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Isaiah Thomas rips list that ranks him 88th-best in NBA

Sports Illustrated on Monday released the first half of its Top 100 NBA Players ranking, and one Boston Celtics guard wasn’t pleased with his position on the list. Isaiah Thomas, who checked in at No. 88, took to Twitter to express his displeasure with the rankings, calling them “a joke.” Sports illustrated Rankings are a JOKE lol. Feels like back in HS when those POLITICAL...
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Rodney Hood looks poised for a breakout sophomore season

The Utah Jazz are in the mix for playoff contention in the Western Conference.  Although pretty quiet in terms of offseason moves, the Jazz have developed a strong, young nucleus of Gordon Hayward, Rudy Gobert, and Trey Burke. After starting the season 19-34, the Jazz thrived after the all-star break, finishing the season with a 19-10 stretch. The 19-10 finish was emblematized by...
Via The Sports Quotient
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Justise Winslow Glad He's On Team Not In 'Rebuilding Stage'

Justise Winslow is excited to join the Miami Heat, a team that can quickly return to the playoffs after dropping to the lottery in 14-15. “I’m looking forward to going out there and winning championships,” he said. “That’s what this organization is about. We’ve got the tools, the talent to do it. Getting it all together with the core they have, finding ways to complement...
Via RealGM
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Blazers' Offseason Was About Finding Players On Same Career Arc As Lillard

The Portland Trail Blazers have shifted this offseason to fully build around Damian Lillard following the departure of LaMarcus Aldridge. “We had a lot of veteran free agents, [but our offseason plan] was all based on LaMarcus’s decision,” Neil Olshey said. “We had brought some guys in prior to July 3 when LaMarcus informed us he wasn’t coming back, that we felt could play...
Via RealGM
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Boston Celtics News & Notes from August 31: Celtics and Maine Red Claws Reach Contract Extension, SI.com Selects Top 100 and more

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D’Angelo Russell Says Lakers Fans Are Spoiled

D’Angelo Russell hasn’t yet played a regular season game for the Lakers yet, but he’s not making many fans so far. A few weeks ago, he tweeted out that he thought Tracy McGrady was the “GOAT,” to which Kobe Bryant […]
Via The Kevin Burke Project
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Portland Trail Blazers Roster Breakdown – Mason Plumlee

Ushering in a new era of Portland Trail Blazers basketball seems to be the theme of the 2015 NBA offseason. The Rip City roster no longer resembles the crew that had back-to-back 50-win seasons over the past two years, but one thing it can hang its hat on is that youth and potential have become the beacons of hope in an otherwise confusing time. In a 15-part series, Oregon Sports...
Via Oregon Sports News
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Your Morning Dump… Where Kelly Olynyk is back in action

 Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big story line. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. As expected, Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk was named to the 12-member Canadian National team that will compete this week in Mexico City in the FIBA Americas Qualifying Tournament in Mexico City. The 7-foot Olynyk...
Via Red's Army
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Five big storylines for the 2015-16 NBA season

The NBA season is still two months away, but after the draft, free agency, and the slowest month on the NBA calendar, we’re not too far from the resumption of activity in preparation for another 82-game odyssey. One month from now, preseason basketball will be discussed. You’ll obviously get a much deeper examination of these points in late October, but let’s simply set...
Via Crossover Chronicles
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Parker, Diaw, France prepare for start of Eurobasket Saturday

Sunday, San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker, forward Boris Diaw, and the French National team wrapped up their exhibition games with a closing 68-63 victory over Germany and Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowtizki. Parker scored one point in the win, while Diaw added four points and six rebounds. Nowitzki was the second leading scorer for […]
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Southeast is most balanced division in the NBA

The Atlanta Hawks, Washington Wizards, Miami Heat, Charlotte Hornets and Orlando Magic comprised a division that was anything but balanced last season. A total of thirty-five games was the margin of victory that separated the best team in the Southeast Division from the worst. And while the southeast was well represented in postseason play, the same division also produced the third...
Via isportsweb.com
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Miami Heat News: Udonis Haslem Working on Developing Three-Point Shot

Udonis Haslem has made just two three-point field goal attempts in his 12-year NBA career. However, that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been trying to develop his stroke from beyond the arc. According to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald, the Miami Heat forward has continued to work on his three-point game this offseason. Jackson states that coach Erik Spoelstra told Haslem that he...
Via Heat Nation
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Why Roy Hibbert Could Be The Steal of the Offseason

While things did not pan out quite like the Los Angeles Lakers hoped they would during free agency, the Lakers did not fail to make headlines when the team traded for enigmatic big man Roy Hibbert for the mere pittance of a future second-round pick. Hibbert’s widely chronicled failure to display any form of consistency over the past two seasons elicited profound turmoil in...
Via Real Sports Entertainment Network
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Raptors Boast A Top Five Backcourt Again This Season

The debate over who will be among the top backcourts this season won't be easily settled, but there aren't any other pairings besides the Toronto Raptors Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan where both guards were top 10 in points, rebounds, assists, steals and minutes at their position last season. Yes that includes Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson who were the obvious best of the best.
Via Pro Bball Report
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NBA Western Conference Offseason Grades

NORTHWEST Minnesota – Key Additions: Karl-Anthony Towns, Nemanja Bjelica, Tyus Jones, Tayshaun Prince, Damjan Rudez Key Losses: Chase Budinger The Wolves picked the right player at #1 overall, then used their two second-round picks to move up and grab Tyus Jones to back up Ricky Rubio. I like the trade for Damjan Rudez, a pure 3-point shooter. [&hellip The post NBA Western...
Via No Coast Bias
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Oklahoma City Thunder: NBA’s most unpredictable team

Westbrook and Durant are in for a roller-coaster of a season. With Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka all potentially in the prime of their respective careers, the Oklahoma City Thunder are in the best position they may ever be in as a franchise for the foreseeable future. At the same time, this could be the beginning of a dynasty that will dominate the NBA Finals...
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The Dallas Mavericks should have an agitated journey to the playoffs

As much as I believe the Dallas Mavericks will retain a certain competitive nature in their 2015-16 campaign, I cannot sugarcoat their offseason woes. Not acquiring a perennial big man will probably result in a heated and stressful jar for the 7th and 8th seeds in the Western Conference. After viewing their schedule, it is awe to the eyes how much talent they have to face in their...
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Heat to Take Long Look at Tyler Johnson and Josh Richardson Before Trading Chalmers

Mario Chalmers has been on the trade block for the last few months, but the Miami Heat may hold off on trading the veteran point guard. According to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald, the Heat want to see how young guards Tyler Johnson and Josh Richardson look in training camp before making a decision in regards to trading Chalmers. It is well-known that the Heat are trying to...
Via Heat Nation
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Detroit Pistons: Top 5 Must-See Games

The NBA schedule was released earlier this month, so let’s take a look at some of the Detroit Pistons most intriguing games. Detroit Pistons Top 5 Must-See Games of 2015-2016 The Pistons are coming into the 2015-2016 with half of their current 18-man roster comprised of new faces. With the new-look roster and a freshly-contracted Reggie Jackson, there’s no lack of storylines...
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D'Angelo Russell: 'There's a lot of spoiled Lakers fans'

    Los Angeles Lakers fans were outraged last week when D’Angelo Russel, their team’s No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, tweeted that Tracy McGrady may have been the greatest player of all time. “Honestly Tracy McGrady might have been the GOAT!” Russell wrote in a tweet that has since been deleted. By saying McGrady may have been the best NBA player ever,...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Lakers Backcourt Looks Great

Photo Credit: Paul Vernon via Associated Press After entering the season as the forty-sixth pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, no one really expected Jordan Clarkson to come into the season and have as much of an impact as he ended up having. He started the season fourth on the depth chart, as time passed and the Los Angeles Lakers kept playing terribly last season, he started getting more...
Via Real Sports Entertainment Network
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Did LeBron James orchestrate Mo Williams’ signing? – WFNY Podcast – 2015-08-28

We lead the show with an audio clip that indicates that LeBron James was the one who basically orchestrated Mo Williams’ signing. We discuss that, plus Hard Knocks, Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson and much more… SUBSCRIBE ON ITUNES Did LeBron James sign Mo Williams? Does LeBron James really run the Cavaliers? Johnny Manzielbow Hard knocks episode 3 JJ Watt can’t stop being...
Via Waiting For Next Year
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Five teams with the best NBA schedule in 2015-2016

On Aug. 29, we gave you the five foremost losers in the 2015-2016 NBA schedule. We now give you the five teams which benefited the most from the complexion of the schedule — not so much in terms of the arrangement of teams (that’s in many ways a separate point of focus), but the logistical structure of the schedule. Stress, strain, irregular sleeping and eating hours —...
Via Crossover Chronicles
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Clippers owner rejects $60 million annual TV rights deal

You can’t say that Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is not thinking outside the box. The New York Post reports that Ballmer has turned down an offer from Fox Sports to retain the team’s local media rights. According to the Post’s Claire Atkinson, the Clippers elected not to accept Fox’s proposal of a $60 million annual rights fee and could opt for an over-the-top...
Via Awful Announcing
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Did you know Perry Jones averaged 22.7 points for a three-game stretch before getting hurt last year?

Over his three seasons in the NBA, Perry Jones has averaged just 3.4 points in 11.7 minutes per game.  It's generally assumed that unless Danny Ainge puts together another trade, Jones won't even make the Celtics 15-man roster this year.But before writing him off completely, it's worth remembering he once did this:October 30, 2014: Jones poured in 32 points on 10-for-17 shooting...
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