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The Knicks currently hold the rights to 17 players for the upcoming 2007-08 season with 16 of them possessing fully guaranteed contracts. The League only allows a maximum of 15 players on the roster. The big question that remains for Isiah Thomas and the Knicks: which two guys won’t make the opening night roster?
Let’s first […]

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NBA ratings have been on a steady downturn. Not coincidentally, the first significant drop in finals ratings happened when ABC took over from NBC. Just to illustrate, in the 12 years that NBC had the NBA Finals, the ratings for the Finals were in double figures EVERY YEAR. Cannot give all the […]

Read Full Post » NewsWire: The USA Men’s Senior National Team (5-0) utilized a 24-4 second quarter run to close the door on Puerto Rico (1-4) and lock up a berth into the FIBA Americas Championship 2007 semifinals with a 117-78 win Tuesday night at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev.
The win, the USA’s 32 […]

Read Full Post » NewsWire: The Milwaukee Bucks announced today that 2007 first round draft pick Yi Jianlian (EE jee-AHN-lee-AHN) has signed a multi-year contract. The Bucks 6th overall selection in the 2007 NBA Draft, Yi Jianlian signed his contract in Hong Kong following a negotiating session with Mr. Chen Haitao, owner of the Guangdong Tigers. […]

Read Full Post » NewsWire: Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, commenting on the news that Rafer Alston has more legal trouble:
“We became aware of the incident early this morning. Obviously, it is troubling that Rafer was again in a situation involving the police. We take these matters very seriously - the Rockets expect all employees to represent the […]

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The Phoenix Suns announced today the promotion of Vinny Del Negro to the position of assistant general manager.
“I’m excited that Vinny will be expanding his duties with the Suns,” Suns President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Steve Kerr said. “His knowledge, work ethic and energy will provide a big boost to our organization.”
Del Negro, […]

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In case you’re wondering, Taipei 101 is not a JDBASKETBALL class on thoughts concerning offense and defensive philosophies in Asian basketball—it’s actually (for now), the world’s tallest building! In the shadows, a few kilometers away lies the Tshai Hsing School where I was invited conduct basketball camp for a couple hundred Taiwanese kids the […]

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Word out of Boston is that James Posey has gobbled up the C’s mid-level and will be the presumptive 6th man for two years. A good defensive player and reasonable 3-point threat, Posey is exactly the sort of player Danny Ainge needs to be pulling in for this 2-year finals window.
I’d still like to […]

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By Bobby Ciafardini
NEW YORK – It takes one to know one.
And current Houston Rocket playmaker and New York City streetball legend Rafer “Skip to My Lou” Alston knows a pro when he sees one. Alston played the role of scout Friday night at his old stomping grounds – Rucker Park – as the head […]

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By Bobby Ciafardini
NEW YORK – Rucker Park, the legendary real estate at 155th in Harlem, has been home to the game’s greatest streetballers, pros and college stars over the years, but Friday night the asphalt will belong to the nation’s top prep players when the second annual Boost Mobile Elite 24 Hoops Classic tips […]

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