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  1. Rondo begrudgingly admits to having learned from his recent two-game suspension

    Feb 25, 2012, 2:42 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    Rajon Rondo wasn’t initially named to the All-Star team this year, but he made it in when tendinitis in Joe Johnson‘s left knee forced him to sit it out. Celtics head coach Doc Rivers thought that the snub to that point had bothered his point guard a little bit, which might have had something to…

  2. LeBron James might try the dunk contest … if the winner received a million dollars

    Feb 25, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James dunks against the Chicago Bulls during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    LeBron James in unquestionably one of the most violent dunkers in the game today, and could easily compete with anyone in the league in a slam dunk contest if that’s something he wanted to do. But up until this point, despite empty promises and a tease from time to time, he hasn’t decided to commit.…

  3. Kyrie Irving scores 34 points, named MVP of the Rising Stars Challenge

    Feb 24, 2012, 11:55 PM EDT

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    Kyrie Irving was the number one overall pick in last year’s NBA draft, but he was largely selected there for his ability to create for his teammates first, with his scoring being an afterthought. In the Rising Stars Challenge, which kicked off All-Star weekend on Friday, he showcased what’s possible for him offensively, scoring 34…

  4. Video: Ricky Rubio dribbles between defender’s legs, finishes with lob to Blake Griffin for the dunk

    Feb 24, 2012, 10:36 PM EDT

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    The Rising Stars Challenge on All-Star weekend’s opening night was largely an abomination, with players going half-speed, playing zero defense, and only occasionally producing the kind of highlights one would hope to see in an exhibition game. But there were a few noteworthy moments, and this one, started by Ricky Rubio dribbling between the legs…

  5. Jeremy Lin debuts customized Nike basketball shoes at Rising Stars Challenge

    Feb 24, 2012, 9:07 PM EDT

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    You’ve heard the rags to riches tales of Jeremy Lin — from sleeping on a friend’s couch to leasing space at the W, from sitting at the end of the Knicks bench to starting as the team’s point guard. And now, from not having a shoe deal of any significance to having a personalized set…

  6. Blake Griffin dishes out some dunk contest advice

    Feb 24, 2012, 5:25 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin car dunk

    Blake Griffin won last year’s dunk contest in an exciting and memorable way that most think will be difficult to top by any of the contestants participating in the event this year.  Jumping over a car isn’t something we see every day, and last year, JaVale McGee said he had no shot to top it…

  7. All-Star 2012 interview: Miami Heat rookie Norris Cole

    Feb 24, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

    Norris Cole

    Miami Heat rookie Norris Cole has made an impact early this season, despite playing alongside veteran superstars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. We caught up with him Friday morning at the practice session for the Rising Stars challenge, and discussed what it’s like to play with that kind of star power, how he and his…

  8. Kobe Bryant a no-show to All-Star media availability

    Feb 24, 2012, 4:25 PM EDT

    kobe-bryant-all-star

    The 2012 NBA All-Stars had their first mass media availability session of the weekend on Friday, and everyone who was named to the team managed to show up and tolerate the wide-ranging and sometimes-inane questions from both traditional and non-traditional media outlets. Everyone, that is, except Kobe Bryant. Bryant was a no-show to the festivities,…

  9. Heat shut down Jeremy Lin, cruise to victory over Knicks

    Feb 23, 2012, 10:40 PM EDT

    Mario Chalmers, Jeremy Lin

    By now you’ve certainly heard all about Jeremy Lin, and the way he’s led the Knicks to an improbable stretch of nine wins in the team’s last 11 games. The Miami Heat, too, were obviously paying attention, and made sure that Lin wouldn’t be a factor when the teams met on Thursday. Miami’s defense forced…

  10. Alvin Gentry blasts Suns for lack of effort after loss to Warriors

    Feb 23, 2012, 10:41 AM EDT

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    Suns head coach Alvin Gentry was livid after Wednesday night’s loss to the Warriors, and with good reason. It had nothing to do with the fantastic game-winner that Monta Ellis knocked down with one second left, and everything to do with the way Phoenix sleep-walked through the game’s first 10 minutes. The video above, taken…

  11. Video: Monta Ellis hits tough fadeaway with one second left to beat the Suns

    Feb 23, 2012, 2:09 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Golden State Warriors

    It was far from a perfect win for the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday. They led by as many as 21 points in the first half, before giving all of the lead away to trail by one with under two and a half minutes left in the game. But Monta Ellis made sure they’d go…

  12. Stephen Curry suffers right foot injury, consider him questionable for Skills Challenge

    Feb 23, 2012, 1:29 AM EDT

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    Stephen Curry sat dejected in front of his locker Wednesday night, shirtless and with his right foot soaking in a tub of ice water. The unhappy look on his face wasn’t a product of the game’s result — a 106-104 victory for his Warriors over the Suns in Phoenix. It was due to the fact…

  13. Derrick Favors to replace injured Tiago Splitter in Rising Stars Challenge

    Feb 21, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

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    Derrick Favors of the Utah Jazz has been added to the Rising Stars Challenge, according to an official release. Favors will play for Team Chuck (Charles Barkley’s squad) in place of Tiago Splitter, who will be forced to sit out of All-Star weekend’s Friday night exhibition featuring selected stars from the Rookie and Sophomore classes.…

  14. Marvin Williams “vehemently denies” making trade request

    Feb 21, 2012, 7:25 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    Earlier today, we told you about an ESPN.com report from Chris Broussard which cited sources saying that Marvin Williams “wants out” of Atlanta, in hopes of playing for a team where he’ll have a bigger role offensively. Williams himself has now denied that report directly, according to Hawks PR man Arthur Triche on Twitter. The…

  15. Steve Nash, Alvin Gentry defend decision to rest Suns’ stars

    Feb 16, 2012, 9:24 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    The Suns aren’t a team that’s stacked with talent; Steve Nash has said so himself at multiple times this season, going as far back as training camp last December. And given the team’s sub-.500 position in the standings, it certainly can’t afford to play games without its best offensive creator in Nash, and its best…

  16. Josh Smith plays like an All-Star in Hawks’ win over the Suns

    Feb 16, 2012, 2:42 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Phoenix Suns

    After the reserves for the 2012 NBA All-Star game were announced last week, and after Josh Smith was once again left off of the Eastern Conference squad for the eighth consecutive season, he sounded off. Smith said politics were to blame for him not being named to the team, and that he apparently “didn’t know…

  17. Brandon Jennings is “doing his homework on big-market teams,” but winning may entice him to stay with the Bucks

    Feb 10, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Atlanta Hawks, Game 1

    Brandon Jennings made plenty of Bucks fans nervous on Friday, thanks to a quote about his thoughts on future free agency that was reported by Chris Broussard of ESPN.com “I am going to keep my options open, knowing that the time is coming up,” Jennings said. “I’m doing my homework on big-market teams.” The “big-market…

  18. Kyle Lowry honored, appreciative if you believe he was an All-Star snub

    Feb 10, 2012, 2:21 AM EDT

    Kyle Lowry

    The reserves for the 2012 NBA All-Star game were announced a couple of hours before the Rockets tipped off in Phoenix against the Suns. And while Kyle Lowry was no lock to make the team, many believed he was deserving and had an outside shot of being selected. It didn’t turn out that way, but…

  19. Kevin McHale (briefly) blames Rockets’ record for Kyle Lowry’s All-Star snub

    Feb 9, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v New Orleans Hornets

    The reserves for the 2012 NBA All-Star game were announced on Thursday, and in Phoenix, where the Rockets were in town to face the Suns, the results were of particular interest. Both teams had players who were deserving on some level in Steve Nash and Kyle Lowry, but while Nash was selected, Lowry missed the…

  20. Photos: All-Star edition shoes for Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, and LeBron James

    Feb 8, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

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    Nike has officially released details on the All-Star lineup of shoes for its most high-profile athletes — Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, LeBron James — and the results are straight fire. From the official release: “Nike Basketball is proud to unveil key colorways celebrating its pinnacle players competing in the 2012 NBA All-Star Game in Orlando…

  21. Clippers will attempt to continue to stockpile talent by pursuing J.R. Smith

    Feb 5, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Nuggets guard Smith celebrates a three-point shot in their NBA basketball game against the Timberwolves in Denver

    The L.A. Clippers have had maybe the most impressive offseason of any team in the league. Already sitting in second place in the Western Conference standings, and with their latest acquisition, Kenyon Martin, joining the team in Orlando on Sunday, they will look to get even deeper by going after J.R. Smith, reports Brad Turner…

  22. Michael Redd calls surprise start “one of the proudest moments of his career” after Suns beat the Bobcats

    Feb 5, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

    Michael-Redd-suns

    Michael Redd arrived at the US Airways Center in Phoenix more than four hours before his Suns were set to face the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday. The reason, he said, was just to get some extra work in and to keep himself prepared for when his time would come to play more minutes. He found…

  23. Kevin Love may have intentionally stepped on Luis Scola’s face (video)

    Feb 4, 2012, 10:32 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Kevin Love doesn’t have a reputation as a dirty player, but that may change a bit depending on how you view the play above from Saturday night’s game between the Timberwolves and the Rockets. After a frustrating offensive trip for Love on the previous possession, and after Luis Scola turns it over and hits the…

  24. Video: Rudy Fernandez flops, ref whistles Matt Barnes for a technical foul

    Feb 4, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Rudy Fernandez Nuggets

    During the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ win over the Nuggets on Friday, Matt Barnes swung his elbows a bit to clear some space, while he had possession of the ball and with Rudy Fernandez closely defending. It appeared in real time that Barnes may have made contact with Fernandez, in no small part due…

  25. Photos: adidas unveils 2012 NBA All-Star uniforms

    Feb 2, 2012, 12:05 PM EDT

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    The starters for the 2012 NBA All-Star game will be announced Thursday night on TNT, and now, thanks to today’s release from adidas, we know what they’ll be wearing on the court on Feb.26. Some highlights: “The 2012 NBA All-Star uniforms were designed by adidas and inspired by the 
20th anniversary of the memorable 1992…

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