NBA

London to Host Sixers and Celtics

After much rumours and speculation the NBA announced today that NBA London will this year host a game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics.

The 2018 game is set to be one of the biggest to ever come to London with both the Celtics and 76ers having a wealth of talent on their rosters. The Celtics, the NBA’s most successful franchise with 17 Championships, come into this season having finished first in the Eastern Conference and have a host of stars who will be coming to London including two-time NBA All-Star Isaiah Thomas, 2017 NBA All-Star Gordon Hayward and four-time NBA All-Star Al Horford. The 76ers boast one of the best young teams in the league and will bring the number one picks from 2016 and 2017, Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons, alongside established star Joel Embiid.

The Philadelphia 76ers will host the Boston Celtics at The O2 on January 11;  to sign up for early access to tickets, exclusive offers and the latest team news, please visit www.NBA.com/London

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly NBA Week 13

The Courtside Collective presents

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – NBA Week 13.

Things heating up in the NBA with feuds and tensions running high in our week 13 round up!

NBA Week 12 – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

In our new weekly feature John Cronin breaks down what is happening in the NBA world and lets us know what he thinks is good and not so good in the league…

NBA Week 11 – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

In our new weekly feature John Cronin breaks down what is happening in the NBA world and lets us know what he thinks is good and not so good in the league…

Podcast Ep 18: Mark Woods & Emmet Ryan – Irish National Cup & NBA London

We finally welcome Belfast man and the UK’s top basketball journalist Mark Woods onto the The Courtside Collective Podcast for a wide ranging discussion that spans from the Irish Superleague glory days right through to the present day.

Then Ball in Europe’s Emmet Ryan comes on to breakdown the Irish Cup Semi Finals with Niall and Mark.

Please note we recorded this Podcast on the road so some slight audio issues – apologies!

 

Trust the process: The Sixers are still terrible

Ending 2016 with an 8-24 record, the Philadelphia 76ers are the joint worst team in the NBA.  They have won five games at home all season long (a tally matched by the Miami Heat, incidentally) and only three games on the road.  The only team that could make a good case for their being worse is the Brooklyn Nets, who are also 8-24 with a dreadful 1-16 road record.

Durant as a Warrior

The Independence Day move of Kevin Durant from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Golden State Warriors was the biggest free-agent move since the last one.  Ok, so it was a bigger deal than most of them.  A perennial MVP contender moving to a team that blew a 3-1 lead in the most recent NBA finals, their inability to achieve the elusive fourth victory costing them back-to-back titles.

NBA London 2017 – The Ultimate Guide

So the NBA is coming back for their annual trip to London in January 2017 when the Denver Nuggets will play the Indiana Pacers in the only regular season NBA game that takes place overseas.  Every year from the initial announcement until the day of the game itself we get lots of questions through our social media accounts and year on year the same questions are repeated so we thought it might be a good idea to throw together a handy guide which will hopefully answer all your questions in advance! If we have missed anything out just hit us up on Facebook / Snapchat / Twitter or E-mail .

NBA moves All Star Game 2017 from Charlotte

The 2017 NBA All-Star Game was given to the city of Charlotte in North Carolina, the home of the Charlotte Hornets franchise, on 22 June 2015.  Just over a year later, in a statement made on Thursday, the NBA decided to move the game and all the events that go with it, with New Orleans currently (at the time of writing) the favorite to host the festivities.

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