Tweet of the Day: Damian Lillard’s Busy Weekend

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The Inside the NBA crew took to the airwaves, prior to Thursday night’s game between to the San Antonio Spurs and the Brooklyn Nets, to draft the BBVA Compass Rising Stars teams and announce the entrants in All-Star Saturday’s feature events—the Footlocker Three-Point Shootout and the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest. First up, the draft—which had some hilarious bickering between co-GMs Chris Webber and Kenny Smith over the first pick of the draft. Webber selected New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis without

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SH Blog: Jason Kidd a real candidate for Nets coaching job, Hollins out as Grizzlies coach

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A week ago, one of the best floor generals in the history of the NBA in Jason Kidd decided to hang it up after realizing his limitations at the age of 40. When you retire from a career you’ve held onto for 19 years, you’d think some kind of nice vacation to a fancy island is in order. Instead, news has broken that Kidd has become a real candidate to become the next head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. Does

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SH Blog: Jackson says Ellis-Bogut trade changed culture, Doyel rips Derrick Rose

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Mark Jackson is the coach of the Golden State Warriors. If you ask him, though, he will probably tell you that he is, first and foremost, a pastor. Generally speaking, Jackson is a good man. He respects all of his players and treats them as equals. He would never speak ill towards any of them and never utters a curse word – not easy to do when you’re involved with the game of basketball.

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SH Blog: Jeff Van Gundy, Wojnarowski and more react to David Stern’s fine

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Be it a fine or a suspension, we knew something big and bad was coming from  commissioner David Stern. He had no choice but to do something significant after apologizing to the fans for what Gregg Popovich did and promising “substantial sanctions” against the San Antonio Spurs just before the start of their contest against the Miami Heat on Thursday. There were no suspensions of any kind, but Stern hit the Spurs organization with a hefty fine of $250,000 on Friday. Here

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SH Blog: Grizzlies, Clippers shaping identities early

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One night, both of last year’s NBA Finalists competing, both NBA Finalists going down. The Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Clippers turned in two of the top performances of the young 2012-13 NBA season, as they beat the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat by 10 and 7 points, respectively, though the point differential isn’t an indicator of how well either team played:

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Tweet of the Night: Kenny Smith

James Harden, Houston Rockets

Maybe OKC shoulda traded Durant...
@TheJetOnTNT
Kenny Smith
If someone had suggested that the Thunder should perhaps trade Kevin Durant instead of James Harden about one week ago, that someone would have been laughed at and ridiculed, at the very least. His/her basketball IQ would have been questioned heavily, and any credibility the person may have had (in terms of basketball knowledge) probably would have been lost. But here we are – not one week past the start of the season – left to wonder (if you are

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SH Blog: Chris Bosh says Lakers are the best team “on paper”, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez aiming for championship

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The NBA is constantly active for the most part, but it does have quiet moments and phases in the summer — and we appear to be at one of those times. So what do we do when nothing is going on? Sometimes, asking players thought-provoking questions such as “Who do you think will win it all for the upcoming season?”, or “Who is the best player of all time?” can get us through a day, if the answers are interesting.

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The best NBA Finals Game 1 showdowns of the David Stern Era

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Tonight is Game 1 of the NBA Finals, and the buzz is palpable. Can the Heat draw on last year’s disappointment as motivation? Is the stage too big and bright for the youth of the Thunder? Which team will get its vaunted transition game going? And if it is a one-possession game in the final minute, will LeBron James again become a shrinking violet or impose his newly indomitable will? We all want to see a competitive series with no shortage of spectacular

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