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Friend: Meet the Splash Fathers

Long before Steph and Klay took the league by storm, Dell Curry and Mychal Thompson were busy making a name for themselves in the NBA, and preparing their sons for life in the spotlight.

LeBron no favorite in these Finals (1:23)
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So, how did BPI do with its projections?

Some of the rating system's projections prompted considerable discussion; we take a look at how things turned out


Curry with shot to knock LeBron down

Steph Curry is on pace to be the first player to achieve a +1,000 plus-minus for a season since the NBA began tracking the stat. The previous "record"-holder: LeBron James from '08-09.


What can 'Splash Fathers' do for you?

Things are a little different for the sons of NBA players. Says Klay Thompson's dad, Mychal: "Not only could they talk to us, but Steph and Klay could talk to the best of the best, the greatest there ever was. A Jordan. A Kobe. A Magic Johnson. ... That's as good as it gets right there.'' Father knows best

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Hoiberg: 'I absolutely love this roster'

New Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg says the versatility of Chicago's veterans will allow him to play with pace next season.


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THIS JUST IN: Klay Thompson, who was diagnosed with concussion, has been cleared to play in Game 1 of NBA Finals.

Klay Thompson's made a splash

His health is crucial because he's helped elevate Golden State's offense from good to great in the playoffs.

Chris Bosh returns to Heat workouts

Chris Bosh has joined the Heat at practice for the first time since being sidelined at the All-Star break due to blood clots on his lung, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

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Hoiberg won't be judged by whether or not he wins in regular season, the Bulls have done that already, he'll be judged on the postseason.

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Gar/Pax have to hope Hoiberg's offense can take them to another level in playoffs. But if he can't find way to stop LeBron, it won't matter.

New year, new Cavaliers team

Since Jan. 1, the Cavs have been a completely different team. On Dec. 31, Cleveland was 18-14, but went 35-15 the rest of the season. One key was the team's point differential, which was 3rd in the NBA after Jan. 1.

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Hoiberg sounds very confident that he will succeed in Chicago. Compares taking Bulls job to pressure that came with taking Iowa State job.

Friedell: Spotlight on Bulls GM

New coach Fred Hoiberg faces the unenviable task of not only trying to win, but also of doing so with a team that has very high expectations. Also at stake? Gar Forman's reputation. Two futures tied together

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NBA seeking college coaches again

Fred Hoiberg joins Billy Donovan and Brad Stevens as recent NBA coaching hires from the college ranks, after years of spotty results. Is this the start of a new trend? Making the jump

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Hoiberg: "I think Tom Thibodeau is an excellent basketball coach." Says he hopes to build upon what Thibs built here.

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I think Fred Hoiberg has already uttered more words to the media in the last seven minutes than Tom Thibodeau did in five years.

Hoiberg, Thibodeau not similar

ESPN's Bradford Doolittle: "[Fred] Hoiberg is so polar opposite in personality from [Tom] Thibodeau that the buzzword you keep encountering is 'anti-Thibs.' One NBA executive I spoke to raved about Hoiberg, calling him a 'great guy with absolutely no ego.'" Strategy different, too (Insider)

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Bulls hire Fred Hoiberg as coach

The former Iowa State coach will be the ninth man to coach a Bulls game since the departure of Phil Jackson. The previous eight combined to win 5 of 15 playoff series, while Jackson won 27 of the 30 playoff series he coached for the Bulls.