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  1. Report: Hawks not interested in trading Josh Smith for Pau Gasol

    Nov 17, 2012, 4:31 PM EDT

    Josh Smith

    There’s a certain percentage of Lakers fans that constantly go back and forth about their feelings for Pau Gasol. One month he’s exactly the kind of skilled, versatile big man that is vital to a team’s championship hopes, the next month he’s soft and these people want to see him traded out of town. The…

  2. Dwyane Wade ruled out, LeBron James a game time decision against Suns

    Nov 17, 2012, 3:01 PM EDT

    Dwayne Wade, LeBron James

    UPDATE 8:05 p.m. ET: LeBron James will be in the starting lineup tonight in Phoenix, though Erik Spoelstra did say before the game that they’ll be monitoring his vitals very closely. The schedule-makers didn’t do the Suns any favors, but some injury concerns from their next opponent may give them a bit of a break…

  3. J.R. Smith says Jerryd Bayless may have ‘little man’s complex’ after altercation

    Nov 17, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    J R Smith, Tony Allen

    Late in the second quarter of the Grizzlies’ win over the Knicks on Friday, J.R. Smith and Jerryd Bayless got into it briefly, and received double technicals for the extracurricular activity. Smith appeared to catch Bayless with an elbow after curling around a Rasheed Wallace screen, and Bayless retaliated with a shot to the face.…

  4. Royce White says he’s prepared to walk away from NBA over dispute with Rockets

    Nov 17, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Royce White

    The situation between Royce White and the Houston Rockets appears to getting worse before it gets better. And that’s if it gets better at all, a prospect that’s becoming less likely with each passing tweet and interview that White stubbornly continues to put out there. The short version of what’s going on is this: White…

  5. Lakers coaching search gets the Taiwanese animation treatment, and it’s spectacular (VIDEO)

    Nov 17, 2012, 10:28 AM EDT

    New Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni smiles during a media conference after practice at the Lakers' training facility in El Segundo, California

    The Taiwanese animation studio NMA likes to have some fun at the expense of the NBA from time to time, so it’s no surprise the folks there took on the biggest story of the early 2012-13 season: the Lakers search for a new head coach. L.A. definitely could have handled things better, from the timing…

  6. Grizzlies knock Knicks from ranks of undefeated

    Nov 17, 2012, 2:32 AM EDT

    Marc Gasol, Rasheed Wallace

    Here’s a good one for your friends who think they know basketball, but maybe don’t follow the day-to-day happenings of the NBA all that closely. The best record in basketball now belongs to the Memphis Grizzlies, as they had no trouble taking care of the previously undefeated Knicks by a final of 105-95. New York…

  7. Steve Nash to miss at least another week with injury

    Nov 17, 2012, 1:38 AM EDT

    Steve Nash

    The Lakers announced on Friday that Steve Nash would be out at least another week as he continues to recover from the non-displaced leg fracture that has sidelined him for the last seven games. Nash will miss new head coach Mike D’Antoni’s expected debut this Sunday at home against the Rockets, and will likely miss…

  8. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar immortalized with statue outside of Staples Center

    Nov 16, 2012, 11:01 PM EDT

    NBA Hall of Famer Abdul-Jabbar smiles as he is interviewed after a bronze statue of himself was unveiled in Los Angeles

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, and he played on five championship teams as a member of the Lakers. He isn’t the first to be given a statue outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, but he is the latest to receive this honor. The statue was unveiled in a ceremony on…

  9. Kevin Martin receives warning for flopping (VIDEO)

    Nov 16, 2012, 10:04 PM EDT

    Kevin Martin, Kyle Singler

    Kevin Martin of the Oklahoma City Thunder became the third player to receive a warning for flopping under the NBA’s new policy, but his infraction was a little bit different than those who have been warned earlier this season. While J.J. Barea and Donald Sloan received similar warnings for infractions that occurred on the defensive…

  10. Kawhi Leonard out up to two weeks due to tendinitis in his left knee

    Nov 16, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

    Kawhi Leonard

    This is potentially a big blow to the San Antonio Spurs, though it’s one that is expected to only impact them for a relatively short time. Kawhi Leonard will be out 10-14 days due to quadriceps tendinitis in his left knee, the team announced in an official release. He won’t travel with the team on…

  11. Timberwolves say Brandon Roy’s injury issues this season were to be expected

    Nov 16, 2012, 4:59 PM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    The Timberwolves have been completely ravaged by injuries recently, perhaps more than any other team can claim less than three weeks into the season. But for at least one of their players, some missed time was to be expected. That’s the word from David Kahn and Rick Adelman, at least as far as Brandon Roy…

  12. Thunder likely to tweak Durant’s substitution pattern

    Nov 16, 2012, 1:57 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Scott Brooks

    In the Thunder’s loss to the Grizzlies on Wednesday, Kevin Durant played 44 minutes, and Russell Westbrook played 42. That’s some pretty heavy usage for the team’s two All-Stars, and it’s something that’s not likely to be sustainable over the course of an 82-game season. With James Harden‘s playmaking ability gone from the second unit,…

  13. D’Antoni expected to make Lakers debut on Sunday

    Nov 16, 2012, 12:52 PM EDT

    New Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni is interviewed by mobile phone as Lakers' championship trophies are seen in a window above the Lakers' practice court following a media conference at the Lakers' training facility in El Segundo, California

    Mike D’Antoni led the Lakers through his first practice as the team’s new head coach on Thursday, and did so on crutches after undergoing knee surgery earlier this month. There were plenty of interesting tidbits that came out of his first press conference with the media — and in fact, we have a complete breakdown…

  14. George Karl wary of playing Faried and McGee together down the stretch

    Nov 16, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

    JaVale McGee, Kenneth Faried, Daniel Orton

    The Nuggets struggled offensively in Thursday night’s loss to the Heat, but one player who didn’t seem to have trouble scoring for Denver was JaVale McGee. Yet he was curiously absent from the floor in crunch time, where his team needed offensive production the most. McGee was 9-of-12 from the field on the night, and…

  15. Keith Bogans stops Leandro Barbosa from scoring by grabbing him around the neck (VIDEO)

    Nov 16, 2012, 10:57 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets

    Late in the second half of the Nets’ win over the Celtics, Keith Bogans decided to stop Leandro Barbosa from scoring on a fast break. Not by playing actual defense, mind you, or even by attempting to make a play on the ball. No, Bogans simply grabbed Barbosa around the neck to end the play…

  16. Heat don’t need Wade to beat offensively-challenged Nuggets

    Nov 16, 2012, 2:00 AM EDT

    Dwayne Wade, LeBron James

    This would have been an easy game for the Miami Heat to lose. The team was playing on the second night of a back-to-back after getting blown out in Los Angeles by the Clippers on Wednesday, and was playing without Dwyane Wade, who sat this one out due to a foot injury. All it would…

  17. Rockets beginning to fine Royce White for his absence

    Nov 15, 2012, 11:03 PM EDT

    Royce White

    On the surface, the impasse that has apparently been reached between the Houston Rockets and their rookie first round draft pick Royce White seems complicated, and the details seemingly make it difficult to choose sides. But look a little deeper, and you’ll see that it’s the team, and not the player, that’s truly the victim…

  18. Andrew Bogut undergoing injection treatment to try to speed up the recovery process

    Nov 15, 2012, 10:44 PM EDT

    Andrew Bogut

    The Golden State Warriors are off on a three-game road trip, but their key big man is staying in Los Angeles to try to get himself healthy enough to return to the lineup. Andrew Bogut has been undergoing injection treatments on his surgically repaired ankle, in hopes of expediting the healing process. He’ll continue to…

  19. Dwyane Wade out for Heat’s game in Denver

    Nov 15, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, Blake Griffin

    Dwyane Wade played Wednesday night in Los Angeles in Miami’s loss to the Clippers, after being declared a game-time decision with a sore foot. It was clear that Wade wasn’t right, so that might be the reason behind the Heat shutting him down on the second night of a back-to-back in Denver. Wade will sit…

  20. Clippers have no trouble blowing out your defending champion Miami Heat

    Nov 15, 2012, 1:54 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    The Clippers can make a legitimate claim to the title of the league’s top team, or at the very least, the best in the Western Conference. Their record now stands at 6-2 after an impressive routing of the Heat on Wednesday 107-100, and the teams ahead of them in the standings — the Spurs and…

  21. Video: Kemba Walker’s game-winner buries the Timberwolves

    Nov 15, 2012, 12:08 AM EDT

    Kemba Walker

    If the playoffs started today, the Charlotte Bobcats would be the seven-seed in the Eastern Conference. They don’t, of course, and there’s an entire season to deal with before that could become a reality. But think about that for a second — as abysmal as the Bobcats franchise has been, winning more than 35 games…

  22. Video: Eric Bledsoe rejects Dwyane Wade’s dunk attempt

    Nov 14, 2012, 11:45 PM EDT

    Eric Bledsoe

    Dwyane Wade was a game-time decision for Wednesday’s game in L.A. against the Clippers, and as this highlight shows on an endless loop the next 24 hours, he may end up wishing he sat this one out. Jokes, people. But Eric Bledsoe‘s ridiculous block of Wade’s flying dunk attempt on the fast break is worthy…

  23. Grizzlies continue impressive start with road win over Thunder

    Nov 14, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

    Marc Gasol Zach Randolph

    The Memphis Grizzlies look like a team ready to compete in the postseason. The Thunder look like a team still searching for answers. The result of the meeting between these two teams reflected that on Wednesday, as Memphis had little trouble in cruising to a convincing 107-97 win in Oklahoma City. When we last saw…

  24. NBC SportsTalk: Could Rockets be doing more to accommodate Royce White?

    Nov 14, 2012, 11:09 PM EDT

    Royce White

    There are no simple, easy answers with Royce White in Houston. He is a rookie frustrated with playing time — something a lot of rookies are — but his issues there should not be tied to the anxiety order that he is dealing with. Not completely, anyway. It’s messy. Wednesday on Sports Talk on the…

  25. Video: Jeff Green dunks all over Al Jefferson

    Nov 14, 2012, 9:59 PM EDT

    Jeff Green

    This is just a monster posterization from the Celtics Jeff Green, as he drives along the baseline and explodes to go up and over Utah’s Al Jefferson for the one-handed slam. It didn’t even seem like Green would quite be able to get this to go down when he took off just outside the restricted…

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