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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Well, it was a lot of fun and we walked away with some great memories and a ton of laughs. Dave and I have always remained good friends and make a point of catching up from time to time. We just so happened to be chatting the day after the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremonies of Shaq, AI, Yao and others and as expected, our conversation headed in that direction.
Tim Duncan spent almost 20 years as the a solid reliable and oftentimes quiet force down low for the San Antonio Spurs franchise. With Duncan as the focal point, the Spurs won five championships, made the playoffs in all 19 of his seasons and cemented themselves as one of the most successful sports franchises in history.
And now, the tireless and reluctant superstar is finally calling it a career.
Nike Crown League fittingly kicked off in Toronto on Canada Day on Kerr Hall Gymnasium’s newly renovated court at Ryerson University in downtown Toronto. For the second consecutive summer, the Crown provided an opportunity for the best ballers in the city to compete on a highly competitive stage. The end goal….#ClaimRoyalty