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Comparing ‘Basketball Without Borders’ to AAU as Pro Hoops Pipelines

As the game endlessly globalizes, organizations at the pinnacle of basketball have collaborated to develop athletes with optimal results. This is especially true with the Basketball Without Borders (BWB) program run as a collaboration by the NBA and FIBA beginning back in 2001. It has been able to help develop global talent and allow them…

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5 Teams That Won 2019 NBA Offseason

After a whirlwind start to the 2019 NBA offseason, the dust finally appears to be settling. Anthony Davis is now a Los Angeles Laker. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are Brooklyn Nets, while Kemba Walker is a Boston Celtic. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are both Los Angeles Clippers, and Russell Westbrook is reunited with…

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Will Russell Westbrook, James Harden 2.0 Fit?

There is much to be made of the asset play the Houston Rockets just made in the trading for Russell Westbrook. But once the games actually start in the fall, very little will matter outside of what he can bring to the table for his new team and the strengths and weaknesses of the new-look…

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Chicago Bulls May Finally Have Something to Build on

While they spent most of the last few years as laughingstocks across the league, the Chicago Bulls have found their way back and may just compete for the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff bracket. It’s been a while since the Bulls had so many good options that their head coach might have trouble finding…

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2019 Free Agency Player Preview: Kemba Walker

The world is Kemba Walker’s this offseason. Alongside Kyrie Irving, he is one of a pair of star point guards on the free agent market, though the Memphis Grizzlies’ Mike Conley may also be on the move via trade. Walker will have a robust market when free agency officially opens on the afternoon of June…

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Vasilije Micic, Shane Larkin Make Anadolu Efes History

An NBA hopeful and a player who is making a strong pitch for a return to the league just helped Turkish club Anadolu Efes make some history by advancing to the EuroLeague Final Four. We’re talking about Philadelphia 76ers stashed guard Vasilije Micic and former Brooklyn Net and Boston Celtic Shane Larkin. And, no, I’m…

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Former Slam Dunk Champ Jeremy Evans Works Toward NBA Return

There are two different angles to Jeremy Evans’ maiden EuroLeague campaign with Turkish club Darussafaka Tekfen. On one hand, he was the top performer for his team in two different competitions (EuroLeague and Turkish League) while showing some significant progress. On the other, there was the fact that Darussafaka finished at the bottom of the…

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Predicting 2019 NBA Playoffs’ Unlikely Heroes

From the steaming crucible of the NBA Playoffs, one always emerges: the unlikely hero. On Game 1, casual opposing fans simply say “Who’s that guy?” More knowledgeable ones may mock, saying “He’s still in the league?” Yet, by Game 4 they will collectively declare “Who the <obscenity> is that <obscenity>ing guy?”  By Game 6, they will…

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Who Should Win 2019 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?

He should cause the best players to question themselves, force coaches to adjust their offense, then adjust it again. He should give teammates and his fans a general sense of calm as soon as he steps onto the court. Maybe he can guard any position to always stay on “Your Team’s Best Player”. Maybe he…

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Euro Shooters for NBA Teams to Shop This Offseason

Ryan Broekhoff and, most recently, Dairis Bertans are two players that cashed in on phenomenal shooting sprees in Europe by signing the first NBA contracts of their career. Two seasons ago, Darius Miller also saw a fine EuroLeague run pay off when the New Orleans Pelicans called him back to their team. The NBA will…

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