Tweet of the Day: Portland Rookie CJ McCollom Wants A Handout

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Adidas announced a contract extension with Portland Trail Blazers All-Star point guard Damian Lillard Monday. The deal, as reported by many news outlets, could be worth up to $100 million plus incentives.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Darren Rovell reported the $100 million potential of the deal.

The deal, which can extend to 10 years, could be worth up to $100 million including incentives and options … It’s believed to be the largest shoe deal since Derrick Rose signed a 13-year deal in 2012 that could be worth more than $185 million.

Chris Haynes of Comcast SportsNet had more details on the length of the deal.

The deal, according to another source, is an eight-year contract that has the potential to stretch out to 10 years if he reaches certain incentive clauses.

Due to Lillard reaching certain performance incentive clauses in his adidas rookie shoe deal, he was able to opt out at the end of the season to pursue a long-term, prosperous contract with adidas, Nike or other major competitors. Instead of waiting, Lillard’s representatives gave adidas an exclusive 30-day window to renegotiate before checking out other offers. That 30 days was up on April. 1.

Clearly, the negotiations with Adidas went well, as the two sides have now come to terms on a very lucrative deal.

Bernucca: Have Pacers Lost Belief in Themselves?

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Believe it or not, there’s someone out there who doesn’t think the Indiana Pacers are coming apart at the seams. Lance Stephenson

“Everybody goes through this,” Spurs guard Tony Parker said last week after San Antonio manhandled Indiana, 103-77, on the Pacers’ home court. “I’m not worried about them. They’ll still make it to the Eastern Conference finals and they’ll still play Miami.”

Parker is somewhat right. From time to time, every championship contender has a stretch during a season where they look ordinary. Addled. Even awful at times.

Last month, the Miami Heat lost three in a row and seven of 11, including a home contest to Denver and a visit to New Orleans after which Chris Bosh plainly said, “We suck.”

The Oklahoma City Thunder welcomed back Russell Westbrook as they came out of the All-Star break and immediately lost three straight and five of eight, including a home loss to Cleveland and a road setback to the L.A. Lakers. The Houston Rockets were a pedestrian 8-8 in December, losing at home and on the road to Sacramento, at Utah and being blasted at Oklahoma City and Indiana.

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Scotto: Nets Want Raptors, Not Bulls in Playoffs

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1909fuhgeddabouditThe Nets and Bulls are on course for a potential rematch of last year’s first-round playoff series.

Is this the ideal scenario for Brooklyn? As they say in the borough, “Fuhgeddaboudit!”

It’s been a frigid winter in Brooklyn, and a trip to the “Windy City” could dampen any hopes of the Nets springing ahead to the next round.

Scotto: Phil Jackson Rejuvenates Carmelo Anthony, But Will Melo Stay?

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Phil JacksonThree years ago, New York literally rolled out the red carpet for Carmelo Anthony upon his arrival at Madison Square Garden while blasting “I’m Coming Home” by Diddy.

On Tuesday, as Phil Jackson’s career officially came full circle, his introductory press conference soundtrack included “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” by Bon Jovi and “Glory Days” by Bruce Springsteen.

Once the offseason begins, the nearly $130 million question is if Anthony and Jackson will return New York to the glory days by performing a new duet called, “Who Says You Can’t Stay Home?”

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Tweet of the Day: Kevin Love Praises Joakim Noah

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Joakim Noah is a quiet warrior.

The 6-foot-11 Chicago Bulls center has become the team’s best healthy player and even one of the NBA’s best players and he did it completely under the radar.

Noah jumped into a leadership role when Derrick Rose tore his meniscus in November. The Bulls have won 21 of 29 games since Jan. 1, an East best. Chicago even managed to keep winning after losing Luol Deng via trade two months ago.

On Sunday the Bulls hosted the struggling New York Knicks and Noah put on a show. He had a career-high 14 assists to go with 13 points and 12 rebounds. With his stellar playmaking, he became the first center to post at least 14 assists since 1986. Chicago got the win, effortlessly, the final score was 109-90.

Minnesota Timberwolves star forward Kevin Love had high praise for Noah’s passing.

K-Love isn’t too bad himself, and it’s not everyday he delivers such high praise.

Noah has averaged 12 points and 11.5 rebounds per game this season.

The Bulls are making a push for home advantage in the playoffs and they shouldn’t be ignored. They’re currently tied for third place with Toronto in the Eastern Conference.

Rose isn’t returning in the regular season, but maybe that’s OK. If Chicago keeps getting this type of production from Noah, the Bulls may be able to ride the wave to home-court advantage. Rose might be back for the playoffs, if not, the Bulls have made noise without him before.

For now, give the keys to Noah and let him do the driving.

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Brett Poirier is a contributor to Sheridan Hoops.