Today is the first day of the playoffs, everyone should start keeping a running tally of every time someone implies that the NBA is crooked and wants [insert team] to win

Isiah Thomas on Dennis Rodman’s rebounding genius

"We were standing in the lay-up line, warming up and shooting, and Rodman was standing back and watching everybody shoot. I said ‘Hey, come on, you have to participate; everybodys shooting lay-ups, you have to shoot lay-ups too.’ And he said, ‘I’m just watching the rotations on the basketball.’ I said, ‘Excuse me?’ He said ‘Like, when you shoot, your ball spins three times in the air. Joe’s sometimes has 3 1/2 or four times.’

"Thats how far Rodman had taken rebounding, to a totally different level, like off the charts. He knew the rotation of every person that shot on our team - if it spins sideways, where it would bounce, how often it would bounce left or right. He had rebounding down to a science, and I never heard anyone think or talk about rebounding and defense the way he could break it down.

"When you talk about basketball IQ, I’d put Rodman at a genius level." (source)

The Servant played his position to the King tonight

The Servant played his position to the King tonight

OKC is gonna win and Durant scores 40. 

Tomorrow on ESPN

  • "CHANGING OF THE GUARD"
  • "SLIM REAPER KILLS THE KING"
  • "WAS THE BIG 3 ERA A FAILURE?"
  • "ERIC SPOLSTRA: SHOULD HE BE SENTENCED TO DEATH?"
  • "EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH FORMER LEBRON HAIRLINE STRANDS: WHY THEY LEFT AND WHAT THEY WANT THE WORLD TO KNOW"

Anonymous asked: Why don't Kent Bazemore get more minutes

His bench game is too raw. 

Patty Mills really trying to make a run for the throne with that towel waving, but Bazemore is really not here for the bullshit. 

The Warriors could use him on the floor, but the bench needs him more.

worst travel ever?

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Lebron / Kobe / Michael Comparisons At Age 29
Things to consider:
Jordan had played 2 less seasons at 29 because he went to college.
Jordan missed most of his second season due to injury.
Unlike Jordan & Lebron, Kobe had to split playing time with Eddie Jones when he came into the league and already had a superstar to share with (Shaq). 

Lebron / Kobe / Michael Comparisons At Age 29

Things to consider:

  • Jordan had played 2 less seasons at 29 because he went to college.
  • Jordan missed most of his second season due to injury.
  • Unlike Jordan & Lebron, Kobe had to split playing time with Eddie Jones when he came into the league and already had a superstar to share with (Shaq). 

I always hear retired NBA players talk about how current players in the league suck, and a lot of them wouldn’t last in the NBA from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. They wouldn’t even be able to make an NBA roster in the old days.

Looking at how there are only 3 teams in the eastern conference above .500 its hard to disagree with them. That’s not parity, its just a lot of bad basketball being played.

I wonder why talent in the NBA is dwindling so much. 

Video of LeBron James dunking on Ben Mclemore


"Kevin Durant is your NBA scoring leader through one month of basketball, averaging 28.6 points per game. You need a lot of opportunities on the floor to put up that many points, and the more you use possessions, the harder it is to be efficient. So is Durant the most efficient high-usage, high-scoring player?
Of course he’s not. Kevin Durant is forever cursed to live in the shadow of King James. The chart above, by Div Bhansali of the blog Statcenter, shows the usage rate—an estimate of the percentage of a team’s possesions a player “uses” when he’s on the floor—against the true shooting percentage—a shooting efficiency measure that accounts for threes and free throws—for the 25 highest usage players in the NBA this season (min. 240 minutes played, or about 15 minutes per game).
LeBron James is simply on another plane of existence right now.  [Source]

"Kevin Durant is your NBA scoring leader through one month of basketball, averaging 28.6 points per game. You need a lot of opportunities on the floor to put up that many points, and the more you use possessions, the harder it is to be efficient. So is Durant the most efficient high-usage, high-scoring player?

Of course he’s not. Kevin Durant is forever cursed to live in the shadow of King James. The chart above, by Div Bhansali of the blog Statcenter, shows the usage rate—an estimate of the percentage of a team’s possesions a player “uses” when he’s on the floor—against the true shooting percentage—a shooting efficiency measure that accounts for threes and free throws—for the 25 highest usage players in the NBA this season (min. 240 minutes played, or about 15 minutes per game).

LeBron James is simply on another plane of existence right now.  [Source]

This is fantastic and super fan (and blogger) friendly. A stark contrast to the NFL who is super stingy with their content.