Tweet of the Day: Kobe Bryant Among Many NBA Players Reflecting On Season’s End

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Wednesday is the final night in the NBA regular season.

It brings with it a lot of fun and excitement, as all 30 teams are in action. It also features quite of a few games of great import, seeing as there are more than a few teams jockeying for position in the playoffs.

More than anything, for a lot of NBA athletes, it brings a moment of reflection:  An entire year of hard work is coming to a close. For some, the reflection is less inviting:  An entire season has seemingly gone to waste.

Don’t believe me on the latter? Check out Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant’s response to this season.

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Chris Bernucca’s Postseason Award Choices

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Image.AdamSilverTransparency is a two-way street.

For years, NBA media members – echoing the sentiments of its passionate fan base – wanted more transparency from Commissioner David Stern and his executive staff. Whether it was a lottery drawing, a suspension in the playoffs or a referee scandal, folks felt like they were entitled to an explanation. And they were.

Stern grudgingly came around. He arranged for the media to meet with referees prior to the season about rules changes. He allowed the media into the lottery drawing. He okayed press releases that admitted, Yes, we blew that call.

Since replacing Stern as commissioner less than three months ago, Adam Silver has taken the NBA’s transparency up a notch. He declared that there will be an open dialogue about officiating and is walking the walk by making internal memos available to the media.

But Silver is getting something back, too. At All-Star Weekend this year, the media presented the notion of transparency with regard to how its members vote on postseason awards, and the commissioner bought in. 

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Joakim Noah, Al Horford and others around the league thrilled about Corey Brewer’s 51 points

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corey_brewer_headshotWhen you think of Corey Brewer, scoring is not the first thing that comes to mind. The swingman has never scored more than 29 points in his seven-year career, so it caught plenty of people off guard when they saw the stat sheet between Minnesota Timberwolves and Houston Rockets:

51 points.

He shot 19-of-30 from the field and also had six steals. How hot was he? This hot. It was a career game worth remembering for Brewer, who helped the Timberwolves upset the Rockets 112-110 despite playing without Kevin Love, Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic. Some of his college teammates and others who were simply impressed in general reacted to the surprising outburst by Brewer on Friday:

Bernucca: In Trying to Overtake Knicks, Nets Have Become Them

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ProkhorovIn his stated effort to upstage Knicks owner James Dolan, Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has become him.

Like Dolan, Prokhorov desperately wants an NBA championship. Like Dolan, he has pursued that desperation with financial abandon, giving his GM an open checkbook. Like Dolan, he has overspent on overvalued big names. Like Dolan, he has mortgaged his team’s future by giving away multiple draft picks.

And like Dolan, he appears headed down the abyss.

In two months, the Nets have gone from contenders with star power, maximum depth and championship pedigree on and off the court to pretenders with age issues, no speed or athleticism and a lack of direction from a clearly underqualified coach.

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Tweet of the Night: Ty Lawson comments on his injured eye

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Ty Lawson 1After starting the season in highly questionable fashion, Ty Lawson and the Denver Nuggets have fought their way back into the thick of things in the Western Conference.

The season looked doomed early on, as the team lost four of their first five games. New coach Brian Shaw had been tinkering with his lineup and his decisions appeared to be questionable at times, especially when he decided to start games with JaVale McGee, Anthony Randolph and J.J. Hickson. Predictably, the experiment quickly came to an end, Kenneth Faried was back in the starting lineup, and Denver has gotten back on track to a 4-4 record after beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 117-113 on Friday for its third consecutive victory.

Lawson had a tough night, going just six-of-16 from the floor with six turnovers, but was still instrumental in keeping the winning streak alive with his 14 points and 10 assists. Unfortunately, he took a shot in the eye from former teammate Corey Brewer in the final minutes of the game, and it did not look pretty:

Here is a look of the aftermath:

Lawson Lawson

(photos courtesy of @trueNBAfan and 1023 ESPN)

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James Park is the chief blogger of Sheridan Hoops. You can find him on twitter @SheridanBlog.