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Brett Pollakoff

  1. Rasheed Wallace hits a three in first Knicks action (VIDEO)

    Nov 3, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    rasheed wallace knicks

    It was quite a night for Knicks fans at Madison Square Garden. The home team blew out the defending world champion Heat, and the fans chanted their way into seeing Rasheed Wallace take the floor for the first time as a member of the Knicks. Sheed isn’t yet in game shape, and isn’t likely to…

  2. Tony Parker’s clutch buckets late help Spurs take down the Thunder

    Nov 2, 2012, 1:23 AM EDT

    Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Serge Ibaka

    This was a game the Thunder could have won, and watching how the last few possessions played out, it’s one the Thunder should have won. But in the end, San Antonio had the execution that Oklahoma City did not, and the Spurs came away with a buzzer-beating 86-84 win over the Thunder to give them…

  3. Video: Tony Parker beats the Thunder at the buzzer

    Nov 2, 2012, 12:16 AM EDT

    Tony Parker, Kevin Durant

    This was a game the Thunder very much could have won. Most watching would say they should have won, but Tony Parker had other ideas. With the game tied at 84 and with less than six seconds remaining, Parker began the Spurs’ final possession on the far side of the floor. He curled baseline and…

  4. Why didn’t Dwight Howard and Chris Paul end up playing together?

    Nov 1, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    2009 NBA All-Star Game

    Today’s NBA is nothing like the eras of the league that have long since passed. Picture Michael Jordan recruiting Isiah Thomas to join the Bulls, or Larry Bird trying to coerce Magic Johnson into leaving L.A. for the bright lights cold weather and rickety conditions of the ancient Boston Garden. Exactly — it just wasn’t…

  5. NBC SportsTalk: Rockets happy with Harden, but are they a playoff team?

    Nov 1, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

    James Harden

    The Rockets looked like the big winners in the James Harden deal after opening night, where Harden poured in 37 points and 12 assists in leading Houston to a win over the Pistons. But let’s not get too carried away just yet. Harden definitely had something to prove in his first career opening night start,…

  6. Michael Jordan called the Thunder about trading for James Harden, and other interesting tales

    Nov 1, 2012, 8:45 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan

    In a wide-ranging interview with Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, Michael Jordan said a lot of things that may be of interest to fans of both the Bobcats and the NBA alike. One of the more interesting notes to fans of the league in general was the fact that Jordan said he “made some…

  7. Dwight Howard reviews his latest signature shoe, the adipower Howard 3

    Nov 1, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    To be completely honest, it hasn’t been the easiest of years for the marquee basketball players signed to rep the adidas brand. Derrick Rose went down with injury in the first game of the postseason, and isn’t expected back until sometime around the All-Star break. And Dwight Howard, well … let’s just say his image…

  8. Postponed Nets home opener against the Knicks rescheduled for Nov. 26

    Nov 1, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

    Brooklyn New Arena

    We were supposed to be treated to the Nets’ home opener in Brooklyn against the New York Knicks tonight, but the destruction brought on by Hurricane Sandy forced the city to postpone the game until people could actually make their way there to see it in person. The league announced that the game has been…

  9. Stephen Curry says contract talks may have affected his opening night performance

    Nov 1, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Stephen Curry

    The Warriors earned a hard-fought victory over the Suns on Wednesday, in a game where they blew all of a 17-point first-half lead and had to come from eight points down in the final period to get out with that win. A big part of the Warriors’ trouble was the fact that the team’s biggest…

  10. Taj Gibson agrees to 4-year, $38 million extension with Bulls

    Nov 1, 2012, 1:45 AM EDT

    Taj Gibson

    It came down to the last minute, but a deal got done just before the deadline. We’ll let you be the judge who got the better of it. Taj Gibson and the Bulls agreed to a contract extension worth up to $38 million over four years. Reports say it’ll be difficult for Gibson to reach…

  11. Video: George Hill’s game-winning floater buries the Raptors

    Oct 31, 2012, 11:39 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Toronto Raptors

    Entertaining opening night contest in Toronto between the Raptors and the Pacers. There were plenty of solid performances for both teams — David West had his way offensively with 25 points in 28 minutes, Paul George finished with 14 points, 15 rebounds, and five assists, and for the Raptors, Kyle Lowry did it all with…

  12. Warriors GM explains team’s reasoning behind Stephen Curry’s contract extension

    Oct 31, 2012, 9:48 PM EDT

    Stephen Curry, Donta Smith

    As we mentioned earlier, the Warriors and Stephen Curry came to terms on a contract extension worth $44 million over four years. The deal seems like a better one for Curry than it does for the Warriors on the surface, as the team is betting all that money that Curry’s ankle problems are a thing…

  13. Blazers plan to use ‘Hack-a-Dwight’ strategy against Howard and the Lakers

    Oct 31, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    After a dismal opening night performance at home in a loss to Dallas, the Lakers will take to the road for their second game in as many nights against a Blazers team that’s ready and waiting. There was plenty wrong with L.A. on Tuesday — the offense was horrid, and the defense (if you want…

  14. Report: James Harden agrees to 5-year, $80 million deal with Houston

    Oct 31, 2012, 3:34 PM EDT

    James Harden

    A difference over dollars was the entire reason that the Thunder traded James Harden to the Rockets, so the news is no surprise, but it has now been confirmed. Harden has agreed to a full max contract extension with the Rockets, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. The deal is for five years and $80…

  15. Photo of the day: Amar’e Stoudemire’s car is underwater, courtesy of Hurricane Sandy

    Oct 31, 2012, 3:10 PM EDT

    amare-stoudemire-car-flood

    Amar’e Stoudemire is getting further away from his return to the basketball court for the Knicks, but even if he was ready, we’re unsure how he’d even make it out of his neighborhood. That’s because his Range Rover is almost completely submerged, thanks to flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy in various parts of the Northeast.…

  16. Report: Gilbert Arenas’ deal to play in China ‘falling apart’

    Oct 31, 2012, 2:05 PM EDT

    Jonny Flynn, Gilbert Arenas

    Remember about a week ago, when we told you that Gilbert Arenas was close to signing a contract to play basketball in China? Sure you do. Well, the chances of that happening have diminished significantly since then, and according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the deal appears to be “falling apart.”…

  17. Report: Brandon Jennings unlikely to receive contract extension

    Oct 31, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

    Brandon Jennings, Ben Uzoh

    With Wednesday night’s deadline to extend rookie contracts rapidly approaching, go ahead and count Brandon Jennings among the players who will become restricted free agents when the season ends. From Charles F. Gardner of the Journal Sentinel: Brandon Jennings is not expected to receive a contract extension from the Bucks before Wednesday night’s deadline. Discussions…

  18. Andrew Bynum ruled out for Sixers opener

    Oct 31, 2012, 12:27 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum,Doug Collins

    The Andrew Bynum era in Philadelphia is not off to a great start. And from the looks of things, it’ll be a while longer before it even gets started at all. Bynum has been officially ruled out for the Sixers’ season opener against Denver on Wednesday, according to a team release (via Philly.com): “While Andrew…

  19. Dwyane Wade calls Rondo’s flagrant foul a ‘punk play’

    Oct 31, 2012, 1:21 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    With 16 seconds remaining in the Heat’s opening night victory over the Celtics, Rajon Rondo grabbed Dwyane Wade around the neck on a drive, earning a flagrant foul-one call from the officials. The play was clearly made out of frustration, and was an unnecessary one with the Heat up by 11 with so little time…

  20. LeBron gets his ring, leads Heat to opening night win over Celtics

    Oct 30, 2012, 11:55 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    The last time the Heat opened the season after raising a banner and receiving their championship rings, the night was all about the pre-game festivities. After celebrating the 2006 NBA title, Miami had no interest in the basketball game that followed, and suffered an embarrassing 42-point loss at home to open the season at the…

  21. LeBron, Wade, and the Heat get their championship rings (VIDEO)

    Oct 30, 2012, 10:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat players Wade, and James hold their championship rings from the 2012 season after they received them during a ceremony in Miami

    It happened perhaps a year later than LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh envisioned when they joined forces in Miami in the summer of 2010, but the Heat won their first championship with this superstar core last season. To the winners go the spoils, and in the NBA, that means receiving gaudy, diamond-encrusted, and…

  22. In shocking news, Kevin Garnett has no interest in Ray Allen (VIDEO)

    Oct 30, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

    Ray Allen

    It’s only opening night, and I’m already sick of the burgeoning feud between Ray Allen and the Boston Celtics. We get it — Boston fans (and apparently teammates) aren’t pleased with Allen’s decision to leave to go to the one team that primarily stands in the Celtics’ way of getting back to the NBA Finals.…

  23. Andrew Bogut goes through full practice with Warriors for second straight day

    Oct 30, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Andrew Bogut

    As we broke down in our season preview, how this year turns out for the Warriors is perhaps more dependent on the health of the team’s stars than anything else. Now technically, that could be said about every team in the league — except with the history of injuries suffered by Stephen Curry and Andrew…

  24. Kobe says he’ll play opening night against Dallas

    Oct 30, 2012, 8:26 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    The wait is over. The Lakers will debut their super-team at full strength later this evening, when Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol, and Metta World Peace will all be in the starting lineup when the team takes the floor at home against the Dallas Mavericks. Bryant missed his team’s final two preseason…

  25. Video: David Stern calls Hurricane Sandy ‘Katrina’ during Heat ring ceremony

    Oct 30, 2012, 8:07 PM EDT

    David Stern

    For some reason, David Stern gets booed by NBA fans at every arena where he’s introduced. It’s become hilarious at this point, especially in a place like Miami where Stern’s stance in favor of free agents’ right to choose enables super-teams to assemble — you know, like the one the Heat put together that ended…

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