Huge win for Knicks as arbitrator gives Bird rights to Lin, Novak

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NEW YORK — The NBA announced this afternoon it will appeal an arbitrator’s ruling that granted full “Bird rights” to players claimed off waivers, including Jeremy Lin and Steve Novak of the New York Knicks. In an unexpected victory for the players’ union and the Knicks, arbitrator Kenneth Dam ruled that a player’s Bird rights travel with him when his contract is claimed off waivers. The Knicks acquired Lin and Novak in that manner, and they will now have the right

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Odds to win 2013 NBA Championship

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The bookmakers took a hit on the 2012 NBA Finals. The smart money came in on the Miami Heat, and the wise guys cashed. (Those who picked Heat in 5 struck gold with a 6.5-to-1 payoff.) “Even though throughout the whole season the Heat were one of our biggest winners in future positions, unfortunately for us we lost it ll back to the bettors on the series price as the Heat opened as plus-145 underdogs, and in turn, in all five games,

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J.R. Smith, Kevin Love snubbed as NBA presents Social Media Awards

June 2009 issue of King Magazine

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Most importantly, Kevin Love got snubbed but picked up Tweet of the Night as a consolation prize. Second-most importantly, Lang Whitaker continued his meteoric rise into the mainstream media by co-hosting the awards with Shaquille O’Neal and Rick Fox. Before there was Twitter, and before there were hashtags or #trendsetter shout-outs, Lang was a trendsetter himself. For example, before the retro jersey fad came and went, Lang once covered a Mavericks-Knicks game at

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LeBron’s sixth foul wasn’t called, which was a good thing

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// OKLAHOMA CITY — “No question that’s a foul.” Those were ABC broadcaster Jeff Van Gundy’s final words on Thursday night’s broadcast, and the foul/non-foul will be shown over and over and over again until this series resumes Sunday night in Miami. The play in question was a seven-foot baseline jumper that Durant attempted after his arms got locked with James’ arms, a good half-second before Durant faded away and got off a clean release that bounced harmlessly off the rim. It

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Game 2 Preview: Will Bosh start? Will the Heat get physical?

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said it best Tuesday when speaking about the Oklahoma City Thunder, saying “they imposed their identity” on Game 1, and the Heat will need to dictate the “force, will and energy” in Game 2 in order to avoid falling behind 0-2 in the NBA Finals. Do you know what I take that to mean? They are going to knock Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on their asses Thursday night, and they will test the

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David Stern wants to ruin the Olympics, Part II

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OKLAHOMA CITY — I caught up with NBA commissioner David Stern today at an NBA Cares event held at the Oklahoma City rescue mission to press him on the proposal being discussed to limit the Olympic men’s basketball competition to players 23 and under — an item I first wrote about last week with a similar headline. Here’s the gist of what he said: _ A big part of the reason why the NBA is pushing this discussion is because they want

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Kevin Durant totally upstages LeBron James in Game 1

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// All eyes were supposed to be on LeBron James as the NBA Finals began Tuesday night. Would James continue his spectacular postseason? Would he put his disappearing acts in last year’s Finals behind him? Would he finally break through and win his first championship? Those aren’t the questions fans are asking anymore. In fact, after one game, the focus is no longer on James. It is on Kevin Durant, whose 36 points and eight rebounds lifted the Oklahoma City Thunder to

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Many folks just had their first Kevin Durant appreciation moment

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// OKLAHOMA CITY — There comes a time in every viewer’s life when they experience a “Holy Shit” moment with Kevin Durant. Pardon the profanity. But damn, you know? For many of you, this was not the first time Durant made your jaw drop. The guy has been putting together games like this throughout the course of these playoffs (this was his seventh 30-point game), not to mention the past three regular seasons when the guy led the NBA in scoring. But there

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