Roy Hibbert Receives NBA Officiating Memo, Plans To Be “On Point”

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Mike Bantom, the NBA’s Executive Vice President of Referee Operations, is cracking down on a very specific point of contention. The issue at hand? Verticality. Secondary defenders are permitted to challenge an oncoming offensive player so long as they stay “vertical.” However, according to a memorandum sent to all owners, general managers, coaches and officials over the weekend, there has been a noticeable increase of players bending, if not breaking, the rule. We have noticed that defenders have been turning sideways when jumping to

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Sprung: Jeremy Lin won’t cut it for Rockets with Patrick Beverley out

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Dwight Howard, James Harden and Chandler Parsons are the big-name players, but the Houston Rockets would not be a top-four team in the Western Conference without Patrick Beverley. Houston is 36-16 when Patrick Beverley starts, but they will miss him for at least two weeks (and likely for the duration of the regular season) with a torn meniscus. His replacement is one Jeremy Lin. You remember him, right? Even if Beverley doesn’t have the best offensive and defensive numbers, it doesn’t seem likely that Lin has

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An Inside Look At The Newest Cavalier: Scotty Hopson

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Hopson on his way to winning the 2013 Israeli League Dunk Contest The Cavs are making a playoff push, and they’ve filled out their roster with a 15th guy. Is Scotty Hopson any good? Decide for yourself after watching him play, but here is my take after watching him this season. On Monday, it was announced that Cleveland had signed the ex-Anadolu Efes wingman to a 2-year, $3.8 million contract, with a team option for next year. There has

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Tweet of the Day: Frank Vogel Reassigned, Larry Bird To Coach Pacers

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Tuesday, not just any normal day, nor the typical Tuesday. This is April 1st, otherwise known as April Fool’s Day—the day renowned for pranks. Amid many breaking news stories, like Tiger Woods undergoing microdiscectomy for a pinched nerve in his back, Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon opted to lead their show, Pardon the Interruption, with a shocking revelation for the Indiana Pacers. The news? Due to the Pacers recent swoon, head coach Frank Vogel had been reassigned within the organization and team president Larry Bird

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Who is the Most Improved Player in the NCAA Tournament?

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As the sun fades into the North Texas sky (not sure why we can’t call it Arlington) on Saturday evening, college basketball will take center stage on the American sports landscape. Everyone except Chris Bernucca will settle in for the Final Four, where some of the NBA’s future stars will duke it out in a titanic stadium not meant for basketball with everything on the line. It is a spectacle that deserves America’s attention. And that is why we’ve decided to lend

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Tweet of the Day: DeMarcus Cousins R&B CD Better Than Previous NBA Music?

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Sunday afternoon, Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins let the world know via Instagram that his new R&B album, entitled “Misunderstood,” is on the way. “Emotional,” the first single from the album is due to be released soon—according to his website. Cousins, whose R&B moniker is Boogie Smooth—a play on his NBA nickname Boogie Cousins, followed the news about his forthcoming album Monday by responding to early internet cynics with some humor. Lets be honest, we all know I cant do any worse

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Bernucca: Spurs Aren’t Streaking, They’re Gliding

There have been some fair comparisons drawn between the current 17-game winning streak of the San Antonio Spurs and the remarkable 27-game run put together a year ago by the Miami Heat. Both teams expect to compete for the NBA championship. Both teams found their rhythm at the most opportune time of the season. Both teams stormed to the league’s best record and home court advantage throughout the playoffs. There are obvious differences as well. For one, San Antonio still needs 10

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