NBA forecast 2019-20: Giannis Antetokounmpo feels he ‘could do better’ following MVP season for Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo is well aware he’s far from being a finished product. Sounds ridiculous to even suggest that the reigning NBA MVP, who averaged 27.7 points per game, 12.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, shot 58 percent from the field and led his team to the best record in the Eastern Conference during the 2018-19 season, still … [Read more…]

NBA forecast 2019-20: Lakers, Clippers have simmering rivalry in wild, wild West

The biggest winner during the NBA offseason was the city of Los Angeles. Staples Center will be the center of the basketball universe as we enter the 2019-20 NBA regular season because two of the best teams in the league will play 82 times in Downtown Los Angeles. The pride of Riverside, Calif., Kawhi Leonard … [Read more…]

FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019: Gregg Popovich gets defensive after Team USA fails to medal

Gregg Popovich became Papa-vich almost immediately after Team USA’s win over Poland on the final day of the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup. What should have been the culmination of another USA dominance at the World Cup turned into a sad post-mortem following the worst finish by an American squad in an Olympic or World … [Read more…]

FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019: 5 national teams that could seriously challenge Team USA

Ever since Jerry Colangelo took over USA Basketball as the program’s managing director, the U.S. men’s senior national team has completely dominated the competition, winning three Olympic gold medals and two FIBA World Cup gold medals. For more than a decade, Colangelo and head coach Mike Krzyzewski have helmed the top basketball program in the … [Read more…]

Kawhi Leonard’s decision to hook up with Paul George in L.A. creates two-headed monster trend

You know you’re big time when you can top an earthquake as the biggest news of the day. Just a little over two hours after a 7.1 magnitude quake rocked Southern California, Kawhi Leonard registered a major aftershock when he decided to come to the Los Angeles Clippers and brought another All-Star player with him. … [Read more…]

Elite Eight: Top prospects in the 2019 NBA draft

The hype surrounding the 2019 NBA draft all points to one player: Zion Williamson. The Duke superstar is the most celebrated basketball pro prospect in recent memory and he will be coming to an NBA city near you. The New Orleans Pelicans hold the top pick in the draft and — barring some kind of … [Read more…]

Why did the Warriors medical staff clear Kevin Durant to play in Game 5 of 2019 NBA Finals?

Bob Myers was in tears when he delivered the grim news about Kevin Durant. The Golden State Warriors president of basketball operations confirmed that Durant sustained an Achilles tendon injury in the first half of Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals and most likely won’t be able to play basketball for the next nine … [Read more…]

Toronto Raptors making their best pitch to Kawhi Leonard with historic NBA Finals run

Kawhi Leonard is two wins away from leading the Toronto Raptors to its first ever NBA championship. That’s quite an achievement considering where he was a year ago. With Kawhi having a memorable playoffs and Golden State all of a sudden looking vulnerable due to a myriad of injuries, online sportsbooks no longer have the … [Read more…]

Observations from 2019 NBA Finals: Raptors confounded Warriors with smart adjustments

You’ve probably heard this before. The NBA playoffs are all about adjustments. A series can easily flip from one game to the next. That’s exactly what transpired in the 2019 NBA Finals between the defending champion Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors took Game 1 thanks mainly to Toronto’s 25-year-old forward Pascal … [Read more…]

NBA writers who didn’t vote for Klay Thompson on the All-NBA team owe him an apology

Klay Thompson is a three-time NBA champion and has been to five straight NBA Finals. The Golden State Warriors swingman is regarded as one of the five best shooters in the world, and you can argue teammate Steph Curry is the only player in the world who can match his 3-point shooting prowess. Thompson is … [Read more…]