NBA Players’ Response and Support for Adrian Peterson

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Adrian PetersonThere are many tragedies in life that many hope to never have to experience.

One of the saddest realities in life is that of a parent outliving their child.

There are also many things—evil, terrible things—that no one should ever have to bear in life.

The worst of which, perhaps for a parent, is harm inflicted on their child at the hands of a criminal—whether verbal, physical or sexual abuse or even abduction or death. The burden of knowing that your child suffered such trauma is immediate cause for pain, sorrow and anger and can leave scars that can take years to heal.

Sadly, such tragedy struck the family of Adrian Peterson, 2012 NFL MVP and star running back for the Minnesota Vikings.

Peterson’s two-year-old son, who had been in critical condition since Wednesday, died Friday due to wounds inflicted by the man in whose care he had been entrusted—his mother’s boyfriend, Joseph Patterson.

Patterson is in custody and will face felony charges. Peterson and his family, meanwhile, are faced with the difficult task of grieving a loss is incomprehensible.

Several NBA athletes took to Twitter to pour out their heartfelt and sincere condolences.

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StatBox Free Agency Breakdown: Western Conference power slowly shifting, shooters getting paid

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There is, of course, the old adage that titles are not won in July (the Heat in 2010 being the clear exception) but several moves were made on Tuesday that could quietly alter the regular season standings out west next season. We’ve also seen shooters get large contracts this week like, it seems, never before. Those are the main two storylines from the July 2, but there’s a whole lot to get to before we all take a nice break for the holiday weekend.

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SH Blog: More on Grizzlies-Cavs trade: NBA Taxonomics

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As the Memphis Grizzlies and Cleveland Cavaliers completed a deal Tuesday  that will send three players and a future first-round draft pick to Cleveland in exchange for forward/perennial D-Leaguer Jon Leuer, we must all become more aware of the bigger picture at stake.

The clock is expiring on the NBA’s practical, dollar-for-dollar luxury tax era.

The rules are changing, and these deals will become more of the norm than the exception.

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Sheridan: Cavs robbed Grizzlies in Tuesday’s trade

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On the plus side for Memphis Grizzlies fans, they don’t have to worry about new owner Robert Pera having to reach deep into his wallet to pay the punitive repeater luxury tax in the years ahead.

As if Grizz fans care about Pera’s wallet.

The verdict here is that the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled off a heist Tuesday in making their 3-for-1 trade with the Grizzlies, acquiring Marreese Speights, Wayne Ellington and Josh Selby and a first-round pick in exchange for Jon Leuer.

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The Bernucca List – Edition 28

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The NBA is back, and so is the weekly edition of The Bernucca List.

You remember how this works, right? I give you a list of players, or coaches, or teams, all of whom have something very specific in common. You try to figure out what that common thread is.

When you think you’ve got the answer, drop it in the Comments section below. Or you can send me a Tweet.

First correct answer gets a mention in next week’s list. Second correct answer gets nothing.

Here ya go. Knock yourselves out.

The Bernucca List

Kelenna Azubuike
Jerome Dyson
Christian Eyenga
Jordan Farmar
Dan Gadzuric
Josh Harrellson
Jerome Jordan
D.J. Kennedy
Jon Leuer
Brad Miller
E’Twaun Moore
Jordan Williams
Sean Williams