Basketball

  • Need to Take Advice from Kobe Bryant

    With Lonzo Ball preparing to start his NBA career when he gets drafted next month, LaVar Ball made it clear his son doesn't need to be mentored by Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant. 

  • Nerlens Noel blew it. What's next for his NBA career?

    He turned down $70 million, only to walk away with a $4.1 million qualifying offer. Can he make that money up on his next NBA contract?

    Nerlens Noel signed his $4 million qualifying offer with the Mavericks on Saturday. Thus ends the Nerlens Noel restricted free agent saga.

    The saga was boring and uneventful for the most part. The Mavericks smartly sat on their hands, reportedly making one substantial offer and pulling it when Noel responded with a request for the maximum allowable under NBA rules.

  • Nerlens Noel signs 1-year, $4.1 million qualifying offer to return to Mavericks

    Nerlens Noel is going to stay with the Mavericks next season on a one-year qualifying offer worth $4.1 million, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes.

    Noel was seeking a maximum contract offer he wasn’t able to get from the Mavs. He was offered a four-year, $70 million deal from Dallas on July 1, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, but that offer was pulled after he asked for the maximum contract, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. His maximum contract offer could have been worth $146 million over five years.

  • Nerlens Noel trade shows how the Mavericks conjured a young core out of nothing

    Dallas had no quality young players this time last year. Noel is just the latest the Mavericks have added opportunistically since then.

    We’re less than two years removed from DeAndre Jordan verbally committing to the Mavericks, second-guessing his decision, and ultimately re-signing with the Clippers in a deluge of tweeted emojis and chicken fingers. That debacle left Dallas scrambling to even field a 15-man roster, leaving them without young talent and unsure how they would course correct. With the post-Dirk Nowitzki era looming, there was no smooth path leading them there.

  • Nets fight off 3rd quarter woes and prevail late, 107-97, over Lakers

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Nets nation went all doom-and-gloom when they heard the news that Jeremy Lin would miss his 18th game of the season due to back tightness. Still, something we’ve learned with this Nets team: they fight no matter who is or isn’t in the lineup, win or lose.

    The Brooklyn Nets (7-17) delivered the Los Angeles Lakers (10-18) their eighth straight loss, 107-97, Wednesday night at Barclays Center. The Nets almost blew a solid first half lead in the third quarter (again), but a huge 32-point fourth quarter propelled them over the struggling Lakers.

  • Nets improve to 2-0 in preseason play with 107-88 victory over Miami

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. — It’s only preseason, but the Nets look like a ton of fun.

    The Brooklyn Nets improved to 2-0 in the preseason with a 107-88 victory over the Miami Heat Thursday night at Barclays Center. Last year, the Nets didn’t get two wins in a row, preseason or regular season, until March 23.

  • Nets snap 16-game home losing streak with 120-112 win on “Biggie Night”

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. — I got a story to tell…

    Live from Flatbush Avenue, the livest ones were reppin’ BK to the fullest. Knicks fans were out, but the real Brooklyn fans were there to witness a 3-point shootout, as the Nets (12-53) snapped a 16-game HOME losing streak with a 120-112 victory, Sunday on Biggie Smalls night. This is their first win at home since Randy Foye hit the buzzer beater on December 26… their first home win in 2017! Biggie was in the house y’all.

  • Nets, Russell impress and win first preseason game, 115-107, over Knicks

    NEW YORK, N.Y. — Just like that, Nets basketball is back… and they were a whole lot of fun.

    It’s only one game in the preseason, but this looks like D’Angelo Russell’s team. Behind his lead, the Nets opened the preseason with a 115-107 victory over the New York Knicks, Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. Russell finished with a line of 19 points (in 19 minutes), four assists, one steal, one block and a plus-19 on 7-of-14 shooting.

  • New NBA Draft Lottery proposal allows worst 3 teams equal chance at No. 1 pick

    If the board of governors approves Silver’s reform, it could take effect beginning in 2019.

    The NBA’s competition committee has recommended commissioner Adam Silver’s NBA Draft Lottery reform to its board of governors for a final vote, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. After the board votes on Sept. 28, the lottery reform — if passed — would scare teams from tanking for better draft picks.

  • New Warriors trio looks sharp in Team USA's exhibition victory

    LAS VEGAS -- The watershed moment happened in the second quarter of Team USA's 111-74 win over Argentina on Friday in the first game of the Olympic preparation run.

  • New world for Martinez

    THERE’S  life  in  basketball after the PBA and the PBA Developmental  League.

    And James Vincent Martinez, once  considered  as  one of  the country’s  most  prolific scorers, is only too happy to find  it in the Thailand Basketball  Super League.

    After short but memorable stints in the country’s premier play-for-pay leagues, Martinez  is now showing his wares  as an import for the  team Dunkin’ Raptors in Thailand.

  • Newsome Misses Out on Perfect Night

    Chris Newsome had all the makings of what could have been an epic Friday night.

    Honored as this season’s Rookie of the Year, the highflying winger was motivated to help Meralco go on a 3-1 series lead against Ginebra in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals. The Bolts also seemed to have found their groove, running the Gin Kings to the ground as they established a 74-58 third quarter lead.

  • Nick Diaz talks to Snoop Dogg about Kimbo Slice, who his favorite fighter is

    Nick Diaz hasn’t made a return the Octagon yet, but he’s been hanging out with Snoop Dogg.

    There’s no one in MMA quite like Nick Diaz. Even though he hasn’t won a fight since 2011 and was suspended for long portions of the last five years, he is still one of the most popular fighters out there. He is now eligible to return to the Octagon, but has apparently turned down bouts with Robbie Lawler and UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley already.

  • Nikola Jokic is playing well, Jusuf Nurkic is playing well...and that’s OK

    Jusuf Nurkic has flourished in his short time in Portland, but Nuggets fans shouldn’t be upset about it

    When the Denver Nuggets traded Jusuf Nurkic and a first round pick to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Mason Plumlee and a second round pick the deal was received with mixed feelings among the Nuggets fans.

    The most prominent objection to the deal was surrendering a first round pick but also many recognized the talent and potential Nurkic had and were unsure if “giving up” on him while he was still in his early twenties was the correct path.

  • NLEX GAVE UP YOUNG FRONTLINERS GLENN KHOBUNTIN AND ERIC CAMSON IN EXCHANGE FOR MALLARI AS WELL AS KENNETH IGHALO AND 2020 SECOND ROUND PICK.

    NLEX and Mahindra sealed a trade deal involving Alex Mallari, Glenn Khobuntin and Eric Camson before closing out their ill-fated Commissioner’s Cup campaigns.

  • NLEX races to 3-0 card

    THE streaking start of the NLEX Road Warriors in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup stayed yesterday following their 122-114 double overtime victory over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    Winners of their first two games early in the season-ending PBA tournament, the Road Warriors made it three in a row after staving off a gutsy challenge from the Elasto Painters to claim top spot in the standings.

  • NLEX Road Warriors go for 3-0 in clash with ROS

    HAVING it solid early in the season-ending Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup, the NLEX Road Warriors are looking to sustain their fine form as they take on the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in the curtain-raiser today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    Scheduled at 4:15 p.m., the Road Warriors, winners of their first two games in the ongoing PBA tournament, are out to make it three straight victories to give their turnaround bid further legs after bottom-scraping showings in the previous two conferences.

  • NLEX stuns Alaska

    THE NLEX Road Warriors are winless no more in the ongoing Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup after beating the Alaska Aces, 100-92, in Wednesday action at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    Unsuccessful to bag a win in their first nine tries in the mid-season PBA tournament, the Road Warriors (1-9) made their 10th try a breakthrough while adding to the misery of the Aces (4-5), which have dropped their fifth straight defeat with their latest loss.

  • NLEX, Alaska open PBA

    FOUR teams hungry for glory will open the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup on July 19.

    The Alaska Aces and the NLEX Road Warriors, teams who missed the playoffs in the Commissioner’s Cup, get their shot at redemption early, battling each other during opening day to see who can fast track its development.

  • NLEX, Blackwater eye halt to skid

    THE NLEX Road Warriors and Blackwater Elite, two teams currently in a skid in the ongoing PBA Philippine Cup, try to wiggle out of their funk as they take on each other in league action today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    To face off in the 4:15 p.m. opener, the Road Warriors and Elite are eyeing a halt to their early bleeding in the season-opening Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) tournament that has seen them each lose back-to-back games of late.

    After debuting with a win, now-Yeng Guaio-coached NLEX (1-2) has lost its last two matches -- against the Meralco Bolts and Star Hotshots in that order -- to an average deficit of 18.5 points.