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Andre Iguodala: OKC was best team Warriors played in postseason

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The best team in the 2016 NBA playoffs was not the Cleveland Cavaliers Jerseys, at least not in the eyes of Andre Iguodala.

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Iguodala gave that label to the team his Golden State Warriors Jerseys beat in the Western Conference finals — Oklahoma City — and believes the Thunder deserved to win the title.

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Kevin Durant said he talked with former teammate Russell Westbrook about his decision to join the Warriors and knows their relationship “won’t ever be the same.”

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Dallas Mavericks Jerseys owner Mark Cuban said the possibility of the Golden State Warriors Jerseys becoming villains to fans due to their confluence of talent will actually be good for the business of the NBA.

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“They played us better than anyone,” Iguodala told Power 105.1 radio in New York on Wednesday. ” They played us better than Cleveland. Some of the stuff they was doing wholesale basketball, it’s like … ‘Oh, man. We gotta play perfect.'”

The Thunder held a 3-1 series lead on the Warriors in the West finals, but squandered a double-digit lead at home in the second half of Game 6 before being eliminated in Game 7 in Oakland, California.

Much has changed since.

The LeBron James-led Cavaliers delivered the city of Cleveland its first title in more than 50 years thanks to a Game 7 victory over Golden State, which had won the championship a year earlier behind Finals MVP Iguodala.

This month, Thunder star Kevin Durant opted cheap jerseysto leave Oklahoma City via free agency and join forces with Iguodala, Stephen Curry and others with the Warriors.

“Now that we got KD, I can say it: They were the best team last year in the league in the playoffs,” Iguodala said of OKC. “They were better than us. They were better than Cleveland. They were the best team in the playoffs. They should’ve won a championship.”

Watch It! – Celtics at Pacers

Here are five things to watch out for when the Boston Celtics Jerseys and the Indiana Pacers Jerseys meet at 7:00 p.m. tonight at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

A Change of Pace

The Boston Celtics Jerseys opened the season with a three-game homestand, but seemed to be caught in a rut during the last two contests. Perhaps getting away from TD Garden will be a beneficial change of scenery for the C’s.

Tonight they’ll open up their road slate in Indiana, when they take on on the Pacers at 7:00 p.m. Dating back to last season, Boston has won seven straight regular season road matchups; meanwhile, Indiana has lost both of Chiefs its home contests at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this season.

Momentum vs. Rest

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The Pacers started their campaign 0-3, but reeled off their first win last night against the previously unbeaten Detroit Pistons Jerseys. They’re entering this game on a high note, but could be disadvantaged given that it is their second game in as many nights.

cheap jerseys The C’s on the other hand have not played since Sunday, so those two days off should have them well rested with clear minds for this one.

Celts Must Find their Stroke

Hopefully those extra days off can get Boston back on track from a shooting perspective. During their last two games against Toronto and San Antonio, respectively, the C’s shot a combined 36.6 percent from the field, including just 13-of-55 from 3-point land.

Boston’s leading scorer Isaiah Thomas is usually either very hot or very cold when facing Indiana. His 11.7 career scoring average against the Pacers is his lowest mark against any team in the league, yet he tied a career high with 38 points against wholesale jerseys this team two seasons ago.

Thomas and the C’s will look to crack through Indiana’s defense, which held Detroit to just 38.4 percent shooting last night, including a 22.7 percent clip from beyond the arc.

The Return of a Star

A bolster to that Pacers defense has been the return of Paul George. Indiana’s star player missed all but the final six games of last season after suffering a gruesome leg injury in the summer of wholesale nba jerseys 2014.

During the previous season, he had been named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team. He had Boston’s number during that campaign, averaging 22.5 points and 5.5 rebounds over a four-game span.

Through the first quartet of games this season, George is averaging 16.8 points per game, along with team highs in rebounds per game (8.0) and assists per game (5.0).

Watch Your Handles

No teams have been able to match the thievery skills of Bulls Boston and Indiana so far this season.

The Celtics are leading the league with 11.3 steals per game, and Indiana is right behind them, averaging 11.0. On the flip side, both offenses have been prone to coughing the ball up. Boston and Indiana have allowed 10.7 and 10.3 steals per game, respectively, trailing only Oklahoma City’s league-worst mark of 11.8.

Keep an eye out for Boston’s cheap nba jerseys wholesale basketball jerseys top ball hawks, Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart and Isaiah Thomas, along with Indiana’s George Hill and C.J. Miles. Those players account for five of the league’s 17 who are averaging at least 2.0 steals per game.

First lady to join LeBron at University of Akron event

authentic-nba-jerseys-from-china — First lady Michelle Obama will join Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James at an event highlighting the importance of post-secondary wholesale jerseys education hosted at the University of Akron.

Officials say Obama will use the platform to speak about her Reach Higher campaign, which encourages students to aim for more than just a high school diploma.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports the event, scheduled for Oct. 21 on the northeast Ohio school’s campus, cheap jerseys will be closed to the public.

Thousands of students and parents affiliated with the LeBron James Family Foundation’s Wheels for Education program and the Akron I Promise Network will be in attendance.

The Akron native’s foundation recently wholesale nba jerseys partnered with the school to provide free college education cheap nba jerseys to any of the 2,300 students enrolled in the foundation’s I Promise program.

Bulls beat Timberwolves 114-105 in NBA preseason game

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — E’Twaun Moore scored 18 points to lead the Chicago Bulls jerseys to a 114-105 preseason victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves jerseys on Saturday night.

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The big attraction, however was Canada native and reigning NBA rookie of the year Andrew Wiggins jerseys, who had nine points in 24 minutes for the Timberwolves.

Wiggins received the loudest cheer when the No. 1 pick in the 2014 draft was introduced to the sold-out crowd of 15,294 at MTS Centre, many sporting shirts with his No. 22.

Tyus Jones jerseys had 18 points for the Timberwolves.

The last NBA game in Winnipeg in 2012 also drew a packed house.

The teams crossed the border as part of this year’s Canada Series cheap jerseys. Five NBA teams are playing four exhibition games in cities that don’t have teams – Vancouver wholesale jerseys, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Montreal.

Wiggins, 20, is considered a role model for the next wave of aspiring Canadian professional basketball players cheap nba jerseys. It’s a distinction the Vaughan, Ontario native doesn’t mind.

“I’m fine with that wholesale nba jerseys. I feel that I carry myself pretty well,” Wiggins said after the Saturday morning shootaround.

“I do things off the court, on the court, to help the people around me. I like to give hope, create opportunity for others.”

The red jerseys of the Bulls were also peppered throughout the crowd, with fans loudly cheering as they took a 22-point lead with just over 9 minutes left in the second quarter.

Minnesota closed the gap to 65-55 at halftime and made it a six-point deficit with just over 4 minutes left in the game before Chicago pulled away.

The preseason has been extra special for Wiggins as he’s been playing with his older brother, Nick, who signed with Minnesota last month.

The 24-year-old, who played in the final 90 seconds, said he’s proud of his brother’s impact on the game.

“With Andrew being the No. 1 pick and the year before (Canadian) Anthony Bennett jerseys being the No. 1 pick, you can see a lot of uprising,” said Nick, a guard who’s played in Germany and with NBA teams in development and summer leagues.

“Kids are just starting to believe in themselves, that they can compete with kids across the border.”

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Kander comes to Minnesota to work magic with Wolves

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Arnie Kander was retired. The well-respected physical therapist and strength coach had called it a career and was assimilating to his first summer out of the NBA in nearly a quarter century.

He helped his son move to Boulder, Colorado wholesale nba jerseys, for grad school wholesale jerseys. He took a trip to New York. He even skipped summer league for the first time in 24 years.

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Just when Kander thought he was out, longtime friend Flip Saunders came calling and pulled him right back in. It took four trips to Minneapolis, meetings with Timberwolves players, coaches and staff and a couple of tours of the Twin Cities with his wife before Kander decided to pick and move to Minnesota to help his friend with one of the league’s long-struggling franchises.

”Originally I was retired. I was done,” Kander said about a week after the team announced his hiring as the new vice president of sports performance. ”My connection with Flip was the primary (reason). Everything else had to mesh. If it didn’t cheap jerseys, there’s not a chance. And there’s excitement. Coming in with a good young team. Players that are very open to hearing, seeing. Seems like the fit is right.”

Kander was one of the first full-time strength coaches to be hired by an NBA team when he started with the Detroit Pistons jerseys in 1992. Over more than two decades he developed an approach hallmarked by slow, deliberate, tai chi-centered warmups, unique ”contraptions” personally designed to help a player test how his body is feeling and homemade lotions and creams that aid the healing process.

The former ballet dancer once used frozen banana peels to help treat a hamstring injury on Chauncey Billups jerseys, has a series of boards at the practice facility that players use to test their knees, ankles and hips before they start working out and makes it a point to never ask players about any injuries they might be dealing with.

”We say, ‘How is life? How was your dinner last night?”’ Kander said. ”If you think of the game, it’s amazing the psychological aspects of injury cheap nba jerseys. Sometimes we stay too conscious on how is it feeling? The knee takes over the body, or the ankle or hip or ear or shoulder or whatever it may be.”

Kander worked with Saunders when he coached the Pistons from 2005-08, but the two knew each other long before that. Their families are close and Kander is also tight with new Timberwolves forward Tayshaun Prince jerseys, a longtime former Piston.

He also has a beautiful new practice facility that just opened this summer to call home. The Timberwolves partnered with the Mayo Clinic on the facility, which has a chef on site to cook healthy meals, an underwater treadmill and all the latest state-of-the-art training equipment.

The roster is also experiencing a renaissance, with Prince, Kevin Garnett jerseys and Andre Miller jerseys serving as veteran mentors to a group overflowing with young talent, including Andrew Wiggins jerseys, Karl-Anthony Towns jerseys, Ricky Rubio jerseys and Zach LaVine jerseys.

”I’m just fortunate to come in here and say ‘hallelujah,”’ Kander said. ”This is awesome.”

Of course his arrival also comes at a time when Saunders has had to take a leave from the team after experiencing complications in his treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Sam Mitchell has been elevated to interim head coach and GM Milt Newton is taking over primary responsibilities with the roster while Saunders is away.

”We’re friends. We’ve been very straight with each other through life circumstances,” Kander said. ”We all have kids. We all know what our journeys and struggles are throughout life. It’s a blessing to be here. Whatever situations are here, I’m here.”

In Minnesota he will collaborate with head athletic trainer Gregg Farnham to try to improve the health situation of a team that has been decimated by injuries in recent seasons. Rubio is coming off of ankle surgery, Shabazz Muhammad jerseys missed big chunks of time with an injured finger and Nikola Pekovic jerseys is recovering from surgery on his Achilles tendon aimed at repairing chronic foot issues that have plagued him the last two years.

”There’s a rationale and a method behind everything that you’re doing,” Kander said. ”And probably for me most important, always have something else you can do. Never be, ‘We’ve tried, there’s nothing else we can do.’

”There’s always something else we can do to heal it.”

Basketball-Lithuania, Serbia reach European championship semis

LILLE, France, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Former winners Lithuania booked a semi-final clash with Serbia after they beat Italy 95-85 in overtime, while the high-flying Serbs overpowered the Czech Republic in the European Championships on Wednesday.

Holders and hosts France meet Spain in the first semi-final on Thursday while the Serbs, aiming for their first title as an independent nation, clash with Lithuania on Friday.

The event is also doubling as an Olympic qualifying tournament with the top two sides advancing straight to the Rio Games next year, while the next five-ranked sides enter inter-continental qualifying tournaments for an extra three spots.

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The Italians threw away their last possession in regulation and were punished in overtime as Jonas Valanciunas jerseys capped an outstanding individual performance.

The Toronto Raptors jerseys centre racked up a game-high 26 points and 15 rebounds to cancel out Denver Nuggets jerseys‘ forward Danilo Galinari’s 17 points for the Italians.

“Italy always scores more than 80 points and before the game we discussed that we will have to score more if we’re going to win this cheap nba jerseys,” Lithuania coach Jonas Kazlauskas told the tournament website.

“It was the first time that we started planning from offence rather than defence.”

Playmaker Milos Teodosic once again pulled the strings for a fast-flowing Serbian team, dishing out 14 assists as forward Zoran Erceg led the scoring with 20 points on the back of strong long-range shooting wholesale jerseys.

Centre Jan Vesely jerseys, who had 23 points and 10 assists, and guard Tomas Satoransky jerseys kept the Czechs in touch until the final quarter when they ran out of steam.

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Brewer, Horford and Villanueva bring Basketball Without Borders to Dominican Republic for the first time

— The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) announced today that Corey Brewer (Houston Rockets; U.S.), Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks; Dominican Republic), and Charlie Villanueva Jerseys (Dallas Mavericks; U.S.; parents from Dominican Republic) will join Luc Mbah a Moute (most recently with the Philadelphia 76ers; Cameroon), as well as former NBA players Francisco Garcia (Dominican Republic national team), Tito Horford (Dominican Republic), and Felipe Lopez (former Dominican Republic national team player) to lead 51 campers from 18 North and South American countries at the first Basketball without Borders (BWB) Americas camp in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Aug. 16-19.

Melvin Hunt (Dallas Mavericks), Brett Gunning (Houston Rockets), Darvin Ham (Atlanta Hawks), Nick U’ren (Golden State Warriors), and Patrick Hunt (President of the World Association of Basketball Coaches) will serve as BWB Americas 2015 camp coaches. Gersson Rosas (Houston Rockets) will be the camp director. Kevin Johnson (Philadelphia 76ers) and Ale Oliveira (Brooklyn Nets) will serve as the camp’s athletic trainers, and Matt Friia (Charlotte Hornets) will serve as strength and conditioning coach.

As part of BWB Americas 2015, the top players from around the world born in 1998 will have the opportunity to learn directly from NBA and FIBA players, legends, and coaches and to compete against the best players from North and South America.

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This year BWB included the 13th BWB Africa camp in Johannesburg, South Africa July 29-Aug. 1 and a first-time camp in Gran Canaria, Spain June 2-5 as part of BWB Europe 2015.

In addition to working with the campers on the court, NBA and FIBA players and coaches will lead community outreach programs through NBA Cares, the league’s global social responsibility program. NBA Cares will refurbish two basketball courts in Santo Domingo at Club El Almirante, which is home to more than 200 youth cheap nba jerseys. Along with Al Horford and his family, NBA and FIBA coaches will join volunteers at Centro Olimpico and Club El Almirante to host Jr. NBA clinics for local children, teaching the values of the game such as teamwork, leadership, respect and healthy living.

“The sport of basketball has afforded me many opportunities throughout my life,” said Al Horford. “It’s a privilege to return home to share the values of the game with the campers and work in the Dominican Republic.”

Additionally, “La Fundacion De Charlie Villanueva Basketball Camp” will host a basketball clinic in Villanueva’s family’s hometown of Cabrera, Dominican Republic.

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The second annual BWB Global Camp will be held during NBA All-Star 2016 in Toronto and will bring together the top players from this summer’s BWB camps. The first BWB Global Camp was held during NBA All-Star 2015 in New York City.

Which are top five teams in NBA?

Now that the dust has settled on the flurry of offseason moves, which are the NBA’s top five teams? Our 5-on-5 panel weighs in.

1. Who is the best team heading into the 2015-16 season?

Bradford Doolittle, ESPN Insider: Los Angeles Clippers Jerseys. Not only did DeAndre Jordan‘s flip-flop help the Clippers avert disaster, it set L.A. up for a string of moves that should make them the best team in franchise history. And, no, that’s not damning with faint praise. L.A.’s starting lineup last season was one of the five best units in the league and upgraded from Matt Barnes to Paul Pierce at the 3. The Clippers were break even in 2014-15 without their best five on the floor, but now have weapons galore such as Lance Stephenson and Josh Smith for the bench, as well as good role players in Cole Aldrich and Pablo Prigioni. While this is a potentially combustible mix, I figure it will give Doc Rivers the chance to remind us just how good of a coach he is.

Arash Markazi, ESPN.com: Cleveland Cavaliers Jerseys. The Cavs pushed the Warriors to Game 6 of the NBA Finals without Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love and will begin the season with both players healthy and joining LeBron James Jerseys. It’s not like those are new additions because they each played 75 games last season, but if the Cavs’ Big Three stays healthy this postseason, they’re the team to beat.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss, ESPN.com: Golden State Warriors Jerseys. It’s hard to pick against a team that last season won the third-most games in the 3-point era. They haven’t lost anyone in the rotation, and their Big 3 (Curry, Thompson, Green) are all on the front end of their primes. This team’s biggest flaw, by far, is that it plays in the Western Conference.

Michael Wallace, ESPN.com: Warriors. They finished last season as the best team in the league — by a sizeable margin — and didn’t lose anything of much value from their rotation during free agency and the offseason. Yes, a couple of teams appear to have closed some of the gap on paper, but not enough to overtake Golden State’s rightful place as the top team as they launch their quest to repeat. The biggest threat to the Warriors might be the complacency from a championship hangover. But I’d bet Riley Curry — and her dad — won’t let that happen.

Royce Young, ESPN.com: Warriors. The defending champions have done nothing to take any kind of a step back this summer. Another offseason of improvement for Stephen Curry Jerseys, Klay Thompson Jerseys and Draymond Green, and another year to build on Steve Kerr’s slick spacing system. Until proven otherwise, they’re the NBA’s top dog, and rightfully so.

2. Who is the second-best team heading into the 2015-16 season?

Doolittle: Warriors. I figure last season was the apex of what this version of the Warriors can be, and they didn’t make any substantive changes. In this case, the status quo is more than fine. The San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Memphis Grizzlies and Clippers will be breathing down Golden State’s proverbial neck, but they were so much better than everyone else last season, how can you not see them as one of the best two teams around?

Markazi: Warriors. Yes, the Spurs and Clippers had great offseasons, but last time I checked, the core of the NBA champions and winners of 67 games in the ultra-competitive Western Conference is returning intact. Until otherwise noted, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala Jerseys, Andrew Bogut and the rest of the Warriors are the team to beat in the West.

Strauss: Rockets. They have an identity and have done much to build around their strengths. Ty Lawson Jerseys makes sense for a squad that wants to push the pace and sling 3-pointers. Rookie Montrezl Harrell fits nicely as someone who excels at beating the opposing defense down the floor. Houston might not be the most mature team out there, but they compensate with athleticism and a defined plan of attack.

Wallace: Spurs. The Spurs may have been the second-best team in the league last season, only to have a first-round playoff exit to show for their troubles after losing a remarkable seven-game series to the Clippers. No ready-made NBA title contender has ever reloaded better than the Spurs, who landed free agency’s top prize in LaMarcus Aldridge Jerseys and got veteran former All-Star David West Jerseys to take a massive pay cut to bolster the frontcourt. Oh, and everyone else is back, too, by the way. Find a weakness. I dare you.

Young: Cavaliers. LeBron was always up front about Year 1 back in Cleveland being a challenge. Turns out that just meant losing in six games to a historically good champion. Good health is what the Cavs need most, and with the growing pains behind them, they’re in a position to run away with the top seed in the East.

3. Who is the third-best team heading into the 2015-16 season?

Doolittle: Spurs. I’m not sure that the Spurs are really that much better now than they were at the close of the season, but that doesn’t mean they’re not a prime contender again. Getting Aldridge is huge for the long term. Yet — this may be sacrilege to suggest to the good people of central Texas — his addition may be only a marginal upgrade in the short term. As it was, the Spurs were a top-7 offense last season. Let’s say Aldridge helps boost that a couple of slots, which isn’t a given since he has to adapt to a different style of offense and play next to Tim Duncan Jerseys. Does his defense harm their No. 4 defense? And there were some mild downgrades elsewhere on the roster. These are nitpicks, as I’m still ranking them third. I just don’t see San Antonio as the clear-cut favorites I suspect others might.

Markazi: Spurs. If the Spurs didn’t have to play a grueling seven-game series with the Clippers in the first round last season, there’s a good chance they would have played the Warriors in the conference finals. After going to back-to-back Finals and winning it all in 2014, it wasn’t surprising for the Spurs to have a letdown in 2015. After all, despite winning five titles since 1999, they have never repeated. What is surprising is they were able to add Aldridge and West in the offseason to a team that returns Duncan, Tony Parker Jerseys, Kawhi Leonard, Manu Ginobli and Danny Green. In other words, the Spurs are back. Again.

Strauss: Spurs. What an offseason for San Antonio, as all went according to plan. Emerging superstar Kawhi Leonard is locked in, Danny Green comes back at an immense discount and they landed the most coveted free agent in LaMarcus Aldridge. Why aren’t they top two? Because it should take some time for Aldridge to figure out his role. He tends to shoot from the same spots Tim Duncan does, for instance.

Wallace: Clippers. If the Clippers can ever get as much done during the season as they accomplish between them, they’d be champs by now. After undergoing a massive ownership change two summers ago, the franchise nearly lost its defensive foundation amid center DeAndre Jordan’s hokey-pokey moratorium dance with Dallas wholesale jerseys. Not only did Rivers and crew retain Jordan, they addressed weaknesses on the perimeter by luring future Hall of Famer Pierce, erratic but uber-athletic forward Smith and disgruntled but still-promising Stephenson. It’s truly title or bust now.

Young: Thunder. With Kevin Durant Jerseys expected to return to full health for next season, the Thunder will re-establish their rightful place among the NBA’s contending elite. But there’s a catch to that as well: Durant never played a second with the Thunder’s midseason additions last year — Enes Kanter, Kyle Singler and D.J. Augustin — meaning he’s going to return to maybe the deepest Thunder roster he’s been on yet.

4. Who is the fourth-best team heading into the 2015-16 season?

Doolittle: Cavaliers. Assuming the Cavs bring back J.R. Smith Jerseys and Tristan Thompson, I do think they are better now than they figured to be with their end-of-season roster, the one before Irving and Love got hurt. Now that Love has signed on for the long term, I suspect he’ll be a happier and better-integrated player alongside Irving and James. The bench is deeper with Mo Williams and Richard Jefferson, and Anderson Varejao will be back to provide additional energy and rim protection. Cleveland remains the team to beat in the East.

Markazi: Clippers. Just when it looked like the Clippers would go back to being the Clippers again, they got Jordan to change his mind and come back and return to a roster that was in the process of being totally revamped. They finally got Pierce to be their starting small forward after striking out the past two years and added Stephenson, Smith, Wesley Johnson Jerseys, Aldrich and Prigioni to a suddenly stacked bench. The Clippers somehow improved on a team that last year finished tied for the second-best record in the West and third-best in the league.

Strauss: Cavaliers. LeBron’s squad is incredible when everyone is present. The question is whether you can rely on them to stay healthy. It’s difficult to just trust that’ll happen for a team that employs Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Iman Shumpert Jerseys. Speaking of Shumpert, there isn’t much perimeter defense in Cleveland beyond what he provides. Apart from those concerns, there’s a lot to like. The Cavs are as good as the East is bad.

Wallace: Cavaliers. James would get any team in the league into the top five of this discussion. No doubt about it. His historic performance in the Finals was enough to push the Warriors to six games despite the fact the Cavaliers were basically running on fumes, leaking oil and lacking two bona fide All-Stars as Love and Irving sat with injuries. Assuming the Cavs bring back Thompson and can avoid another massive postseason injury bug, there’s no reason LeBron won’t survive the East and get another shot to finally deliver that title to championship-deprived Cleveland.

Young: Spurs. The old get older, but the rich also got richer. Tim Duncan is back. Manu Ginobili is back. Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green are re-signed. LaMarcus Aldridge and David West are on board. And most importantly, Gregg Popovich is still directing the orchestra cheap nba jerseys.

5. Who is the fifth-best team heading into the 2015-16 season?

Doolittle: Miami Heat. This is very close between Miami, Houston and Oklahoma City. I’ll go with the Heat to highlight them as the prime challenger to the Cavs in the East. If healthy, Miami should be about a half-tier below the Cavs and a half-tier above the Atlanta Hawks Jerseys, Chicago Bulls, Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors and Washington WIzards. We’ll get our first extended look at the Miami starting lineup that we envisioned when the Heat acquired Goran Dragic at the deadline, and it’s an impressive group. But despite a little cost-cutting of late, the bench should be much improved, and stable, with Gerald Green, Justise Winslow, Amar’e Stoudemire and a healthy Josh McRoberts. It looks like the Heat have enough talent to insulate themselves against further decline by Dwyane Wade Jerseys. But if he’s healthy and on par with past performance, look out.

Markazi: Thunder. Teams don’t normally go from the lottery to championship contenders unless they add LeBron in the offseason, but it feels like the Thunder are doing the next best thing in adding Kevin Durant, who missed all but 27 games last season with a fracture in his right foot. Russell Westbrook Jerseys also missed 15 games with a fracture in his right hand and Serge Ibaka missed 18 games with right knee issues. It was a disastrous season for the Thunder injury-wise and cost Scott Brooks his job. But if Oklahoma City can stay healthy, Billy Donovan’s first season as an NBA coach should be a successful one.

Strauss: Clippers. Reunited and it feels so, well, good enough for fringe title contention. I’d like to say they have depth now, but Doc Rivers has a curious habit of getting bench players who later underdeliver. If the bench support finally comes through, they’re an elite team this season.

Wallace: Grizzlies cheap jerseys. The only other team in the playoffs to make Golden State consistently break a sweat in a series was Memphis. And one could strongly argue that the Griz, before Mike Conley and Tony Allen broke down, presented the Warriors with more problems during their six-game series than the Cavaliers did in the Finals. Re-signing Marc Gasol Jerseys was the biggest piece of business the Grizzlies had to get done, and they accomplished it. But they’ll never take the next step unless Gasol finally gets the offensive flexibility, scoring help and 3-point shooting he’s been demanding.

Young: Clippers. For a minute there, or really three days, it looked like the Clippers were about to take a pretty good Western Conference nosedive. Then Jordan had a change of heart, and the Clippers are right back in the conversation. They’ll miss Barnes’ scrappy perimeter defense (who guards Durant?), but the additions of Pierce and Stephenson helps address their biggest issue last season — the bench.

Trail Blazers waive center Brendan Haywood

— (July 30, 2015) — The Portland Trail Blazers have waived center Brendan Haywood Jerseys, it was announced today by President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey.

Portland acquired Haywood, guard Mike Miller Jerseys and two future second round draft picks from the Cleveland Cavaliers on July 27 in exchange for cash cheap jerseys considerations.

Pelicans bringing back forward Luke Babbitt

— The New Orleans Pelicans have re-signed free agent forward Luke Babbitt Jerseys, who has become one of the club’s most accurate long-range shooters.

The 6-foot-9 Babbitt played wholesale jerseys in 63 games with 19 starts last season, averaging 4.1 points in 13.2 minutes per game. He shot 51.3 percent from 3-point range.

Babbitt, who spent his college career at Nevada, was selected 16th overall in the 2010 NBA draft by Minnesota, cheap nba jerseys which then dealt him and Ryan Gomes to Portland for Martell Webster.

After three seasons with the Trail Blazers, Babbitt was playing in Russia when the Pelicans signed him in the middle of the 2013-14 season.

Babbitt has played cheap jerseys in 216 NBA games with Portland and New Orleans, posting career averages of 4.2 points and 2.1 rebounds.