China Report: Startling Stats by ex-NBAers Brooks, Beasley and … Batista?

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Well, you do expect former NBA players to perform in the Middle Kingdom, right? We are three games into a new and promising Chinese Basketball Association season, where we may finally have no clear-cut favorites ahead of schedule while players with long resumes are now affordable for every team in the league. Among the top 25 scorers, 19 have been in the CBA in some form or fashion. Only one is Chinese, however. It’s an unlikely name, too: Cui Jinming, a 23-year-old smooth shooter

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Tweet of the Night: Dorell Wright impressed with his brother Delon Wright against Minnesota

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If you haven’t heard by now, Dorell Wright has a younger brother in the NBA named Delon Wright who is entering his rookie season with the Toronto Raptors. In case you missed it, Dorell Wright showed just how much he cares about his little brother through this touching letter a few weeks ago. Needless to say, he is proud of his brother and although he won’t be able to follow what’s going on in the NBA as much now that he is in the CBA, he can

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Tweet of the Night: Dorell Wright has advice for his brother Delon Wright

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When sportswriters present unique stories with thoughts and quotes directly from the players they are covering, it provides fans with an opportunity to understand and connect with those players that they previously may not have known about. To a certain extent. When the players start writing their own stories – as if they were posting a personal blog entry – it makes that article ten times more interesting because now, every word is coming straight from the mind of the players themselves.

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Fantasy Spin: Westbrook’s Huge Salary A DFS Puzzle

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Another six-game NBA slate gets under way at 7:30 ET, with the Westbrook Decision looming large in DFS contests. Russell Westbrook $13200 has been cranking out triple-doubles and averaging 65.3 FPTS over his last ten. It’s also been an incredibly consistent streak — only the Clippers kept him from dominating. [Read more…]

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Tweet of the Day: Players React to Selection of All-Star Reserves

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Finally. After much anticipation, and to some chagrin, the NBA’s coaches have submitted their list of reserves for the forthcoming 2014 NBA All-Star game in New Orleans, LA. Many of the All-Star reserve selections are expected, though there were a few selections (and snubs) that were unconventional, though deserving. In the Eastern Conference, Chris Bosh [Miami Heat], DeMar DeRozan [Toronto Raptors], Paul Millsap [Atlanta Hawks], John Wall [Washington Wizards], Joe Johnson [Brooklyn Nets], Roy Hibbert [Indiana Pacers] and Joakim Noah [Chicago Bulls] all join

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Acker: 10 Reasons Why The Blazers Are For Real

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Raise your hand if you had the Portland Trail Blazers leading the Western Conference.  OK, now put your hand down and stop lying. The Trail Blazers are 16-3. After a disappointing loss in Phoenix that ended a double-digit winning streak, Portland is 3-0 in December, including back-to-back home victories over the Indiana Pacers and the Oklahoma City Thunder, two of the best teams in the NBA. There are two things every NBA fan wants to know right now. First, is this Blazers team

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Bernucca: With fundamentals, Spurs making NBA look like AAU

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We are all familiar with the Spurs and their uncanny efficiency. Are you familiar with AAU basketball?  I have coached it at the high school level for the last three years. And one thing I have learned is that with just four hours of weekly practice time followed by four games every weekend, if you don’t have definitive, well-drilled schemes on both offense and defense, you have no chance to compete. However, if you have a group that is committed to a

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