Bernucca: Contract Extension Scoreboard for 2011 Draft Class

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So far, the only member of the 2011 draft class to receive a contract extension has been Kyrie Irving, the guy at the head of the class. But two of his Team USA teammates spent the summer making a pretty strong case for themselves. Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried came to Team USA training camp in July with many wondering why he was even invited. He isn’t a scorer or a 3-point shooter and didn’t have anywhere near the resume as

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Bernucca: 30 NBA Stars, Led by Chris Paul, On The Spot for 30 NBA Teams This Season

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A couple of weeks ago, we had Chris Paul atop our list of NBA point guards. No surprise there. Although he plays a position that is very deep in talent, Paul is a fantastic leader with an inhuman competitive streak. He ranks annually among the leaders in assists and steals. And believe it or not, he’s still on the right side of 30, at least until next year’s playoffs. But Paul is atop another of our lists list as well – NBA

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Bernucca: Spain Can’t Beat Team USA Until It Overcomes Expectations

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So how does it feel, Spain? How does it feel to come up woefully short of expectations? How does it feel to be embarrassed by an inexplicable loss on your home floor in front of your blindly supportive fan base? How does it feel to be relegated to classification games while visitors vie for the international championship you believed was rightfully yours? Yeah, it wasn’t supposed to go down this way. Your march through the 2014 World Cup wasn’t supposed to be

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PODCAST: Why Damian Lillard is a Top 10 Point Guard – and Deron Williams isn’t

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If you visit this site with any regularity, then you know I recently wrote a piece listing the NBA’s top 10 point guards. The list includes some relative newbies such as John Wall and Kyrie Irving. It also does not include Deron Williams and Derrick Rose, who in my opinion have not done enough of late to merit inclusion among the best players at arguably the most talented position in the league. Apparently, the folks at Rip City Radio 620 in Portland

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Bernucca: Rose, D-Will No Longer Among NBA’s Top 10 Point Guards

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If you’re wondering where Derrick Rose ranks among the NBA’s top 10 point guards, he doesn’t. Neither does Deron Williams. Or Kemba Walker. Or Kyle Lowry. Point guard is the most demanding position in the NBA. And in ranking the top floor generals, we have demanding criteria. Is your favorite point guard an All-Star? How long has he been at that level? Is his current career track pointing upward or downward? Where does he rank among scorers at the position? Assists? Does he

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World Cup Day 9: Group A dominates; Greece, Argentina headed home

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Throughout the FIBA World Cup, most of the attention was on Team USA and Spain and their anticipated matchup in the gold medal game a week from today. And while the Americans and Spaniards both stormed through their groups undefeated, so did Greece, running the table in Group B. The Greens, as they are known, won their first four games by double digits before dismissing Argentina, 79-71, to clinch the group. As the last team to defeat the United States – winning the semifinals

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World Cup Day 8: Spain, Team USA Remain on Collision Course

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When the FIBA World Cup’s group stage ended Thursday, eight of the 24 teams went home. Four more went home Saturday, the first day of the knockout stage. One of them was Mexico, which put up little resistance in a loss to Team USA. Chris Sheridan is in Barcelona and was not overly impressed. As the games get tougher, the rotation needs to get shorter. Here’s a roundup of Saturday’s round of 16 games. BARCELONA GAMES Team USA 86, Mexico 63 In a rare mornng EST

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World Cup Day 6: Unbeaten Team USA cruises into knockout stage vs. Mexico

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Team USA had nothing to play for, and it showed. The Americans already had clinched Group C at the FIBA World Cup by winning their first four games. While other countries jockeyed to get into the knockout stage – or avoid certain opponents – Team USA was on cruise control in Friday’s game vs. war-torn Ukraine. The United States was playing for the fifth time in six nights and had a start time four hours earlier than Thursday. The combination of apathy

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