Three-Man Weave: A Closer Look at the Bulls-Cavaliers Rivalry

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The most intriguing team in the NBA this season is unquestionably the Cleveland Cavaliers. And the secocnd-most intriguing team in the NBA this season may be the Chicago Bulls. This summer, the Cavaliers remade themselves from a laughingstock to a legitimate contender with the additions of LeBron James and Kevin Love. Meanwhile, the Bulls are hoping the return of Derrick Rose and the addition of Pau Gasol puts them in the championship chase as well. And both teams play in the Central Division,

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Reports: Wolves Want to Make Max Offer to Eric Bledsoe, Suns Don’t

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The Minnesota Timberwolves reportedly will offer Phoenix Suns restricted free agent guard Eric Bledsoe a maximum four-year, $63 million contract. According to Fox10 in Phoenix and ESPN, the offer is designed to engage the Suns in a sign-and-trade for Bledsoe, by far the best remaining free agent on the market. However, the report did not say that Minnesota had formally made the offer, because the Timberwolves cannot. They are $6 million over the salary cap and would have to trade enough players to get

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Bernucca: Contract Extension Scoreboard for 2011 Draft Class

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So far, the only member of the 2011 draft class to receive a contract extension has been Kyrie Irving, the guy at the head of the class. But two of his Team USA teammates spent the summer making a pretty strong case for themselves. Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried came to Team USA training camp in July with many wondering why he was even invited. He isn’t a scorer or a 3-point shooter and didn’t have anywhere near the resume as

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Bernucca: 30 NBA Stars, Led by Chris Paul, On The Spot for 30 NBA Teams This Season

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A couple of weeks ago, we had Chris Paul atop our list of NBA point guards. No surprise there. Although he plays a position that is very deep in talent, Paul is a fantastic leader with an inhuman competitive streak. He ranks annually among the leaders in assists and steals. And believe it or not, he’s still on the right side of 30, at least until next year’s playoffs. But Paul is atop another of our lists list as well – NBA

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Bernucca: Spain Can’t Beat Team USA Until It Overcomes Expectations

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So how does it feel, Spain? How does it feel to come up woefully short of expectations? How does it feel to be embarrassed by an inexplicable loss on your home floor in front of your blindly supportive fan base? How does it feel to be relegated to classification games while visitors vie for the international championship you believed was rightfully yours? Yeah, it wasn’t supposed to go down this way. Your march through the 2014 World Cup wasn’t supposed to be

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Host Spain Loses to France, Out of World Cup

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Spain was targeting another classico with Team USA. Instead, they will have to settle for classification. In one of FIBA’s bigger upsets in recent memory, host Spain lost to France, 65-52, in the quarterfinals of the World Cup on Wednesday. The Spaniards came into this World Cup looking to avenge narrow losses to the United States in the final of the 2008 Olympics and the 2012 Olympics. They believed they had the personnel to match up with the Americans – especially after Team USA

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PODCAST: Why Damian Lillard is a Top 10 Point Guard – and Deron Williams isn’t

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If you visit this site with any regularity, then you know I recently wrote a piece listing the NBA’s top 10 point guards. The list includes some relative newbies such as John Wall and Kyrie Irving. It also does not include Deron Williams and Derrick Rose, who in my opinion have not done enough of late to merit inclusion among the best players at arguably the most talented position in the league. Apparently, the folks at Rip City Radio 620 in Portland

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Bernucca: Rose, D-Will No Longer Among NBA’s Top 10 Point Guards

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If you’re wondering where Derrick Rose ranks among the NBA’s top 10 point guards, he doesn’t. Neither does Deron Williams. Or Kemba Walker. Or Kyle Lowry. Point guard is the most demanding position in the NBA. And in ranking the top floor generals, we have demanding criteria. Is your favorite point guard an All-Star? How long has he been at that level? Is his current career track pointing upward or downward? Where does he rank among scorers at the position? Assists? Does he

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