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Gasol out indefinitely with MCL sprain posted by Brad Hurt

An MRI on Marc Gasol's left knee, which he injured in the first half of the Grizzlies' loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night, revealed a Grade 2 sprain of the medial collateral ligament (MCL).  The injury, similar to one suffered two years ago by Zach Randolph, will keep Gasol out of action indefinitely but will not require surgery.  Kosta Koufos will start in his place.  This is a huge blow for the team, both in terms of production and morale.  The injury has been called "non-contact", although there could have been some contact as it occurred while the Spurs' Danny Green posted up against Gasol and backed into him.  Even so, it's still a freakish, unfortunate injury.Continue reading "Gasol out indefinitely with MCL sprain"

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Gasol leaves loss with knee sprain posted by Brad Hurt

The Grizzlies had reason to be proud as they returned home Friday to face the perennially tough San Antonio Spurs.  They had just finished the most successful West Coast road trip in a decade.  Now they would have the FedEx Forum crowd behind them to urge them to victory.  Unfortunately, the Spurs would have none of that, playing the role of the rude houseguests with a 102-86 victory.

Potentially far worse for the home team, however, is the fact that center Marc Gasol left the game after suffering a non-contact injury to his left knee early in the second quarter and did not return.  The team is calling it a sprain, and Gasol will undergo an MRI today.  Losing Gasol for any extended period of time would be a crushing blow to the team.  He is currently averaging 16 points and more than 7 rebounds per game, teaming up with Zach Randolph to form an imposing post duo.  Randolph has been putting up monster numbers in his own right, but losing Gasol would undoubtedly change the way teams choose to defend Randolph, enabling more double-and-triple teams.  The Grizzlies currently have the 23rd-ranked offensive output in the league, averaging 94.1 points per game.  Ideally, they would like to see that number increase as they work toward a return to the playoffs come April.  Gasol is also a great veteran leader for the team, and intangibles are difficult to replace.  So let's hope the sprain isn't too severe and Gasol can return to action soon.

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Close call: Grizzlies rally for sweep posted by Brad Hurt

It was anything but easy, but the Memphis Grizzlies outlasted the Golden State Warriors, 88-81 in overtime on Wednesday night to complete a perfect West Coast road trip.

The comeback happened largely thanks to the team's Grit N Grind mentality.  After spotting the home team a double-digit lead in the opening quarter, the Grizzlies (7-5) relied on strong defense to get back into the game.  They had to overcome a 12-point deficit in the second half to escape with their 11th consecutive head-to-head win over the 8-4 Warriors.  They won the third quarter 25-13 behind a 17-2 run led by Zach Randolph's eight points in the period.  Randolph finished with another double-double of a team-high 21 points and 12 rebounds.

Ball control played a huge part in the win as the Grizzlies turned the ball over only seven times.

The Grizzlies shot only 38 percent for the game, led by Marc Gasol's 6-of-14 effort.  Gasol added 11 rebounds to his 18 points to join Randolph with a double-double.  His pair of free throws with 2:02 left in the fourth quarter forced the game into overtime.  Mike Conley also finished in double figures scoring for the Grizzlies, scoring 19 points and draining the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime.  The Grizzlies' bench came up large, outscoring the Warriors' reserves 16-7.  Kosta Koufos led the Grizzlies subs with seven points and grabbed eight rebounds.

Andrew Bogut led the Warriors with 12 points and 14 rebounds.

This trip proved the Grizzlies can compete with some of the top teams in the West.  It is never easy to win away from home, and putting together a streak like this shows the character and fight this team has.

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Grizzlies seek first road sweep since '04 posted by Brad Hurt

The Grizzlies have reeled off three straight wins on the road since falling at home to Toronto last Wednesday.  West Coast trips are usually daunting, but the Grizzlies have found ways to win to this point.  Their current trip reaches its conclusion tonight in Oakland as the Grizzlies (6-5) take on the Pacific-leading Golden State Warriors (8-3), winners of four straight.  So someone will see a streak end.  If the Grizz get the win, they will have their first road sweep of at least four games since March 2004.  The Warriors are 5-0 at home this season, a mark the Clippers also had before falling to the Grizzlies on Monday.

The Warriors boast five players averaging double figures in scoring at this point in the season, led by Klay Thompson's 20.5 points per game.  Sensational guard Stephen Curry is a close second with 19.9 points per game.  Curry, who usually gets top billing as the team's superstar leader, will miss Wednesday's game with a concussion.

The Grizzlies have seen good balance offensively.  Mike Conley is off to a good start, scoring 18.7 points and dishing out around six assists per game.  As he has gone over the past few years, so have gone the Grizzlies.  He seems to be over the confidence issues and inconsistency that plagued him a couple of years ago, when trade rumors surrounded him.  Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph have been key for the Grizzlies, continuing to comprise one of the biggest post tandem threats in the league.  Gasol is putting up 17 points and seven rebounds per game on the season.  However, on this trip he is scoring over 20 points per game with 8+ rebounds and 8+ assists.  Randolph is leading the team with 9.2 rebounds per game while scoring 16.1 points per contest on a career-high 55 percent shooting clip.

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Tony Allen Receives Dubious Suspension posted by Brad Hurt

The NBA has announced that Tony Allen will be forced to sit out the Grizzlies' game at Golden State on Wednesday as he serves a one-game suspension for his actions on Monday. Allen was assessed a Flagrant 2 Foul and ejected from Monday night's 106-102 road win over the Los Angeles Clippers for kicking Chris Paul in the face.  The kick in my opinion was clearly inadvertent as Allen jumped and kicked his legs out in a defensive move against the driving Paul.  Such a move is a fairly common part of today's NBA game and is a natural reaction.  Players want to do all they can to impede the progress of the ballhandler and get the ball free.  I don't think Tony said, "Hmmm...I think I'll kick Chris Paul in the face."  Tony is one of the best defenders in the league and doesn't need to resort to cheap shots to get the job done.  It was just a case of bad timing and an unfortunate accident.  Paul is among the shortest players in the league.  That is the only reason the blow landed where it did and made this an issue.  I can see calling a Flagrant 1 because it's not an everyday occurrence, regardless of alleged intent, but a suspension seems a bit heavy-handed to me.  Save that for thrown punches.

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Grizzlies Adjusting to Changes posted by Brad Hurt

It was an eventful offseason for the Memphis Grizzlies, centering around the drama that comes with a regime change.  Following the franchise's first-ever appearance in the Western Conference Finals, a 4-0 sweep at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs, new owner Robert Pera made his presence known by allowing the expiration of head coach Lionel Hollins' contract.  While stunning in the wake of a string of postseason appearances and a new milestone, this move came as no real shock from a business perspective.  Anytime someone new takes over a team, he is going to want to surround himself with people who fit into his vision for the franchise.  Very few coaches in sports survive changes at the top of an organization for very long.  Displeased by pending changes in the team's philosophy, Hollins made his frustration publicly known, and that did not help any chance he may have had of returning to the bench for the 2013-14 season.

With lead assistant Dave Joerger getting the front office's support as the new head man, the Grizzlies have gotten off to an uneven start, but that is to be expected as the players adjust to the change.  I think bringing in a total stranger would have made the transition more daunting.

So far the biggest asset for the Grizzlies as they try to establish the type of team they are going to be this season has been Zach Randolph.  Z-Bo proved to be very valuable down the stretch last season, and he continues to be a crucial factor in establishing the Grizzlies as a powerful post team.  If Zach continues to be on top of his game and the guards knock down perimeter shots, the Grizzlies will be back contending for a spot in the finals at the end of the season.

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The Kansas Jayhawks have a proud tradition in college athletics. Buoyed by their elite basketball program, alumni and fans alike around the country flock to games and spend thousands of dollars per year on merchandise. You can show your support for the Jayhawks by going online or stopping by the campus bookstore to  shop Kansas jerseys today.

A Jayhawks jersey makes a great birthday or Christmas gift for the fan in your life. If you are about to go to a Kansas basketball or football game, having a jersey to wear to the stadium will help you fit in with the other Jayhawks faithful. 

Kansas students and alumni may qualify for discounts on merchandise just for going to the school. Those who buy their jerseys online may be able to get free or discounted shipping on their orders. Customers who buy a jersey as a gift can include a gift receipt as well as track the status of the order online to ensure that it gets to the recipient in a timely manner. 

Any Kansas fan would be proud to wear school colors on game day whether they are watching the game at the stadium or watching it with friends at home. If you have a credit card and an Internet connection, you are never more than a couple of minutes away from getting your own Kansas Jayhawk merchandise.Continue reading ""

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Lessons I learned from playing poker that helped my improve my basketball skills posted by NBA News

Poker is a game that some try to discourage due to its perceived association to gambling. Some parents may discourage their children from playing the game; for fear that it could eventually lead to a gambling problem. However, this attitude is wrong, given the many benefits that both children and adults can gain from playing the game.

Playing poker requires a diverse range of skills that you acquire over some period of time. These skills can be applied in different areas of your life, from the sports you participate in to businesses and the personal relationships and interactions you have to handle on a day to day basis.

Making Timely Decisions

One of the ways lock poker helped me improve my basketball skills, was to improve my ability to make judgments. I learned to read non verbal cues that I could read from my opponents and use that to make split second decision. It made me realize that non verbal cues can add improve decision making. I realized it is possible to learn to look for this cues as when training and playing in the field, without necessarily knowing what to look out for.

The beauty of poker, is that it helps you to learn things faster. You recognize patterns and learn to identify them quickly. The game has a tight feedback system that enhances the learning process. Other games do not. But if you play this game for an extended period of time, you will teach your mind to identify these patterns.

Taking Risks

Another way that this poker helped me to improve my basketball skills was to learn how and when to take risks. The consequences of taking certain risks become apparent almost immediately. As a result you learn to weigh the risks. You become increasingly aware of the weight of your actions and learn to make the right decision on your feet.

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Tips To Becoming A Professional Sports Bettor posted by NBA News

Gambling is one of the oldest forms of commercial activities known to man.  There are many types of gambling and one of the most popular is sports betting.  To put it in layman’s term, sports betting is simply predicting and placing a wager on the outcome of a sports event.

For most people, sports betting is merely a hobby that can be addictive and engaging. People place wagers on the outcome of the Super Bowl, for instance. Through sports betting, cheering for a particular team or athlete becomes more thrilling since there is money involved.

However, for some people, sports betting is not just a recreational activity that they enjoy. In fact, they rely on sports betting for their main source of income. These professional sports bettors don’t just rely on luck. After all, luck can’t be on their side most of the time to make sports betting their primary source of income.

Sports betting is not for everyone. It takes a lot of guts for people to make sports betting their bread and butter. For the few who are inclined to make sports betting their number one source of income, here are some tips to become successful in this endeavor.

The first key to being a professional sports bettor is to learn how to be detached to a certain sports team or athlete. In sports betting, it is very common for recreational bettors to place a wager on their favorite team or athlete. For instance, a bettor from New York is inclined to put his money on the Knicks instead of, say, the Miami Heat. Emotional attachment to a sports team or athlete is one of the obstacles to becoming a successful professional sports bettor. When one bets solely or mainly on the basis of preference, then there are higher chances that he or she will end up on the losing side.

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NBA BasketBall Betting, the Top Teams and their Prospects for 2013, 2014 Season posted by NBA News

In the 2012, 2013 prediction of the NBA game seven, Miami Heat were the favorites to win according to basketball sports betting sites. They went ahead to win against the spurs. Miami Heat were defending their title for the second time. Spurs were not the favorites but they had raised hope in many people that they had a chance to take the title. Most odd makers had put odds in the fact that the game will be close. This prediction also came to be true with the final 95, 88 score. There are those that are looking for Miami Heat’s prospect for the 2013-2014 season.

Defending the Title

Miami Heat are favorites to win again in early predictions for this season. The Lebron James magic is expected to play out again as he leads his time to another victory and defend their title. Some predict that Lebron may retain his Most Valuable Player of the year title this coming season. He has consistently shown his skills in shooting, defending and attacking.

On the other hand it may be too early to judge. What are the real prospects of defending the title? Defending the title for the third time will not be that easy. There is talk of Dwayne Wade’s knee injury. Whether he will be part of the action next season and whether Lebron can do without him, is another important factor that will determine the prospects for the team this coming season.

Westbrook’s Return to Oklahoma City

Another team to watch is Oklahama City Thunder. Some odds place it second for the title after Miami Heat. Their prospects are also good. The team up of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook is going to be interesting to watch this season. The two are expected to help lead the team towards the title. However Russell has been on crutches and is widely expected to recover in time but how well he recovers and the level of his game remains to be seen.

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The 10-man rotation, starring the Dallas Mavericks, who could be making a move after a strong su

A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C : Sports on Earth . Michael Pina on the "minor miracle" of the Dallas Mavericks' offseason work, and how Mark Cuban, Rick Carlisle and the staggeringly selfless Dirk Nowitzki might have another contender on their hands. PF : numberFire . One area where the Mavs still look a little shaky, though, is at the point —who should start there? SF : Silver Screen and Roll . OK, Kobe says he likes the moves , but seriously: could this year's model be the worst Los Angeles Lakers team we've ever seen? SG : Pounding the Rock . Jesus Gomez brings us up to speed on the roiling chaos within the Argentine Basketball Association, which could result in the veteran members of the team's legendary "Golden Generation," like Manu Ginobili, Luis Scola, Andres Nocioni and Pablo Prigioni, not suiting up for this summer's FIBA World Cup. PG : Bright Side of the Sun . Amid rumors that the Phoenix Suns might be interested in making a run at Greg Monroe, Garrett Benson questions why Ryan McDonough, Jeff Hornacek and company would be considering a max or near-max deal for a restricted free agent big man who doesn't seem to line up with Phoenix's game plan. 6th : Gothic Ginobili . "…if NBA fans are going to boycott the NFL for their treatment of the [Ray] Rice case , they should probably start off by storming the NBA's league office in New York and demanding answers on the NBA's pitiful track record." 7th : FOX Sports Ohio . To hear LeBron James' closest longtime friends tell it, even they didn't know where he was going until the essay went live. Zac Jackson talked to LeBron's pals about what it was like spending the week before the announcement with James in Vegas. 8th : Hoop365 , TrueHoop , SB Nation and The Triangle . More ideas, coverage and consideration of the Oklahoma City Thunder's reported plan to make 2014 first-round draft pick Josh Huestis the first ever domestic "draft-and-stash" prospect: Mark Deeks thinks the player's allowing himself to get played: "Huestis stands to gain very little from this agreement, least of all money." Royce Young thinks it's more complicated than that, but that "it might be a win-win for both the Thunder and Huestis." Two pieces of supporting evidence on its complication: Huestis' agent, Mitchell Butler, tells Mike Prada that the idea for the unique and potentially troubling arrangement actually came from the player's side of the negotiating table rather than the team's, and Ron Klempner, the interim executive director of the players' union, sees this as "an example of the player flipping the script" in the contract negotiation process. 9th : The Triangle . Speaking of Deeks —the proprietor of the indispensable and a wonderful follow on Twitter, by the way —here's n informative profile of the British team-building aficionado and salary cap savant by friend of the program Jason Concepcion. 10th : Wall Street Journal . Chris Herring considers the unreasonable prospect of the New York Knicks deeming guard Tim Hardaway Jr. "untouchable" in trade talks, and offers a reasonable analysis of why they shouldn't. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more. [read full article]

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Report: Suns forward P.J. Tucker arrested for 'super extreme DUI,' could face 45 days in jai

Three weeks after finishing the 2013-14 NBA regular season, and two months before he got a new three-year, $16.5 million contract , Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker was arrested by Scottsdale, Ariz., police for "super extreme DUI," according to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic . The legal blood alcohol content limit is .08. A driving-under-the-influence violation is considered "super extreme" in Arizona if the violator's blood alcohol level tops .20. (There's an intermediate crime —"extreme DUI" —for offenders whose blood alcohol level falls between .15 and .20.) Coro reported Monday night that Tucker blew a .201 "on a preliminary breath test in the field on May 10, according to Scottsdale police," and that analysis of a blood test administered after Tucker was arrested and taken to jail "showed his blood alcohol-content to be .222, according to the police report." That, obviously, is a remarkably high number, and according to the police reports, Tucker's appearance and behavior seemed consistent with that: A Scottsdale police officer reported spotting Tucker, 29, driving his 2011 Mercedes-Benz slowly through a stop sign at North Buckboard Trail and East Camelback Road, near a popular downtown Scottsdale nightlife area. According to the report, the vehicle ran that stop sign northbound at about 12:30 a.m., turned wide left into the right lane on westbound Camelback and turned wide again while straddling two lanes on northbound Scottsdale Road before the officer pulled the vehicle over. Tucker had "thick and slurred" speech and "watery and bloodshot" eyes, according to the report, and the officer detected a "powerful" alcohol odor as he interviewed Tucker. Tucker told the officer that he was coming from the W Scottsdale Hotel, where he had one beer. During a walk-and-turn test, Tucker stumbled to the side and caught himself on a construction fence, the report stated. Coro reports that the Suns "were aware of the charges before signing Tucker to his deal," adding an interesting and somewhat curious wrinkle to the negotiations with and retention of a player often lauded for his hustle, on-court leadership, locker-room tone-setting and vaunted veteran presence. "We are aware of the situation but won't comment until the case is resolved in court," a Suns spokesman told Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV on Monday. All told, Tucker faces four counts of driving under the influence, with the "super extreme DUI" packing the stiffest potential penalty. "While this crime is still a misdemeanor, it carries a minimum jail term that is greater than most first time felonies," writes Arizona attorney Lawrence Koplow . If convicted of the "super extreme" charge, Tucker faces a minimum of 45 days in jail, plus a mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device on his car for no less than 18 months. There's also, of course, the potential for additional punishment from either the Suns or the NBA depending upon the resolution of the legal process. Then-Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd last fall received a two-game suspension for pleading guilty to driving while impaired while he was a player employed by the New York Knicks. Former Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks forward Devin Ebanks also received a two-game suspension last fall for pleading no contest in a case stemming from a 2012 DUI charge. A second-round draft pick out of Texas in the 2006 NBA draft, Tucker played one season with the Toronto Raptors before heading overseas to ply his trade in Israel, Ukraine, Greece, Italy and Germany, before returning to the U.S. prior to the 2012-13 season and inking a two-year, veteran's-minimum deal to join the Suns. He became an integral part of a Suns team that was a surprise playoff contender last season, making 81 starts at small forward and contributing 9.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game while hitting 38.7 percent of his 3-pointers, primarily from the short corners. The 6-foot-6 grinder has become a fan favorite over two years in the desert for his defensive commitment and hustle. It will be interesting to see if the now-pervasive attachment of the phrase "super extreme DUI" to his name will do anything to change that. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more. [read full article]

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The 10-man rotation, starring the shot Chandler Parsons has to 'live with [for] the rest of

A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C : Forward Center . Sure, they're in Sin City to vie for spots on the U.S. senior men's national team roster for the upcoming FIBA World Cup, but as soon as Damian Lillard and Chandler Parsons got together, you knew exactly what they were going to talk about . Casey Holdahl takes us inside the conversation. PF : SB Nation , USA TODAY Sports and The Triangle . Let Paul Flannery, Jeff Zillgitt and Jared Dubin introduce you to Michele Roberts, the new executive director of the National Basketball Players Association , who might be the only person standing between all of us and a lockout come the summer of 2017. SF : Eye on Basketball . Zach Harper looks a few months into the future and wonders what we can, or should, expect from a re-upped Dwyane Wade in a post-LeBron context with the Miami Heat next season. (Also, Zach had some dork on his podcast today .) SG : The New York Times . Scott Cacciola on the divergent paths forward being taken by the Los Angeles Clippers, who want nothing more than to shed their Donald Sterling-dominated past, and the Los Angeles Lakers, who want nothing more than to focus on their Showtime days to avoid facing the future. PG : Denver Post . Christopher Dempsey on Arron Afflalo occupying a different role in his return to the Denver Nuggets, going from just one of the young guys to a veteran expected to lead the charge back to the postseason. 6th : SB Nation . Mike Prada on why speculation on whether Kevin Durant will sign with the Washington Wizards in two years —though far, far away and (to some of us, at least) pretty insane —is reasonable within the context of today's NBA news and roster-building cycles. 7th : TrueHoop . Longtime Durant watcher and Daily Thunder proprietor Royce Young won't believe KD's going to take a page out of LeBron's book until he sees it: "[Durant] may not be a boisterous leader, but he’s also not one to follow." 8th : Hang Time . John Schuhmann reports from Team USA camp in Las Vegas on the chances that Brooklyn Nets big man Mason Plumlee could earn a spot on the U.S. roster for the FIBA World Cup, thanks to the likes of Blake Griffin and Kevin Love pulling out of contention. 9th : Rip City Project . For as gifted and multifaceted a player as he is, Nicolas Batum at times frustrates Portland Trail Blazers fans with his inconsistent offensive production, which can sometimes be attributed to the scoring primacy of All-Stars Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge, but at others seems more due to the Frenchman floating. Is this simply the way things are going to be for the versatile swingman, or could there still be a breakout campaign ahead? 10th : Red94 . Remembering the mid-1990s rivalry between the Seattle SuperSonics and the Houston Rockets. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more. [read full article]

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The Philadelphia 76ers, shockingly, are reportedly against a proposed revamp of the NBA lottery

The argument against NBA teams tanking games is tired and silly. For decades, pro squads have given up on entire seasons in order to develop young talent and secure high-end draft picks, but it wasn’t until 2013-14 the hyperdrive media and those who tend to fall in lockstep with their favorite TV/radio shows and/or writers started to kvetch about things. Recently, Grantland’s Zach Lowe broke the news about the league considering a percentage-based variation on determining draft lottery odds. We strongly discouraged the league to pass on the idea , and we weren’t alone. The Philadelphia 76ers –the squad that lost 26 straight games last season while sitting out its top draft pick, a franchise that may sit out its current top draft pick for most or not all of 2014-15 –are also strongly objecting to the idea. Thanks a lot, Sixers. Way to tramp down the clichés and play against role. From Brian Windhorst at ESPN : The NBA is pushing toward changes to the draft lottery system by next season but is facing a strong objection from the Philadelphia 76ers, the franchise that could suffer the most from it, multiple sources told […] The rough draft of this plan was met with opposition by 76ers management, which is in the midst of a multiseason rebuilding project that is dependent on a high pick next year. The 76ers, sources said, are hoping to get the NBA to delay the plan's implementation for at least a year because it would act as a de facto punishment while just playing by the rules that have been in place. The 76ers, however, may struggle to gain support from Silver or fellow teams for holding off on the changes. Philadelphia's planned sink to the bottom has caused a drag on revenues in one of the league's largest markets and has upset some other teams, sources said. The Sixers want the NBA to pass on preventing them from doing the best possible job they can to improve their franchise. This is essentially what this boils down to. The 76ers will lose again in 2014-15, possibly more often than they did in 2013-14, when the lottery “rewarded”them with the third overall pick. Philadelphia will then enter the 2015 offseason with two of the best young big men in the game, the 2014 Rookie of the Year, another high-end lottery pick, a coveted stashed prospect still developing overseas and a massive amount of cap space. Philadelphia is taking a year off, because after years of trying to overpay overrated talent under various personnel bosses including Billy King, Rod Thorn, Ed Stefanski and Doug Collins, the 76ers are rebuilding the right way. And sometimes “the right way”takes two seasons. Compare this Sixers setup with what we’ve seen in recent years in Dallas and with the Los Angeles Lakers.Those Lakers just signed Carlos freakin’Boozer. They just signed Jordan Hill to a contract that nears eight figures per year, one they will no doubt decline the second year of the deal. They could waive Steve Nash, but don’t want a portion of his contract carrying over into the 2015 and '16 offseason. The team just took on a draft pick for the right to pay Jeremy Lin $14 million in actual payroll this season, and unless Linsanity breaks out in Pacific Time this season he most certainly won’t be around past 2015. Dallas? The Mavericks let their starting center go in the offseason following their 2011 championship, and he went on to win the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2011-12. Dallas did nothing but hire a series of rentals in the 2011 and 2012 offseasons, only diving in to dole out multiyear deals in 2013. It punted away two years of Dirk Nowitzki’s near-prime in order to hoard cap flexibility for the following summer, knowing full well the peak output of the team it was creating would be 45 wins or so at best. What about Orlando, dismantling a division winner in 1999 in anticipation of the next offseason? What about when Seattle decided it didn’t want to pair Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis with Kevin Durant in 2007? What about Jerry Krause, rolling over cap flexibility in both 1999 offseasons (there were two, technically), and in 2000? And in 2001? And in 2002? What about this? [read full article]

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Pat Riley on post-LeBron Heat: 'We've recovered very well'

Pat Riley is ready for the next Miami Heat challenge without LeBron James. [read full article]

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