Williamson didn't get a majority of votes for Rookie of the Year prediction either, though he at least led that category.
Team USA is quickly approaching a back-to-back affair against the Australian national team, where Boston Celtics teammates Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown will see a familiar face in Aron Baynes. The Aussie mauler has always been fond of the two young players, who now embark in a mission to prove doubters wrong after more than half of the originally summoned 20 players decommited from participating. Baynes has seen Tatum up close and has been aware of his capabilities since he was drafted into the league. “Definitely [he's ready to reach superstar status],” Baynes said in Melbourne as the Boomers prepare for their two-game series against Team USA, according to ESPN. “He's so talented – even from
Boston Celtics big man Enes Kanter has no shame in his game. As part of a tweet that he titled “#MondayMotivation,” the Turkish-born center revealed some of the bloopers from his Monday morning workout routine. At 6-11, Kanter should have no issue dunking, right? Well, “not so fast,” as Lee Corso would say. In the opening portion of his video clip, Kanter can be seen rising up in slow motion for a one-handed slam. Everything seemed fine at first. In fact, he appeared to display LeBron-like form. However, as he went to throw the ball through the hoop, he was rejected by the rim — an embarrassing moment for most, but this is Enes Kanter. Knowing the camera was rolling, Kanter simply flashed a smile
The NBA's annual Rookie Survey was released on NBA.com on Monday morning, and no rookie showed up in as many different categories as Bulls point guard Coby White.
Niall is an award-winning journalist who discovered from an early age he had more to offer watching and writing about sport than playing it. He joined ESPN Australia/New Zealand after a four-year stint at AFL Media having previously worked as a sports journalist at newspapers in Albury, Melbourne and Hobart. Former Boston Celtics centre Aron Baynes is expecting two of his ex-teammates to reach NBA superstar status in coming years but wants to assert his authority over them during this week's Australia vs. Team USA exhibition series. Baynes -- who recently moved with his family to Phoenix after the Celtics traded him to the Suns -- has been able to closely track the development of two of Boston's
Tacko Fall isn't guaranteed to make the Boston Celtics roster, but count his agent in among those who think that Fall would be claimed off waivers if the Celtics were to release him.
“When I got drafted, my sister and my mom were crying. I was trying to cry but I couldn't feel the emotions.” Those were the words from a candid and pensive Robert Williams III as the Boston Celtics second-year forward-center made an appearance at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday. While many prospects tear up while getting a call from a front office, walking up the stage or even in their post-interviews, Williams' reaction may have just been him being in shock after hearing his name being called by NBA commissioner Adam Silver. A dream come true for the vast majority of NBA prospects. However, there's also the reality that Williams lack of affect was due to his mind outpacing
The New England Patriots oughta consider Marcus Smart should they ever need a long snapper in a pinch. The Boston Celtics guard nailed a trick shot Monday morning in Australia during a break in the U.S. men's national basketball team's practice. USA Basketball's cameras were recording as Smart snapped a basketball through his legs into the hoop from some distance. Smart's long-snapping trick shot follows last week's spectacular effort, in which he drained a shot from half-court while lying on his back. Patriots long snapper Joe Cardona has the security of the long-term contract extension he signed in June 2018, and his resume includes two Super Bowl triumphs. Don't expect him to go anywhere anytime
The 2010-2019 Boston Celtics marked my first decade of basketball I remember fully. It taught me the danger of buying into perceived certainties, how quickly things change and long-term contention is never inevitable. This year, Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley joined the Lakers. Kendrick Perkins, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett became TV characters. Ray Allen is still exiled from the '08 crew. Imagine all that transpiring when LeBron James seemed destined to never win a ring; when the Golden State Warriors sat among the desolate, losing franchises. Championship-or-bust mindsets would render the decade a failure. It did not disappoint in its excitement though. Boston reached the playoffs in all but
Kyle Kuzma was feeling good about his OOTD and decided to post a mirror selfie on Instagram. Unfortunately for the Los Angeles Lakers forward, he gets roasted by some of his friends. His new Lakers teammate Anthony Davis sarcastically asked him what he had on. He also drew some flak from some of his Team USA members, with Boston Celtics rising star Jayson Tatum even calling for a group chat intervention on his friend. The blonde locks definitely add to the ridiculousness of his overall look, no? Fashion has become a huge part of the NBA culture. Some players usually try to go big by sporting some outlandish outfits. Kuzma's attempt, however, didn't go so well with his peers. Fashion and wardrobe
ADAM HIMMELSBACH 7-foot-6-inch Celtic Tacko Fall's unlikely journey to the brink of the NBA The Stratosphere is a 921-foot-high observation deck that overlooks the miles of neon lights and big dreams of Las Vegas. It is the tallest of its kind in the United States, and at the top there is a thrill ride called the “Big Shot” that propels the willing and steel-stomached another 160 feet at 45 miles per hour before dropping them and vaulting them up again. During the NBA summer league last month, a Celtics contingent went to the top of the tower, and some of them shuddered. “I kept telling the players, 'Look, there are 10-year-olds doing it. I think you can do it,' ” director of player personnel
Boston Celtics point guard Kemba Walker believes Sacramento Kings youngster De'Aaron Fox is “going to be an All-Star in this league very soon.” Fox has been turning heads left and right at Team USA practices. The Kings' floor general is a virtual lock to make the 12-man roster which will compete at the FIBA World Cup in China. “His quickness is crazy and his end-to-end speed is ridiculous,” Walker said, via the Washington Post. “He's fast but he's under control, which is really hard to do. That's the most impressive thing about it. He's going to be an all-star in this league very soon.” De'Aaron Fox is arguably the fastest player in the NBA. The Kings, for the first time in years, actually have
If one wishes to try the harder All-Star edition of the quiz, try to answer the questions without looking at the multiple choice offerings; extra points only apply as possible if the correct answer to the original question is given first. Layup: How many NBA championships did the Celtics win in a row during the 1950's and '60's to set a North American pro team sports record? A) Eight B) Ten Dunk: What Celtic ace made 71 foul shots in a row in 1989-90 but fell short of breaking Calvin Murphy's then-NBA record of 78? A) Larry Bird B) Ray Allen Reverse layup: Which long-time rival beat Boston in consecutive Eastern Conference Finals showdowns in 1972 and 1973? A) Philadelphia B) New York Free throw:
On January 8, 2001 Rick Pitino stepped down as head coach of the Boston Celtics. Jim O'Brien was named interim head coach and a new era had begun. There were no championships during this era and it doesn't even rank in the top 10 eras of Celtics' history. But it will forever be near and dear to my heart because it was the era that made Celtics basketball fun again. I was weaned on the 80's Celtics, so I knew what good basketball was. However, the slow decline of that dynasty, the tragic deaths of Len Bias and Reggie Lewis, and eventually the tanking ML Carr years stole the joy of Celtics basketball from me. I was very ready for Rick Pitino to “save” the Celtics but by the end of his tenure I
4-17. 3-15. 3-8. The past three seasons for our beloved Mavs have been riddled with bad starts. Almost making the playoffs a pipedream before the season ever really begins. If the Mavs want to be relevant come 2020, they must get off to a better start. The Dallas Mavericks 2019-2020 schedule was released this past Monday, and while most fans paid attention to the increasing number of national television games (Luka Magic!), I dialed in on the beginning of the schedule. A beginning of a schedule I believe to be incredibly favorable, and one that will almost certainly dictate the outcome of their 2019-2020 season. The NBA in 2019, especially the Western Conference, is filled with more wide-spread