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  1. Another perfect Heat fast break featuring LeBron, Wade and Chalmers (VIDEO)

    Mar 2, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    LeBron

    It’s almost to the point where we could post one of these Heat fast break highlights following every single one of their games, and maybe it feels like we actually do. But the combination of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade getting out in transition continues to be deadly for Miami opponents in a way that…

  2. Stan Van Gundy questions integrity of advanced statistical data at MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

    Mar 1, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

    Orlando's Stan Van Gundy shouts during an NBA playoff basketball game in Indianapolis

    BOSTON – Stan Van Gundy appeared as part of the basketball analytics panel at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference on Friday, and while he isn’t opposed to coaches integrating advanced statistical data into their day-to-day operations, he was concerned about the particulars of how the data is acquired, and who, exactly, is responsible for…

  3. ‘Hot Hand’ may exist after all, and data shows players like J.R. Smith believe in it

    Mar 1, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v New York Knicks

    BOSTON – It doesn’t take an MIT graduate student to tell you that J.R. Smith is among the many players in the league who believe in the “Hot Hand” theory, which is essentially the notion that if you’ve made a few shots in a row, you’re shooting the next one — regardless of the quality…

  4. Goran Dragic scores a career high 40 in win over Pelicans (VIDEO)

    Mar 1, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    goran dragic

    Goran Dragic is having an All-Star season, even though he technically just missed out on being named to the Western Conference squad as an injury replacement. Anthony Davis of the Pelicans received the nod instead, an obvious choice for the league given both Davis’ play and the fact that his Pelicans were hosting the weekend’s…

  5. NBA tells LeBron to ditch the black mask and wear a clear one instead

    Mar 1, 2014, 1:08 PM EDT

    New York Knicks vs Miami Heat

    UPDATE 1:08 am: LeBron James will not wear his black mask Saturday night when the Miami Heat will go against the Orlando Magic. Instead, he will choose from a series of league-approved options with various levels of tint but all somewhat clear, reports Michael Wallace of ESPN. The team had not reached out to the…

  6. Daryl Morey says he called Mark Cuban last summer asking to trade for Dirk Nowitzki

    Mar 1, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Mark Cuban, Dirk Nowitizki

    BOSTON – Rockets general manager Daryl Morey appeared on a panel with Warriors general manager Bob Myers on Friday, as part of a negotiation discussion at the 2014 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. The two GMs were extremely open in detailing their perceived shortcomings and missteps in their personal negotiation processes, and one of the…

  7. Bryan Colangelo admits to tanking when he was GM of the Raptors

    Feb 28, 2014, 9:10 PM EDT

    Raptors general manager Colangelo takes questions during the team's media day before the upcoming NBA basketball season in Toronto

    BOSTON – Former Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo appeared as part of the basketball analytics panel at the 2014 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference on Friday, and as part of a discussion about revamping the draft lottery system, shared an story about how he tried to “tank” in one of his final seasons in Toronto,…

  8. Celtics choosing to move past Rondo’s unexcused absence

    Feb 27, 2014, 12:01 AM EDT

    New Boston Celtics Head Coach Stevens smiles during a news conference at the Celtics training center in Waltham

    Rajon Rondo skipped his team’s trip to Sacramento late Friday night, preferring to stay in Los Angeles to celebrate his 28th birthday with friends and family instead. Rondo hasn’t been playing on the second night of back-to-backs since returning from injury this season, and wasn’t scheduled to play Saturday night against the Kings. But he…

  9. Pacers’ Lance Stephenson poses for photo with $1 million cash

    Feb 26, 2014, 10:46 PM EDT

    Lance Stephenson

    Lance Stephenson isn’t simply being crass here in posting a photo of himself with a million dollars in cold, hard cash. The money was on the table as part of a league-sponsored meeting with players explaining the importance of managing one’s finances. From Scott Agness of Pacers.com: Once practice concluded and the players completed their…

  10. Cavaliers to retire jersey of Zydrunas Ilgauskas

    Feb 26, 2014, 9:28 PM EDT

    ilgauskas getty

    Zydrunas Ilgauskas played 12 of his 13 seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the franchise is repaying that devotion by retiring his #11 jersey later this season. From the official release: In a spectacular presentation of techno-artistry, the halftime ceremony will be one of the most memorable player tributes to ever take place at The Q…

  11. Vince Carter not bothered by J.R. Smith’s headband antics

    Feb 26, 2014, 8:13 PM EDT

    vince carter motorcycle celebration

    At one point in Monday night’s close contest between the Knicks and the Mavericks, J.R. Smith was apparently tired of seeing Vince Carter rain in shot after shot from three-point distance, and was willing to try anything to distract him. That included, of course, messing with Carter’s headband during a stoppage in play. All by…

  12. Bucks to buy out Caron Butler, who is expected to then sign with Heat

    Feb 26, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT

    Caron Butler

    Caron Butler was part of the trade that sent Eric Bledsoe to the Suns this past offseason, but he wasn’t in Phoenix for very long. He was dealt to Milwaukee in exchange for Ish Smith, a move that was expected to work for both sides, with Smith being an uptempo fit for Phoenix and with…

  13. Pau Gasol questions Lakers discipline after loss to Pacers

    Feb 26, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    It’s obviously been a bit of a rough season for the Lakers, and especially so for Pau Gasol. Gasol was once again embroiled in what have been seemingly annual trade talks, only to see him remain with the team now that the deadline has passed. He’s been injured off and on, though not to the…

  14. LeBron practices, says he ‘should be fine’ to play Thursday vs. Knicks

    Feb 25, 2014, 3:29 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors vs Miami Heat

    The Knicks can’t seem to catch a break this season, and it doesn’t look like their luck is about to change in time for Thursday’s contest in Miami against the Heat. LeBron James missed his team’s win over the Bulls on Sunday with a broken nose, but practiced with the Heat on Tuesday, albeit only…

  15. Report: Kyrie Irving’s camp has made it known for years he wants to play somewhere else

    Feb 25, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Cavaliers have been an unmitigated disaster this season, and we may be seeing just the beginning of the team’s problems if they can’t figure out what to do with their All-Star point guard, Kyrie Irving. It’s a bit premature to be discussing his status, considering that Cleveland can hang onto him for two more…

  16. Rajon Rondo skips Celtics trip to Sacramento without permission, may face team discipline

    Feb 25, 2014, 10:55 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Boston Celtics

    Rajon Rondo hasn’t been playing in second games of back-to-backs for the Celtics, as he continues to gain strength after missing most of last season and the first part of this one with a knee injury. That little detail, along with the fact that friends and family were in Los Angeles to celebrate his birthday…

  17. Klay Thompson destroys Kyle Singler with the fast break slam (VIDEO)

    Feb 25, 2014, 9:35 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Golden State Warriors

    Klay Thompson is known as an outside shooter more than anything else, but he showed some athleticism on this fast break slam where he absolutely destroys Kyle Singler of the Pistons. The best part (after Singler’s punch-drunk reaction, of course) might have been Thompson calling his shot of sorts earlier in the season.

  18. The Extra Pass: Carmelo Anthony calls his string of stellar performances ‘pointless’ after latest crushing loss

    Feb 25, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    NEW YORK – The Knicks seem intent on finding new ways to lose basketball games, the most recent one coming in crushing fashion Monday night at the buzzer against the Mavericks. But the constant losing and the team’s abysmal record truly have nothing to do with Carmelo Anthony. Dallas gave back all of an eight-point…

  19. Mark Cuban says Jason Collins story is ‘no big deal’

    Feb 24, 2014, 8:31 PM EDT

    A+E Networks Hosts the NCTA Reception - Arrivals

    Mark Cuban traveled with his Mavericks to New York to see them take on a struggling Knicks team at Madison Square Garden on Monday, and as he often does in major media markets, he met with reporters briefly before the game to discuss the news of the day. In this case, the story of Jason…

  20. Kobe Bryant on Jason Collins signing: ‘It’s fantastic. It sets an incredible precedent.’

    Feb 24, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT

    kobe all star presser

    Jason Collins became the first openly gay, active professional athlete on Sunday when the Nets signed him to a 10-day contract, and then became the first to play in a game when he checked into the lineup against the Lakers at Staples Center with 10:28 remaining in the second quarter. Collins handled all of the…

  21. Blazers’ Thomas Robinson with a vicious block of Corey Brewer’s dunk attempt (VIDEO)

    Feb 24, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

    Thomas Robinson

    This, my friends, is a highlight. Corey Brewer of the Timberwolves had no idea his breakaway dunk attempt was about to be contested — as you see the play unfold, it seems like Thomas Robinson would simply run by as Brewer elevates, like so many defenders do in similar situations. Brewer rises as if the…

  22. Danny Granger misses Sixers practice, expected to meet with head coach before buyout is discussed

    Feb 23, 2014, 10:01 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors vs Indiana Pacers

    Danny Granger was less than thrilled with his deadline day trade that sent him from the East’s best team in the Pacers to one of its worst in the rebuilding Sixers. The subject of a buyout was brought up almost immediately by Granger’s camp, and the Sixers aren’t opposed to negotiating one, considering that they’re…

  23. Jason Collins gives message to other athletes: ‘Be your true authentic self’ (VIDEO)

    Feb 23, 2014, 8:18 PM EDT

    jason collins nets

    Jason Collins met with the media in Los Angeles before his Nets faced the Lakers on Sunday, just hours after his signing to a 10-day contract with Brooklyn became official. Collins answered questions for several minutes, though many of his comments were unremarkable, just as his story one day hopes to be. The discussion overall…

  24. Kevin Durant with the spin, drive and finger roll finish vs. Clippers (VIDEO)

    Feb 23, 2014, 6:36 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant turned in a spectacular performance against the Clippers on Sunday, finishing with 42 points and 10 assists in a game his Thunder lost. This was one of KD’s better highlights of the afternoon, a spin move just past mid-court, followed by a drive to the basket and a finger roll finish through the…

  25. Nets make it official, announce signing of Jason Collins to 10-day contract

    Feb 23, 2014, 3:41 PM EDT

    collins signs

    The Nets announced the signing of Jason Collins to a 10-day contract on Sunday, making him the first openly gay, active professional athlete to play for any of the four major professional sports leagues in the country. While that’s a milestone certainly worth celebrating, the best part of the Collins signing is that it has…

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