Articles by Sam Amico

Amico: Minus LeBron, NBA forcefully throws Cavs in trash

You don’t matter to me anymore. You’re not important. And frankly, you bore me. That is what the NBA told the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, when the league and its pimped-out television networks revealed the 2018-19 broadcast schedule. Actually, that’s not entirely true. The league loves Cleveland — as long as LeBron James is in town. […]


Poll: Where will LeBron, Lakers finish in West?

LeBron James. Rajon Rondo. Michael Beasley. Lance Stephenson. And you can even throw in JaVale McGee. Those are the veterans the Lakers have added to an otherwise young core. Of course, no one would care about the other additions, or be wondering how good the Lakers could be, if it weren’t for LeBron. As we’ve […]


No timetable for return of Sixers’ Smith

There is no timetable set for injured Philadelphia 76ers rookie guard Zhaire Smith to return from a broken foot, the team said Friday. Smith underwent surgery on the foot Thursday night in New York. He suffered the injury during Tim Grgurich’s development camp in Las Vegas on Aug. 6. The Sixers have had a long […]


Cavs’ preseason slate includes game at Michigan State

The new-look Cleveland Cavaliers are back in business. Well, almost. Training camp is still about six weeks away, but the Cavs, entering another era minus LeBron James, at least know who they’re playing in the preseason. So does everyone else, as the Cavs released their preseason schedule Thursday. It all begins in a “rematch” of […]


Higgins, Riley highlight Hawks’ front-office changes

Former Golden State Warriors and Charlotte Hornets general manager Rod Higgins has been named vice president of basketball operations of the Atlanta Hawks, the team announced in a press release. Higgins, who served a college scout for the Hawks last season, will continue to report to second-year Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk — formerly the […]


Cavaliers to host LeBron, Lakers in November

LeBron James’ return to Cleveland as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers is scheduled for Nov. 21, according to a report from Dave McMenamin of ESPN. That would be just a little more than a month into a season that will be full of buzz for James and the Lakers — with James moving […]


Sixers, Celtics to tip off NBA season Oct. 16

A rivalry renewed? The NBA seems to think so, as the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics will tip off the 2018-19 season Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. EST in Boston, the league announced Wednesday afternoon. The game will be televised by TNT. The Sixers and Celtics are just part of an opening-night doubleheader, with Kevin […]


Okafor, Pelicans agree to two-year contract

Free-agent big man Jahlil Okafor has agreed to a two-year contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, according to a report from ESPN. Per Michael Scotto of The Athletic, the first year of the contract is guaranteed, with the second year an option. Okafor is 6-foot-11 and was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2015. He […]


NCAA to allow undrafted prospects to return to school

The NCAA is making some drastic changes to its basketball eligibility rules, with “elite” high school and college prospects now able to hire agents and return to school if unselected in the NBA draft, according to a detailed report from Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. “NCAA says an ‘elite’ prospect, as identified by USA Basketball, […]


White nearing deal with Maccabi Tel Aviv

Free-agent big man Okaro White is nearing a deal with traditional Israeli power Maccabi Tel Aviv, according to a report from Stavros Barbarousis of Eurohoops.net. White is 6-foot-8 and signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers late last season but did not appear in any games. He did average 6.0 points and 7.4 rebounds with the Cavs’ summer […]


AH Radio: Cavs slowly compiling youth in retool

I joined Andy Baskin and Jeff Phelps of 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland to talk about the trade for Sam Dekker, the potential extension for Larry Nance Jr. and how the Cavaliers are going about building the roster in the post-LeBron James era, Part II. Listen to our full conversation below. 


Report: LeBron, Lakers open season at Blazers

The NBA has yet to release its 2018-19 schedule, but already the LeBron James schedule leaks are coming your way. First came the news that James and the Los Angeles Lakers will visit the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors as part of the Christmas Day schedule. Now, it appears we know where James and LA […]


Pistons add Gupta as assistant general manager

The Detroit Pistons have named Sachin Gupta assistant general manager, the team announced Tuesday. Gupta has spent time in the front office with the Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers. He has also worked at ESPN as a basketball analytics man. He will work under new Pistons special adviser Ed Stefanski. OFFICIAL: We have named Sachin Gupta […]


Mensah-Bonsu named Wizards’ G-League GM

Former NBA big man Pops Mensah-Bonsu will serve as the general manager of the Washington Wizards’ first G-League affiliate, the Capital City Go-Go, the team announced in a press release. Meanwhile, former Oklahoma City Blue assistant Jarell Christian has been hired as Go-Go coach. “We are very excited for the upcoming inaugural season for the Go-Go […]