A couple of weeks ago, Foot Locker came out with a new commercial. In it, some teenager is playing basketball at his house and he's talking to himself, living out his hoop dreams by counting down the seconds in some imaginary game, setting himself up for the game-winning shot.
In 2010, there was no high school senior more exciting to watch than Austin Rivers. His godly handles, acrobatic layups, pull-up threes and high flying dunks made for one of the more entertaining mixes you will ever set your eyes on and it made him an instant fan favorite in the basketball world. Even without knowing the level of competition he was going up against on a nightly basis, words of him being a lottery pick in the 2012 Draft spread like wildfire.
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The New Orleans Pelicans like to run pick-and-rolls a lot. In fact, through their 29 games so far this season, they've used it in 35.3 percent of their offensive sets because it's been that good to them. A lot of that has to do with the fact that they acquired the pick-and-roll fiend that is Jrue Holiday in the off-season.
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Basic individual statistics never appropriate actual on-court value. To a certain degree, all players are
Anthony Davis is out 4-6 weeks with a broken bone in his left hand, which reminds us that no player's career is a perfect arc, regardless of how pristine we might envision it.
The season's still early, but our writers have OPINIONS. And these OPINIONS will be heard, DAMMIT.
Xavier Henry threw down a nasty dunk at the expense of Jeff Withey, a beat down the likes of which hasn't been seen since the Franco-Prussian War of 1870.
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