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  1. Kobe called out teammates for lack of toughness at Thursday’s practice

    Dec 1, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    The Lakers seemed to have an extra pep in their step during Friday’s blowout win over the Nuggets. Kobe Bryant was measured in his offensive attack, getting his teammates involved before himself, and Dwight Howard was dominant from the moment the ball went up on both ends of the floor. As it turns out, there…

  2. Doc Rivers ‘doesn’t like’ league fining Spurs for resting their starters

    Dec 1, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New Orleans Hornets

    When David Stern issued a statement stating the league would be fining the Spurs $250,000 for resting four starters on Thursday night in Miami, it was sure to create some controversy. There was no rule specifically stating Gregg Popovich could not sit his players whenever he chooses, so handing down a steep punishment for it…

  3. Cavaliers snap Hawks’ six-game winning streak at the buzzer (VIDEO)

    Dec 1, 2012, 8:26 AM EDT

    Jeremy Pargo (8), Alonzo Gee (33),  Anderson Varejao (17), Dion Waiters

    The Hawks came into Friday night’s home contest against the Cavaliers riding a six-game winning streak, although a closer look at the teams they played during that stretch would reveal that it really wasn’t one that was terribly impressive. Atlanta recorded maybe one quality win in those six games, which came against the Clippers. But…

  4. Dwight Howard dominates as Lakers cruise past Nuggets

    Dec 1, 2012, 1:20 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers were coming off of a miserable 77-point performance against a defensive-minded Pacers team on Tuesday, and the Nuggets were coming to town after playing a wild one the night before on the road against the Warriors. The combination of those two factors, along with Denver’s fearlessness in playing uptempo basketball, spelled disaster for…

  5. Commitment to Triangle Offense may be the reason Brian Shaw is not yet a head coach

    Nov 30, 2012, 8:26 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw

    Brian Shaw is currently an “associate head coach” with the Indiana Pacers, a title that may mean internally that he’s second in command, but has no league-wide significance beyond that. He’s an assistant coach to everyone else, and though he’s had plenty of interviews with teams for a head coaching spot — nine of them,…

  6. Derek Fisher to start at point guard for Mavericks

    Nov 30, 2012, 7:24 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Eric Bledsoe

    Derek Fisher was signed by the Dallas Mavericks this week, after beginning the season without a spot on an NBA roster. Fisher finished last year as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, but found himself without a job to start the year while reportedly looking to catch on with a contender. Since no offers…

  7. Kevin Love questionable Friday due to illness

    Nov 30, 2012, 1:19 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Another day, another update to the status of Timberwolves players who are in or out for the team’s next game. Minnesota will host the Bucks on Friday, but may have to do so without Kevin Love, who is questionable and will likely be a game-time decision, reports Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune. Love has…

  8. LeBron doesn’t think Popovich was wrong for resting Spurs starters against Heat

    Nov 30, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

    LeBron James listens to a question at a news conference during media day at the Miami Heat's home arena in Miami, Florida

    There’s been plenty of discussion over Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich’s decision to rest his three best players on Thursday, all of whom were healthy, for his team’s nationally televised contest in Miami versus the defending champion Heat. No matter where you stand on the issue, it’s tough to argue that the league would be…

  9. Andre Iguodala hits the game-winner that wasn’t (VIDEO)

    Nov 30, 2012, 12:24 PM EDT

    Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson (11)

    ‘We broke down the wild finish to Thursday’s game between the Warriors and the Nuggets. And it could have been even wilder. This shot from Andre Iguodala would have capped it off perfectly, yet it was waived off by the officials after the ball appeared to still be in his hands when the red light…

  10. Nike unveils the KOBE 8 SYSTEM

    Nov 30, 2012, 11:47 AM EDT

    Nike_Zoom_Kobe_8_hero_15899

    Nike has unveiled the latest in the Kobe Bryant signature shoe series, the Kobe 8 System. We hear about some of the design elements in the video above, and though the look is very similar to the Kobe VII, there are some major changes. From the official release: “I’m always focused on improving my game,…

  11. Suns to offer fans money-back guarantee for Dec. 6 game against Mavericks

    Nov 30, 2012, 11:06 AM EDT

    Gorin Dragic, Samardo Samuels

    The Suns are struggling to create fan interest in the post-Steve Nash era. Attendance is down, and the team, while having a few players on the roster who casual NBA fans should recognize, is lacking overall in any real star power. But the team has competed for most of its home games, and even had…

  12. Ray Allen hits a clutch three to help Heat bury the Spurs (VIDEO)

    Nov 30, 2012, 12:05 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat

    This game wasn’t about who won or lost necessarily, considering Gregg Popovich’s decision to send home his three best players before it even got started. The controversy created by that move will be discussed for days, and maybe longer depending on what David Stern has in mind for Popovich and the Spurs as punishment for…

  13. Heat barely beat undermanned Spurs, but controversy will linger beyond this game

    Nov 29, 2012, 11:23 PM EDT

    Gregg Popovich

    The Heat did what they’ve been doing all season long on Thursday, which was play down to the level of their competition for the majority of the night, before ending up with a win after all is said and done. Yes, Miami took care of the Spurs 105-100, but it wasn’t the same Spurs team…

  14. David Stern releases statement apologizing to fans for Spurs resting healthy stars against Heat

    Nov 29, 2012, 8:38 PM EDT

    David-Stern-all-star-2012

    When Gregg Popovich decided to rest Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili for Thursday night’s nationally televised game in Miami against the world champion Heat, it may have been disappointing, but it certainly wasn’t a surprise. Popovich has done this for years, resting perfectly healthy players for no reason other than he feels it’s…

  15. Magic players and coaches hold team meeting to address issues

    Nov 29, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game One

    On the surface, this doesn’t seem to be that newsworthy; after all, shouldn’t players and coaches sit down and hash things out if the team is getting blown out on a regular basis? Maybe, but that’s not necessarily standard operating procedure in the NBA. There are few practices in between the heavy slate of games…

  16. Report: Mickael Pietrus to sign with the Raptors

    Nov 29, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

    Mickael Pietrus

    Desperate times call for desperate measures, and the situation in Toronto, where the Raptors are 3-13 on the season, definitely fits the description. That might explain the team’s latest personnel move, which is the decision to bring in Mickael Pietrus to help turn things around. Sam Amick of USA Today reports that the Raptors have…

  17. James Harden welcomed back to OKC with rejections from Ibaka and Westbrook (VIDEO)

    Nov 29, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, James Harden

    It was a rough night for James Harden and the Rockets on Wednesday, where the Thunder’s former Sixth Man of the Year wasn’t able to do much of anything against his former teammates. The Thunder brought the pain early with these two blocks from Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka that occurred midway through the first…

  18. Suns send rookie Kendall Marshall to the D-League

    Nov 29, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

    Thomas Robinson, Kendall Marshall

    The Phoenix Suns have assigned Kendall Marshall to the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League, according to a team release. Marshall was the 13th overall pick in this year’s draft, but has been unable to crack the rotation with Goran Dragic and Sebastian Telfair being more legitimate options while the team’s season is still…

  19. Thunder have no problem with Rockets in James Harden’s return to OKC

    Nov 29, 2012, 12:05 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, James Harden

    James Harden returned to Oklahoma City as a member of the the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, his first time doing so since the Thunder traded him out of town due to a failure to agree on a contract extension prior to the start of the season. While the fans gave Harden a warm welcome during…

  20. Derek Fisher to sign with the Mavericks

    Nov 28, 2012, 11:06 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    Derek Fisher was unceremoniously traded from the Lakers to the Rockets last season, before ultimately signing with the Thunder in mid-March. He played meaningful minutes while in OKC, and averaged over 22 minutes per game in the team’s Finals loss at the hands of the Miami Heat. Fisher’s services were not retained by the Thunder,…

  21. Suns somehow lose by 40 to Pistons

    Nov 28, 2012, 10:29 PM EDT

    Jared Dudley, Brandon Knight, Tayshaun Prince

    It isn’t easy to lose big in the NBA. You have to really work at it, the same way you need to work at securing a victory by even the smallest of margins, especially on the road. But the Suns found a way in Detroit on Wednesday, losing by 40 points to a Pistons team…

  22. Rajon Rondo and Kris Humphries ejected after altercation spills into the stands (VIDEO)

    Nov 28, 2012, 9:02 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo, Jose Calderon

    Late in the second quarter of Wednesday night’s game in Boston between the Celtics and the Nets, Kris Humphries committed a hard foul on Kevin Garnett, with the Nets leading by 16 points at the time. Rajon Rondo took exception to the contact, a hit that landed above the shoulders and knocked Garnett to the…

  23. Ricky Rubio cleared for full-contact practice

    Nov 28, 2012, 7:43 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio shoots a free throw during their NBA game against Los Angeles Clippers

    We told you over the weekend about Ricky Rubio and his scheduled visit with his doctor early this week, which was to hopefully be nothing more than a formality in getting him back on the court practicing for an earlier-than-expected return to action. It appears that all went well, as Rubio has been cleared to…

  24. Steve Blake out at least two more weeks with abdominal strain

    Nov 28, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    The Lakers point guard situation will continue to be an unresolved struggle for a little while longer, as Steve Blake will miss at least two more weeks due to the abdominal strain that’s already sidelined him for the last eight games, according to a team release. An MRI on Wednesday confirmed the need for Blake…

  25. Byron Scott is brutally honest in assessing Cavs’ latest loss (VIDEO)

    Nov 28, 2012, 1:24 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Tuesday night wasn’t a good one for the Cleveland Cavaliers. They managed just 78 points in a home loss to the Suns, and shot 35.7 percent from the field, including a dismal 2-of-15 from three-point range, while committing 18 turnovers and getting outscored in the paint by 14. Dion Waiters was 7-of-20, Jeremy Pargo was…

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