Bernucca: Rockets Have Been Sputtering Since Liftoff

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Talk is cheap. Just ask the slumping Houston Rockets, whose locker room is starting to resemble a presidential candidates’ debate. “We’ve been talking,” slumping superstar James Harden said. “We’ve been doing too much talking.” “We’ve had a lot of heart-to-hearts,” coach Kevin McHale said. “As a matter of fact, we talk too much. Talking doesn’t win basketball games.” Last season, the Rockets surprised more than a few folks by crashing the Western Conference finals, a spot thought to be reserved for the San

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Five Things To Watch: Los Angeles Lakers

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As the Los Angeles Lakers slowly and painfully transition away from the Kobe Bryant era, the franchise actually did the right thing in bottoming out last season. The Lakers went a franchise-worst 21-61 last season under first-year coach Byron Scott, losing 29 games by double digits. Forward Julius Randle was lost for the season with a foot injury in the opener, and everything went pretty much downhill from there. Los Angeles had the second-worst defensive rating and scoring defense while finishing 24th

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Artest’s Stint in China May Come to a Premature End

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Metta World Peace, Ron Artest, Panda Friend. Whatever the name is on his medical form and the roster chart, the diagnosis is still the same: ‘Recurrence of knee injury – recovery time: three-to-five weeks.’ In the NBA, this would mean a spell on the sidelines. But in the Chinese Basketball Association, it is often the end of the season for an overseas player. This is the ruthless nature of life in the CBA, particularly for the league’s American imports. They’re brought in

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Tweet of the Night: Metta World Peace has the solution to New York Knicks’ problems

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The New York Knicks are off to a historically-bad start, and the ugliness continued on Friday when they lost to the struggling Charlotte Hornets – a team that lost 10 straight coming into the game – on the road 103-102 in crushing fashion. After being down by as many as 21 points in the second half, New York amazingly managed to come all the way back to take a one-point lead with about 40 seconds remaining in the contest. After getting a

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Tweet of the Night: Metta World Peace still thinks the Lakers can make the playoffs

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Metta World Peace (or Panda’s Friend, if you prefer) has been adamant about the Los Angeles Lakers being a playoff team this year, and they did him proud by beating the Atlanta Hawks on the road 114-109. Swaggy P is back!!!!! 5-8 seed ??? Lakers???? They played a great game today!!! — mettaworldpeace.com (@MettaWorldPeace) November 19, 2014 It’s unclear if the former NBA player is being serious with some of the claims he has been making as of late, but you’d hope that

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Photo of the Day: Metta Panda World Bear Peace

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Everyone who is an NBA fan has been missing one thing throughout the summer and the start of the regular season: Metta World Peace. But wait, we can no longer call him that, right? Is he the Panda’s Friend? Or still Metta? No matter what he goes by, World Peace is always entertaining, and downright hilarious. This past season ended his tenure in the NBA with the New York Knicks. He took his talents overseas to China, playing in the Chinese

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SH Blog: Warriors won’t sacrifice defense for Love

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We’re at the point in the NBA offseason where we start asking why nobody wants the best RFAs on the market. Last year it was Brandon Jennings, and the answer was obvious: he’s Brandon Jennings. This year, it’s Greg Monroe and Eric Bledsoe, and there isn’t a clear answer to be had. In a market where Chandler Parsons gets a $15 million per year offer sheet, you’d think somebody would go after them, even if it’s just to set the

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Tweet of the Night: Metta World Peace weighs in on LeBron James’ decision to opt out

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With LeBron James making the decision to opt out of his current contract, the speculations have been rampant on Tuesday. The most likely scenario that many believe will happen is that James would simply re-sign with the Heat for another multi-year deal – perhaps for a cheaper amount to help the team score better talent in the market – but anything goes when a player of his caliber becomes an unrestricted free agent. [Read more…]

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