Draft: The UCLA dilemma – Three riddles for NBA GMs

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As we get closer to the NBA Draft with its four-headed monster at the top (one head is an Aussie, mate!), the headaches GMs are having makes for a sugar rush for the rest of us. Here is a look at the three prospects coming from UCLA who will challenge the NBA’s general managers and scouts in very different ways.

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Magic Johnson, Kevin Love, Others Remember Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson, most recently immortalized in last year’s baseball film, 42, is a sports icon—in large part due to the significant contribution he made to all sports in being the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball during racial segregation (prior to the Civil Rights Movement). Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball when he started for the Brooklyn Dodgers 67 years ago on this very day, April 15, 1947. 10 years ago, in 2004, Major League Baseball decided to commemorate Robinson’s

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Tweet of the Day: Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook Among NBA Athletes Cheering For Their College Teams

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One of the busiest weeks in a basketball fan’s year is underway. Bracket Week always keeps avid followers on their toes as they try to keep up with all the action leading up to Selection Sunday, which takes place tomorrow. Typically Saturday is a quiet day for basketball, but with the N.C.A.A. schedule heating up, today was anything but quiet. NBA players who had some time off were cheering on their former schools. @UCLAMBB let's go!!!!!! — Kevin Love (@kevinlove) March 15, 2014RT

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Updated NBA Mock Lottery — Jayhawks will go 1 and 2; Exum 5th

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As the All-Star break and Feb. 20 trade deadline draw near, it’s becoming increasingly clear to the neutral observer which teams are going to compete for the remainder of the regular season, and which teams are content on limping to the finish line. Their hopes will then rest on securing a high lottery pick in this, the much hyped 2014 NBA draft. It’s been a while between mock drafts here at SheridanHoops since Joe Kotoch’s ‘Very Early Mock Lottery‘ was published, and

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Zagoria: Countdown to the Early Signing Period: 10 Top Committed and Uncommitted Prep Prospects

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The NCAA early signing period for basketball runs from Nov. 13-20, and even with Tuesday’s commitment by Trey Lyles to Kentucky, there’s still a slew of elite prospects and future NBA lottery picks left on the board. Here’s a look at the top 10 uncommitted and committed prospects in the Class of 2014, including perhaps the projected top three overall picks in the 2015 NBA draft.

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Warner: Alford Debacle Shows What a Mess NCAA has Become

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The Steve Alford saga is the latest reminder that big-time college sports are a cesspool of hypocrisy, greed, egotism and misplaced priorities. In case you’ve been distracted by trivial stories like North Korea threatening to blow up the planet, here’s what happened: Ten days after getting a 10-year, $20 million contract extension from New Mexico, Alford jumped ship for a seven-year, $18.2 million deal with UCLA.

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The Jruth? Holiday has joined elite point guards

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Is it an exaggeration to call Jrue Holiday a member of the elite point guard class in the NBA? Not entirely. Sure, it was only last November that Holiday was coming off a disappointing third season in which his reclining numbers and lower efficiency ratings had many analysts wondering whether he had reached his ceiling as nothing more than a competent point guard. This season, however, Holiday has indisputably become a worthy All-Star selection and has earned a rightful place on the short

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