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.
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.
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.
Gabe Botero | February 26th, 2020
This episode Nick and Gabe talk about what Kyrie Irving is doing on and off the court (but mainly what he’s doing off the court) as well as some shakeups in Cleveland and Los Angeles. Other points of interest include a retrospective look at All-Star Weekend and current standings in the league! Lots of jokes in this one, consider yourself warned. Continue reading
Josh Livi | February 6th, 2020
Happy trade deadline day everyone!! The NBA trade deadline is at 3:00pm. But, have no fear, our regularly scheduled program will go on as usual, and I’ll give you guys the top five plays of the night! Please keep in mind that my picks are subject to change if a trade involving that specific player happens. Good Luck everyone, and let’s win some big money!!
The Scorecrow Staff | January 27th, 2020
After the tragic death of Kobe Bryant and eight other people in a helicopter accident on Sunday morning, many of our writers wanted to share a few words about Kobe’s impact on us. Continue reading
Joshua Woolsey | January 20th, 2020
This month I have posted a 25-13-2 record for NBA picks and will be looking to bolster my bank account and win record as I hope the same for you. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a special day to remember all the sacrifices made throughout the years by people to help give us such fortunate lives. Without further ado, let’s get into some picks. Continue reading
Gabe Botero | January 7th, 2020
In this episode Nick and Gabe interview Andrew D. Bernstein (@ADBPhotoInc on Twitter). Andy is the longest tenured NBA photographer who has worked personally with greats like Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, and has a special relationship with Kobe Bryant as he helped write “The Mamba Mentality” and was the main photographer during Kobe’s “Farewell Tour”. Andy talks about the background behind many of his famous pictures and describes what all goes into being a sports photographer; just a heads up, it’s more dangerous than you think according to his Shaq story. Fans of the NBA, but Los Angeles Lakers fans especially, will be in awe of all the stories that Andy tells Nick, Gabe, and any who listen to this episode. Continue reading
Coach Treal | January 4th, 2020
Happy New Year Hoops Family! We are in the midst of the middle of the NBA Season and this is the best time of the year. We as fans start paying closer attention to the early playoff picture and these become the games we look back on when a team misses the playoffs or gets a less than favorable matchup. As we roll into 2020 I will be taking a look at some of the games to keep on your radar to close out the week.
Coach Treal | December 19th, 2019
Hoops Family!!! We are back basketball fans with week nine of the 2019-20 NBA Season and just a week away from the Christmas slate of games. This is the time of the season when most people start tuning into the league and the playoff picture starts taking shape. Continue reading
Jacari McRae | December 14th, 2019
It was fun while it lasted. The Miami Heat‘s 11 game winning streak was snapped by the Los Angeles Lakers in what felt like a playoff game. Up by eight at halftime, the Heat found themselves trailing by 11 in the third period before going into the fourth down by three. From there, the game went back and forth, ending with Jimmy Butler‘s missed three-point attempt at the buzzer. The Heat’s record for the season is now 18-7.
Pranav Ramasubramanian | November 29th, 2019
It’s almost December and at this point, the NBA season has shown what teams came to play to start the season and those that didn’t. It’s no debate who some of the top teams are in the league right now and who needs to reevaluate their approach before it’s too late. Here’s where the teams that have gotten off to a marvelous start rank. Continue reading
Shaun Evans | November 29th, 2019
Welcome ladies and gentlemen! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are going to enjoy this massive 12 game slate on Black Friday! I hope after all of your shopping is finished that you lock and load up for your contests so we can continue the great holiday weekend. As usual, I will be bringing you my top pay up spots and top value spots. We have some star-studded names for tonight’s slate so where should we spend that salary at? I have you covered so let’s dig in and get to researching. Good luck and cash out! Continue reading
Coach Treal | November 25th, 2019
HAPPY THANKSGIVING HOOPS FAMILY!!!! We are already heading into week six of the NBA season and the play on the court couldn’t be better. The season is starting to take shape and we will dive into the best games of the upcoming week to keep on your radar. The last week of November basketball is here and it’s no looking back as we get into December and the games really starting to count. Continue reading
Gabe Botero | October 29th, 2019
While everyone else was overreacting on Twitter about the games we took our time and thought it through. Here’s what we thought about a wild week one in the NBA! We address the issues the Lakers might have, the slow start for James Harden, and other headlines from around the league. We also reveal our season awards! Gabe has got some wild picks so you’ll want to listen to them so you can roast him on Twitter. Continue reading
Pranav Ramasubramanian | October 22nd, 2019
The Pacific Division is set to look very different after one of the biggest offseasons in NBA history completely shifted the league balance. The division went from one of the decent divisions in the NBA to the most competitive in a very quick period of time. Here’s an outlook at the division. Continue reading
Considering the start of the NBA’s existence was ushered in with complete dominance from the team representing the city of Minneapolis, there was bound to be a certain air of excitement emanating throughout the Twin Cities when it was announced that, after nearly thirty years of absence, professional basketball would be returning to the city that was once able to claim many of basketball’s biggest stars – George Mikan, Vern Mikkelsen, Elgin Baylor, Clyde Lovellette, and Slater Martin – as well as four of the first five NBA championships. Continue reading
I’ve always been a big fan of DeMarcus Cousins.
I understand that’s not a particularly universal opinion – his reputation has always one that takes into consideration supposed character problems and volatility.
But he’s an incredibly talented basketball player and incredibly passionate about what he does.
And that’s why his sequence of injuries ever since January 26, 2018, is so upsetting.
Jacari McRae | July 13th, 2019
It’s been fourteen days since NBA Free Agency started and we’ve already seen plenty of stars joining forces. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are joining forces with the Brooklyn Nets, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George with the Los Angeles Clippers, and now Russell Westbrook and James Harden with the Houston Rockets. The league has changed since the 2000’s when stars were just trying to compete against each other. Continue reading
Pranav Ramasubramanian | June 30th, 2019
Rich Paul was hired as Anthony Davis‘ agent after Davis fired longtime agent Thad Foucher signaling that Anthony Davis was done with the Pelicans. Rich Paul represents some of the biggest players in the NBA, but none bigger than his biggest client LeBron James, who has been with him since Day 1. Davis has lost a substantial amount of money since signing with Klutch Sports, but Davis isn’t too worried about that.
Davis averaged a double-double this year with 26 and 12 trying to win games for the Pelicans. However, Anthony Davis also had to do what’s best for him by refusing to play in a lot of games for the Pelicans to risk any type of health problem. The Pelicans started out the season well, but eventually, the grueling Western Conference schedule caught up to them and they started losing a lot of games.
Nick Popio | June 30th, 2019
One of the most highly anticipated off-seasons in NBA history is in full force. Tonight at 6 p.m. on June 30th is the unofficial official start of NBA free agency. Some mighty large names will be available on the open market to sign for any organization they so desire. Below is a list of names that are free agents and teams who own the most cap space to go wrestling for a player that can join their respective squads.
Joshua Lea | June 29th, 2019
This time last year, Laker fans were rejoicing in the fact that LeBron James chose to dawn the purple and gold. Laker fans instantly envisioned championships and former glory restored. However, last season wasn’t a testament to what the Lakers could eventually become.
Troy Pierce | June 27th, 2019
The 2019 NBA offseason has already become one with widespread ramifications, and free agency has yet to begin.
Although, the trade felt anti-climatic in a way. The Lakers have long been enamored with Anthony Davis, and they were finally able to land him after a tumultuous trade deadline. As a result, the Pelicans acquired some of the most intriguing young talents the league has to offer in the form of Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram.
Alex Perl | June 21st, 2019
Sports agents broker contracts, handle the business and legal aspects of athletes careers. Despite their wide array of work, one position you would never expect a sports agent to obtain is that of a General Manager of a sports franchise. Although this may sound far-fetched, this is indeed the life of Robert Todd Pelinka Jr. Continue reading
Jacari McRae | May 10th, 2019
The Lakers are a mess right now.
First, there was Magic Johnson abruptly stepping down from his front office position. Then, there was the coaching stall with Lebron James’ former coach Tyronn Lue, who reportedly turned down the Lakers’ three-year $18 million offer. What’s even crazier is the idea that the Lakers should trade Lebron James, who doesn’t have a no-trade clause in his contract. Continue reading
Pranav Ramasubramanian | April 20th, 2019
The Los Angeles Lakers were expected to do big things after acquiring LeBron James in free agency at the beginning of the season, but an unexpected groin injury knocked him out for 18 games and changed the course of the Lakers season. After the tumultuous turn of events that knocked the Lakers out of the playoffs, Magic Johnson decided it was best for him and the organization if he stepped down from being president of basketball operations. Magic Johnson helped the Lakers get LeBron James and he was set to pitch the plan to recruit free agents like Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and Klay Thompson to try and get them on the Lakers, but the pressure was too much. Magic always seemed to be tampering and getting fined for it and it got to the point where he couldn’t even congratulate a player on his accomplishment, which led to Magic getting frustrated.
Jacari McRae | April 14th, 2019
After mutually parting ways with interim head coach Larry Drew last week, the Cleveland Cavaliers will begin searching for his replacement. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavaliers will interview Miami Heat assistant Juwan Howard for the position next week.
Lamarr Fields | April 6th, 2019
Eddie Jones played his college basketball career at the University of Temple. Jones played under the tutelage of Head Coach John Chaney. While at Temple, Jones was the 1993-94 Atlantic-10 Player of the year and led the Owls to the Elite 8 in the NCAA tournament.
Nickolas Loza | April 3rd, 2019
Russell Westbrook and the Thunder went into a game against the Lakers looking for their 45th win, and they helped their All-World Point Guard do something truly special. The Lakers in this game were without LeBron James, so the Thunder were heavily favored, and with the Thunder at home, they were favored to win by most people.
Beth Sullivan | March 13th, 2019
Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT is generally considered to be a condition of the out of shape or elderly individuals. It is for this reason, that when a young in shape athlete is diagnosed with one people want to know why.
Recently LA Laker forward Brandon Ingram was diagnosed with a DVT in his right arm after missing games because of shoulder pain. Since athletes aren’t in the front of the line for a DVT diagnosis, the question becomes why him?
Troy Pierce | March 9th, 2019
This season has not gone well for the Los Angeles Lakers, but that might be just a bit of an understatement as the Lakers are currently sitting in the 11th seed in the Western Conference with playoff hopes fading fast. Luke Walton has been criticized throughout the season by fans and media alike, and it is believed among NBA circles that Magic Johnson already has a replacement in mind.
Eddie Bronsozian |March 5th, 2019
The Boston Celtics are coming off a very disappointing week. They went 1-3, they defeated the struggling Washington Wizards and lost to the Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors and Portland Trailblazers. They are all high-level teams, but they were very disappointing performances from the C’s end.
Brendan Abban | February 24th, 2019
The Los Angeles Lakers are going through a tough time period currently. They have lost three of their last five games to teams below .500. Their opponents are averaging 118 points in those losses which would rank second to last in defensive rankings. Despite the Lakers troubles, Brandon Ingram has been a key bright spot during this stretch.
Kit Shepard | February 21st, 2019
With temperatures getting warmer, days getting longer, and All-Star weekend behind us, attention can start to shift towards the Holy Grail of the NBA campaign. Whilst this year’s regular season has been wildly entertaining, and the upcoming free agency is set to be the most dramatic in recent memory, it is the time between mid-April and mid-June that will always be the most exciting period in the basketball calendar. To paraphrase the NBA’s favorite slogan, the postseason is ‘why we watch’.