SH Blog: Will Pacers bench Hibbert? Kerr and Knicks in deep talks; Popovich named coach of the year

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hibbertInnovation must come from experimentation at the edge, not just from ideas generated by the center.

For Frank Vogel and the Indiana Pacers, this is a mantra that must be embraced if they want to turn their fortunes around.

What they are doing now isn’t working. There’s nothing else to it. 

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Bernucca: NBA Buyout Season’s Winners and Losers

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I’m kinda high on what the Charlotte Bobcats did with Ben Gordon.220px-Gordon7_20091204

The Bobcats waived Gordon on Sunday, preventing him from appearing in the postseason should he sign with another team. While they may have alienated his agent – not a trifle thing in the business world of the NBA – two things should be pointed out.

1. When teams waive or buy out players at this time of the season, they are essentially establishing a price they are willing to pay to that player to not play for them.

2. In this case, the Bobcats made it impossible for Gordon to come back to haunt them in the playoffs.

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Tweet of the Night: Wizards Hold Breath on Nene

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NeneThe NBA has been plagued by injuries for the majority of the past two years.

Stars and impact players have been knocked out for extended time, and in most cases, full seasons. With Miami and Indiana looking to be the only legitimate contenders in the East, the conference needs every bit of talent to be healthy that they can get.

Tonight, another team will hold their breath as an impact player awaits the results of an MRI.   

SH Blog: Did Thaddeus Young Request Trade; Kobe Calls Doubters ‘Idiots’; Asik Deal Fell Apart At High Level

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Thaddeus YoungDespite the Houston Rockets retracting their self-imposed December 19th deadline to trade disgruntled center Omer Asik — a trade he was reportedly being dangled in — Thaddeus Young has sent in a formal request to Philadelphia 76ers GM Sam Hinkie to be traded. 

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Bernucca: After slow start, the tank is rolling in Philly

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tankRemember back in October, when the handicappers in Vegas said the Philadelphia 76ers would win about 16 or 17 games?

And remember in November, when the 76ers started their season with three straight wins, beating the Miami Heat, Washington Wizards and Chicago Bulls with Derrick Rose?

How are those 17 wins looking now?

Without the Hubble telescope, the Sixers can’t see them.

The small sample size of the season’s first week – three surprising wins, a rookie as Player of the Week – is a distant memory. All it did was momentarily delay Philadelphia’s inevitable descent to the bottom of the NBA standings.

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