May: The Future of Four Floundering Flagship Franchises

Red Auerbach

We are about to witness what may be a first in the long history of the NBA. For the first time, four of the league’s flagship franchises could well be out of the playoffs. OK, the Knicks aren’t technically out of the race in the Hindenburg Conference, but they have a lot of ground to make up on Atlanta – four games in the loss column with 13 to play. The Celtics, Lakers and 76ers all are making plans for the

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Rookie Rankings, Week 19: The Philly Factor

Philadelphia 76ers Sixers

First, the good news. Among rookies, the top four scorers behind Philadelphia’s Michael Carter-Williams all got a recent chance to pad their stats against the sickening 76ers. Now, the bad news. Only one gets another chance this season. In case you haven’t noticed, the Sixers have lost 18 straight games. The last time they won, Time Warner and Comcast hadn’t announced their merger, the Super Bowl hadn’t been played and the greatest single-take shot in television history hadn’t yet aired.  [Read more…]

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Bernucca: NBA Buyout Season’s Winners and Losers

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I’m kinda high on what the Charlotte Bobcats did with Ben Gordon. The Bobcats waived Gordon on Sunday, preventing him from appearing in the postseason should he sign with another team. While they may have alienated his agent – not a trifle thing in the business world of the NBA – two things should be pointed out. 1. When teams waive or buy out players at this time of the season, they are essentially establishing a price they are willing to pay

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Tweet of The Night: Players show their respect for Allen Iverson in his final NBA moments

Despite losing to the Washington Wizards 122-103, there is nothing that could of taken the emotion away from the Philadelphia 76ers. After a day that saw the people of the NBA world honor the legacy of Allen Iverson, the respects certainly didn’t end there. Some of the best players that the NBA has to offer continued to express their feelings toward #3,  including his own Class of 1996 Draft mates. The Sixers have now lost 13 games in a row, but for

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February Free Agency Update: Clippers, Spurs in mix on Granger; Butler, Fredette eyed by playoff teams

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February’s buyout season is becoming more interesting than the trade deadline itself. There’s a case to be made that the goings-on surrounding Danny Granger, Caron Butler, Jimmer Fredette and others could make a bigger impact than all those moves made one week ago. With Granger, Butler and now Jimmer Fredette (as the Kings announced) officially bought out and ancillary players like Beno Udrih, Earl Clark and Shannon Brown finding new teams, it’s time to really ramp up the races for players who

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Tweet of the Night: Maurice Harkless relieved to finally get a win on the road

El Magic Moe Harkless

The Orlando Magic came into the season feeling pretty good about the possibility of being a playoff team after drafting Victor Oladipo with the second overall pick in the 2013 draft. With young players like Nikola Vucevic, Tobias Harris and Maurice Harkless all looking to improve from their unexpectedly-solid campaigns from a year ago, they very well could have been a dark horse team in the East – especially with the way things have turned out for the anemic conference. Instead,

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UPDATE – Buyout Bonanzas: Granger, Butler, Fredette Could Help Playoff Teams; Udrih claimed by Grizz

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Does anyone want Danny Granger? How about Jimmer Fredette? Perhaps Caron Butler? And how about this: Someone — the Memphis Grizzlies — wanted Beno Udrih so badly they claimed him off waivers. This is the last week for contenders to shore up their playoff  rosters with NBA players for a run they hope will last into June. It is becoming known as February Free Agency. The official NBA rule is that teams have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday, March 1 to waive a

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