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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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Eric Bledsoe: Kentucky could beat the 76ers

The winless Philadelphia 76ers take on the Phoenix Suns tonight at the Wells Fargo Center and much of the discussion lately has been whether the “tanking” Sixers could beat college powerhouse University of Kentucky. While Kentucky coach John Calipari has stated his team would get crushed by any NBA team, former Wildcat guard Eric Bledsoe believes that not only would Kentucky...
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Kevin Durant inks an endorsement deal with Sonic

  NBA leading scorer, Kevin Durant Kevin Durant has signed an endorsement contract with the fast-food chain Sonic. Via ESPN.com: “Everything that Kevin pitches comes from an authentic point of view,” said Michael Yormark, president and chief of branding and strategy for Roc Nation, Jay Z’s agency that represents Durant. “When it comes to grab-and-go food, KD’s a Sonic...
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Derek Fisher reportedly had to challenge Knicks to play hard

The New York Knicks have had a dreadful start to the 2014-2015 NBA season under the new regime of Phil Jackson and coach Derek Fisher. One could point to last year when many analysts and fans questioned whether the Knicks were even trying out on the court – in which later Tim Hardaway Jr. confirmed everyone’s suspicions. This hangover has carried into New York’s first 13...
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Three Teams One Trade Away From Being Feared Title Contenders

The NBA season is now back in full force, with all 30 teams having played at least double digit games. The pack is already starting to separate, but are these teams separating themselves at the top of the standings contenders or pretenders? Its simply to early to tell. Even this early in the season, teams weaknesses can be exposed. Although the scoreboard looks good at the end of...
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Players union head blasts NBA commissioner Adam Silver

National Basketball Players Association leader Michele Roberts is calling NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s 24-game suspension on Charlotte Hornets small forward Jeff Taylor for domestic abuse, “excessive.” Silver handed down the suspension after Taylor pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor domestic-violence charge. Roberts said in a strongly worded statement that the union plans...
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There are now odds for “hypothetical” Kentucky vs Sixers game and it may be closer than you think

A growing topic of debate has become whether the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA could beat perennial college powerhouse University of Kentucky. Well, we may finally have our answer – at least in terms of a line via Westgate’s Las Vegas Superbook. According to ESPN NBA analyst Marc Stein, the sportsbook  told ESPN that the line would list the Sixers at -17 favorite. On separate...
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