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  1. NBA execs: Tanking 'definitely a strategy'

    Henry Abbott

    The NBA's president of basketball operations, Rod Thorn, acknowledges that losing games in the name of better draft picks -- commonly known as "tanking" -- is "definitely a strategy" for front offices. "I don't look at it as tanking," Thorn told ...

    Blog | February 19, 2014
  2. Hard to say what's crazy

    Henry Abbott

    Mike Stobe/Getty Images Basketball has clear winners every night -- except at the draft, which is all homework, politics and chance. The Cavaliers kick off the night by ignoring consensus pick Nerlens Noel and media darling Victor Oladipo to cho...

    Blog | June 28, 2013
  3. Greg Oden's story isn't about basketball, for now

    Henry Abbott

    Photo courtesy of Tom LipmanIt's missing the point, now, to worry about contracts or statistics. Greg Oden. The world got to know him as a basketball player: The magnificent Ohio State big man, the top overall draft pick, the next Bill Russell. ...

    Blog | November 19, 2010
  4. Referee issues in Orlando

    Henry Abbott

    It's a good day for the NBA when everyone is talking about close-fought playoff basketball, where LeBron James will land and which players will go where in the draft. But a lot of the scuttlebutt today is about something less appealing: Referees. ...

    Blog | May 19, 2010
  5. Ricky Rubio Wants Out

    Henry Abbott

    Posted by Kevin Arnovitz From the Associated Press: Ricky Rubio plans to part ways with Spanish basketball club DKV Joventut even if the Minnesota Timberwolves cannot reach a deal to bring their first-round draft pick to the NBA. Timberwolves presi...

    Blog | July 22, 2009
  6. David Kahn on Ricky Rubio

    Henry Abbott

    The Minnesota Timberwolves' new president of basketball operations, David Kahn, created draft night intrigue when he drafted point guards with both the fifth (Ricky Rubio) and sixth (Jonny Flynn) picks. In the week-and-a-half since, the Timberwol...

    Blog | July 07, 2009
  7. Things Are Complicated for One James Harden Fan

    Henry Abbott

    An anonymous TrueHoop reader, and former die-hard Sonic fan writes about his complicated relationship with NBA basketball as of last night: How is it even possible for an Arizona State fan to not enjoy NBA Draft night 2009? Let me tell you. As a big ...

    Blog | June 26, 2009
  8. First Cup: Friday

    Henry Abbott

    Jim Souhan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune: "David Kahn either has ESP or ADD. Someday we will view his selection of point guards on consecutive picks in his first draft as the Wolves' basketball boss as either innovation, genius or a really...

    Blog | June 26, 2009
  9. What We Think We Know About Earl Clark

    Henry Abbott

    Watch Earl Clark play basketball, and it's clear he could have the most potential of any player in the 2009 draft. He's 6-10, can do just about everything, and starred on the best team in one of the toughest conferences in NCAA history. So wh...

    Blog | June 22, 2009
  10. The Player to Root for on Draft Day

    Henry Abbott

    A lot of basketball fans are probably excited and curious to see the gamesmanship of draft day unfold. Where will big names like Ricky Rubio, Hasheem Thabeet and Stephen Curry will end up? Will Brandon Jennings' European foray pay dividends? What...

    Blog | June 22, 2009
  11. The TrueHoop Network Shootaround

    Henry Abbott

    Let's get down to the brass tacks of basketball: How are the Lakers going to defend both Dwight Howard and the Orlando shooters? Where does Andrew Bynum fit in to all this? And will Brandon Jennings be the sleeper of the 2009 NBA Draft? K...

    Blog | June 03, 2009
  12. First Cup: Wednesday

    Henry Abbott

    Eric Prisbell of The Washington Post: "It has become college basketball's rite of spring: After the Final Four, the best non-seniors declare for the NBA draft, then spend the next two months mulling whether to return to school. In the meanti...

    Blog | January 14, 2009
  13. One Little Change to the Pre-Draft Camp

    Henry Abbott

    They're keeping all the interview sessions, the measuring, and the medical tests. And teams will still be able to organize private workouts with draft prospects. What you won't see, however, is, you know, basketball....

    Blog | November 25, 2008
  14. Monday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    NetsDaily on new Warrior, Marcus Williams: "The night of the 2006 Draft, it looked as if the basketball gods had gifted the Nets with Kidd's successor, a player projected as high as #7 had fallen to #22. He had a great summer league (although one of ...

    Blog | July 28, 2008
  15. Jay Knows the Draft: Jay Williams on Derrick Rose

    Henry Abbott

    Big star and champion at Duke. Second overall draft pick of the Chicago Bulls. Career cut short by a motorcycle accident. Jay Williams knows basketball from all angles, and over the next several days, he's going to be sharing his insights with True...

    Blog | June 17, 2008
  16. O.J. Mayo, Agents, and Basketball

    Henry Abbott

    O.J. Mayo will be in this summer's NBA draft, where he will almost certainly be a very high draft pick, and in all likelihood a household name in the NBA for years to come. He is, he hopes, on a well-worn path to basketball stardom. Mayo's agent, on ...

    Blog | May 12, 2008