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PODCAST: NBA Midseason Awards Edition

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) make their midseason picks for every major award. Who is the front-runner for MVP: James Harden, Luka Doncic or Giannis Antetokounmpo? Can anyone catch Ja Morant for Rookie of the Year? Who’s leading the wide-open Defensive Player of the Year and…

Remembering The Heatles’ Fallen Foes, Part 1: Tom Thibodeau’s Chicago Bulls

For eight straight seasons, LeBron James led a team to the NBA Finals. That reign of terror upon the Eastern Conference began in the 2010-11 season when LeBron made the controversial decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and sign with the Miami Heat. After four years and two championships, he left to return home to…

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PODCAST: 2019-20 NBA Central Division Season Preview

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) and special guest Duncan Smith (@duncansmithnba) of Forbes preview the Central Division ahead of the 2019-20 season. How will the Chicago Bulls’ point guard rotation shake out? Are Cleveland Cavaliers guards Collin Sexton and Darius Garland compatible? Will this be Andre Drummond’s…

What’s Next for the Detroit Pistons?

The Detroit Pistons had an understated but important summer in their quest to build upon last year’s playoffs appearance. Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond will still lead the line, at least for now, with the remaining role players filling in around them. It’s relatively rare in the modern NBA that a team’s two best players…

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5 NBA Free Agents With Complicated Markets

Perception is not always aligned with reality. There’s no better argument for the lack of synchronization between the two than how some rumor mills and websites talk about impending free agency. The takes they fire off can be as brazen and reckless as they are devoid of context. “Player X would make a great fit…

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2019 Free Agency Player Preview: Derrick Rose, Rudy Gay

For the second consecutive season, a pair of former stars whose careers have taken winding paths will hit free agency together. 2011 MVP Derrick Rose suffered near-career-ending knee injuries before bouncing back with a solid two-year stint in Minnesota. Rudy Gay experienced an Achilles injury in 2017 but was able to rehab his value over…

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Can Gersson Rosas Fix the Minnesota Timberwolves?

The Minnesota Timberwolves took the first step toward relevance Wednesday, hiring Houston Rockets executive vice president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas as their new team president, according to ESPN.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Timberwolves are coming off a turbulent 2018-19 campaign, highlighted by Jimmy Butler’s early-season trade demand and the midseason firing of team president/head coach…

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Week 24 Fantasy Basketball Notebook: Shutdowns, Shutdowns Everywhere!

Upon getting officially eliminated from playoff contention, NBA teams have begun to shut down players with nagging injuries. While that approach makes sense in real life, it’s brutal timing for fantasy basketball owners who were relying on those guys. On Thursday, the Minnesota Timberwolves announced Derrick Rose (elbow), Robert Covington (right knee) and Jeff Teague…

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