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Stephenson: Clippers Missing Guy That’s Tough

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(Los Angeles Clippers Lance) Stephenson’s defensive potential is especially enticing for the Clippers after years of putting the aging Matt Barnes on opposing wing players, with mixed results. Barnes now plays for Memphis after the Hornets acquired him and Spencer Hawes in the Stephenson trade before flipping Barnes to the Grizzlies.

“They’re just missing that guy that’s tough and doesn’t bow down to no one,” Stephenson said of the Clippers.

Stephenson said he can play alongside (Jamal) Crawford, further evidence of Stephenson’s politicking to put his bad-teammate reputation to rest. He compared his leadership style to that of Clippers point guard Chris Paul and said observers often confuse his fiery demeanor with something more sinister.

Source: Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times

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Report: Giannis Antetokounmpo Named NBA Most Valuable Player

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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named the 2019-20 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player, the NBA announced today.

This is the second straight Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award for Antetokounmpo, who becomes the 12th player to earn the honor in consecutive seasons. A native of Greece, Antetokounmpo is the first player from Europe to be selected as the NBA MVP more than once. Antetokounmpo, 25, also joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James as the only players to win multiple NBA MVP awards by the age of 25.

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Report: Nick Nurse, Raptors Agree to Extension

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The Toronto Raptors announced Tuesday they have signed head coach Nick Nurse to a multi-year contract extension. Per team policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. This past season, Nurse guided the Raptors to a 53-19 record during the regular season (second best in the NBA) and set a franchise-record with a .736 winning percentage. Toronto also reached the Eastern Conference Semifinals for the fifth straight year.

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Sources: Rockets Interested in Tyronn Lue, Sam Cassell for Head Coach

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Sources: There is mutual interest between the Rockets and Clippers assistant coach Sam Cassell. Cassell started his playing career with the two-time champion “Clutch City” Rockets.


With a head coaching vacancy in Houston, expect the franchise to take a strong look at Los Angeles Clippers assistant Tyronn Lue.

Source: Tim MacMahon and Chris Haynes on Twitter

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