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What Does A First-Round Pick Cost?

The Pistons pay big to get their man. (Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports)

Even if manic pick-acquirer Sam Hinkie did not exist, it’s still pretty abundantly clear that the Draft is more important than ever in constructing a winning NBA team. Here’s why: A few CBA’s ago, rookie contracts didn’t have quite a… Continue Reading

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15-Footer, 12/30/14: Power ranking Tuesday’s games

Dec 17, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan (21) shoots the ball over Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

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Kobe Bryant and His Secrets to Greatness

Dec 14, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) points during the third quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. The Lakers defeated the Timberwolves 100-94. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Fortunately, I was able to be in attendance the night he passed Michael Jordan for third on the all-time scoring list. It was a historic night, and afterwards Bryant gave us a look inside what has driven him to this point all of these years. Similarly, he showed unapologetically why he is who he is. It was almost as special to be a part of that as it was Bryant’s big moment.

Bryant gave the assembly of media a series of comments with a few recurring themes. Continue Reading