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  1. Dwight Howard, on whether LeBron or Durant is league’s best: ‘I have to believe in myself as being the best player’

    Feb 15, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Houston Rockets

    Dwight Howard is back to being the player we saw in Orlando before undergoing back surgery in the summer of 2012, but whether or not the league’s fans are all the way back to adoring him the way they did after multiple dunk contest titles remains a bit of a question. Howard turned fans off…

  2. Dion Waiters, Tim Hardaway Jr. duel one-on-one during Rising Stars Challenge (VIDEO)

    Feb 15, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    waiters hardaway

    NEW ORLEANS – Andre Drummond may have taken home the (admittedly broken) MVP trophy of All-Star weekend’s Rising Stars Challenge, but the most entertaining parts of the exhibition involved Tim Hardaway Jr. and Dion Waiters. The pair of guards put on a show that began in the first half and carried on throughout the game,…

  3. Rising Stars Challenge MVP trophy breaks while being presented to Andre Drummond (VIDEO)

    Feb 14, 2014, 11:57 PM EDT

    drummond trophy

    NEW ORLEANS – Andre Drummond was named the MVP of Friday night’s Rising Stars Challenge, but the trophy for the accomplishment was almost broken beyond repair before it ever made it into his hands. The presenter fumbled the trophy, and the glass star that sits loosely on its base came crashing down to the floor,…

  4. Andre Drummond named MVP of Rising Stars Challenge

    Feb 14, 2014, 11:56 PM EDT

    drummond

    NEW ORLEANS – Andre Drummond finished with 30 points and 25 rebounds in his team’s 142-136 win in Friday night’s Rising Stars Challenge, a performance which earned him the game’s MVP trophy. Few will remember him for it, however, thanks to an extended one-on-one shootout that went down between Tim Hardaway Jr. and Dion Waiters.…

  5. NBA D-League to begin using wearable analytic devices on players to track in-game performance

    Feb 14, 2014, 7:47 PM EDT

    d-league all-star

    NEW ORLEANS – The NBA held its annual Technology Summit on Friday, where players, owners, and captains of industry get together for off-the-record panel discussions in front of a large audience covering a variety of topics. The most entertaining discussion this year covered advanced statistics, and featured Charles Barkley, Rockets GM Daryl Morey, Mavs owner…

  6. NBA planning to use a centralized replay center as soon as next season

    Feb 14, 2014, 6:35 PM EDT

    NBA referees instant replay

    The NBA has continually expanded the instances in which referees can use instant replay to make sure they get the call right, but it’s still a process that can slow the flow of the game and grind its fast-paced action to a halt while officials are coming to a decision. In another leap forward that…

  7. Pau Gasol acknowledges trade possibilities, but would prefer to remain with Lakers

    Feb 14, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol

    It’s been an unusually rough season for the Lakers, but even more so for four=time All-Star big man Pau Gasol. In addition to clashing with a second consecutive head coach over his role in the offense and dealing with multiple injury issues, the latest of which has him sidelined with a groin strain, Gasol has…

  8. Adam Silver talks Anthony Davis, league’s loyalty to New Orleans to kick off All-Star weekend

    Feb 13, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    NEW ORLEANS – Adam Silver kicked off his first All-Star weekend as commissioner on Thursday, appearing at the NBA’s Jam Session theme-park-like setup at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to make a ceremonial opening statement of sorts to some children’s groups assembled at the event’s Center Court. Silver won’t be addressing national and more NBA-specific…

  9. Reason for Andrew Bynum getting kicked out of practice and suspended by Cavs revealed, and it’s hilarious

    Feb 12, 2014, 11:14 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Andrew Bynum has done just fine for himself, having landed with a legitimate title contender in the Pacers after stops in Philadelphia and Cleveland that haven’t worked out, to say the very least. Last season with the Sixers, Bynum never got healthy enough to be able to play in even a single game for the…

  10. LeBron gets the steal, finishes with windmill slam against Suns (VIDEO)

    Feb 12, 2014, 10:37 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    LeBron James turned in an MVP-level performance in Phoenix on Tuesday, finishing with 37 points, nine rebounds, three assists and five steals. Almost all of the steals were like this one — jumping the passing lane to create a live ball turnover, which resulted in a thunderous slam in transition. This dunk was actually the second…

  11. Heat grind out a win against pesky Suns

    Feb 11, 2014, 11:57 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    Kevin Durant may very well win the MVP this season, due to a combination of the incredible individual performances he’s strung together along with the voter fatigue that surrounds LeBron James. But it won’t be because James has slipped, even in the slightest. Tuesday night in Phoenix, LeBron put together a performance that reminded us…

  12. Report: Only ‘a slim chance’ Nets make a move before the trade deadline

    Feb 11, 2014, 10:24 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Brooklyn Nets

    There are plenty of teams that will be obvious buyers or sellers at the upcoming Feb. 20 trade deadline. But the situation with the Nets is a bit less clear. Brooklyn went all-in this season as much as possible, putting together a team whose payroll including luxury tax payments will reach the $180 million range…

  13. Jason Kidd tries his luck at three-point shootout after Nets practice (VIDEO)

    Feb 11, 2014, 7:46 PM EDT

    Jason Kidd

    Jason Kidd is in his first year as head coach of the Nets, and he retired following last season’s campaign with the Knicks for a reason. After working hard throughout his 19-year career to become a high-percentage shooter from three-point distance, Kidd seemed to lose his shot entirely in his final games in New York,…

  14. Paul George with the flying dunk over Orlando’s Glen Davis (VIDEO)

    Feb 9, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

    Paul George

    The Magic won their second consecutive game against one of the league’s elite, holding on to beat the Pacers on Sunday after taking care of the Thunder just two nights earlier. Paul George had one of the better highlights in the losing effort, however, flying high for this first quarter jam that he was able…

  15. Steve Nash leaves with nerve irritation, but Lakers believe it’s a short-term issue

    Feb 9, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    Steve Nash was playing in just his third game since returning from injury on Sunday, before leaving in the third quarter against the Bulls with what was described as nerve irritation. Nash suffered a leg fracture and subsequent nerve damage that had sidelined him for all but six games before his recent return, and being…

  16. Kevin Durant sets up Serge Ibaka for the huge slam vs. Knicks (VIDEO)

    Feb 9, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant turned in another masterful performance on Sunday, in what has been a season already full of them. On this particular play, it was his court vision, quick decision making and passing ability that were on display, as he found Serge Ibaka with the bounce pass between two defenders, which the big man was…

  17. Metta World Peace discusses Marcus Smart incident

    Feb 9, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

    Metta World Peace

    In the closing moments of a college basketball game between Oklahoma State and Texas Tech on Saturday, Marcus Smart went into the stands and shoved a fan after hearing something that crossed the line. Metta World Peace has a unique perspective on an incident like this, considering he too went into the stands under similar…

  18. Report: Spurs, Bobcats may be interested in trading for Sixers’ Evan Turner

    Feb 9, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Atlanta Hawks

    Not much has changed since the beginning of the season for the rebuilding Sixers, who all along have been willing to part with Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes, and/or Thaddeus Young if the price was right. Philadelphia is holding firm on asking for a first round draft pick in exchange at the moment, and will likely…

  19. Kobe 9 Elite launch event recap, and discussing the science behind the high-top choice

    Feb 9, 2014, 1:58 PM EDT

    kobe bryant at kobe 9 elite launch event

    NEW YORK – Nike Basketball launched the latest signature shoe for Kobe Bryant on Saturday, and the Masterpiece colorway of the Kobe 9 Elite sold out in minutes, despite the $225 price tag. The demand is understandable. The shoe’s eye-catching design is like nothing we’ve seen for basketball, integrating the company’s Flyknit technology that was…

  20. Pistons fire head coach Maurice Cheeks

    Feb 9, 2014, 12:24 PM EDT

    Maurice Cheeks, Brandon Jennings

    The Detroit Pistons have fired head coach Maurice Cheeks just 50 games into his first season as the team’s head coach, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. The timing is a bit curious, considering the Pistons had just won two straight in blowout fashion over the Nets and the Nuggets. But there have been problems…

  21. Goran Dragic scores career-high 34 points to lead Suns past Warriors (VIDEO)

    Feb 9, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    goran dragic

    When an All-Star replacement needed to be named for the injured Kobe Bryant, there was no way the league was going to pass up the opportunity to have the host city’s team represented, and Anthony Davis was certainly deserving of the honor. But so was Goran Dragic. The Suns’ point guard has played at an…

  22. Nuggets’ J.J. Hickson throws down the one-handed jam on Pistons’ Andre Drummond (VIDEO)

    Feb 9, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Utah Jazz

    The Nuggets are a bit injured at the moment, and have gotten rolled by large margins in their last two games. But that doesn’t mean there weren’t any highlights along the way. J.J. Hickson got free on a pick-and-roll against the Pistons on Saturday, and despite Andre Drummond being in the vicinity to protect the…

  23. Blake Griffin on the Dunk Contest: ‘It’s something I would never do again’

    Feb 9, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    blake griffin dunk contest

    Blake Griffin won the 2011 Dunk Contest by doing something that had never been done previously, and won’t be duplicated again. The man jumped over a car. While we can debate whether or not that sounds a lot more impressive than it actually was, the vibe at Staples Center was electric when the car was…

  24. Grizzlies beat Hawks to become first team in history to win a game with just one free throw attempt

    Feb 8, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

    zach randolph

    The Grizzlies beat the Hawks 79-76 on Saturday, in a largely ugly and ridiculously low-scoring affair that would only please the most die-hard of the Memphis fan base. The teams combined for just 24 second-quarter points, and Atlanta managed just 25 total in the second and third quarters combined. But that wasn’t the interesting part,…

  25. Timberwolves’ Kevin Martin out indefinitely with broken thumb

    Feb 8, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Minnesota Timberwolves

    Kevin Martin has been a bright spot for the Timberwolves this season, playing consistently well offensively to where he’s been their second leading scorer behind Kevin Love. Minnesota has struggled to stay healthy, and is already without big man Nikola Pekovic, who’s out with an ankle injury until at least the All-Star break. Things got…

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