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  1. George Karl says he could see LeBron returning to Cleveland to play for Cavaliers

    Jan 13, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heats LeBron James looks on during their NBA basketball game against his former team the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland

    We all remember how LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers in free agency. It wasn’t pretty, and he even later said he would do things differently if he had the chance. Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was famously critical of the way LeBron left the franchise, feeling as though James owed the team that drafted him…

  2. John Wall returns, Wizards get win over Hawks

    Jan 12, 2013, 10:42 PM EDT

    John Wall, Louis Williams

    John Wall made his long awaited season debut on Saturday, scoring 14 points and dishing out four assists in 21 minutes off the bench to help the Wizards to a 93-83 win over the Atlanta Hawks. Washington notched just its sixth win in 34 tries on the season, but the vibe around the team may…

  3. Magic snap Clippers’ 13-game home winning streak

    Jan 12, 2013, 8:26 PM EDT

    Grant Hill, Josh McRoberts

    The Orlando Magic are just 13-23 on the season, but they have some surprising signature wins that give the fan base hope as the team rebuilds without a superstar on the roster, and with a first-year head coach running the show. Saturday afternoon’s come-from-behind 104-101 win over a Clippers team that held a share of…

  4. Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson asks LeBron James to buy the Kings (VIDEO)

    Jan 12, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James rubs his jaw after being fouled during the second quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis

    LeBron James appeared at a charity dinner in Sacramento on Friday, as a guest of the city’s mayor and former NBA player Kevin Johnson. With the Kings once again in crisis, Johnson playfully asked James if he might be interested in purchasing Sacramento’s NBA franchise. James played along, and a good time was seemingly had by all.

  5. Iman Shumpert cleared, could make season debut in London against the Pistons

    Jan 12, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat - Game One

    The Knicks have struggled a bit as of late, and have had seemingly nothing but bad news on the injury front. Mike Woodson changed all that after the team practiced on Saturday when he told reporters that Iman Shumpert has been cleared by doctors, and could make his season debut later this week. From Jared…

  6. Damian Lillard drops a career high 37 on the Warriors (VIDEO)

    Jan 12, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Isaiah Thomas

    These are some pretty tasty Damian Lillard highlights from the Blazers loss on Friday night at the hands of the Warriors. Lillard essentially goes bonkers from distance, pulling up from long range time and time again and draining three-pointers as if they were 15-foot jumpers. He went 7-of-12 from behind the arc, and was 15-of-25…

  7. Grant Hill to make season debut for Clippers Saturday vs. Magic

    Jan 12, 2013, 2:21 PM EDT

    Grant Hill Clippers

    If you were looking for a reason to tune in for an afternoon contest between the Clippers and the Magic, Grant Hill making his season debut for Los Angeles is as good a reason as any. Hill was said to be a game time decision after practice on Friday, but Vinnie Del Negro told reporters…

  8. Amid Rudy Gay trade speculation, Lionel Hollins says he’d like to keep Grizzlies together

    Jan 12, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Lionel Hollins, Jerryd Bayless, Mike Conley

    The trade talk surrounding Rudy Gay has begun to heat up recently, and for a variety of reasons, it isn’t likely to stop until mid-February’s trade deadline has come and gone. The Grizzlies struggled through a brief 2-4 stretch, but have recovered nicely to win four straight, including Friday night’s overtime home thriller against the…

  9. Steve Novak calls Nate Robinson ‘Little Nathan’ after Robinson mocks his three-point celebration

    Jan 12, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Steve Novak

    Steve Novak has adopted the “discount double check” as his go-to celebration for hitting big three-pointers. It’s the same one Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has made famous on the football field, and then even more so after appearing in a series of insurance commercials. The celebration is weak by NBA standards, but hey,…

  10. Gerald Wallace goes down hard, leaves game with injury (VIDEO)

    Jan 12, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Gerald Wallace

    Gerald Wallace has earned the nickname “Crash” over the years for a reason. He consistently and fearlessly takes flight around the rim, with little or no regard for his own personal safety. Early in Friday night’s win over the Suns, Wallace went up for a basket, but was fouled by P.J. Tucker in mid-air, and…

  11. Bulls beat the Knicks for the third time this season

    Jan 11, 2013, 11:29 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v New York Knicks

    The Knicks have shown that they’ve had no trouble dealing with the Miami Heat this season, the defending champions who sit at the top of the Eastern Conference standings. As for defense-first teams like the Bulls and the Celtics however, that’s where New York tends to struggle. Playing Chicago for the third time this season…

  12. Carmelo Anthony’s new Jordan brand documentary series ‘Playing For The City That Made Me’ (VIDEO)

    Jan 11, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony celebrates after a three point shot late in the fourth quarter of the Knicks' win in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series against the Heat in New York

    Carmelo Anthony is featured in a new documentary series entitled “Playing for the City That Made Me,” launched by the Jordan brand that sponsors him earlier this week. It’s a three-parter, hoping to show Anthony’s New York roots, and the passion he had playing the game from a very early age. This first episode entitled…

  13. Report: Kings buyer who would keep team in Sacramento has made formal offer to Maloofs

    Jan 11, 2013, 6:04 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    As we told you earlier, the sale of the Kings won’t be a done deal until it is actually a done deal — contracts signed, press conferences convened, a river of tears flowing through the streets of Sacramento, etc. Shortly after the initial report of the deal being done came out, our own Aaron Bruski…

  14. PBT Podcast: Talking Kings relocation, Pacers, Knicks, Heat, and Lakers

    Jan 11, 2013, 4:51 PM EDT

    Mavericks Kings Sale Basketball

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss the seemingly impending sale of the Sacramento Kings to a Seattle-based ownership group, and why the fans there want to fight to keep a team that’s been historically terrible in terms of wins and losses. We then look back at Thursday…

  15. Wesley Matthews hits two huge threes late to help Blazers beat Heat (VIDEO)

    Jan 11, 2013, 2:29 AM EDT

    Trail Blazers shooting guard Matthews celebrates win with teammates Aldrige and Batum after defeating the Heat after their NBA basketball game in Portland

    The Heat looked as though they would have little trouble with the Blazers, getting out to a solid start and a 52-39 lead at the end of the first half. But a 38-point second half doomed Miami’s chances, and the team found itself blowing a 12-point fourth quarter lead while on the wrong end of…

  16. Pacers win ugly over Carmelo Anthony-less knicks

    Jan 10, 2013, 11:17 PM EDT

    New York Knicks guard Smith guards Indiana Pacers forward George during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis

    There’s no question that the Indiana Pacers, much like any team in the NBA, couldn’t care less exactly how their wins are acquired. Whether they come due to a stifling defensive effort that allows the offense to barely get by is of no consequence; all that matters is that ultimate result. Indiana took down the…

  17. J.R. Smith throws it down on Pacers’ Ian Mahinmi (VIDEO)

    Jan 10, 2013, 9:25 PM EDT

    Ian Mahinmi, J.R. Smith

    It’s been a brutal first half in Indiana for both teams offensively, but J.R. Smith provided a momentary reprieve from the darkness with this thunderous slam dunk over Ian Mahinmi of the Pacers. Smith explodes to the rim from beyond the three-point arc, and seems to have the rim in his sights from the moment…

  18. Jim Buss says Lakers are ‘not going to panic’ despite dismal start

    Jan 10, 2013, 9:11 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    Panic is a severe word to use where sports franchises are concerned, given the millions of dollars invested in players and coaches and the long-term vision it takes to put together a team capable of competing for a championship. On paper, the Lakers should have the talent to be in that championship conversation. But injuries…

  19. John Wall, adidas announce long-term partnership

    Jan 10, 2013, 7:47 PM EDT

    John Wall

    John Wall is very close to returning to the court for the Wizards, and when he does finally make it back, he’ll do so with adidas on his feet. Wall and adidas announced a long-term partnership agreement on Thursday, which marked the end of Wall’s deal to represent Reebok. From the official release: “I’ve enjoyed…

  20. Scott Skiles out as Bucks head coach

    Jan 8, 2013, 1:01 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v New Orleans Hornets

    Scott Skiles is out as head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, according to a report from Sam Amick of USA Today. The decision was mutual between the team and its coach, who had guided the Bucks to a record of 16-16, good enough for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference standings.…

  21. Report: Carmelo Anthony had to be restrained outside Celtics locker room after Knicks loss

    Jan 8, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    Things got heated between Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett during the Knicks’ home loss to the Celtics on Monday, and apparently, Anthony wanted to continue the battle after the game was finished. The two players received double technicals for their continued jawing with just over nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but they were…

  22. Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett go at it, receive double technicals (VIDEO)

    Jan 7, 2013, 11:28 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    The Celtics didn’t need Rajon Rondo to beat the Knicks at MSG on Thursday; they only needed to get inside Carmelo Anthony‘s head. Kevin Garnett did so masterfully, and Anthony shot a miserable 6-of-26 from the field which helped the Celtics come away with a critical road victory against one of the top teams in…

  23. Bradley Beal hits the game-winner to send Wizards past Thunder (VIDEO)

    Jan 7, 2013, 10:43 PM EDT

    Bradley Beal, Thabo Sefolosha, Kendrick Perkins

    The Wizards are just 5-28 on the season, but two of those five wins have come against the teams who met in the NBA Finals last June. Washington already beat the Heat earlier this season, and thanks to Bradley Beal‘s heroics with less than a second remaining on Monday, the Wizards were able to come…

  24. Tommy Heinsohn with the epic rant on Rondo’s suspension (VIDEO)

    Jan 7, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

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    Tommy Heinsohn is the color analyst on the Celtics broadcasts, but before that he was a Hall of Fame player and coach in Boston for parts of the last six decades. As you might imagine, he bleeds green at this point, and has almost no filter when discussing issues related to his beloved Celtics. The…

  25. Report: Omri Casspi requests trade from Cavaliers

    Jan 7, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

    Omri Casspi

    There was a buzz surrounding Omri Casspi when he came into the league with the Sacramento Kings back in 2009, and not only because he was the NBA’s first Israeli-born player. Casspi showed signs of being more than a serviceable rotation player early in his career, but his numbers have regressed in each of the…

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