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Fading Atlanta Hawks won't have Al Horford back to help them this regular season, or playoffs either

Since starting the season with a respectable 25-21 record and a relatively high standing in the Eastern Conference, the Atlanta Hawks have won just three of their last 17 games and are now barely hanging onto the No. 8 spot in the conference. That does not sound good, but considering their best player has been hurt since late December and they have a rookie head coach in Mike...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

CC video of the day: RIP Kings' Ray McCallum's ankles

A rookie in the NBA has many growing pains. From rookie hazing, the coach being extra hard on you, lack of quality playing time to opposing teams focusing on your lack of pro-level experience. Yes being a rookie in the NBA is difficult and nothing proved this more than Kings' Ray McCallum recent stint at trying to defend Sixers' Tony Wroten. During the first quarter of the...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Kobe Bryant done for the season

The Lakers announced Wednesday that Kobe Bryant will miss the remainder of the season as he recovers from a knee injury sustained in December. Bryant, recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered late last season, suffered a left tibial plataeau fracture in mid-December. Bryant had hoped to return at some point this season. But as the Lakers have fallen to last place in...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

NBA still fighting ugly stereotypes

The NBA may never separate itself from its racial identity. The league has no pads or helmets to hide behind. A large majority of the league's players are black. That is an inescapable fact. It should not matter. It does not matter. Except when someone -- particularly someone with some measure of political power -- plays up to negative stereotypes and reminds us how far this...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Andrew Bynum gets dunk in Pacers debut

{youtube}DUk6d-9-UYQ{/youtube} Before tonight's home victory over the scuffling Boston Celtics, the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers had lost four games in a row and were playing their worst basketball of the entire season. With the Miami Heat, holding the No. 2 seed in the East, creeping ever so closely to Indiana's lead in the conference, Indiana knew it needed to beat...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

'Bad Boys' getting 30 for 30 documentary

The 'Bad Boys' era Pistons will be in the next batch of ESPN 30 for 30 Documentaries. Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated reports the documentary will air April 17 and feature interviews with more than 40 players, coaches and personalities associated with the iconic two-time champions that defined the late 1980s and early 1990s-era of basketball. It will be nice to see Isiah...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Pacers seeking offseason advice

The Pacers always seem to be looking to improve. Clearly they are not satisfied with just being title contenders or just being the best team in the East. And clearly, Indiana recognizes that this is a young group and the window (appears) wide open to compete for championships. Indiana's young players want to keep that window as open as they can. Paul George recently said...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Knicks flirting with Phil Jackson

The Knicks are always looking to grab headlines and the latest rumors certainly do that. With the team seemingly falling into the abyss and the upcoming free agency for Carmelo Anthony, some big names might be the only thing to salvage anything from this season and save the next few with Anthony. Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports the franchise has reached out...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

A big weekend for NBA Draft prospects

The calendar has turned to March and the NCAA Tournament will be taking up the basketball world's attention for much of the next 30 days. With talks of tanking circling about several teams that are in line for high draft picks, this is a very iportant time. Many players will be playing in their last games before scouts can really talk to these players and figure out if they fit their...
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March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

LeBron James plans to attend Zydrunas Ilgauskas' retirement ceremony

LeBron James plans to attend former teammate Zydrunas Ilgauskas' jersey retirement ceremony in Cleveland on Saturday. The Heat will play the Bulls on Sunday afternoon in Chicago. James told Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald that it looks like he and several Heat staffers from Cleveland will be able to make the trip to celebrate Ilgauskas' career. Ilgauskas played 13 seasons...
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March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Tanking remains a thorny issue in NBA

Tanking is still a very very thorny issue in the NBA. As the season comes to a close and the Playoffs slip further and further away for many teams, the temptation to increase the odds at winning the lottery increases. For many in the media and in the league, they see the problem of tanking and "purposeful losing" as a bane to the league's existence. It is something that has worried...
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March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

When Giannis Antetokounmpo gets in your car, take a photo

Giannis Antetokounmpo is the great curiosity of the 2013 Draft Class. A six-foot-ten athletic freak of raw talent and ability, he has had his share of highlight-reel plays in his rookie year. And he is only 18 years old. Antetokounmpo's story in getting to the NBA is incredible. His parents emigrated from Nigeria to Greece where Antetokounmpo was brought up in the Greek basketball...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Royce White signs 10-day contract with Sacramento Kings

The ballad of Royce White continues in the NBA. The very talented forward has been a mystery in the NBA as he has battled his anxiety issues and struggled to make his way onto an NBA court. The Rockets, who drafted him 16th in the 2012 Draft, gave up on him after he spent a season in limbo arguing with the organization about how they would manage his anxiety issues -- which make...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Magic pay tribute to Dwight Howard

The Magic are celebrating their 25th Anniversary season this year. It has included several "Legends Nights" where all-time great Magic players like Tracy McGrady and Anfernee Hardaway have reutnred to orlando to receive accolades from the Orlando crowd. It has also included short video tributes for former Magic players involved with current NBA teams. These short video tributes...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

The Pacers defense is better than you

The Pacers trailed the Warriors by 12 points with 5:33 left in the fourth quarter. Indiana proceeded to burn off 12 straight points in the next four minutes and make things a game. Klay Thompson saved the Warriors with a step-back jumper for the win with 0.6 seconds left. {youtube}TxS6H5lswoo{/youtube} In that stretch of four minutes, the Warriors made just one of their five...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Bobcats waive Ben Gordon, allowing contender to possibly pick up the veteran

Gordon hasn't played much for Charlotte this season, and clearly the Bobcats needed to rid themselves of his expiring deal The Bobcats, who are hanging onto a playoff spot in the weak Eastern Conference by a very thin thread, allowed LeBron James to score a career-high 61 points last night in a 124-107 drubbing at the hands of the Heat. Now, a day later, they have released...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

The Hawks build their system

For much of the regular season, the Hawks were the "other" team playing better than .500 in the Eastern Conference (outside the Heat and the Pacers). Despite letting Josh Smith walk in free agency and seeing Al Horford go down with injury, the Hawks kept plugging away. They were not one of the teams allegedly tanking for draft picks, they wanted to remain in the Playoff hunt...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

LeBron. 61.

LeBron James scored 61 points in a game against the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday. That is his career high. And all that needs to be said to preface some highlights of the night: {youtube}K0fXLT_w2dk{/youtube} James' final stat line reads as follows: 61 points, 22-for-33 shooting, 8-for-10 shooting from beyond the arc, 9-for-12 shooting from the foul line, seven rebounds...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Yao Ming unsure he would have place in current NBA

Yao Ming's career is a what-if question. The biggest what if Yao is afraid to answer is where he would fit in the current NBA. Shaquille O'Neal is famous for lamenting the end of the traditional center. Yao is too as he looks at the landscape of the current NBA. And since Yao would be playing if not for chronic foot injuries that ended his career in 2011, he really knows...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Isiah Thomas not returning to Pistons as GM

Reports came out this weekend suggesting Isiah Thomas was in consideration to become the next general manager of the Pistons. That report appears to be falsely flat. That collective sound is Pistons fans saying "Phew." Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News reports that the only conversation Pistons owner Tom Gores has had with Thomas is about the "Bad Boys" reunion coming up later...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Allen Iverson has his jersey retired

Divisive. Renegade. Avant garde. Ground breaker. Unique. Brilliant. Breath-taking. Fantastic. Those are just a small selection of the adjectives anyone could use to describe Allen Iverson. The man was simply electric and defined the post-Michael Jordan NBA for the cultural shift he represented and the way he dominated the games with his scoring ability. Saturday night...
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March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Gilbert Arenas vs. Nick Young in Little Tikes dunk off

In all likelihood your first basketball hoop was a plastic Little Tikes hoop with some sort of rubber or Nerf ball. You would happily travel and softly place the ball into the net as your parents cheered. It is one of the great enduring joys. You lower the rim and anything seems posible. You know it is time to graduate to the real hoop when you dunk so hard the plastic cracks...
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February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Marquis Teague: No longer Derrick Rose heir apparent

When Derrick Rose first got injured, the Bulls were sent scrambling to find a backup point guard. They tried Nate Robinson, Kirk Hinrich and Marco Belinelli in the role, but none of those were long-term solutions. Belinelli signed with the Spurs and was a more of a shooting guard anyway. Robinson moved on to sign with the Nuggets. Hinrich is still in Chicago plugging along, but is...
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February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Jason Collins more than a start, hardly a finish

Marriage equality is the civil rights fight of the millenials' generation. There are simply too many headlines in both national news and sports news to ignore the cultural shift that has occurred. The old guard continues to fight it with arguments that look flimsier by the second. The Winter Olympics in Sochi were clouded by discussions about Russian laws which discriminate against...
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February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

LeBron James dons mask in return

If Winning Time proved anything, it is that basketball is an operatic performance. And whenever an NBA player dons a mask -- whether it be Alonzo Mourning or Richard Hamilton or Kyrie Irving -- it conjures up images of The Phantom of the Opera. But it is hard to look menacing wearing that clear mask thing. Irving tried a dark mask, but Irving is no LeBron James. James is...
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February 28, 2014  |  Discuss
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