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Title: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 26, 2015, 06:44:03 PM
A generalized NBA/basketball thread for posting non-Raptors related topics pertaining to anything basketball.


NBA in Europe?  Real Madrid president Fiorentino Perez thinks so:

http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/report-real-madrid-boss-has-eye-on-nba- (http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/report-real-madrid-boss-has-eye-on-nba-expansion/)
expansion (http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/report-real-madrid-boss-has-eye-on-nba-expansion/)

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/sep/18/real-madrid-nba-basketball (http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/report-real-madrid-boss-has-eye-on-nba-expansion/)
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on November 12, 2015, 08:30:14 AM
Boy, this Stephen Curry sure is something...

http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/gotta-see-it-curry-banks-in-ridiculous-circus-shot/

Golden State remains a perfect 9-0.

Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on November 12, 2015, 08:40:13 AM
No reprieve for Deandre Jordan:

http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/mavs-top-clippers-amid-deandre-jordan-hoopla/

Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: L K on November 16, 2015, 05:11:18 PM
Valanciunas sits on the bench for the 4th quarter while the Raptors squander a lead.  Cousins was absuing Valanciunas on the perimeter...he was abusing Biombo on the inside.

I don't understand Casey's problem with Valanciunas.  Biombo was an absolute liability on the court in the 4th quarter as guys weren't even paying attention to him.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on November 21, 2015, 11:35:15 AM
Those Golden State Warriors just keep on winnin'. They are currently 14-0 led by the seemingly invincible Stephen Curry.

The other night against the L.A.Clippers, GS erased a 23 point deficit and wiped out the opposition.  Can anybody stop them?

Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on November 21, 2015, 11:42:47 AM
On the other side of the fence, the Philadelohia '76ers are 0-13 on the year, shooting air balls here, there and everywhere, making this a 'Keyatone Kops' iteration of what is unseemly a pro basketball team. 

How much worse can it get for them?
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on November 24, 2015, 04:26:54 AM
Cleveland's LeBron James  gets himself a place in NBA history, as James along with former NBA & Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson, are the only players in the Top 25 list to lead in assists and points.


Source:   CBC Sports
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: Nik the Trik on December 08, 2015, 07:30:12 AM

A story that maybe has a bit of resonance here in Toronto but apparently the NBA put pressure on the 76ers to knock it off with the blatant tanking which led to the hiring of Jerry Colangelo above Sam Hinkie.

http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14317233/nba-owners-lobbied-league-office-philadelphia-76ers-changes (http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/14317233/nba-owners-lobbied-league-office-philadelphia-76ers-changes)
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: CarltonTheBear on December 08, 2015, 08:00:36 AM
76ers fought lottery reform and won? Where the heck was Lou on that over here?
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: L K on December 13, 2015, 08:05:23 AM
The Bucks beat the Warriors to stop their win streak at 24 games.  24-1 on the season....wow.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on February 13, 2016, 06:22:32 PM
All-Star weekend brings back memories and honour to Dell & his son, Steph Curry.

Steph has a Toronto connection, having attended Queensway Christian College back when he was a pre-teen and his father, Dell was playing for the Raptors at the time.  He stayed for three years at which time his son, Steph, honed his young basketball skills in Canada.

Welcome back, Steph!


http://www.thestar.com/sports/basketball/2016/02/13/toronto-adds-spice-to-weekend-for-dell-and-steph-curry.html
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on February 13, 2016, 06:27:29 PM
Chronicle of Stephen Curry's time in the 6: Inteview & a little reminiscing...

http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/the-lost-season-steph-in-the-6/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/the-lost-season-steph-in-the-6/)
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on February 14, 2016, 01:24:39 PM
Charles Barkley learns a few hockey pointers from the Kyper...

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/charles-barkley-gets-hockey-lessons-from-kypreos/
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on February 14, 2016, 02:33:11 PM
"Vinsanity" revisited?  These guys put all slam dunkers to shame (well, except for our own Vince Carter):


http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/lavine-gordon-put-on-historic-performance-in-dunk-contest/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/lavine-gordon-put-on-historic-performance-in-dunk-contest/)



Raptors' Lowry doesn't get past opening round as Warriors' Klay Thompson ekes out teammate Stephen Curry in the Three Point competition:


http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/lavine-gordon-put-on-historic-performance-in-dunk-contest/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/lavine-gordon-put-on-historic-performance-in-dunk-contest/)
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on February 14, 2016, 02:38:21 PM
Get the latest happenings on the Toronto 2016  NBA All-Star Game here:

http://www.sportsnet.ca/events/2016-nba-all-star-game/
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on February 15, 2016, 04:59:06 PM
For the first time that the NBA All-Star Game had been held outside of Canada, the city of Toronto did not disappoint.  Not even the sub-zero Arctic cold snap could dampen the enthusiasm the city showed for this classic showcase.

From the international media throng,  to Mayor Tory honoueing Drake and presenting him with the Keys to the City, from Steph Curry returning to  the city of his schooldays, from an emotional Kobe Bryant as the fans chanted his name, not wanting him to ever leave (he was playing in the last All-Star Game of his illustrious 20 year career), from the Slam Dunk contest where Zach Levine & Aaron Gordon (literally) took it to new heights, and the Three Point competition where Klay Thompson eked out teammate Steph Curry as the winner, from Sring's performance at the half of the All-Star Game, which by the way, was the highest-scoring one in NBA history (West 197-176 over the East), and on and on and on.....

Wow!  All in all, what a way to go, T.O.!
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on February 15, 2016, 05:13:56 PM
“To the people of Toronto, Canada, and all of Canada as a country, thanks for welcoming our league with open and warm arms,” said LeBron James, who knows Toronto as well as any NBA player. “Even though the weather wasn’t as warm, the arms and the love from everyone here has been well received."

The first NBA All-Star Weekend held outside the United States will be remembered for the best dunk contest since Vince Carter himself was putting the Raptors on the map in 2000, with Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon dunking over a mascot spinning on a hoverboard earning consideration as one of the greatest single dunks of all time.

And it will be remembered for Kobe Bryant’s long goodbye; the place where the 20-year NBA veteran played the last of his 18 straight all-star game...

“I think everybody got the feel of the energy that we witness every single night when we play as Raptors players,” DeRozan said. “I think all the guys really got insight on how in tune the city of Toronto and all of Canada is to basketball. So I think just the energy. I think all the guys really enjoyed it.”

Said Lowry: “I think tonight it capped a great weekend; the Slam Dunk, Three-Point Contest, tonight being Kobe’s last all-star game, record set by Paul and Russ getting back-to-back MVP. But Toronto, I think we put ourselves on the map a little bit around the world.”

“This is the NBA, it’s our biggest stage,” said James. “It’s the most media coverage that we’re going to get. We have all the greatest athletes and greatest fanshere in one venue, and it’s always an honour to be here.

“I’m going to enjoy the city,” James said as the weekend got underway. “It’s an unbelievable city. I love being here. I’ve always enjoyed being here. So I’m going to enjoy it, and then get ready for the second half of the season.”

But did anything change this weekend?

“I don’t think you can say that, and that’s a good thing. Toronto didn’t need the all-star game to announce itself to the league. The league knows all about Toronto and has for a while.”

Read more here:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/we-made-it-canada-now-firmly-entrenched-in-nba-fabric/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/we-made-it-canada-now-firmly-entrenched-in-nba-fabric/)
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on February 15, 2016, 05:52:13 PM
The 2916 All-Star event in Toronto seen in 215 countries and broke a few barriiers for the NBA.  An internationally-held All-Star Game could be in the works.  At some point, according to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver...


http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/nba-slam-dunk-contest-scores-soaring-tv-ratings/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/nba-slam-dunk-contest-scores-soaring-tv-ratings/)
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: Nik the Trik on February 28, 2016, 12:17:52 AM

Steph Curry is just playing a different game than everyone else. It's like if Connor McDavid were regularly scoring from center ice.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on February 28, 2016, 04:29:01 AM
He's from another planet.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: L K on February 28, 2016, 08:01:34 AM
https://streamable.com/4914 (https://streamable.com/4914)

It's absurd.  Kanter's reaction is priceless.

That was his 12th 3-pointer of the game (ties the NBA record also held by former Raptor Donyell Marshall and Kobe Bryant).  He also set the NBA record for most 3-pointers in a single season during this game.  He now holds the #1, #2, and #3 best 3-point shooting seasons in the history of the league.  He is completely unguardable at this point.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: Gerald The Duck on April 14, 2016, 02:36:51 AM
A pretty good night for the NBA.

Firstly, Kobe in his final game scores 60 and guides the Lakers to a come from behind win. Sure it helps that he played 42 minutes and had his teammates feeding him the ball at every opportunity, but it's impressive nonetheless. What a way to go out.

And then the Warriors break the '95-'96 Bulls record for wins in a season with their 73rd. I don't think a championship is a foregone conclusion for them by any means though. I predict that they'll meet the Spurs in the Western Conference final and that should be a great, close series.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: seahawk on April 17, 2016, 06:41:26 PM
Nice way for Kobe to finish his career, even if it was on 50 shots. As for the Warriors, that's a damn impressive run. Seeing them face the Spurs in the WCF should be an interesting series. Duncan, Ginobli, and Parker seem to be treating this as 1 final run.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on April 20, 2016, 04:38:00 AM
Re:  NBA playoffs.  No Curry, No problem.

Golden State Warriors defeated the Houston Rockets 115-106 sans Stephen Curry who was nursing an ankle sprain.  Golden State leads 2 games to 0 as the series now shifts to Houston Thursday.


Source:    Sportsnet
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: Nik the Trik on May 03, 2016, 12:10:18 AM

The play to end the Spurs/Thunder game was one of the funniest things I've ever seen. 
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: pmrules on May 03, 2016, 12:55:23 AM

The play to end the Spurs/Thunder game was one of the funniest things I've ever seen.

Seriously...what was that?  How was that not a foul on the inbounder there?  Shaq and Barkley were saying they've never seen that before and its likely the ref had no idea what to do...
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on May 03, 2016, 12:21:24 PM
Here is a good video (view) of the Spurs Ginobili being literally shoved.

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2016/05/atrocious-officiating-thunder-spurs-game-2-nba-playoffs-final-possession


Plus, the refs admit they erred:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/playoffs/2016/05/03/thunder-spurs-game-2-refs-admit-wrong-call-frantic-ending/83861540/
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on May 18, 2016, 02:48:52 AM
OKC Thunder take Game 1 with a 108-102 win over the Golden State Warriors in the WCF.

http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/scott_howard_cooper/05/17/oklahoma-city-thunder-surprise-golden-state-warriors-in-game-1/
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: Nik the Trik on May 24, 2016, 11:52:20 PM

You never want to say never but the Warriors are getting their butts straight kicked.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on May 25, 2016, 03:52:17 AM
How this happened?  Well, it just did:

OKC 118   Golden State  94.    Thunder lead series 3 games to 1.

Read on:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/thunder-rout-warriors-take-commanding-3-1-series-lead/'
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on May 26, 2016, 06:46:30 PM
NBA/CBA rules governing salaries & cap need  changing:

The maximum salary rules:
For players with zero-to-six years of service (Tier 1), the slot is 25 percent of the cap. Players with seven-to-nine years (Tier 2), the slot is 30 percent, and for players with 10-plus years (Tier 3), the slot is 35 percent.

...the league and players negotiated a lower percentage of basketball related income that would be used to define a maximum salary. If the league used the 25 percent Tier 1 max slot during this current season, the max number would have been $17.5 million; but the negotiated lower percentage is $16.4 million

For cap purposes, the best way to calculate a max salary slot is 23.4 percent (Tier 1), 28.1 percent (Tier 2) and 32.8 percent (Tier 3).

The Rose Rule:
in 2011, it also introduced a little-known rule named after All-Star Derrick Rose. The rule was named after Rose because he earned first-team All-NBA honors in 2010-11 and was also selected by fans to play in the All-Star Game in 2011 and 2012 while still on his rookie contract.

If a player on his rookie contract accomplishes one of the following – (1) earns All-NBA first-, second- or third-team honors twice, (2) is voted an NBA All-Star starter by the fans twice, or (3) named NBA MVP – his salary slot will be eligible for the Tier 2 maximum salary (30 percent) when the extension begins in his fifth season.

Teams do have the right to negotiate the percentage of a max salary slot as long as it falls between 25 percent and 30 percent in the first year of the extension if the player reaches the criteria set forth above.

Problems with the rule:
First, to have a possible salary increase dictated by a fan vote is absurd. All-Star fan voting has turned into a popularity contest instead of an exercise in rewarding a player for his performance.

There is also a wide discrepancy between being voted first-team All-NBA and third team. A player such as George shouldn’t be eligible for the same salary as LeBron James (first-team honors) just because he earned a lesser All-NBA honor in consecutive years.

Finally there is no room to negotiate or amend the criteria, only the percentage earned.

The elite company:
Since the current CBA in 2011, nine players have been eligible for a salary increase under the Rose rule, with Lillard being the latest to achieve the criteria.
Blake Griffin and Rose are operating as Tier 2 max-salary players, and Lillard's and George’s percentage increases were negotiated in their contracts.

Oklahoma City tabbed Westbrook as their “designated player max.” The tag allowed Westbrook to receive a five-year max extension (not including the fourth year on his rookie scale) while allowing the Thunder to have luxury tax flexibility going forward.

A case in point: comparisons & implicarions...

Anthony Davis
Before the season started Anthony Davis seemed to be a shoo-in for a Tier 2 max salary in 2016-17, with the Pelicans coming off a playoff berth and Davis earning his All-NBA honor and being voted by the fans to the 2015 All-Star Game.

But after failing to be voted by fans to the All-Star Game, Davis was left off the All-NBA teams by the media. Although Davis statistics mirrored last season, his team missed the playoffs, he was shut down in mid-March with shoulder and knee injuries, and a strong forward class left him on the outside looking in.

Davis        Current salary     Earning All-NBA
2016-17        $21.52m      $25.85m
2017-18        $23.14m     $27.79m
2018-19        $24.75m     $29.72m
2019-20        $26.37m     $31.66m
2020-21        $27.98m     $33.61m
Total              $123.76m   $148.63m

Pelicans cap implications:
Davis' $21.5 million cap figure will count toward New Orleans' books for next season. With $65 million guaranteed contacts and Ryan Anderson’s free-agent cap hold ($12.75 million), New Orleans currently has $8.6 million in cap room. If Davis had earned an All-NBA honor, the cap room would be cut in half.

Damian Lillard.
Trail Blazers and Lillard negotiated a lower percentage than the maximum 30 percent allowed by the NBA.

In Lillard’s case, earning All-NBA honors will see his salary next season change from $21.5 million to $23.7 million.

 Lillard        Tier 1 max     Earning All-NBA
 2016-17         $21.52m      $23.73m
 2017-18         $23.14m      $25.51m
 2018-19         $24.75m      $27.29m
 2019-20         $26.37m      $29.10m
 2020-21         $27.98m      $30.85m
 Total               $123.76m    $136.48m

Trail Blazers cap implications:
With the additional $2 million of salary added from Lillard’s revised cap figure, the likely scenario is Portland with $14 million in room, including the free-agent cap holds of Leonard, Harkless, Crabbe and Henderson.


https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/the-rose-rule--why-it-needs-to-change-150439168.html (https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/the-rose-rule--why-it-needs-to-change-150439168.html)
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: CarltonTheBear on May 30, 2016, 11:11:49 PM
So this Curry guy is decent huh
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: CarltonTheBear on May 30, 2016, 11:23:18 PM
Jesus that last possession. He's like the Mitch Marner of basketball.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: Nik the Trik on May 30, 2016, 11:30:32 PM

Man. I thought they were done but...once they start hitting shots there's really no stopping them. It'll be a heck of a finals with everyone healthy.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on May 31, 2016, 05:13:02 PM
Warriors  98   OKC  88.   Warriors win series 4 games to 3.

Congrats to Golden State on being crowned Western Conference champs!

Great series.  Too bad for the Thunder, but leading this WCF 3 games to 1 and then allowing the Warriors to come back and win it all...that brings questions and more questions on the how more than the why.

Story:
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/golden-state-beat-oklahoma-city-reach-nba-finals-052521561--nba.html
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: Nik the Trik on June 05, 2016, 10:47:16 PM

Has to be said it's a little fun watching someone do to Cleveland what the Cavs did to the Raps.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on June 06, 2016, 02:46:15 AM
Golden State  110   Cleveland 77.   Warriors lead series 2 games to 0.

There's no way in stopping the Splash brothers from finding the net in droves, only this time, in this series, the Warriors didn't need all of their points from Curry & Thompson.  There was Draymond Green,  Andre Iguodala, Andrew Bogut, & co. 

When all of the Warriors pitch in, there's hardly anyone capable of stopping this great team, winning as they have been all season long.  Oh yes, the OKC Thunder seemed destined to dethrone Golden State, but, look again....the Thunder imploded for want of a better term.  Golden State was well, Golden State.  Yes, Curry and Thompson & the team.

Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.  Need we say more?   Looks like the Cavs are the reincarnation of the Toronto Raptors versus the Cleveland Cavs as in the Cavs versus the Warriors as in.....oh, forgedaboudit.

Series now shifts to Cleveland.  LeBron James & co. will need all the magic they can concoct and figure out a way to beat Golden State,

Game 3 goes Wednesday.

Story:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/warriors-crush-cavaliers-take-2-0-series-lead-nba-finals/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/warriors-crush-cavaliers-take-2-0-series-lead-nba-finals/)
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on June 09, 2016, 01:26:19 PM
Cleveland  120   Golden State  90.   Warriors lead series 2 games to 1.

What a difference home court makes.  Spurred by a boisterous & raucous crowd, the Cleveland Cavs outplayed, outperformed, and outhustled a bewildered Golden State team that obviously didn't see this coming in the words of their coach.

"They just punched us right in the mouth," Kerr said.

With LeBron James leading the charge with 32 points, and contributions by Kyrie Irving, who finally came alive, with 30 pts., and Toronto native Tristan Thompson playing an instrumental role, the Cavs decimated Golden State's defence and made it generally miserable for Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green to get anything much going.

The Cavs were without the services of Kevin Love, sitting out due to a concussion he suffered in Game 2, and has yet to be cleared to play.

Cleveland has been dominant all season and in these playoffs when playing at home.  The edge automatically sent to the Cavs on that count alone.  Only because it's The Finals, the championship and the team is Golden State, the best team in the league bar none.  By winning Game 3, the Cavs made believers out of the skeptics, particularly LeBron James.

So far, so good.

Game 4 goes Friday in Cleveland.


 http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/cavaliers-dominate-warriors-win-game-3-nba-finals/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/cavaliers-dominate-warriors-win-game-3-nba-finals/)
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on June 11, 2016, 05:55:13 PM
Golden State. 108   Cleveland  97.   Warriors lead series 3 games to 1.

Ah, Cleveland, you tried.  But, but, but.....  Better luck in Golden State for Game 5 Monday.

Story:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/warriors-crush-hopes-heartbroken-cleveland/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/warriors-crush-hopes-heartbroken-cleveland/)
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on June 12, 2016, 09:11:22 PM
Warriors Draymond Green suspended for flagrant foul in Game 4. Will not play in Game 5 (Monday).


http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2016/story/_/id/16151747/draymond-green-golden-state-warriors-suspended-game-5-nba-finals-cleveland-cavaliers
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on June 14, 2016, 04:26:52 AM
Cleveland  112   Golden State  97.   Warriors lead series 3 games to 2.

No Draymond Green?  For the Cavaliers, that spelled opportunity.  For the Warriors, that spelled disaster.
And so it was, that Green's suspension (for incuring his fourth flagrant foul in Game 4),   was just the tonic LeBron James & his Cleveland Cavs needed to cement a well-earned victory.

Not having Green in the lineup may not sound or seem like a big deal.   He's  only one player on a Golden State team that is too good to let his absense stand ant.  To LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, it meant more freedom on the court cutting through the Warriors' defence.

So they did.  James and Irving played their way into the NBA record books as being the first teammates to both score 40+ points in a playoff (Finals) game.

While James and Irving and co., were doing their thing, the Warriors - - Curry, Thompson, et al., were hitting mostly rims and throwing air balls.  This from a team well-known for their accuracy skills.  It sure got ugly at times.
The Warriors hope having Green back for Game 6 will change that,

Game 6 goes Thursday in Cleveland.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/cavaliers-overpower-warriors-game-5-nba-finals/
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: CarltonTheBear on June 14, 2016, 10:14:31 AM
What on earth were the Cavs wearing last night?
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: Nik the Trik on June 14, 2016, 10:17:06 AM
What on earth were the Cavs wearing last night?

A little while ago the NBA made the very smart decision to push towards tight jerseys with sleeves because they were under the sensible impression that their fans tend to be in roughly as good shape as their players and that T-Shirts work in all occasions.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on June 17, 2016, 09:35:28 AM
Cleveland  115   Golden State  101.  Series tied 3 games to 3.

Who could have predicted this.   That the Cleveland Cavaliers became the third team in NBA history to come from behind a 3 games to 1 deficit in the Finals and force a Game 7

Thanks to Cavs leader LeBron James who garnered his second straight 40+ point performance, and the rest of his teammates, who, well, simply played brilliant as a team.   James seemed virtually unstoppable, with contributions from Irving, Smith, and Toronto-born Tristan Thompson with another strong game (18 pts., 10 rebounds).

While the Warriors looked like a disheveled bunch in the early start, with Draymond Green back in the lineup after serving a suspension, and Andre Bogut out with an injury, Golden State eventually found it's groove mostly with Curry & Klay Thomoson doing their stuff.  But without much help from the rest of their teammates, and Steph Curry incurring foul trouble, not much indeed did go right for the Warriors.

Curry's frustrations mounted after fouling out late in the fourth quarter, so much so, that he threw his mouthpiece at some Cleveland fan (after much taunting).  Warriors coach Steve Kerr wasn't at all impressed with Curry being handed six fouls, three of which were questionnable:

"He gets six fouls called on him, three of them were absolutely ridiculous," Kerr said. "As the MVP of the league, we're talking about these touch fouls in the NBA Finals. I'm happy he threw his mouthpiece."

Whatever.

Cleveland Cavs can make history Sunday should they win in Game 7.  They will become the only team in the Finals  to complete their accomplishments.  As for Golden State should they lose...

Game 7 is slated for Sunday in Oakland.


http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/lebron-james-dominance-helps-cavaliers-force-game-7/ (http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/lebron-james-dominance-helps-cavaliers-force-game-7/)
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: Heroic Shrimp on June 19, 2016, 10:29:37 PM
Game 7, tie game with 1:18 left.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: CarltonTheBear on June 19, 2016, 10:47:01 PM
Only watched the 2nd half, but great game. That block near the end by LeBron has huge.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: CarltonTheBear on June 19, 2016, 10:49:04 PM
Yeah, can't beat the NHL's trophy presentation/celebration though.

#pleaselikemysport
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on June 20, 2016, 03:56:23 AM
Cleveland  93   Golden State  89.    Cavaliers win series 4 games to 3.

Congratulations Cleveland Cavaliers!   NBA ohampions!!

And to LeBron James on being named MVP!

Both the Cavs and the Warriors made history - - Cleveland, on being the first-ever NBA squad to come- from-behind a 3 games to 1 series deficit to win the championship,  and Golden State, on  becoming the first -ever NBA squad to squander a 3 games to l series lead enroute to losing the championship.

Call it a tale of two teams, but in the end none of this would have been possible for the winning team, if not for LeBron James and his incredible performance, in bringing the Cavs from the brink of elimination to the thrill of winning it all.  'King' James' value to the Cavs was as worthy as the trophy crowning him MVP.

James' promise to bring Cleveland a championship echoed through in the Finals, a promise he had made two summers ago when he signed on as a Cavalier, and continuing through in the playoffs.

Wow, what a comeback!

Story:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/cleveland-cavaliers-win-first-ever-nba-title/

Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: jdh1 on June 20, 2016, 08:06:38 AM
I was turned off the first two games of the series the way that Cleveland got blown out.To see them win is rather unbelievable from a three one deficit to win it all,just unbelievable.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: Nik the Trik on June 20, 2016, 09:03:10 AM

In case anyone missed it:


Lebron becomes the first player to ever finish a Finals leading both teams in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: Heroic Shrimp on June 20, 2016, 10:57:03 AM

In case anyone missed it:


Lebron becomes the first player to ever finish a Finals leading both teams in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals.

Did Connor McDavid have to be drafted by the Leafs for him to one day be our LeBron, bringing the championship home?
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: Joe S. on June 20, 2016, 12:21:09 PM
I only watched the last 4 minutes - the way James reacted after that fall, I thought he had broken his wrist. I mean that was some oscar calibre acting right there.

But that aside, that block was ridiculous.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: Captain Canuck on July 01, 2016, 01:30:11 AM
Timofey Mozgov has left Cleveland and verbally agreed to a 4 year deal with the Lakers, reported to be in $64-65 million range.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: L K on July 01, 2016, 02:19:04 AM
Derozan re-signs with the Raptors 5 years 139M (27.5M/year). 

The Raptors have no cap space.  Biyombo is gone.   They can still sign guys to the MLE so hopefully they find a shooter.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: seahawk on July 01, 2016, 08:24:53 AM
Derozan re-signs with the Raptors 5 years 139M (27.5M/year). 

The Raptors have no cap space.  Biyombo is gone.   They can still sign guys to the MLE so hopefully they find a shooter.

Don't that they have Bird rights on Biyombo? That would let them go over the cap to resign him if they wanted.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: L K on July 01, 2016, 08:32:48 AM
Derozan re-signs with the Raptors 5 years 139M (27.5M/year). 

The Raptors have no cap space.  Biyombo is gone.   They can still sign guys to the MLE so hopefully they find a shooter.

Don't that they have Bird rights on Biyombo? That would let them go over the cap to resign him if they wanted.

Nope.  They will have them for Lowry when he opts out of his deal but Biyombo was only with the team for the one year and they don't get Bird Rights for him.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: Nik the Trik on July 01, 2016, 10:24:50 AM
Derozan re-signs with the Raptors 5 years 139M (27.5M/year). 

The Raptors have no cap space.  Biyombo is gone.   They can still sign guys to the MLE so hopefully they find a shooter.

That's big, crazy so, but that's just the reality of the expanding cap. Happy to see DeMar back, even if that's sentimentality overriding good judgment.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: L K on July 01, 2016, 10:34:00 AM
Derozan re-signs with the Raptors 5 years 139M (27.5M/year). 

The Raptors have no cap space.  Biyombo is gone.   They can still sign guys to the MLE so hopefully they find a shooter.

That's big, crazy so, but that's just the reality of the expanding cap. Happy to see DeMar back, even if that's sentimentality overriding good judgment.

There certainly is something to be said for Derozan being the first true UFA player to sign back with the team.    The number does seem absurd but it projects closer to an 18-20 million dollar contract pre-cap increase.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: Nik the Trik on July 01, 2016, 10:42:05 AM
There certainly is something to be said for Derozan being the first true UFA player to sign back with the team.    The number does seem absurd but it projects closer to an 18-20 million dollar contract pre-cap increase.

Yeah. Seeing that Noah might sign for 18 million a year makes it a little easier to take. Also, I saw someone crunch the numbers and say that with the cap where it is, the rosters where they are and 240 minutes to distribute on a team, an average player playing 30 minutes a night should make 13 million so...you know.

It's still a lot of freakin' money.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: Nik the Trik on July 01, 2016, 03:26:22 PM

Chandler Parsons is getting a max deal from the Grizzlies.

DeRozan looks downright reasonable.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: L K on July 02, 2016, 04:48:28 PM
Biyombo to the Magic for 4 years 70 million. 17.5M per year.  The Raptors got Valanciunas on a 4-year 64 million dollar extension earlier in the year.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on July 03, 2016, 03:15:46 PM
Good luck to Biyombo in Orlando, and, welcome back, DeMar!
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: Nik the Trik on July 03, 2016, 07:19:28 PM

ESPN reporting that the Raps are one of the teams in on Pau Gasol:

ESPN: Blazers, Wolves, Raps pursuing Gasol (http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/16738440/the-portland-trail-blazers-minnesota-timberwolves-toronto-raptors-san-antonio-spurs-emerge-top-teams-pursuit-spanish-big-man-pau-gasol)
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: L K on July 03, 2016, 07:36:48 PM

ESPN reporting that the Raps are one of the teams in on Pau Gasol:

ESPN: Blazers, Wolves, Raps pursuing Gasol (http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/16738440/the-portland-trail-blazers-minnesota-timberwolves-toronto-raptors-san-antonio-spurs-emerge-top-teams-pursuit-spanish-big-man-pau-gasol)

There are also reports of him being offered 18-20 million.  That puts him out of the Raptors reach.    He would be a great short-term fit at PF.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: Nik the Trik on July 03, 2016, 08:34:22 PM
There are also reports of him being offered 18-20 million.  That puts him out of the Raptors reach.    He would be a great short-term fit at PF.

Yeah, it's not super realistic but fun to think about.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: Deebo on July 04, 2016, 12:17:21 PM
Durant to the Warriors.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: L K on July 04, 2016, 12:46:58 PM
Durant to the Warriors.

I don't want to live on this planet anymore.   Stupidly stacked team.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: Nik the Trik on July 04, 2016, 01:04:45 PM

It'll be interesting to see if Durant takes the same sort of criticism James did.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: CarltonTheBear on July 04, 2016, 02:56:30 PM

It'll be interesting to see if Durant takes the same sort of criticism James did.

http://deadspin.com/fans-argue-over-whether-kevin-durant-is-a-traitor-1783085664

Stephen A Smith also seems to think this is even worse than what LeBron did:

http://screengrabber.deadspin.com/espn-interrupts-wimbledon-coverage-to-let-stephen-a-sm-1783080334
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: Nik the Trik on July 04, 2016, 02:59:32 PM

It'll be interesting to see if Durant takes the same sort of criticism James did.

http://deadspin.com/fans-argue-over-whether-kevin-durant-is-a-traitor-1783085664

Yeah, but fans are always going to be upset when a player leaves as a UFA. I'm specifically more talking about the way people essentially called James a coward for wanting to win with a superteam rather than try to be the big dog on a not very good team.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: CarltonTheBear on July 04, 2016, 03:02:10 PM
Yeah, but fans are always going to be upset when a player leaves as a UFA. I'm specifically more talking about the way people essentially called James a coward for wanting to win with a superteam rather than try to be the big dog on a not very good team.

Yeah I updated with another Deadspin post with a take from everyone's favourite ESPN analyst.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: Nik the Trik on July 04, 2016, 03:03:28 PM

Dominos are falling now. Gasol to Spurs, Bogut and Barnes to Mavs.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: Deebo on July 04, 2016, 04:04:55 PM

It'll be interesting to see if Durant takes the same sort of criticism James did.

http://deadspin.com/fans-argue-over-whether-kevin-durant-is-a-traitor-1783085664

Stephen A Smith also seems to think this is even worse than what LeBron did:

http://screengrabber.deadspin.com/espn-interrupts-wimbledon-coverage-to-let-stephen-a-sm-1783080334

Smith is probably mad that another player who he had assured us was going to the Lakers went elsewhere.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: Nik the Trik on July 04, 2016, 04:08:48 PM

You know, I'm sure all the math works out and everything but it still really bugs me that the cap works out so that the Warriors can somehow do this, the Spurs can add Gasol and the Thunder apparently had hopes of signing Durant and Horford but somehow the Raps can't really do anything. I guess the Carroll/Ross deals are why but still. Somehow this has been another off-season of the rich getting richer
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: L K on July 04, 2016, 05:54:42 PM

You know, I'm sure all the math works out and everything but it still really bugs me that the cap works out so that the Warriors can somehow do this, the Spurs can add Gasol and the Thunder apparently had hopes of signing Durant and Horford but somehow the Raps can't really do anything. I guess the Carroll/Ross deals are why but still. Somehow this has been another off-season of the rich getting richer

Golden State had 80M committed (plus cap holds).  The Raptors had 70M plus cap holds.  Yeah, it's pretty bush league.  I don't like the way the league forces cap holds/bird rights to allow for stacked teams.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: Nik the Trik on July 04, 2016, 08:54:51 PM

Man, that small ball line-up of Curry, Thompson, Iguodala, Durant and Green will be something to watch.

Then of course there's the subtext. Does Durant signing indicate he may have talked to Westbrook and concluded their partnership wasn't going to last past the year anyway? Is Russ going to be a Laker next year?

Still crazy to think the Thunder had Durant, Westbrook, Harden and Ibaka and couldn't figure out a way to win a title.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: L K on July 04, 2016, 09:25:37 PM
Rumours going around that Duncan is going to retire.  He looked done in the postseason but it would have been nice for him to get a bit of a sendoff.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: L K on July 05, 2016, 06:13:00 AM
There are also rumors that Wade is meeting with the Cavaliers now.  The NBA is really a joke.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: TimKerr on July 05, 2016, 08:41:02 AM
There are also rumors that Wade is meeting with the Cavaliers now.  The NBA is really a joke.

May I ask why you think that? Having 'superteams' is what makes the NBA so fascinating. Ratings have never been higher. The fans love having these stacked teams compete against each other.
 
What is the NHL's biggest problem attracting new fans? I would argue it is parity. The teams are all interchangeable every year. There is no superteam to cheer for (or against). Parity hurts, not benefits, the league. The NBA knows its biggest product is its superstars and they make sure they are always featured in the playoffs and finals every year.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: Nik the Trik on July 06, 2016, 11:02:42 PM

Crazy off-season just gets crazier. Dwyane Wade now going to join the Bulls who, to clear cap space for him, trade Calderon to LA and Mike Dunleavy to Cavs.

Don't worry though. The Raps have a new back-up C.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: Nik the Trik on July 22, 2016, 10:08:17 AM

The NBA, who objects to North Carolina's law regarding Transgender people, has decided to move their all-star game from Charlotte this year. Toronto again? Everyone liked it.

http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/17120170/nba-moving-all-star-game-charlotte-north-carolina-bill (http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/17120170/nba-moving-all-star-game-charlotte-north-carolina-bill)

For serious, sucks for the people of Charlotte who didn't have much to do with the law(in fact it was their citywide anti-discrimination that the state law repealed) but it's nice to see a big deal sports league show some social conscience.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: Coco-puffs on July 22, 2016, 11:42:58 AM

The NBA, who objects to North Carolina's law regarding Transgender people, has decided to move their all-star game from Charlotte this year. Toronto again? Everyone liked it.

http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/17120170/nba-moving-all-star-game-charlotte-north-carolina-bill (http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/17120170/nba-moving-all-star-game-charlotte-north-carolina-bill)

For serious, sucks for the people of Charlotte who didn't have much to do with the law(in fact it was their citywide anti-discrimination that the state law repealed) but it's nice to see a big deal sports league show some social conscience.

And yet their sister organization, the WNBA, gets it wrong (IMO): 

http://thinkprogress.org/sports/2016/07/21/3800577/wnba-fines-players-black-lives-matter/

That said, I completely agree with the NBA's move here.  Definitely glad to see it.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 10, 2016, 03:02:42 PM
Rest in Peace, John Saunders...


http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/sports-world-pays-tribute-canadian-born-broadcaster-john-saunders/
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on May 20, 2017, 02:07:04 AM
MVP Finalists.  No LeBron?

http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/westbrook-harden-leonard-named-mvp-finalists-lebron-left/
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on June 01, 2017, 09:29:18 AM
Cleveland Cavs LeBron James' home in L.A. vandalized:

Quote
"My family is safe. At the end of the day, they're safe and that's the most important," the Cleveland Cavaliers forward said during a news conference ahead of Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

"But it just goes to show that racism will always be a part of the world, a part of America," he added. "And hate in America, especially for African-Americans, is living every day."

Story:
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/lebron-james-los-angeles-home-vandalized-n-word-graffiti-n766651
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on June 29, 2017, 08:27:11 AM
Knicks fire Phil Jackson; reportedly after the Raptors' Ujiri as replacement...


https://www.thestar.com/sports/basketball/2017/06/28/knicks-fire-phil-jackson-amid-feud-with-porzingis-anthony.html
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on August 12, 2017, 01:55:34 AM
Foe the 2017-2018 season, as announced back in April of this year, NBA teams will be allowed to have sponsor logos on their jerseys.  Also, there will be no 'official' home or away jersey.  Teams will have options between three to four alternate jerseys to choose to wear.

The NBA is on new course of "experimental" change beginning with Nike replacing Adidas and allowing teams a sponsorship patch opposite the Nike logo.   Retail jerseys will not be affected (as they will not be sold with the patch), though teams will have  the choice of making them available to retailers if requested or in demand.

No, the NBA is not going the route of MLS or even international soccer with jersey sponsor advertisements.  It'll be done in a more conservative approach which the league hopes it will generate revenue in excess of $100M/yr.

As for the Toronto Raptors, the new jerseys & alternates have yet to be inveiled but the red one which they wore last year is a mainstay.  Check out Raptor draftee OG Anunoby's red jersey below with what would be the sponsor patch (Sun Life):

(https://imageshack.com/i/pmOCfCTnj)


http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/og-anunoby-spotted-wearing-raptors-new-jersey-sun-life-patch/
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on September 08, 2017, 03:54:50 AM
NBA considering changes to draft lottery with primary emphasis to prevent tankings:

http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/20621318/reform-nba-draft-lottery-voted-17-18-season
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on January 31, 2018, 01:27:47 PM
The Houston Rockets' James Harden had 60 points ad a triple double in Houston's 114-107 win over the Orlando Magic Monday, becoming the first player in NBA history to claim this achievement.


http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/22270063/houston-rockets-james-harden-becomes-first-player-nba-history-score-60-points-triple-double-effort (http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/22270063/houston-rockets-james-harden-becomes-first-player-nba-history-score-60-points-triple-double-effort)
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on February 01, 2018, 06:35:37 PM
Not easy to watch:  (Graphic video)



http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/suns-isaiah-canaan-stretchered-off-gruesome-left-ankle-injury/
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on February 19, 2018, 06:49:09 AM
Sunday's NBA All-ar game was won by Team LeBron 148-145  over Team Curry. 

James was named MVP.
The Raptors DeMar DeRozan led Team Curry with 21 points.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/basketball/lebron-james-mvp-performance-guides-team-to-all-star-win/article38019586/
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on June 09, 2018, 05:50:31 AM
Defending NBA champions Golden State Warriors won their third NBA championship (and second in a row) in sweeping Lebron James & the Cleveland Cavaliers 4 games to 0.  Friday's Game 4 ended it all for the Cavs in a 108-85 crushing defeat.

Warriors' Kevin Durant wins MVP for the second straight year.

Story:
https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/warriors-beat-cavs-submission-win-game-4-secure-3rd-nba-championship-4-years-033053836.html (https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/warriors-beat-cavs-submission-win-game-4-secure-3rd-nba-championship-4-years-033053836.html)
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on June 12, 2018, 01:48:20 PM
Former Toronto Raptors coach Dwayne Casey hired for five years by the Detroit Pistons.


https://www.thestar.com/sports/basketball/2018/06/11/pistons-hire-dwane-casey-as-head-coach-report.html
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: Nik the Trik on June 21, 2018, 09:22:33 PM

The NBA draft is so brutal for no reason. With the 10th pick the 76ers took this kid Mikal Bridges who was a Philly native, who went to school in the city and whose Mom works for the Sixers. They interview the kid about how happy he is to be playing for the Sixers, his Mom talks about how thrilled she is that he's staying at home and it's a real nice moment.

Then 15 minutes later it's announced he's been traded to Phoenix.
Title: Re: The Official NBA/Basketball Thread
Post by: hockeyfan1 on July 02, 2018, 03:55:19 AM
LeBron James joins the Lakers:


https://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/lebron-james-signs-four-year-deal-lakers/ (https://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/lebron-james-signs-four-year-deal-lakers/)