SH Blog: Completed and failed trades on Thursday, Big Baby bought out by Magic

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If you were hoping for a blockbuster, “Woj Bomb” type of trade on Thursday, you were out of luck.

The trade deadline came and went on Thursday without any real stars packing their bags, but plenty of teams made relevant moves throughout the day to bolster their franchises in some way.

Our Chris Sheridan has the trade analysis of all the deals, but you can find more on everything that went down and everything else that fell through below.

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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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Tweet of the Day: NBA Players All Atwitter For NBA 2K14

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Tuesday brings forth, for many teams, the opening of practice. For many players, however, it brings with it the joy of gaming.

NBA 2K14 is now in stores, and many of the league’s athletes already have a copy, thanks in large part to Ronnie2K.

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Zagoria: Top 10 Players at the Nike Global Challenge

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WASHINGTON — The 2013 Nike Global Challenge didn’t quite match the 2012 version in terms of overall talent.

There was no future No. 1 draft pick like Andrew Wiggins and no flurry of Kentucky commits headed to arguably the greatest recruiting class in history.

“There’s no Wiggins, there’s no Jabari Parker. There’s some nice kids who have a chance to be good college-level players,” one veteran scout in attendance told SheridanHoops.com. “That being said, there’s always a couple kids who will come on and surprise you.”

A slew of NBA scouts and big-time college coaches attended the three-day event, including Kentucky’s John Calipari, Louisville’s Rick Pitino, Kansas’ Bill Self, North Carolina’s Roy Williams, Indiana’s Tom Crean, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Michigan’s John Beilein.

Here’s a breakdown of the top 10 players at last week’s Nike Global Challenge:

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SH Blog: Ten Christmas Day Observations

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There wasn’t a 50-point showing – heck, there wasn’t even a 40-point outing! – on Christmas this year, but the NBA provided a quintuplet of matchups that helped to put things in perspective through nearly two months of the season.

SheridanHoops had an eye on the tube at all times. Below is an observation regarding the 10 teams who participated in the holiday’s hoops festivities:

Boston Celtics: They might be hovering around the .500 mark through the first quarter of the season, but this is a team that, as we pointed out weeks after the season began, is fighting to find its identity while keeping its veteran star power healthy and integrating newer pieces into the equation. Paul Pierce (34.5 mpg) and Kevin Garnett (29.5 mpg) need to be monitored for the long haul, regardless of what the team’s situation is in the current moment. On Christmas, the Celtics unwrapped their gifts from under the tree in the form of rookie Jared Sullinger’s efficient 16 points (6-7 FG) and 7 rebounds and Jeff Green’s 15 points (5-8 FG), 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Brandon Bass has been in a funk lately, struggling to get into a rhythm of any kind. But the Celtics will continue to make a concerted effort to get their role players in rhythm, especially at the offensive end.

Brooklyn Nets: They seem to be confused and it’s showing at the offensive end. They appear to be transitioning their lineup to be able to play more small ball to space the floor and run more of a motion type of offense, and whether it’s to appease star guard Deron Williams or not, it’s tough to implement a new offense over time, let alone seemingly overnight. That’s part of the reason the Nets shot just 40.6 percent to go along with 14 assists and 20 turnovers. Surely, Brooklyn’s Christmas wasn’t as pleasant as some imagined it could have been about a month ago, when they were in rhythm and there were folks out there who thought they would be able to keep up pound-for-pound with that other New York team in the Atlantic Division. The Nets obviously have a talented group, but whether they can put it together again and make something of their talents as a collective unit on both ends of the floor appears to be an uphill battle right now.

New York Knicks: Speaking of that other New York team … When Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton don’t

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have it working in the pick-and-roll, the team struggles a little bit more to get in sync on the offensive end. On Tuesday afternoon, Chandler had trouble catching Felton’s passes in what are normally routine dunks or lay-ins near the hoop. Compounding this deficiency was Felton’s inability to knock down jumpers from the perimeter. More pressure was put on Jason Kidd, Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith to operate offensively, and down the stretch it took its toll on the team overall. For all those people wondering about whether the Knicks will be better off with Amar’e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert, I can tell you one thing: They would’ve had even more options down the stretch against the Lakers if they had the power forward and combo guard, and I think that’s what every team strives for.

Los Angeles Lakers: The Lakers didn’t freshly unwrap Steve Nash on December 25th, but he performed as if he were planted under the tree for the Lakers against New York. Nash had 11 assists and scored 16 points, but the most important thing he did was take ball handling duties away from Kobe Bryant and Co. Bryant was free to gun for 34 points (ninth straight 30-point game) and didn’t have to worry as much about creating offense for his teammates thanks to Nash’s presence. Nash also helped get Metta World Peace (20 points) open shots through his screening off the ball. The MVP caliber point guard showed more than his fair share of flash from the past and was crucial to Los Angeles’ success against New York. Even with Nash’s arrival, the Lakers still have work to do defensively, where they are allowing 50.1 points and 13.2 assists for opponents’ top three wings and guards (to be discussed in a later piece).

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