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  1. Chicago 88, L.A. Lakers 87: Bulls erase a six-point deficit in the final minute to steal it

    Dec 25, 2011, 9:25 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, Ronnie Brewer, Taj Gibson

    The Lakers surprised many with their play for most of Christmas Day, hanging with the Bulls without suspended center Andrew Bynum and integrating a lot of new pieces into a new head coach’s system. L.A. erased a seven-point halftime deficit quickly, built its lead to as many as 11 late in the fourth quarter, and…

  2. Video: LeBron, Wade convert double alley-oop against the Mavericks

    Dec 25, 2011, 4:59 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    The Christmas Day, Finals rematch between the Heat and the Mavericks clearly meant a lot more to Miami than it did to Dallas. The Heat led by 32 points at the end of three quarters, and weren’t only dominating, but were doing so in style. Check out this alley-oop from Mario Chalmers to LeBron James,…

  3. Photos: Christmas kicks for LeBron, Kobe, Amar’e, and Durant all in one place

    Dec 24, 2011, 2:18 AM EDT

    Ho11_BB_Xmas_Family_original

    Pictures of the Christmas Day special edition kicks that will be worn by Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Amar’e Stoudemire have trickled in over the past couple of weeks, but with the holiday almost upon us, Nike has made the release of the shoes official. So, we’ve gathered some photos of them all…

  4. Steve Nash preaches patience as Suns work to correct issues

    Dec 24, 2011, 1:46 AM EDT

    steve-nash-getty

    The Suns dropped their final preseason game on Thursday, and unfortunately for them, the result was a familiar one. The Nuggets cruised to a second straight blowout victory over Phoenix, but this one was far more humbling for the Suns, considering that Nene, Al Harrington, and Ty Lawson all sat this one out due to…

  5. Kings’ GM Geoff Petrie issues statement on re-signing of Chuck Hayes

    Dec 23, 2011, 11:33 PM EDT

    Chuck Hayes

    When the Sacramento Kings dropped the news that they were voiding the contract of recently-signed free agent center Chuck Hayes, it was depressing for multiple reasons, not the least of which was legitimate concern for the health of Hayes himself. But after seeking a second opinion and getting clearance to play, the story, for now,…

  6. Suns waive Mickael Pietrus

    Dec 22, 2011, 8:14 PM EDT

    pietrus

    The Suns waived Mickael Pietrus after reaching a financial agreement, the team announced via a brief press release on Thursday. Phoenix had attempted to trade Pietrus to Toronto for a conditional second round draft pick, but the deal fell through after Pietrus was found to not yet be healed from the knee injury that sidelined…

  7. Suns successful in avoiding media circus around Nash’s impending free agency

    Dec 18, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Phoenix Suns

    The Suns held their annual media day on Friday, and overall, things were pretty quiet. Too quiet, even. Especially when you consider that the face of the franchise, heart and soul of the team, and two-time MVP Steve Nash is playing in the final year of his contract, and will be an unrestricted free agent…

  8. NBA Season Preview: Phoenix Suns

    Dec 15, 2011, 5:12 PM EDT

    nash-gentry-preview

    Last season: 40-42, good for 10th place in the West, and six games out of the playoff picture. Head Coach: Alvin Gentry Key Departures: Vince Carter was waived by the team and was picked up by Dallas. Aaron Brooks signed to play in China just before the lockout was resolved, and while the Suns still…

  9. NBA Season Preview: Golden State Warriors

    Dec 15, 2011, 4:03 PM EDT

    mark-jacksonwarriors

    Last season: 35-46, 10 games out of the playoffs in the West. Head Coach: Mark Jackson, who better hope to find something better to say to his players in the huddle than “Hand down, man down!” if he hopes to keep their attention as the season wears on. Key Departures: Reggie Williams, Charlie Bell, Jeremy…

  10. NBA Season Preview: Orlando Magic

    Dec 15, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Last season: 52-30, fourth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Lost a close first-round series to the Atlanta Hawks in six games. Head Coach: Stan Van Gundy, if he can manage to not go insane while continually asked about the Dwight Howard situation all season. Key Departures: None … yet. (OK, not entirely true.) Gilbert…

  11. NBA Season Preview: Los Angeles Clippers

    Dec 15, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    Eric Bledsoe, Chris Paul

    Last season: 32-50, or to frame it in context, 13th place in the West out of 15 teams. Head Coach: Vinny Del Negro, who, after the team successfully traded for Chris Paul, is now officially on the hot seat. VDN has yet to prove he can be successful coaching at the NBA level, and if…

  12. NBA Season Preview: Los Angeles Lakers

    Dec 15, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    kobe-lakers-preview

    Last season: 57-25, second seed in the Western Conference playoffs. The trip to the postseason was shorter than usual for the then-back-to-back defending champs, as they were unceremoniously swept out of the second round by the eventual champion Mavericks. Head Coach: Mike Brown takes the helm in his first season with the Lakers after Phil…

  13. NBA Season Preview: Sacramento Kings

    Dec 15, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    jimmer-kings-preview

    Last season: 24-58, second to last in the West. Head Coach: Paul Westphal Key Departures: Beno Udrih, Omri Casspi Key Additions: Jimmer Fredette, Chuck Hayes, John Salmons, J.J. Hickson Best case scenario: Continued development of Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins, and dramatic improvement in the team’s offense. The Kings will need to see some serious…

  14. NBA Season Preview: Atlanta Hawks

    Dec 15, 2011, 3:30 AM EDT

    Hawks-media-2011

    Last season: 44-38, fifth seed in the East. Took out the Orlando Magic in six in the first round, before losing in six to the Chicago Bulls in the second. Head Coach: Larry Drew Key Departures: Jamal Crawford is technically still with the Hawks, but several reports have him trying to decide between Portland, the…

  15. NBA Season Preview: Charlotte Bobcats

    Dec 15, 2011, 2:30 AM EDT

    Bismack Biyombo and Kemba Walker Introductory Press Conference

    Last season: 34-48, three games out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Head Coach: Paul Silas, who will get his first full season at the helm after taking over for Larry Brown in December of last year. Key Departures: Stephen Jackson and Shaun Livingston, traded away to Milwaukee in a draft day deal. Key Additions:…

  16. NBA Season Preview: Washington Wizards

    Dec 15, 2011, 1:30 AM EDT

    walljohn_davidliamkyle_getty

    Last season: 23-59, the fourth lowest win total in the entire league. Head Coach: Flip Saunders, who may or may not be the best fit for this talented but undisciplined group of young players. Key Departures: None yet, although Nick Young, who improved offensively last season, is a restricted free agent. Michael Lee of the…

  17. NBA Season Preview: Miami Heat

    Dec 15, 2011, 12:00 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    Last season: 58-24, second seed in the East. We all know how this turned out — Miami made it to the NBA Finals in its first season with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, but lost the title to Dallas in six games. Head Coach: Erik Spoelstra, who interestingly enough has not yet been…

  18. How much better are the Clippers with Chris Paul?

    Dec 14, 2011, 8:10 PM EDT

    chris-paul-blake-griffin

    After days of rumors, a league-vetoed trade, and a series of on-again, off-again talks with multiple teams, the Hornets have finally reached an agreement to trade Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers get Paul and two future second round picks, and the Hornets get Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu, and most…

  19. Jamal Crawford rules out Knicks, narrows choices to Portland and Sacramento

    Dec 14, 2011, 6:26 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    Jamal Crawford has narrowed his free agent choice to two teams, according to multiple reports. Portland and Sacramento have emerged as the leading candidates to land Crawford’s services, after the Knicks and Pacers were reportedly also in the chase. It’s unclear if the Knicks made an official offer, but Crawford did reject one worth $10…

  20. Suns training camp notes: High hopes for Telfair, improvement for Lopez, dealing with Pietrus

    Dec 12, 2011, 1:10 AM EDT

    Timberwolves Telfair Basketball

    The Phoenix Suns are holding training camp in town this week at Grand Canyon University. Here are some notes from Sunday’s morning and evening practice sessions: – The Suns were without Grant Hill, Sebastian Telfair, and Markieff Morris for their morning practice session, but had them on the floor for the evening session, once Vince…

  21. Suns may look to limit players’ minutes thanks to compressed schedule

    Dec 11, 2011, 4:43 PM EDT

    nash-warmup

    The NBA lockout was resolved just in time to still give us a season, but it’s a 66-game schedule that’s jam-packed into a little over three and a half months. That’s something all teams are going to be forced to deal with, but in Phoenix, where two of the team’s best players in Steve Nash…

  22. Orlando Magic use amnesty clause to waive Gilbert Arenas

    Dec 9, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Gilbert Arenas, Stan Van Gundy

    The Orlando Magic have waived Gilbert Arenas, and designated him as the team’s amnesty player according to a team press release. This is perhaps the least surprising news of the day, as Arenas, on the books for $62 million over the next three seasons, was widely expected to be among the first players dropped under…

  23. Mark Cuban voted against new labor agreement, explains Mavs’ thinking regarding free agency

    Dec 9, 2011, 2:24 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    The defending champion Dallas Mavericks have been uncharacteristically quiet as free agency in the NBA has reached a fever pitch over the past few days. The team that notoriously has been willing to spend into luxury tax territory hasn’t been connected to any of the top free agents, and in fact, seemed simply uninterested in…

  24. Report: Suns to send Mickael Pietrus to Raptors for second round pick

    Dec 9, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    The Mickael Pietrus era appears to be over in Phoenix, as the Suns have agreed to trade the small forward to the Raptors for a conditional second round draft pick, according to the Toronto Star. Pietrus will need to pass the customary physical, which might get interesting considering the fact that he missed the last…

  25. Cavaliers’ owner emails David Stern to block Chris Paul trade to Lakers

    Dec 9, 2011, 12:58 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Orleans Hornets

    The three-team deal that was in place to send Chris Paul to the Lakers was killed by the league late Thursday, presumably at the behest of a group of small-market owners who loudly protested. One such owner was Dan Gilbert of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who emailed the commissioner directly to express his feelings on the…

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