SH Blog: Calipari to Lakers? Dumars to step down; Kyrie and Dion put an end to the rumors

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UCONN upset Kentucky Monday night in the National Championship game, defeating the wildcats 60-54 in an up-and-down game that they led buzzer-to-buzzer.

There were big shots and highlight plays made all night by NBA level talent. The game could have gone either way until UCONN wrapped things up with just under two minutes to play. The presentation, broadcast and atmosphere were A-plus.

Shabazz Nappier and Ryan Boatright were phenomenal.

Kentucky’s heralded freshman class flashed NBA talent. Especially James young.

It was the second fantastic title game in a row. 

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Tweet of the Night: Kyrie Irving vs. Dion Waiters and Josh Gordon?

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Cleveland CavaliersThe Cleveland Cavaliers have been riding an emotional roller coaster this year.

At times they’ve looked like a playoff caliber team, and other times they’ve looked like one of the most poor and dysfunctional teams in the league.

The rides destination from the start was always the playoffs, and that ride all but came to an end with Saturday nights overtime loss to the Charlotte Bobcats — the surprise playoff team of the Eastern Conference — but for some strange reason nobody has gotten off of the roller coaster yet. 

Tweet of the Night: Kyrie Irving sick of rumors and accusations, calls media headlines B.S.

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Kyrie Irving 2This season has been one of great disappointment and controversy for Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star Kyrie Irving.

Expected to be one of the more competitive teams in the Eastern Conference before the season began, the Cavaliers have floundered and are all but out of playoff contention after their latest 117-98 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday.

More importantly, there have been rumors all season long about how Irving doesn’t want to remain in Cleveland – rumors Irving has denied. The most recent report, however, went even further, saying he has wanted out of Cleveland for years. Robert Attenweiler of Cavstheblog.com discussed with Brian Windhorst of ESPN:

The truth is [Kyrie’s] camp has been putting out there for years – years – that he doesn’t want to be in Cleveland. That they don’t want him in Cleveland. He doesn’t like Mike Brown. He didn’t like Chris Grant. He doesn’t like Dion Waiters. He’s already gotten a General Manager fired. He might get Mike Brown fired. This is the last time – once he signs he loses all of his leverage – so this is the last time he gets to enact leverage. I know he’s said all the right things so, fine, on July 1, when they offer a max contract – which they will – and I don’t even know if he’s a max player, but you have to sign him – sign a five year, no out. That’s what a max contract is. A max contract is five years, no out. If you want out or you want three years, that’s not a max contract. You want three years? Okay, we’ll give you $12 million a year. We’re not giving you the full thing.

I’m just giving you my feel right now and my feel is that he’s not crazy about [signing the full max extension] unless he gets everything checked off across the board.

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Now, Kyrie has been very upset by this stuff but, whether he wants to acknowledge it or not, it exists out there and I’m just saying the way it is. I’m sure Cavs fans are upset about it. The Cavs are upset about it. When I’ve written about it, the Cavs have been like “Why does this stuff have to be written about us?” I say, “It has to be written about you because this could happen.”

SH Blog: Jabari Parker considering return to Duke after loss; Scouts break down Andrew Wiggins; Calhoun linked to Boston College; Amar’e will sacrifice to stay with Knicks

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It’s mid-March, and that certainly means it’s time for the NBA to take a backseat to the NCAA Tournament, because, well, there’s just nothing like it.

In the first day and a half we’ve seen four overtime games, two buzzer beaters and several other games come down to the last few seconds. Oh, and Duke lost Mercer.

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Introducing…the All-Villain Team of 2015!

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We’re going to have a little fun with this column, which is our little antidote to the dog days of March in the NBA.

The quotes are entirely fictitious. Just wanted to make that perfectly clear.