NBA Releases Kinder, Gentler 2015-16 Schedule

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The kinder, gentler NBA schedule is out. First, here’s the stuff you want. Opening Night is Tuesday, Oct. 27 and has a TNT doubleheader with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers visiting the Chicago Bulls and the New Orleans Pelicans visiting MVP Stephen Curry and the defending champion Golden State Warriors, who will be handing out rings and hoisting their title banner. Both are rematches of playoff showdowns. The following night, it’s ESPN’s turn with Kevin Durant returning for the Oklahoma City Thunder

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PODCAST: NBA Offseason Winners & Losers, Rookie of the Year Discussion

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Despite it being the dog days of the NBA offseason, there’s always a lot to talk about in the NBA. From the Hornets’ offseason to the NBA playing in Africa, this hour-long podcast covered a lot of ground. In the first episode of a new weekly podcast, Shlomo Sprung of SheridanHoops and Max Kirshblum were joined by ESPN Radio’s Josiah Turner to talk the winners and losers of the NBA offseason and by SheridanHoops contributor Jacob Eisenberg to discuss Noah Vonleh, Kyle

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Bernucca: 2011 Draft Contract Extension Scoreboard: Free Agent Market Just Got Crowded

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On first blush, next summer’s free agent market seemed a bit fallow. The biggest names among 2015 unrestricted free agents have been out there for some time – Marc Gasol, Rajon Rondo, DeAndre Jordan, Paul Millsap and Tyson Chandler. A nice collection of players, sure, but nothing like the star power of the potential 2016 free agency market. Greg Monroe joined the fray when he accepted his qualifying offer from the Detroit Pistons. And there are likely opt-outs coming from Goran Dragic,

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Bernucca: The Biggest Losers of the NBA Offseason

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On Wednesday, we took a look at the biggest winners of the NBA offseason, a baker’s dozen of players, teams, coaches and even an executive who had a spectacular summer. Today, we look at the NBA offseason’s biggest losers, a collection of an unlucky 13 players, teams, coaches and even an owner. Yeah, take a wild guess at that last one. We also felt the need to include one team’s fan base, which truly deserves better than it has gotten over the

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Bernucca: The Biggest Winners of the NBA Offseason

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Free agency has died down, the FIBA World Cup is in full swing and training camps open in less than a month, which makes it as good a time as any to look back at the NBA offseason and determine who were the biggest winners and losers. We didn’t limit ourselves to a round number. The list includes teams, coaches, players and even an executive. It is in alphabetical order and doesn’t have some secret analytic formula that determines the biggest

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Sixers GM Sam Hinkie addresses Joel Embiid’s Twitter account

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“I told him I want him to take over my Twitter,” Philadelphia 76ers General Manager Sam Hinkie joked to reporters about Joel Embiid’s Twitter feed in a Tuesday afternoon conference call. “I need to get my follower count up.” Hinkie addressed the media to discuss the recent three-team trade involving Kevin Love that saw Philadelphia acquire Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Alex Shved and Miami’s 2015 first round pick (top 10 protected) in exchange for Thaddeus Young. Embiid has gained a lot

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Washington Wizards enter East’s upper echelon with depth and continuity

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A year can make an enormous difference in the perception of an NBA team. Last summer, the Washington Wizards had the same backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal but they were faced with immense pressure of having to make the playoffs to save the jobs of head coach Randy Wittman and general manager Ernie Grunfeld. Before the season began, Grunfeld made what many perceived as a panicky move and sent its first round pick to Phoenix for Marcin Gortat, who was

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Mitnick: Can The Spanish National Team Upset Team USA?

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After Kevin Durant quit (to borrow a phrase from Sheridan) and Paul George’s devastating broken leg, the hosts of the 2014 Basketball World Cup have emerged as legitimate contenders for a gold medal. While Team USA remains the odds-on favorites according to sportsbettinginfo.com to take the gold, despite clearly sending a “B” team, they will have their work cut out for them overcoming a cohesive Spanish team in a potential Gold Medal game. The Spanish national team will be in Group A with France

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