May: 10 Predictions for the 2013-14 Season

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Two significant things will happen this NBA season: David Stern will step down as commissioner, probably five years too late. And for the first time in 20 years, the 76ers, Celtics and Lakers all will be out of the playoffs. We know the first to be true. The second is pure conjecture, but it’s more likely than not that three of the top NBA franchises in terms of tradition, history, titles and outsized personalities will be booking trips to ping-pong festivities

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Eisenberg: Projecting Dennis Schröder’s Translation to the NBA with Analytics

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In Elton Brand’s 14 NBA seasons, the two-time All Star has played alongside some of the league’s most respected point guards. From Sam Cassell to pre-injury Shaun Livingston to Andre Miller to Jrue Holiday, Brand has grown accustomed to excellence from his floor generals. So when Brand signed with Atlanta over the summer and was told to check out the highlight reel for his new teammate, a 19-year-old who had been nicknamed “Baby Rondo,” he was understandably skeptical of the moniker. “People

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Bernucca: The Disabled Dozen — Key Injuries as Camps Start

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With NBA training camps now open, every team will be using October to try to answer questions about their rosters. But for teams with injured stars, the questions have greater significance. Like, how long can the Lakers stay afloat without Kobe Bryant? Is Danny Granger going to come off the bench for the Pacers? Are the Warriors really a better team without David Lee? No less than nine current or former All-Stars will start the 2013-14 season with doubt swirling around them because they

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Tweet of the Night: Q & A with Rajon Rondo

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Interested in reading the mind of Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo? Rondo, who is usually reserved and doesn’t interact much on social media, does occasionally show up on twitter for random Q & A sessions with his followers. He took some time on Wednesday to answer the many burning questions that fans have for him. During this particular session, Rondo revealed some interesting things like who his favorite players in the NBA are, how his rehab is going, what he thinks

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Evening News: Cavaliers not counting on LeBron; Rondo to miss preseason; Nets cleared in Kirilenko probe

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In today’s news, a Cleveland beat writer gave insight on the Cavaliers’ 2014 free agency plans, Brad Stevens revealed updates on Rajon Rondo’s recovery timetable, and the Brooklyn Nets got cleared of any wrongdoing in the Andrei Kirilenko free agent signing. Cavaliers not expecting LeBron James to return Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Plain Dealer reports that the Cavaliers are not anticipating a reunion with LeBron James next summer in free agency.    Speculation around the league has persisted that James would consider

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Evening News: J.R Smith suspended five games; Rodman meets with Kim Jong Un again; Rondo return date uncertain

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On a slow news day, you have to give thanks for people like J.R. Smith and Dennis Rodman. They break up the mundane — not that the mundane has to be boring (Case in point is the latest of our team previews, this one on the Oklahoma City Thunder. For all published team previews, click here.) Here is the lowdown: Smith gets five game ban J.R Smith has been suspended five games by the NBA for violating the league’s anti-drug policy. Due to the length

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