Knicks’ Jalen Brunson, Timberwolves’ Anthony Edwards growing into their starring roles

In order to achieve the ultimate prize of winning a championship, star players must go through some growing pains. Jalen Brunson and Anthony Edwards both starred in the 2024 playoffs, but both ultimately fell short of accomplishing the main objective of hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy. Edwards, the Minnesota Timberwolves’ dynamic wing player, said last … [Read more…]

OMFB’s 12 best prospects in the 2024 NBA draft: Making a case for taking Zach Edey at No. 1

To say Purdue’s Zach Edey is the most polarizing prospect in the 2024 NBA draft would be a gigantic understatement. Edey is a throwback center who plays in a phone booth. He’s an old-school, back-to-the-basket big man who uses his imposing size (7-4) and strength (300 pounds) to physically beat up and wear down his … [Read more…]

James Harden left teams disappointed in the past. Will it happen again with the L.A. Clippers?

One day after James Harden was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers, Harden aired out his dirty laundry and threw a few people under the bus on his way out of Philadelphia. Harden told the media that the role he was given on the 76ers left him playing “on a leash.” He argued that he … [Read more…]

First Kobe Bryant statue unveiled in emotional ceremony outside ‘house that Kobe built’

On a date aligning with Kobe Bryant’s iconic jersey numbers — 8 and 24 — and his daughter Gianna’s No. 2, the Los Angeles Lakers unveiled a statue at Star Plaza outside Arena to honor one of the greatest basketball players of all time. Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, introduced the statue during an emotional dedication … [Read more…]

Joel Embiid’s historic 70-point game breaks Wilt Chamberlain’s 57-year-old 76ers record

On the anniversary of Kobe Bryant’s 81-point game, Joel Embiid took center stage and eclipsed one of the many NBA scoring records held by Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain. Embiid scored 70 points in just 37 minutes on the court to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 133-123 victory over the San Antonio Spurs. It … [Read more…]

L.A. Lakers win NBA’s inaugural in-season tournament: ‘It absolutely means something’

A big shout-out to NBA commissioner Adam Silver for gifting basketball fans the in-season tournament. It was a smashing success. It created a ton of buzz right around a time when football usually dominates the headlines. The championship game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Indiana Pacers on Dec. 9 was the most-watched regular-season … [Read more…]

Giannis Antetokounmpo explains why he doesn’t work out with other NBA stars

Giannis Antetokounmpo gave an honest response when TNT reporter Chris Haynes asked him why he doesn’t work out with other current NBA superstars. “I cannot fake it,” the Milwaukee Bucks superstar said. Antetokounmpo’s answer is a reminder of the type of special talent he is in today’s game. He combines his modern-day skillset with an … [Read more…]

Bucks, Celtics, Suns may have made loudest noise but Lakers quietly had best offseason

The Damian Lillard saga was the dominant storyline of the 2023 NBA offseason. It took three months of back-and-forth drama before the Portland Trail Blazers struck blockbuster deal that sent Lillard to the Milwaukee Bucks as part of a three-team trade. A few days after the Lillard trade, the Boston Celtics took away some of … [Read more…]

2023 FIBA World Cup: Germany wins gold, U.S. fails to reach podium. Here are 4 observations.

Dennis Schroder came through in the clutch to lead Germany over Serbia in the gold medal game at the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Manila, Philippines. Schroder, who had a game-high 28 points in the championship game, was spectacular throughout the tournament, averaging 19.1 points and 6.1 assists en route to winning the FIBA … [Read more…]

2023 FIBA World Cup predictions: Here are the 16 nations advancing to the second round

It’s disappointing that some of the world’s best players such as Nikola Jokic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, and Steph Curry won’t be participating in basketball’s biggest international tournament. But their absence shouldn’t take away from the excitement and immense anticipation of the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup. Jokic, the face of Serbia’s national … [Read more…]