2016 NBA Draft Early Entrants

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The NCAA passed a new rule for the 2016 NBA Draft class that gives any early entries until ten days after the NBA Draft Combine to announce their intention to return to school, as long as they haven’t already hired an agent. This is a change from previous years in which college players had to decide if they were staying in the draft prior to the combine. Anyone who declares for the draft this year will have until May 25th to pull out and return to college. Therefore, expect to see a ton of non-seniors “test the waters” only to ultimately return to school.

Here is a list of college basketball players who have already declared for the 2016 NBA Draft.

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Unders is the most profitable basketball betting option

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The under is the most profitable basketball betting alternative in the NBA playoffs so far. If you’ve played the under in each game at a sportsbook to bet on basketball, the post-season has already paid dividends for you.

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San Antonio Spurs Thrive on Being Unsexy, Under the Radar

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The San Antonio Spurs are a franchise with a $1 billion plus valuation and a sterling reputation. For the past couple decades, their winning tradition is almost unmatched as that have accrued five championships, six conference titles and 20 division titles. Yet the national conversation this year doesn’t really involve the San Antonio Spurs much at all.

The #2 seed in the West, with 67 wins during the regular season, but they’re going extremely unnoticed.

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Boston Celtics Isaiah Thomas Ice Sculpture (PHOTOS)

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Being a Generation Xer from Chicago, when I hear the name Isaiah Thomas, I think of Isaiah Thomas, the Detroit Pistons, Indiana Hoosiers, St. Joseph’s legend. (Yes, I know he’s a terrible flop as a GM, Coach, but hey, we’re trying to be Positive Pete here, not a Negative Ned)

For today’s NBA, and for Millenials in general, Isaiah Thomas is a legend-in-the-making with the Boston Celtics. (Don’t get us started on how the two Reggie Jacksons, or all the Michael Bennetts, can be equally confusing too)

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Dominique Wilkins: Catching Up With the Atlanta Hawks Legend (Exclusive)

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NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins was in town this weekend attending the American Diabetes Association’s Chicago EXPO to help show Chicagoans how to be healthy, active, and live well with diabetes.

Wilkins was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes shortly after he retired from the NBA at the age of 40. Because of his family history, Dominique’s grandfather and father both died from the disease, he decided to do everything he could to better manage his diabetes and encourage others to do the same.

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Klay Thompson has a Wearable Tech as Hot as Golden State

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Klay Thompson, his Splash Brother Steph Curry, and the rest of the Golden State Warriors are like Hansel in the first Zoolander movie “so hot right now.” The Warriors are ahead of the pace to break the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls season wins, winning percentage record.

That Michael Jordan led team went 72-10, so this Warriors side looks very likely to finish with single digit losses on the season- unheard of! The GSW march towards hoops immortality is making them a national sensation.

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MSU alum, Golden State star Draymond Green continues rapid rise

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When Draymond Green received the most first place votes for NBA Defensive Player of the Year in May, he still did not claim the award. His immediate response? Comparing himself to Al Gore, who won the 2000 Presidential Election popular vote, but wasn’t granted the presidency.

In both cases, malfeasant “voter fraud” of sorts ran rampant. When the Dancing Bear analogized himself with the man trying to save the polar bear, it was yet another example of what makes Green such a great individual– on and off the court.

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Zach Randolph tops 10 best interviews of 2015

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As we continue our 2015 “best of” series, The Sports Bank counts down the ten best interviews we did this past year. As I’ve said repeatedly, 99% of media interviews and press conferences are utterly worthless and completely pointless.

However, I probably did well over a thousand or two thousand media opps this past year because everything that follows is pure gold.

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NBA Christmas uniforms more traditional this year (photos)

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In past years, the NBA on Christmas Day uniforms were very avant-garde and experimental. However, the 2015 edition  is more traditional and conservative.

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Grizzlies Zach Randolph still “Going Green” for #1 MSU

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It’s been 15 seasons since Zach Randolph did his one-and-done year at Michigan State University, but he still bleeds green and white. Randolph has enjoyed a storied NBA career since he entered the league in the 2001 NBA Draft via the Portland Trail Blazers (19th overall). Jason Richardson, who was two-and-done in East Lansing, came out the same exact year.

Of all the Spartans to enter the NBA this millennium, Zach Randolph has definitely had the most stellar and productive pro career.

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Amy Schumer has a GRAPHIC Tom Brady fantasy

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As overrated and over-publicized as Amy Schumer is these days, she still can be extremely funny, at times. It’s not her fault that the media and the general population has gotten carried away with defining and redefining her. Is Amy Schumer a great comedian? Absolutely. Is she a social trail blazer and transcendent pioneer?

Absolutely not. Not even close. She does tell a great sex joke here and there though.

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Be a part of the next Stephen Curry tunnel shot (video)

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NBA superstar Stephen Curry wants you to get the assist on the next 40-footer he sinks. Join the Golden State Warriors sharpshooter at Oracle Arena and feed him the rock for his trademark pre-game tunnel shot. Then you’ll get the chance to sit VIP for the game, all in the cause of supporting (RED).

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