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  1. 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…

  2. 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.…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Timberwolves’ offense rolls without Rubio in high-scoring victory over Suns

    Mar 13, 2012, 3:35 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Phoenix Suns

    The Timberwolves needed this. After losing Ricky Rubio to a season-ending injury just a few days ago, and after not being able to muster the energy to take care of business at home against the horrible Hornets the day the news was confirmed, Minnesota began a tough seven-game road trip on Monday with an offensive…

  15. Report: Blazers still interested in trading Raymond Felton to Lakers

    Mar 12, 2012, 9:08 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Golden State Warriors

    We told you last week that the Lakers and Trail Blazers were reportedly having “exploratory talks” involving a trade of the teams’ point guards. The proposed deal would have Raymond Felton heading to L.A., and Steve Blake would return to Portland, where he’s been a Blazer three separate times in the past, most recently in…

  16. Markieff Morris is slipping out of the Suns’ rotation

    Mar 12, 2012, 8:08 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Denver Nuggets

    Markieff Morris, a rookie forward the Suns selected with the 13th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, began the season with a level of competence that was above expectations. But as this lockout-shortened season has worn on, while the Suns have finally started to find themselves by winning seven of their last nine games,…

  17. Jason Terry not happy with coach’s decision to bench him late in loss to Suns

    Mar 9, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    After the Mavericks had allowed an 11-point third quarter lead to become an 11-point fourth quarter deficit late Thursday night in Phoenix, they were able to gather themselves and make one final push in the game’s final three minutes. Dallas had fought back to within two, and had possession of the ball with 15.4 seconds…

  18. Phoenix 96, Dallas 94: Suns come back from double-digit defict to take down Mavericks

    Mar 9, 2012, 4:21 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki, Grant Hill

    A few weeks ago, any talk involving the Phoenix Suns and the word “playoffs” would have seemed completely ridiculous — and maybe, to a certain extent, it still is. But the Suns have shown they possess the necessary grit and fight that is evident in postseason teams, battling back from double-digit deficits in their last…

  19. If Marcin Gortat can get 20 rebounds in a game, you’ll see him shoot three-pointers

    Mar 5, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

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    Marcin Gortat has a deal with the Suns’ coaching staff this season: get 20 rebounds in a game, do what you like. As you’ll soon see, this is a very serious and important matter to Gortat — so much so that he believes there might have been a conspiracy to keep him from reaching that…

  20. Baron Davis could eventually replace Jeremy Lin as Knicks starting point guard

    Mar 3, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin and Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony looks on against the Atlanta Hawks in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    As the media were allowed into Knicks practice on Friday, they saw something unexpected: Jeremy Lin and Baron Davis playing on the floor together, on the same team, with the rest of the starting unit during a scrimmage. It’s certainly an interesting idea, and one that would be even more interesting to see in a…

  21. Blake Griffin says teams are allowed to be more physical with him than with others

    Mar 3, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Charlotte Bobcats

    Blake Griffin had a tough outing against the Suns on Friday, and had to earn every single one of his 17 points and seven rebounds. Those numbers had little impact on the game, however, and his 4-of-14 shooting through three quarters were a true indication of just how much of a struggle it was for…

  22. Suns shut down Blake Griffin, win ugly over the Clippers

    Mar 3, 2012, 3:39 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Channing Frye, Grant Hill

    As the starting lineups took the floor Friday night in Phoenix for a nationally televised contest between the Clippers and the Suns, the matchup that looked to be far and away the most favorable for L.A. was Channing Frye against Blake Griffin. Griffin, after all, leads the league in dunks, and is so athletically gifted…

  23. Mavericks coach Carlisle says “patience has worn thin” with Lamar Odom

    Mar 2, 2012, 6:58 PM EDT

    Shawn Marion, Lamar Odom, Vince Carter

    Lamar Odom was given away for virtually nothing by the Lakers to the defending champion Mavericks before the season even began, after Odom expressed a desire to be dealt once his name surfaced in legitimate trade rumors. With Odom being the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, this seemed like an absolute steal for Dallas…

  24. Video: Kobe Bryant’s turn as 70’s Italian exploitation film star

    Feb 29, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

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    Kobe Bryant always seemed like a cool enough cat to save the world. In this promo from Nike Basketball, we get to see what that might look like, 70’s exploitation style. From Nike Italy’s YouTube channel: “Enzo G. Castellari, cult Italian director of 70’s exploitation movies, introduces us to a hidden treasure taken from his…

  25. Trade offers for Nash may keep coming, but Suns’ plan to keep him hasn’t changed

    Feb 29, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    Nothing has changed regarding the Phoenix Suns and Steve Nash. The team remains optimistic that it can convince their two-time MVP point guard to re-sign for another couple of years this summer, and Phoenix is not going to trade him before then unless Nash himself asks the team to do so. The organization’s seemingly firm…

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