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D’Antoni: ‘You start messing with the basketball gods, they will get you.’

D’Antoni: ‘You start messing with the basketball gods, they will get you.’

Mike D’Antoni is not a happy man.  And, even more so, he is not at all happy with how his so-called team of super pros regard their championship hopes this season. In a press conference for the ages last night, D’Antoni offered up some honest revelations on his teams’ seemingly misguided thoughts on contention after they blew a comfortable 18-point lead in the second half against none other than John Wall and the lowly Wizards at … Read entire article »

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Terrence Jones 2012 Summer League in Review

Terrence Jones 2012 Summer League in Review

If you follow NBA Draft boards and related collegiate news you are most likely well aware that former Kentucky Wildcats power forward Terrence Jones‘ stock fell somewhat considerably from his freshmen to sophomore seasons. However, that curious draft plummet may have ultimately benefited the Houston Rockets who wisely swooped up Jones with the 18th pick of the first round this past June. Management and fans alike got the opportunity to see Jones suit up in Summer League … Read entire article »

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Celtics can’t defend or score against Heat in the paint

Celtics can’t defend or score against Heat in the paint

Not a good sign when you shoot just 46% from point blank range in the playoffs.  And unfortunately for the Boston Celtics that is exactly what happened in Monday night’s Game 1 79-93 Eastern Conference Finals loss to the Miami Heat. NBA Playoffs Schedule and Scores Even worse the C’s gave up 77.8% shooting to the Heat on Monday on an incredibly efficient 17 of 27 shots from inside the painted area. Very difficult to stop James and … Read entire article »

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Kyrie Irving, Ricky Rubio headline NBA All-Rookie Teams

Kyrie Irving, Ricky Rubio headline NBA All-Rookie Teams

Cleveland Cavaliers’ dynamic point guard Kyrie Irving and Minnesota Timberwolves’ equally electrifying floor general Ricky Rubio headline the 2012 NBA All-Rookie Teams that were announced by the league this afternoon. Irving, the 2012 NBA Rookie of the Year, joins Rubio, Golden State Warriors’ shooting guard Klay Thompson, Denver Nuggets’ power forward Kenneth Faried, New York Knicks’ combo-guard Iman Shumpert, San Antonio Spurs’ small forward Kawhi Leonard and Detroit Pistons’ point guard Brandon Knight as members of … Read entire article »

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Kobe’s mask not affecting his play

Kobe’s mask not affecting his play

Concussion, bum wrist, new mask and all, nothing can halt the determined Kobe Bryant this season. Almost a week after the 16-year NBA vet suffered a concussion from a Dwyane Wade foul in the 2012 All-Star game, Kobe continues to prove to us why there is virtually no obstacle that can keep him from dominating a basketball game. The Kings tried their best Friday night, but 38 points and 8 rebounds later they were left with the same feeling everybody else … Read entire article »

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Bryant: ‘Either trade him or not trade him’

Bryant: ‘Either trade him or not trade him’

Kobe Bryant is not too happy these days. With the Lakers sitting at a mediocre 18-13 about midway through the season, Bryant, voiced his frustration at Lakers’ management after they were pummeled by the Phoenix Suns 102-90 Sunday night. Kobe Bryant frustrated over Gasol trade rumors Bryant, who was forced into a season-high 10 turnovers in the loss, spoke to reporters after the game about the Lakers’ brass and their need to decide on which direction they plan to head with teammate Pau … Read entire article »

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The surprising offensive efficiency of J.R. Smith

The surprising offensive efficiency of J.R. Smith

With suitors from Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers to Mike D’Antoni and the New York Knicks, swingman J.R. Smith is a pretty hot commodity right now. Update: J.R. Smith to the Knicks As his lockout-infused season comes to an abrupt end in China Smith now has the unique opportunity of wisely selecting his team of choice for the remainder of the 2011-12 NBA season. Although you are surely already aware of the obvious offensive talent Smith brings … Read entire article »

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Jeremy Lin…Once Again

Jeremy Lin…Once Again

In the words of Knicks’ play-by-play man Mike Breen – ‘Jeremy Lin…once again.’ We couldn’t have said it any better Mike. That’s three straight.  That’s three straight games now that seldom-used Harvard grad Jeremy Lin has controlled the Knicks pace and led them to a much-needed W. One great performance may be luck.  Two could still be considered good fortune, but three straight statistical gems culminating in Knicks’ victories is absolutely no fluke. Knicks – Wizards highlights 2/8/2012 We wanted … Read entire article »

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Jeremy Lin comes up huge in Knicks win over Nets

Jeremy Lin comes up huge in Knicks win over Nets

Seldom-used backup point guard Jeremy Lin came up huge for the New York Knicks in a tightly-contested 99-92 win over the cross-town rival New Jersey Nets Saturday evening. Playing in front of 19,763 eager and frustrated Knicks’ fans, Lin dazzled the Madison Square Garden crowd with an array of impressive drives and scores at the basket. Lin scored a team and career-high 25 points on 10-of-19 shooting.  He also led the Knicks with 7 assists and two … Read entire article »

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Weren’t these rookies supposed to suck?

Weren’t these rookies supposed to suck?

Weren’t these rookies supposed to suck? Remember all that talk pre-draft 2011 about the lack of talent coming into the league?  Wasn’t this supposed to be a so-called ‘down year’ for NBA rookies? Surely you remember all of that utter nonsense, but if not it bears repeating as the overwhelmingly premature generalizations gained momentum like an all-encompassing mid-western tornado this past summer. Thankfully the early returns are in and with about a third of the 2011-12 season completed; … Read entire article »

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