The Kristaps Porzingis comparison project

Player comparisons can be incredibly challenging at the NBA level because of unique skillsets and roles. The last few days have generated a fascinating discussion around Kristaps Porzingis that provides a good opportunity to shed light on one way to test ideas out. The only place to start is with the identifying characteristics of the player- the key parts of their game. Porzingis...
Via RealGM - NBA
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Every Houston Rockets player to make an All-Star team

The Houston Rockets have had 16 players voted to the Western Conference All-Stars since the 1967-68 season. How many can you name? The years given indicate the first season a player was voted to the All-Star team, with an ellipsis indicating more than one appearance.
7 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Purdue Basketball Preview: Isaac Haas

[Click here to see the rest of the 2015 player preview posts.] 2014-2015 Season Reflection “It’s great exposure, and under Matt Painter, almost every 7-footer who went to Purdue went to the NBA,” Haas said. “It’s a great place to develop bigs. I feel it’s the best place to achieve my dreams.” That came after Haas’ November 2013 commitment to Purdue, which followed...
Via Boiled Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

StaTuesday: Comparing Wolves' Towns to other centers taken No. 1 overall

The Minnesota Timberwolves are only three games into the NBA season, but the team and its fans have to like what they've seen already from first-round pick Karl-Anthony Towns. Towns began the season by becoming the youngest player to open a career with back-to-back double-doubles. Despite a less-than-stellar home debut, Towns is still averaging 17.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.7...
Via Fox Sports North
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Steph Stradley answers Total Titans’ questions about the Texans

I’m pleased to be joined once again by Steph Stradley to preview the upcoming Titans-Texans game. Stephanie Stradley is a Houston lawyer who writes about the Houston Texans for the Houston Chronicle’s Ultimate Texans blog. You can find her personal blog at StephStradley.com. You also can (and should) follow her on Twitter. In addition to her answering questions I sent, I answered...
Via Total Titans
27 days ago  |  Discuss

What's Yao Ming doing in retirement? Saving sharks

Former Houston Rockets All-Star center Yao Ming is one of the more important players in NBA history. He's the most successful NBA player from China, for starters, and his 7-foot-5 frame and beautiful soft touch made him pretty unique. It's safe to say we won't see another player like Yao Ming for quite some time. He's a rare talent. Perhaps it's fitting that in his retirement,...
Via Fox Sports
October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Forget fireworks, a "hurricane" could be headed the Celtics way

Fireworks? Blockbuster? How about a hurricane?If you're still feeling the pain of a relatively slow offseason for the Celtics outside the draft and some minor signings, fear not. While rumors rumors about the next star in Boston have been circulating ever since Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were sent to Brooklyn, another report to cling onto has risen. Steve Bulpett of the Boston...
Via Celtics Life
August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Top 2016 NBA Draft Prospects Part 3: The Foreigners

Welcome to the third and final installment of "Top 2016 Draft Prospects." If you've kept up with each weekly article, I am both impressed with and very proud of you. If you haven't, then go ahead and have a looksie at the first two here and here.Now, your reaction to that may have been this:If that was the case, then I'll recap what I'm doing in this series so you're not totally...
Via The Sports Quotient
August 20, 2015  |  Discuss

China wins right to host 2019 Basketball World Cup

TOKYO (AP) With the help of Yao Ming, China won the right to host the 2019 Basketball World Cup. China beat out the Philippines in a vote at a FIBA meeting in Tokyo on Friday. The 2019 tournament will feature 32 teams for the first time. It will be the first World Cup played under FIBA's new qualifying process which begins in November 2017 and last 18 months. The United States is...
Via AP on Fox
August 07, 2015  |  Discuss

If Eagles were to sign a mainland Chinese player, jersey sales would increase by a million…

This is just a short break from the usual “da da da” coverage of Eagles training camp…oh, Bradford overthrew Agholor on a crossing pattern…oh, DeMarco Murray sat out the afternoon session… You know what would be really cool? If we could recruit a Chinese mainland athlete who had a shot to make this team… My immediate thoughts go to Yao Ming. He’s 35 and retired now...
Via Eagles Eye
August 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Islanders' Song aids in Beijing's bid for 2022 Winter Games

New York Islanders draft pick Andong Song did his best to help bring China its first Winter Olympic Games.Song, 18, worked as an ambassador to aid in Beijing's bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, which came to fruition on Friday morning. The news comes one month after the 6-foot, 161-pound defenseman became the first Chinese-born player to be drafted into the NHL when New York...
Via Fox Sports
July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Joel Embiid rebroke same bone in his foot

Joel Embiid has yet to appear in an NBA game since he was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers last year, and you have to wonder if he ever will. Embiid is expected to miss the entire 2015-2016 season after suffering a setback in his surgically-repaired foot. Embiid missed all of his rookie season after surgery...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 NBA Draft most watched ever for ESPN

This year’s NBA Draft really didn’t have the national hype and anticipation of other big drafts in recent years.  There was no surefire franchise like LeBron James, no global icon like Yao Ming, and no real drama or uncertainty with the top selection.  With so many freshman and international players going in the Top 10, there weren’t many deep allegiances to the players...
Via Awful Announcing
June 27, 2015  |  Discuss

The Final Take: Russell vs Mudiay

I’ve seen tons of articles all over the internet comparing D’Angelo Russell and Emmanuel Mudiay. I’ve seen hundreds of opinions on this topic. Many I found to be quite idiotic, while some had good points. I decided to write my own comparison of the 2 prospects, which is resulting in The Final Take. We’re comparing the 2 candidates the Sixers might take with the 3rd overall...
Via Complete Philly Coverage
June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Celtics bring in six for workout, including "Yao Ming of India"

The Celtics brought in six players to work out on Thursday: David Kravish (California), Cliff Alexander (Kansas), Maxie Esho (UMass), Chasson Randle (Stanford), George de Paula (Brazil). But, the final prospect towered above the rest. That man-child? Satnam Singh from India by way of IMG Academy in Florida.The 19-year-old Singh checks in at a sturdy 7'2" and 290 pounds and is considered...
Via Celtics Life
May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

The Post Post-Play World

If there has been a dominant storyline in the NBA playoffs, beyond the ever growing number of injuries and the seemingly inevitable coronation of the Golden State Warriors, it has been the tidal wave of change, as modern offenses built around pick-and-rolls and spacing the floor overwhelm the smashmouth post-up attacks made famous in the 1990s. That's the way the league has been...
Via RealGM - NBA
May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

This Woody Paige Before and After is a little creepy

Do you realize that Woody Paige has spent the last 12 years as a panelist on Around the Horn?  12 years!!!  Apparently Woody Paige is still alive and still a regular panelist on Around the Horn.  When Around the Horn debuted, Yao Ming was the #1 pick in the NBA Draft.  To put that in perspective, David Diehl was drafted by the Giants, won two Super Bowls, retired, and joined...
Via Awful Announcing
March 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Yao Ming backs Beijing's 2022 Winter Olympics bid

BEIJING (AP) Former NBA player Yao Ming, among leading Chinese sports figures to back Beijing's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics, says the city's infrastructure and experience hosting the 2008 Summer Games makes it a prime candidate. ''Beijing 2022 would bring it all to a new level, and make more people understand sport and be involved,'' Yao said in a news release issued by the...
Via AP on Fox
February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

NBA in expanded digital partnership with China's Tencent

BEIJING (AP) The National Basketball Association is forming its largest international digital partnership through an expansion of its arrangements with Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd., the league said Friday. The new five-year arrangement will deliver an expanded number of live games, original programming and highlights beginning July 1 through Tencent's range of personal...
Via AP on Fox
January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Rockets Unveil Chinese Lunar New Year Uniforms

The Houston Rockets will wear specially designed Lunar New Year uniforms to celebrate the Chinese New Year with its largest international fan base. The team will wear the uniforms on three occasions. “The Lunar New Year uniforms represent a great opportunity to honor our incredibly loyal and passionate fans throughout China,” said Houston Rockets Owner Leslie Alexander. ...
Via Hooped Up
January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Airplane Finds Water Hazard In Emergency Landing

For some reason, landing airplanes on golf courses has become a popular thing to do. Back in June, a pilot turned Torrey Pines into a runway, successfully making an emergency landing in the fairway. Just a week later, another pilot landed his plane on the course at the Omni Interlocken Resort Golf Club.  On Monday, we had a third occurrence, however this one wasn’t as successful...
Via Back9Network
October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

This John Daly And Yao Ming Golfing Photo Is A Gift From The Internet Gods

This John Daly and Yao Ming golfing photo is a gift for the Internet to have and to hold.
Via Gamedayr
October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Jessica Alba Had A ‘Rad’ Time Golfing With John Daly & Yao Ming

Actress Jessica Alba played a round of golf in China with John Daly, and she thought it was rad. (Can’t say that’s a sentence I ever thought I’d write.) The two stars were part of the star-studded Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am, which also included Yao Ming, Morgan Freeman, Nicole Kidman, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose and more. It’s safe to say Alba enjoyed herself: ...
Via Back9Network
October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Yao Ming Is Taking Funny Pictures With Golfers Again

It was about this time last year when Yao Ming, the 7-foot-6 retired NBA star, began popping up on the Twitter feeds of some of our favorite golfers. Keegan Bradley is a relatively tall man, but he looked like dwarf standing next to Yao. And if Bradley looked short, you can imagine how tiny Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Graeme McDowell appeared. Well, wouldn’t you know, Yao is...
Via Back9Network
October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

This Is What Yao Ming Looks Like Wearing Capris

This is Yao Ming. Wearing capris. With Mcihael Beasley and Delonte West. In China. Soak that in for a minute.
Via Gamedayr
October 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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