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  1. Andre Drummond throws down a monster fast break slam, Coach Sheed celebrates hard on the bench (VIDEO)

    Feb 22, 2014, 12:30 PM EST

    Rasheed Wallace

    Rasheed Wallace was always a fan favorite during his playing days, not only because of the way the talented big man played the game, but mainly because of the unbridled emotion he showed while doing so. Sure, Wallace often led the league in technical fouls, but his passion for the game came through on a…

  2. Mitch Kupchak on prospect of Steve Nash retiring after this season: ‘It’s his decision’

    Feb 22, 2014, 11:00 AM EST

    Lakers Steve Nash smiles as he plays in the Lakers season opening game against  Dallas

    Steve Nash hasn’t lost the deep competitive fire he feels for the game of basketball, but his body has begun to betray him to the point that the ability to extend his career beyond this season has become a legitimate concern. Nash has said that his recent string of injuries and the constant rehabilitation they…

  3. Deron Williams admits signing Jason Collins would be a ‘media circus’

    Feb 22, 2014, 9:30 AM EST

    NBA player Jason Collins marches in the Gay Pride Parade in Boston

    The Nets are reportedly considering signing Jason Collins to a 10-day contract, though they’d like to see how things shake out with Glen Davis first before going down that road. Collins hasn’t played since last season, but made headlines by coming out as gay once his team was eliminated from postseason contention. It was a…

  4. Blazers’ coach Terry Stotts rocks a plaid suit jacket in honor of Jack Ramsay’s birthday

    Feb 21, 2014, 11:12 PM EST

    jack ramsay

    Jack Ramsay is a legendary basketball coach who led the Portland Trail Blazers to the franchise’s only championship in the 1977 season. He also turned 89 on Friday, so current Blazers head coach Terry Stotts decided to dress for the occasion. Terry Stotts honoring Jack Ramsay’s 89th birthday. That’s class. pic.twitter.com/1BPDzaCErp — Mike Barrett (@blazermb)…

  5. Grizzlies’ James Johnson passes off the backboard to himself, finishes with a slam (VIDEO)

    Feb 21, 2014, 9:47 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Sacramento Kings

    LeBron James tried one of these in a game I attended earlier this season, but wasn’t able to complete the finish. When he was asked about why he did it, he claimed it was the only play available at the time. Seeing this one from the Grizzlies’ James Johnson, LeBron’s explanation makes more sense. Johnson…

  6. Heat announce LeBron James suffered broken nose, will be a gametime decision Sunday

    Feb 21, 2014, 5:00 PM EST

    Heat Mavericks

    LeBron James was dominant in leading the Heat to a blowout win over the Thunder on Thursday, but the victory didn’t come without cost. James took a shot to the face from Serge Ibaka on a play late in the game where he ended up dunking the ball anyway, but it bloodied him and he was forced…

  7. Matt Barnes details uncomfortable atmosphere on Clippers plane as takeoff was delayed until trade deadline passed

    Feb 21, 2014, 10:14 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    It’s not uncommon for NBA players to find out they’ve been traded under somewhat unusual circumstances; we’ve heard of players waking up from naps to discover they’ve been dealt, or even finding out from a teammate once a flight had landed. But the Clippers created an extremely uncomfortable situation for their players on Thursday that…

  8. O.J. Mayo ties his shoe during live action instead of playing defense (VIDEO)

    Feb 21, 2014, 9:31 AM EST

    O.J. Mayo

    O.J. Mayo is a talented offensive player, but there’s a reason he’s found himself on a different team in each of the last three seasons. Mayo makes some questionable decisions at times that tend to drive his head coaches mad — like this one in Thursday night’s 11-point home loss to the Nuggets. Some might…

  9. LeBron turns in MVP performance in Heat’s blowout win over Thunder

    Feb 20, 2014, 11:26 PM EST

    LeBron

    Throughout the first half of this season, Kevin Durant has widely been discussed as the player most deserving of receiving the league’s Most Valuable Player award. While Durant has been largely spectacular, those championing his cause may have neglected to consider one simple fact: LeBron James hasn’t exactly gotten worse, and in fact, may still…

  10. Report: Magic reach buyout agreement with Glen Davis

    Feb 20, 2014, 10:31 PM EST

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06: Glen Davis #11 of the Orlando Magic reacts to a call in the first quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on December 6, 2013 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

    Glen Davis has been up and down for the Magic this season, but has a unique skill set that could benefit a whole host of teams. And Orlando, in the midst of a rebuilding phase has a number of young players they’d like to check out instead of giving the somewhat established Davis those minutes.…

  11. A missed call from Suns’ GM day before the deadline had P.J. Tucker worried he was being traded

    Feb 20, 2014, 8:02 PM EST

    Phoenix Suns v Houston Rockets

    The trade deadline is a stressful time not just for front office personnel trusted with making tough decisions that will impact a franchise’s future, but it can be harrowing for many players, as well. P.J. Tucker of the Phoenix Suns was apparently a bit on edge in the days leading up to Thursday’s deadline, but…

  12. Pacers trade Danny Granger to Sixers for Evan Turner

    Feb 20, 2014, 4:12 PM EST

    Britain NBA Preseason Basketball

    It was a lackluster NBA trade deadline by any reasonable standard, and once 3 p.m. Eastern had come and gone, there was nothing of note that went down that would improve any of the contending teams significantly. It wasn’t until more than 30 minutes after the deadline had passed that we found out about the…

  13. Report: Thunder had interest in trading for Iman Shumpert

    Feb 20, 2014, 1:39 PM EST

    Iman Shumpert

    There was progress made on talks Wednesday between the Knicks and the Clippers that centered around a trade involving Iman Shumpert. It would have been a disaster for the Knicks, who would have received Darren Collison (who isn’t good) and Matt Barnes or Reggie Bullock in exchange for Shumpert and Raymond Felton. Discussions eventually faded,…

  14. Report: Sixers lower asking price for Evan Turner

    Feb 20, 2014, 10:41 AM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics

    The Sixers have been willing to trade any of their three core players all season long, but to make a deal for either Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes or Thaddeus Young, Philadelphia GM Sam Hinkie has been holding out for a first round pick in return. As the deadline approaches and teams get more desperate, things…

  15. Sixers trade Spencer Hawes to Cavaliers

    Feb 20, 2014, 10:05 AM EST

    Spencer Hawes

    The Cavaliers continue their quest to try to recover from a series of unsuccessful moves that were all meant to propel the team into the playoffs this season. Cleveland has acquired Spencer Haws from the Sixers in exchange for two second round draft picks, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. CSNPhilly.com…

  16. Rondo on dealing with trade rumors: ‘I can only control so much’

    Feb 20, 2014, 12:02 AM EST

    rondo

    All of the chatter leading up to Thursday’s trade deadline is a blast for fans to take in, but it’s far less enjoyable for the players whose names continually pop up as being part of reported rumors or discussions. Rajon Rondo is an interesting case, because he seems like exactly the type of player a…

  17. Lakers engaged in talks with multiple teams to trade Jordan Hill

    Feb 19, 2014, 10:38 PM EST

    jordan hill

    As the Lakers continue to look at ways to shed salary and potentially get under the luxury tax threshold this season, Jordan Hill is a player that many expect to be dealt before Thursday’s trade deadline passes. L.A. was in talks with Brooklyn a couple of days ago, mainly because the Nets have a $5.25…

  18. Lakers trade Steve Blake to Warriors

    Feb 19, 2014, 9:50 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    With the Lakers season having spun so far out of control that all has essentially become lost in Los Angeles, there’s no reason for them to hold onto anything remotely resembling an asset that the team isn’t committed to keeping beyond this season. Steve Blake (when healthy) has been more than serviceable at the guard…

  19. Report: Knicks may be closer to dealing Iman Shumpert to Clippers, talking smaller trade with Nuggets

    Feb 19, 2014, 8:06 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks - Game Two

    A report earlier on Wednesday had the Knicks engaged in trade talks with the Clippers that would send Iman Shumpert and Raymond Felton to Los Angeles in exchange for Darren Collison and Reggie Bullock. Despite getting out from under Felton’s contract, which is essentially for two more seasons beyond this one considering his player option…

  20. Portland eliminated from hosting 2017 NBA All-Star game

    Feb 19, 2014, 3:40 PM EST

    moda center

    The NBA traditionally awards its All-Star weekend to cities that have state-of-the art facilities to host the mammoth event, along with enough hotel rooms and convention center space to accommodate the thousands of media, both domestically and internationally, who descend to cover the festivities. Portland has a rabid fan base with a seemingly insatiable appetite…

  21. Gerald Green with the wild alley-oop slam over Kenneth Faried (VIDEO)

    Feb 19, 2014, 10:56 AM EST

    Phoenix Suns v Charlotte Bobcats

    This was nuts. Thanks to Kenneth Faried going up to try to intercept the pass that was intended for Gerald Green, his flying toward the rim just made this an even more highlight-worthy alley-oop finish. Faried is as athletic as they come, and credit him for giving his all to try to defend the play.…

  22. LeBron, Kobe lead Forbes top 10 list of NBA endorsers

    Feb 19, 2014, 10:14 AM EST

    Lebron James,Kobe Bryant,  Andre Iguodala

    Forbes released its top 10 list of off-the-court NBA earners this week, and not surprisingly, a couple of the game’s biggest stars lead the pack. Before we get to the complete list, something stands out when looking at the dollars the top NBA athletes rake in, especially when compared to other sports’ stars. Thanks to…

  23. Dion Waiters leaves with injury after throwing down monster dunk against Sixers (VIDEO)

    Feb 19, 2014, 9:31 AM EST

    dion waiters

    Dion Waiters is known for being a bit of a chucker if you’re the glass-half-empty type, or perhaps as a deadly outside shooting threat if you’re feeling more positive. On this play from Tuesday night’s win over the Sixers, however, he showed that he has the athleticism to attack the rim with the best of…

  24. Adam Silver on tanking: ‘absolutely no evidence’ that any team has lost a single game on purpose

    Feb 17, 2014, 3:47 PM EST

    adam silver

    NEW ORLEANS – Adam Silver held his first public press conference since taking over as the NBA’s new commissioner on Saturday, and the theme of what he hopes to accomplish during his tenure can be described using just two words: transparency and innovation. On of the issues that is widely discussed among fans is the…

  25. Jordan sets up Flight Lab experience at All-Star weekend in New Orleans (PHOTOS)

    Feb 17, 2014, 1:16 PM EST

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    NEW ORLEANS – All-Star weekend brings the game’s best athletes together for three action-packed days of festivities, and the major shoe companies similarly show up with unique and original installations to help fans partake in the overall experience. Jordan Brand set up a unique space it called Flight Lab where fans could work with some…

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