NBA Offseason Report Cards: Part V

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NBA OFFSEASON REPORT CARDS: Click here for Part I, here for Part II, here for Part III and here for Part IV.New Blazers coach Terry Stotts PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS – There will come a time at some point during the season when one of the Vulcan vultures will fly down from Seattle, have a meeting with the coaching staff and front office, after which Neil Olshey, Terry Stotts and Jay Triano – three of the nicest guys

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Chris Paul undergoes thumb surgery, out 8 weeks

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Chris Paul underwent surgery this morning to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb, the Los Angeles Clippers announced today, saying the injury occurred last month during Team USA training camp in Las Vegas, Nevada. The surgery was performed by Dr. Steven Shin, a hand specialist at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. Paul is expected to be sidelined for approximately eight weeks, at which time he is projected to resume all basketball activities including full contact. Paul helped lead Team USA to the gold

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LeBron taking his talents to Ipanema Beach

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No American has ever played on four Olympic men’s basketball teams. LeBron James wants to be the first. In an interview with Tom Withers of the Associated Press, who just returned from covering the U.S. Olympic team at the London Games, James said he wants to play in the 2016 Olympics if he is healthy — and if the rules allow for it. Commissioner David Stern has proposed limiting the Olympics to players 23 and under, but FIBA secretary general David Baumann shot

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Tweet of the Day: Ryan Anderson

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About to fly out to NOLA to start my first chapter as a Hornet! — Ryan Anderson (@ryananderson33) August 19, 2012 Anderson will be playing for a coach, Monty Williams, who has some serious job security after signing a new four-year contract. Hornets GM Dell Demps pulled off a steal in acquiring the 3-point shooting machine from Orlando for Gustavo Ayon. But it bears mentioning that although Anderson won the NBA’s Most Improved Player award last season, he really didn’t improve much

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Former NBPA director Simon Gourdine dead at 72

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NEW YORK – Former NBA Deputy Commissioner and Players Association executive director Simon Gourdine has passed away at the age of 72. Gourdine joined the NBA in 1970, and was named deputy commissioner in 1974, becoming the highest ranking African- American executive in sports at the time. In 1976, Gourdine was part of the landmark collective bargaining negotiations that created the NBA’s first free agency system, an agreement that also saw the NBA absorb four ABA franchises — the Spurs, Pacers, Nuggets and Nets. NBA

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Tweet of the Day: Jared Dudley

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heard Ibaka signed an ext with the Thunder. Great young player who keeps getting better. Now the real question!What to do with James Harden? — Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) August 18, 2012   Eric Gordon contract of 4/65 mill Is a good gage to start with. It’s hard to get that with an ext, most teams get a little discount — Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) August 18, 2012   Is James Harden a max player? If Eric Gordon is a max player, and Brook Lopez is a max player,

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NBA political donations to Mitt Romney and Barack Obama revealed

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NBA owners, players and coaches are taking sides in the 2012 U.S. presidential election, with players and coaches favoring incumbent Democrat Barack Obama and most owners supporting Republican challenger Mitt Romney. According to research by HoopsHype.com, the largest individual donation was $15,000 (to the Romney campaign) by Michael Gearon of the Atlanta Hawks’ ownership group. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey donated $8,500 to the Romney campaign (outspending his colleague in Boston, Danny Ainge, by $6,000), and $7,500 Romney donations were made by

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Tweet of the Night: Adrian Wojnarowski

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Serge Ibaka deal is 4 years, $48 million, league source tells Y! Sports. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) August 18, 2012 No NBA journalist breaks more news that Adrian Wojnarowski, who is finally flying back from Europe after covering the Olympics. (ESPN loathes him and fears him, FYI. And legend has it that Woj abhors the WWL — just a little inside info courtesy of this independent yet knowledgeable site). Woj’s latest scoop is a big one, because it ensures that every member of the

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