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Brooklyn roots, Canadian sounds for Raptors analyst Jack Armstrong

TORONTO -- Jack Armstrong grew up in Brooklyn, attended Nazareth High School there and still retains the unmistakable sound of his home borough in his raspy, former coach’s voice.

But Saturday, the Fordham alumnus and former Niagara coach played an important role in getting Canadians riled up about the officiating in Game 1 of the Raptors’ series against the Nets.

During the telecast...

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Isiah Thomas sees 'a different kind of working relationship' with media for Phil Jackson

Then-Knicks coach Isiah Thomas watches from the bench

(Credit: AP, 2008)

NBA TV analyst Isiah Thomas, who used to be the Knicks' president and still is a friend of James Dolan, the Garden's executive chairman, weighed in on Tuesday night's pregame show regarding the team's new grand basketball poobah:

“I think Jim [Dolan] definitely will give him the reins. He will give him the reins in terms of running the organization, running the basketball operations. I also...

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'Mad Dog' no like the NBA All-Star Game

The East Team's Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland

(Credit: AP / Gerald Herbert)

Chris "Mad Dog" Russo is not fond of the NBA All-Star Game.

"Anything has to be better than the NBA All-Star Game," Russo said with the first 11 words of this soundbyte from Tuesday's "Mad Dog Unleashed" on SiriusXM Radio.

He continued by bashing the lack of defense and the attendance, and the inclusion of bands at halftime.

"The NBA [All-Star] game is a no-watch," he said. "You...

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Buy Michael Jordan's house

Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan in uniform in

(Credit: AP)

Got a few million bucks laying around -- for the down payment, that is -- for some sports memorabilia?

How about Michael Jordan's home in Highland Park, Ill. It's 56,000 square feet with an infinity pool, PGA-style putting green, a whole bunch of other impressive displays of wealth and, yes, a basketball complex. (Hint: it's not a hoop in the driveway.)

The auction begins Nov. 22, 2013....

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