Bernucca: Cavs Are More Than Fragile. They’re Flawed

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Over the weekend, LeBron James called his slumping, underachieving Cleveland Cavaliers “a fragile team.” James is partially right. As a group, the Cavaliers aren’t dealing very well with the lofty expectations put upon them by pundits like me. Right now, they look like a typical front-running team that lacks mental toughness and gives in at the first sign of trouble. That was evident Saturday, when the Cavaliers sprinted to a 26-8 lead in the first eight minutes – and were overwhelmed thereafter

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Hubbard: Bird-Dirk: Still not a good comparison

When Dirk Nowitzki recently passed Hakeem Olajuwon on the list of all-time leading scorers, one publication ran photos of the top 10 scorers and it was easy to spot Dirk, the only white guy. There is nothing particularly profound about that. Dirk’s been around 16 years. We all know he’s from Germany, he’s white and he’s a great basketball player. But it did remind me of a comparison that was made long before it was even close to being even remotely legitimate

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Mitnick: EuroHoops update: Serbian fan killed in Turkey; Omar Cook sets Eurocup assist record

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Overshadowing what was a fantastic week in European basketball, the overseas hoops community was struck by shock and despair. Just after the 10th anniversary of the famous Malice at the Palace, an even more tragic confrontation went down in Turkey, as a 25 year old Serbian fan was murdered just prior to a Euroleague game between Galatasaray and Red Star Belgrade. As a coach, there are very few things that give you more motivation than seeing your home fans give you undying

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Scotto: Amid Boos and Tension, Kidd Triumphs in Return to Brooklyn

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BROOKLYN – Jason Kidd didn’t give a Buck about the thunderous boos and chants from Nets fans at Barclays Center. “I have bad hearing anyways,” Kidd said. “I thought whatever the greeting was, it’s about the players. People don’t pay to come to see the coach.” On this night, they did. This was more than just a game. This was a personal score that had to be settled among Nets management, Brooklyn fans and Kidd. The tension between Nets management and Kidd could

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Bosh still adapting to replacing LeBron James’ leadership role

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“It’s a lot to take in but that’s what I asked for,” said Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh on a rainy Monday night in Brooklyn. Bosh is still trying to take in the many responsibilities he accepted and undertook when he returned to Miami in July after LeBron James’ departure to Cleveland. Bosh took on Miami’s leading role after four years of being a supporting player. Bosh is now the team’s vocal leader and its top scorer, creator and facilitator. Shots

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Denver Nuggets struggling without star power

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Of the eight teams that reached the Western Conference playoffs last season, six of them had at least one player among the NBA’s top-20 in win shares. The two playoff teams that did not have a player among the top 20 were Memphis, with stars Marc Gasol, Mike Conley and Zach Randolph, and San Antonio, who boasts the famed star quartet of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard. Obtaining, maintaining and sustaining a roster with All-Star level talent

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Bernucca: For Derrick Rose, Image Becoming a Thorny Issue

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If Derrick Rose wants to sit out games because he doesn’t feel 100 percent healthy, that’s fine. If Rose wants to go to the coaching staff, training staff and management of the Chicago Bulls and develop some sort of maintenance program which allows him to sit out games from time to time, that’s fine, too. In fact, given what the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat have done with their aging stars over the last several seasons – and the success that

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Hubbard: Roberts’ rhetoric reminiscent of Stern

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Those who thought David Stern’s retirement would remove the bombast in collective bargaining between the NBA and its players association underestimated Michele Roberts. The veins may not be popping out of the temples; the face may not be as menacing as Lord Voldemort’s; the sound level may not be at Metallica decibels; but the new head of the players association made it clear again last week that Stern’s absence will make negotiations no less adversarial. Roberts repeated criticism of certain elements of the current

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