Kobe looks like good player, bad team in return

Kobe Bryant played well in the Lakers’ season-opening loss to Dwight Howard’s Rockets.

      
 

 

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Cavaliers looking to keep a good thing going (Yahoo Sports)

Tony Bennett and Virginia are hoping to build off last season’s success. The Cavaliers also are coming off their best season in decades, and despite two huge losses in Joe Harris and Akil Mitchell, there’s still the chance for Virginia to be even better than last year. Harris (12 ppg) was the scoring threat that made the offense work, and Mitchell (6.8 ppg, 7 rpg) was the emotional and defensive leader who made up for others’ mistakes. There are numerous players ready to take on those roles, and Bennett says how it all plays out will determine the Cavaliers’ fortunes.

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Just how good can Anthony Davis be?

Just how good is Anthony Davis? That’s not really a fair question. See, for the past two years, New Orleans has stuck him with a mishmash of ball-dominant guards, shoot-first big men, one-dimensional wings, and Austin Rivers. As far as thoughtful roster construction went, New Orleans was at the bottom of the barrel. But now? Things have changed. Davis played over 40 percent of his minutes last year at center, and even when he was the nominal power forward he more or less acted as the defensive center. But Davis is only 237 pounds. That’s the approximate weight of an average small forward, and it shows: Davis is one of the skinniest big men in basketball. His ideal defensive construction is as a roamer, someone whose size and agility allows him to cover pretty much everything within the three-point line, disrupting passing lanes and blocking shots without banging down low with the Zach Randolphs of the world. Think of what LeBron James does on defense when he’s trying, move it in a …

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Chicago Bulls: The Good News and Bad News

With the 2014-2015 NBA season imminent, what are some good and bad things to take away about the Chicago Bulls?
Bad News:  Defense Not Showing Up
Yes, it’s preseason but one of the challenges that was going to face the Bulls this coming season was finding out if head coach Tom Thibodeau could field his customary strong defense while also getting more offensive output from their off-season acquisitions.  Thus far the results are mixed.  After eight games they gave up 96.3 points per game.  That might not sound too bad but the more bothersome part of that stat is it went from 92.7 in the first four games to 100 is the final four.  In their final game the team surrendered a 13-point lead late in the second half.  Is that a sign of things to come?
Good News:  Derrick Rose Is Scoring
People were worried about his ability to put the ball in the basket after a very uneven performance for team U.S.A in the world championships, but Derrick Rose has come on hard over the past couple weeks with a series of stro

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Predicting the Good, the Bad and the Ugly for the 2014-15 Portland Trail Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers will look to build upon last year’s run to the second round of the postseason and compete deep into the Western Conference playoffs this season. Can Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge help the Blazers take the next step?

Jay Allen of Fox Sports Radio 620 joins Stephen Nelson to predict the good, the bad and the ugly for the upcoming season in Rip City in the video above.

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Predicting the Good, the Bad & the Ugly for the 2014-15 Philadelphia 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers could be in for a long season, but hope that some of their young pieces can develop and begin to build towards the future. What can we expect out of Philly this year?

Marcus Hayes joins tortured Sixers fan Adam Lefkoe to predict the Good, the Bad and the Ugly for the upcoming year in the video above.

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Predicting the Good, the Bad and the Ugly for the 2014-15 New York Knicks

The New York Knicks enter this season with hopes of returning to the playoffs under first-year head coach Derek Fisher. Can Carmelo Anthony and his squad fight their way back into contention?

Chris Herring of The Wall Street Journal joins Stephen Nelson to predict the good, the bad and the ugly for the upcoming Knicks season in the video above.

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Predicting the Good, the Bad and the Ugly for the 2014-15 San Antonio Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs will be looking to repeat for the first time in franchise history, as they’re hoping that Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich have another title run in them. Can the Spurs go back-to-back and cement their place in NBA history?

Geoff Sheen of 760 The Ticket joins Stephen Nelson to predict the good, the bad and the ugly for the upcoming Spurs season in the video above.

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Predicting the Good, the Bad and the Ugly for the 2014-15 Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics hope a full year of Rajon Rondo can see them get back to the playoffs under second-year coach Brad Stevens in a weak Eastern Conference. Can Rondo and the C’s young squad make waves in the East?

Brian Robb joins Stephen Nelson to predict the good, the bad and the ugly for the Celtics’ season in the video above.

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Predicting the Good, the Bad and the Ugly for the 2014-15 Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers will begin anew this season, with Kobe Bryant‘s return offering a glimmer of hope after an abysmal 2013-14 campaign. Can Kobe lift the Lakers back to the playoffs?

Kevin Ding joins Stephen Nelson to predict the good, the bad and the ugly for the 2014-15 Lakers in the video above.

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