PODCAST: How Will Adam Silver Put His Stamp on the NBA?

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SternLeavingThis is not David Stern’s NBA anymore.

The old commissioner is out of sight and out of mind, but his successor has been keeping a relatively low profile.

Sooner or later, Adam Silver is going to put his imprint on the NBA … it is just a matter of when.

Bernucca: Jackson’s Resume Alone Not Nearly Enough To Fix Knicks

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220px-Isiah_ThomasPhil Jackson won’t be awful as president of the New York Knicks. He certainly won’t be as bad as Isiah Thomas was in running the club. And he will almost certainly be better than David Kahn, Bryan Colangelo, Joe Dumars, Otis Smith and Geoff Petrie have been in recent years.

But Phil Jackson isn’t Isiah Thomas, or David Kahn, or Bryan Colangelo. He’s Phil Jackson, with a reputation of all things basketball that he touches turning to gold.

And that’s exactly what Knicks fans – now with three generations of folks waiting for another NBA title – will expect from Jackson.

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SH Blog: How Curry could have been traded to Suns, Crawford says Jordan should have been an All-Star

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Steph CurryWhen Stephen Curry signed a four year, $44 million contract with the Golden State Warriors last season, some wondered if the money was worth it for the oft-injured point guard.

Fast forward to present time: Curry will be in his first All-Star game this weekend as a starter voted in by the fans. Safe to say, the money was worth it — and then some.

So in honor of his accomplishments this season, lets take a look into his past and see how he got to this point, and what could have prevented him from being in the situation he is in today.

First, here is a detailed article from Tim Kawakami of Mercury News explaining how the guard could have ended up in a different uniform on draft night:

SH Blog: Lacob finds some of Warriors’ struggles disturbing, Raptors likely to keep Lowry

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Steph CurryBefore the season began, much hype surrounded the possibilities of a revamped Golden State Warriors lineup.

They locked up Andrew Bogut to a reasonable deal (although some initially disagreed with the size of the contract), signed Andre Iguodala and brought in useful veterans like Jermaine O’Neal and Marreese Speights. They also had Stephen Curry coming off an incredible playoff run and looking to become a legitiate superstar in the league. Heading into the All-Star break, they expected to be better than 31-22 and eighth in the Western conference, which is where the team currently stands.

General manager Bob Myers has already made one trade, acquiring the services of Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks while giving up on Toney Douglas, who failed to play a significant role off the bench through the first half of the season. Based on some of the team’s struggles this season – particularly on the offensive end – Myers is likely not done shaking up the roster. According to Sam Amick of USA Today, the Warriors are aggressively involved in the market as the trade deadline approaches: 

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SH Blog: Rose refers to his doubters as fools, George Karl takes a jab at Anthony’s inability to win

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It’s been well documented that the New York Knicks are an awful team this season.

As it turns out, the Brooklyn Nets may be a notch worse than them after seeing the two teams duke it out on Thursday night. You know it’s bad when Andrea Bargnani is trash-talking to Kevin Garnett. Yes, that happened.

The Knicks embarrassed the Nets on their own floor by 30 points and showed that they are at least capable of playing some semblance of team basketball. The Nets? They may actually be more drunk on isolations than the Knicks, which is saying a lot.

To be fair, do the Nets have much of a choice in the matter? Tyshawn Taylor, who recently replaced Shaun Livingston as the starting point guard because Livingston was playing terribly, was replaced by Livingston in the second half of Thursday’s game because he’s that bad. Neither appear to be capable of creating anything for anyone, and there is no quick fix at the point guard position for this team until Deron Williams returns. Jason Kidd may as well suit up himself since he can at least knock down a 3-pointer or two for his currently-sorry team.

See below for plenty of news in New York and more:

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