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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NBA Referee Dick Bavetta Calls It Quits

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Dick Bavetta’s first game as an NBA referee was a Celtics-Knicks game at Madison Square Garden was Dec. 2, 1975. The first game I covered as a writer with Dick Bavetta as an NBA referee also was a Celtics-Knicks game, almost 14 years later. The once-mighty Celtics were fighting to make the playoffs. Larry Bird had missed most of the season with a back injury. His replacement was Kevin Gamble, a second-year player already on his second team. Early on, there was

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SH Blog: Andrew Wiggins says that he wants to play for a team that wants him

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Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Andrew Wiggins told ESPN on Sunday morning that he just wants to play for a team that wants him. The return of LeBron James to Cleveland has put the organization on an expedited “win now” approach, and the talented rookie seems to be the most expendable casualty in their efforts to land another established star. Wiggins has been linked to multiple reports of a potential trade involving him and Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love for weeks.

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Marks: Changing Lottery Rules Won’t Cure What Ails the NBA

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PHILADELPHIA – Let’s begin with a question. In the three-plus decades since David Stern took the reins as NBA commissioner from Larry O’Brien  and handed them to Adam Silver, what do these franchises – the Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors, Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards, New Orleans Pelicans, Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers – have in common? Answer: None has gone to the NBA Finals. Furthermore, among that group only Denver, Minnesota, Milwaukee, Sacramento and

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May: Still Awaiting the Fireworks from Celtics

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Fireworks? Don’t talk about fireworks! You kidding me? Fireworks? (With apologies to Jim Mora.) To be fair, the big boss man of the Celtics, Wyc Grousbeck, did not promise or guarantee fireworks this summer. He only said there could be fireworks if everything went according to Hoyle. Celtics fans, rightly, took that to mean something big. You know, big, like a certain power forward for the Minnesota Timberwolves. But like Dylan at Woodstock, Kevin Love ain’t coming and, so far, it’s been one

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PODCAST: More on Bulls’ Big Trade Offer for Kevin Love

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I reported this morning that the Chicago Bulls have made an offer of Nikola Mirotic, TajGibson, and Doug McDermott to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Kevin Love. Naturally, this was big news in Chicago — especially since it comes one day after both McDermott and Mirotic signed their rookie contracts. They cannot be traded for another 29 days. I talked about the Bulls’ offer, and how it stacks up against other teams’ offers, in this interview with the Carman & Jurko

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Tweet of the Day: Bill Russell Collapses, Hawks Owner Shows Concern

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In a story that has seemed to get little attention Thursday, Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell collapsed while speaking at a corporate event in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Russell, 80, has made a second career out of public speaking since retiring from basketball with 11 NBA championship rings. Understandably so, as many companies greatly desire the “team” concept amongst their employees. He was reported to have been feeling faint throughout the event before collapsing. He did, however, remain conscious, and was transported to a

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