Most Improved Player Rankings: A Tribute to Ish Smith

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This man’s greatness inspired a poem. I’d like to start this column off by paying tribute to a true basketball hero. I couldn’t express his greatness in column form, so I wrote a poem. I hope you’ll oblige. Dim the lights please. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhem. Ahhhem. Ahhhhh. Here we go: (Bongos playing) Dreary. Locker room smell. Sweaty socks. He walks in, authoritative. A Pelican no more. Scored 14 points in first game back. Tripled win total. There’s now hope where the bell tolls. Hope, and hoagies. (Bongos stop) Thank you. [Read more…]

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Fantasy Spin: Injuries & Roster Moves Affecting Daily Values

Gordon Hayward

An 11-game Monday slate is capped by the 28-1 Warriors hosting Sacramento. Stephen Curry $10700, Draymond Green $9300, Klay Thompson $7300 and Andrew Bogut $4200 are extremely well rested — just two games in nine days — while the Kings somehow lost at home last night to the short-handed Blazers. [Read more…]

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Bernucca: If Outspoken Butler Isn’t Leader of Bulls, Who Is?

Jimmy Butler

If you are like many Americans – middle-class, middle-aged males not unlike myself – and watched your first NBA games this season on Christmas, then you probably think the Chicago Bulls are just fine. If you have watched at any other time this season, then you know otherwise. On Christmas, the Bulls played perhaps their best game of the season. They went into Loud City without injured emotional leader Joakim Noah and never trailed against the Thunder, leaving with a convincing 105-96

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Sheridan: MVP Rankings, Edition III: On Kobe Bryant, Steve Harvey & Ish Smith

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Pre-Christmas week brought a foreshadowing of what was coming, as an e-mail from columnist and NBA Encylopedia author Jan Hubbard (who lives in Dallas) included a notation that he was in Los Angeles, where the locals are still infatuated with Kobe Bryant to an extreme degree — or so it seemed to an outsider and objective observer, as Hubbard was. Christmas then brought the news that Bryant is running away with the lead in All-Star balloting, which is always a popularity

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Tweet of the Night: Tony Wroten reacts to being released by the Philadelphia 76ers on Christmas Eve

Oct 29, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Tony Wroten (8) brings the ball up court against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

For Ish Smith, it may have been music to his ears to hear that he was getting traded back to the Philadelphia 76ers on the day before Christmas. With Jrue Holiday on a minutes restriction and other important players on the roster such as Tyreke Evans and Norris Cole out of commission to begin the season, Smith had been very productive with the New Orleans Pelicans in the month of November. Those players are now active, making Smith a seldom-used player. A move

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Sprung: Pelicans’ Ish Smith Making Most of Unexpected Opportunity

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On Saturday, Oct. 24, three days before the start of the NBA regular season, 27-year-old guard Ish Smith was finishing up the Washington Wizards’ final preseason practice as he and his teammates prepared for Wednesday’s season opener in Orlando. Then, like he had five times before in his career, Smith got cut. Smith was one of five players on non-guaranteed contracts waived by Washington that day, an all-too-familiar occurrence for a player who spent his previous five seasons on eight different NBA

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