Bulls’ Antonio Blakeney: Pacing G League in Scoring

Blakeney is averaging 35.4 points (on 49 percent shooting), 7.7 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 3.3 three-pointers in 39.0 minutes per game over 14 appearances with the G League’s Windy City Bulls this season. Blakeney, an undrafted rookie out of LSU who is signed to a two-way contract with the Bulls, had an unremarkable run in…

Terry Rozier Scores Game-High against Cleveland Cavaliers

BOSTON — How well has Terry Rozier played lately? Well enough to impress LeBron James. “He was very good, very good,” James said after Rozier scored a game-high 20 points Wednesday in the Celtics’ 102-88 victory over the Cavs at the Garden. “He’s getting more and more confidence every single night and it’s his third…

Miami Heat Signs Derrick Jones Jr.

MIAMI, FL December 31st – The Miami HEAT announced today that they have waived Matt Williams Jr. and signed forward/guard Derrick Jones Jr. to a two-way contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Jones Jr. appeared in 16 games (11 starts) with Phoenix’s G League affiliate, the Northern Arizona Suns,…

Kobi Simmons’ Energy Providing Grizzlies Encouraging Boost

SAN FRANCISCO – Kobi Simmons listens. That’s the characteristic that most impresses his Memphis Grizzlies’ teammates. Sure, there’s the cat-quick defensive instincts that make Simmons disruptive in passing lanes. There’s also the speed and length that allow him to pressure opponents the entire 94 feet on the court. And don’t overlook the athleticism that drives…

JaKarr Sampson Makes First Start for Kings at Cleveland

‘He’s really not afraid’: Sampson relentless against LeBron, Cavs in surprising start CLEVELAND – If you’ve watched the Kings play enough this season, it’s clear there are games the team lacks energy and enthusiasm for long stretches. Those are two qualities no one would ever say JaKarr Sampson lacks. “That’s what I do,” Sampson said.…

Mangok Mathiang Rapt to Learn from Dwight Howard

Ask almost any NBA rookie what piece of advice they most frequently get, and one answer that almost invariably comes back is they’re told to ‘listen to your veterans’. In life, absorbing and learning from those who have done it before you is crucial in evolving as a person; on the court, rookies such as…

Bulls’ Antonio Blakeney: Sticking in Rotation

Head coach Fred Hoiberg said Blakeney will stick in the Bulls’ rotation for the foreseeable future, Vincent Goodwill of NBC Sports Chicago reports. Blakeney, who had played just one minute at the NBA level prior to Wednesday, took full advantage of his playing time, compiling 16 points (5-12 FG, 3-6 3Pt) and two rebounds across…

Terry Rozier more Comfortable with Every Game

Jaylen Brown likes to think of himself as the team’s early bird, the first guy to the gym. But the second-year forward isn’t the only Celtic on a self-improvement mission, not with Terry Rozier getting to work even earlier. “Every time,” said Brown. “You see Terry working on his game and the focus level he…

Antonio Blakeney Gets the Call to the Big Show

Blakeney is the Bulls Summer League sensation who earned his way into a two-way G-League contract and lit up the league with 35 points and five threes in his Windy City Bulls debut Saturday. He’s finally back Tuesday when the Bulls are in Toronto after we heard so much about his play this summer, how…

Mangok Mathiang Pushing for Return to Hornets

Mangok Mathiang has made a strong early push for a return to the Charlotte Hornets active roster after collecting an impressive double double for the Greensboro Swarm in the opening round of the NBA G League. Hosting the Canton Charge, Greensboro literally swarmed all over their opponents right from the outset, cruising to a lop-sided…

Derrick Jones Jr. is Suns’ Most Improved Player

At this time last year, Derrick Jones Jr. was fighting just to make a spot on the Phoenix Suns roster. Fast-forward to now and he is being crowned the Most Improved Player through the offseason. “He looks like the most improved player on the team right now,” Eric Bledsoe said. “His jumper looks pretty good.…

Derrick Jones Helps Suns Break in a New Refurbished Court

In honor of the Suns’ 50th season in the Valley, Suns Charities is refurbishing, renovating and building 50 courts throughout Arizona thanks to a $1 million grant approved by Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver and Phoenix Suns Charities. The goal is to create safe and enjoyable environments for kids and entire communities to play the…

The Terry Rozier Difference

Terry Rozier could end up being one of the most important players if he breaks out this season. The Boston Celtics have a lot of young players that they are hoping can break out this season, but there is a little more weight on Terry Rozier becoming a capable ball handler. As always, you have…

Mangok Mathiang Signs Two-Way Contract with the Charlotte Hornets

Former Louisville basketball center Mangok Mathiang has signed a two-way contract with the Charlotte Hornets, the Charlotte Observer reported Tuesday, citing a source. The Hornets also signed former North Carolina star Marcus Paige, the report said. Mathiang, a 6-foot-10 rookie, played for Charlotte during the NBA summer league, averaging 4.4 points and five rebounds in…

JaKarr Sampson Inks Two-Way Deal with Kings

JaKarr Sampson is back in the NBA system after signing a deal with the Sacramento Kings this weekend. Sampson, 24 and entering his fourth year in the NBA after two season with St. John’s, will catch on with the Sacramento on a “two-way” contract – allowing Sampson to shuttle between the “minors” (the “G-League”) and…

Antonio Blakeney Signs Two-Way Contract with the Chicago Bulls

There weren’t many positives for the Chicago Bulls during this years NBA Summer League. Yet in the plethora of bad performances, there was one player who shined for the “SummerBulls”, Antonio Blakeney. The former LSU guard averaged 16.8 points while shooting a whopping 64.3% from three-point range during his time in Vegas. He certainly provided…

Kobi Simmons Signs with the Memphis Grizzlies

Shortly after being unselected in the 2017 NBA Draft, it was reported that Kobi Simmons had reached an agreement with the Memphis Grizzlies. That deal became official on Saturday, the first day of free agency. “Feels great to be a Memphis Grizzly,” the former Arizona Wildcats guard tweeted. Here’s the press release in its entirety:…

Rozier Rising to the Occasion in Playoffs

WALTHAM, Mass. – Al Horford had a hunch that Terry Rozier was going to make a major postseason impact for the Boston Celtics. The veteran big man stated ahead of Boston’s first-round series with the Chicago Bulls that he believed the second-year point guard did not reach his peak playing level during the regular season…

Terry Rozier Ready to Step up in Playoffs

BOSTON — Terry Rozier knows better than anybody how quickly a player can be thrust from the background into the limelight in the NBA playoffs. A year ago, Rozier was a rookie point guard who had barely played for the Celtics in the regular season. But a hamstring injury to Avery Bradley late in Game…

Derrick Jones Oozes Potential

Upside and potential are ideals which see NBA general managers fired often. Drafting young men who are age 19-22 is a tricky proposition, because while there are numerous draft models and projections, there is no definitive guarantee of what any one player will become. Innate, unteachable skills — like athleticism — often catch the eyes…

At NFL Combine, Shell Embraces Role as Underdog

INDIANAPOLIS — For media interviews at the NFL Combine, the hierarchy is such that the top prospects are reserved a podium to address questions. Lesser-valued players are assigned to small tables in the corner of the conference hall. While projected first-rounders Dalvin Cook of Florida State and Christian McCaffrey of Stanford stood a few feet…

Who Is Derrick Jones Jr.?

Almost every day this month, I had to answer the same question. And look, yeah, I understand the curiosity. “I don’t know yet,” I kept saying. Over and over. Which was true. But the same question just kept coming at me and I could only delay so long. I knew the curiosity was coming from…

Rozier’s Patience Pays Off

BOSTON – Celtics coach Brad Stevens felt his team needed a jolt. It was early in the second half and his squad was down double-digits to one of the worst teams in the NBA on Friday night at TD Garden. So the coach looked down the bench and called on the player he thought he…

Wendell Smallwood No Longer Feeling Like a Rookie

As the Eagles prepared to face the Green Bay Packers last week, rookie Wendell Smallwood readied himself for a big role. Then he got just nine carries. It wasn’t that those carries went elsewhere, it was that the Eagles got away from the run game early in the 27-13 loss to the Packers despite being…