Tweet of the Night: Luol Deng Concerned About Injuries

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With the NBA regular season just nine short days away, players and teams are turning it up a notch to prepare for the first meaningful games since spring. Chris Paul dropped 40 last night. Kevin Durant 36 two nights before. Luol Deng doesn’t bring that type of offensive firepower to the table, but he’s still more than ready to get back on the court with the Chicago Bulls, a popular favorite to dethrone the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference.

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Tweet of the Night: John Calipari excited to see the return of Derrick Rose

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After a year-long absence, Derrick Rose finally made his debut at the United Center for a rousing ovation on Wednesday against the Detroit Pistons. The point guard did not disappoint, scoring 22 points in 22 minutes and doing acrobatic stuff like this. There were questions heading into the preseason about whether Rose would be as explosive as he was prior to his knee surgery, but with each passing game, he has put those questions to rest. His college coach John Calipari saw

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NBA Rumors and News for October 13, 2013

Sunday, October 13 Daily Trivia: Who holds the playoff record for most free throws made in a game? Answer below. Jazz Interested in Marquis Teague? Posted at 5:05 PM ET The Utah Jazz have previously shown trade interest in Bulls’ guard Marquis Teague and could revisit interest depending on Trey Burke’s timetable, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. Utah will find out Monday if Trey Burke’s fractured finger will require surgery. Teague is entering his second NBA season with the Bulls where he averaged

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Jordan vs. James, 10 years in: Who is the best NBA player of all time?

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As long as there is sports talk radio and avoidable TV programs like “First Take,” there will be a debate on who is the greatest basketball player who ever lived. The following is going to make this writer look like a big, fat hypocrite, since there was a June article on this site, by this very writer, with the headline “Please stop comparing LeBron James to Michael Jordan.” But we can’t help it, can we? LeBron James now has two NBA

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Schayes: 10 Predictions for 2013-14 Season

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Is it an honor to go last? I hope that’s what Sheridan was thinking when he assigned my the final edition of our senior staff writers’ 10 Season Predictions. The funny thing is that I am enough of a senior citizen to have had each of our esteemed prognosticating vets (Sheridan, Mark Heisler, Jan Hubbard, Chris Bernucca, Peter May) cover me with a notebook and tape recorder in their hands. And now I am an ink-stained wretch just like them. Woo-hoo.

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NBA Future Odds: Las Vegas vs Offshore

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The NBA futures market has opened up across many different sports books and shops, not only in Las Vegas but also across the offshore markets as well. In this column, I am going to list all of the different odds and current opportunities between these shops to see if there are any differences worth noting and where the biggest discrepancies lie. Here are the two Las Vegas Sports Books that we will be comparing: The Las Vegas Hilton and William Hill;

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Heisler: 10 Predictions for the 2013-14 Season

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Counting down to the exciting 2013-14 season … And counting, and counting, and counting. The preseason may be on, but I’m holding the excitement until something happens. By that I mean something bigger than media day, where all involved tell us what they’d like most, as if sitting in Santa Claus’ lap, asking for a pony. The tipoff is they have media day in Charlotte, and everyone is just as optimistic there. Personally, I try to measure my (yawn) excitement level, according to the

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Geltzeiler: Five Players Who Could/Should Have Breakout Seasons

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Before last season began, I wrote a piece predicting 5 players who will have breakout seasons, 5 players who will get traded, and 5 players who will have the biggest impact on the title picture. I whiffed so badly on the players who will be traded and the players that will impact the title picture, that I’m not even going to try again. However, I was 2 for 5 on my five breakout players (Ty Lawson and Paul George), which would win me

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