Bernucca: Winners and Losers at the Trading Deadline

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When the biggest names on the move at the NBA trading deadline are Brandon Jennings, Jeff Green and Markieff Morris, it is a bit of a letdown. There is legitimate reasoning behind last week’s relatively quiet activity. This summer marks uncharted territory for NBA teams and their general managers, none of whom want to be the guy who shoots before aiming. The salary cap is going to jump from $70 million to more than $90 million this summer. That is an unprecedented

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Tweet of the Night: LeBron James and other players around the league react to Monty Williams’ powerful speech at Ingrid Williams’ funeral

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The NBA and its family collectively grieved over the tragic loss of Ingrid Williams late last week and the mourning continued on Thursday at her funeral, where her husband Monty Williams touched viewers with an emotional, moving speech that few would have been able to provide in his shoes:Forgiving is no easy task when someone is responsible for the death of a loved one, but Williams’ display of faith and purity proved to be powerful for many around the league: [Read more…]

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Tweet of the Night: NBA players mourn the loss of Ingrid Williams

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The NBA received devastating news late Wednesday when it was reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports that Ingrid Williams, the wife of assistant coach Monty Williams, had passed away from a car accident that occurred on Tuesday night.Devastating news on loss of Ingrid Williams, wife of OKC assistant Monty Williams. She was involved in car crash. The Williams have 5 kids. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 11, 2016 Here are further details of the accident, from ESPN:Ingrid Williams was involved in

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Five Things To Watch: New Orleans Pelicans

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Superstars change everything for NBA teams. For any team without one, the goal becomes finding a way to get a hold of one, either via trades or in the draft. Once a team is able to land one, however, everything changes. For the New Orleans Pelicans, everything changed in the 2012 draft when they landed Anthony Davis. Last season, they watched him emerge as – at worst – the third best player in basketball, and everything changed again. Coming off their first playoff

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SH Blog: What’s next for Marc Gasol, Paul Pierce, Tom Thibodeau after playoff exits?

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The dust has settled on three great series, with three of the NBA’s toughest teams headed home. And each of those teams now has to turn their attention to the future, and what the future holds for the Bulls, Grizzlies and Wizards is still a little murky. Memphis, for instance, could lose its best player. Marc Gasol is a pending free agent, and Phil Jackson has long been rumored to be willing to back up James Dolan’s metaphorical Brinks truck for

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Three-Man Weave: Thibodeau’s Future, Game 7 Outlook

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LeBron James is headed to another Eastern Conference finals, the Los Angeles Clippers are headed to another Game 7, and who knows where Tom Thibodeau is headed. With those in mind – and no games on Saturday night for the first time since the World Series – we thought it would be a really good time for another edition of the Three-Man Weave. Here we go. 1. Are the Cleveland Cavaliers home free into the NBA Finals? [Read more…]

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PODCAST: Forget about Thibodeau to Pelicans

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Lots of speculation on who will take over for Monty Williams after he was fired as coach of the New Orleans Pelicans — a subject I discussed here on WWL Radio in New Orleans. For those who beliueve Tom Thibodeau might take the job … hold on a second. First, Thibodeau was very close to Monty Williams after the two served as assistant coaches to Mike Krzyzewski on Team USA two of the past three summers. Thibodeau does not want to go

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PODCAST: Pelicans risk losing Anthony Davis through firing of Monty Williams

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The bad news for Monty Williams was good news for the rest of the NBA. There is now a strong chance that Anthony Davis leaves New Orleans and becomes an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2017. That is the ultimate fallout from Tuesday’s shocking news that the Pelicans had fired Williams after he led them to the Western Conference playoffs, where they were swept by the Golden State Warriors. The firing came a mere two weeks after owner Tom Benson

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