Hollinger: Why Victor Wembanyama race might not be widespread down the stretch

That alarm bell you just heard? It’s tank o’clock in the NBA. The trade deadline has passed, the All-Star break is over and now it’s time for the league’s bottom feeders to get down to the dirty business of acting in the enterprise’s best long-term interests. With two franchise-caliber talents available at the top of the draft in French center Victor Wembanyama and G League Ignite guard Scoot Henderson, the temptation will be strong for teams to give themselves the best possible odds at May’s lottery. However, the actual mechanism…

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NBA Power Rankings: Sixers make jump to contenders tier; Nuggets rise; Team-by-team quarter analysis

Game flow! Teams would love to be great from the first quarter through the fourth quarter every single night, but that’s not realistic for all 30 teams. We have some teams who consistently start slow and then turn it on. We have teams that begin with a fury and then fade away, hoping to hang on desperately to the victory. Some teams are bad in the first and fourth quarters, but great in the middle. And vice-versa. Some teams come out of halftime with their hair on fire and some…

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NBA All-Star Game 2023: Team James vs Team Antetokounmpo Draft Rosters

SALT LAKE CITY — The NBA All-Star teams were set for Sunday’s game in a first-of-its-kind stadium-style draft about half an hour before warning. Here’s what you need to know: Team LeBron (led by Michael Malone, Denver). LeBron James (Lakers)Joel Embiid (76 years old)Kyrie Irving (Mavericks)Luka Donjic (Mavericks)Nikola Jokic (Nuggets)Anthony Edwards (Timberwolves)Jaylen Brown (Celtics)Paul George (Clippers)Tyrese Halliburton (Pacers)Julius Randle (Knicks)Daron Fox (Kings)Jaren Jackson Jr. (grizzlies) Team Giannis (coached by Joe Mazzola, Boston) Giannis Antetekounmo (Bucks)Jason Tatum (Celtics)Ja Morant (Grizzlies)Donovan Mitchell (jazz)Laurie Markkanen (jazz)Damian Lillard (Blazers)Jrue Holiday (bucks)Gilgos Alexander Tea (Thunder)DeMar…

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Throwback: Zombie Celtics rivalry

Want this content straight to your inbox every day for free? Register here. How many games do you have to play to win MVP? Let’s discuss. Zombie Celtics rivalry Down four starters, the Celtics nearly beat the Bucks We spent all of yesterday at The Bounce outdoing the Bucks and Celtics in the fight for East supremacy. What happened? Al Horford, Jason Tatum, Marcus Smart And Jaylen Brown missed all of the game! Fortunately, the remaining Celtics took it seriously and pushed the money into overtime last night. Sam Hauser…

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NBA Trade Deadline: What Shams Hears About Jacob Boltel, John Collins, Fred VanVleet & More

There’s less than a month left before the Feb. 9 NBA trade deadline, and with team executives ramping up conversations, notable names for this year’s market are starting to emerge. John Collins of Atlanta and Jay Crowder of Phoenix remain on the trading block, and discussions surrounding both are expected to continue to heat up in the coming days. However, one organization emerges at each deadline as the main focus of the entire NBA. This season, it could be San Antonio. Spurs center Jacob Boltel has gained significant commercial interest…

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Aldridge: Is there a Summer of 2023 deal for LeBron James that makes sense? The art of the possible

The following is a thought exercise. Not only is it academic, but also it is, for this NBA season anyway, legally impossible. The 2022-23 trade deadline is Feb. 9. LeBron James signed his two-year, $97 million extension with the Lakers in mid-August of last year. Under the NBA’s rules, he can’t be traded until at least six months after he signed. That date would be Feb. 14, 2023 – five days after this year’s trade deadline. So he’s not going anywhere this season. But James has made clear his issues…

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Hollinger’s Showcase notebook: Suns’ $4 billion sale renews NBA expansion buzz

LAS VEGAS — Usually the G League Winter Showcase marks a beginning point for a big chunk of the NBA’s trade conversations. Even in our networked/texting/Zooming world, face time matters. Nearly every exec in the league spends at least a day here hobnobbing. Front office members and staffers see each other at the two courts where the event is held, and perhaps at the bar at the end of a long day, too, since virtually everyone is in the same hotel. Relaxed without the prying eyes of fans around, they…

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Hawks signs De’Andre Hunter on a 4-year contract extension: Source

The team announced that the Atlanta Hawks and forward DeAndre Hunter agreed a contract extension on Monday. The deal is worth four years with a $90 million guarantee and up to $5 million in incentives, a source told The Athletic. The deal was signed before the 6 p.m. ET deadline. Hunter, who drafted No. 4 in the 2019 NBA Draft, was entering the final year of his rookie deal at 2022-23. The 24-year-old averaged 13.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 53 games last season. Hunter has struggled with…

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Competing Superstars Don’t Respect Sixers Big Man Joel Embiid

GT John Collins #20 of the Atlanta Hawks reacts to Trae Young #11 after drawing Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks It looks like the Atlanta Hawks are still celebrating the playoff victory two seasons ago. And one particular immersion from that hot series in 2021 mentions a running joke in the locker room there. The Hawks held media day On Friday, September 23, to begin kick-off training camp. according to Twitter pictures, the team threw a birthday party for John Collins (turned 25 years old) and presented the…

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Execs turn off the audio at potential suitors for Jaylen Brown Free-Agent

GT Jaylen Brown, right, with fellow Celtics star Jason Tatum and coach Aim Odoka There is plenty of reason to believe that, despite his turmoil as an unwilling leader in the NBA trade rumor mill, Celtics star Jaylen Brown has no intention of ditching Boston, and Boston has no intention of ditching him. In the end, the Celtics chose not to pursue a serious deal that would send Brown in exchange for the Nets’ disgruntled Kevin Durant, and Brown will head to camp at the end of next month still…

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