Preseason Playoff Picture: Western Conference

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In a teleconference last week, we asked NBA analysts Chris Webber and Greg Anthony to pick a Western Conference team which missed the playoffs last season but will make the playoffs this season. “Dallas, mainly because of Dirk Nowitzki,” Webber said. “He’ll be back healthy. What he does, with spacing, getting guys involved … We take his game for granted.” “I would go with the Pelicans,” Anthony said. “I think that’s a team that could make sizeable leaps and surprise a lot

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Bernucca: 10 Predictions for the 2013-14 Season

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This is the time of year where everyone and their mothers offer up a series of fearless prognostications about the upcoming NBA season. Here’s what I can tell you about my skills at predicting the future. If I was really any good at it, I wouldn’t be wasting it on the NBA season. And neither would anyone else. I am not reading tea leaves, interpreting tarot cards, gazing into crystal balls, holding seances, poring over analytics or buying classified information on the

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Evening News: Kobe progressing nicely; Knicks-Nets rivalry heating up; Dirk off to a healthy start

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In today’s NBA news, Kobe Bryant is healing nicely from his torn Achilles, the Knicks-Nets rivalry is quickly gaining steam, and Dirk Nowitzki looks to be healthy heading into training camp. Black Mamba right on track According to the Los Angeles Daily News, future Hall-of-Famer Kobe Bryant has been running at 75 percent of his body weight on a treadmill, and looks to be a few weeks away from advancing to full-weight bearing running. This is music to the ears of all Lakers’

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

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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: Rick Pitino thinks Brad Stevens can be successful with Celtics

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For the longest time, the only basketball I watched was college basketball. Growing up in Baltimore, there was no real “home” team in the NBA. The closest was the Wizards, and I could never really get behind a DC team like a Baltimore team. But the University of Maryland fit like a glove. They were good, they were fun to watch, and best of all, they were my home team. I even ended up going to the same high school

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Eurobasket ’13 Preview

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The 2013 FIBA Eurobasket is upon us, beginning today in Slovenia. Which NBA stars will dominate the tournament? Which Europeans will burst onto the NBA scene? Who will earn the right to challenge Team USA in next summer’s inaugural World Cup? We have all that for you, and more.The most prestigious continental basketball competition in the world, this year’s competition will feature 24 teams competing for 6 berths to the inaugural 2014 Basketball World Cup in Spain next summer. (It

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Five Things To Watch: Dallas Mavericks

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After the high of winning the 2011 NBA championship, it didn’t take the Dallas Mavericks long to tumble back down. Between the much-publicized decision to let most of the championship team go, and the subsequent failure to obtain a top-tier free agent, Dallas is treading water – not quite ready to go under but with no real rescue in sight. This offseason, the Mavericks rolled the dice and brought in an eclectic combination of players through free agency that left much of

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SH Blog: Dirk “gets to sign and re-sign as often as he wants”; Baron Davis is “looking good”

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A year ago yesterday, Dwight Howard was finally traded. And now, I think we can comfortably say that the Magic won that deal. For one thing, they’re the only ones with any parts remaining, and at this point, the less said about the Lakers’ 2012-13 season, the better. Andre Iguodala is a Warrior, Andrew Bynum is a Cavalier (and of course, never saw the floor in Philly), and Dwight is in Houston. Even Earl Clark isn’t with the Lakers any

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