Mitnick: 2014 International Draft Prospects Below the Lottery

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Who are this year’s international men of mystery whose names will be called at the 2014 NBA draft? We already have looked at Dante Exum, who is a near lock for the top five, as well as Dario Saric and Jusuf Nurkic, a pair of bigs playing in Croatia who could be in the lottery. However, this international class goes a bit deeper, with a few established players who can play right away, plus the usual draft-and-stash candidates who could come to the league after a few years of

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Open Letter To Phil Jackson: Give some thought to hiring Maccabi’s David Blatt

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Dear Coach Jackson, I’m sure you have been very busy in your new role as President of the New York Knicks and have been entrenched in recent days with the Chicago pre-draft combine, the excitement of this year’s NBA playoffs and the delicate process of selecting a new head coach. The task of choosing the right head coach for the Knicks is far from simple. New York, in any sport, is an environment in which any coach or decision maker is under

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Euroleague Final Four Preview: Mayhem in Milan

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After a fantastic season of Euroleague basketball, one weekend of mayhem in Milano will decide the champion. While the seven-game series format leading up to the Final Four has proven undeniably exciting (and profitable), there is a special charm to the Euroleague’s one-and-done Final Four format that gives off a very comparative feeling to the NCAA Final Four. For the first time since 2006, neither of the Greek powerhouses – Olympiacos and Panathinaikos – will be represented in the Final Four. Instead,

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An Inside Look At The Newest Cavalier: Scotty Hopson

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Hopson on his way to winning the 2013 Israeli League Dunk Contest The Cavs are making a playoff push, and they’ve filled out their roster with a 15th guy. Is Scotty Hopson any good? Decide for yourself after watching him play, but here is my take after watching him this season. On Monday, it was announced that Cleveland had signed the ex-Anadolu Efes wingman to a 2-year, $3.8 million contract, with a team option for next year. There has

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Tweet of the Day: Pau Gasol Supports Lamar Odom

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Everyone in this world makes mistakes. Everyone has their demons—sure, they may vary in severity, but nobody is perfect. Fortunately for many, life has its second chances. Such is life for Lamar Odom. After a whirlwind swirl of media attention amidst a plethora of allegations and accusations ranging from drugs to infidelity and having experienced terrible off-court tragedies, his life fell to pieces in the national media—both on and off the court. Odom, a two-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers who began

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Mitnick: Bogdanovic The Answer To The Nets’ Future?

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Not to be confused with the Serbian guard Bogdan Bogdanovic The Nets may have traded away most of their future cap space and draft picks to obtain KG and “The Truth”, but they sneakily held on to one of their aces, Bojan Bogdanovic, a Croatian star who may just be the answer to how the Nets will transition into the post-KG era. After a horrid 11-20 start, the Nets have managed to turn things around since New Year’s,

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Mitnick: Top Five American Draft-and-Stashes

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NBA teams have been drafting European players and stashing them overseas for several years. But the term “Eurostash” has taken on a whole new meaning this season. It’s the Americans who are being stashed across the pond, too. And one of them can actually be called an “Aussiestash.” There’s a new term for y’all. This year’s draft featured five American players taken out of college who are currently hooping overseas while their rights are retained by NBA teams. And that doesn’t count second-round

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Deadline Looming For Euroleague Scoring Champ Bobby Brown

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Last season’s Euroleague scoring champion, Bobby Brown, has until August 15th to exercise the NBA out in the contract he signed in China with the DongGuan Leopards. With the deadline approaching, will the super scoring guard get a second chance in the NBA? The Knicks were considering him, but went for Beno Udrih instead. Will anybody else go after him in the next couple days? Bobby Brown is a 28-year old, lighting quick, 6’1” point guard who can score at will

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