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  1. Report: Lakers show interest in Raja Bell

    Nov 23, 2012, 2:15 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant has long been interested in adding Raja Bell as a teammate. He tried to convince Bell to sign in Los Angeles back in 2010, but Bell chose to go with Utah instead. Now, with Bell’s former coach Mike D’Antoni holding down the head coaching job in Los Angeles, the team might be interested…

  2. Raymond Felton tired of Jeremy Lin comparisons

    Nov 23, 2012, 1:42 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    The Knicks play the Rockets Friday night, and the matchup will mark the first time that Jeremy Lin will face his former team after making a name for himself in New York during the incredible but brief “Linsanity” run last season. When the Knicks didn’t match Houston’s free agent offer to Lin, and ended up…

  3. NBA says refs missed a call at the end of Raptors-Bobcats

    Nov 22, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors' Lowry questions a call by a referee during their NBA basketball game against Charlotte Bobcats in Charlotte

    This doesn’t happen very often, so when it does, you know it was something egregious. The NBA released a statement saying that the officials missed a foul call at the end of the game between the Raptors and the Bobcats on Wednesday. Charlotte was leading by one, when the ball was inbounded to Andrea Bargnani.…

  4. Al Horford’s little brother reacts to a close-up look at a cheerleader, and it’s priceless (VIDEO)

    Nov 22, 2012, 3:04 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    The young man in the video clip above is the little brother of Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford, and even at his tender age, he already has a fascination with the ladies. The fun took place during Wednesday’s game between the Hawks and the Wizards. While initially distracted by the free candy (because hey, free…

  5. Blazers coach Stotts calls out Meyers Leonard

    Nov 22, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

    Meyers Leonard

    The Suns had no problem with the Blazers on Wednesday, and Portland’s front line defense, or lack thereof, was the main reason why. Marcin Gortat and Jermaine O’Neal combined for 39 points on 18-of-23 shooting, and a lot of those buckets came at the expense of Meyers Leonard. Leonard is a rookie who now has…

  6. Kevin Durant hits courtside fan with a pass, kisses her to apologize (VIDEO)

    Nov 22, 2012, 8:11 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant is nothing short of a killer on the basketball court, as evidenced by his 35-point effort which helped his team to an overtime win over one of the league’s top teams. But he was able to showcase his softer side at the same time. With just over seven minutes to play in the…

  7. Three Stars of the Night, two Kevins, and one kiss

    Nov 22, 2012, 2:14 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Durant is guarded by Los Angeles Clippers' Griffin and Odom during their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Just a monster 14-game slate this Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, so before we give you our Three Stars, let’s break off a few honorable mentions. In Boston, there was Tony Parker shredding the Celtics for 26 points and six assists on 12-of-17 shooting. In Miami, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade each had 28 points, but…

  8. Reggie Evans becomes the first player fined for flopping under league’s new rules (VIDEO)

    Nov 21, 2012, 5:25 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Brooklyn Nets

    UPDATE 5:17 p.m. ET: The Brooklyn Nets Reggie Evans has in fact been fined $5000 for this incident, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Nobody is shocked. He deserved it. 4:44 p.m. ET: Given the fact that Reggie Evans was prominently featured in the video the league showed to teams and media before the season…

  9. Celtics make it official, waive Darko Milicic

    Nov 21, 2012, 5:23 PM EDT

    Darko Milicic

    We told you yesterday that this might be coming, and today, the team made it official. The Boston Celtics have waived Darko Milicic, according to a team release. “Darko has asked us to release him so he could deal with a personal matter,” said Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. “The whole Celtics family…

  10. Doc Rivers says he didn’t know the details of Rondo’s assists streak, no one believes him

    Nov 21, 2012, 3:53 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo, Doc Rivers

    Remember Rajon Rondo playing through to the end of a garbage-time blowout his Celtics were suffering at the hands of the Pistons on Sunday? Sure you do. It was a disappointing display of individual stat-stuffing, and it couldn’t have happened without the complicity of Rondo’s head coach, Doc Rivers. After the team practiced on Tuesday,…

  11. Zach Randolph explains confrontation with Kendrick Perkins

    Nov 21, 2012, 3:21 PM EDT

    Zach Randolph

    Zach Randolph was fined $25K for his role in a locker room area confrontation with Kendrick Perkins, after the two were ejected for on-court jawing during the Grizzlies win over the Thunder last week. Details of the incident were initially vague, but Randolph cleared them up a little bit in a radio interview on the…

  12. Metta World Peace rubs Nets coach Avery Johnson’s head after hitting a three (VIDEO)

    Nov 21, 2012, 11:47 AM EDT

    Metta World Peace

    Late in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night’s win over the Nets, Metta World Peace hit a three from the corner to cut the New Jersey lead to two. There was no celebration, no flexing, and no kissing of his own biceps after doing so. But he did have a little something for Avery Johnson…

  13. Dwight Howard airballs a free throw, laughs about it (VIDEO)

    Nov 21, 2012, 11:21 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers got a solid win over a pretty good Nets team on Tuesday, but struggled mightily from the free throw line in the process. L.A. as a team was 19-of-37 from the stripe, while Dwight Howard had more than half of the attempts, but managed to knock down just 7-of-19. None were worse than…

  14. Lakers hold off Nets in D’Antoni’s head coaching debut

    Nov 21, 2012, 1:57 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni smiles with Pau Gasol of Spain and Kobe Bryant during their NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, as he makes his game coaching debut for the Lakers, in Los Angeles

    Mike D’Antoni made his long-awaited debut as Lakers head coach on Tuesday, but the team’s previous win over the Rockets looked much more like his style. Nevertheless, the substance was there as L.A. overcame some mistakes to get a 95-90 win over the Nets that pushed the team over the .500 mark for the first…

  15. Rasheed Wallace yells ‘ball don’t lie’ after missed free throw from Austin Rivers (VIDEO)

    Nov 20, 2012, 8:42 PM EDT

    Rasheed Wallace

    Rasheed Wallace loves to yell things out to opposing players at the free throw line. We showed you his trash talk at Arron Afflalo last week, and now, we give you Wallace yelling his patented “Ball don’t lie!” at Austin Rivers of the Hornets, after Wallace was whistled for the ticky-tack reach-in, and Rivers clanked…

  16. Anthony Davis out Tuesday vs. Knicks, day-to-day with ankle injury

    Nov 20, 2012, 6:56 PM EDT

    Anthony Davis, Samuel Dalembert, Monta Ellis

    New Orleans Hornets rookie Anthony Davis will miss Tuesday night’s home game against the Knicks due to an ankle injury, according to multiple reports. Davis has tweaked his left ankle multiple times over the past week, and the injury wasn’t believed to be anything serious. After posting 28 points and 11 rebounds on Saturday in his…

  17. Tony Allen pulls Kenneth Faried’s hair (VIDEO)

    Nov 20, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

    tony allen

    Normally, my stance on players with long hair in professional sports goes something like this: It’s a free country and all that, but just know what you’re doing might make you a target. In the NFL, for example, it’s especially tantalizing for defenders when they see the long flowing locks of their opponent dangling out…

  18. Wade plans to return from foot injury Wednesday

    Nov 20, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    Dwyane Wade missed Miami’s last two games due to a foot injury, originally suffered in the team’s Nov. 12 win over the Rockets. The Heat won both without him, but they won’t have to try to do it again Wednesday night versus the Bucks. After completing his second consecutive day of practice without any setbacks,…

  19. Andrew Bogut targets Monday for return to practice

    Nov 20, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    Andrew Bogut, Marc Gasol

    Andrew Bogut is back with the Warriors after spending some time in Los Angeles, where he received injection treatments on his injured ankle to try to help speed up the recovery process. While Bogut has been ruled out of the team’s next three games, he plans on doing some rehabilitation later this week, with a…

  20. NBA’s Christmas promo features players in new uniforms dribbling to a familiar tune (VIDEO)

    Nov 20, 2012, 4:31 PM EDT

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    We told you about the new uniforms the NBA is rolling out for its slate of games on Christmas Day, and now we have a commercial featuring Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony, Joe Johnson, Russell Westbrook, and Dwyane Wade modeling the new gear. The video clip above is an ad for the BIG Color collection, and…

  21. NBA announces deal to broadcast D-League games live on YouTube

    Nov 20, 2012, 3:59 PM EDT

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    The NBA and YouTube announced a deal to stream live more than 350 D-League games during the 2012-13 season, both through a dedicated YouTube channel and through a video player on NBA.com. From the official release: “As a result of today’s announcement, the NBA D-League, the NBA’s official minor league, will feature the most live…

  22. Former teammate says no one likes basketball less than Andrew Bynum

    Nov 20, 2012, 3:33 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum hair

    Things haven’t been going well for Andrew Bynum since joining the Sixers. He has yet to make his debut for the team thanks to a bone bruise in his knee, and his timetable to return seems to be getting continually pushed back. And then there was the bowling. When star athletes struggle like this in…

  23. Kobe all in favor of league’s stance against flopping

    Nov 19, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    LOS ANGELES — This season is the first that the NBA has entered with the realization (at least publicly) that flopping is a problem, and something that neither fans nor players enjoy seeing as a consistent part of the game. The league has implemented a system where it will first warn, and then fine players…

  24. Kobe’s triple-double fuels Lakers high-powered offense in win over Rockets

    Nov 19, 2012, 2:26 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    LOS ANGELES — Mike D’Antoni was forced to postpone his debut as Lakers head coach, opting instead to wait a few more days after being talked out of coaching Sunday night’s game by the team’s training staff. But you didn’t need to see D’Antoni in a suit on the sidelines to know that he had…

  25. Celtics chase Rondo’s assists streak in blowout loss to Pistons

    Nov 18, 2012, 11:03 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo shouts instructions from the bench against the Brooklyn Nets in the second half of their NBA basketball game in New York

    Rajon Rondo had a streak of 33 consecutive games with 10 or more assists coming into Sunday’s game against the Pistons. He left with that streak intact, although making it happen came under some questionable circumstances. The Celtics were in the middle of getting blown out by a Detroit team that had won just once…

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