Tweet of the Day: Heat Are Getting Deeper

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The Miami Heat got a little deeper over the weekend, adding NBA veteran Roger Mason Jr. Not exactly a blockbuster signing, but Mason can provide the Heat with additional three-point shooting after losing Mike Miller in free agency. It’s not everyday a player gets the chance to suit up with the champions, but Mason seems to realize that. MIAMI HEAT! #soblessed http://t.co/Z4NTguS5dS — Roger Mason Jr (@MoneyMase) September 29, 2013 The tweet included this photo which shows him wearing a Heat practice shirt.Mason, a 6-foot-5

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Sprung: With Paul George and solid core, Pacers are East’s most secure franchise

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With wing extraordinaire Paul George signing a max-level, five-year contract with the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, a legitimate argument can be made that the Pacers have the most secure medium to long-term future of any Eastern Conference team. At just 23 years of age, the 6-8 small forward already is one of the top five defenders in the NBA, as evidenced by his regular season advanced numbers, and is quickly developing a really strong offensive game.

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Central Division 2013-14 Team-by-Team Previews

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This could be the league’s toughest division from a 1-2 standpoint, as outlined in our August Power Rankings. Adding Luis Scola, not to mention Chris Copeland, for the price of next to nothing amounted to balance-tipping moves by Indiana Pacers executives Donnie Walsh and Larry Bird. Remember, these guys took the Miami Heat to seven games in the Eastern Conference finals – and they did it with Tyler Hansbrough and Gerald Green as two primary options off the bench. Throw that

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Evening News: Tibs wants Bulls to re-sign Deng; Sheed mentoring J-Smoove; Noel looks “explosive”

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In today’s news, Luol Deng’s expiring contract in Chicago could cause a rift between the front office and the coach, Rasheed Wallace begins mentoring Josh Smith in his new gig as an assistant in Detroit and Nerlens Noel talked to the media about his rehab progress. Thibodeau would be upset with Bulls if Deng left According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, the occasionally unsteady relationship between Tom Thibodeau and Chicago’s front office might hit further turbulence in the coming months

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SH Blog: How Important Are Kobe’s Offseason Workouts? Andrew Bynum Could Miss Training Camp; Gilbert Arenas Could Workout For Clippers

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The separation between talent and skill is one of the greatest misunderstood concepts for people who are trying to excel. In life and in sports. Either way, talent is natural. You either have it or you don’t. Skill is different. Skill can only be developed by hours and hours of working on your craft. Hours. And hours. And hours.

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Evening News: Extension talks stall between Bulls and Deng; Durant open to working with Olajuwon

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In today’s latest NBA news, Chicago and Luol Deng remain distant in negotiations for a contract extension, Kevin Durant tells the media that he would welcome an opportunity to train with Hakeem Olajuwon, and the Mavericks go bargain-hunting on another free agent big man. Contract negotiations stall between Bulls and Deng Sam Aggrey of Comcast SportsNet Chicago reports contract talks between the Chicago Bulls and their All Star swingman, Luol Deng, have hit an impasse.  Deng, who is entering the final year of

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SH Blog: Is Derrick Williams Safe In Minnesota? Could Durant Leave OKC? Hakeem Pays Tribute to Kobe

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As glamorous as it may seem, the NBA can be a tough place to make it for certain players. Being in the league alone justifies your level of talent. But it takes more than talent to survive. Just ask J.R. Smith and Lamar Odom, two of the more talented players in the league who cannot seem to get out of their own way. While it may not be drugs that are bringing Minnesota’s Derrick Williams down, the former No. 2 overall draft pick

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