Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Dallas Mavericks youth movement

By: Joe Messineo (@JoeMess17)

The summer of 2016 free agency started slowly for the Dallas Mavericks but after number of unpredictable moves, Dallas emerged a winner of free agency. While they have been a successful franchise, a concern has been the ability to attract young talent.  In this off season, Dallas reversed the trend and as a result there is a significant youth movement heading into the season.

The 2015-16 Dallas team witnessed the growth of two young players: Dwight Powell and Justin Anderson. Neither had eye-popping statistics, but their increase in minutes towards the end of the season allowed Dallas to secure a playoff spot and allowed the coaching staff to really see what they can bring to the table. Anderson and Powell are high-energy players who are capable of creating their own highlight reels, something an aging Mavericks team really needed to add. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Ben Simmons already among the NBA’s most popular players

Well that didn’t take too long.

Pihladelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons is already one of the most popular players in the NBA - if jersey sales are an indicator - as the multi-faceted forward’s jersey is already a top-10 seller across the entire NBA, according to a recent report from

Not only is the LSU product among the most popular NBA players already, Simmons is also the most popular athlete in Philadelphia, per the report.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Gerald Henderson excited – and ready – for first Sixers season

The Sixers made several moves over the summer to stabilize their talented, albeit young and inexperienced roster. One such move was the addition of veteran SG – and Philadelphia native – Gerald Henderson.

Henderson comes to the Sixers after several seasons in Charlotte and a single season in Portland, and the Philadelphia product is excited to play for his hometown team, and to help them build back up into a contender.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

76ers Report: Gerald Henderson talks Sixers

Sixers shooting guard Gerald Henderson joined Michael Kaskey-Blomain, and guest Carey Smith of to discuss a variety of Sixers topics.

Gerald discussed his expectations for his first season in Philadelphia, his early impressions of Ben Simmons, his role as a veteran on a young, inexperienced Sixers squad and much more.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A look at the Lakers 2016 offseason

By: Joe Messineo (@joemess17)

The Los Angeles Lakers will be without the services of Kobe Bryant for the first time in 20 years, as the five-time NBA Champion announced his retirement from the game. The Lakers will now move forward and prepare for the future.  They are a team with a lot of cap space, draft picks, and young talent to grow with.

Let's take a quick look at how Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak navigated the waters in the off season.

On draft night the Lakers had the second pick in the draft and it was clear that the Philadelphia 76ers were planning on drafting Ben Simmons #1 in the draft.  So on draft night, Kupchak selected Duke's Brandon Ingram.  Simmons is touted as the better player by experts, but Ingram fills the need of a scoring forward with speed and agility on the floor. Head Coach Luke Walton is excited to have Ingram on his team and get to work with him.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

5 can't miss 76ers games for 2016-17

Wednesday, October 26 vs. Oklahoma City

Ben Simmons is projected to make his NBA debut. As is Joel Embiid (fingers crossed). As is Dario Saric. As is Brett Brown’s beard. Unless he shaves it beforehand. Either way. This game also represents the first for the Thunder in the post-KD, Westbrook-unhinged era, so I fully expect Russ to morph into one of the Monstars, probably Pound, and deliver some sort of a 45-15-15 stat line while breathing fire. All of this, combined with the general excitement of opening night, makes this game must-watch basketball.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

What could Larry Sanders bring to the Boston Celtics?

By: Joe Messineo (@joemess17)

With the NBA Draft well behind us and many of the coveted free agents already making their decisions, the majority of teams in the NBA have set their roster for the upcoming season. But, there are a few front offices still scrambling to find role players to fill holes on their rosters. 

The Boston Celtics are one of those teams, as they have a glaring need at the center position.