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Podcast: Casting the 2016 Olympic Team

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The United States will have plenty of difficult choices to make when whittling down its roster for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro next summer. Coach Mike Krzyzewski intends to take a different approach to selecting 12 players for what will be his final Olympic run for the United States. Instead of conducting a final training camp session weeks …

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Harden Officially Joins Adidas

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James Harden was given $200 million reasons to leave Nike. When Adidas offered the guaranteed sum to the All-Star guard, Nike had to weeks to contemplate matching the deal, but ultimately declined. For the remainder of his career, the most famous bearded player in the NBA will be draped in three stripes. Nike opted not to retain Harden became the …

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Podcast: Schedule Preview for the 2015-16 NBA Season

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The NBA is expected to release the schedule for the 2015-16 season next week, but a few key game have already leaked to the press. The Warriors will be featured on opening night and Christmas Day, two of the most highly viewed days on the league’s slate. As the NBA off-season becomes a bit more intriguing with the start of …

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Exum Tears ACL in Exhibition Game

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The breakout campaign of Jazz point guard Dante Exum will have to wait at least a year. During an exhibition game for the Australian national team against Slovenia, Exum landed awkwardly during a jump stop in the lane. The extent of the injury wasn’t initially known, as the 20-year-old even returned to the Australian bench with his knee wrapped as team …

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Expectations Continuing to Rise for Clarkson

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Typically rookie point guards drafted in the second round don’t stall trade negotiations for an All-Star center. Only the Lakers have huge expectations for Jordan Clarkson during his second year in the league. The Lakers spent the first half of the 2014-15 season scrambling to find production out of its point guard position. The desperation grew to the extent that Kobe …

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Kawhi Leonard: King of Thieves

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The ball is never safe with Kawhi Leonard serving as an opposing defender. At some point, he is going to attack and there is little that can be done to prevent him from ripping the ball away. Last season, 3.7 percent of all the possessions an opponent had resulted in a steal from Leonard, the catalyst for him becoming the …

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Knight Carves Out a Home in Phoenix

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Typically dynamic point guards displaying the ability to consistently improve don’t have trouble finding a place in the NBA. The demand for production at the position has never been higher, with 12 of the projected 30 starters at the position earning at least one selection to an All-Star team. Brandon Knight has proven to be up for the challenge and appears …

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Jazz Counting on Exum to Excel

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Utah isn’t accustomed to prolong droughts of productivity at the point guard position. The franchise grew spoiled as a result of the nearly two decades of dominance from Hall-of-Fame guard, John Stockton as he set the all-time NBA records for career steals and assists. Two years following Stockton’s retirement, the team selected Deron Williams, a point guard that was selected to …

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Podcast: Recapping the Free Agent Spree of 2015

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New Orleans didn’t want any competition for the services of Anthony Davis. As soon as the league moratorium ended, the Pelicans began negotiations with the NBA’s leading shot blocker in each of the past two seasons and ultimately agreed upon the richest offer in league history. The team had until Oct. 31 to reach an agreement with Davis or he …

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Impressive Summer Raising Expectations for LaVine

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An opening round loss for Minnesota at the NBA Summer League tournament in Las Vegas hasn’t prevented Zach LaVine from dominating the off-season. The 20-year-old followed up his breakout rookie campaign with an equally impressive summer. After his two appearances for the Timberwovles at the NBA Summer League — as he averaged 22 points while shooting 41.5 percent from 3-point range …

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