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BDL 25: The Rockets try to regain a sense of decency

Yahoo.com: Ball Don't Lie (Eric Freeman) — James Harden waits out the final Rockets game of last season. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) It’s difficult to justify the 2015-16 Houston Rockets. A Western Conference finalist the previous season, Houston entered the campaign with hopes of challenging for a title. The Rockets instead regressed terribly, looking as if they had no interest in playing together and never stringing together a...
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BDL 25: Expect the Utah Jazz to take a big leap forward

Yahoo.com: Ball Don't Lie (Eric Freeman) — Rodney Hood and Gordon Hayward can’t believe it either. (Tom Pennington/ Getty Images) Fans and media generally pick one team to improve considerably before every season, to the point where once games start that group usually sneaks up on no one. The identity of this year’s group was obvious as soon as the 2015-16 season ended, if not earlier. The Utah Jazz, who lost out on a playoff berth...
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30Q: Whose minutes will Matt Barnes inevitably steal?

SBN (Tony Xypteras) — Matt Barnes probably wasn’t signed to ride the bench. We’ve spent a lot of time this summer trying to figure out how, why, where, and when the plethora of new free agents and rookies the Sacramento Kings brought in this offseason will fit in the Kings’ regular season rotation. Matt Barnes’ versatility would theoretically allow you to pencil him in for a few minutes everywhere on a ‘need’...
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BDL 25: The Lakers venture into the post-Kobe era

Yahoo.com: Ball Don't Lie (Eric Freeman) — Brandon Ingram introduces himself to the world. (Harry How/ Getty) For the first time since 1995, the Los Angeles Lakers will open a season without Kobe Bryant on the roster. While Bryant’s talents had faded considerably by the time he rode off into the sunset with 60 points on 50 shots last April, the five-time champion’s impact on the franchise remained immense. The team’s tactics and...
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BDL 25: On the possibility of another NBA lockout

Yahoo.com: Ball Don't Lie (Kelly Dwyer) — Adam Silver and lead players’ rep Chris Paul. (Getty Images) The NBA offseason has brought many changes to rosters, coaching staffs, and the list of championship contenders. As we draw closer to opening night, it’s time to move our focus from the potential impact of each offseason event and onto the broader issues that figure to define this season. The BDL 25 takes stock of, uh, 25 key...
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Cavs Sign Jonathan Holmes to Complete Training Camp Roster

SBN: Fear The Sword (Trevor Magnotti) — The Cavaliers have filled out their training camp roster with former Texas F Jonathan Holmes. The Cleveland Cavaliers formally announced their training camp roster in advance of media day today. The roster includes the usual suspects, as well as five players who will fight for the last roster spot: Cory Jefferson, DeAndre Liggins, Eric Moreland, John Holland, Markel Brown, and Jonathan...
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BDL 25: The Spurs' post-Duncan challenge of winning the West

Yahoo.com: Ball Don't Lie (Ben Rohrbach) — Tim Duncan points Kawhi Leonard in the direction of superstardom. (Getty Images) The NBA offseason has brought many changes to rosters, coaching staffs, and the list of championship contenders. As we draw closer to opening night, it’s time to move our focus from the potential impact of each offseason event and onto the broader issues that figure to define this season. The BDL 25 takes...
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Should Elfrid Payton still be the Magic’s point guard of the future?

SBN: Orlando Pinstriped Post (Garrett Hillyer) — The Magic have shed young talents like Tobias Harris and Victor Oladipo, but Elfrid Payton remains a central part of Orlando’s future plans. Should he be? Obviously the titular question of this article isn’t posed to Orlando Magic general manager Rob Hennigan; we already know what his answer is. As one of my readers eloquently  noted last week , Hennigan has a "bizarre fixation to...
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2016 Clippers Player Preview: Mo Speights Knows Your Secrets, Dubs. And Now He’s Ours.

SBN: Clips Nation (Matt Heller) — Clipper Nation, prepare to fall in love with a longtime villain... The Basics Name: Marreese Akeem Speights Height: Listed at 6’10. But when women ask him how tall he is, he now answers, “Unlike some people, Mo Speights doesn’t need to exaggerate his height to impress you. You’re already impressed.” Weight : 255 lbs. Position : PF-C. Also, based purely on his...
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Examining potential lineups for the Orlando Magic

SBN: Orlando Pinstriped Post (Cory Hutson) — The Magic’s starting lineup looks pretty set, but what if Frank Vogel decided to go in a different direction? PG: Elfrid Payton SG: Evan Fournier SF: Aaron Gordon PF: Serge Ibaka C: Nikola Vucevic Barring injury or major training camp shenanigans, this lineup will probably be the first one to see the floor for the Orlando Magic come October 26th against the Miami Heat . Payton started 69...
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BDL 25: Russell Westbrook is going to absolutely go nuts this year

Yahoo.com: Ball Don't Lie (Kelly Dwyer) — Russell Westbrook and Michael Jordan eye the competition. (Getty Images) The NBA offseason has brought many changes to rosters, coaching staffs, and the list of championship contenders. As we draw closer to opening night, it’s time to move our focus from the potential impact of each offseason event and onto the broader issues that figure to define this season. The BDL 25 takes stock of,...
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BDL 25: LeBron, the Cavs and writing sequels to storybook endings

Yahoo.com: Ball Don't Lie (Dan Devine) — The NBA offseason has brought many changes to rosters, coaching staffs, and the list of championship contenders. As we draw closer to opening night, it’s time to move our focus from the potential impact of each offseason event and onto the broader issues that figure to define this season. The BDL 25 takes stock of, uh, 25 key storylines to get you up to speed on where the most fascinating...
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Grizzlies’ Parsons Limited Going into Training Camp

Basketball Insiders (Susan Bible) — (Chandler) Parsons has been going through his rehab in Dallas and Los Angeles this offseason and progressing as expected. He suffered a medial meniscus tear in his right knee on March 18, 2016 and underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair the tear on March 25, 2016. He is participating in limited court activity. He will be […]
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Report: Clippers signing Xavier Munford

NBCSports.com: ProBasketballTalk (Dan Feldman) — Xavier Munford went from a D-League All-Star to a key contributor down the stretch for the injury-ravaged Grizzlies. What’s next for the 24-year-old point guard? Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports: Sources: The Clippers are signing guard Xavier Munford to a training camp deal. Munford played in 14 games for Memphis last season. — Shams Charania […]
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The Rockets will be better than 41.5 wins this year

The Dream Shake (Darren Yuvan) — The over/under win totals are out and have the Rockets no better than last season. Rockets training camp is now just three days away, starting on Saturday, September 24. Media Day is on Friday September 23. The real most glorious time of the year, the start of the NBA season in almost upon us, which means more news, more insider reports, more tweets and thankfully, more articles here at...
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