Bernucca: Picking The All-Star Reserves

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This week, while NBA coaches pick the All-Star reserves, the NBA will pick the All-Star coaches. Neither task is as easy. David Blatt’s dismissal as coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers has added a bizarre twist to next month’s All-Star Game in Toronto. The Cavs have the best record in the Eastern Conference, which means their staff was on track to coach the East All-Stars. But Blatt has been replaced by Tyronn Lue, who will coach just five games before the deadline of

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All-Star dilemma: The West Frontcourt

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Every year, All-Star debate centers around a team or player. Player X was snubbed. Team Y needs more All-Stars because of their record. We could see a convergence of debate in the Western Conference frontcourt this season. Players that deserve consideration for these spots include Draymond Green, DeMarcus Cousins, Blake Griffin, Dirk Nowitzki, LaMarcus Aldridge and Anthony Davis. [Read more…]

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Sheridan: Who Will Play For Team USA?

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We have two pieces of news to pick apart today: The announcement that USA Basketball has released a list of 30 finalists for the 2016 Olympic team, and the “non-commitment” from LeBron James regarding whether he will be part of the party. And yes, it will be a party. The games are in Brazil, after all. And LeBron, whose non-commitment is disingenuous at best, does not miss a good party. So let me tell you a little story about the Brazilians. [Read more…]

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Fantasy Spin: Butler, Cousins Pay Off For Daily Owners; Win $20K For $3

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Congratulations to everyone who keyed on Jimmy Butler $8700 and DeMarcus Cousins last night to win big at DraftKings. Also common to many of the highest-scoring eight-man lineups were Ish Smith and Robert Covington, but “hawks3312″ won $15,000 for $3 with the best production from his other four players (Tony Parker, Joakim Noah $5400, Trey Lyles and Julius Randle.) [Read more…]

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Bernucca: If Outspoken Butler Isn’t Leader of Bulls, Who Is?

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If you are like many Americans – middle-class, middle-aged males not unlike myself – and watched your first NBA games this season on Christmas, then you probably think the Chicago Bulls are just fine. If you have watched at any other time this season, then you know otherwise. On Christmas, the Bulls played perhaps their best game of the season. They went into Loud City without injured emotional leader Joakim Noah and never trailed against the Thunder, leaving with a convincing 105-96

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