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NBA Over/Unders: Great Expectations for Cavs, Negative Outlook for Lakers

In the midst of the NFL and College Football season, the MLB Playoffs, NASCAR Sprint Cup, and EPL soccer, you might have forgotten that the 2014-15 NBA season is right around the corner. 

Well, Media Day was earlier this week and Las Vegas Superbook oddsmaker Jeff Sherman has released the first set of NBA over/under totals.

  • Atlanta Hawks 40.5
  • Boston Celtics 26.5
  • New Jersey Nets 41.5
  • Charlotte Hornets 45.5
  • Chicago Bulls 55.5
  • Cleveland Cavaliers 58.5
  • Dallas Mavericks 49.5
  • Denver Nuggets 40.5
  • Detroit Pistons 36.5
  • Golden State Warriors 50.5
  • Houston Rockets 49.5
  • Indiana Pacers 32.5
  • Los Angeles Clippers 55.5
  • Los Angeles Lakers 31.5
  • Memphis Grizzlies 48.5
  • Miami Heat 43.5
  • Milwaukee Bucks 24.5
  • Minnesota Timberwolves 25.5
  • New Orleans Pelicans 41.5
  • New York Knicks 40.5
  • Oklahoma City Thunder 57.5
  • Orlando Magic 28.5
  • Philadelphia 76ers 15.5
  • Phoenix Suns 42.5
  • Portland Trail Blazers 48.5
  • Sacramento Kings 30.5
  • San Antonio Spurs 56.5
  • Toronto Raptors 49.5
  • Utah Jazz 25.5
  • Washington Wizards 49.5

Some of the most notable team win totals are the Chicago Bulls (48-34 last season), as the number seems a little high, even though they added Pau Gasol, their is still uncertainty of what they are going to get out of Derrick Rose. Does Gasol and a questionable Rose mean 8 more wins?

As for the Cavs (33-49 last season), now with hometown hero Lebron James and recently acquired Kevin Love are obviously huge improvements, and we know the East is top heavy, so is winning 26 more games that much of a stretch? Remember the Heat struggled early in Lebron’s first year, but ended up finishing 58-24.  After winning 66 games in 2012-2013, the Heat won “just” 54 games last year, a result of stepping off the gas pedal a little bit and resting Dwyane Wade a lot. It’ll be interesting to see how quickly the Cavs gel, and whether they go all out to get the best seed they can this year.

The Lakers (27-55 last season) win total seems a bit low with the return of Kobe Bryant. As this number does not reflect a high degree of confidence in Bryant to come back from his Achilles injury and regain superstar stature, nor do they say good things about his supporting cast.

Other interesting totals include the Boston Celtics (25-57 last season), how long will Rajon Rondo be out? Will they have him for the whole season? Does Houston (54-28 last season) regress by six games in a much tougher Western Conference? How much of a championship hangover will the Spurs (62-20 last season) go through?

As Bovada sportsbook director Kevin Bradley says the Spurs and Thunder would be favored over the Cavs in a hypothetical NBA Finals matchup if they had home field advantage.

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Kobe Bryant vs. Michael Jordan: “Identical Plays” Video Syncs Absolutely Amazing [Video]

Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan are two of the greatest NBA stars  in the world, and both get buckets in eerily similar fashion in the third installment of the “identical plays” series by YouTube user Youssef Hannoun. The video apparently took about 3-4 months to make. The time was well-spent; the production is just phenomenal.

Here are the previous two versions:

[h/t Lakerholicz.com]

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Kobe Bryant Socked a Dinger at Richard Sherman’s Charity Softball Game [Video]

Richard Sherman’s charity softball game, which drew over 22,000 spectators at SafeCo Field on Sunday. Participants in the game included Nate Robinson, Lawyer Milloy, Macklemore, Kobe Bryant, Shawn Kemp, Russell Wilson, and a bunch of Sherman’s other Seahawks teammates.

Kobe has yet to make his NBA return after missing most of last season, but the Los Angeles Lakers great looks to be ready for competition if his softball prowess is any indication.

Bryant hit an opposite-field home run as captured by Instagram account LakersWorld16:

Kobe later claimed he hadn’t swung a bat in 20 years, which, more likely than not, was a blatant lie.

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Jeremy Lin Traded to Lakers as Rockets Clear Room For Chris Bosh

Jeremy Lin is headed to the Lakers in a trade that will help Houston land Chris Bosh, as the dismantling of the Miami Heat continues.

Lin is going to LA along with a 1st round pick in 2015 and a second round pick in the future. In return, Houston gets cash and the rights to an overseas player, according to Yahoo.

Pushed into a sixth-man role with Patrick Beverley taking over starting point guard duties thanks to his defense, Lin continued to develop as an offensive threat.

While his assists (5.2 per 36 minutes) took a noticeable drop, he became more efficient scoring the ball, averaging 15.6 points per 36 minutes to go with career highs in true-shooting percentage (57.2) and effective field-goal percentage (50.8). Moreover, the Rockets outscored opponents by 5.1 points per 100 possessions while he was on the floor, per NBA.com

This move is crucial for the Rockets because it does two things: 1) Allows Houston to offer Chris Bosh a max contract and 2) Allows Houston to match the offer sheet that the Mavericks gave to him last week.

It’s safe to assume that the Rockets are serious contenders in the West, especially with a lineup that may look like this:

PG – Patrick Beverley/Isaiah Canaan/Nick Johnson
SG – James Harden/Troy Daniels/Francisco Garcia
SF – Chandler Parsons
PF – Chris Bosh/Terrence Jones
C – Dwight Howard/Donatas Montiejunas

As for the Lakers? They’ll sell a lot of tickets because people may want to see Jeremy Lin and Kobe Bryant, but beyond that … doesn’t look like a playoff team.

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The BUZZ: Kobe Bryant Calls Out Lakers Management; Lindsay Lohan’s List; High School Coaches Bullied; First Ever Albino Blue Marlin Caught

Have a great Thursday everyone, here are some of todays top stories from around the globe…

  • Surfer upset after magazine describes him as having an “apish” face. [Daily Telegraph]
  • Kobe Bryant Reportedly Has ‘No Interest’ in Playing for Mike D’Antoni in 2014-15 [via BleacherReport]
  • Oakland A’s season ticket holders get a lunchbox. [Reddit]
  • On the stupid comparisons of hockey and basketball whenever someone gets hurt. [Deadspin]

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Common (42), David Draiman (41), Kaya Scodelario (22), Neil Sedaka (75), William H. Macy (64), Will Clark (50), Johan Santana (35), Coran Butler (34), Danny  Masterson (38)

BUZZ-worthy VIDEOS

*The origin of Matthew McConaughey’s “alright alright alright.” [via Uproxx]

*DJ Snake & Lil Jon made an amazing music video.

*This kid is obnoxious.

*Everything wrong with Days of Thunder.

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LeBron James & Kobe Bryant Top Forbes’ List of 2013 NBA Endorsement Deal Earners

To the surprise of no one, Miami Heat four-time MVP LeBron James and Los Angeles Lakers five-time champion Kobe Bryant are incredibly wealthy.

The earnings of those superstars goes well beyond their annual salaries, as James and Bryant top Forbes’ list of NBA endorsement deal earners in 2013, per Kurt Badenhausen.

King James raked in $42 million from his endorsement and shoe deals with Nike, while Bryant came in second among NBAers by earning $34 million from the same company.

The rest of Association’s top endorsement earners were as follows, per Forbes:

 

NBA’s Top Endorsement Earners of 2013
Player Team Earnings Company
Derrick Rose Chicago Bulls $21 million Adidas
Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder $14 million Nike
Dwyane Wade Miami Heat $12 million Li-Ning
Carmelo Anthony New York Knicks $9 million Jordan/Nike
Amar’e Stoudemire New York Knicks $6.5 million Nike
Dwight Howard Houston Rockets $6 million Adidas
Blake Griffin Los Angeles Clippers $6 million Jordan/Nike
Chris Paul Los Angeles Clippers $4 million Jordan/Nike

Forbes.com

 

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2014 NBA All-Star Rosters Revealed: Western Wisdom vs Eastern Youth

The 2014 All-Star Game rosters were unveiled Thursday night, featuring some first-timers, old-timers and even some surprises. However, their is no surprise on which conference has the upper hand as the West features a star-studded lineup, while the East brings young talent to the court.

Revealed in a special edition of NBA Tip-Off on TNT, the crew of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal announced and analyzed the selections just a week after the 10 starters were made public.

Unlike the starting lineups, which are determined by fan vote, reserves are selected through votes from head coaches in each respective conference (coaches cannot vote for their own players).

In the East, Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony will have to carry the team, with a few first-timers that include DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors, Paul Millsap of the Atlanta Hawks and John Wall of the Washington Wizards.   

 

Eastern Conference All-Stars
Starters Player 2013-14 Stats
BC Dwyane Wade 18.7 PPG, 4.7 APG, 4.7 RPG, 21.4 PER, .578 TS%
BC Kyrie Irving 21.5 PPG, 6.2 APG, 3.0 RPG, 20.28 PER, .524 TS%
FC LeBron James 26.2 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 6.4 APG, 28.8 PER, .661 TS%
FC Paul George 23.3 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 3.5 APG, 22.10 PER, .580 TS%
FC Carmelo Anthony 27.1 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 3.1 APG, 24.96 PER, .553 TS%
Reserves Player 2013-14 Stats
BC John Wall 19.8 PPG, 8.5 APG, 4.4 RPG, 19.91 PER, .521 TS%
BC DeMar DeRozan 21.8 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.6 APG, 17.99 PER, .517 TS%
BC Joe Johnson 15.7 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 2.8 APG, 14.98 PER, .553 TS%
FC Chris Bosh 16.9 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 1.1 BPG, 20.55 PER, .612 TS%
FC Roy Hibbert 11.8 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 2.5 BPG, 16.52 PER, .521 TS%
FC Joakim Noah 11.7 PPG, 11.4 RPG, 1.4 BPG, 19.09 PER, .518 TS%
FC Paul Millsap 17.8 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 1.2 BPG, 20.39 PER, .550 TS%

With the Eastern Conference being down this year with only five teams above .500, pickings were slim. Combine that with the Injuries to stars like Derrick Rose, Brook Lopez and Al Horford it just made the selections even harder.

The West is loaded from the starting five all the way to the end of the bench. Even without Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul on the roster but not playing due to injuries, the deep roster featuring sharp-shooters Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, while Dwight Howard, Kevin Love and LeMarcus Aldridge will control the paint.

The 2013 Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard lands his first selection,  and James Harden is included in festivities despite his lackadaisical defense becoming the brunt of jokes. 

Western Conference All-Stars
Starters Player 2013-14 Stats
BC Stephen Curry 24.1 PPG, 9.2 APG, 4.5 RPG, 22.87 PER, .534 TS%
BC Kobe Bryant 13.8 PPG, 6.3 APG, 4.3 RPG, 11.3 PER .505 TS%
FC Kevin Durant 31.3 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 5.2 APG, 31.17 PER, .645 TS%
FC Blake Griffin 22.9 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 3.5 APG, 22.97 PER, .585 TS%
FC Kevin Love 25.0 PPG, 12.9 RPG, 4.1 APG, 26.89 PER, .583 TS%
Reserves Player 2013-14 Stats
BC Chris Paul 19.6 PPG, 11.2 APG, 4.6 RPG, 27.47 PER, .578 TS%
BC Damian Lillard 20.6 PPG, 5.6 APG, 3.5 RPG, 18.87 PER, .571 TS%
BC Tony Parker 18.1 PPG, 6.2 APG, 2.4 RPG, 20.12 PER, .571 TS%
BC James Harden 23.7 PPG, 5.5 APG, 4.9 RPG, 21.12 PER, .593 TS%
FC LaMarcus Aldridge 24.3 PPG, 11.6 RPG, 2.8 APG, 23.30 PER, .518 TS%
FC Dirk Nowitzki 21.6 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 2.9 APG, 23.9 PER, .589 TS%
FC Dwight Howard 18.1 PPG, 12.5 RPG, 1.7 BPG, 21.12 PER, .581 TS%

 

 

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