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    Oct 16, 2013 8:58 PM GMT
    [APRIL 2014 UPDATE! "Burning Answers" to these pre-season "Burning Questions" in posts below this one]

    Eastern Conference

    1. Brooklyn Nets – The team is loaded with veteran talent now, but will team cohesiveness be imperiled with a headstrong Kevin Garnett butting heads with a rookie head coach in Jason Kidd?

    2. Indiana Pacers – How does Danny Granger fit in the rotation, and if he doesn’t, can they swing a deal for him by the deadline? And can Roy Hibbert keep the momentum going to become the top big man in the East?

    3. Miami HEAT – Thanks to Ray Allen, the team barely survived Game 6 in regulation to win their second straight title, but have they improved enough (especially at center, with Greg Oden, and small forward) to pull off a Three-peat?

    4. Chicago Bulls – Is Derrick Rose all-the-way back, for good, and will Taj Gibson take over at power forward?

    5. New York Knicks – Were Andrea Bargnani and Metta World Peace really the big additions New York needed to help Carmelo Anthony break through in the playoffs?

    6. Atlanta Hawks – Who’s the defensive band-aid on this team now that Josh Smith is finally out of town? And how quickly can their new coach turn this team into Spurs Lite?

    7. Detroit Pistons – Andre Drummond, Josh Smith, and Greg Monroe sure sounds imposing, but will Brandon Jennings find them and share the ball?

    8. Washington Wizards – Marcin Gortat is in the fold, now, but who steps up full-time up front on defense, with injured anchor Emeka Okafor now in Phoenix? And is John Wall ready to reach the upper pantheon of point guards?

    9. Toronto Raptors – Will high-scoring Rudy Gay prove the bean-counters wrong about his inefficient game, and carry this team into the postseason?

    10. Cleveland Cavaliers – Can Mike Brown get Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters to play some defense? Can Anderson Varejao and Andrew Bynum get healthy and stay that way?

    11. Boston Celtics – When he returns, how will the occasionally hot-headed Rajon Rondo mesh with a rookie head coach (Brad Stevens) who’s fresh from college?

    12. Orlando Magic – Their youthful General Manager made some winning moves in 2012-13, beginning with the Dwight Howard deal… will the youthful talent he acquired (Nikola Vucevic, Tobias Harris, et al.) pay off for him now, or next season?

    13. Milwaukee Bucks – Are O.J. Mayo and Brandon Knight a step up from Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings? And can Larry Sanders keep his cool all season long?

    14. Charlotte Bobcats – Almost everyone is decent on one side of the floor and not the other… can their latest rookie head coach make the puzzle pieces fit before he gets canned like the last few?

    15. Philadelphia 76ers – How long will it take before they can just admit out loud, “Okay! We’re tanking for Andrew Wiggins!” With such low expectations already, how much can they expect from anxiety-addled Royce White?

    Western Conference

    1. Los Angeles Clippers – Chris Paul has plenty of shooters at his disposal now, but if either Blake Griffin or DeAndre Jordan goes down, who is stopping people in the post? Same question, but less urgent, if those two stay healthy.

    2. Golden State Warriors – Behind Andre Iguodala and the Splash Brothers (Steph Curry and Klay Thompson) on the depth chart, will Harrison Barnes get the productive minutes he deserves?

    3. Memphis Grizzlies – This team needed capable perimeter shooters – plural – and sprung Mike Miller from Miami. Is that enough?

    4. Oklahoma City Thunder – Kendrick Perkins, Hasheem Thabeet, and Nick Collison will not be enough on the interior to secure a title for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, so how quickly can Steven Adams develop?

    5. San Antonio Spurs – Tim Duncan and Tony Parker proved once again they’re far from over-the-hill, but is Manu Ginobili done? Following a wretched NBA Finals, it sure seems that way.

    6. Minnesota Timberwolves – Is the honeymoon already over for Ricky Rubio, if he and Kevin Love don’t find a way to reach the postseason?

    7. Houston Rockets – Will Linsanity eventually turn to Beverlirium at point guard? And who plays power forward? Dwight Howard needs his new team to perform and defend the pick-and-roll better than his former one.

    8. Denver Nuggets – With JaVale McGee, Nate Robinson, and Kenneth Faried all together, win or lose, how much fun will this team be to watch?

    9. Los Angeles Lakers – Beyond the elders (Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Steve Nash, Chris Kaman) staying healthy, can they get one of the young free agent swingmen to emerge?

    10. Portland Trail Blazers – One of next year’s free agent prizes, can LaMarcus Aldridge keep the local media speculation from wearing him down?

    11. Dallas Mavericks – Can super-scorer Monta Ellis breathe some offensive energy into what looks to be a moribund, well-past-its-prime bunch?

    12. New Orleans Pelicans – Anthony Davis looks primed and ready to carry this team, bolstered by the additions of Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans, but can anyone aside from the grieving Ryan Anderson consistently make outside shots?

    13. Sacramento Kings – Right now, who is the better point guard (Greivis Vasquez and Isaiah Thomas) and who is the better center (DeMarcus Cousins, or new minority owner Shaquille O’Neal)? Will Shaq help, or endanger, Cousins’ focus?

    14. Utah Jazz – Falling just short of the playoffs, vets are out and young players (Trey Burke, Alec Burks, Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter) take over the starting roles. Will youth be served, or will they be doing the serving?

    15. Phoenix Suns – Chris Paul’s understudy (Eric Bledsoe) gets to take the keys and drive in Phoenix. Marcin Gortat's already gone, but are Goran Dragic’s days also numbered down in the Valley of the Sun?
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    Oct 17, 2013 3:26 AM GMT
    I am on the Pacers bandwagon this year. They, more than anybody else, know how to beat the Heat. Bringing in Scola was an underrated move. And everything they were missing to beat the Heat in the playoffs, Granger brings. I think he'll fit in perfectly as the second option on offense. Plus they have the best frontcourt in the league with George/West/Hibbert. I think they win it all this year. Plus, they are a tough-minded team with a great coach that won't them slip after a peak year like so many teams do.
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    Oct 17, 2013 4:11 AM GMT
    I'd be willing to bet money that the Pacers are gonna win the championship, and take home the #1 seed in the East. I agree with you that the Heat will be in the #3 slot going into the playoffs though. Pacers and Heat will probably meetup in the Eastern Conference Finals for another fantastic series.

    I think your West is really messed up. No way Grizzlies and Warriors both find themselves finishing in the top 4. Should be something like

    1) Clippers
    2) Oklahoma City
    3) Houston
    4) San Antonio
    5) Golden State
    6) Memphis
    7) Minnesota (I liked your pick here. Most are underestimating how good the Timberwolves will be)

    With that said, if SA and Golden state are the #4-#5, I think Golden State would win this time around, sadly. I think Clippers, Houston, San Antonio, and Golden State could all win this conference.

    My East is pretty similar to yours.

    1) Indiana
    2) Brooklyn
    3) Miami
    4) Chicago
    5) NY Knicks
    6) Washington (wouldn't be surprised if Washington were better than NY, actually)
    7) Atlanta
    8. Detroit
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    Oct 17, 2013 5:37 AM GMT
    The West looks very deep this year. I could any 12 of the 15 making the playoffs. Minnesota is a sleeper, and don't take Portland or New Orleans lightly either. Portland had a playoff-caliber starting line-up but no bench. Really upgraded that in the offseason. I like the moves New Orleans made and should push for the 8 spot as well. I agree with KJ on Washington, especially since 6-8 in the East look really up for grabs. I think the East has 3 or 4 elite teams, but the West is really hard to predict with as many quality teams as it has.

  • Oct 17, 2013 5:49 AM GMT
    I haven't really been following the offseason but here's what i think:
    5.New York

    5.Golden State
    8.New Orleans
    But i can easily see the lakers, jazz, trailblazers,and mavericks taking the 7th-8th spot
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    Oct 18, 2013 3:00 AM GMT
    1. Heat
    2. Pacers
    3. Bulls
    4. Brooklyn
    5. Knicks
    6. Hawks
    7. Cavs
    8. Raptors

    1. Clippers
    2. Grizzlies
    3. Warriors
    4. OKC
    5. Spurs
    6. Rockets
    7. T'Wolves
    8. Nuggets

    MVP: LeBron
    Coach: Doc Rivers
    ROY:Victor Oladipo
    Most improved: Dion Waiters
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    Oct 18, 2013 2:07 PM GMT
    Playoff Predictions!

    Eastern Conference - INDIANA over CHICAGO

    As noted by nckbob2011 above, the Pacers now have the depth and the skill at key positions to contain LeBron James and simultaneously hold his teammates to pedestrian outputs. Roy Hibbert's continued improvement in the paint plus their perimeter defense will give them the edge in a semifinal matchup. New Yorkers will be sick of Derrick Rose and company after the Bulls dispatch the Knicks and Nets in convincing fashion. The first round pairings in the East will all be laughers... the Knicks win maybe two games in their series, and all the others are sweeps.

    Western Conference - OKLAHOMA CITY over GOLDEN STATE

    OKC does not want to give anyone the impression that they're regressing already. Dispatching the defending champ Spurs and the top-seed Clippers in successive rounds will help dispel that notion. They'll need a midseason trade that bolsters their frontline if they are going to pull it off.

    The 2-3-6-7 rounds in the West will all be wild and woolly, and highly entertaining. Whichever teams reach the Western Finals will be definitely exhausted.


    This one will go seven games, a veritable back-and-forth battle of wits between two guys seeking to confirm they're in the top-tier of the coaching ranks. Kevin Durant against Paul George will be worth the price of admission. In close affairs, look for the true MVP for Indiana to be Russell Westbrook, who is known to make crucial blunders at inopportune times.
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    Oct 18, 2013 11:21 PM GMT
    Though it's too early to do playoff predictions, it is silly to say that the Thunder would take the Pacers to 7, much less even make it to the NBA Finals. The Thunder cannot beat any team with a premier big man, because that forces them to use Perkins, which instantly turns the Thunder into a merely above average basketball team (and they no longer have Harden or even Martin to compensate for their dearth of a legitimate big man).

    The Grizzlies and Rockets would both beat the Thunder in 5. The Pacers would take the Thunder in 4. I doubt the Thunder make it past Round 2. The likelihood they are able to bypass the Grizzlies and Rockets due to seeding is low, and I'm skeptical they'd emerge victorious even if they avoided those two teams en route to the NBA Finals.
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    Oct 19, 2013 8:08 AM GMT
    I like your West predictions but I would take the Timberwolves out and add The Lakers. Just because Kobe will find a way !! N I wouldn't even be surprised if the Warriors become the best in the west .. With Igoduala, Curry, Thompson, Bogut, Matt barnes & David Lee..

    And East is way off dude..
    1) Bulls.. they have good offence and great defence!
    2) Miami .
    3) Pacers
    4) Nets
    5) Knicks hopefully Amare can stay healthy.
    6) Pistons
    7) Cavs if Kyrie is healthy + Bynum now.. gonna be fun to watch!!
    8.) Wizards or Raptors or even Celtics

    I cant wait for the season to start. Gonna be sick!
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    Oct 20, 2013 2:03 AM GMT
    Great points everybody! Keep 'em coming!

    MVP and All-NBA Predictions coming soon!
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    Oct 21, 2013 7:32 PM GMT

    LeBron deserves the incumbency that accompanies leading a championship-proven roster, being a matchup nightmare, filling up the stat sheets, and filling in at multiple frontcourt positions to patch up his team's shortcomings.

    But what if Miami slides a bit in the standings?

    My money, both nickels, are on Chris Paul, specifically if he leads the Clippers to the top of the pack in the wild West. Already the premier point guard in the game, his assist totals will go sky-high with the shooters LA added to its roster in the offseason. And there is not another point guard in the league (Rondo, maybe, once he returns?) that is expected to carry his team defensively.

    Kevin Durant will start the year behind-the-8-ball without his All-Star sidekick Westbrook around for the first month or so. If he's able to guide OKC to the top spot in the West despite Westbrook's absence, and keep them there once he returns, his MVP candidacy will be hard to ignore.

    Chicago is a defensive juggernaut, but as long as Derrick Rose is around on offense, they don't need to hold teams below 80 points to dominate. D-Rose will get a ton of votes if they re-seize the Central Division from the Pacers.

    Dwight Howard's passive-aggressive disposition turns off those in the media tasked with voting for these honors. But he's in a position to rocket up to the top of the MVP voting if he can boost Houston up into the top-half of the West, if he regains his prowess as a help-defender, and if he masters more effective post moves from Kevin McHale and Hakeem Olajuwon.

    MVP: Chris Paul, Clippers

    All-NBA 1st Team:

    G - Chris Paul, Clippers
    G - Derrick Rose, Bulls
    F - Kevin Durant, Thunder
    F - LeBron James, HEAT
    C - Dwight Howard, Rockets

    All-NBA 2nd Team:

    G - Deron Williams, Nets
    G - James Harden, Rockets
    F - Paul George, Pacers
    F - Carmelo Anthony, Knicks
    C - Marc Gasol, Grizzlies

    All-NBA 3rd Team:

    G - Stephen Curry, Warriors
    G - Russell Westbrook, Thunder
    F - Kevin Love, Timberwolves
    F - Chris Bosh, HEAT
    C - Roy Hibbert, Pacers

    (Outside looking in: LaMarcus Aldridge, Trail Blazers; Kobe Bryant, Lakers; Mike Conley, Grizzlies; Anthony Davis, Pelicans; Tim Duncan, Spurs; Monta Ellis, Mavericks; Blake Griffin, Clippers; Al Horford, Hawks; Kyrie Irving, Cavaliers; Ty Lawson, Nuggets; David Lee, Warriors; Brook Lopez, Nets; Joakim Noah, Bulls; Tony Parker, Spurs; Larry Sanders, Bucks; Dwyane Wade, HEAT; John Wall, Wizards)
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    Oct 21, 2013 7:36 PM GMT
    KJSharp saidI think your West is really messed up.

    jK87 said And East is way off dude..

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    Oct 24, 2013 3:08 AM GMT
    I like your predictions for the all nba teams! but maybe you can remove bosh, push Love to the 4th, and add Igoudala.
    and I think Kobe can still make the 2nd or 3rd team!:p
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    Oct 26, 2013 4:27 AM GMT
    Had to move the Wiz up into playoff position after they made that move for Marcin Gortat. The Suns, of course, are playing for the 2014 draft.
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    Nov 03, 2013 4:16 AM GMT
    Carter-Williams is so cute! I wanna take him out on a date :/
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    Dec 01, 2013 5:18 PM GMT
    It’s RJ NBA Power Poll Time!
    1. Indiana Pacers (15-1) – These guys are right on schedule. Paul George has been MVP-caliber. Roy Hibbert has become an all-around Mon-Star. Danny Granger hasn’t played yet, and no one even cares.

    2. San Antonio Spurs (14-3) – What? I’ve underestimated them again? It must be a year that begins with the number ‘2’. The Foreign Legion bench (Boris Diaw and the NBA’s top 3-point shooter, Marco Belinelli, particularly) has been way better than I gave them credit for.

    3. Miami HEAT (13-3) – Slow and steady as she goes. Their handful of losses was of the fluke variety. Resting Dwayne Wade on one of the back-to-back nights is working out well so far. Can we just go ahead and hold the Eastern Conference Finals right now?

    4. Portland Trail Blazers (13-3) – Is Damian Lillard and company for real? LaMarcus Aldridge has found his comfort zone. Nic Batum complements like the cheese in the French Onion soup. They have a tougher schedule coming, but that big road win at Golden State sure looks promising.

    5. Oklahoma City Thunder (11-3) – Nice to have Russell Westbrook back already! Serge Ibaka is rebounding well and taking the load of off Kevin Durant and Steven Adams. The only team that’s undefeated at home plays in Loud City.

    6. L.A. Clippers (12-5) – This just in: Chris Paul is nice. Who is going to transform Blake Griffin into the imposing tough guy the media (and a couple of his teammates) want him to become? And is there enough time in the season to do it?

    7. Houston Rockets (13-5) – Jeremy Lin’s offensive explosion had to be a sight for sore eyes. Terrence Jones has earned the power forward spot and, no surprise, Omer Asik wants out already. Is James Harden’s foot soreness going to be a problem going forward?

    8. Dallas Mavericks (10-8 ) – Monta Ellis is a fit! Doing everything they hoped O.J. Mayo would do last year, and then some. Ballhandler-turned-sharpshooter Jose Calderon makes the whole thing go. Dirk Nowitzki and his pals are playing with Mark Cuban’s house money now.

    9. Golden State Warriors (9-8 ) – Stephen Curry’s missing time with injuries already, and with Toney Douglas out they have to rely on Klay Thompson for passing, not just shooting. Andre Iguodala’s hamstring injury is a setback, too, but at least they have Harrison Barnes at the ready.

    10. Denver Nuggets (9-6) – Nice bounce back after a rough start. Being put on the open trade block can demoralize some players. Kenneth Faried is apparently not one of those kinds of players. Danilo Gallinari has scrapped his timetable to return after knee surgery.

    11. Memphis Grizzlies (8-8 ) – Marc Gasol’s MCL injury was a huge blow, but it makes their free agent acquisition of Kosta Koufos look especially smart. Management stat geeks forcing the players to play fast wasn’t working, and it’s good they figured it out now rather than later.

    12. Minnesota Timberwolves (9-9) – Strong start to the year, with Kevin Love picking defenses apart on outlet passes, but they’ve slowed to a crawl lately. Giving up on former #2 pick Derrick Williams netted them the defensive help they hope is coming in Luc Richard Mbah a Moute.

    13. Los Angeles Lakers (9-8 ) – Steve Blake and Jordan Framar will have to carry the load at point guard since Steve Nash is on his last legs. Jodie Meeks and Xavier Henry have done an admirable job helping Pau Gasol until You Know Who can get back on the floor.

    14. Atlanta Hawks (9-9) – So, you noticed we haven’t mentioned an East team in a minute? Jeff Teague’s rediscovered aggressiveness at point guard has been a revelation. Al Horford and Paul Millsap are trading the role of double-double machine nightly.

    15. New Orleans Pelicans (7-8 ) – With apologies to Paul Pierce, Anthony Davis is the truth! Getting Ryan Anderson back and firing away has been a huge boost. They’ll be stronger upfront if they can get center Greg Stiemsma back soon.

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    Dec 01, 2013 5:23 PM GMT

    16. Chicago Bulls (7-8 ) – Derrick Rose! Then Derrick Fell. Again. With Rose gone already for the season, they’ll need steady point guard play and offensive punch (from the injured Jimmy Butler and Mike Dunleavy) like a hole in the head. Good news is they’re still in the East.

    17. Washington Wizards (8-9) – The injured Bradley Beal and John Wall have been good-as-advertised. The internal bickering may cease if they have found a way to improve defensively. Trevor Ariza’s mid-month absence didn’t make defense any easier, but Nene’s doing all he can.

    18. Phoenix Suns (9-8 ) – Wait, did somebody around here say the Suns were supposed to be tanking? Would they please let Eric Bledsoe and the Morris Twins know? You have to wonder if Bledsoe’s occasionally strained shin is just cover to keep him out of some winnable games.

    19. Charlotte Bobcats (8-9) – Remember, this team won seven games in November last year, too. They finished with 21. Kemba Walker’s mired in a bad shooting slump, but Al Jefferson will keep them in close games against bad teams longer. Way better defensively under Steve Clifford.

    20. Toronto Raptors (6-9) – First place by default! The Atlantic Division is suddenly looking wretched, leaving the Raps to rise above the cream to get to the top. Inefficient scoring and inconsistent defense remains a problem.

    21. Philadelphia 76ers (6-11) – It’s your world, Michael Carter-Williams! Teams are ignoring the improved Spencer Hawes to their peril. Thaddeus Young is still figuring things out under new coach Brett Brown, but Evan Turner looks like a whole new player.

    22. Detroit Pistons (6-10) – Josh Smith remains wide-open on the perimeter and, some day, he’ll figure out why. Mo Cheeks has not done a good job getting his top players to mask each others’ imperfections. Too many hot-and-cold performances from Brandon Jennings and Greg Monroe.

    23. Orlando Magic (6-10) – No team in the league has as little pressure placed on them to succeed right now. Nikola Vucevic is sliding back down to Earth after a crazy-good start. Getting Tobias Harris back will help him up front. Keep Big Baby Davis away from the motels, please.

    24. Boston Celtics (7-12) – Jared Sullinger is up-and-coming talent, surprising opponents with his range and defensive skill. Rajon Rondo’s return is just around the corner. They could probably afford to lean on Jeff Green a little more.

    25. Brooklyn Nets (5-12) – Really, Brooklyn? Really? The Gimpy Old Men don’t appear to have a coach that complements their skills in the coke-spilling Jason Kidd. With Deron Williams’ injuries, will they force Kidd to become a player-coach just to keep his job?

    26. Cleveland Cavaliers (5-12) – Anthony Bennett is dangerously close to LaRue Martin territory in the “worst first-overall draft pick ever” discussion. Much like his draftmate John Wall, Kyrie Irving’s ability to lead in the locker room is coming into question.

    27. Sacramento Kings (4-10) – A lot of deadwood and redundancy on this roster, and it shows. Derrick Williams just adds to the redundancy. Fans broke the world-record last month for the noisiest indoor crowd ever, but DeMarcus Cousins is trying hard not to scream even louder.

    28. New York Knicks (3-12) – They can’t seem to make it here. Can they make it anywhere? This summer, Carmelo Anthony may seek to find that out. Putting their defensive post reliance all on Tyson Chandler was a big risk that has busted. J.R. Smith has been a headache wrapped in a nightmare.

    29. Utah Jazz (3-15) – At least they have Gordon Hayward, I guess. Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors are underwhelming and Hayward’s talents are stretched out too thin. They’re just waiting and hoping for Trey Burke to emerge soon.

    30. Milwaukee Bucks (3-13) – This is a dumpster fire right now. When Caron Butler is your second-leading scorer, in 2013, you are in deep deer doo-doo. Larry Sanders’ nightclub idiocy cost him games with his thumb, and cost the Bucks their most reliable defensive leader.

  • Dec 03, 2013 6:54 AM GMT
    The Knicks might as well tank the season and trade Carmelo for draft picks
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    Dec 03, 2013 7:19 AM GMT
    It's too bad the Nets are owned by a friggin Russian criminal dirt bag icon_sad.gif
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    Dec 03, 2013 7:28 AM GMT
    Yeah the knicks are screwed.. I don't see them getting into the playoffs at all!!! even though the eastern conference is weak as hell..
    2 winning records wtf out of 15 teams. haa
    West; Portland is killing it! glad i got Damian Lillard on my fantasy team along with Paul George
    I just hope no one else gets injured.. Ruins the whole season for even a good team, like Chicago lol
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    Dec 03, 2013 1:33 PM GMT
    What a win for my Blazers last night! Exciting start to the season in Rip City!
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    Dec 03, 2013 3:25 PM GMT
    Shawnathan saidIs 2K13 quicker to type than 2013?

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  • Dec 10, 2013 7:31 AM GMT
    #freemelo he deserves better than this
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    Dec 10, 2013 7:32 AM GMT
    somersault saidIt's too bad the Nets are owned by a friggin Russian criminal dirt bag icon_sad.gif

    Nay! It makes for fantastic comedy.
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    Dec 10, 2013 7:37 AM GMT
    futuredoc93 said#freemelo he deserves better than this

    not really.. Melo isn't a player that makes others around him better.. He most likely will never win a ring.. Unless he becomes a Laker next year xD