The Hook

Andrea Bargnani's ice-cold hands

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Plus, Jacque Vaughn as the Gandhi of coaches.

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Watching the Lakers burn

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The Lakers are still under .500, and just 1-2 under Mike D'Antoni. What is going on here?

NBA lockout, one year later: still a joke

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The 2011 NBA lockout ended a year ago this weekend. One thing that's different is that teams aren't complaining about losing money any more. But that's not because of the deal between the league...

Break up the Bobcats

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The Hook presents a few of its stunners of the early season, including the decent (!) Bobcats and a solid (!!) Raymond Felton.

Can the Knicks keep it up?

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The best way to explain why the New York Knicks are 6-0 with some pretty eye-opening wins already is that they are simply doing everything right.

How to fix the FIBA vs. NBA problem

There's a dead simple way to make international basketball work for NBA players and the teams that pay them: negotiate everything.

How FIBA completely changed international ball

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FIBA, the international basketball governing body, released a new calendar on Sunday that completely disrupts what we've come to expect ... and not for the better.

What could go wrong?

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The L.A. Lakers decided to hire Mike D'Antoni to take over for Mike Brown. The sun has risen. But there are a few ways in which this could go terribly wrong.

What Brown affair tells us about Lakers' future

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By believing that the L.A. Lakers will remain dominant simply because they are the L.A. Lakers, Jim Buss and his enablers do the franchise and its fans a real disservice.

The Hook mailbag: Lakers, Redick and more

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In The Hook's Friday mailbag, we answer questions about what the Lakers did to deserve this, what's next for J.J. Redick and which characters on Friends each Sacramento King would be.

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