We are now officially one week into this NBA season and so far, so good. With the Hamptons Five disbanded, we believed that this was the most parity in the history of the NBA. The season may still be young, but this newfound competitiveness has definitely shown itself. We have some standouts, of course, and,
Danny Ainge is a gambler, only not in the typical sense. Yes, Ainge does, on occasion, deal with money. It’s just part of the job. But, more so than cash, Ainge is often one to gamble on players, whether they are his own or on some other roster. For better or worse, the Boston Celtics
“Twin Towers” used to be a term of endearment in the NBA. Back in the old days, if you had two dominant seven-footers in your frontcourt, that was considered to be an advantage on the court. Duos like Hakeem Olajuwon/Ralph Sampson and Tim Duncan/David Robinson put their teams on the map. It seems like forever
In a season where there will be plenty of wild cards, Dallas just might be the wildest of them all. With the long-awaited return of Kristaps Porzingis, no one knows exactly how this season is going to turn out for the Mavericks. If Porzingis is — or will be — back to normal, there may
When Dwight Howard agreed to return to the Los Angeles Lakers, it was just fitting. It’s not fitting because Dwight fits with the Lakers’ needs. It’s fitting because it’s yet another in what’s been a longline of bizarre storylines this offseason. Seriously, it’s been one after the next. No, it’s not bizarre only because of
With another week gone by, we’ve officially flipped the calendar over to August. Preseason football is starting up, as is Team USA Basketball practice, which signals that fall is right around the corner. It also means NBA Training Camps are somehow only a month or so away. Can you believe it? So what better way
Entering their fifth season together with brand new contract extensions, Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum will continue to torch defenses as arguably the most dynamic starting backcourt duo in the NBA. The Portland Trail Blazers’ All-Star-caliber pairing scarily knows each other’s tendencies. When one is having an off night, the other will pick it up.
On Monday night in Las Vegas, the 2019 NBA Summer League champions will be crowned. The Minnesota Timberwolves and Memphis Grizzlies are set to square off at the Thomas & Mack Center as the last teams standing over the course of the 10-day period. Once that winner is determined, the world will be without NBA
Tyus Jones wasn’t a flashy signing but his youth, steady play and the value his contract provides could make him a huge steal for the Grizzlies. One of the big offseason questions for the Timberwolves was whether the team would retain Tyus Jones. The Grizzlies signed Jones to an offer sheet on Sunday night and
NBA Free Agency started six hours earlier than it has in years past in 2019, with a start time of 6 p.m. EST on June 30. And boy did it pay dividends for fans. Rather than staying up late or getting caught up on free agent happenings the first thing in the morning, fans were
Basketball Insiders has recently started a new series detailing the top free agents by position as a primer for the free agency period beginning on July 1. In continuing where Drew Maresca left off with top point guard targets, we will now take a look at the top 10 shooting guards that are headed to
The Grizzlies added two perfect complements to Jaren Jackson Jr. — Brandon Clarke and Ja Morant — which should make for a formidable trio at both ends of the floor. It’s rare that a team with a pair of first-round picks is able to draft two guys who are both the best available player and
The 2019 NBA Draft started off with more trade activity than expected as most experts even predicted a record-breaking night as far as trades were concerned. With many big-name stars on the move pre-draft, rumors galore and the pending free agency period, all 30 teams were looking to maneuver in a way that best suited
WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 16: Mike Conley #11 of the Memphis Grizzlies dribbles the ball against the Washington Wizards in the second half at Capital One Arena on March 16, 2019 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the
LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 23: Memphis Grizzlies Guard Mike Conley (11) before the Memphis Grizzlies vs Los Angeles Lakers game on December 23, 2018 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Icon Sportswire) Surprise: LaVar Ball is still terrible by Dave Daniels It’s no secret Mike Conley is available, but the Memphis
The Memphis Grizzlies have signed Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Taylor Jenkins to lead their team next year. You might not know that much about Taylor Jenkins, and you wouldn’t be alone in that camp. However, if you love the NBA, then you’ll get to know him next season. The Memphis Grizzlies hired him as their
Houston, we have a problem. Yeah, it’s an overdone cliche, but when is it not fitting to tie that quote into any problems going on in the Houston area? For the Rockets, it appears that things are not all too peachy at the moment. Despite both another MVP-caliber performance by James Harden and another hard-fought
As the Memphis Grizzlies look at add a notable piece, here are five targets for them in the 2019 NBA Draft. If anything, a surprising 12-5 start to the 2018-19 season seemed to rob the Memphis Grizzlies of the chance to get one of the top picks in June’s NBA Draft, and they were still
The Bucks beat the Celtics in convincing fashion in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Even after an alarming Game 1 blowout loss at home, Milwaukee asserted itself as the superior team. Giannis Antetokounmpo’s MVP play as well as Mike Budenholzer’s top-notch game planning gave the Bucks the edge they needed to avenge their postseason defeat against
With the NBA’s post-season in full swing and historic playoff games being played almost nightly, there are some storylines to watch as the race to a championship unfolds. Here are a few things to watch, especially if some of the ongoing series don’t play out as some had hoped when the season started some seven
As the Memphis Grizzlies move toward a full rebuild, these five teams could make a trade offer for Mike Conley. The Memphis Grizzlies started the 2018-19 season surprisingly well, with a 15-9 record on Dec. 7 and a .500 mark (18-18) as the calendar flipped to the new year. But they faded after that, amid
We’re finally entering the homestretch of the 2018-2019 NBA season. Every team in the league has either five or six games left in their season. With such little time left, the playoff picture is almost all but formed. The top eight teams in the Western Conference have all clinched playoff berths. What remains to be
If you’ve been a diehard NBA fan for years, you’ll probably remember the 2016-17 Los Angeles Lakers. No, their record wasn’t the greatest and, no, they didn’t make the playoffs in the competitive, crowded Western Conference. Instead, this team had its fair share of inside jokes, including one that gradually grew into a viral sensation.
After two catastrophic seasons with the New York Knicks, Joakim Noah is experiencing an unexpected resurgence with the Memphis Grizzlies. There is a stench that emanates from the New York Knicks. It’s the decay of former lottery picks on their last legs in the league. It’s the has-been stars failing even to post empty numbers.
There’s a reason why “Unorthodox” is the operative word here. There were several big winners from the trade deadline. Philadelphia got the perfect and relatively young scorer in Tobias Harris to put next to Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Toronto added an experienced, jack-of-all-trades center in Marc Gasol to cement their status as a contender.
Zion, Zion, Zion. With a splash of Ja Morant and R.J. Barrett mixed in for good measure, this college basketball season has been all about Duke’s Zion Williamson. The flash card-worthy facts are astonishing — 18 years-old, 6-foot-7, 285 pounds — but his highlight reel moves, both offensively and defensively, have everybody drooling. And although
The trade deadline, for many NBA teams, represents a pivot point at which to declare their intentions for the rest of the season. Those with hopes of chasing a playoff spot or contending for a championship can use it as a means of fortifying their roster before the home stretch. Less urgent franchises can unload
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – NOVEMBER 18: Marc Gasol #33 of the Memphis Grizzlie and Mike Conley #11 of the Memphis Grizzlies prior to the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on November 18, 2018 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user
The Raptors are taking a risk on an aging Marc Gasol, but they have to shoot their shot now, or risk losing everything. Pause for a second on the Marc Gasol trade and put yourself in Masai Ujiri’s shoes. The Raptors are probably either the best or second best team in the East. Their LeBron
The Memphis Grizzlies tried to compete with Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, but their core just isn’t holding up well enough out West. The Memphis Grizzlies started the 2018-19 NBA season off scorching hot, winning 12 of their first 17 games and seeming like one of the stronger teams in the entire NBA. Things quickly