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 consulting his elder co-GM.

Team Hill, helmed by co-GMs Grant Hill and Charles Barkley, then made the second pick.

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

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kiddA 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 this guy love the game of basketball or what? Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports broke the story:

After meeting with Brooklyn Nets management Monday, the head coaching candidacy of Jason Kidd has emerged as formidable in possibility, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Kidd has convinced Nets management of his seriousness of committing the time and energy necessary to move into a head coaching job within weeks of his retirement as a 10-time NBA All-Star point guard, league sources said.

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


GSW_Jackson_MarkMark 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 are the details, from Brian Mahoney of The AP: 

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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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