Bernucca: Hawks are Best Team No One Has Seen

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The hottest team in the Eastern Conference doesn’t have a three-headed monster like the Cleveland Cavaliers. It doesn’t have a scrutinized superstar returning from injury like the Chicago Bulls or a rapper sitting courtside at every home game like the Toronto Raptors. Heck, it doesn’t even have a national TV appearance, even though it plays in TNT’s backyard. But the Atlanta Hawks have won nine of their last 10 games, flying well under the radar toward the top of the conference. The Hawks

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Former Players, Media Members Lament Loss of Bryan Burwell

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Sports journalist Bryan Burwell, who wrote for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and occasionally made appearances on ESPN’s The Sports Reporters and worked as on-air talent for CBS Sports 920 in St. Louis, passed away early Thursday after enduring a brief battle with cancer. He was 59. Burwell was well-respected and well-liked in the industry. His colleague and fellow sportswriter at the Post-Dispatch, Bernie Miklasz, wrote a touching tribute about him. Here is an emotionally evocative excerpt: Until the end of his life,

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Bernucca: Cavs Are More Than Fragile. They’re Flawed

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Over the weekend, LeBron James called his slumping, underachieving Cleveland Cavaliers “a fragile team.” James is partially right. As a group, the Cavaliers aren’t dealing very well with the lofty expectations put upon them by pundits like me. Right now, they look like a typical front-running team that lacks mental toughness and gives in at the first sign of trouble. That was evident Saturday, when the Cavaliers sprinted to a 26-8 lead in the first eight minutes – and were overwhelmed thereafter

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Tweet of the Day: James Harden Strikes Funny Bones In Two New Commercials

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Let no one say that Houston Rockets guard James Harden, for whatever his shortcomings may be, is incapable of getting a laugh, even at his own expense. The two-time NBA All-Star took to Twitter Wednesday to share a couple new commercial spots that he is appearing in. The first being one for ESPN — one of their “This is SportsCenter” spots that routinely utilizes professional athletes in a comedic scenario. In this setting, ESPN anchor Kenny Mayne is explaining the network’s reliance

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Tweet of the Day: ESPN’s Bill Simmons Takes On Mike & Mike From His Own Network

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Less than a month back from a three-week suspension, Grantland founder and editor-in-chief Bill Simmons seems poised to ruffle more feathers with network executives at ESPN. This time, however, the target of his revile was not NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, though his stance on Goodell hasn’t changed. No, this time, the target is ESPN’s most-beloved radio show hosts, Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, who had sharp criticism for Simmons’ comments on LeBron James’ early season struggles on their morning radio show,

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Photo of the Day: LeBron to Bring Back Pre-Game Chalk Toss

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The King has finally returned. LeBron James is back playing in his first game for his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers since May 11, 2010. But he’s not the only thing returning to the court in Cleveland. James was wondering whether or not he should bring back his signature pre-game chalk toss. So, how did he decide on what to do? He left it up to the fans. Again.

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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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