On February 1st of 2014, Adam Silver will officially take over for David Stern as NBA commissioner. Adam seems to be jumping right into business as well, as he recently revealed on a sports radio program that one of his first orders of business will be to take a closer look at if the NBA should get rid of divisions. No more Atlantic, Pacific, Central or any others moving forward; and while it seems crazy at first, Silver’s logic into it makes sense.
He makes the point that with how wide open the NBA is stating rivalries aren’t as based on location compared to the past, and eliminating divisions would open up scheduling just that much more. Instead of teams having to play a certain amount of times each year the NBA could break it down into more intriguing match-ups throughout the entire season. Nothing is in stone yet, but Silver did say he wants to put this on the table very soon to be talked about further.
Read his full comments after the jump.
OS REWIND: Kobe Bryant Dunked For The First Time This Season Last night
Heading into last night’s game, the Sacramento Kings were shorthanded following their 7-player deal which landed them Rudy Gay. Both teams had Sunday off to prepare for game, but the Kings were just more focused and motivated. DeMarcus Cousins finished as the player of the game scoring 32 points and grabbing 19 boards in an impressive outing; but had 9 turnovers.
Recently acquired stretch forward Derrick Williams finished 1 point shy behind Cousins with 31 points, but was the most efficient player on the court going 12-16 from the floor, which 3-5 came from beyond-the-arch. Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis had 18 and 21 points respectively, but the rest of the team was locked down by the Kings length on defense.
Rudy Gay’s first game with the Kings will be Wednesday night against the Utah Jazz and at 6-13, the young team could start making a push to potentially sneak into this season’s playoffs.
Watch highlights after the jump from the game.
Rudy Gay Heading To The West Coast Following Big Trade With Toronto Raptors & Sacramento Kings.
The Toronto Raptors are officially in tank mode for Andrew Wiggins, trading away their best player Rudy Gay. The Raptors acquired Gay last year through trade from the Memphis Grizzlies and thought pairing him with DeMar DeRozan would be good for the franchise, but the two have been the least efficient tandem on the court together in the entire NBA.
The Sacramento Kings trade away John Salmons, Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes following their recent 5th consecutive loss. Rudy now joins a young Kings core highlighted by DeMarcus Cousins, Isaiah Thomas, Ben McLemore and also recently acquired former 3rd pick of the 2011 draft Derrick Williams. The Raptors are scheduled to play the Los Angeles Lakers tonight in Kobe Bryant’s official return, as Rudy Gay was notified during pre-game warm-ups to not suit up following the trade. Both teams benefit from the trade, with Toronto receiving huge cap relief for a potential top 5 pick to attract free agents this summer and the Kings adding another dynamic scorer to their team.
UPDATE: Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy included with Rudy Gay
The drama unfolding around Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks seems to be a daily thing full of twists and turns. The latest bit of random info to leak comes by way of Rajon Rondo’s old high school basketball coach. During an interview with USA Today about Rondo’s ACL rehab, coach Steve Smith interestingly mentioned that Carmelo Anthony has been recruiting Rajon to come to New York.
This is major news seeing how just this week ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith basically said Melo is absolutely on his way out of NY. With all the contradicting reports surfacing it is hard to guage what will really happen, but we know the Celtics have been possibly looking at moving Rondo at some point. Could the Knicks move in on that opportunity?
Check out the full quote from Rajon Rondo’s HS coach after the jump.
OS REWIND: Stephen A. Smith Says Carmelo Anthony Is On His Way Out Of NY
OS REWIND: The Knicks Made An Offer For Rajon Rondo Over The Weekend?
Click image to watch Kobe Bryant’s Return Trailer Announcement.
Kobe “Bean” Bryant announced today that he will make his return and season debut for the Los Angeles Lakers this Sunday against the Toronto Raptors. How did Kobe announce this? In a way that only Kobe could: By releasing a full blown trailer for the occasion with classic Lakers jerseys flapping in the wind over a rising sunset.
This means the entire sports world will be tuned in Sunday night when Kobe takes the court at the Staples Center once again, the first time since tearing his achilles last season. The timing couldn’t be written any better, as Kobe and Nike just rolled out the brand new Kobe 9′s for the world. The only thing left to see is how Kobe actually plays on court. We’re not going to front, we can’t wait to see it go down.
Carmelo Anthony Only Scores 19 Points & Grabs 10 Boards In Big New York Knicks 113-83 Victory Over Brooklyn Nets.
Nobody needed a victory in sports more than the New York Knicks. Their head coach Mike Woodson is under the hot seat and would’ve most likely got fired following a defeat to the Brooklyn Nets tonight. Carmelo Anthony has been rumored to privately say he’s checked out on the Knicks season and is looking forward to move on during free agency, but he came out yesterday revealing there was no truth to those rumors.
Stephen A. Smith advised the Knicks to trade him before February’s deadline, which should give us an indication from the biggest ‘Melo supporter in the city, that there is some truth to the rumors. The Knicks had been called the “laughingstocks” of the league, but they finally had something to smile about tonight.
The Knicks season is turning more into a soap opera than anything else, right? From rumors of players fighting in the locker room, to the owner having beef with the team dancers, all topped off with the team struggling on the court. The latest piece of info to float around on the rumor mill comes from ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, who has proclaimed that his sources are telling him Carmelo Anthony is on the way out of New York. Smith then went on to say that Carmelo must be traded before the all-star break.
No exact word on how legit these “sources” are, but if the Knicks do decide to blow up this season, trading Melo might just be the way to go. They might as well get something for him rather than letting him walk in the off-season and get nothing in return. It will be very interesting to see how this all plays out in the coming months.
OS REWIND: Carmelo Anthony Says He Wants To Test Free Agency After This Season
Was the grass not greener? Sources today are reporting that if James Dolan and the Knicks do decide to fire current head coach Mike Woodson, former Knicks head coach and current ABC broadcaster Jeff Van Gundy would be a candidate. This is potential huge news for the Knicks, who have gotten off to a horrible start this season and are looking for any kind of spark to go their way.
Reports are saying that it is so bad for Woodson that he could possibly be out of a job if the Knicks lose to the Nets on Thursday night. The only question at this point is if Van Gundy would be interested in getting back into coaching and trying to steer the Knicks to the promise land. We would love to see Jeff thrown back into the madness that is currently unfolding at Madison Square Garden every night.
OS REWIND: NY Knicks Considering Trading Iman Shumpert?
Paul George Sets New Career High Of 43 Points, But Not Enough For Interconference Loss To Blazers.
On the 2nd night of a back-to-back of their tour in the West Coast, the Indiana Pacers headed north to play the Portland Trailblazers. Both teams played each of the Los Angeles teams at Staples Center winning on Sunday, but Portland’s trip back home was shorter than the Pacers.
The Blazers had won 12 of their last 13 games heading into tonight’s match-up and were still undefeated against the East this year at 7-0. Indiana was undefeated against the West at 4-0 heading into tonight’s game. Both young teams are looking to dethrone last year’s conference finals champions this year, and have been looking good thus far in the season to potentially make it happen. Indiana controlled the score during the first three quarters, but in the 4th quarter Portland would see some huge bench help from Mo Williams knocking down some key shots down the stretch to give them some big breathing room.
LaMarcus Aldridge led his team with 28 points, which equaled the same point production from Roy Hibbert and David West combined. 2013 rookie of the year, Damian Lilard had 26 points remaining perfect from the line going 10-10. Paul George finished with a new career high of 43 points going 7-15 from deep and 16-30 overall. The Pacers did have some chances to inch even closer to the score, but it wasn’t enough to withstand the hungriness of the Blazers tonight. Indiana’s next 7 days doesn’t get any easier, as they’ll play games against the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat.
Has the time finally come Lakers fans? According to the team, Kobe Bryant could play this coming Friday against the Sacramento Kings, marking his return to the court after tearing his achilles last season. According to reports whether Kobe will play or not depends on how well he does in practice this week.
Most thought Bryant wouldn’t be back on the court until Christmas, so anytime before that really is a win for the Lakers, who currently hold the 8th spot in a very tough Western Conference. We know that after shelling out $48 million to Kobe in his contract extension the Lakers want him back out there ASAP. Stay tuned for more details this week.
OS REWIND: Kobe Bryant & The Lakers Agree On Contract Extension
OS REWIND: Kobe Bryant Returns To Practice For Los Angeles Lakers
Things have not been so peachy for Jason Kidd and the Brooklyn Nets to start this season. They have struggled out of the gate and look like a lost team on the court. Meanwhile, the first year head coach hasn’t looked too comfortable behind the wheel of the operation. To make things worse, Kidd was just fined $50k by the NBA for what they say was intentionally spilling his drink on the court to stop the game.
The video is actually pretty hilarious and as you can see, Kidd tells Tyshawn Taylor to bump him and then he mysteriously dropped his cup. This was after the Nets had no timeouts and needed a delay of game to cook up a final play. We see why the NBA fined Kidd for this, but 50 racks seems a bit of an extreme. When it rains, it pours for the Nets right now.
Watch the video after the jump.
OS REWIND: Jason Kidd Suspended First 2 Games Of NBA Season After Guilty DUI Plea
Click image to watch Kobe Bryant’s November 26th Press Conferences video.
Yesterday, Kobe Bryant talked with reporters following a Los Angeles Lakers practice to discuss how near he is to returning to the team. A well-rested Kobe expects to return to the Lakers in a “few weeks” and reveals he needs a few more practice sessions to see how explosive he is in the triple-threat still in recovery from an Achilles injury. The Mamba feels his Lakers can win a championship based on their energy and youth this year, remaining around .500 basketball. After the jump, you can watch Kobe’s full press conference interview and also respond to backlash about receiving a large contract, in comparison to helping the franchise go out and get more marquee free agents.
OS REWIND: Los Angeles Lakers & Kobe Bryant Agree To 2-Year Contract Extension
OS REWIND: Kobe Bryant Discusses Roller Coaster Year With Dwight Howard
OS REWIND: ESPN Ranks Kobe Bryant At #25 Overall Player In The NBA
Click image to watch E:60 “Penny Hardaway Saved”
In the latest episode of ESPN’s E:60, Lisa Salters profiles the life and career of former NBA superstar Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway. Along with Grant Hill during the 1990s, many fans though the two would the next Michael Jordan. Sadly those two players suffered a shortened career from multiple injuries that plagued their careers. In the episode, Lisa Salters follows Penny through his hometown of Memphis, to being one of the NBA’s highest paid player earning over $100 million. Following his retirement in December of 2007, a childhood friend would call Penny for a life changing experience to return back to basketball. You can learn more about “Penny Hardaway Saved” after the jump in the 12-minute clip.
OS REWIND: ESPN E:60 “No Doubting Thomas” (The Demayrius Thomas Story)
OS REWIND: ESPN E:60 “Revis Island” (The Darrelle Revis Story)
OS REWIND: ESPN E:60 “Mariano Rivera”
Carmelo Anthony’s 34 Points & 15 Rebounds Not Enough In 102-91 Loss To Portland.
If you’ve been only paying attention to the craziness of the NFL this fall, the NBA has had a few eye-raising storylines and injuries thus far early in the season. One of those compelling story lines has been the Portland Trail Blazers finally becoming one of the elite teams (record wise) in the NBA. After injuries to Brandon Roy and Greg Oden, the team has really been trying to find themselves highlighted with premier power forward LaMarcus Aldridge and 2nd year rising star Damian Lillard. Along with swingman Nicolas Batum adding in nearly 14 a night, free agent acquisitions Mo Williams and Robin Lopez add in much needed depth.
The New York Knicks have been a free-fall all year starting the season 3-10 (and losing their 6th straight tonight). Tyson Chandler’s set to miss another 3-4 weeks, as they’ve been heavily relying on extra production from Carmelo Anthony (averaging 26 points and 10 boards a game), but we’re not sure if he’s getting burnt out already this early. With an imminent trade looking for Iman Shumpert and talks of Carmelo leaving in the off-season for free agency to play with Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles, their season might be over before it started. Tonight’s main storyline was not only Portland being a better team, but Terry Stotts just simply outcoaching Mike Woodson. After the jump, you can watch highlights of this game.
Lakers Lock Up Kobe Until The Summer Of 2016 For Imminent Retirement.
One of the biggest stories in the off-season and throughout the regular season thus far has been the contract status situation with Kobe Bryant. Earlier today, Kobe Bryant officially decided to agree to a 2-year/$48M contract. After Jerry Buss passed away last season, the team has (still) been in a bit of turmoil with the firing of Mike Brown last season after 5 games, not hiring Phil Jackson when Kobe asked, Dwight Howard leaving in the off-season and Jeannie Buss losing control within the organization.
While a Kobe Bryan to 10 years ago would speak his mind openly about the situation, he’s reflected on his career and is content with retiring as a Laker in comparison to chasing another ring somewhere else. Speaking of rings, Kobe’s still thirsting for that 6th title and whether that happens or not remains to be seen. While Kobe’s been recovering from his torn Achilles tendon last season, the Lakers have maintained a respectable .500 record with role players stepping up in the faster Mike D’Antoni system.
Check after the jump for more on the story.