regular season 41-41, snuck into the playoffs as the eighth seed ahead of the Jazz, and got smoked in the first round by the Warriors. Not exactly what was expected from a team that had finished the previous season 56-26 with legitimate MVP candidate James Harden leading them to […]
Teams that throw around money are commonplace in professional sports, but what happens when that money is thrown at Evan Turner? If that sounds familiar, you know the Portland Trail Blazers, a team that punched well above their weight in 2015-16. After a busy off-season, they have to feel like they can do it again […]