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  1. Gregg Popovich says he’s proud of Tony Parker for apology following controversial quenelle gesture

    Jan 1, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    Tony Parker found himself in some trouble recently when a photo of him surfaced that showed him making a controversial gesture that has racist implications for some. Parker issued an apology through the team, largely pleading ignorance of the gesture’s meaning while promising never to do it again and promote awareness so that others can…

  2. Suns GM says team will pay Eric Bledsoe ‘whatever it takes’ to keep him in free agency

    Dec 31, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Eric Bledsoe

    The Suns have been one of the most positive surprises of the first two months of the season, getting out to a 19-11 start after trading away players for reasons that initially appeared to be geared more towards salary cap relief and rebuilding for the future than they were meant to help the team win…

  3. Kyrie Irving set for MRI after feeling a ‘pop’ in his knee during loss to Pacers

    Dec 31, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

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    It was one of those injuries during a season filled with them that looked as though it might cause Kyrie Irving to miss significant time. Late in the third quarter of the Pacers’ win over the Cavaliers on Tuesday, Irving’s knee seemed to buckle a bit on a drive to the basket, which caused him…

  4. Raptors players react to news of Rudy Gay trade in the locker room (VIDEO)

    Dec 31, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    As is often the case with the hectic travel schedules involved in the NBA, players may be in the air or on the road when major league news breaks — even when it concerns their own teams or the players themselves. That’s how it went down with the Raptors on the afternoon of the deal…

  5. Report: Lakers, Cavs have discussed a trade involving Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum

    Dec 31, 2013, 9:04 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    Pau Gasol is wearing out his welcome with the Lakers, having his effort questioned while recently sitting out games some felt he could have played in and not playing well or being happy with his fit in Mike D’Antoni’s system. The situation is far worse with Andrew Bynum and the Cavaliers, who suspended him indefinitely…

  6. The Extra Pass: The best dunks of 2013; plus Tuesday’s recaps

    Dec 31, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    If the end of a year serves as a time for reflection and the remembrance of lessons learned, then let the video below serve as one last reminder for the small guards of the league. If LeBron James is coming at you on a break, move. If DeAndre Jordan is flying down the lane towards…

  7. Damian Lillard, Tyreke Evans trade clutch shots at end of Blazers’ loss to Pelicans (VIDEO)

    Dec 30, 2013, 11:28 PM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans v Los Angeles Lakers

    Wild finish to Monday’s game between the Blazers and the Pelicans. New Orleans had itself in position to win thanks to the play of Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis, who both made several key plays all night long, including in the game’s final period. But it was Tyreke Evans who drained the game-winner, a 15-footer…

  8. NBA says there’s been no increase in rate of ‘significant’ injuries this season

    Dec 30, 2013, 10:43 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    Unless you’re a hardcore fan of one of a small group of five NBA teams, the injuries sustained this season to many of the league’s star players have made this a dismal campaign thus far. The Thunder are one of the five, but we’ve seen them have to deal with missed time from Russell Westbrook,…

  9. Lakers say Xavier Henry will miss at least 7-10 days with right knee bone bruise

    Dec 30, 2013, 9:21 PM EDT

    Xavier Henry

    The amount of injuries befalling the Lakers this season is almost reaching comical proportions, especially to players charged with handling some of the point guard duties. Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Kobe Bryant are all out for varying time periods, and Jordan Farmar, who just returned from a hamstring injury, was held out of Monday’s…

  10. The Extra Pass: Changes coming in threes; plus Sunday’s recaps

    Dec 30, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala

    If you’ve watched basketball this year and thought at some point, “Man, these teams sure are shooting a lot of threes”, you’re not alone. Firing up shots from behind the arc has become more of a standard practice for most NBA teams (except for good ol’ Memphis) and teams like the Phoenix Suns and Portland…

  11. Kyrie Irving hits the contested three to send Cavs to overtime against Warriors (VIDEO)

    Dec 29, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

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    The Cavaliers ultimately fell to the Warriors on Sunday, but not before extending the game to an overtime session courtesy of this three-pointer from Kyrie Irving. Klay Thompson contested this about as well as possible under the circumstances, but Irving was able to create enough space after the fake to get the shot off over…

  12. Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan with some ridiculous pregame dunks (VIDEO)

    Dec 29, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan

    The Clippers have two of the game’s most formidable dunkers in their nightly starting lineup. Blake Griffin has already won an All-Star weekend dunk contest, and being one of the most athletic big men in out there, he gets loose for some craziness in games that count from time to time, as well. DeAndre Jordan…

  13. Report: Knicks considering re-signing big man Jeremy Tyler

    Dec 29, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    NBA: Summer League-New York Knicks vs Washington Wizards

    Jeremy Tyler was originally signed to a partially-guaranteed deal by the Knicks at the beginning of August, following a strong showing at Las Vegas Summer League where he averaged 12.8 points on 56.8 percent shooting, to go along with 6.4 rebounds per contest. But a foot fracture less than a month later which required surgery…

  14. Pau Gasol out for Lakers again Sunday, still battling upper respiratory infection

    Dec 29, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Pau Gasol will miss his second straight game on Sunday while still battling an upper respiratory infection, Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni told reporters at shootaround. Gasol will miss three games in total with the ailment, which kept him out of L.A.’s loss to the Warriors eight days ago. He tried to play through it…

  15. Chris Bosh overruled Heat coach Spoelstra on play for game-winning three against Blazers

    Dec 29, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6

    The Heat were playing the red-hot Blazers without LeBron James on Saturday, but came away with the huge road win anyway thanks to a three-pointer with under a second remaining by Chris Bosh. Trailing by two points at the time, the Heat technically didn’t need the three — a drive to the basket or an…

  16. Knicks coach Woodson hopes to get Carmelo Anthony back in time for Texas trip later this week

    Dec 29, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    Carmelo Anthony suffered an ankle injury back on Dec. 23 in Orlando, and at the time he didn’t seem concerned that it would keep him from playing in the Knicks’ Christmas Day matchup with the Thunder two days later. But Anthony remains sidelined, and in addition to the shellacking New York suffered on that holiday,…

  17. Top 10 clutch shots of 2013 (VIDEO)

    Dec 29, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Allen celebrates a three point shot against the Indiana Pacers during Game 7 of their NBA Eastern Conference final basketball playoff in Miami

    As the year winds down, the good folks at the NBA are putting together some compilation reels of the best plays of 2013. This one features the top clutch shots of the calendar year, and if you’ve paid attention at all, it’s easy to predict that the shot Ray Allen hit to save the Heat’s…

  18. Pacers’ David West explains his ‘blame the GM’ comment after last week’s win over Nets

    Dec 28, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game One

    The Pacers are sitting atop the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 23-5, just a half-game back of the Spurs and the Thunder out West for the best record in the league overall. This lofty position wouldn’t seem to warrant publicly trashing an opposing team following an easy double-digit victory, especially when that team…

  19. Report: Andrew Bynum ‘most likely’ has played his final game for Cavaliers

    Dec 28, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

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    Details are beginning to emerge about the events that led up to Andrew Bynum being suspended indefinitely by the Cleveland Cavaliers. And while there doesn’t seem to be any one incident or blow-up that led to the club’s decision, the fact seems to be that Bynum was increasingly unhappy in his surroundings. The team will…

  20. Jeff Green gets the layup to go after six bounces on the rim (VIDEO)

    Dec 28, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    The Celtics held on to beat the Cavaliers on Saturday afternoon, and getting the news before tip-off that they wouldn’t have to deal with Andrew Bynum due to being suspended indefinitely by his team was only the first bit of the day’s good fortune that they were going to receive. These favorable bounces on the…

  21. Report: Bradley Beal’s injury is a bruised left knee, may not cause him to miss time

    Dec 28, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Bradley Beal

    It looked pretty bad when it happened — Bradley Beal seemed to twist his knee awkwardly late in the Wizards loss to the Timberwolves on Friday, and was carried off the floor by his teammates. While it’s tough to make a visual diagnosis of any but the most gruesome of injuries, history tells us that…

  22. Jason Kidd on report he’s losing the locker room: ‘I can’t answer to what you guys make up’

    Dec 28, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Brooklyn Nets

    Jason Kidd is reportedly in danger of losing his job in the middle of his first season as an NBA head coach. The Nets have had to deal with more than their fair share of injuries to be sure, including the one to Brook Lopez that is expected to sideline him the rest of the…

  23. Arron Afflalo says he’d appreciate All-Star consideration from Eastern Conference coaches

    Dec 28, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Arron Afflalo

    The Magic are in a rebuilding mode, and as their 9-20 record will tell you, that means that wins have been hard to come by this season. But a bright spot has been the play of Arron Afflalo, who has been consistently putting up big numbers — he’s posted his career high of 43 points…

  24. Cavaliers suspend Andrew Bynum indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team

    Dec 28, 2013, 11:08 AM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    The Andrew Bynum experiment may be nearing its end in Cleveland, as the Cavaliers announced on Saturday that they have suspended the former All-Star big man indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team. The official release in its entirety, from the team website: “Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum has been suspended for conduct detrimental to the team, Cavaliers…

  25. Greg Oden expanding pregame workouts, getting closer to return with Heat

    Dec 28, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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    When Miami took a chance this offseason by signing Greg Oden to a one-year minimum salary contract, it wasn’t necessarily to add depth to the team for the long grind of the regular season. The acquisition was purely a long-term strategy, one that hoped to bring in another serviceable big body to battle the size…

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