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15 Best Nicknames in NBA History

The NBA is as competitive a sports league as the world has to offer, but everybody has to have their fun. It seems that if you’re a somebody in the basketball world, you have a nickname that is your trademark. There have been some creative nicknames, and other that define a players career. Sit back and enjoy the NBA’s best 15 nicknames of all time!   #15 – Charles ‘The...
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George Karl wants Ty Lawson – DeMarcus Cousins available

Sacramento Kings coach George Karl has only been on the job for a couple of weeks, but that hasn’t stopped the former Coach of the Year from looking to make drastic changes. Upon taking the gig, Karl immediately had he Kings trade for point guard Andre Miller – who’s a Karl favorite. The talk before George Karl took the job as Kings coach was whether he and franchise center...
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Michael Beasley returns to the NBA with a familiar team

Photo Credit: AP Photo – Lynne Sladky Michael Beasley will sign a new 10-day contract with the Miami Heat, the third time he will sign with the Florida franchise. Beasley has just returned from overseas, most recently playing in the Chinese Basketball Association for the Shanghai Sharks. During his Chinese tenure, Beasley averaged an impressive 27.1 PPG (51.3%), 10.4 RPG, 5.2...
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Former ESPN writer and NBA exec fires back at Charles Barkley

Former ESPN stats nerd John Hollinger fired back today at Charles Barkley in response to Sir Charles rant on analytics. Hollinger, who now is an executive for the Memphis Grizzlies, said that he guarantees every analytical basketball person watches more hoops than Barkley. Via Bleacher Report – Howard Beck Myth No. 5: Stat guys don’t even watch the games. Hollinger...
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Predicting the Eastern Conference Playoff Race & Round 1 Outcomes

Photo Credit: nba.com   With reports of Derrick Rose and his never ending bout of knee surgeries taking another hit, the Eastern Conference has become a bit of a different beast. The Hawks are still top dogs and it will take one hell of a streak to even come close to Atlanta, but are they the favourites to come out of the NBA Finals? With Rose out, many see it as a huge chance...
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Chris Paul sends Corey Brewer flying with filthy pull-back crossover

Corey Brewer had an excellent game against the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday night, but unfortunately, for him, he was the recipient of an absolutely sick pull-back crossover from Chris Paul. Late in the third quarter, Paul drove hard to the hoop about as fast as humanly possible before stopping on a dime with a pull-back crossover. CP3 drilled the jumper, but literally sent Brewer...
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The entire Carlisle/Rondo feud spilled into locker room – later ESPN reporter grills Carlisle

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle usually doesn’t get questioned for the moves he makes as the Mavs coach is looked at as one of the best in the game. But that was not the case after last night’s squabble with point guard Rajon Rondo. After the Carlisle and Rondo’s heated exchange, Rondo found himself benched for the final 20 minutes of regulation. This would lead to yet...
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Derek Fisher: “I think Andrea’s best basketball is ahead of him”

Just stop it already! New York Knicks fans have had enough! Derek Fisher’s first season with the Knicks won’t be one he is telling his grandchildren about someday – unless his intent is to give the little tikes nightmares. The 10-45 Knicks have been riding out the string since early January and will finish the year with basically a D-League roster. Outside of a few players...
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Predicting the Western Conference Playoff Race & Round 1 Outcomes

Photo Credit: nba.com The NBA Playoffs are just around the corner, and just like the NBA’s trade deadline was, this seasons playoff race is going to go down to the wire in both conferences. At this point, there are still ten viable playoff contenders in the West, with plenty of games to play. Injuries are a huge part of this part of the season, with players taking weeks off here...
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“If LeBron can go home, s*!t why can’t I?” – (Watch) Kevin Garnett’s return Wolves Press Conference

Kevin Garnett returned ‘home’ to the Minnesota Timberwolves, the team that drafted him right out of high school in 1995. On Tuesday, he had his first press conference back as a member of the Timberwolves. He spoke on multiple subjects, the potential and talent of the team, his playing time and if he ever imagined coming back to the Twin Cities. Garnett seems to happy and ready...
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BREAKING: Derrick Rose out with torn meniscus

In another unfortunate setback, Derrick Rose has suffered a torn meniscus resulting in another surgery for the Chicago Bulls point guard. Rose was complaining about knee pain earlier in the day before an MRI confirmed the tear. Via ESPN: Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose has a torn meniscus in his right knee and will undergo surgery, the team said Tuesday.  Rose reported...
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LeBron James craps on sponsor

Cleveland Cavaliers general manager star LeBron James was talking with reporters before shootaround today about lifting weights and taken care of his body. While James was explaining the age he started to lift weights and take his health more seriously, he accidentally took a nice crapola on McDonald’s – one of the companies that sponsors James. Via Cleveland.com In making...
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JaVale McGee gives reason for wanting to stay in Philadelphia – Which should end well

PHOTO CREDIT: (Bill Streicher/USA Today)   Newly acquired big man JaVale McGee does not want to be bought out by the Philadelphia 76ers. In fact, McGee is making his case for wanting to stay with the Sixers and help develop their younger players – specifically Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid. His reason you ask? Well, outside of JaVale explaining that it’s not a good thing to...
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Kevin Durant is out for at least one week

Thunder small forward Kevin Durant underwent a surgical procedure on his foot and will be reevaluated in a week. Via ESPN: OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant underwent a minor procedure to help reduce pain and discomfort in his surgically repaired right foot, according to Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti. Durant will be re-evaluated in a week. The expectation is he...
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Kobe Bryant reveals wanting to quit basketball and his trade demand details

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant was on The Grantland Basketball Hour last night with Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons. Kobe revealed the trade he vetoed to the Detroit Pistons and also how there was a time that he didn’t want to play basketball anymore. It’s presumed Kobe was talking about the infamous rape case back in 2004 when a woman accused the Black Mamba of raping her...
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Phil Jackson rips team he constructed after embarrassing defeat to Cleveland

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson took to Twitter to rip the team he put together after their embarrassing effort in a lopsided loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. Each NBA game is an opportunity for players to show their “best” nature and please the basketball gods…and those who know what “It”takes. — Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) February 23...
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You won’t believe what Cavaliers coach David Blatt said about J.R. Smith

J.R. Smith has picked up his play on both sides of the ball since his trade from the New York Knicks to the Cleveland Cavaliers back in early January. This has been one of the reasons for the Cavaliers turnaround that has seen them with 15 out of their past 17 games. Smith has previously given his reasons for playing better which include not partying, playing in an easier offense...
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John Wall doesn’t let Kyrie Irving “walk the dog”

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving doesn’t get embarrassed too often on the basketball court. Usually it’s Irving putting the opposing player on a YouTube clip. However, last night Irving was caught napping trying to play a cat and mouse game with Washington Wizards point guard John Wall and got caught. Wall might be the fastest/quickest player in the league...
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Kevin Love shows off his “vertical” in failed dunk attempt – his teammates lose it!

The Cleveland Cavaliers are on a roll winning 15 of their last 17 games. However, their prized acquisition, Kevin Love, has mostly struggled during this duration hitting the 20 point plateau only three times during this stretch. And Friday night’s game against the Washington Wizards wasn’t much different for Love. Love had only 8 points and 6 rebounds in 30 minutes against...
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JaVale McGee is still alive! Throws down rimless one-handed dunk in debut

The JaVale McGee era is underway in Philadelphia! The newly acquired big man gave the Philadelphia 76ers a rare highlight in his debut tonight against the Indiana Pacers. McGee took a few dribbles down the lane and literary threw down a one-handed rimless dunk. WATCH: The post JaVale McGee is still alive! Throws down rimless one-handed dunk in debut appeared first on...
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The reason Andrew Wiggins is not in Cleveland is revealed and it’s absurd!

As everyone knows, the Cleveland Cavaliers landed the first overall pick in last season’s NBA Draft and selected promising forward Andrew Wiggins with the selection. The following several weeks after drafting Wiggins, reports would go back and forth indicating Wiggins could either stay with the Cavs or be dealt in a trade that would net Cleveland, Kevin Love. And as fate would...
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Winners and Losers of NBA Trade Deadline

Photo Credit: Huffington Post The NBA’s trade deadline has passed, and what a day it was. 17 teams were involved, 35 players were swapped, and 10 draft picks were also exchanged. This was definitely the most entertaining deadline day in recent history. In the coming weeks, we’ll hear a lot of “wait, he plays for these guys now?!” When so much movement is involved, there...
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2015 NBA Trade Deadline deals (LIVE)

The 2015 NBA trade deadline has come to an end today as the 3 p.m. ET deadline time has passed. Here is a recap of the craziness as plenty of deals were done: All deals quoted via Twitter from Hoopshype + NBA.com MIL-Philadelphia-PHX-Boston Trade: Suns receive: Brandon Knight, Marcus Thornton +2016 first round pick (via Cleveland) Bucks receive: Michael Carter-Williams, Tyler Ennis...
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NBA Trade Deadline: 5 Players On The Block and Their Possible Destinations

Usually the NBA Trade Deadline is a crazy last minute kinda day, with a bunch of unlikely trades coming out of nowhere to make the good teams better, and the bad teams worse. This year its a little different, with players voicing their opinions, with multiple options out there. There are some teams with huge cap space to take on those equally huge contracts, making it easier for...
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Floyd Mayweather shows off his jump shot – Chris Brown hits Floyd with pretty pass (Videos)

">   Floyd Mayweather, Chris Brown and other stars played some pickup hoops in the state-of-the-art Michael Jordan gymnasium last night. The private game that has a rule of “Jordan Only Footwear” featured a couple of pro basketball players among other celebrities. Mayweather showed off his smooth jump shot in warmups and then hit a short jumper off of a Chris Brown pass during...
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