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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 7 hours

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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 13 hours

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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 17 hours

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NBA Announces Rule Changes to Make Baselines Safer for Players

Bleacherreport.com  -  The NBA has been in the spotlight more this summer than any in recent memory. Its latest move will also generate a lot of interest, though in a different way, as it's focused on changing baseline rules and the safety of players. According to Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press, via NBA.com, the league is changing the amount of clutter around the baseline and opening up the stanchion:The ne 1 day 3 hours

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10 2014 NBA Preseason Games to Circle on the Calendar

Bleacherreport.com  -  The games may not count toward the final NBA standings, but the preseason remains our first glimpse into the storylines that will define 2014-15.From the returns of Derrick Rose and Kobe Bryant to the debut of a suddenly star-studded Cleveland Cavaliers roster, there's no shortage of early intrigue to quench the thirst of fans around the league. With NBA Summer League action in the rearview 1 day 19 hours

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Very Early Predictions for 2014-15 NBA All-Star Team

Bleacherreport.com  -  When you run across NBA All-Star predictions in August, they often come with the tagline that "it's never too early" to look ahead.I think we can all be honest with each other and agree that it is, in fact, way too early to be thinking about who'll suit up for the Eastern and Western Conferences in Brooklyn next February. But let's also be honest about a couple of other things: It's August, and w 1 day 21 hours

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5 NBA Players That Need a Trade to Fulfill Complete Potential

Bleacherreport.com  -  The NBA is a dream come true for the players who work hard enough to make it, but plenty still find themselves one trade away from being in the right situation.For the five in this slideshow, reaching their full potential may be just around the corner, but getting there will be next to impossible with the teams they currently represent.Whether it's a logjam at the player's position, an issue with 2 days

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Would the Cavs Be Favored in the NBA Finals Against Western Conference Powers?

Thebiglead.com  -  Depends on home field advantage. 2 days

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