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  1. Report: Anderson Varejao ‘highly available’ in trade, but asking price remains high

    Dec 15, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

    The trade talk for Anderson Varejao has been consistently present in recent seasons, but the asking price the Cavaliers organization placed on him has always been too steep for teams to consider. That might change this year, with Varejao leading the league in rebounding and having an All-Star caliber season — even if, as we…

  2. Kevin Garnett and Kevin McHale share an emotional embrace after Rockets beat Celtics (VIDEO)

    Dec 15, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Kevin McHale, Kevin Garnett

    The show of support and respect from around the league for Rockets head coach Kevin McHale, who has returned to the team following an extended leave of absence after the passing of his daughter, has truly been amazing to see. It shows that the brotherhood of those involved with the game runs much deeper than…

  3. Lakers snap four-game losing streak with win over Wizards

    Dec 14, 2012, 10:19 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Washington Wizards

    It’s been an ugly stretch for the Lakers recently. With the team losing four straight and six of its last seven, a win by any means necessary would be welcome in Los Angeles — even against the team with the league’s worst record, the Washington Wizards. Thursday night’s destruction at the hands of the Knicks…

  4. Brook Lopez returns to Nets lineup after missing seven games due to injury

    Dec 14, 2012, 8:17 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets

    Brook Lopez returned to the Nets starting lineup on Friday night against the Pistons, after missing the last seven games with a foot injury. Brooklyn struggled with Lopez out, losing five of those seven contests. It appears that Lopez will have a minutes limit initially to see how he responds to the activity, and to…

  5. Former NBA player Shawne Williams arrested on drug charges

    Dec 14, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

    shawne williams nets arrested

    Former NBA player Shawne Williams was arrested Thursday on drug charges, according to a report from the Memphis Commercial Appeal. An officer was on routine patrol outside a Cricket wireless store in the 3400 block of Austin Peay near the Raleigh Springs Mall. The officer approached Williams in his nearby Porsche Panamera after smelling marijuana,…

  6. PBT Podcast: Talking Lakers, Warriors, All-Star voting, and a chat with Kenny Anderson

    Dec 14, 2012, 3:14 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Bryant looks at the clock during their NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks in New York

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss the state of the Lakers, after they were dropped Thursday night by a very good Knicks team. We then discuss Damian Lillard and the impact he’s having with the Blazers this season, before shifting our attention to the surging Golden State…

  7. Carmelo Anthony leads Knicks to complete destruction of the Lakers

    Dec 13, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    There were some who wondered whether the Lakers had hit rock bottom after losing in Cleveland to the 5-18 Cavaliers on Tuesday. The answer? Nope. Rock bottom officially came on Thursday in New York, where the Knicks absolutely destroyed L.A., leading by as many as 26 points on the way to a 116-107 victory, which…

  8. Suns to wear black throwback jerseys when Lakers visit Jan. 30

    Dec 13, 2012, 8:37 PM EDT

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    The Suns rolled out a new court design this season, and word has it that new uniforms were supposed to be there to match. They’re likely coming next season or the one after, once the team decides on a design, and once they submit that design to the league for approval before the deadline to…

  9. Lionel Hollins points to favorable schedule as the reason for the Grizzlies’ strong start

    Dec 13, 2012, 11:46 AM EDT

    Lionel Hollins, Jerryd Bayless, Mike Conley

    PHOENIX — Reality has set in on the Memphis Grizzlies recently. But that doesn’t negate the team’s stronger-than-expected start. After a loss in Phoenix on Wednesday to a Suns club that had dropped seven straight coming in, Memphis has now posted just two wins against three losses over its last five games. This may be…

  10. Goran Dragic’s last-second shot finishes the Grizzlies (VIDEO)

    Dec 13, 2012, 1:54 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Phoenix Suns

    PHOENIX — The Suns would have taken a win any way it might have come, after losing seven straight and being faced with the task of taking down a Grizzlies team that has gotten off to a strong start this season, and had just beaten this Phoenix team in Memphis a mere seven days ago.…

  11. Referee tries to block a free throw attempt from Kris Humphries (VIDEO)

    Dec 12, 2012, 9:41 PM EDT

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    Now here’s something you don’t see every day. With 7:42 remaining in the fourth quarter of the epic matchup between the Nets and the Raptors on Wednesday, Brooklyn’s Kris Humphries went to the line for a couple of free throw attempts. After receiving the ball from one of the officials and beginning his shooting motion,…

  12. Raptors release injury update: Lowry out 10 days, Bargnani out indefinitely

    Dec 12, 2012, 9:13 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors center Andrea Bargnani reacts to a call during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Utah

    The Raptors haven’t been very good when healthy this season, so one can only assume that prolonged absences due to injury from the team’s best players won’t help the situation. The team released an update to its injured players, and while the news is better than expected where Kyle Lowry is concerned, the news isn’t…

  13. Injuries and a suspension have Raptors down to eight healthy players vs. Nets

    Dec 12, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors' Calderon of Spain, Kleiza of Lithuania and Valanciunas of Lithuania, sit on the bench during the final minutes of their game against the Los Angeles Clippers during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    The Nets have been struggling lately, and will head into Toronto on Wednesday night riding a five-game losing streak. Miami, Oklahoma City, and most recently, the Knicks have accounted for three of those losses, so it’s not anything to be too concerned about. And given the situation with the Raptors, it’ll be almost impossible for…

  14. Report: Mike Bibby working out for the Grizzlies

    Dec 12, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT

    Mike Bibby

    The Lakers are in desperate need of point guard help, and are rumored to be weighing the Delonte West option for some immediate assistance until Steve Nash and Steve Blake are healthy enough to return to action. L.A. is a disaster at this point in the season, so the desperation is understandable. It’s a little…

  15. Shawn Marion ready to return to Mavericks’ lineup

    Dec 12, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

    Shawn Marion, J.J. Hickson

    Shawn Marion has missed the last two games with a groin strain, one he suffered in his team’s win over the Suns in Phoenix last week. Marion’s team has managed just fine without him, however, winning a tough one in Houston before coasting to an easy one at home against the horrendous Sacramento Kings. Dallas…

  16. Zaza Pachulia receives warning for flopping (VIDEO)

    Dec 12, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

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    Zaza Pachulia received an official warning for violating the league’s anti-flopping policy, it was announced on Tuesday. Omer Asik also received a warning this week, though Pachulia’s violation was much, much worse. The play Pachulia was cited for took place during the Hawks’ win over the Wizards on Dec. 7. Kevin Seraphin secures the rebound,…

  17. Tim Duncan won’t be campaigning for an All-Star spot

    Dec 12, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

    tim duncan west all star

    When the league made changes to the All-Star voting process for this season, it was largely referred to as the Tim Duncan rule. There is no more designation specifically for the center position, one which the Spurs famously lobbied for Tim Duncan — who, for the most part, plays at center — to be excluded…

  18. Omer Asik receives warning for flopping (VIDEO)

    Dec 12, 2012, 12:11 PM EDT

    Omer Asik

    Omer Asik received a warning for flopping against Tim Duncan during the Rockets loss to the Spurs on Dec. 10, the league announced. This is a good one, especially in slow motion. As the shot goes up, Asik battles Tim Duncan for rebounding position. Duncan uses his forearm to keep Asik from the ball, and…

  19. Carmelo Anthony returns to lead Knicks past Nuggets

    Dec 9, 2012, 10:49 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v New York Knicks

    Carmelo Anthony had missed the Knicks’ last two games due to sustaining a cut on a finger of his non-shooting hand, one that required five stitches to seal. It kept him from playing in New York’s win over the Heat in Miami on Thursday, and also kept him out of his team’s loss in Chicago…

  20. Stephen Jackson apologizes for threatening Serge Ibaka

    Dec 9, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

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    We told you on Saturday about the not-so-kind words that the Spurs’ Stephen Jackson posted to his Twitter account after Friday night’s game between the Lakers and the Thunder. Serge Ibaka and Metta World Peace got tangled up late in the contest while battling for rebounding position, and this apparently reminded Jackson of similar encounters…

  21. Dahntay Jones with the vicious slam on Patrick Patterson (VIDEO)

    Dec 9, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

    Patrick Patterson,Dahntay Jones

    There were plenty of slam dunk highlights from Saturday’s slate of games, but none more vicious or impressive than this monster jam from Dahntay Jones that came in the Mavericks’ win over the Rockets. Jones not only dunks all over Patterson, but pushes the ball through the defender’s hands before throwing it down. The best…

  22. Byron Scott fined $25K for criticizing officials after loss to Timberwolves

    Dec 9, 2012, 6:01 PM EDT

    Byron Scott

    Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott has been fined $25,000 for public criticism of officiating, the league announced via official release. The comments were made following Cleveland’s loss to the Timberwolves in Minnesota on Friday, a game in which they managed to score just 73 points, but were outshot at the free throw line by their…

  23. Chris Wilcox fined $25K for making obscene gesture to fans during game

    Dec 9, 2012, 5:46 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics

    Chris Wilcox has been fined $25,000 for making an obscene gesture to fans during the game between the Celtics and the Sixers on Dec. 7, the league announced. The incident occurred during a timeout with 8:47 remaining in the fourth quarter. But what exactly did Wilcox do to deserve such a hefty fine? From Chris…

  24. Mavericks players line up to individually greet Kevin McHale as he returns to coach Rockets (VIDEO)

    Dec 9, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Kevin Mchale

    Kevin McHale returned to coach the Rockets on Saturday, after being away from the team for an extended leave of absence due to the passing of his daughter a couple of weeks back. Before tip-off, the Mavericks players lined up to individually greet, hug, and shake hands with McHale as a show of empathy for…

  25. Roy Hibbert says he will be the ‘best center in the league’

    Dec 9, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Roy Hibbert, Larry Bird

    Roy Hibbert made the All-Star team a season ago, one in which he averaged career highs of 12.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, while anchoring the defense for a Pacers team that pushed the eventual champion Heat to six games in the second round of the playoffs. That performance convinced Indiana to match a…

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