Posts Tagged ‘NBA’

On Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving And Embracing Newfound Roles

In a few more days, the NBA season will officially be upon us, and that means all of the story lines that have been concocted in the offseason will start to play out. That means the spotlight on the Cleveland Cavaliers will be increased tenfold. For LeBron James, this isn’t anything new, but the same...
October 23rd, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More

The Versus Podcast: Marc Spears Vs. Ed The Sports Fan (The Return of Kobe Episode)

On this edition of The Versus Podcast, we’re fortunate enough to have Marc Spears, NBA writer of Yahoo! Sports on with us. During the pod, Spears talks with the trio about the return of Kobe Bryant and the prospectus of 2014-15 Los Angeles Lakers. “He’s a smarter player and I think...
October 13th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

For Matt Barnes, Being Tough Isn’t For Show

Though all sports are distinctly unique in their own rights, if there is one trait that athletes across the board are measured by it is their toughness. Even with the strides made with advanced statistics, the most informed minds still try to rationalize the most subjective qualities. Defining a player’s...
October 9th, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More

15 Years After His Death, The Ghost Of Wilt Chamberlain Still Exists

Photo: AntDUHHIn a game championed by icons, Wilt Chamberlain’s impact remains one of the NBA’s most unique, fascinating and encompassing. Philadelphia Daily News copy editor Mark Perner still gets a kick out of the 76ers final regular-season game in 1968. The 61-20 Sixers played a rather...
October 8th, 2014 | Basketball, J. Tinsley | Read More

Anze Kopitar, Goran Dragic And The Rise Of Slovenia

In 2014, the mythical home of dragons started slaying them in the sports world. It was the middle of the night in the United States in February, and Slovenia was preparing to play a hockey game in Sochi, Russia. Before the puck dropped, the Slovenes had already become the story of the tournament. At...
October 2nd, 2014 | Basketball, Hockey, No Class Friday, Oympics | Read More

Kings Of The North: Why The Toronto Raptors Have Claim To The NBA’s Best Backcourt

When Bradley Beal stated that he and John Wall were the best backcourt in the NBA, it sparked a healthy debate bigger than the All-Stars boast. He has received at least one challenger to that claim in Dion Waiters, but really the conversation isn’t limited to just the Wizards and the Cavaliers. The...
October 2nd, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More

LeBron James Calls Himself Bill Belichick And Kyrie Irving Is Tom Brady

The boys are finally all together. NBA Media Day was held on Friday, and it served as the first chance we would have to see all of the newest faces in different places as the 2014-15 NBA season is just over one month away. While every team is focusing on what their organization can do to make a title...
September 27th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

What Eric Bledsoe’s 5-Year Contract Extension With The Phoenix Suns Means

It’s not often that NBA players hold out when negotiating their rookie contract extensions. The allure of a guaranteed payday that’s substantially more than what they’ve previously earned is usually enough. In the case of Phoenix Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe, he was more than willing...
September 25th, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More

Caron Butler Talks About Growing Up In Racine, Cocaine And Playing Ball With Tony Romo

My first introduction to Caron Butler was during his time as a member of the Connecticut Huskies. You see, Caron Butler was the bridge between two epic eras of UConn basketball as the years before Butler was there Richard Hamilton and Khalid El-Amin reigned supreme in Storrs, and winning the 1999 National...
September 20th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

Tempering Expectations For Derrick Rose

One of the hardest things to cope with in sports is realizing that a beloved athlete may have lost his edge. It’s such a natural reaction to ignore all signs that indicate otherwise, especially when the athlete is a highly favored one. This is especially true in the case of Derrick Rose, who is certainly...
September 18th, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More

Under Armour Vs. Nike: 11 Of Your Favorite Writers Weigh In On Kevin Durant’s Decision

$265 million. $285 million. Two dollar amounts that represent the range that Under Armour is willing to pay as it tries to acquire the 2014 NBA MVP  in Kevin Durant as its pitchman. This sponsorship deal could prove to be one of the largest ever signed, and it would give the Maryland-based company...
August 27th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan, Kicks & Gear | Read More

The Waiting Game: 5 NBA Games To Eagerly Anticipate

Chicken wings. Beer. Burgers. Franks. Rivalry games. Sunday Night Football. Monday Night Football. If you’re like me, a warm, fuzzy feeling just shot down your body. Football season is back, and with it comes six months of planned weekend activities. But with it being football season, it’s...
August 11th, 2014 | Basketball, J. Tinsley | Read More

All Hail Zo: Alonzo Mourning Gets His Just Due

With this latest Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class being inducted this weekend, I realize I’m at the age where the players that introduced me to the sport are finally getting their just due. While I’m still a few years away from seeing the athletes that directly influence how I enjoy...
August 8th, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More

The Overdue Significance Of Becky Hammon And The San Antonio Spurs

On August 5, the San Antonio Spurs announced the hiring of retiring WNBA star Becky Hammon as an assistant coach — making her the first official, full-time female assistant coach in NBA history. On her role, Hammon told reporters that she’ll “be helping with scouting reports, player development,...
August 7th, 2014 | Basketball, I'm So Hideous | Read More

Eric Bledsoe And The Head That Wears The Crown

“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.” — From Shakespeare’s Henry IV. Part II, 1597. Even in the NBA, Shakespeare remains eternal. Basketball has always been poetic. Its stars are gods among men whose feats regularly eclipse those of mere mortals. The game itself is as team-driven...
July 18th, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More

The King Shocked The World Again: LeBron James Takes His Talents Back To Northeast Ohio

LeBron James, after serving his four-year term as the lead dog for the Miami Heat, has made the decision to take his talents back to Northeast Ohio and return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s...
July 11th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

Pat Riley And The Most Important Powerpoint Presentation In History

As he’s become accustomed to his entire career, Pat Riley stands as one of the main characters as NBA history happens in real time. Twenty calendars from now will be the year 2034. Life’s going to look a lot different, too. The Obama era will be a distant memory, as both Barack and Michelle...
July 9th, 2014 | Basketball, J. Tinsley | Read More

We Should All Send Our Kids To Nick Young’s Basketball Camp

It’s officially the summertime all across the country and with the solstice in full effect, that really means only one thing for parents. The kids are home from school and they must be entertained for the next two-plus months. You see, my mother had nothing to worry about, as she’d get me...
June 27th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

The Charlotte Hornets Got New Jerseys But Where Are The Pinstripes?

There’s nothing on this earth quite like the feeling of getting new uniforms. I remember in high school, as a junior first baseman on the Eisnehower Eagles baseball team, our coach decided that he wanted to imitate the Colorado Rockies’ combination of the black vest and the shirt with the...
June 19th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan, Kicks & Gear | Read More

What I Learned From Game 5 Of The NBA Finals: The San Antonio Spurs Are World Champions

I’m glad it’s over. It didn’t take long to figure out, and frankly, it was getting unbearable to watch. The San Antonio Spurs are the best team in the world, and it’s not even close. The Miami Heat have the best player in the world, and it’s not even close. The 2014 NBA...
June 16th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More