Let’s be clear: The Boston Celtics are guaranteed nothing. We’ve seen first-place teams crumble in the NBA playoffs plenty of times, and we’ve seen success be fleeting. How many potential dynasties have been derailed before they’ve even started?
The Milwaukee Bucks have won six of their last seven games, and they were operating at their full potential on Sunday, walloping the Brooklyn Nets by the score of 109-94. What happened seven games ago? Milwaukee fired Jason Kidd.
The Los Angeles Lakers have been fined $50,000 for public comments made by president of basketball operations Magic Johnson about Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, the NBA announced Tuesday. Johnson’s comments violated the league tampering rules.
New York Knicks center Willy Hernangomez has requested a trade ahead of the Feb. 8 NBA trade deadline, according to Yahoo Sports’ Shams Charania. Hernangomez is a 23-year-old center who has potential, but he has mostly fallen out of the Knicks’ rotation this season.
The Boston Celtics, the Denver Nuggets, and the Philadelphia 76ers all remain front-runners for Tyreke Evans, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Memphis Grizzlies guard is having his best season since winning Rookie of the Year in 2010, and the Grizzlies are intent on dealing him before the Feb. 8 trade deadline.
Before Donovan Mitchell was drafted 13th by the Utah Jazz, before he became entrenched in a two-way Rookie-of-the-Year race with Ben Simmons, it was his headmasters at Brewster Academy that saw his potential to be more than just a budding SportsCenter highlight reel.
He says they asked him if he wanted to run for senior prefect — the equivalent of high school president. “I didn’t, to be honest,” Mitchell recalls. “I was nervous.”
The Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl 52 in thrilling fashion, giving the City of Brotherly Love its first NFL title since before the Super Bowl era. It was Philly’s first major pro sports title since the Phillies won the World Series a decade ago.
In July, just a few months ago, Blake Griffin was the master of his fate. He was a free agent who could choose where to play basketball and, at the age of 33, hopefully somewhere where he could finish his career.