2015 NBA Draft Early Entrants 4-22-15


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The 2015 NBA Draft class is starting to shape up. Here is an updated list of underclassmen who have declared for the 2015 NBA Draft and where they could end up being selected, or those who have announced their intentions to return to school.

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Looking ahead to Lebron James vs. the Chicago Bulls


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Six months ago, the media were highly anticipating the idea of two Central Division rivals, the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers, being the last two teams standing out East.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft-Second Round (4/21/15)


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Here is the second round of The Sports Bank’s 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have NOT been taken into account.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.

Click here for a list of early entries into the 2015 NBA Draft.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft-First Round (4/21/15)


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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have been taken into account.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.

Check out a list of who has declared for the 2015 NBA Draft.

Be sure to check out our 2015 NFL mock draft as well.

And our 2016 NFL mock draft.

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Joakim Noah has funny Kris Bryant quip


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Chicago Bulls Center Joakim Noah is a pretty good soundbite some times. As we’ve been inundated with Kris Bryant coverage all week, it’s next to impossible to say or write some thing about the Chicago Cubs super-prospect that hasn’t already been said hundreds of times by dozens of media personalities.

Bryant has only played two Major League games and already he’s been over-analyzed, meta-analyzed…and there’s been meta-analysis of his meta-analysis.

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AUDIO: Charles Barkley opens up about relationship with Michael Jordan


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Towards the end of a NBA Playoffs media conference call that lasted about 90-100 minutes or so, Charles Barkley was asked about his relationship with Michael Jordan. The two former adversaries in the 1993 NBA Finals and teammates on the 1992 Dream Team have a relationship that is misunderstood.

By the way, isn’t it crazy how two of the greatest players of all time were born just three days apart in 1963.

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Charles Barkley previews Bulls vs Cavs (not a typo) playoff series


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NBA on TNT Analyst Charles Barkley has cajones. This obviously is not news; Sir Charles has made a long, wonderful career of being the boldest, most outspoken sports figure in the American landscape. It’s been that way for awhile.

However, this is the first time I can remember Barkley previewing a playoff series between two teams that even STARTED their previous round series.

“Cleveland and Chicago are the best two teams in the Eastern Conference, and when they play in second round, that will be the Eastern Conference Finals,” Barkley said on media conference call today.

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Chicago Bulls vs. Milwaukee Bucks: the Preview to End All Previews


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For the Chicago Bulls to get right, and possibly make a run at reaching the NBA Finals, they needed, and will receive a dose of brew city in the playoffs.

Or as Homer Simpson put it “to alcohol- the cause of and solution to all of life’s problems.”

The Bucks are the closest thing to a first round bye this postseason. It’s not just because of their reputation which precedes them; the Bucks faded down the stretch; finished 9-16 in their last 25.

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Pau Gasol: Bulls most important player in postseason


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Amidst all the attention on Derrick Rose, Pau Gasol has flown under the radar. The 34-year-old Spanish Forward/Center gets over-looked due to all the D Rose analysis, over-analysis and meta-analysis. Here’s Turner Sports Reggie Miller on Rose needing to be aggressive now that he’s back:

“I want to see Derrick be more aggressive and trust that body, and blow by [Goran] Dragic. Right now he’s just settling for outside shots. At times he’s going to be winded, the rhythm’s not there but I want to see that burst.”

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Nikola Mirotic establishes himself as key cog in Bulls future


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When both Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose went down during this season’s stretch run, rookie Nikola Mirotic stepped up and filled the scoring void. His numbers for the month of March numbers were exceptional.

Mirotic averaged 20.8 points per game; leading all rookies in scoring as he had eight 20+ scoring games. He achieved his first 20+ back to backs in the first two games that the Bulls were without Butler. Mirotic was also second among all rookies in rebounds and blocks.

On top of that, he also led the entire NBA in 4th quarter scoring average and total 4th quarter points scored,

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2016 NBA Mock Draft (4/11/15)


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Here is The Sports Bank’s extremely early 2016 NBA Mock Draft.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FIRST ROUND OF OUR 2015 NBA MOCK DRAFT.

Be sure to check out our 2015 NFL mock draft as well.

And our 2016 NFL mock draft.

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Derrick Rose likely returning to action this week


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It could be Wednesday night at the Orlando Magic. It could Thursday night at the Miami Heat. Or maybe it could be Saturday night at home versus the lowly Philadelphia 76ers. Which would be a great opponent for Derrick Rose to ease back into things.

Rose told ESPN on ABC sideline reporter Lisa Salters that he could return “likely sometime this week.”

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