Anthony Bennett Explains His Meteoric Rise: "I'm A Great Guy"

A news conference starring a 20-year-old is generally doomed to devolve into scripted platitudes unless the 20-year-old in question strays into honesty. Therein, we prod Anthony Bennett into discussing the reasons the Cleveland Cavaliers made him the surprise top pick in this week's NBA Draft. His reply sounded like… » 6/29/13 5:46pm 6/29/13 5:46pm

Live Blog: Let Us Enjoy The 2013 NBA Draft Together

The 2013 NBA draft is here, and, as usual, we have almost no idea what is going to happen over the course of the night. Will the Nets and Celtics consummate a trade sending old people to Brooklyn? Is someone going to take an injured player—either Nerlens Noel or Alex Len, either one works—at No. 1? Are the Bobcats… » 6/27/13 7:20pm 6/27/13 7:20pm

Which NBA Draft Prospects Are Fudging Their Height With Thick Shoes?

Every year at the NBA draft combine, each prospect gets his height measured with shoes on and off. The difference between the two measurements is usually negligible, but not all the time! On this week's excerpt from Slate's Hang up and Listen podcast, Mike Pesca figures out which of this year's prospects has the… » 5/24/13 4:02pm 5/24/13 4:02pm

The Cavs Are Willing To Trade The First Overall Pick

The Cavaliers beat the odds—a 15.6 percent chance, third-best in the lottery—to land the 2013 first overall pick. But the consensus top pick has questions, and he's not particularly what Cleveland needs. It would make all the sense in the world for the Cavs to trade down from No. 1, something that hasn't been done in… » 5/22/13 10:41am 5/22/13 10:41am

Jay Bilas Still Wants To Talk About Men's Bodies

When Jay Bilas wasn't busy talking about "rims" he was busy talking about bodies. Last year it was all about hands, but this year the name of the game was "wingspan," "wingspan," and also "wingspan." Understandably the guy has to find something to talk about in the time that it takes David Stern to walk back and forth from… » 6/29/12 7:15pm 6/29/12 7:15pm

Here's The Absolute Worst Draft Analysis Written Today

It's early—like, 14 hours after the draft, and we empirically don't know how any of the players chosen will perform in the NBA—but I think we have already a winner for the trollingest post-draft column. To be fair to the Denver Post's Mark Kiszla, his job is to stir up shit. But this is something special. After a year… » 6/29/12 2:00pm 6/29/12 2:00pm

NBA Draft Spectators Spent Nearly Five Full Minutes Booing David Stern …

The NBA is sometimes accused of being deaf to criticism, and holding last night's draft in the arena recently abandoned by the new Brooklyn Nets seems like an invitation to belligerence. But it's not just Nets fans who have beef with commissioner David Stern, and he hasn't exactly been graceful when dealing with the… » 6/29/12 11:20am 6/29/12 11:20am

Nets Fans Will Get Excited For Anything—Even Drafting A Guy Of Whom…

Brooklyn Nets fans had to wait a long time to participate in the NBA draft—the team had no picks last year and didn't select until late in the second round tonight. So when the team chose Turkish forward Ilkan Karaman with the 57th overall pick, they didn't let their unfamiliarity with the big man get in the way of… » 6/29/12 10:00am 6/29/12 10:00am

Why Bernard James Should Be Your New Favorite NBA Player

The first round of the 2012 NBA Draft was a surprisingly dramatic affair, with one NBA scout equating most all pre-draft analysis to "blowing smoke up each other's asses for weeks." But the best story, arguably, came near beginning of the second round when Florida State center Bernard James was selected 33th overall.… » 6/28/12 11:05pm 6/28/12 11:05pm