SH Blog: Thaddeus Young is the last man standing in Philadelphia; Knicks buy out Metta and Udrih

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Lately I’ve been watching classic NBA games on YouTube. There’s a fair few of them up there in full, and while it’s obviously nice to watch Michael Jordan in his prime (and the Bad Boys-era Pistons, Charles Barkley in Philly, young Scottie Pippen… the list goes on), what’s struck me most has been the differences in how the game is played between then and now.

Namely, I’m talking about the veritable avalanche of long twos. These days, if a player jacks up a long two with 16 seconds on the shot clock, they’re probably getting pulled pretty quick. But 25 years ago, it seems like players were shooting whenever they got daylight. It’s like every player is Josh Smith. It’s an exciting style of play for sure, but you have to wonder how one of those teams would do against, say, the drive-and-kick Spurs, or Mike D’Antoni’s Phoenix teams, or Golden State’s Splash Brothers.

One game I know I’d like to see would be the late-80s Pistons against the early-2000s Pistons. Bill Laimbeer against Rasheed Wallace? Yes, please.

Now let’s get to the latest news from around the NBA:

Trade deadline analysis – Wednesday’s deals change bench production for Nets, Warriors

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Sheridan is assessing each of today’s deals as they go down, but we don’t want to leave out the two deals that got done Wednesday.

SH Blog: Warriors acquire Steve Blake, Nets trade for Thornton, Clippers no longer looking for Shumpert deal


With the trade deadline rapidly approaching, rumors have been rampant around the league throughout the day.

Can Cleveland find a taker for Luol Deng? How serious is Sacramento about moving MIP candidate Isaiah Thomas? Will the New York Knicks finally trade Iman Shumpert? Those are some of the many burning questions as general managers try to determine what will be the best course of action for their respective franchises. Some minor deals have already gone down on Wednesday, and plenty more juicy conversations are being had as you will find below:


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Trash4Trash: Nets get slumping Thornton from Kings for old-timers Evans, Terry

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Marcus_Thornton_KingsHow did the trade deadline frenzy begin? A coast-to-coast our-garbage-for-your-garbage deal.

The Brooklyn Nets got rid of two players they weren’t getting much from, sending Jason Terry and Reggie Evans to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday for once-promising shooting guard Marcus Thornton.

Why did the Kings do it? They get rid of the second-highest paid player on their team – and an unproductive one at that – and get out from Thornton’s $8.4 million salary next season, cutting their 2014-15 payroll commitment by $1.3 million (if Rudy Gay exercises his $19.32 million option). Terry is under contract at $5.45 million for one more season and Evans is on the books for $1.77 million.

Why did the Nets do it? Because they must see something in the fifth-year guard who was putting up 18.2 points per game two seasons ago. Thornton’s scoring average fell to 12.2 ppg last season and 8.3 this season, and his shooting percentage is down from .429 to .381. But it should be noted that he broke the New Orleans Hornets franchise record for points in a quarter by scoring 23 in his rookie season of 2009-10.

The Nets also did it because they had seen enough of Terry, who scored in double figures only six times all season — not what the Nets expected when they acquired the former sharpshooter from Boston last summer along with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.

More from our friends at Cowbell Kingdom: “Thornton had been the subject of trade rumors for much of this season. Last month, the Kings reportedly offered Thornton to the Denver Nuggets in a deal for veteran guard Andre Miller. Thornton was also rumored to be part of a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers for veteran guard Jarrett Jack. The 26-year-old had struggled to find his place with the Kings this year and as a result, posted near career-low numbers. Through 46 games with the Kings, Thornton averaged just 8.3 points while shooting a career-worst 38.1 percent from the field and 31.8 percent from 3-point distance. Two years ago, Thornton led the Kings in scoring, averaging a team-high 18.7 points per contest. By acquiring Terry, the Kings add a veteran presence at point guard that they’ve been seeking since the departure of Greivis Vasquez. The 36-year-old guard, however, arrives in Sacramento having posted the worst numbers of his career. In 35 games this season, Terry has averaged just 4.5 points and 1.6 assists in 16.3 minutes per game.

Tweet of the Night: NBA Players React to Super Bowl

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Seahawks1There could only be one reason for a single game NBA schedule on a Sunday in February: the Super Bowl.

So, like every other American and plenty around the world, NBA players were more than happy to spend a rare day off watching the biggest event of the year.

The Seattle Seahawks absolutely thumped the Denver Broncos 43-8 in the most lopsided Super Bowl in league history. Peyton Manning threw for only 280 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in his second consecutive Super Bowl defeat.