Preseason Playoff Picture: Western Conference

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In a teleconference last week, we asked NBA analysts Chris Webber and Greg Anthony to pick a Western Conference team which missed the playoffs last season but will make the playoffs this season. “Dallas, mainly because of Dirk Nowitzki,” Webber said. “He’ll be back healthy. What he does, with spacing, getting guys involved … We take his game for granted.” “I would go with the Pelicans,” Anthony said. “I think that’s a team that could make sizeable leaps and surprise a lot

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Schayes: The New Analytics: Fool’s Gold?

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Figures lie and liars figure. I remember when I asked my accountant how much I made from my investments one year and his answer was, “How much do you want to make?” Then he dropped the line above. I don’t mean that he was a crooked accountant. As a matter of fact, the opposite was true. His reputation was so good that his clients were almost never audited. The point was that you can use statistics to prove whatever you want them

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Scotto: Will Deron Williams Play This Preseason?

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Deron Williams practicing free throws. Photo courtesy of Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) BROOKLYN – Jason Kidd raised eyebrows while addressing Deron Williams’ injury over the weekend. Kidd was asked if he would be comfortable sitting his franchise point guard for the entire preseason. “This is going to be a question that we’ll probably have to deal with every day until he does get the green light to go,” said Kidd. “But we’re not rushing him, so if we have

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Dinosaurs Deliver: Senior Staff Predictions for the 2013-2014 NBA Season

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If you put together all the years of basketball journalism experience among the six writers listed below (OK, we’ll exclude Danny Schayes, but he DID learn a thing or two during his six or seven decades as a backup stiff center), you’ve got almost a century of combined veteran savvy. Yes, we are older than the Nets. And last year’s GeriatKnicks. Those of you who have been following this site since its inception more than two years ago know that Sheridan Hoops

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Jordan vs. James, 10 years in: Who is the best NBA player of all time?

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As long as there is sports talk radio and avoidable TV programs like “First Take,” there will be a debate on who is the greatest basketball player who ever lived. The following is going to make this writer look like a big, fat hypocrite, since there was a June article on this site, by this very writer, with the headline “Please stop comparing LeBron James to Michael Jordan.” But we can’t help it, can we? LeBron James now has two NBA

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Schayes: 10 Predictions for 2013-14 Season

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Is it an honor to go last? I hope that’s what Sheridan was thinking when he assigned my the final edition of our senior staff writers’ 10 Season Predictions. The funny thing is that I am enough of a senior citizen to have had each of our esteemed prognosticating vets (Sheridan, Mark Heisler, Jan Hubbard, Chris Bernucca, Peter May) cover me with a notebook and tape recorder in their hands. And now I am an ink-stained wretch just like them. Woo-hoo.

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Hubbard: 10 Predictions for the 2013-14 Season

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Although I wouldn’t consider myself to be a serious bettor, I do enjoy an occasional trip to Las Vegas, where the betting is legal and sometimes expensive. Vegas is the ultimate venue for those who believe they are blessed with the power of clairvoyance. Think you’re smart enough to predict the outcome of a game, or games? Sports books provide unlimited opportunity for you to prove it. On an ideal day, I would wish for the ability to make three correct

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Heisler: 10 Predictions for the 2013-14 Season

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Counting down to the exciting 2013-14 season … And counting, and counting, and counting. The preseason may be on, but I’m holding the excitement until something happens. By that I mean something bigger than media day, where all involved tell us what they’d like most, as if sitting in Santa Claus’ lap, asking for a pony. The tipoff is they have media day in Charlotte, and everyone is just as optimistic there. Personally, I try to measure my (yawn) excitement level, according to the

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