Scotto: Midseason Report Cards for Knicks and Nets

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Before the season, championship expectations were attached to both the Knicks and the Nets. The Knicks were coming off the team’s first season with at least 50 or more wins and a trip to the Eastern Conference semifinals since the 1999-2000 campaign, when Jeff Van Gundy patrolled the sidelines, Patrick Ewing wrapped up his final season in New York and Allan Houston was in the prime of his career. The Nets were coming off their first trip to the playoffs in six years

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SH Blog: A list of relevant players expected to come up in trade rumors, Howard says he doesn’t have to ask for the ball anymore

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With the trade deadline slowly approaching (next Thursday, to be exact), there are a specific group of players who should concern themselves with the possibility of being dealt. Whether it’s due to the team’s priorities or their own contract situations, there are eight specific players who will come up in plenty of rumors before it is all said and done, according to David Aldridge of NBA.com. Here are some of the most intriguing thoughts from the piece: Kyle Lowry was supposed to be

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SH Blog: Pistons fire Cheeks; Stotts hasn’t talked extension yet

Mo Cheeks

Have you ever read something so intensely negative about someone that, regardless of how credible it is, you have a hard time dissociating it from your perception of that person? I’m not talking George Zimmerman or Woody Allen here, of course. More of a rumor, possibly not even based in fact, that just sticks around in the back of your mind forever. [Read more…]

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SH Blog: Lopez, Gasol Trade Rumors; T-Mac to Play Baseball? Evan Turner Featured in Trade Rumors

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As the calm after the Super Bowl subsides, the sports world officially belongs to the NBA. Well, if the Winter Olympics in Sochi aren’t your thing that is. We are just under two weeks away from the 2014 NBA All-Star game and have already seen trade talks intensify. With February 21st’s trade deadline quickly approaching, the outcome of these next two weeks will largely shape the second half of the season. Is there potential for any conference to be swung by

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Schayes: In the NBA, Sometimes You Can Go Home Again

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Last week, stars Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett played a road game. But not just any road game.  It was perhaps the most significant road game of their careers. The future Hall of Famers returned for the first time to basketball-bonkers Boston, the city where they won hearts and championships. The former Celtics were given a warm welcome that included video tributes and had an emotional evening. In this era of free agency, many players have a similar experience. They move from a

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Bernucca: Fixing the Fans’ All-Star Mistakes

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NBA fans do an awful job of protecting the image of their favorite sport. This is not the NFL, which has been America’s pastime for a generation and can do no wrong in the eyes of its fans. The only time the NFL has an image problem is when a storm affects satellite reception. This is also not baseball, which has a considerable image problem with its collection of prima donnas on PEDS. But it also has more than a century of

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Kamenetzky Bros. Power Rankings: Finally, Another Legit East Contender?

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Maybe, just maybe. I hesitate to say it out loud, really, for fear it might all fall apart. But here goes: Could there actually be a third team of relevance in the Eastern Conference? The Brooklyn Nets aren’t yet over .500, even following Sunday’s emotional 85-79 win in Boston over the Celtics and a near-perfect 2014 in which they’ve won 10 of 11 games. Given the state of the East, that type of success makes up ground in a hurry, and now the Nets

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