May: Rondo and Celtics are Stuck With Each Other

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Rajon Rondo takes as many as five showers every day. I am not making this up. So it makes perfect sense for him to break his hand falling in the shower. Sort of. This is not to challenge Rondo’s version of events that led to his latest mishap, which will sideline him for a couple of months. (But admit it: Wasn’t your first reaction something like, “That’s his story?’’) Unless some other evidence surfaces contradicting Rondo’s version, well, it is what

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DuBose: Harden Hopes Team USA Lessons Drive Defensive Turnaround

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HOUSTON — Is James Harden capable of being Kevin Durant 2.0 when it comes to post-FIBA growth? Many credited FIBA international play in 2010 with aiding Durant’s evolution into an NBA superstar. Now, fresh off a gold medal in Spain with the U.S. national team, Durant’s former teammate and good friend Harden is hoping to see a similar transformation of his own as he embarks on his third season as a franchise cornerstone, a Big Two alongside Dwight Howard for the Houston Rockets. The theme for

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Bernucca: Morris Twins Join Irving on 2011 Draft Contract Extension Scoreboard

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Kyrie Irving finally has some company among 2011 NBA draft class members receiving contract extensions. Irving, the top pick of the draft, received a maximum five-year, $90 million extension from the Cleveland Cavaliers about 20 seconds after the moratorium ended in early July. Since then, he had been alone among his draft classmates. Until today, when the Phoenix Suns signed twin brothers Marcus and Markieff Morris to extensions. As usual, terms were not disclosed, but Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic reported

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Bauman: Garnett still vocal entering 20th season — but not about retirement

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Retirement is not in Kevin Garnett’s immediate future. Of course, “immediate future” is a phrase open to interpretation when a guy is entering his 20th season in the NBA. Yes, his 20th. For all we know, Garnett could play three more years. Or three more months. KG is not the type of guy who is going to show his hand. This much we know: He never had a worse season than last season. This we also know: Garnett’s value

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Sheridan: Phil Jackson keeps hearing one question: “How long?”

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. — He gets asked the question once per day, on average. “How long, Phil? How long will it take?” Phil Jackson never answers in specifics. At least that is how he made it sound Friday as he was asked that very same question yet again as the New York Knicks prepared to open their 2014-15 training camp. “How long?” When will the championship drought that began in 1973-74 come to an end? When will the reconstruction be complete? When will the

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Levi: The Russell Westbrook debate – Most Polarizing Player in NBA?

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Russell Westbrook personifies the story of his generation in the NBA. He is probably the most polarizing player in the league. Here we will try to layout the arguments of his loyal supporters, who believe he is one of the top 10 players in the NBA, as well as the reasoning of his naysayers, who believe he is far too out of control to play point guard. Once we do that, we will debunk both. Then, with a clean slate, we will

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Terrence Jones, Gorgui Dieng Lead West’s Breakout Team

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On Saturday, we gave you our All-Breakout Team for the upcoming season for the Eastern Conference. Today, we bring you our Western Conference All-Breakout Team. These are the players we believce are on the verge of breaking out or standing out. We used the same parameters – five players, one at each position, but no rookies. Let’s get right to it.  

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Three-Man Weave: A Closer Look at the Bulls-Cavaliers Rivalry

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The most intriguing team in the NBA this season is unquestionably the Cleveland Cavaliers. And the secocnd-most intriguing team in the NBA this season may be the Chicago Bulls. This summer, the Cavaliers remade themselves from a laughingstock to a legitimate contender with the additions of LeBron James and Kevin Love. Meanwhile, the Bulls are hoping the return of Derrick Rose and the addition of Pau Gasol puts them in the championship chase as well. And both teams play in the Central Division,

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