AUDIO: Charles Barkley drops expletives on his critics (NSFW)

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Swearing in a professional setting is kind of like putting wasabi on your food or typing in the ALL CAPS font to convey that you’re YELLING! It’s cool to do it once in awhile, and when you do, you do it sparingly. A little context here first this was at the very tail end of a NBA Playoffs media conference call that lasted about 90-100 minutes or so.

And because it was TNT’s Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith who were featured; it was extremely informative and entertaining. Barkley was especially interesting and captivating.

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Atlanta Hawks: least respected #1 seed ever

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The Atlanta Hawks raced out to the #1 seed in the NBA Eastern Conference this season and pulled far far away from everyone. The Hawks haven’t played a meaningful games in weeks, maybe months. Yes, the East was a pretty bad conference; as it’s been for a few years now, but the Hawks won it by a very large margin.

Yet no one has the Hawks winning the NBA Championship. Not many have them even reaching the Finals. Quite a few NBA pundits don’t even have them in the Eastern Conference Finals.

We all love Kyle Korver‘s hair, but no one loves the Atlanta Hawks chances this spring/summer.

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Anthony Davis makes good on August playoffs prediction


Anthony Davis is no stranger to making big guarantees. At a summer USA Basketball event, he predicted that his New Orleans Pelicans would make the NBA playoffs this year (podcast here).  We all doubted him at the time, but he came through; as did his team. New Orleans is in as the #8 slot in the Western Conference.

They’ll face the best team in the NBA, the Golden State Warriors in the first round.

He also referred to Beyonce as “his future wife.” (audio of this here)

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Does Glenn Robinson have a NBA future? With the 76ers?


With Glenn Robinson III and Tim Hardaway Jr., the national runner-up 2013 Michigan Wolverines were a lot like NASCAR racing teams and Ivy League admissions criteria- it’s all about legacy. Thus far, only the latter, and the not the former has established himself in the professional ranks.  Tim Hardaway Jr. was drafted in the late first round by the New York Knicks in 2013, and he’s averaged double figure scoring during his young career.

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2015 NBA Draft Early Entrants 4-14-15

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The 2015 NBA Draft class is starting to shape up. Here is an updated list of underclassmen who have declared for the 2015 NBA Draft and where they could end up being selected, or those who have announced their intentions to return to school.

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2016 NBA Mock Draft (4/11/15)

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Here is The Sports Bank’s extremely early 2016 NBA Mock Draft.  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.


Be sure to check out our 2015 NFL mock draft as well.

And our 2016 NFL mock draft.

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6 Greatest NBA Players Ever


Over the years, the professional game of basketball has changed a lot. From the addition of the three-point line to the shot clock, the game has been pushed to new heights in an effort to keep fans on the edge of their seats and coming back for more. Though it might not be entirely fair to pull players across NBA eras for an all-time greatest list, here is a sequential list of top players to ever step onto the court since the first NBA season in 1949.

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Kevin Garnett is the best thing for Andrew Wiggins

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Andrew Wiggins made history Wednesday night, as his 30 points were the most ever by a player on his 20th birthday. He entered last night’s contest at Chicago leading all NBA rookies in scoring (15.6 ppg) and field goal percentage (.438) and minutes per game (34.7).

Just a few weeks ago, it seemed like the Chicago Bulls Nikola Mirotic was the favorite to win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. Both Wiggins and the Wolves were struggling at the time.

Now, as the Minnesota Timberwolves have improved and Wiggins is looking like a guy who could actually be “making the leap” right now, we have a two horse race.

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Adreian Payne’s NBA career finally begins with Timberwolves


The best thing that happened to Adreian Payne, NBA career wise, was getting traded away from the Atlanta Hawks and to the Minnesota Timberwolves. He wasn’t going to get much playing time with the Eastern Conference’s first place team; who have now pretty much solidified the #1 seed in the East.

Payne was drafted 15th overall by Atlanta, but never broke into their rotation; hence he was traded to the T’Wolves for a lottery-protected first round pick.

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Kevin Garnett is scaring his teammates (in a good way)


With Kevin Garnett, the 2014-15 Minnesota Timberwolves season has new life. It wasn’t long ago that the T’Wolves had the worst record in the NBA. They have come on stronger as of late, and they won’t make the playoffs, but at least now they are more compelling.

KG, now in his 20th season in the NBA, isn’t what he once was or anything close to it, but he makes this team much more interesting.

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Why the NBA is the best run sports league

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NBA All-Star weekend marked the anniversary of Adam Silver’s remarkably successful first year on the job as NBA
Commissioner. The weekend was also symbolic in many ways. It was held in NYC, between Brooklyn and Madison Square Garden (the mecca of basketball) where the NBA showcased the best of the sport and NYC (from the Rockettes to hit Broadway shows). On display was what is great about the NBA and makes it the most well managed and “high growth” sports property in the world.

There are numerous reasons for this.

(Editor’s note: this “behind the scenes” NBA All-Star article is from Leonard Armato, read his blog here).

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