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How the Portland Trail Blazers Have Changed Since Game 7 in 2000

June 4, 2000 is a date that won't be forgotten in the history of the Portland Trail Blazers fanbase.<p>A Blazers team that was built to win an NBA championship battled back from a 3-1 deficit to send the Western Conference Finals to a Game 7 in Los Angeles against the rival Lakers.<p>Exactly 13 years …

Basketball

Most Intriguing Free Agents for Orlando Magic to Sign with Mid-Level Exception

The Orlando Magic may be coming off one of the worst seasons in their recent history, but Magic general manager Rob Hennigan isn’t expected to make much noise in a mediocre free-agency market this summer.<p>After all, Orlando does hold the second pick in this year’s draft, and 2014 is shaping up to be …

NBA

Tony Bosch Cooperating Would Allow MLB to Set Historic Precedent in PED Scandal

Former Biogenesis founder and proprietor Tony Bosch holds the cards in what may become the largest performance-enhancing drugs crackdown in modern sports history.<p>According to a report from ESPN’s T.J. Quinn, Pedro Gomez and Mike Fish, Major League Baseball is preparing to suspend about 20 players …

Toronto Blue Jays

8 Better Ways to Retire from the NBA

Grant Hill and Jason Kidd both announced their retirement a few days apart, as the co-1994 Rookie of the Year Award winners will leave together, just as they came into the league together, but there was nothing exciting about their announcements.<p>Hill was the first to announce that he wouldn't be …

Retirement

This may be the 10th time I've written about Victor Oladipo, but even now he is still the team's best option with the fifth pick, unless he happens to be taken before the Suns' selection is up.

The NBA draft is just a few weeks away, and the Phoenix Suns are thoroughly scouting prospects to guarantee that they make a solid selection with the No. 5, 30 and 57 picks in the upcoming draft.<p>The Suns have a wide array of issues that will have to be dealt with this offseason, both offensively …

NBA

Karl Malone Leaves MJ Off His All-Time Starting 5, Admits 'Man Crush' on LeBron

Karl Malone deserves some credit.<p>During an interview Monday on <i>The Dan Patrick Show</i>, Malone was asked to give his all-time starting five. Right away he said he wasn't going to include himself in the group, a humble approach considering he has the resume (second-most points scored in NBA history) to …

Basketball

NBA Rumors: Ray Allen Wants to Return to the Boston Celtics

Well, if there’s one thing that the <b>Miami Heat</b> don’t need right now, it’s more distractions. They are already dealing with a weirdly confident, rabid</b> …

Pacers Radio Announcer Calls Heat Fans 'Losers,' Says Miami Doesn't Deserve Team

South Beach doesn't deserve the Miami Heat. Hell, it doesn't deserve an NBA team at all.<p>Or so says Indiana Pacers radio announcer Mark Boyle.<p>Typically, the Heat are considered "winners." If you ask Boyle, though, their fanbase is comprised of nothing but losers.<p>Speaking late in the fourth quarter …

NBA

Jerry Stackhouse details his NBA fighting history in ESPN interview

Since the infamous "Malice in the Palace" brawl in Detroit in 2004, the NBA has done whatever it can to avoid any perception as a league that …

AMC Doesn't Want THE WALKING DEAD to Ever End

Projected Top-5 NBA Pick Trey Burke Is Taking Care of off-the-Court Business

When he was a kid playing in the Columbus, Ohio youth leagues, officials would prohibit him from stealing the ball until the opponent crossed half court in an effort to try and keep competition fair. Now Trey Burke is projected to go in the top five of next month's NBA draft.<p>Besides …

Basketball

Breaking Down What Rajon Rondo Must Do to Become Elite NBA Point Guard

Rajon Rondo is one of the most polarizing players in the NBA, especially when it comes to discussions of his value. Coaches, players and writers in league circles often list him amongst the best players in the league.<p>Others, however, dispute that notion, pointing out that stats such as John …

NBA

Bradley Beal says he would lose respect for Rose as a teammate

Bradley Beal says if he were Derrick Rose's teammate, he would have lost a little respect for him after the Bulls guard missed the season.<p>The Derrick …

Basketball

Andrew Wiggins to Kansas: How the Move Impacts Wiggins' NBA Future

I can't say I saw this one coming. I'm not even sure Kansas did either.<p>When I say KU didn't know I mean the kid and program had not been in much contact recently. What a surprise. Holy Cow.— Dave Telep (@DaveTelep) May 14, 2013<p>Andrew Wiggins, the consensus No. 1 overall recruit, announced on …

Basketball

Why Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge Deserves to Be on the Hot Seat

After a disappointing season capped off by a first-round playoff exit, there figures to be plenty of upheaval in the Boston Celtics' organization this summer. Team president Danny Ainge has the most job security of anyone, but he deserves a fair amount of criticism and blame for Boston's …

NBA

WWE Extreme Rules 2013: Gimmick Matches Aren't Going to Change Our Thoughts

Back in the day when the WWF was chasing the NWA for supremacy, gimmick matches reigned as king in the “sport” of wrestling.<p>The “Steel Cage Match” and the “Texas Bull Rope Match” had their place in wrestling lore. The names like Dusty Rhodes, Harley Race and Blackjack Mulligan and tag team made up …

WWE

Craziest Twitter Beefs of the 2013 NBA Playoffs

Shaquille O'Neal has been very much a part of the 2013 NBA postseason, but probably not in the way you'd think.<p>The big man hasn't been on the court for a couple of seasons now, but he's staying relevant by embroiling himself in a couple of the more entertaining Twitter beefs going. Whether …

Basketball

Is Nate McMillan the Right Choice for Detroit Pistons' Next Coach?

With Phil Jackson on board as a consultant, the Detroit Pistons and general manager Joe Dumars are searching for their next head coach. And they have already interviewed the man who is the best fit for the job, Nate McMillan.<p>McMillan, the former Seattle SuperSonics and Portland Trail Blazers head …

NBA

WWE Extreme Rules 2013: Ryback Must Dethrone John Cena as the Face of WWE

Ryback needs to take over for John Cena as the face of WWE.<p>If anyone could do it, it's Ryback. Cena just is not the answer for WWE anymore, and in the opinion of many, has not been for a while. What's also possible is that CM Punk isn't the answer. Fair or not, CM Punk did preside over the worst …

Cena

Duke Basketball: Why Mike Krzyzewski and Jabari Parker Are a Perfect Match

When you think of the storied Duke basketball program, one man stands above them all as the single, most important figure in school history. Without head coach Mike Krzyzewski at the forefront of this program, the aura that surrounds the Duke Blue Devils would be nonexistent.<p>Of course, Coach K will …

Basketball