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Philadelphia 76ers Select Ben Simmons as 2016 No. 1 Pick June 24, 2016 14:20
With all this furore around the UK and the departure from the EU, we’ve barely had time to take full stock of one of the biggest nights in the NBA calendar; NBA Draft night! So let’s take a timeout and have a little peek at what went down.
The Philadelphia 76ers used the first pick of the 2016 NBA Draft to select Ben Simmons - a much coveted choice in the years offering and hopefully a solid pick up for the struggling Sixers franchise.
Simmons, an Australian native who moved to Florida for high school and college, averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists for LSU - becoming the first SEC player to finish top in all three categories. He has already made some serious moves too, having signed a $20 million deal with Nike and will be featured in the Showtime documentary, ONE & DONE, which will come out this October.
Philly grabbed another two players in the first round to pad out the squad with a bit of Euro talent. They took Frenchman Timothe Luwawu with the 24th pick, and Furkan Korkmaz out of the Turkish league with the 26th pick.
Next up, the LA Lakers selected Brandon Ingram, from Duke, with the second pick. A small forward with enough skills to play confidently at the point, and as one of the youngest players in the draft, hopefully another potential rising star for the face of the post-Kobe Lakers.
With the 3rd pick of the draft, the Celtics selected Jaylen Brown. A 6-foot-7 freshman who had struggles this past year in terms of the impact and consistency of his game, so a bit of an unknown for the Celtics. Boston fans will have to hope that someone over there has a plan.
At the 4th, the Phoenix Suns selected Croatian, Dragan Bender. He was the youngest player in the draft, but is considered to be one of the most talented player to be coming through from Europe so there’s a buzz around seeing what he’s going to be able to do for the Suns this coming season.
The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Kris Dun with the 5th pick of the draft who looks like another great young addition to the line-up for the ever developing TWolves side. Dunn is considered to be one of the more capable and creative players to come through in the draft this year and it’ll be good to see how he sits with Karl Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins next season.
It’s always exciting to see these new guys come through and find out where they’re going to be hitting the court next season, only problem being we have to wait a while for that to happen now!
Here’s the run down of the rest of the top end of the draft.
6. New Orleans Pelicans - Buddy Heild
7. Denver Nuggets - Jamal Murray
8. Sacramento Kings - Marquese Chriss (Traded to Phoenix Suns)
9. Toronto Raptors - Jakon Poeltl
10. Milwaukee Bucks - Thon Maker
11. Orlando Magic - Domantas Sabonis (Traded to OKC)
12. Utah Jazz - Taurean Prince
13. Phoenix Suns - Georgios Papagiannis (Traded to Sacramento Kings)
14. Chicago Bulls - Denzel Valentine
15. Denver Nuggets - Juan Hernangomez
Thunder Trade Serge Ibaka to Magic for Victor Oladipo June 24, 2016 13:52
The Oklahoma City Thunder might not have had any draft picks last night, but boy did they make sure that their name was up there in terms of making moves. The Thunder have traded Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and the newly drafted Domantas Sabonis.
One of the biggest talking points in the NBA right now is the fact that Thunder star, Kevin Durant, will be a free agent on the 1st of July, and will easily have his pick of NBA teams. Last night’s move by the Thunder is thought to be aimed at offering Durant a roster that might be more appealing.
The Thunder have perhaps had a weak spot at shooting guard since the departure of James Harden in 2012. Dion Waiters or Andre Roberson have been rotating around that spot this past season, with Waiters proving inconsistent and Roberson improving, but not to a level that could convince Durant to stay in Oklahoma to chase a Championship.
Ibaka has been a solid defensive force for the Thunder, although his numbers have dropped this past year to what it was. Back in 2011-12 he led the league in blocks and he was able to make the NBA All-Defensive First Team for three years on the trot. He was an important factor in keeping the Thunder trucking when Westbrook was out injured in the 2013-14 season but suffered his own set backs due to injury too.
We’ll wait and see what happens on the Durant front over the next couple of months, but Oladipo should make a fine addition to the Thunder and hopefully Ibaka can ply his shot-blocking trade with some success in Orlando.
New York Knicks Sign Derrick Rose! June 22, 2016 15:16
The New York Knicks have wasted no time after the Finals in starting to do something about their own place in the league next season. It’s been announced that the Knicks have signed Derrick Rose from the Chicago Bulls.
Chicago-born-and-bred, Rose was a fan favourite amongst Bulls supporters, although that has wavered slightly in recent years given Roses struggles with injury. The one-time league MVP isn’t the player he was when he won that award, but he also shouldn’t be written off just yet.
The Knicks believe enough in Rose that they’ve acquired him as their new point guard, in exchange for Robin Lopez, Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant.
The Bulls ended up having a disappointing season this year, their first under Fred Hoiberg. Reported in-fighting between Rose and Jimmy Butler (which they both deny) and the deteriorating situation with Joakim Noah has added to Chicago’s woes and no doubt this off season will see big changes, the Rose deal being just the first of many.
Speaking about the move, Bulls GM Gar Forman has said, “Derrick has meant a lot to this organisation and to this city and to this team, and has overcome a lot over the years with all the injuries to get back to the point he was. But in putting our plan together, we felt as a first step this really made sense for us.”
Rose first damaged his knee in the 2012 NBA play-offs, and hasn’t really been the same since. Ht hasn’t been an All-Star since 2012 and his game has altered to accommodate the perceived, or perhaps actual, fragility of his knees as a result of repeated injury and treatment.
Rose will now join Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis in blue and orange under Jeff Hornacek to try and turn things around for himself and for the Knicks.
Let's take a look back at Rose before the injuries, and wish him luck in New York.
Cleveland Cavaliers are 2016 NBA Champions!! June 20, 2016 15:25
Not many people expected this to be the outcome of the 2016 NBA season. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers have shocked the Golden State Warriors in Game 7, to become the 2015 NBA Champions!
Few words can really express what this season has been like. Kobe retiring, the Warriors getting the 73-9 record, and now LeBron James making good on his promise to deliver Cleveland their first ever NBA title.
So let's just sit back and enjoy the NBA's very own Game 7 Mini Movie. What a year.
Karl-Anthony Towns Wins Unanimous Rookie of the Year Award May 16, 2016 14:00
We already had one unanimous award this season, and now it looks like we’re getting another one as Karl-Anthony Towns is named the unanimous NBA Rookie of the Year!
Towns was the No. 1 pick in last years draft, and has spend a very solid season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, averaging 18.1 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks.
The Timberwolves managed to improve their record by 13 games this season, helped by having a young group of talented guys who are hopefully going to grow together to be a force in the league in the future.
Towns certainly proved his worth as the first pick this year. He was named Western Conference rookie of the month for each time that award was presented and has shown maturity beyond his 20 years of age.
Let’s take a look at some of his highlights from this season.
Toronto Raptors Progress to ECF For First Time in Franchise History May 16, 2016 13:00
The Toronto Raptors are one of those NBA teams that always get a lot of love around the world. They have a pretty serious following in the UK, but they’ve never really gone anywhere, until now.
The Raptors have finally hustled their way through to a franchise-first Eastern Conference finals!
The Raptors franchise has been on the go for two decades now, and post-season success has always evaded them for one reason or another. This year, the beat the Miami Heat in 7 games to finally progress, and it hasn’t been easy. They have taken each round so far to game 7, meaning that they’ve now played 14 games. Their ECF competitor, the Cleveland Cavaliers, have gotten to the same stage having played just 8 games.
Cleveland have swept all of their opponents in the play-offs this year, so most bets are on them to progress to the NBA Finals, but right now, Raptors fans can enjoy this historic season in Toronto. Check out the game 7 action versus Miami, that took the Raptors to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Steph Curry is the First Unanimous NBA MVP! May 11, 2016 11:49
Steph Curry has been steaming through NBA records this season like it’s nobodies business, so it’s fitting that, not only would he be named the 2016 NBA MVP, but that he would be the first player in the game to be unanimously voted into that position.
Curry gained all 131 first place votes from the sportswriters and broadcasters who decide on the award, getting a total of 1,310 points.
To highlight how far ahead of the pack he was in that regard, the Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard came in second, with 634 points, while LeBron James finished 3rd in the voting with 631 points.
This is Curry’s second MVP award, and has won in back-to-back years. To celebrate Curry’s achievement, the NBA put together a special, 8-minute long career highlights video - check it out below!
Spurs - Thunder Game 2 Ends in No Call Controversy May 03, 2016 12:30
With 13.5 seconds left in the game the Thunder had the ball to inbound and they were up 98 - 97 over the Spurs. What would follow the inbounds would be 13.5 seconds of madness as the Spurs would steal the ball and frantically try to pull this one back.
Check out what happened:
Yes, the Spurs did’t score, and the Thunder held on to win game 2 by a single point, but as it would turn out, there was way more drama to be had than just what was on the surface of those 13.5 seconds.
First up, the biggest issue all round was the fact that, while trying to inbound the ball, the Thunder’s Dion Waiters clearly elbowed Manu Ginobili, who was defending him on the inbounds - and the referees missed the call. The officials admitted after the game that they missed the call, and even though the Spurs couldn't hit the bucket when they did steal the ball, they were rightly upset.
Had that call be spotted during play, the Spurs would have gained possession of the basketball, and had a chance to set up a play for those last 13.5 seconds, instead of the mad stampede that it turned out to be.
Nevertheless, that’s basketball. The referees let the game play out. When the ball was inbounded, Danny Green hit Kevin Durant pretty hard to get the ball back so that the Spurs could make those last second attempts. Then a fan held onto Steven Adams arm after he tried to block Patti Mills, stopping him getting back in on the action.
After Mills missed shot attempt, LaMarcus Aldridge rebounded the ball, but Serge Ibaka was there to grip onto his jersey to keep the Spurs from having any final attempt at the basket. A mess by anyones standards, but there we have it.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are now tied 1-1 with the San Antonio Spurs. Game 3 in on OKC on Friday.
Brudder Films Premiers "Porzingod" - Knicks Fans Still Have A Prayer! April 27, 2016 12:26
It’s no secret that New York Knicks fans have been through it these past few seasons, but once you hit rock bottom, surely there’s only one way to go....? Just incase, John Leguizamo and Adam Mucci are praying to the Knicks gods (in hilarious fashion) to ensure that “Porzingod” can now take them back to the promised land.
The New York Knicks went through an era of greatness in the 1990’s, and have been crowned NBA Champions on a number of occasions, but more recent decades have seen a decline in New York basketball. Now, the blue and orange army is hoping that their rookie star, Kristaps Porzingis, is the answer they’ve been waiting for.
Porzingis had a great impact on the team in his first year, and this short film, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, sums up the attitude of many Knicks fans, who are hoping for a brighter future in New York.
Take a look:
Sacramento Kings Reveal New Branding for 2016-17 NBA Season April 27, 2016 11:41
While a lot of us will spend the next month or so glued to the NBA play offs to see who will be crowned champions in 2016, the teams who didn’t make it to the post season are now looking forward to next season, and a new chance to make a new run at success.
The Sacramento Kings have been quick out of the gate in revealing some news about what next year looks like for them with an overhaul of their branding.
The Kings released their new brand identity to fans during a special preview at the Golden 1 Center - the future home of the Kings that is under construction. In a release on Kings.com, Owner and Chairman, Vivek Ranadive said, “When the Kings moved to Sacramento in 1985, the city was transformed. Today, we aim to do it again…This brand kicks off a new era for our franchise as we move into the most technologically-advanced, most environmentally-friendly arena in the world. As Sacramento becomes the next great American city, this identity honuors our heritage while moving us forward.”
The new primary logo is more of a throwback to the Kings classic logo (see bottom of the page), although the crown has been reshaped and the whole thing has been sharpened up, along with a newer typeface. It’s definitely cleaner and more modern than the branding from the past few seasons, and the accompanying elements and alternative logos fit well with the Kings focus on ‘Our City. Our Pride. Our Foundation”.
The lion elements of the new branding have a very strong football feel about them; something you might expect to see on an England shirt or as part of the Premier League branding, rather than on an NBA jersey.
The lion is obviously a very direct link to the term ‘pride’ and about reenergising the city and the franchise in terms of feeling proud of what they can potentially achieve in the future.
The Kings “New Era of Proud” video is a really nice way to unveil the branding too - all the nostalgia of the Kings history wrapped up in a short that finally places the modern day Sacramento franchise at the centre of things.
The Kings website runs through the new branding in a nice way (check it out here), linking the new look to the history and development of the club, with the tag line "Inspired by the Past. Created for the Future." You get a better sense of the branding development from this:
Finally, to this:
Chris Paul Breaks Hand in Game 4 vs Portland, Griffin Aggravates Quad Injury April 26, 2016 15:00
Chris Paul left the game during the 3rd quarter and was found to have broken right hand. Paul is often said to be one of the most competitive guys in the NBA, and his frustration at yet another potential play off failure was apparent last night. Paul kicked a seat cushion onto the court as he left the game and has no intention of talking to reporters after the game.
Paul won’t be playing for the rest of these play offs, which is a big enough knock as it is, but then in the 4th quarter, Blake Griffin also aggravated the left quad injury that has kept him out for large parts of the season already. Griffin went to the bench late in the game, and has been given a 50% chance of making it back to play out the rest of this series, depending on how he is feeling over the next 24 - 48 hours.
Despite much of last nights game being fairly close, it was in the 4th quarter, with Paul missing and Blake at a disadvantage, that the Trail Blazers were able to put the jets on and tie the series. Portland out-scored LA 32 - 20 in that final quarter, to win the game 98 - 84.
The series now goes back to Staples Centre, where we’ll get to see how the Clippers get on without Paul and potentially without Griffin. Meanwhile, Portland will be looking to take this opportunity to further their own play off campaign.
Game 5 is in LA on Wednesday night.
UPDATE 27.4.16 - Blake Griffin ruled out for the remainder of the play offs.
Steph Curry Out for Two Weeks After Straining Right Knee Against Rockets April 26, 2016 14:46
The Golden State Warriors are 3 - 1 up in their first round play off series against the Houston Rockets, but were hit by the news that Steph Curry will now miss at least two weeks after spraining his right knee in Sunday’s game.
After a record breaking regular season (and even picking up a new NBA record already in the play offs with 21 made 3-pointers in a single game) the Warriors will no doubt battle on in a solid fashion without Curry, but he’s a huge miss on the squad.
Curry injured his knee in just before the buzzer went at half time in game 4 on Sunday, after sliding on a wet spot created by Houston’s Donatas Motiejunas, who also skidded across the floor. Curry did come out to try to warm up again after the halftime break, but immediately returned to the locker room, where he stayed for the rest of the game.
The Warriors didn’t flinch. The rest of the team went on a second half burst, hitting 8 three-pointers in the third quarter and stretching out to a 21 point lead.
The concern for Golden State is that winning is unsustainable without Curry. The Warriors lost game 3 of this series by 1 point in Houston, while Curry was sat on the bench with an ankle issue. During the regular season, the Warriors had a 3-2 record without Curry playing.
When saying that the Warriors become slightly more vulnerable without the reigning (and surely soon to be 2-time) MVP, it’s clear to see why in Curry’s numbers. This season he led the NBA in scoring, with 30.1 points per game on average. He also averaged 6.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds, as well as leading the league in steals with 2.1 per game. Curry also blew the made three-pointers record clear out of the water. He had an insane 402 3-pointers this season - a whole 116 that his record from the season before.
The Warriors will now return home, with Houston in tow to play game 5. Golden State will look to finish this first round series with a win and silence all of this talk about the team lacking without Curry. No matter whether they win it in game 5, or the series gets dragged out a bit more, Curry will still miss the first half of the second round, when the Warriors will have to face a more substantial opponent.
The Warriors will face either the LA Clippers, or the Portland Trail Blazers, who are currently tied 2-2 in their series. The Clippers faced a huge blow last night as with Chris Paul breaking his hand and Blake Griffin aggravating his quad injury. Portland were able to level the series as those familiar dark clouds gather over the Clippers in terms of whether that squad can ever drag themselves beyond the first stages of the play offs.
Portland seem to e enjoying an underdog rally, having lost the majority of their roster along with LaMarcus Aldridge last Summer. They’d certainly make a testing opponent for the underhanded Warriors, with Damian Lillard set to prove his worth in this league.
For Curry, the wait to see how things go with his injury over the next two weeks will no doubt be excruciating. It’s not going to be much more fun for the fans either. Here’s to wishing him well and a swift return to this historic Golden State team.
San Antonio Sweeps Memphis in Time for Tim Duncan's 40th Birthday April 25, 2016 15:23
The San Antonio Spurs are the most under-hyped team in the NBA, but that doesn’t meant that they don’t go out there and get things done.
The Spurs have swept the Memphis Grizzlies 4-0 in the first round of the 2016 NBA play offs. They topped the sweep off last night with a 116 - 95 win in Memphis, led by Kawhi Leonards 21 points.
The straight sweep was the 9th in San Antonio Spurs franchise play off history, a record that puts coach Greg Popovich at the top of all coaches in NBA history in that category.
Finishing the first round in the shortest amount of time possible also means that Tim Duncan gets to celebrate his 40th birthday today while relaxing and waiting for the next round.
The Spurs will face either the Oklahoma City Thunder or the Dallas Mavericks in the next round, pending the outcome of that match up.
While we’re waiting on that, let’s celebrate Time Duncan’s birthday by checking out this look back at his career in the NBA
Kobe Bryant Scores 60 Points in his Final Game | Secures Lakers Comeback Win April 14, 2016 11:20
After a lacklustre season for the LA Lakers, which saw Kobe Bryant go on a farewell tour across the league, the Black Mamba did not disappoint on the final day of the regular season.
Kobe bid farewell to fans at Staples Centre in Los Angeles by dropping 60 points on the Utah Jazz and hauling his Lakers side to a come back win. As close to a fairy tale ending as we could of hoped, to end a career that spanned 20 years in the league.
The last time Kobe had a game in which he scored more than 50 points was February 2009. Last night, he even turned on the magic in the 4th quarter, scoring 23 points to push the Lakers over the hill to victory. For some perspective, the entire Jazz team only scored 21 points in that final quarter.
Not one to shy away from speaking his mind, Kobe spoke to the press after the game, saying; “The perfect ending would have been a championship.” His teammates also tried to spray him with champagne in the locker room, and he was unimpressed, telling them that doing that is only for championships.
It’s been tough to watch the Lakers these past few seasons. Even more so this year as they racked up a franchise-worst performance, amongst unnecessary locker room drama. At 37 years of age, and now feeling the huge toll of his time in the league, and with recent injuries weighing on him, there was little that Kobe could do about it on his own.
After everything, Kobe got to leave the court last night with a smile on his face, and thousands of fans inside the arena, and outside, chanting his name. After 20 years in purple and gold, he could walk away on a characteristically dramatic note.
“What else can I say?” Kobe asked. “Mamba out.”
Spurs Equal NBA Record for Regular Season Home Wins at 40-1 April 14, 2016 10:55
The San Antonio Spurs came painfully close to doing what no other NBA team has ever done before, and that’s go unbeaten at home for an entire season.
They came as close as dropping just one single game at home all season, although their final home game of the season also turned into a huge a challenge.
The Spurs have chalked up a hugely admirable 40-1 record at home this season, only losing that single game to this historic Golden State Warriors team last weekend. That matches the all-time NBA record for home wins in a season which was set by the Boston Celtics in the 1985-86 regular season.
Last night, in the final home game of the regular season, the Spurs faced the Oklahoma City Thunder, and while OKC rested Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka, the game was taken to overtime for the first time this year in San Antonio.
The Spurs seemed to struggle for much of the game, perhaps attributed to the mental and physical toll of their first home loss against the Warriors on Sunday. The Thunder were able to take an 18 point lead early in the second, but the Spurs fought hard to prevent a second straight loss at home.
Kawhi Leonard had the ball in his hands with a chance to win things at the end of regulation, but missed the jump shot, with things going to overtime. San Antonio finally pulled things together in the extra period, taking the win 102 - 98.
Maybe not the way that they wanted their final home game to go ahead of what promises to be a tasking play-offs in the Western Conference, but a win is a win.
The team can be proud at being able to tie an NBA record that was set by a team that included the likes of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish.
Farewell Mamba - Kobe Bryant Will Play His Last Ever NBA Game Tonight April 13, 2016 12:51
It’s going to be a sad day in the NBA today, as we see the close out of the 2015/16 regular NBA season. Whether you love him or hate him, you can’t deny that Kobe Bryant has had a significant career in the NBA, and that his last ever game, against the Utah Jazz tonight, is going to be heart wrenching for a generation of basketball fans.
Kobe has spent an epic 20 years in the NBA, and every moment of his career (barring the actual draft night) has been spent wearing the purple and gold of the LA Lakers.
Tonight, he’ll play his last ever NBA game at home, at Staples Centre, in front of a sold out audience. When he walks off the court, Kobe will leave as the NBA’s third-all-time-leading scorer, having helped the Lakers to 5 NBA Championships in his time there. He started playing for the Lakers aged just 17, and now, at 37, he’s still as confident, competitive as ever.
The only bad thing about Kobe exiting right now (other than the loss of him as a player) is that he has to go out on a Lakers side that is flirting with the edges of being one of the most horrendous basketballs teams ever. They certainly don’t live up to the Lakers squads that Kobe has played on there, having claimed the title of worst Lakers team in franchise history. Hopefully this be something that people will forget about when they look back over Kobe’s career.
Tonight, the Lakers will play the Utah Jazz. The Jazz are battling for the final play-off spot in the Western Conference. They have to win this game to stand a chance of clinching that spot, while they are also relying on Sacramento beating the Houston Rockets to keep James Harden and co. out of that coveted spot.
The Lakers, on the other hand, at a mere 16-65 on the season, have little to play for other than pride, and to give Kobe a night that he can remember. It’s expected that Kobe will play as much of the game as his battered body can possibly manage - that would mean the whole game if he can really pull out all of the stops tonight. We’re also guaranteed to see his Lakers teammates passing him the ball at every opportunity so that the fans get to see the Mamba properly at play for one last time.
Speaking to the press about his star players last game, Lakers coach Byron Scott has said that he’d love Kobe to go out on a fallaway jumper, in the dying seconds of a tied game. This is basketball, so anything is possible, no matter how bad the supporting cast may be for tonights game.
All we can do now is sit back and watch, and pay homage to one of the greatest players to take to the court in the NBA.
Boston Celtics Deal Warriors a Shock Home Defeat April 02, 2016 11:39
We had to double check that it wasn’t still the 1st April this morning when we looked to see that the Boston Celtics have put an end to the Golden State Warriors epic home-winning streak. It wasn’t an April fools article, it was the true.
Led by Isaiah Thomas, the Celtics have done what no other team has managed to do in the NBA for the past 14 months - they beat the Warriors at the Oracle Arena.
The Warriors were down by 3 points as the game clock was winding down in the 4th quarter, and Curry popped his trademark shot from beyond the arc with 5.3 seconds to go, only this time he missed. Harrison Barnes grabbed the rebound and managed another rushed 3-point attempt but it wasn’t to be.
Speaking to the press after the game, Curry said; "Every one of them I think is going down. But it didn’t… All things considered, it was a pretty good look at it. ... We've gotten away with some games that we probably shouldn't have won with some shots like that. And tonight it wasn't our night."
Thomas was instrumental in keeping Boston rolling in this one, scoring 18 of this 22 points in a critical 3rd quarter. The Celtics as a whole made sure that every play counted and hustled with serious intensity - an impressed display considering this was the second night of a back-to-back.
Golden State hadn’t lost a home game since 27th January 2015, and so have recorded an NBA record 54-home game winning streak across the regular season. The Warriors now stand at 68-8 on the season, in which they are fighting their way to the coveted 72-10 NBA best record, set by the Chicago Bulls in 1995-96.
Golden State have 6 games left in which to reach that target, or beat it, although they have a very tough run in the last 4 games, where they play San Antonio twice within 4 days, once at home and then once in San Antonio, where the Spurs are still unbeaten.
This is going to prove to be a very interesting end to the end of the 2015-16 NBA season!
NBA Announces that Los Angeles will Host 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend March 24, 2016 10:38
The NBA has announced that Los Angeles will be the host city for the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend. The event, which will be in it’s 67th year, will take place at the Staples Centre; the shared home of the LA Clippers and LA Lakers.
The announcement, made today by NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver, will see Los Angeles host the event for a record 6th time. They previously hosted the event in 1963, 1972, 1983, 2004 and 2011, the last two of which were held at the Staples Centre.
“Los Angeles is known for first-class hospitality and entertainment, making it the perfect host for NBA All-Star,” said Silver. “The city is home to some of the most passionate basketball fans in addition to extraordinary facilities, including Staples Center and L.A. Live. We thank Mayor Garcetti, Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer, Lakers President and Co-Owner Jeanie Buss and AEG President and CEO Dan Beckerman for their support in bringing All-Star back to L.A.”
All-Star events will begin on Friday 16th February 2018 with the Rising Stars Challenge and conclude on Sunday 18th February with the NBA All-Star Game.
Next year’s All-Star Weekend will be held in Charlotte, and both cities will have a lot to live up to after the great All-Star Weekend that was hosted in Toronto last month.
Let’s take a look back at the last time the NBA All-Star Weekend travelled to LA, with the All-Star Game mini movie.
East or West? You Decide with the Mitchell & Ness All Over Snapback March 21, 2016 16:51
We're getting the week off to a great start, with the arrival of these special edition Mitchell & Ness NBA All Over snapbacks. You really have to pick a side when choosing which cap to go for (unless you get both!) as each snapback pays homage to either the NBA Eastern Conference or the Western Conference.
Grab yours now to stand out from the pack!
Milwaukee Bucks Unveil Updated Renderings of New Arena March 17, 2016 16:47
During the last off-season, the Milwaukee Bucks unveiled one of the nicest re-brands that we’ve seen in the NBA for a while, and now they’ve released updated renderings of what their new area could look like.
The Bucks released these new images of their planned multi-purpose arena, which would host world-class sports and entertainment in the downtown district of Milwaukee. The images are part of plans that are yet to be submitted to the city for approval by public officials, before construction can start on the new arena, which is planned for the Summer.
In a press release on the Bucks website, Bucks president, Peter Feigin has said “We’re just months away from seeing the new home of the Milwaukee Bucks and our collective efforts to revitalize Milwaukee begin to move from vision to reality."
"These plans reflect the commitment of our ownership, generosity of Senator Kohl and historic collaboration with public officials to build a world-class sports and entertainment destination in the heart of downtown Milwaukee. We look forward to working closely with public officials and the entire community over the next several months to finalize the design and construction plans so that we can begin to create long-lasting jobs and economic opportunity in Milwaukee.”
The 714,000 square-foot arena would be the new home for Milwaukee Bucks, and with that in mind, it features an intimate bowl at its centre, which is optimised for viewing basketball games, and other sports where it pays to be closer to the action. The majority of the seats will be at a lower level, to give a better view of games, while the arena will still be flexible enough to transform to host concerts and ice events.
Check out the images of the new Milwaukee Bucks arena below:
Golden State Warriors Match Chicago Bulls Record for Longest Home Winning Streak March 04, 2016 12:14
One fan was waving a Curry For President placard as the Golden State Warriors took another step towards another epic NBA record last night, as they defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder for the second time in 7 days.
The Warriors chalked up their 44th straight home win - equalling the Chicago Bulls record for the longest home winning streak in NBA history, which was set between 1994 and 1996. Last night’s win was also their 55th win of the season - a number that they’ve reached at a truly astounding pace, far faster than any team in NBA history.
The Warriors played the Thunder in Oklahoma last Saturday, in a game that Steph Curry dominated. He surpassed his own record for 3-pointers in a season, and tied the singe game record for three made, with 12, on his way to beating OKC in overtime. It was a game for the ages. The venue was different last night, with the Thunder travelling to the Oracle in Oakland, but the outcome was the same.
The Thunder kept the game close, in fact they were leading to start the 4th quarter, until the Warriors switched into overdrive and outscored the Thunder 39 - 23 in the final period. The Thunder were still reeling from a horrendous defeat at the hands of the LA Clippers the night before. The Thunder blew a 17 point lead in the 4th quarter of that game to give the Clips a win, and no-one in the Thunder camp was impressed.
Cracks were still evident in the Thunder camp against the Warriors. Russell Westbrook, who isn’t exactly known for his shooting efficiency anyway, went 3 of 8 from the field in the first half, and 5 of 16 in the second half.
Kevin Durant had an efficient scoring night, but he had 9 turnovers in the game - his second most in a game this season. The Warriors made sure that they took advantage of that, and made sure that they maintained a higher standard - the Warriors as a team only committed 9 turnovers in the whole game.
There were moments of three point magic from Curry last night for the Warriors, but not in the same way as the previous game against the Thunder. Curry shot 5 of 15 from beyond the arc, but he showed his on-court smarts by taking his game inside instead. He had 12 points, on 6 of 8 shooting in the paint, giving the big guys a serious run for their money.
Golden State will play the LA Lakers at the Staples Centre tomorrow night before returning home to play the Orlando Magic at the Oracle Arena on Monday night, where they have the chance to break the NBA record for the longest home winning streak. We can’t wait.
Stance x NBA Noches Socks Released March 02, 2016 15:54
Every year, the NBA celebrates fans and players from Latin America and U.S. Hispanic communities; paying tribute to their involvement and support of the game of basketball.
The Latin nights program, called Noches éne•bé•a (eh-nay-bay-ah) , will last from 1st - 8th March 2016, with a selection of NBA teams wearing alternative NBA Noches jerseys to mark the occasion.
The NBA have also teamed up with Stance socks to create a range of NBA Noches on-court socks, that the players will wear alongside the alternative uniforms.
All this week you’ll be able to see players from the likes of Los Bulls, El Heat, Nueva York, Los Lakers, Los Spurs and Los Suns, all wearing these Latin American inspired socks.
The NBA Noches Stance socks retain all of the features we’ve come to expect from Stance’s on-court NBA socks but will have a limited edition design in team colours, that draws from Hispanic culture.
Leicester Riders Win BBL Trophy Final Beating Newcastle Eagles 85 - 77 February 29, 2016 15:56
This weekend saw the second lot of British Basketball League silverware go up for grabs, with the BBL Trophy Final taking place at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.
The Leicester Riders would take home the title, after beating the Newcastle Eagles 85 - 77 in a tense meeting between the two teams. The Riders were ahead by as many as 17 points in the 3rd quarter of the game, but just as with the BBL Cup, it wasn’t possible to completely shake off the Eagles.
The Eagles pulled the score back to a tie at 72 during the 4th quarter after Scott Martin and Joe Chapman drilled back-to-back three pointers. Unlike the BBL Cup, where the Eagles worked that momentum into a win, the Riders rallied at the end of the game, going on an 8-0 run to put the game out of reach.
That 8-0 run was triggered by a big bucket from Andrew Sullivan, who would go on to be crowned as the trophy MVP after leading his Riders squad with 22 points. Sullivan returned to the Riders this season, after spending time with the London Lions, and provided a crucial boost to the team in the dying minutes of the game.
The Leicester Riders win the BBL Trophy for the first time and will hope to continue to rise to the challenge for the remainder of this BBL season. Especially after the milestone of opening their very own dedicated basketball arena earlier this year.
The Newcastle Eagles will look to pick themselves up and finish out the season strong, despite the chance of back-to-back clean sweeps being taken away.
Steph Curry Beats his Own NBA 3-Point Record as Warriors Outlast Thunder February 28, 2016 10:46
The Thunder led for big stretches of the game, off the back of 37 points from Durant - including a critical period in the 4th period - but the Warriors put on a show for the ages, levelling the score in time for the regulation buzzer, and winning this thing in overtime.
While the game itself was was hugely exciting, all eyes were once again on Curry, and rightly so. Curry equalled the NBA record for made 3-pointers in a game, with 12, and passed his own NBA record for three’s made in a season.
Curry shot 12-16 from beyond the arc in the game, including a thrilling bucket with 0.6 seconds left on the clock in overtime, that came from well beyond 30 feet, sealing the game for the Warriors, giving them the 121 - 118 victory.
This was Curry’s second consecutive game with at least 10 three pointers, as he continues to blaze a trail in 3-point shooting. He has made at least one 3-pointer in 129 straight games, having surpassed the NBA record of 127-straight games, set by Kyle Korver, in the Warriors last game.
Curry’s current 3-pointers made count is 288, a couple up on his own NBA record of 286 made threes in a season from last year. There are still 24 games left in this season, so can you imagine where this is going. He’s well on pace to get over 400 made threes this season.
Speaking to the press about, Curry said “I never would have thought at this point in the season I would be closing in on 300 and all that kind of stuff," he said. "That doesn't make sense to me. I've always tried to push the envelope and keep getting better, but a lot has to go right to get to this point.”
The Warriors and the Thunder will be meeting again this coming Thursday, and give what we saw last night, we’ll certainly be tuning in again.
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