StatBox Breakdown: Why is John Wall getting a max contract?

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It’s a simple, yet complex decision for the Washington Wizards.

John WallJohn Wall is the team’s unquestioned franchise player. It would be incredibly difficult to replace him and build around someone else. From that standpoint, it makes sense that Washington is locking him up for five years and the maximum $80 million it can give the former top overall pick.

The problem? Wall is nowhere near as good as other point guards given max contracts in recent years. He has to sound confident when he gets a contract like that, so it’s logical that he told The Sporting News that “I feel like I am right up there with the best of them” and that “I feel like when I am healthy, I stack right up there with them. I put myself in that category.”

That’s nice, John. But no one else does.

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Tweet of the Day: Nate Robinson will miss Chicago

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Nate RobinsonFree agent guard Nate Robinson has a new home.

He will be joining the Denver Nuggets for the next two seasons. As detailed in today’s Evening News, the deal is reportedly worth the bi-annual salary-cap exception, which is about $4.1 million.

The addition of Robinson gives the Nuggets six new players heading into the 2013-14 NBA season, including JJ Hickson, Darrell Arthur, Randy Foye, Erick Green (46th pick in the NBA draft) and Joffrey Lauvergne (55th pick).

He leaves the Windy City behind, as the Chicago Bulls expect the long-awaited return of Derrick Rose.

Tweet of the Night: Ty Lawson makes fun of Kenneth Faried showing off his buns

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Tyson Chandler NudeEvery year, a couple of NBA athletes are chosen to be a part of ESPN The Magazine’s “Body Issue”, where the players strip down to almost nothing to show off all parts of their bodies. It’s a way of celebrating and admiring the amazing physique of some of the best around the league.

Last season, Tyson Chandler and Blake Griffin were chosen to grace the cover. This season, Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried and Washington Wizards point guard John Wall were chosen to show off their goods.

It’s great to show off your body as art for these athletes, but when you’re letting it all hang out (the back, that is) like this, you’re bound to be called out for it by your peers. Faried’s teammate Ty Lawson did just that, as you can see below:

Tweet of the Night: Ty Lawson welcomes Brian Shaw as the new head coach of Denver Nuggets

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280px-Brian_ShawFormer NBA player and long-time assistant Brian Shaw has been looking for his opportunity to be the leader of a team for quite some time, and his quest to become a head coach in the league finally came to a conclusion on Monday, when the Denver Nuggets decided to hire him for next season.

Shaw has played the role of an assistant over the past eight seasons – the same number of years George Karl has led the Nuggets to only a certain degree of postseason success – but with several vacant coaching positions this season, he became a commodity around the league. Benjamin Hochman of The Denver Post has the full details on Shaw’s thoughts of a dream come true:

Tweet of the Day: Tony Parker

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While most of the national media attention continues to go to the Chicago Bulls and Derrick Rose, whether or not he will play against the defending champion Miami Heat, quietly the San Antonio Spurs are preparing for their second round series against the upstart Golden State Warriors.

Granted, the Spurs have never needed fanfare to get up for a playoff series. And, considering that they boast an impressive 29-0 home record against the Warriors in the Tim Duncan era, internally they may not be too concerned with their second round matchup. However, it doesn’t negate the fact that it is a big-to-do. It could, potentially, be the most entertaining series of the second round.

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All-Star point guard Tony Parker isn’t overlooking tonight’s game.