SH Blog: LeBron James and Dirk Nowitzki want less games played, Kobe Bryant expected to have minutes restriction this season

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The NBA has been considering, or at least entertaining the idea of finding ways for the regular season to be shorter in some way to help prevent its valuable players from being too worn out. So in Sunday’s upcoming preseason contest between the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets, the league will try out a 44-minute game for the first time ever just as a simple sample to evaluate. Here are the details, from ESPN: The contest will be four minutes shorter than

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Hubbard: Smart Money is on the Spurs

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Four months have passed since the masterpiece was finished with a throwback flourish that had purists spouting superlatives and invoking sacred basketball institutions like the Red Holzman Knicks, the Jack Ramsay Blazers . . . Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, James Naismith. The Spurs joined the pantheon of great teams when they mutilated the Heat dynasty in the 2014 NBA Finals, playing a brand of team basketball that Naismith would have found ideal, even if it was unimaginable when he invented the

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SH Blog: Atlanta Mayor Desires To Keep Team; J.J. Hickson Suspended; Michael Beasley Gets Another Look

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Atlanta Mayor: City Wants Hawks To Stay Mayor Kasim Reed intends to keep the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta. With the Atlanta Hawks embroiled in controversy due to the inappropriate words of majority owner Bruce Levenson and general manager Danny Ferry, there has been a lot of uncertainty as it relates to the team’s future. A big fear among many Atlantans is that the team’s next owner may look to move the team elsewhere, perhaps Seattle. Atlanta lost its second

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Tweet of the Day: Goran Dragic Alleges Australian Fix

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With many of their best players resting, Australia fell short against Angola. Thursday, as the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup wrapped up the Group Phase, the Australian team faced Angola in its final game. With the Aussies trailing Slovenia by one game and having lost the head-to-head matchup between the two nations, they had nothing to gain from their final appearance in Group D. Their fate was destined to be the third best team out of their

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SH Blog: Spurs hire WNBA star Becky Hammon as assistant; Team USA makes first cuts; LeBron James meets with David Blatt

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On Tuesday afternoon the San Antonio Spurs did what the San Antonio Spurs do best: make history quietly. The Spurs announced via the team website that they have hired WNBA star Becky Hammon as an assistant coach. While there have been two previous females who have had assistant roles in some capacity with NBA teams — Lisa Boyer with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Natalie Nakase with the Los Angeles Clipper summer league team — Hammon is believed to be the first female hired

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Tweet of the Day: Becky Hammon Is New Spurs Assistant, Twitter Reacts

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The San Antonio Spurs continue to be pioneers the modern NBA. This afternoon, a day after the San Antonio Stars announced the impending retirement ceremony for WNBA veteran Becky Hammon upon completing her 16th season, the five-time NBA champion Spurs trumped that news with something more historic and nearly unprecedented. They hired Hammon as their newest assistant coach, joining European legend Ettore Messina who was hired earlier this offseason.

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Eisenberg: Is Aron Baynes the next Bill Laimbeer?

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It might sound ridiculous to try to compare Aron Baynes, an undrafted reserve with four career starts, to Bill Laimbeer, a four-time All Star and NBA champion. However, the two have more in common than you would expect. Before Laimbeer became the ringleader for the Pistons’ Bad Boys and a namesake for a Super Nintendo videogame, he was an afterthought. Sandwiched in the draft between two players who never appeared in the NBA, Laimbeer – the 65th overall pick in 1979 – was forced to

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