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Celtics Misread Market, Bollix Up Draft

Christoper L. Gasper, Boston Globe

Sixers Make Simmons the No. 1 Guy

Keith Pompey, Philadelphia Daily News

The Endless Michael vs. LeBron Debate

Joe Posnanski, NBC Sports

It’s not easy being the Green. The Celtics’ surfeit of draft picks is simply overrated by the organization and regarded as underwhelming by teams with proven NBA commod...(full article)

The Thunder spent Thursday night being bold as ever, trading Serge Ibaka to the Magic for a package starring Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and Domantas Sabonis. This would be a bl...(full article)

NEW YORK - Simmons it is. The 76ers did as everyone expected Thursday night and chose power forward Ben Simmons of Louisiana State University with the first overall pick of the NBA...(full article)

Yes, you bet we’re going to wade into the Twitter-infested waters of Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James for the official title of best basketball player of all-time. Absolutely. Sha...(full article)

The NBA’s anti-competitive incentive problem is reaching a critical level. One of the things a person comes to know from a lifetime of competing intabletop baseball games&nb...(full article)

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