Brooklyn Nets: 99 problems and…….

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If you’re a Brooklyn Nets fans I feel bad for ya son, cuz the Brooklyn Nets can 99 problems and the ownership is one. Not that there’s anything specifically wrong with Jay-Z’s leadership role in the franchise, it’s just that the team is already being blown apart. The people at the top might be giving up, and all that exorbitant amount of money that was spent went for nothing.

Brooklyn set the payroll record last year and “achieved” a lop-sided loss to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference semi-finals as their return on investment. With Paul Pierce gone, the team takes a step back in 2014-15.

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Phil Simms: 4 commentators who are much worse


Every Thursday night and Sunday afternoon Twitter lights up with NFL fans ripping Phil Simms. I actually find Simms to be quite entertaining and articulate. I do enjoy his work. I do understand the Phil Simms backlash though. He is part of CBS’ A-team of announcers. And he’s got an acerbic personality. However, there are plenty of announcers who are much worse than Phil Simms.

Chris Berman, Dick Vitale, Hawk Harrelson..we know those guys are terrible and they make any broadcast that they’re a part of unwatchable. They’re so bad that criticizing them has become old. So we disqualified them from this list.

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Chicago Bulls sign E’Twaun Moore; local product, childhood fan

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E’Twaun Moore grew up a Chicago Bulls fan.

Today he joined the team.

The 6-4, 191 pound guard hails from East Chicago, Indiana, so this is literally “living the dream.” Moore worked out at the Berto Center (the Bulls’ practice facility in Deerfield, IL) right before the NBA Draft, and The Sports Bank asked him then what kind of feedback the Bulls gave him.

“Told me to be myself and try to get as strong as I can,” Moore said.

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Why Clippers sale was legal, even without Donald Sterling consent

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Through the tumultuous legal battle that occurred between the NBA and Donald Sterling, a rarely enacted probate provision soon took the foreground for an important legal move. After Sterling’s racial comments and the media attention that it attracted, the NBA immediately began to move towards the sale of the LA Clippers.

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VIDEO: Nets Deron Williams gives us something NICE to discuss

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Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams made headlines this week for the right reasons. A wealthy star athlete doing good works? Imagine that. Usually I don’t report on philanthropy and community service, simply because nobody reads them. Seriously, those stories are never consumed at all. But this week is different. We need this story from Deron Williams.

Especially after Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Roger Goodell etc.

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Kevin Durant Weighs Future With OKC

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There’s another decision looming at the end of the 2016 season which could change the landscape of the NBA even more than when LeBron took his talents to South Beach or when Darrell Arthur exercised his player option with Denver in 2012. By the time Kevin Durant hits free agency, it’s possible he’ll be a 3-time MVP and maybe a 6 time scoring champ. Those trophies are a nice way to fill the mantle but the one piece of bling that could decide his future is a ring. [Read more...]

Anthony Davis says the Pelicans are going to the playoffs


At a public appearance in his hometown of Chicago, NBA superstar Anthony Davis said his New Orleans Pelicans are going to the playoffs this season. He proclaimed it, and making a statement that displays confidence and leadership. Davis also took ownership, adding that is was “on us” (meaning the Pelicans obviously) to get it done.

He’s in town with Team USA basketball, and the World Basketball Festival.

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Bill Simmons, Elvis Presley of Sportswriters, finally gets his own show


Maybe you’ve seen this Sirius XM radio advertisement.

The spot highlights the men who changed music (Elvis Presley), comedy (Richard Pryor), sports (Michael Jordan) and radio (Howard Stern).

If and when the title is bestowed upon a sportswriter, it will no doubt be’s “Sports Guy” Bill Simmons. As the daily newspaper sports section diminishes; finding a new home on the world wide web, perhaps no one personifies this revolution better than Simmons.


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Paul Pierce helps youthful Wizards compete in wide open East

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The Washington Wizards have one of the youngest cores in the league. Their starting backcourt consists of a 23-year-old point guard drafted first overall and a 21-year-old shooting guard drafted third overall.

John Wall and Bradley Beal are the future in Washington. They are also the present though. The Wizards entered the 2013-2014 NBA season on a five-year playoff drought. Their young backcourt grew up this past season and role players stepped up on the roster as the Wizards won 44 games and made the playoffs.

They even won their first round playoff series against the Chicago Bulls before losing to the top seed Indiana Pacers in six games in the semifinals. While Wall and Beal are the present and future of the team, they are very young. This past offseason, the Wizards signed veteran small forward Paul Pierce to provide some leadership and hopefully push the Wizards even further up in the now wide-open Eastern Conference. [Read more...]

Will the Houston Rockets be stronger next season?


The Houston Rockets tried hard to land Carmelo Anthony this summer. And when they failed to do so, they turned their interest towards Chris Bosh. They didn’t manage to land Miami’s superstar either and on top of that, they saw the Dallas Mavericks “stealing” Chandler Parsons from them. Houston acted quickly and brought in Trevor Ariza to replace Parsons and now, the Rockets are looking to re-enter a championship contending course. But will Houston be stronger or weaker in comparison to the 2013 – 2014 season? [Read more...]

Thankfully Football Saves Us From Football

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Everything gets pushed aside for the start of NFL training camps.

Is Kevin Love getting traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers?

Not nearly as important as a cocky, highly questionable rookie quarterback for the lowly Cleveland Browns. The size of the most recent Jose Abreu home run? Psshh.

Was it bigger than Jay Cutler’s new shaggin’ wagon?

Much like the way the commencement of baseball Spring Training fills us with a sort of revitalizing vigor every year, this version of the start of the NFL season (not to be confused with the draft or minicamp or the Hall of Fame Game or your team’s first preseason game or the third preseason game that’s like almost real football or the Thursday game of Week 1 or Sunday of Week 1 the next week) stirs up those savage desires to watch controlled violence.

Football makes everything better.

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VIDEO: Blazers Damian Lillard puts Twitter antagonist in place


Portland Trail Blazers Point Guard Damian Liliard has, as we all do, his share of Twitter antagonists. Or as I call them “keyboard tough guys.” It’s easy for a lot of people to shoot their mouths off when they’re ensconced safely behind a computer; miles away from the person their antagonizing.

It’s comes with the territory in the social media age. Especially so if you’re a high profile person.

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