TrueHoop: Henry Abbott

Why #NBArank hates big men

September, 15, 2014
Sep 15
12:45
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Why are so many quality big men at the bottom of ESPN.com's #NBArank list? We ask Ethan Sherwood Strauss.

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Spurs picked as title favorites in 2014-15

August, 22, 2014
Aug 22
5:26
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Gregg Popovich's team was the fifth-most likely to win it all last season, but with hardly any roster changes, they're the favorites this time around.

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Team USA bringing the pressure

August, 22, 2014
Aug 22
1:32
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David Thorpe has been watching Team USA, and one thing's for sure: Mike Krzyzewski's team will pressure ball-handlers. Even James Harden is active on defense.

Old Cavaliers

August, 22, 2014
Aug 22
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When the Cavaliers hired David Blatt they were one of the youngest teams in the league, but not anymore.

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Ten of the best games in 2014-15

August, 13, 2014
Aug 13
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Henry Abbott and Royce Young look ahead to what could be ten of the best games in upcoming 2014-15 NBA season.

Rookie class is 'one-four' the ages

July, 31, 2014
Jul 31
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After watching them up close, David Thorpe says this year's incoming class of rookies could be the best since 1984.

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Kevin Love is way better than you think

July, 29, 2014
Jul 29
12:42
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Judging Kevin Love by Minnesota's win-loss record is a giant mistake, says David Thorpe.

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Quizzing Jabari Parker

June, 25, 2014
Jun 25
11:09
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What was your first job? What will be your post-NBA career? How many hours a week do you work on your game? Which NBA player do you want to defend?

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Quizzing Andrew Wiggins

June, 25, 2014
Jun 25
10:55
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What's a Cavalier? Where should LeBron play? What would you say to Donald Sterling? TrueHoop TV with tough questions for the top NBA draft prospect.


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Knicks better off without Melo?

June, 24, 2014
Jun 24
4:02
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Would the Knicks be better off with or without Carmelo Anthony? David Thorpe says there's not much in it. Also, how would Anthony work on the Bulls, Heat or Rockets?

Memo to Cavs: Don't draft to win now!

June, 23, 2014
Jun 23
3:30
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If the Cavaliers think Jabari Parker is the best player, they should draft him. But if they take him because he helps them the most in the immediate? BAD move, says David Thorpe.



Heat fan opens hoops school to help mom

June, 12, 2014
Jun 12
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Rick Carlisle's five Finals factors

June, 5, 2014
Jun 5
12:51
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Rick Carlisle
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The Mavericks' head man is the only NBA head coach who has defeated LeBron's Heat in a series.

Rick Carlisle will be in the stands, and not on the sidelines, as Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals tip-off in San Antonio Thursday evening. And his Mavericks' season ended a month ago.

Yet Carlisle is surprisingly relevant: He's the only coach to beat the Heatles in a playoff series, and his Dallas squad came closest to ousting this year's Spurs, losing in a 7-game Round 1. I contacted him hoping he'd share the nitty gritty X's and O's of these teams. No such luck; Coach Carlisle wasn't about to give away any trade secrets. And he wouldn't pick a winner.

But he did say several things that will matter as the series unfolds.
  1. Slow play is death. "NBA defenses are so sophisticated now. You don't want to give them a chance to get fully established. When we played Miami in the Finals, we knew that if we called any plays we were doomed. We had to play faster than that. Popovich really pioneered a lot of that. There is a pendulum on a lot of these things, but I really don't see faster offense going away."
  2. Erik Spoelstra doesn't get nearly enough credit, but ... "Gregg Popovich is the greatest coach ever."
  3. The Tony Parker effect. "The Heat don't have big-time rim protectors. LeBron James will block some shots. Dwyane Wade will get some blocks. But how they handle the Spurs penetration will tell a lot."
  4. Get the ball. "Neither team is great at rebounding. It's a chance to establish an edge."
  5. Keep the ball. "In the NFL, turnovers practically determine every game. In the NBA it's not like that. But in this series it might be. Both teams take such good care of the ball, and I expect the games to be very close. Turnovers could determine everything."

The Gregg Popovich scheme

June, 3, 2014
Jun 3
12:49
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Last year the Spurs threw the Heat for a loop with an entirely unconventional defense that dared the Heat to shoot. What will Gregg Popovich come up with this time around?

Why the Heat will win the title

June, 2, 2014
Jun 2
2:41
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According to Las Vegas and most experts, the Heat are going into these NBA Finals as underdogs. David Thorpe disagrees.

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