Derrick Rose Comments on Knicks Future, Russell Westbrook and More

December 3rd, 2016 by Tim Daniels No comments »
New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose stated he'd like to spend the rest of his NBA career with the organization, but the three-time All-Star selection admitted the main focus right now is still getting his game back while also building chemistry within the revamped squad. Peter Walsh of Slam passed along comments Friday from the league's 2011 MVP, who's showed some promising signs since the blockbuster offseason trade that ended his run with the Chicago Bulls. Rose discussed his short-term outlook and how it could impact the future: Finding out how we're going to win games, we got 10 new people on the team—it's not like they had a foundation here and we came right into it. We're building the culture. We're building the foundation now. I'm under a one-year contract so of course I want to play the rest of my life here. But it takes time, it takes patience ...

The Ideal Replacement for Every NHL Coach on the Hot Seat in 2016-17

December 3rd, 2016 by Lyle Richardson No comments »
Gerard Gallant became this season's first NHL coaching casualty, fired by the Florida Panthers on Nov 27. General manager Tom Rowe has taken over the role until season's end on an interim basis. At some point, however, the Panthers must find an ideal replacement.  Florida isn't the only club that could face a coaching change in the near future. The bench bosses of struggling outfits, such as the New York Islanders and Vancouver Canucks, are feeling the heat this season. Here's a look at the ideal replacements for every NHL coach on the hot seat this season. Feel free to weigh in with your thoughts on this topic in the comments section.Begin Slideshow

2016-17 NBA Fantasy Basketball: Best Buy-Low Trade Candidates

December 3rd, 2016 by Adam Fromal No comments »
Want to make the other members of your fantasy basketball league mad at you?  Don't cheat. Collusion is bad. We're not recommending anything nefarious. But if you want to offer up a legitimate trade proposal to an unsuspecting owner, no one is stopping you. It's perfectly legal to pull the proverbial wool over their eyes by targeting a struggling or injured player, buying low with full knowledge that he'll rebound to a more impressive level later in the season.  That's what we're here to help with.  Each of the following six players had an average draft position (ADP) indicative of (at least) near-universal ownership in standard Yahoo leagues. But their current ranks aren't justifying their lofty draft slots, since each, for various reasons, has struggled during the first six weeks of the 2016-17 campaign. Don't hesitate to pull the trigger and acquire one of them. The bounce-backs are coming soon.Begin Slideshow

The Biggest Overachievers in the 2016-17 NHL Season so Far

December 3rd, 2016 by Carol Schram No comments »
The science of scouting and player assessment still leaves plenty of room for surprises to emerge every season in the NHL. These days, many of the league's overachievers are newcomers who are making big impacts much sooner than expected. There's also a great mix of journeymen who are proving they have more to give than they've had a chance to show through the earlier stages of their career. And don't forget the grizzled veterans writing dramatic third acts after it looked like their best days were behind them. From youngest to oldest, here's a look at the NHL players who have most dramatically exceeded expectations so far in the 2016-17 NHL season.Begin Slideshow

Friday NBA Roundup: Is Cavaliers’ Coasting Cause for Concern?

December 3rd, 2016 by Josh Martin No comments »
To paraphrase Frank Sinatra, what a difference a year makes. In a vacuum, the Cleveland Cavaliers' 111-104 loss to the Chicago Bulls looks bad. That it extends the team's losing streak to three games only worsens the optics for LeBron James and Co. But as The Athletic's Sean Highkin noted, the context surrounding Cleveland's recent struggles can't—and shouldn't—be ignored: To be sure, the nitty-gritty of the Cavaliers' latest trip to the United Center wasn't pretty. Cleveland looked lethargic and lackadaisical throughout, getting beasted on the boards (49-33 overall, 16-6 on the offensive end) and giving up a ton of extra looks as a result. The Bulls finished with 13 more field-goal tries, seven more free-throw attempts, 20 more second-chance points and 18 more paint points than their Central Division rivals. If not for Cleveland's customary long-range barrage (10-of-26 on three-pointers), the team might've finished its Friday night with a third straight blowout. Then again, if ...

Cavaliers vs. Bulls: Score, Highlights, Reaction from 2016 Regular Season

December 2nd, 2016 by Joe Pantorno No comments »
Not only did Dwyane Wade get to see his friend, LeBron James, enter the United Center in Chicago Cubs gear prior to Friday night's game against his former teammate, but his Chicago Bulls defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 111-105. Wade put up 24 points to help lead his Bulls, who were coming off a 96-90 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in which they blew a double-digit lead in the first half. But he also had plenty of help. Two other Bulls put up 20 points as well. A scorching start from Taj Gibson, who hit his first nine shots from the field, carried him to 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Jimmy Butler provided a team-high 26 points of his own.  It was Butler's 12th straight game with 20 or more points, which was the longest streak by a Bulls player since Michael Jordan in 1998, via the ESPN telecast. Not to be lost ...

Houston Rockets vs. Denver Nuggets: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction

December 2nd, 2016 by Andy Bailey No comments »
On the second night of a back-to-back, the Houston Rockets lit up the Denver Nuggets in a 128-110 victory on Friday at the Pepsi Center.  James Harden led the way with 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Six other Rockets scored in double figures. Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon had 18 each, while Sam Dekker put up a career-high 17. The Nuggets, meanwhile, were led by Wilson Chandler, who went for 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting in 29 minutes.  Denver will have another crack at the Rockets on March 18.      Check out NBA.com for the box score.Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

James Jones Says He Plans to Retire After 2017-18 NBA Season

December 2nd, 2016 by Joe Pantorno No comments »
Cleveland Cavaliers veteran forward James Jones told Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal on Friday that he will retire after the 2017-18 season.  It will be his 15th year in the league, which is a number that means a lot to him when he spoke to Lloyd: "I know playing 15 years is a number where I can look back and I can be like, 'I accomplished something.' Fourteen vs. 15 may not be much, but to be able to say I played 15 years, that’s enough for me to hang 'em up." The Cavaliers were the fifth and now final stop of Jones' career after stints with the Indiana Pacers, Phoenix Suns and Portland Trail Blazers before joining the Miami Heat in 2008.  It was there that he first teamed up with LeBron James, who joined the Heat prior to the 2010-11 season. While the 36-year-old has been a depth option off the bench for ...

Steve Kerr Comments on Marijuana Use, Charles Barkley, Coaching Future

December 2nd, 2016 by Alec Nathan No comments »
The Golden State Warriors have been at the center of the NBA universe ever since they signed Kevin Durant and formed the league's pre-eminent superteam, and head coach Steve Kerr discussed criticisms of his squad and a few other compelling topics in a recent conversation with CSN Bay Area's Monte Poole.  In an interview with the Warriors Insider Podcast, Kerr touched on Charles Barkley's repeated criticisms of the Warriors a day after the Inside the NBA panelist said the Warriors play a "girly" style of basketball predicated on speed and shooting.  Kerr's response focused on how teams across the league have adjusted their tactical preferences over time: I don’t really want to get into that too much. Having worked with Charles in TV, for TNT, I understand that there’s a show that has to happen. There’s an entertainment value that he brings that nobody else can bring. And I think Charles is hilarious. I think he’s ...

Tony Parker Injury: Updates on Spurs Star’s Knee and Return

December 2nd, 2016 by Tim Daniels No comments »
San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker will miss at least one game as he continues to nurse a minor knee injury.  Continue for updates. Latest on Parker's Playing Status Friday, Dec. 2 According to Project Spurs' Paul Garcia, head coach Gregg Popovich told reporters Parker will miss Friday's game against the Washington Wizards.  Parker is no longer the electric playmaker he was during his peak seasons. A 16-year career combined with the Spurs' annual trips to the postseason have taken a collective toll on his 34-year-old body. But the team figures to lean more heavily on him once the playoffs roll around. While the four-time NBA champion has been able to avoid major injury setbacks throughout his career, he hasn't played more than 72 games in a season since the 2010-11 campaign. The most recent issue was a knee injury that forced him to miss a few games in early November. His absences are usually a ...