Atlantic Division 2013-14 Team-by-Team Previews

Garnett

This summer included a war of words between the Knicks’ hot-shooting, weed-smoking(?) Sixth Man of the Year, J.R. Smith, and a new rival from across the river, Paul Pierce, who will be wearing a color other than green for the first time in his career. Can’t wait until Kevin Garnett and Metta World Peace get in on the trash talk, because both are better spoken than their aforementioned counterparts. The signing of a Russian (Andrei Kirilenko) by a Russian (Mikhail Prokhorov)

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Tweet of the Day: Royce White brushes off his critics

Royce White

Royce White is often the subject of some harsh criticism when it comes to NBA fans speaking openly about the players.His career started with the Houston Rockets but was shipped to their D-League affiliate the Rio Grande Valley Vipers during the season. The 6-foot-8 forward is now on the Philadelphia 76ers roster after being traded in early July. White has a severe anxiety disorder which makes him scared to fly and he also suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. In turn, those illnesses affect

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SH Blog: Pierce Fires Back at J.R. Smith; Tony Parker Leads France; JaVale’s New Website

J.R. Smith vs. Paul Pierce

After a seemingly endless dead period of NBA news, the 2013-’14 season is lurking right around the corner. Training camp is in sight, and players are starting to reappear back on the map. And with that, let’s get right to it. Here’s today’s latest from around the NBA. We’ll start in New York, which will be home to this seasons hottest rivalry: Knicks vs. Nets.

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Five Things To Watch: Philadelphia 76ers

Noel-Kentucky

A year ago at this time, the Philadelphia 76ers were filled with optimism. Coming off a postseason run that left them four minutes short of the Eastern Conference finals, front office personnel were still slapping each other’s backs about the way they had not only landed big man Andrew Bynum, but at the same time unloaded Andre Iguodala and Nikola Vucevic. With Bynum in the paint, an array of 3-point shooters on the wings and emerging guards Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner

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Handicapping the Andrew Wiggins sweepstakes: Who will be NBA’s worst team?

Andrew Wiggins

Of the popular meanings of the word tank, two have roots signifying damage and destruction. There is the blunt military vehicle, and the less subtle term that is popular in our contemporary basketball lexicon. The basketball version of tanking will unavoidably be a central theme in the upcoming 2013-2014 season. Compared to previous seasons, the 2014 NBA draft class is projected to be filled with All-Stars and franchise-changing players, headlined by Canadian wing Andrew Wiggins, who will play at Kansas this coming

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SH Blog: Grizzlies waive Fab Melo; Odom not being drug tested; 76ers not paying Royce White

Fab Melo

In a rather surprising move, the Memphis Grizzlies opted to waive center Fab Melo, whom they acquired a little over two weeks ago via trade. Melo has struggled to gain any sort of consistency since entering the league, having spent much of last season in the D-League. The Grizzlies released a statement: The Memphis Grizzlies have waived center Fab Melo, the team announced today. Melo was originally acquired on August 14, 2013 in exchange for forward Donte Greene. Entering his second NBA season, Melo

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Marks: Out of Answers, Iverson Finally Hanging Them Up

Iverson

PHILADELPHIA —News that Allen Iverson is finally out of  “answers’’ and will soon officially announce his retirement to start his Hall of Fame induction clock running brings a flood of thoughts and memories to mind. After all, when you cover a guy for more than a decade, observing his NBA career from the start … when you watch him evolve from a pure gunner with no concept of team play to a legitimate MVP recipient on a team that goes to

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