The Whiteboard is The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, covering the NBA, WNBA and more. Subscribe here to get it delivered to you via email each morning. P.J. Tucker’s NBA niche has always been about 3-and-D but his defensive impact and versatility have long been the more reliable half of that equation. For his career, he’s
NBA All-Star voting ends this week. Which players from the Eastern Conference deserve a spot in this year’s All-Star Game, and which ones just miss the cut? NBA All-Star voting closes this Friday, and while I don’t have an official media vote for who gets into this year’s game, I still went through the exercise
The Whiteboard is The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, covering the NBA, WNBA and more. Subscribe here to get it delivered to you via email each morning. In this season, as COVID-19 has pushed player absences and roster uncertainty to historic levels, reliable depth has never been more important — particularly at the point guard position.
Jun 17, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Canadian recording artist Drake sits beside Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry at Toronto Raptors Championship Parade. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports Vikings: Justin Jefferson laughs off ridiculous All-Pro snub by Scott Rogust Miami Heat star Kyle Lowry played some one-on-one basketball with rap star Drake at the FTX
Tyler Herro and Jusuf Nurkic had to be separated on Wednesday night as tempers nearly boiled over the top on the hardwood. The Miami Heat ended up getting a win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night, but fans were most definitely treated to some extra fireworks in the middle of the action. That’s
The NBA will make the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls forfeit second-round draft picks as penalty for tampering in Lonzo Ball and Kyle Lowry deals. The long-awaited verdict for the tampering trade charges involving Lonzo Ball and Kyle Lowry has finally been released. After a four-month investigation, the NBA has determined that the offending
Denver Nuggets Nikola Jokic had the final say on the Jokic-Morris feud by blaring the Serbian national anthem in a Miami nightclub after the Nov. 29 win. The heated feud between Nikola Jokic and Markieff Morris began on Nov. 8 after Jokic reacted to Morris with a dirty play. The moment caused Jokic, Morris and
Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler joked with longtime Toronto Raptor DeMar DeRozan that he stole DeRozan’s best friend, former Raptors star Kyle Lowry. Jimmy Butler just took trash-talking to a whole new level. In a comical Instagram story photo, Butler hit DeRozan where it hurts: his heart. “There’s a new bestie in town,” Butler said,
Longtime Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry reiterates that he will always be a Raptor at heart — and he still plans on retiring as one. Loyalty can be a tricky notion in the NBA. Some of the best players who remained fiercely loyal were only ever rewarded in kindness, failing to win a coveted
Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler. (Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports) NBA Twitter bowing down to Stephen Curry, monster performance for Warriors by Cody Williams NFL quarterback rankings, Week 10: Josh Allen struggles by Matt Verderame Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler wanted to meet Nikola Jokic outside for a fight after the Nuggets forward cheap shotted Markieff
The Whiteboard is The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, covering the NBA, WNBA and more. Subscribe here to get it delivered to you via email each morning. The Miami Heat have looked absolutely dominant to start the season. Their only loss was an 11-point blip to the Indiana Pacers but their six wins include victories over
The Whiteboard is The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, covering the NBA, WNBA and more. Subscribe here to get it delivered to you via email each morning. The Miami Heat began this season with legitimate championship aspirations and they got off to a strong start in their season opener, pounding the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks 137-95.
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo. (Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports) LeBron James, NBA Twitter lose it over Steph Curry’s 100-point pace against poor Clippers by Cody Williams The Milwaukee Bucks didn’t quite look like the defending NBA champions in a blowout loss to the Heat in their second game of the season. Twitter gave them hell
Bam Adebayo has quickly become one of the most dynamic centers in basketball, and the 24-year-old’s growth will be key to Miami’s pursuit of an NBA title. A full appreciation of Bam Adebayo begins with the understanding that he isn’t a first option. The Heat’s 24-year-old Swiss-Army knife center doesn’t singlehandedly lift his team into
The Whiteboard is The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, covering the NBA, WNBA and more. Subscribe here to get it delivered to you via email each morning. I have to admit, I am fascinated by Basketball-Reference’s Hall-of-Fame probability model. If you’re not familiar with it, the model uses several key stats to measure the likelihood of
Marcus Garrett has signed a two-way deal with the Miami Heat. On July 30, 2021, he originally signed an Exhibit-10 contract with the organization. After playing two games in the 2021 California Classic Summer League, the point guard averaged 10.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.9 blocks and a 77.8 field goal percentage. He led
Every player in the NBA has had a down year. If they haven’t, it is likely only a matter of time. It could be that they were trying to find their fit on a new team, battling injuries, or simply trying to do too much under immense pressure. Regardless of the reason, a season-long slump
Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) Why soccer no longer has any business being at the Olympics by Clemente Lisi How would Lonzo Ball fit with LaMelo Ball on the Charlotte Hornets? by Ian Levy Former Toronto Raptors teammates Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan could reunite as members of the Miami Heat
Duncan Robinson of the Miami Heat reacts after being called for a foul during Game Four of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) John Mara is an old, out-of-touch man who hates taunting by Scott Rogust Did Tyrann Mathieu take a shot at the Chiefs over contract talks? by Scott
Victor Oladipo, Miami Heat, Kelly Oubre Jr., Golden State Warriors. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) Latest Aaron Rodgers quote shows no issues with Jordan Love by Braulio Perez Romelu Lukaku tells Inter Milan he wants a Chelsea transfer by Braulio Perez The Miami Heat bring back often-injured guard Victor Oladipo on a one-year minimum deal. Victor Oladipo
Mandatory Credit: Rich Schultz/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports NBA Twitter freaks out after Bulls land Lonzo Ball in sign-and-trade by Mark Powell Phoenix Suns keeping Chris Paul with mega 4-year deal by Gerald Bourguet NBA Free Agency has started with a bang, and now-former Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry is taking his talents to South
The NBA is investigating potential tampering from the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls for their respective deals for Kyle Lowry and Lonzo Ball. Once the NBA free agency negotiation window opened up last Monday, two of the biggest point guards on both the unrestricted and restricted markets quickly flew off the board. The Chicago Bulls
Andre Iguodala is heading back to the Golden State Warriors in his NBA free agency. After spending the two previous seasons with the Miami Heat, forward Andre Iguodala is heading back to the team he is best known for playing for in the Golden State Warriors. This will be Iguodala’s 18th NBA season out of Arizona.
Both the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls made bold acquisitions in free agency but may have moved in opposite directions this offseason. The Miami Heat, clearly, had a plan this offseason. NBA free agency opened at 6:00 p.m. Eastern on Monday; by 7:00 the Heat had acquired Kyle Lowry and P.J. Tucker, retained Duncan Robinson,
The Miami Heat completed their sign-and-trade with the Toronto Raptors that officially landed them veteran point guard Kyle Lowry. Once the free agency negotiation window opened up earlier this week, the available point guards flew off the open market. While Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry was not the first to be taken off the board,
Kyle Lowry. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports) The first day of 2021 NBA free agency included a flurry of activity as teams scrambled to set up their rosters for next season. Who won and lost the day? Even when games aren’t being played, there are winners and losers in the NBA — especially in NBA free
The LA Clippers will try to keep Nicolas Batum, but the Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors and Indiana Pacers are all interested. The LA Clippers‘ top priority in 2021 NBA free agency will be re-signing Kawhi Leonard, who will reportedly opt out of his $36 million player option to become an unrestricted free agent. But
The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed with the Washington Wizards to acquire Russell Westbrook in a three-player trade, sending Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and the No. 22 pick in Thursday’s 2021 NBA Draft to the Wizards. According to ESPN, the Wizards are also giving up their 2024 and 2028 second-round picks as well.
Kendrick Nunn, Bradley Beal, Duncan Robinson (Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports) Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal has reportedly ‘welcomed’ each of the following teams in a trade scenario. After multiple seasons of saying he wants to stay where he’s at, Wizards guard Bradley Beal may be looking for a way out. Jake Fisher of Bleacher Report ” is
The Milwaukee Bucks completed a dominant first-round sweep of the Miami Heat with a Game 4 win. Here are three takeaways from this one-sided series. Last year, the Milwaukee Bucks were unceremoniously escorted to the offseason by Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat in the second round of the playoffs. While the Heat enjoyed a magical