USA Basketball Sends Out Invites: No Rose, No Lillard

The pool of 34 players that Jerry Colangelo and Mike Krzyzewski will have at their disposal on behalf of USA Basketball was announced on Thursday afternoon. Eight members of the 2012 Olympic team were invited to the Las Vegas mini-camp that begins on August 11th and ends on August 13th with a scrimmage. Four players were…

Donald Sterling is Back on Crazy Street

It’s been one year since Donald Sterling had the Clippers stripped from him in a death penalty verdict. Sold to the highest bidder, the Clippers gladly relinquished all memory of their lunatic owner who they tolerated at best. At the time of the sale, Sterling’s wife Shelly insisted he was mentally incompetent which surprised absoluetely…

Dante Exum’s Knee Injury is Devastating News

Certain words are cruel, particularly eight weeks before training camp. ACL and may be torn are a kick to the stomach, I don’t care who you are, what team. But when the injured party just finished his rookie year like Dante Exum and had so much to look forward to in his sophomore season, it…

Bradley Beal Payday Affects Kevin Durant

Bradley Beal is awaiting a contract extension from the Washington Wizards that would pay him $90 million dollars over five years, beginning in 2016. The shooting guard is a typically flawed one year college player who has not reached his full potential but there is no denying what he is capable of when he is…

Kobe Squashes Retirement Rumors (Sort of)

Beginning his 20th NBA season in a couple of months, Kobe Bryant is approaching the finish line. The wind is behind him as this long and grueling marathon that began in 1996 with a lot of skepticism and doubt has taken him to a celebratory place, and a very rich one as well. Two decades…

NBA Is Trying To Solve the Player Fatigue Problem

It is the fifth night of a road trip and the Bulls are in Minnesota. Last night they were in Denver. The only thing Pau Gasol can do to summon enough energy to chase after a Zach LaVine fast break is exhale. LaVine dunks. Gasol doesn’t even cross half court, his hands are on his knees, gasping for air,…

After Mike Scott Was Arrested He Told The Truth

Atlanta Hawks reserve Mike Scott was on Interstate 85 in a car driven by his brother when the sheriffs noticed the Chevy Tahoe getting a little too close to other vehicles. It was nine in the morning on a Thursday. When the police attempted to make a routine stop the Tahoe, driven by Scott’s brother…

Tim Duncan Had to Take a 50% Pay Cut?

Tim Duncan agreed to a 50% salary reduction so the San Antonio Spurs could sign LaMarcus Aldridge and re-sign Kawhi Leonard. Duncan was generous enough to forgo what he is worth so the Spurs, in particular, can continue their geographic reign atop the Western Conference. Duncan, at 38, was making ten million dollars last year…

Derrick Rose: The Vegas Conundrum

Between a rock and a hard place is where Derrick Rose finds himself as he tries decide if he should attend the USA Basketball mini-camp in Las Vegas, Aug 11-13. The mini-camp will have the best young players in the NBA, all vying for a spot on the Olympic team. Consisting of non-contact workouts and…

The Byron Scott 15

This time last year Byron Scott was dismissing three point shooting offenses and his main objection as far as I could tell was there had never been a NBA champion whose points were heavily skewed towards perimeter shooting. Before last season began Scott said the ideal amount of three point shots he wanted taken in…