2008 NBA Summer League: Day 1

The NBADraft.net crew has yet to make its way out to Vegas, so this first Summer League wrap-up comes courtesy of NBA-TV and the wonderful streaming video at NBA.com. While it’s obviously ridiculous to make any definitive statements about anyone’s performance quite yet, some intriguing plotlines began to develop on Day One. Golden State 96,…

Top 15 Restricted Free Agents

The guys on this list will be in the mix, but their original teams can match and/or exceed any offer they receive. Most of these guys will stay put, but July can get crazy. Most of the guys on this list are nearly done with their rookie-scale contracts, so this will be their first major…

The Actions of Others

Russell Westbrook should buy Rajon Rondo a really nice Rolex. At the very least, he needs to send him a thank-you card. DeAndre Jordan needs to head back to Texas A&M to study arthroscopic surgery. Either that, or hire a witch doctor who specializes on healing the knees of 7-foot Lakers’ centers. Danilo Gallinari needs…

soneal01

The Worst Possible Trade

By Nick Prevenas 2/6/08 Shaquille O’Neal enrolled at Louisana State University in 1989, a year after George H.W. Bush defeated Michael Dukakis in the presidential election. He released his first rap album, the seminal "Shaq Diesel," 15 years ago, the same year Nirvana’s "In Utero" came out. He starred in "Blue Chips" 14 years ago,…

ssingletary01

Singletary stands tall, yet again

By Nick Prevenas 11/18/07 Like most basketball players whose height hovers around 6-foot mark, Sean Singletary plays the game with a chip on his shoulder. With little to no attention from national scouting sites and major college recruiters despite a stellar high-school career in Philadelphia, Singletary accepted a scholarship offer from the University of Virginia…

snash04

The NBA at another crossroads

By Nick Prevenas 10/28/07 In 1936, legendary bluesman Robert Johnson recorded his most famous song, "Cross Road Blues," which may or may not have been a first-hand account about his experience with the devil. In one of music’s most captivating fables, Johnson felt so strongly about becoming a famous blues musician that he was willing…

Oden vs. Durant: Basements and Ceilings

By Nick Prevenas 2/7/07 In a 1974 issue of Rolling Stone, legendary rock writer Jon Landau penned one of the most famous lines in music journalism: "I have seen the future of rock and roll, and its name is Bruce Springsteen." Thirty-three years later, nearly every basketball writer is paraphrasing Landau when describing Texas freshman…

The Joy in Absurdity

By Nick Prevenas 1/5/07 I love basketball. If you’re visiting this website and reading this article, I’m sure you do, too. When I type these articles I contribute to this site, the keystrokes tend to fall into a rhythm with the pounding of the ball to the hardwood floor. Late at night, there’s always a…