Sprung: Top Pick Bennett Has Historically Bottomed Out

Anthony Bennett

Poor Anthony Bennett tried to keep his head up. His right shoulder was heavily wrapped after a 31-point loss to the Knicks, and there was disappointment in his eyes. Bennett had another empty, unremarkable game just two days after a seemingly encouraging 15-point performance against New Orleans. It turns out that it was just a blip in a season of disappointments for both player and team.

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SH Blog: Celtics may be interested in deal for Stoudemire, Carter calls Howard a crybaby during contest

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STORY OF THE DAY: Boston Celtics quickly ended the notion that they would be interested in dealing Rajon Rondo to the New York Knicks, but they may be willing to deal others to acquire Amare Stoudemire. Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report has details: But even if it’s not Rondo, the Celtics are still attractive for the potential of a big man swap, and according to a source close to Gang Green, they might be willing to take on what basically no other

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Bernucca: All not lost in lost weekend for road teams

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Hey, how about those road teams in the playoffs, hunh? It was a lost weekend that would have made Ray Milland proud. I spent huge chunks of Saturday and Sunday at an AAU tournament and missed several games. When I finally got home and turned on the TV, I wished I was back at the AAU tournament. If you didn’t watch the NBA playoffs this weekend, you didn’t miss much. All eight road teams lost Game 1, the first time that has happened

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The Bernucca List – Edition 30

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Really? Thirty of these already? We started these about a year ago for two reasons. One was both editor-in-chief Chris Sheridan and yours truly both were big fans of The Spy List, which ran in Spy, a wonderfully snarky monthly magazine in the late 1980s and early 1990s. (It also did its fair share of good investigative reporting, by the way.) The other reason we began running these was NBA commissioner David Stern and union chief Billy Hunter were remarkably unsympathetic to

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SH Blog: J-Smoove will be UFA; Kobe vs. Smush Part 3; “The London Abbeys” are dead before birth

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If the NBA is a restaurant, the preseason games are its appetizers: often tantalizing, but only occasionally tasty. Chris Bernucca has a look at the yummy aspects of the first few games, namely what can be learned about some of the league’s top teams. We’re also continuing our series of guest columns on why fans of all 30 NBA teams have reason to feel good about their squads, with the latest installment covering the Grizzlies from Tom Lorenzo of StraightOuttaVancouver. And whether you

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SH Blog: Smush Parker fires back at Kobe, Bryant says “I gave him his 30 minutes of fame”

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Perhaps feeling a bit moody about having to miss a preseason game due to a minor shoulder issue, Kobe Bryant made headlines by insulting the likes of Smush Parker and Kwame Brown to the max a couple of nights ago. So naturally, Parker, who is currently in China, responded to all the negativity in detail and recalled his unpleasant experiences with the personality of Bryant. See what was said from both sides, along with news around the league from Friday:Smush

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Tweet of the Night: Arash Markazi

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Kobe Bryant is at his sarcastic, snarky best when he is talking about the 2005-2007 Lakers.
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Arash Markazi
Kobe Bryant: "I almost won an MVP with Smush Parker and Kwame Brown on my team."
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Arash Markazi
Kobe Bryant: "Smush Parker was the worst. He shouldn't have been in the NBA but we were too cheap to pay for a point guard."
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Arash Markazi
Kobe Bryant: "I was shooting 45 times a game. What was I supposed to do? Pass it into Chris Mihm and Kwame Brown?"
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Arash Markazi
Tweet of the Night went to Arash Markazi of ESPN, who quoted Kobe Bryant’s thoughts on some of his previous teammates. So apparently, Bryant is not a fan of  Smush Parker, Chris Mihm and Kwame Brown, but this isn’t exactly a surprise. Bryant has often spoken frankly about the lack of talent that surrounded him prior to the arrival of Pau Gasol in Los Angeles. Here’s what he previously had to say about the play of

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Five reasons to feel positive about the Philadelphia 76ers

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(This entry is the second in a series of 30 guest columns that will run during October, when optimism reigns supreme across the NBA. The theme will be “Five Reasons to Feel Positive About … ” We encourage you to follow the authors on Twitter and visit their sites. – CS) There’s absolutely nothing in the NBA worse than mediocrity. It’s a top-heavy league where if you’re not in the top five, the bottom five, or you don’t have a superstar,

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