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2. Lakers
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9. Hornet
10. Heat
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12. Jazz
13. Suns
14. Thunder

The 76ers have new logos

Annnnd...

They're interesting. The primary logo retains the throwback look of the last logo, reminiscent of the logo from the 60s and 70s, the orientation of the basketball has been changed, a lighter blue color is used, and the font has changed. I like the very retro look of the secondary logo, and the baller Ben Franklin secondary logo is simultaneously ridiculous and kinda cool.

New unis will debut in June.

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In OKC, Billy Donovan is in

The Oklahoma City Thunder have hired Billy Donovan, the winningest coach in Florida Gators history, as their new head coach.

Sources told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne on Thursday that Donovan agreed to a five-year deal -- with a team option on the fifth year -- to replace Scott Brooks, who was fired as coach of the Thunder after seven seasons on April 22.

Donovan will be introduced at a Friday news conference scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET, the Thunder said.

Donovan spent the past 19 years as coach of the Gators, with whom he won two national championships and appeared in four Final Fours.

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Awards season is upon us...

And that can only mean ont thing, time to post your picks for the NBA postseason award winners.

Who are your picks for the following awards:

Rookie of the Year:
Most Improved Player:
Most Valuable Player:
6th Man of the Year:
Defensive Player of the Year:
Coach of the Year:

You know the routine, since we're handing out awards, who are your picks for the following:

Most Overrated Player:
Most Underrated Player:
The Player That Should Win an Award, But Probably Won't:
Player That You Thought Was a Bust, But Who Turned Out to be Pretty Damn Good Award:
The Whiniest Little Bitch Award:
Least Valuable Player Award (and it has to be a notable player, no Robert Sacre's or Eric Moreland's):
Biggest Waste of a Draft Pick Award:
Most Fashionable Award:
The “I Can’t Believe I Wasted My Fandom on You” Award (this can be an individual or team award):
Least Improved Player Award:
6th Man Who Should be a 12th Man Award:
Coach That Needs to be Out of a Job Right Damn Now Award:
The Donald Sterling Memorial Worst Owner Award:
The Damn It, Old Man, Retire Already! Award

Chris Bosh to miss remainder of season

Heat say Chris Bosh will miss remainder of the season

MIAMI (AP) -- Not even a week ago, Chris Bosh was talking about how eager he was to get home in an effort to turn the Miami Heat season around.

His focus will be on something far more important now.

The All-Star forward's season is over, with the Heat announcing on Saturday that - as suspected - blood clots were found on one of his lungs. The problem, if it had not been caught, could have killed the 30-year-old Bosh, who had been fighting pain in his side and back for several days.

''Bosh, who is receiving care under the guidance of Miami Heat team physicians at a Baptist Health System Hospital, is currently resting comfortably,'' the Heat said in a statement. ''Chris is OK and his prognosis is good.''

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was scheduled to address reporters later Saturday, before Miami hosted the New Orleans Pelicans.

Bosh is the second NBA player whose final game this season was the All-Star Game. New York's Carmelo Anthony was shut down for knee surgery earlier in the week, a move that was long expected.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/heat-chris-bosh-miss-remainder-season-214337613--nba.html

List of NBA trade deadline deals

Goran Dragic to the Miami Heat from the Denver Nuggets in a three-team deal:

  • Miami gets: Goran Dragic, Zoran Dragic

  • Phoenix gets:  Danny Granger, Justin Hamilton, John Salmons, two 1st-round picks

  • New Orleans gets: Norris Cole (per ESPN), Shawne Williams (per Woj)

Enes Kanter to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Reggie Jackson to the Detroit Pistons in a three-team deal:

  • Oklahoma City gets: Enes Kanter, Kyle Singler, D.J. Augustin, Steve Novak

  • Utah gets: Kendrick Perkins, Grant Jerrett, protected future Oklahoma City 1st-round pick, Detroit 2nd-round pick, rights to Tibor Pleiss (per ESPN)

  • Detroit gets: Reggie Jackson

The Suns, Sixers, Bucks, and Celtics engage in a massive four-team trade:

  • Phoenix gets: Brandon Knight, Marcus Thorton, Cleveland's 2016 1st-round pick (per Woj)

  • Philadelphia gets: Los Angeles Lakers 2015 1st-round pick (top-five protected)

  • Milwaukee gets: Michael Carter-Williams, Miles Plumlee, Tyler Ennis

  • Boston gets: Isaiah Thomas

Arron Afflalo to the Portland Trail Blazers from the Denver Nuggets:

  • Portland gets: Arron Afflalo, Alonzo Gee

  • Denver gets: Will Barton, Victor Claver, Thomas Robinson, lottery-protected 2016 1st-round pick

Kevin Garnett to the Minnesota Timberwolves from the Brooklyn Nets:

  • Minnesota gets: Kevin Garnett

  • Brooklyn gets: Thaddeus Young

Tayshaun Prince to the Detroit Pistons from the Boston Celtics:

  • Detroit gets: Tayshaun Prince

  • Boston gets: Jonas Jerebko, Gigi Datome

JaVale McGee to the Philadelphia 76ers from the Denver Nuggets:

  • Philadelphia gets: JaVale McGee, Oklahoma City Thunder's 2015 1st-round pick (top-18 protected),  Chu Chu Maduabum

  • Denver gets: Cenk Akyol

K.J. McDaniels to the Houston Rockets from the Philadelphia 76ers:

  • Houston gets: K.J. McDaniels

  • Philadelphia gets: Isaiah Canaan, 2nd-round pick

Ramon Sessions to the Washington Wizards from the Sacramento Kings:

  • Washington gets: Ramon Sessions

  • Sacramento gets: Andre Miller

Pablo Prigioni to the Houston Rockets from the New York Knicks:

  • Rockets get: Pablo Prigioni

  • Knicks get: Alexey Shved, two 2nd-round picks

KG could be on headed back to Minni

AP Source: Wolves, Nets discussing Kevin Garnett trade

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Timberwolves and Brooklyn Nets are discussing a deal that would bring Kevin Garnett back to Minnesota, the place where his brilliant career began and to the franchise that he put on the map.

The two teams had exploratory talks on Wednesday, one day before the NBA's trade deadline, a person with knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press. The person requested anonymity because no deal has been agreed upon.

Garnett spent his first 12 years in Minnesota and was coached for much of that time by Flip Saunders, who made his own return to Minnesota before last season and is now the president of basketball operations and coaches the rebuilding team. Garnett was traded to Boston in 2007, won a championship and made two NBA Finals appearances with the Celtics.

He has spent the last two seasons languishing in a reduced role on the Nets, one of the league's biggest disappointments.

Garnett is in the final year of a contract that pays him $12 million this season and has a full no-trade clause, giving him all the leverage in this situation. He is notoriously resistant to change, especially in the middle of a season, and it remains unclear if he would uproot his family to come and play for the team that has the worst record (11-42) in the Western Conference.

But Garnett remains beloved in the Twin Cities, receiving thunderous standing ovations every time he returns to the Target Center. And the prospects of perhaps finishing his career wearing that familiar No. 21 on his back and playing in front of fans he always held close to his heart could appeal to him.

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Carmelo Anthony to have surgery, out rest of season

Carmelo Anthony is done for the season.

Two people with knowledge of the situation confirmed that the New York Knicks forward has decided to have surgery on his ailing left knee. The procedure is a knee debridement, which will remove dead, damaged, or infected tissue that is causing pain and discomfort and will improve the healing potential of the remaining healthy tissue.

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Hello #1 draft pick, here come the Knicks.

Danny Ferry has returned to the Hawks

And, not everyone is happy about that.

Al Horford not thrilled with Hawks GM Danny Ferry’s return

Hawks power forward Al Horford doesn’t seem too thrilled with the idea of embattled Atlanta general manager Danny Ferry rejoining the organization.

Given a chance to support Ferry this weekend, Horford deferred to the Hawks’ future ownership group. Asked directly by the Miami Herald if he thought Ferry should be forgiven for his racially charged comments and reinstated as general manager, Horford said, “I don’t know.”
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And, for those who remember that Hawks owner Bruce Levenson also said some messed up racist shit in an e-mail, he in the porcess of selling his interest in the team

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Knicks buyout Amar'e Stoudemire

Knicks and Amar’e Stoudemire agree to contract buyout, ending former All-Star’s tenure in New York: source

Power forward who played four-plus seasons in New York is on his way out. Mavericks, Warriors and Spurs could sign him.


Amar’e Stoudemire’s days in New York are over but he could find a new home by the end of the week.

A league source told the Daily News that Stoudemire and the Knicks formally reached a buyout prior to Sunday’s All-Star Game and that the six-time All-Star, who should clear waivers by Wednesday, could be in a new uniform by the time the league schedule resumes on Thursday.

“It’s hard for me to believe,” Carmelo Anthony said after Sunday night’s game. “It hasn’t really sunk in. One of the main reasons I came to New York is because of him.”

Several teams in the Western Conference are expected to pursue Stoudemire, who would be a solid addition to a playoff team as a reserve. The Dallas Mavericks have already been mentioned as a possible destination. Two others clubs in the West that could be in the running are San Antonio and Golden State.

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Steve kerr doing that coaching thing

Cuz coaching in the All Star game is some serious bizness.

George Karl close to a comeback


Sources: Kings nearing 4-year deal to hire George Karl as coach

The Sacramento Kings and George Karl are progressing on a four-year contract worth between $4 million to $5 million a season to become head coach of the Sacramento Kings, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Tyrone Corbin will coach the final two Kings' games before the All-Star break Tuesday at Chicago and Wednesday at Milwaukee, and – barring an unforeseen snag – Karl will take over as head coach afterward, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Karl's deal would include a team option on the final year of the contract in the 2017-18 season, sources said. There are still details in the contract that need to be ironed out before it can be finalized, league sources said.

Kings general manager Pete D'Allessandro and Karl, who have history together in Denver, spoke at length several times in the past few days to solidify a deal, sources said.

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So, Knicks owner James Dolan recieved an e-mail from a disillusioned long time Knicks fan. How did Dolan decide to respond to the upset fan? Why, he flipped his shit. Honestly, was there any reason for him to even answer this e-mail when he could have easily ignored it? Maybe he thought he was responding to one of his Cablevision customers.

The fans son decided to make the e-mail exchange public.

Via Deadspin

Dolan: "Start Rooting For The Nets Because The Knicks Don't Want You"

Here's the email that was sent to Dolan:



Subject: I have been a knicks fan since 1952

At one stage I thought that you did a wonderful thing when you acquired EVERYTHING from your dad. However, since then it has been ALL DOWN HILL. Your working with Isaiah Thomas & everything else regarding the Knicks. Bringing on Phil Jackson was a positive beginning, but lowballing Steve Kerr was a DISGRACE to the knicks. The bottom line is that you merely continued to interfere with the franchise.

As a knicks fan for in excess of 60 years, I am utterly embarrassed by your dealings with the Knicks. Sell them so their fans can at least look forward to growing them in a positive direction Obviously, money IS NOT THE ONLY THING. You have done a lot of utterly STUPID business things with the franchise. Please NO MORE.

Respectfully,

[Aaron Bierman's dad]


Dolan's reply:



On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 8:15 PM, James Dolan <JDOLAN@cablevision.com> wrote:

Mr Bierman

You are a sad person. Why would anybody write such a hateful letter. I am.just guessing but ill bet your life is a mess and you are a hateful mess. What have you done that anyone would consider positive or nice. I am betting nothing. In fact ill bet you are negative force in everyone who comes in contact with you. You most likely have made your family miserable. Alcoholic maybe. I just celebrated my 21 year anniversary of sobriety. You should try it. Maybe it will help you become a person that folks would like to have around. In the mean while start rooting.for the Nets because the Knicks dont want you.

Respectfully

James Dolan

Damn, Atlanta. Just damn

I'm a biy late posting this, but the Atlanta Hawks had an undefeated month of January. They went 17-0, becoming the first NBA team to achieve a 17-0 month, and they're the first team in the league to reach 40 wins this season. And, their entire starting lineup has been given Eastern Conference Player of the Month honors for the month of January.

It's been a long since anyone could say this without irony, but the Hawks are for real.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft 2.0

The 2015 NBA draft class is not as deep as last year but boasts perhaps a richer top ten class.  The top overall pick is unanimously projected to be the star center of the Duke Blue Devils, Jahlil Okafor.  Emmanuel Mudiay opted out of attending SMU for a short stint as a pro in China.  He looked ...
2015 NBA Mock Draft 2.0

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The Orlando Magic have a bright future but it’s one that does not include head coach Jacque Vaughn, who is expected to be fired this season.

In what has turned into a situation that will only take a matter of time, the Orlando Magic are gearing up to replace head coach Jacque Vaughn this season — they just won’ the doing it before Saturday night’s game.

Orlando is currently 15-34 and one of the worst teams in basketball despite having a roster of young and promising talent. The onus of the failures are falling on Vaughn and his inability to show growth with the team and that’s something which will be costing him his job sooner rather than later.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo! Sports, the Magic are going to fire Jacque Vaughn at some point this season, they’re just not ready to replace him yet.



“It isn’t a matter of ‘if,’ anymore, but ‘when,’ ” a source close to the decision-making process told Yahoo Sports about Vaughn’s fading job security.


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Actually, the current scuttlebutt has it that the Magic are looking at Scott Skiles to replace Vaughn.
Yes, you read that right, at 34-8, the Hawks are the best team in the league right now.

And, now, on to the introductions.

Former Sonic arrested in home invasion robbery plot

Former Seattle SuperSonic and Oklahoma City Thunder center Robert Swift was arrested by Snohomish County Sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday for allegedly trying to rob a home near Gold Bar.

According to sources, the 7-foot-1 former NBA basketball player and 28-year-old Carlos Abraham Anderson of Everett put masks over their faces and attempted to rob a home in broad daylight. Witnesses notified the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

“I believe there were a couple of people who called in, they saw masked subjects on the property, reported that at least one of them was armed with a weapon, one possibly with a baseball bat,” Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Shari Ireton told KIRO 7. “It appeared they were either trying to make an entry or knocking on the door.”

Sources told KIRO 7 that Swift was armed with multiple weapons when he was taken into custody.

The 29-year-old Swift has already been charged in King County Superior Court for possessing an illegal sawed-off shotgun. The weapon was found – along with a cache of other weapons – in the home of his Kirkland roommate late last year.

When Swift failed to show up for his November 26th court appearance in Seattle, a warrant for his arrest was issued. Ireton confirmed that warrant was one of the reasons Swift was booked into the King County Jail in Seattle instead of the Snohomish County Jail in Everett.

Sources also said it was because Swift – an admitted heroin addict – told deputies he was high on drugs when he was arrested on Tuesday.Ireton confirmed the Snohomish County Jail no longer admits people with certain medical issues.

The investigation is ongoing. Detectives are searching the car Swift and Anderson were driving the day they were arrested.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have reached an agreement in principle to acquire New York Knicks guards J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert in a multi-team trade that also sends guard Dion Waiters to the Oklahoma City Thunder, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Oklahoma City will give the Cavaliers a protected future first-round draft pick and send guard Lance Thomas to the Knicks, league sources said. As part of the trade, the Cavaliers will send rookie center Alex Kirk, forward Lou Amundson and a 2019 second-round pick to the Knicks, sources said.

For New York, the deal is a salary dump to clear cap space. The Knicks unload the $6.4 million owed to Smith next season.

The Knicks will have approximately $28 million in salary-cap space this summer.

A trade call with the league is expected to take place later Monday night after the Cavaliers', Knicks' and Thunder's games, sources said.

The Knicks also will waive center Samuel Dalembert, a league source said. His contract would've become fully guaranteed for the season if he remained on the roster through Wednesday.

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Pistons waive Josh Smith

Pistons waive Josh Smith in shocking move

“Our team has not performed the way we had expected throughout the first third of the season and adjustments need to be made in terms of our focus and direction,” Van Gundy said via a statement. “We are shifting priorities to aggressively develop our younger players while also expanding the roles of other players in the current rotation to improve performance and build for our future. As we expand certain roles, others will be reduced. In fairness to Josh, being a highly versatile 10-year veteran in this league, we feel it’s best to give him his freedom to move forward. We have full respect for Josh as a player and a person.”

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Long, but interesting article about Yahoo Sports writer Adrian Wojnarowski. Especially interesting when you get to the part about his Pistons reporting.
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In June 2011, basketball fans who wanted to watch the NBA Draft did what they had done for years: They flipped on ESPN. The sports network had aired the event since 2003, and the 2011 version started like all the others, with then-NBA Commissioner David Stern announcing the first pick in his nasally New York accent: “The Cleveland Cavaliers select Kyrie Irving, from Duke University.”

But then a strange thing happened. At 7:43 p.m., Yahoo Sports NBA columnist Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted: “The Timberwolves have already alerted Derrick Williams' camp: They're drafting him with the No. 2 pick.” Two minutes later Stern walked out to the stage and repeated the same thing. At 7:56 p.m., Wojnarowski tweeted “The Cavs will draft Tristan Thompson with the fourth pick, a source says.” A minute later Stern made it official. Wojnarowski scooped half of the 30 first round picks, and his Yahoo Sports colleague Marc Spears racked up a few more.

At that time, Wojnarowski had 90,000 followers on Twitter. Today he has over 800,000. His owning of the 2011 draft “was the first time you saw the power of Twitter [in sports journalism],” says Sports Business Journal reporter John Ourand. Wojnarowski now breaks news on Twitter so frequently that his fans have quit lumping his messages in with the millions of other “tweets” sent every day. Instead, basketball fans refer to them as #WojBombs. They are so essential to the functioning of the NBA that some league executives have turned on text notifications just for Wojnarowski’s tweets.

“I signed a player, and my staff didn’t know that we got the guy yet, and I heard the cheering outside the office because they had seen Woj tweet it,” one team executive said. “I was still on the phone with the agent, negotiating areas of the exhibit, and Woj already had it.”

When Wojnarowski began at Yahoo Sports in 2006 the site wasn’t known for its sports reporting. Wojnarowski singlehandedly changed that. “He is the one who made Yahoo, it is not Yahoo that made him,” says ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. Wojnarowski churns out reported columns at a furious pace and often publishes them in the middle of the night. “He is a complete freaking animal,” says New York Daily News Knicks reporter Frank Isola. “Adrian is basically a reporter on steroids.”

Wojnarowski has needed more than just a strong work ethic, though, to develop the best sources in basketball. If you look closely at his columns and talk to people in the NBA, you discover that he mixes his reporting and opinion writing in improper ways, rewarding sources with flattery and punishing the uncooperative with nastiness. In fact, it often appears as though Adrian Wojnarowski lets his sourcing dictate not just the topic but also the tone of his writing. In private, NBA reporters complain endlessly about Wojnarowski’s methods. Some of it is undoubtedly professional jealousy, but his body of work shows they also have a point.

Link: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120572/adrian-wojnarowski-how-basketballs-reporting-machine-gets-his-scoops

Celtics to ship Rondo to Dallas

Celtics Agree To Trade Rondo To Mavs

The Boston Celtics are in the process of finalizing a deal to send Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks, according to league sources.

Sources tell ESPN.com that the Celtics and the Mavericks have an agreement in principle to send the All-Star point guard to Dallas for Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson and draft picks. The Celtics will receive a first-round pick in the 2015 draft and a second-rounder in 2016, sources said.

The possibility exists that other players will be added to the final deal, but a Rondo-to-the-Mavericks deal is expected to be completed Thursday night.

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Kings fire head coach Michael Malone


Sources: Kings fire coach Michael Malone after differences in style

After a season-plus of an uneasy partnership, the Sacramento Kings fired coach Michael Malone, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Malone was informed of the decision on Sunday night, in the wake of losing seven of nine games without ill star center DeMarcus Cousins.

Tyrone Corbin will take over as the interim coach, likely for the term of the regular season. Around the NBA, there's a strong belief that general manager Pete D'Alessandro will pursue ex-Denver Nuggets coach George Karl, but a high-ranking Kings source insisted Sunday night that it is unlikely a full-time replacement will be hired during the regular season.

There has been significant tension between management and Malone on several fronts over the past year, and the firing ultimately turned out to be another cautionary tale in what happens when ownership doesn't put together management and coaching staffs that have similar philosophies and a shared partnership.

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Nets are looking for a big change

The rumor: The Brooklyn Nets have begun reaching out to teams to let them know that former All-Stars Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson are available via trade, ESPN.com has learned.

League sources told ESPN.com that the Nets, off to a disappointing 8-11 start and looking to retool after last season's $190 million roster filled with veterans couldn't advance beyond the second round of the playoffs, have let it be known that they are prepared to move any of those franchise cornerstones in what would likely be separate deals if they came to fruition because of the high salaries each possess.

Sources say no trade is imminent involving any of the three players.
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Brooklyn ain't exactly broke, but it ain't exactly on the road to making their win now goal happen, so, considering they built this current team around these three guys, and considering these three guys represent a massive chunk of their salary cap, Brooklyn wanting to trade them means Brooklyn realizes (finally) mistakes were made and they need to work now to correct them.

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