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Russell Westbrook makes his return with a thunderous double-clutch baseline dunk

Russell Westbrook made his return from a wrist injury tonight and came out firing. The explosive point guard out of UCLA had 14 points and 4 assists in the first eight minutes of the opening quarter for the Oklahoma City Thunder. And two of his 14 opening quarter points including a nasty baseline dunk. Within minutes of the opening tip off, Westbrook drove past New York Knicks defensive...
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Jalen Rose slams Raptors for Vince Carter trade, says VC really did drop coach Sam Mitchell in scrap

With the Toronto Raptors celebrating their 20th anniversary, they brought in some former players in preparation for the event as the team hosts the Dallas Mavericks. One of those players is Jalen Rose, who has since went on to be a prominent basketball analyst in the media. Rose talked about how he was happy to see arguably the greatest Raptor ever, Vince Carter, be honored in a...
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Jimmy Butler turned down over $40 million from the Bulls

Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler has started his 2014-2015 NBA season strong averaging 21.6 ppg, 3.2 apg and 6.1 rebounds per contest. The reason this season is so significant for Butler is because he turned down an extension from the Bulls a few weeks ago that was in the ballpark of $44 million over four years. Instead, the Marquette product chose to take the gamble of having a...
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Isiah Thomas reveals best current point guard – and it’s not Chris Paul

Detroit Pistons former legendary player Isiah Thomas said on Sirius XM that he believes Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry is the Association’s best point man. Not that this comes as a huge surprise, but the general consensus around the NBA the last several years is that Chris Paul has been the league’s best point guard.   Isiah Thomas told Sirius XM Stephen Curry...
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Mark Cuban is still mad at Fisher – throws another dig at Knicks coach

While the New York Knicks continue to struggle under first year coach Derek Fisher, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban could careless about his former point guard’s coaching problems. Cuban is known to hold grudges with players he feels have wronged him – evidence of Jason Kidd, Dwyane Wade and former Mavericks player, Derek Fisher. In case you forgot about Fisher and his short...
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Joakim Noah explains why he loves playing in Boston

I know the headline can throw the average basketball’ fan for quite the loop, as we all know Joakim Noah is the center for the Chicago Bulls and not the Boston Celtics. Noah did, however, gush about how he loves to travel to the TD Garden to play the Celtics, because Celtics’ fans “talk a lot of ****.”. I doubt many NBA players would disagree with Noah’s claim. Celtics’...
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Mother writes letter to Gerald Wallace after star meets son with Downs syndrome

AP Image A mother who’s son suffers from Downs syndrome wrote an open letter to Gerald Wallace of the Boston Celtics to thank him for sitting with her son, Davis.  Shannon Randall wrote about how Wallace chose not to ‘see’ his disability which is amazing when you consider that society doesn’t often accept people with the condition. I know our society doesn’t value individuals...
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Pacers’ David West targets a Friday debut

Indiana Pacers power forward David West (ankle) is hoping to make his season debut on Friday against the Orlando Magic. Via Candace Buckner of the Indy Star: Indiana Pacers power forward David West hopes to make his season debut Friday against the Orlando Magic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. “(Coach Frank Vogel) will make the call,” West said after participating in practice Tuesday...
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LeBron James is compared to Muhammad Ali by NBA executive

LeBron James is not just the best basketball player in the world, he also has one of the greatest social media influences in terms of reach that any athlete has. James has over 16 million Twitter followers and another 7.7 million Instagram followers. And with this great following, King James has slowly incorporated his voice on personal matters which is generally frowned upon because...
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Ty Lawson drops Kirk Hinrich to the floor with SICK in-and-out dribble

Point guard Ty Lawson may be the quickest player in the NBA as Kirk Hinrich can now attest to. During the third quarter, Lawson was dribbling the ball to the foul-line extended area on the perimeter when he pulled out a nasty in-and-out dribble that buckled the knees of the Chicago Bulls guard. Hinrich could only fall to the court as Lawson easily went by him and fed Timofey Mozgov...
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Chris Bosh was “so messed up” by Steph Curry’s 40 point game, he started calling him “Seth”

The Miami Heat ran out of gas in the fourth quarter of their game against the Golden State Warriors tonight, losing by the final score of 114-97. Stephen Curry was lights out as he nailed 8 three-pointers and dropped a game-high 40 points. Curry’s performance must have affected Chris Bosh because the power forward was referring to Stephen as his brother “Seth” during postgame...
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Giannis Antetokounmpo makes crazy slow-motion pass to Jarbari Parker for the And 1 dunk

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker of the Milwaukee Bucks are quickly becoming one of the most exciting young tandems in the NBA. The duo connected on a highlight play that featured a slow motion Statue of Liberty pass and a dunk over Detroit Pistons‘ Josh Smith – who must be losing his athleticism. During the third quarter, the Greek Freak, who is nearly seven-foot tall...
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Kobe Bryant reveals the only defender that’s never asked for help while guarding him

As the 3-11 Los Angeles Lakers get ready to take on the Western Conference leading Memphis Grizzlies, Kobe Bryant had some kind words for some of the Grizzlies players. Bryant said center Marc Gasol is a bad dude and that he has the entire package while defensive-minded guard Tony Allen is the only player he’s never heard ask for help defense. That’s high praise from a guy who...
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Warriors reserve rips Kendrick Perkins, thanks him for his big game; Perkins responds

Reserve power forward Marreese Speights of the Golden State Warriors went off on Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins following Sunday’s game. Speights had a game and season-high of 28 points in just 25 minutes while trash talking the entire time. The Warriors would end up winning thanks in large part to the journeyman forward who carried the Warriors offense that saw...
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Kemba Walker embarrasses Chris Paul with crossover

The Los Angeles Clippers would get the last laugh in a convincing 113-92 win over the Charlotte Hornets last night, but Kemba Walker added a new highlight to his already impressive mix tape. During a sequence in the second quarter, Walker put on a lightening quick crossover on Chris Paul that had the superstar point guard stumbling the wrong way. Walker nailed the jumper, but struggled...
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Miami Heat’s new acquisition lists “Dunking on people” as his responsibility

Miami Heat‘s newly acquired big man Hassan Whiteside has a lot of highlights in store for us if he fulfills his “responsibility” handed down to him from the team. Outside of having Whiteside on my NBA2k14 dynasty mode, I’ve never seen or heard too much about the guy, but I did my due diligence and dug up a video of Hassan dunking when he played for the Sacramento Kings...
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Doc Rivers reveals who is the best between Kobe and Jordan…sort of

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers has been around the NBA for a long time. Rivers broke into the NBA back in 1982-83 and got to witness first hand the powers of Michael Jordan throughout his playing tenure. While coaching, Rivers has went up against Kobe Bryant several times – including squaring off twice in NBA Finals. Which leads us to the perpetual debate of who is better...
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Greg Oden attends Cavs game; Could join LeBron in Cleveland?

Former overall first round pick of the 2007 NBA Draft, Greg Oden, has had a career made for ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary film series. After being drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers, the 7-foot big man out of Ohio State never was able to stay healthy and thus, has only played 105 games over a span of three seasons. Oden’s latest stint in the NBA came in South Beach last season...
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Why the Knicks and Thunder should consider a Reggie Jackson for Iman Shumpert + assets trade

After just a handful of games into the 2014-2015 NBA season, the New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder have struggled out of the gate. While expectations of the Knicks weren’t all that high to begin with, the Thunder were expected to be one of the premier teams in a loaded Western Conference before injuries dashed those hopes. And at 3-12, the Thunder are six games out of...
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Carmelo on Dwight’s pursuit: “He tried. He tried extremely hard”

Carmelo Anthony experienced being an unrestricted free agent this past summer for the first time in his 11 year-career. And while being “wooed” feels good for some players, Anthony stated that he never wants to go through the free agency process again. Seeing that Melo is 30 years-old and on a five-year deal, I don’t think he’ll be as coveted next time around. Anyway, Anthony...
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Sixers/Kentucky “hypotethical game” line has dropped dramatically after the weekend

Last week, Marc Stein reported that a line has been placed on a “hypothetical game” between the Philadelphia 76ers and Kentucky Wildcats. Well, after a weekend filled with more losses, that line apparently has decreased from -17 for the Sixers to -11 according to Sam Smith of NBA.com. Last week, Eric Bledsoe started a debate when he said Kentucky would defeat the 76ers. Someone...
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NBA Power Rankings: November 20th

Here at Pass The Pill. we’ve decided to take four of our writers and combine for one big Power Rankings system. These rankings will be released biweekly, and will be four separate rankings that are averaged together to present one finished product. Mark Pace, Cameron Wilkosz , Ben Parker and Myself all chipped in to bring these rankings to life. Please note that, while the standings...
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How much money is spent on gambling in the U.S. each year?

It’s no secret that billions of dollars are annually spent in the U.S. on both legal and illegal gambling, but the exact figure can range by hundreds of billions. Here’s my attempt to figure out roughly how much money is annually spent on gambling in the U.S. and to see if Adam Silver’s recent claim is accurate. In Silver’s Op-Ed in the New York Times, he wrote: There is...
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Mike Dunleavy’s flagrant foul on Damian Lillard leads to scuffle

Mike Dunleavy of the Chicago Bulls isn’t known as a dirty player, but after tonight’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers he may looked at differently. During the third quarter, Damian Lillard spotted up for a three-pointer after LaMarcus Aldridge scooped up a loose ball and kicked it out. Dunleavy closed out on Lillard with two hands in the air and basically tackled Dame...
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Is Andrei Kirilenko’s time in Brooklyn over?

Photo Credit: NBC   Only last season Andrei Kirilenko joined the Brooklyn Nets on a heavily discounted contract, that raised eyebrows all around the league. Multiple teams were chasing the contract of the Russian star before the deal was struck with the Nets. He declined a player option after having a very productive season with the Timberwolves, which would have been around the...
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