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NBA allows scouts to attend college practices after previous lockout ban

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The NBA wants its employees they’re still paying to pretend that the players don’t exist. But they’re totally fine with scouts examining the next generation of players the league doesn’t want to pay as much as they have been. Yup.

Yahoo! Sports reports:

After initially forbidding front-office executives from attending college basketball practices during the lockout, the NBA has changed course and informed teams they can now do so, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The league office relented on its original rules after team executives lobbied hard about how much of their player evaluation depends on the ability to attend practices, as well as games. When the NBA imposed the lockout, it instructed teams they wouldn’t be allowed into practices partially to avoid the possibility they could have contact with current NBA players who are on campus.

via NBA allows scouts to attend college practices – NBA – Yahoo! Sports.

That’s a pretty fantastically stupid rule to begin with. If scouts want to contact players, they can use their personal phones or emails. It’s not like they’re going to run into players at these things, embrace in a big hug, and provide the player with inside information they don’t know because they’re scouts and not ownership assistants. Eventually the league will have games again, and a draft, and teams will need to scout that draft. Glad they came to their senses. Now if they’d just relax on the idea that mingling of any sort is going to cause a complete breakdown in the negotiation process.

We’re almost there, guys! You’re almost acting like adults!

Chris Bosh with between-the-legs pass to cutting Dwyane Wade (VIDEO)

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Miami is going to be a lot of fun to watch this season (if they can stay healthy).

They’ve got athletic, active players who want to run, who move off the ball, and they have good passers. For example, watch Chris Bosh go between the legs to Dwyane Wade in the Heat’s preseason game Sunday.

Bosh had 14 points, and Wade had a dozen, but Charlotte won the exhibition.


Blake Griffin pre-game dunk knocks down shot clock

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The Clippers went north of the border to take on the Raptors in an exhibition game, but it was on the West Coast of Canada in one of the world’s prettiest cities — Vancouver. The two played at the Rogers Arena.

Where, they may want to upgrade the shot clocks behind the backboards. Watch over the shoulder of the Clippers announcers as Griffin dunks in warmups.

Notice that DeAndre Jordan loves this.

Nice to see Griffin dunking like his old self again. If you want another view, the NBA retweeted this.