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Lakers forced to fight through early season adversity

Lakers forced to fight through early season adversity

The Los Angeles Lakers are 0-2 for the first time since the 2002-2003 NBA season and, unfortunately for them, things could get much worse before they get any better. After suffering their second loss in consecutive nights to start the season Kobe and company find themselves fighting through early season adversity unforeseen, incredibly, just a few weeks prior to the start of this impromptu 2011-12 NBA campaign. As if losing out to their cross-town rivals the L.A. … Read entire article »

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International prospect Gustavo Ayon a nice addition to Hornets’ frontline

International prospect Gustavo Ayon a nice addition to Hornets’ frontline

Teams never know what they’ll get when an international player comes over to play in the NBA, but generally speaking the reward ultimately outweighs the risk. The NBA-owned New Orleans Hornets decided to take on that high-risk, high-reward challenge this past week when they announced the signing of Mexican-born big man Gustavo Ayon through their team website. Ayon is exactly the type of prospect that garners that familiar high-reward intrigue that has been known in the past … Read entire article »

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How Norris Cole improves the Miami Heat transition game

How Norris Cole improves the Miami Heat transition game

Wisely laying back in the weeds this dramatically charged and shortened NBA training camp sit the once-doggedly braggadocious Miami Heat armed sufficiently with their returning trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. After suffering through a full summer of countless re-enactments and questions regarding their supposed shortcomings as a championship contending unit, the Heat are back at work with a fresh outlook on team basketball and have added a few new pieces to help in that end. Although Miami … Read entire article »

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Shannon Brown could flourish in Phoenix

Shannon Brown could flourish in Phoenix

This could be the best of times for one Slam-dunking phenomena Shannon Brown. The 26-year old Chicago-native recently signed a 1-year, $3.5 million deal with the Phoenix Suns and his insertion into their drastically changed lineup could mean great things for the athletic combo-guard. For one, Brown plays a little defense.  Something Suns’ guards of the past, besides Raja Bell, have proven allergic to. After playing two-plus seasons with the NBA-championship contending Los Angeles Lakers, Brown knows a … Read entire article »

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NBA cancels remainder of preseason

NBA cancels remainder of preseason

Tuesday the NBA announced it has canceled the remainder of the preseason amid a continued stalemate in Labor talks. The Players’ association and the owners met again Tuesday in the hopes of finally putting an end to the current lockout that has stretched on since July 1, however no significant progress was made resulting in the loss of the preseason and potentially the first two weeks of regular season games if no deal is reached by … Read entire article »

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Navarro grabs MVP, headlines EuroBasket 2011 All-Tourney Team

Navarro grabs MVP, headlines EuroBasket 2011 All-Tourney Team

Juan Carlos Navarro, better known by his Spanish teammates as ‘La Bomba’, grabbed the coveted EuroBasket 2011 MVP award along with a nice Gold medal for his troubles Sunday after Spain ousted Tony Parker and France 98-85 in the championship game. Navarro and the aforementioned Frenchmen, Parker, were both named to the EuroBasket 2011 All-Tournament team that also included Spain’s big man and Los Angeles Lakers’ power forward Pau Gasol, relatively unheralded American-born shooting guard Bo … Read entire article »

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Durant, James, Melo bring summer Basketball to Baltimore

Durant, James, Melo bring summer Basketball to Baltimore

Kevin Durant is having quite the summer. After frequenting the Philippines, New York’s Rucker Park, D.C.’s Goodman League and a host of other gritty street venues, the lanky sharp-shooting forward stepped it up a notch late Tuesday evening as he took his talents to Baltimore to face off against LeBron James and a new big three which included Baltimore’s very own Carmelo Anthony and CP3, better known as Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets in … Read entire article »

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Vince Carter donates $2.5 million to UNC

Vince Carter donates $2.5 million to UNC

While the majority of the Basketball universe is unfortunately fixated on the financial disputes of the NBA and its’ players, one of those said members is choosing his time and money to give back to the place that helped him get there.  His Alma Mater. The University of North Carolina announced today that Phoenix Suns’ and former UNC star shooting guard Vince Carter has donated an incredible $2.5 million dollars to the Carolina Basketball Family Fund, … Read entire article »

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Kevin Durant doesn’t need the NBA, he’s got Streetball

Kevin Durant doesn’t need the NBA, he’s got Streetball

Kevin Durant has been all over the uninteresting NBA news scene this summer for reasons much different than the majority of its usual headline makers.  While the NBA is boring us to death with labor disputes and stalemated rhetoric, Durant has been doing an under-appreciated service to the very large community of Basketball fans here stateside. Durant’s simply been playing some ball and very impressive basketball at that while frequenting many of the nation’s premiere summer … Read entire article »

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Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose paid $400K each for Smart Ultimate All-Star Weekend appearance

Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose paid $400K each for Smart Ultimate All-Star Weekend appearance

The current stars of the NBA sure aren’t acting like a bunch of dejected victims during this whole crazy lockout.  With the unique and unusual opportunity to just let things ride and experience new things players are making it known that they can and will profit in untapped and emerging markets that the World of basketball now has to offer. This enjoyment of the game and validation, if you will, that it is indeed a “player’s … Read entire article »

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