Tweet of the Day: Players React To Deadline Deals

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Thursday in the NBA meant trades, at least it normally would. It was the trade deadline after all.

Trade activity started slow, but picked up as the deadline drew near. A total of nine deals went down Thursday, add the two that occurred Wednesday and a total of 11 occurred before the clock struck at 3:00 PM.

If you’re looking for all of the details, SheridanHoops has plenty of trade deadline coverage.

Of course, while all of the writers, analysts and experts have fun breaking down the trades and talking to their hearts’ content, there is a group of individuals more directly impacted by the deals who have their own thoughts to share … the players.

Here is some of the feedback that they have shared on Twitter.

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Tweet of the Night: NBA Players react to UFC 168

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It’s very rare that the worlds of basketball and mixed martial arts cross paths, but when it does it’s always interesting to see a players take on the sport.

With the highly anticipated main event between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman at UFC 168, players from around the NBA watched the bout. With their interests particularly rooted in this match, their reactions  were mixed as the fight ended with a shocking injury.

Tweet of the Day: NBA Players Promote Typhoon Relief

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Typhoon Haiyan: residents of Tacloban city

Super typhoon Haiyan ravaged the Philippines over the weekend.

As details of its destruction have become global news in the days since its wake, more and more athletes are coming forward to herald the relief cause.

It began last week, as Haiyan was first reaching land, when Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes had linked to the American Red Cross’ relief page on his Facebook post, as was mentioned in Friday’s Tweet of the Day.

Monday, many more NBA players have come forward in expressing their concern and sympathies for those feeling the effects of Haiyan’s carnage.

SH Blog: Pelicans make four-year offer to Evans, Warriors want Howard and explore options to deal Lee

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Chris PaulThe 2013 summer of free agency has officially begun, and it has been a chaotic 24 hours, to say the least.

Players all around the league have been on the phone or traveling to find their next destination. The biggest name – Dwight Howard – is still in the process of meeting various teams, while the other big name in Chris Paul has already made the decision to stick with the Los Angeles Clippers. Those are just two of many, many updates about what has gone down so far. So without further ado, find all the news you can handle from Day 1 of free agency below (be prepared for the Woj Bombs):

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SH Blog: What’s next for the Lakers? Aaron McKie or Larry Drew next Sixers coach? Splitter to miss 2nd round?

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Paul PierceThe Celtics aren’t done yet. Despite blowing a 20-point lead, Boston hung in there to pull out an OT win and send the series back to New York for Game 5.

The Bucks and Lakers, on the other hand, are done. The Lakers never had much of a chance without Kobe Bryant, and the Bucks got stuck by the wrecking ball known as the Heat.

Speaking of the Bucks, here’s a column from Chris Sheridan that questions whether Brandon Jennings is really more valuable than Nate Robinson. He doesn’t think so.

The other series that’s still 3-0 is Rockets-Thunder, and to this point it’s been way more competitive than that 3-0 indicates. But, as Keith Calkins writes, the Rockets still find themselves staring a sweep straight in the face.

Today’s blog is fairly playoff-centric, as is to be expected during the first round of the playoffs, but let’s kick things off with some news about a non-playoff team:

  • There’s a couple names popping up in the Sixers’ coaching search. The first is current Hawks coach Larry Drew. John N. Mitchell of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes: “If the Atlanta Hawks part ways with coach Larry Drew when the Hawks are bumped from the NBA playoffs, Drew would be interested in coaching the 76ers, a source with knowledge of the situation said on Saturday. “Larry loves coaching, and he wants to continue as a head coach,” said the league source. “He’s in a difficult situation, and it’s hard to say what will happen in Atlanta.” The Sixers are looking for a replacement for Doug Collins, who resigned one day after the regular season ended earlier this month. Drew is in the final year of his contract. The Hawks hired Danny Ferry as the general manager last summer, and there has been speculation ever since that Ferry would look to hire his own coach.”
  • Here’s another name in that search, courtesy of Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe: “A coaching search remains in Philadelphia after Doug Collins stepped down, and the 76ers are seeking a dynamic young replacement who could help upgrade a flawed roster. While Brian Shaw’s name has been mentioned, someone to watch is former assistant, and former 76er, Aaron McKie, who is familiar with the roster and is a Philadelphia native.”

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