Blog Posts by Eric Freeman

  • BDL 25: Can Thibs keep the Wolves' long-term priorities in sight?

    Tom Thibodeau is pleased as punch to be back on the sidelines. (Getty Images)
    Tom Thibodeau is pleased as punch to be back on the sidelines. (Getty Images)

    The NBA offseason has brought many changes to rosters, coaching staffs, and the list of championship contenders. As we draw closer to opening night, it’s time to move our focus from the potential impact of each offseason event and onto the broader issues that figure to define this season. The BDL 25 takes stock of, uh, 25 key storylines to get you up to speed on where the most fascinating teams, players, and people stand on the brink of 2016-17.

    The NBA has experienced a rash of rebuilding processes over the last few seasons, many of which have failed. As ever, collecting high draft picks is no shortcut to contention. Yet the few franchises who have had success have proven fascinating, particularly as they begin to turn potential into something more tangible. There’s nothing quite like a team discovering that it could be a future contender.

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  • BDL 25: Was last season as good as it gets for the Raptors?

    DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry zone out. (Vaughn Ridley/ Getty Images)
    DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry zone out. (Vaughn Ridley/ Getty Images)

    The NBA offseason has brought many changes to rosters, coaching staffs, and the list of championship contenders. As we draw closer to opening night, it’s time to move our focus from the potential impact of each offseason event and onto the broader issues that figure to define this season. The BDL 25 takes stock of, uh, 25 key storylines to get you up to speed on where the most fascinating teams, players, and people stand on the brink of 2016-17.

    There is no reason for the Toronto Raptors to be pessimistic after the greatest season in franchise history. Toronto finished 2015-16 with a number of team-firsts — a record 56 wins, a No. 2 seed in the playoffs, and an appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals. Toronto looked headed for a sweep at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers in that series, but wins in Games 3 and 4 allowed them to hit the offseason with their pride intact. Raptors fans were understandably thrilled

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