DeMar DeRozan’s Hot Start | Hoops Talk Nation

In the history of the Toronto Raptors franchise, no other player can boast to have the kind of start to kick off a season like DeMar DeRozan has had for the 2016-2017 NBA season.  In addition to leading the league in scoring in just over 30 point per game, the 27 year old shooting guard has also become the 3rd player in the last 35 years with 6 30+ point games in first 7 games of a season.  The other two players to accomplish this feat…Bernard King and some guy named Micheal Jordan.

A performance of this magnitude was worthy of a conversation and Andy McNamara of TSN Radio 1050 stopped by the Hoops Talk Nation to discuss the historic run and whether this hot start can be sustained over the course of the NBA season.

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Breaking Down the Young LA Lakers | Hoops Talk Nation

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In the post Kobe Bryant era, very few people would have predicted that the young upstart LA Lakers led by a 36 year old head coach in Luke Walton would have had the kind of start that they’ve had.  A change from routine, hungry young players eager to get better and vets willing to lead by example can all be pointed to as reasons for the turnaround.  Ryan Ward, Senior writer/editor of Lakers Nation stops by the Hoops Talk Nation podcast to help breakdown what we’ve seen this young season and what we can expect to see moving forward including a possible playoff berth in a tough Western Conference.

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Milwaukee Bucks Acquire Snell from Chicago Bulls for Michael Carter-Williams | Hoops Talk Nation

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In advance of the 2016-2017 NBA season, the Milwaukee Bucks agree to a trade with the Chicago Bulls, acquiring fourth-year guard Tony Snell in exchange for fourth-year guard Michael Carter-Williams.

The 24-year old Snell has averaged 9.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 16.0 minutes in three games to date during the 2016 preseason. He appeared in 64 games (33 starts) for the Bulls last season, averaging 5.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 20.3 minutes per contest. The 20th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft out of the University of New Mexico, Snell shot 36.1 percent from the three-point arc last season.

The 25-year-old Carter-Williams averaged 11.5 points, 5.2 assists and 5.1 rebounds in 30.5 minutes over 54 games (37 starts) for the Bucks last season. Originally drafted by Philadelphia in the 2013 NBA Draft (11th overall) out of Syracuse, he was acquired by Milwaukee in a trade on Feb. 19, 2015.

Basketball writer, James Tillman joins the Hoops Talk Nation podcast to breakdown the deal and offer his thoughts on who really won out.

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Can LeBron James And The Cavs Do It Again? | Hoops Talk Nation

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After a magical run to the NBA title last season, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers enter the 2016-2017 season with the aim of duplicating their efforts and repeating as champs. They still are the best team in the Eastern Conference and come into the season with much of the championship core intact.

Brendan Bowers, author of the New York Times best selling book “Cleveland is King” stops by the Hoops Talk Nation podcast to offer up his outlook on the upcoming season.

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Checking In on the Toronto Raptors with Duane Watson | Hoops Talk Nation

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While the idea of the Toronto Raptors topping last season’s magical run that ended at the hands of  LeBron James and his championship Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals is questionable, there`s a fair amount of intrigue headed into the 2016-2017 campaign to suggest that getting back to the big dance can be a very real possibility.tag lineWith many unanswered questions on my mind, I reached out to my hoops writer pal and all around good guy, Duane Watson to explore the possibilities with that exist for our hometown Raptors for the upcoming campaign.

At the end of it all, we walked away with two distinct thoughts around why the success of last can be replicated:

  1. the youthful core of DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, Jonas Valanciunas, Cory Joseph, Terrence Ross, Norman Powell and Patrick Patterson are all in tact and presumably have a bit more seasoned with last year`s extended playoff run under their belts.
  2. Having so many returning faces also means that the chemistry issues that may plague other Eastern conference squads who made significant personnel moves like Chicago, New York, Indiana, Boston and Atlanta won`t be a concern for the Raps who were cohesive as super glue.

It was a great convo that definitely offered some viewpoints to challenge your thinking if you were doubting the Raptors chances of keeping up, if definitely made Duane and I believers!

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Previewing The Philadelphia 76ers With Marc Zumoff | Hoops Talk Nation

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Philadelphia 76ers TV play by play announcer, Marc Zumoff previews the upcoming season for the Sixers. Philly will unfortunately be without their rising star, Ben Simmons for the earlier part of the season who fractured his ankle during a practice.

Philly fans have much reason to be optimistic, Joel Embiid appears to be healthy after sitting the first two years of his career with a foot injury, Dario Saric is finally a member of the roster, and vet players like Elton Brand, Jerryd Bayless, and Gerald Henderson are also on the roster to provide some direction to their young crop of players.

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Previewing the Chicago Bulls with Stephen Bardo | Hoops Talk Nation

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The Chicago Bulls went through a major overhaul in the off season and said good-bye to the likes of Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and head coach Tom Thibedeau, all of whom were integral pieces to what the defensively minded club built their reputation on. A new crop of fresh faces joined the Bulls organization highlighted by the homecoming of 13 year pro and three time NBA champ, Dwayne Wade.  He’s also joined by a championship point guard in Rajon Rondo and brand new bench boss, Fred Hoiberg.

There were a lot of questions to be asked on Chicago Bulls Media Day regarding the direction of the team, its identity and style of play as the 2016-2017 NBA season approached.  Basketball analyst for both Fox Sports and the WNBA, Stephen Bardo stops by to offer his thoughts on Media Day and his outlook for the upcoming NBA season.

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Upward Motion Up for the Atlanta Hawks | Hoops Talk Nation

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The Atlanta Hawks come into the 2016-2017 with much optimism and are intent on continuing the winning trend they’ve established from previous seasons despite the slightly new look.

Al Horford and Jeff Teague may have departed but the arrival of a highly motivated and re-energized Dwight Howard could very well make the transition seamless and improve the squad in a number of areas.  Sports writer, Donnell Suggs stops by the Hoops Talk Nation podcast to offer up his thoughts on what he feels will be a very exciting season of quality team basketball for Hawks fans.

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Last Season for Former Boston Celtic, Paul Pierce | Hoops Talk Nation

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Paul Pierce made headlines on NBA media day  when the 18 year vet announced that the 2016-2017 season would be his last one as he intends on retiring from the game of basketball.  The news would come days after former Boston Celtic, teammate Kevin Garnett made it public that his career was also over as well.   Pierce, who won a championship in Boston with Garnett, will finish his career in his hometown with a Los Angeles Clippers squad expected to be one of the Western Conference’s best teams which will possibly give him an opportunity with a chance to chase a title in his final year.

The Truth would have played 19 seasons in the NBA with a substantial chunk in Boston where Garnett joined him along with Ray Allen to capture a title in 2008. Kevin and Paul would eventually move on to play together in Brooklyn for two seasons before Pierce decided to finish his career in his hometown of LA and play for the Clippers.

Considering the impact that both players had on the Boston franchise, it only made sense that Nick Gelso from CLNS Radio join the Hoops Talk Nation podcast to reflect on the careers of Pierce and KG.

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Kevin Garnett AKA “The Big Ticket” Retires from the NBA | Hoops Talk Nation

 

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After a stellar career that spanned for 21 seasons, Kevin Garnett AKA The Big Ticket has officially retired from the NBA and leaves behind a legacy of a fierce competitor who`s intensity brought the best out of his opponents.

KG came into the league in 1995, the first player to do so in two decades and paved the way for others like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Tracy McGrady to follow him. The 15 time All Star leaves the game having won the league MVP award in 2004, a championship with the Celtics in 2008, a defensive player of the year honors plus a host of other accolades which all can directly be attributed to his tremendous work ethic and love for the game.

Kevin Draves is the host of the The Howl podcast on HowlinTWolf.com and is a longtime follower of the T-Wolves club.  He joins the Hoops Talk Nation podcast and offers his unique perspective on the player known as KG and provides further insight into a remarkable Hall of Fame career.

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