The NBA is ready for Luka Doncic. Though he may not have been the No. 1 overall pick in June's draft, the 19-year-old enters the season with more hype than any other newcomer as the basketball world sits on the edge of its seat to see how he transitions from life as a Euroleague MVP to NBA rookie. You can make the case that Doncic arrives in America with more buzz than any other player to first play professionally in Europe. Here's a look back at some of the other most anticipated rookie seasons by international players... Pau Gasol in 2001-02 When Gasol was drafted 3rd overall in 2001, he became the first European player to be taken inside of the top 3. At the time, Gasol represented perhaps
In the days since Minnesota guard Jimmy Butler reportedly requested a trade, the Timberwolves have been fielding calls from teams looking to add the four-time All-Star. The message from Minnesota's front office has been the same each time -- the Timberwolves intend to keep their star forward, according to ESPN. Head coach and team president Tom Thibodeau -- who oversees general manager Scott Layden -- does not want to trade Butler. But ESPN also reported that owner Glen Taylor is expected to be involved in any discussions about a potential trade, and is far more willing to unload Butler than the front office. ESPN reported later Friday that Taylor told others at the Board of Governors meeting
When you think about NBA big men who have a similar style of play, the last duo you'd probably ever come up with is DeAndre Jordan and Dirk Nowitzki. Well, apparently Jordan feels he and his new Mavs teammate are more alike than we thought. The irony of this statement is that these two bigs might have a bigger difference in their games than any other duo in the league. Jordan is a classic big man, rarely moving more than a few feet away from the rim on either side of the ball. His value comes from his elite rebounding and finishing at the rim. He also is a solid rim protector on the defensive end. Nowitzki is all about finesse (though he did joke about winning a Slam Dunk Contest). You'll rarely
The following is the fifth in a series of “Lob City Memories” that will highlight some of the standout people, moments and games from the six-plus years of Lob City in Los Angeles. Over the next couple of months, we will look back at things a little more obscure than a Spurs series victory, Chris Paul buzzer beater over Tony Allen, Blake Griffin alley-oop off Jamal Crawford's between-the-legs pass, or DeAndre Jordan humiliation of Brandon Knight. Part 5 of Lob City Memories looks back at how Griffin and Paul vs. Jordan and Paul became a thing. Despite having three All-NBA players in the relative prime of their careers, a three-time Sixth Man of the Year winner, and veteran role players, the Lob
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants all teams to hire more women, especially in leadership and supervisory positions, and is urging them to take some of the mandates that the Dallas Mavericks must now adhere to as an impetus to improve working conditions within their own organizations. Silver, in a memo sent to all teams Friday and obtained by The Associated Press, also asked teams to thoroughly review the report that was released earlier this week about the Mavericks. The league stopped short of flatly ordering the 29 other clubs to institute new policies, though Silver's wishes were very clear. "Use this opportunity to make changes and create a dialogue within your organizations about workplace
The dunk earned a perfect score from judges, but Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell won the whole contest. Smith's declaration comes as a particular surprise because of the location of this season's All Star weekend. The festivities will take place in Smith's home-state of North Carolina at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte. Smith is from Fayetteville, North Carolina and attended North Carolina State.
2017-18 recap: Jokes about Nowitzki taking the court with a walker were slightly exaggerated. What he did do was take the court for 24.7 minutes per game, easily the lowest playing time since his rookie season. He averaged 12 points and 5.7 rebounds but what was most impressive was his 3-point shooting. Even in much shorter minutes than he played through most of his career, he hit 138 3-pointers, the most he's made since 2002-03. And his 40.9 percent success rate was the fourth highest of his career. Plus, he played 77 games and could have played them all if not for one rest game and the decision to have ankle surgery in the season's final week to give him more time to recuperate for the coming