Report: Celtics ‘Bravely’ Saying Rajon Rondo Won’t Be Traded

The Boston Celtics apparently aren’t ready to part with Rajon Rondo just yet.
Celtics president Danny Ainge is denying that any Rondo deal will take place, according to a story from Bleacher Report.
“They’re definitely bravely saying they won’t trade him at this point,” one general manager said, according to NBA writer Howard Beck. “I definitely think it’s the right thing to trade him. I think Danny knows it.”
Many believe Ainge has no choice but to trade Rondo. Otherwise, the Celtics risk losing their star point guard and getting nothing in return next summer when he hits free agency.
Rondo is averaging 10.6 points, 11.6 assists and 8.4 rebounds so far this season.
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Report: Spurs interested in Marc Gasol to replace Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan is not going to play forever, which means the San Antonio Spurs need to start thinking about replacing the cornerstone of their franchise. Is Marc Gasol an option to fill that role? According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, Gasol is being “targeted as a possible replacement” for Duncan if…Read More

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Report: Kevin Durant repeatedly called Dwight Howard a ‘p—y’

The Houston Rockets’ 69-65 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday was obviously an ugly affair, as the final score abundantly illustrates. Given that both teams were apparently incapable of putting the ball in the hoop, for whatever reason, it nonetheless wasn’t the prettiest display of basketball. But the ugliness, according to one account,…Read More
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Report: Lakers could have had Klay Thompson in 2010

Klay Thompson would have entered the 2010 NBA Draft out of Washington State had the Los Angeles Lakers guaranteed they would take him in the first round.
Thompson returned to school for his junior season and became the 11th overall pick by the Golden State Warriors in the 2011 NBA Draft.
The Lakers had already traded their first round pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, though they did own the 38th pick from the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Report: Doctor determined Dwight Howard abused his son

 
 

 
 

 
 

 

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Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard was investigated for whipping his 6-year-old son with a belt, but he has been cleared of all charges, reports TMZ.
As TMZ Sports previously reported … Howard was investigated in Florida for hitting 6-year-old Braylon with a belt. Howard admitted to authorities he hit the kid but says he didn’t know it was wrong because that’s how he grew up. 
TMZ Sports has obtained documents from the Dept. of Children and Families (DCF), summarizing the findings of the doctor who examined Braylon. It says, “Dr. Kesler noted Braylon to have a linear bruise and patterned abrasions consistent with the history given by Braylon of being struck with a belt numerous times by his father.”
The report goes on to say the injuries were “consistent with Braylon being struck with the buckle end of the belt … with excessive force, resulting in soft tissue injuries such as bruising and abrasions.”
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Report: Kevin Durant trash-talked Dwight Howard, repeatedly said, ‘You’re a p*ssy’

The Houston Rockets’ 69-65 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday was obviously an ugly affair, as the final score abundantly illustrates. Given that both teams were apparently incapable of putting the ball in the hoop, for whatever reason, it nonetheless wasn’t the prettiest display of basketball. But the ugliness, according to one account,…Read More
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Report: Surveillance footage shows confrontation, no slap in Blake Griffin incident

Blake Griffin has been formally charged with a count of misdemeanor battery in relation to an incident that occurred in a Las Vegas nightclub last month. But TMZ reports that law enforcement sources tell them that surveillance footage shows a confrontation between the Los Angeles Clippers superstar and the alleged victim, but nothing more. Griffin…Read More
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Report: Kevin Love Will Consider Opting Out Of Cavaliers Contract

He’s only played a handful of games with his new team, but Kevin Love might already have his sights set elsewhere.
Sam Smith of Bulls.com reports that the Cleveland Cavaliers center might consider opting out of his contract at the end of the year.
Smith also said that Love may eye a return to Los Angeles, where he went to school at UCLA. The Los Angeles Lakers have long coveted the big man and will have plenty of cap room next summer to make a strong pursuit for him.
That said, despite a 2-3 start in Ohio, the Cavaliers might still be the best shot for Love to win a title playing alongside LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. On the other hand, the Lakers still have plenty of question marks and might continue to do so come next year.
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Report: Kevin Love will opt out, consider the Lakers

When the Cleveland Cavaliers acquired Kevin Love over the summer, it was reported that Love had a handshake agreement with the team for a five-year extension worth around $120 million. All of a sudden, he is already thinking about leaving. At least that’s what Sam Smith of Bulls.com claims. According to Smith, there is reason…Read More

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BYU Basketball: Complete Scouting Report for the 2014-15 Cougars

BYU is days away from officially kicking off its 2014-15 basketball season, and fans can hardly wait. This year’s team is as deep as any under 10th-year head coach Dave Rose, and the schedule boasts several big-name squads.

But how well do fans really know the Cougars? One can only draw so many conclusions from exhibition games and past seasons.

So if you are the type of fan lacking a taste for this year’s squad, here is a complete scouting report for the 2014-15 BYU basketball team.

Note: Not every BYU basketball player is included. Only those who will legitimately make a case for playing time this season are listed below. A full roster can be found here.

 

Point Guards

Despite losing Matt Carlino, BYU returns last year’s starter at point guard, Kyle Collinsworth, and several others who can play the position. Health will be crucial for KC and the guards, but they are set to have a good season.

 

Kyle Collinsworth (Jr.)

Following a knee injury in last year’s West Coast Conference championship game, Collinsworth has recovered and is cleared to play on Saturday. He is one of the most versatile players in the country—his aggressive style and 6’6″ frame makes him a unique point guard. 

KC isn’t the type of guard who is known for his handles or crossovers. Despite not being a “flashy” player, Collinsworth has the speed to get past defenders and is physical enough to finish and rebound. He has good court vision—he led BYU in assists last season—and although he is a perimeter player, he averaged eight rebounds per game.

Collinsworth benefited from Rose’s zone defenses last season, which helped him tally 57 steals. With Rose trying to install more man-to-man schemes this year, KC may be exposed as an average defender. Anyhow, Collinsworth is set for a big season and should impress a lot of people this season.

 

Anson Winder (Sr.)

Winder has never really found his niche in Provo, as he’s been drowned in the depth chart for the past few seasons. He should get more playing time this winter—at both point guard and shooting guard—and could be primed for a breakout season.

There may not be a better one-on-one defender on BYU’s roster than Winder, and he will surely get several chances to prove it this season. The biggest question mark for him is his scoring ability, and although he could compete with Tyler Haws as BYU’s top free-throw shooter, his all-around scoring skill set is questionable.

 

Jordan Chatman (Fr.)

As the son of a former BYU legend, Jordan Chatman already has a common name in Provo. He was Washington’s Gatorade Player of the Year in high school, but as a true freshman, he still has a lot to prove.

He definitely is one of the better ball-handlers the Cougars have, and at 6’5″, he is a big point guard (like Collinsworth). Chatman will surely make a case for playing time this season and may even move into the backup point guard spot.

 

Wings (Shooting Guards/Small Forwards)

Tyler Haws returns as one of the nation’s elite shooters, and there are several potential starters at the other wing position. Rose has no shortage of depth here.

 

Tyler Haws (Sr.)

As a reigning honorable mention All-American and the WCC’s Player of the Year, there is definitely plenty of hype surrounding Haws. He is an innovative, all-around scorer and could definitely make a name for himself this season.

Haws is known as a mid-range sniper, but it seems like he’s evolved his game to be a freakishly efficient three-point shooter. Coupled with his ability to finish and knock down free throws, don’t be surprised if Haws averages over 25 points per game this season.

The biggest question mark in his offensive arsenal is his ability to create space for his jump shot. He isn’t a great ball-handler and is at his best coming off screens. If he can find ways to create his own shot, he will quickly become one of the premier scorers in the nation.

 

Chase Fischer (Jr.)

A transfer from Wake Forest, Fischer could prove to be a great complement to Haws’ scoring prowess. He is a proven shooter with deep range and a crafty finisher off of the dribble.

Fischer was West Virginia’s Gatorade POY in high school but had a limited role at Wake Forest. He was used primarily as a shooter off the bench.

The biggest hurdle Fischer will have to jump is finding his role in Rose’s scheme. He is already in his second year in Provo—he redshirted last year—but could prove to be one of BYU’s best scorers.

 

Skyler Halford (Sr.)

Halford averaged seven points in 15 minutes played per game last season. He will likely see more playing time this year, and his numbers should go up.

As a former JUCO standout, Halford is a shoot-first scorer who can put up numbers on any given night. He may even see playing time at the point guard position considering his ability to see the floor and BYU’s depth at the wing positions.

 

Frank Bartley IV (So.)

There’s a good chance that Bartley could be the surprise star of the season. A 6’3″ guard from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he saw sporadic playing time last season but should get a more consistent spot in the rotation this winter.

Bartley is a versatile athlete who can play at any guard or wing position. He fits right in with Rose’s high-tempo offensive system and is an elite scorer in the paint. If he can fine-tune his shooting, he could become a starter at some point.

 

Jake Toolson (Fr.)

Despite being a true freshman, Toolson is a Division I-ready scorer and a decent defender. He put up 12 points in BYU’s first exhibition game and looks like he could be a deadly three-point shooter off the bench this season.

 

Dalton Nixon (Fr.)

Fresh off a Latter-day Saints mission, Nixon is another freshman who could make a big impact this season. He is one of BYU’s better perimeter defenders but is also a smooth-stroking shooter and able rebounder.

 

Power Forwards/Centers

Last season’s starting center, Eric Mika, left on an LDS mission in the spring. Nate Austin, among others, will be back to replace him and could assemble a dominant Cougars frontcourt. The bigs have already been plagued with injuries, but if they can stay healthy, this may be the deepest lineup BYU has seen in a long time.

 

Nate Austin (Sr.)

Austin is a dominant rebounder and physical defender, but he lacks a consistent offensive skill set. He scored in double figures only twice last season and averaged twice as many rebounds as he did points per game (7.9 RPG, 3.6 PPG).

There’s no doubt that assistant coach Mark Pope has worked with Austin during the offseason, and hopefully, that will show in the next few months. Austin is a great rebounder, and even if he doesn’t prove to be a consistent scorer, he will help BYU with his physicality and hustle. 

 

Luke Worthington (So.)

Despite seeing limited action in games last season, Worthington will get plenty of chances to shine this winter. He is not a flashy scorer—his hair may be more famous than his jump shot—but he, like Austin, will help BYU with hustle plays and rebounding.

Worthington is one of the several big men who will fight for the starting frontcourt spot next to Austin. He runs the court as well as anyone, and that could prove to help his case for playing time.

 

Josh Sharp (Sr.)

In what seems like Sharp’s 50th season at BYU, he will (once again) be a role player for the Cougars. He is a rare player—generously listed at 6’7″, he is small for a power forward but doesn’t have the offensive skill set to play on the wing.

Sharp will definitely get some playing time this season. He probably won’t find himself in the starting rotation, but as a solid defender and decent rebounder, he will get minutes as a backup power forward.

 

Jamal Aytes (So.)

A transfer from UNLV, Aytes is a physical, undersized frontcourt commodity. Despite being listed at 6’6″, he weighs 225 pounds and can post up as well as most 6’10″ players.

Because of transfer rules, he is ineligible to play until mid-December. Health issues have pushed that date back until January.

Getting Aytes ready to go and on the court will be huge for the Cougs.

 

Corbin Kaufusi (Fr.)

Coming from a well-known family at BYU, Kaufusi will try to live up to the expectations set by his parents and siblings. As a freak athlete at 6’10″ and 245 pounds, Coach Rose dished out an impressive comparison recently (via KSL.com):

“(Corbin) reminds me a lot of Hakeem Olajuwon when I was playing with him in college,” Rose said. “Just the fact that he’s so young, so raw and so active. He has not (had) a lot of basketball experience behind him, but he really at times can dominate certain parts of a pickup game or a short scrimmage.”

Kaufusi‘s athleticism brings a lot to the table, but he will have to expand his fundamentals and all-around game before getting significant playing time.

 

Isaac Neilson (Fr.)

Following a two-year LDS mission, Neilson redshirted last season and will provide depth to BYU’s frontcourt. He can run the floor as well as any center, and if he can prove to be a physical defender, he may sneak into Rose’s rotation.

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