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Kevin Love Facing Toughest Test of NBA Career with Cleveland Cavaliers

Bleacherreport.com  -  Beginning with remarks made in a 2012 interview with Yahoo Sports' Marc J. Spears, Kevin Love has made it clear that, incendiary individual statistics aside, playing for a winner is the only thing that matters.In joining LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers, Love’s long-deferred dream finally came true, accompanied in close tow with an entirely new set of expectations: Win 14 hours

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NBA Draft Expert's Notebook: Meet Delon Wright, the Next Big 2015 Prospect

Bleacherreport.com  -  Delon Wright was good last year—the kind of good that put him on NBA radars despite spending the previous two years in junior college. Wright earned scouts' attention. And this year, I'm expecting him to keep it and ultimately convert it into first-round dollars.The younger brother of 10-year NBA veteran Dorell, Delon seemingly came out of nowhere as an impact junior at Utah. He got th 18 hours

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Why Cleveland Cavaliers Are Miscast as 2015 NBA Title Favorites

Bleacherreport.com  -  Have we learned nothing?Declaring the Cleveland Cavaliers the favorites for the NBA's 2015 title is nothing short of a massive mistake, one you certainly don't want to be guilty of at this stage of the offseason. Are the Cavs going to be a dominant entity in the Eastern Conference, pushing toward 60 wins and competing for one of the top spots in the playoff proceedings? Absolutely. They have 20 hours

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August Sucks—The NBA Or NHL Playoffs Should Move There

Feeds.gawker.com  -  In non-Olympic years, there's no wider chasm of utter sports emptiness than late July and August. NBA and NHL free agency have pretty much wrapped up, and most NFL "news" involves players describing the best shape of their lives. Thankfully, football and European soccer are just about back, but for a very long stretch of summer, the only actual sports in season were regular season MLB, M 2 days

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Predicting the Most Improved NBA Teams for the Upcoming Season

Bleacherreport.com  -  The offseason has a funny way of establishing hope in even the most moribund NBA franchises.It's the time of year when "the roster looks great on paper!" becomes an operative phrase. It's when best-case scenarios reign supreme and when most teams seem to have an easy route to a playoff spot or a 50-win season. (See: Anthony, Carmelo.)Once the 2014-15 season actually begins, of course, a litany of 2 days

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Newly retired longtime NBA referee Dick Bavetta reveals his three favorite crowds

Sports.yahoo.com  -  Members of each NBA fanbase have surely cited Dick Bavetta's bias against their team, and the recently retired referee's take on the league's top crowds adds fuel to the fire for all but three cities.In a parting interview with NBA.com after his 39 years of service, Bavetta named Boston, Los Angeles and New York as the association's best crowds, describing them as "avid, knowledgeable basketball 3 days

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How Many NBA Players Does Each 2014 FIBA World Cup Team Have?

Bleacherreport.com  -  Though there are plenty of fantastic basketball players who haven't played in the NBA and likely won't for either their entire careers or a significant portion of them—Argentina's Facundo Campazzo and Brazil's Marcelo Huertas immediately spring to mind—the Association tends to have the sport's largest collection of talent. So, how is that being distributed out among the 24 teams 3 days

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NBA will institute new baseline safety rules, which have been a long time coming

Sports.yahoo.com  -  Every NBA game involves players jumping with abandon at or near the baseline, either to save a ball falling out of bounds or make some sort of offensive or defensive play at the basket. Such moves often put these athletes in danger, because the league and its media partners station cameramen only a few feet from the edge of the court. These people have to do their jobs, of course, but their prese 3 days

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