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At NBA draft combine, interviews can be telling
2014-05-16

Others prefer a relaxed setting, maybe a one-on-one interview on a couch chill, as they say.

There are good-cop/bad-cop methods, including a table with a single light set up next to it, just as in your basic television police drama. And some forward-thinking clubs have psychologists lead the session, asking personal, probing queries.

In the end, NBA teams at the leagues predraft combine, which began Wednesday and runs for four days, want to learn as much as possible during interviews with prospects, often by whatever means necessary.

About 60 prospects will attend the invitation-only combine, the leagues largest in advance of the June 26 draft, and teams are allowed to interview as many as 18, for up to 30 minutes.

Of course, interviews are only part of the combine, where prospects also will go through drills, and be measured and medically examined.
But some teams consider the interviews to be the most valuable part, especially as the combine no longer features five-on-five scrimmages.

Its all for the interviews, said an Eastern Conference scout. Theres nothing else to it.

Said a Western Conference executive, The important thing for me right now is the interview process with these guys, just getting to know them a little bit better, finding a little bit more about them, just adding a little bit more to the whole package, and then making your decision.

Perhaps the most challenging aspect of the interview is that agents go to great lengths to prep their clients, drilling them on exactly how to answer a wide range of questions.

Theyre machines, expecting what questions to answer, said an Eastern Conference executive. That usually lasts 5-10 minutes, and then you start throwing curveball questions and you really start to see who these kids are and you can kind of get them to open up.

I just think its an interesting process and its a lot of fun.

Naturally, prospects often face many of the same questions in every interview.

Every team is asking the same thing, the scout said. Every team already knows the answers to most of the questions theyre asking.

But Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge believes that even if the prospects are trained on what to say, it might not help.

They dont know what questions were going to ask, he said.

The interview can also be a test of sorts, because teams have scouted many prospects all season long in some cases, for years so they know full well the players background.

Thats one thing you can sometimes tell in an interview, if a kid is honest or not, Ainge said.

To get honest answers, or something beyond scripted responses, teams use differing techniques.

For me, its not important to be combative with the kid, said one Eastern Conference executive. I think its important to have a kid relaxed and hell show more of himself. Thats just the way I approach it.
Said the Western Conference executive, I try not to put them on the spot. Ill occasionally ask them a difficult question if theyve had anything happen in the past to see if they answer it truthfully.

But these kids are nervous enough. You want to get a truthful answer out of them, so I put them at ease.

League sources said some teams, including Dallas and Indiana, have used psychologists to lead their interviews with prospects.

I dont know which teams did that, but I know there was one team where, literally, the kid, he just introduced himself to the coach, GM, and scouts and then talked to the psychologists, said an Eastern Conference scout.

Other teams can be more aggressive in grilling prospects, executives said, and the settings for those interviews can seem intense.

In general, one Eastern Conference scout said, putting prospects through a battery of interviews with different teams is not an accurate evaluation of a young person.

So lets say someone at North Carolina graduated as a student in the business school and they went to go interview with IBM. Theyre interviewing at IBM. Theyre not interviewing for Google, Yahoo, Xerox, and Hewlett-Packard. Theyre going in to interview with one business. Theyre prepping for it that particular day, whereas with us, its a cattle call.

The top dozen or so players who might be drafted in the lottery will also be interviewed by the national media.

So thats compounded, the scout said. So for 3-4 days, weve set up an unrealistic evaluating combine. But, look, at the end of the day, its a business, its entertainment, and the league uses the four days as a great advertising tool prior to the draft.


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BOSTON CELTICS (23-21) at ATLANTA HAWKS (26-19)
2012-03-19

Tip-off: Monday, 7:35 p.m. ET

Line: Atlanta -1Ĺ, Total: 183



The Celtics begin the East Coast portion of their monster road trip when they visit a surging Atlanta team on Monday night.



Boston has dropped its past two games on the eight-game trip, while the Hawks have won two in a row and are 8-2 ATS in their past 10 contests. Although Atlanta has been hit hard with injuries, the Celtics just can't be trusted on the road, going 2-11 (SU and ATS) in their past 13 contests outside of Boston. The C's are also 2-5 (SU and ATS) in the past seven meetings overall with the Hawks and 2-7 ATS in the past nine trips to Philips Arena. Don't be too concerned about Atlanta being tired from Sundayís win in Cleveland, because it is an amazing 9-2-1 ATS with zero days rest this season, including 5-0 SU and ATS when going from away to home on consecutive nights.ATLANTA is the pick on Monday night.



Boston is finally near full-strength with the exception of C Jermaine OíNeal who remains out with a wrist injury. But the Celtics have been horrible in their past two games, losing by 25 in Sacramento and then falling by seven in Denver. They were dominated on the glass in both games, getting outrebounded by a combined 91 to 55. But fortunately for Boston, the Hawks rank 22nd in the league in rebounding margin (-1.3 RPG) and are missing some of their big men due to injuries. SF Paul Pierce is averaging 18.8 PPG in the first five games of the trip, but he has a minus-20 rating and is shooting just 36.7% from the floor (7-for-26 threes). PF Kevin Garnett has scored 18.2 PPG with 8.8 RPG in these past five contests, and heís been much more efficient in scoring at 62.5% FG and 11-of-12 FT. PG Rajon Rondo has dished out 12.4 APG on the road trip, but heís also committed 4.4 TOPG.



Atlanta is extremely banged up with four players missing Sundayís 103-87 win in Cleveland -- SF Marvin Williams (hip flexor), SG Willie Green (hamstring), PG Jannero Pargo (stomach virus) and PF Vladimir Radmanovic (back). But the teamís core players were all healthy, with SG Joe Johnson pouring in a game-high 28 points (11-of-16 FG) and the point guard tandem of Jeff Teague and Kirk Hinrich combining for 32 points on 14-of-24 FG (4-of-9 threes) in the win over the Cavaliers. This three-guard set was very effective, and probably something the Hawks will employ on Monday night with Williams not expected to suit up. PF Josh Smith had a terrible shooting night (3-of-15 FG), but pitched in with a team-high nine assists and grabbed eight boards in his 29 minutes of action. Playing against the Celtics might not get him out of his shooting slump though, considering he was just 3-for-21 from the floor in three meetings with Boston last season.




LeBron Free Agency: Other than Cleveland?
2010-07-07

In the second round of this yearís NBA Playoffs, many teams suddenly became fans of the Boston Celtics. They realized that a Celtics victory over the Cavaliers would open the doors to the greatest prize in the history of NBA free agency: LeBron James. The understanding was that if a revamped Cleveland team couldnít even advance to the Conference Finals, James might be more receptive to leaving his hometown team. Based on Bostonís victory and Jamesí apparent openness to these overtures, there is a chance James may give Cleveland sports fans their latest doomsday.

As of now, the current non-Cleveland leader of the pack in the James sweepstakes appears to be the Chicago Bulls. Out of all the teams with the cap space to add James, Chicago has the most championship-ready pieces. In contrast to Cleveland, their talent is young and primed to enter their most productive years. The Bullsí best player is undoubtedly point guard Derrick Rose, who will be entering his third year and has quickly turned into one of the gameís greatest playmakers. They also have a do-it-all center in Joakim Noah, who adds pivotal components with his unselfishness and rebounding ability and is the perfect unassuming role player to complement James. The same is true for Taj Gibson, who made a big impact in his rookie season but doesnít have the ego to demand shots in a James-led squad. Luol Deng is a very talented and versatile player as well but might be deemed expendable if James were to sign with the team.

In addition to their playing personnel, the Bulls have other assets. Their new coach, Tom Thibodeau, is a defensive mastermind who has a proven pedigree, helping to construct the elite Boston Celtics teams of the past three years. Also, the Bulls have enough cap space to add another maximum contract player in this free agent bonanza. James is not the only prized commodity out there and the further addition of a player like Chris Bosh would make Chicago even more enticing. All these factors make it clear that out of all Jamesí potential suitors, Chicago is the most ready to win a championship.

This is in contrast to the New Jersey Nets, who are trying to make a splash under their new multibillionaire Russian owner Mikhail Prokhorov. The Nets are coming off the worst record in the NBA and although Prokhorov is trying to change the losing culture, their team is still very young. Devin Harris is a good player but not nearly of Roseís caliber. Brook Lopez shows signs of great potential but is still developing at the NBA level. Fielding a title-contending team would take significantly longer in New Jersey and hurts their chances of getting James, who wants to win right away.

The New York Knicks are a wildcard of sorts in this sweepstakes. Up until this year, any talk about James leaving Cleveland seemed to be focused on the Knicks. Are you ready to get into the NBA betting action? Head over to www.sportsbook.com the home of NBA betting action.


NBA: All Systems Go on NBA Monday
2010-04-12

Itís the final three days of the regular season in the NBA, which also means it is the last Monday of taking a look at some of the best systems in professional basketball to get the week started. In this last installment, we find five contests that could provide winning systems for the sports bettor to profit from to begin another work week.  Game lines and totals are courtesy of Sportsbook.com.

Miami (-4, 193) at Philadelphia

Itís been a miserable year for the 76ers at 27-53 and theyíve been one of the worst home teams in the league at 12-28 and 11-27-2 ATS. Philadelphia is coming off one of its finest offensive performances of the season, scoring 120 points in rout of Memphis, shooting 57 percent from the field. When there is a contest involving two average three point shooting teams (33-36.5 percent) after 42 or games in the season and the home team made 55 percent or more of their shots with the total between 190 and 199.5 points, the UNDER is 33-11.

Orlando (-3.5, 210) at Indiana

There could well be hope next season for the Pacers if the close of this year is any indication of what the future holds. Indiana has won four in a row and 10 of 12 (8-3-1 ATS), shooting the ball with great proficiency at over 47 percent in eight of those games. The Pacers could be a play again since home underdogs of 3.5 to 9.5 points, in a matchup involving two defensive teams holding opponents to 43.5 to 45.5 shooting percentage, who commit 14.5 or less turnovers, facing a poor pressure defense (14.5 or fewer turnovers forced), after 42 or more games, they are 40-13 ATS, 75.5 percent the last 14 seasons.

Minnesota (+14, 205) at San Antonio

The Spurs have endured a ruthless April schedule, with this being their seventh contest is 11 days and fifth in the last week. San Antonio has made the playoffs with their 49-31 record and would like to get out of eighth slot in the Western Conference; however the Timberwolves might not bring out the best of what the Spurs have to offer. Look to wager against home favorites with win percentage between 60-75 percent playing their fifth game in seven days, facing a team with a losing record. In the previous three seasons, the home chalk is prosaic 5-22 ATS.

Houston (+2.5, 210) at Sacramento

The Kings have lost 14 of the last 18 encounters, which includes 126-108 beat-down by Dallas on Saturday night. When the line is +3 to -3 in April matchups and the home team is off one or more defeats, they are unsightly 41-75 ATS.

Dallas (-11, 198) at L.A. Clippers

Itís been another fruitless campaign for the Clippers with 28-52 record. They are 28th in the NBA in point differential (-6.4), but at least are off a 107-104 triumph over equally inept Golden State. Here we find it is best to play against home teams being outscored by their opponents by six or more points a game, after a close win by three digits or less. Since 1996, this system is tasty 58-20 ATS.

All systems from the Foxsheets.