Washington Wizards enter East’s upper echelon with depth and continuity

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A year can make an enormous difference in the perception of an NBA team. Last summer, the Washington Wizards had the same backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal but they were faced with immense pressure of having to make the playoffs to save the jobs of head coach Randy Wittman and general manager Ernie Grunfeld. Before the season began, Grunfeld made what many perceived as a panicky move and sent its first round pick to Phoenix for Marcin Gortat, who was

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SH Blog: Doc Rivers, Clippers expected to discuss new contract

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Los Angeles Clippers president of basketball operations and head coach Doc Rivers will not be waiting patiently in regards to discussing a contract extension with the organization. It is believed that negotiations between him and the Clippers are set to begin soon now that it’s pretty much business as usual for the Los Angeles franchise. This report comes after the league announced that Steve Ballmer has officially gained ownership of the Clippers franchise. Rivers served as the voice of the Clippers team during the playoffs when

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SH Blog: Toronto Raptors, Drake Receive $25,000 Tampering Fine

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The Toronto Raptors are fighting vigorously to remain relevant in the NBA. While basketball takes precedent over all else, the organization has also made a clear effort to become more socially relevant. Part of that expansion has been the association with hip hop artist Drake. The Grammy award-winner was named the global ambassador for the Raptors, which instantly caught the attention of the entertainment world and all of its followers. On Monday, August 11, Drake earned the wrong type of attention for his hometown squad. He brought the wrath of

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Tweet of the Night: NBA players react to PGA Championship

Golf may not be as popular as the NBA among fans, but there is no doubt it is followed closely by many of the leagues players. After all, it is a second sport to many in the offseason. We all know the phrase “gone fishing,” means it’s time to dust off the clubs. On Sunday, Rory McIlroy continued his stranglehold on the PGA, winning his second consecutive major, his third consecutive tournament, and second PGA Championship overall. McIlroy, who entered the day with

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SH Blog: James praises Love; Motiejunas says remarks were meant as jokes

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So the World Cup is in three weeks, and I figured I should probably make an effort to watch this year. I’m not really up on my international basketball, so I decided to do a little research. And I found out that Andray Blatche plays for the Philippines, apparently because of a “naturalized player” provision allowing him to play for a country just because they asked him. I’m not necessarily saying this is a bad thing. What I’m more concerned with

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SH Blog: LeBron James Plans to Retire in Cleveland, Rudy Gay Replaces Kevin Durant

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In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past month, LeBron James has returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers. After a four-year hiatus in which he won two titles and made two other NBA Finals appearances with the Miami Heat, James signed with the squad that drafted him in 2003. Despite the unceremonious exit in 2010, James has been welcomed back to Cleveland with open arms. As a four-time MVP, it’s not too hard to see why Cavaliers fans are so eager to

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Tweet of the Day: Big Day For Sacramento Kings

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Friday was a big day for the Sacramento Kings. As many prepared for the 2014 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame induction, including 14-year veteran Mitch Richmond who played seven seasons with in Sactown, Kings forward Rudy Guy was accepting an invitation to join Team USA in Chicago. Should he make the final cut, Gay would help to fill the huge void now felt with the recent losses of Paul George (injury) and Kevin Durant (withdrawal). Gay was a member of the 2010

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Bauman: Five points of impact that Kevin Love will have on Cleveland’s offense

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Nearly a full month has passed since LeBron James made the decision to leave Miami and return home to Cleveland. Since we’re now aware that the Kevin Love trade will be finalized later this month, here are five ways Love will aide the Cavaliers in their quest to become the Eastern Conference’s elite team. Now if only he would take his strengths to Team USA to save them after Kevin Durant dropped out of the World Cup:

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