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An Antoine Walker Exposé

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By Chris Ballard of Sports Illustrated, an article on Walker's rise and fall from NBA highs to D-League lows. For some, fame and fortune have an expiration date.

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Cut the payroll next season

Since the Portland Trail Blazers won't get a game-changer like Dwight Howard or Deron Williams in free agency, I suggest a two-year tank job involving this lockout-shortened season -- which has...

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What do y'all want in a head coach?

Nate McMillan aside, I'm curious as to what qualities you guys want in a head coach. Topics on this matter include stuff such as offensive style, defensive style, pace preference, rotation size,...

Dr. Jack Ramsay interviews Nic Batum

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From before last night's game vs. the Clippers, this is a light interview that's filled with softball questions. Still, it's interesting to hear Ramsay, 86, who sounds as if he's winding down like an old grandfather clock.

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Predict the All-Star reserves.

Here's my prediction on what WILL happen:WESTERN CONFERENCEC: Marc GasolF: Kevin LoveF: LaMarcus AldridgeG: Russell WestbrookG: Tony ParkerWC: Pau GasolWC: Dirk Nowitzki EASTERN CONFERENCEC: Roy...

"Mythbusting: Home Court Advantage"

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At Basketball Prospectus, an article by Kevin Pelton tackling the hows and whys of home-court advantage.

Pelton: The NBA Annotation

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At Basketball Prospectus, it's an article by Kevin Pelton about Daniel Kahneman's book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, and how it relates to the NBA. ed: bumped to front page

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Trade Drawer (Hypothetical Rebuild)

This is a crazy, highly implausible hypothetical that neither team would likely ever sign off on. Yet, I'm proposing it nonetheless, because it begs an even bigger question. FROM NEW JERSEY & TO...

Dante Cunningham back to being a 5.

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Just like he did in college at Villanova, Cunningham is playing center again. Yep, he's Marc Gasol's backup in Memphis. The Grizzlies even think well enough of Cunningham at the backup 5 to have waived a fellow former Blazer, Brian Skinner, who's older than dirt. Anyhow, I never understood why many folks thought he should be a 3. Cunningham's natural position is the 4, while he went through college playing the 5. Never, however, did he show an ability to effectively play the 3, particularly on offense. I'm now starting to see this with people commenting on Nicolas Batum, who is not, was not, nor ever will be capable of competently playing the 2. Like with Cunningham and the 3, Batum's offensive skill set doesn't fit the positional requirements needed to play the 2.

Pro basketball is a job.

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A timely, well-written article by Lee Jenkins of SI.com, with an anecdote from former player Matt Bullard. The lesson learned here is that, well, pro basketball is simply a job for these athletes. An occupation. A means of employment. Not only first and foremost, but also last and least. Nothing more, nothing less. And that's O.K.

Yesterday's Box Score

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Wow, a pace factor of 100. 100 possessions per 48 minutes, eh. Well, I'll be damned. Color me surprised. Yet, I don't expect that this'll continue. We shall see, though. We shall see.

Stein: Clippers Win Chris Paul Sweepstakes

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Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports that the Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to acquire All-Star point guard Chris Paul and two future second round picks from the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for guard Eric Gordon, forward Al-Farouq Aminu, center Chris Kaman and an unprotected 2012 first round pick from the Minnesota Timberwolves. To remove any doubt: the Hornets have sent out a press release confirming the particulars. ed: text updated, bumped to front page

CP3 is open to ... wait for it ... the Clippers?!?

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Can't say I blame Chris Paul. A trio of Blake Griffin, Eric Gordon, and him would form a spectacular core. The Clippers have got some fantastic assets -- such as Chris Kaman's expiring contract, stopgap PG Mo Williams, PGOTF Eric Bledsoe, prospect Al-Farouq Aminu, and Minnesota's 2012 first-round draft pick -- and also the cap room needed to take back Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza. All in all, the Clippers would make for a fair trade partner.

"True parity," writes Randy Hill of FoxSports.com, "not sustainable in current NBA."

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Hill's month-old article is full of win, especially his line that "parity is the way to go ... the way to go stale."

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An Interesting Sidebar

In Tom Ziller's recent article about why Charlotte is in dire straits as a NBA market, an abundance of topics are broached -- including a lengthy section dissecting the troubled past of former...

"Cuttino Mobley suing Knicks"

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Ugh, another medical retirement gone wrong. The new CBA should eliminate that altogether.

"Competitive balance? NBA has always been about dynasties"

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In this article, David Aldridge of NBA.com explains in detail that "[t]he NBA has always been a league of dynasties, with few teams able to break through and challenge the hegemony of the dominant franchises." Guess what? He's right. As Aldridge wrote, "judging competitiveness by championships won, the NBA has never been competitive." Man, I couldn't've written it any better myself. To argue otherwise, according to Aldridge, "ignores six decades of history." And that, folks, is why there is no argument to be had.

"A couple days ago on Twitter, David Thorpe asked: 'How's it gonna look when NBA players playing...

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"A couple days ago on Twitter, David Thorpe asked: 'How's it gonna look when NBA players playing overseas get sent home because they are just not worth what they were being paid?' Since then, DeJuan Blair -- a starter on one of the league's best teams in San Antonio -- was let go by his Russian team. It's not that Blair didn't play well. His numbers were solid. It's also not that he has a big attitude -- quite the opposite. The problem appears to have been simply that they could get similar production for less from any number of other players. He was good, but the amount they paid him, in that league, is reserved for greatness."

ESPN's Henry Abbott on money drying up overseas.

Dennis Rodman illustrates that off-court chemistry is worthless.

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Here's Rodman's opening statement from that interview: "Well, I think it was important, I thought it was important for me to go in there and win. Y'know, it wasn't, uh, I don’t have a job to speak to people. My job is to collate and understand how people work and do my thing. And make people believe in the fact that you belong there. Y'know, talking to people will come, relating to people will come. If they see you performing, and doing your job, and being with the group. That’s all I want, that's all I want. I don't [clearing throat] me and Scottie, we're cool; me and Scottie, we’re cool today. Y'know, we’re a little older, we're a little wiser; we’re cool today. I mean me and Scottie [stammering] me and Scottie and Michael never had a conversation in three years in Chicago. Only time we had a conversation was on the court. And that was it. And nobody believes that [laughing] ..." Strong evidence from a ring wearing Basketball Hall of Famer, "The Worm," that off-court chemistry has got no value whatsoever. Yet, even with his first-hand account that dismisses off-court chemistry as nauseating drivel, countless people will still mawkishly cling to the hokey sentiment that such a meaningless intangible is worth something. I'm sorry, folks, but off-court chemistry is a hollow concept that's got nothing to do with winning in basketball. Nothing at all. What truly matters is on-court cohesion, which that trio had in spades.

"Moneyball and the Houston Rockets"

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An informative article at Grantland.com written by Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey and Executive VP of Basketball Operations Sam Hinkie, which touches on a plethora of topics ranging from Moneyball the movie to the future of quantitative analysis.

"The Flaws in the NBA's Pursuit of the NHL Model"

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In this article by Jonathan Tjarks at RealGM.com, here's the money quote: "TV revenues are the life-blood of professional sports, and they have been exploding rapidly in the last few years. Parity prevents teams from gaining traction with the casual fan, and casual fans are what drive TV ratings. Measures that prevent Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby from facing off in the playoffs, just like measures that would have prevented Larry Bird and Magic Johnson from playing in the 1980’s, have damaged the NHL’s popularity, and therefore, its profitability."

"The NBA has never been a competitive league, and it’s never going to be a competitive league,"...

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"The NBA has never been a competitive league, and it’s never going to be a competitive league," [Dave] Berri said. "Some teams get the best players and some teams don’t. However you shuffle the league, it’s going to be the case that a few teams are dominant and a bunch of teams are not — just like in the 1980s, with the Celtics, Pistons, Sixers and Lakers. You are not going to manufacture five LeBrons. There is nothing Memphis can do to turn Rudy Gay into LeBron James."

The Point Forward by Zach Lowe @ SI.com

"If someone picks up the phone and calls, I'll be there the next day."

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"If someone picks up the phone and calls, I'll be there the next day."

Return of Mike Fratello

Travel in the NBA v. overseas.

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An interesting read about the differences in traveling conditions between the NBA and overseas.

"It's a more physical game over here [in Europe]. NBA rules helped change the game that brought...

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"It's a more physical game over here [in Europe]. NBA rules helped change the game that brought scoring up. This is a man's game over here."

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Yao Ming & Hall of Fame.

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As I recently argued, Yao Ming's opportunity at getting enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame would be as a contributor to the game. That's right. Not as a player, but rather as a contributor. For me, the only shock is there's no five-year waiting period to be eligible to get enshrined as a contributor.

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Favorite and least favorite jerseys.

Since the lockout is a downer, it seems like the time is right for a lighthearted topic. That said, here's a topic: What's everyone's favorite and least favorite NBA jerseys? My favorite current...

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