This week in the NBA: Ime Udoka wrong on the jaw with Lebron James; top 3 rookies start hard -LSB

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Ime Udoka was wrong to go after LeBron James

Udoka's womb (f.).

Udoka’s womb (f.).
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Everyone working for the NBA or one of its franchises must act professionally at all times. That said, the head coach is supposed to be the person in charge of the team. A head coach is like the general manager of a store. That person may not own the place, but the person must be its worthy captain. – Stephen Knox Read more


LeBron James wants to win the NBA Cup because Michael Jordan didn’t

Lebron James is two wins away from an NBA Cup crown.

Lebron James is two wins away from an NBA Cup crown.
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The NBA Cup/In-Season Tournament finally ends this week in Las Vegas. LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame the Phoenix Suns in a scrappy game on Tuesday night to advance to the semifinals. James put on a performance against Kevin Durant and Devin Booker, scoring 31 points, dishing out 11 dimes and grabbing eight boards. For a tournament where the jury is still out, you’re probably wondering why the King is pulling out all the stops for this crown. It’s simple when you consider the overall breadth of his career compared to other greats. The NBA Cup champion is one title that Michael Jordan can never have on his resume. – Criss Partee Read more


The NBA’s Top 3 Rookies Are Hard to Watch (For Reasons Beyond Their Control)

Victor Wembanyama

Victor Wembanyama
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The 2023 NBA draft was believed to be a three-team draft. The main prize was Victor Wembanyama, with Brandon Miller and Scoot Henderson in the route positions. Regardless of what guard, wing or big you have, each can be a franchise cornerstone. The caveat is what exactly would they present? – Sean Beckwith Read more


The Clippers start to gel, but PJ Tucker was not wrong

PJ Tucker (17) and James Harden.

PJ Tucker (17) and James Harden.
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NBA entertainer PJ Tucker had some interesting comments about the Los Angeles Clippers earlier this week about not having enough basketball to meet the team’s needs. Of course he is referring to his Clippers recently added James Harden to a roster that already included Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and Russell Westbrook. – Criss Partee Read more


Anthony Edwards is salty about being named an All-Star

Anthony Edwards.

Anthony Edwards.
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The next time you’re out and about and happen to run into Minnesota Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards, don’t you dare refer to him as an All-Star. Even though he is indeed a one-time All-Star “selection”, he won’t admit this fact. He doesn’t count as he wasn’t a first choice pick for the team. – Criss Partee Read more


Refs defend controversial LeBron timeout call

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Officials from last night’s Los Angeles Lakers-Phoenix Suns game confirmed the controversial timeout call that helped punch LA’s ticket to the In-Season Tournament semifinals. – Cale Clinton Read more


Selling the Mavs is a Faustian bargain for Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban sold the Mavs to Miriam Adelson, widow of the late Sheldon Adelson (r.).

Mark Cuban sold the Mavs to Miriam Adelson, widow of the late Sheldon Adelson (r.).
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What do Donald Trump, casinos, the Holocaust and the Dallas Mavericks have in common? The answer can be found in a comic book. In Art Spiegelman’s important book about his family’s survival of the Holocaust, the graphic novel Mouse, the underground comix writer analyzes the cyclical effect of trauma, not only how trauma’s effects produce equally loud acts of violence, but also its tendency to perpetuate quieter, behind-the-scenes damage. – Jim Rich Read more


Tyrese Haliburton makes the Pacers skip the NBA queue

Tyrese Haliburton.

Tyrese Haliburton.
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There are three levels of NBA existence: Teams stuck in the mud, teams trying to fit through a championship window and future contenders waiting their turn. Before Tyrese Haliburton’s first full season as a Pacer, Indiana was motionless and stuck on a road to nowhere. Outside of Haliburton, there wasn’t much to look forward to. The Pacers notoriously avoided tanking for years, so the talent coffers weren’t as full as those in Oklahoma City or New Orleans. Benedict Mathurin was their first top-9 selection since 1989. As a result, The Ringer ranked them 14th in their future rankings behind the Atlanta Hawks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Memphis Grizzlies and Charlotte Hornets. Each of the aforementioned teams’ offenses were orchestrated by some of the games’ young, neophyte point guards. – DJ Dunson Read more


Why isn’t anyone screaming about the NBA’s MVP race yet?

Giannis Antetokuonmpo (34) is doing something no other NBA player has ever done.

Giannis Antetokuonmpo (34) is doing something no other NBA player has ever done.
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There is one undeniable benefit to the NBA’s In-Season Tournament. The endless promos and exhausting exposure to promote Adam Silver’s baby — and debate about whether it works or whether it matters — overshadowed the usual topic de jour as we hit the quarter-season mark: The MVP race. – Sean Beckwith Read more


Giannis and Zion sure sounded like they didn’t take the In-Season Tournament seriously either

Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) was not happy about the Bucks' effort.

Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) was not happy about the Bucks’ effort.
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The biggest questions facing the NBA’s In-Season Tournament were: Will people care? Will fans care? Will players care? Because if nobody cares, then we’re back to square one of the Association’s conundrum, looking at effortless (not the good kind) December basketball. – Sean Beckwith Read more


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