Author: Brett Pollakoff

2014 NBA Finals - Game One

Report: Spurs assistant coach leaving to accept position on Fred Hoiberg’s staff with Bulls


When the Chicago Bulls parted ways with Tom Thibodeau and hired a first-time NBA head coach in Fred Hoiberg, there was little doubt he’d stock his staff with assistants who were experienced in coaching at the professional level.

But anytime you can grab someone who’s spent time with Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs, you’ve overachieved in this regard.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

San Antonio assistant Jim Boylen has accepted an associate head coaching job with the Chicago Bulls, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg had targeted Boylen to coordinate his defensive coverages and use his strong NBA bench experience to facilitate Hoiberg’s leap to the pro sidelines from Iowa State.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich wanted to keep Boylen on his staff, but ultimately understood the financial opportunity and promotion that the Bulls were offering, sources said.

Boylen was a member of Frank Vogel’s staff with the Pacers, before coming to the Spurs in 2013. He was second in the assistant ranks in San Antonio behind Ettore Messina last season.

Overall, this is a nice hire for the Bulls, and the move to add experience shouldn’t come as any surprise — we saw Billy Donovan and the Thunder do the very same thing when they hired Monty Williams.

Michael Jordan says he’s ‘pretty sure’ he can beat Hornets players one-on-one

michael jordan in paris

Michael Jordan is in Paris at the moment as part of the contingent representing Jordan Brand at their Quai 54 streetball tournament. He’s giving interviews, and evidently, even at age 52, is still feeling as confident as ever in his basketball ability.

Speaking with France’s L’EquipeJordan said he thinks he could beat some current members of the Hornets in a one-on-one setting — but wouldn’t bother to try, due to not wanting to wreck their confidence.

L’Equipe: Do you think you can play against some of your guys right now? Do you sometimes do that or not? Could you win on one-on-ones against them?

Jordan: I’m pretty sure I can, so I don’t want to do that and demolish their confidence. So I stay away from them, I let them think they’re good…but I’m too old to do that anyway.

We know Jordan can still play a little; he was seen hitting a nice step-back jumper during friendly competition not that long ago. While we won’t call out anyone in particular, a cursory glance at the Hornets roster makes it fairly easy to believe that Jordan knows what he’s talking about.

[via Bleacher Report]

Report: Kristaps Porzingis giving Lakers ‘something to ponder’ with No. 2 pick in NBA Draft

Mitch Kupchak

There’s been a ton of buzz surrounding the 19-year old, 7’1″ international prospect Kristaps Porzingis in recent days, and with good reason.

League executives who got a long look at Porzingis during a workout on Friday were impressed, and for many of them, it was the first time seeing him play in person. His smooth shooting stroke from all over the floor, including from NBA three-point distance, is obviously unusual for a player of his size, and his ability to attack the rim with speed and power also stood out during individual drills.

One scout believes Porzingis is worthy of being selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, and that he may turn out to be better than Karl-Anthony Towns. While that may or may not be the case, there is some truth to the fact that teams at the top of the draft board are considering Porzingis, based on recent evaluations.

From Marc Stein of

Draft scuttle: Hearing Porzingis not only in play for Philly at No. 3 but now giving Lakers something to ponder at No. 2. Stock rising fast

It’s tough to see the Sixers taking him, here, unless the buzz reaches a critical mass to where the front office believes he’d be an incredible asset that the team could immediately dangle in trade in an attempt to upgrade the roster.

Assuming things don’t get crazy, Philadelphia will likely go guard at three, with D’Angelo Russell and Emmanuel Mudiay being the most likely candidates.

As for the Lakers, it’s a little more tricky.

L.A. is guaranteed to have either Towns or Jahlil Okafor available depending on which way Minnesota goes, and both of those bigs are viewed by most to be sure-fire, possibly transcendent NBA talents. So, the question becomes, just how much risk are the Lakers willing to take? Because you know they will get absolutely destroyed if they go against conventional wisdom and an international prospect ends up not working out.

A lot of this could be chalked up to recency bias, since Porzingis left a great impression just 24 hours prior to these reports, and with almost two weeks and several more workouts ahead, things can and will certainly change. But it’s clear that the decisions facing teams in possession of the top three picks will continue to weigh heavily as June 25 approaches.

Jordan Brand unveils retro lineup for Spring 2016 release (PHOTOS)


Jordan Brand is able to essentially print money with its continuous releases of retro edition sneakers, with every season’s lineup hotly anticipated by both collectors and casual fans alike.

We’ve already seen what the company has in store for later this year, and the iconic brand has recently unveiled what’s on deck for a Spring 2016 release.

The theme is three legacy collections this time around, all of which are meant to pay homage to some of Michael Jordan’s personal moments of greatness.

The Poster Collection

The Air Jordan II pays tribute to the “Wing It” ad campaign that coincided with the shoe’s original release in 1986, while the Air Jordan XII is inspired by Jordan’s “The Master” poster.





The Alternate Collection

Inspired by on-court colorways that were previously player exclusives, this group features the Air Jordan II, Air Jordan IV and Air Jordan V Low all bathed in Bulls-based colors.



The Dunk From Above Collection

This one’s all about Michael Jordan’s ability to fly. The Air Jordan 1 Nouveau was the first to feature the wings logo, the Air Jordan IV introduced the word “Flight” onto a shoe (and into the brand’s lexicon), and the Jordan V Low takes design inspiration from a World War II fighter plane.


Check out the slideshow below to view plenty of additional, detailed photos.

I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely going to need a pair of those IVs.


Jordan Brand unveils All-Star shoes for Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook

Inside Jordan Brand’s Pearl Pavilion NBA All-Star experience

Reviewing the Air Jordan XX9, after testing the shoes at Michael Jordan’s house

Chris Paul hoops with media at launch of his Jordan Brand CP3.VIII

Report: Sixers won’t let Towns, Okafor or Russell fall to Knicks in NBA Draft

Sam Hinkie

The majority of mock drafts (including ours) are in agreement in projecting the top three picks.

The order in which these players are selected may not be set, but the expectation is that Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor and D’Angelo Russell will be the first three players taken (in some order) by the Timberwolves, Lakers and Sixers.

It has been speculated that scenarios may unfold which would allow one of these players to fall to the Knicks, who are sitting behind Philadelphia with the fourth overall selection. It would have to involve Russell sliding into one of those top two slots, and the Sixers then theoretically passing on Towns or Okafor due to already being loaded with frontcourt talent.

The latest report, however, says that even if the top three picks don’t go down as expected, the Sixers are locked in to taking one of those three players.

Marc Berman of the New York Post:

According to a league source, the Sixers, who pick third, still have a firm Big 3 of Karl-Anthony Towns, Russell and Okafor and won’t let any of the trio slip to Phil Jackson. Despite their young, marquee depth up front, the Sixers would take Okafor even if it’s to collect an asset to trade later.

Speculation that Russell is trying to avoid being picked by the moribund Sixers escalated when he canceled workouts with them this weekend. There also were rumblings that perhaps the Lakers, after working Russell out, had given the Ohio State combo guard a guarantee at No. 2. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported he was just “real sick’’ and a Sixers workout could be rescheduled. Russell has told reporters he also has agreed to work out for the Knicks.

There are, of course, other ways that the Knicks could land one of these three players.

Kristaps Porzingis is beginning to be a name mentioned as possibly going top-three now, and Emmanuel Mudiay is at least a threat to potentially rise into that group, as well.

But if things go as planned, New York will have to turn its attention somewhere else.