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Dwight Howard has never quite been the same player since his back surgery in 2012. As a snapshot, look at his PER the three years before in Orlando were 24, 26.1, and 24.2; the four years since it has been 19.3, 21.4, 19.2, and 18.9. Those are still strong numbers, but not the dominant numbers we had seen in Orlando. He hasn’t looked like a No. 1 offensive option anymore, and he’s also battled knee and other issues that had him missing 52 games the past two seasons in Houston.

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The early months of 2012 were a banner time in the life of then-New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin. His meteoric rise from little-used backup to sudden superstar and catalyst to success in New York birthed a worldwise craze often dubbed “Linsanity”. Lin is many years removed from that time, but his decision to sign with the Brooklyn Nets this offseason had some hoping perhaps “Linsanity” would be born anew. That’s the furthest thing from Lin’s mind, though, reports NetsDaily.com:

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At his introductory news conference with the Celtics, center Al Horford was understandably excited about the new opportunity and NBA world ahead of him in Boston. That said, though, Horford was leaving the only NBA team he’d known — the Atlanta Hawks. Why did Horford decide to stay in the Eastern Conference? What led him to make his decision? What were his thoughts on Atlanta? In an interview with Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Horford answered those questions and more:

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