Silver: New TV Deal “Will Have a Profound Effect” on Salary Cap

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver said at a news conference in New York on Monday that the league’s new nine-year TV deal with ESPN and Turner “will have a profound effect” on the salary cap. By any measure, the new deal is a doozy. In years, it is the longest ever signed by the league, one year longer than the current deal. In money, it is $24 billion total and an average of $2.67 billion per season, nearly triple the $925 million

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Tweet of the Night: Bill Simmons’ Suspension Incites Impassioned Twitter Response

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Never one to mince his words, Bill Simmons has built a large following for himself — primarily as a writer and sports personality for ESPN — because he freely speaks his mind. The very brash, opinionated and honest traits that make him so popular became his undoing Wednesday as he received a three-week suspension from ESPN due to comments he made regarding NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on his podcast. At the heart of the issue is whether or not Commissioner Goodell

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Levenson Leaving, Ferry Staying Amid Racism Within Hawks

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Though the Atlanta Hawks have only just begun rebuilding their image in the NBA, senseless words now have it falling apart. The Atlanta Hawks are in too deep now, and it has little to do with owner Bruce Levenson. As alluded to in last night’s Tweet post, general manager Danny Ferry is in hot water for reading a racially insensitive scouting report aloud during a conference call with Hawks management and ownership back in June. Some of the

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Tweet of the Day: NBA Athletes Discuss Ray Rice

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Former Super Bowl winning running back Ray Rice will likely not play NFL football again this year, if ever. If you haven’t heard about Ray Rice you either don’t watch, read or pay attention to the NFL at all or you are living in a cave, in which case, you’re probably not reading this column. Ray Rice was the Baltimore Ravens running back. Was, until video of him assaulting his then fiancé in an Atlantic City hotel elevator

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Tweet of the Night: Ty Lawson Takes Hilarious Shot At James Harden

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Houston Rockets guard James Harden has a notorious reputation for being a lousy individual defensive player. Though there aren’t any statistics that perfectly measure a player’s actual impact on the defensive end of the court, there are a few that help paint the picture a bit more clearly. One such stat, which weighed heavily in San Jose Mercury News sports writer Tim Kawakami listing Harden on his 2014 NBA No-Defense Team, is Defensive Real Plus-Minus (DRPM). DRPM, as defined by ESPN, measures a player’s

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Tweet of the Day: ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Chills The NBA

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The newest craze to hit social media everywhere — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube — is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. What is the Ice Bucket Challenge? Well, assuming you haven’t heard of it yet, it is a choice, whereby someone either donates $100 to the ALS Association or they accept the challenge and dump a bucket of ice water on their head. Many people are opting to do both, making a donation and taking the proverbial plunge. The purpose of the challenge is

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SH Blog: USA Basketball News

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Photo NBAE / Nathaniel S. Butler Chicago — USA Basketball held their first practice since the gruesome injury that befell Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George. Practice was held at the Quest Multisport Center in Chicago, where the team will remain until after their exhibition game versus Brazil at the United Center on August 16. They will then travel to New York where they’ll continue training before exhibition games at Madison Square Garden versus the Dominican Republic (Aug. 20)

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ABC Rolls Ratings Dice With Durant, Small-Market Thunder

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Kevin Durant and the small-market Oklahoma City Thunder are the darlings of ABC, according to the NBA national TV schedule. Durant and the Thunder will appear on ABC six times this season, more than any other team. The games are against six different opponents, with three at home and three on the road. Among the NBA’s multiple TV partners, ABC is the only network available in every American home with a TV. It is the home of the NBA Finals but not the

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