“Stock Up: James Johnson”

The Miami HEAT are streaking! A winning spree not many saw coming (or cared to predict), Erik Spoelstra’s savvy group of vets is finding a groove. One key reason: DION WAITERS. Another key reason, however? The emergence/steadiness of James Johnson. JJ, who’s normally difficult to find a role for, is thriving as a versatile defender & playmaker off Coach Spo’s bench. JJ’s varied skill set is utilized … Continue reading “Stock Up: James Johnson”

10/31/16 • Quick News: “Extension, Extension”

Today marks the deadline to extend players before they could hit the market as restricted (or unrestricted if their qualifying offer is rescinded) free agents next summer. Let’s take a quick look* at who inked long-term deals this afternoon: C Rudy Gobert (UTA) • 4 yr./$102 million • 100 mil may seem a bit egregious but there’s no question Utah made the right move here. As a small … Continue reading 10/31/16 • Quick News: “Extension, Extension”

10/31/16 • Quick Notes: “Weekend UnderDOGs”

2016-17 has gotten off to a flying start – it seems with each (final) box score, there’s some crazy line turned in. But it’s not just stars setting the bar. “Halloween weekend” featured its share of notable UnderDOG performances. Let’s take a look a few: Sean Kilpatrick • 10/28 v. IND • 18 points (10 in the 4th), 5 rebounds, W An upset victory in … Continue reading 10/31/16 • Quick Notes: “Weekend UnderDOGs”

“Derrick Rose Keeps Saying Things, Will Bounce Back in ’16-17”

No one on the planet is more optimistic about New York‘s upcoming season than starting point guard, Derrick Rose. Earlier in the week, he made another pass at the Knicks being some sort of super team capable of winning every single game. Now, following D. Rose for the better part of 8 years in Chicago, you can file this one under the “Derrick Rose Be Sayin’ … Continue reading “Derrick Rose Keeps Saying Things, Will Bounce Back in ’16-17”

“How Will We Remember Each Player on Team USA?”

The 2016 Rio Olympics were (kinda) fun? How is that possible? It seems like every game Team USA played, there were outcries of too much iso-heavy ball, a lack of competition & overall cohesion. But looking back, some 20 or so hours after their gold medal victory, each player had his own signature moment of the Olympics. We’ll Remember… Kyrie Irving‘s summer. Kyrie’s on top … Continue reading “How Will We Remember Each Player on Team USA?”

NBA 2K17 “Friction” Trailer Released

NBA 2K17 is right around the corner*, set to release in a few weeks (Sept. 16th). Today, 2K released its “Friction” trailer, a two-minute teaser video with a few key stars, added animations, & graphics improvements: #NBA2K17 presents: #FRICTION – Spread the word! #ThisIsNotAGame https://t.co/1XQsShU8l7https://t.co/aU7K3lc0k1 — NBA 2K 2K17 (@NBA2K) August 22, 2016 Right off the bat, a few player models & arenas look a bit … Continue reading NBA 2K17 “Friction” Trailer Released

“The Scoop: Gold Medal Edition (Aug. 22nd)”

Cleaning up Team USA’s Gold Medal blowout over Serbia… GOLD MEDAL Game Team USA 96, Serbia 66 Stats Leaders:  PTS: Kevin Durant – 30 | REBS: DeMarcus Cousins – 15 | ASTS: Kyle Lowry – 5 Top DOG of the Night: Kevin Durant (30 points, 5 triples) Quick Recap:  It’s another Gold for Team USA and in this one, Serbia didn’t stand much of a chance. Kevin Durant … Continue reading “The Scoop: Gold Medal Edition (Aug. 22nd)”

NBA Doggy Bag: “August 11th Edition”

Here’s a few, current storylines in the Association… Rudy Gay A Goner? Rudy Gay is NOT satisfied with the happenings in SacTown. Earlier this summer, he had no clue who Vlade Divac even picked up in the offseason and now, he’s reportedly interested in joining the Miami HEAT. Gay’s clearly worn out his welcome and it’s about that time, right? Over his career, Rudy’s had trouble … Continue reading NBA Doggy Bag: “August 11th Edition”

UnderDOG to Watch: Moe Harkless

Not many teams had a busier offseason than the Portland Trail Blazers. A surprise playoff contender last season, Terry Stotts’s young guys were ahead of the curve, and he’s banking on more internal improvement to make that next jump in the standings. Led by All-Star Damian Lillard & CJ McCollum (2016 Most Improved Player), there’s offensive firepower night in and night out. Lillard’s gonna get … Continue reading UnderDOG to Watch: Moe Harkless