Kurt Helin

Take a look back at the Hall of Fame career of Allen Iverson (VIDEO)

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Allen Iverson’s Hall of Fame entrance speech was so much like Iverson’s playing career — emotional, unrehearsed, raw, and absolutely must watch.

Now take a quick look back at the career that landed him in the HOF, this was the introductory video to him entering the hall.

Take a look back at the Hall of Fame career of Shaquille O’Neal.

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Shaquille O’Neal is officially in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. His speech upon entering was vintage Shaq.

Take a break from watching your fantasy football team play like manure to check out the highlights of Shaquille O’Neal’s career. This was the video used to introduce him at the HOF ceremony.

Wizards’ coach Scott Brooks isn’t worried about John Wall, Bradley Beal chemistry

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In theory, the slashing style of John Wall and the outside shooting of Bradley Beal should make them an exceptional backcourt. Except they’ve never clicked like one would expect. Injuries have certainly been a part of that, but Wall has admitted he and Beal don’t like each other on the court at times. Now with both Wall and Beal locked into long-term deals, how well those two play off each other will go a long way in determining how good these Wizards can be.

New coach Scott Brooks says this chemistry thing is overrated, as he told the Washington Post.

“Two things I noticed about both of them: They’re very competitive, and they care about their teammates. When you have those two qualities, you will never have problems with me as the coach and you’ll never have problems with your teammates,” Brooks said. “With that being said, they’re like brothers, and you’re going to have arguments. If you don’t have an argument as an NBA team, that’s odd.”

That’s been the spin for a while, “they’re just two alphas and of course they clash.” Brooks came from a team where two big stars — Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook — had their feuds based on ego. The difference is in Oklahoma City those two showed from the start they could win and win big together. Durant and Westbrook had their difference — and now really have their differences — but on the court, they had enough chemistry to make the Thunder a force.

Wall and Beal have shown none of that.

Brooks has tried to pump up the Wall/Beal pairing before, saying they could be the best two-way backcourt in the NBA if they were healthy and on the same page. (Not so sure about that, Klay Thompson is a good defender and Curry is solid on that end, but that’s another discussion.) Brooks was brought in to modernize the offense and get those two guards clicking, and he’s trying to build them up. We’ll see how that goes.

It just feels like this year’s version is the same old Wizards. Wall and Beal are the only ones who can change that.

Report: “Growing optimism” Heat will clear Chris Bosh to play. At least on union side.

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Chris Bosh wants to be back on the court this season, having missed the end of the last two seasons with a serious blood clot health issue. Heat owner Micky Arison at least wants to see him in training camp. However, the Heat and their doctors have yet to clear Bosh to return to the court. The sides are talking, but the Heat have yet to sign off on a plan.

But from the Bosh/players’ union side, they feel optimistic, reports Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

There is growing optimism about Chris Bosh being cleared by the Heat to resume his career while remaining on blood thinners, according to a union source.

Bosh pitched the Heat on playing late last season, while taking a new form of blood thinner that would be out of his system in eight hours or so. The Heat resisted that approach at that time but is now more open than it had been to Bosh playing while on blood thinners, according to the source.

I don’t question Jackson and his sources, but this is also certainly spin. If you are in the Bosh/union camp, these kinds of leaks help put public pressure on the Heat to agree to a deal, it raises expectations. That’s part of the negotiations.
No doubt the Heat would like to see Bosh on the court — he averaged 19.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, shot 36.7 percent from three and a true shooting percentage of 57.1, plus he had a PER of 20.2. They are a much better team, a potential playoff team in the East, with him on the court.
The big question is, are the Heat okay with Bosh playing on blood thinners? The Bosh camp had proposed a type of drug that did the work then was out of his system in eight hours — something used by other professional athletes — but the Heat didn’t sign off on this.

If Bosh is approved to play, will there be restrictions on his travel? Will there be restrictions on his minutes?

Still, it feels like the two sides are going to find some common ground.

 

Deron Williams reiterates he will be good to go at start of training camp

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Deron Williams comes into this season off sports hernia surgery, which is one of the reasons he didn’t get as long a contract as he’d hoped for in Dallas.

Dallas is counting on Williams next season to be a stable — and healthy — leader of what should be a quality starting five. Williams told Dallas-based Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan he will be good to go.

Williams has said this before. He should be at 100 percent for camp.

At age 32, Williams averaged 14.1 points and 5.8 assists per game for the Mavericks last season. He was a solid, quality point guard. Sure, his efficiency slipped a little, as to be expected at his age, but he should be good again for them this season.

Dallas plans to start Williams, Wesley Matthews, Harrison Barnes, Dirk Nowitzki, and Andrew Bogut. If that group can stay healthy, it’s a good starting five that coach Rick Carlisle is going to win some games with.