As far as I’m concerned, the NBA Championship has already been decided. The Golden State Warriors cannot lose from here. Any bets you’ve made should be paid out. It is now acceptable to wear a Warriors Champions shirt. Obama may as well invite the team over now for the White House Tour and Andrew Bogut can be given his Knighthood. I’m not trying to curse the Warriors, I’m just that confident in the team. Here’s why… (more…)
It’s been a long time since the Los Angeles Lakers had a pick as high as this in the NBA draft. One would have to cast their memory back to the summer of 1982, when the Lakers drafted a young forward out of North Carolina with the first pick to help rebuild the team into a competitor. James Worthy helped re-transform the Lakers franchise from struggling underdog to title winning powerhouse within the space of two years, claiming accolade after accolade along the way.
These modern day Lakers, who last week won the number two overall pick in this summer’s NBA draft, will be hoping the player they select on June 25th will yield similar results, and deliver them from the last four years of seemingly endless hardship.
In an announcement over the weekend, basketball’s governing body has confirmed that the Australian men’s and women’s teams will play at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne during August as part of the Oceania Olympic Qualifiers.
The cold hard Truth!
Paul Pierce is an NBA legend. A veteran of the highest order. A superb player on the court, and phenomenal teammate. But after the Washington Wizards surprising 4-0 sweep of the terribly under-performing Toronto Raptors, we learned that not only is Pierce a staple of what it means to be a player in the NBA, but that he’s also a grade-A, highly certified, 100% troll.
Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard is just the third player in history to win Finals MVP and Defensive Player of The Year, it was announced earlier today by the NBA.
Leonard, 23, helped guide the Spurs to a Championship last season, even winning the most valuable player of the series award all but locking him in as a superstar of the NBA for the foreseeable future.
“No, I don’t”
That was Rick Carlisle’s response on Thursday when asked if he thought Rajon Rondo would wear a Dallas jersey ever again. The embattled Mavericks coach has had a tumultuous time since the trade which saw the team offload three role players, a first, and a second round pick for the former all star point guard with the hope that he would lead them deep into the playoffs, and re-sign once free agency hits this summer.
Welcome to another edition of the NBA Nation Australia Roundtable!
This week we’re tackling a variety of issues including the race for MVP, the struggle in Oklahoma City and the Playoffs! We welcome along local legend Nick Dillon from our mates at Above The Rim Australia for the ride this week as well. Settle back, grab a cuppa and enjoy NBA Nation Australia’s Roundtable!
We’re a shade under 24 hours until the NBA Trade Deadline ends, so let’s take a quick look at some of the players and teams making headlines around the league including Goran Dragic, Reggie Jackson and more!
Phoenix’s loaded backcourt was always going to cause a stir for one of, if not more, of the talented guards currently on the Suns roster. First to break out and publicly demand a trade is Slovenian Goran Dragic, who has told the Phoenix brass he will not re-commit to the team after this season, and listing the Knicks, Heat and Lakers as destinations he would like to go. Dragic is a free agent at the culmination of the 2015 season, meaning plenty of clubs will have the opportunity to wine and dine him in an attempt to sign him, however the risk of trading assets now with the possibility that he’ll leave in free agency is too much for most.
By: Kamal Hylton (@KamalHylton)
Although Kyle Lowry is their All-Star point guard and DeMar DeRozan is their star player, the grit, energy and attitude of James Johnson has made him an instant hit for the Toronto Raptors.
Coming off well earned wins over the Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs have given the Raptors a dream start to a tough stretch of games going into and coming out of the NBA All-Star break, the teams fortunes seemingly changing the moment the 6-foot-9, 245 pound small forward returned from the inactive list and checked in to a raucous cheer during the second quarter of the Clippers game on Friday night.
By: Kamal Hylton (@KamalHylton)
Coming off two back-to-back overtime wins on the road, extending its winning streak to six games in the process, the Raptors were unable to push it to seven. Losing 82-75 to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Khris Middleton led the way for the Bucks with a game-high 25 points, while head coach Jason Kidd’s injury riddled squad got solid contributions from the likes of Jared Dudley with 14 points, John Henson with 12 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo with 12 points. Raptors big man Jonas Valanciunas notched a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds, taking advantage of his size inside, while DeMar DeRozan put up a team-high 16 points.
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