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Slam Funk Scratch Card posted by Raptors Fan

Lovers of the NBA will be spending their Christmas holidays enthralled by the games being played over the festive season, given that less than 30 games have been played so far.  If you’re following the Eastern Conference your money will be on the Knicks or Miami Heat, although if you’re following the western conference you’ll be backing the Clippers or Oklahoma City Thunder.
But there is now more than one way to make a few bucks from basketball. The Slam Funk scratch card is an electronic version of many people’s weekly gamble. Combining disco and basketball in one smooth move, this instant win scratch card will be a hit with basketball-lovers and gamblers alike.  Click here to give some slots a try first, just to warm up, and then continue to the basketball goodness.
The 9 panels of the card hide groovy characters – 5 players and 1 cheerleader, and like any other scratch card three in a row means you’ve won a prize. The rainbow colour scheme matches their logo with a different colour background for every character. One groovy player is even spinning a disco ball!
Stakes on the card can range from $0.01 to $10 depending on how lucky you’re feeling. The payouts can range from 1x to 250x your wager meaning you can win up to $2500! To start the game just click ‘new card’, after which you can scratch each panel individually by clicking on each one, or by selecting ‘reveal all’ to show the characters automatically.
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Richard Kagan

Bulls looking Bullish over Toronto posted by Richard Kagan

The Chicago Bulls went to 16-8 with a win over the Toronto Raptors tonight.  Carlos Boozer scored a season high 34 points as the Bulls won 110-93.  Every starter contributed With Luol Deng and Derrick Rose playing strong games.  Joakim Noah had another double-double. 

Kyle Korver scored in double figures once again.  Chicago has a solid starting five and 2 or 3 solid guys coming off the bench.  Boozer gives the Bulls a low post presence and an active rebounder and takes some pressure off Noah grabbing every loose ball.  This team has some flexibililty and versatility and will win some games.  It is starting to look like not if the Bulls will make the playoffs which was a question the past few years, but how high a seed they will receive.

This teams looks like the most complete team since the hey-dey years of Jordan and Pippen.   There are other great teams in the East, The Celtics, the Magic, and the Heat.  They are loaded with great players.  The Bulls are a tough team and will give any team a good showing.  Considering how bad the Bulls were after the zenith of Michael, that is saying something.  Derrick Rose is a budding superstar.  He is fearless, commands the ball, is dangerous with it, and can score.

Rose is very quick and has great court sense.  He creates off the dribble.  One of the best players at doing that since Michael or Scottie.  He is a driver, a slasher and can shoot from 18 feet out.  Heck, he can shoot from 22 feet out. 

This is Boozer's 7th or 8th game since returning to the lineup.  He is is game shape and now we are seeing how talented he is.  A great addition to the team.

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john howard

NBA Playoffs Eastern conference posted by john howard

It's the All-Star break and time to asses where the season is at.  There are roughly 30 games left and the trading deadline is looming.  Here is a look at the playoffs if they were today.

1 Cleveland vs.  8 Chicago

2 Orlando vs   7 Miami

3 Atlanta vs 6 Charlotte

4 Boston vs 5 Toronto

Chicago looks like they have regressed overall from last year. But lately, they have started getting into the groove. Derrick Rose is unreal and they might win a game but they won't beat Cleveland.

Miami has one of the top 3 players in the game in Dwayne Wade.  This team could look different by playoff time. No matter how the team looks, it would take an incredible performance for even Wade to beat out Orlando.

Charlotte is a great story of over achieving.  They might be able to push Atlanta to a game 6, but that would be the best they could do.

The quietest success has been Toronto.  They are the 5th seed and no one is talking about them.  They have a shot to beat the Celtics if Boston is plagued with injuries.  But this has been a good year so far for the Raptors.

Boston has fallen from favorite to the 4th seed.  They still have the experience and firepower to go all the way. But, to do that everyone is going to have to get healthy and be at peak level which hasn't happened this year. Time is running out on the Celtics.

3 Atlanta has the best team in years.  They could be the underdog favorite after the first round.  A matchup with Orlando in round 2 is going to be fun.  Should they get past the Magic, they will be convinced they can beat anybody. 

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Brad Hurt

Grizzlies 115, Raptors 107 posted by Brad Hurt

This just in : Zach Randolph is a beast.  Everyone who has said he would be a cancer and wouldn't play hard and is the same thug he was in Portland isn't looking very smart right now.  Randolph can single-handedly dominate the post for the Grizzlies this season.  He proved as much last night against the Toronto Raptors as the Grizz earned their first win of the season 115-107 on Friday.  Randolph led the Grizzlies with 30 points and seven rebounds.

Chris Bosh led all scorers with 37 points.  Sure, that is a high number, but the Grizzlies forced him to try to beat them single-handedly, focusing their defense on Hedo Turkoglu, who burned them in the past as a member of the Sacramento Kings.  Turkoglu managed only 14 points on 4-of-10 shooting.

The Grizzlies showed some of their youth with an inability to close the Raptors out when they built a double-digit lead in the first half, and lost the third quarter scoring battle as usual, but they outscored the visitors 39-28 in the fourth quarter to snuff out any hope of a comeback.

Along with Randolph, the Grizzlies got double figures from the other four starters, as well as 12 points and seven rebounds off the bench from rookie Demarre Carroll, who looks like he could be a stud.  Who needs DeJuan Blair when you can get a guy who will sacrifice his body for a loose ball, snatch rebounds out of nowhere and knock down a shot in the clutch?  Carroll earned a reputation as a scorer at Missouri, but he has shown there is little he can't do on the professional level, and he doesn't appear rattled yet in his first two appearances.  I'm sure his day will come, though.  It's a long season, and it drags down every rookie sooner or later.

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Toronto Raptors preseason posted by john howard

I have always enjoyed the Toronto Raptors. There is something about them that catches my eye.  They always have a knack for finding talent.  They just have a hard time keeping it.  This year they managed to bring one in: Hedo Turkoglu.

This year will be a year of gelling and growing.  How long will it take for Turkoglu, Chris Bosh, Andrea Bargnani, Jose Calderon, and Jarrett Jack to gel?  The sooner the better.  This team should be one that improves throughout the year.

A lot of how much they improves relies on the progress of youngsters, DeMar DeRozan, Sonny Weems, and Marco Belinelli.   Toronto has a thin bench and one of these guys will start.  But, the other 2 will see plenty of time.  They are a shooting guard away from making the play offs and a year away from acquiring more bench help or having it develop.

This team is doing a nice job.

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Colin Linneweber

The NBA Draft's Five Best Second Overall Picks Since 1984 & Sammy Sosa Is a Joke and He Does Not Deserve Induction into the HOF posted by Colin Linneweber

The NBA Draft's Five Best Second Overall Picks Since 1984

The Los Angeles Clippers are expected to pick former Oklahoma Sooners star Blake Griffin Thursday with the first overall selection in the 2009 NBA Draft at the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

However, there is not a consensus projection for the No. 2 pick and basketball analysts remain largely uncertain who the Memphis Grizzlies will choose tomorrow in Gotham.

In recognition of the NBA Draft, I have decided to rank the five most accomplished players selected second overall in the past quarter century.

1) Jason Kidd

Kidd, 36, attended the University of California and helped resurrect the Golden Bears dormant basketball program with his stellar play at the point guard position.

After being honored as a First Team All-American as a sophomore, Kidd declared for the NBA Draft and was selected 2nd overall by the Dallas Mavericks in 1994.

Unfortunately, the Bay Area native’s initial stint with the Mavericks didn’t materialize as most anticipated it would.

According to legend, singer Toni Braxton went to the Mavs team hotel to meet Kidd after a game.

However, instead of rendezvousing with Kidd, Braxton instead left with his Dallas teammate Jimmy Jackson and the two purportedly fornicated until the wee hours.

Subsequently, Kidd loathed Jackson and he demanded an escape from “Big D.”

Kidd, a 9-time All-Star and 6-time All-NBA nomination, was traded to the Phoenix Suns at the conclusion of the 1996 season and his career began to truly ascend in the desert.

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The 5 Best Second Overall Selections in the NBA Draft Since 1984 posted by Colin Linneweber

The Los Angeles Clippers are expected to pick former Oklahoma Sooners star Blake Griffin Thursday with the first overall selection in the 2009 NBA Draft at the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. 

However, there is not a consensus projection for the No. 2 pick and basketball analysts remain largely uncertain who the Memphis Grizzlies will choose tomorrow in Gotham.

In recognition of the NBA Draft, I have decided to rank the five most accomplished players selected second overall in the past quarter century.

1)  Jason Kidd 

Kidd, 36, attended the University of California and helped resurrect the Golden Bears dormant basketball program with his stellar play at the point guard position. 

After being honored as a First Team All-American as a sophomore, Kidd declared for the NBA Draft and was selected second overall by the Dallas Mavericks in 1994. 

Unfortunately, the Bay Area native’s initial stint with the Mavericks didn’t materialize as most anticipated it would. 

According to legend, singer Toni Braxton went to the Mavs team hotel to meet Kidd for a date after a game. 

 However, instead of rendezvousing with Kidd, Braxton instead left with his Dallas teammate Jimmy Jackson and the two purportedly fornicated until the wee hours. 

Subsequently, Kidd loathed Jackson and he demanded an escape from “Big D.” 

Kidd, a 9-time All-Star and 6-time All-NBA nomination, was traded to the Phoenix Suns at the conclusion of the 1996 season and his career began to truly ascend in the desert. 

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john howard

Toronto Raptors and the draft. posted by john howard

The Raptors had a horrible season finishing third from the bottom in the East.  Anthony Parker, Shawn Marion, and Jake Voskhul are all free agents.  That is 2 starters and a top bench player.  That leaves a shaky starting lineup:


And a very weak bench.  Things may get worse before they get better.  I don't know of any trades, but perhaps a splash in free agency. It's not a big market this year.  And next year, Bosh is a free agent.  So the draft is the best bet for now.  The Raptors have the 9th pick in the draft.  There is bad news and great news with the 9th pick.  Of the past 14 drafts 7 have produced startes, 5 bench players and 3 flops.  The bad news is out of the top 10 picks, the 9 spot produces the least amount of startes and the most number of busts.  The great news is that the 7 starters are all-starts.  Picking first or third also produced 7 all-starts in that same span.  The 9th pick has yielded just as many all-starts as the 2nd, 6th, 7th, and 8th combined! So, the 9th spot is truly a hit or miss.  There isn't much in between.

The top 2 choices on mock boards appear to be either Gerald Henderson from Duke or Tyreke Evans from Memphis.  Both are sf/sg type guys who are athletic.  An all-star to go along side Bosh would be great.  This team is definately retooling.

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Ryan Greyslak

Catching up with the Phoenix Suns rumors this off season and who should be kept around for next year? posted by Ryan Greyslak

There have been many rumors surrounding the Phoenix Suns since they missed the playoffs this season. Some of these rumored trades would actually help the team, but some of the options are only opportunities to cut payroll for the oncoming season and further destroy the team. Some of the biggest names involved in these rumors for the team have been Amare Stoudemire, Shaquille O’Neal, Steve Nash, Leandro Barbosa, and Jason Richardson.

 Shaq Rumors 

Shaquille O’Neal has not been shy about the fact that he would not mind playing for another team other then the Phoenix Suns and is interested in a contract to extend him for one to two more years. Some of the rumored teams to be interested in Shaq are Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, and New Orleans Hornets.


Cleveland has reportedly offered Ben Wallace (who might request a buyout or retire) and Sasha Pavlovich who has a non guaranteed contract. The Suns could potentially get out of both players and save money off payroll this year. This is a bad deal for the Suns and I would not expect it to happen for these players. They would get nothing for Shaq.


Another of the rumored teams interested in Shaq are the Dallas Mavericks. One of the rumored packages would send Jerry Stackhouse expiring contract and Erick Dampier. Dampier is guaranteed for the next two years at over 23 million. This again would be a horrible trade for the team and they would essentially be giving Shaq up for a smaller expiring contract and a slower less effective center. If the Suns have any talks with Dallas they should absolutely involve Josh Howard but it is rumored Sarver does not want to do business with Cuban.

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Jason M. Williams

Relieved Post-Deadline Knicks Beat Down The Toronto Raptors By Thirty! posted by Jason M. Williams

One day after the NBA Trade Deadline passed, many Knicks played like they had a world of pressure taken off their shoulders.  With much speculation swirling around whether or not the Knicks would deal away enigmatic guard Nate Robinson and workhorse David Lee, both were able to breath easier last night knowing that they'd be playing in New York for the remainder of the season.

The team came out strong against the Toronto Raptors, scoring the game's first nine points and never looking back.  At one point the Knicks led by a season-best 38 points, and finished the rout with a 127-97 victory in front of the loyal Garden faithful on Italian Heritage Night.

On the bench in his new number-nine jersey was Chris Wilcox, who was brought over from the Oklahoma City Thunder at the deadline.  Next to him on the bench in street clothes was Larry Hughes, brought in from the Chicago Bulls.  Both were interviewed by the MSG Network and both seemed excited to get integrated into Mike D'Antoni's system. 

But most noticeable of all was the loose, relaxed, and somewhat relieved play from Lee and Robinson.  Both had big nights - Lee with 24 points and 15 rebounds, while Robinson added 26 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, and one sick block of Chris Bosh that he sent into the tenth row to ignite the crowd.

With only 28 games remaining on the season, the Knicks currently find themselves two games behind the Milwaukee Bucks for the eighth seed.  Remember, however, that the Knicks have been atrocious against the Bucks this season (0-3), so they'd have to leapfrog them if they want to get past them into the postseason. 

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Lakers sign F Ed Davis (The SportsXchange)

Ed Davis signed a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers that includes a player option for 2015-16. "Ed is a versatile, young frontcourt player who, if he continues to work hard, will be a valuable contributor," said general manager Mitch Kupchak. "We look forward to him furthering his development with the Lakers and are excited by what we think he can offer our team." Davis, 6-10, 250, began his career with the Toronto Raptors. [read full article]

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Free-agent roundup: Suns pay P.J. $16.5 million, Blazers bring back Blake, Beno's staying

Hey, you heard anything new on LeBron, Bosh or 'Melo that actually seemed like a thing? Yeah, me neither. Well, while we're waiting for the big names to make their decisions, let's take a quick trip through the latest crop of smaller agreements to have been reached, starting in Arizona. *** • The Phoenix Suns have reached a three-year deal with free agent P.J. Tucker, ponying up $16.5 million — an average of $5.5 million per year, just north of the starting value of the non-taxpayer's midlevel exception — to re-sign the 29-year-old forward, according to Yahoo Sports NBA columnist Marc J. Spears . It remains to be seen how Tucker's annual salary payouts are structured in each of the three seasons, but Paul Coro of azcentral sports reports that a large chunk of the final year of the contract — $3.8 million, nearly 70 percent of the deal's average annual value — will be unguaranteed. The added flexibility that comes with that partial third-year guarantee matters, at least a little bit. It might not seem like it would, considering the Suns' pristine balance sheet — they've only got rookie contracts (2012's Miles Plumlee, 2013's Alex Len and Archie Goodwin, and the forthcoming agreements for 2014's T.J. Warren and Tyler Ennis) carrying beyond the end of the 2015-16 season, and they have no eight-figure deals on the books at the moment (though that would surely change if they're forced to match an offer sheet to restricted free agent guard Eric Bledsoe, which Phoenix general manager Ryan McDonough has repeatedly said he intends to do). But after a surprisingly, phenomenally successful start to the rebuild in the desert, McDonough and company appear to be thinking big in Arizona , and when you're thinking big, it's a good idea to sweat the small stuff — declining year-over-year salaries, team options, the chance to make a veteran eminently tradable in any deal by chopping his payout down to about $1.5 million, etc. — in your other dealings, especially when committing a multi-year deal to a limited role player. That's what Tucker is, and there's no shame in it at all. After spending five years playing ball in Israel, Ukraine, Greece, Italy and Germany, the former Longhorn and 2006 second-round pick of the Toronto Raptors came back to the States prior to the 2012-13 season, inking a two-year, veteran's-minimum deal to join the Suns. The 6-foot-6 grinder quickly became a fan favorite for his aggressive, committed perimeter defense — neither advanced plus-minus-based statistics nor Synergy Sports Technology 's game-charting numbers look favorably on Tucker's defensive output, but as Kevin Zimmerman of Valley of the Suns notes , that could be “because he took on the best scorers in the league every night" — and his perpetually-in-the-red motor; fittingly, he's won the team's annual Dan Majerle Hustle Award two years running. Tucker began making greater offensive contributions last season by adding a reliable 3-point shot (a career-best 38.7 percent from deep) taken primarily from the corners (87.4 percent of his attempted 3s were high-efficiency short launches, and he hit 40.7 percent of them, according to's shot charts). While there's not much variety in his offensive game — he grabs offensive rebounds at a high rate for a small forward, but he's not a strong finisher at the rim, knock-down midrange shooter, or especially adept ball-handler or playmaker — Tucker served well as a floor-spacing functionary, a stand-in-one-place safety valve who could make opponents pay for collapsing to cut off the dribble penetration of Bledsoe and Goran Dragic. Combine that with the Suns' belief in his defensive work and locker-room leadership (especially after losing Channing Frye to a $32 million deal with the Orlando Magic) and you've got the conditions for what feels like something of an overpay — albeit perhaps not a major one in a world where multiple middling free-agent wings have gotten annual salaries slightly below ( C.J. Miles ) and above ( Jodie Meeks ) Tucker's — for a not-quite-elite defender with one trick on offense. How much of an overpay depends largely on whether Tucker can keep doing that trick — as SB Nation's Tom Ziller noted , the one-year spike in 3-point accuracy does scream “potential fluke" — and whether his ability to take on those top-flight wing scorers night after night ebbs as he nears and passes age 30. For now, Phoenix has decided to make a significant investment in Tucker's talent for setting the tone for a young Suns squad, with designs on building a culture that will sustain long after he hits that partially guaranteed third year. *** • The Portland Trail Blazers have brought back Steve Blake on a two-year deal, according to Yahoo Sports NBA columnist Marc J. Spears . The veteran point guard, who previously plied his trade in the Pacific Northwest during the 2005-06 season and again from the start of the ‘07-'08 campaign through the February 2010 trade deadline, will receive Portland's bi-annual exception , starting at $2.077 million this season, and will include a player option for the second year, according to Chris Haynes of . It's essentially the same contract that Blake's former Los Angeles Lakers teammate, Jordan Farmar, got to join the Los Angeles Clippers, and it's a decent enough price, given the higher-dollar deals that multiple secondary ball-handlers ( Shaun Livingston , Darren Collison , Patty Mills , Greivis Vasquez ) have received thus far in free agency. The Clips got Farmar at that price tag, in part, because of injury concerns; with Blake and the Blazers, it's a similar story. The 34-year-old triggerman has missed 77 of a possible 230 games over the last three seasons with a variety of injuries, including a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow , a strained right hamstring , and a strained lower abdominal muscle that required surgery. When on the court, though, he's been a pretty effective caretaker of the offenses he's been handed, posting a strong 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio for the Lakers and Golden State Warriors, who imported him at the February 2014 deadline to stabilize the backup point guard spot behind All-Star Stephen Curry and hopefully bring his playmaking (he was averaging a career-best 8.3 assists per 36 minutes prior to the trade) and steady long-range shooting (just under 40 percent from 3-point land before the deal) to the Bay Area. That didn't work out so well; Blake's assist rate dropped precipitously and he shot a below-league-average 34.7 percent from long distance after joining Golden State and scarcely made an impact in the short-handed Warriors' first-round playoff loss to the Clippers. The Blazers will hope that — with a return to full health and an insertion into Portland's free-wheeling, ball-sharing, open-shot-generating offense — Blake will rediscover his shot-making and play-making productivity in a role that would figure to see him play both behind and alongside another All-Star guard, Damian Lillard. If he can shake the elbow ailment enough to get his long-range stroke right, Blake can fit in perfectly well as an off-ball spot-up option alongside Lillard — he drilled 40.1 percent of his catch-and-shoot triples last year, according to's SportVU optical tracking data — and while he's neither the sturdiest nor swiftest defender in the world, he's a bigger, better option on that end of the floor from the guy who filled this role for Portland last season. Speaking of Mo Williams, my immediate reaction to Blake's signing was to wonder whether his addition meant the end of the line in Oregon for the Alabama product, who found the market for his services depressed enough last summer to ink a sub-$3-million-per-year deal in Portland, and has now seen his employer land an even more cost-effective veteran option. Williams' agent, Mark Bartelstein, told's Haynes that it doesn't necessarily close the door on his client returning to the Blazers, but with Lillard, Blake and rising sophomore C.J. McCollum giving head coach Terry Stotts a trio of combo guard options, Williams — who led Blazers reserves in minutes, points and assists last season — could soon find himself on his fifth team in the past five years. *** • The Memphis Grizzlies agreed to terms to bring back free-agent point guard Beno Udrih, according to's Marc Stein . LikeFarmar and Blake, the Slovenian lefty will receive the bi-annual exception starting at just under $2.1 million to stick with the Grizzlies, who picked him up off the waiver wire after he was bought out by the New York Knicks in late February . It's kind of funny to think that the 32-year-old Udrih is actually getting a pay raise after a season that saw him sign a one-year deal for the veteran minimum of $1.3 million , promptly land in Knicks coach Mike Woodson's doghouse, and persistently struggle to get off the bench for a New York team that spent most of the year circling the drain en route to a 37-45 finish that left them out of the playoffs and Woodson out of a job . (Well, a head-coaching job , at least.) What a difference a couple of months can make, especially when those months include your new team's backup point guard testing positive for a banned substance right before the start of the playoffs ... forcing you into the rotation for a Round 1 matchup with Russell Westbrook, Reggie Jackson and the Oklahoma City Thunder ... against whom you play fantastically to start the series, scoring 26 points in 28 minutes to help spark wins in Games 2 and 3, becoming something of a minor folk hero in Bluff City along the way, even as the Grizz ultimately went down in a Z-Bo-less Game 7. Go from out of nowhere to eight points and a couple of assists a night in taking OKC to the limit, and suddenly you start looking like a very attractive option to keep around behind Mike Conley ... especially considering Calathes may or may not be eyeing a move back overseas after what I think we can call a fairly rocky first year in the NBA. All the stuff that made Beno a high-value low-cost option for the Knicks last season — solid ball-handling, creative playmaking, pick-and-roll prowess, experience in a variety of systems on teams that have played deep into the postseason, ability to contribute on and off the ball — remains true. So does the stuff that gave Woodson pause, namely Udrih's poor defense, hit-or-miss long-range accuracy — four below-average 3-point shooting seasons (2006-07, '08-'09, '11-'12 and '12-'13), four well-above-average ones ('04-'05, '07-'08, '09-'10, last year) and two around-average ones ('05-'06, '10-'11) under his belt — and that penchant for pull-up jumpers in transition. But those drawbacks are less damaging on a Grizzlies team that can hide bad defenders, and those benefits are more important for a Memphis squad that can struggle to score and desperately, permanently, ineluctably needs more long-range shooting. Beno would be worth a shot for a number of teams in need of backup point men, but he's just the right sort of bargain on Beale Street, and he seems very excited to stay there: . @memgrizz @RobertPera thank u for believing in me & resigning me...hard work starts now!!! #grizznation #901 #bestfansinNBA #GNG see u soon! — Beno Udrih (@BenoUdrih1) July 10, 2014 Could not be more excited about coming back to #GNG for #GrizzNation !Great family to be apart of!! Can the season start 2morrow? #luvufans — Beno Udrih (@BenoUdrih1) July 10, 2014 Good times all around. Enjoy the barbecue, Beno. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more. [read full article]

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