Hawks part owner Grant Hill and Sharecare’s Dr. Mehmet Oz show off Atlanta’s new jersey patch. (Twitter/@ATLHawks) The Atlanta Hawks on Thursday became the 13th NBA team to announce a sponsorship deal for the new advertising patches that NBA teams will
ESPN.com ESPN.com's Summer Forecast is predicting the 2017-18 standings for the Eastern and Western conferences. Which teams will outperform and which have our panel overrated? We're going 5-on-5 to debate our latest predictions: 1. Which East team will outperform its forecast? Chris Forsberg, ESPN.com: Toronto Raptors (projection: 47-35). There will be some adjustments after trading DeMarre Carroll to the Brooklyn Nets and watching Patrick Patterson sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder, but Toronto has won 48-plus games in each of its past four seasons. As long as Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan are healthy, the Raptors have a chance for 50 or more wins in an underwhelming East. Tom Haberstroh,
Allan Houston is excited to see what Tim Hardaway Jr. can do during his first year of his big contract with the Knicks. Houston, the Knicks’ assistant general manager and a former guard who played for the team, was at Hofstra University on Friday working with his youth program, FISLL, which stands for faith, integrity, sacrifice, leadership and legacy. The program was started by Houston as a way to facilitate character-building and basketball skills in kids. Hardaway signed a four-year, $71 million contract this offseason to return to the Knicks, the team that drafted him in the first round in 2013. With the big contract, however, comes added pressure and expectations for the shooting guard.