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2011 NBA All-Star reserves announced

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Athletes, Kudos, NBA, News,

Blake Griffin is an NBA All-StarLos Angeles Clippers rookie and odds-on favorite for NBA Rookie of the Year honors, Blake Griffin, is being praised about half a season into his NBA career. Griffin was named one of the Western Conference's All-Star reserves, joining the San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan, Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki, Los Angeles Lakers big man Pau Gasol, Utah Jazz point guard Deron Williams, and fellow first-time All-Star, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook.

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LeBron James joins Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to play with the Miami Heat

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Athletes, NBA, News,

LeBron James chooses the Miami Heat

LeBron James has decided to join his Team USA and fellow 2003 NBA draftees, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, down in South Beach to play with the Miami Heat.  The trio of perennial NBA All-Stars will look to win what only Wade has, an NBA title ring, for the next five years at the very least.  James, after much speculation that had him going to the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets, and staying with the Cleveland Cavaliers, made his choice known on ESPN Thursday night in a program called, The Decision.  It’s generally thought that the execution of LeBron’s selection was poor in taste as it just fed more into the hype that most people were already sick of anyway.  However, there is no questioning LeBron’s appeal and general curiosity about where he would play.  Rest easy, it’s the Heat.

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Chris Bosh joins the Miami Heat with fellow free agent Dwyane Wade

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Athletes, NBA, News,

Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade

Unrestricted free agents, and two of the Big Three that includes LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade have decided which team they will be playing for starting next season - the Miami Heat - and most importantly, they’ll be doing it together.  Bosh will be joining a new team with his friend and Team USA teammate, Wade, who will be re-joining the team that drafted him in 2003 as the fifth overall pick, while Bosh was drafted fourth overall by the Toronto Raptors.  The aforementioned James was selected first overall in the same draft.  The possibility still exists for LeBron to join Bosh and Wade in Miami, an answer that will be made known on July 8th at 9PM ET on ESPN.

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First hand review: Miami Heat at Toronto Raptors

Posted by Alvin Lai Categories: Editorial, Fantasy, NBA,

The Toronto Raptors have hit the road for most of November. My buddy Larry has been fuming over their lack of defense. Ironically he was loudest during a two-game stretch where they held their opponents to under 90 points. Granted, he makes a good point. When only the Golden State Warriors and New York Knicks rank below you in opposing team scoring, it should send a message that the D needs to be cranked up.

The Miami Heat came to town riding low on a similar three-game losing streak. These two downward trending teams meeting each other resemble the proverbial unstoppable force against the immovable object, only much less impressive. I had not been to a game since the thrilling season opener win against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Here are my first-hand impressions of the game, with of course some fantasy spin thrown in when possible.

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2009-2010 NBA Southeast Division Preview

Posted by Phil Partington Categories: Editorial, NBA,

Dwight HowardThe Orlando Magic were so close to winning the 2009 NBA Championship, they could practically taste it. However, poor foul shooting by star big man Dwight Howard, and simply being overmatched by the Los Angeles Lakers snuffed that dream rather quickly. However, the Magic are back with renewed spirit and added depth in hopes of getting another shot. Meanwhile, the rest of the Southeast Division hasn’t gotten any easier. Some believe it to be one of the toughest divisions in the league. The Washington Wizards also added depth and seem to be healthier than last year; the Miami Heat hope its young prospects can emerge to give Dwayne Wade a decent supporting cast; and the Atlanta Hawks look to take its immensely talented, but immensely unproven roster to the court again.

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Heat Eliminated From Playoffs

Posted by Milo Taibi Categories: Athletes, Championship, NBA, News,

The Heat Burns Out
The reigning NBA Champions Miami Heat were eliminated from the playoffs Sunday. They were swept four games to none, being just the sixth team in NBA history to win a championship and be eliminated by a sweep the following season. The first team to be eliminated in such fashion in over a decade.

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Dallas Mavericks Clinch Best Record In NBA

Posted by Milo Taibi Categories: Athletes, Championship, NBA, Playoffs,

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By defeating the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, April 9th, the Dallas Mavericks clinched the best record in the NBA. With five games still to go in the regular season, Jerry Stackhouse and Dirk Nowitzki, the scoring leaders for the Mavs on Monday night have already been told not to go to the final five games.  “I told them if I see them on the plane, I’ll fine them,” Dallas head coach Avery Johnson said.

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