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Andrew Wiggins’ Letter to the Cleveland Cavaliers

To owner Dan Gilbert, GM David Griffin, and all the Cleveland Cavaliers’ staff and fans,I would like to start off by saying thank you for making me the first overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Walking on that stage on Draft Day and shaking the commissioner’s hand was the culmination of a lifelong dream. This is a great time for the city of Cleveland as well. Your prodigal son...
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August 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Miami Heat facing major overhaul this offseason

Whether they win or lose the NBA Finals, the Miami Heat will probably be adding a lot of new faces to their 2014-3015 roster.Of course the biggest question facing the Heat is will LeBron James stay or leave for a chance to win more titles with another talented team that is not only on the of cusp of a championship but one that also has the money to pay him a huge contract?CLICK HERE...
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June 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Donald Sterling Seeks to Force Commissioner’s Hand

Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling has indicated that he won’t pay the $2.5 million fine levied on him by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver as punishment for his racist remarks. Now we get to see what kind of backbone the new commissioner really has because Sterling isn’t going away quietly.This is an extremely messy situation for a commissioner to have to deal with in...
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May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Could Andrew Wiggins force his way to Toronto?

It’s no secret that freshman phenom, Andrew Wiggins loves the Toronto Raptors and would love nothing more than to play before his fellow Canandians. Wiggins grew up watching the Raptors as a kid and even mentioned his dream of playing for the Raptors in an interview with the Toronto Sun. But how far is Wiggins willing to go to make this dream a reality? Wiggins is projected to...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Is Dwyane Wade still a top ten player?

Thunder forward Kevin Durant was quoted in an interview saying that Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade should be replaced in Sport’s Illustrated’s top ten list of NBA players. While Durant’s comments sparked a little back and forth between he and Wade on Twitter, Durant raised a viable question. Is Wade still a top ten player?CLICK HERE TO READ MORE »
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September 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Canada on his mind: McGrady regrets leaving Raptors

After a futile career filled with first round exits on teams where he lacked the help to get him over the hump, Tracy McGrady thinks back to the one team he played on that could have potentially contended for a championship: the Toronto Raptors. “In hindsight … I wish I had stayed in Toronto,” McGrady said while being interviewed by the Toronto Star. “There’s no doubt we...
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September 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Magic’s GM Following the OKC Blueprint

When Rob Hennigan was hired as General Manager of the Orlando Magic, it was expected that he would look to rebuild the team in the same manner as the Oklahoma City Thunder. Hennigan was an assistant GM with OKC for two years before the Magic came calling. Admittedly, the OKC model makes a lot of sense for Orlando. Both are small market teams which makes drawing big name stars nearly...
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August 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Miami Heat Should Trade Chris Bosh

Last postseason, Miami Heat power forward Chris Bosh had a reason for being invisible; he was injured. Bosh went down with an abdominal strain in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals during last year’s playoffs forcing him to miss nine games. He wasn’t fully healthy when he returned but he still put up better numbers than he is putting up now. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE »
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June 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Spurs’ Game Plan to Win Finals: Crowd LeBron

San Antonio Spurs’ head coach Gregg Popovich isn’t the longest tenured coach in the league by accident. Sure it helps having Tim Duncan roaming the paint for the past 16 years but Popovich is probably the best at attacking an opposing team’s weakness. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE »
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June 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Is LeBron Returning to Cleveland? Who Cares??!!!

  Every time something significant happens for the Cleveland Cavaliers these days some media idiot wants to use it as an excuse to speculate on LeBron James eventual return to the team that drafted him. The Cavaliers won the first overall pick in the draft a couple of years ago and drafted point guard Kyrie Irving. According to the media, LeBron is going to go back eventually to...
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May 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Key injuries shape Eastern Conference playoff race

The Miami Heat have claimed the number one spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs by amassing an insurmountable lead going into the final stretch of the regular season. The Heat have played well this season but would they still be in the same position had it not been for a couple of key injuries suffered by some of their conference foes?The Chicago Bulls led by Derrick Rose have...
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April 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Clippers represent a different brand of ‘super team’

The creation of the “super team,” where big stars team up together in order to chase championship rings has been a reoccurring theme in the NBA lately. The Miami Heat did it two seasons ago and have reached the NBA Finals both seasons since Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh came together. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE »
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December 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Jason Kidd’s basketball odyssey continues

Regrettably, we no longer get to see the nightly highlights of the mind-boggling passes that Jason Kidd used to make on the regular. The guy who would make his opponents look stupid with his superior court vision, exceptional ball-handling displays and passes that seem to reach his teammates from unbelievable angles has all but retired. Instead we are exposed to a different Kidd...
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December 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Lakers’ D’Antoni either unable or unwilling to adapt

New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson has been very successful since taking over the team after former coach Mike D’Antoni’s resignation last season. While D’Antoni has moved on to what most would consider a more talented team, D’Antoni hasn’t been nearly as successful as his New York successor.It almost makes you wonder why D’Antoni was touted as such a big coaching...
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December 16, 2012  |  Discuss

LeBron to Chuck: “Shut up!”

We all know that NBA players have thin skin and LeBron James proved it with his comment after the Miami Heat beat the Atlanta Hawks on Monday. When asked about his teammate Dwyane Wade’s 11-of-13 shooting performance after the game, James replied that Wade’s performance meant that TNT analyst Charles Barkley should “shut up.”CLICK HERE TO READ MORE »
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December 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Spurs $250k fine was about TV ratings

NBA commissioner David Stern knows that the San Antonio Spurs are an old team. He also knows that head coach Gregg Popovich will rest his aging starters from time to time.Stern even admitted as much by saying that he has no problem with teams resting their starters. But when it comes to the Spurs playing in a nationally televised game, he expects all the stars to be playing. CLICK...
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December 01, 2012  |  Discuss

D’Antoni vs Jackson: a Contrast in Coaching Styles

Los Angeles Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said he chose to hire Mike D’Antoni over fan-favorite and 11-time champion Phil Jackson because he felt D’Antoni’s system would be a better fit for the Lakers current roster. Only time will tell though if he made the right decision.Now no one doubts that D’Antoni’s system can be implemented on the fly much quicker than the triangle system...
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November 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Pacers’ Roy Hibbert and Pistons’ Greg Monroe: latest wave of Georgetown centers

Georgetown is back. Well it’s really not the college basketball powerhouse it used to be back in the days of Patrick Ewing, Dikembe Mutumbo and Alonzo Mourning but it has produced two of the NBA’s best up-and-coming centers: the Detroit Pistons’ Greg Monroe and the Indiana Pacers’ Roy Hibbert. Hibbert is already an All-Star and has been a playoff participant as a member...
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September 24, 2012  |  Discuss

5 players besides Amar’e Stoudemire who should train with Olajuwon

New York Knicks power forward Amar’e Stoudemire has been one of the league’s most explosive players since being drafted out of high school in 2002. Numerous injuries have taken a toll on Stoudemire though who was noticeably slower and far less explosive last season. But Stoudemire isn’t accepting that he is past his prime although he will turn 30 this season. Instead he enlisted...
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August 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Will we finally get a Kobe versus LeBron Finals matchup?

Back in the 2008-2009 season, Nike unleashed a brilliant marketing campaign using puppets to represent the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and Cleveland Cavaliers’ star forward LeBron James. Bryant and James were the two most dominant and most popular players in the league at that time, so Nike was rooting for a Cavaliers versus Lakers matchup in the 2009 NBA Finals. Unfortunately...
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August 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Rockets' Jeremy Lin: All-Star starter?

Point guard Jeremy Lin became an international sensation starting at point guard for the New York Knicks last season. Although Lin is now a member of the Houston Rockets, he may find himself wearing another team’s jersey by mid-season.With the huge Asian population in Houston and the fact that the NBA has historically opened up All-Star voting to Asian countries like China, Lin...
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August 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Josh Smith’s Olympic Team snub is puzzling

Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith just can’t seem to get any respect. Despite being one of the Eastern Conference’s best players he seems to get snubbed from the All-Star team year after year. Now he has been looked over for a chance to show off his vast array of skills on the ultimate stage: the Olympic Games. It’s understandable that Smith wouldn’t be among the final players...
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August 04, 2012  |  Discuss

LeBron remembers Lithuanians 2004 upset of Team USA

LeBron James remembers. Most people who have seen James play, marvel at his mind-boggling athletic prowess but one of the things that many people don’t know about James is he has an almost photogenic memory.It’s one of the reasons why James basketball IQ is so high. James’ memory of games and plays and situations is one of the reasons he can play at such a high level on such...
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August 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Hawks’ GM Danny Ferry wastes no time shaking up roster

Marvin Williams is gone and Joe Johnson is on his way out once Deron Williams re-signs with the Brooklyn Nets. Atlanta Hawks’ general manager Danny Ferry has moved two of the team’s biggest contracts in only one week on the job. Williams who was displeased with how he was being used on the team, requested a trade earlier this season. He was traded to the Utah Jazz for Devin...
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July 02, 2012  |  Discuss

NBA Rivalries: Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony versus Heat’s LeBron James

The 2003 NBA Draft was celebrated as one of the best drafts the NBA had seen in a long time even before any players were drafted. That’s because the two biggest names in that draft were current New York Knick Carmelo Anthony and current Miami Heat forward LeBron James.These two small forwards drafted at the top of the 2003 Draft had different games but both possessed all-world...
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June 27, 2012  |  Discuss
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