Minnesota politician Pat Garofalo’s racist anti-NBA Tweet


Minnesota Republican State Rep. Pat Garofalo is not a big fan of the NBA. He’s previously tweeted that the NFL “Pro Bowl sucks even more than the NBA.” Well, no one likes the Pro Bowl, and there’s certainly nothing controversial about saying that game sucks.  As much as I think the NBA is vastly superior and much more interesting than the NHL, even I have trouble paying attention to the NBA before college basketball season ends.

Even die-hard basketball fans such as myself have some major issues with the NBA: the season is twice as long as it should be, some teams are obviously tanking, and on any given night your favorite team (even the ones which aren’t tanking) may not even really put in a whole-hearted effort. So while I don’t really blame you for not caring about the NBA until the real games start (that would be the playoffs), what the Minnesota politican tweeted last night about the league is still racist, exceedingly offensive and hopefully a career killer for Pat Garofalo.

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Lance Stephenson is more realistic for the Bulls than Melo


Carmelo Anthony this. Carmelo Anthony that.

What about Lance Stephenson? Which player’s addition is more realistic?  Would Lance Stephenson help the Bulls reemerge as championship contenders?

Much will hinge on the health of star point guard Derrick Rose, who’s been limited to ten games the past two seasons. But a healthy Rose,  assuming he returns to MVP fashion, will not be enough.  But the Bulls need more.

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Phoenix Suns Goran Dragic recording a career season

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The Phoenix Suns are one of the biggest and most pleasant surprises in the NBA this season. A team that was supposed to be tanking has been recording a decent run towards the playoffs. At the moment, the Suns are occupying the seventh spot in the Western Conference, which has a very high level of competitiveness. The leader for the Suns in this run this season is no other than Goran Dragic. [Read more...]

2014 NBA Mock Draft- First Round (3/5/14)

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Andrew WigginsJoel Embiid, or Jabari Parker.  Who will be the first pick in the 2014 NBA Draft?  It’s an ongoing debate that will continue up to draft night on June 26th.

Here is The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have been taken into account.  Click on the player’s name for an in-depth draft profile.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.

So without further ado, here is our 2014 NBA mock draft.

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2014 NBA Mock Draft- Second Round (3/5/14)

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Here is the second round of The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have NOT been taken into account with this second round.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.

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Jason Collins plays for Nets, checks in, makes history, crowd cheers


Ever since NBA Center Jason Collins made his historic announcement a couple months ago, the question has been asked, will he actually play? Yes, we’ve broken through now to have an openly gay male athlete in one of the major team sports. Jason Collins the social trail blazer is accomplished and accepted. But what about Jason Collins the NBA five?

He hasn’t set foot in a NBA locker room or court yet as an openly gay man. Well now that changed.

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Nuggets star Ty Lawson makes an anti-fur stand with PETA


Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson is taking a stand. Ranked among the top 10 NBA players at his position for the first quarter of the 2013-14 season, he has Denver in the race to grab a Western Conference playoff berth. Ty Lawson is the Nuggets leader in scoring, assists and steals. Lawson has been the floor general for Denver, guiding an offense that’s ranked just outside the top ten in points per game.

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Sarah Kustok returns to Brooklyn Nets, New York City amidst trial


Sarah Kustok, current Brooklyn Nets Reporter for Yes Network, which has an ownership share in the Nets, has returned to New York City after appearing in court on Tuesday at her father’s murder trial began. Sarah Kustok was present to support her father Allan Kustok, alleged to have murdered her mother, Anita Kustok, as jury selection began.

She has been subpoeaned, and is expected to testify at some point on behalf of the defense. Opening arguments were to begin yesterday, but an injury to the defense attorney delayed the proceedings until today.

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What the future holds for Luol Deng and the Cleveland Cavaliers?

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When the Cleveland acquired former All-Star forward Luol Deng, the entire Cavaliers nation was excited. Deng is a proven star, one of the best perimeter defenders in the league and also a great contributor on offense. In fact, he was the leading scorer of his former team, the Chicago Bulls. Now, more than a month after the trade, things don’t look that good for Cleveland.

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Evan Turner deal headlines dull NBA trade deadline


Just when I was starting to come up with clever analogies for how anticlimactic the 2014 NBA trade deadline has been, the Indiana Pacers pulled off a major deal in their hopes of dethroning the Miami Heat as the team to beat in the Eastern Conference by acquiring Evan Turner from the Philadelphia 76ers for Danny Granger. Still, for the second straight year it was a rather dull trade deadline. Here is a breakdown of the deals that were made.

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Sixers trade Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen to Pacers for Danny Granger

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The Twitter account of Evan Turner used to include this in its description: “not a business man, but a business; man!”

Yes, the #2 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft truly embodies that legendary Jay-Z prose as he was part of a huge business deal done today. We knew Evan Turner was being dealt today, but it was thought that he’d be headed to San Antonio or Charlotte

Turner was sent from Philadelphia along with Lavoy Allen to Indiana in exchange for Danny Granger. It is being reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.

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Sixers will deal Evan Turner; Bobcats and Spurs are front-runners


(UPDATE: Evan Turner traded to Pacers)

Evan Turner probably doesn’t fit into Philadelphia’s long term plans. He’s likely to be traded by Thursday when the NBA Trade Deadline expires, and a scorer such as Turner will be in demand.

When the Philadelphia 76ers drafted Evan Turner #2 overall out of Ohio State in 2010, they thought they were selecting a franchise cornerstone. Finishing his college basketball career with the Buckeyes, he was as highly decorated as a player can be- sweeping all the national individual awards.

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