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The Denver Nuggets Have Some Big Decisions to Make

Tim Connelly’s turning down an offer to rebuild his hometown Washington Wizards is a win for the Denver Nuggets. The president of basketball operations, Connelly has helped build something promising in Denver. But while he’s just made a decision on one career crossroads, another is coming up soon. “Loyalty and patience is such a rarity…

Hornets’ Kemba Walker Dilemma Exemplifies Supermax Flaws

When the NBA announced its All-NBA teams Thursday afternoon, the Charlotte Hornets’ front office likely released a collective groan. After averaging a career-best 25.6 points on 43.4 percent shooting, 5.9 assists and 4.4 rebounds, Hornets All-Star point guard Kemba Walker received his first-ever All-NBA nod, joining Russell Westbrook as a third-team guard. As a result,…

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Philadelphia 76ers Made Right Choice on Brett Brown

The Philadelphia 76ers spared head coach Brett Brown from purgatory Monday, as managing partner Josh Harris told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that Brown would return to the team in 2019-20. In doing so, they took the first step toward maintaining the continuity and cohesion they’ll need to accomplish their goal of completing the Process and winning…

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What We’re Doing at The Basketball Writers

Dating back to my days at Bleacher Report’s NBA Department—can’t believe it was 10 years ago I started at B/R already—I’ve been near constantly asked by students, family, friends, etc.: “How do I get involved in sports media? How do I break through? How do I have a career?” I almost grimace when it’s time…

How to Tell if the NBA Draft Lottery is Rigged

In what is becoming an annual tradition, the skeptics and conspiracy theorists will come out once again. They’ll assert that the league offices have attempted to steer stars to controlled or beneficial environments. It all started in the 1985 draft lottery, the first led by former commissioner David Stern, where the big-market New York Knicks…

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Would Trading for Anthony Davis Even Fix the Celtics?

The Boston Celtics entered the 2018-19 NBA season as clear favorites to emerge from the LeBron James-less Eastern Conference and challenge the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. Then they ended said season by losing four straight to the Milwaukee Bucks after stealing Game 1 of their second-round series. The Celtics are now staring…

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Despite Win, Houston Rockets Are at History’s Mercy

The Houston Rockets aren’t dead yet. Yet. They won their second-round Game 3 tilt against the Golden State Warriors, but barely. They plunged early to a nine-point deficit, but then crawled back and then over, gradually building a double-digit lead. They stayed out in front for most of the second and third quarters. In the…

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NBA’s Rules Are the Real Problem with ‘Ref-Gate’

The Houston Rockets feel they are being wronged by the NBA’s referees. They feel that way so much they commissioned a report of last season’s Game 7 loss to the Golden State Warriors so as to list out their grievances, according to Sam Amick of the Athletic. Game 1 of this year’s postseason battle between…

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What to do About Philadelphia 76ers’ Brett Brown Debate

Brett Brown kept Philadelphia 76ers players’ and fans’ spirits aloft through the worst dog days of The Process. He led the early development of budding stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. He remained upbeat through 253 losses in four years. Now that the squad is a legitimate contender in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, however, the…

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Are D’Angelo Russell and Nikola Vucevic Really Max-Contract Players?

Draymond Green put it about as succinctly as possible in the wake of the Golden State Warriors’ third title in four years: “There are 82-game players, then there are 16-game players,” he reportedly told assistant general manager Larry Harris, summing up a team-building problem that has plagued teams since the NBA was created more than…

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