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Jamal Jones Aims To Become Next NBA Draft Pick Out Of D-League, Possibly With 76ers

by Shams Charania

May 6, 2015 6:26 PM

The 76ers will soon work out Jamal Jones, who is aware of the franchise’s interest and its possibility to make him a domestic draft-and-stash. Read more »

Tags: Jamal Jones, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Workouts

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Joel Anthony Hopes To Re-Sign With Pistons As Part Of New Culture

by Shams Charania

Nov 26, 2014 11:14 AM

Joel Anthony has made clear to Stan Van Gundy his desire to remain within the new regime, aiming to re-sign with the Pistons and be part of a roster that thrives again in Detroit. Read more »

Tags: Joel Anthony, Detroit Pistons, NBA

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Jordan Crawford Finds His Commitment To The Game

by Shams Charania

Jul 21, 2014 5:53 PM

Jordan Crawford’s a gifted scorer with the basketball in his hands, but he didn’t fully understand the professionalism and dignity needed within an organization. So he’s worked on maturing, worked to repackage his image. Read more »

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LeBron's One-Man Show Given Championship Lessons From Spurs

by Shams Charania

As San Antonio amplifies its team morale, its team play, a back-to-back champion and the Earth’s best basketball player have been knocked into submission. LeBron James was Miami’s greatest advantage of all. Read more »
Troy Daniels Rewards Rockets, Proves Detractors Wrong With Game-Winner In Game 3

by Shams Charania

The Bulls, Bucks and Magic closely monitored and had interest in Troy Daniels before he signed with the Rockets, sources told RealGM. And yet, these Rockets were the benefactors of Daniels’ 3-of-6 shooting from three-point range Friday, honoring his commitment to the Summer League and D-League route to the NBA. Read more »
Haslem, Wade Share 'Maintenance' Plan In Quest For Fourth Ring

by Shams Charania

Together, Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem share the same highs of prosperity, the same low of futility, in this franchise. Together, their plan for freshness could prove genius in June. Read more »
Michael Carter-Williams' Fresh NBA Stardom Reminds Philadelphia Of Iverson

by Shams Charania

Michael Carter-Williams will never score with the frequency Allen Iverson did over an entire career, nor become the unique cultural icon, but he’s already shown Philadelphia flashes of the level of talent that made A.I. a legend there and the mental makeup to go with it. Now, he’s hearing about it, too. Read more »
Toure' Murry Takes Humble, Earned Path To Knicks

by Shams Charania

For all of Toure' Murry’s persistence after an unheralded collegiate career, after a season in the D-League, he had wanted too much, too soon, sometimes. For all his humility, his quiet manner, he insisted how he maintained composure and found solace in continuing his growth. Read more »
Boris Diaw Held No-Brainer Decision To Return To Spurs

by Shams Charania

Once last season’s NBA Finals ended, Boris Diaw spent reasonable time deciding on the player option on his contract with the San Antonio Spurs. For Diaw, the choice had been made simple far beyond the amount of money on the deal. Read more »
Tyshawn Taylor Credits Nets' Coaching Staff For Development

by Shams Charania

As a second round draft pick placed onto the Nets, Tyshawn Taylor spent extensive time in the D-League, but teammates and coaches swiftly noticed his tenacious style on both ends of the floor. He’s put up four double-digit scoring performances in 14 games this season and has a growing relationship with the new coaching staff. Read more »
Brook Lopez Carries Dominance To Pull Nets Out Of Dysfunction

by Shams Charania

A year ago, Brook Lopez would always speak as the ultimate role player citing a need to get others a flow on offense, before himself. A year ago, the skilled seven-footer was pushed away from the block far too often and at times resisted constant feeds inside. No more. Read more »
D-League's Tre Kelley Driven To Turn Ruthless Past Into Success Story

by Shams Charania

Once the Grizzlies waived him in the 2010 training camp, Tre' Kelley played parts of two seasons overseas where he starred in Europe, and where he scored two 50-point performances in China. Through it all, his sights remained on finding a way back into the NBA, so he decided to return to the D-League with Austin. Read more »
Nate Wolters Continuing Unheralded Ascent

by Shams Charania

The Bucks executed a shrewd move in dealing for Nate Wolters, and the 22-year-old has the look of a steady, reliable point guard long into his NBA life. He doesn’t lean on his athleticism, but rather his elusive craftiness and smart decision-making, especially as a cautious passer early in his career Read more »
C.J. Miles Enjoying Shooting Role On Young Cavaliers

by Shams Charania

C.J. Miles is off to the best start of his career, averaging over 13 points and supplying Mike Brown with a potent shooter to surround Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and Jarrett Jack. The Cavaliers held an option on the final year of Miles’ deal this season, but exercising it was a formality and he’s cozied into playing part in the team’s core. Read more »
Rudy Gay Faces Difficulty Of Recapturing Budding Stardom

by Shams Charania

Rudy Gay reached a peak three seasons ago, and at 27 now he hasn’t attained the individual or team milestones that his gifts were expected to bestow. Three games into the Raptors’ season, his shooting is pedestrian and he admits he’s hastily searching for an offensive rhythm. Read more »
Stephen Graham Hoping To Settle With NBA Team After Playing Overseas

by Shams Charania

As a career journeyman with seven teams, Stephen Graham had earned three multi-year contracts, but the NBA’s lockout in 2011 prevented him from working out for organizations in the summer and he eventually landed in the D-League and overseas. Read more »
Focused Summer Drives Trimmed Dexter Pittman Into Bulls' Camp

by Shams Charania

Under Impact trainer Joe Abunassar, Dexter Pittman participated in workouts to increase his stamina, elevate his conditioning, and heard perspectives from the NBA veterans who would work out inside the facility. Read more »
Bobby Simmons Staying Ready For Potential NBA Return

by Shams Charania

Bobby Simmons has maintained his basketball training while managing his business ventures in Chicago. At 33 now, Simmons still believes he has basketball left to offer a team in the NBA. Read more »
Ronnie Fields Finds Peace With His Basketball Path

by Shams Charania

Kevin Garnett and Ron Eskridge, his old teammate and coach, always told Ronnie Fields he would grace the NBA one day. It never happened: a fractured neck derailed his senior season and kept him out of critical games, there was a supposed fallout of his personality, and no opportunity came. Read more »
DeAndre Jordan Took Trade Scenarios As Sign Of Respect

by Shams Charania

In DeAndre Jordan’s mind, interest from other NBA teams meant he was desired in a way perhaps the Clippers didn’t feel as well at times this offseason. As the Clippers pursued Kevin Garnett, Jordan was ready to move on if they pulled off a deal – and he took all the supposed interest as respect out of other franchises. Read more »
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