Most Improved Player Rankings: Seahawks show improvement is the key to life

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Welcome to the real season.Now that the Super Bowl is over and the NFL finally fades into the background of the American sports scene, many casual sports fans turn their attention to the NBA, as if the only sport that existed from Mondays to Saturdays in January was Herm Edwards and Ron Jaworski yelling hyperbolic nonsense at each other. Football’s bloated specter can be overbearing at times, especially with The Worldwide Leader making Daily Mail stories out of day-to-day NFL occurrences.

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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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SH Blog: Lowry Makes All-Star Case with Triple-Double; Nash BackTuesday?; Big Weekend With No Football

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As we head into the NBA season’s first football-less weekend, it’s a great chance for the league to showcase itself on the national stage. With 29 games over the next three days, it looks like the NBA plans to do just that. Not to mention Sunday begins the season’s weekly slate of ABC double-headers — usually the two best games of the weekend. Also, be prepared, David Stern steps down next Friday! Let’s take a look at the most critical story

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Tweet of the Day: Jeremy Lin And Volvo Produce Training Regimen

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Nearly two years ago, March of 2012, Volvo decided to cash in on the growing popularity of then New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin. The central figure of the national Linsanity craze chose to sign with Volvo because their vehicles and branding were, as he described it, “high quality but … also affordable and relatable.” 22 months later, the now Houston Rockets guard and the Chinese-owned car company have paired up to create a comical ad campaign centered around a new

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Rookie Rankings, Week 12: MCW Hits the Rookie Wall

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The 1997-98 Houston Rockets were a fun bunch. Since winning consecutive championships behind Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler, the Rockets had added a number of veterans to challenge the dynastic Chicago Bulls. The roster included Charles Barkley, Kevin Willis and Eddie Johnson, all thirtysomethings who been around the block a couple of times. In late February, the Rockets arrived in New York for a Sunday matinee against the Knicks. Despite sputtering near .500, they were in high spirits – probably a carryover

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Bernucca: Handing Out Our Midseason Awards

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Martin Luther King Day is more than  a day of celebration and reflection for the NBA, which probably has done more positive things for race relations than any other sport in the Civil Rights Era. It also has become the unofficial midway point of the season. By the completion of Monday’s action, more than half of the league’s 30 teams will have played half their games. With that in mind, we present our midseason awards with this reminder from the bookie of hopeless

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Tweet of the Day: Metta World Peace Active On Twitter Again?

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As if he ever left Twitter in the first place…with the New York Knicks coming off of a 105-101 victory over the San Antonio Spurs, Metta World Peace is now active on Twitter again. Twas yet another example of Metta being Metta on Twitter. He qualified his social media activity by suggesting that he can’t tweet when his team loses.

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Gambling on the Western Conference: A Free-For-All

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Advertisement The Western Conference is absolutely nothing like the Eastern Conference when it comes to championship odds. We have what I call a two-horse race in the East versus what I am going to call the six-plus team race in the West. In the 15 previous seasons, only four teams (the Lakers, seven times; the Spurs, five times, the Mavericks, two times; the Thunder, once)  have won the Western Conference, which is a similar concept to what the Eastern

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