Mark Cuban Comments on Potential ‘Hack-a-Shaq’ Rule Changes

February 6th, 2016 by Mike Chiari No comments »
Changes could be on the horizon with the so-called "hack-a-Shaq" strategy being used more than ever before in the NBA, but Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is chief among those who prefer the status quo. According to ESPN.com's Tom Haberstroh, Cuban believes that the idea of purposely fouling poor free-throw shooters keeps the fans engaged and creates interesting in-game situations: Will they leave him in or leave him out? How do both teams feel about it? How will they foul? Is it a new creative way, or is it just chasing? ... ... Does he make the free throws? If he makes one or two, will they do it again? Did the strategy work? Cuban also argued that the vast majority of fans who watch the game don't have as much of an issue with "hack-a-Shaq" as the media does. "We have to realize that the number of basketball purists that aren't in the media ...

NBA All-Star Game 2016: Full Eastern, Western Conference Rosters and Predictions

February 6th, 2016 by Brian Mazique No comments »
The 2016 NBA All-Star Game takes place Sunday, February 14, in Toronto. The rosters are set, barring an injury to a player on the Eastern or Western Conference rosters, and just about every deserving player will be in action. Here's a look at the full rosters for both conferences:   The West Looks a Little Better on Paper It would appear the Western Conference has the better squad. Its backcourt features the Golden State Warriors' reigning MVP and offensive genius Stephen Curry as well as Oklahoma City Thunder dynamo Russell Westbrook. The Sacramento Kings' DeMarcus Cousins is the NBA's best center, and the New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis is among the five best players in the game. That rundown isn't meant to slight the Eastern Conference. Despite Curry Mania, the Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James is still the game's best all-around player. The Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade has apparently found the fountain of youth, and the Chicago ...

George Karl: Latest News, Rumors, Speculation on Coach’s Future with Kings

February 6th, 2016 by Tim Daniels No comments »
Sacramento Kings head coach George Karl is reportedly losing support within the organization, and his job could be in jeopardy as a result.  Continue for updates. Kings Talked About Firing Karl After Nets Loss Saturday, Feb. 6 Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported team owner Vivek Ranadive and general manager Vlade Divac discussed firing Karl after Friday night's 128-119 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. For now, it's noted he "could be spared" to coach Sunday's game against the Boston Celtics. The Kings have lost six of their past seven games, which dropped their overall record to 21-29 and leaves them 3.5 games out of eighth place in the West. It's caused support for Karl to fade both within management and the locker room, according to Wojnarowski. The 64-year-old coach took over the position from Tyrone Corbin last February. He's led the team to a lackluster 32-48 record across two seasons, however, and patience is in short ...

Friday NBA Roundup: Jimmy Butler Is One Piece Bulls Truly Can’t Afford to Lose

February 6th, 2016 by Dan Favale No comments »
.The Chicago Bulls can lose Derrick Rose. They can soldier on without Nikola Mirotic. They can be just fine without Joakim Noah. They can win without Pau Gasol. They cannot survive without Jimmy Butler. On the heels of a gut-wrenching 115-110 loss to the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on Friday night, the Bulls may have to find room for survival without their best player. Butler left the game late in the second quarter after he came crashing down on his right leg at the tail end of a drive toward the basket. He was in visible pain: As it would turn out, he actually injured his left knee—the same left knee that caused him to miss Chicago's Feb. 3 tilt against the Sacramento Kings. He could be seen hopping around on his right leg, as if this was just another mid-game hiccup—as if this was no big deal, per Tim Bontemps of the Washington ...

Jimmy Butler Injury: Updates on Bulls Star’s Knee and Return

February 5th, 2016 by Adam Wells No comments »
Chicago Bulls star Jimmy Butler sprained his left knee against the Denver Nuggets on Friday and was ruled out of the game, per Vincent Goodwill of CSN Chicago. Continue for updates.  Butler Lands Awkwardly on Right Leg Friday, Feb. 5 Butler was taken to the locker room on a wheelchair after injuring his leg against the Denver Nuggets on Friday, per Goodwill, but has since limped off under his own power. After the game, Goodwill reported Butler hyperextended his knee and will likely sit on Saturday, but is expected to return next Monday or Wednesday. NBA TV provided a Vine of Butler's injury: Head coach Fred Hoiberg said Butler's knee is intact and the swingman will have an MRI on Saturday, per Goodwill.  Butler's evolution has been critical for the Bulls. He's become the team's best player, while the performances of Derrick Rose and Taj Gibson have declined this season.  The Bulls don't have much depth, with only four ...

Avery Bradley Hits Game-Winning 3-Pointer vs. Cavaliers

February 5th, 2016 by Katie Richcreek No comments »
Avery Bradley exercised the clutch gene Friday night.The Boston Celtics guard hit a game-winning three-pointer as time expired to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 104-103, at Quicken Loans Arena.Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

NBA Rookie Progress Meter: Devin Booker Joining Club of 1st-Year Elites

February 5th, 2016 by Josh Martin No comments »
The 2015 NBA draft will be well-represented in Toronto over Valentine's Weekend, just not during the All-Star Game itself. Of the first 15 picks, seven—including each of the top five—will suit up for the Rising Stars Challenge that Friday. Another (Devin Booker) will get to strut his stuff at the Air Canada Centre the following night in the Three-Point Contest. By and large, this year's rookie class remains on the upswing. Since our last update on first-year players, just three of the ones we looked at have yet to start: Mario Hezonja, Frank Kaminsky and Cameron Payne. The hope is that, by season's end, each of the most ballyhooed rookies will get to hear his name called in his team's starting lineup at least once. If not, there's still plenty of time for them all to show they've fully arrived—or at least aren't totally lost. Here's a look at how the top 15 ...

Hassan Whiteside Rejects Marvin Williams at the Rim

February 5th, 2016 by Katie Richcreek No comments »
Don't challenge Hassan Whiteside.The big man caught Marvin Williams' fourth-quarter layup attempt with one hand, rejecting the Charlotte Hornets forward at the rim during the Miami Heat's 98-95 win at Time Warner Cable Arena on Friday night. It was his 10th block of the game. He finished with a 10-point, 10-rebound, 10-block triple-double.Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Tobias Harris Injury: Updates on Magic Forward’s Eye and Return

February 5th, 2016 by Scott Polacek No comments »
Orlando Magic forward Tobias Harris received seven stitches above his left eye Friday after heading back to the locker room against the Los Angeles Clippers, according to the Orlando Sentinel's Josh Robbins.  Continue for updates. Harris Ruled Out Following Treatment Friday, Feb. 5 This could be a difficult setback for the Magic since Harris is one of the most underrated players in the league. Orlando doesn’t get much national attention, but Harris managed to post 17.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game last season while carrying his team for long stretches. He is averaging 13.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per contest this season. He can shoot from behind the three-point line and is versatile enough to attack the basket off the dribble. He can also beat smaller defenders down low at 6’9” or shoot over them. The team will likely ask a number of youngsters to fill the void while Harris is out. Aaron Gordon brings high upside in his second ...

Al Horford Throws Down a Poster Jam over Solomon Hill

February 5th, 2016 by Katie Richcreek No comments »
Make way for Al Horford.The big man rocked the rim Friday night, executing a flawless pump fake to set up a one-handed poster jam over Indiana Pacers forward Solomon Hill during the third quarter of the Atlanta Hawks' 102-96 win at Philips Arena.Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com