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Rookie of Year frontrunner Andrew Wiggins has room to grow

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/jan/26/285826/ There are still 30-plus games to go in Andrew Wiggins’ first NBA season, but we all know what’s coming at the end of it for the budding Minnesota star. The 2014 No. 1 pick out of Kansas is in a one-man race for Rookie of the Year after Milwaukee’s ...

Tarik Black fitting in with Lakers

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/jan/20/285443/ Boy, are the Los Angeles Lakers glad Houston picked up Josh Smith. This, of course, has nothing to do with the Western Conference standings — the Lakers are 12-30 and basically irrelevant in terms of the eventual postseason. [But the Rockets had to waive Tarik Black in order to ...

Jacque Vaughn focused on coaching Magic, not rumors or speculation

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/jan/12/284907/ When Jacque Vaughn accepted the position of head coach of the Orlando Magic before the 2012-13 season, he knew the organization had a long way to go to reach respectability. The former Kansas point guard, who went on to play 12 seasons in the NBA with Utah, Atlanta, Orlando, ...

Marcus Morris loses cool, yells at Suns head coach

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/jan/08/284726/ Well, now we know who the evil Morris twin is. Because neither Marcus nor Markieff wears a sinister mustache, there used to be no way to tell. The typically laid back twins who first teamed up at Kansas in college before reuniting in the NBA with Phoenix live together, ...

Sixers coach sees some Tim Duncan in Joel Embiid

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2015/jan/05/284537/ One of these days, Philadelphia 7-footer Joel Embiid will bring more to the 76ers than pre-game and video-board entertainment. http://twitter.com/JoelEmbiid/status/540361339584385024 After suffering [a fracture in his right foot prior to the NBA Draft][1], the rookie out of Kansas has been on a slow and steady path to rehabilitation. While ...

Cole Aldrich suddenly a factor for Knicks

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/dec/31/284393/ Hey, who’s that big guy for the Knicks scoring and rebounding? He kind of looks like Cole Aldrich. Oh, wait. That is Cole Aldrich. A backup post player with no previous sustained history of success in the NBA, Aldrich entered this season with little fanfare and quite possibly the ...

Paul Pierce could return to Celtics — once he retires

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/dec/31/284327/ Boston loves Paul Pierce. And for the former Celtic, the feeling is mutual. Even though Pierce agreed to be traded to Brooklyn in the summer of 2013, and has since moved on to play for Washington, he spent 15 years in Celtics green. Beantown and its beloved basketball team ...

Lakers claim Tarik Black off waivers, cut Xavier Henry

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/dec/28/284162/ So long, Houston. Hello, Los Angeles. [Two days after learning the Rockets had waived him][1] in order to sign Josh Smith, rookie center Tarik Black has a new NBA home. The undrafted big man out of Kansas couldn’t pass through the league’s waiver system without the Lakers scooping him ...

Report: Rockets waive Tarik Black

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/dec/26/284112/ Basketball isn’t just a game in the NBA, it’s also a monumental business — even around the holidays. Rookie Tarik Black learned that the hard way when Houston waived the center from Kansas the day after Christmas. [Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Rockets had to clear a roster spot][1] ...

LeBron James' review of Andrew Wiggins: 'He's a great talent'

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/dec/24/284080/ When he wants to, Andrew Wiggins can play with an edge. [In a three-game slump (6.3 points per game, 7-for-27 shooting) heading into the rookie’s very first meeting with the team that drafted him][1], Cleveland, and superstar LeBron James, the Kansas product indeed looked motivated to show the Cavaliers ...

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