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Friday, October 24, 2014

SDH Presents from JRSportBrief: Did Kobe Bryant Ruin the Lakers?!


After quite a hiatus, +Slap Dog Hoops brings back an old staple, +JRSportBrief, to grace us all with his wisdom on all things +NBA. In this edition, JR offers us an intersesting question to ponder:  +Kobe Bryant  has 5 NBA titles and more than 31,000 points over his career for the +Los Angeles Lakers ! Has he ruined their future as he approaches retirement? View more #JRWisdom and always keep up with all 30 +NBA teams right here on +Slap Dog Hoops. Also, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!   

SDH Presents Heartbreaking Lakers News: Steve Nash Ruled OUT For The Season


+Los Angeles Lakers point guard +Steve Nash has been officially ruled out for the 2014-2015 season due to a recurring back injury.  Catch more +Los Angeles Lakers coverage courtesy of +Lakers Nation plus keep up with all 30 +NBA teams right here on +Slap Dog Hoops.  Also, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!   

SDH Presents Cowbell Kingdom Podcast Ep 168: CSN's Bobby Jackson


+Sacramento Kings legend Bobby Jackson joins the +Cowbell Kingdom podcast in segment one. In segment two, +NBC Sports  Aaron Bruski hops on to discuss the upcoming season.  Catch all the latest news, notes and interviews along with scores and highlights from the +Sacramento Kings  and the +NBA right here on +Slap Dog HoopsAlso, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!  

SDH Presents Snake Streetball Freestyle Tutorial - Breakdown Moves 4


Step by step instructions on how to do three of the best breakdown moves - the Rob K Cross, Illusion Cross and Sneaky Spin. Learn how to do these killer crossovers and ankle breaking moves in a way that will have you shaking and tricking defenders like crazy. You can use these moves in fundamental basketball, streetball, and as freestyle basketball tricks. Be sure to work on these dribbling moves and add them to your repertoire if you really want to get some oohs and ahhs with your handles.

All three of these breakdown moves use some unique tactics where you move the ball in the opposite direction of your body to confuse the defender. Some of these moves use this technique as part of the setup and others use it when you're actually moving past your defender. Either way, if you perfect them you'll be breaking ankles and stunning defenders with these killer crossovers and sick moves! Catch more great helpful, entertaining and challenging videos to help perfect your game and watch them being done in practice right here on +Slap Dog HoopsAlso, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!

SDH Presents Sacramento Kings Practice: Ryan Hollins 10/23/14


Ryan Hollins discusses his view on teamwork, the +Sacramento Kingsupcoming matchup with the +Los Angeles Lakers in Las Vegas and more following Thursday's practice.  Catch all the latest news, notes and interviews along with scores and highlights from the +Sacramento Kings and the +NBA right here on +Slap Dog HoopsAlso, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!  

SDH Presents Sacramento Kings Practice: Nik Stauskas 10/23/14


+Nik Stauskas talks offensive potential, getting more comfortable in his own game and more following Thursday's practice.  Catch all the latest news, notes and interviews along with scores and highlights from the +Sacramento Kings and the +NBA right here on +Slap Dog HoopsAlso, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!  

SDH Presents from DraftExpress.com: Marcus Paige 2014-15 NCAA Basketball Preseason Scouting Video



Check out this great +NCAA preseason scouting video, courtesy of +DraftExpress, breaking down the strengths and weaknesses of +North Carolina Tar Heels junior point guard Marcus Paige.  Catch more great highlight videos from +DraftExpress along with interviews as well scouting reports of both current and future +NBA stars right here on +Slap Dog Hoops.   Also, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks! 

SDH Presents from DraftExpress.com: Tyus Jones 2014-15 NCAA Basketball Preseason Scouting Video


Check out this great +NCAA preseason scouting video, courtesy of +DraftExpress, breaking down the strengths and weaknesses of +Duke Basketball freshman point guard Tyus Jones.  Catch more great highlight videos from +DraftExpress along with interviews as well scouting reports of both current and future +NBA stars right here on +Slap Dog Hoops.   Also, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks! 

SDH Presents from DraftExpress.com: Brice Johnson 2014-15 NCAA Basketball Preseason Scouting Video


Check out this great +NCAA preseason scouting video, courtesy of +DraftExpress, breaking down the strengths and weaknesses of +North Carolina Tar Heels athletic forward Brice Johnson.  Catch more great highlight videos from +DraftExpress along with interviews as well scouting reports of both current and future +NBA stars right here on +Slap Dog Hoops.   Also, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks! 

SDH Presents Euroleague Basketball Highlights: PGE Turow Zgorzelec v. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul


+Fenerbahçe Ülker Istanbul improved to 2-0 in Group C by downing +PGE Turow Zgorzelec 76-91 in Lubin, Poland on Thursday. Fenerbahce tied FC Barcelona atop the standings, while Turow dropped to 0-2. Andrew Goudelock led the winners with 27 points. Make sure you visit www.euroleague.livebasketball.tv to access live games with much more videos and do not forget to check on +Slap Dog Hoops  for all the scores, recaps and highlights in +EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL.  Also, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!   

SDH Presents Euroleague Basketball Highlights: FC Bayern Munich v. Panathinaikos Athens



+FC Bayern München took charge in the fourth quarter as it outlasted +Panathinaikos  81-75 at Audi Dome in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Game of the Week on Thursday. Dusko Savanovic hit 5 three-pointers, including 2 in the final two minutes, to lift Bayern in a game that did not see either team lead by more than 6 at any point in the first three quarters.  Make sure you visit www.euroleague.livebasketball.tv to access live games with much more videos and do not forget to check on +Slap Dog Hoops  for all the scores, recaps and highlights in +EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL.  Also, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!  

SDH Presents Euroleague Basketball Regular Season Round 2: Thursday Recap



Thursday roared into action with one team claiming its first ever Euroleague victory, a perennial challenger gaining revenge for a painful recent defeat, and two contenders flexing their muscles with impressive road wins.  Make sure you visit www.euroleague.livebasketball.tv to access live games with much more videos and do not forget to check on +Slap Dog Hoops  for all the scores, recaps and highlights in +EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL.  Also, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!  

SDH Presents Euroleague Basketball Regular Season Round 2: Friday Preview


Friday of Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season Round 2 criss-crosses Europe with six exciting battles featuring established powerhouses and emerging challengers seeking to make names for themselves.  Make sure you visit www.euroleague.livebasketball.tv to access live games with much more videos and do not forget to check on +Slap Dog Hoops  for all the scores, recaps and highlights in +EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL.  Also, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!  

SDH Presents Top 5 NBA Preseason Plays 10/23/14


Check out the Top 5 plays from the group of games on October 23, 2014.  Visit nba.com/video for more highlights and always keep up with all 30+NBA teams right here on +Slap Dog Hoops.  Also, please kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!

SDH Presents NBA Season Preview: Minnesota Timberwolves


Check out this season preview of the 2014-15 +Minnesota TimberwolvesVisit nba.com/video for more highlights and always keep up with all 30+NBA teams right here on +Slap Dog HoopsAlso, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!

SDH Presents The Starters' 2014-15 NBA Season Preview Part 8


J.E., Tas and Leigh dive further into their 72 burning questions to start the NBA season. Find more of +The Starters on their homepage: http://nba.com/thestarters.  Watch weeknights at 6:30 p.m. ET on +NBA TV  and keep tuned in to +Slap Dog Hoops for all the latest news, notes and more from the +NBA and beyond.  Also, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks! 

SDH Presents NBA Season Preview: Los Angeles Lakers



Check out this season preview of the 2014-15 +Los Angeles LakersVisit nba.com/video for more highlights and always keep up with all 30+NBA teams right here on +Slap Dog HoopsAlso, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!

SDH Presents NBA Season Preview: Golden State Warriors


Check out this season preview of the 2014-15 +Golden State WarriorsVisit nba.com/video for more highlights and always keep up with all 30+NBA teams right here on +Slap Dog HoopsAlso, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!

SDH Presents NBA Season Preview: Memphis Grizzlies


Check out this season preview of the 2014-15 +Memphis GrizzliesVisit nba.com/video for more highlights and always keep up with all 30+NBA teams right here on +Slap Dog HoopsAlso, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

SDH Presents Euroleague Basketball Highlights: EA7 Emporio Armani Milan v. FC Barcelona


+FC Barcelona went on the road and took care of business, hitting 11 three-pointers in downing EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 63-78 on Thursday night. Barcelona improved to 2-0 for a share of first place in Group C, while EA7 Milan dropped to 0-2.  Make sure you visit www.euroleague.livebasketball.tv to access live games with much more videos and do not forget to check on +Slap Dog Hoops  for all the scores, recaps and highlights in +EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL.  Also, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!  

SDH Presents from TYT Sports: Is Kobe Bryant the Problem? [ESPN Article Reaction]


Henry Abbott of the +ESPN  affiliated True Hoops blog and ESPN the Magazine contributing writer wrote a piece that sent waves through all of sports media. The piece bashed +Kobe Bryant for a list of reasons all pointing towards the demise of the +Los Angeles Lakers  last few seasons. Abbott points out that Kobe is the reason that perinial stars like +LeBron James and +Carmelo Anthony  did not want to come to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers. Kobe recently stated that the article does not mean anything to him and understand the constant criticism you receive when you are in the type of spotlight he is constantly in.

Are you for or against the article?  See what the folks from +TYT Sports have to say and always keep up with all 30+NBA teams right here on +Slap Dog HoopsAlso, please kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks! 

SDH Presents NBA Season Preview: Sacramento Kings


Check out this season preview of the 2014-15 +Sacramento KingsVisit nba.com/video for more highlights and always keep up with all 30+NBA teams right here on +Slap Dog HoopsAlso, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!

SDH Presents Denver Nuggets Practice Report - Offensive and Defensive Execution


+Denver Nuggets host Alexis Perry talks to Head Coach Brian Shaw about play execution, minute restrictions and building chemistry between the units.  Catch more in depth coverage of the Nuggets--including scores, highlights, interviews, insightful analysis and commentary--as well as the rest of the +NBA right here on +Slap Dog Hoops.  Also, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!

SDH Presents Euroleague Basketball Highlights: Neptunas Klaipeda v. Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade


Valdas Vasylius banked in a shot with 3.2 seconds left and  Neptunas Klaipeda celebrated a historic first-ever Turkish Airlines Euroleague victory, a thrilling 83-81 decision over +Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade on Thursday.  Make sure you visit www.euroleague.livebasketball.tv to access live games with much more videos and do not forget to check on +Slap Dog Hoops  for all the scores, recaps and highlights in +EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL.  Also, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!  

SDH Presents Euroleague Basketball Highlights: Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul v. Valencia Basket


+Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul held on late to beat +Valencia Basket 71-64 after leading by as many as 28 points in the first half on Thursday at Abdi Ipekci Arena.  Make sure you visit www.euroleague.livebasketball.tv to access live games with much more videos and do not forget to check on +Slap Dog Hoops  for all the scores, recaps and highlights in +EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL.  Also, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!  

SDH Presents Full Highlights of Celtics' Marcus Smart's 16 points,4 assists in 16 mins vs Brooklyn Nets 10/22/2014


Check out the highlights of +Boston Celtics'  rookie Macrus Smart where he posted a rather impressive statline of 16 points, 1 rebound, 4 assists, and 2 steals, while shooting 5/8 from the field in just 16 minutes against the +Brooklyn Nets.   Catch more great Celtics highlights along with scores, recaps, post game interviews, analysis and commentary right here on +Slap Dog Hoops.  Also, be sure to check out my preseason Worst to First prediction right here: http://slapdoghoops.blogspot.com/2014/10/sdhs-20142015-nba-worst-to-first_49.html.  Finally, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!       

SDH Presents Euroleague Basketball Regular Season Round 2: Thursday Preview


Regular Season Round 2 blasts off Thursday with a marquee rematch from last season's Final Four, a first-time superpower showdown in the Game of the Week and the return of a giant who ruled Round 1.  Make sure you visit www.euroleague.livebasketball.tv to access live games with much more videos and do not forget to check on +Slap Dog Hoops  for all the scores, recaps and highlights in +EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL.  Also, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!  

SDH Presents Euroleague Basketball Highlights: CSKA Moscow v Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv


Revenge for a late loss in last season's semifinals was sweet on Thursday as +CSKA MOSCOW blew out visiting champions +Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 99-80 to stay undefeated in regular season Group B.  Make sure you visit www.euroleague.livebasketball.tv to access live games with much more videos and do not forget to check on +Slap Dog Hoops  for all the scores, recaps and highlights in +EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL.  Also, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!  

SDH Presents Toronto Raptors Post Game: Kyle Lowry - October 22, 2014



Kyle Lowry speaks with media following the +Toronto Raptors  92-85 preseason win over +MACCABI HAIFA.  For more, go to raptors.com and always keep up with all 30 +NBA teams right here on +Slap Dog Hoops.   Also, please kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!  

SDH Presents Lakers Post Game: Jeremy Lin, 'Felt Like I Played 62 Minutes!'


After the +Los Angeles Lakers preseason win over the +Portland Trail Blazers, +Jeremy Lin  says there were stretches where he felt good and felt bad.  Catch more +Los Angeles Lakers coverage courtesy of +Lakers Nation plus keep up with all 30 +NBA teams right here on +Slap Dog Hoops.  Also, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!   

SDH Presents Toronto Raptors Practice: Amir Johnson - October 23, 2014


Amir Johnson speaks with the media following Thursday's practice.  For more, go to raptors.com and always keep up with all 30 +NBA teams right here on +Slap Dog Hoops.   Also, please kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!   

SDH Presents Toronto Raptors Practice: Greivis Vasquez - October 23, 2014


+Greivis Vasquez speaks with the media following Thursday's practice.  For more, go to raptors.com and always keep up with all 30 +NBA teams right here on +Slap Dog Hoops.   Also, please kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!   

SDH Presents Toronto Raptors Practice: Dwane Casey - October 23, 2014


Dwane Casey speaks with the media following Thursday's practice.  For more, go to raptors.com and always keep up with all 30 +NBA teams right here on +Slap Dog Hoops.   Also, please kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!   

SDH Presents Sacramento Kings Practice: Coach Malone 10/22/14


Coach Malone talks preseason performance, provides insight into what the +Sacramento Kings need to improve upon before their upcoming opener against the +Golden State Warriors and more.  Catch all the latest news, notes and interviews along with scores and highlights from the +Sacramento Kings and the +NBA right here on +Slap Dog HoopsAlso, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!  

SDH Presents Sacramento Kings Practice: Ben McLemore 10/22/14


+Ben McLemore discusses his overall performance this preseason, his improvement and more following Wednesday's practice.  Catch all the latest news, notes and interviews along with scores and highlights from the +Sacramento Kings and the +NBA right here on +Slap Dog HoopsAlso, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!  

SDH Presents Lakers Post Game: Julius Randle, "I Don't Want To Be The Next Shaq, I Want To Be Kobe."


+Los Angeles Lakers forward +Julius Randle  recalls when he was younger and people would say he was going to be the next Shaq. Problem was he wanted to be +Kobe Bryant.  Catch more +Los Angeles Lakers coverage courtesy of +Lakers Nation plus keep up with all 30 +NBA teams right here on +Slap Dog Hoops.  Also, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!  

SDH Presents Lakers Post Game: Ed Davis On Solidifying Playing Time


After the +Los Angeles Lakers  win over the +Portland Trail Blazers, Ed Davis talks about what else he has to do to earn playing time. Catch more +Los Angeles Lakers coverage courtesy of +Lakers Nation plus keep up with all 30 +NBA teams right here on +Slap Dog Hoops.  Also, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!   

SDH Presents Toronto Raptors Post Game: James Johnson - October 22, 2014


James Johnson speaks with media following the +Toronto Raptors  92-85 preseason win over +MACCABI HAIFA.  For more, go to raptors.com and always keep up with all 30 +NBA teams right here on +Slap Dog Hoops.   Also, please kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!  

SDH Presents Toronto Raptors Post Game: Will Cherry - October 22, 2014



Will Cherry speaks with media following the +Toronto Raptors  92-85 preseason win over +MACCABI HAIFA.  For more, go to raptors.com and always keep up with all 30 +NBA teams right here on +Slap Dog Hoops.   Also, please kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!  

SDH Presents Toronto Raptors Post Game: DeMar DeRozan – October 22, 2014


+Demar Derozan speaks with media following the +Toronto Raptors  92-85 preseason win over +MACCABI HAIFA.  For more, go to raptors.com and always keep up with all 30 +NBA teams right here on +Slap Dog Hoops.   Also, please kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!  

SDH Presents NBA Season Preview: Orlando Magic


Check out this season preview of the 2014-15 +Orlando MagicVisit nba.com/video for more highlights and always keep up with all 30+NBA teams right here on +Slap Dog HoopsAlso, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!

SDH Presents NBA Season Preview: Washington Wizards


Check out this season preview of the 2014-15 +Washington WizardsVisit nba.com/video for more highlights and always keep up with all 30+NBA teams right here on +Slap Dog HoopsAlso, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!

SDH Presents NBA Season Preview: Utah Jazz


Check out this season preview of the 2014-15 +Utah JazzVisit nba.com/video for more highlights and always keep up with all 30+NBA teams right here on +Slap Dog HoopsAlso, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!

SDH Presents NBA Season Preview: New Orleans Pelicans



Check out this season preview of the 2014-15 +New Orleans PelicansVisit nba.com/video for more highlights and always keep up with all 30+NBA teams right here on +Slap Dog HoopsAlso, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!

SDH Presents NBA Duel: Carmelo Anthony vs. John Wall


+Washington Wizards' John Wall scored 29 but +Carmelo Anthony's 30 points lifted the +New York Knicks to a three point victory.  Visit nba.com/video for more highlights and always keep up with all 30+NBA teams right here on +Slap Dog HoopsAlso, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!

SDH Presents The Starters' 2014-15 NBA Season Preview Part 7



Sans Trey, Leigh, Tas, and Skeets tackle more of their 72 burning questions going into the NBA season. Find more of +The Starters  on their homepage: http://nba.com/thestarters.  Watch weeknights at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBA TV  and keep tuned in to +Slap Dog Hoops for all the latest news, notes and more from the +NBA and beyond.  Also, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks! 

SDH Presents NBA Season Preview: Phoenix Suns



Check out this season preview of the 2014-15 +Phoenix SunsVisit nba.com/video for more highlights and always keep up with all 30+NBA teams right here on +Slap Dog HoopsAlso, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!

SDH Presents NBA Season Preview: Portland Trail Blazers



Check out this season preview of the 2014-15 +Portland Trail BlazersVisit nba.com/video for more highlights and always keep up with all 30+NBA teams right here on +Slap Dog HoopsAlso, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!

SDH Presents Chris Paul's Domination of the Phoenix Suns


+Chris Paul  made a statement with a strong preseason performance carrying the +Los Angeles Clippers with 34 points and 9 assists victory over the +Phoenix Suns.  Visit nba.com/video for more highlights and always keep up with all 30+NBA teams right here on +Slap Dog HoopsAlso, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

SDH Presents NBA Season Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder


Check out this season preview of the 2014-15 +Oklahoma City ThunderVisit nba.com/video for more highlights and always keep up with all 30+NBA teams right here on +Slap Dog HoopsAlso, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!

SDH Presents NBA Season Preview: Indiana Pacers



Check out this season preview of the 2014-15 +Indiana PacersVisit nba.com/video for more highlights and always keep up with all 30+NBA teams right here on +Slap Dog HoopsAlso, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!

SDH Presents NBA Season Preview: Denver Nuggets


Check out this season preview of the 2014-15 +Denver NuggetsVisit nba.com/video for more highlights and always keep up with all 30+NBA teams right here on +Slap Dog HoopsAlso, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!

SDH Presents Minnesota Timberwolves 1-on-1 with Anthony Bennett



Newly acquired power forward Anthony Bennett sits down for this exclusive interview with +Minnesota Timberwolves radio play-by-play announcer Alan Horton.   Catch more in-depth and up to date coverage from the Wolves--including, scores, recaps, highlights, analysis and commentary--as well as the rest of the +NBA right here on +Slap Dog Hoops.  You can also check out where I have the Wolves placed on my Worst to First Countdown by clicking here: http://slapdoghoops.blogspot.ca/2014/10/sdhs-20142015-nba-worst-to-first_22.html. Finally, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!    

SDH Presents Minnesota Timberwolves 1-on-1 with Zach LaVine


+Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine sat down with Alan Horton to discuss his dunking, the youth on this team and what he's been up to this offseason.  Catch more in-depth and up to date coverage from the Wolves--including, scores, recaps, highlights, analysis and commentary--as well as the rest of the +NBA right here on +Slap Dog Hoops.  You can also check out where I have the Wolves placed on my Worst to First Countdown by clicking here: http://slapdoghoops.blogspot.ca/2014/10/sdhs-20142015-nba-worst-to-first_22.html. Finally, please be kind enough to share this post by simply clicking the Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Pinterest buttons below.  It would be greatly appreciated; Thanks!

SDH's 2014/2015 NBA Worst to First Previews and Predictions: 28. Boston Celtics


Overall Win/Loss Record:  25-57, fifth place Atlantic Division

2014/2015 Projection: 24-58, fifth place Atlantic Division, fourteenth place Eastern Conference

Preseason Rank
28


Last season’s Team Statistics and League Rank
  • Points Scored: 96.2 (26th)
  • Points Allowed: 100.7 (13th)
  • Team FG%: .435 (28th)
  • Opponent’s FG%: .465 (23rd)
  • Team FT%: .777 (10th)
  • Team Three Point FG%: .333 (28th)
  • Rebounds per game: 42.5 (18th)
  • Opponents rebounds per game: 42.3 (13th)
  • Turnovers per game: 14.4 (20th)
  • Opponents turnovers per game: 13.7 (18th)




Returning Individual Statistical Leaders
Projected Opening Day Starters Based on Past Performances and Projected Impact:

Key Reserves Rank Based on Past Performances and Projected Impact:

  1. Evan Turner (G/F)
  2. Brandon Bass (F)
  3. Gerald Wallace (F)
  4. Marcus Thornton (G)
  5. Tyler Zeller (C)

Six years ago, Celtics fans had to wait for 22 years to witness their team finally bring an NBA Championship to Bean Town, and enjoyed a five year span of prosperity which saw five straight Atlantic Division titles, a second NBA Finals appearance in 2010, and a lifetime of memories. Sadly, that era is now gone and it seems that the Shamrock faithful will have to endure another 22 years of futility until their beloved team returns to relevancy once again.  Team Head Man Danny Ainge certainly has not given fans and those observing the league any reason to think the contrary as he followed a rather lackluster off season with an even more disturbingly uneventful post season.  Despite all the talk of trying to pry +Kevin Love away from the +Minnesota Timberwolves, all those hopes turned to dust when the Wolves sent Love to the +Cleveland Cavaliers and got both the 2013 and 2014  number overall picks in the NBA Draft--+Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett.   Other than that, the offseason can be graded as an absolute failure as the Celtics failed to garner any interest as a destination for free agents in what was billed as the richest free agent crop in recent memory, and were forced to settle for scraps leaving the team and its fans to endure another painfully lost season.

The current roster consists of second rate players who were either selected very low in the draft or dead weight contracts acquired from bad trades in  which no respectable NBA would touch with a ten foot pole.  Gerald Wallace, who gave this broken down Green Machine just five points and four boards per game off the bench last season, is still owed 20$ million for the next two seasons.  At the same time both Brandon Bass and Marcus Thornton--a player that the Celtics picked up in an offseason garbage swap with the +Brooklyn Nets--will be most likely coming off the bench and will be earning a cool 16.5$ million together this season.  Fortunately for the Celtics, Thornton's contract will be off the books at the end of the season giving the team a valuable chip come the trade deadline, but they still be stuck with 34$ million on its cap space for the next couple years. That both hampers the Celtics ability to attract high quality free agents and hampers the development of the team's younger players, who in all honesty are not much to write home about either.

Much faith has been put on the Celtics' youth movement to lead the team into the future, but the sad reality is that none of these players have the goods in terms of ability and athleticism to accomplish that goal.  Despite putting up decent numbers last season, neither Kelly Olynyk or Jared Sullinger showed that they can be considered as future franchise players to build upon. Olynk certainly has the potential to have a long and productive career in the +NBA, but don't expect him to turn into the next Kevin McHale anytime soon because he simply does not have the physical tools, the athleticism, or the skill set to take his game to that level.  The same goes for Jared Sullinger, who although he posted a respectable 13.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, he did so by shooting a less than stellar .427 from the field and probably would not even start, let alone play significant minutes for a respectable NBA team.  Those two players were selected rather low in the draft and in most cases would have very low expectations had they been on any other team; however, in the case of the Celtics, where pride is high, but logic and reason are both in short supply, they have ridiculously high expectations put upon them in which they have virtually no way of living up to.     

And those are not the only Celtics who will have ridiculous expectations put upon them by fans and the Boston media only to have them crash and burn once the regular season tips off. Tyler Zeller, who was practically given away to the Celtics by the Cavs for nothing, probably will never live up to his days as one of college basketball's best big men playing for North Carolina as he has not shown it thus far, but don't say that to a hardcore Celtics fan.  Jeff Green, who led the Celtics in scoring last season, was touted as being the successor to living Celtic legend +Paul Pierce and create a new legacy with a new generation of Celtics; however, after an up and down performance last season, both the franchise and its fans seemed to have lost faith in him.  Green will most likely be used as trade bait along with Thornton and +Rajon Rondo, who had conveniently suffered a broken hand right before the start of training camp.  While one remnant of past Celtic glory heads off into the sunset, Danny Ainge found it wise to overpay another one, Avery Bradley--an undersized shooting guard who spent most of his career coming off the bench--to a $32 million contract extension giving the team another dead weight untradeable contract for the next four years to go along with Wallace's and Bass'.

To put it bluntly, the way things have been going of late, Celtics need a miracle if both they and their fans want experience that blissful six year run where for once in a blue moon, they were relevant in the NBA.  Celtics fans love to tout their proud history of championship banners, legendary players, and past glory days, but sadly, that is all that they will probably ever have for a very long time and Danny Ainge knows it.  He, as well as the rest of the Celtics front office, ownership, and brain trust know that fans will remain stuck reminiscing about past successes that they can take as long as they want in even trying to make the team relevant again.  And that is why Boston will continue to linger in mediocrity for the next eight to ten years until the natives start getting restless fifteen years into the Celtics' rebuilding project.  For now, however, watch as the entire basketball world and media collectively sweep the Celtics under the carpet until the magical day in which the storied franchise will rise again.