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  1. Bucks GM says trade for Redick is about winning now, but it’s also about something else

    Feb 23, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    J.J. Redick

    Milwaukee was one of the more active teams at the trade deadline, heavily engaged in discussions for Josh Smith, and even coming close to making a deal for him before Atlanta reportedly pulled out at the last minute. With Smith unavailable to them, the Bucks settled on another solid player, and were able to pull…

  2. Lakers respond to Mark Cuban’s suggestion that they should amnesty Kobe Bryant

    Feb 23, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban watches the Los Angeles Lakers play the Dallas Mavericks during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Mavericks owner Mark Cuban likes to receive attention, and he likes to take shots at the Lakers. He got to do both on Friday, when he suggested during a radio interview that the Lakers amnesty one of the greatest players to ever play for the franchise in Kobe Bryant. For the uninitiated, the amnesty provision…

  3. Warriors beat Spurs for first time since 2008, snapping a 16-game losing streak against them

    Feb 23, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    It’s got to be the jerseys. The Spurs came into Friday night’s game against the Warriors having won 16 of their last 17 games, and were coming off of a thorough shellacking of the L.A. Clippers just the night before. San Antonio also hadn’t lost to Golden State since 2008, holding a streak of 16…

  4. Andrew Bogut out ‘indefinitely’ with back spasms

    Feb 22, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

    Andrew Bogut, Mark Jackson

    Andrew Bogut will miss the Warriors’ game on Friday against the Spurs, and is out indefinitely due to suffering from back spasms, head coach Mark Jackson told reporters before tip-off. The ‘indefinitely’ part, along with Jackson’s demeanor while delivering the news, may be cause for legitimate concern. From Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle:…

  5. Celtics sit Kevin Garnett Friday night against Suns

    Feb 22, 2013, 8:48 PM EDT

    Celtics' Pierce, Garnett and Allen sit on the bench during their loss to the Heat during Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Boston

    Doc Rivers told reporters before Friday night’s contest against the Suns in Phoenix that Kevin Garnett would be inactive, and that Jeff Green would get the start in his place. The reason? Rest. From Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston: Rivers has been hinting that he’d like to rest Garnett in upcoming games and, after Garnett looked…

  6. PBT Podcast: Recapping the trade deadline, and talking Heat, Bulls, Spurs, Clippers

    Feb 22, 2013, 1:56 PM EDT

    Josh Smith

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I break down all of the action that went down at Thursday’s trade deadline, and even some that didn’t. We discuss all the little trades, as well as the one involving J.J. Redick trade that was the biggest of the day, and the one involving Josh…

  7. Heat notch ninth straight victory with easy beating of the Bulls

    Feb 21, 2013, 11:23 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James goes to the basket against Chicago Bulls' Teague during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago, Illinois

    The Heat win plenty of games with flash and brilliance, and often times play an entertaining style of basketball that’s thrilling to watch even as they’re putting a beatdown on their opponent, perhaps even as expected. Miami’s 86-67 win over Chicago on Thursday was not one of those performances. The Heat surgically struck the Bulls,…

  8. Report: Hawks pulled out of trade at the last minute that would have sent Josh Smith to the Bucks

    Feb 21, 2013, 5:56 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls

    As it turned out, the biggest name to be dealt before Thursday’s trade deadline passed was Rudy Gay, whom the Grizzlies sent to Toronto in a deal that was completed three weeks ago. It was supposed to be Josh Smith. Leading up to the 12 p.m. ET deadline, all signs pointed to Smith being the…

  9. Knicks trade Ronnie Brewer to Thunder

    Feb 21, 2013, 4:03 PM EDT

    Knicks forward Ronnie Brewer fouls Celtics guard Leandro Barbosa during their NBA game in New York

    The Knicks have traded reserve wing Ronnie Brewer to the Thunder in exchange for a second round draft pick, according to reports from Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman and Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. Brewer started the season in New York as an important part of the Knicks rotation, averaging 7.0 points and 3.5 rebounds while…

  10. Thunder trade Eric Maynor to the Blazers

    Feb 21, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT

    Eric Maynor

    Oklahoma City has traded reserve guard Eric Maynor to the Portland Trail Blazers, according to a report from Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com, since confirmed by others. The Thunder will receive a $2.2 million trade exception for their trouble, along with the draft rights to Giorgio Printezis, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. There isn’t…

  11. Suns trade Sebastian Telfair to the Raptors

    Feb 21, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT

    Sebastian Telfair, Brandon Rush

    The Suns are in a full-fledged rebuild, and have no need for serviceable reserve players who would take minutes over the team’s young talent that needs to develop. As a result, Phoenix has agreed to send Sebastian Telfair to the Raptors in exchange for Hamed Haddadi and a protected second round draft pick, according to…

  12. Steve Nash passes Magic Johnson to move into fourth in all-time assists (VIDEO)

    Feb 21, 2013, 11:14 AM EDT

    SPO-BKN-LAKERS-HORNETS

    It was a busy night for the Lakers on Wednesday. L.A. started things off by honoring their late owner Jerry Buss, then finished things by rolling to an easy win over the Celtics. In between, Steve Nash made history. With his fourth and fifth assists of the night, Nash tied and then passed Magic Johnson…

  13. Lakers give moving tribute to Jerry Buss before taking care of Celtics (VIDEO)

    Feb 21, 2013, 10:46 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    It was an emotional night for the Lakers franchise on Wednesday, as the team was playing its first game since the passing of its long-time owner, Jerry Buss. Before L.A. won easily over the Celtics, the team paid tribute to Dr. Buss, first with a video montage on the arena scoreboard, followed by an address…

  14. Dwight Howard leads Lakers to win over Celtics

    Feb 21, 2013, 2:49 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Jason Collins

    Dwight Howard spent much of his media time in Houston over All-Star weekend deflecting questions about his future. If he can play out the remainder of the season the way he performed on Wednesday, the answers will speak for themselves. Howard was active from the very start, and helped set the tone for his team…

  15. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the vicious dunk over Greg Monroe (VIDEO)

    Feb 20, 2013, 11:36 PM EDT

    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist exploded up and over Greg Monroe of the Pistons on Wednesday, finishing with the powerful slam dunk at a critical point in the fourth quarter while the game was still in the balance. The Bobcats ultimately lost the game, but the jam from MKG will be the enduring highlight of the contest.

  16. Marcus Morris says he ‘shed a tear or two’ after learning of trade to Suns (VIDEO)

    Feb 20, 2013, 10:07 PM EDT

    marcus morris rockets

    Marcus Morris, after being traded to the Suns on Wednesday, caught up with CSNHouston and said he “shed a tear or two” when he first got news he was headed out of town. It wasn’t so much the fact that Morris, in the middle of his second season with the Rockets, was all that attached…

  17. Rockets trade Marcus Morris to Suns for future pick

    Feb 20, 2013, 8:21 PM EDT

    Marcus Morris

    The small deals are beginning to trickle in as the trade deadline approaches, and although this one involves three teams, it’s not exactly likely to send huge seismic waves throughout the league at large. From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports: The Houston Rockets have traded Marcus Morris to the Phoenix Suns for a future second-round…

  18. Report: Josh Smith ‘not opposed’ to re-signing in Milwaukee if traded to Bucks

    Feb 20, 2013, 7:28 PM EDT

    Hawks forward Smith reacts after a shot in the first half during their game against the Celtics in Game One of their NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs basketball game in Atlanta

    As the trade deadline rapidly approaches, the biggest name expected to be dealt is Atlanta’s Josh Smith. The latest reports have Milwaukee, Brooklyn, and Phoenix as the most likely trade partners, and if the most recent information out of Smith’s camp is indeed true, then the Bucks may have reason to push even harder to…

  19. Mike Woodson says Knicks will ‘sit tight’ at trade deadline

    Feb 20, 2013, 2:52 PM EDT

    Mike Woodson, Carmelo Anthony

    We’re seeing the list of teams that are coming out and saying they won’t be doing anything at the trade deadline grow longer by the minute, and with good reason. The new tax structure in the recently negotiated collective bargaining agreement, which goes into full effect next season, is scaring teams from adding salary and…

  20. Report: Celtics say they won’t trade Rajon Rondo

    Feb 20, 2013, 1:25 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    All reports regarding a team’s trade intentions at this time of year should be read very carefully until any deal is actually completed. But this one regarding what the Celtics are planning to do with Rajon Rondo as Thursday’s deadline approches seems as close as we can get to a true assurance. From Sam Amick…

  21. David Lee, Klay Thompson talk about getting Warriors back on track after the All-Star break

    Feb 18, 2013, 12:21 PM EDT

    David Lee, Zach Randolph

    HOUSTON — For the Golden State Warriors, the All-Star break couldn’t have come at a better time. And at least two of the team’s key players are confident the team will get back on track once the regular season resumes on Tuesday. The Warriors entered the break on a five-game losing streak, a rough end…

  22. Lakers owner Jerry Buss passes away at age 80

    Feb 18, 2013, 11:14 AM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss and US actor Jack Nicholson watching the WBC middleweight championship fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles

    Lakers owner Jerry Buss has passed away at age 80 after a battle with cancer, NBC News has confirmed. It is a story first broken by Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times. Lakers spokesman Bob Steiner confirmed Jerry Buss was 80. His date of birth was Jan. 27, 1933. It was just a few days…

  23. Kobe Bryant gets two blocks on LeBron James late in 2013 NBA All-Star game (VIDEO)

    Feb 18, 2013, 1:13 AM EDT

    NBA All-Star Bryant of the Lakers blocks a shot by All-Star James of the Heat in the fourth quarter during the 2013 NBA All Star basketball game in Houston

    HOUSTON — The All-Star game was a competitive one down the stretch, and not surprisingly, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James were the ones competing hardest, and doing so against one another with the contest hanging in the balance. Bryant got the best of James on two possessions, twice blocking the shot of the reigning league…

  24. Chris Paul wins MVP of 2013 NBA All-Star game

    Feb 18, 2013, 12:43 AM EDT

    NBA All-Star Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers holds up the MVP trophy after the 2013 NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    HOUSTON — Chris Paul took home the MVP trophy from the 2013 All-Star game, as he led the West to a 143-138 win in the NBA’s midseason exhibition, and did so in a contest that was close and competitive down the stretch. The award often times goes to the player who scores the most points…

  25. LeBron James with two alley-oop dunks early in 2013 NBA All-Star game (VIDEO)

    Feb 17, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

    NBA All-Star Game 2013

    HOUSTON — LeBron James got loose early for a couple of nice alley-oop jams in Sunday’s NBA All-Star game. The first came off the backboard from LeBron’s Miami teammate Dwyane Wade, and the second came at the front of the rim on a nice little flip from Carmelo Anthony. We’re just getting started.

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