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Jason Kidd sensed Nets wanted to fire him

It is a rare event when a coach gets traded. Then again, Jason Kidd‘s one-year tenure in Brooklyn was anything but normal. Here was a coach fresh off of retirement taking over a veteran team with championship aspirations. The Nets, a team already boasting big expectations even if they were a bit undeserved and a […]

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The 44-Minute Game: Four minutes shorter and a better flow?

On Sunday afternoon, the Nets and Celtics participated in one of the NBA’s most interesting preseason experiments in recent memory: a shortened, 44-minute game with four 11-minute quarters. The idea follows suit with the MLB considering a “pitch clock” along with other initiatives to speed up games that routinely go past three hours. There has […]

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Nobody likes their #NBARank

ESPN loves lists. They create hits and generate debate. That is what ESPN likes. For more commentary on that, visit our friends at Awful Announcing. We get drawn in as much as anyone. So do the players. And because of ESPN’s reach, they have clout. Media ask the players about and they get responses. And, […]

Game of the Night (10/20): Cavaliers 107, Bulls 98

Score Off. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Chicago 98 103.2 47.8 26.1 9.4 20.2
Cleveland 107 119.6 52.4
31.7
8.8
31.7

Derrick Rose — 30 points, 12/18 FGs, 24 mins
Kyrie Irving — 28 points, 7 assists, 10/19 FGs, 39 mins

Game To Watch for Oct. 21: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors, 10:30 p.m./TNT

How in the world did this shot find the hoop?

There’s circus shots and then there’s how-in-the-hell-did-that-shot-go-down shots!

Case in point, a recent game between Partizan and Olimpija where one player from Olimpija makes one incredible shot.

If it was a game of “HORSE” you would lose after he called for a flying out of bounds, no-look, toss over the shoulder and behind the back arching shot.

Utah’s Alec Burks breaks Kobe Bryant’s ankles

In what might be the sign of things to come for Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, Utah’s Alec Burks decided to break Kobe’s ankle while driving to the rim in a recent preseason game.

No, I m not talking some mild, ankle-breaking move but Alec just crossed up Kobe so bad that it left Bryant left standing still.

Might be a sign Kobe won’t be the same defensive player.

Previewing the Atlantic and Pacific Divisions

Atlantic Division

Boston Celtics: CelticsBlog | Red’s Army | Celtics Green | LucidSportsFan
Brooklyn Nets: Nets Daily | Baller Mind Frame
New York Knicks: Posting and Toasting
Philadelphia 76ers: Liberty Ballers
Toronto Raptors: Raptors HQ

Pacific Division

Golden State Warriors: Golden State of Mind
Los Angeles Clippers: Clips Nation
Los Angeles Lakers: Silver Screen and Roll
Phoenix Suns: Bright Side of the Sun
Sacramento Kings: Sactown Royalty | Basketball Intelligence

Index of all SBNation Previews

Additional Preview Features from Sonics Rising

Southwest and Southeast Divisions | Northwest and Central Divisions

Jimmy Butler hits preseason game-winner, gets premature Michael Jordan comparison

Thursday, Jimmy Butler scored 29 points on 8-for-14 shooting and 12-for-16 shooting from the foul line in 30-plus minutes. His game-winning 3-pointer sent the United Center into a frenzy and even got Tom Thibodeau pumped.

Of course, why were the starters playing in the fourth quarter against the Hawks’ second unit in the fourth quarter? Thibs’ methods are quite mysterious.

Really though, why is Stacey King comparing Butler to Michael Jordan after a preseason game?!

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Pistons and Celtics swap Will Bynum and Joel Anthony

With less than two weeks to go until the NBA’s regular season begins, the Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics have exchanged role players in a rare one-for-one trade. Detroit sent longtime backup point guard Will Bynum to Boston for reserve center Joel Anthony, who went to the Celtics in the January multi-team deal that landed […]

D-League Austin Toros rename the team the Austin Spurs

Maybe this is a move to try to capture some of the hardwood success of the NBA champs. Spurs Sports and Entertainment announced it has changed its D-League affiliate Austin Toros’ name, to the Austin Spurs. The press release says the name change will share the parent name of the NBA champs Spurs. “The rebranding […]

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NBA experimenting with 44-minute game

Certain things in the NBA seem sacrosanct — the 82-game schedule, the 48-minute game. These are some of the most basic things the game has to offer. The preseason is time to experiment and the league is experimenting away. You might have noticed the Bobcats and Pistons playing an 11 a.m. tip off Wednesday as […]

Tinder is the only way to preview the NBA season

Tinder is a thing. It is a thing people do to get dates (apparently).

The simply swipe and instant gratification of judging people and meeting people has value for some people.

It is also a great way to get some hard-hitting NBA analysis. This is clearly the only place to go for the best there is in basketball thought on the 2015 season.

That is where World Wide Wob went because it is clearly the only place to go (warning, some of the language gets salty):

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Steve Nash is hopeful to continue his career despite injuries slowing him down. Photo by Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Carrying bags causes Steve Nash to injure his back

Talk about a sign your time in the NBA might be over. Lakers guard Steve Nash is old by NBA standards at 40 years old. While many players might be well into retirement or riding the bench, Nash still feels he has what it takes to produce on the NBA level but after hurting his […]

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