Bernucca: Among the Elite, Thunder the Team to Beat

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Kawhi Leonard A look at the overall NBA standings shows four teams at the top – Indiana, Oklahoma City, San Antonio and Miami – separated by one game in the loss column. In fact, they were dead even until three of them lost Sunday. 

Just a notch below them are three more teams – Houston, the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland – separated by two games in the loss column. They also would have been dead even had the Blazers held on Sunday against the Rockets.

Let’s call these teams the Magnificent Seven, because your NBA champion is somewhere among them. Dismiss any of them at your own peril; these are the only teams who, at the season’s three-quarter pole, have won at least two-third of their games.

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Tweet of the Night: NBA Players React To Paul Walker News

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Amidst a crazy day of sports — that included the top team in college football losing on a last-second field goal return for a touchdown — one of the top stories circulating on the Internet Saturday was that of the untimely tragic death of actor Paul Walker.

Walker, 40, who was best known for his iconic role as Brian O’Conner in The Fast and the Furious films, died in a fiery single-car crash in Santa Clarita, California.

The combination of TMZ having broken the story and a death-related hoax involving Walker having just circulated the Internet made the news hard to believe.

However, hours after the crash, his reps updated both his Twitter and Facebook accounts confirming the horrifying news.

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Tweet of the Day: Tracy McGrady Frustrated with TMZ

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For as long as media has existed in all of its various forms, there has always been the veritable “dirt sheet”—often the source of rumors, slander and gossip.

Whether in print, television or the internet, there will always be those who take real stories and contort them, working the headlines and the quotes to be more provocative.

TMZ, which has its following for its celebrity gossip and paparazzi-style journalism, seems to unnerve celebrities with their tactics.

Their newest victim?

Tracy McGrady.

While entering LAX (Los Angeles World Airports), McGrady was asked by a TMZ reporter about Kobe Bryant’s comment, wherein he was reported as having said that T-Mac was the toughest opponent he ever guarded.

The question was posed to McGrady, “Who’s the toughest guy you ever played against?” His response, “It’s Kobe. All day.”

Of course, even though they have T-Mac on video explaining his choice, they run the sexy headline.

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His reasoning makes perfect sense, whether it be Michael Jordan at the beginning of his career or LeBron James at the end of it, he never had the chance to face them in his prime.

However, TMZ chose to take what they wanted from his answers to fashion a headline that would bring in more viewers.

Perhaps, next time, McGrady will think twice before entertaining the whims of a guy with a camera that identifies himself as being with TMZ.

 

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SH Blog: Will The Lakers Trade Dwight? Garnett to LAC Dead For Now; Josh Smith Most Likely To Be Traded

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There is an old adage that relates to both the sports and business world: “people are your most important asset.”

Since it’s no secret that the NBA is a bottom-line league, as Thursday’s trade deadline rapidly approaches these words of wisdom become even more ubiquitous.

But that doesn’t make them necessarily true. People are not your most important asset.

The RIGHT people are.

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