Basketball

September 22, 2021

Ben Simmons Gives Philadephia All the Sads: Ben Simmons has demanded a trade and says he won't report to training camp for the Philadelphia 76ers. "I am tired of having to pretend that he is the star that will give Joel Embiid, the player who deserves an NBA Championship more than anyone else in the league, the best chance to reach that pinnacle," laments Sixers blogger Tyler Monahan.

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August 25, 2021

Nerlens Noel is suing former agent Rich Paul: Nerlens Noel is suing former agent Rich Paul for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract and negligence, claiming that Paul is responsible for $58 million in lost wages.

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August 09, 2021

Luka Doncic Signs $207 Million, 5-Year Extension: Luka Doncic has agreed to sign a five-year, $207 million supermax rookie extension with the Dallas Mavericks -- a history-making contract he became eligible for after twice being voted first-team All-NBA.

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August 02, 2021

NBA Playoff Pickem Champion: NoMich: The SportsFilter NBA Playoff Pickem has been won by NoMich with 129 points. I was the runner-up with 121 and Cixelsyd takes the Coveted Costanza. Nobody picked the Bucks to win the Finals, so it was a war of attrition.

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July 30, 2021

Reports: Lakers agree to Russell Westbrook trade: The Los Angeles Lakers are wasting no time making changes after a disappointing first-round cameo in the 2021 playoffs.

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July 06, 2021

NBA Playoff Pickem, Finals Edition: The NBA Finals begins tonight when the Milwaukee Bucks face the Phoenix Suns. Tipoff is at 9 p.m. Eastern. Pick the series winner and number of games along with seven props and a tiebreaker. But with the lead NoMich has, it may all be over but the crying.

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June 22, 2021

Enter the NBA Playoff Pickem Round 3: The unlikely foursome of the Hawks, Bucks, Suns and Clippers are the last teams standing in the NBA Finals. The Clippers and Suns tip off game 2 of their series tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern. Pick the series winners, the games, and four prop bets. In our contest, NoMich leads with 99.

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June 07, 2021

Enter the NBA Playoff Pickem Round 2: With all eight teams decided after the Mavericks lost game 7 to the Clippers Sunday, the NBA Playoff Pickem is taking picks for round 2 starting with the Bucks and Nets playing tonight at 7:30 p.m. Eastern. Make your selections and send a good thought to the Dallas execs who have an MVP talent surrounded by a playoff also-ran, no first-round picks to trade until 2027 and limited dollars to spend.

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May 28, 2021

NBA Pickem Champion: Goyoucolts: The NBA Pickem champion for 2020-21 is Goyoucolts, who took the lead four weeks before season's end and never gave it back. The coveted Costanza is claimed by Scooby10672. Congratulations!

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May 25, 2021

Enter the NBA Playoff Pickem: The NBA Playoff Pickem has returned. Pick the winners of the eight playoff serii along with four prop bets. The contest winner receives an NBA 59Fifty Cap of the team of their choice, which let's be honest should be the Dallas Mavericks. Contest dedicated to Chuck Cunningham, who went upstairs to retrieve his basketball and never came back down again. Good luck!

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May 19, 2021

Broadcaster Marv Albert retiring after NBA Eastern Conference finals: Hall of Fame play-by-play voice Marv Albert plans to retire from broadcasting after announcing the 2021 Eastern Conference Finals on TNT, he announced Monday.

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May 11, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 21: End of Season Edition: There are seven nationally televised games to end the NBA regular season, starting with Heat/Celtics and Knicks/Lakers tonight on TNT. Goyoucolts leads our contest by 22 over NoMich with the rest of us playing for our next contracts. Make your picks.

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May 06, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 20: Pittsburgh Pisces Edition: There are six national games to pick this week, beginning with tonight's TNT doubleheader of Nets/Mavericks and Lakers/Clippers. Goyoucolts holds on to first, 46 points ahead of NoMich. Make your picks, ladies and germs.

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April 26, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 19: Knicks on Fire Edition: An eight-game TV week begins Tuesday night when the Mavs visit the Warriors and stretches to next Monday night with an ESPN doubleheader. Despite nine straight wins there's no national Knickerbockers. In our contest, Goyoucolts takes a 60-point lead, winning the week with 45. NoMich is in second and jjzucal third. Make your picks.

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April 22, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 18: 7 A.M. at a Strip Club Edition: There are eight NBA games to pick this week, beginning with tonight's TNT doubleheader of 76ers/Bucks and Lakers/Mavs. We have a new leader as Goyoucolts scores 100 and climbs into first, leading NoMich by 47. Make your picks and remember that it's never a good idea to walk out of a strip club and see daylight.

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April 15, 2021

LaMarcus Aldridge Retires from NBA Over Heart Ailment: After experiencing an irregular heartbeat, Brooklyn Nets center LaMarcus Aldridge abruptly ended his 15-season NBA career. Aldridge joined the team two weeks ago after taking a buyout from the San Antonio Spurs. He's a seven-time All-Star. He called the heart problem experienced during a game "one of the scariest things I've experienced."

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April 13, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 17: Everybody Hates the Play-In Edition: There's a smorgasbord of 14 NBA games to pick this week, starting with tonight's Clippers/Pacers and Celtics/Blazers doubleheader on TNT. Our contest now has a six-point margin between NoMich in first and Goyoucolts in second. Howard_T wins the week with 37 while four of us scored in the single digits. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 10:20 AM - 14 comments

April 11, 2021

Alex Rodriguez, Mark Lore Buying Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx: A $1.5 billion deal is being finalized for Alex Rodriguez and billionaire Marc Lore to buy the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves and WNBA's Minnesota Lynx from Glen Taylor. There are fears the new owners will relocate the team to Seattle, but so far there are reassurances that won't happen, according to the fan blog Dunking with Wolves.

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April 07, 2021

ESPN Strips Paul Pierce of Pundit Gig: The best part of Paul Pierce being fired as an ESPN basketball commentator is the part of the Instagram Live video where he compared the backside of one of the strippers to "two Boston Celtics championship trophies." One cheek is Pierce's trophy from 2008, but the second can't be any more recent than 1986.

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April 06, 2021

Baylor Bears Win First NCAA Basketball Championship: Eighteen years after taking over a program rocked by scandal, Scott Drew led Baylor to the NCAA championship in basketball over Gonzaga. It's the school's first and the state's first since Texas Western (UTEP) won in 1966. Bears guard Jared Butler had 22 points and 7 assists and was named the tournament's outstanding player.

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April 05, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 16: Pittsburgh Pisces Edition: There are nine national TV games in the NBA this week, starting Tuesday with a TNT doubleheader of Sixers/Celtics and Bucks/Warriors and stretching all the way to Monday for an ESPN double of Lakers/Knicks and Nuggets/Warriors. NoMich leads now by only 20 as Goyoucolts pulls closer with a best of the week total of 38.

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March 30, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 15: Orlando Traded Everybody Edition: There's a five-game slate to pick this week, with doubleheaders on Wednesday and Thursday and an ABC game on Saturday. In our contest, NoMich leads by a narrower 39 points over jjzucal while Goyoucolts wins the week with 62. Make your picks.

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March 22, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 14: High Ankle Sprain Edition: There are eight national TV games this week on TNT and ESPN, beginning Tuesday night with the LeBron-less Lakers at the Pelicans. In our pickem contest, jjzucal wins the week with 38 to narrow the lead of NoMich to 61. Make your picks.

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March 17, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 13: 17-Point 6-Minute Comeback Edition: There are five games to pick this week: tonight's Bucks/Sixers and Clippers/Mavs doubleheader on ESPN followed by three games Thursday and Friday on NBA TV. In our contest, jjzucal wins the week with 45 and climbs to within 86 points of NoMich. That seems like a big lead, but so did this. The rest of us need to dig deep and find our inner Damian.

posted by rcade to basketball at 08:23 AM - 8 comments

March 11, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 12: Embiid for MVP Edition: The NBA Pickem returns from the all-star break with two games on Wednesday, one on Sunday and two on Monday. NoMich leads by 69 over Goyoucolts and shares a week-best 33 with JJzucal. Make your piicks.

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March 07, 2021

New League Takes on NCAA, Offers $100K Salaries to Prep Stars: Overtime Elite, a new basketball league backed by a sports media company that films a lot of high school stars, plans to offer $100,000 salaries to around 30 of the top players, who will lose their high school and NCAA eligibility and play together. Players will also be given $100,000 scholarships if they decide later to attend college. This is just one challenge among several to the NCAA's grip on making big bucks on unpaid athletes.

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March 02, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 11: Never Shut Up Edition: There are five TV games in the NBA this week before the All-Star break, beginning tonight with a TNT doubleheader of Clippers/Celtics and Suns/Lakers. In the pickem, NoMich keeps first but Goyoucolts climbs with a week high of 64 to trail by 41. Make your picks and ignore Zlatan.

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February 23, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 10: Dr J Takes the Shot Edition: There are 11 TV games in the NBA this week, beginning tonight with a TNT doubleheader of Celtics/Mavericks and Blazers/Nuggets. ESPN flexed out of Thursday's Raptors/Heat game to show Warriors/Pacers instead. In our contest, NoMich leads by 85 over Goyoucolts, who wins the week with 68. Make your picks and be like Dr. J.

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February 15, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 9: Rebuild the Pistons Edition: There are 11 TV games in the NBA this week, beginning with a Tuesday night TNT doubleheader of Pelicans/Grizzlies and Nets/Suns. ESPN flexed out of Thursday's Mavericks/Rockets game to show Jazz/Clippers instead. In our contest, NoMich leads by 37 over Cixelsyd. I win the week with 60. Make your picks.

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February 09, 2021

Dallas Mavericks have stopped playing national anthem before home games at owner Mark Cuban's direction: Cuban, who declined further comment, made the decision after consulting with NBA commissioner Adam Silver. The Mavericks did not announce the change in policy, but the national anthem has not been played before any of their 13 preseason and regular-season games at the American Airlines Center this season.

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February 08, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 8: Bucks Are Back Edition: There are a whopping 11 national TV games on the NBA slate this week, beginning with a TNT doubleheader Tuesday night and ending with an ESPN doubleheader Sunday night. My Dallas Mavericks are all over the sked, playing the Hawks, Pelicans and Blazers. In the Pickem, NoMich keeps the lead but Cixelsyd gets 5 points closer. I win the week while neglecting to pick 3 out of the 9 games. Make your picks.

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February 02, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 7: Fan Interaction Edition: There are nine nationally televised NBA games this week, starting with a Clippers/Nets and Celtics/Warriors doubleheader on TNT tonight and ending with Warriors/Maverickson ABC Saturday. In the NBA Pickem, NoMich keeps first by a hefty margin after winning the week with 46 while most of us were 20 or lower. Post your prognostications.

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January 26, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 6: Damian's New Kicks Edition: There are seven national TV games this week beginning Wednesday night when the Lakers visit the 76ers on ESPN. The last game is a Saturday night game on ABC between the Lakers and Celtics. In the NBA Pickem, NoMich wins the week with 53 and retakes first place from Goyoucolts. Make your kicks, er, picks.

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January 19, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 5: N-E-T-S Nets Nets Nets Edition: There's a six game national TV slate in the NBA this week running Wednesday through Friday. In our NBA Pickem, Goyoucolts stays in first, 25 ahead of NoMich, who wins the week with 25. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 09:22 AM - 11 comments

January 13, 2021

Brooklyn Nets land James Harden: In a trade that's huge in both impact and scale—four teams! Seven draft picks!--the Nets have acquired James Harden from the Houston Rockets. Also on the move are Victor Oladipo (to Houston from Indianapolis) and Jarrett Alen (to Cleveland from Brooklyn) and several other players.

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January 12, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 4: Here Comes Cancellations Edition: There are nine nationally televised NBA games this week stretching from Wednesday to an MLK Day tripleheader on TNT Monday. In the NBA Pickem, Goyoucolts vaults to first place with a 33-point week. Cixelsyd is in second 26 back. Make your picks.

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January 05, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 3: Buy the Timberwolves Edition: There are six nationally televised NBA games this week beginning on Wednesday night with Celtics/Heat and Clippers/Warriors on ESPN. Scooby10672 leads the contest with 58 over Cixelsyd at 40. I forgot to make my picks and now occupy the cellar. Don't be like me this week.

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December 29, 2020

NBA Pickem Week 2: Woeful Warriors Edition: There are only two national NBA games to pick this week -- a TNT doubleheader Tuesday night with Bucks/Heat followed by Pelicans/Suns. In our contest Goyoucolts got a perfect dunk on the Clippers by 13 over the Nuggets on Christmas night and leads with 56 over Scooby10672 with 48. Make your picks.

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December 24, 2020

NBA Playoff Pickem Champion: Howard_T: The NBA Playoff Pickem contest for 2020-21 was won by Howard_T with 184 points, followed by Cixelsyd with 153. Congratulations!

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December 23, 2020

Kevin Durant Has One Word for Charles Barkley: In a post-game interview following his first NBA game in 18 months, Kevin Durant gave a one-word answer to a long question by Charles Barkley that left TNT's Inside the NBA crew in hysterics.

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