Five Things To Watch: Houston Rockets

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Should we really be surprised that the league’s most interesting general manager chose to take the path of higher risk, higher reward? That’s where the Houston Rockets, led by daring and analytically driven GM Daryl Morey, enter the 2014-15 season. When we last saw them, contention didn’t feel far away. In the first year of the Dwight Howard-James Harden foundation, the Rockets went 54-28 in a loaded West and secured home court advantage in the first round. That was in line with preseason

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Bernucca: 2011 Draft Contract Extension Scoreboard: Does Vucevic Change the Big Man Market?

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Orlando Magic GM Rob Hennigan probably saved somewhere in the neighborhood of $10 million by giving center Nikola Vucevic a four-year, $53 million contract extension. At the same time, he probably cost some of his rival GMs millions of dollars down the road. Vucevic’s extension averages $13.25 million. That is more per year than Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah (5 years, $60 million) and fellow All-Star Al Horford (5 years, $60 million). It is also more than Nikola Pekovic (5

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Tweet of the Day: Orlando Magic Sign Nikola Vucevic To Extension, Teammates React

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The Orlando Magic just secured the future of their post position for the foreseeable future, agreeing to a 4-year extension worth $54 million with their talented, young center, Nikola Vucevic. The extension serves as an early birthday gift for the Montenegran native, who turns 24 later this week. Yahoo! Sports NBA writer Marc Spears tweeted out the details of agreement.

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Photo of the Day: Dwyane Wade, Heat Make a Dream Come True for “Heat Lifer”

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NBA teams and players like to get involved with their fans and communities, whether it be signing autographs or giving away game-worn items, or even in the highly publicized NBA Cares programs. It’s great to see players and organizations make an effort to truly make a difference in peoples’ lives. On Tuesday, the Miami Heat and Dwyane Wade made a long-time fan’s dreams come true. She goes by Grandma Nelly. This is not just any ordinary fan. When I say

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Bucks rookie Jabari Parker strives to become total package player

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Things did not start out particularly well for young Jabari Parker. Just 2:49 into the first quarter on Monday night, the 19-year-old Milwaukee Bucks rookie and second overall draft pick was called for a questionable charge on new Knicks point guard Jose Calderon. It was his second personal foul of the game and would normally earn a player a quick trip to the bench. But on this night, a preseason battle meant for learning experiences and deciding teams’ final roster slots, new

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Five Things To Watch: Dallas Mavericks

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About an hour after I had rolled into the Audi Garage next to the American Airlines Center in Dallas, and about four hours after I left San Antonio, where I had watched the Mavericks lose Game 7 of the first round of the 2014 playoffs to the eventual NBA champion Spurs, members of the Mavs spoke to the media. On the floor of their practice court, Dirk Nowitzki spoke about the disappointment of that game after taking the Spurs to the

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SH Blog: Board of Governors to Vote on Lottery Reform

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Since the day he took over for David Stern as NBA commissioner, Adam Silver has promised change. He’s acted swiftly and abruptly in some cases, and slowly and methodically in others. On Wednesday, October 22, Silver’s attempted reformation of the Draft Lottery will be voted upon by the NBA’s Board of Governors. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, two teams are expected to vote no: the Oklahoma City Thunder and Philadelphia 76ers. Lottery reform vote at NBA Board of Governors Wednesday. 23 of

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Photo of the Day: The Oklahoma City Scooter Gang

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If you saw last Friday’s Photo of the Day, you’ll notice the same trend as Monday’s. It’s the 2013-14 NBA MVP Kevin Durant with a cast on his right foot. But, joining him for a photo today is rookie teammate Mitch McGary. The power forward was the Oklahoma City Thunder’s first first-round draft pick at 21st overall, playing his college ball at the University of Michigan. McGary ultimately entered the 2014 NBA Draft after failing a drug test when he

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