As the mania from the LeBron James circus finally begins to abate, we can snap back from the soap opera and remember the basketball. Instead of feverishly chasing the latest rundown on how and when which billionaire was stooping to kiss the still-nonexistent ring of the King, we can take a broader look around the NBA and see that Miami has some company when it comes to shrewd front offices that have done a noteworthy job with their resources this summer.
On January 12, I went to basketball practice and then spent time with a kids' basketball league. The whole time my phone was in the car. When I finally looked at it, I had about 50 messages saying, "Have you been watching the news about Haiti?"
MERION, Pa. -- Reporters who attended the 76ers' practice Wednesday walked into a full scrimmage, a rarity considering the media normally are allowed to view only the last few minutes as a workout winds down. After about an hour -- and more than three hours since practice began -- the visibly tired players left the floor.
As the NBA prepares to celebrate its best, let's take a moment to recognize a few of those who made it possible. No, not the coaches and fans who selected the teams for Sunday's All-Star Game in Phoenix. Rather, the players who make the All-Stars look even better by comparison -- the Anti-All-Stars.
Eighty percent of success is showing up, or so said Woody Allen. What you do in that remaining 20 percent, though, determines whether you get to keep showing up in the NBA. Almost as important, a player's productivity also determines how much he gets to show up.
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I'm thinking that the shadow of Larry Brown had something to do with the surprising move the 76ers made Tuesday to replace Billy King with Ed Stefanski, the new president and general manager in Philadelphia.