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Report: Dominic McGuire signs with Toronto

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Dominic McGuire has hung out there as one of the few name free agents left on the list. McGuire was a reserve in Golden State last year, averaging just 17.6 minutes. He averaged just 7.3 points per 36 minutes, but also tagged close to 8 rebounds and 1.4 assists at that rate. Additionally, it was the first time in his career I’ve kept an eye on him and noticed a real difference being made defensively. Synergy Sports had him tagged at allowing just .71 in the post, and a ridiculous .585 points per possession in Isolation. It was a limited sample but he made a real difference.

And now he’ll be hopefully making that difference in Toronto. From Yahoo Sports:

McGuire, who played 64 of 66 games for Golden State a season ago, is still working out the details on a one- or two-year deal, sources said, but has committed to play for Toronto. He was scheduled to participate in a workout with the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday with free agent Josh Childress, but cancelled after agreeing to play for Toronto this season.

via Dominic McGuire reaches agreement to play for Raptors – Yahoo! Sports.

McGuire should work well with coach Dwane Casey, and provide him with an option for a defense-first player where they have some depth issues. It’s a solid pick-up and likely on the cheap, a win for both sides.

Shaq will not be playing in the Mexican League

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There was a report last week about Shaquille O’Neal possibly playing in the Mexican League. It would have been just a publicity gig, but would have worked out well for both sides. But then, the report would have to be accurate. And Shaq, speaking to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, says it isn’t.

Is there any truth to the reports that youll be playing games in the Mexican League next month?”No truth to that. Its kind of unfortunate that so-called experts have to get their sources from the Internet. Its backwards. Especially like when people from ESPN know me and they can call me and ask me, but somebody else said it so they want to be the first to report it even though its not true. However, we could talk, but nobody has contacted me.”So you definitely wont?”Probably not.”

via Shaq unplugged: Q&A with former LSU, NBA star Shaquille ONeal |

So there’s that. No Mexican League basketball for Shaq.

It shouldn’t surprise anyone, O’Neal has always been conscious of how his legacy would be perceived and though he’s definitely a clown in non-basketball matters, intentionally, he’s remained dedicated to protecting his standing as one of the true greats in the game (maybe too much). He’s not ruling it out completely, but I doubt we’ll be seeing it.

Three weeks to training camp… Kyrie Irving is not afraid of the moment

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The wait is almost over. We’re three weeks and three days from training camp, and the start of the 2012-2013 NBA season. Basketball is almost back. As we get closer we’ll be bringing you reminders of why this game is awesome, what you’ve missed, and what to look forward to.

The point guard position in the NBA is so deep you can go on for an hour and still miss someone absolutely stellar. So the fact that Kyrie Irving has shot up the ranks of the top point guards says something. Irving’s rookie season was simply stellar. He wasn’t just a scorer. He wasn’t just a distributor. He was the kind of point guard you dream about, the exact type of franchise player that Cleveland needed after you know who did you know what. Irving was particularly insane late in games. The kid just has stones. And in three weeks, we get to start ramping up towards his encore after an incredible rookie season.


Marcus Camby was having a hard time with the idea of putting on a Heat jersey

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The Heat were locked in a tough free agent bidding war for Ray Allen at the same time they were pushing for Marcus Camby. Allen became their priority, and while that was happening, Camby slipped up to New York and rejoined the Knicks. In an interview with Newsday, Camby admits that the idea of playing for his former rival didn’t sit well with him.

“I knew that it would have been very hard for me to put on that Miami Heat uniform, especially all the battles we used to have back in the days with Houston and those guys,” he said. “I’m happy things worked out.”

via Marcus Camby returns to Knicks with ‘Yes We Can’ attitude.

What’s funny is we heard almost the exact same thing from Steve Nash about joining the Lakers a month before he… joined the Lakers. Had the Heat put the full-court press on and put more money towards him, that’s where Camby would have been, most likely. It might have been difficult, but he would have gotten over it for the money and a shot at the title. But this works out for everyone, as Camby may actually be a better fit with New York.

His addition has been underrated by many when looking forward to next season. He’s going to provide the Knicks with legitimate big depth, which they haven’t had in years, and will bring them another defender at the rim behind Tyson Chandler. It works out well for everyone, even the Heat, who continue to go down the road of smaller and faster.

Dwyane Wade is trying to fix his jumper by tweaking his catch

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Dwyane Wade is an elite scorer in the NBA, but one drawback has always been his range. He’s flat-out not a good perimeter shooter, and despite the ability to nail some monster shots off the pull-up, that’s just not the strongest part of his game.

But he’s trying to improve it after what he felt was a step back last year. Wade has hired a shooting coach, but what’s interesting is what Wade says is the issue, as well as how he regards his mid-range game.

The reality, Wade said, is what he really needed was a catching coach.

In the wake of a season where he felt his jumper got away from him, Wade said upon further review it was not as much about how he was shooting the ball as how he was going through that motion.

Now, with training camp three weeks away, he believes he has a grasp on the situation.

“I have one of the best mid-range shots in the league,” he said. “But, obviously, when you have different injuries, it makes you change a little bit. So it’s just about getting back to that comfort of it and finding out where you are now.

“My midrange game is very important to me. The biggest thing is coming out of my pull-up without losing the ball and just making sure it comes through my hand the right way. When it comes to my shot exactly, I don’t have a bad shot. There’s other reasons why I come up short a lot. So it’s just trying to work the kinks out.”

via Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade looks ahead to NBA championship defense. – South Florida

Let’s back up there a second. “One of the best mid-range shots  in the league?” Not too sure about that. From 16-23 feet, here’s where Wade ranked among shooting guards, not the entire league, just among shooting guards, from 16-23 feet over the past five years: 42nd, 63rd, 26th, 56th, 45th. Even with many of those players getting bumps by only taking a handful of shots per year without minute restrictions, that’s not elite, by any stretch of the imagination.

From 10-15 he was better, though, clocking in at 44th, 27th, 42nd, 33rd, and 21st. That shows you the real issue, which is just pure and simple range.

(Data courtesy of HoopData.)

So no, Dwyane Wade does not have one of the best mid-range shots in the game. But the work he’s doing can only improve it. Wade was more easily pressured on-ball last year, and the injuries would be a logical reason. By working on control of the ball coming into his shooting motion, he should be able to get more accuracy without needing as much of a burst, which is good coming off knee surgery and his myriad injuries. If he can get that shot up at a higher percentage, it’s only going to make the Heat more deadly.

You know, because that’s something they really need.