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Brett Pollakoff

  1. Deron Williams won’t travel to London for Nets vs. Hawks

    Jan 12, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    It’s a light schedule for the Nets this week, with just one game on the calendar against the Atlanta Hawks. But it’s being played in London at The O2, and it doesn’t make sense for their injured star point guard to make the flight lasting almost seven hours just to sit and watch. Deron Williams…

  2. Report: Pacers become latest team to express interest in Andrew Bynum

    Jan 12, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Cleveland Cavaliers

    When Andrew Bynum was traded from the Cavaliers to the Bulls and then immediately waived in a move to shed salary, several teams, including the Miami Heat, reportedly expressed initial interest in acquiring his services. The East is unquestionably going to come down to a battle between the Heat and the Pacers, so Indiana must…

  3. NBA says refs missed foul call on final play of Mavericks’ win over Pelicans

    Jan 12, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

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    The Mavericks hung on for a 110-107 win over the Pelicans on Saturday, and Monta Ellis hacked the heck out of Austin Rivers on the game’s final play to ensure that would be the case. No foul was called by the officials at the time, however, and a day later, the league issued a statement…

  4. Drake introduces Raptors players on ‘Drake Night’ in Toronto (VIDEO)

    Jan 12, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

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    It was Drake Night in Toronto on Saturday, and the recording artist not only broke out a retro Raptors jersey-lined jacket for the occasion, but he also got to do the player introductions. Pretty basic stuff, although the flavor he added to the DeMar DeRozan intro feels like something we’ve seen before. Toronto pulled away…

  5. J.R. Smith returns to Knicks lineup, says lesson learned is to ‘be a professional’

    Jan 12, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v New York Knicks

    J.R. Smith has been at the center of attention in New York lately, first for on-court antics that resulted in a fine, then for being benched by Knicks head coach Mike Woodson in the team’s win over the Miami Heat. This is how it goes, of course, when players get into any type of trouble…

  6. Joakim Noah speaks, says he’s hurt but not mad at Bulls trade of Luol Deng

    Jan 12, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    Joakim Noah

    Joakim Noah had managed to avoid the media since the Bulls traded his longtime teammate Luol Deng five days ago, but broke his silence on Saturday after the team got its third straight win since making the deal, this time a 103-97 victory over the Bobcats. From John Jackson of the Associated Press: “The trade definitely…

  7. Larry Sanders ejected for elbow to Thunder’s Steven Adams (VIDEO)

    Jan 12, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

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    In the second quarter of the Bucks’ loss to the Thunder on Saturday, Larry Sanders took himself out of the game. He delivered a couple of elbows above the neck to OKC’s Steven Adams, and the refs saw that activity and ruled it a flagrant foul. After video review, they determined it was a flagrant…

  8. JB Smoove appears in new Jordan spots for Carmelo Anthony’s Melo M10 (VIDEO)

    Jan 12, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v New York Knicks

    Carmelo Anthony is celebrating his 10th year with Jordan brand, and his latest signature shoe, the Melo M10, was designed by Tinker Hatfield, the man responsible for many of the most iconic Air Jordan concepts. The ads the company is rolling out in support are pretty great too, and feature comedian and Knicks fan JB…

  9. Brandon Jennings with the pass off the glass for Andre Drummond, who finishes with the slam (VIDEO)

    Jan 11, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

    Brandon Jennings

    This play exemplifies just how little energy the Suns had at the start of their contest in Detroit against the Pistons. Phoenix was a step slow for the game’s first few minutes, while the Pistons were ready to roll. Check out this pass off the glass that Brandon Jennings tossed to Andre Drummond, who finished…

  10. Roof leak at Verizon Center delays Rockets-Wizards (VIDEO)

    Jan 11, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    John Wall

    We’re not supposed to have rain delays in the NBA, but when a roof leak causes water to rain onto the court, the conditions obviously become unsafe for the players. That’s what happened in D.C. on Saturday at the Verizon Center, where a leak caused an extended delay in the action. The Associated Press noted…

  11. Drake has a suit jacket lined with vintage Vince Carter Raptors jersey (PHOTO)

    Jan 11, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

    Drake

    It’s Drake Night in Toronto as the Raptors host the Nets on Saturday, and the Canadian recording artist who has taken the job of rebranding the franchise pulled out all the stops when getting his personal wardrobe together for the special occasion. Here’s another shot of Drake’s retro Vince jersey inside his suit jacket. pic.twitter.com/IVeECCQtpb…

  12. Lakers’ Jodie Meeks on his way to hitting contract incentive

    Jan 11, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Los Angeles Lakers

    At least one positive thing may come of all the injuries the Lakers have been dealing with this season, but it’s something that will benefit just one of the team’s players. Thanks to plenty of available minutes in the rotation without players like Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar around for much…

  13. Hedo Turkoglu impresses Doc Rivers in workout for Clippers

    Jan 11, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    Hedo Turkoglu wasn’t a part of the futre in Orlando, and as a result, the Magic let him know that before the season began and allowed him to remain away from the team until he was either dealt or waived. When no one was willing to offer anything in trade for Turkoglu, the Magic decided…

  14. Report: Knicks interested in trading for Andre Miller

    Jan 11, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Denver Nuggets

    The Knicks have been playing better lately, winning four of their last five despite the fact that they’re dealing with injuries to the likes of Pablo Prigioni and Tyson Chandler, along with the internal team suspension of J.R. Smith. New York needs a talent upgrade somewhere to continue this recent uptick, and even if the…

  15. Joakim Noah hasn’t spoken publicly since Bulls traded Luol Deng

    Jan 11, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets

    The Bulls are a unique team that’s had a core group of players together for enough time under head coach Tom Thibodeau to where they all had bought in on the common goal of playing for each other. That became more difficult in Chicago recently, after the Bulls made a trade that wasn’t meant to…

  16. Bucks remind fans that Giannis Antetokounmpo is ‘Greek and Growing’ with clever poster

    Jan 11, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Cleveland Cavaliers

    A while back, we told you about how Bucks rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo is still physically growing. He was listed at 6’9″ at the time of the draft, but as the poster the team put together cleverly demonstrates, he’s now up to 6’10” and 1/4 as of December. Fans in Milwaukee can receive one of these babies…

  17. Nets notch fifth straight win over frustrated LeBron, banged up Heat

    Jan 11, 2014, 12:35 AM EDT

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    NEW YORK — LeBron James fouled out of a game for just the sixth time in his career on Friday, and with the Heat entering the game in Brooklyn already down three of their starters, losing him for the second overtime session proved to be too much. Behind big games from Joe Johnson and Shaun…

  18. LeBron not at all pleased with flagrant foul from Nets’ Mirza Teletovic (VIDEO)

    Jan 10, 2014, 10:28 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Brooklyn Nets

    NEW YORK — It’s been a frustrating night for LeBron James, and things almost boiled over midway through the fourth quarter against the Nets. Miami is without three of its starters, and entered the final period trailing by 12 points. The Heat have been on the wrong end of many 50-50 calls by the officials,…

  19. LeBron gets the tough and-1 to go against Nets (VIDEO)

    Jan 10, 2014, 10:01 PM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans vs Miami Heat

    The Heat may have been missing three starters in their game at Brooklyn on Friday, but they still have the best player out there in LeBron James. The first quarter featured a duel of sorts between James and Joe Johnson, who finished the opening period with 16 and 22 points respectively. LeBron got two of…

  20. Spoelstra says Heat won’t base injury decisions on experience of other teams

    Jan 10, 2014, 8:24 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Miami Heat

    NEW YORK — The Miami Heat weren’t at full strength during Thursday’s loss to the Knicks, and a day later in Brooklyn the team found out before tip-off that it would be even more shorthanded against the streaking Nets. Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers both sat against the Knicks, and will do so again in Brooklyn.…

  21. The Extra Pass: J.R. Smith’s ‘joke gone wrong’ has him questioning his Knicks future

    Jan 10, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    J.R. Smith

    NEW YORK — J.R Smith hasn’t played well enough this season to deserve either the minutes he’s been given, or the simple benefit of the doubt. And on Thursday night before a nationally televised game against the defending champion Miami Heat, Knicks head coach Mike Woodson finally did something about it. Speaking to reporters more…

  22. Knicks continue recent strong play with win over Heat

    Jan 10, 2014, 12:11 AM EDT

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    NEW YORK — The Knicks got their third straight victory and fourth in five games by taking care of the Heat 102-92 on Thursday, and while everyone on both sides pointed to New York’s defense as the reason behind their success on this night, offensively it was as simple as the team finally knocking down…

  23. Knicks coach Mike Woodson says he’s done talking about J.R. Smith, who may have been benched vs. Heat

    Jan 9, 2014, 9:01 PM EDT

    Woodson JR Smith

    NEW YORK — J.R. Smith has been a distraction for the Knicks this season, not only because his play has been nowhere near the level it was a season ago when he took home Sixth Man of the Year honors, but also because of some nonsense that’s garnered the team the wrong kind of attention.…

  24. Andrew Bynum clears waivers, is officially a free agent

    Jan 9, 2014, 8:06 PM EDT

    Bynum Cavaliers

    As of 6:00 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, Andrew Bynum has cleared waivers and is now an unrestricted free agent. A quick reminder of how we got here — Bynum was suspended by the Cavaliers for “conduct detrimental to the team,” a short-term solution while they attempted to trade him before his contract would become fully guaranteed…

  25. Kevin Love calls out teammates after close home loss to Suns

    Jan 9, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    The Timberwolves lost a tough one at home to the Suns on Wednesday, which is nothing really to be ashamed of. Phoenix has been one of the league’s nicer surprises in the first half of the season, and now sits at seventh in the West with a 21-13 overall record. Minnesota has struggled, and the…

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