Bernucca: Hawks are Best Team No One Has Seen

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The hottest team in the Eastern Conference doesn’t have a three-headed monster like the Cleveland Cavaliers. It doesn’t have a scrutinized superstar returning from injury like the Chicago Bulls or a rapper sitting courtside at every home game like the Toronto Raptors. Heck, it doesn’t even have a national TV appearance, even though it plays in TNT’s backyard. But the Atlanta Hawks have won nine of their last 10 games, flying well under the radar toward the top of the conference. The Hawks

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Hubbard: Magic, like Michael, has a competition problem

Magic Johnson

A few years ago, Magic Johnson came to Dallas for a charity event that included playing a game of H-O-R-S-E at Roger Staubach’s house. Staubach, a notorious competitor, has a basketball court in his backyard where the basic rule is: Roger wins. There were several former Cowboys there along with slam dunk legend Spud Webb and Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman. Magic made the final in the competition and was playing a woman, who I believe was a former college player. She

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Tweet of the Day: Warriors Owner Peter Guber Honors Congratulates Johnson

Magic Johnson

Earvin Magic Johnson has earned many great accomplishments over the span of his life; five NBA championships, three league MVP awards, three Finals MVP awards, 12 All Star appearances and induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, just to name a few from his playing days. Now, well into the post-playing stage of his career, he received yet another honor. Sports Illustrated honored him with the of 2014 Sportsman of the Year Legacy Award. The award puts him in

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Park: Rodman says “Kerr ain’t coaching s*it”, Magic Johnson explains why the Warriors are true contenders

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Various athletes gathered in Michael Jordan’s “The Steakhouse NYC” on a rainy Tuesday morning to promote a new form of collectibles released by Steiner Sports – leading producer of authentic hand-signed collectibles – called “In their Own Words”. When it comes to sports collectibles, we typically think of autographed memorabilia. Brandon Steiner, the C.E.O. of Steiner Sports, went further with the idea by having notable athletes describe an iconic moment in their careers – captured in photo – in their own

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Hubbard: Tanking used to be much more fun

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When I regularly covered the NBA on a daily basis too many years ago, a number of us promised ourselves that when new days arrived, we would never bore people by talking about the good old days. The notion that the past is always better than the present is a sermon delivered by the aged and, as Pete Townshend once wrote, “Hope I die before I get old.” But having observed the Philadelphia 76ers the last two years, I can’t help myself: Tanking

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Former Players, Media Members Lament Loss of Bryan Burwell

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Sports journalist Bryan Burwell, who wrote for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and occasionally made appearances on ESPN’s The Sports Reporters and worked as on-air talent for CBS Sports 920 in St. Louis, passed away early Thursday after enduring a brief battle with cancer. He was 59. Burwell was well-respected and well-liked in the industry. His colleague and fellow sportswriter at the Post-Dispatch, Bernie Miklasz, wrote a touching tribute about him. Here is an emotionally evocative excerpt: Until the end of his life,

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Tweet of the Day: Carmelo Anthony Enjoyed Sharing Career Milestone With Fans

Carmelo Anthony

Monday afternoon New York Knicks All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony was basking in his career accomplishment. A night earlier, in a home game against the Charlotte Hornets at Madison Square Garden he scored a very important basket — two important baskets, really. The first basket came with 7:41 left in the first quarter, when he hit his second shot in the game, a three. That shot gave New York an early 15-to-five lead. It also gave Anthony 20,002 career points, putting him

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Levenson Leaving, Ferry Staying Amid Racism Within Hawks

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Though the Atlanta Hawks have only just begun rebuilding their image in the NBA, senseless words now have it falling apart. The Atlanta Hawks are in too deep now, and it has little to do with owner Bruce Levenson. As alluded to in last night’s Tweet post, general manager Danny Ferry is in hot water for reading a racially insensitive scouting report aloud during a conference call with Hawks management and ownership back in June. Some of the

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