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  1. Report: Knicks ownership may reconsider trade for Lowry if team continues to struggle

    Dec 14, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    The Raptors are rebuilding, and so not surprisingly, just about every player on the roster not tied to the team’s long-term plans is available in trade. Kyle Lowry is a skilled point guard that could help many teams, and with an expiring deal for just $6.1 million, he would come at a palatable price. But…

  2. Kobe gets the assist with a pass off of Serge Ibaka’s backside (VIDEO)

    Dec 14, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers were predictably shellacked by the Thunder on Friday, thanks both to OKC being one of the league’s five best teams, along with the fact that the Lakers have no point guards on the roster due to injury and are slowly working Kobe Bryant back into the mix. Bryant finished with just four points…

  3. Suns coach Hornacek instructs team in locker room before game vs. Kings (VIDEO)

    Dec 14, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    markieff morris hornacek

    The Suns did something pretty great on Friday, providing an all-day multi-media experience that showed hours of behind-the-scenes video of what goes into a game day’s preparation. While plenty of the footage provided would be more than interesting to even the more casual fans, the public access to the way Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek…

  4. Report: Suns looking to trade 2014 draft picks in order to win now

    Dec 13, 2013, 9:47 PM EDT

    Ryan McDonough

    The Suns under new GM Ryan McDonough have been widely praised for setting themselves up for success by attempting to rebuild the franchise in what is conventionally believed around the league to be the right way. That process involves pain at the beginning due to the losing that typically accompanies a roster that’s been intentionally…

  5. Nets notes: Kidd takes some credit, Lopez downplays injury, and Pierce off the bench

    Dec 13, 2013, 10:12 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Brooklyn Nets

    NEW YORK – A few leftover items from Thursday night’s big win for the Nets, the team’s third straight. When Jason Kidd parted ways with assistant coach Lawrence Frank a little more than a week ago, it was viewed in one of two ways. Either it was a desperate attempt to shift the blame for…

  6. The Extra Pass: Deron Williams is the difference for Nets; plus Thursday’s recaps

    Dec 13, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Deron Williams

    By Brett Pollakoff NEW YORK – It was only a week ago that the Nets were a sinking ship on the verge of capsizing completely, following consecutive losses at home where the team didn’t even seem capable of competing much less staying close enough to win for anywhere near the requisite 48 minutes. Jason Kidd may…

  7. Brook Lopez leaves with ankle injury vs. Clippers (VIDEO)

    Dec 12, 2013, 10:46 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Brooklyn Nets

    NEW YORK – Things were going almost perfectly for the Nets by the time the team suffered its latest injury blow, a sprained ankle to Brook Lopez that prematurely ended his night. Lopez returned to the game briefly after coming out to get the ankle looked at with four minutes or so remaining in the…

  8. Deron Williams with the crossover on Chris Paul to end first half vs. Clippers (VIDEO)

    Dec 12, 2013, 9:41 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Brooklyn Nets

    NEW YORK – Deron Williams began the night by falling to the floor after being victimized by a crossover from Chris Paul. The fact that he stepped on the foot of teammate Brook Lopez was what ultimately caused him to crumble, but Paul’s action at least sent Williams sliding in that direction. In the second…

  9. Carmelo Anthony says players can’t worry about Mike Woodson’s job status

    Dec 12, 2013, 10:18 AM EDT

    Mike Woodson, Carmelo Anthony

    The Knicks got an important victory on Wednesday over an undermanned Bulls team, because despite the fact that New York blew a 23-point lead before hanging on to win over the final few possessions, it relieved some of the pressure on head coach Mike Woodson. New York has been without key players due to injury…

  10. Michael Jordan’s ‘flu game’ shoes sell for record $104K at auction

    Dec 12, 2013, 9:42 AM EDT

    Michael Jordan Scottie Pippen Flu Game

    The shoes worn by Michael Jordan in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals — the legendary “flu game” — have sold for a record price at auction. The red and black Jordan 12s went for an astonishing $104,765, shattering the previous high paid for a pair of game-worn shoes in any sport. ESPN.com has…

  11. The Extra Pass: Bucks are bad, and that’s good; plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Dec 12, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    John Henson

    By D.J. Foster All over the league, we’ve seen young teams fighting against the tank. If the playoffs started today, the Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns would be in the playoffs. This was unfathomable a few months ago. It wasn’t just about their rosters being bad – they were supposed to be bad. The Milwaukee…

  12. Jeff Van Gundy pulled from calling Knicks-Bulls broadcast

    Dec 11, 2013, 10:28 PM EDT

    Jeff Van Gundy

    Jeff Van Gundy is a lead analyst for ESPN, and would normally have been the color commentator on the national broadcast of the Knicks-Bulls contest aired on ESPN Wednesday night. But due to a complicated set of circumstances, Van Gundy didn’t participate. Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today has the details: ESPN executives and analyst Jeff…

  13. DeAndre Jordan finishes alley-oop by sticking the ball between rim and backboard (VIDEO)

    Dec 11, 2013, 9:03 PM EDT

    DeAndre Jordan

    Chris Paul finding DeAndre Jordan for an alley-oop slam should be simply another chapter in the ongoing Lob City saga that the Clippers players have no interest in embracing. But whether the end result is a dunk or something else entirely, it seems destined to end up on highlight reels nonetheless. Early on in the…

  14. Carmelo Anthony talks design of his new signature shoe, the Jordan Melo M10 (VIDEO)

    Dec 11, 2013, 7:46 PM EDT

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    Carmelo Anthony has been with Jordan Brand for 10 years now, and as he explains in the video clip above, there’s a nod to the past within the design of his latest signature shoe, the Melo M10. From the official release: “If you see this shoe from afar, the chrome statement piece is the first…

  15. Paul Pierce says he’s fine with coming off the bench for Nets

    Dec 11, 2013, 10:04 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce

    Paul Pierce returned to the Nets lineup on Tuesday after missing the last four games with a broken bone in his hand. But he wasn’t in his usual spot in the team’s starting lineup. Facing his former Boston Celtics, Pierce came off the bench for just the fourth time in his storied career. And his head…

  16. LeBron finishes a one-on-three fast break against Pacers (VIDEO)

    Dec 11, 2013, 9:31 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    Indiana got the win over Miami on Tuesday, in a game the Pacers talked up a lot more beforehand than the defending champs cared to in advance of an early-December contest. LeBron James brought the intensity early by shutting down Paul George for the game’s first 12 minutes, and scored his first basket of the…

  17. The Extra Pass: The league’s leading lineups; plus Tuesday’s recaps

    Dec 11, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    After watching two of the league’s best starting lineups duke it out in Indiana, let’s check in on the best and worst lineups around the league so far this season. Best Net Efficiency Rating (minimum 150 minutes) Houston: Patrick Beverley-James Harden-Chandler Parsons-Terrence Jones-Dwight Howard Net efficiency is the difference between a team’s offensive rating and…

  18. Pacers win first Conference Finals rematch vs. Heat

    Dec 10, 2013, 10:09 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Six

    The Pacers wanted their Dec. 10 game vs. the Heat a whole heck of a lot more than Miami did, after falling to the eventual back-to-back champs in the Conference Finals a season ago and being very open with their goals heading into this year’s campaign. Indiana hasn’t been shy about declaring its desire to…

  19. Charlotte to officially unveil Hornets logos on Dec. 21

    Dec 10, 2013, 7:01 PM EDT

    Hornets

    The Charlotte basketball organization will revert from the Bobcats to the Hornets next season, in a move that has hopes of re-engaging the local fan base with what has been a historically terrible basketball franchise. Winning solves any team’s problems in terms of ticket or merchandise sales, of course, but in absence of that, an…

  20. NBA says Knicks are free to ditch orange alternate uniforms

    Dec 9, 2013, 9:31 AM EDT

    Felton orange jersey

    The Knicks suffered their worst loss of the season on Sunday, losing by 41 points to a Celtics team that shouldn’t beat anybody by that much. And they did so wearing their alternate orange uniforms. Whether the 12 noon tip time or the orange color scheme is messing with the Knicks on these weekend games…

  21. The Extra Pass: Raptors’ salary dump trade could mean a few more wins, too; plus Sunday recaps

    Dec 9, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Amir Johnson Raptors

    LOS ANGELES — Make no mistake, this was first and foremost about money. And future flexibility. Raptors GM Masai Ujiri made a smart trade sending Rudy Gay out of town in a deal that sets his team up for the future by removing up to $12.4 million from the books next season. This summer  Andrea…

  22. Sunday night NBA Grades: Rudy Gay traded to Kings, Kobe returns for Lakers

    Dec 9, 2013, 12:29 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    Kobe Bryant returned, Rudy Gay was traded, and the Knicks were crushed. Grading a busy Sunday of NBA action: Toronto Raptors: What the Toronto Raptors have not had in recent years is a GM with a plan and financial flexibility. With this and previous trades you get a sense that GM Masai Ujiri has a plan. First, get the…

  23. Raptors trade Rudy Gay to Sacramento for multiple players

    Dec 8, 2013, 7:42 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    The Toronto Raptors are trading Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for multiple players, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Toronto began the season with the goal of making the playoffs, but it’s become clear after 18 games that even in the dismal Eastern Conference, that’s not going to…

  24. Deron Williams ‘on track’ to return for Nets’ next game

    Dec 8, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Brooklyn Nets

    The Nets have had their season derailed by injuries thus far, and while having a first-year head coach in Jason Kidd probably isn’t helping given the situation, the fact is that without the team’s full complement of players, it’s impossible to know just how much fault can be placed there. But the clock will be…

  25. NBA welcomes Kobe back with montage of him over the years (VIDEO)

    Dec 8, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant will make his return Sunday night at home against the Raptors, his first on-court appearance since suffering a torn Achilles near the end of last season. While we don’t expect the same kind of heroics Bryant displayed in last season’s epic victory over Toronto, it’ll simply be good to see one of the…

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