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How Derrick Wiliams got a free ticket to the rim: The road to defensive chemistry

Preseason isn’t really good material for indepth analysis, especially when your team has just lost its defensive anchor and captain over summer, then brought in a whole bunch of new faces with a new head coach to boot. Nevertheless, I thought this first possession in the MIN-BOS preseason game illustrated things pretty clearly. Situation unfolds with Kevin Martin running out...
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October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Kicking off the season: The Anta Rajon Rondo 1

After ordering the Anta Rajon Rondo 1 white/green “Home” colourway off Hi Basketball (credits to @KWAPT of Red’s Army for the heads up), the Anta Rajon Rondo 1 have finally arrived! It wasn’t exactly the most glamourous package, the Anta box being all wrapped up with what looked like hemp and tons of masking tape.  After a few minutes of wanton destruction however, the prize...
Via In The Neutral Zone
October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Boston Celtics: Breaking Down the Current Roster and NBA Draft Needs

The post-big three Celtics are in for a rude awakening this year, however, there is light at the end of the tunnel. The ragtag lineup assembled by Danny Ainge is on course for a 25-win season and a crucial spot in the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery. While trade rumors will run rampant throughout the season, it remains to be seen if the Celtics will cut ties with star point guard Rajon Rondo...
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October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Boston Celtics: Breaking Down the Current Roster and NBA Draft Needs

The post-big three Celtics are in for a rude awakening this year, however, there is light at the end of the tunnel. The ragtag lineup assembled by Danny Ainge is on course for a 25-win season and a crucial spot in the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery. While trade rumors will run rampant throughout the season, it remains to be seen if the Celtics will cut ties with star point guard Rajon Rondo...
Via In The Neutral Zone
October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Boston Celtics: Breaking Down the Current Roster and NBA Draft Needs

The post-big three Celtics are in for a rude awakening this year, however, there is light at the end of the tunnel. The ragtag lineup assembled by Danny Ainge is on course for a 25-win season and a crucial spot in the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery. While trade rumors will run rampant throughout the season, it remains to be seen if the Celtics will cut ties with star point guard Rajon Rondo...
Via In The Neutral Zone
October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Updated 2015 Center Rankings: Skal Labissiere Moves Up To No. 2

In the updated center rankings for the class of 2015, Skal Labissiere (Ridgely, TN/Evangelical Christian School) jumped Diamond Stone (Milwaukee,WI/Dominican HS), while Tyler Davis (Liberty, TX/Liberty HS) continues to move up the list. Stephen Zimmeran (Las Vegas, NV/Bishop Gorman HS) retains the No. 1 spot, and after Labissiere and Stone, the top five is rounded out by Daniel Giddens...
Via In The Neutral Zone
October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Updated 2015 Center Rankings: Skal Labissiere Moves Up To No. 2

In the updated center rankings for the class of 2015, Skal Labissiere (Ridgely, TN/Evangelical Christian School) jumped Diamond Stone (Milwaukee,WI/Dominican HS), while Tyler Davis (Liberty, TX/Liberty HS) continues to move up the list. Stephen Zimmeran (Las Vegas, NV/Bishop Gorman HS) retains the No. 1 spot, and after Labissiere and Stone, the top five is rounded out by Daniel Giddens...
Via In The Neutral Zone
October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Updated 2015 Center Rankings: Skal Labissiere Moves Up To No. 2

In the updated center rankings for the class of 2015, Skal Labissiere (Ridgely, TN/Evangelical Christian School) jumped Diamond Stone (Milwaukee,WI/Dominican HS), while Tyler Davis (Liberty, TX/Liberty HS) continues to move up the list. Stephen Zimmeran (Las Vegas, NV/Bishop Gorman HS) retains the No. 1 spot, and after Labissiere and Stone, the top five is rounded out by Daniel Giddens...
Via In The Neutral Zone
October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Updated 2015 Composite Rankings: Tyler Davis Enters Top 20

The TCT Composite Rankings for the Class of 2015 have been updated, and the major headline is Tyler Davis (Liberty, TX/Liberty HS) jumping 20 spots on the list, going from No. 40 to No. 20. Stephen Zimmerman (Las Vegas, NV/Bishop Gorman HS) and Diamond Stone (Milwaukee,WI/Dominican HS) each moved up a spot inside the top five, while Malik Newman (Jackson, MS/Callaway HS) remains...
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October 20, 2013  |  Discuss

I’m back!

To all of the ankle breaker’s avid fans, I owe you a deep heartfelt apology for my almost 6 week hiatus. I had to take an abrupt leave of absence due to my inability to access the technology to update the blog. The 2013-14 NBA is coming at us faster than Usain Bolt so expect some updates coming daily! I’ll leave you on a great quote from Michael Jordan when he returned to the...
Via In The Neutral Zone
October 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Monday Morning Coffee and Polls

Morning Kids, Just wading through the polls before the first official BCS poll is announced in less than an hour. After a little searching on-line I finally found what I needed, all we can do now is wait. Grab a coffee and some bench. ***BCS – October 20 1) Alabama 2) Oregon 3) Florida State 4) Ohio State –  based on today we would be off to the Rose Bowl 5) Missouri...
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October 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Chris Paul Drops 40 in Pre-Season Battle

Chris Paul looked as hyped as ever during the Clippers 118-111 overtime victory over the Denver Nuggets, dropping 40 points in the shootout. Paul looked in red-hot form during the pre-season thriller (Courtesy OcRegister.com) The All-Star Point Guard scored a pre-season high of 40 points, whilst also racking up 11 assists and 7 rebounds in the pre-season thriller against Denver...
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October 20, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 – 2014 NBA Season Preview: Brooklyn Nets

By Joma Ablay and Oliver Nobuta BROOOOOOKLYN! OFFENSE The newly improved Brooklyn Nets is a scary team from the East. We know, we know, they got old. But still, when you have Deron Williams at the point, Joe Johnson and Paul Pierce on the wings. Kevin Garnett andBrook Lopez down low, for sure you’ll be a tough team to beat. Now, Joe Johnson won’t have to take 20-25 shots per...
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October 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Armchair Matchmaker: UFC 166 Edition

UFC 166 will go down as one of the promotion’s greatest events, with a plethora of exciting fights and jaw-dropping finishes. Cain Velasquez retained his heavyweight title once again with a dominant performance over Junior dos Santos, battering the former champ for four and a half rounds until referee Herb Dean mercifully stops the bout midway through the final round.  Despite...
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October 20, 2013  |  Discuss

UFC 166 Quick Results

  MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET) Cain Velasquez def. Junior dos Santos via TKO (Strikes) – Round 5, 3:09  - Heavyweight Title Fight Daniel Cormier def. Roy Nelson via Unanimous Decision Gilbert Melendez def. Diego Sanchez via Unanimous Decision Gabriel Gonzaga def. Shawn Jordan via TKO (Punches) – Round 1, 1:33 John Dodson def. Darrell Montague via KO...
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October 20, 2013  |  Discuss

UFC 166 Quick Results

  MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET) Cain Velasquez def. Junior dos Santos via TKO (Strikes) – Round 5, 3:09  - Heavyweight Title Fight Daniel Cormier def. Roy Nelson via Unanimous Decision Gilbert Melendez def. Diego Sanchez via Unanimous Decision Gabriel Gonzaga def. Shawn Jordan via TKO (Punches) – Round 1, 1:33 John Dodson def. Darrell Montague via KO...
Via In The Neutral Zone
October 20, 2013  |  Discuss

UFC 166 Quick Results

  MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET) Cain Velasquez def. Junior dos Santos via TKO (Strikes) – Round 5, 3:09  - Heavyweight Title Fight Daniel Cormier def. Roy Nelson via Unanimous Decision Gilbert Melendez def. Diego Sanchez via Unanimous Decision Gabriel Gonzaga def. Shawn Jordan via TKO (Punches) – Round 1, 1:33 John Dodson def. Darrell Montague via KO...
Via In The Neutral Zone
October 20, 2013  |  Discuss

UFC 166 Quick Results

  MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET) Cain Velasquez def. Junior dos Santos via TKO (Strikes) – Round 5, 3:09  - Heavyweight Title Fight Daniel Cormier def. Roy Nelson via Unanimous Decision Gilbert Melendez def. Diego Sanchez via Unanimous Decision Gabriel Gonzaga def. Shawn Jordan via TKO (Punches) – Round 1, 1:33 John Dodson def. Darrell Montague via KO...
Via In The Neutral Zone
October 20, 2013  |  Discuss

LSU/Ole Miss and SEC Notes

I’ve already added the results of the game to the “Series Notes” on my LSU/Ole Miss Rivalry blog. Bleacher Report did a video, Best Darkhorse Bets to Win BCS Title, during the week about three sleeper teams that could end up winning the national championship. I was happy when Louisville (the first team who played) lost, because it bothers me when teams are ranked that high...
Via In The Neutral Zone
October 20, 2013  |  Discuss

LSU/Ole Miss and SEC Notes

I’ve already added the results of the game to the “Series Notes” on my LSU/Ole Miss Rivalry blog. Bleacher Report did a video, Best Darkhorse Bets to Win BCS Title, during the week about three sleeper teams that could end up winning the national championship. I was happy when Louisville (the first team who played) lost, because it bothers me when teams are ranked that high...
Via In The Neutral Zone
October 20, 2013  |  Discuss

LSU/Ole Miss and SEC Notes

I’ve already added the results of the game to the “Series Notes” on my LSU/Ole Miss Rivalry blog. Bleacher Report did a video, Best Darkhorse Bets to Win BCS Title, during the week about three sleeper teams that could end up winning the national championship. I was happy when Louisville (the first team who played) lost, because it bothers me when teams are ranked that high...
Via In The Neutral Zone
October 20, 2013  |  Discuss

LSU/Ole Miss and SEC Notes

I’ve already added the results of the game to the “Series Notes” on my LSU/Ole Miss Rivalry blog. Bleacher Report did a video, Best Darkhorse Bets to Win BCS Title, during the week about three sleeper teams that could end up winning the national championship. I was happy when Louisville (the first team who played) lost, because it bothers me when teams are ranked that high...
Via In The Neutral Zone
October 20, 2013  |  Discuss

LSU/Ole Miss and SEC Notes

I’ve already added the results of the game to the “Series Notes” on my LSU/Ole Miss Rivalry blog. Bleacher Report did a video, Best Darkhorse Bets to Win BCS Title, during the week about three sleeper teams that could end up winning the national championship. I was happy when Louisville (the first team who played) lost, because it bothers me when teams are ranked that high...
Via In The Neutral Zone
October 20, 2013  |  Discuss

LSU/Ole Miss and SEC Notes

I’ve already added the results of the game to the “Series Notes” on my LSU/Ole Miss Rivalry blog. Bleacher Report did a video, Best Darkhorse Bets to Win BCS Title, during the week about three sleeper teams that could end up winning the national championship. I was happy when Louisville (the first team who played) lost, because it bothers me when teams are ranked that high...
Via In The Neutral Zone
October 20, 2013  |  Discuss

LSU/Ole Miss and SEC Notes

I’ve already added the results of the game to the “Series Notes” on my LSU/Ole Miss Rivalry blog. Bleacher Report did a video, Best Darkhorse Bets to Win BCS Title, during the week about three sleeper teams that could end up winning the national championship. I was happy when Louisville (the first team who played) lost, because it bothers me when teams are ranked that high...
Via In The Neutral Zone
October 20, 2013  |  Discuss
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