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Brian Shaw to coach G League

Brian Shaw Set to Coach the NBA G League Elite Pro Team

Garrett Brooks | June 3rd, 2020

Former Denver Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw is set to lead the NBA’s new G League elite team that will feature NBA prospects.

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Miami Heat Impressed: KZ Okpala

HEAT Impressed with KZ Okpala’s Progress

Jacari McRae | June 2nd, 2020

The Miami Heat have been one of the surprising NBA teams this season. Solid contribution from their rookies is a major reason why. Kendrick Nunn went from being undrafted to becoming the team’s starting point guard. Tyler Herro has been huge in the crunch time for the Heat this season. Chris Silva was the team’s backup center in the beginning of the season before falling out of the rotation.

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Amnesty clause Blake Griffin

Amnesty clause could make 2020 free agency market more interesting

Jacari McRae | May 26th, 2020

Talks of resuming the NBA season are heating up. And the potential financial consequences are also being discussed. Before the season was suspended, the league was already expected to lose revenue due to issues with China. Now, with fans not allowed until 2021, this year’s salary cap is expected to be even lower. Continue reading

Detroit Pistons 2020 Season: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Garrett Brooks | May 25th, 2020

The Detroit Pistons currently sit at a record of 20-46, which puts them near the top of the lottery if the season were to end today. Given the circumstances, it’s very possible the Pistons have played their final game of the season.

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NBA Season To Resume at Disney World?

NBA Season To Resume at Disney World?

Garrett Brooks  | May 22nd, 2020

We may be inching toward the resumption of the NBA season it seems. According to Shams, Disney World has emerged as a ‘clear front-runner’ to host the continuation of the season.

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Yelling From The Bench: Michael Jordan has all the Time and Money

John Supowitz | May 19th, 2020

As you watched The Last Dance, more stories about Michael Jordan come out. Did he really turn down more money than we’ll probably ever make?

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Goat vs a Tiger: Michael Jordan vs Joe Exotic

The Goat vs a Tiger: A Battle Between Michael Jordan and the Tiger King?

Alex Kielar | May 17th, 2020

I know what you’re thinking, this year has been crazy and weird enough without a hypothetical meeting between the greatest basketball player of all time (sit down LeBron riders) and a crazy tiger zoo owner. It’s May 2020 and I thought I would be writing about the Yankees being already at least ten games ahead in the AL East, not whatever this is. But here we are. “The Last Dance” and “Tiger King” have been the two most-watched shows during this quarantine, making this only right.

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Chicago Bulls 2020 Season: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Garrett Brooks | May 16th, 2020

The Bulls (finally) brought in a new front office to turn the franchise around, hiring Arturas Karnisovas to lead the charge. This offers a much needed fresh look in the front office, and the sky is the limit moving forward. The Bulls 2019-20 season has had glimpses of a bright future. It has also been frustrating to watch at times. Many things can be taken away from this season, and here we are going to break down the good, the bad, and the ugly. Continue reading

Jordan's trainer compares Wade to Kobe and Jordan

Michael Jordan’s Trainer says DWade had Similar Work Ethic to Jordan and Kobe

Jacari McRae | May 14th, 2020

Michael Jordan’s longtime trainer Tim Grover created a theory that there are three categories of work ethics that people fall into. Those three categories are as follows: closerscoolers, and cleaners. He recently spoke on the Pardon My Take podcast about each of the three categories.

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Four quarantine shows: Elena Delle Donne

Four Quarantine Shows & Challenges That Have Made Staying at Home Bearable

Michaela Smalley | May 10th, 2020

In this midst of this year’s untimely global pandemic, professional athletes across the nation have gotten extremely creative with their social media accounts to engage with fans on an unprecedented level. Here are a few of the best. Continue reading

Top 4 NBA Rookies: Ja Morant

Top Four NBA Rookies This Season

Nick Andre | May 9th, 2020

This season’s rookie draft class has been spectacular, to say the least. All of the highlight-reel plays and success that these young men have had so far, it’s no question that they are on a mission to make noise in the NBA and are setting the tone early for their careers. Let’s take a look at some of the top 4 rookies that have been spectacular this season.

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2020 NBA Draft Profile: Karim Mane

2020 NBA Draft Profile: Karim Mane

Troy Pierce| May 5th, 2020

Background

Karim Mane is a 20-year-old, 6’5 combo guard from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He most recently played for the Vanier College Cheetahs (HS), located in Quebec.

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NBA Draft Profile Leandro Bolmaro

2020 NBA Draft Profile: Leandro Bolmaro

Troy Pierce| May 3rd, 2020

Leandro Bolmaro is a 19-year-old prospect from Argentina. Bolmaro is a 6’7 shooting guard/small forward and is considered to be one of the best international prospects in the 2020 NBA Draft. Continue reading

Yelling From The Bench Dennis Rodman

Yelling From The Bench: Can’t Tame The Worm

John Supowitz  | May 3rd, 2020

The sports world has been glued to “The Last Dance” over the last couple of weeks and its in-depth look at the last Bulls championship team and players surrounding it. Continue reading

Restricted free agent Bogdan Bogdanovic

2020 Free Agency: Best Fits For Top 5 Restricted Free Agents

Garrett Brooks  | May 2nd, 2020

The 2020 free agent class lacks star power compared to previous offseasons, as Anthony Davis is the only true superstar set to hit the open market. The expectation is he will re-sign with the Lakers without truly entertaining other offers, though. There are difference makers set to hit restricted free agency, representing the true value of this year’s class. Continue reading

Heat's ability to Contend: Rookie Tyler Herro

Herro: Wins Against Milwaukee Built Huge Confidence in Heat’s Ability to Contend

Jacari McRae | May 1st, 2020

At the Covid-19 break, the Miami Heat currently sits in fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings. If the season resumes right into the playoffs, the Heat would host the Indiana Pacers in the first round. Should the Heat advance to the next round, they would likely face the Milwaukee Bucks, a team they beat twice this season. Continue reading

Bam Adebayo Predicts he’ll be a 20 point scorer Next Season

Jacari McRae | April 16th, 2020

Last summer, Bam Adebayo predicted his stats for the 2019-20 season. The Miami Heat center had predicted he’ll average 16 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists. So far, his prediction has been right. At the COVID-19 break, Adebayo is currently averaging 16.2 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game.

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Jimmy Butler Reveals Stories Behind His Jersey Numbers Throughout His Basketball Career

Jacari McRae | April 13th, 2020

Jimmy Butler wore number 33 in college, number 21 with the Chicago Bulls, and number 23 with both the Minnesota Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers. He’s currently wearing number 22 in his first season with the Miami Heat.

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Why the 2000 Lakers Were Better than the 2001 Lakers

Lamar Fields | April 10th, 2020

The 2001 Los Angeles Lakers had a magical playoff run going 15-1 to win the NBA championship, but I’m here to tell why the 2000 Lakers team was better. The 2000 team went 67-15, and the 2001 team went 56-26.

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Gary Harris Needs to Step Up for Denver

Nick Andre | April 9th, 2020

Although we know what to expect out of Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray, the third man for the Denver Nuggets is supposed to be Gary Harris. He’s a player with a lot of talent and can be a difference-maker when he is at his best. But this season has been a struggle for the shooting guard and he never got into a rhythm all season long.

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Hoops History: 2010 NBA Finals Game 7

Nickolas Loza | April 9th, 2020

The 2010 NBA Finals was one of the best finals series of all time. For the majority of the series, the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers traded wins and losses, so no team could gain any ground. But after Boston came through with a win in Games four and five, it put Kobe Bryant and his Lakers on the brink of elimination.

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Purdue Center Matt Haarms Transferring; Another Big Man On The Move

Brian Wolf | April 7th, 2020

Purdue University announced that Matt Haarms is transferring. The 7’3″ big man caught the coaching staff by surprise by entering the transfer portal as a graduate transfer. He will be eligible immediately for the 2020-21 season.

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Here’s How to Make This NBA Season Not Have Been a Complete Waste

Josh Elias | April 6th, 2020

So, as you’ve probably noticed by now, we’re, um, having a bit of a problem at the moment.

I haven’t mentioned it yet because almost every article I’ve seen for weeks has been about it, but we’re in the midst of what’s likely to be the worst pandemic in at least 60 years, a financial collapse that will shatter our economic systems as we know them, and – definitely not worst of all – no basketball. Continue reading

How Not to Be a Top-3 Pick: What Happens When a Player Busts Before They Make the NBA?

Josh Elias | April 5th, 2020

Looking back in time, it’s baffling that no one was willing to take a flyer on Ben Wallace in the same draft that Vitaly Potapenko, fresh out of Wright State, went in the lottery.

Even at the time, it seemed ludicrous for the Clippers to select Michael Olowokandi first in 1999. He only started in one of his three seasons at mid-major Pacific University, and college superstars Mike Bibby, Raef LaFrentz, and Vince Carter were all options, but no, they went with the Kandi Man. Continue reading

Chicago Bulls Reportedly Eyeing Goran Dragic, Derrick Jones Jr, and a Heat Executive

Jacari McRae | April 5th, 2020  

The Chicago Bulls are reportedly interested in Goran Dragic and Derrick Jones Jr, according to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times. Both players are expected to be unrestricted free agents in free agency, whenever that starts. The Bulls are also interested in Miami Heat vice president of basketball operations Adam Simon.

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Former HEAT Assistant Coach David Fizdale Praises Heat’s Culture

Jacari McRae  | March 28th, 2020

Former Miami Heat assistant coach David Fizdale continues to speak highly of the Heat’s culture. Fizdale appeared on the Golic and Wingo show on ESPN Radio earlier this week and one of the topics discussed was the Brooklyn Nets firing of Kenny Atkinson. Brooklyn players reportedly being unhappy with Atkinson played a huge role in the coach’s departure.

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Utilitarianism, When Two Sports Clash, and the Dude Who Played an NBA Game and Never Got Paid for It

“The pupil who is never required to do what he cannot do, never does what he can do.”

One thing that’s always intrigued me about sports is the dying phenomenon of the multi-sport athlete at the professional level.

While sports, in general, are beginning to largely ditch specialists in favor of utilitarians, the greatest form of a utilitarian (no, I’m obviously not talking about John Stuart Mill) is no longer a thing. Continue reading

Lebron James: Losing to Celtics in 2012 Could’ve Ended the Big 3

Jacari McRae  | March 20th, 2020

Almost eight years ago, the Miami Heat trailed the Boston Celtics 3-2 heading into game six of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals. There was huge pressure going into game six in Boston. A loss in game six could’ve sent the Heat home and raise questions about the future of the Heat’s superteam.

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HEAT Could Target DeMar DeRozan in This Year’s Free Agency

Jacari McRae  | March 17th, 2020

During last month’s trade deadline, the Miami Heat flipped Justise Winslow, James Johnson, and Dion Waiters for Andre Iguodala, Jae Crowder, and Solomon Hill. They nearly acquired Danilo Gallinari, but the failed extension talks ended the deal.

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Big Ten Tournament Preview- Semifinals and Championship

Tom Greene  | March 12th, 2020 

As promised, the 2nd Big Ten Tournament Preview article is here! Before we get started, a couple of updates.

Nebraska has added the Football team’s Backup QB- Noah Vedral and Offensive Tackle Brant Banks since the publication of Tuesday’s Article. The team was down to seven after suspending two players indefinitely. (Remember last season’s improbable run by the Huskers? They were down to that many players then!)

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Jimmy Butler on Philadelphia fallout: “I didn’t know who the F*** was in charge”

Jacari McRae | March 11th, 2020

When Jimmy Butler made the decision to go to Miami he was criticized. Some wondered why he would leave a potential title contender in Philadelphia for a team that just missed the playoffs the season prior. Was there tension between Butler and his Sixers teammates? Or maybe Butler just wanted to be the guy in Miami.

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HEAT vs Wizards reaction

Jacari McRae | March 9th, 2020

The Miami Heat ends their two-game road trip with a split. Playing without Jimmy Butler, the Heat ran their offense through Bam Adebayo. After trailing the Washington Wizards by eight in the fourth quarter, the Heat went on a huge 25-3 run to close the game. And with the Oklahoma City Thunder beating the Boston Celtics, Miami now pulls within a game-and-a-half of the third seed.

Here are my takeaways from Sunday’s road win over the Wizards.

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NBA DFS FAVE FIVE, March 8th, 2020

Josh Livi | March 8th, 2020

Happy Sunday everyone! We are back! Wow, we absolutely killed it! My apologies for the Draymond Green pick. He was questionable and had gone through practice. He was a late scratch. My bad there everyone! But, it’s a new day, new week, let’s get to it and win some big money!

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NBA DFS FAVE FIVE, March 5th, 2020

Josh Livi | March 5th, 2020 

Wow. We had a killer night last night. Thank you Lonzo Ball and Zion Williamson. Only a four-game slate tonight so let’s find the best possible plays for tonight and help you win some money!

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NBA DFS FAVE FIVE: March 3rd, 2020

Josh Livi | March 3rd, 2020 

Wow! We went heavy on a New York Knicks stack last night and man did it pay off! We won big money!! We have eight games tonight, so let’s get to it!!

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NBA DFS FAVE FIVE, March 2nd, 2020

Josh Livi | March 2nd, 2020 

We are back and won a whole lot of money in the last few days! Our picks have been money and we want to keep that going. We got a few big games today with a lot of great quality plays! Let’s get to it, win some big money and good luck!

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(T)Rolling in the Deep: The Clippers front Office Has Set Up Shop in the Lakers’ Heads

Sam Schneider | March 1st, 2020

Eventually, your little brother grows up. Sometimes, he turns out to be bigger than you’d expected.

The old adage “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.” doesn’t hold nearly as much water in sports as “If you can’t join ‘em, beat ‘em.”. The Los Angeles Clippers seem to be bent on the latter as they’ve begun a pattern of trying to best their Staples’ Center counterparts, and in doing so, make themselves into a perennial contender.

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Mavericks vs HEAT reaction

Jacari McRae | March 1st, 2020

Unlike the previous two games, there was no late-game collapse this time. The Miami Heat blew another double-digit lead on Friday but responded with a strong fourth quarter to seal the victory. The Heat picked up its 37th win of the season with a 126-118 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. With the win, Miami holds on to the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

Here are my takeaways from Friday’s win.

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Deep Dive: Coby White, Consistently Inconsistent

Troy Pierce | February 28th, 2020 

Coby White has been one of the few bright spots for the Chicago Bulls this year. A rocky first ten games set the tone for most of what we’ve seen from the young guard. He is inconsistent on a consistent basis. Perhaps, that will change following White’s third straight 30-plus point performance.

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NBA DFS FAVE FIVE, February 27th, 2020

Josh Livi | February 27th, 2020 

Before I begin, I want to thank Julius Randle and D’Angelo Russell for helping us win some big money!! Only four games tonight so let’s get right to it!

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NBA DFS FAVE FIVE February 25th, 2020

Josh Livi | February 25th, 2020

Ahh, smell that? That’s the smell of a lot of money we won last night!! Thank you Luka Doncic and Julius Randle. We got another jam packed slate tonight with seven games! Lots of good games and good players, so let’s get to it and keep the hot streak rolling!.

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HEAT vs Cavs Reaction

Jacari McRae | February 25th, 2020 

Simply inexcusable. The Miami Heat had a chance to back up Saturday’s home win over the Cleveland Cavaliers with a road win. They were on their way to doing that with a 22 point lead heading into the fourth period. But then, they lost the fourth quarter and eventually lost the game in Overtime. Now, Miami finds itself 13-18 on the road and only 1/2 game up over the Philadelphia 76ers for the fourth seed.

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NBA DFS FAVE FIVE: February 24th, 2020

Josh Livi  | February 24th, 2020

We are back! We had a monster few nights in a row! That’s exactly what we want! To win money and lots of it!!

We got a monster 8-game slate tonight with lots of star power and a lot of sleepers! Let’s get to it, and find those awesome plays to help you win some money!

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NBA DFS Fave Five, February 20th, 2020

Josh Livi | February 20th, 2020 

We are back!! After a long week, we finally have basketball tonight!

The All-Star game has come and gone and now it’s time to win some massive money! We got games tonight and there is a lot of money to be made. Here we go, let’s get to it, and good luck!

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NBA DFS ALL STAR GAME EDITION. Top three plays!

Josh Livi | February 16th, 2020

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NBA DFS Fave Five: February 13th, 2020

Josh Livi | February 13th, 2020

Wow! We had a monster night last night! All our picks hit! Thank you D’Angelo Russell and Andrew Wiggins. After last night’s insanely heavy, stacked, crazy night, we only have two games to work with. So let’s see what we can come up with!

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HEAT vs Jazz Reaction

Jacari McRae | February 13th, 2020

After a rough five-game road trip, the Miami Heat are looking forward to the All-Star break. In a battle of teams with identical 35-18 records, the Utah Jazz came out on top. Donovan Mitchell and the Jazz’s killer threes down the stretch were too much to overcome. Miami drops to 35-19 and is now 2.5 games behind the Boston Celtics for the third seed.

Here are my takeaways from Wednesday’s loss to the Jazz.

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HEAT vs Warriors Reaction

Jacari McRae | February 11th, 2020

After losing three consecutive games, the Miami Heat bounced back with a win against the Golden State Warriors. It wasn’t easy either. Leading by 19 at the half, the Heat watched the Warriors pull within four multiple times in the third period. However, the Heat pulled away in the fourth period to come out victorious. Miami is now 35-18 for the season.

Here are my takeaways from Monday’s game against the Warriors.

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NBA DFS Fave Five: February 11th, 2020

Josh Livi  | February 11th, 2020

Wow! We had a pretty good night winning some big money! Only five games tonight, unfortunately. But, we still have lots of players to choose from! So let’s dive into them and get to it!

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2020 NBA Trade Deadline Recap Roundtable

The Scorecrow Staff | February 10th, 2020

This past week, the NBA had the mid-season trade deadline, and as such, trades happened! Who woulda thunk?

At The Scorecrow, trade deadlines and draft days are our equivalent of a national holiday, so when the NBA’s largest trade in two decades went down to start the madness, we all just got drunk instead of doing our jobs and writing things. Sorry Johnnie.

Either way, here are the trades, and here are (most of) our thoughts. I, for one, don’t have them often, so y’all better appreciate the rare occasion. – Josh Continue reading