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Sunday’s contest against the Rockets. Cousins was

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Kings center was issued his 16th technical foul of the season during Sunday’s contest against the Rockets. Cousins was whistled for the foul after he got into a pushing match with . Under league rules, Cousins will have to serve Arsenal are beginning their summer with a South American blitz.According to TNT Sports, the Gunners want to sign Boca Juniors pair Nahitan Nandez and Emanuel Reynoso, as well as River Plate star Exequiel Palacios.The north London club are miri has long justified his faith in him.The centre-back joined Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Ross Barkley as the four Chelsea Lions in Gareth Southgate’s England squad this week. “I put trust in him early in the season – I think that was obvious dfielder Philippe Coutinho.Coutinho is currently on-loan at Bayern from Barcelona, though the Germans are rethinking plans of signing him permanently.Mundo Deportivo says should the German giants decide not to, Chelsea are waiting in the wings to looking for thrifty transfers after losing the Europa League final.They will participate in the Europa League for the third straight time next season.a one-game suspension unless his foul is rescinded by the league office. Sacramento is slated to play the Thunder on Monday night.

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Nuggets-Warriors: Stephen Curry is locked and loaded for history

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is the greatest 3-point shooter I’ve ever seen.

I don’t know if this is me overreacting to the moment in which Curry is treating ‘ players like a ball rack in a 3-point contest or if I’m level-headed about this and trying to brainstorm any shooter I’ve ever seen let it fly like this. But the things we’re seeing from Curry go beyond a hot series or an outlier that could be cooled off with a better defense. The ‘ point guard is the most unique shooter we’ve ever seen because of his shot selection and his touch.

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When you look at the attempts he flings out there over the course of a game, it’s like looking at ‘s shot selection with ‘s deft touch. He doesn’t just spot up from behind the 3-point arc and wait for a pass. He’s creating the majority of his looks with his dribbling ability and his feet. And his feet are always perfect, no matter what type of 3-point shot he’s attempting. 

Curry is assigned the task of leading the Warriors’ attack. He’s the point guard or lead guard in most five-man units they throw out there. The way to maximize his talents is to let him run pick-and-rolls and carve up the defense. His passing ability is a big key in this because you can’t just trap him. You’ll have or or any other viable Warriors’ weapon rolling to the basket where the baskets are supposed to be easier to make.

Because the is so entrenched in protecting the basket and the defense naturally gravitates toward that magnetic hoop 10 feet above the ground, it allows Curry to trick you into believing you’re playing defense. Really, all you’re doing is gistorming the stands at the end of their FA Cup defeat to Norwich City.Shortly after Gedson Fernandes’ missed spot-kick sealed Spurs’ fate Dier jumped over a barrier and raced up the stands, with footage showing a supporter getting involved in a spat ving him the necessary space to blitz you from the perimeter. 

The common thoughts against Curry right now are that he can’t possibly keep up this shooting and that he’s just making contested jumpers at an unreasonable rate. It’s possible that this is a valid critique. However, I’d like to offer up another theory. What if Curry just needs to know you aren’t going to block his shot to be comfortable shooting it against anybody, no matter what their proximity is to his shooting motion?

The NBA is full of skilled players who are either so good at everything that they’re stars or so good at a few select things that they’re role players. That’s how you find a niche in the NBA. That’s how you find a role. Curry’s role is to pour gasoline on everything and flick lit cigarettes until everything ignites. 

Like all stars and role players, Curry works tirelessly on his craft and has the majority of his life. His best skill is making shots that are 18 feet away from the basket or farther. He’s not a guy that’s great at finishing in the paint; he’s a guy that finishes on the perimeter. He’s worked so much on trying to perfect this skill that he’s always incredibly confident in his muscle memory. 

When he believes he has the room to get his shot off, why would he worry about the defender? What is the defender going to do? Distract him? If you ignore the distraction then it’s just you working with your muscle memory to recreate a successful shooting motion. And nobody’s shooting motion seems to be more successful than Curry’s.

Check out his chart from the Warriors’ Game 4 win against Denver:

Nine of those 10 makes came in the second half when he exploded for 24 points. 22 of those 24 points came on an insane run of makes and heat checks. 

Except with Curry there are no heat checks; there’s just stoking the fire. Or in this case, stoking the inferno.

The reason I believe Curry is the greatest 3-point shooter ever isn’t just because of this game, but this game certainly was a great microcosm for why his 3-point shooting is so unique. For his career, he’s averaging 5.6 3-point attempts per game and he’s making 44.6 percent of his makes. Only Steve Kerr has shot a better career 3-point percentage (45.4 percent) in NBA history. Over the course of 15 NBA seasons, Kerr got that NBA record percentage on 1,599 3-point attempts. 

Through four seasons, Curry has already attempted 1,443 3-point shots. 

Curry can flare to the corner, run through closing elevator doors, lead his defender into staggered screens, or curl to the 3-point line for any 3-point attempt. It’s something guys like Reggie Miller and Ray Allen did for years. But what separates Curry from those guys is his consistent shooting rhythm when he’s handling the ball as well.

Allen and Miller were able to handle the ball a little and hit step-back 3-pointers from time to time. It was a survival tactic when the defense had them pegged. Curry has this as a regular move in his arsenal of incredibl emulate the style of play employed by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.Allegri insists Guardiola’s famous tiki-taka football was only successful because of the players he first had at Barcelona.”We falsely followed Pep for 20 years,” he said. “Guay balanced footwork. He almost uses the side-step 3-point shot or the step-back 3-point shot to remind defenders that he can do whatever he wants with the shuffle of his feet and a flick of the wrist.

And that’s why Curry is so unique in terms of historic shooters. He’s more accurate than all but one shooter in NBA history. He’s attempting 3-pointers at a prolific rate in the process. He’s not bothered by your defense if he knows you won’t tip the shot. And he’s evolved the scoring point guard position into a perimeter-based version like we’ve never seen.

He’ll take you into the deep end of the halfcourt and see how long you can tread water. He’ll play with your defensive panic when he catches the ball on the perimeter, force you into a sloppy closeout, and then move slightly to the side so you can feel the motion e Gunnar Solskjaer is confident Mason Greenwood can fill the void left by Romelu Lukaku.The Belgian striker joined Inter Milan on Deadline Day for a fee believed to be in the region of £73million.United were unable to find a replacement for Lukaku bof his pure shooting form. By the time you look to see if it went in, he’s headed back up the floor.

Because of course it went in. He’s the one that shot it. 

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iddlesbrough, Stoke and Derby are waiting to find

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Maverfender Jack Simpson is attracting loan interest.Sky Sports says Middlesbrough, Stoke and Derby are waiting to find out whether Simpson can leave Dean Court on loan.The Cherries are expected to make a decision on whether to let the centre-back go lateicks forward was forced to leave Sunday’s win over the Trail Blazers due to a sore left ankle. Nowitzki saien to extending their kit partnership with Newcastle United.Puma’s contract with Newcastle is now inside it’s final year and the Toon will be looking to extract more value from both the kit and sponsorship deal, which expire at the end of this seasond he came down funny on his left ankle during the second quarter of the 96-91 win, but he was initially able to stay in the game. He got his ankle re-taped at halftime, but decided to shut himself down after struggling in the third quarter. “I said at the start of the fourth it’s a little stiff, and I decided to just sit thigning of Real Madrid defender Jesus Vallejo.Wolves have signed Vallejo on a season-long loan.The 22-year-old becomes Wolves’ first signing of the transfer window, on the back of captaining Spain to under-21 European Championship glory this summer.Thes one,” Nowitzki told the Dallas Morning News. “Obviously, it got a lot closer than we were hoping for so we had to grind it out down the stretch. I think I jumped for a rebound in the second quarter and must have landed wrong or something. I must have irritated my bone spurs.“

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Pistons trade Ben Gordon, draft pick to Bobcats for Corey Maggette

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Every year about this time, the NBA’s dregs look for ways to make themselves slightly less than terrible.

On Tuesday, two of the league’s worst teams — the Detroit and Charlotte — connected on just such a trade.

that the Pistons will send guard and a future first-round pick to the Bobcats in exchange for forward . The pick is lottery-protected in 2013, top-8 protected in 2014, top-1 protected in 2015 and unprotected in 2016.

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com and the Pistons formally announced it later Tuesday night.

“We welcome Corey Maggette to our organization in a transaction that provides us with a veteran scorer and defender in addition to increased roster flexibility moving forw

ard,” said Joe Dumars, President of Basketball Operations. “We thank Ben Gordon for his commitment to our organization over the last three years and wish him the best in the future.”

Gordon, 29, averaged 12.5 points and 2.4 assists in 26.9 minutes per game last season. He is on the books for $12.4 million in 2012-13 and has a player option worth $13.2 million for 2013-14.

Maggette, 32, averaged 15.0 points and 3.9 rebounds in 27.6 minutes per game, although he appeared in less than half of Charlotte’s games because of injury. Maggette is entering the final year of a contract that will pay him $10.9 million.

The Bobcats actually acquired Maggette in a 3-team trade involving the Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings on the night of the 2011 . He didn’t last long. His merry-go-around figures to continue swinging after a brief stay in Detroit, but who really knows what the Pistons are up to. 

For Detroit, this amounts to paying the draft pick to offload Gordon’s contract. Signing Gordon in free agency turned out to be a costly mistake, as he never really found a fit in Detroit as the team sputtered to lottery trip after lottery trip. Depending on how things go in free agency this summer, ditching Gordon means that Detroit could be well under the salary cap next year, especially if they break out their amnesty clause.

While Maggette is a foul-drawing saassed Diego Maradona’s tally of 115 goals in a Napoli jersey.The double now has Mertens closing on Marek Hamsik’s record of 121.The 32-year-old Belgian struck twice in the 3-2 Champions League victory away to RB Salzburg.He had been one goal behind Mvant and a capable scorer, the aim here is really all about that future cap flexibility as opposed to any strong and immediate win-now vision. Because, really, Maggette can’t be counted on: he hasn’t played in more than 70 games in any of the past five seasons. That, and the Pistons are already well-committed at the three and four, with Tayshaun Prince, Austin Daye, Jonas Jerebko and Charlie Villanueva already on the roster. Given that logjam, there’s a decent chance another move is coming before the start of next season.  

Charlotte does well in this one, getting Gordon to fill a backcourt shooting/scoring hole while also picking up an extra asset to aid its full-scale rebuilding project. The Bobcats have such a sparse payroll and future salary committments that paying him isn’t all that painful. Bobcats GM Rich Cho has stressed the value of Draft picks and he nets one here for relieving Pistons president Joe Dumars of Gordon’s 2013-14 salary number. This is just another milestone in Cho’s steady accumulation of assets.

Now, for the biggest short-term implication: How does this impact 2012 NBA Draft plans?

Perhaps the Pistons use the No. 9 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft to plug the hole left by Gordon’s departure. There are a number of talented two guards — UConn’s Jeremy Lamb, Syracuse’s Dion Waiters or Duke’s Austin Rivers — who could be on the board when they select. Recent rumors seem to have Detroit looking to fill out their frontcourt though.

For the Bobcats, does tto go through in the UEFA Champions League.The Blues were humbled 3-0 at home by Bayern Munich in the first leg of the round of 16 tie.Now they must ster United goalkeeper Joel Pereira has enjoyed his first preseason with new keeper coach Richard Hartis.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s staff has been boosted this summer by the arrival of new senior goalkeeping coach Hartis, who has returned to the club whego to Munich and win by three clear goals to have any shot of progression.But Giroud is not giving uphe acquisition of Gordon prevent Florida guard Bradley Beal from making sense at No. 2? Shipping out Maggette could also be read as a way to open up wing minutes for Kentucky forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or UNC forward Harrison Barnes. Or, they could have simply their eyes on Kansas forward Thomas Robinson, and this trade wouldn’t have much impact. Of course, we’ll know on Thursday.

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Video: Documentary on Sacramento fans’ efforts to keep Kings

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If you’ve kept up with the ongoing drama in Sacramento over the and their future in the city that has embraced them over the past two decades, you’re aware of the shenanigans that have gone on with the Maloofs and their attempts to thwart efforts from both the city of Sacramento and the to keep the team where it’s at. But there’s another side to the story, about a grass roots effort by fans who love the NBA to keep their team. Today, a not-for-profit film was released documenting the tumultuous history of the arena project in Sacramento, the Maloofs’ effortsr Jose Mourinho.Alderweireld, who signed a new long-term contract with Spurs last month, said the mood in the squad was “positive” – despite a run of poor form which has seen last year’s Champions League finalists win just once in their last five Pre to move the team, and the NBA’s stunning move to block the relocation. It features interviews with Mayor Kevin Johnson and several Sacramentorinho.Carragher reckons they were far closer to winning things under Mauricio Pochettino.Indeed, he reckons Pochettino was “one or two” players from making Tottenham genuine challengers, but believes that number has gone up since Mourinho took over. personalities on whvacic says he’s enjoying playing for manager Frank Lampard.Kovacic says he’s hoping to make the boss and the club proud this season for the faith shown in him.”It’s amazing to have such a club legend as our coach and we are really enjoying pre-seasonat life has been like the past two years in Sactown. Regardless of your feelings on market economics in the NBA or the rights of franchises to abandon their cities and fans for greener pastures, it’s worth a watch. This is “Small Market, Big Heart.”  

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Report: Knicks’ James White will be in the dunk contest

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For years, the YouTube legend of has grown like few others in basketball. He’s been the high school kid from Virginia who was defying gravity and throwing down two-handed dunks from behind the free-throw line. He was highlighted in just about every basketball mixtape you could get your hands on. 

And for about a decade, people (myself included) have been daydreaming about the possibilities of James White competing in the Dunk Contest and possibly bringing a legendary performance like we haven’t seen since Vince Carter laced up his And 1s in Oakland in 2000 against Tracy McGrady, Steve Francis and Ricky Davis. We’ve been clamoring for White to find a home in the NBA, keep that home and be available for the most popular All-Star Weekend event (sorry, Shooting Stars competition).

Reportedly, we won’t have to wait any longer, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post:

League source says swingman James White already has been informed he’s in the Slam-Dunk competition. Won’t be official until 7 p.m.

— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman)

Get excited!

This video was published on YouTube this morning with James White reminding Eastern Conference All-Star captain that if he’d like a win in the dunk contest for the East, he’d pick the ‘ reserve ed Victor Lindelof after their Carabao Cup defeat to Manchester City.United ti made more history with his appearance in last night’s 0-0 draw with Real Madrid.Barca coach Ernesto Valverde brought him on from the bench in the Clasico and he became the club’s youngest player this century in such a game.He replaced Antoine Grietrailed their rivals 3-0 at half-time, in the first leg of the Cup semi-final before Marcus Rashford pulled a goal back for the hosts.”This is poor defending from Victor Lindto be on his team.

The incredible thing about White is not just his leaping ability, but the fact that his dunk contest routine is almost exclusively performed with dunks from the free-throw line. He’ll warm up with a one-handed dunk with his toes behind the line when he jumps. He’ll move to a two-handed dunk from the free-throw line in which he cocks the ball back to add a little flair. 

Then he gets serious by adding a windmill to the routine and going between his legs if the mood hits him. And all of these are being performed with legitimate leaps from the free-throw line. He can throw other dunks in thehampton fullback Cedric Soares remains a top target for AC Milan.Off contract in June, the Portugal international has already declared he intends to leave St Mary’s at the end of this season.Calciomercato.it says the Rossonero are keen to secure Soarre, like a big switch of the hands from right to left in windmill fashion or a legitimate full windmill with both hands coming from the side of the floor. 

He has it all at his disposal, and it looks like we’ll finally get to see it on the biggest stage for dunk contests. 

White is 30 years old, but his time hasn’t passed him up yet. Dominique Wilkins won the 1990 NBA Dunk Contest at the age of 30. 

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Mavericks claim Elton Brand after 76ers amnesty

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It’s a new start for both player and team.

The Dallas have claimed power forward Elton Brand after he was waived using the amnesty clause by the Philadelphia 76ers, .

Brand is entering the final season of his contract and is set to make $18.2 million. that Dallas’ bid was $2.1 million, meaning the Mavericks will assume that portion, and the 76ers will pay the rest.

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com has .

“We talked to a lot of teams, and Dallas was by far where he wanted to go,” Brand’s agent, David Falk, told success.The Citizens have won everything under Guardiola, except Europe’s premier cup competition.But Villa, who worked under Guardiola at Barcelona, says City’s ‘obsession’ with the trophy will eventually pay off.”For all the coaches and all the biCBSSports.com.

Later Friday, the Mavericks announced the claim of Brand in a press release.

Brand, 33, averaged 11.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game for the 76ers last season. 

Dallas, the 2011 champions, is a team in transition after the departure of Jason Kidd in free agency this summer, the sign-and-trade of center Tyson Chandler in December 2011 and an unsuccessful bid to land Brooklyn Nets All-Star point guard Deron Williams in free agency.

Earlier this week, Dallas center and big man  to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for guarn the transfer market.United have spent big since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson without being able to replicate the Scot’s success.”The first thing Ole (Gunnar Solskjaer) has to do is build the squad and I don’t think bringing in one or two plads  and . The Mavericks also agreed to sign unrestricted free agent center Chris Kaman.

Instead of keeping Brand on the books, Philadelphia opted to re-sign center Sscheduling.The Liverpool manager was critical of the amount of games over the winter period, with his team set to play eight times in December.”I completely agree,” said Guardiola. “Less games. Less fixtures, less competitions, more recovery.”I didn’pencer Hawes, sign unrestricted free agent guard Nick Young and agreed to sign unrestricted free agent center Kwame Brown.

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Video: Latest Lakers drama with D’Antoni and Phil gets Taiwanese animation version

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The flirted with Phil Jackson, settled on Mike D’Antoni and earned tst Ham has left them disappointed.The result preserved their unbeaten away record – United have not lost on the road since January.But Stevens, the United wing-back, said: “It’s a good record but we look at performances and we need to be better. We nhemselves one of the Taiwanese animation videos that everybody seems to love. There are so many layers to this one. 

There are no other words that I cairmed his client wanted to join the Bundesliga outfit.But after starting him in Sunday’s loss to Chelsea, Arteta made it obvious he wanted the Swiss international to stay.”I hope not,” said Arteta. “He perton manager Marco Silva.The Brazil international followed Silva from Watford to Goodison Park last summer.And he has credited the Portuguese with helping him grow.”Like that of a father with his son,” Richarlison told France Football.”Since I came layed at Bournemouth and did really well – veryn provide. Just watch it. 

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Lakers’ Dwight Howard says he’s questionable Sunday against Denver

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Yoity boss Pep Clotet is urging Jude Bellingham to maintain his focus after talks with Manchester United this week.Belligham was at United’s Carrington training complex on Monday.Clotet lauded Bellingham’s professionalism, but says the young star cannou know what this  season is missing? For a star player to be injured and miss some time.

e has felt let down by directors at Real Madrid this season, it has been revealed.While Zidane has guided Real to onfidence of his players.Groves has said the club’s players have lost confidence in their manager given their summer arrivals have failed to impress and after their poor start to the season.“The thing with the Arsenal situation with Unai Emery is, the Champions League final 16 and has his team well placed in the LaLiga race, he hasn’t always felt the full support of the board, saysWhat’s that?

The latest Laker to potentially go down is , who he may sit Sunday against the Nuggets to rest a sprained right shoulder he suffered against the Clippers on Friday.

Late in the second half, Howard was headed up for a dunk but reached in and slapped the ball away. The force of Howard going up meeting with Butler’s swipe on the ball tweaked Howard’s shoulder. He appeared to be in pain immediately, but remained in the game, moving his arm in circular motions.

If Howard is unable to go, Mike D’Antoni has a choice. Does he just go small and play at center with at power forward? Or does he start and let Gasol play with another big?

Questions D’Antoni would probably very much prefer to not have to think about.

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Report: Knicks facing front office shakeup

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The are reportedly set to make major changes to their front office, including replacing Glen Grunwald who helped build one of the best rosters in the league last season.

Hearing: Knicks soon to announce front-office shakeup that will see ex-MSG prez Steve Mills return to organization in place oned to win over Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The Brazilian is remaining positive despite not even appearing on the bench for United this season.Posting an image of himself representing the Red Devils las admits he “shocked” Arsenal staff with his decision to quit the London giants for Dinamo Zagreb last week.The talented Wales youth international, 20, was captain of the Gunners’ U23s this season.”Yes, there were all kinds of reactions, they were in t season to Instagram, Fred wrotf Glen Grunwald

— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine)

When did Mills run the Knicks?

Oh, that’s right. era. 

It’s a strange developmenery should move for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.Robson thinks that Emery is looking for a holding midfield player this summer and thinks Rice would be the perfect addition.“I think Unai Emery will be looking for a holding midfield player,” Robst considering the success the Knicks have had, especially with having an opt-out this summer. As the reasons for this move come out, it’ll be interesting to see the fallout, with many of the execs represented by Anthony’s agency, CAA. 

Come on, it wouldn’t be a Knicks season wthout some drama.