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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Mario Chalmers after being whistled for flagrant on DeMarcus Cousins: ‘He flopped’

    Dec 28, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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    When Mario Chalmers wasn’t throwing passes behind his head to LeBron James for ridiculous dunks, he was throwing his weight into DeMarcus Cousins late in Miami’s loss to Sacramento on Friday. Chalmers picked up a flagrant for body checking Cousins, who went flying to the floor with under a minute and a half remaining in…

  4. Wizards’ Bradley Beal carried off court following apparent knee injury (VIDEO)

    Dec 28, 2013, 12:21 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Washington Wizards

    This … did not look good. Bradley Beal appeared to suffer an injury to his left knee late in the Wizards loss to the Timberwolves on Friday. Beal crumbled with 4:25 to play in the game and his team trailing by 21 points, and needed to be helped off the floor at the time. The…

  5. Heat sit Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen in advance of Saturday’s showdown with Blazers

    Dec 27, 2013, 11:09 PM EDT

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    Miami is taking the longview with regard to this season. After reaching the Finals each of the past three seasons and with a fourth trip well within reach, the Heat aren’t going to put their veterans at risk throughout the long grind of the 82-game regular season. Dwyane Wade, who has been rested multiple times…

  6. Giannis Antetokounmpo drives for the dunk against Nets (VIDEO)

    Dec 27, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

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    Giannis Antetokounmpo was largely a mystery heading into the draft, thanks to playing internationally where few ever got the chance to see him in person. When I was in Italy for adidas Eurocamp this past summer, he was playing a game in a half-empty gym about a 45-minute drive from where we were in Treviso,…

  7. Bulls reportedly asking for a young player and a first round pick in trade talks for Luol Deng

    Dec 27, 2013, 9:03 PM EDT

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    The Luol Deng trade watch in Chicago will continue right on through February’s deadline to make deals, even if it remains questionable at best whether or not anything real comes of the discussions. When the Bulls failed to offer Deng a contract extension, it was presumed that he wouldn’t be back after this season —…

  8. Kobe says latest injury had nothing to do with his previously torn Achilles

    Dec 26, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

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    LOS ANGELES – Kobe Bryant met the media before the Lakers faced the Heat on Christmas Day, providing the league-mandated update on how he’s recovering from the fractured bone in his knee that currently has him sidelined for an expected timetable of up to six weeks. Many believe that when injuries occur to a different…

  9. The Extra Pass: LeBron and Kobe miss each other once again, plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Dec 26, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    LOS ANGELES – The reason behind the NBA scheduling a Christmas Day marquee matchup between the Heat and the Lakers had nothing to do with the current fate of the respective franchises, and everything to do with potentially getting to see two of the game’s biggest stars competing in a rare head-to-head matchup. A Finals…

  10. Sleeved jerseys not enough to stop LeBron, Heat in Christmas Day win over Lakers

    Dec 25, 2013, 8:56 PM EDT

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    LOS ANGELES – The Heat got more of a fight than maybe they were expecting in their Christmas Day matchup with the Lakers, but eventually showed enough on both ends of the floor to get the job done. Behind 23 points apiece from Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, Miami used a 9-0 run late in…

  11. Another ridiculous alley-oop from Wade to LeBron, off the backboard this time (VIDEO)

    Dec 25, 2013, 6:24 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    LOS ANGELES – As if one of these per game wasn’t enough. Late in the second quarter, Dwyane Wade once again found LeBron James with a pass in transition that resulted in a thunderous throw-down. Only this time, the pass was off the glass, and LeBron finished with the left hand just to show out.…

  12. Wade finds LeBron for the fantastic alley-oop finish against Lakers (VIDEO)

    Dec 25, 2013, 5:50 PM EDT

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    LOS ANGELES – It didn’t take long for LeBron James and Dwyane Wade to put on a show for the audience across the nation during the Christmas Day matchup with the Lakers. With under four minutes remaining in the first, Wade got loose in transition and had LeBron trailing the play with Mario Chalmers alone…

  13. Chris Paul and his son appear in latest State Farm ad to debut Christmas Day (VIDEO)

    Dec 25, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Chris Paul (and his alter ego Cliff) have been part of an ad campaign for State Farm Insurance for some time. Now, it appears that Paul’s son will be getting into this portion of the family business. From the official release: “Heritage of the Assist,” which will debut during the NBA games on Christmas Day,…

  14. Magic expected to waive or trade Hedo Turkoglu by Jan. 7

    Dec 25, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic Hedo Turkoglu complains after he picked up second foul against New York Knicks in NBA basketball game in New York

    Hedo Turkoglu probably isn’t on anyone’s radar outside of Orlando, mainly because he hasn’t played a game for the Magic or been around the team in any capacity at all since the season began. Turkoglu isn’t a part of the team’s future plans, so they essentially told him to get lost — while being paid,…

  15. D’Antoni apologizes for saying frustrated Lakers fans should ‘find another team to root for’

    Dec 24, 2013, 8:21 PM EDT

    Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni announces he is unable to coach his new team against the Rockets, due to recovery from a knee operation, in Los Angeles

    After the Lakers lost in blowout fashion in Phoenix on Monday, Mike D’Antoni wasn’t in the mood to placate those who might be frustrated with the team’s recent results. L.A. has been ravaged by injuries, of course, and without so many key pieces in place — especially at the guard spots — there was no…

  16. Jordan Farmar cleared to return, will start for Lakers vs. Heat

    Dec 24, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

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    The Lakers have had more than their fair share of injury issues for the second straight season, but they’ll be getting a little bit of help back in the lineup just in time for Christmas. Jordan Farmar has missed the last 10 games with a torn hamstring, one of three L.A. point guards (along with…

  17. The Extra Pass: The nightmare that is LeBron James; plus Monday’s recaps

    Dec 24, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Miami Heat

    You know those nightmares where you can’t run away fast enough? The ones where your legs turn to mush and the baddy behind you keeps gaining ground? That’s a recurring nightmare for lots of people, but it’s a recurring reality for Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer. Budenholzer was on the sidelines with the San…

  18. Paul Pierce receives flagrant-two foul and ejection for takedown of Pacers’ George Hill (VIDEO)

    Dec 23, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Brooklyn Nets

    Late in the third quarter and with the Nets trailing by 19 points at home to the Pacers, frustration appeared to get the better of Paul Pierce. As George Hill raced toward the other end for what appeared to be an easy fast break opportunity, Pierce chased him down to give a no-layup type of…

  19. Warriors’ Marreese Speights ejected for grabbing Nick Young around the neck (VIDEO)

    Dec 22, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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    Early in the fourth quarter of the Lakers loss at Golden State on Saturday, Nick Young got into the lane for what was going to be an uncontested layup or dunk. Marreese Speights didn’t want to give up the easy two points, however, and grabbed Young from behind around the neck to take him down.…

  20. Charlotte unveils new Hornets logo and brand identity for 2014-15 season

    Dec 22, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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    We received word back in May that Charlotte’s NBA franchise would be changing its nickname back to the Hornets beginning in the 2014-15 NBA season, and the team officially unveiled its logos and brand identity at a halftime ceremony on Saturday. From the official release: “The primary logo utilizes the purple and teal color palette…

  21. Pacers president Larry Bird says he’s not looking to trade Danny Granger

    Dec 21, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Danny Granger

    Danny Granger returned to action for the Pacers on Friday, playing 22 minutes off the bench in his team’s blowout win over the Rockets. Exactly how much Granger can contribute to Indiana’s efforts at title contention this season remains to be seen, but whether he produces near his previous levels or he doesn’t, his situation…

  22. Toure Murry with a behind-the-back pass to Tim Hardaway Jr. for the slam (VIDEO)

    Dec 21, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

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    The Knicks didn’t score a whole lot in Saturday’s home loss to the Grizzlies, but when they did, there were some highlights. This one features seldom-used Toure Murry getting out on the break and delivering a perfect behind-the-back pass to Tim Hardaway Jr. for the breakaway slam.

  23. Joakim Noah admits he shouldn’t have been in Thunder’s locker room following incident with Kendrick Perkins

    Dec 21, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

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    In today’s NBA, team loyalties aren’t what they once were. Many of the players have friendships off the court that cross team lines, and the only time we ever see anything close to animosity from most are over those 48 minutes when they’re competing on the court. But locker rooms remain sacred places, reserved for…

  24. Carmelo Anthony after latest home loss to Grizzlies: ‘I think it’s in our heads’

    Dec 21, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

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    NEW YORK – The Knicks suffered their 10th home loss of the season on Saturday, playing against an injury-ravaged Grizzlies team that came in losing five straight and seven of its last eight games. The noon start time wasn’t as big of a problem as it had been in New York’s previous two early starts,…

  25. LeBron and Wade take Heat videobombing to the next level with wheelbarrow gimmick (VIDEO)

    Dec 21, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat players LeBron James, Ray Allen and Dwyane Wade react in the closing seconds of their win over the Milwaukee Bucks in Miami

    Miami Heat players have been videobombing each other’s postgame interviews after victories since at least last season, and it seems as though doing things like making funny faces or doing a robot dance has now become passé. Dwyane Wade upped the ante recently by cartwheeling his way through a LeBron James interview, and now the two…

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