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Brett Pollakoff

  1. Nike Basketball honors MLK day with special edition shoes for LeBron, Kobe, and Durant

    Jan 21, 2013, 3:08 PM EDT

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    If you look closely, you’ll see a lot of players wearing shoes with some bright orange laces on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday. That’s just part of the detail on the special edition shoes that Nike Basketball rolled out to honor Black History Month. The official release: “Nike recognizes the importance of Martin…

  2. Luol Deng out Monday vs. Lakers

    Jan 21, 2013, 2:33 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    UPDATE 8:05 p.m. ET: Deng is out, reports K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. The Lakers have lost eight of 10, and their struggles this season have been well-documented. They may catch a break Monday night in Chicago, where the Bulls may be without their leading scorer. Luol Deng is a game-time decision due to…

  3. Kevin Durant, Carlos Boozer named conference players of the week

    Jan 21, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    Carlos Boozer and Kevin Durant were named Eastern and Western Conference players of the week, for games played from Jan. 14 to Jan. 20. Chicago and Oklahoma City were both 3-1 during that stretch. Here are the numbers, from the official release: Carlos Boozer, Chicago Bulls Jan. 14 vs. Atlanta: Tallied 20 points, 13 rebounds…

  4. Bobcats president says team is ‘very active’ as trade deadline approaches

    Jan 21, 2013, 1:07 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Phoenix Suns

    The Bobcats opened the season with a record of 7-5, and were exciting to watch on both ends of the floor. Kemba Walker was spectacular at times, and the team’s energy was enough to guide them to some early-season success. Since then, however, Charlotte has put together a dismal record of just three wins against…

  5. Lindsey Hunter introduced as Suns head coach, details emerge on reasons the team made a change

    Jan 21, 2013, 12:10 PM EDT

    Lindsey Hunter, Lon Babby

    PHOENIX — Lindsey Hunter met the media on the Suns practice court Sunday, just hours after formally being offered the position of interim head coach and running the team through practice. Almost two full days after Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby held a press conference but didn’t offer up a lot in terms…

  6. Kobe says he’ll have to push through tired legs unless Lakers ‘are going to do something roster-wise’

    Jan 20, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Lakers' Bryant puts his jersey in his mouth during a break in play against the Raptors during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    After making just 10 of his 32 shots in a loss to the Raptors on Sunday, Kobe Bryant pointed to “tired legs” afterward as the reason he’s struggled from the field for a second straight game. In the game before, during a loss at the hands of the Miami Heat, Bryant shot just 8-of-25. Combine…

  7. Blake Griffin leads the break, finds DeAndre Jordan for the alley-oop slam (VIDEO)

    Jan 20, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

    We can probably find some sick Blake Griffin highlights from just about every one of the Clippers’ games this season. But usually he’s on the receiving end of one of these plays, not the one leading the break and throwing the perfect pass. Midway through the third quarter of Saturday night’s win over the Wizards,…

  8. Dwight Howard ejected as Lakers lose to Raptors (VIDEO)

    Jan 20, 2013, 4:54 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Howard complains about a call to the referee during their NBA game against Toronto Raptors in Toronto

    The Lakers lost to the Raptors in Toronto on Sunday by a final of 108-103, dropping them six games under .500 with three teams ahead of them for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Los Angeles played the entire second half without Dwight Howard, who was ejected with 1:18 to play…

  9. Vinny Del Negro sees trade rumors surrounding Eric Bledsoe as a positive

    Jan 20, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    BLEDSOE_ERIC

    When Chris Paul missed three straight games for the Clippers with a bruised right kneecap, the team didn’t miss him nearly as much as you might have thought. That’s because they have an athletic and capable backup in Eric Bledsoe, who started in place of Paul and had two above average performances in helping L.A.…

  10. Heat sign Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen to a 10-day contract

    Jan 20, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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    The Heat have the best record in the Eastern Conference, yet they haven’t been anywhere near invincible this season. In the games they’ve lost, Miami has been crushed on the boards, and it’s been an ongoing concern throughout the season. The team took action to improve in that category by signing Chris Andersen to a…

  11. Richard Jefferson throws down the reverse dunk against Hornets (VIDEO)

    Jan 20, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Richard Jefferson, Lamar Odom

    Richard Jefferson has had a hard time getting on the court for the Warriors this season, but with more plays like this one, the team may be inclined to try to find him some additional opportunities. Early in the second quarter of the Warriors win over the Hornets on Saturday, Jefferson received the ball in…

  12. Almost two days after parting ways with Alvin Gentry, Suns name Lindsey Hunter interim head coach

    Jan 20, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Orlando Magic, Game Four

    UPDATE 11:17 a.m. ET: The Suns have named player development coordinator Lindesy Hunter as interim head coach, the team announced this morning. We’ll have more on Hunter following this afternoon’s press conference. PHOENIX — In case you weren’t sure of what the plan was in Phoenix to right the sinking Suns ship, we have some…

  13. Grizzlies hold on for overtime win over shorthanded Bulls

    Jan 20, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

    Zach Randolph

    It certainly wasn’t pretty, but the Grizzlies will take the result. Memphis was able to hold off a shorthanded Bulls team in overtime for the 85-82 win in Chicago on Saturday, thanks to some timely rebounding from Zach Randolph and some well-placed shot making from Marc Gasol. Chicago was without its leading scorer in Luol…

  14. Shawn Marion fined $25K for public criticism of officiating after loss to OKC

    Jan 19, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant Shawn Marion

    Shawn Marion has been fined $25,000 for public criticism of officiating, the league announced on Saturday. Marion’s comments were made after his Mavericks lost to the Thunder in overtime on Friday, behind a career-high 52 points from Kevin Durant. Free throws accounted for 21 of Durant’s 52, and that was the point of contention for…

  15. Clippers send promotional material to coaches to try to get Jamal Crawford voted in as an All-Star

    Jan 19, 2013, 9:01 PM EDT

    Jamal Crawford, Chris Bosh

    The All-Star reserves will be announced this Thursday, and with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin both already in as members of the Western Conference starting lineup, there isn’t a great possibility that another player from the Clippers will make it as the team’s third representative. But that isn’t stopping the Clippers organization from trying. With…

  16. Russell Westbrook sings along to ‘Die Young’ by Ke$ha (VIDEO)

    Jan 19, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Darius Morris

    We see players bobbing their heads or lip-syncing in layup lines all the time before games get started, but rarely do we get a closeup of someone singing along to one of his current favorite jams. Russell Westbrook was caught on camera doing just that on Friday, clearly enjoying himself while singing along to “Die…

  17. adidas and Derrick Rose launch D Rose 3.5 (PHOTOS)

    Jan 19, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

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    adidas announced the launch of the D Rose 3.5 this week, the midseason edition of the company’s signature basketball shoe for Derrick Rose. From the official release: “My main thing is always sharpening up my game and improving my body and with the D Rose 3.5 adidas took that same approach,” said Rose. “This shoe…

  18. Pau Gasol wants to start, but Mike D’Antoni may continue to bring him off the bench

    Jan 19, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    The Lakers don’t need any more problems in this troubled season, one in which the team is merely trying to figure things out just enough to sneak back into the playoff picture before time runs out. But there may be one brewing between Pau Gasol and Mike D’Antoni. When Gasol missed five games due to…

  19. Vince Carter dunks on Ibaka, makes sure to get his ‘motorcycle’ celebration in afterward (VIDEO)

    Jan 19, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    vince carter motorcycle celebration

    The best part of this dunk wasn’t the fact that in crunch time of a tight game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Vince Carter went strong to the rack and threw it down over Serge Ibaka. No, the awesomeness came a second or two later, when Carter made sure to get in his patented motorcycle-revving…

  20. Joakim Noah says Kevin Garnett uses ‘cheap shots’ to throw guys off their game

    Jan 19, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Noah celebrates basket against Boston Celtics' Terry during NBA basketball game in Chicago

    The Bulls beat the Celtics in overtime on Friday, on the strength of a couple of big plays that went their way down the stretch of both regulation and the extra session. Joakim Noah continued his All-Star caliber play, especially defensively where he was able to hold Kevin Garnett to just 5-16 shooting. He was…

  21. Brandon Jennings doesn’t like his All-Star chances

    Jan 19, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Brandon Jennings, Ben Uzoh

    PHOENIX — Brandon Jennings, and to a lesser extent, Monta Ellis, are on the bubble in terms of potential players who could be named to the All-Star team as a reserve. We discussed this on the podcast this week — once you get past Kyrie Irving, there really aren’t any locks to make the team…

  22. Steve Nash says Suns firing Gentry may be a good thing for his former head coach

    Jan 19, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Alvin Gentry, Steve Nash

    Steve Nash had a good relationship with Alvin Gentry in Phoenix, his former head coach who led Nash and the Suns to the Western Conference finals back in 2010. Not surprisingly, Nash had good things to say in the wake of Gentry’s dismissal from the organization on Thursday. Nash essentially said that the parting of…

  23. Kevin Durant scores career-high 52 points, hits overtime game-winner to get win over Mavericks

    Jan 19, 2013, 1:13 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant scored 52 points, a new career-high in leading the Thunder to a 117-114 overtime win in Dallas against the Mavericks. None of his shots were as ridiculous or as important as the one you see in the video clip above. With under 27 seconds remaining in overtime and the game tied at 114,…

  24. Jrue Holiday with the layup to send Sixers to overtime against Raptors (VIDEO)

    Jan 19, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

    Jrue Holiday

    Jrue Holiday is doing his best to remind coaches that he deserves a spot on the Eastern Conference All-Star team this season. Holiday finished with a career-high tying 33 points, to go along with 14 assists while scoring all 12 of his team’s overtime points to lead the Sixers to a 108-101 win over the…

  25. Marco Belinelli hits the game-winner in overtime to send Bulls past Celtics (VIDEO)

    Jan 18, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Gibson reacts as Belinelli celebrates his game-winning shot with Robinson in their NBA basketball game against Boston Celtics in Boston

    This was an amazing shot by Marco Belinelli, one that gave the Bulls a hard-fought 100-99 overtime victory over the Celtics in Boston on Friday. But it shouldn’t have come to this for the Celtics. Boston led this game by three with 20 seconds left in regulation. After a free throw from Kirk Hinrich cut…

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