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  1. Magic Johnson rips Mike Brown, says he wasn’t right from ‘Day One’

    Nov 11, 2012, 7:21 PM EDT

    Magic Johnson

    Magic Johnson didn’t have anything to do with the Lakers decision to fire Mike Brown just five games into the season. But he’s certainly in agreement that it was the right move to make. In an interview with Sam Amick of USA Today on Sunday, Johnson essentially ripped Brown’s performance as head coach, and said…

  2. Sixers not providing updates on status of Andrew Bynum

    Nov 11, 2012, 6:01 PM EDT

    Newly-acquired Philadelphia 76ers player Bynum smiles during a news conference at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia

    When the Sixers traded away Andre Iguodala in a deal that brought them All-Star center Andrew Bynum, they envisioned an improved team anchored by a big man that would be a foundation in Philadelphia for seasons to come. The future may still be a bright one for Bynum there, but he has yet to make…

  3. Bradley Beal’s flagrant foul on Monta Ellis downgraded

    Nov 11, 2012, 4:15 PM EDT

    Bradley Beal, Monta Ellis, Brandon Jennings, Trevor Booker

    Bradley Beal was part of the Wizards duo (along with Trevor Booker) that committed a hard foul on Monta Ellis late in Friday’s game against the Bucks. The contest had already been decided in Milwaukee’s favor, which is what made the contact look so bad at the time. Milwaukee’s Brandon Jennings took exception to the…

  4. NBA reviewing incident between DeMarcus Cousins and Sean Elliott

    Nov 11, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    Andrew Bogut, James Capers, DeMarcus Cousins

    We told you about the words exchanged between DeMarcus Cousins and Spurs broadcaster Sean Elliott during (and apparently after) Friday’s game between the Kings and the Spurs. The short version is that Elliot said some very Elliot things on the broadcast, Cousins heard what he said, and let him know (probably as politely and professionally…

  5. Chase Budinger suffers knee injury in Wolves’ loss to Bulls

    Nov 11, 2012, 1:19 PM EDT

    Chase Budinger, Taj Gibson

    The dunk above by Chase Budinger came early on in the Timberwolves’ loss in Chicago on Saturday, and it might be the last highlight we see from him for at least a few games. Budinger went down with a knee injury midway through the fourth quarter. The X-rays were negative, and he’ll be reevaluated Sunday.…

  6. Kirk Hinrich leaves game with hip injury

    Nov 11, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Kirk Hinrich, Luke Ridnour

    The Bulls are managing to keep it together so far without Derrick Rose — partly due to the gritty, defense-first style that the team plays, and partly due to a fairly easy early season schedule. If the injuries continue to pile up, however, it will become more difficult to patch together winning lineups. Kirk Hinrich…

  7. Report: Phil Jackson wants Scottie Pippen, Brian Shaw on staff if he returns to coach Lakers

    Nov 11, 2012, 10:39 AM EDT

    Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw

    There’s been no substantive update since Phil Jackson and the Lakers met on Saturday to discuss the team’s vacant head coaching spot.  But as Jackson mulls over the job that is reportedly his if he wants it, a picture of who he might want to add to his staff if he does return to the…

  8. Video: Saturday’s Top 10 plays

    Nov 11, 2012, 9:49 AM EDT

    Matt Bonner, Stephen Jackson, Gerald Green

    It was a busy nine game slate on Saturday, and these are the 10 best plays of the night. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist finishing a fast break layup in traffic without a shoe should have been higher than number nine, Harden’s swinging from the rim swag at seven was pretty great, and despite the highlight-worthy plays, the…

  9. Three Stars of the Night: Bobcats edition

    Nov 11, 2012, 12:29 AM EDT

    Kemba Walker

    It was a night of firsts for the Charlotte Bobcats — the franchise got its first win ever against the Dallas Mavericks after losing every one of its first 16 tries, and a couple of its young players set personal and team milestones, as well. So it’ll be a first that we feature two well-deserving…

  10. Brandon Roy out, considered day to day with sore right knee

    Nov 10, 2012, 10:25 PM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    Brandon Roy returning to basketball after being forced to retire due to knee issues is certainly a heartwarming story. But he’s been a shell of his former self in his first few games with the Timberwolves this season, and those knee issues are creeping up once again. Roy sat out Saturday’s game against the Bulls…

  11. DeMarcus Cousins responds to Sean Elliott ripping him on the Spurs broadcast

    Nov 10, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins, Harrions Barnes

    Sean Elliott is pretty much the definition of a “homer” when he’s working as an analyst on the Spurs television broadcast. His commentary is one-sided, which is probably fine if you’re a Spurs fan, but for those who aren’t, it makes it a little difficult to listen to. We’re just interested observers, though. Imagine how…

  12. Sebastian Telfair eludes defenders to run a critical eight seconds off the clock (VIDEO)

    Nov 10, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT

    Sebastian Telfair, Brandon Rush

    We told you all about the Suns coming back from 26 points down to beat the Cavaliers on Friday, in what was the largest comeback win at home for Phoenix in franchise history. This play from Sebastian Telfair may have been a key reason that Phoenix was able to hold on for the victory. With…

  13. Lakers meet with Phil Jackson, job is his if he wants it

    Nov 10, 2012, 7:06 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson answers questions at a post-game news conference following Game 4 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas

    The Lakers and Phil Jackson sat down on Saturday to discuss the team’s head coaching vacancy, according to multiple reports. While no job offer was made at the conclusion of the talks, the understanding is that the job is Jackson’s to have if he decides he wants it. There are plenty of other wrinkles and…

  14. Brandon Jennings, Bradley Beal ejected late in Bucks’ win over Wizards (VIDEO)

    Nov 10, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    Brandon Jennings

    Anthony Davis and Byron Mullens weren’t the only ones mixing it up on Friday, but this altercation from the Bucks’ win over the Wizards was a little more serious. With the clock running down under 24 seconds, and the Bucks holding a nine-point lead that essentially had the game already in the win column for…

  15. Kevin McHale to take immediate leave of absence from Rockets

    Nov 10, 2012, 4:19 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v New Orleans Hornets

    Kevin McHale will be taking a leave of absence from the team effective immediately, according to a team release. The absence is family-related, which always makes these types of situations that much more sensitive. From the official release: Houston Rockets Head Coach Kevin McHale will be taking an immediate leave of absence from the team…

  16. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist knocks a referee down during incident between Anthony Davis and Byron Mullens

    Nov 10, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Anthony Davis

    Late in the second quarter of the Hornets’ win over the Bobcats on Friday, Anthony Davis and Byron Mullens got tangled up. There was some pushing and shoving to go along with the requisite showing of bravado, before the referees stepped in and the two had to be separated. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist then came over to…

  17. Byron Scott says he’s happy in Cleveland, not interested in Lakers

    Nov 10, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Byron Scott

    PHOENIX — Byron Scott’s obligatory pregame meeting with the media lasted less than three minutes on Friday, and none of the questions had anything to do with the game that night between his Cavaliers and the Suns. As it is with almost everything of national interest in the NBA this season, it was all about…

  18. Suns come back from 26 points down to beat Cavaliers

    Nov 10, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    Gorin Dragic, Samardo Samuels

    PHOENIX — It was a brutal start for the Suns on Friday, against a young and aggressive Cavaliers team that was ready to take it to them from the moment the ball was tipped. But that just made the finish that much sweeter. Phoenix trailed by as many as 26 points in the first half,…

  19. Report: Phil Jackson, Mike D’Antoni leading candidates for Lakers head coaching spot

    Nov 9, 2012, 9:44 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson

    Hours after the Lakers informed Mike Brown he was out as head coach in Los Angeles, the team has already narrowed its search to two candidates. The names are familiar, and are the two who would each seem to make perfect sense for their own reasons. Phil Jackson and Mike D’Antoni are atop the Lakers’…

  20. Pau Gasol, Mitch Kupchak react to Mike Brown’s firing (VIDEO)

    Nov 9, 2012, 9:08 PM EDT

    Mike Brown, Pau Gasol

    It was a busy morning at the Lakers practice facility after the team announced it was relieving Mike Brown of his duties as head coach. Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace were there, and gave some quick thoughts on the club’s decision to make the change. Once that clip is finished, keep it there to…

  21. Firing Mike Brown not just the right decision, it was the only decision

    Nov 9, 2012, 5:18 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    When the Lakers relieved head coach Mike Brown of his duties on Friday morning, legitimate questions about the timing of such a major decision were certain to arise. Why now? Isn’t the team overreacting a bit after just five games? The short answers are one, because it was clear that this was going to get…

  22. Kobe posts comments on Mike Brown’s firing to his Facebook page

    Nov 9, 2012, 4:33 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant and his “death stare” likely had nothing to do with the fact that the Lakers pulled the trigger and dismissed Mike Brown on Friday, but it probably didn’t help much, either. While publicly Bryant couldn’t have been more supportive of Brown and the job he was trying to do, the reality is that…

  23. Stan Van Gundy says Brown’s firing ‘the most ridiculous in NBA history’

    Nov 9, 2012, 2:37 PM EDT

    Orlando's Stan Van Gundy shouts during an NBA playoff basketball game in Indianapolis

    When the Lakers fired Mike Brown on Friday, the next logical step was to wonder who the team would end up getting to replace him as head coach. It won’t be Stan Van Gundy, despite his credentials. Now a contributor for the NBC Sports Radio Network, his messy divorce from Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic…

  24. Jamal Crawford says he ‘deserved to get booed’ by Blazers fans

    Nov 9, 2012, 12:17 PM EDT

    jamal-crawford-blazers-clippers

    Saying last season was a disappointment in Portland is like calling the Titanic a minor boating accident. There isn’t enough hyperbole there to do it justice. The Blazers were a talented team a season ago, but dealt with all kinds of locker room trouble that resulted in a complete dismantling of the club that began…

  25. Carmelo Anthony delivers food and supplies to hurricane victims

    Nov 9, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

    US forward Carmelo Anthony celebrates af

    The NBA mandates a certain amount of community involvement from its teams and players through the league’s NBA Cares program. It’s a solid way for the athletes to give back to communities in need, without having to go through the trouble to organize these efforts themselves. It’s even better when a player, especially a superstar…

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