Bernucca: 2011 Draft Contract Extension Scoreboard: Does Vucevic Change the Big Man Market?

NBA 2012 - Magic Media Day

Orlando Magic GM Rob Hennigan probably saved somewhere in the neighborhood of $10 million by giving center Nikola Vucevic a four-year, $53 million contract extension. At the same time, he probably cost some of his rival GMs millions of dollars down the road. Vucevic’s extension averages $13.25 million. That is more per year than Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah (5 years, $60 million) and fellow All-Star Al Horford (5 years, $60 million). It is also more than Nikola Pekovic (5

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Bucks rookie Jabari Parker strives to become total package player

Jabari Draft

Things did not start out particularly well for young Jabari Parker. Just 2:49 into the first quarter on Monday night, the 19-year-old Milwaukee Bucks rookie and second overall draft pick was called for a questionable charge on new Knicks point guard Jose Calderon. It was his second personal foul of the game and would normally earn a player a quick trip to the bench. But on this night, a preseason battle meant for learning experiences and deciding teams’ final roster slots, new

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Celtics and Nets largely unaffected by experimental 44-minute game

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Adding some small degree of excitement to what would have been a dull, mundane preseason game at the Barclays Center, the league conducted an experiment with the Celtics and Nets playing 11-minute quarters on Sunday. In addition to the one fewer minute per quarter, there were two media timeouts in the second and fourth quarters instead of the normal three. The shorter 44-minute long game, the first one in NBA history, ended in a pleasant one hour and 58 minutes with the Celtics

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Hubbard: 44 Minutes? What Would Wilt Say?

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If it were possible to detect a belly laugh from the hereafter, I’m sure there would have been something bordering on a thunderclap last week when the NBA announced Sunday’s Brooklyn-Boston preseason game would be 44 minutes instead of 48. On second thought, it might have been closer to a booming “WTF?” Wilt Chamberlain has been dead for 15 years, but I can guarantee the mere suggestion of reducing the length of games still irritates him. “Forty-four minutes,” Wilt would bellow. “You

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Eisenberg: Speedy Dennis Schroder Coming Along Slowly

NBA: Toronto Raptors at Atlanta Hawks

What a difference a year makes. Just last summer, Dennis Schroder was the toast of the NBA Summer League and was heralded as the future cornerstone of the Atlanta Hawks. His long arms, quick hands and athletic prowess had veterans gushing that the Hawks had found the second coming of Rajon Rondo. One training camp later and, in theory, we should be in the same spot from where we started last season. Schroder just turned 21 in October – mere months older

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Sheridan: Where Does Michele Roberts Stand on Key NBA Labor Issues?

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Michele Roberts, the person, believes an age limit that keeps 18-year-olds out of the NBA is un-American. She also believes a maximum salary in a thriving industry is abhorrent. And she feels a system set up to prevent owners from overspending is flat-out ludicrous. Again, those are the opinions of Michele Roberts, the person. Not Michele Roberts, the new boss of the National Basketball Players Association. In her new job, max salaries, salary caps, luxury taxes and age limits are economic realities

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Sprung: How the Thunder Will Survive Without Kevin Durant

Shane Battier of the Heat defends Kevin Durant of the Thunder

How will the Oklahoma City Thunder do without Kevin Durant for the first six to eight weeks of the season? It’s extremely hard to tell, considering Durant has missed a total of 16 regular season games over the course of his seven-year career, including just two over the last two seasons. Durant’s lone absence last season came on Jan. 24 in a 101-83 win over Boston in which Russell Westbrook did not play, either. With Durant sidelined by a Jones fracture in

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Schayes: The NBPA Search: All’s Well that Ends Well

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FUBAR, Excruciating, Manipulated. These were all terms that I used to describe the search for the new Executive Director of the NBPA. The process that was used to replace Billy Hunter was full of twists and turns, intrigue, and uncertainty. It lasted way too long and was managed clumsily. There was a vote that wasn’t, then a do-over when word circulated about a seemingly forced outcome. At the end of the day the final vote was done hastily amid protest. Then, against

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