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Dudley: Fresh Start Has Helped Sanders Mature

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“I knew a little bit about him (Larry Sanders),” Bucks forward Jared Dudley, an offseason addition, says. “Obviously, I think most people knew about the off-court incidents and stuff like that. Getting in a fight in a bar. But the good I knew about him was when he was like top-3 in blocked shots. We played him, I think it was in Phoenix, he had like seven or eight blocks against us. He was someone that, he was a little bit more ahead defensively than he was offensively, but through my experiences with him before, it seems like he’s matured. He’s actually, definitely one of the leaders — very vocal — and defensively, he’s just as good as advertised.

“I think also, sometimes, in the NBA, a situation can be bad,” Dudley continues. “The Bucks, obviously, you don’t want to say it, but they were really, really bad last year. It snowballed with his injuries and then getting suspensions and stuff like that. So I think, for him, it’s just clean slate, new coaching staff, new owner, and usually when you have that, you can kind of get a second chance with people not judging you, not looking at you. And I think he’s done really, really well with that.”

via James Herbert of CBS Sports

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Adam Silver Believes Next Year’s ASG Draft Will be Televised

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he was pleased with the new format for the league’s All-Star Game and believed that next year’s player draft would be televised.

“I thought it was incredible. I can’t tell you how appreciative I am of the players,” Silver told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne following a 148-145 win for Team LeBron over Team Stephen at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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Tiago Splitter Announces Retirement from NBA

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Former Spurs center Tiago Splitter has officially announced his retirement from the NBA.

After battling a chronic hip injury the last two years, the 33-year-old from Brazil said in a post on his Twitter account that “the time to say goodbye” has come after a seven-year NBA career.

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Adam Silver: NBA Considering Playoff Restructure

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver floated the possibility of a modified playoff seeding system Saturday that could pit the league’s best two teams against each other in the Finals without changing the number of teams from each conference that make the postseason.

Silver said his concept would keep the best eight teams from each conference in the playoffs, but would seed those teams 1-16. In that scenario, if the top two teams were from the same conference, it would set up a possible Finals meeting.

“You also would like to have a format where your two best teams are ultimately going to meet in the Finals,” Silver said. “You could have a situation where the top two teams in the league are meeting in the conference finals or somewhere else. So we’re going to continue to look at that. It’s still my hope that we’re going to figure out ways.”

At this point it is just conceptual; there are no plans for a vote. However, it is the furthest Silver has gone in altering the postseason format since becoming commissioner.

Source: Brian Windhorst of ESPN

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