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Six ways to make NBA All Star Weekend even better

First off, let’s get one thing straight: the NBA has the best All-Star weekend/events of any professional sports league. The NFL’s Pro Bowl is insufferable tripe stomached only by the few capable of getting it down; MLB had a good thing going until they decided to make the game count for home field advantage in […]

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Hawking players? Atlanta should act on a relatively small scale

Peyton Manning said he was going to drink a lot of Bud Sunday night after winning Super Bowl 50. The Atlanta Hawks don’t need to drive Bud to drink (again). * It’s been one of the hot topics in the NBA this week: Are the Atlanta Hawks going to blow up their roster? It might […]

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Trade deadline overview: tweaks at the top, unloading for the underclass

All-Star Weekend is just about here, but while the NBA gears up for fun and festivities in Toronto, the serious business of the league — the occasion which demands our attention — is the upcoming trade deadline, February 18 at 3 p.m. Eastern time. Plenty of assessments will be made in the past tense once […]

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What Denver (not the Nuggets) showed the Knicks on Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl Sunday for the New York Knicks began with a game against Denver. All the while, it was another Denver team which — later in the day — offered a lesson Phil Jackson would be wise to heed. This is an NBA basketball website, but we can all appreciate that certain principles of coaching, […]

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The Knicks, the Kings — two abruptly-broken things

Frank Sinatra knew about the workings and rhythms of the NBA: That’s life, that’s what all the people say You’re ridin’ high in April, shot down in May But I know I’m gonna change that tune When I’m back on top, back on top in June The opening lyrics from “That’s Life,” his 1966 hit, […]

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What is the plan, Phil? It’s goink to be a fascinating summer in New York

Our latest soap-operatic tale from Madison Square Garden begins with two other NBA franchises which are very experienced at failing to get out of their own way. The Sacramento Kings got blown out by the Brooklyn Nets Friday night, one dysfunctional organization losing to another. The Kings’ higher-ups were so incensed with that defeat that they […]

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Oklahoma City changes the conversation in the West, especially Oakland

The Oklahoma City Thunder deserve the thanks and appreciation of the NBA community. They’ve just made this season infinitely more interesting. * The ability to witness greatness is truly a special thing. Seeing the Golden State Warriors march through the NBA with such beauty, skill and versatility is — verily — a privilege. We don’t […]

Toronto Gears Up For Pricey NBA All-Star Weekend

For the first time in its history, the NBA is taking its All-Star Weekend to the Queen City. The site of this year’s festivities, Toronto, is known for hockey, primarily the Toronto Maple Leafs, but the strong play of the Toronto Raptors has made the city very enthusiastic about basketball. Enthusiasm for the NBA has […]

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Dwyane Wade has found the fountain of youth

The last few seasons have not been kind to Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade. The perennial All-Star has dealt with numerous injuries as he’s gotten older. In the 2013-2014 season, Wade played in only 54 games and averaged 19 points, 4.7 assists and 4.5 rebounds in 32.9 minutes. In the postseason that year, Wade averaged […]

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Route 56: It all began to go wrong for the Kings when Boogie danced

The race for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference is hardly a done deal. The competition will almost certainly linger into April with no clear resolution. This year’s 8 seed in the West will not be a 45- or 48-win team, as we’ve seen in past seasons. It will be a team near […]

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A Blake-for-Durant swap? It makes sense for only one team, not both

The column which reverberated through the NBA had a lot to say about Kevin Durant: Adrian Wojnarowski’s latest “WojBomb” was not a tweet so much as a whole column full of reportage and insight into Durant’s impending summer of free agency, and the decision which will emerge within it. The column is so layered with […]

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NBA Trade Rumors: Will The Atlanta Hawks Move Al Horford?

The Atlanta Hawks have a real dilemma regarding star center Al Horford. The Hawks are currently in fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings, but are only half a game out of the third and fourth spots. In other words, they’re in contention to win the East and make it to the NBA Finals. Some […]

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While the Suns burn into ashes, the Bucks remain stuck in the muck

It’s one thing when a trade works handsomely for one party but leaves the other party in shambles. It’s quite another matter when a trade really doesn’t work for anyone. As we enter the month of February, the 2016 trade deadline isn’t that far away — barely more than two weeks. As teams prepare to shake […]

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