SH Blog: Shumpert, Favors Ready To Star; Aldridge Happy In Portland; Pierce Ready For Brooklyn

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While the NBA offseason can at times seem to drag, there are still quite a bit of stories to help get us to tip-off. With that being said, let’s take a look at the latest news around the NBA: 

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Kamenetzky: The Cali Report — Uncertain future for Lakers; Trade deadline chatter

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The All-Star break has come and gone, and the trade deadline is here. (We’ll get to that.)

But the biggest story in California this week – the biggest in the NBA, really – came Monday with the death of Lakers owner Jerry Buss. It will have a serious impact on the league’s most important brand, so it makes sense to start there.

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Jerry Buss Twitter Reaction

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Over the All-Star break, news broke that longtime Los Angeles Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss had been hospitalized and was battling cancer.

Monday, Dr. Buss passed away.

[Heisler on Buss: As owners go, he stands alone]

Many NBA players (former and current), owners and personnel sent their regards via Twitter.

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Heisler on Buss: As owners go, he stands alone

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There have been three true NBA dynasties, but only one that is attributable to an owner. Red Auerbach, a coach and general manager, gets all the credit for Boston’s dominance in the 1960s; Michael Jordan merits the same in Chicago for his pair of three-peats with the Bulls, and Jerry Buss, who died Monday at age 80, deserves major props for what he did with the Lakers.

SH Blog: Falk apologizes to Wall for blasting him, Howard may still be interested in Nets


What is the ceiling of Washington Wizards point guard John Wall?

When Wall entered the league as the No. 1 overall pick of the 2010-2011 Draft, some believed he may become one of the best point guards to ever play the game. Yes, the hype was that strong.

And why not? He had incredible athleticism, size, played defense and displayed the ability to find teammates.

In his second game ever as a Wizard, he quickly showed promise with 28 points and nine assists in a losing effort against the Atlanta Hawks. In his third game, he had 29 points, 13 assists and nine steals in an overtime victory against the Philadelphia 76ers. In his sixth game as a pro, Wall added a triple-double to his fast-growing resume with 19 points, 10 rebounds, 13 assists, one turnover and six steals – joining Magic Johnson as the only rookie ever to post a triple-double with six steals in his first six games. 

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