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  1. Report: Mark Jackson’s job as Warriors coach is safe

    Apr 8, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

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    Mark Jackson is finishing his first season as head coach of the Warriors, an inauspicious debut due largely to circumstances beyond his control. The Warriors decided to go into full tank rebuilding mode at the trade deadline by dealing Monta Ellis for an injured Andrew Bogut, and are playing it safe by shutting down Stephen…

  2. With Kobe out, Suns hand Lakers worst loss of the season

    Apr 8, 2012, 2:57 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant was a late scratch on Saturday in Phoenix, but his absence wasn’t the reason for the Lakers’ 125-105 loss to the Suns, the team’s worst of the season. It was the defense, or more specifically, the lack thereof that enabled Phoenix to set season highs in total points (125) and points in a…

  3. Magic GM Otis Smith says Dwight Howard did not ask him to fire Stan Van Gundy

    Apr 7, 2012, 11:51 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy made quite a bit of noise on Thursday, when he went public with his knowledge that Dwight Howard asked the team to fire him. This information came right from the top of the organization, Van Gundy said, so there must be some truth to it, right? Not so much,…

  4. Kobe Bryant out for the first time this season due to shin injury

    Apr 7, 2012, 10:21 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant is known for his toughness, and has stubbornly played through all kinds of injuries throughout his career, and especially over the past couple of seasons. A torn wrist ligament couldn’t sideline him earlier this season, and in fact, nothing had — until Saturday night in Phoenix. Bryant was a late scratch for his…

  5. Mike Brown taking Andrew Bynum’s latest ejection in stride

    Apr 7, 2012, 9:35 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers coach Brown celebrates with Bynum during their NBA game against Boston Celtics in Los Angeles

    Andrew Bynum was ejected early in the fourth quarter of the Lakers loss to the Rockets on Friday, and by all accounts, it was a situation that should have been completely avoided. Bynum already had picked up one technical foul, and after scoring on a strong post move inside, he turned to the Houston bench…

  6. Report: Steve Nash wants a three-year deal this summer

    Apr 4, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

    Suns guard Nash looks to drive on Mavericks center Mahinmi during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    Steve Nash will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and whether he stays in Phoenix or chooses to try his luck playing for a contender somewhere else, he will be looking to sign a three-year deal to do so. From Marc Stein of ESPN.com: Nash, who turned 38 in February, also told ESPN.com in…

  7. Is J.R. Smith a “punk” for his takedown of Leandro Barbosa?

    Apr 4, 2012, 12:02 PM 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

    J.R. Smith was ejected near the very end of the Knicks’ loss in Indiana on Tuesday, for doing what he did to Leandro Barbosa in the video clip above. The loss was a brutal one for New York, considering the team led by as many as 17 points late in the third quarter, and has…

  8. Derek Fisher has moved on from Lakers trade, embracing his new role in Oklahoma City

    Mar 30, 2012, 2:47 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, Russell Westbrook

    Derek Fisher returned to Staples Center on Thursday as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, his first time back since the deadline day deal the Lakers made to trade him away exactly two weeks ago. The return was a triumphant one, with his new team thrashing his old one 102-93, behind strong performances from…

  9. Video: Lakers pay tribute to Derek Fisher

    Mar 29, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    Derek Fisher returned to Staples Center Thursday night, his first time back since being traded away two weeks ago to the day. After both teams were introduced and just before tip-off, the Lakers honored him with this video tribute, and the fans immediately jumped to their feet and responded with a loud, long standing ovation.…

  10. David Stern takes a shot at the NCAA when asked about “one and done” players in college basketball

    Mar 28, 2012, 3:28 AM EDT

    NBA All-Star Weekend

    David Stern has some ideas about how to solve the problem of so-called “one and done” players at the college level — you know, guys who go to school for just one year simply because the NBA’s age limit makes it impossible to declare for the draft straight out of high school. But they aren’t…

  11. David Stern says league will discuss adding goaltending calls to instant replay list

    Mar 28, 2012, 2:08 AM EDT

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    NBA commissioner David Stern wants the NBA to do away with goaltending as we know it, and adopt the international rule which would allow players to touch the ball as soon as it hits the rim. The competition committee has fought him on this issue, and it’s not one that’s likely to change anytime soon.…

  12. National attention on the way for a Suns team that’s earned it in recent weeks

    Mar 19, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

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    Suns owner Robert Sarver made a rare appearance at Alvin Gentry’s pre-game media session before Sunday night’s game against the Rockets, which the head coach traditionally holds in a very relaxed atmosphere in his office. Sarver was in good spirits and wanted to joke around a little, and with the way his team has played…

  13. Photos: LeBron and Kobe get Nike Elite shoes for the playoffs

    Mar 16, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

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    LeBron James and Kobe Bryant are the game’s two biggest stars, so it’s not a surprise that Nike is making their signature shoes among the first to be available as part of its Elite Series. From the press release: “Nike Basketball today introduced its supercharged Elite Series providing new levels of footwear innovation. The Nike…

  14. LeBron says we shouldn’t compare his free agent decision to Dwight Howard’s

    Mar 16, 2012, 10:13 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard and Miami Heat forward LeBron James talk during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Orlando

    After a great deal of deliberation, Dwight Howard decided to opt-in for the additional year on his contract, staying in Orlando for at least one more season. It obviously was a difficult decision, evidenced by the fact that Howard changed his mind seemingly a thousand times before signing the necessary paperwork to stay with Magic.…

  15. Video: Pau Gasol, happy to still be with the Lakers

    Mar 15, 2012, 9:25 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Pau Gasol drives between Boston Celtics Brandon Bass and Celtics Jermaine O'Neal in the first half of their NBA basketball game at TD Garden in Boston

    It was a rough first half of the season for Pau Gasol. Ever since training camp, when he was included in the trade that would have sent him out of town in exchange for Chris Paul, except that it was vetoed … well, it was never really agreed to by the Hornets’ ownership, so technically…

  16. Recapping a crazy day in Portland, where the Blazers began to clean house

    Mar 15, 2012, 8:44 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Charlotte Bobcats

    This year’s Portland Trail Blazers campaign, to this point, has gone as badly as possible. Just before the NBA’s trade deadline passed at 3 p.m. ET on Thursday, the team began the process of doing something about it. A flurry of activity went down in Portland today, and much of it set the team up…

  17. Spurs trade Richard Jefferson to Warriors for Stephen Jackson

    Mar 15, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

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    The Spurs have acquired Stephen Jackson from the Warriors in exchange for Richard Jefferson, according to a report from Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports. Golden State will also receive a conditional first round draft pick as part of the deal, according to Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group. Jackson wasn’t with the Warriors…

  18. With Dwight Howard off the market, Nets trade for Gerald Wallace

    Mar 15, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT

    Trail Blazers Wallace celebrates against Mavericks during NBA playoff game in Portland, Oregon.

    The Nets had their hearts set on seeing Dwight Howard playing for them — either beginning this season by acquiring him via trade, or starting next year after signing as a free agent. New Jersey was widely reported as the team at the top of Howard’s list of where he wanted to play if he…

  19. Leandro Barbosa traded to the Pacers

    Mar 15, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    Leandro Barbosa, Tyrus Thomas

    The Indiana Pacers added a little scoring pop to the team’s roster on Thursday by acquiring Leandro Barbosa from the Toronto Raptors, in exchange for a second round draft pick. Yahoo! Sports reported the deal initially, which has since been confirmed by several others. Barbosa has averaged 12.2 points in 22.3 minutes per game this…

  20. Report: Nets interested in Boris Diaw and his expiring contract

    Mar 14, 2012, 11:14 PM EDT

    Boris Diaw

    If the New Jersey Nets are indeed at the top of Dwight Howard‘s list of preferred places to play next season, then they’re going to need as much salary cap space as possible — not only to pay Howard, but also to have some money left over to surround him with some decent pieces. It…

  21. With no deals close, Suns likely to keep Nash (and everyone else) past trade deadline

    Mar 14, 2012, 10:21 PM EDT

    Suns guard Nash looks to drive on Mavericks center Mahinmi during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    When it comes to teams dealing with superstar players who can become unrestricted free agents at the end of this season, the Suns are essentially the polar opposite of the Magic. While Dwight Howard has tortured the franchise by changing his mind nearly every four minutes about what his intentions are, in Phoenix, Steve Nash…

  22. Warriors may shut down Stephen Curry, can look forward to questions about tanking if they do

    Mar 14, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

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    Stephen Curry has had a hard time staying healthy. He’s tweaked his surgically repaired right ankle more times this season than we’d like to count, including in Phoenix back on Feb. 22, and most recently in a win over the Mavericks on March 10. With the Warriors making the deal Tuesday that sent Monta Ellis…

  23. Report: Magic, Timberwolves discuss deal involving Jason Richardson

    Mar 14, 2012, 1:39 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    The Magic have been much busier in the days leading up to the NBA’s trade deadline than they’d like to be, thanks to Dwight Howard‘s uncertain future in Orlando and the many teams interested in offering a collection of less talented players in exchange for the league’s best big man. But he’s not the only…

  24. Dwight Howard New Jersey Nets t-shirt was briefly available in NBA’s online store

    Mar 14, 2012, 12:17 AM EDT

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    Are you into conspiracy theories and NBA basketball? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Late Tuesday night, a link began circulating on Twitter to a page on the NBA’s online store that would allow you to buy a New Jersey Nets t-shirt, as if Dwight Howard — of the Orlando Magic currently, but…

  25. Report: Brandon Jennings won’t be traded

    Mar 13, 2012, 8:28 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Atlanta Hawks, Game 7

    As Thursday’s NBA trade deadline looms, there are certain players who can expect to hear conflicting reports as to what’s really going on with their status. Dwight Howard, based on his own actions, is certainly at the top of that list. Brandon Jennings, however, wasn’t expecting to hear his name at all. But as several…

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