Will the Houston Rockets be stronger next season?


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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


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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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Former Knicks star Tracy McGrady retires from pro baseball


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Former NBA star Tracy McGrady took the mound. He struck out his first batter. In a minor league All-Star game. And then retired from professional baseball. That’s right, in case you missed it, the former Houston Rockets and New York Knicks All-Star has caught on with an independent league professional baseball team in Texas.

McGrady had a 6.75 ERA in 6.2 innings for the Sugar Land Skeeters, so his brief attempt at baseball was less than stellar, to say the least.

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NBA playoffs expansion: let in all 30 teams


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NBA commissioner Adam Silver held a press conference at the league’s Vegas Summer League, and one of his topics was how to create more revenue. He spoke of an in-season tournament like many of the European leagues have. He also spoke about how much all of the league’s executives love coming to Vegas.

If he wants to add revenue by adding a few more games in a tournament format, while allowing the league’s higher-ups to have another entertaining trip to Vegas, the solution is fairly simple.

Let all 30 teams participate in the NBA playoffs.

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L.A. Lakers legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar slams Lebron James


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Here’s some Laker news that doesn’t involve free agency or trades. It’s not future Laker news, but news surrounding Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Apparently, he’s rather skeptical about Lebron James and the way he returned home to the Cleveland Cavaliers, after leaving the Miami Heat.

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Rick Telander Tied Chicago Violence To NBA Free Agency For Some Reason


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He did it.

It wasn’t easy.

It took a lot of pandering, false parallels, unfair doling out of responsibilities, and a pinch of dog whistle, but Rick Telander managed to connect this city’s position in NBA free agency to the plague of gun violence here. It’s brilliant in its absurdity, magnificent in how dually counterproductive it is to both the topic of sports contracts and to people being murdered en masse.

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Raptors re-signing Kyle Lowry headlines day two of NBA free agency


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Day two of the free agency saw Carmelo Anthony visiting both the Rockets and Mavericks, Pau Gasol getting serious interest from the Thunder, and the Cavs reportedly weighing a max offer to Jazz restricted free agent Gordon Hayward.  The biggest actual contract agreement came when Kyle Lowry decided to stay with the Toronto Raptors rather than sign elsewhere.  Here’s a recap of Wednesday’s signings. [Read more...]

Former Rockets star Dikembe Mutombo fighting the global energy crisis


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Dikembe Mutombo was known through out his playing days as a defensive force and a stellar shot-blocker. You recall “Mt. Mutombo: 5,287 Feet” and “no, no, no.” Today, he’s known as a citizen of the world for his humanitarian efforts. he started the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation to improve living conditions in his native Democratic Republic of Congo in 1997. His efforts earned him the NBA’s Citizenship Award in 2001 and 2009.

He’s basically one of the “Good Guys in Sports.” And that’s saying something, because there are so few. 

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NBA Free Agency Recap (7/2/14): Irving, Gortat re-sign


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The calendar flipped to July and the NBA free agency period began.  All eyes are on the prized possessions like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, and seeing what happens with the Big 3 in Miami.  Teams cannot officially sign players until July 10th but contracts can be negotiated and agreed upon until then.  Here’s a recap of day one of the NBA free agency period with the headline deal being Kyrie Irving signing a max contract with the Cavs. [Read more...]

Javaris Crittenton: from L.A. Laker to Murder Suspect


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Former NBA first-round draft pick Javaris Crittenton went from a quiet Bible-touting honor roll student to facing charges of murdering a 22-year-old woman.  FOXSports.com contributor Flinder Boyd takes a deep look at what allegedly led Crittenton to turn to gang activity.

The article is the latest edition in FOXSports.com’s long-form journalism efforts, which also included a 3-part in-depth look at the history of WrestleMania.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft (6/30/14)


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Now that the 2014 NBA Draft is in the books, draft nets like myself can look ahead to next year’s class.  Here is The Sports Bank’s extremely premature 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have NOT 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.

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