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adidas Introduces The D Rose 5 Boost & Crazylight Boost

  From the good people at adidas:   adidas today introduced its game-changing Boost cushioning technology to basketball with the all-new Crazylight Boost and D Rose 5 Boost performance basketball shoes. Boost is an industry-first cushioning technology designed to deliver maximum energy return, responsiveness and comfort to players. “Having the Boost cushioning in my new signature...
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Missner’s Manifesto: Summer Hoops Reading

If there is an offseason in basketball, this is it. The hot stove has cooled (although we still have to see if Eric Bledsoe will return to Phoenix – it seems likely). Summer league is done – its awards have been handed out and will now be forgotten about. Fortunately, there are still plenty of basketball-related books to read. I have read a couple – The Art of a Beautiful Game...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Road Less Traveled

  If given the choice, what would you pick – $1.2 million in cash, or goods and services valued at $60,000?  You’d take the money, right?  We all would.  So why don’t more high school basketball players think like Emmanuel Mudiay thinks? Mudiay, of course, was one of the top high school basketball players last season and the prize recruit of Larry Brown at SMU.  Make that was the...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Missner’s Manifesto: Thin Line Between LeBron Love & Hate

    Two decisions separated by four years have produced diametrically opposed reactions. I was confused by the hate generated by LeBron James’s first decision to leave Cleveland for Miami, and I continue to be flummoxed by the love generated by James upon his return to northeast Ohio. Do all people really love Cleveland this much? In order to better understand the reaction to...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 10 NBA Players of All-Time – 2014 Update

It’s been three long years since The Hoops Manifesto gathered together some of the web’s best basketball writers to rummage through the annals of NBA (and ABA) history (sounds dirty, but it’s not – honest) to bring you rankings of the best players to have ever laced them up.  It’s about time we update that list.  Because, in the past three years, to quote Christopher...
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Embiid & Smart Sign With adidas

(Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports)   This just popped into my inbox from adidas:   PORTLAND, Ore. (July 16, 2014) – adidas today announced partnerships with Joel Embiid, the No. 3 pick by the Philadelphia 76ers and Marcus Smart, the No. 6 pick by the Boston Celtics. Embiid and Smart join No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Danté Exum, the No. 5 pick...
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Missner’ Manifesto: The King, Wiggins & Jabari

    Despite my best efforts, I have not been able to resist the hype surrounding the NBA over the past few days. I spent the majority of Thursday a few steps from my computer and kept checking Adrian Wojnarowski’s twitter feed to see if LeBron James had made his decision. Oh, what a waste of time! I felt the time as it siphoned away from me, but I couldn’t help myself. I got...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

U.S. National Team World Cup Training Camp Roster

(Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports) Just got this press release from USA Basketball: COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (July 14, 2014) – Featuring 19 players, including two players who are new additions to the 2014-16 USA Basketball National Team roster, USA Basketball Chairman and National Team Managing Director Jerry Colangelo today announced this summer’s USA Basketball Men’s National...
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Video: LeBron Talks Hoops & World Cup in Rio

  LeBron James at Nike Phenom House in Rio.
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Root For the Villain

My militant stance on LeBron James was starting to soften already over the past couple of years.  Time (and winning) will do that.  I, like most, was put off and offended by the sheer pomposity and ignorance shown during the whole “The Decision” debacle, so passionately rooting against James and his Miami teammates was a natural and easy choice.  But things done changed. Like...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew Wiggins Signs With adidas

Got this press release from adidas today: PORTLAND, Ore. (July 9, 2014) – adidas today announced an unprecedented partnership with Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The 19-year-old, 6-foot-8-inch wing out of The University of Kansas is expected to make an immediate impact in the NBA with his superior athleticism, smooth transition...
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Top Ten Earning NBA Players – 2014/15

2014/15 base salaries (not bonuses).  Will be updated as free agent signings are announced. 1 Kobe Bryant $23,500,000 2 Amar’e Stoudemire $23,410,988 3 Joe Johnson $23,180,790 4 Dwight Howard $21,436,271 5 Chris Paul $20,068,563 6 Deron Williams $19,754,465 7 Rudy Gay $19,317,325 8 Kevin Durant $18,995,624 9 Derrick Rose $18,862,875 10 Blake Griffin ...
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Top Ten Earning NBA Centers – 2014/15

(Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports)   2014/15 base salaries (not bonuses).  Will be updated as free agent signings are announced. 1 Dwight Howard $21,436,271 2 Marc Gasol $15,829,688 3 Brook Lopez $15,719,063 4 Roy Hibbert $14,898,938 5 Tyson Chandler $14,598,888 6 DeMarcus Cousins $13,701,250 7 Al Jefferson $13,666,667 8 Nene $13,000,000 9 Andrew Bogut $12...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Top Ten Earning NBA Power Forwards – 2014/15

2014/15 base salaries (not bonuses).  Will be updated as free agent signings are announced. 1 Amar’e Stoudemire $23,410,988 2 Blake Griffin $17,674,612 3 Carlos Boozer $16,800,000 4 Zach Randolph $16,500,000 5 LaMarcus Aldridge $16,006,000 6 Kevin Love $15,719,062 7 David Lee $15,012,000 8 Serge Ibaka $12,350,000 9 David West $12,000,000 10 Paul Millsap...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Top Ten Earning NBA Small Forwards – 2014/15

(Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports) 2014/15 base salaries (not bonuses).  Will be updated as free agent signings are announced. 1 Rudy Gay $19,317,325 2 Kevin Durant $18,995,624 3 Paul George $13,701,250 4 Josh Smith $13,500,000 5 Andre Iguodala $12,289,544 6 Nicolas Batum $11,765,500 7 Danilo Gallinari $10,854,850 8 Tyreke Evans $10,763,500 9 Gerald Wallace...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Top Ten Earning NBA Shooting Guards – 2014/15

2014/15 base salaries (not bonuses).  Will be updated as free agent signings are announced.   1 Kobe Bryant $23,500,000 2 Joe Johnson $23,180,790 3 Eric Gordon $14,898,938 4 James Harden $14,728,844 5 Marcus Thornton $8,575,000 6 O.J. Mayo $8,000,000 7 Wesley Matthews $7,245,640 8 Manu Ginobili $7,000,000 9 Kevin Martin $6,792,500 10 Jason Richardson ...
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Top Ten Earning NBA Point Guards – 2014/15

  2014/15 base salaries (not bonuses).  Will be updated as free agent signings are announced. 1 Chris Paul $20,068,563 2 Deron Williams $19,754,465 3 Derrick Rose $18,862,875 4 Russell Westbrook $15,719,063 5 John Wall $13,701,250 6 Rajon Rondo $12,909,091 7 Tony Parker $12,500,000 8 Ty Lawson $11,595,506 9 Stephen Curry $10,629,213 10 Jrue Holiday $9,904,495  
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Missner’s Manifesto: No Draft Medals For You!!!

(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports) Among my laundry list of things I don’t like about sports journalism is the draft grades handed out the day after the event. They are meaningless. Does anyone ever go back and look at them? The grades are based on the writer’s perceived team needs and how well the team fit those needs. Perhaps these grades are somehow a justification of the many...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 NBA Draft Recap: Who Gained & Lost The Most Money

(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports) This year’s NBA draft pretty much went according to plan, at least among the top few picks.  But that doesn’t mean that players didn’t see their fortunes rise and fall on draft night – we still had a few big discrepancies between where a player was projected to be selected (based on our final consensus mock draft) and when his name was actually...
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June 28, 2014  |  Discuss

2015 Consensus NBA Mock Draft: First Look

(Jahlil Okafor by Tony The Tiger) Because it’s never too early to look ahead, here’s our first peek at next year’s NBA Draft class. Rather than fill cyberspace up with yet another mock draft, The Hoops Manifesto has determined the consensus top 60 prospects for the 2014 NBA Draft.  We took the mock drafts from four of the web’s best: DraftExpress, NBADraft.net, NBA Draft...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NBA Consensus Mock Draft: June 26th Update

After much shuffling of the deck up top, we have the same man projected to go #1 as we had years ago – Andrew Wiggins. Rather than fill cyberspace up with yet another mock draft, The Hoops Manifesto has determined the consensus top 60 prospects for the 2014 NBA Draft.  We took the mock drafts from four of the web’s best: DraftExpress, NBADraft.net, NBA Draft Room, and WalterFootball...
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June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NBA Draft Player Profile: Kyle Anderson

(Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports)   Kyle Anderson UCLA – Sophomore (Born 1993) Small Forward 6’9″ 230 lbs   College Accolades: Third Team All-American (2014) First Team All-Pac-12 (2014) Most Outstanding Player Pac-12 Tournament (2014) Second Team All-Pac 12 (2013) All-Pac 12 Freshman Team (2013) The Good: - great size for a small forward - massive 7’3″ wingspan -...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NBA Draft Player Profile: Adreian Payne

(Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)   Adreian Payne Michigan State – Senior (Born 1991) Power Forward 6’10″ 239 lbs   College Accolades: Honorable Mention AP All-American (2014) Second Team All-Big Ten (2013, 2014) Big Ten All-Tournament Team (2014) NCAA Tournament All-East Regional Team (2014)   The Good: - NBA length - massive 7’4″ wingspan - very experienced - three point...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NBA Draft Player Profile: Elfrid Payton

(Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports) Elfrid Payton LA Lafayette – Junior (Born 1994) Point Guard 6’4″ 185 lbs   College Accolades: Lefty Driesell Award (defensive player of the year) 2014 First Team All-Sun Belt (2013, 2014) Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year (2014)   The Good: - huge 6’8″ wingspan - great size for a point guard - big hands - big time athlete - very quick...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NBA Draft Player Profile: Rodney Hood

(Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports) Rodney Hood Duke – Sophomore (Born 1992) Small Forward 6’9″ 208 lbs   College Accolades: SEC All-Freshman Team (2012) Second Team All-ACC (2014) Second Team All-ACC Tournament (2014)   The Good: - very good shooter - efficient scorer - great three point marksmen - great free throw shooter - decent playmaker - takes good care of the ball - good...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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