Carlos Boozer is working with his kids’ trainer

12 Oct

Professional athletes typically do whatever necessary to keep themselves in great shape, and they're willing to pay top dollar to do it. In many cases, that means spending time in hyperbaric chambers, or eating very healthy diets, or taking multi-hour naps. At bare minimum, they hire excellent trainers to design intense workouts and keep them at an elite level of fitness. (OK, in truth, the bare minimum is taking naps.)

These players usually don't like to take a chance with their bodies, or to hire trainers who don't have sterling reputations working with their peers. Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer has taken that chance. And he's doing so with an unlikely partner: his kids' trainer. From Scott Powers for (via Blog a Bull):

During the summer, Boozer sought out a new basketball trainer to help him develop him into a more all-around player and touch up on his fundamentals. While the Miami-based trainer, Devel King, was an unlikely choice for Boozer as King had no previous experience with NBA players, Boozer believes this season will turn out differently because of his work with King.

"I felt like the trainer I had before, things I was doing before wasn't getting me to be where I wanted to be at," Boozer said. "I wanted to switch it up a little bit. Ran into coach King. He was actually training my kids at the time. I loved what he was doing with them, a lot of fundamental work, which is great, a lot of footwork, jabbing, different things I thought that I need for my game.

"Sometimes when you play so long in the NBA, sometimes you forget some of the basic stuff, and he was able to re-teach me some of the basic stuff that helps my game a lot. It's simple, but it's super effective. ... I was in the gym a lot, in the lab a lot working on everything, man. Defense, offense, ball handing, shooting, rebounding, going to be a complete player."

King said he nearly crashed his truck when he received the call from Boozer to work him out. But as much as King was shocked, he never treated Boozer differently than any of his other clients, who range from kindergartners to college players. King was critical of Boozer when he needed to be.

You may remember Boozer's kids as the awesome little guys who rooted against their father during a Bulls/Heat game last January. Truth be told, if King could get them to listen, then he can probably do good work with Boozer, as well.

Plus, although it might seem weird for a highly paid professional athlete to train with someone who'd previously worked with children, it's not as if King spends all day having his athletes jump around on trampolines and play Around the World while he checks his Facebook account. King is a serious trainer, and I'm sure he understands the value of the opportunity that Boozer has given him. They'll do real work.

Still, for the sake of jokes, I'm probably going to pretend that King and Boozer spend all day practicing free-throws on eight-foot baskets. Maybe, if he's lucky, Boozer will get to buy a soda from the vending machine when they're all done.

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Nowitzki practices after knee drained again (Yahoo! Sports)

12 Oct

Dallas Mavericks' forward Dirk Nowitzki, second left, watches his teammates during an exhibition basketball game against FC Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. (AP Photo / Manu Fernandez)

DALLAS (AP) -- Dirk Nowitzki went through a full practice with the Dallas Mavericks on Friday after having his swollen right knee drained for the second time in a month.

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The 10-man rotation, starring the sad ballad of Andris Biedrins

12 Oct

A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.

C: Sports Illustrated. "There are few sins in pro sports worse than losing your confidence, but admitting that you have is one of them." Chris Ballard, one of the best people alive at writing these kinds of stories, tells us about what's going on inside the head of Golden State Warriors center Andris Biedrins when he steps to the free throw line and attempts not to fail. It is simple, excellent writing about something that is complicated, chaotic and depressing.

PF: San Antonio Express-News. Our man Mike Monroe uses a great joke by the great @netw3rk as an entry point into a great consideration of former lottery pick Eddy Curry's shot at making the San Antonio Spurs.

SF: The City. We know defense is important; we know defense is hard to analyze. Here's a new way of looking at shot defense that passes the smell test — closing out hard with your hand up matters more than just closing out — and shares some more interesting information on levels of contesting.

SG: At the Hive. Rohan Cruyff blogs not only about the New Orleans Hornets, but about the league at large, and in his advanced-stats travels, he's come across a particularly interesting number. In which category should you want your favorite team to be +6, and why?

PG: New York Times. MarShon Brooks says the tendinitis in his right foot won't keep him out more than two days, but the Brooklyn Nets are taking a longer view that could mean he'll miss the rest of the preseason.

6th: Houston Chronicle. Apparently, the Houston Rockets have four plays. Considering Jeremy Lin's their new franchise point guard, I'm guessing at least three of them are high screen-and-rolls.

7th: South Florida Sun Sentinel. "Chalmers is now to the point where his Twitter page has fans announcing they named their child after him." Wait, MARIO Chalmers?!?!?

8th: Eye on Basketball. We're a couple of days late on this, so forgive us, but Matt Moore's feature on Andre Iguodala — on why he didn't really enjoy basketball his last couple of years with the Philadelphia 76ers, on what kind of opportunity his move to the Denver Nuggets affords, on why a player with a skill-set as hard to grab hold of as Iguodala's ought to matter to us — is worth your time.

9th: Dallas Morning News. As he works his way through knee trouble, Dirk Nowitzki has already had his knee drained twice this preseason, which should give Dallas Mavericks fans simultaneous cases of the heebie-jeebies, willies and oh-dear-god-nos.

10th: Chicago Tribune. Eminently lovable center Kyrylo Fesenko "will never, ever stop joking," which makes me about as happy as humanly possible, but is also serious about making the Chicago Bulls, which should make Chicagoans about as happy as humanly possible.

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KG welcomes rookies to Celtics with nicknames (Yahoo! Sports)

12 Oct
WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) -- Jared Sullinger is ''Sully.''
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The Nuggets think small-market teams are better, misunderstand the advantage of big-market teams

12 Oct

Over the past few years, particularly when the lockout brought franchise finances to the forefront, there have been many debates over the size of the NBA's divide between small-market and big-market teams. It was the central cause of the lockout — even if owners ended up turning that ordeal into an attempt to extract profits from players — and it's as yet unclear if anything's really changed. Every time a superstar engineers a move to a major market, it certainly seems like it hasn't.

Nevertheless, many small-market teams rank among the best teams in the NBA — one need only look at the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs for proof. There are enough success stories, in fact, that some think small-market teams are better than their big-market counterparts. Just ask the Denver Nuggets. From Mark Kiszla for The Denver Post (via SLAM):

On a mission from the basketball gods, the Nuggets are bent on busting the myth that the NBA title can only be won in a big city of bright lights and single-name stars. "When was the last time New York won a championship?" said Denver point guard Ty Lawson, barely able to conceal a smirk. [...]

"We have an organization that has a nucleus we think is going to challenge the top echelon of teams," Karl said. "I would bet on a small market coming out the West. I'm sorry. I'll bet that. I know the Lakers are good and all that. But you have San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Denver, Memphis." Throughout the league, Karl added, "There are as many, or more, good small-market teams than there are big-market teams." [...]

"In football, any given team can win in any given year. In basketball, fans connect well with the dynasties. But you can always have those Detroit Pistons or San Antonio Spurs as an exception. Those hot spots like Miami? That's always part of a cycle. Miami is a hot spot now, but one day it will be Toronto or someplace else," said Andre Iguodala, who joined the Nuggets in trade from Philadelphia.

I don't fully understand the argument that Miami is a hot spot and not a budding dynasty, or even a budding major-market (given Florida's lack of income tax and Miami's reputation as a fun city), but these are secondary issues. It's also fine that consider themselves a championship contender even though they likely aren't — teams thrive on confidence, it's a new season, and Kiszla seems to have asked fairly leading questions about their ability to win it all despite not playing in New York or Los Angeles.

What I'm most interested in here is Karl's point that there are more good small-market teams than those in bigger cities. This is largely true. The Lakers and Heat are title contenders, with the Clippers, Celtics, Knicks, and Nets (now a big-market team, whether we want to admit it or not) standing as good teams who should figure in the middle seeds of their conferences' playoff brackets. The small markets fill just about every other playoff spot, from contenders like the Thunder to eighth-spot challengers like the Utah Jazz. That's a lot of good teams from outside of the obvious big-name cities, and in terms of raw numbers there are more of them.

But that comparison disregards the fact that every big market team figures to make the playoffs. If there are more good small-market teams, it's only because there are many more of them in the NBA. By percentages, big-market teams are much, much more likely to be successful. For the most part, that's because they have a much higher margin of error — while a team like the Knicks can woo enough stars to stay relevant even in the face of terrible management, a squad like the Indiana Pacers must do a lot correctly (and get very lucky in the draft) to finish third in the East.

College football writer Matt Hinton, one-time editor of Yahoo!'s Dr. Saturday blog, is fond of noting that, while All-American teams are largely made up of players with sub-elite recruiting profiles, blue-chip recruits are still much, much safer bets to become stars and therefore a useful indicator of which programs will succeed long-term. The same general point holds true for NBA market size. It's not enough to note which teams do best — serious analysis of the NBA financial landscape must also consider if that team has a structural advantage that caused its success. Proper management will always win out — again, it's not as if the Knicks punch a ticket to the Finals every year just because they're in New York — but it's a whole lot easier to contend if a team has an easier time getting stars.

That imbalance might not be the worst thing for the health of the NBA, but it's still an imbalance. Successful small-market teams are outliers, and we should acknowledge as much if we want to be serious about the future of the league.

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Smush Parker fires back after Kobe Bryant’s ‘worst’ slam: ‘What I don’t like about him is the man that he is’

12 Oct

On Thursday, BDL Editor Kelly Dwyer brought you the story of Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant — now part of perhaps the best starting five in the NBA this season — speaking, shall we say, unkindly about the somewhat lesser teammates with whom he once shared the Staples Center's stage. While several players caught freewheeling insults, the Black Mamba reserved his most poisonous venom for former starting L.A. point guard Smush Parker, whom Bryant said was "the worst," "shouldn't have been in the NBA" and was allowed to "walk on" to the Lakers because "we were too cheap to pay for a point guard."

Basically, Kobe — from his comfortable perch at/near the top of the NBA — took great glee in throwing rocks down at the head of Parker, who hasn't played in the NBA since the 2007-08 season and to whom scarcely any NBA fans have given more than a "Hey, remember that guy?" thought over the past four or so years, all of which, of course, seems completely necessary and not at all ridiculously petulant.

After Bryant's remarks became a topic of much sports-talk discussion on Thursday, Parker had an opportunity to respond, joining the Blog Talk Radio program Hard2Guard Radio to discuss not only the direct insults of his ability, but also his general perceptions of Kobe from the two seasons Smush spent playing alongside him. Parker has spoken out of both sides of his mouth on this issue in the past, calling him "a great guy" and "a great teammate" back in 2007, but describing playing with Bryant as "overrated" two years later.

Now 31, having played overseas since 2009, Parker showed respect for Bryant's game and accomplishments in the 35-minute interview, but made it clear that he's not too big a fan of Kobe as a person. Larry Brown Sports transcribed portions of the interview:

"You can't knock the man's legacy, you can't knock what he's done in basketball. His work ethic is tremendous. There's not an ounce of hate in my blood whatsoever. The guy can play basketball — you've seen that throughout his career.

"What I don't like about him is the man that he is. His personality. How he treats people. I don't like that side of Kobe Bryant."

That side, according to Parker, prevents anybody without a certain established level of accomplishment and bona fides from even speaking to Bryant:

"Midway through the first season, I tried to at least have a conversation with Kobe Bryant — he is my teammate, he is a co-worker of mine, I see his face every day I go in to work — and I tried to talk with him about football. He tells me I can't talk to him. He tells me I need more accolades under my belt before I come talk to him. He was dead serious. [...]

"We're teammates, we talk basketball on the court. [Our talks were] about getting him the ball pretty much."

Well, now, that just sounds ... um, well, that sounds about right, actually. That kind of passes the Black Mamba smell test. If I was not some kind of legendary talent or someone absolutely instrumental in ensuring Kobe Bryant's success, I could totally see him not having much use for me in conversation, and I could certainly see whatever conversations we might have specifically relating to whatever use he might have for me in ensuring success. Then again, a lot of my conversations tend to involve stuff like that pretty good 2005 Babyshambles record and whether it'd be better for robot voices to have a variety of tones and timbres, like fleshies, or if they should all sound like Auto-Tune, so we know them upon first hearing. So maybe I'd deserve it.

And, to some degree, maybe Smush deserved it, too. After all, Parker's a man who, as Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Times puts it, was "known to have a surly attitude [during his playing career] and his professionalism often came into question, including the time he missed a team plane because he overslept." For someone like Kobe, for whom winning is ostensibly the only thing worth waking up to do, having to rely on a player on whom you didn't really know you could rely (let alone a couple of them) was probably maddening. Then again, working day in and day out with someone who basically views you as little more than a detestable pile of carbon probably isn't the most fun thing in the world, either, which makes Smush seem somewhat sympathetic here.

Other chunks of the interview involve Parker that he wasn't actually a surly dude, but was rather "misunderstood" during his career, which, I don't know — some folks, like Metta World Peace, who shares a home borough with Parker, co-sign him, and others, like ex-NBA beat man Ross Siler, who covered the Kobe-and-Smush Lakers for the Los Angeles Daily News, don't. Parker answers Bryant's "didn't belong in the league" criticism by noting that he was "top three in all the categories" on the Lakers' stat sheets during his two seasons with the team, which would be a great point if Kobe's initial argument was something besides, "The rest of my teammates then were terrible." Smush might've checkmated himself with that one.

A relatively reasonable perspective on all of these seems to be to acknowledge that Kobe is right that Smush was significantly less than a perfect backcourt partner on those mid-Aughts Laker teams, that Kobe probably isn't the easiest guy to get along with, that Smush probably didn't make it that easy for a hyper-competitive guy to get along with him, and that Kobe doesn't need to be spending too much time before the start of what should be a title-contending season talking about a roughly replacement-level player he played with five years ago. Does that seem fair to everybody? That about sum it up?

Wait, one more thing, courtesy of friend of the program Nate Jones:

Man, Kobe is good, huh?

Hat-tips to fellow friends of the program Kurt Helin at ProBasketballTalk and Tom Ziller at SB Nation.

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12 Oct
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NJ court: Woman can’t sue Nets CEO after abortion (Yahoo! Sports)

12 Oct
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey appeals court ruled Friday that the former girlfriend of Brooklyn Nets CEO Brett Yormark cannot sue him for allegedly failing to keep promises he made on the condition that she have an abortion.
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Rockets forward Jon Brockman still can’t fully see out of his left eye after injuring self in elastic band incident

12 Oct

One of the offseason's weirdest stories rolled down the RSS-feed pike last month, when Jon Brockman — the hard-nosed, tough-rebounding, adult-onesie-wearing forward who'd come to the Houston Rockets as part of the draft-day deal that sent Samuel Dalembert to the Milwaukee Bucks — injured himself during a workout at the Toyota Center when the elastic band he was using to stretch out "apparently slipped off his foot and the recoil hit Brockman's right eye."

At first blush, that sounds like some "Three Stooges"-level slapstick, and given Brockman's penchant for the goofy (seriously, check that adult onesie link again), it seemed like a random and funny turn of events, not unlike when that lady on "The Amazing Race" rocked herself with that watermelon. But then you read that Brockman had been hospitalized with the injury, and that he stayed in the hospital for three days, and it doesn't seem all that funny.

And now, five weeks later, you read a report from Rich Myhre of the Everett, Wash., Herald — Brockman grew up in nearby Snohomish, Wash., and played his college ball at the University of Washington — about how Brockman's still seeing an eye specialist and has yet to join his Rockets teammates for training camp, and it seems downright scary:

"He was in an unbelievable amount of pain," [Brockman's agent, Greg] Lawrence said by telephone on Thursday. "Everybody who knows Jon knows he can take a good amount of pain. He's not one to complain about anything. But that was pretty painful and uncomfortable for him.

"I don't know if he ever completely lost his vision, but it was very blurry. He couldn't make anything out."

Oddly enough, according to Lawrence, it's the eye that wasn't initially reported as having been directly affected that's holding up the 25-year-old forward's return to the game:

Brockman, who has not been available for comment since the injury, has regained full vision in his right eye, "but the left eye has been slower to come around," Lawrence said. "That's the one (doctors) are waiting on getting the full picture on. But they know there was no structural damage and the retinas are still attached, so everything's fine. It's just healing, and there's really not much they can do to stimulate the healing process."

The accident caused blood and other fluid to collect behind the eye, "and as that drains out they can see more and more," Lawrence said. "As the fluid dissipates they can get a clearer picture to make sure there was no nerve damage. But so far everything they've been able to see looks good."

First off: Yikes. "Blood and fluid to collect behind the eye" is never something you want to hear, read or envision, let alone experience. Secondly, it's great to hear that "everything [the doctors have] been able to see looks good" — I mean, I would imagine that a pool of collected blood fluid behind an eyeball is pretty far from my definition of something that "looks good," but the fact that Brockman's progress has been positive and he is "eventually expected to make a full recovery" is obviously great news for Brockman and his family.

What's not great news for Brockman and his family, though, is that more than five weeks after the incident, the blood and fluid still have not yet fully drained out, he still can't fully see out of his left eye and, while he's reportedly been cleared for running and weightlifting, he hasn't yet been approved to resume on-court work or rejoin the team. Myhre reports that Brockman's got an appointment to evaluate the left eye's progress coming up next week; if the result of that visit is anything other than, "By all means, resume full-bore play immediately," Brockman could find himself in a precarious position, roster-wise.

Less than three weeks away from the start of the season, Houston looks to have a huge glut in the frontcourt — as it stands, Omer Asik, Patrick Patterson, Chandler Parsons, Marcus Morris, Royce White, Terrence Jones, JaJuan Johnson and Donatas Motiejunas would likely be slotted in ahead of Brockman at the four and five spots on the Rockets' depth chart. More missed time would make showing coach Kevin McHale that he merits minutes much more difficult for Brockman. And even if (as we hope) he is cleared to get back to it full time as soon as possible, he's still likely to face an uphill climb and a steep learning curve after having missed preseason workouts, the start of training camp and the beginning of the exhibition schedule for a brand-new team with a brand-new system and brand-new personnel with whom to become accustomed. And with just one year and $1 million remaning on his contract, a less-than-full-strength-and-speed Brockman would be pretty easy to jettison, to boot.

Beyond that, Brockman's made his bones to this point in the NBA with his rebounding work, and especially his gift on the offensive glass, where in very limited minutes, he's shown himself to be among the league's better per-minute performers over the past three years — he's grabbed better than 12.4 percent of available offensive rebounds in each of his three NBA seasons, according to, and the league's top players in that category each year typically snag somewhere between 14 and 16 percent. Coming off a serious eye injury — two of them, in fact — you have to wonder if he'd be a bit gun-shy amid all that banging down low, where a stray finger or elbow could exacerbate an existing problem. (Lawrence says "the doctors are pretty confident that he can play his game and that he will not be at any greater risk for injury than anybody else," but then again, Lawrence is Brockman's agent.)

It's a crummy set of circumstances, for sure, but those look to be the circumstances in which Brockman finds himself after sustaining this freak-accident injury. Regardless of whether that worst-case scenario comes to pass, Brockman might want to ask his old Sacramento Kings teammate, Francisco Garcia, about his experience filing suit against the makers of an exercise ball that reportedly exploded while he was using it. Under normal circumstances, we might suggest the connection as a goof; here, it might just wind up being a prudent decision.

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Kyle Singler desperately wants you to boo him and the rest of the Detroit Pistons

12 Oct

The Detroit Pistons drafted Kyle Singler in the second round of the 2011 NBA draft, but as last summer's lockout dragged on he grew more and more eager to begin his professional career, leading the 6-foot-8 forward to seek short-term employment overseas. Now, after a year in Spain playing for CB Lucentum Alicante and Real Madrid, he's back in the U.S., on a multiyear deal with the Pistons and looking forward to making his NBA debut. Less than three weeks away from the start of the 2012-13 season, Singler's looking forward to competing for frontcourt minutes, testing himself against the best players in the world and hearing the roar of the crowd as he and his teammates take the court.

Well, maybe not "roar." As a matter of fact, Singler's really can't wait for fans to just straight-up hate on him, according to Terry Foster of the Detroit News:

Kyle Singler wants to be hated again. He wants to walk into hostile arenas and hear the boos and experience the anxiety when his team is making a move. [...]

There's an air of excitement when the Miami Heat or Los Angeles Lakers hit the road. It was the same for the 2004 Pistons when they played away from The Palace.

The crowds were a little bigger and louder. And when the road team made runs, there was that stir of excitement and uneasiness. Singler wants to experience it.

"It means you are winning and you have that certain status," Singler said. "It's something good to have. It is something you strive to get. It is something you build over time and you have to obtain it. It is not just given to you." [...]

"People don't like teams that win," he said. "As a player you kind of want it. If you don't have it, then you strive for it."

Luckily for Kyle, he's got a pretty solid shortcut to hearing boos: He just needs to remind people that he went to Duke. That's usually more than enough of a reason for people to start yelling bad things at you.

Foster also quotes Pistons coach Lawrence Frank as saying "we got a long ways to go to be in that position," which sounds about right, considering the Pistons are coming off a season in which they ranked among the league's nine-worst teams in both points scored and allowed per 100 possessions en route to posting their fourth straight sub-.500 record, a 25-41 mark that left them 10 games out of the Eastern Conference playoffs (their third consecutive missed postseason).

The distance between where Detroit is and where the organization wants to go is especially vast when it comes to the road contests of which Singler's speaking — Detroit went just 7-26 away from the Palace last year, with 15 of those losses coming by at least 11 points, including nine by at least 20. As the preponderance of double-figure defeats suggest, the Pistons often got walloped on the road last year; they were nearly 11 points per 100 possessions worse than their hosts on average, scoring only 96.6-per-100 while allowing 107.5-per-100, which was the second-worst efficiency differential in the league, according to's stat tool (behind, of course, the historically bad Charlotte Bobcats).

Still, Pistons fans are hopeful for a surge back toward respectability this year. After Detroit's disastrous 4-19 opening to last season, Frank's crew buckled down and fought hard to a 21-22 finish, and offseason stories about third-year forward Greg Monroe's push toward All-Star status and the continued development of sophomore point guard Brandon Knight have been bolstered the addition of mammoth 19-year-old rookie center Andre Drummond, who stoked Piston partisans' passions by combining with backup point guard Will Bynum on several big screen-and-roll alley-oops and turning in a couple of spikings during his preseason debut.

Just how big a leap Monroe and Knight take, just how much the exceedingly raw Drummond can contribute on the defensive glass and above the rim, and how much Detroit's relatively motley collection of role players (including Singler himself) can offer in their support will go a long way toward justifying those hopes. They'll face a difficult path to contention in what could be a tougher Central Division — while Derrick Rose's knee injury will likely drop the Chicago Bulls from the division's top spot, the Indiana Pacers look poised to continue as one of the East's best teams, the Milwaukee Bucks should again contend for a low-seed playoff berth and a Cleveland Cavaliers squad with an ascendant Kyrie Irving and a healthy Anderson Varejao could prove to be a tough out — but there's a chance that a still-growing Pistons team following Frank's tough, disciplined lead could give unprepared home teams a run for their money, which ought to lead to some more of those boo-birds Singler's so eager to hear.

Whether Detroit takes a big step forward or continues its progress at a more measured pace, the goal Singler laid out is important. Before Pistons fans can start thinking about contending for a postseason berth and more, the Pistons themselves have to become the kind of team that opponents are actually forced to care about playing — the kind of team that, night to night, actually threatens to matter in the NBA. The road back to NBA relevance is long and often rife with peril, but after a half-decade of sharp separation from last decade's glory days, it's a journey the Pistons must begin making in earnest this year. If they get off to another glacially slow start this season, though, Kyle and his teammates might not even need to leave the comfort of their own home to hear the not-so-sweet sounds they crave.

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