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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PODCAST: Talking Boozer, Bulls, ‘Melo and More on WSCR in Chicago

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Carlos Boozer was amnestied today by the Chicago Bulls, allowing them to clear the cap space to bring in their newest additions, Nikola Mirotic and Pau Gasol. They were in the mix for Carmelo Anthony, but the New York Knicks were able to pay him $50 million more than the Bulls could offer, which is a lot of scratch. No matter, the Bulls have emerged as a favorite to be the best team in the Eastern Conference, especially if the Pacers do

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Knicks embracing triangle offense, winning in Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS – Writers and team officials called for a running clock or the Mercy rule Monday afternoon at the Cox Pavilion when the New York Knicks opened up a 73-33 lead over the Charlotte Hornets. The 95-72 final score pushed the Knicks to 3-0.The team’s play has been an endorsement of the triangle offense Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher are implementing in New York. Players are sharing the ball and fluidly moving the ball to the open man, which

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