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  1. Nuggets mascot lowered to the floor while unconscious during pregame introductions (VIDEO)

    Nov 2, 2013, 1:11 AM EDT

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    Fans in Denver got a bit of a scare before the Nuggets’ home opener on Friday, when the team’s mascot appeared lifeless as he was lowered to the floor from the rafters during pregame introductions. Nuggets mascot was just lowered from the ceiling limp and then just laid down on the floor. Wat pic.twitter.com/3RgWLV4i4c —…

  2. Kobe Bryant to receive more than $24 million from Lakers on Friday

    Nov 1, 2013, 9:17 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles Lakers

    The minutiae of NBA player contracts can give plenty of casual fans headaches, but they’re mostly fascinating to those of us covering the league, as well as to a certain portion of the more hardcore fans that exist. We have a feeling that this particular detail of Kobe Bryant‘s contract will appeal to ancillary fans…

  3. Carmelo Anthony says he wants to retire in New York, so he’s probably not leaving this summer (VIDEO)

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    Carmelo Anthony is under contract with the Knicks for next season at over $23 million, but he has an early termination option in his deal that would allow him to become an unrestricted free agent this summer if he so chooses. That leaves the door open for plenty of speculation (and consternation) from local and…

  4. Derrick Rose hits the game-winner to send Bulls past Knicks (VIDEO)

    Oct 31, 2013, 11:08 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Washington Wizards - NBA Global Games Rio 2013

    Derrick Rose was not at his best in Thursday night’s nationally-televised matchup against the Knicks, but he rose to the occasion when it mattered most. With the Bulls trailing by one and 5.7 seconds remaining, Rose drove baseline, then stopped and elevated for the high-arching floater over two defenders that fell through the net to…

  5. Derrick Rose gets the sick bounce pass to Luol Deng for the finish (VIDEO)

    Oct 31, 2013, 10:41 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    Derrick Rose was playing through a neck injury against the Knicks on Thursday, which may be part of the reason for his 2-of-11 shooting performance in 16 first-half minutes. But his court awareness and ability to get the ball to his teammates remained as sharp as ever, and it was showcased nicely on this crisp…

  6. Report: Kings won’t offer contract extension to Greivis Vasquez before Thursday’s deadline

    Oct 31, 2013, 9:46 PM EDT

    Darrell Arthur, Greivis Vasquez

    There are a few players still eligible to have their rookie contracts extended by Thursday’s deadline of midnight Eastern time. Gordon Hayward and Eric Bledsoe are perhaps the biggest names still waiting, and it remains unclear if either player will get deals done with their respective teams before the deadline passes. Greivis Vasquez may not…

  7. Sixers pull off stunning upset, open season with win over Heat

    Oct 30, 2013, 9:56 PM EDT

    Heat 76ers Basketball

    The Sixers were tabbed by most to be the worst team in the league this year, and no one expected it to be that close. The team’s own head coach said he only thought Philadelphia was fielding six NBA-caliber players, but that was enough at least for one night. Philadelphia caught the defending champion Heat…

  8. Jrue Holiday welcomes Pelicans fans on behalf of the Sixers (VIDEO)

    Oct 30, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Jrue Holiday

    Jrue Holiday played his first four NBA seasons in Philadelphia, before being traded to the Pelicans this summer. We point this out because maybe, just maybe, he wasn’t necessarily the best choice to address the hometown fans of his new team before the season opener tipped off in New Orleans. [via Ball Don't Lie]  

  9. LeBron finds Chris Andersen with the no-look pass (VIDEO)

    Oct 30, 2013, 12:07 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat

    The Heat’s win over the Bulls on opening night was much more about Miami’s defense than it was about its offense. But LeBron James wouldn’t let us go all night without at least one sick highlight, so he gave us this no-look pass to Chris Andersen in transition which stunned the Bulls’ defense and gave…

  10. Heat begin title defense with opening night blowout win over Bulls

    Oct 29, 2013, 11:17 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    The Bulls were one of the fashionable preseason picks to dethrone the Heat this season, considering the return of Derrick Rose, the way Chicago has historically defended under Tom Thibodeau, and the fact that Miami is trying to become the first team to reach the Finals in four straight seasons since the Celtics did it 27…

  11. Paul George leads Pacers to opening night win over Magic

    Oct 29, 2013, 9:53 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers

    The Pacers are expected to contend for the Eastern Conference crown, while the Magic are rebuilding and have no goals beyond player development for the upcoming season. The end result of the first game of the year reflected those expectations, as Indiana pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Orlando by a final of…

  12. Roy Hibbert meets Jason Maxiell in midair to reject his dunk attempt (VIDEO)

    Oct 29, 2013, 9:22 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    The Heat and the Bulls are the marquee matchup on opening night, but the Pacers and the Magic actually got the season started earlier in the evening. Orlando is hanging much closer than expected on the road against the team that finished last season just a game short of making the Finals, but one thing…

  13. Derrick Rose is back, here’s his first bucket of the 2014 season (VIDEO)

    Oct 29, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    The Heat and the Bulls tipped off the 2013-14 season on national television Tuesday, and while the night began with Miami re-living the way the 2013 season ended, Derrick Rose quickly shifted focus to what the upcoming season may bring. After being ripped in the open floor by Mario Chalmers on his first possession, Rose…

  14. Miami Heat players receive their 2013 championship rings (VIDEO)

    Oct 29, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

    Heat 2013 rings 3

    The 2014 season tipped off on Tuesday night, but not before the Heat re-lived their 2013 championship by receiving their rings and raising a banner for the second straight season. The projection on the court was an excellent touch, and as for the rings themselves, it seems like they do a better job of designing…

  15. Barack Obama’s Twitter account has an opening night message for Derrick Rose

    Oct 29, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT

    Barack Obama

    It’s nice to know that President Obama is anticipating the start of the NBA season as much as the rest of us. Or, should we say, the staffer who runs his Twitter account. Welcome back, @DRose. #BullsNation — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 29, 2013 The disclaimer on the President’s official page — which has over…

  16. 5 teams that could prevent the Miami Heat from winning the 2014 NBA title

    Oct 29, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Washington Wizards - NBA Global Games Rio 2013

    The Miami Heat will open the 2013-14 NBA season at home against the Bulls on Tuesday, after receiving their championship rings and raising a banner to the rafters for the second straight season. They’ll also open the year as the favorites to win a third straight title, but history has not been kind to teams…

  17. LeBron’s latest spot for Nike: ‘Training Day’ (VIDEO)

    Oct 27, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    LeBron James - Training Day Nike spot

    “Training Day” is the latest Nike Baketball spot featuring LeBron James, in support of his latest signature shoe, the LeBron XI. It features James leading a pack of kids on bicycles all around the city of Miami —  to the arena to get some shots up, to the beach, and to the playground for some…

  18. Joakim Noah declares himself ’100 percent’ ready for season opener against Heat

    Oct 27, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Joakim Noah

    Joakim Noah appeared in just one of the Bulls’ eight preseason games due to being limited by a groin issue, and his status for Tuesday’s season opener against the Heat was in question not only due to the injury, but because of his conditioning suffering at the same time. Noah says that’s all behind him…

  19. Thad Young well aware of possibility Sixers could trade him this season

    Oct 27, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Thaddeus young

    Sixers head coach Brett Brown said earlier this week that his team — the guys who are actually healthy enough to play this season — consists of just six NBA players. Three of those are veterans, and all are possible candidates to be traded before the season is through. Thaddeus Young, Spencer Hawes, and Evan…

  20. Blazers’ Thomas Robinson cited for driving 107 mph

    Oct 27, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Thomas Robinson

    Thomas Robinson was selected with fifth overall pick in the 2012 draft by the Sacramento Kings, yet he’s playing for his third NBA team entering just his second NBA season. Why is that, you may ask? The latest report out of Portland may shed some light on his situation. From Wendy Owen of The Oregonian:…

  21. Andrea Bargnani may come off the bench for Knicks

    Oct 27, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Andrea Bargnani

    Knicks head coach Mike Woodson envisioned Andrea Bargnani as a member of his starting lineup, someone who would cause matchup problems for his opponents that might struggle with how to defend the seven-footer who takes plenty of outside shots. It’s been a slow process for Bargnani to adjust to both is new surroundings in New…

  22. Top 10 plays of the 2013-14 preseason (VIDEO)

    Oct 27, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade

    The regular season tips off in just a couple of days, so it’s worth taking a look back at some of the best plays the preseason had to offer. Takeaways from this video clip include Chris Paul taking his offensive game up a notch, Derrick Rose being all the way back, and the Heat looking…

  23. Chris Douglas-Roberts shares a story about practicing with Kobe Bryant

    Oct 27, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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    Chris Douglas-Roberts has been a fringe NBA player for the last couple of seasons that has been in and out of camp with the Los Angeles Lakers. CDR is struggling to find a home on an NBA roster largely due to his jack-of-all-trades, master of none skill set, combined with a physical frame that simply…

  24. Sixers’ Evan Turner takes to Instagram to clarify unflattering quote

    Oct 27, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Evan Turner

    Evan Turner started all 82 games for the Sixers last season, and hasn’t known another franchise during his three years in the NBA. With Philadelphia in a full-fledged rebuilding mode, Turner was quoted as saying something that wouldn’t come across as being all that flattering if it were to be read in print without context.…

  25. Michael Beasley, Roger Mason Jr. make Heat’s 15-man roster

    Oct 26, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Michael Beasley

    The Heat waived Eric Griffin and Justin Hamilton on Saturday, bringing the team’s roster to the league maximum of 15 players in advance of opening night against the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday. That means that veterans Michael Beasley and Roger Mason Jr. remain with the team for now, which was somewhat expected. But it’s worth…

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