Is a year-long suspension a precedent that everyone should expect when an NCAA athlete is caught using marijuana? If that is the case, expect to see more college basketball players leave for the NBA draft as soon as possible.
Joel Embiid, freshman center for the Kansas Jayhawks, has to be careful. Embiid is currently sidelined with a stress fracture in his back, and no one knows how long it will keep him off the court -- he may end up missing the opening weekend of the NCAA tournament. The 7-foot phenom is 19 years old with his entire basketball career ahead of him. Embiid, the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and a potential number one pick in June's NBA Draft, is stuck in a precarious situation. Right now, 10th-ranked Kansas is one of just a handful of teams capable of winning a national championship. Yet if Embiid returns to the game too soon, he risks damaging his back irreversibly.
There is no doubt that Melo is the Knicks best player, and I have been a huge proponent of his throughout his reign in the Big Apple. Yet, this is not a time for me and other Knicks fans to be sentimental... It's time to say goodbye.
Five bold predictions for the rest of the NBA season, because anything is still possible.
While the comparisons to Carmelo Anthony may be overplayed, they aren't exaggerated. Parker doesn't possess Anthony's hyper-explosive element in his own game, but he's so smart, skilled and unselfish that it doesn't matter. I would argue that he's already a better passer than Anthony, not to mention a more committed defender.
Although everyone could theoretically have dreams of a title in 2014, it is clear that every NBA fan isn't actually hoping their team is successful in 2014. For fans of a few teams, the focus is already on the 2014 draft.
As an intern in the sports department, the youngest of all my colleagues, I was given the task to travel to the NBA Draft and give live coverage of the event. It was as if my editors knew my birthday (November 18th for those wondering) was too far away. So instead they gave me my gift a few months in advance.
Far too many college basketball players, especially players of color, leave college without an NBA contract and without another crucial ingredient for success: a college degree.
With June now upon us, the NBA Draft is suddenly just weeks away. That realization only means one thing for the hundred-some prospects currently vying to be selected by an NBA franchise on June 27: workouts, workouts and more workouts.
Below is my first round list, complete with team, fit & what they're most likely yearbook superlative would be. I apologize in advance.
Steven Adams, Pittsburgh, 7'0/250, Fr., C (Likely late 1st round) C.J. Aiken, St, Joseph's, 6'9/195, Jr., F (Likely undrafted) Anthony Bennett, U...
The World Team exhibited better team chemistry and passing, continually looking for the open man and the better shot. The USA relied too much on individual play on offense and had difficulty competing on the boards.
If there is one thing we know about the NBA Draft, it's that well, we don't know. Which is why I present you with my draft night winners and losers.
The Hornets don't count, because the team that ended up with Anthony Davis was destined to be the clear winner of the draft. With Jared Sullinger, Fab Melo and Kris Joseph, Danny Ainge drafted three accomplished, tough college players who fit roles for Doc Rivers' squad.
In another NBA Draft segment with Noah Coslov of CineSport, I break down the injury concerns of former Ohio St. All-American Jared Sullinger and just how far he could slip Thursday night.
In a new segment with Noah Coslov of CineSport, I break down my sleepers in the upcoming NBA Draft, which takes place June 28, in New Jersey.