NBA free agency: Sasha Vujacic trying to resurrect career
The team is also looking at younger, more promising players such as Justin Brownlee, as per Zwerling. Source: Justin Brownlee (played at St. John’s) is working out for the #Knicks this week for a potential training camp invite. Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) September 16, 2013 The former St. Johns standout played a season with the Red Storm, averaging 12.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists. Hes a long shot to make the roster but definitely has some upside. Its widely expected that the Knicks lean toward bringing in a big man, as they are the most injury-prone and thin in the frontcourt.
EuroBasket 2013: NBA role players making most of opportunity
He shot 46.8 percent from the field and hit 42.3 of his 3-pointers, which isn’t far off his overall shooting accuracy of 43.1 percent from this last NBA season. Though he had some turnover issues, Taylor certainly grew this summer. Alexey Shved , Russia Playing a reserve role with the Minnesota Timberwolves last season didn’t do much to help Shved’s notoriety, but even though his Russia team Check My Site struggled and exited after the first round, Shved was nonetheless impressive. He averaged 16.4 points, 4.8 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game. Luigi Datome , Italy Teammate Marco Belinelli is a low-percentage gunner, but a big part of Italy’s perimeter-oriented makeup. Complementing the Spurs guard is Datome, who makes up for any inefficiencies as a precise and thoughtful shooter. The free-agent signing of the Detroit Pistons is averaging 14.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game for an Italian team still going strong.
‘NBA Live’ Seeks to Rise from its Grave
(USATSI) Shocking information here: If you own an NBA team, you’re probably doing pretty well financially speaking. And in the annual Forbes 400 Richest Americans list , 13 current NBA owners were included. There were 32 professional sports teams represented in the list, with NFL owners making up 14 of those. The richest NBA owner is Microsoft co-founder and Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen, who ranks 26th on the list with an estimated worth of $15.8 billion. The richest exclusive NBA owner is Magic owner Rich DeVos, who is 60th on the list at $6.8 billion. (Obviously this list is just of Americans and doesn’t include Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, who is worth an estimated $13.5 billion.) There are 11 other NBA owners on the list including Stan Kroenke ( Nuggets , $5.3 billion), Micky Arison ( Heat , $5.9 billion), Dan Gilbert ( Cavaliers , $3.9 billion), James Dolan ( Knicks , $3.3 billion), Tom Gores ( Pistons , $2.7 billion), Mark Cuban ( Mavericks $2.5 billion), Josh Harris (Sixers, $2.5 billion), Robert Pera ( Grizzlies , $1.95 billion), Herb Simon ( Pacers , $1.95 billion), Donald Sterling ( Clippers , $1.9 billion), Glen Taylor ( Timberwolves , $1.7 billion) and Tom Benson ( Pelicans , $1.3 billion). Remember that one time there was a lockout in 2011? Yeah, they don’t either.
NBA Watchability Rankings: No. 18 Toronto Raptors
Why? Because youve probably been playing the NBA 2K franchise nonstop since NBA 2K11. It was the game that many claim stuck the final nail in the coffin of the NBA Live franchise. Live tried to come back over the past two years even teasing us with a potential digital only game for a fraction of the cost of a retail release. Then, EA Sports slammed the brakes on it. Now, NBA Live is officially back. But most likely, youll have no reason to switch to a new basketball game especially with NBA 2K14 just around the corner. I mean, this isnt Lakers vs Celtics after all. There was a time when Live brought gamers the realism we wanted. Then, the creatives started switching around all the control schemes to compete with games like NBA Street.
Don’t expect to see Bill Laimbeer coaching in the NBA again
Los Angeles Lakers (33-49). Kobe Bryant, left, might miss a couple months, but fellow future Hall of Famers Pau Gasol and Steve Nash could have enough in the tank to keep the Lakers afloat. Greg Smith, USA TODAY Sports 21. Utah Jazz (34-48). Gordon Hayward is the only of the Jazz’s top five scorers last season who is back for this year. But a promising young core takes over. Russ Isabella, USA TODAY Sports 20. Toronto Raptors (37-45). Rudy Gay, left, and DeMar DeRozan will have the green light, but can they improve their efficiency enough to boost the Raptors to the playoffs? John E. Sokolowski, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen 19.
Ranking NBA’s top 10 backcourts
Sign up now! NBA free agency: Sasha Vujacic trying to resurrect career Travel Deals Jason Patt, SBNation Posted: Monday, September 16, 2013, 8:46 AM Sasha Vujacic has been working out in Los Angeles in an attempt to resurrect his NBA career, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein . Vujacic reportedly was “a hit” in the Lakers ‘ gym last week and has played well in various pickup games. Vujacic last played in the NBA during the 2010-11 season. After the long-time Laker saw his playing time dwindle in Los Angeles, he was traded to the New Jersey Nets in a three-way deal in December 2010. Vujacic was rather productive in New Jersey, averaging 11.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in 28.5 minutes per game. The 29-year-old shot 40.4 percent from the field and 36.9 percent from three-point land. Vujacic spent the last two seasons in Turkey with Anadolu Efes. Much like his time in the NBA, Vujacic provided some solid three-point shooting but wasn’t all that efficient in general. Over two years and 40 games in the Euroleague, Vujacic averaged 11.0 points and 3.1 rebounds while shooting 39.1 percent overall and 35.8 percent from long range.
Why can’t ex-Detroit Pistons Bad Boy Bill Laimbeer get NBA head coaching job? He’s still Bill Laimbeer
An important note: The list is based on 2013-14 projected WARP as forecast by ATH, my system for generating performance based on trait matching, athletic indicators and aging curves. At the bottom line, WARP is primarily a function of the quality and quantity of a player’s production, so these rankings take into account not just how well ATH thinks a player will play but how often. The combined unit WARP is based on the projections for each team’s probable starting guards, plus its top reserve. So again, this is looking ahead, not at last season. James Harden , Patrick Beverley , Jeremy Lin Surprised? Well, remember that elite players in the NBA generate such a disproportionate amount of a team’s production that unit rankings will invariably be dominated by star performers. So it is with the Rockets, who landed a big man as the jewel of the current offseason yet still project to have the league’s most valuable backcourt.
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A telling moment from Laimbeer’s brief NBA coaching career, according to Fagan, came prior to the 2010 draft when executives from around the league gathered in Minnesota to watch some top prospects workout. Laimbeer ran the workout and acted like … well, the Laimbeer who was almost universally hated outside of Detroit during his playing days. When some players didn’t run a drill properly twice Laimbeer called them out in such a sarcastic manner than one GM thought a fight might break out. For his part, Laimbeer doesn’t mince words and says he doesn’t care what people in the NBA think. But that attitude doesn’t work in today’s NBA, especially with players. That was something Laimbeer’s former coach, Chuck Daly, understood as well as anyone. Daly knew it was a players’ league and often compared being an NBA coach to managing a dozen individual corporations. Why do you think he coached the Dream Team the only dream team, by the way in the 1992 Olympics? “Perception is often reality,” Fagan writes.
NBA Watchability Rankings: No. 19 Dallas Mavericks
Laimbeers tenure with the Timberwolves is seen as a resounding failure, probably the final nail in his NBA coffin. Perception is often reality. And in NBA circles, Laimbeer has a perception problem, compounded by his I-dont-give-a-s attitude about it. He doesnt care how hes viewed, even if how hes viewed is keeping him from achieving the very thing he says is (or at least was) his ultimate goal: a head-coaching job in the league. Being an NBA coach is not just about Xs and Os, its about managing players egos. Phil Jacksons gift wasnt strategy (thats why he had Tex Winter along for the ride), rather it was his ability to get everyone pulling on the rope the same direction and to get them to think it was their idea to do so. Laimbeer lacks that skill, and as so his ability to succeed in the NBA is questioned. Fairly or not.