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  1. Kyrie Irving wins 2013 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest

    Feb 16, 2013, 11:49 PM EST

    Foot Locker Three-Point Contest

    HOUSTON — Kyrie Irving is your 2013 Three-Point Contest champion, besting Matt Bonner in the final round by a score of 23-20 to take home the title. “It feels good,” Irving said afterward. “Add it to the résumé. MVP for Rising Stars, and now Three‑Point Shoot Out champion.” The first round featured largely mediocre performances,…

  2. Billy Hunter issues statement after being ousted as head of NBA players union

    Feb 16, 2013, 9:28 PM EST

    Hunter and Fisher of the NBA speak during news conference to reject NBA's latest offer in New York

    HOUSTON — NBA players union president Billy Hunter was unanimously voted out of that position by representatives from 24 of the 30 teams in Houston on Saturday. He did some questionable things that came to light during an internal audit, and that was more than enough in the players’ eyes to get him removed from…

  3. David Stern says his favorite All-Star memory was giving the MVP to Magic Johnson in ’92

    Feb 16, 2013, 9:10 PM EST

    1992 NBA All Star Game

    HOUSTON — David Stern addressed the media at the Toyota Center on Saturday, and being that this is his last All-Star weekend as NBA commissioner, some of the questions asked him to reflect on his time working for the league over the last 30-plus seasons. One of his more poignant responses came when the topic…

  4. Deputy NBA commissioner says 2015 All-Star game ‘likely’ to be hosted by Knicks or Nets

    Feb 16, 2013, 8:30 PM EST

    New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony leaps to block Brooklyn Nets' Deron Williams despite hand grab by Nets' Reggie Evans during their NBA game in New York

    HOUSTON — During commissioner David Stern’s press conference inside the Toyota Center before the All-Star Saturday Night festivities began, deputy commissioner Adam Silver said that it’s likely that the 2015 All-Star game will be hosted in New York — either in Brooklyn by the Nets at the Barclays Center, or in Manhattan by the Knicks…

  5. East and West players introduced at All-Star practice (VIDEO)

    Feb 16, 2013, 7:59 PM EST

    NBA All-Stars Durant, Paul, James, Griffin and Wade watch a fan dance contest during practice for the NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    HOUSTON — One of the more fan-friendly (and affordable) events to attend during All-Star weekend is the All-Star practice that takes place Saturday morning at the Jam Session inside the Convention Center. The event takes place inside a make-shift arena that seats maybe a thousand fans total, and those in attendance get an up-close look…

  6. Ricky Rubio with some ridiculous highlights from the Rising Stars Challenge (VIDEO)

    Feb 16, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Timberwolves Rubio is guarded by Portland Trail Blazers Lillard during the first half of the NBA BBVA Rising Star Challenge basketball game in Houston

    Kenneth Faried may have won the MVP of the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, and Kyrie Irving may have stolen the show. But Ricky Rubio had some impressive highlights of his own during the game that definitely deserve to be noticed. The brilliance in this clip’s first highlight doesn’t seem to be recognized by either…

  7. Dunk contest contestants discuss plans for All-Star Saturday night

    Feb 16, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    gerald green cupcake

    HOUSTON — In advance of the main event of All-Star Saturday night, the participants had some thoughts on the overall aesthetics of the Slam Dunk Contest, and argued over who the actual favorite is to take home the trophy in 2013. Kenneth Faried, he of the Rising Stars MVP performance on Friday, seemed to be…

  8. Kyrie Irving, Brandon Knight go at each other late in Rising Stars Challenge (VIDEO)

    Feb 15, 2013, 11:54 PM EST

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge 2013

    HOUSTON — Kenneth Faried was the MVP of the Rising Stars Challenge at the Toyota Center in Houston on Friday, finishing with a game-high 40 points while his Team Chuck beat Team Shaq 163-135. But Kyrie Irving and Brandon Knight stole the show. Late in the game with a little over five minutes remaining, Irving and…

  9. Drexler, Mutombo, Olajuwon, Tomjanovich, and Yao Ming to judge 2013 Slam Dunk Contest

    Feb 15, 2013, 9:51 PM EST

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    Clyde Drexler, Dikembe Mutombo, Hakeem Olajuwon, Rudy Tomjanovich, and Yao Ming will serve as judges in the 2013 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, the NBA announced today. The Houston connection runs deep, as all five legends will score all of the dunks in the event’s first round. In case you needed credentials for each of these…

  10. Chris Paul discusses his place in the MVP conversation

    Feb 15, 2013, 8:24 PM EST

    BKN-NBA-CLIPPERS-LAKERS

    HOUSTON — Chris Paul is having one of his best overall seasons, leading a deep and talented Clippers team to top-tier status playing among the elite in the Western Conference. Paul’s importance as the main cog that keeps the Clippers machine running was spotlighted recently, when his team struggled with a record of just 2-7…

  11. Dwight Howard says Lakers told him he will not be traded

    Feb 15, 2013, 7:24 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Howard answers a question during media availability for the NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    HOUSTON — Dwight Howard was among the more popular players in terms of media attention on Friday, and it wasn’t because of his sparkling smile or fun-loving personality. All of the players participating in the events of All-Star weekend had group availability sessions, and between the constant struggles of the Lakers this season and Howard’s…

  12. David Stern non-committal on whether NBA would like to keep the Kings in Sacramento

    Feb 15, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

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    HOUSTON — David Stern gave a bit of a status update on where the potential sale of the Sacramento Kings stands on Thursday, but was non-committal on whether or not he would prefer to keep the team in Sacramento in the event the city comes up with a perfect counter-proposal. “Right now there’s a contract…

  13. Clippers use fast start, hot three-point shooting to get blowout win over Lakers

    Feb 15, 2013, 2:03 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin

    The Lakers hosted the Clippers in the second half of the televised double-header on Thursday, and with the first game between the Thunder and the Heat running a little long, almost five minutes had gone by in the first quarter in Los Angeles before the national audience saw any of it. By the time TNT…

  14. Dominant LeBron helps Heat cruise to win over Thunder

    Feb 14, 2013, 11:39 PM EST

    Miami Heat's James drives in the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Miami

    The Heat had little trouble taking care of the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Thursday, getting out to a big lead early and cruising to a 110-100 win behind yet another dominant performance from LeBron James. When things did begin to tighten just a bit in the fourth quarter, James made certain to hit big…

  15. Kevin Durant takes a nasty fall against the Heat (VIDEO)

    Feb 14, 2013, 9:07 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant shouts instructions to a teammate as he runs the offense against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Late in the first quarter of Thursday’s contest between the Heat and the Thunder, Kevin Durant leaned back awkwardly in midair going for a rebound, and came crashing hard to the floor, without being able to  do anything to break the fall. Durant fell directly on the left side of his body, with it appearing…

  16. Three Stars of the Night: LeBron makes history

    Feb 13, 2013, 1:36 AM EST

    Miami Heat's LeBron James chews his mouthpiece during timeout against the Portland Trail Blazers in their NBA game in Miami

    It seems like we should just rename this the LeBron James and two other guys of the night award, given the tear the league’s reigning MVP has been on over the last six games. We’ll get to that shortly, but first, a couple of other performances that are more than worth mentioning. Third Star: Dwight…

  17. Kevin Durant says he may not attempt long shots to beat the buzzer if he’s having an off night statistically

    Feb 12, 2013, 3:06 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    If you watch enough NBA basketball, you’ve seen it a million times. With only a couple of seconds remaining on the clock, a player will receive an inbound pass, take a dribble or two, and launch a shot from beyond halfcourt just after time in the period expires and the final buzzer sounds. In most…

  18. Son of Larry Bird arrested after allegedly trying to run ex-girlfriend over with a car

    Feb 12, 2013, 2:19 PM EST

    Former NBA player Bird attends premiere of Magic Bird in New York

    Connor Bird, the son of former Celtic and Hall of Fame player Larry Bird was arrested on Sunday at Indiana University for allegedly trying to run over his ex-girlfriend with a car, according to a report from the Associated Press. Connor Bird, 21 years old, is facing a host of charges related to the incident,…

  19. DeAndre Jordan airballs an alley-oop (VIDEO)

    Feb 12, 2013, 1:57 PM EST

    DeAndre Jordan

    There were plenty of great Clippers highlights from their destruction of the Sixers on Monday, and this one’s great in its own way — it just didn’t happen to result in two points. It’s a little unfair to say DeAndre Jordan “airballed” this alley-oop attempt, even though technically that’s exactly what happened. He underestimated his…

  20. Tyson Chandler among Bulls refuting claim that members of 2002-03 team smoked pot before games

    Feb 12, 2013, 1:30 PM EST

    Jay Williams

    In an excellent New York Times piece that was published over the weekend, former Duke basketball standout and current ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Williams recounted his experience dealing with the aftermath of a motorcycle injury that ended his professional basketball career. It was a powerful story, one that included Williams discussing his feelings at…

  21. Derrick Rose says he won’t return until he’s ‘110 percent’

    Feb 12, 2013, 12:46 PM EST

    Derrick Rose

    Basic math will tell you that there is no such thing as “110 percent,” a commonly used sports cliche. After Derrick Rose used this term to describe when he’d be ready to return to the court from the devastating knee injury he suffered in the first game of the playoffs last April, Bulls fans have…

  22. Clippers want Lamar Odom to be more of a scorer

    Feb 12, 2013, 12:14 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Miami Heat

    Lamar Odom has always been a maddening puzzle for fans of the teams he’s played for over the years to try and figure out. He seemingly has all the tools to be a dominant player on both ends of the floor, yet has only shows it in flashes throughout his NBA career that is now…

  23. Ke$ha to headline All-Star Pregame Concert, Russell Westbrook approves

    Feb 12, 2013, 11:41 AM EST

    Hot 99.5's Jingle Ball 2012 Presented By Charleston Alexander Diamond Importers - PRESS ROOM

    Is this mostly just an excuse to run this video again? Yes, yes it is. But there’s also a little bit of NBA-related news here too, as we got word today of the lineup headlining the All-Star Pregame Concert that will take place before the All-Star game on Sunday, Feb. 17. From the official release:…

  24. Kevin Durant says he can relate to what the Suns are going through after Thunder beat them by 29 points

    Feb 11, 2013, 8:40 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Clippers

    PHOENIX — The Suns are a team in complete disarray at this point in the season, and while the Thunder are clearly one of the league’s best, the disparity was magnified after the teams met for the second time in three days on Sunday. While game two was a lower scoring affair than the first…

  25. Three Stars of the Night: Finals MVP edition

    Feb 11, 2013, 1:21 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    There were actually multiple performances worthy of recognition on Sunday, but three stood out as most deserving. And sometimes, the guys who have been the primary force behind their team’s championship effort in the past show up during the regular season. On to the winners. Third Star: Paul Pierce (27 points, 14 rebounds, 14 assists,…

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