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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. Report: Mike Brown’s job in ‘immediate jeopardy’ if Lakers upcoming homestand is unsuccessful

    Nov 9, 2012, 11:10 AM EDT

    Mike Brown, Kobe Bryant

    UPDATE, Nov. 9 1:21 p.m. ET: Welp. The Lakers’ 1-4 start has had fans clamoring for Mike Brown to be replaced as head coach, and with somewhat good reason. While the team has given Brown a public vote of confidence, it seems that the time for being patient will come to an end should the…

  5. LaMarcus Aldridge doesn’t think he’s shooting too many jumpers, but thanks for asking

    Nov 9, 2012, 10:43 AM EDT

    Lamarcus Aldridge Wesley Matthews

    The Blazers have a new head coach, a lower overall talent level, and a couple of rookies who they’re going to get as much experience as possible in what is slated as a rebuilding year in Portland by just about everyone’s standards. The team still has Nicolas Batum, Wesley Matthews and LaMarcus Aldridge, of course,…

  6. Three Stars of the Night: Two Clippers and a certain someone from OKC

    Nov 9, 2012, 2:30 AM EDT

    jamal crawford clips

    Only two games on the slate on TNT Thursday, but we still managed to find three stellar performances nonetheless. And they all had dominant offensive performances. Third Star: DeAndre Jordan (21 points on 8-of-10 shooting, 8 rebounds, in 28 minutes) I was a bit disgusted with the way DeAndre Jordan handled himself on the bench…

  7. Clippers 103, Blazers 90: DeAndre Jordan and Jamal Crawford get the job done

    Nov 9, 2012, 1:52 AM EDT

    DeAndre Jordan

    After dismantling the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday, the Clippers trip to Portland the very next night would seem to be a vacation by comparison — and it certainly started out that way. But Portland fought back from a 26-point first-half deficit to get within four in the final period, before L.A. stabilized and pulled…

  8. Video: Kevin Durant does a great Dirk Nowitzki impression to seal Thunder’s win over Bulls

    Nov 8, 2012, 11:04 PM EDT

    Thunder's Durant is guarded by Bulls' Deng during their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    The Bulls had an answer for what the Thunder wanted to do offensively for most of the night, but ultimately, there was no answer for this. Kevin Durant drained this one-legged fadeaway — Dirk Nowitzki style, from 17 feet out with 19.5 seconds left — to seal the 97-91 win for OKC. Chicago came into…

  9. Marcus Camby to make season debut for Knicks

    Nov 8, 2012, 10:39 PM EDT

    Knicks Media Day Basketball

    The Knicks haven’t shown any signs of a team struggling to deal with injuries. On the way to a 3-0 start that has New York as the league’s lone remaining undefeated team, the Knicks have allowed an NBA-best 85.3 points per game, and have shown similar success on the defensive end even when adjusting for…

  10. Rajon Rondo doesn’t like anyone, has no time for friends

    Nov 8, 2012, 9:37 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    Rajon Rondo is in the top tier of the league’s most competitive players, so the comments he made that we’re about to bring you shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Rondo is traditionally very quiet with the media, so when he talks about things like his competitive drive or how he values his teammates…

  11. Thomas Robinson says all the right things after receiving two-game suspension

    Nov 8, 2012, 8:26 PM EDT

    Thomas Robinson

    The elbow from Kings’ rookie Thomas Robinson on Wednesday — you remember, the one that connected with the throat of Jonas Jerebko and earned Robinson a well-deserved two-game suspension — was brutal and unnecessary, and has no place at all in a basketball game played at the professional level. Thankfully, after receiving his punishment for…

  12. Kobe reacts after watching clip of his ‘death stare’ at Mike Brown (VIDEO)

    Nov 8, 2012, 7:41 PM EDT

    Mike Brown, Kobe Bryant

    After the Lakers practiced in El Segundo on Thursday, Kobe Bryant was asked about his supposed “death stare” at head coach Mike Brown that came as L.A. was getting rolled in Utah at the hands of the Jazz for the team’s fourth loss in five tries to open the season. The glare is above, and…

  13. Thunder unveil new alternate uniforms

    Nov 8, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

    okc alt uniforms

    The Thunder have arguably one of the worst logos in the league, especially when contrasting it with how exciting the product is on the court. The colors aren’t bad, but the logo the team went with seems like it was chosen from a contest between third-graders to submit their best designs. There’s a new uniform…

  14. Thunder get right with blowout destruction of Raptors

    Nov 7, 2012, 12:05 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook passes inside to a teammate in their NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Oklahoma City

    If you want the short version of how things went for the Raptors in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, we have that for you here and here. For those that want the excruciating details, feel free to continue. It’s amazing how any the talk of chemistry issues and in-house bickering suddenly disappears when a weaker opponent…

  15. Video: Kevin Durant throws it down on Jonas Valanciunas

    Nov 6, 2012, 11:23 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    This play was basically a microcosm of the Thunder’s blowout of the Raptors. Kevin Durant saw the opportunity, and was aggressive in taking it. Jonas Valanciunas half-heartedly contested, but was late in doing so, before ducking out at the very end to avoid further embarrassment. So, yeah. That was pretty much how things went for…

  16. J.R. Smith can’t get over the price of LeBron’s new shoes (VIDEO)

    Nov 6, 2012, 10:50 PM EDT

    J.R. Smith, Evan Turner

    We’ve covered the release of latest signature shoe from LeBron James, the LeBron X. The best player in the game deserves the highest quality footwear, but the price tag still has some unable to come to terms with the cost associated with that reality. Add Knicks guard J.R. Smith to that list. Smith appeared in…

  17. NBC SportsTalk: Breaking down Harden’s new role in Houston, updates on Knicks and Lakers

    Nov 6, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    James Harden, Wesley Matthews

    On this segment of NBC SportsTalk, Adrian Wojnarowski goes deeper into the James Harden saga, and also discusses Jeremy Lin and how he may fit with Harden from a relationship standpoint. Woj also expects Steve Nash to be out two or three weeks with that leg fracture, and will Kobe Bryant still be playing at…

  18. Thunder only gave Harden an hour to consider final contract offer

    Nov 6, 2012, 3:37 PM EDT

    James Harden

    There should be no looking back at this pont for James Harden. He’s flourishing in his new role with his new team, leading the league in scoring through three games with the Rockets at an average of over 35 points per contest. But Oklahoma City was a special situation; there was a core of young…

  19. Jason Richardson says photographers don’t belong on the baseline after suffering ankle sprain

    Nov 6, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

    Jason Richardson

    Less than two minutes into the Sixers’ loss to the Knicks on Sunday, Jason Richardson stepped on a cameraman out of bounds along the baseline, and sprained his ankle in the process. The video clip above tells the story, and it was nothing out of the ordinary, really — the cameraman was where they always…

  20. Shawn Marion out at least three games with sprained MCL

    Nov 6, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

    Shawn Marion, J.J. Hickson

    The Mavericks are off to a 3-1 start, one that is certainly better than expected considering they’ve played all four of those games without the injured Dirk Nowitzki. We’ll see if Dallas can keep it together for a little longer without another one of its starters. Shawn Marion will miss the team’s next three games…

  21. Steve Blake fined $25K for inappropriate language toward a fan during Lakers’ loss to Clippers

    Nov 6, 2012, 1:38 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant and Blake celebrate beating Denver Nuggets at their NBA Western Conference playoff in Los Angeles

    You may not think L.A. fans are all that passionate about their basketball — and the people in the lower bowl seats at most Lakers home games are there to be seen more than they are to cheer on the basketball, so the reputation is at least based on something real. But just as many…

  22. Stan Van Gundy says he’d have no issue coaching Dwight Howard in the future

    Nov 6, 2012, 1:33 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    There’s no other way to put it: Last season was a complete train wreck for the Orlando Magic. Dwight Howard held the team hostage with his trade demands, went back and forth as to whether he would or wouldn’t re-up with the team, and even at one point opted in for the final year of…

  23. Adventures in offense, featuring Nick Young

    Nov 6, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

    Ronnie Brew, Kurt Thomas, Nick Young

    Nick Young‘s detractors would say that he’s a gunner with a low basketball IQ who shoots without conscience, and without a regard for consequences. And if they watched even just the first quarter of the Sixers’ blowout loss to the Knicks on Monday, they would likely have sore necks this morning from nodding in agreement…

  24. Video: J.R. Smith’s monster slam dunk

    Nov 6, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    The Knicks blew out the Sixers for the second time in as many days, and this slam dunk from J.R. Smith provided the exclamation point. Two things to love about this one: First, the way Smith’s entire body seems to arch back as he’s flying toward the rim before throwing it down is amazing. And…

  25. David Lee tells Blake Griffin to ‘stop flopping’ (VIDEO)

    Nov 4, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, David Lee

    It’s honestly a surprise that this doesn’t happen more often. Mid-way through the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ win over the Clippers on Saturday, David Lee didn’t appreciate the way Blake Griffin reacted to some contact underneath the basket. Likely dealing with this in varying degrees all night, Lee had a message for Griffin, and…

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