2014 nba playoffs

Even a MVP season couldn’t save Kevin Durant from the dreaded Based God Curse. Allegedly.

The news of Steve Kerr taking over coaching duties from Golden State’s Mark Jackson signifies an interesting time in the NBA. More former players are jumping straight from court, or the broadcast booth, to the coaches box, and we highlight 10 notable people.

LeBron James and the defending champion Miami Heat are currently sitting pretty as the #2 seed heading into the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs. Their Western Conference rivals, the Oklahoma City Thunder, led by Kevin Durant, are sitting in the exact same position.

While the Brooklyn Nets were busy forcing a critical Game 7 against the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs, the Barclays Center helped their own brand ambassador Jay Z one-up his battle with the away team’s human mascot, Drake.

The Washington Wizards are headed to the second round of the NBA Playoffs for the first time since 2005 and nothing could distract them from this destiny. Not even Twitter terriorist threats from possible Chicago Bulls fans.

We would be doing you a bit of disservice if we didn’t say “we told you so.”

TNT’s coverage of the NBA playoffs this year will be missing one of its most colorful personalities in sideline reporter Craig Sager. Sager, who is known for his outlandish suits, is battling leukemia and will not cover the playoffs for the network this go round.