Yogi Ferrell Named to NBA All-Rookie Second Team

By Lindsey Jones

Dallas Mavericks point guard Yogi Ferrell was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team last week and is the first Mavs rookie to be awarded that honor since Marquis Daniels and Josh Howard both made it in the 2003-2004 season.

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Project Shanks NBA Preview: Atlantic Division

By Matthew Carpenter
PSDC Writer

The AT&T Center cut the lights. Planes were boarded. Somewhere Gregg Popovich cracked a nice bottle of wine. The 2013-14 NBA season was put to bed. While there wasn’t much drama to close the season, the San Antonio Spurs gave us something to watch. The Spurs playoff point differential (214) was an NBA record and not a fluke. I sat in awe, not only of San Antonio’s domination of a Heat squad that was playing 1-on-5 for much of the series, but of the swathe of destruction they carved through a hellacious western conference. Watching the Spurs defend pick and roll, and then use it on the offensive end to set up secondary action was pure beauty. The 2013-14 Spurs were a champion of champions. This isn’t hyperbole. I’m talking 90s Bulls level of excellence.

Much of the drama was saved for the offseason and that didn’t disappoint either. LeBron, Melo, Jimmer, Love. There is no shortage of storylines as we embark on the 2014-15 season.

I count six teams with legitimate NBA title hopes and a few others on the fringe. That’s a big number for professional basketball. This season should be a lot of fun and filled with intrigue.

And then there’s this group…

Atlantic Division – We’ll start with the “Sad Clown” of NBA divisions. Big markets. Storied franchises. Lots of bad.

Order of Finish

1. Raptors – Toronto won 48 games last season and mostly retain the status quo for 2014-15. As a team with a history of hemorrhaging promising players, the re-signing of Kyle Lowry should be viewed as a huge win for general manager Masai Ujiri. The underrated backcourt of Lowry and Demar DeRozan are a “plus” tandem on both sides of the floor. For 4 years/48 million, the Raptors landed a very reasonable contract for a 27-year-old coming off a career season in which he posted 17ppg and a 20+ PER. [Read more…]

The Jason Kidd Debacle and Why It was Inevitable

By Jake Hyman
PSDC NBA Insider

It started in the summer of 2010 when Russian-billionaire owner of the then New Jersey Nets, Mikhail Prokhorov, put up a billboard outside of Madison Square Garden, the home of the New York Knicks, who they hoped would be their new crosstown rival. The billboard contained a photo of Prokhorov to the right of then-minority owner Jay-Z, with the words “The blueprint for greatness” in the foreground. [Read more…]

JUST IN: Jason Kidd on His Way Out of Brooklyn?

By Jake Hyman
PSDC NBA Insider

Multiple reports indicate Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd was recently denied a promotion within the organization to oversee basketball operations and is now discussing options to leave the franchise and join the Milwaukee Bucks.

Photo Credit: AP

Photo Credit: AP

The New York Post first broke the story. [Read more…]

Podcast: New York Sports Minute with Jake Hyman

June 7, 2014: Jake Hyman breaks down all things New York sports.

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Podcast: New York Sports Minute with Jake Hyman

April 13, 2014: Jake Hyman breaks down all things New York sports.

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Mavs Stumble, Lose to Nets in OT

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

For 47 minutes and 20 seconds Sunday night the Dallas Mavericks dominated. It wasn’t pretty but the team received fantastic performances from the likes of Samuel Dalembert and Monta Ellis to put them in position to win it in regulation. Unfortunately the game was an anomaly for the face of the Mavericks organization, Dirk Nowitzki. The sharp-shooting German turned in one of his worst shooting performances in years going 1-for-10 from the field for four points in regulation, and it didn’t improve too much in the final session. In overtime, Dirk scored six points, finishing the game 2-for-12 for 10 points in 38 minutes. That’s hardly a vintage Nowitzki performance, but nonetheless it’s what the Mavs got tonight and the team still should have closed it out.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

What was lost in the effort was Samuel Dalembert’s best performance of the year. In 35 minutes the big man went 4-for-5 from the field for 12 points, 15 rebounds and a whopping seven blocks. What’s more important, Dalembert dominated the closing minutes of the fourth quarter, drawing fouls and converting at the line when Brooklyn was over the foul limit. Those efforts don’t come often from the NBA’s lone Haitian-born player. Also lost was Ellis’ 32-point explosion that curbed the great loss of Nowitzki’s scoring punch. Ellis was solid throughout the contest, but missed 3 point attempts at the buzzer in both regulation and OT. [Read more…]

8 Game Home Stand Gives Mavericks An Opportunity To Move Up

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

“There’s opportunity here, but it’s going to be very challenging, too,” said Rick Carlisle after Monday’s practice. “We’re going to have to work to keep our edge every day and every night. We’ll find out a lot about our character. The ability to keep that edge is one of the signs of competitive character. We’re going to have to have it.”

The Mavericks, fresh off a three-game road trip that was punctuated by a 23-point victory at Oklahoma City, are now faced with something their head coach hasn’t seen in his three decades in the league; an eight-game home stand. The favorable schedule allows the team to remain at home for the remainder of the month, but Dirk Nowitzki isn’t so sure of his team’s chances to improve their standing.

Dirk.Backing.Down

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Jason Kidd Gets Creative to Buy His Team a ‘Timeout’

Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd tells one of his players to run into him causing him to “accidentally” spill his drink on the floor. Ironically, the Nets were out of timeouts when the spillage occurred. J-Kidd’s creativity has continued into the coaching ranks.

Watch the video below.

Bill Simmons Should Be Mad, Chris Rock is Wrong About Brooklyn

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Big Man 

On Thursday night during the 2013 NBA Draft the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics completed a trade that, coupled with the Doc Rivers interview, made for Bill Simmons’ worst night on television. I for one love Bill Simmons. I think he is great, and I know the cool, hipster thing to do is hate on Simmons, but I am not cool and for the most part I believe hipsters are worth as much as a velvet painting of a whale and a dolphin getting it on.

Before we get to Bill and his, um, let’s call it passion, there was another celebrity that had something to say about this trade.

Shortly after the trade was made, Chris Rock had the following tweet.

The trade consisted of Brooklyn getting Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry, Boston receives Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, MarShon Brooks, Keith Bogans, Kris Joseph and unprotected first round picks in 2014, 2016, 2018 and the right to swap picks in 2017 if Brooklyn’s pick is better than Boston’s. [Read more…]

Why The Trade Made A Lot of Sense for the Celtics (and the Nets)

By Thornton Mountford
PSDC Writer

That. Just. Happened. To recap: The C’s began the full throttle rebuilding by trading KG and Pierce to the Nets for Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries’ expiring contract, Kris Joseph (reunited with Fab…. again! And just in time for Summer League!), MarShon Brooks, Keith Bogans and the Nets first-round picks in ‘14, ‘16 and ‘18 (with an option to swap picks in ‘17).

That was exhausting to type.

As a Celtics fan who is very emotionally connected to the team (and by extension The Captain) and ridiculously bias, this was my emotional reaction: http://nooooooooooooooo.com/

Also this:

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