NBA Referee Dick Bavetta Calls It Quits

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Dick Bavetta’s first game as an NBA referee was a Celtics-Knicks game at Madison Square Garden was Dec. 2, 1975. The first game I covered as a writer with Dick Bavetta as an NBA referee also was a Celtics-Knicks game, almost 14 years later. The once-mighty Celtics were fighting to make the playoffs. Larry Bird had missed most of the season with a back injury. His replacement was Kevin Gamble, a second-year player already on his second team. Early on, there was

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ABC Rolls Ratings Dice With Durant, Small-Market Thunder

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Kevin Durant and the small-market Oklahoma City Thunder are the darlings of ABC, according to the NBA national TV schedule. Durant and the Thunder will appear on ABC six times this season, more than any other team. The games are against six different opponents, with three at home and three on the road. Among the NBA’s multiple TV partners, ABC is the only network available in every American home with a TV. It is the home of the NBA Finals but not the

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SH Blog: Suns continue to damage relationship with Bledsoe; Grizzlies hire Stefanski; Nash says this year his last; Durant unsure of future

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As the fury of NBA free agency slowly dies down as we approach the dog days of August — the dreadfully slow period of the NBA offseason — we’re left with a few big names standing. One of which is Eric Beldsoe, the standout guard for the Phoenix Suns who has had a difficult time navigating restricted free agency. He and his agent, Rich Paul (LeBron’s agent and close friend), have been miles apart on negotiations with the Suns front office. The

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SH Blog: Kevin Love Reportedly Requests a Trade to Cleveland

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Seriously. Just trade Kevin Love and let this saga end already. The never-ending trade reports continued to flow in on Friday, July 25. The Minnesota Timberwolves power forward remains a player who’s on the trading block, but seemingly untouchable for an organization that would likely lose him for nothing in 2015 if he remains in Minnesota. According to Sam Amico of FOX Sports Ohio, Love has made it clear where he wants to be traded to.Multiple league sources told FOX Sports Ohio on Friday they are under the impression

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Kobe, Dirk Among Biggest Pay Cuts of the Offseason

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Four players – three of them future Hall of Famers – took pay cuts of a staggering eight figures this offseason. Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol and Paul Pierce all took salary slashes of more than $10 million to extend their careers with contending teams. They head the list of the top 10 individual pay cuts this summer. Our list uses exact salary figures from last season. In some cases, this season’s figures are averages of multi-year deals received by players. For example,

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Bauman: Three offensive certainties for 2014-15

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Thankfully, the dominoes of the summer of 2014 have begun to fall into place for next season (and beyond). And even though it’s the middle of July, it’s never too early to think about the possibilities that lie ahead on the hardwood. Here are three offensive certainties that will make waves during the 2014-15 NBA season.

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Tweet of the Day: Twitter Support for Michael Cooper

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Former Los Angeles Lakers guard and current WNBA Atlanta Dream head coach Michael Cooper has been diagnosed with early stage tongue cancer. The Dream announced that Cooper will undergo surgery at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University in Atlanta this week. The doctors expect a full recovery — typical recovery time is two weeks. Assistant coach Karleen Thompson will assume coaching duties while he is out. Cooper remained optimistic and confident in the Emory medical staff.

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SH Blog: Kobe Bryant featured in a new Showtime documentary

Kobe Bryant is set to be featured in a Showtime documentary airing in November. Titled, “Kobe Bryant’s Muse,” the documentary will cover much of the past season that saw Bryant forced to sit out all but six games. The injury was the first in Bryant’s career to keep him sidelined for a significant portion of a season, but wasn’t enough to keep the Lakers from signing Bryant to a two-year, $48 million contract extension. He will be turning 36 next month, and will be

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