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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SH Blog: Bryant still a few weeks away from fully running, how Kerr received a black eye from Jordan

Kobe Bryant

Remember all the talk throughout the summer about where Kobe Bryant stands in terms of being able to play in the season opener? The superstar guard gave us great optimism when he confidently jumped into a pool from 40-plus feet above the ground last month. However, we are now just 36 days away before the Los Angeles Lakers play their first game of the season, and there is still no concrete news on when Bryant will resume basketball activities. The only thing

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SH Blog: Derrick Rose gained 10 pounds of muscle, says he is more explosive and a lot quicker

Derrick Rose

There were a few notable players from last season who barely saw, if at all, any playing time due to significant injuries. The immediate names that come to mind are Andrew Bynum, Derrick Rose and Danny Granger. How these players return from their year-long absence in the upcoming season is obviously critical for the success of their respective teams. With training camps fast-approaching, there is still a sense of uncertainty when you think of some of those names. Bynum, in particular,

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SH Blog: NBA clears Nets’ signing of Kirilenko, Derrick Rose will never try to recruit players

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When the Brooklyn Nets somehow acquired Andrei Kirilenko for the low, low price of $3.18 million for next season (and a player option for roughly the same amount the following season) it was reported that executives around the league were furious, due to what they believed to be foul play, behind the scenes. Owner Mikhail Prokhorov and Kirilenko have ties in Russia, and it was under the assumption that the forward was accommodated in ways that don’t necessarily show in

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SH Blog: Rodman says Kim Jong Un is a very good guy, contract talks stall between Deng and Bulls

Rodman Kim Jong-un

Important NBA news and player movement has mostly been dwindling over the past few weeks as the offseason begins to wind down. No matter. There are still plenty of interesting stuff going on around the league, starting with the continued ridiculousness of Dennis Rodman and his bizarre friendship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. The former rebounding machine visited Kim back in February and did so again, this time providing plenty of specifics, from Brian Mahoney of The A.P.: Dennis Rodman is

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

Derrick Williams

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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