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Olympics 2020: Building a Gold Medal Roster for Team USA Men’s Basketball

The last time Team USA played in an international tournament was an embarrassment. The inaugural FIBA World Cup took place in China this past summer and, after taking home the gold in the previous five events, the Americans finished seventh. They lost back-to-back games against France and Serbia to close out the tournament. It was…

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10 NBA Questions: How Obnoxious is the ‘Giannis Leaving Milwaukee’ Chatter?

How much more obnoxious can this made-up storyline get? The answer is none. None more obnoxious. (But it somehow will.) And thus the reason why so many people hate the “big boys” of sports media and its talking heads who typically have no idea what they’re talking about. Instead of analyzing the games using anything…

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PODCAST: NBA Trade Deadline Chatter; Was Kyrie Irving Right?

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss the Jeff Teague-Allen Crabbe trade, Kyrie Irving’s leadership and the latest trade rumors involving Robert Covington, Andre Drummond and D’Angelo Russell. Who won the Crabbe-Teague trade? Was Kyrie right about the Nets needing more pieces to contend for a title?…

Recently Signed NBA Stars Still Figuring Out Their New Homes

The summer of 2019 will forever be remembered for the changes it made to the NBA landscape. The league watched as an unprecedented number of players hit the open market. However, it wasn’t just the quantity of players changing teams but also the quality that moved the needle.  All-Stars swapped conferences and teamed up with…

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How Spencer Dinwiddie is Carrying Brooklyn Nets Offense

It’s been a couple of years since Spencer Dinwiddie proved the skeptics wrong and established himself as a valuable standout for the Brooklyn Nets. This season, he’s proving nearly everyone wrong again. Kenny Atkinson’s much-hyped, new-look squad got off to a rocky start this fall. A three-game skid in mid-November sank Brooklyn to 4-7, then…

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NBA Team Rivalries to Enjoy in 2019-20

There was a lot of talk heading into the 2019-20 NBA season that, thanks to parity, there would be a newfound interest in the sport. After half a decade of the Golden State Warriors storming / sleepwalking their way to the NBA Finals, this year is supposed to be different. Multiple all-star players changed teams…

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PODCAST: 2019-20 NBA Atlantic Division Season Preview

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) preview the Atlantic Division ahead of the 2019-20 NBA season. Who will the Boston Celtics miss more: Kyrie Irving or Al Horford? Can Caris LeVert become an All-Star this year in Brooklyn? Can the New York Knicks find enough minutes for…

2019-20 NBA Season Preview: Atlantic Division

The 2019-20 NBA season is just around the corner. After an offseason chock-full of player movement, the title race appears as wide-open as it has been in years. Over the coming weeks, we will examine one big question hanging over each team heading into the season. We’ll start today with the Atlantic Division, where the…

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Kyrie Irving Should Be Headed for a Career Year in Brooklyn

Prognosticators don’t have high hopes for the Brooklyn Nets in 2019-20. Oddsmakers peg them for a win total somewhere in the mid-40s, while ESPN’s Kevin Pelton projected them for 41 wins and the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference. FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO system is even more lukewarm, giving the Nets only a 57 percent chance…

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