Author: Tiago Fonseca

Now that LeBron James is gone from Cleveland, Tyronn Lue has the freedom to be the head-coach he always wanted to be and finally the league will also be able to really understand who he truly is and what does he believes as a coach. To wit: The Cleveland Cavaliers just shortened the shot clock on their practices. They are playing under a 12 second shot clock rule instead of the league’s 24 shot clock rule. “I don’t change because the league says or whatever they say,” Lue told Cleveland’s reporters last week. “I do what’s best for the team.…

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The New York Knicks got themselves a talented young center in this year’s draft in Mitchell Robinson and they could really thank the kid’s agent… Well, I mean, ex-agent! He fired him after signing the 6.4 Million deal. What happened? Glad you asked. The Knicks rookie fired his agent Raymond Brothers and inked a new deal with John Spencer, a former Knicks scout under Ernier Grunfeld, right after the 6.4 Million agreement with the Knickerbockers. Why? According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Mitchell fired Raymond Brothers due to his handling to the pre-draft process. The day before…

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The Philadelphia 76ers were the pioneers of practicing with a 4 point line. The Atlanta Hawks followed their lead and on media day surprised everyone and showed off their own 4 point line. Recently on Zach Lowe’s podcast The Lowe Post, JJ Reddick, Sixers shooting guard, was asked about the reasons and benefits of practicing with a 4 point line. JJ told Zach that they’re not actually using it to shoot from 4 point land but as a reference for spacing. “It’s not a shoot-behind.” Reddick told on the podcast about the 4 point line. “It’s a space-behind and then…

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The New York Knicks President of Basketball Operations Steve Mills preached patience in a recent interview as the team front office is working through an organizational plan. “I believe the fans will accept a team that has a plan and you stick with it and if you deliver players, you do have some hope. [Porzingis] is an elite player in the NBA. He has an injury, but he’s a very special player. We added some players in the draft. Hopefully this year will be a big move for Frank. He’s a lot more confident. We think we have something we…

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Everyone who’s a NBA nerd like me has certainly been passing the last month or so over analyzing teams while waiting for pre-season and real games to come. I have been looking at the new San Antonio Spurs and realizing what Demar DeRozan alongside LaMarcus Aldridge actually means: midrange shots festival every single night. Last season LaMarcus led the league in midrange shots with 553 field goal attempts. Also last season, DeRozan led the Eastern Conference with 504 field goal attempts from midrange. Both finished the regular season in the top 5 of field goal attempts, averaging almost 6 per…

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Exodus: a mass departure of people. That is exactly what happened when the Portuguese best player ever Cristiano Ronaldo left Real Madrid and signed with Juventus. Ronaldo decided to move from Spain to Italy this summer and a legion of fans jumped on the Juventus bandwagon too without even blinking. The question being raised is: were these Real Madrid fans or Cristiano Ronaldo Fans after all? The Bianconeri gained over 3.5 Million instagram followers in August right after the deal was announced. Juventus was also the fastest growing European club online in China in the month of August. The number…

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Are we aware of the LeBron Effect? We should by now. The kid from Akron has been rulling the league for the past 15 seasons and his impact has been noticed on, obviously, and off the court too. The Harvard Kennedy School professor Daniel Shoag and the American Enterprise Institute resident scholar Stan Veuger published a study last season where they traced the spillover effect of James’s career path from Cleveland to Miami and back. The results showed the world that each city had “statistically and economically significant positive effect” on restaurants and bars surrounding the arenas. Let’s dig into…

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The NBA has been using the G-League as a testing Lab implementing new rules there before using it in the big league. This is not news. On the other hand, the NBA considering to apply the “Coach Challenge” rule in the upcoming season is. What’s the “Coach Challenge” you ask? “The coach’s challenge enables NBA G League coaches to initiate instant replay review of referee calls of personal or shooting fouls, including offensive fouls, as well as those plays that have been identified as triggers for instant replay. Violations such as traveling, and palming may not be challenged, nor can…

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Every year since the 2008-09 season the National Basketball Association hands the Chuck Daly Life Achievement Award to a longtime NBA Coach. The award distinguishes the coaches “standards of integrity, competitive excellence and tireless promotion” of the game. The award was named after former NBA Coach Chuck Daly. Mostly known for being the head Coach of the Dream Team that won the Gold Medal of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. So yes, he was the man in charge of coaching Magic, Bird, Barkley, Malone, Pippen and Jordan egos. He was also the Head Coach of the “Bad Boys” Detroit Pistons…

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Few people will know and fewer have noticed but there’s few gentlemen agreements occurring during NBA games. Most of them will go unnoticed, but some will got us thinking: was that on purpose? Was that a thing? As I was reading my colleague Yaron Weitzman from Bleacher Report piece “A Gentleman’s Guide to the NBA: When Players Agree to Take Plays Off”, few questions were raised. Is that really a thing? Does players really take some plays off? On his latest piece, Yaron brought light to the gentlemen agreement subject in the NBA that takes place every now and than…

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