Trouble in Space City, Paul and Harden not on same page

As cliche as the phrase “Houston, we have a problem is”, is it actually quite apropos in this instance. It seems there is a developing schism between two of the Houston Rockets’ most notable players- James Harden and Chris Paul. Sources told Tim MacMahon of ESPN that the issues stem from “differences in preferred playing styles and personality”, which comes as little surprise to me. Chris Paul wants to play more system oriented basketball, which is the complete antithesis of the way James Harden plays basketball. Harden’s playing style is…

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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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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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Mike D’Antoni and Rockets back in extension talks

The Houston Rockets may be looking to make major changes to their roster before next season but it seems that head coach Mike D’Antoni. The two sides may be close to agreeing on an extension. According to Tim MacMahon of ESPN, Saturday Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta removed the buyout language that ultimately proved to be a deal breaker in the last round contract discussions. Without a deal in place D’Antoni is entering the upcoming season on lame duck status as he is in the final year of a four-year deal.…

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Boylen adds rockets assistant to staff

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Chicago Bulls have hired former Houston Rockets assistant coach Roy Rogers to join Jim Boylen’s staff. Rogers had spent the three previous seasons on Mike D’Antoni’s staff prior to being the second of four staff members who were informed they would not be brought back for the upcoming season. Rogers coaching resume also includes time with the Nets (2013-14 and Washington Wizards, (2014-16) as assistant coaches.

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NBA Finals Game 2 Recap

Top Performers Kawhi LeonardTOR vs. GSW 34 14 3   16-16 ft Klay ThompsonGSW @ TOR 25 5 5    Stephen CurryGSW @ TOR 23 3 4   3 stl Draymond GreenGSW @ TOR 17 10 9   2 stl Fred VanVleetTOR vs. GSW 17 4 2   3 stl D. CousinsGSW @ TOR 11 10 6   2 blk Andre IguodalaGSW @ TOR 8 8 6    Serge IbakaTOR vs. GSW 7 10 0   2 stl Pascal SiakamTOR vs. GSW 12 8 5    Quinn CookGSW @ TOR 9 1 0    Yesterday’s Score…

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Sacramento Kings are interested in signing Nikola Vucevic in free agency

According to Arizona Sports 98.7’s John Gambadoro, the Sacramento Kings are interested in Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic. The free-agent-to-be center finished off a four-year $53 million this season by posting career highs in both scoring (20.8 ppg) and rebounding (12.0 rpg), and made his first All-Star game. He also was an efficient 51.8% from the floor, including 36.4% from three point land. Vucevic’s stellar play helped to end a six-year playoff absence, even though they were defeated 4-1 by the eventual Eastern Conference champs, Toronto Raptors in the first…

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The misconception around Kevin Durant joining the Golden State Warriors and why the mission is already completed

The latest round of hot take nation features nearly every sports outlet from Maine to California is discussing how the Golden State Warriors do not need Kevin Durant. It is understandable why they would “leap” to such a conclusion, the Warriors have an all-time record of 31-1 in games without KD that Stephen Curry has played and how the team resembles their 2016 incarnation ( which by the way, may have won 73 games but lost the NBA Finals) in terms of their play style, which many have deemed more…

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Ryan Saunders signs multiyear deal with Timberwolves

Ryan Saunders is no longer the Timberwolves interim head coach. According to The Athletic and Stadium’s Shams Charania, Minnesota and Saunders have agreed to a multi year contract that makes Saunders the head coach. Saunders , the sone of former head coach Flip Saunders, was named the the interim coach after Tom Thibodeau was broken off on January 6 and at 32, was the league’s youngest head coach. However his installation in the position did not leave to immediate success; the team went just 17-25 with Saunders at the helm…

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