The Hook

Magic beans

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Most of the free world panned the Magic for what it got out of the Dwight Howard trade. The package isn't looking so bad now, all things considered.

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How to workout without a gym

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Gyms are expensive, super crowded, and they always seem to reel you back into membership. But you don’t need one to get fit.

The Jazz are totally average

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The Jazz lost their grasp on a Western Conference playoff spot on Sunday, as a Lakers win moved L.A. ahead of Utah for No. 8. A decent record has masked the fact that the Jazz have been average...

What Stern really said about the Kings

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The headlines out of David Stern's impromptu Sacramento Kings news conference in Oakland said the local bid by Mark Mastrov came in too low. The reality that appears between the lines gives...

How good are the Nuggets?

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The Nuggets have won 30 of their past 40 games and are now 5-3 against the top three teams in the West. Should we be talking about Denver as a title contender?

Betting on Gay's 'star power' is madness

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The Raptors will reportedly offer Rudy Gay an extension in the summer, because they want to retain star power. What?

NBA feeds its own conspiracy theories

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If the NBA is going to levy heavier punishment on players with longer disciplinary records, Stu Jackson and David Stern should lay that out. Because the lack of transparency allows conspiracy...

Don't blame Andrew Bogut

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Andrew Bogut has and will take flak in the Bay Area because the Warriors looked so good before he returned from injury and look so bad now. It's probably not deserved.

The difference between Bynum and Rose

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Andrew Bynum and Derrick Rose are both questionable to return this season. How we view each remains stunningly different. But what do we actually know about them?

Sacramento is nothing like Seattle

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Before you get bogged down in the details, consider what Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson's Thursday speech says about his city's commitment to remaining in the majors, and consider how rare that is...

And your West playoff bracket is ...

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In a liberal sense, seven teams in the West are battling for four playoff spots. More conservatively, three teams are battling for two spots. The Hook looks at the teams' remaining schedules to...

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