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  1. Rondo on Celtics-Heat: ‘It’s not a rivalry. But I still don’t like those guys.’

    Jan 21, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    Rajon Rondo has returned from injury, but he’s the only star veteran remaining from a team that won a championship in 2008, and had many memorable playoff battles in the years that followed — including against the Miami Heat. While there may no longer be a rivalry between the two teams based on the talent…

  2. MLK Day NBA: Live updates, highlights and recaps

    Jan 20, 2014, 11:20 PM EDT

    mlk nba

    The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday is one traditionally well-celebrated in the NBA. Today features a 10-game slate, and we’ll provide live updates, highlights and recaps here as the day goes on. 1:15 a.m. ET Tuesday: Pacers 102, Warriors 94 (FINAL): The second half of this game felt like a playoff game, down to the…

  3. Kobe Bryant says he won’t play in 2016 Olympics

    Jan 20, 2014, 10:02 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant spoke to reporters before his Lakers faced the Bulls in Chicago on Monday, and the most newsworthy portion of the dialogue was regarding his status for the 2016 Olympics. Bryant has struggled with major injuries since the end of last season, and is currently sidelined with a fractured bone in his knee that…

  4. Deron Williams returns, chooses to come off the bench in Nets’ blowout win over Knicks

    Jan 20, 2014, 6:58 PM EDT

    deron williams knicks

    NEW YORK – The last time the Nets faced the Knicks, they were without Deron Williams and Paul Pierce due to injury, and a fully healthy New York squad thumped Brooklyn back on Dec. 5 at Barclays by a 30-point margin. A little more than a month later, things have completely changed for both sides. The…

  5. Blazers’ Robin Lopez defends Seahawks’ Richard Sherman (VIDEO)

    Jan 20, 2014, 2:40 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns, Game 4

    Sunday belonged to the NFL as far as most sports fans were concerned, as the conference champions were decided and the Super Bowl matchup was set between the Broncos and the Seahawks. Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman made headlines with his excited postgame rant on live television, but Robin Lopez, big man for the Blazers and…

  6. The Extra Pass: 2013-14 Western Conference All-Star reserve picks; plus Sunday’s recaps

    Jan 20, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    After selecting the Eastern Conference All-Star reserves on Friday, it’s time to tackle the Western Conference. Once again, we’ll defer to the last ballot returns for our starters, which are decided solely by fan vote. Here’s the projected Western Conference starters: West Starters (Fan Vote) Backcourt: Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry Frontcourt: Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin We’ll…

  7. Nicolas Batum says he should be an All-Star

    Jan 19, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers

    The starters for the All-Star game will be revealed Jan. 23 live on TNT, but the reserves are voted on by the coaches in each conference and we’ll have to wait at least another week to see how the complete rosters shake out. Since the fans vote in the starters, most of those positions have…

  8. Report: GMs around the league expect Celtics to trade Rondo

    Jan 19, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Boston Celtics

    Rajon Rondo made his return to the court on Friday in Boston’s loss to the Lakers, so now that he’s back playing, the reports have already begun to ramp back up that the Celtics will look to trade him as soon as the right offer comes along, largely because he won’t fit into the team’s…

  9. Agent: Dennis Rodman checks into rehab for alcohol abuse

    Jan 19, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    Dennis Rodman

    Dennis Rodman has been in the news lately for his multiple trips to North Korea, the latest of which involved bringing former NBA stars there to play basketball. Following a bizarre and angry outburst on live television, Rodman’s agent Darren Prince says his client has entered a rehab facility to treat his admittedly long-standing issue…

  10. Paul George with the 360 windmill slam against Clippers (VIDEO)

    Jan 19, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

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    The NBA wants Paul George to participate in as many events over All-Star weekend as possible, and for the fans’ sake, let’s hope he at least chooses the dunk contest. During Saturday’s win over the Clippers, George got loose on the break and put on a show, throwing down a 360 windmill slam that would…

  11. John Wall with the big-time dunk over Pistons’ Greg Monroe (VIDEO)

    Jan 19, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    John Wall

    John Wall was able to get into the lane and throw down a dunk over Greg Monroe of the Pistons on Saturday, but it almost seemed as though Monroe was complicit in the way things turned out. We’ve seen plenty of vicious dunks that ended up being posterizations, but this one felt more like Detroit’s…

  12. Pacers’ David West ejected for elbowing Blake Griffin (VIDEO)

    Jan 18, 2014, 11:30 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Indiana Pacers - Game Five

    David West decided to deliver an unnecessary elbow to the head of Blake Griffin on Saturday, and though it seemed minor in real time, the referees determined that the act warranted a flagrant-two foul, which comes with it an automatic ejection. Anytime something like this goes own, it’s likely the result of a physical buildup…

  13. Paul George asked to participate in dunk contest, three-point shootout and skills challenge over All-Star weekend

    Jan 18, 2014, 10:00 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Brooklyn Nets

    The Pacers have been the best team in the league over the first half of the season, and have the best record to show for it. They’ve consistently played at an elite level, and Paul George has been the team’s best player during that stretch. It makes sense, then, that the league would like to…

  14. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban fined $100K for confronting officials on the court after loss to Clippers

    Jan 18, 2014, 8:31 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban reacts during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Dallas

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been fined $100,000 for confronting officials on the court following Wednesday’s loss to the Clippers, the league announced via official release. As seen in the video clip above, my guys at NBA TV’s The Starters break down perfectly exactly how ridiculous Cuban’s tirade was, considering the fact that his…

  15. Dwight Howard says he was ‘promised’ a trade from Magic to Nets

    Jan 18, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard‘s exit from the Orlando Magic was anything but graceful, with him publicly going back and forth on whether or not he would stay or go. After initially demanding to be dealt during the 2012 season, Howard signed a waiver of his early termination option that would prevent him from opting out of the…

  16. Patrick Beverley targeting Monday return to Rockets’ lineup

    Jan 18, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets' Beverley smiles after being called for a foul while playing Oklahoma City Thunder in their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff in Oklahoma

    Patrick Beverley was thriving as a member of the Rockets this season, starting in 24 of his 25 appearances and providing an energetic spark on both ends of the floor that positively impacted his team’s lineup. Beverley suffered a fractured hand injury in late December that was expected to sideline him for up to six…

  17. Report: Nets finalizing trades with Bulls and Pelicans to free up roster spot

    Jan 18, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

    tyshawn taylor nets

    The Brooklyn Nets are reportedly close to making two separate trades that will be of little consequence to their product on the court, or to the average fan. But they may be setting themselves up for something bigger in the future. The Nets are finalizing a trade with the Bulls that would send Tornike Shengalia…

  18. Kobe says Lakers’ record not a factor in his returning to play this season

    Jan 18, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles Lakers

    If you haven’t watched the Lakers play recently — and unless you’re a die-hard fan of the team, you would have no real reason to — you may not know just how dire things have become for one of the league’s traditionally great franchises. There is no star power in Los Angeles playing for the…

  19. DeAndre Jordan receives dunk contest invite, but is waiting to see if he’s an All-Star before accepting

    Jan 18, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Five

    DeAndre Jordan would be fantastic as a participant in All-Star weekend’s slam dunk contest. He’s a big man who also has tremendous leaping ability, and could be the next incarnation of Dwight Howard in terms of entertainment during the midseason exhibition. The league recognized that fact by approaching Jordan about it before Friday’s game against…

  20. Jameer Nelson after being fined for obscene gesture: ‘I’ll do it again’

    Jan 18, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Five

    The NBA views what Jameer Nelson did in celebration of hitting a big shot against the Bulls earlier this week as an “obscene gesture,” and routinely fines players who continue to rejoice in this way. We all know it as the “big balls dance,” made famous by Sam Cassell. Nelson was slapped with a $15,000…

  21. Kobe includes Rajon Rondo when discussing future Hall of Famers who played for 2010 Celtics

    Jan 18, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo, Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant is still a spectator these days, not expecting to return from the fractured bone in his knee until sometime in February. With his Lakers taking on the Celtics in Boston on Friday, memories of better times were brought to the surface, and Bryant was among those sad to see the Paul Pierce and…

  22. adidas says aggregate reaction to sleeved jerseys from players and fans has been ‘very positive’

    Jan 18, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    NEW YORK – The 2014 All-Star jerseys were officially unveiled by the folks at adidas on Thursday, but media were invited to the company’s showroom in New York the week prior to get a look at the uniform collection in person. Along with the sneak peek, executives from adidas and the NBA were available to…

  23. Clippers win fifth straight over Knicks, finding their way in Chris Paul’s absence

    Jan 18, 2014, 12:01 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    NEW YORK – The Clippers were a middle of the pack playoff team in the loaded Western Conference, before Chris Paul went down with a shoulder injury that could keep him out up to five weeks. Common sense would dictate that they see an immediate drop-off in overall play and production, but the absence of…

  24. John Wall hits the incredible circus shot against Bulls (VIDEO)

    Jan 17, 2014, 11:02 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Washington Wizards - NBA Global Games Rio 2013

    This is just nuts. Mike Dunleavy tried to stop John Wall from scoring on a fast break, and really, he did all he could without committing a flagrant foul. But Wall somehow got it to bank home anyway, despite being grabbed on the way to getting off this spinning, backwards circus shot while falling to…

  25. Blake Griffin with the monster alley-oop finish against Knicks (VIDEO)

    Jan 17, 2014, 9:51 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Blake Griffin seemingly converts at least one of these per game, but there were a couple of things we liked about this particular alley-oop he completed against the Knicks. The pass from Jamal Crawford was simply perfect, and the fact that Griffin was further away than usual and had to extend to throw it down…

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