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King Of Court: Long Shots For NBA MVP

    The NBA season is almost here and oddsmakers are quickly cooking up props for the 2015-16 campaign. One of the most popular – and profitable – markets in recent years has been the NBA MVP odds, with surprising winners in Stephen Curry and Derrick Rose, as well as value outcomes like Kevin Durant.
    Around those winners were four MVP honors for LeBron James, who is the favorite (+190) to win again this season. But we dig a little deeper in our handicapping sports effort to find a few others who may have a chance to receive the NBA’s top individual honor:

    Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks (+2,000)
    Anthony is arguably one of the Top 5 players in the NBA and if anyone can make the Knicks relevant again, they should at least get some MVP consideration. New York plays in the weak Atlantic Division, which is really anyone’s to win – or lose. Melo looks like a MVP candidate early into preseason action and has some help in N.Y. this season, which should help take some of the wear and tear off his body.

    Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers (+1,000)
    The Clippers are ready to break away from the pack in the Western Conference and it’s Chris Paul doing the heavy lifting. Paul, who actually suffered a minor fracture in his left index finger this preseason, played in all 82 games for L.A. last season, averaging 19 points and almost 5 assists per game. Los Angeles will challenge the NBA champion Golden State Warriors in the Pacific and if they can take the division over Stephen Curry & Co., Paul will be a huge reason why.

    LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs (+2,500)
    Aldridge was a force in Portland but now that he’s under the wings of Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan in San Antonio, he could make that next step as a player. The 6-foot-11 power forward is one of the best mid-range players in the NBA and should have plenty of room to operate with defenses forced to respect the Spurs’ other stars. Aldridge, who signed a big free agent deal with San Antonio this offseason, posted more than 23 points and 10 rebounds per game and played a good chunk of the schedule with an injured hand

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October 21, 2015   No Comments

Thieves In The Temple?

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    According to a joint statement from DraftKings and FanDuel: “Nothing is more important” than the “integrity of the games we offer.”
    Right, right.
    N.Y. Times

October 6, 2015   No Comments

He’s No David Blatt

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We hear Houston doesn’t have a pulse. Steve Kerr? He’s all the way live.
We know some would argue Cavs-Bulls being the best series right now but we beg to differ. Never a more contrast in styles than the Warriors and Grizzlies, the Wild, Wild West at its best again. The winner surely captures the Western Conference Final by beating the Clippers, no? We’ll get grief for asking.
ESPN.com

May 12, 2015   No Comments

The Curious Case Of Scott Brooks

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    As likeable as Scott Brooks is, he never developed a solid reputation as a great head coach. Sam Presti, who we hold in high regard, had to know this from Brooks’ numerous mistakes in past seasons and several this season. Brooks’ firing comes at a curious time, but even more crucial is who the club will pick as his replacement, particularly with the upcoming free agency of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
    Grantland.com

April 23, 2015   No Comments

Golden (State) Time Of Day

1975 Golden State Warriors team photo

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It’s been 40 years since these misfits captured an NBA title. I remember it. The old age in me is trying to decide if that’s a good thing or bad?
The fact that Charles Barkley is betting against them is reason enough to pick the Warriors, no?

    West 1st Round
    Warriors over Hornets in 5; Rockets over Mavericks in 6; Spurs over Clippers in 6; and Grizzlies over Blazers in 5.

    East 1st Round
    Hawks over Nets in 4; Cavs over Celtics in 6; Bulls over Bucks in 5; and Raptors over Wizards in 7.

    West Semis
    Warriors over Grizzlies in 6; Rockets over Spurs in 7

    East Semis
    Hawks over Raptors in 6; Cavs over Bulls in 7

    Conference Finals
    Warriors over Rockets in 6; Cavs over Hawks in 5

    Champ
    Warriors over Cavs in 6

April 18, 2015   No Comments

Flavor Flav

    Did we mention the Warriors covered?
    First name Stephen. Last name Curry. There was a definite “wooooo” in Staples Center on Tuesday night when Curry broke both of Chris Paul’s ankles something fierce. In the press box, I couldn’t contain myself. “Oh! Shit!!” A colleague says “What happened?”
    Curry might not get the MVP (James Harden gets our vote), but sometimes he can do things that leave you shaking your head.

April 1, 2015   No Comments

Signs Of The Times

Oklahoma Fraternity Racist Video

March 10, 2015   No Comments

Stating His Case

Los Angeles Clippers v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    Russell Westbrook has plenty of folks singing his name as the NBA’s MVP. That chorus grew louder Wednesday night when Westbrook produced his 4th triple-double in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s overtime win over the lowly Philadelphia 76ers.
    Washington Post

March 5, 2015   No Comments

NBA All-Star Snubs

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    Doesn’t get any bigger than Run DMC. Damian Lillard will probably take Kobe’s spot which will cure 1 wrong but the DMC omission is just criminal. Tim Duncan? Seriously?
    USA Today

January 30, 2015   No Comments

Got A Little Pep In His Step

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    Russell Westbrook dances in front of the Washington Wizards bench after hitting the game-winning bucket in Wednesday’s 105-103 overtime win by the Oklahonma City Thunder.

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January 22, 2015   No Comments