SPORTS NEWS

NBA Preview: The Wild West

Column: RICK SOLEM
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The Western Conference is vastly superior to the East, but the top teams don't reside here.

Here's the West from worst to first.

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NBA East preview: Bulls, Heat ... Bucks ... ... 76ers

Column: RICK SOLEM
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The NBA's Eastern Conference is not deep, but it holds the league's best player and best team.

Here's the East, from worst to first - or so I think.

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Bucks preview: Now we wait

Column: RICK SOLEM
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From what the Milwaukee Bucks went through last season, it’s an exciting breath of fresh air for fans heading into Tuesday night, the start of a truly new season.

Monta Ellis is gone. Brandon Jennings is gone. Gone are 33.1 shots a game for the rest of the team, which basically sat and watched as those two pounded the air out of the ball and then threw up brick after brick – Jennings at 39.9 percent from the field and Ellis at 41.6.

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Rodgers, Ponder hear it from crowd

By RICK SOLEM
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Confidence. It means everything in sports.

The Packers-Vikings game Sunday night - and the two teams’ seasons – prove that.

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