Monday, June 1, 2015

Random NBA Observations: May 2015

Random NBA Observations May 2015

Bulls fire Thibodeau

The Chicago Bulls have ditched coach Tom Thibodeau after five seasons. The divorce is an ugly one, with the team throwing Thibs under the bus in an unflattering press release, and more negative information about him leaking regularly. Thibodeau apparently didn't have the support of at least three key players, either, hinting that his controlling nature and decision to put his starters through too many minutes had something to do with it. Fred Hoiberg is the is the leading candidate to replace Thibs.

Dudley calls out Melo

Milwaukee Bucks forward Jared Dudley announced on The Herd with Colin Cowherd that he thinks Carmelo Anthony is the most overrated player in the NBA. "He's gotta get his team to the playoffs," Dudley said, "LeBron, with that roster, as bad as it is, LeBron would have got 'em to the playoffs. [...] He's not LeBron." Shots fired.

So ready for the NBA Draft

The 2015 NBA Draft is just around the corner. The Timberwolves hold the No. 1 overall pick, the Lakers pick No. 2, and the 76ers have the No. 3 pick. With big men Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid in place, Philadelphia couldn't pick in a better spot. But what if the Lakers pass on Jahlil Okafor for Ohio State guard D'Angelo Russell? And what if Boston uses some of its picks to move into the lottery? Things could indeed get very interesting. Tune in June 25!

The MVP vs. The King

Ladies and gentlemen, it's on. Starting June 4, the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers will battle it out in the NBA Finals.  The Warriors, who dispatched the Houston Rockets, 4-1, in the Western Conference Finals, will unfortunately be without Splash Brother Klay Thompson, who has been diagnosed with a concussion. He has to be cleared by league protocol before he can return to the court. LeBron's Cavaliers, who dismantled the 60-22 Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference Finals, will be without Kevin Love. As Curry and his Warriors will try to cap off their Cinderella season, LeBron & Co. will try his hardest to end the Cleveland curse. Grab your popcorn, this will be good.

Dirty Dellavedova

Is Cavaliers guard Matt Dellavedova scrappy or dirty? He scuffled with Al Horford, injured Kyle Korver, and has gotten caught up in a number of on-court altercations throughout the season. I'm curious to see what his free agent value will turn out to be.

Summer of Love 2.0

Get ready for more Kevin Love rumors. The Cavaliers power forward, who suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in Game 4 of Cleveland's first-round series in Boston. He is expected to seriously study the free-agent market this summer, opting to ditch LeBron and Kyrie to sign a four-year deal with another team. The Lakers, Rockets and Celtics have surfaced as potential suitors.

Wade out?

Dwyane Wade's future with the Miami Heat appears to be in doubt. The 33-year-old All-Star and three-time NBA champion, who took a pay cut last year to give his team more financial flexibility, is reportedly considering opting out of his contract and joining another team if the Heat don't pony up a longer-term, big money deal for him. Contract talks are currently at an impasse.

Young trio debuts on All-Defensive Team

On May 20, the 2014-2015 NBA All-Defensive First Team was announced. Headlined by Spurs forward and Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard, who received the honor fir the first time, the All-Defensive First Team also featured two other debutants: Warriors forward Draymond Green and Clippers center DeAndre Jordan. The team was rounded out by Grizzlies veteran Tony Allen and Jordan's Clippers running mate Chris Paul. The Second Team consists of Anthony Davis, Jimmy Butler, Andrew Bogut, John Wall and Tim Duncan.

New arena for Bucks

There could be a funding agreement for a new arena fairly soon. "I think we're getting there," said Scott Fitzgerald, the Senate Majority Leader.


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