NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Finals: The Raptors will take on the so far unbeaten Cavaliers and the (surprise!) Thunder face off against the Warriors. Standings and picks for the conference finals inside.
Turning Prodigious into Pros: The Oak Hill Story
SpoFi NBA Pick 'Em Round 2.: Although two first round series in the East are still up for grabs, OKC and San Antonio start their second round match up tonight at 8:30 Eastern Time. Go ahead and make your pick for at least that series here.
NBA Approves Advertising on Uniforms: In a first for the top 4 U.S. pro sports, the NBA announced Friday that it has approved the sale of advertising on team uniforms in a three-year experiment. The ads will take the form of 2.5-inch square patches tailored to a sponsor's logo. "Jersey sponsorships provide deeper engagement with partners looking to build a unique association with our teams and the additional investment will help grow the game in exciting new ways," said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who makes it sound so brandtastic the league should be doing it for free.
SpoFi NBA Playoff Pick 'Em 2016 is a go!: Step right up and get your first round prognostications in. First game tips off at 12:30 PM (Eastern) on Saturday.
Kobe Bryant Scores 60 in Final NBA Game: Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott said he has one simple plan for Kobe Bryant's final NBA game Wednesday night. "Like I told him: 'This is the last hurrah. Let's have some fun. Let's go out with a bang,'" Scott said after shootaround at the team's training facility hours before the Lakers face the Utah Jazz in the last game of Bryant's 20-season NBA career.
Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Final Week: One week left in SportsFilter's contest to win an ABA basketball, a tilt that lacks drama because Howard_T has whupped us. Nine games to predict this week, including three extra ones from NBA TV. The NBA Playoff Pick 'Em is coming soon.
When the Nets could have become the Swamp Dragons: In the 1990s, the New Jersey Nets asked the NBA owners for permission to change their team name to the New Jersey Swamp Dragons. The vote came back 26-1 in favor, but the 1 came from... the New Jersey Nets.
Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: 16 Days Left in the Season: There are seven nationally televised games to predict this week in SportsFilter's contest. Howard_T has a 66-point lead so it may be all over but the crying. Golden State plays twice this week in TV games and Houston thrice.
ESPN Will Air 'Glory Road' Texas Western/Kentucky Game: In 1966, sports history was made when the five black starters of Texas Western took the court against the all-white team of Kentucky in the NCAA basketball championship. Texas Western (now UTEP) won 72-65 over legendary coach Adolf Rupp's team. The game 50 years ago got the movie treatment in Glory Road but has rarely been seen since the original broadcast on March 19, 1966. That's about to change: ESPN will air it Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. EDT.
Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 18: Only five national games this week, including two games tonight on ESPN: Memphis vs Houston at 8 p.m. ET and Cleveland at Utah at 10:30 p.m. This is the week Howard_T falls back to the peloton.
March Madness 2016: Printable NCAA tournament bracket: Well, actually, the printable version of the bracket is here. The ACC has two #1 seeds this year, Carolina (who won the ACC tournament for the first time since 2008) and Virginia (who lost to Carolina in the ACC championship game). The other two #1s are Oregon and Kansas. I set up a bracket group here. Group name: SportsFilter. Password: 1SpoFi!
Michael Powell follows the sad, dirty trail of big time high school and college ball: For some prominent college coaches, the disheartening math seems to go as follows: win wherever and however you can, and hope that not all of your prior triumphs end up getting vacated.
Oklahoma City Thunder Co-Owner Dies in Car Crash: Aubrey McClendon, a 20 percent owner of the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder, died Wednesday when his car struck a highway embankment. He was 56. A day earlier, the Department of Justice indicted McClendon for conspiring to suppress prices paid for oil and natural gas leases. Police told Reuters he had "plenty of opportunity to get back on the roadway and that didn't occur."
Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 18: Eight national games this week, tipping off with Pistons/Spurs and Thunder/Clippers tonight on ESPN. Howard_T is a prognosticative juggernaut.
Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 17: There are seven national games this week, beginning tonight on ESPN with the Wizards at the Bulls and ending Saturday on ABC with the Warriors at the Thunder. Howard_T holds a dominating lead but the scrappy Rcade is poised for an unexpected surge, just like John Kasich.
Vince Carter: The Lion in Winter: Alone, the legend walks through the cool autumn evening, the hood of his navy blue sweatshirt pulled around the outline of his aging face. He strides through the players’ parking lot outside the FedEx Forum in Memphis, believing with all his heart that tonight he’ll turn back the hands of time, that tonight he’ll rediscover the high-flying magic of his youth—if for just one more game, one more moment.
Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 15: There are eight NBA games airing nationally this week and two All-Star games pitting the U.S. vs. the World and West vs. East. All 10 are in the our NBA Pick 'Em contest, which is led by the merciless prognostication juggernaut Howard_T. Games start tonight at 8 p.m. on ESPN when the Lakers lose to the Cavaliers.
Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 14: A packed NBA schedule on the tube this week, with eight games in five days stretching from Wednesday to Sunday. The first game tips off at 8 p.m. tonight on ESPN as the Golden State Warriors visit the Washington Wizards.
Here's to You, Mister Curtain of Distraction Guy: Arizona State fans used the "curtain of distraction" Thursday night to good effect, unveiling Michael Phelps wearing gold medals and a speedo in the basketball game against Oregon State.
Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 13: Six national NBA games this week, beginning tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern with Houston at San Antonio on ESPN. ABC has two games -- San Antonio at Cleveland Saturday night and Chicago at L.A. Clippers Sunday afternoon.
Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 12: Seven national NBA games this week, beginning tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern with Golden State at Chicago on ESPN. ABC joins the mix Saturday with Chicago visiting Cleveland. In our contest, Tron7 wins the week and Howard_T keeps first place.
Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 11: There are nine nationally televised NBA games this week, including an MLK Day tripleheader. Howard_T expands his lead in our contest. Indiana and Boston start things off on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eastern.
Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 10: Our contest resumes with six nationally televised NBA games that begin at 7 p.m. tonight on ESPN when the New York Knicks visit the Miami Heat. First prize is an official ABA game ball, which Howard_T currently has a solid grip on. New entrants welcome.
Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 9: There are five nationally televised games this week, all airing on Christmas Day. First price in our contest is an official ABA game ball. Howard_T sits atop the standings.
Ranking all 30 NBA court designs: Art and sports meet on the playing surfaces of the NBA, where court design has evolved considerably over the past few decades. We asked four experts -- RedEye designer Sara Amato, Chicago Tribune data visualization editor Jonathon Berlin, Gameplan Creative chief creative officer Tom O'Grady and art critic Lori Waxman -- to rank the design of all 30 NBA courts. As you might expect, they don't always agree, but here are their reviews, ranked by aggregate points from worst to first.
Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 8: Six games on slate this week, tipping off at 8 p.m. Eastern Wednesday with Memphis at Chicago on ESPN. First prize in SportsFilter's NBA Pick 'Em contest is an official ABA game ball.
Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 7: Six games on slate this week, tipping off at 7 p.m. Eastern Wednesday with Chicago at Boston. First prize in SportsFilter's NBA Pick 'Em contest is an official ABA game ball.
Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 6: Four games on slate this week, tipping off at 7 p.m. Eastern tonight with Thunder/Heat on TNT. First prize in SportsFilter's NBA Pick 'Em contest is an official ABA game ball.
Kobe Bryant announces retirement: Kobe Bryant -- 5-time NBA champion, 17-time All-Star, 3rd on the list of all-time scorers in the regular season and postseason, unconvicted but all-but-admitted rapist -- has announced his retirement via a poem on the Players' Tribune.
Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 5: Week 5 begins (and ends) Tuesday with Hawks/Celtics and Lakers/Warriors, the only nationally televised games of the holiday week. First prize in SportsFilter's NBA Pick 'Em contest is an official ABA game ball.
Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 4: Week 4 begins tonight at 8:30 p.m. Eastern in SportsFilter's NBA Pick 'Em contest, a game to pick the winners of nationally televised games on TNT, ESPN and ABC. New players welcome. First prize is an official ABA game ball.
Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 3: There's a light four-game schedule this week beginning tonight at 8:30 p.m. Eastern. DeAndre Jordan visits Dallas and LaMarcus Aldridge visits Portland to bring out a great susurration of boo birds. We pick winners and the spread every week in national TV games and new players are welcome. First prize is the greatest basketball in known history.
Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em Contest: Week 2: Week 2 begins Wednesday in SportsFilter's NBA Pick 'Em contest, a game to pick the winners of nationally televised games on TNT, ESPN and ABC. New players welcome. First prize is an official ABA game ball.
Jewelry Store Locks Doors at Sight of NBA Player: After signing a $44-million contract extension with the Milwaukee Bucks, 24-year-old NBA player John Henson wanted to buy his first Rolex watch so he called Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, to see what time they closed. They called 911 and claimed the call was suspicious, then locked their doors. He went back three days later. They saw him and locked their doors again. "I don't want them to see me out there," a worker said during a 911 call. "We're pretending like we're closed."
Play SportsFilter's NBA Pick 'Em, Win Best Basketball Ever: SportsFilter is launching the first annual Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em contest, a game to pick the winners of nationally televised games on TNT, ESPN and ABC. The season starts Tuesday when Cleveland plays Chicago on TNT. First prize is an official ABA game ball.
Flip Saunders Passes Away at 60: Cancer sucks.
Hawks Player Cleared Of All Charges in Police Nightclub Altercation: Thabo Sefolosha, the Atlanta Hawks player whose leg was broken in an incident involving New York City police outside a nightclub during the playoffs, has been acquitted of all charges. He had rejected a no-jail, no-criminal record deal because he wanted to show in the trial that police roughed him up and broke his leg for no reason. Sefolosha wept after the verdict and said, "This is just an incredible moment -- to be able to clear my name."