Add ESPN's analytics model to those predicting the Bulls will be the NBA's worst team in 2017-18. On the heels of several Las Vegas sports books predicting the Bulls with the lowest win total, ESPN'S Basketball Power Index predicts a 23-59 season and ranks the rebuilding franchise as minus-7.2 points below the average team. For comparison, the Warriors rank plus-9.4 points above the average team and the 29th-ranked team — the Atlanta Hawks — checks in at minus-5.8. The site calls BPI "a forward-looking model that predicts the strength of each team on offense, defense and altogether" and takes into account "game-by-game efficiency, strength of schedule, pace, days of rest, game location and preseason
On the court, the Cleveland Cavaliers were successful last season in making a third straight NBA Finals. Financially, however, the Cavs reportedly didn’t fair quite as well. According to a story from ESPN’s Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst, the Cavs were one of nine NBA teams to lose money last season. Per the report, Cleveland’s financial shortfall stems from the NBA’s system that penalizes teams with higher payroll. From the story: The Cavs made $21.7 million in net income before revenue sharing last season but moved into the red after paying $24.8 million in luxury taxes and $15.2 million in a revenue-sharing check they wrote. Per Forbes, the Cavs lost $40 million during their 2015-16 title run.
Without leadership, there is no culture. And that leadership can’t be limited to the coaching staff or front office. In fact, many of you have battled about who will step forward and lead the Nets, with options usually limited to two players, D’Angelo Russell and Jeremy Lin and 140 characters or less. When asked about leadership among his players during Tuesday afternoon’s press conference, Sean Marks, sitting beside Kenny Atkinson, spoke highly of one veteran on the Net roster. After noting he’ll be watching, “who gravitates to who and so forth,” the name that flew out of his mouth when answering the question was DeMarre Carroll. First and foremost because he has the cred, winner’s cred, and