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Paul Suttor

Paul Suttor is deputy sports editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and basketball columnist

Why NBA shouldn't protect bad foul shooters by changing rule

Paul Suttor Would golf allow gimmes for players who miss short putts? Would tennis offer a third serve for those who struggle to get the ball in play?

LA Clippers still struggling to shake off mediocrity stigma of Donald Sterling dark days

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Paul Suttor It's no wonder the LA Clippers are looking to undergo a makeover with new uniforms, colours and logo in the pipeline. They're a PR disaster.

Not so sweet 16: NBA teams not on level playing field for playoff qualification

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Paul Suttor The unfairness of the NBA's format for deciding playoff teams is beyond a joke. It's so ridiculous you might even say it's ridicurous. Possible status upgrade to ridonkulous.

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Time for a different look at NBA awards season

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Paul Suttor It's that time of year when awards are dished out left, right and centre to those who are deserving of kudos. They are the easy awards to sort out. It's time for the others. Unofficial gongs.

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Dante's peak still a long way away: Still way too early to grade Utah Jazz rookie Exum

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Paul Suttor The true test of whether young Australian guard Dante Exum is set for a lengthy career in the big time will be 12 months from now.

NBA players won't stop resting until crowded schedule changes

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Paul Suttor The only solution to the supposed epidemic of resting star players is to stretch the NBA season out a few weeks so there are fewer crowded stretches on the schedule.

NBL can't afford to shut down to fix woes but six-team format a no-go zone

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Paul Suttor Just because shutting down the old NSL and rebranding the competition worked for football in Australia, it doesn't guarantee success for basketball if it followed suit.

NBL grand final series between Cairns Taipans and New Zealand Breakers deserves five-game contest

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Paul Suttor Three games just isn't enough. The NBL needs to go back to a five-game grand final series.

Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies not getting respect they have earned

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Paul Suttor There has been a lot of talk about Oklahoma City being the danger team in the west and how San Antonio are primed to make a late run at the title. These arguments are flawed on two counts.

Even if Josh Childress returns, Sydney Kings need roster rejig to avoid another losing season

Will he stay or will he go? Josh Childress' future remains up in the air.

Paul Suttor There has been a lot of goodwill surrounding the Sydney Kings in the five seasons since they rose from the dead. They have been stable and solid but not spectacular or most importantly, successful.

New York Knicks need new strategy to shake off James Dolan's adverse effect

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Paul Suttor It's not the New York way to regenerate through the draft but after four decades without a title, it's time for a new tactic.

NBL needs realistic goals to ensure long-term viability as landscape has changed dramatically

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Paul Suttor It's refreshing to hear new NBL chairman Graeme Wade saying the sport needs "to get back to where it should be".

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Of the 13 NBA title contenders only six are too legit to quit

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Paul Suttor Whether it's the effect of a salary cap system or just the random nature of professional sport, at the halfway point of the NBA season there are 13 teams who could conceivably be champions at...

Trading places can be fraught with danger in NBA

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Paul Suttor Many teams are doing the NBA's annual mid-season shuffle in a bid to gain assets via draft picks and expiring contracts or to improve their team from pretenders to contenders.

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No coincidence Cedric Jackson's return has New Zealand Breakers on course for NBL title glory

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Paul Suttor Josh Childress will deservedly be named the NBL MVP this season but Breakers guard Cedric Jackson is arguably just as valuable to his team's success.

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Why Anthony Davis doesn't guarantee success for New Orleans Pelicans

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Paul Suttor The New Orleans Pelicans have the young star everyone would want to build their franchise around. But just because they have the super skilful Anthony Davis doesn't mean they'll be successful.

Kings of the jungle or bling that will bungle? Sydney must face their crisis of character

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Paul Suttor Vitas Gerulaitis famously said nobody beats him 17 times in a row when he finally got the better of fellow 1970s tennis playboy Bjorn Borg.

NBA would solve a lot of problems with promotion and relegation system

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Paul Suttor It'll never happen but how cool would it be if the NBA adopted a system of promotion and relegation?

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San Antonio Spurs centre Aron Baynes proving he belongs in NBA

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Paul Suttor As he has done most of his career, slowly but surely Aron Baynes is quietly silencing his critics. He deserves more than a little credit as he threatens to deliver a breakout season for San Antonio.

LeBron James' struggles won't last but Cleveland Cavaliers still need to shake up roster

Paul Suttor LeBron James admits he's struggling and even though Cleveland won’t hit the panic button after their indifferent start to the NBA season, they run the risk of pricing loyalty above success.