0 of 30 Skipping ahead five years into every NBA team's future would be far easier if crystal balls and tarot cards were more than decorative props. In the absence of accurate extrasensory perception, we have logic, reason, unapologetic inklings and the license to apply all three at the same time. From surprise trades and free-agency relocations to franchise-altering breakouts, injuries and everything in between, the next half-decade will be littered with unpredictable developments. We're using each team's present direction and hoping it clues us into where they'll stand entering the 2023 offseason. The goal isn't to be exact. That isn't possible. Our mission is to land inside the ballpark—to determine whether each squad is on course to be better or worse than it is right now. 1 of 30 Jennifer Pottheiser/Getty Images The Atlanta Hawks may come to regret trading back and drafting Trae Young instead of taking Luka Doncic. The latter has the look and feel of a transcendent … [Read more...] about Will Your NBA Team Be Better or Worse Off in 5 Years?
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0 of 50 Prepare for nonstop rumors as the NBA's 30 organizations plan out how they will spend their money in 2018's free-agency period. Plenty of star power litters the top of these rankings, led by none other than LeBron James as he decides whether to remain with the Cleveland Cavaliers or join a different organization for 2018-19 and beyond. But this class is about so much more than just one player. You can find talent at each and every lineup slot, which we've run through one by one leading up to the heart of the offseason. If you need a recap of those prior articles, we've got you covered: Now, we're grouping them all together. Positions are no longer relevant as we mix the point guards with the centers and everything in between, seeking to determine the best buys based on current level of play, age and expected performance during the next contract. The lone rule is that our order can't deviate from the positional countdowns, with only Dwight Howard serving as a … [Read more...] about NBA Free-Agency Rankings: Top 50 Players on the Market
Head Coach Sean McDermott Tuesday, June 12, 2018 Opening Statement: Alright, good afternoon, let’s get started. The following players will not participate in practice today: Tenny [Palepoi], Tenny has an illness, Zay Jones with the knee [injury], Trent Murphy, you guys have seen Trent out there, he’ll do some, he’ll participate some in practice, just not the team periods at this point in time, Logan Thomas, Malachi Dupre as well as Matt Milano [will not participate]. Q: Who was the first name again, Coach? A: Tenny Palepoi; he has an illness at this point. Q: The verbiage is different, but it’s kind of the same thing, right? You’re just moving on. OTAs, minicamp, [is it] the same thing? A: Right, I mean [they are] pretty much the same style practice overall. Verbiage, to your point, is different and there’s obviously some things rule wise [that] change in terms of mandatory versus voluntary, but other than that, the complexion of what we do really … [Read more...] about What They Said: McDermott, McCoy, McCarron, Peterman and Allen on start of minicamp
Bills General Manager Brandon Beane and Coach Sean McDermott met with the media Monday as the Bills began offseason workouts. Here is a transcript: Q: Before we get to the draft, can you guys comment on just the last week with Richie [Incognito] and that situation? BB: You know, [I’m] not really going to get into details. Richie is on the reserved/retired list, which is not a part of our 90-man roster. That’s really where we’re at. Q: For any player, not just Richie, if someone is on the reserved list and they decided they wanted to come back to football, what would be that process? BB: They have to request through the commissioner to be reinstated. It’s kind of like the Anquan Boldin thing, if you guys remember; he was on the reserved/retired list. He would have to be reinstated. Q: He said he contacted you and Sean [McDermott] and Terry [Pegula] about his retirement. What do you just make of the tweets and the social media stuff that has come out? BB: I … [Read more...] about What They Said: Beane, McDermott talk Bills draft, Incognito, injuries
It was a brisk March day in 2008 when I milled about the South Buffalo starting line. I asked someone how to put the timing chip on my shoe, lined up for the bathroom plenty of times, and fought off nerves. The Shamrock Run was my first road race and the mixture of excitement and enthusiasm made me slightly nauseous. A true novice, I didn’t realize at the time that the annual 8K race is the unofficial official start to the running season in Western New York. While there are opportunities to race year-round, the first Saturday in March ushers in runners from all corners of the 716 and beyond to kick off another year. Through my decade of running – from 5Ks to marathons, on road and trail – I’ve learned plenty of lessons. And most of them I need to keep relearning. Here are my top five tips for running to get ready for the 2018 season: HAVE A GOAL While I love running, I have a confession to make – some days I’m just not in the mood. I’m tired. … [Read more...] about Five tips to take into WNY running season, starting with the Shamrock Run