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NEW YORK — How big is New York versus New York? None other than the mayor himself said a championship game between two teams from his city would be the best thing that ever happened to a pro sports league. Well, the Knicks and Nets can't play for the NBA title, but playing to be the best in the Big Apple is pressure enough. Never really rivals when the Nets were in New Jersey, things have heated up now that the Nets are in Brooklyn, putting two good teams in the same passionate city. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING 800 words, photos by 6 p.m. Thursday
UNDATED — There's a youth movement going on in NBA front offices. A new generation of general managers has flooded the league, and they're not the ex-players and ex-coaches that used to dominate those jobs. Young and hungry scouts like Tim Connelly in Denver, Rob Hennigan in Orlando and Ryan McDonough in Phoenix have taken the back roads to the big chair. They bring with them a new focus on advanced metrics and analytics and are re-thinking the way the job of roster construction is done. By Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski. UPCOMING 800 words, photos by 3 p.m. Thursday
BKN--THE NBA DIVIDE
MIAMI — Mike Miller has it figured out. There's nine teams that he thinks have a realistic chance of winning the 2014 NBA title. If true, that means 21 may as well start thinking about next season before this one even gets started. And it does look like the divide between the league's haves and have-nots is wider than ever. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING 800 words, photos by 5 p.m. Thursday
CHICAGO — Under the blazing sun on a turf field in Southern California, any lingering doubts about Derrick Rose's ability to dominate again vanished from teammate Taj Gibson's mind. They were pushing carts with weights. They were running and cutting and jumping and in those agonizing offseason workouts, it all came into focus. Rose was, well, Rose. Gibson could see it. Now, the rest of the world will find out. The Chicago Bulls have their superstar point guard back, and they believe they're ready to challenge LeBron James and the Miami Heat for supremacy in the Eastern Conference, starting with their season-opening matchup. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 6 p.m. Thursday