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  1. 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,…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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.

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. LeBron out vs. Bulls due to broken nose, Greg Oden will start in his place

    Feb 23, 2014, 3:06 PM EDT

    oden heat

    The mask will have to wait, at least for one game. LeBron James has been ruled out of Sunday afternoon’s nationally televised contest against the Bulls due to the broken nose he suffered in Thursday’s win over the Thunder. Erik Spoelstra informed reporters of the decision before the game, and also told them who will…

  21. LeBron to wear mask to protect broken nose; played just fine while wearing one in the past (VIDEO)

    Feb 23, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Heat Mavericks

    LeBron James remains a gametime decision for Sunday afternoon’s contest against the Chicago Bulls, but if he is able to go, he’s expected to have to play while wearing a protective mask. James suffered a broken nose near the end of his MVP-like performance against the Thunder on Thursday, and said he wouldn’t have played…

  22. Kevin Love records first career triple double in win over Jazz (VIDEO)

    Feb 23, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Given the gaudy numbers that Kevin Love has been known to put up, it’s a bit surprising that he hadn’t managed to record a triple-double performance until Saturday’s win over the Jazz. Love finished with 37 points on 11-of-20 shooting, to go along with 12 rebounds and 10 assists in what was an historic performance…

  23. Pistons’ Will Bynum finds Jonas Jerebko with the behind-the-back pass for the huge slam (VIDEO)

    Feb 23, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Jerebko_Jonas

    This isn’t exactly a highlight featuring the game’s biggest stars or one of its glamor franchises, but it was a pretty basketball play nonetheless. Detroit’s Will Bynum uses the screen and then goes between two defenders to create some space. He then finds Jonas Jerebko with a nifty behind-the-back pass, and Jerebko puts the ball…

  24. Achilles injury may have influenced teams against trading for Luol Deng

    Feb 23, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Jimmy Butler, Luol Deng

    It became clear shortly after Luol Deng arrived in Cleveland that his stay with the team wouldn’t extend beyond this season. Deng was reportedly shocked by the internal chaos going on with the Cavaliers, so much so that any chance of him re-signing there as an unrestricted free agent this summer completely disappeared once he…

  25. New York teenager arrested, charged with allegedly making online threats to Knicks owner James Dolan

    Feb 23, 2014, 12:00 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v New York Knicks

    Knicks fans have endured a rough season rooting for their team this year, but that doesn’t mean it’s acceptable to wish harm on those running the franchise. One teenager in New York allegedly did just that, and now finds himself in trouble with local law enforcement. From CBS New York (via HoopsHype): A Staten Island…

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