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  1. Lakers make it interesting late before eventually falling to Heat

    Jan 23, 2014, 11:03 PM EST

    lebron nick young

    The Lakers don’t have much in the way of talent these days, and looking at a starting lineup that includes Ryan Kelly, Kendall Marshall and Wesley Johnson may feel like a strong sign that the basketball equivalent of the apocalypse has descended on Los Angeles. But what the team does have is an above average…

  2. Nets to unveil sleeved alternate jerseys

    Jan 23, 2014, 10:31 PM EST

    joe johnson nets sleeved alternates

    The sleeved jerseys are here to stay, and a few more teams will have alternate versions featuring them before the season is finished. The Brooklyn Nets are the latest team to reveal their version, and the blue and grey color scheme is a nod to the city’s sports history. From ESPN.com: With their move to…

  3. Beno Udrih downplays asking to be traded from Knicks

    Jan 23, 2014, 9:24 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Dallas Mavericks

    Beno Udrih has been barely serviceable with the Knicks this season, but due to injuries and a lack of other point guard talent available on the roster, the team hasn’t had a choice but to give him 12 starts, and 30 appearances in total where he’s averaged 19.2 minutes per contest. It isn’t always the…

  4. Mark Cuban ‘would laugh’ at $765 million offer to purchase the Mavericks

    Jan 23, 2014, 10:13 AM EST

    Mark Cuban, Rick Carlisle

    Forbes magazine released its annual report on franchise values on Wednesday, and while only three NBA teams were listed at being worth more than a billion dollars, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban believes that will change in the relatively near future. Cuban’s Dallas franchise was valued at $765 million, but he’s not exactly accepting that very…

  5. Lance Stephenson to appeal fine for flopping, blames ‘slippery floor’ for his fall

    Jan 23, 2014, 9:31 AM EST

    Boston Celtics  v Indiana Pacers

    Lance Stephenson became the third player to be fined for flopping this season, but he believes his second infraction — the one seen in the video clip above that occurred earlier this week against the Golden State Warriors — wasn’t a flop at all. From Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star: “I don’t feel like…

  6. The Extra Pass: Ranking all 28 2016 U.S. Olympic Basketball Team candidatles

    Jan 23, 2014, 8:00 AM EST

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    Some names leaked yesterday for inclusion on the 2014-16 USA Basketball men’s national-team roster – the pool of players who will be considered for upcoming international events. That includes the World Cup of Basketball this summer, possibly 2015 Olympic qualifiers  – and, of course, the 2016 Rio Olympics. Marc Stein of ESPN beat today’s official announcement with…

  7. DeMarcus Cousins leaves with ankle injury against Rockets (VIDEO)

    Jan 23, 2014, 12:03 AM EST

    Phoenix Suns v Sacramento Kings

    The Kings aren’t anything resembling good, but they have a couple of players that have been playing at a well-above-average level in Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins. And both left with injuries against the Rockets on Wednesday that didn’t allow them to return. Gay’s was more nebulous, in that you never like to see a…

  8. Toronto fans boo Vince Carter, he immediately responds with monster jam (VIDEO)

    Jan 22, 2014, 11:07 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Dallas Mavericks

    Raptors fans need to let it go. Vince Carter played his first six and a half seasons in Toronto, before ultimately forcing his way out and spurning the fanbase due to a complex set of circumstances. But now in his 16th season, it seems time to move on, no? Apparently not if you were one…

  9. Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard suffers fractured hand injury against Thunder

    Jan 22, 2014, 10:01 PM EST

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Three

    Just in case you hadn’t quite had enough of injuries to star-level NBA players this season, here’s one more to add to the very long list.  Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs left Wednesday’s game against the Thunder with what later was determined to be a fractured hand injury. He (obviously) will not return, and…

  10. Rudy Gay leaves with Achilles injury against Rockets (VIDEO)

    Jan 22, 2014, 9:02 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Sacramento Kings

    Despite his reputation as a ball-dominant, inefficient scorer, Rudy Gay has played splendidly since being traded to Sacramento, and was coming off of a 41-point performance on Tuesday night against the Pelicans. So naturally, since he plays for one of the historically worst franchises in league history, the jinx kicked in and he went down…

  11. Chris Paul hopes to return from injury in time to play in All-Star game

    Jan 22, 2014, 8:12 PM EST

    NBA All-Star Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers holds up the MVP trophy after the 2013 NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    Chris Paul is still out of action for the Clippers with a shoulder injury, but the initial timetable for his return would have him back some time near All-Star weekend, which will take place Feb. 14-16 in New Orleans. As Paul continues the recovery process, he told reporters he would love to play in the…

  12. Pelicans waive Tyshawn Taylor, who was acquired in trade from Nets

    Jan 22, 2014, 7:04 PM EST

    tyshawn taylor nets

    The Nets made a couple of trades over the weekend, likely aimed at both upgrading their backup point guard position as well as creating an open roster spot. One of the deals involved sending Tyshawn Taylor to the Pelicans along with cash for the rights to Edin Bavcic, a 29-year old Bosnian big man who…

  13. Report: Knicks coach Woodson confronted Tyson Chandler over public, critical comments

    Jan 22, 2014, 10:58 AM EST

    Tyson Chandler

    The Knicks are a mess right now, and with all the losing going on, there is bound to be some internal drama where players and coaches aren’t seeing eye to eye. And in New York, that means the media will dig until it finds something to air out publicly, no matter how minor or routine…

  14. Michael Beasley banks in the half-court shot to beat first quarter buzzer (VIDEO)

    Jan 22, 2014, 9:49 AM EST

    heat beasley

    Many times when a player makes a shot from half court or beyond, it’s essentially more luck than skill that’s responsible. Don’t get me wrong, these guys have spent their whole lives in the gym and are elite at what they do, but still, connecting on shots from 47 feet out or more is low-percentage,…

  15. Dwight Howard drives for impressive reverse dunk vs. Blazers (VIDEO)

    Jan 21, 2014, 10:12 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Houston Rockets

    At first glance, this is a play more suited to Kevin Durant than Dwight Howard, mainly because we’re just not used to seeing seven-footers put the ball on the floor and blow by their defenders so quickly, and then elevate for the slam. But Howard showed he has this skill set during Monday’s win over…

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

    Jan 21, 2014, 9:31 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 20, 2014, 11:20 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 20, 2014, 10:02 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 20, 2014, 6:58 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 20, 2014, 2:40 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 20, 2014, 8:00 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 19, 2014, 11:00 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 19, 2014, 5:00 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 19, 2014, 11:00 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 19, 2014, 9:30 AM EST

    paul george

    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…

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