Daily Archives: June 11, 2023

Defense remains the most overlooked part of the Nuggets’ dominance

[ad_1] DENVER — When you think about the Nuggets, the first thing you think of is probably offense. (OK, maybe you think about Dikembe Mutombo on his back squeezing a ball for dear life, or Carmelo Anthony jab-stepping to Valhalla, or Rocky the Mountain Lion draining backward half-court shots. For the purposes of this exercise, though, just go with me, …

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‘Come back home’ to Houston

[ad_1] Jabari Smith Jr. and James Harden are already Adidas teammates, and if the former MVP and perennial All-Star candidate has his way, they could be teammates with the Houston Rockets next season. Smith, 20, recently finished his first NBA season averaging 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds while making the All-Rookie Second Team. But the Rockets went just 22-60 as …

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Jabari Smith on Eurocamp, rookie year, Rockets future and James Harden

[ad_1] Jabari Smith has been among several NBA players in attendance for the Adidas Eurocamp 2023 in Treviso, Italy, the only officially sanctioned NBA pre-draft camp outside the United States. Smith, 20, finished his first season in the NBA averaging 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game while also making the All-Rookie Second Team. The young star caught up with …

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Rockets could pursue Kyrie Irving as James Harden alternative

[ad_1] The Houston Rockets have significant salary cap flexibility entering the NBA’s 2023 free agency, and rumors of a reunion with superstar guard James Harden have swirled for months. But Harden isn’t the only high-profile guard available on the market. Per veteran NBA scribe Marc Stein, another option is Kyrie Irving, who most recently played with the Dallas Mavericks. Stein …

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Heat coach Erik Spoelstra praises mascot Burnie’s ‘toughness’ for taking punches from UFC star Conor McGregor

[ad_1] Getty Images UFC superstar Conor McGregor took a bit during halftime of Game 4 of the NBA Finals between the Denver Nuggets and Miami Heat a little too seriously. The former UFC Featherweight and Lightweight champion blasted Heat mascot Burnie with a pair of punches during a skit in which McGregor was promoting his line of cooling pain relief …

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Sixers add former Kings assistant Bobby Jackson to Nick Nurse’s staff

[ad_1] New Philadelphia 76ers coach Nick Nurse is getting ready to build his coaching staff as he begins a new era in coaching the Sixers after four seasons with the Toronto Raptors. The Sixers lost assistant Sam Cassell to the Boston Celtics after he spent three seasons in Philadelphia with former coach Doc Rivers. It is also expected that Dan …

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Caleb McConnell worked out for Thunder in pre-draft visit

[ad_1] The 2023 NBA draft is two weeks away, which means draft prospects are touring the country and meeting with several teams. The Oklahoma City Thunder are looking at possibly adding three rookies to their roster. They own the No. 12 and No. 50 picks in the draft. One possibility at No. 50 is Rutgers guard Caleb McConnell, who appears …

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Arthur Kaluma commits to Kansas State: Ex-Creighton star gives Wildcats another huge transfer

[ad_1] Building off a 26-win season in Year 1, Kansas State coach Jerome Tang bolstered his momentum in Manhattan, Kansas, with another big commitment out of the transfer portal. Former Creighton forward Arthur Kaluma chose the Wildcats over several other potential suitors, he announced Sunday, with an anticipated visit to Lexington, Kentucky, slated for this week. Kaluma was one of the …

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Celtics make another change to Joe Mazzulla’s coaching staff, add Charles Lee as top assistant, per report

[ad_1] The Boston Celtics continue to bolster their coaching staff behind head coach Joe Mazzulla. Last week, Boston added veteran assistant Sam Cassell to the staff, and now they’re also finalizing a deal to hire Charles Lee as their lead assistant coach under Mazzulla, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Lee has been an assistant in the NBA since 2014 and he …

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Arthur Kaluma commits to Kansas State: Ex-Creighton star gives Wildcats another huge transfer, per reports

[ad_1] Jordan Prather / USA TODAY Sports Building off a 26-win season in Year 1, Kansas State coach Jerome Tang bolstered his momentum in Manhattan, Kansas, with another big commitment out of the transfer portal. Former Creighton forward Arthur Kaluma chose the Wildcats over several other potential suitors, according to multiple reports on Sunday, with an anticipated visit to Lexington, …

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