Antetokounmpo, Hardaway, Plumlee Lead East’s Breakout Team

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Training camps start next week for five teams, and preseason games are just a couple of weeks away. The excitement is palpable as we build towards the 2014-2015 season with players who should have breakout or standout seasons. Here are five players in the Eastern Conference – one at each position, no rookies – who will take the next step towards greatness this upcoming season.

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NBA Referee Dick Bavetta Calls It Quits

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Dick Bavetta’s first game as an NBA referee was a Celtics-Knicks game at Madison Square Garden was Dec. 2, 1975. The first game I covered as a writer with Dick Bavetta as an NBA referee also was a Celtics-Knicks game, almost 14 years later. The once-mighty Celtics were fighting to make the playoffs. Larry Bird had missed most of the season with a back injury. His replacement was Kevin Gamble, a second-year player already on his second team. Early on, there 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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Tweet of the Day: JR Smith Has Endearing Daddy – Daughter Moment

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J.R. Smith, like Philadelphia Sixers rookie Joel Embiid of recent memory, has been a frequenter of the Tweet of the Day. From making fun of an Appalachian State center’s failed free throw attempt back in December of 2012 to being accused of partying too hard in May of 2013, he has routinely been among the most entertaining NBA tweeters. The New York Knicks shooting guard captured the hearts of his followers Wednesday with an endearing look into his family life.

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PODCAST: Who Is Better: Carmelo Anthony or Dirk Nowitzki?

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The title of this podcast is the same as the question I was asked by Steve Somers of WFAN radio in New York. My answer will be revealed during this broadcast, and go ahead and click over to Chris Bernucca’s fantastic column on Nowitzki that was published earlier today. If you are a multitasker, you can read while you listen.

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