May: Is This The Year a Deadline Trade Will Impact Championship?

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Some time this June, the NBA will crown a champion for the 2013-14 season. The odds tell us that the champion will have done little to nothing the previous February at the trading deadline. NBA enthusiasts, zealots and, yes, writers obsess and go into circuit overload in the third week of February – this coming week, in case you weren’t paying attention. But if history is any guide, the chances are remote that a team will make a trade which it

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Tweet of the Night: Dunk Contest Between Tony Mitchell and Rasheed Wallace

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It appears the big man can still get up there, well technically. Maybe not as smooth as he use to be, Rasheed Wallace and Detroit Pistons forward Tony Mitchell squared off in a thrilling drunk competition at the end of the Pistons practice today. A little dunk contest after practice between sheed and tony mich https://t.co/Zi3MiN8Ge6 — Andre Drummond (@DRE_DRUMMOND_) November 16, 2013   Wallace, now an assistant coach with Detroit, use to get up there with the best of the big men and hammer

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Evening News: Tibs wants Bulls to re-sign Deng; Sheed mentoring J-Smoove; Noel looks “explosive”

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In today’s news, Luol Deng’s expiring contract in Chicago could cause a rift between the front office and the coach, Rasheed Wallace begins mentoring Josh Smith in his new gig as an assistant in Detroit and Nerlens Noel talked to the media about his rehab progress. Thibodeau would be upset with Bulls if Deng left According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, the occasionally unsteady relationship between Tom Thibodeau and Chicago’s front office might hit further turbulence in the coming months

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Five Things to Watch: Detroit Pistons

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The Detroit Pistons have been one of the most active teams in the NBA this offseason. Of course, that shouldn’t surprise anybody who suffered through the marginal talent base and boring, uninspired basketball on display in Motown the past few years. But after a whirlwind offseason, Detroit is definitely ready to take a big step forward. The Pistons will feature four new starters on Opening Night, including the team’s big free agent signing – Josh Smith. The Smith signing had many

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SH Blog: Lakers to sign Kaman and amnesty World Peace; Bynum to Cavs? Warriors to acquire Speights

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When it was reported that Andre Iguodala agreed to sign with the Golden State Warriors last Friday, most assumed that the move was made by the front office with a bigger picture in mind: to lure super free agent Dwight Howard into joining the team. That didn’t quite pan out, obviously, which left plenty wondering if the Warriors really just gave up the rights to Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry, as well as future draft picks all for the service of

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SH Blog: Raptors closing in on Ujiri; Howard warming on Rockets; Wolves like Oladipo, Shabazz

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Even though the Pacers lost Game 1, they had to have impressed many impartial observers. Maybe the Heat won’t have an easy path to the Finals after all. Or maybe the first game was an aberration and they’ll turn on the jets and roll over Indiana from here on out. We’ll see, I guess. For some analysis of what went wrong for Indy at the end of OT, check out Chris Sheridan’s column blaming Paul George. And since we’re about to

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