SH Blog: Nash knew ball would stick to Kobe, Billups never wanted to play the two in LA

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You never know what to expect when dealing with the NBA offseason on a day-to-day basis. Some days, the biggest news turns out to be Tyreke Evans crossing up the mayor of Seattle in a Pro-Am game. Then there are days like today, where there are an endless number of eye-catching stories around the league. Here is something in particular that will make you say “whoa, really??”: Chris Paul, at one point during free agency, was going to leave Los Angeles

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SH Blog: D’Alessandro rips Deron Williams, Jeff Van Gundy questions Williams’ work ethic

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What has gotten into the abilities of the once-great Deron Williams? This is a guy that was once touted as the best point guard in the league during his tenure as a Jazz. Clearly, that sentiment was still strong over this past summer when he was heavily pursued by teams, before the coveted guard chose to sign with the Brooklyn Nets for nearly $100 million. Is it a simple case of a lack of effort for the guard, who has been handsomely paid?

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Depleted Timberwolves sign Josh Howard

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The injury-ravaged Minnesota Timberwolves signed forward Josh Howard on Friday in an effort to strengthen their depleted roster. No terms were disclosed, although it is likely Howard – beginning his 10th season – received the veteran’s minimum. He will be in uniform when the Timberwolves host the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.

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SH Blog: D’Antoni introduced as coach, says Howard can be in every play

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We all have a general idea of what Mike D’Antoni wants to do as the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. Get them to score a whole lot more, for one. D’Antoni is a well-documented offensive wizard, so if anyone can figure out how to best utilize the endless amount of talent on the roster, it would be him, no matter what Magic Johnson wants to say about it. We don’t know, however, of his plans in greater detail – mostly because we

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SH Blog: Phil Jackson isn’t the only NBA news

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By now, you have to have heard: Everyone involved with the Lakers seems to want Phil Jackson and the Triangle offense back. Here at Sheridan Hoops, we’ve got wall-to-wall coverage of this saga: the original piece on Brown’s firing, and the reaction from NBA players, plus one one podcast asking if this is more about Jackson or Jim Buss, and another podcast with some strong statements from Jackson’s friend, Roland Lazenby, that he fully expects the quest for ring No. 12 to

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SH Blog: NBA players react to new anti-flop rule, Barkley says LeBron could be better than Jordan

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One day after the NBA implemented a new anti-flop rule to penalize players with fines for flopping, there were plenty of reactions around the league, from happy campers to those that weren’t quite sure if it was the best of ideas. See what was said around the league about the change along with other news around the league on Thursday:Blake Griffin thinks the flopping rule is a great way for the league to make money on, from Marc J. Spears

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Morning News Roundup

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Here are this morning’s top NBA news stories:“Dwight Howard fitting in well with Kobe Bryant, new look Lakers,” by Sam Amick from SI.com “Knicks still targeting Josh Howard,” by Jared Zwerling from  ESPN.com “LaMarcus Aldridge, free agent to be in 2015, is ‘fine with’ Portland Trail Blazers’ Direction,” by Ben Golliver from the Blazers Edge “Belinelli envisions long term Bulls backcourt partnership with Rose,” by Shams Charania from RealGM “Manu shrugs off flopping edict,” by Jeff McDonald from the San Antonio Express-News “Griffin calls flop rule a way for the

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SH Blog: How much will ‘Sheed help Knicks? Tyreke for Lowry was “never discussed”

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If you’re someone like me who takes great joy in finding under-the-radar players and watching them rise up the ranks, then you should definitely check out Tommy Dee’s list of eight NBA training camp invitees who could make Opening Night rosters. Most camps open Tuesday, and Monday is media day. We’ll have you covered from different hotspots around the country. Already in the bag are Dallas (championship aspirations in a grand experiment), by Jan Hubbard, and LeBron James’ quest to reach the

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