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Flip Saunders: 1955-2015

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    The NBA has taken some big hits with deaths during this off-season. This one, though, we didn’t see coming.
    Kevin Garnett took to Facebook to post this image, which says plenty about his relationship with the late Flip Saunders.
    “This is a very sad day and my heart, my prayers and condolences go out to the entire Saunders family,” said Clippers Coach and President of Basketball Operations Doc Rivers on Sunday. “Flip was more than just a friend, he was a confidant and a mentor. The basketball world lost a ‘coaches’ coach’ today, and I lost a great friend.”
    An appreciation for a man loved by many throughout the NBA.
    USA Today

October 26, 2015   No Comments

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

About Last Night

Mets-Dodgers Game 5 NLDS 10-15-15

    Game 5. NLDS. Dodger Stadium from our vantage point. Mets 3, Dodgers 2 F.

October 17, 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

What Are The Odds?

Los Angeles Dodgers during game against the San Francisco Giants Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles,California.   Photo by Jon SooHoo/ ©Los Angeles Dodgers,LLC 2014

    Kershaw with the Martinellis? We get it now. #Soft
    Frontrunners to win the World Series: Blue Jays 4-1; Royals 9-2; Mets 11-2 (careful Dodgers’ fans); and the Dodgers and Cards at 6-1. The Angels are 30-1. Good luck with that.
    This could change real quick, no?
    VegasInsider.com
    Image Courtesy of Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

September 30, 2015   No Comments

Los Angeles Lakers Media Day

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Kobe Bryant wouldn’t say if this season will be his last despite injuries forcing him to miss the majority of the past two campaigns. “Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t,” Bryant said. “Hell if I know.”
Just another Media Day in El Segundo.
L.A. Times

    Nick Young Media Day 9-28-15

September 29, 2015   No Comments

Media Day With The Los Angeles Clippers

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    The DeAndre Jordan summer rescue mission in Dallas was the main topic of discussion at the club’s media day Friday. That and how much friction exists (or used to) with this Clippers’ trio.
    Oh, and there was that Doc Rivers-Mark Cuban feud. “Mark’s an owner, I’m a coach,” Rivers said. “Unless we’re going to play one on one or something or get in a cage match, which you guys can all sponsor — I’m good with either one of those — I don’t think it really matters. I think more him talking and me talking, and we’re both wasting time.”
    Folks are already gathering money for the cage fight. Chris Paul is leading the way.
    L.A. Times

September 25, 2015   No Comments

Yogi Berra: 1925-2015

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    The legendary former player and manager, who led both the New York Yankees and Mets to the World Series, died Tuesday. He was 90.
    N.Y. Times

September 23, 2015   No Comments

RIP: Milo Hamilton

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    Hamilton had plenty of claims to fame but nothing topped Hank Aaron’s home run call for No. 715.
    N.Y. Times

September 18, 2015   No Comments

Barkley: Malone Was ‘Dad’

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    Charles Barkley spoke Sunday about the huge impact Hall of Famer Moses Malone had on his career. “I’m crushed he’s gone.” So are we.
    ESPN.com

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September 13, 2015   1 Comment