'Hawks in the NBA

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 ...

Andrew Wiggins to face Cavs, LeBron

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/dec/23/284050/ We’ve already heard an NBA legend by the name of [Kobe Bryant sees some similarities][1] between a younger version of himself and rookie Andrew Wiggins. So perhaps we should’ve seen more comparisons for the one-and-done Kansas product coming. Do we really need a detailed breakdown to determine whether Wiggins ...

Thomas Robinson goes for double-double in first career start

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/dec/18/283855/ Hold off on that missing person report for Thomas Robinson. The Portland Trail Blazers gave their third-year forward a chance Wednesday night, and boy did he respond. In the first start of the former Kansas star’s NBA career, Robinson went for a double-double (15 points, 16 rebounds) in 29 ...

Time for Ben McLemore to shine

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/dec/16/283757/ Rarely does the NBA spotlight shine toward small-market Sacramento. Right now, it’s pointed to the home of the Kings for all the wrong reasons. What better time for second-year shooting guard Ben McLemore to help turn a negative into a positive? Sacramento’s front office has been pummeled with scrutiny ...

Andrew Wiggins growing into starring role with T'wolves

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/dec/11/283524/ Bad news, rest of the NBA. This Andrew Wiggins kid might be the real deal. Obviously, we shouldn’t make too much out of one or two strong showings, but the Minnesota Timberwolves and their fans have to be thrilled with what the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 ...

Pierce beats Boston, moves up all-time scoring list

Benton Smith

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/dec/09/283437/ Paul Pierce’s name, for so many reasons, still conjures up images of Celtics green. So it’s only appropriate the 17-year veteran reached another NBA milestone against Boston Monday night. Now in his first year with Washington, following a one-season cameo with Brooklyn, Pierce and the Wizards not only knocked ...

Rookie of the Year watch: Wiggins vs. Parker

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http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2014/dec/02/283104/ Only a month into the 2014-15 season, it’s becoming abundantly clear the chase for NBA Rookie of the Year is a two-horse race — or, to get specific, a one-Buck-and-one-Timberwolve race. It’s 19-year-old Kansas University one-and-done Andrew Wiggins versus 19-year-old Duke one-and-done Jabari Parker. Milwaukee’s No. 2 overall pick ...

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