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  1. Joakim Noah speaks, says he’s hurt but not mad at Bulls trade of Luol Deng

    Jan 12, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    Joakim Noah

    Joakim Noah had managed to avoid the media since the Bulls traded his longtime teammate Luol Deng five days ago, but broke his silence on Saturday after the team got its third straight win since making the deal, this time a 103-97 victory over the Bobcats. From John Jackson of the Associated Press: “The trade definitely…

  2. Larry Sanders ejected for elbow to Thunder’s Steven Adams (VIDEO)

    Jan 12, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    larry sanders

    In the second quarter of the Bucks’ loss to the Thunder on Saturday, Larry Sanders took himself out of the game. He delivered a couple of elbows above the neck to OKC’s Steven Adams, and the refs saw that activity and ruled it a flagrant foul. After video review, they determined it was a flagrant…

  3. JB Smoove appears in new Jordan spots for Carmelo Anthony’s Melo M10 (VIDEO)

    Jan 12, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v New York Knicks

    Carmelo Anthony is celebrating his 10th year with Jordan brand, and his latest signature shoe, the Melo M10, was designed by Tinker Hatfield, the man responsible for many of the most iconic Air Jordan concepts. The ads the company is rolling out in support are pretty great too, and feature comedian and Knicks fan JB…

  4. Brandon Jennings with the pass off the glass for Andre Drummond, who finishes with the slam (VIDEO)

    Jan 11, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

    Brandon Jennings

    This play exemplifies just how little energy the Suns had at the start of their contest in Detroit against the Pistons. Phoenix was a step slow for the game’s first few minutes, while the Pistons were ready to roll. Check out this pass off the glass that Brandon Jennings tossed to Andre Drummond, who finished…

  5. Roof leak at Verizon Center delays Rockets-Wizards (VIDEO)

    Jan 11, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    John Wall

    We’re not supposed to have rain delays in the NBA, but when a roof leak causes water to rain onto the court, the conditions obviously become unsafe for the players. That’s what happened in D.C. on Saturday at the Verizon Center, where a leak caused an extended delay in the action. The Associated Press noted…

  6. Drake has a suit jacket lined with vintage Vince Carter Raptors jersey (PHOTO)

    Jan 11, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

    Drake

    It’s Drake Night in Toronto as the Raptors host the Nets on Saturday, and the Canadian recording artist who has taken the job of rebranding the franchise pulled out all the stops when getting his personal wardrobe together for the special occasion. Here’s another shot of Drake’s retro Vince jersey inside his suit jacket. pic.twitter.com/IVeECCQtpb…

  7. Lakers’ Jodie Meeks on his way to hitting contract incentive

    Jan 11, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Los Angeles Lakers

    At least one positive thing may come of all the injuries the Lakers have been dealing with this season, but it’s something that will benefit just one of the team’s players. Thanks to plenty of available minutes in the rotation without players like Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar around for much…

  8. Hedo Turkoglu impresses Doc Rivers in workout for Clippers

    Jan 11, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    Hedo Turkoglu wasn’t a part of the futre in Orlando, and as a result, the Magic let him know that before the season began and allowed him to remain away from the team until he was either dealt or waived. When no one was willing to offer anything in trade for Turkoglu, the Magic decided…

  9. Report: Knicks interested in trading for Andre Miller

    Jan 11, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Denver Nuggets

    The Knicks have been playing better lately, winning four of their last five despite the fact that they’re dealing with injuries to the likes of Pablo Prigioni and Tyson Chandler, along with the internal team suspension of J.R. Smith. New York needs a talent upgrade somewhere to continue this recent uptick, and even if the…

  10. Joakim Noah hasn’t spoken publicly since Bulls traded Luol Deng

    Jan 11, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets

    The Bulls are a unique team that’s had a core group of players together for enough time under head coach Tom Thibodeau to where they all had bought in on the common goal of playing for each other. That became more difficult in Chicago recently, after the Bulls made a trade that wasn’t meant to…

  11. Bucks remind fans that Giannis Antetokounmpo is ‘Greek and Growing’ with clever poster

    Jan 11, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Cleveland Cavaliers

    A while back, we told you about how Bucks rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo is still physically growing. He was listed at 6’9″ at the time of the draft, but as the poster the team put together cleverly demonstrates, he’s now up to 6’10″ and 1/4 as of December. Fans in Milwaukee can receive one of these babies…

  12. Nets notch fifth straight win over frustrated LeBron, banged up Heat

    Jan 11, 2014, 12:35 AM EDT

    lebron restrained nets

    NEW YORK – LeBron James fouled out of a game for just the sixth time in his career on Friday, and with the Heat entering the game in Brooklyn already down three of their starters, losing him for the second overtime session proved to be too much. Behind big games from Joe Johnson and Shaun…

  13. LeBron not at all pleased with flagrant foul from Nets’ Mirza Teletovic (VIDEO)

    Jan 10, 2014, 10:28 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Brooklyn Nets

    NEW YORK – It’s been a frustrating night for LeBron James, and things almost boiled over midway through the fourth quarter against the Nets. Miami is without three of its starters, and entered the final period trailing by 12 points. The Heat have been on the wrong end of many 50-50 calls by the officials,…

  14. LeBron gets the tough and-1 to go against Nets (VIDEO)

    Jan 10, 2014, 10:01 PM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans vs Miami Heat

    The Heat may have been missing three starters in their game at Brooklyn on Friday, but they still have the best player out there in LeBron James. The first quarter featured a duel of sorts between James and Joe Johnson, who finished the opening period with 16 and 22 points respectively. LeBron got two of…

  15. Spoelstra says Heat won’t base injury decisions on experience of other teams

    Jan 10, 2014, 8:24 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Miami Heat

    NEW YORK – The Miami Heat weren’t at full strength during Thursday’s loss to the Knicks, and a day later in Brooklyn the team found out before tip-off that it would be even more shorthanded against the streaking Nets. Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers both sat against the Knicks, and will do so again in Brooklyn.…

  16. The Extra Pass: J.R. Smith’s ‘joke gone wrong’ has him questioning his Knicks future

    Jan 10, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    J.R. Smith

    NEW YORK – J.R Smith hasn’t played well enough this season to deserve either the minutes he’s been given, or the simple benefit of the doubt. And on Thursday night before a nationally televised game against the defending champion Miami Heat, Knicks head coach Mike Woodson finally did something about it. Speaking to reporters more…

  17. Knicks continue recent strong play with win over Heat

    Jan 10, 2014, 12:11 AM EDT

    lebron james  carmelo anthony

    NEW YORK – The Knicks got their third straight victory and fourth in five games by taking care of the Heat 102-92 on Thursday, and while everyone on both sides pointed to New York’s defense as the reason behind their success on this night, offensively it was as simple as the team finally knocking down…

  18. Knicks coach Mike Woodson says he’s done talking about J.R. Smith, who may have been benched vs. Heat

    Jan 9, 2014, 9:01 PM EDT

    Woodson JR Smith

    NEW YORK – J.R. Smith has been a distraction for the Knicks this season, not only because his play has been nowhere near the level it was a season ago when he took home Sixth Man of the Year honors, but also because of some nonsense that’s garnered the team the wrong kind of attention.…

  19. Andrew Bynum clears waivers, is officially a free agent

    Jan 9, 2014, 8:06 PM EDT

    Bynum Cavaliers

    As of 6:00 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, Andrew Bynum has cleared waivers and is now an unrestricted free agent. A quick reminder of how we got here – Bynum was suspended by the Cavaliers for “conduct detrimental to the team,” a short-term solution while they attempted to trade him before his contract would become fully guaranteed…

  20. Kevin Love calls out teammates after close home loss to Suns

    Jan 9, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    The Timberwolves lost a tough one at home to the Suns on Wednesday, which is nothing really to be ashamed of. Phoenix has been one of the league’s nicer surprises in the first half of the season, and now sits at seventh in the West with a 21-13 overall record. Minnesota has struggled, and the…

  21. Warriors coach Mark Jackson once again goes to bat for Jason Kidd

    Jan 9, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    When the Nets were struggling to start the season and first-year head coach Jason Kidd parted ways with the most tenured assistant on his staff in Lawrence Frank, there were plenty who believed Kidd’s rookie season on the sidelines would end before it was completed. Brooklyn came into the season with the league’s highest payroll…

  22. The Extra Pass: The Raptors press pause, plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Toronto Raptors vs Indiana Pacers

    When Masai Ujiri jumped from the Denver Nuggets to the Toronto Raptors to take over as general manager, the objective was clear. Ujiri was to do what he does best: tear it down, and try to salvage as much value as possible from the mistakes made by the previous regime. Ujiri hasn’t failed to live…

  23. Nets snap Warriors’ 10-game winning streak (VIDEO)

    Jan 8, 2014, 10:48 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Brooklyn Nets

    The Warriors had a chance to do something no team in NBA history had on Wednesday, and that was end a seven-game road trip with an undefeated record. But the Nets have a little something going these days, and even without Deron Williams were able to get a hard-fought 102-98 victory that brought Golden State’s…

  24. Gordon Hayward scores a career-high 37 against Thunder (VIDEO)

    Jan 8, 2014, 10:05 AM EDT

    Gordon Hayward

    It isn’t often that a player on one team drops 48 points, and (a) his team loses, and then (b) you can honestly say an opposing player finished with a better game. But that’s how things shook out in Utah on Monday, where the Jazz got a win over the Thunder. Kevin Durant was indeed…

  25. Nets get $5.25 million disabled player exception approved for injured Brook Lopez

    Jan 8, 2014, 8:45 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Brooklyn Nets

    It’s been well-documented that the Nets will have the league’s highest payroll this season when including luxury tax costs, a bill that will total in the neighborhood of $180 million when all is said and done. The league offered Brooklyn a small amount of relief on Tuesday, granting the Nets a disabled payer exception worth…

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