The past offseason, the Wizards managed to resign Marcin Gortat, replace Trevor Ariza with Paul Pierce, and sign a couple of quality role players in Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair. The question, combined with John Wall and Bradley Beal, is that team ready to contend, or they will be stuck in mediocrity, something like the Hawks during the Joe Johnson/Smith/Horford era. Can … [Read more...] about Can the Washington Wizards actually contend in the East?
The Washington Wizards have one of the youngest cores in the league. Their starting backcourt consists of a 23-year-old point guard drafted first overall and a 21-year-old shooting guard drafted third overall. John Wall and Bradley Beal are the future in Washington. They are also the present though. The Wizards entered the 2013-2014 NBA season on a five-year playoff drought. … [Read more...] about Paul Pierce helps youthful Wizards compete in wide open East
It was almost a year ago when the Brooklyn Nets agreed on the blockbuster deal of 2013 with the Boston Celtics. The Nets acquired Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce while at the same time shipping to Boston a bunch of non–factor players. Brooklyn’s payroll skyrocketed and in fact, the Nets became the most expensive team in the NBA and the only one above the $100 million mark. All … [Read more...] about Brooklyn Nets: can they compete for a championship next season?
The Sports Bank will be counting down to the opening tip of the 2012-13 NBA season with team by team previews starting with the worst and working our way to the title contenders. There is no lockout this time around so let’s get going. The goal in recent years for the Boston Celtics was just get to the postseason healthy in hopes of making a playoff run with their veteran … [Read more...] about Outstanding off-season keeps Boston Celtics NBA title contenders
The calendar now reads June. In the NBA that means it’s time to crown an NBA Champion. However among the biggest of NBA nerds, it also means it’s time to get ready for the NBA draft. We're only two weeks and a few hours away from the 2011 NBA Draft. This year, it’s preparing for the likes of Kyrie Irving, Derrick Williams, Enes Kanter and Brandon Knight to join the greatest … [Read more...] about The 10 Worst NBA Drafts in the Lottery Era
Anybody who saw this coming, please raise your hand now. Just raise it up. Raise it up nice and high. Anybody? OK…I didn’t think so. With Oklahoma City winning in San Antonio Monday and Boston winning in Miami Tuesday, the NBA Playoffs have suddenly been flipped upside down. After trailing 0-2 in their respective series, both the Thunder and the Celtics have done the … [Read more...] about Game 5 shockers in Conference Finals put Spurs, Heat on the brink
I don't like to put anything on anyone or anything in particular, especially if that any one or thing has no business in deciding the outcome of a basketball game, but I think now everyone has the right to speculate on what is really going on between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics. … [Read more...] about NBA Playoffs: Refs giving Miami ‘stars’ all (well most) of the calls
Well, here is the Miami Heat for the second year in a row: the Eastern Conference Finals. All of us know how last year ended for the Heat: a 4-2 NBA Finals loss to Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks. Last year, the Heat beat the Boston Celtics in the second round of the NBA playoffs, 4-1. But it's a new year and, probably, the last time the Boston's "Big Three + Rondo" will … [Read more...] about Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat: everything you need to know