Sure, Damian Lillard hit the game-winning layup with seconds remaining to beat the Phoenix Suns, but the Portland Trail Blazers would not have even been in the game if not for a former lottery pick who had already lost favor in two other cities.
Lillard’s score sealed a 90-89 win on Wednesday, but the player of the game for Portland was reserve forward Thomas Robinson, who not only led the team with 15 points, but provided some stiff defense and energy to the Blazers in the second half as they responded to multiple Phoenix runs. Read the rest of this entry »
His quickly blossoming game no longer a secret around the NBA, Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic is starting to see more and more double teams when he catches the ball in the post.
Vucevic worked hard over the summer to greatly expand his back-to-the-basket game, and it’s paid big dividends so far as the 7-footer is averaging a career-best 15.8 points per game while shooting 53.7 percent from the floor. According to NBA.com’s shot charts, Vucevic has made 36 of 61 shots (59 percent) on post moves at the rim, eight of 10 (80 percent) from the right block and four of eight (50 percent) on other shots in the lane. Read the rest of this entry »
Mark Jackson is at it again with the bold predictions, and Klay Thompson is the subject.
“He’s a top-five (shooting) guard in this league,” Jackson says, “and I’m being respectful.”
Read: The Warriors coach believes Thompson is in the top of that small company but doesn’t want to disrespect the bigger names. Sounds crazy, right? Thompson in the elite class with All-Stars Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, James Harden and Joe Johnson. But judging by the data, and by the eye test, Jackson doesn’t seem off base. Read the rest of this entry »
Mike Conley’s not a high-flying, flashy point guard like Derrick Rose or Chris Paul, and he can’t shoot lights out from three like Stephen Curry, but Conley quietly carried the Memphis Grizzlies to the Western Conference Finals last year without much recognition and continues to be one of the only bright spots for the Grizzlies this season thus far.
Conley is shooting a career-best 49.6 percent from the field, and he is averaging a career-best 19.1 points per game. He is also shooting a career-high 88.9 percent from the free-throw line. Read the rest of this entry »
The NBA opened the 2013-14 season with 10 games abroad, including the Global Games 2013 during the regular season. A record-high 12 teams will go abroad this season starting with the below BDA clients taking part in the league’s travels:
In the first game of Global Games 2013, the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated Fenerbahce Ulker, 95-82, in Istanbul, Turkey, with Andre Roberson contributing four points, Hasheem Thabeet adding four points, and Perry Jones III adding two points. The Thunder later defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in Manchester, England, 103-99 with Perry Jones III adding seven points. Read the rest of this entry »
Matthew “Delly” Dellavedova, newly signed Cleveland Cavalier, was born and raised in Maryborough, Australia. The standout Australian athlete came to the United States to play basketball for four years at Saint Mary’s College, graduating with a degree in Psychology. When Dellavedova started training camp for the Cavaliers he began writing a column, Delly’s Diary, in an Australian newspaper, the Bendigo Advertiser. Each week he gives his fans a behind-the-scenes look at his life as an athlete fighting for and earning a spot on an NBA team. Read the rest of this entry »
In early October, Jay Williams was inducted into the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame as part of a seven-person class. One of Duke’s top all-time scorers with 2,079 points, Williams averaged 19.3 points per game over his three seasons with the Blue Devils, helping them compile a 95-13 record. Williams was the National Freshman of the Year in the 1999-2000 season while being named the ACC Tournament’s most valuable player. He won consecutive national player of the year honors by the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 2001 and 2002. He led the Blue Devils to their third national championship in 2001. The Chicago Bulls drafted Williams with the No. 2 overall selection in the 2002 NBA draft. On February 5, 2003, Williams had his No. 22 jersey retired to the rafters of legendary Cameron Indoor Stadium. Read the rest of this entry »
The NBA unveiled its newest commercial campaign for the 2013-2014 season last week, where Mike Conley was among the young stars featured in the spot. The NBA is aiming to change the popular basketball slang “Shoot the Lights Out” to “Shoot the Lights On”, shown in the commercial are flashes of players dribbling in dark NBA arenas and shooting until the lights come on. As a change of pace, the new brand commercial features “up-and-coming” stars of the NBA – the players to watch for! Read the rest of this entry »
Yao Ming and NBA China announced a partnership to develop and operate the first NBA Yao School in Beijing. The partnership was announced at a press conference attended by Yao, NBA Commissioner David Stern, NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver, and NBA China CEO David Shoemaker. The NBA Yao School will open in February 2014 and will provide after-school basketball training and fitness programs for boys and girls of all skill levels through the age of 16. The school aims to teach the importance of teamwork, leadership, and communication in a fun basketball environment. “It has always been my dream to positively impact the lives of youth through sports participation,” Yao said. The NBA will create the training curriculum and teaching manual, and select an experienced technical director to implement and manage the basketball side of the program. Yao will be responsible for developing and operating the school. Read the rest of this entry »
Minnesota Timberwolves rookie-guard Shabazz Muhammad kicked-off the regular season with an exciting new partnership with The Kids In Need Foundation (KINF). Through a significant donation, Shabazz provided backpacks and school supplies for 125 children serviced by KINF. Shabazz was joined by a staff of volunteers from the Timberwolves organization to stuff and deliver the bags filled with the much-needed school supplies to the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Read the rest of this entry »