Tweet of the Night: Andrea Bargnani goes to the Nets

TARRYTOWN, NY -September 30: New York Knicks pose for a portrait during 2013 NBA Media Day at the MSG Training Facility on September 30, 2013 in Tarrytown, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Ray Amati/NBAE via Getty Images)

No player encapsulates the plight of the New York Knicks quite like Andrea Bargnani. Acquired from the Raptors for a preposterously high price, he was supposed to provide floor spacing as a 3-point shooting big man, though his shooting numbers had been on a steady decline. He certainly didn’t endear himself to fans in his first season with an abysmal 27.8 percent shooting mark from 3-point range, or with bonehead plays like this:Now he’s no longer a Knick, and, apart

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Tweet of the Night: NBA players react to the US winning the Women’s World Cup

After a hard-fought tournament, getting past the likes of Germany and host nation Canada, the US Women’s National Team found themselves in the final one day after the Fourth of July. And the game provided plenty of fireworks, as the Americans, led by Carli Lloyd’s hat trick, scored four times in the first 16 minutes and never looked back as they defeated Japan 5-2 to claim their third World Cup. Here’s what NBA players had to say about the game: GOOOOOALLLL!!! #USWNT —

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Tweet of the Night: LaMarcus Aldridge will be a Spur

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Looking back, it was really the most likely outcome. Once LaMarcus Aldridge made up his mind to leave Portland, joining the Spurs made more sense than any other option. There’s no better coach in the game than Gregg Popovich, he’ll return to his home state, and he’ll have a chance to be the first option on a team with a genuine chance to win a ring. Still, there were enough twists and turns in the proceedings, including the Lakers’ farcical pitch

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SH Blog: Knight to stay in Phoenix; could DeAndre Jordan leave Clippers?

Brandon Knight

With the draft in the rearview mirror, July 1 is the next big day on the NBA calendar. That’s the day teams can start negotiating contracts with free agents. And every year, the few days right at the end of June are a unique window where teams’ plans start coalescing and reliable information about where some of the top names might be headed starts to leak out. We’ve already seen indications that LaMarcus Aldridge is preparing to leave the Blazers. LeBron

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SH Blog: Thibodeau, Jeff Van Gundy connected to Pelicans job

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With all due respect to Marc Gasol and Greg Monroe, this summer’s most coveted free agent might not be a player at all. And he might not even get to free agency. The relationship between Tom Thibodeau and the Bulls’ front office has deteriorated to the point where it’s widely expected, almost assumed, that he won’t coach another game for Chicago. But there’s been no public word on that front. Here’s K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune on Thibs and the

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SH Blog: What’s next for Marc Gasol, Paul Pierce, Tom Thibodeau after playoff exits?

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The dust has settled on three great series, with three of the NBA’s toughest teams headed home. And each of those teams now has to turn their attention to the future, and what the future holds for the Bulls, Grizzlies and Wizards is still a little murky. Memphis, for instance, could lose its best player. Marc Gasol is a pending free agent, and Phil Jackson has long been rumored to be willing to back up James Dolan’s metaphorical Brinks truck for

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SH Blog: Grit and grind Grizzlies go 2-1 up on Warriors

Tony Allen

Two days. Two banked-in buzzer-beaters. That’s about as crazy as it gets. And then you realize that all four favorites are down 2-1 in this second round. The next week or so is going to be good. Get ready. Some of these early-series results haven’t been entirely unexpected: the Cavs’ floor-spacing takes a huge hit without Kevin Love, the Hawks looked unconvincing in getting by the Nets, and the Clippers just look like a team of destiny right now. But while pretty

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SH Blog: NBA players react to Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

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In a bout over five years in the making, Floyd Mayweather got a huge unanimous decision win over Manny Pacquiao. Seemingly everyone in the world was watching the fight, which, of course, meant most of the NBA was tuned in as well. Here’s what some players had to say:Don’t wanna see anything other than #MayweatherPacquiao in my timeline.. — Patrick Patterson (@pdpatt) May 3, 201532-11 in the last 2 rounds punches landed floyd over paq what are yall talking about —

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