Was LeBron’s decision really that hard?

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The idea of coming home to finish your career in the place where it all began is admirable. You’re deciding to make your life a complete circle by bringing back all of the skills you’ve learned in other areas and applying them in a place where you have ties that go beyond the name of the company you work for. This is the area where you grew up in. Your childhood memories, good or bad, were created here. Anyone who has ever debated about continuing their job in a city that isn’t around where they grew up can relate to the decision LeBron James went through. Do I leave the area that I’ve grown up in and become a better person and head back to the place where I started this journey?

Where the common folk and LeBron James can’t relate is figuring out the option that gives you the best chance to win your third ring.

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The Hornets prove they’re willing to go all in with Gordon Hayward deal

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Somewhere in the smoke that is being created by LeBron James, James’ entourage, the Cleveland Cavaliers, Pat Riley, the letter Dan Gilbert wrote after LeBron left, Chris Bosh, the Houston Rockets, Carmelo Anthony, Phil Jackson, the Buss family, Kobe, Donald Sterling, Channing Frye and Ben Gordon getting ridiculous contracts by the Orlando Magic and KCP (Kentavious Caldwell-Pope) going bananas in the Summer League, the Charlotte Hornets offered the first max contract of the free agency period.

As we wait for the LeBron domino to fall and potentially reshape the entire landscape of the NBA, the Hornets have reached agreement with Gordon Hayward on a four-year/$63 million offer sheet. Continue reading

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The Sixers blueprint has been modified

Almost an entire calendar year has passed since Philadelphia 76ers’ GM Sam Hinkie made the draft day trade that sent Jrue Holiday to New Orleans for two first round picks. One ended up being the player the Pelicans picked at number six, Nerlens Noel, who was regarded as the number one overall pick when Chad Ford sent out his first of 1234513895 mock drafts last year, but then tumbled down draft boards after shredding his ACL in February. The other pick in the trade was the Pelicans’ first rounder in this Thursday’s draft (the pick was top-five protected and wound up being number 10).

It’s no secret that Hinkie robbed Pelicans’ GM Dell Demps in broad daylight. Holiday is a nice player, but he’s just a little bit above average at a position (PG) that is currently in the best state it has ever been in, but the Pelicans brass was and still is desperate to make sure Anthony Davis doesn’t develop Kevin Love syndrome. So instead of holding onto Noel or drafting a different player in potentially the worst rookie class in the history of the league and holding onto their pick in one of the most intriguing drafts in the history of the league, Demps panicked and Hinkie’s Frankenstein like plan to rebuild the Sixers started to fall into place. Continue reading

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The key(s) to the 2014 NBA Finals

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As the last seven seconds of the Western Conference finals ticked away, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were rendered useless as Scott Brooks waved the white flag. He was conceding that this version of the Thunder had its shot and it was time to end the battle. Oklahoma City was one point away from winning the 48 minute regulation session and forcing a Game 7, instead Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich are headed to the NBA finals 15 years after their first appearance there.

It’s an amazing feat in its own right, but it’s even more impressive when you consider how the Spurs got back to the place where they believed they rightfully belonged, standing across from the Miami Heat. Continue reading

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Dwyane Wade is rewriting his narrative

By: Maria Arango

By: Maria Arango

Dwyane Wade is rewriting the narrative that has followed him since he limped to a third ring last June. You remember that one don’t you, the story of a player who was getting ready to tee it up on the 17th hole of the back-nine at a course called Retirement Farms? The one about when Robin was no longer giving Batman the help that he needed?   Continue reading

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One more time for old time’s sake (Pacers-Heat 2014 ECF)

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Doesn’t it feel like we’re in a time machine? Doesn’t it feel like we’ve traveled back to May of 2013 when the Indiana Pacers were a fresh challenge for the Miami Heat in their quest to win a second straight championship?

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So this is what a second round looks like?

Courtesy: Dustin Watson

Courtesy: Dustin Watson

The drop off in play from the first to second round had to be expected. If the postseason is really the “second season” or the “real season”, or whatever players are calling it, there will inevitably be a run of unsatisfying games. It took until Game 4 for a second round doubleheader to be thrilling from beginning to end even if the first quarter of Thunder-Clippers was a total beat down by OKC. LeBron finally had the Durant like shooting game he’s been dying to have for a couple months.

It may have started off slow, but we finally have a second round worth talking about. Continue reading

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