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  1. Bulls prematurely post a video congratulating Joakim Noah for making the All-Star team

    Jan 28, 2014, 10:32 PM EDT

    noah all star

    As of Tuesday, Jan. 28 2014, Joakim Noah has been named to an NBA All-Star team exactly once. The video clip above, however, would lead you to believe otherwise. It was posted to the official YouTube account of the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday, but has since been removed. That’s because the reserves for the All-Star…

  2. NBA rescinds flopping warning issued to Hawks’ Shelvin Mack

    Jan 28, 2014, 9:16 PM EDT

    shelvin mack

    Shelvin Mack of the Atlanta Hawks became the 22nd player this season to be warned for flopping on Monday, and an initial look at the video clip above seemed to show that it was indeed justified. But upon further review, Mack didn’t flail or fall cleanly like so many do when trying to sell a…

  3. Nike unveils All-Star shoes for Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and LeBron James

    Jan 28, 2014, 8:04 PM EDT

    Nike Basketball 2014 All-Star

    Nike Basketball unveiled its lineup of special edition colorways that LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Kobe Bryant will be rocking for All-Star weekend in New Orleans. As always, the colors and patterns of the 2014 NOLA Gumbo League Collection were inspired by the city hosting the celebratory midseason exhibition. From the official release: “Nike Basketball is…

  4. Suns’ Goran Dragic to receive $1 million bonus if he makes the All-Star team

    Jan 28, 2014, 10:13 AM EDT

    goran dragic

    It’s common in the NBA for players to have performance-based incentives built into their contracts as a way for them to earn extra dollars. It was even put into the latest iteration of the collective bargaining agreement, where players with at least four years of service are eligible for a higher maximum salary in their…

  5. Report: Australia’s Dante Exum to declare for NBA Draft

    Jan 28, 2014, 9:32 AM EDT

    dante exum eurocamp

    Dante Exum is an Australian 6’6″ point guard who has had scouts drooling over both his current skill set and his NBA potential for well over a year. Many executives of teams currently projected to end up in the lottery have yet to see him play in person, but that’s likely to change over the…

  6. Pau Gasol says playoffs ‘are a utopia right now’ for Lakers

    Jan 28, 2014, 12:03 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    From Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary: uto·pia (noun) yu̇-ˈtō-pē-ə :  an imaginary and indefinitely remote place. Pau Gasol has been a bit more vocal as of late on the topic of the Lakers’ recent struggles, even going so far as to throw a tantrum in front of teammates and Kobe Bryant in the locker room following an especially…

  7. Kevin Durant goes one on five, hits game-winner vs. Hawks (VIDEO)

    Jan 27, 2014, 10:38 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant is in the midst of a stretch that has him at the forefront of the league’s MVP race this year, and considering the fact that LeBron James still plays in the NBA and hasn’t exactly declined from the level he played at a season ago, that’s really quite the accomplishment. Durant finished with…

  8. Nets’ Andray Blatche goes to the Euro-step against Raptors (VIDEO)

    Jan 27, 2014, 10:04 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Brooklyn Nets

    An entertaining part of some of the Nets’ recent blowout victories has been the late-game offensive freedom afforded to reserve big man Andray Blatche. Blatche has some embarrassing moments forever archived on YouTube, but he’s developed offensively to the point where he has some skills at the ready whenever the opportunity may present itself. On…

  9. NBA VP says if players ultimately don’t want to wear sleeved jerseys, league will listen

    Jan 27, 2014, 8:44 PM EDT

    adidas NBA All-Star Jersey EAST Detail 2 Clipped

    The sleeved jerseys the NBA rolled out last season and has expanded the use of this year have gotten a mixed reaction from players and fans alike. The vote that counts, however, is the one made with dollars spent on them by the fans, and that’s why we saw all 10 teams that played on…

  10. The Extra Pass: Kobe’s thoughts on Carmelo Anthony to L.A. speculation, plus Sunday’s recaps

    Jan 27, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    NBA All-Star Bryant of the Lakers and All-Star Anthony of the Knicks laugh during the NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    by Brett Pollakoff NEW YORK – When Carmelo Anthony scored a jaw-dropping 62 points in a win over the Bobcats on Friday, he didn’t just set a Knicks franchise record. He took something that belonged to Kobe Bryant. The Madison Square Garden arena record, since the building opened its fourth incarnation in 1968, was set…

  11. Rockets GM says Omer Asik likely to remain with team through the end of his contract next season

    Jan 26, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    Omer Asik

    There was a bit of internal drama with the Rockets this season, and it began with the team’s offseason acquisition of Dwight Howard in free agency. In a nice change of pace, Howard wasn’t the cause of it this time. But his presence didn’t sit well with the team’s resident big man Omer Asik, who…

  12. Carmelo scores 35, gets help in Knicks’ win over Lakers

    Jan 26, 2014, 6:46 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v New York Knicks

    NEW YORK – Carmelo Anthony‘s record-setting 62-point performance in Friday’s win over the Bobcats was a much-needed infusion of offense into a Knicks team that had looked lifeless over its previous few games. But considering that output has only been achieved 17 times in the last 40 years, it’s not exactly a sustainable way to…

  13. Kobe says Pau Gasol’s tantrum after Lakers’ loss in Orlando was a good thing

    Jan 26, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

    NBCSports.com

    NEW YORK – There’s a lot of losing going on in LakerLand these days, and the team’s most recent loss in Orlando to a Magic squad who came into that one with a record of 11-32 on the season was enough to send Pau Gasol over the edge. Gasol threw a postgame locker room tantrum…

  14. DeMar DeRozan leaves after suffering ankle injury vs. Clippers (VIDEO)

    Jan 26, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    DeMar DeRozan

    DeMar DeRozan is having a season that may land him on the Eastern Conference All-Star team as a reserve, but he left Saturday’s game against the Clippers with the ankle injury. As seen in the video clip above, DeRozan goes up for a jumper and then lands awkwardly, with his left foot turning under him…

  15. Kevin Durant returns from injury, puts up a triple-double against Sixers (VIDEO)

    Jan 26, 2014, 12:04 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant sat out of the Thunder’s win in Boston on Friday due to a shoulder injury, and it was the first time in the history of the Oklahoma City franchise that the team played a game without both Durant and Russell Westbrook. Durant didn’t want to make it a trend, so he returned to…

  16. Dwight Howard’s parody PSA calls for fans to ‘Save the Centers’ (VIDEO)

    Jan 25, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

    dwight howard save the centers

    This video clip was originally published over a year ago, but with Dwight Howard losing his starting spot in the All-Star game to Kevin Love thanks to fan voting, it’s once again making the rounds. The NBA recently eliminated the center position from the voting process, instead giving players either backcourt or frontcourt designations. In…

  17. Rajon Rondo offered contract extension by Celtics, says he wouldn’t mind finishing his career in Boston

    Jan 25, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    Celtics GM Danny Ainge revealed earlier this week that the team offered Rajon Rondo a contract extension roughly a month ago, one which the All-Star point guard politely declined. Ainge wasn’t surprised that the offer was turned down, and in fact he seemed to expect it. From CBS Boston (via SB Nation): “In the Collective…

  18. Rockets’ Chandler Parsons sets NBA record with 10 three-pointers made in a half (VIDEO)

    Jan 25, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets - Game Four

    The Rockets dropped a close one at home to the Grizzlies on Friday, but it certainly wasn’t for a lack of trying on the part of Chandler Parsons. Parsons scored 30 points in the second half, thanks to making an NBA record 10 three-pointers on 11 tries, all of which can be seen in the…

  19. Paul George completes four-point play to send game against Kings into overtime (VIDEO)

    Jan 25, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Brooklyn Nets

    The Pacers have been one of the league’s best teams through the first half of the season, but were coming off of a 24-point loss in Phoenix, and were in danger of losing in Sacramento to a Kings team playing without both Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins due to injury. Paul George made sure that…

  20. Eric Gordon’s game-winner sends Pelicans to win over Pistons (VIDEO)

    Jan 25, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    Eric Gordon

    The Pelicans erased a 16-point third-quarter deficit in Detroit on Friday to come away with the win, thanks to this driving layup by Eric Gordon with under two seconds remaining that gave his team the 103-101 victory. Gordon dribbled down the clock from the top of the arc, and made his move with about five…

  21. Carmelo Anthony makes 23 field goals in record 62 point performance (VIDEO)

    Jan 25, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    melo 62

    Carmelo Anthony didn’t just drop a franchise record and a Madison Square Garden record 62 points on the Bobcats by shooting a high volume of low-percentage shots. In fact, it was very much the opposite. Anthony finished 23-of-35 from the field, good for a shooting mark of 65.7 percent. In addition to the half-court shot…

  22. Carmelo Anthony hits half-court shot on the way to record 62 point performance (VIDEO)

    Jan 25, 2014, 12:03 AM EDT

    New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Boston Celtics in the first quarter of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in New York

    Carmelo Anthony finished with a record-setting performance over the Bobcats on Friday, and we should have known something special was in the works after the game’s first 24 minutes. Anthony had racked up 37 points by halftime, and managed to drain this shot from half-court as the second period buzzer expired. [via Larry Brown Sports]

  23. Carmelo Anthony sets Knicks franchise record, scores 62 points in win over Bobcats

    Jan 24, 2014, 10:05 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v New York Knicks

    This is one way for the Knicks to turn things around — simply have their best player go on an insane scoring tear to singlehandedly drag the team to victory. Carmelo Anthony turned in a performance for the ages on Friday, pouring in 62 points to lead the Knicks to a 125-96 win over the…

  24. Steve Nash may return to Lakers next week

    Jan 24, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Injuries more than anything else have been the story of the Lakers season to this point, and while many felt that even a healthy L.A. squad would have trouble competing with the Western Conference elite, that task became impossible once Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Steve Blake, and others went down with injuries for extended periods…

  25. LeBron goes coast to coast for slam vs. Lakers (VIDEO)

    Jan 24, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    The Heat had a little more trouble than expected before pulling away for a win over the Lakers on Thursday, but this signature highlight from LeBron James was as easy as they come. Miami often likes to use its defense to get easy looks in transition, and once James grabbed this rebound and took off,…

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