Hubbard: Coach Firings Provide Hope for David Blatt

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For those gentlemen – and who knows, maybe ladies, too – who aspire to one day reach the pinnacle of the basketball coaching profession, be advised that institutions you hope to work for may not be run in the most rational manner. And I’m reasonably certain that Jeff Hornacek, Lionel Hollins, David Blatt and Kevin McHale would agree with me. Hornacek just became the latest NBA head coach to lose his job, although compared to others, the Phoenix Suns looked positively patient.

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Sprung: 10 Candidates To Be Dealt at the Trading Deadline

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We’re now just 16 days away from the NBA trade deadline, and some players around the league may be wondering if they would have a better situation on a different team. The following is a list of 10 players who would be better served on another team’s roster. Teams that could deal for this list of players is mainly speculation, mixed in with some reports. [Read more…]

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Park: There Has Never Been Anyone Like Draymond Green

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When you think of all the great players the league has seen, it’s inevitable that comparisons arise sooner or later. Kobe Bryant and LeBron James were and forever will be compared to Michael Jordan. Kevin Durant and Dirk Nowitzki are often compared to Larry Bird. Chris Paul to Isiah Thomas. Dwight Howard to Bill Russell. The list goes on and on and when great players come along, you can almost always correlate them to the greats from past years based on their

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Bernucca: Time For NBA’s Voice To be Heard on Flint

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When you think of JaVale McGee, you probably think of all the goofy things he has done on the court to earn the unofficial title of the clown prince of TNT’s “Shaqtin’ a Fool.” But you should probably think of McGee in a different way. McGee is the only active NBA player from Flint, Michigan, a city that has produced fellow players Charlie Bell, Mateen Cleaves, Jeff Grayer, Roy Marble, Morris Peterson, Glen Rice and Trent Tucker. And if someone doesn’t do

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PODCAST: Scotto on All-Star Snubs, Blake Griffin and Trades

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Guards Jeff Teague and Tyreke Evans have been added to the list of difference makers available on the NBA’s trade market with the deadline less than three weeks away. The trade market is loaded with forwards such as Rudy Gay, Ryan Anderson, Markieff Morris, Terrence Jones and Corey Brewer. Trades talks will heat up closer to All-Star Weekend in two weeks when all the general managers are on hand. Three players who won’t be making the trip are Damian Lillard, Pau Gasol and

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Rookie Rankings, Edition 4: Kings, Pacers Go Big With Rookies

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Right now, the Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers have a lot in common. Both teams are on the cusp of the playoff race while being carried by an All-Star. Both teams have made a decision to go with a big lineup by reinserting a rookie who was injured earlier this season. And both teams hope things improve quickly. The Kings have gone back to starting sixth overall pick Willie Cauley-Stein at center, which moves monstrous DeMarcus Cousins to power forward and Rudy

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Sprung: Analyzing the Decline of Dwyane Wade

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Age has finally caught up to Dwyane Wade, to an extent. The longtime Miami Heat superstar is putting up career lows in field goal percentage, effective field goal percentage and true shooting percentage, while his scoring average and PER are at their lowest rates since his rookie season 12 years ago. However, that doesn’t mean Wade is still not a really good player— just one slowly in decline, now 10 days after his 34th birthday. That’s natural for someone who’s played over 35,000

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Bernucca: Picking The All-Star Reserves

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This week, while NBA coaches pick the All-Star reserves, the NBA will pick the All-Star coaches. Neither task is as easy. David Blatt’s dismissal as coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers has added a bizarre twist to next month’s All-Star Game in Toronto. The Cavs have the best record in the Eastern Conference, which means their staff was on track to coach the East All-Stars. But Blatt has been replaced by Tyronn Lue, who will coach just five games before the deadline of

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