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  1. 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…

  2. Kyrie Irving wins MVP of 2014 NBA All-Star game

    Feb 17, 2014, 12:26 AM EST

    NBA All-Star Game 2014

    NEW ORLEANS – At halftime of what was a record-setting 2014 NBA All-Star game, Kyrie Irving wasn’t on anyone’s radar as far as the game’s MVP award was concerned. By the time it was finished, he was the obvious choice. Irving finished with 31 points, five rebounds and 14 assists, and was the catalyst for…

  3. 2014 NBA All-Star game sets record for most points scored in a half

    Feb 16, 2014, 10:25 PM EST

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    NEW ORLEANS – The first half of the 2014 NBA All-Star game featured more than its fair share of spectacular dunks and highlight plays, but it actually accomplished something in the process — it made history. The West led the East 89-76 at the break, and the 165 points combined set an All-Star game record…

  4. Kobe says he doesn’t want input on Lakers free agent decisions this summer

    Feb 16, 2014, 9:46 PM EST

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    NEW ORLEANS – Kobe Bryant was voted in by the fans as an All-Star this season, an honor he received for the seventeenth time in his Hall of Fame career. He’s been sidelined with a knee injury since Dec. 20, however, so not only was he replaced in the lineup for the midseason exhibition, but he…

  5. John Wall, Paul George lead East to 2014 Slam Dunk Contest title

    Feb 16, 2014, 12:05 AM EST

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    NEW ORLEANS – John Wall‘s final dunk of the night won the 2014 Slam Dunk Contest for the team representing the Eastern Conference, but the drastic format changes to the event, and not any of its dunks, are what will be remembered most from this year’s All-Star Saturday showcase. “I think it was cool,” Wall…

  6. Chris Bosh on winning Shooting Stars back-to-back: ‘That’s what champions do. We just find a way.’

    Feb 15, 2014, 10:18 PM EST

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    NEW ORLEANS – The Sears Shooting Stars event is obviously the lightest of appetizers to the more hearty All-Star Saturday Night courses of the Three-Point and Slam Dunk Contests. But the winning team has to make a half-court shot in a timely fashion to finish each of the event’s two rounds, and Chris Bosh hit…

  7. Adam Silver says sleeved jerseys have no competitive impact, ads on jerseys ‘ultimately will happen’

    Feb 15, 2014, 8:59 PM EST

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    NEW ORLEANS – Adam Silver met with the media before the All-Star Saturday night festivities began, and addressed a wide variety of topics during his first official press conference as the NBA’s new commissioner. A polarizing point of conversation among fans has been the sleeved jerseys that debuted last season, and have seen increased exposure…

  8. 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 EST

    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…

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

    Feb 15, 2014, 11:00 AM EST

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    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,…

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

    Feb 14, 2014, 11:57 PM EST

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    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,…

  11. Andre Drummond named MVP of Rising Stars Challenge

    Feb 14, 2014, 11:56 PM EST

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    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.…

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

    Feb 14, 2014, 7:47 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Feb 14, 2014, 6:35 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Feb 14, 2014, 10:15 AM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 13, 2014, 9:30 PM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 12, 2014, 11:14 AM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 12, 2014, 10:37 AM EST

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    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…

  18. Heat grind out a win against pesky Suns

    Feb 11, 2014, 11:57 PM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 11, 2014, 10:24 PM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 11, 2014, 7:46 PM EST

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    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,…

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

    Feb 9, 2014, 11:00 PM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 9, 2014, 9:30 PM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 9, 2014, 8:00 PM EST

    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…

  24. Metta World Peace discusses Marcus Smart incident

    Feb 9, 2014, 6:30 PM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 9, 2014, 5:00 PM EST

    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…

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