Bernucca: Melo Needs to Take a Pass on Hero Ball

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Here’s the bottom line on Carmelo Anthony’s recent play. Using the measuring stick of points per shot, it is his worst four-game stretch of the postseason since the first four playoff games of his career. Furthermore, when compared alongside other worst four-game stretches of contemporary solo superstars, it is near the bottom. Following Sunday’s loss to Indiana in the Eastern Conference semifinals opener, the Knicks are 1-3 in their last four games, including 0-2 at home. Their only win saw them nearly

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SH Blog: Pistons hire Phil Jackson as advisor, Lala Vasquez calls out Jordan Crawford

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It may be playoff season for 16 teams right now – well, 13 now that three teams have been eliminated – but it’s the offseason for other teams around the league, as they try to figure out the best course of action for next season. [Related: NBA players react to wild Game 6 between Warriors and Nuggets] The biggest news come in the way of hiring and firing of management positions, and we start with the biggest surprise – the hiring of Phil

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SH Blog: Jackson’s motives for calling out Denver, Kobe says Lakers can win with current core

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As we head into an all-important Game 6 between the Golden State Warriors and Denver Nuggets on Thursday, lets first get whatever happened in Game 5 out of the way and hope that nothing dumb – like players getting ejected or face suspensions over unnecessary physical play – happens. The word, at least according to Mark Jackson and his “source”, is that Denver’s game plan was to go after Stephen Curry, who had completely lit them up in the previous three

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Heisler: Summertime for Lakers, But The Livin’ Ain’t Easy

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Now, after the winter of the Lakers’ discontent… a summer that doesn’t look like three months at the beach, either. It was grisly to the end, which was even worse than the beginning, when the lowly Mavs beat them opening night in Staples, then they lost Steve Nash the next night in a loss at Portland. How would you like to be Mike D’Antoni, taking over at 5-6, with his point guard out until Dec. 22 … only

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SH Blog: Broussard doesn’t agree with homosexuality, Pau Gasol senses change for next season

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Monday’s headlines were dominated by Jason Collins’ decision to open up about his sexual orientation, which opened up the door for athletes everywhere to be able to do the same one day. For the most part, there was wide-spread support around the league about his decision. Jason Collins reveals he is gay  Emeka Okafor was one of the first to know that Collins would break the news nationally, from Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports: “The Washington Wizards’ Emeka Okafor had no idea

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Bernucca: Future murky for Lakers, biggest underachievers in NBA history

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Before Game 4 of their Western Conference first-round series against the San Antonio Spurs, the Los Angeles Lakers handed out white towels to fans at the Staples Center. Apparently, someone in the marketing department didn’t understand symbolism. By halftime, those towels had become flags of surrender for the Lakers, the biggest underachieving team in the history of the NBA. Dwight Howard offered his own symbolism, figuratively throwing in the towel midway through the third quarter. Unwilling to grit his teeth and bang

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