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Los Angeles Lakers, Russell Westbrook Mesh Better Than Believed
Richard Nurse - Aug 2, 2021

Mixed signals would be the best way to describe last week’s Los Angeles Lakers acquisition of Russell Westbrook. Not only because of the way things swiftly shifted from a Buddy Hield deal but because of the skepticism that came with the pivot. Russell Westbrook being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers drew mixed, somewhat unwarranted […]



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Los Angeles Lakers, Russell Westbrook Mesh Better Than Believed
Richard Nurse - Aug 2, 2021

Mixed signals would be the best way to describe last week’s Los Angeles Lakers acquisition of Russell Westbrook. Not only because of the way things swiftly shifted from a Buddy Hield deal but because of the skepticism that came with the pivot. Russell Westbrook being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers drew mixed, somewhat unwarranted […]

Wofford basketball navigated the pandemic to stay in the SoCon title race in 2020-21
Pandemic Profiles: Wofford Basketball Comes Close to a Championship

This summer, Last Word on Basketball looks to profile college basketball teams and their journey through a season played during a pandemic. Our previous installment took a look at Toledo from the MAC. You can also check out prior installments, starting with Xavier. The next program in our series is Wofford basketball. Head Coach Jay McAuley […]

New York Knicks Guard Quentin Grimes
New York Knicks Draft Grades
Donald Stewart - Aug 1, 2021

In a fascinatingly deep draft, the New York Knicks had a slightly uneven draft night. Going into this draft fresh from their playoff appearance, the Knicks were primed with picks 19 and 21 in the first round. Plus two picks in the second round. In the draft they were looking at two key skillsets: shooting […]

Jalen Suggs of the Orlando Magic
Orlando Magic Escape Draft Night as a Major Winner

The Orlando Magic entered the 2021 NBA Draft in a tough spot with picks five and eight. This was seen as a top-heavy draft with picks one to four considered the creme-de-la-creme in this class. The Toronto Raptors made a surprise choice, gifting Orlando one of the best prospects in this class. 2021 NBA Draft: Orlando […]

Josh Giddey
Oklahoma City Thunder catch Draft Off-guard: Grades

The Oklahoma City Thunder have a treasure cove of picks and were said to be one of the most active teams in the 2021 NBA Draft. They weren’t able to make any significant moves to move into the top three but they did pull a surprise move with their top 10 pick. Let’s dive into […]

Boston Celtics Make Two Trades: Grades

Since being promoted to General Manager of the Boston Celtics, Brad Stevens has wasted no time making improvements. The Boston Celtics made two trades today, acquiring both Kris Dunn and Josh Richardson in two separate deals. Here are trade grades for Stevens’ performance today: Boston Celtics Trade Grades: Trade #1: Celtics Absorb Josh Richardson The […]

The Houston Rockets had a great draft
Houston Rockets have Tremendous Draft Night: Grades
Lawrence George - Jul 30, 2021

The Houston Rockets had a wonderful 2021 NBA Draft making four selections in the first round. After an ugly 2020 campaign that saw an underwhelming return for James Harden, the Rockets bounced back in a big way. Let’s take a look at the Houston Rockets draft grades. 2021 NBA Draft: Houston Rockets Grades Houston Rockets […]

Toledo basketball continued its success despite a pandemic
Pandemic Profiles: Toledo Basketball Finds Normalcy, Continues Winning Tradition

This summer, Last Word on Basketball looks to profile college basketball teams and their journey through a season played during a pandemic. Our previous installment took a look at Xavier from the Big East. You can also check out prior installments, starting with Morehead State. The next program in our series is Toledo basketball. Tod Kowalczyk just […]