Washington Wizards enter East’s upper echelon with depth and continuity

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A year can make an enormous difference in the perception of an NBA team. Last summer, the Washington Wizards had the same backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal but they were faced with immense pressure of having to make the playoffs to save the jobs of head coach Randy Wittman and general manager Ernie Grunfeld. Before the season began, Grunfeld made what many perceived as a panicky move and sent its first round pick to Phoenix for Marcin Gortat, who 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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Bauman: Five points of impact that Kevin Love will have on Cleveland’s offense

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Nearly a full month has passed since LeBron James made the decision to leave Miami and return home to Cleveland. Since we’re now aware that the Kevin Love trade will be finalized later this month, here are five ways Love will aide the Cavaliers in their quest to become the Eastern Conference’s elite team. Now if only he would take his strengths to Team USA to save them after Kevin Durant dropped out of the World Cup:

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Marks: Changing Lottery Rules Won’t Cure What Ails the NBA

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PHILADELPHIA – Let’s begin with a question. In the three-plus decades since David Stern took the reins as NBA commissioner from Larry O’Brien  and handed them to Adam Silver, what do these franchises – the Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors, Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards, New Orleans Pelicans, Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers – have in common? Answer: None has gone to the NBA Finals. Furthermore, among that group only Denver, Minnesota, Milwaukee, Sacramento and

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Tweet of the Day: Damian Lillard Frustrated With NBA Business

The National Basketball Association is a business. As much as it is both a job and teams are a brotherhood for players, and as much as it is both a sport and an exciting form of entertainment for fans; for all intents and purposes, the league is a multi-billion dollar business. With league revenue reaching $5 billion, franchise valuations escalating and teams selling for anything from $550M to $2B, the proof is in the pudding. NBA athletes often talk about the bonds of

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Tweet of the Day: Derrick Rose Impresses At Team USA Practice

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has spent an almost innumerable amount of time (years, months, weeks, days, hours…) focused on rehabilitation while sidelined with injuries. Finally, he is back. At least, that was the hope heading into Monday’s Team USA practice in Las Vegas. Sometimes, hope is all you have. Then, there are the bright spots where your hope is superseded by reality. This could be one of those times. Reaction from those who were at the practice seems to be quite

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Tweet of the Night: LeBron James returns to #23

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In a surprise announcement early Sunday afternoon, LeBron James shocked the world yet again. He has made his second major decision of the summer, and will be returning to the #23 jersey he wore during his seven years in Cleveland. His logic was simple, yet somewhat strange. See for yourself on his Instagram/Twitter, which he used to break the announcement. 23 it is! It’s only right I go back. 2·3=6 We still family 6. #HomeTeam #StriveForGreatness http://t.co/2MpznC8JNM — LeBron James (@KingJames) July 27,

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