11-28-12 Nets DL2

Brooklyn Nets: Need an Injection of East Coast Flavour

By: Kamal Hylton (@KamalHylton)

Since moving from New Jersey to the borough of Brooklyn, the Nets in my opinion just hasn’t looked right. Reviewing what they’ve done so far, this is a franchise that has been put through the wringer. From day one the focus from the outside looking in seemingly wasn’t on the players or having a successful longterm plan, but rather the glitz and glamour of new branding and popularity coming from its minority owner Jay-Z, his wife Beyonce and the shiny new Barclays Center.

Since that point, Jay-Z sold his stake in the team and Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov became majority owner (who is now according to reports wanting to sell), they hired Jason Kidd as head coach moments after retirement only for him to try pulling a power move, fail and then ditch them in favour of the Milwaukee Bucks and have mortgaged their future draft picks to the Boston Celtics for an aging Paul Pierce (who has since joined the Washington Wizards) and Kevin Garnett (who will likely retire at seasons end).


Mark Cuban, Rick Carlisle

Dallas Mavericks: Masterminding a Championship Contender in Big D

By: Kamal Hylton (@KamalHylton)

Mark Cuban and Rick Carlisle have constructed for my money one of the most fascinating starting fives in the association, surrounding Dirk Nowitzki with four players that arguably might be better than the title winning squad in 2011. Although that team essentially had a younger Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler, the other three players on this starting unit make them into a much more formidable team replacing Jason Kidd, DeShawn Stevenson and Shawn Marion with Rajon Rondo, Monta Ellis and Chandler Parsons.



2015 NBA All Star Starters Announced

The 2015 All Star Game is just around the corner, and the results of the fan vote are now in! We’d like to take the opportunity to congratulate all the players on their well deserved selections and we look forward to watching them battle it out on the hardwood in just a few weeks! 


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Miami Heat: Positive Point Guard Situation in South Beach

By: Kamal Hylton (@KamalHylton)

When rookie point guard Shabazz Napier was drafted with the 24th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets, and subsequently shipped to the Miami Heat in a draft day trade, things were looking pretty good. The highly touted player out of Roxbury, Massachusetts was one of the nations best players in his last two seasons of a four-year college career at University of Connecticut, winning his second NCAA title and numerous individual awards in his final year.

Going from that to joining a championship caliber team that was part of four straight NBA Finals, and even being endorsed by LeBron James via twitter as his “favourite player in the draft”, everything seemed to be falling into place.

Except, it didn’t exactly go to plan.



Wesley Matthews: A Model of Consistency in Rip City

By: Kamal Hylton (@KamalHylton)

The City of Portland and Trail Blazers shooting guard Wesley Matthews fit each other like a lumberjack in the Oregon wilderness.

When rattling off Western Conference championship contenders, you have the flash of teams like the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers or more cerebral teams like the Memphis Grizzlies, Dallas Mavericks or defending champion San Antonio Spurs. In my eyes at least, the Trail Blazers rarely get mentioned in this regard.

Same thing goes for Wesley Matthews.



Raptors vs. Pelicans: Vasquez shines against former teammates, but Pels defeat Raptors

By: Kamal Hylton (@NBANationOz)

During a Sunday matinee, with no Anthony Davis or Jrue Holiday, the New Orleans Pelicans came away with a 95-93 win in a much needed bounce back game after a rough night at the office against Philadelphia 76ers.

Desperate to get its stars back, the Pelicans got great performances from two sources. Tyreke Evans was the main threat for New Orleans, going 9-for-14 from the field for 26 points Alexis Ajinca stepped up in place of Davis for 22 points.

Toronto getting a solid contribution from Grievis Vasquez, facing his former teammates (as a New Orleans Hornet), finishing the game with 16 points and 9 assists and carrying the load for long stretches. DeMar DeRozan was the Raptors leading scorer with 22 points while Amir Johnson chipped in with a quiet double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.




New Orleans Pelicans: More than Anthony Davis is Required

By: Kamal Hylton (@KamalHylton)

When you think about the New Orleans Pelicans, it’s inevitable the first thing that comes to mind is Anthony Davis. And why not? He’s not only their most marketable player but also a superstar in the making, with league rankings of 5th at 24.2 PPG (only James Harden, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook average more), tied for 10th at 10.4 RPG and 1st at 2.9 BPG.

With the Pelicans coming to the Air Canada Centre for a matinee, and NBA Nation Australia in attendance, all the attention will be on this athletic freak of nature… but while all the focus will be on him there are other key parts tat if left unmarked can cause problems for the Raptors and other opponents.


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Raptors vs. Hawks: Post-game Videos

By: KamalHylton (@KamalHylton)



Raptors vs. Hawks: Hawks Keep it Rollin’ at ACC

By: Kamal Hylton (@KamalHylton)

In a battle of two Eastern Conference standouts, a conference leading Atlanta Hawks extended its winning streak to 11 games in a 110-89 win over the third place Toronto Raptors.

Now boasting an impressive record, it was Al Horford leading the way for the visitors with 22 points while the rest of his teammates chipped in with major contributions. Paul Millsap with 16 points and 8 rebounds, Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll going a combined 6-for-11 from thee point range while Jeff Teague contributed with 13 points and 9 assists. For the Raptors, DeMar DeRozan contributed with a game-high 25 points in his second game back from injury and James Johnson came off the bench for 17 points.


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Rivers’ Ideaology Questioned As Clippers Make Moves

The Clippers have been the team to beat in Los Angeles in recent times. Undoubtedly one of the more entertaining teams to watch in the NBA, and a class above their older brothers across the hall since the later’s title run in 2010. While the Clippers have never reached the giddy heights they so desire, they have made their mark as a team on the rise in the league after years of mediocrity and failure. But they’ve never managed to get over the hump, and their latest move has brought up some very interesting view points of the current state of the franchise.