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Get That Ish Out Of Here

It is not very difficult, nor is it especially flattering, to be considered a “breath of fresh air” on a team with a 1-30 record. But for Ish Smith, any welcoming admiration is received with open arms. Smith is everybody’s favorite peripatetic. His resume is built on 10-day contracts, D-League assignments and end-of-the-bench roles. Only once in his… Keep Reading

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Swingman

The Eastern Conference playoff picture is a bit like the Republican Primary race: A bunch of uninspiring candidates clumped together chasing a runaway tyrant. Although LeBron James and the Cavs are not quite as unlikable as Donald Trump, James’ unrelenting control of the conference has probably outlived its term in the minds of his eastern… Keep Reading

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Sun Set

It was an odd feeling, watching Mike D’Antoni return to his old stomping ground, sitting on the bench for the first time in his new role as an assistant coach for the hapless 76ers. He had returned to Phoenix as a visitor before, during his forgettable tenures with the Knicks and Lakers, but this was different. It… Keep Reading

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Felina

I still remember the first time I went to watch Kobe Bryant play. It was 2009 and my Aunt Becky had bought me two tickets to watch the Lakers play the Spurs. My mom and I drove up to the game from my hometown of Corpus Christi (about a two-hour journey up I-35 to San… Keep Reading

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Detroit’s Dynamic Duo

When the Detroit Pistons traded for Reggie Jackson in February, nobody thought they were uniting two players who would soon combine to form one of the league’s most lethal pick-and-roll combinations. At the time, Jackson was a somewhat maligned talent, someone who appeared to force his way out of Oklahoma City. Andre Drummond was held in… Keep Reading

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Grounded and Pounded

The Memphis Grizzlies are a bit like your non-major course work in college. You pay a fair amount of attention to them and hope they will do well, but at the end of the day, when the assignments in classes that actually matter begin to pile up, your focus shifts to the more fulfilling subjects.… Keep Reading

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Still On Top

The Clippers nearly did the impossible. They nearly became the first team in what seems like forever to spot Golden State a 17-point, come back and live to talk about it. Nearly. Instead, despite getting a 10-point lead of its own with five minutes to play, the Clippers fell short of the Warriors once again.… Keep Reading

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Notebook from OKC’s Opening Night victory over the Spurs

For more of my coverage of this game, visit the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. For my Spurs’ season preview, click here. DION WAITERS STEALS THE SHOW Dion Waiters is far from the first player who comes to mind when you think about Oklahoma City’s end-of-game options. But Waiters stepped up in the final minutes against the… Keep Reading

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The Shadow

Here’s a fun game: Name as many top 30 scorers from the 2007-08 NBA season as you can. There were quite a few present-day superstars (LeBron, Kobe, Carmelo, Paul, Dirk, Durant, Howard and Bosh), a couple of former superstars that have since aged into role players (Vince Carter, Amare Stoudemire and Richard Jefferson),  some retired… Keep Reading

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