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From Steve Nash to Steph Curry, the NBA is pushing the pace. ESPN

Early in the 2009-10 season, Phoenix Suns big man Amar’e Stoudemire, goggles atop his forehead, ambled his way to the timeout huddle. The Suns, two years removed from Mike D’Antoni’s tenure as head coach, were still burning up the floor at their usual breakneck pace. On this night, in this moment, Stoudemire caught his breath after a particularly frenetic sequence of possessions. By Kevin Arnovitz & Kevin Pelton

The Orlando Magic have expressed interest in hiring Michigan State coach Tom Izzo as their next coach, according to a report from Michael Scotto of The Athletic.

Izzo has been the head man at Michigan State since 1995 where he has led the Spartans to seven Final Four appearances, eight Big Ten regular season championships and one NCAA Tournament championship. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016. By 

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr on Thursday called the NFL’s decision to implement a rule against players kneeling during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before games “idiotic,” criticizing the league’s owners and leadership for “pandering to [its] fan base” with a display of “fake patriotism” that’s intended to divide rather than unite. By Dan Devine

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The big winners? Here are the All-NBA teams (first-team votes, second-team votes, third-team votes, total voting points) By Dan Feldman

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DeMarcus Cousins‘ injury could cost him in free agency. It might have already cost Joel Embiid.

The 76ers center made just the All-NBA second team, landing behind the Pelicans’ Anthony Davis. Davis surged after Cousins went down, earning overall credit from All-NBA voters, who were also increasingly likely to view him as a center rather than just a forward. As a result, Davis made the All-NBA first team at center – costing Embiid about $29 million over the next five years. By Dan Feldman

The loss of Andre Iguodala demands a rebalancing of the Warriors’ entire rotation. The absence of Iguodala—who is questionable for Game 5—lures Golden State out of character and forces it to rely on secondary cast members. By ROB MAHONEY 



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