Drew League 2014 Results: Tracking Final Scores and Highlights from Week 11

July 26th, 2014 by Nate Loop No comments »
Basketball at The Drew League is always a inclusive celebration of the game, with top pros mingling with local hoops heroes, European-based players, college ballers and more. It might not ever quite capture the imagination of roundball fans across the nation like it did during the 2011 NBA lockout, but there is still always plenty of excitement to be had in this competition. Here is a taste of last week's action for the uninitiated: Here are the scores from Week 11 at The Drew. This weekend marks the last full slate of games, as the league's playoffs begin next week. APNG kicked things off with a dominant 90-73 win in the league's brunch-time game. The Citi Team Blazers eviscerated Hank's Spiders 90-67 in Saturday's second game. No surprise there, as the Blazers are the defending champions and a lock for a playoff spot. In a testament to the glorious spirit of a pro-am competition, a big ...

Twitter Reacts as Byron Scott Becomes Head Coach of Los Angeles Lakers

July 26th, 2014 by Steven Cook No comments »
After three head-coach-less months, the Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly named the front man that almost everyone expected. ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported Saturday that Byron Scott is the next head coach in L.A.: The former NBA standout is returning to Los Angeles after a decorated 11-year playing career there, winning three titles in his time with the franchise. He's been the frontrunner throughout much of the Lakers' slow-paced coaching search, and Kobe Bryant got his wish in seeing his former teammate named coach.  The move is set to be announced with a Monday presser, per Los Angeles Daily News' Mark Medina: Although Scott has a Laker pedigree, he's far from the only former player to take over as ESPN's Arash Markazi noted: ESPN Stats and Information summed up both sides—the good and the bad—of Scott's resume: Twitter ignited with all sorts of reactions, including NBA writer Seerat Sohi: It literally took months for Scott-to-the-Lakers to become finalized, sparking ...

What Should Los Angeles Lakers Fans Expect from Byron Scott?

July 26th, 2014 by Dan Favale No comments »
Twiddle your thumbs no more: The Los Angeles Lakers have hired Byron Scott to be their next head coach. ESPN's Ramona Shelburne brings word of the actual hire: Chris Broussard of ESPN.com first reported that the Lakers offered Scott the job.  This decision comes as a surprise to, well, absolutely no one. The move ends a months-long dance between the Lakers and Scott, who interviewed with the team numerous times. Their decision to hire him and his decision to accept their offer have long been considered formalities. Now that all of this is for real, the Lakers and their fans can begin thinking about more important things. Like what Scott's installment means for this team.   Not-So-Much Offense After slogging through a little over one year of Mike Brown's pace-sapping offense and nearly two years of Mike D'Antoni's run-and-gun system, the Lakers have something of a happy medium in Scott. Well, let's not say happy. Scott's offenses aren't known ...

Can Byron Scott Turn the Los Angeles Lakers’ Fortunes Around?

July 26th, 2014 by David Murphy No comments »
After nearly three months without a head coach, the Los Angeles Lakers finally did what everybody has long expected—they named Byron Scott as their new sideline leader. ESPN's Ramona Shelburne first reported the deal Saturday: Scott was one of the first candidates interviewed and ultimately became something of a last man standing, as other contenders moved on to other opportunities and the Lakers became the lone NBA team to remain coachless. That's all in the past now as Scott returns to L.A. to take over a proud franchise that has struggled in recent years. The third Lakers head coach in the past four seasons will take over a rather odd assortment of basketball talent—a team rebuilding for the future while still fronted by NBA veterans, including Kobe Bryant, the chronically injured Steve Nash and the recently acquired Carlos Boozer. Running herd on a collection of stars at the end of their careers and young ...

What Byron Scott Coaching Hire Means for Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers

July 26th, 2014 by Team Stream Now No comments »
Byron Scott has agreed to become the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. What does Scott's hire mean for Kobe Bryant? Will Scott be able to return the Lakers to their winning ways? Bleacher Report NBA Lead Writer Kevin Ding joins Adam Lefkoe and gives his take in the video above.Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Byron Scott to Lakers: Latest Contract Details, Analysis and Reaction

July 26th, 2014 by Tyler Conway No comments »
Late in his playing career, Byron Scott played mentor to an up-and-coming 18-year-old named Kobe Bryant. Nearly two decades later, Scott will again take to the bench to mentor Bryant—this time as the Los Angeles Lakers head coach. ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported the news: ESPN's Chris Broussard confirmed the report. CBS Los Angeles' Jim Hill has Scott's thoughts on his new job: “It feels fantastic,” said Scott to Hill. “This is a dream come true. I always wanted to coach the Lakers, especially when I got to coaching. Its so unreal. I have to thank Mitch, Jeanie and Jim Buss to give me this opportunity.” ESPN's Arash Markazi has an interesting note about the hire: Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reports when Scott's press conference may be: True Hoop's Seerat Sohi really likes the hire: Scott and the Lakers agreed to terms on a four-year contract on Saturday, ending the most elongated coaching search of ...

Predicting the Chicago Blackhawks’ Most Improved Players for the 2014-15 Season

July 26th, 2014 by Steve Silverman No comments »
The Chicago Blackhawks are one of the most consistent and productive teams in the NHL, and there's no reason to believe they won't continue to contend for the Stanley Cup next season. The team is loaded with superstar talent, but general manager Stan Bowman and head coach Joel Quenneville know it's not enough to depend on Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith and Marian Hossa for everything. The team needs productivity from all levels, and that means its role players must step up and improve. It's impossible for a team to stay on top by remaining stagnant. The Blackhawks have a handful of players who they can expect improvement from in 2014-15. Included in this is a young player with star potential who has already asserted himself, but he has plenty of room to grow. Here's a look at four players who should be Chicago's most improved players next season.Begin Slideshow

NBA Reportedly Considering Extending Length of All-Star Break

July 26th, 2014 by Nate Loop No comments »
According to a report from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Ira Winderman, the NBA is ready to extend the league's All-Star break from a extra-long weekend to a full-week break. It also appears the league's schedule manipulations are already underway. "That's the model they're using right now while they're filling in the schedule," an NBA source told Winderman on Friday. "Could they go back and use some of those dates if needed? That's possible. But the week off looks like what's going to happen."This potential midseason change falls in line with the talks that NBA commissioner Adam Silver had with stars during the last All-Star break. According to Silver, LeBron James was very interested in an extended break, as ESPN.com's Marc Stein wrote in February: One of the issues LeBron raised is a break during All-Star [Weekend]. A guy like LeBron, All-Star Weekend is not a break for him in any way. He's going ...

Bulls’ Joakim Noah Is Merciless Playing One-on-One Against Kids

July 26th, 2014 by Tyler Brooke No comments »
Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah doesn't take it easy when going against other NBA centers, but apparently he won't let up regardless of who he's playing against.During some one-on-one against a few kids from the Noah's Arc Foundation, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year took a few kids to school in their pickup games, blocking shots and forcing turnovers.[Pro Basketball Talk]Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Dwyane Wade Says LeBron James Replaced Kobe Bryant as Favorite Opponent to Play

July 26th, 2014 by Adam Wells No comments »
For the last four years, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were having fun playing basketball together for the Miami Heat and taking part in postgame photobombs. Now, with LeBron heading back to Cleveland, Wade will still have an affinity for his former teammate but in a different way.  Speaking to reporters at Chicago's Dwyane Wade and Brandon Marshall Sports Academy, per Brandon Di Perno and Surya Fernandez of SB Nation, via Stephen Ronkowski of Windy City Gridiron, Wade was asked who his favorite opponent is to play against: "Well, it used to be Kobe Bryant...the second best all time...now, I have a new favorite player to play against...my former teammate, LeBron James." This shouldn't come as a shock, especially considering the competitive fire that drives every athlete in the world. The more surprising part of that quote is Wade called Kobe Bryant the second-best player of all time.  Some analysts, like Charles Barkley during a ...