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The new sheriff in town: Michele Roberts attempts to fix the NBA Players Association, her latest challenge in a lifetime full of them

Michele Roberts grew up in Melrose Houses, a low-income housing project in the South Bronx. Her father left the family when she was still a toddler, leaving her mother, Elsie, to raise five kids on her own. As a hobby, her mother would watch trials and arraignments at the nearby courthouse, often bringing her daughter with her. During one such ...

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The triangle’s holy war: The offensive system that won Phil Jackson 11 championships is back, but can it silence a growing legion of critics?

The world’s foremost apostle for the Triangle offense does not coach in the NBA. He doesn’t coach in college or American high school, either. He doesn’t coach in the United States at all. His name is Tim Cone, and he is speaking into a cellphone months after securing his 18th Philippine Basketball Association trophy. The victory marked the second time ...

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The road less traveled: In a league defined narrowly by ultimate success or absolute failure, three teams are taking their own path to relevance and maybe someday to a championship.

Everyone wants what the San Antonio Spurs have, yet only a handful of teams can even reasonably aspire to it. As a new season begins, there are maybe a half-dozen challengers with realistic championship hopes; a few caveats and some lucky bounces may allow a few more — at most — to contend. We count the rings in the NBA ...

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NFL satisfied with increased penalty flags

The NFL’s VP of officiating is okay with the trend of increased penalties this season. NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino is okay with the rising number of penalties in the NFL this season, telling the Associated Press on Thursday that “we’re in a good place” and adding that he “(doesn’t) see a diminished product on the field.” NFL games ...

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Jonathan Stewart returns to practice; still not a strong fantasy option

Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart returned to practice on Thursday. We break down the fantasy implications. Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart returned to practice on Thursday, according to Steve Reed of the Associated Press. Stewart has been dealing with a knee injury that has cost him the last two games and a ton of practice. Starter DeAngelo Williams ...

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Michael Beasley leaves Grizzlies to sign with Chinese team owned by Yao Ming

The Michael Beasley experiment in Memphis didn’t last long before the former No. 2 overall pick decided to take his talents to China. Michael Beasley’s latest attempt to carve out a steady NBA role has come to an end. The former No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft has agreed to leave the Memphis Grizzlies to sign a ...

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Vincent Jackson misses practice again; should play for fantasy owners on Sunday

Vincent Jackson missed practice again on Thursday. We break down the fantasy implications. Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson missed practice on Thursday with an injury to his ribs, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. Jackson missed practice on Wednesday as well, but there’s not a lot of evidence to suggest he’s in danger of missing the ...

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Chris Bosh says transition in Cleveland will be ‘very difficult’ for Kevin Love

Chris Bosh knows a little something about major role changes, and he says Kevin Love will have a tough time adjusting to his new responsibilities in Cleveland early on. The Cleveland Cavaliers should be immediate contenders in the Eastern Conference next season after a historic offseason, but that doesn’t mean Kevin Love’s adjustment from top dog in Minnesota to third ...

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Brandon Marshall could be less than 100 percent for fantasy owners

Brandon Marshall admitted his ankle should cost him some time. We break down the fantasy implications. Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall admitted that his ankle sprain from Week 4 was supposed to keep him out for four weeks. He did get some “special/new treatment” on his ankle after he faced the New York Jets in Week 3. The good news ...

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