The NBA is finally doing something that all basketball fans want, a video showing the top dunks of the 2014-15 season. Seeing as how it is getting extremely popular and being viewed by thousands, I am sure this will repeat itself each year. We get the Top 10 dunks regularly on ESPN or SportsCenter, but this way we can see the Top 100.
Take a seat and watch this 19-minute video of all of the best slam dunks of the 2014-15 season.
There are always fan made videos of the best dunks, plays, fouls, and even fights, so getting one straight from the NBA should be high quality. Check out each of the basketball players that have talent and are able to get a dunk despite the opposing team’s defense.
The NBA just announced today that Kiki VanDeWeghe has just been promoted to Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations; where he was the Senior VP prior to this. He will take over the operations effective immediately, and is possibly the best man for the job.
From this news, they are also planning on hiring a new President of League Operations, to whom VanDeWeghe will report to. This move was not completely unexpected, as VanDeWeghe has a very good resume and long list of experience in this sport.
UCLA playing history (1976–1980).
NBA playing history (1980-1993).
Helped with innovations, scheduling, game statistics, and player health.
He has plenty to offer the League, and with this promotion he will be able to continue to provide his expertise, taking the game to a whole new level. He has a lot of knowledge concerning basketball, involving the players and everything else that goes into making it great.
With just over a year left before the 2016 Olympics are to be held, the basketball players and coaches are already getting ready to represent their country. Last time we mentioned that over 40 players would have the chance to get picked for the team, but only 12 would actually get selected.
It seems the USA wants to continue to prove that they are the powerful nation when it comes to this particular sport, especially since they are the driving force in the whole world. They have won a total of 14 gold medals, and would like to continue winning them.
The USA team is currently in Las Vegas, and they are getting ready to participate in their training camp. For those fans that want to see all the elite players in one place can actually watch them training using NBA TV, who will stream the camp live on Tuesday, August 11 at 3 p.m. EST.
Players that you may see at the training camp include:
They won’t be picking the final 12 players that will play on the Olympic team until next summer, right before the games start. So, be sure see which basketball players are looking better in order to predict which your Dream Team should be.
It seems the NBA is making a big entrance into South Africa, despite it favoring soccer. On Saturday, the Team Africa vs. Team World basketball game was being played, where the tickets sold out in less than hour, making a huge success. However, this doesn’t mean that the sport is completely welcomed.
The night before the All-Star NBA game, a match between Egoli Magic and the Tshwane Sunsm who are part of the Basketball National League (BNL) was played. If you wanted to go watch the game, it would be no problem at all as it was completely free.
Despite it being free, attendance only reached 1,000 people, which was not enough to fill the local stadium. It seems that within South Africa many are still not keen on going to local and national games, and much prefer watching their NBA heroes battle it out.
This is actually a big step forward for basketball as a sport in a country dominated by soccer, as the fans have been increasing each year. If the NBA and the national league in other countries were to continue working together, this may help impulse the the sport even further.
It is always a good day when you see international names in the NBA Draft, especially if they are great basketball players to begin with. Sports is one of the aspects that make America great and why people love the country, as it gives many hope of getting a better life. This is why two players stand out when it comes to this aspect, with the majority of the NBA being players from within the US.
The first player, drafted during the first round in 2012, came to this country from Nigeria when he was 14 years old and is quickly becoming a famous name, Festus Ezeli. Ezeli is a center for the Golden State Warriors, and he was crucial in winning the 2015 NBA championship.
The second player, Satnam Singh came from India, a nation where basketball is hardly even mentioned as the children prefer to play cricket or rugby. He made history, especially for his small home town of Ballo Ke, as he was drafted during the second round of the 2015 Draft. He is not the only 7 foot person in his family, as he takes after his father.
We know that height doesn’t guarantee that you will be a good player, but apparently Singh is good enough to get drafted on to the Dallas Cowboys roster, so this international center will most definitely make a big debut in the NBA.
Basketball is quickly becoming more and more an international sport, and we certainly hope to see more players from other countries join the ranks in the professional league, as there is tons of talent everywhere.
During this Free Agency period in the NBA, a lot of players have gotten huge contracts, but there are a few basketball players that were signed for a bargain. There are five great players that, even regardless of their skills and performance from the previous seasons.
The five players and contract details are:
Free Agent Quotient
$4 Million (2 years)
$18 Million (3 years)
$21 Million (3 years)
$20 Million (3 years)
League Minimum (2 years)
If you know anything about these players is that they do still have a lot to offer their teams, whether they are starters or second seat. You can check out the in-depth analysis of their free agency, as well as their past performances here.
With a total of 41 NBA players that have been invited so far, only 12 will be picked to join the team that will represent the USA in the 2016 Olympics. All of the invited players are willing to join the team, but they know not all of them will get the chance. It seems that the Dream Team and its patriotic symbol is as strong as it was in the past.
The 41 players are:
They will meet in Las Vegas from August 11-13, where they will attend the basketball camp in order to determine which players will be part of the 12-man roster. As you can imagine, it will be extremely difficult to pick only 12 from some of the best players in the NBA. USA has not lost since 2006, and they will try to get the best team to defeat all of the other international teams.
The Free Agency period started on July 1, and has been getting a lot of attention as there are plenty of big names being signed or re-signed by the different NBA teams. With the 2015 basketball salary cap being raised to $70 million, 11% over last years cap, will give the teams a lot of freedom when signing players. Some of the rumored free agents getting signed are:
Team Signed With
San Antonio Spurs
4-Years, $80 million
3-Years, $15 million
2-Years, $6 million
5-Years, $80 million
Los Angeles Lakers
3-Years, $21 million
3-Years, $21 million
4-Years, $30 million
2-Years, $5.6 million
San Antonio Spurs
5-Years, $100 million
1-Year, $4 million
Los Angeles Clippers
2-Years, $4.3 million
Golden State Warriors
1-Year, $2.5 million
San Antonio Spurs
Los Angeles Clippers
4-Years, $88 million
1-Year, $3 million
New Orleans Pelicans
5-Years, $145 million
2-Years, $47 million
4-Years, $70 million
1-Year, $3.3 million
Fans can keep up with the trades as soon as they are a rumor, and then get confirmation a little later on. It is important to know which players go to which teams, as it will determine how well the 2015 basketball season will be played, and if any NBA team will improve or not with the addition of key players.
It would seem that not everything is alright in the world of college basketball, as the University of Illinois former women’s players have filed a lawsuit against not only the school, but have also named the Coach Matt Bollant, former assistant Mike Divilbiss, among others.
This $10 million lawsuit is due to an alleged racially hostile environment provided by those involved. There were seven players in the original lawsuit, and just today an eighth player joined in, stating that she was “definitely mistreated” and “definitely alienated”.
Out of the 8 players, 6 of them are African American, as they state that they, as well as those white players that helped them, were treated in a much different manner, a much more hostile form as the other players on the team. If this proves to be true, it will be a sad day for college basketball.
Not in the sense that it is players vs. coaches, but rather that racism and inequality still run strong in certain segments of society that shouldn’t, like in an educated place like college. We will have to wait and see the proof and hope which ever judge presides over this case can see the truth.
The 2015 NBA basketball Draft has ended, as it took place on June 25th, with only two rounds set for teams to take their picks. It was an interesting draft this year, as a lot of teams decided to go with players that they wouldn’t have gone with before. Phil Jackson, on behalf of the Knicks, picked Kristaps Porzingis, which didn’t receive applause from fans, but instead got booed.
The first round of the draft went like this:
Larry Nanace Jr.
It was no surprise that the Big Three were drafted first, leaving the rest of the teams to take their pick from the rest of the great players. Many of the NBA teams that participated got exactly what they needed and wanted, and should do a good job at training these future star players. For more in-depth information this year’s Draft, check it out at the official website.