Saturday, March 8, 2014
3/08/2014 04:09:00 PM | Posted by Scoop Moore | Edit Post
Speaking to the media after the Brooklyn Nets lost to the Boston Celtics 91-84 Friday night, Nets forward Paul Pierce did not close the door on a possible return to the Celtics organization in the future.
"Yeah, why not?" Pierce said, “Maybe play for them, maybe work for them. Who knows what the future holds?"
Last summer the 16-year veteran along with Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry were traded to Brooklyn to kick off the Celtics rebuilding efforts. Pierce, 36 made his second visit to Boston as a Net Friday night.
Brooklyn, looking to improve upon their playoff seeding before postseason play begins reached over the .500 mark this past week for the first time this season - Pierce seems more at ease with his role after a shaky start to begin the season. With the difficult task of accumulating himself in a new environment for the first time in his career Pierce struggled mightily early on before finding his footing.
Drafted tenth overall in the 1998 NBA Draft Pierce spent 13 years as Celtics captain - playing through the good, the bad and the ugly. The organizations fortunes changed for the better in the summer of 2007 when president of basketball operations Danny Ainge acquired fellow all-stars Garnett and Ray Allen. The Celtics went on to win the 2008 NBA Championship with Pierce garnering Finals MVP honors. Five more successful seasons followed before Ainge decided to make the painful decision to trade stalwarts Pierce and Garnett.
Friday, March 7, 2014
3/07/2014 02:38:00 PM | Posted by Matt Davis | Edit Post
It's been reported that Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley will be out an additional two weeks with a bone bruise on his right ankle. Bradley has made strides this season, particularly on the offensive end, but has once again struggled to stay on the floor - appearing in 46 out of 62 games. Missing two more weeks will bring that total to 46 out 71.
Bradley, who is seeking his first big payday, will most likely not fetch as much as he thought going into the season due to his injury history. He's still very young at 23 years of age, but he's been an injury plagued player thus far in his career.
His draft stock took a major hit while at Texas due to injury, allowing him to fall to the Celtics late in the First Round. In the NBA, his games missed due to injuries are as follows:
2011-12: 12 games
2012-13: 32 games
2013-14: 20+ games
That's not an encouraging trend.
Monetarily, this is definitely going to hurt his chances of getting the money he desires. He's reportedly been looking for something around $8 million a year, but it would be surprising to see him receive that amount now. Under the new CBA, besides the Nets, teams are keeping their check books closer to the chest, but some teams never cease to amaze.
The Celtics reportedly offered Bradley a four year $24 million extension before the season, but Bradley turned it down waiting to entertain some more offers. Now it's looking more like $6 million a year will be the kind of offers he'll be fielding this off season.
Should the Celtics give Bradley an extension? For the right price absolutely. He's a young player still on the rise with potential to still be tapped. Although his defense has slipped a bit he's still one of the elite defenders in the league and his offensive game, most notably his jump shot, has significantly improved. He might not be an ideal starting shooting guard for a contending team standing at just 6' 2," but he can make for an extremely effective player off the bench or a decent starter.
It has been reported that Boston is set on retaining Bradley's services, so it can be expected that they will seriously consider matching all offers he receives as a restricted free agent. It's tough to tell how much Bradley enjoys playing in Boston, making for an interesting situation if another NBA team offers up the $8 million price tag and the C's don't want to match. AB most definitely wants to be a starter as well, which could dictate his decision.
Nevertheless, Bradley's injury history is definitely a concern and will absolutely be a major factor in how much money teams are willing to spend for him. His decreased value increases the odds that the Celtics will retain him on team-friendly deal and will perhaps give them leverage when outlining his role.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
3/06/2014 08:07:00 AM | Posted by Jacob Noble | Edit Post
We have a guest. Took us long enough to get the ball rolling on guests but anyways, we delivered per usual. This is a special treat for basketball fans as JR Holden joins the podcast to promote his new book Blessed Footsteps and to discuss his career in Europe and Russia. He earned a spot in the European League's All Decade Team, played in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and has allowed basketball to take him all around the globe.
Blessed Footsteps - Memoirs of JR Holden
Ten 10 Inc
We will also pick his brain on the current league and have some fun questions. Tune in at 7pm! Blogtalkradio - Probasketballtalk
As always, tweet at us: @probskblltalk @james_bucklin @jacobnnoble
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
3/05/2014 09:02:00 AM | Posted by Snottie Drippen | Edit Post
The numbers sit like a beached leviathan from the deep, huge and awesome to behold: 10 years and counting, his 19,472 points put him in the company of legends Bob Petit, David Robinson, and Bernard King. the 25.26 points you can pencil in every time he takes off his durag eclipses the nightly output of Hall Of Famers Karl Malone, Dominique Wilkins, and Larry Bird. We call him one-dimensional, but the 6.54 rebounds he's inhaled every contest for his 771 games is superior to the board work of all-timers like Scottie Pippen, Grant Hill, and Paul Pierce. The 42.4% of the 3 point bombs he's connecting on this season is right in the neighborhood of the career marks of sharpshooters like Kyle Korver, Mike Miller, and Steve Nash. Carmelo Anthony's numbers are robust, burly, cannot be ignored, and are shoving their broad shoulders through the select crowd of legends to the sacred table of the Hall of Fame.
Why don't we love him?
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
3/04/2014 01:00:00 PM | Posted by Rawan Eewshah | Edit Post
As LeBron James exited the game last night with 1:28 left on the clock after logging a personal best 61 points, he saluted a roaring American Airlines Arena chanting M-V-P. After an exciting night of record-breaking statistics, it seemed well deserved. LeBron shot 67% on 22/33 shooting. He made 8 consecutive three pointers and finished off the night with 7 rebounds and 5 assists. He did this all against a team that gives up the fourth fewest points a game in the NBA.
In the five games since the All-Star Break, LeBron has averaged 37.4 PPG on 68% shooting (74/109). The Heat have won all five games by double digits and after last night’s win are two games behind the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference standings.
As fun as it is analyzing LeBron’s numbers post ASG, we need to consider the first half of the season. For the first two months of the season, LeBron was operating on a steady 60% shooting compared to Durant’s 45%. That all changed when Russell Westbrook went down right after Christmas. As sad as it was to see the most explosive point guard in the game go down, it gave Durant an opportunity to turn into an even more lethal scoring machine than we've witnessed. Durant went on a stretch that left us in a little bit of awe after each scoring performance. He posted a career high 54 points against the Golden State Warriors. He averaged 35PPG/ 7.5RPG/ 6.3APG on 53% shooting. He went on a seven game stretch where he scored 40 or more points and consequently is a lock to win his fourth scoring title. In the 26 games Westbrook was absent from the bench, the Thunder claimed the best record in the NBA and are a favorite to make it out of the West and into the NBA Finals this year.