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  1. How to come from nowhere

    Henry Abbott

    Arturo Presotto/Iguana Press/Getty Images You've probably never heard of Gal Mekel, but your NBA team probably has. The Jazz were the first team to notice. Then the Timberwolves, Bucks, Pacers, Hawks, Grizzlies, Mavericks and others. Now many teams...

    Blog | June 25, 2013
  2. First Cup: Wednesday

    Henry Abbott

    Mike Wells of The Indianapolis Star: Lee Eddins had hoped he would be able to watch his idol, center Roy Hibbert, play in person when the Indiana Pacers visit Sacramento, Calif., for a game against the Kings in late November. But Lee, 12, is not expe...

    Blog | August 08, 2012
  3. First Cup: Monday

    Henry Abbott

    Howard Beck of The New York Times: J.R. Smith was born in Freehold, N.J., and played at St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, so he knows a little about the intensity of New York basketball. It took him little time to get acclimated Sunday, as he scored 15 ...

    Blog | February 20, 2012
  4. First Cup: Thursday

    Henry Abbott

    Bob Sansevere of the Pioneer Press: Even though Kevin Love would have been a restricted free agent and not likely to leave next season, the Wolves had to send a message to Love, his teammates and fans that they were committed to keeping him as a core...

    Blog | January 26, 2012
  5. The evolution of Andrea Bargnani, and D

    Henry Abbott

    On Hardwood Paroxysm, James Herbert has a fascinating conversation with new Raptors coach Dwane Casey. Toronto had the 30th best defense in the NBA last year but is now 16th. No team has improved more, even though the Raptors made few personnel chan...

    Blog | January 11, 2012
  6. First Cup: Tuesday

    Henry Abbott

    Vic Contreras of The Sacramento Bee: The team released a statement from Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie on Monday afternoon announcing that Hayes had failed his physical and his contract had been voided. It was announced late last week that a...

    Blog | December 20, 2011
  7. First Cup: Wednesday

    Henry Abbott

    Ailene Voisin of The Sacramento Bee: "Within a span of four months, Rick Welts quit his front-office job with the Phoenix Suns, packed for a move to Sacramento, where his partner lives, and on Tuesday accepted a job as president of the Golden State W...

    Blog | September 28, 2011
  8. First Cup: Thursday

    Henry Abbott

    John Canzano of The Oregonian: "The executives charged with conducting the latest round of job interviews at One Center Court believe there are a plenty of options available to the Trail Blazers when it comes to filling their vacant general manager p...

    Blog | September 22, 2011
  9. First Cup: Friday

    Henry Abbott

    Howard Beck of The New York Times: "Lead negotiators for the N.B.A. and its players union will hold a bargaining session next week - just the second since the lockout began - with an unofficial deadline fast approaching to save the start of training...

    Blog | August 26, 2011
  10. First Cup: Tuesday

    Henry Abbott

    Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel: "LeBron James still looks back, but only fleetingly. Instead, his primary focus is on bigger and better things for himself and his team. Speaking Monday in his native Akron, Ohio, where he was hosting ...

    Blog | August 09, 2011
  11. Tuesday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    Let us never forget how thoroughly Vince Carter once fulfilled just about every hoops fantasy any of us ever had. (Caution with that video around children or at work, language gets more than a little intense when Mike Tyson shows up.) A thought: When...

    Blog | August 02, 2011
  12. First Cup: Monday

    Henry Abbott

    Louise Watt of The Associated Press: "Yao Ming's expected retirement could diminish the NBA's once-burgeoning popularity in China, with many fans saying they would no longer watch games. 'What's the point of watching NBA now?' asked an online user c...

    Blog | July 11, 2011
  13. First Cup: Thursday

    Henry Abbott

    George Diaz of the Orlando Sentinel: "Friday will mark the one-year anniversary of 'The Decision' -- the first misstep that LeBron took during the last 12 months, culminating with the ultimate fall -- losing in the NBA Finals to the Dallas Mavericks....

    Blog | July 07, 2011
  14. First Cup: Wednesday

    Henry Abbott

    Jennifer Garza of The Sacramento Bee: "During his recent whirlwind stop in Sacramento, Jimmer Fredette made a point to speak with some of his biggest supporters: local members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Along with the usual q...

    Blog | July 06, 2011
  15. Dirk Nowitzki on fleeing the Finals

    Henry Abbott

    Cathrin Gilbert of the German magazine Spiegel has done a fascinating interview with Dirk Nowitzki, where he says things like he can't fathom why people with as much money as him would clutter up their lives hawking watches and the like. He also talk...

    Blog | July 05, 2011
  16. Analyzing the closeness of the NBA Finals

    Henry Abbott

    By Dean Oliver and Alok Pattani ESPN Stats & Info As the 2011 NBA Finals come to a close with Game 6 on Sunday and a possible Game 7 on Tuesday, basketball fans everywhere are bemoaning the fact that such a competitive and compelling series must c...

    Blog | June 12, 2011