Mitnick: Looking at the NBA’s 2015-16 Euro Rookies

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In the past, a handful of players have come over from Europe and made a big impact in their rookie seasons in the NBA. Pau Gasol came from Spain to win NBA Rookie of the Year with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2002. Coming off two straight Italian League MVP awards, Manu Ginobili gave the San Antonio Spurs the extra push off the bench they needed to win the NBA title in 2003. Luis Scola and Juan Carlos Navarro were immediate contributors as

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Bernucca: 2012 Draft Class Contract Extension Scoreboard

Anthony Davis

Contract extensions for first-round picks can sometimes be a tricky business. And never is it more tricky than this summer. Next year’s new TV deal is projected to increase the salary cap from $70 million this summer to $90 million – or possibly more. Simplistically, all that extra money should make the decision to offer a young, improving player a contract extension much easier. Realistically, it makes it much harder. There are just a handful of teams that will not have room under

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Sheridan: Midsummer Report Cards – Southeast Division

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The latest NBA news is interesting: If you win your division, you can hang a banner from the rafters. But that doesn’t mean you are going to the playoffs. Which begs the question: Why even have divisions? It makes no sense. Then again, things that make no sense are part of the NBA landscape. Take Andrea Bargnani, for example. He should be playing in Europe. Or China. That has been clear for years and years and years. But the New York Knicks

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Sprung: Curry Could Become Best Playoff Shooter Ever

Curry Playoff Shot Chart

Stephen Curry has a legitimate chance to go down as the greatest shooter in NBA playoff history. With just two days before the Golden State-Cleveland NBA Finals finally begins, an appreciation of Curry’s shooting stroke — and the changing landscape of how offenses emphasize the three — point to Curry having a chance to at least be part of an elite playoff performance list. The 27-year-old MVP ideally will be playing in many more postseasons over the course of his career and should be

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Scotto: Fate of Knicks Riding on Fourth Pick in NBA Draft

Steve Mills draft lottery

NEW YORK – Just when New York Knicks fans thought the worst season in franchise history couldn’t get any worse, it did. After watching superstar Carmelo Anthony shut things down with a knee injury and his constantly changing teammates stagger to a 17-65 mark – the second-worst record in the league – the Knicks dropped two spots to fourth overall in Tuesday night’s NBA draft lottery. General manager Steve Mills summed it up for the team’s title-starved fans watching at home, bowing

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Mock Draft 3.0: The Draft Order is Set and the Timberwolves are on the Clock

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Based on conversations I had with multiple people around the league at last week’s combine in Chicago, this draft sounds like it will be known as the Karl-Anthony Towns draft– and the Minnesota Timberwolves are going to get him. Barring an injury issue similar to what Joel Embiid had last year, Towns is all but certain to be the first player to shake hands with Adam Silver on draft night and become the third straight No. 1 pick to wear a Minnesota

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SH Blog: Pat Beverley attempted return for West Finals; Magic prioritize Tom Thibodeau for vacancy

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Was an unexpected comeback ever in the works for injured Houston Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley in the Western Conference Finals? It depends who you believe. Rockets’ officials, including head coach Kevin McHale and general manager Daryl Morey, consistently stuck with the company line that he’s out for the entire playoffs, which the Rockets first said on March 30 after Beverley opted for surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left, non-shooting wrist. But Beverley himself has had other ideas. In April, he told Mark Berman

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Three-Man Weave: Thibodeau’s Future, Game 7 Outlook

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LeBron James is headed to another Eastern Conference finals, the Los Angeles Clippers are headed to another Game 7, and who knows where Tom Thibodeau is headed. With those in mind – and no games on Saturday night for the first time since the World Series – we thought it would be a really good time for another edition of the Three-Man Weave. Here we go. 1. Are the Cleveland Cavaliers home free into the NBA Finals? [Read more…]

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