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Deron Williams, Nets GM King not hurt in Turkish earthquake

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The 7.2 earthquake that has devastated Turkey has cost more than 260 lives (and that count is still climbing), wounded thousands and many more left homeless and in need of assistance.

It’s natural in this kind of situation to wonder about people we know in the area, and that led many to ask on twitter and in other media about Nets star Deron Williams, who is playing in Turkey during the lockout.

He and his family are fine. Williams is playing in Istanbul, more than 800 miles away from the epicenter of the earthquake. The quake rocked the Kurdish area near Iraq and Armenia, while Istanbul is located on the other end of the country, closer to Bulgaria and Greece.

Williams (who was born in Texas and is apparently a Rangers fan) tweeted that he was fine.


Nets general manager Billy King had flown to Turkey to watch D-Will play — but not to talk to him because the lockout has to screw everything up — and he is also fine. He was only in Istanbul as well plus was on a plane home when the earthquake hit.

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.