Charlotte Hornets season preview with NASCAR driver Ty Dillon (exclusive podcast)


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NASCAR Driver Ty Dillon loves watching and following other sports in his spare time. Ty is a big fan of the Carolina Panthers, and we previewed the Panthers season in a podcast here at this link. Ty Dillon also talked some Charlotte Hornets basketball with us. He’s a huge fan, and his wife, Haley Carey, now Haley Dillon, is a Hornets Honey Bee (member of the dance team).

Dillon is well known and quite accomplished in the NASCAR truck series and Xfinity series. He’s currently in the top three in the points standings and just came off another top five finish in Iowa this past weekend.

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Deron Williams fills Mavericks need; sets Brooklyn further adrift


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With Deron Williams leaving the Brooklyn Nets for the Dallas Mavericks, prepare to be inundated with a tidal wave of predictable “homecoming” themed stories. This shopworn narrative will never die, and like the tattoos on D. Will’s arms read “Texas made DMW.”

In the grand scheme of things though, this transaction actually leaves both clubs stuck in NBA purgatory. Mark Cuban doesn’t really have a contender out West. In the NBA’s A-Team conference he just doesn’t have enough to compete. Put the Mavericks in the East though, and you could see them challenging Lebron James for NBA B-Team conference supremacy.

However, this Deron Williams is not your older brother’s Deron Williams.

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Marc Gasol nearing 5 yr, $100m extension with Grizzlies


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Marc Gasol is an unrestricted free agent and the best player available at his position this summer signing period. The Memphis Grizzlies big man hasn’t negotiated with any other NBA team, but his future still remains in doubt a little bit.

Reportedly, he’s getting close to signing a new contract with the Grizzlies worth over $100 million for five years. At least the two sides are talking. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Lebron James haven’t even started negotiating yet. Other than this difference, the two situations are somewhat similar.

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2016 NBA Mock Draft (6/29/15)


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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.

Be sure to check out our 2016 NFL mock draft.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft-First Round (6/25/15)


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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.  Our NBA mock draft also appears on NBA.com’s consensus mock draft.

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

You can check out my NBA team needs pages posted at WalterFootball.com.

Be sure to check out our 2016 NFL mock draft.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft-Second Round (6/25/15)


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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.

Our NBA mock draft also appears on NBA.com’s consensus mock draft.

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

You can check out my NBA team needs pages posted at WalterFootball.com.

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About those Trey Lyles to the New York Knicks rumors


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With picks one, two and three locked and loaded, #4, with New York, is where this Draft truly begins. There’s talk of Cauley-Stein’s former teammate Trey Lyles going to Madison Square Garden, as the Knicks worked him out. I don’t get this either as Lyles is slotted go around 14 or 15; and NYK is obviously up fourth. But here’s more on that.

The Knicks are very unpredictable, because the Knicks are the NBA’s…..well, I think the NBA on TNT summed it up best with their “Gone Fishin” segment on the Inside the NBA:

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Willie Cauley-Stein could go as high as #4 or as low as #10


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Seven footer Willie Cauley-Stein served himself well by returning to Kentucky for another season. He will be quite an interesting project pick for the NBA team that does draft him. The Forward/Center could go as high as #4 to the New York Knicks. There’s smoke on that front, but is there fire as well?

His former Coach, John Calipari fielded a question about that a couple days ago. Coach Cal said much, but also said nothing that gives us an answer on that front. Cal’s response to that query was less than enlightening.

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Will Dakari Johnson be a NBA first round draft pick?


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Former Kentucky Wildcats Center Dakari Johnson looks like an NBA first round draft pick. He’s young, unpolished, but full of potential. He could be a tremendous project for a NBA GM. Even with two seasons under his belt in Lexington, there is still some rawness to him. Johnson was in fact the youngest player on the 2013-2014 team that lost to UConn in the national title game.

Here’s where we have Dakari in our latest 2015 NBA Mock Draft (full mock here)

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Where Frank Kaminsky could go in the NBA draft lottery


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Former Wisconsin Center Frank Kaminsky has a great game, but an even greater personality. Every college basketball season, someone wins the national individual player of the year awards, but it’s not every year that someone is also colorful and congenial.

Kaminsky gives great soundbites and he writes even greater blogs. He said that he developed his goofy side as a child because, due to his being so gangly and so tall, he had to do something to fit in.

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Who is Sacramento Kings Owner Vivek Ranadive? 


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Vivek Ranadive was born in Mumbai, India, formerly Bombay on October 7, 1957 and today has a net worth of $700 million. He’s a public speaker, author, businessman, philanthropist, owner of the Sacramento Kings as well as a father to three children.

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Tim Donaghy on how NBA Officials Allegedly Fix Games (Exclusive)


Welcome to the fourth and final installment of our exclusive with ex-NBA referee Tim Donaghy. I had a very in-depth exclusive with him in 2011. We re-run the highlights of that exclusive every year in four pieces during NBA Finals time..

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