SH Blog: Pierce Fires Back at J.R. Smith; Tony Parker Leads France; JaVale’s New Website

J.R. Smith vs. Paul Pierce

After a seemingly endless dead period of NBA news, the 2013-’14 season is lurking right around the corner. Training camp is in sight, and players are starting to reappear back on the map. And with that, let’s get right to it. Here’s today’s latest from around the NBA. We’ll start in New York, which will be home to this seasons hottest rivalry: Knicks vs. Nets.

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SH Blog: McGee says only his coach can stop him, Rivers says Perkins trade was a mistake

JaVale McGee

When you think of the top three goofiest players in the NBA today, JaVale McGee is probably the first name that most people can come up with. It can’t be helped: the guy made it to Shaquille O’Neals’ “Shaqtin’ A Fool” segment on TNT almost every other week last season. If you think that’s an exaggeration, just watch this clip. Admittedly, Shaq did unnecessary pick on him at times, but mostly, it was warranted. Despite what we’ve been conditioned to believe,

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SH Blog: Rodman visits North Korea again; Pierce was the catalyst in Celtics-Nets trade

Rodman Kim Jong-un

Hey everyone, I’m back in action this weekend. And what a story to welcome me back, too. A while back, Dennis Rodman visited Kim Jong-Un in North Korea, and this week, he went back. Once you think about it, this shouldn’t be all that surprising: like his father, Jong-Un is a big fan of the NBA, especially the 90′s Bulls (and also a big fan of looking at things). And the only 90′s Bull weird enough to want to go

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SH Blog: Julius Erving and Gary Payton exclude MJ in Top-Five list, Doc Rivers explains why KG joined Nets

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When you talk about the “Greatest of All-Time” (aka “GOAT”), Michael Jordan is generally in that discussion, along with Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. Ask some of the past greats, however, and you may be surprised to hear some of the players on their personal lists. Take the great Julius Erving, for example, from Eric Pincus of Los Angeles Times: Hall of Famer Julius “Dr. J.” Erving listed his picks as the top five NBA players of all time on Fox Sports

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Five Things to Watch: Boston Celtics

Jeff Green

Six years ago, the Boston Celtics opened what was supposed to be a three-year championship window after the acquisitions of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. Along with Paul Pierce, the new “Big Three” won one title and could have won two more if they had remained healthy. Like NASA getting extended use out of an aging Mars Rover, the Celtics trudged along as contenders for a few more years. The three-year window was open for a fourth year. Then a fifth.

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Five Things To Watch: Brooklyn Nets

Barclays

This summer, the Brooklyn Nets transformed themselves from pretenders to contenders. However, the transformation came at a steep price. Owner Mikhail Prokhorov has the NBA’s only nine-figure team payroll, which translates to an $87 million luxury tax bill. (He can afford it. He is the NBA’s George Steinbrenner). Nets GM Billy King also mortgaged the future by trading first-round draft picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018 with the right to swap first-round picks in 2017 as part of a trade with Boston

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