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    Kendrick Perkins gets a new deal in Oklahoma. Always seems weird to me when a guy is with a team less than a week, and knows he wants to sign an extension. I guess its more about the money and security.

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    Troy Murphy Picks Celtics Over Miami - RealGM Wiretap

    Troy Murphy Picks Celtics Over Miami

    Troy Murphy has decided to sign with the Boston Celtics.

    Murphy, who agreed to a buyout with the Warriors, also considered signing with the Heat.

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    http://basketball.realgm.com/wiretap/211637/Perkins_Signs_$348M_Extension_With_Thunder

    Perkins Signs $34.8M Extension With Thunder

    The Oklahoma City Thunder have signed center Kendrick Perkins to a multi-year contract extension, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Per team policy, the terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but Yahoo! Sports reports that it will pay Perkins $34.8 million over four years.

    “We had a unique opportunity to enter into discussions with Kendrick to solidify his future with our organization,” said Presti. “We are pleased to know that he will be a part of our core group now and in the future. Kendrick’s blue-collar, team-first approach aligns with the vision we hold for building a sustainable team in the Oklahoma City community.”

    Perkins (6-10, 280) owns career averages of 6.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 1.0 assist and 22.3 minutes in 454 NBA games. He has appeared in 12 games (7 starts) this season with the Celtics before being traded to the Thunder on February 24th, averaging 7.3 points and 8.1 rebounds in 26.1 minutes.

    Perkins' $4.4 million salary for the 10-11 season was raised to $6.7 million and the extension was raised off that number, according to the Yahoo! report. The deal includes $750,000 in annual bonuses, according to sources.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deleterious View Post
    Kendrick Perkins gets a new deal in Oklahoma. Always seems weird to me when a guy is with a team less than a week, and knows he wants to sign an extension. I guess its more about the money and security.

    Kendrick Perkins Inks Extension | Thunder Rumblings
    In this case, I think it's fairly justified. After joining such a good young team I'd be excited to sign an extension with them as well so I could cement my place as one of the core players they continue to build upon along with Durant & Westbrook.
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    Magic outscore the Knicks 116-110 tonight. Dwight had a monster game with 30 points, 16 boards, and 5 blocks, and of course I forgot to check my fantasy lineup & left him on the bench....bummer.

    Melo (30), Amare (30), and Chauncey (25) accounted for 85 of the Knicks points. Not much help from the rest of the team though.

    Also, Kevin Love recorded his 47th straight double-double tonight against the Lakers, although Bynum was really out-muscling him for a lot of the game.
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    Durant rolled his ankle tonight. Left in the 3rd quarter and did not return. It looked like a bad one.

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    By the way. How great is the NBA and their policy of allowing people to post highlights on Youtube?

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    Denver is 3-1 since the Anthony trade with their only loss being a 1 point OT loss in Portland. They have beaten Memphis, Boston, and Atlanta. All three are currently playoff teams and Denver is only 2.5 games behind OKC for the 4th seed in the West.

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    Celtics Glen Davis suffers patella tendon strain, MRI Thursday | ProBasketballTalk

    Celtics Glen Davis suffers patella tendon strain, MRI Thursday

    And the Celtics have another big man go down to injury. How long and how severe we find out Thursday.

    Glen “Big Baby” Davis suffered a patella tendon strain Wednesday night while taking a fourth quarter shot attempt against the Phoenix Suns. He will have an MRI Thursday to determine the severity of the injury, according to Jessica Camerato of CSN New England.

    Davis had been playing trough pain in his knee for a while, risking further injury but with Shaquille O’Neal and Jermaine O’Neal still out and Kendrick Perkins in the Midwest, Davis tried to take on the extra load.

    “I just felt obligated to play through the pain,” he told CSNNE.com.

    Nice sentiment, but he may have made things worse. Any loss of time would leave the Celtics seriously shorthanded along the front line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deleterious View Post
    By the way. How great is the NBA and their policy of allowing people to post highlights on Youtube?
    The NBA does a great job of reaching out to fans, no question.

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    San Antonio has clinched its 12th consecutive 50 win season. That ties the record with the Magic era Lakers.

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    http://basketball.realgm.com/wiretap/211721/Minnesota_To_Offer_$70M_Extension_To_Love

    Minnesota To Offer $70M Extension To Love

    The Wolves are expected to offer Kevin Love a $70 million contract extension this offseason following a resolution to the NBA's CBA negotiations, according to a report from Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press.

    Love will be eligible for an extension of five seasons if there is no change from the current rules applying to players coming off their rookie contract.

    Kevin Durant signed a five-year, $85 million contract extension last summer when he became eligible for the first time.

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    It'll be interesting to see if he accepts the offer once it's put out there. I think in the past he's said he wants them to start winning more before he agrees to stick around.
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    He almost has to accept it. If he doesn't, Minnesota makes the qualifying offer the next two years and he plays for $4.6M and $6.1M instead of the $12M he could be playing for. Then after that, he would still be a restricted free agent so Minnesota could match any offer.

    The only real drama will be if he signs a 3 or 5 year extension.

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    What a meltdown by Miami tonight. Up by 24 in the 3rd quarter, Orlando goes on a 40-9 run over the next 15 minutes to win the game. Epic.

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    Sacramento mayor on Kings: “more likely they’re going to be in Anaheim” | ProBasketballTalk

    Sacramento mayor on Kings: “more likely they’re going to be in Anaheim”


    The timing is questionable. The move may leave them the third wheel in the Southern California market. They are moving to a better building than the one they are in, but it is 18-years old.

    But it looks more and more like the Kings will be moving to Anaheim.

    We told you already that Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson met with the Maloof Brothers that owned the Kings. Johnson’s comment to the media Thursday sounded defeated according to tweets from Scott Howard Cooper of NBA.com.

    Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson at news conference discussing potential Kings move: It is “more likely they’re going to be in Anaheim.”

    KJ gets points for frankness. “I don’t think Sacramento can influence the outcome of their decision.” Meaning Maloof family. He’s right.

    This seems to be gaining momentum despite efforts by Sacramento fans to keep the team. But this is a real risk for the Maloofs — particularly with a lockout looming and likely — something Howard-Cooper pointed out in an article.

    Issue No. 1: To put hundreds of millions of dollars on the line, perhaps the entire family fortune centered on a Las Vegas casino and a basketball franchise, and move during a lockout would be more than risky. It would be reckless. What owner could possibly think it makes sense to declare a new home soon after the regular season, spend time promoting the team there … and then not play, possibly for weeks, possibly for months?

    Issue No. 2: The Kings are bad now and will be bad next season. They could be better, depending on the health of Tyreke Evans, the maturity of DeMarcus Cousins and the 2011 lottery pick. But it’s hard to imagine spending big for a free agent or taking on weighty contracts in a trade. They’re 4 ˝ games behind the Clippers now, even after Sacramento’s 105-99 victory Monday, but the Clippers are in much better position for a big jump in 2011-12.

    The market in Southern California is a real issue. Yes it is larger, yes Orange County is always looking to define itself against Los Angeles and there could be a bump of support. The Ducks got that at first (but now they are 26th in the NHL in attendance, 23rd in percentage of the building filled). Well, there might be support until the lockout. And so long as they don’t name the team the Los Angeles Kings of Anaheim.

    I’m based out of Southern California, near the Orange County border. Know two things: 1) Orange County is still Lakers country. The team’s decades of success, especially in the absence of any NFL team in the region, has made them the kings of all sports; 2) There is a real excitement and buzz around the Clippers thanks to Blake Griffin and their success this season.

    The Kings will be the third wheel in this market right off the bat. Make no mistake.

    I understand the need to move, but the wise play might be to let the lockout play out and give the officials and people of Sacramento another year to see if a stadium can get done there. Where the Kings are the kings of the market.

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    A few interesting things coming from the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.

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    FG shooting drops 1% for every 1.5 feet from basket. Quick catch and shoots have added value. #ssac

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    How lucky is Brian Windhorst? Its not like his reporting is ground breaking or anything, he is basically Lebrons personal beat writer.

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    Cleveland beat the Knicks for the 2nd time since the Anthony trade.

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    Bulls beat the Heat again today. Swept the season series 3-0.

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    Heat are now 1-9 against the top five teams in the league.

    Heat are now 1-16 on game tying or winning shots in the last ten seconds of regulation or overtime.

    But keep your chin up Heat fans, you still have two of the biggest whiners in the league and the most despised player in the NBA! That should keep all fifteen of you interested after you lose in the second round of the playoffs.
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    Spoelstra said some Heat players are crying in the locker room at the moment.
    Probably not the best thing to bring up at a news conference.

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    They should be crying after this last week. "Not six, not seven championships..."

    Yeah LeBron, with your clutch shooting we'll win ****ing zero.
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    The Lakers are destroying the Spurs right now. End of 3rd and up 81-52.

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    Probably not the best thing to bring up at a news conference.
    Or DwYane Wade crying about how everyone is getting what they wanted, the Heat losing.

    Oh really De-wy-ane? You mean people weren't crawling all over themselves to root for you after you show up at a press conference flexing muscles, descending from the ceiling, and proclaiming you'd win seven championships?

    man up you little *****. None of this is anyone's fault but your own.
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    lol I love seeing the Heat choke over and over. Was rooting for Chicago to win so bad today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddha View Post
    Or DwYane Wade crying about how everyone is getting what they wanted, the Heat losing.

    Oh really De-wy-ane? You mean people weren't crawling all over themselves to root for you after you show up at a press conference flexing muscles, descending from the ceiling, and proclaiming you'd win seven championships?

    man up you little *****. None of this is anyone's fault but your own.
    I find your insane dislike of a team put together of gloryhunting ring chasers highly hypocritical. You know, you being a Man U fan and all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FloridaTigers View Post
    I find your insane dislike of a team put together of gloryhunting ring chasers highly hypocritical. You know, you being a Man U fan and all.
    You know as much about English soccer as I do about South Beach bars. So quit while you're behind.

    Kind of like your NBA team does...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddha View Post
    You know as much about English soccer as I do about South Beach bars. So quit while you're behind.

    Kind of like your NBA team does...
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    As Heat lose, James, Wade fall apart - NBA - Yahoo! Sports

    As Heat lose, James, Wade fall apart

    For all the flexing and preening, the third-person proclamations and South Beach parties, LeBron James(notes) finally delivered these Miami Heat something pure and authentic in the privacy of the locker room: Full of emotion, he apologized for his big-shot, big-games failures and promised redemption.

    “I told my team I’m not going to continue to fail them late in games,” James told reporters in Miami. “I put a lot of the blame on myself.”

    James has used the words “fail” and “blame” a lot of times, but seldom in context of his own performances. His idea of accountability has always been his cronies and him nudging you in the direction of the guilty parties – his coach, GM, teammates – but never the global icon in the mirror.

    LeBron didn’t promise to do different.

    LeBron promised to do better.

    He didn’t go to Miami to construct a partnership, as much as he did gather superior sidekicks. He’s going to keep trying because the solution will never be to bend to the I-told-you-sos that insist Dwyane Wade’s the closer on this Heat team. The Heat have two of the best five players in the world, and they still can’t play together when it matters most. Derrick Rose(notes) never wanted to play with James, but he welcomed the idea of Wade as his shooting guard. Wade must have some regret that he hadn’t gone home to Chicago in free agency and spared himself this most unhappy ever-after with the Heat.

    It’s March, the playoffs aren’t that far away, and the Heat are still regressing. New York survives two shots out of James in the final seconds. Orlando makes a wild comeback to beat them. San Antonio blows them out. Chicago makes James miss a wild, driving shot in the final seconds. Four straight losses, and the gulf between James and Wade widens with every embarrassment.

    “I’m used to coming down in the fourth, having the ball, making mistakes, getting a chance to make up for them, etc., “ Wade told reporters Sunday. “You try to do your best. That’s all you can do. That was one of the things we got to understand when we all decided to come together. That there were going to be sacrifices that have to be made. And you live with the consequences.”

    Yes, you live with the consequences. Wade has started to say publicly what he’s been saying privately for a long time: Why don’t I get the ball when it matters? Miami’s no longer his town, and the Heat no longer his team. Didn’t you hear James? It isn’t our team. It isn’t D-Wade’s team.

    My team.

    When people warned Wade about letting LeBron into his life, they wanted him to think about how he’d handle James making all the big shots, becoming the biggest star on South Beach. They never considered the possibility of what it would feel like for Wade to watch James fail over and over.

    So, Wade played the victim act and reminded everyone that he never, ever wanted to join James on his Hate Me Across America Tour. “The Miami Heat are exactly what everyone wanted, losing games,” Wade said. “The world is better now because the Heat is losing.”

    Wade is angling for sympathy, but it doesn’t exist for him, nor these Heat. And James does nothing to ever make it easier. Before Miami embarked on this telltale stretch against contenders, James tweeted: “No friends when at WAR beside my brothers.”

    These aren’t his brothers, and this is no war. The Heat trained on a military base, James signed some autographs for soldiers and he likes saluting teammates on the court. In his mind, it’s a little like storming the beaches of Normandy. Yet that’s LeBron James, and that’ll always be him. Wade can pout and play the victim and grow sharper in his rebukes of a Miami system that is slowly, surely turning him into Pippen-Lite. He shouldn’t be so despondent. After all, LeBron James tried to make himself accountable for his late-game failures. That’s progress for him. That’s historic.

    He isn’t blaming his teammates.

    Not yet, anyway.

    Maybe James is fighting some war, but Wade lost his own when he let LeBron into his life. He was warned. He didn’t listen. Now, he ought to take his own advice and “live with the consequences.” Mostly, he should stop feeling sorry for himself. LeBron James apologized to his team on Sunday, not Dwyane Wade’s.
    Wojnarowski is one of the best NBA writers. But you can feel the hate when he writes about Lebron and he becomes a bit of a hack.

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    Knicks stars have good laugh at Heat?s tears | ProBasketballTalk

    Knicks stars have good laugh at Heat’s tears

    Back in early July, when the Knicks had missed out on LeBron James and the Heat seemed to be forming a juggernaut, this day seemed a long way off.

    A day when Knicks stars Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, feeling confident after another big win, were having a laugh at the expense of the Heat stars, who were on the verge of tears.

    But that’s where we are, as Chris Sheridan reports at ESPNNewYork.

    When the locker room first opened to reporters after the game, Stoudemire and Anthony were bantering and laughing about players on the Miami Heat crying after their loss earlier Sunday to the Chicago Bulls, with Stoudemire fingering Chris Bosh as the watery-eyed one (although Bosh, when asked by reporters in Miami whether he had cried, said he almost had but did not).

    “I heard Chris Bosh was crying tears,” Stoudemire said.

    “Tears?” Anthony asked.

    “Yeah, tears,” Stoudemire replied.

    “Wait ’til I call him, man,” Anthony said. “I’ll be like: ‘What are you doing?’”

    News travels fast in the NBA now. And while the Knicks are not as good as the Heat yet, Knicks fans you can bet are enjoying this plenty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddha View Post
    You know as much about English soccer as I do about South Beach bars. So quit while you're behind.

    Kind of like your NBA team does...
    That there was a good line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddha View Post
    You know as much about English soccer as I do about South Beach bars. So quit while you're behind.

    Kind of like your NBA team does...
    Not as far behind as your NBA team.
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    And the Heat are 3rd seed still. They're going to the playoffs, and regardless of the outcome, will be competitive for years to come.

    Stay forever mad and bitter, Buddha.
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    I'm not sure how the Heat can seemingly get a 1st year pass for "failure" via the learning curve arguement. The Celtics kind of did OK in the 1st season of Pierce, Garnett, Allen. How can an inarguably better trio of talent get away without accomplishing at least the same success as Boston did a few seasons ago?

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    And then he'll respond "not losing twice to the Cavs"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casimir View Post
    I'm not sure how the Heat can seemingly get a 1st year pass for "failure" via the learning curve arguement. The Celtics kind of did OK in the 1st season of Pierce, Garnett, Allen. How can an inarguably better trio of talent get away without accomplishing at least the same success as Boston did a few seasons ago?
    Until the season & playoffs end how can you judge anything or even mention giving them a pass?

    They might be a better trio of talent, but three individual talents don't always get the job done by themselves. Especially considering Pierce, Garnett, and Allen's playing styles meshed well along with the other two starters Rondo & Perkins, not to mention the bench players on that team that made an impact.

    Either way, there's still time to get it together. They're obviously going to get into the playoffs, and once they start, those are the only games that matter. Just ask KG....Anything is possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casimir View Post
    I'm not sure how the Heat can seemingly get a 1st year pass for "failure" via the learning curve arguement. The Celtics kind of did OK in the 1st season of Pierce, Garnett, Allen. How can an inarguably better trio of talent get away without accomplishing at least the same success as Boston did a few seasons ago?
    Boston had a better cast of roleplayers and bench players.

    I also wouldn't write the Heat off yet. Yes, they struggle against good teams. But now they will carry the underdog tag themselves as they go up against the Bulls, and Celtics, etc. This is still a Championship contender regardless of the current circumstances. And if they don't win? It's not the end of the world. Pat Riley himself said getting the "Big Three" was not the final step, but the first step in rebuilding the team. More pieces will be added in the off-season.
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    The Heat's loss tonight means that this year's Heat team will have less wins than last year's Cavs team.

    Man, now LeBron is going to have to leave Miami because he just can't win with this supporting cast.
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    I don't see how one spins Miami into being an underdog. No one will overlook them in the play-offs this year.

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