Bernucca: Spurs Aren’t Streaking, They’re Gliding

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lebron-wade1There have been some fair comparisons drawn between the current 17-game winning streak of the San Antonio Spurs and the remarkable 27-game run put together a year ago by the Miami Heat.

Both teams expect to compete for the NBA championship. Both teams found their rhythm at the most opportune time of the season. Both teams stormed to the league’s best record and home court advantage throughout the playoffs.

There are obvious differences as well. For one, San Antonio still needs 10 straight wins – a run reached by only three other teams this season – to merely match Miami’s streak. Even if they win out, the Spurs will still come up one short of the Heat and have to resume the chase next season.

But here’s the biggest difference. The Heat were somewhat consumed by their streak. The Spurs are not consumed by theirs.

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Bernucca: You Can Have the NCAA Tournament

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sportsWICHITAstate_t640I don’t like the NCAA Tournament.

I don’t like that college basketball’s regular season provides little postseason incentive. I don’t like that the coach is a bigger personality than the players. I don’t like that the games are played on neutral courts. I don’t like that one bad game or bad call or bad break can end a team’s season. I don’t like that “close” becomes a synonym for “well-played.” And I don’t like that poor play determines the outcome much more often than great play.

Most of all, I don’t like how I’m supposed to just accept that it’s fantastic and wonderful and beautiful, when it’s actually substandard basketball in a flawed format that tells me less and less every year about the game I love, which is the NBA.

I’m not trolling here. As anyone who knows me will tell you, I’ve truly felt this way for a while. Part of it is admittedly a lingering distaste developed over more than a decade of working on a sports news desk and spending countless hours having to plan, preview, write, edit, update and package all of the words and numbers associated with the NCAA Tournament.

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SH Blog: Phil Jackson may be interested in Knicks’ front office job, Lillard and Beverley take shots at each other

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Phil JacksonPhil Jackson to the New York Knicks?

That has been the talk for much of the day, and with good reason. Although Jackson doesn’t really have any experience in a front office position, he does, obviously, have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the game of basketball. It certainly would create quite an intrigue around the league to see if he has what it takes to help right the ship for this struggling Knicks organization with so many movable parts.

According to Chris Broussard of ESPN, Jackson is all but ready to give it a go for the franchise he once played for:

All indications are that Phil Jackson will accept the New York Knicks’ offer to join the club’s front office, according to a league source.

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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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10 Fast Facts from Last Night’s Games — LeBron Fouls Out but Becomes Youngest to 22K, J-Smoove Joins Dream and Kareem

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lebronThe NBA provided its fans with a night of extraordinary action on Friday, January 10, 2014. A previously sluggish squad continued its recent string of success, the two-time defending champions went to double-overtime, and a rising star hit a game-winner.

Here’s everything that you need to know about last night’s action.