Cash and Health, not hoops undoes Warriors run this year and likely for the future.

If losing your best player in Kevin Durant for the NBA Finals, and potentially permanently, then losing the Finals, the chance to repeat and having to watch the other ballclub celebrate in their house were not bad enough, the Golden State Warriors got another steel-toed kick in the junk Thursday night when it was revealed that Klay Thompson tore the ACL in his left knee.  Thompson blew out the knee when he landed awkwardly after a slam dunk in the fourth quarter of Game 6. He immediately went down in…

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Celtics did not make Tatum available in Davis trade talks

According to the New York Times’ Marc Stein, the Boston Celtics “refused” to make Jayson Tatum in trade talks with the New Orleans Pelicans. Earlier today it was initially reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that Anthony Davis was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, three first round picks, including the number 4 pick in this year’s NBA draft.

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Breaking News: Anthony Davis traded to Los Angeles Lakers

The long and protracted Anthony Davis trade saga has thankfully reached its end. Earlier this afternoon, the New Orleans Pelicans agreed to send the suddenly disgruntled power forward to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh three first round picks, which includes this year’s no. 4 overall selection. It was speculated that newly hired Pelicans’ head of basketball operations David Griffin wanted to get the Davis deal prior to the draft, and with this move, that he did. The move stocks the Pelicans with young…

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Jerome Randle and Sydney Kings part ways for NBL20

From nbl.com.au : After one and a half seasons in Sydney, Jerome Randle and the Kings will part ways heading into the 2019-20 NBL season. Randle has just finished the season with Lokomotive Kuban in Russia, and is exploring his options for next season. Randle averaged 17.9 points and 4.1 assists during the 2018-19 season, and took out Sydney’s club MVP honours in the 2017-18 season. Sydney Kings Chairman Paul Smith thanked Jerome for his time in Sydney. “Jerome made a significant impact on Sydney basketball during his time here.…

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KD’s Achilles injuries proves why Kawhi Leonard was right last season

When Kevin Durant went down in Game 5 in a 6’11” heap it did not look good. While I have no rooting interest in these NBA Finals, I just want to see a good series that everyone plays well, makes it through healthy and is marred from controversy. It appears that I will not get all I asked for out of this series.  Down 3-1, it was really no surprise that Kevin Durant played in Game 5, however seeing him go down brings up a lot of questions, the most…

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USA Basketball named training camp roster

From nbl.com.au: USA Basketball have named a squad of 20 that will compete at a Las Vegas training camp to be named in the final 2019 FIBA World Cup team that travels to Australia to face the Boomers at Marvel Stadium before going onto China. The stacked lineup features NBA All-Stars James Harden, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Kemba Walker, Bradley Beal, Andre Drummond, Kevin Love, Brook Lopez, Kyle Lowry, Paul Millsap and Khris Middleton. Up and coming stars Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum, Miles Turner and Kyle Kuzma have also been included in…

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Tony Parker retires

It is truly the end of an era. Point guard Tony Parker has decided to call it a career. He told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated this in regards to his decision: “A lot of different stuff ultimately led me to this decision,but, at the end of the day, I was like, if I can’t be Tony Parker anymore and I can’t play for a championship, I don’t want to play basketball anymore.” Parker was taken 28th overall in the 2001 NBA Draft. Over the next seventeen seasons in…

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Swin Cash named Pelicans VP

The New Orleans Pelicans have named Swin Cash to a front office position. According to initial reports by ESPN’s Zach Lowe , the former WNBA player and two-time NCAA champion with UCONN will assume the roles of vice president of basketball operations and team development. Cash will be scouting, assisting in the guidance of player development on and off the court and will take on other roles within the organisation. Cash was 15-year WNBA vet, a three-time WNBA champion and played in four All-Star games. After hanging up the sneaks…

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Kevin Durant cleared to practice, could return for Game 5

With the Golden State Warriors staring at their season’s mortality down 3-1 in the NBA Finals, its expected that all stops would be pulled out to keep their season alive. Changes to lineups, minutes , or players returning ( perhaps early) from injury could happen just to get to the next game. This news definitely leans toward the latter. Kevin Durant has been cleared to return to practice on Sunday. Head coach Steve Kerr told media members today that Durant would be practicing with the team. He’s going to practice…

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