The 2014 BSPYs


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Awards shows are self-congratulatory industry bacchanalia that we play voyeur to because we love watching rich and famous people be rich and famous and pretend to be humble.

Slap on a death montage and a lifetime achievement award of some sort to keep it from being a full blown orgy of how awesome everyone must think this specific entertainment medium being celebrated is.

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Cavaliers looking to trade Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love


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The Cleveland Cavaliers have changed their previous stance and are now willing to trade Andrew Wiggins, the #1 pick in this June’s NBA Draft for disgruntled and unsettled Minnesota Timberwolves Forward Kevin Love.

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L.A. Lakers legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar slams Lebron James


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Here’s some Laker news that doesn’t involve free agency or trades. It’s not future Laker news, but news surrounding Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Apparently, he’s rather skeptical about Lebron James and the way he returned home to the Cleveland Cavaliers, after leaving the Miami Heat.

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More on ESPN’s Josina Anderson, journo at Cleveland Ground Zero


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Josina Anderson is an ESPN reporter who will be live from Jets at Dolphins during Sunday NFL Countdown today. Josina Anderson joined ESPN as a Chicago-based bureau reporter in August 2011. So she’s national, but she has a local connection here to Chicago too. Josina Anderson primarily appears on Sunday NFL Countdown, NFL Live and other NFL shows, as well as ESPN’s flagship news and information program SportsCenter.

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NBA Free Agency Recap (7/2/14): Irving, Gortat re-sign


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The calendar flipped to July and the NBA free agency period began.  All eyes are on the prized possessions like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, and seeing what happens with the Big 3 in Miami.  Teams cannot officially sign players until July 10th but contracts can be negotiated and agreed upon until then.  Here’s a recap of day one of the NBA free agency period with the headline deal being Kyrie Irving signing a max contract with the Cavs. [Read more...]

2015 NBA Mock Draft (6/30/14)


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Now that the 2014 NBA Draft is in the books, draft nets like myself can look ahead to next year’s class.  Here is The Sports Bank’s extremely premature 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have NOT been taken into account.  Click on the player’s name for an in-depth draft profile.  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.

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2014 NBA Draft Grades: Eastern Conference


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The 2014 NBA Draft is over so let’s hand out some grades.  As always, there are initial winners and losers but the true reveal will come years down the road when we see what type of players these guys develop into.  Here are my 2014 NBA Draft grades from the Eastern Conference teams who owned the first four picks of the draft.  Click here for my pick-by-pick NBA Draft grades. [Read more...]

2014 NBA Mock Draft- First Round FINAL


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HAPPY NBA DRAFT DAY!

Here is The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have been taken into account.  The draft order is based on the final standings since the NBA Draft Lottery doesn’t take place until May 20th.  Click on the player’s name for an in-depth draft profile.  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.

So without further ado, here is our FINAL 2014 NBA mock draft.  UPDATED: 6:00 PM CST

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2014 NBA Mock Draft-First Round (6/26/14)


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HAPPY NBA DRAFT DAY!

Here is The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have been taken into account.  The draft order is based on the final standings since the NBA Draft Lottery doesn’t take place until May 20th.  Click on the player’s name for an in-depth draft profile.  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.

So without further ado, here is our latest 2014 NBA mock draft.  UPDATED 11:00 AM CST.

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2014 NBA Mock Draft- 2nd round


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Here is the second round of The Sports Bank’s 2014 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.

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Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins going #1 to the Cavs?


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You’ve heard the rumors that the Cleveland Cavaliers are leaning towards taking Duke and former Simeon Forward Jabari Parker with the first overall pick. We’ll now debate whether it’s going to be Parker or Andrew Wiggins going #1.

We’re pretty certain whoever the Cavs don’t take, will go to the Milwaukee Bucks at #2. Here to break it down is our very own David Kmiecik, who had the most accurate NBA mock draft the past three years.

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Cleveland Cavaliers looking for a “re-do” this off-season


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Dating back to last off-season, the Cleveland Cavaliers made some aggressive moves in the draft, free agency, and via trades in hopes of surrounding their young core with veteran role players. However, those moves didn’t pan out as management anticipated and the Cavs still finished sixteen games under five-hundred. As a result, they fired their general manager and head coach, Mike Brown. Again.

Luckily, the Cavs struck gold at the NBA Draft Lottery for the third time in four years by winning the number one overall selection. Management now faces the envious dilemma of who to take with that top pick while also trying to re-sign some important free agents or take another stab of adding talent on the free agent market. [Read more...]