Durant Heads 2016 Free Agency Class That Will Be Best Ever

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In an interview in April 2013, Kevin Durant told Sports Illustrated he was tired of finishing second. Durant was the second player taken in the 2007 draft. He lost in the NBA Finals in 2012. He finished second in MVP voting four times. This past season, Durant took a huge step forward when he won his first MVP award, finally emerging from the shadow cast by LeBron James. But if he doesn’t win an NBA championship in the next two years with

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Marks: Changing Lottery Rules Won’t Cure What Ails the NBA

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PHILADELPHIA – Let’s begin with a question. In the three-plus decades since David Stern took the reins as NBA commissioner from Larry O’Brien  and handed them to Adam Silver, what do these franchises – the Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors, Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards, New Orleans Pelicans, Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers – have in common? Answer: None has gone to the NBA Finals. Furthermore, among that group only Denver, Minnesota, Milwaukee, Sacramento and

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Tweet of the Day: LeBron James Enticed By Vegas “King of the Hill”

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This isn’t your child’s game of King of the Hill. No sir. No m’am. This is grown man, elite athlete, basketball “King of the Hill.” A game of one-on-one involving three players. It starts with Player 1 trying to score on Player 2. If he succeeds, Player 2 exits the floor and Player 3 takes over on defense. If Player 2 manages to prevent Player 1 from scoring, Player 1 exits and Player 2 moves to offense to try to score on Player

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Oklahoma City Thunder Salaries and Analysis

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 2015-16 Offseason Additions: G Josh Huestis 2015 Draft Picks: G Cameron Payne, C Dakari Johnson Draft Picks Coming: 2016 second round (Sacramento, protected 31-55); 2016 second round (Charlotte, 56-60); 2017 second round (Memphis, 31-35); 2018 second round (Boston, 31-55) Draft Picks Going: 2016 first round (to Philadelphia, 1-15); 2018 first round (to Utah, 1-14) Cap Exceptions: Mid-level ($5,460,000); Bi-annual ($2,140,000) Trade Exceptions: Lance Thomas ($920,000, expires Jan. 5, 2016); Reggie Jackson ($2,200,000, expires Feb. 19, 2016); Ish Smith ($860,000, expires Feb. 19, 2016); Luke Ridnour ($2,850,000, expires June

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Tweet of the Day: Reaction To Derek Fisher’s Hiring

Very few things in the NBA could diminish the media frenzy surrounding LeBron James’ thrilling 35-point Game 2 performance in the NBA Finals. The news coming from New York is one such thing. 18 years of lacing up sneakers, playing in 1,287 games, 259 playoff games—including an NBA leading 161 playoff wins, Derek Fisher seems to be moving into the next phase of his career. He is expected to be officially announced as the New York Knicks new head coach Tuesday

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Tweet of the Day: Player Reactions To All NBA Teams

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Wednesday the All-NBA Teams were announced, and with them came a slew of congratulatory, confused and frustrated tweets. Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant led all vote getters as the lone unanimous selection to the First Team, followed by Miami Heat forward LeBron James, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, Houston Rockets guard James Harden and Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul. Much to the chagrin of 124 NBA writers with voting privileges, Chris Sheridan, our esteemed Editor-in-Chief, was the lone vote preventing

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NBA Players React to All-Defensive Teams

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2014 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah led all vote getters for the NBA All-Defensive First Team. The NBA released the 2014 All-Defensive teams Monday afternoon. Leading the charge was the 2014 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year and Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, who led all vote getters. He was the only player to get triple-digit votes for the First Team, tallying 105 such votes as well as another 13 Second Team votes

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