NBA Best Longreads (2012)

Best of the longform articles from around SB Nation's NBA network in 2012.

Looking back at 2012 on CelticsBlog

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As 2012 comes to a close it is mandatory that we look back at the year that was. It is a rule, trust me.

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Colts star crashes practice in Joliet

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Every NFL player got their start in HS. Some were stars, some had just discovered the game. Now, six of them are going back to lend a surprise hand.

Statistical Relation Between Salary & Height

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We've all heard the saying: "You can't teach height". The NBA is evolving, and height seems to be a "skill" teams are willing to pay big bucks for. Here, I take a statistical approach to addressing...

On Nick Young and the Art of Falling in Love

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How one remorseless chucker with brightly-colored sneakers forced one man to reject his philosophical principles and throw caution to the wind.

On Royce White, Delonte and Illness

What should Royce White do?

May the odds be ever in your favor, Mike

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In some ways, I am envious of Mike D'Antoni's ability to keep getting the better and better gigs based on a three-year run of excitement and wonder with the mid-market Phoenix Suns. And in other...

Don Nelson was right, (most of) you were wrong

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There was one too many silly criticisms aimed at Don Nelson toward the end of his NBA career.

Reflecting on the Top 100 list with a D-I coach

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A Division I coach comments on attendance, recruiting, and red flags for programs as part of a conversation about the Top 100 Programs list.

On Luck

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You have many contacts among the lumberjacks

Process, not product, the key for rebuilding Magic

As the Magic shift their focus from contending for championships to rebuilding, the team should be more concerned with building a new culture than it should be with winning games.

The NFL refs' strike and you

What made the NFL refs' strike different from all other strikes?

Kirk Lacob on how the Warriors approach analytics

Santa Cruz Warriors GM and Golden State Warriors assistant GM Kirk Lacob discussed how they use analytics, why they're excited about Sports VU, and the "communication problem" is as difficult as...

Celtics Reloaded

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Ainge looked around and decided that he wanted to keep going in the same direction that he was already going. Good choice.

Favorite Sports Highlight: In Awe Of Seimone Augustus' Creativity

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Perhaps some long-time WNBA fans watched that scenario unfold and saw something rather routine evolving - Augustus has an array of tools at her disposal to break down defenders ranging from the...

Thunder vs Heat: 2012 NBA Finals Post-Mortem

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It is finally time to sign off on the Thunder's 2012 NBA Playoff run.

Spectacular Heat Championship Parade culminates in celebration rally inside AAA

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The Miami Heat's NBA Championship Parade brought the city and its residents plenty to cheer about. More than 400,000 fans descended into the downtown area to see the Heat come together to celebrate...

A night to remember: Miami Heat players reflect on their journey to the NBA Championship

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The Miami Heat won their second championship in their 24-year history winning four straight times against the OKC Thunder. LeBron James, Erik Spoelstra and Mike Miller reflect on the game and their...

Observers show lack of nuance in blaming Spoelstra

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Many critics and fans simplistically blamed Erik Spoelstra for the Heat's loss in Game 5. The Heat lost for a variety of reasons, and Spoelstra isn't to blame.

Why Seeing Game 5 in the AT&T Center Was One of the Greatest Experiences of My Life

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Note: This article will be different then most on WTLC in that I'm going to write it from a first-person perspective, totally devoid of analysis and weak attempts at objectivity. So if you're...

The SOV Dialogues: Rudy Gay

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A discussion of Rudy Gay and his place -- both on the Memphis Grizzlies' roster and in the universe.

Metta World Peace Fell Off The Wagon

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With one fell swoop of his bulging bicep, Metta World Peace erased much of the good will of his seeking redemption for the past few years. But redemption is a process that is not won or lost in a day.

The Return of Chris Paul

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Chris Paul returns to New Orleans today. What it means.

Derek Fisher Is The Victim Of Evolution

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Derek Fisher is the victim of the Lakers needing to improve the quality of their team and shed salary at the same time. His positive qualities became luxuries the Lakers could no longer afford.

A Statistical Analysis Of Clutch NBA Shooters Since 2000

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What's considered "clutch" and what's not in the NBA? Is Kobe really the best? Is LeBron really that bad? A statistical look at "clutch" in the NBA.

Black Hole Players Defined

NBA Western Conference 2011-2012 Black Hole Players

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