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  1. Kobe Bryant takes to Twitter to defend his contract extension

    Nov 27, 2013, 12:21 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant took a pay cut in signing his latest two-year contract extension with the Lakers, but for many fans of the team, it simply wasn’t enough. Bryant’s deal will pay him in the neighborhood of $48.5 million over the next two years, and there’s no question he’s worth all of it and then some…

  2. John Wall with the breakaway 360-dunk against Lakers (VIDEO)

    Nov 26, 2013, 11:16 PM EDT

    John Wall

    It isn’t enough that players in the middle of a game are capable of performing these types of acts; it’s important to recognize the presence of mind required to create this particular kind of highlight. John Wall improvised with this uncontested 360-dunk on Tuesday, in a play that was equal parts creative and athletic during…

  3. Mike Woodson says perception he doesn’t like Iman Shumpert is ‘bullsh–‘

    Nov 26, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

    Knicks Pelicans Basketball

    It’s been widely assumed that the Knicks as a franchise are less than enamored with Iman Shumpert, for reasons unclear to the majority of the team’s fan base. Shumpert is a young asset who is active defensively and is capable of scoring in the right situations, which should make him valuable to a club filled…

  4. Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder rips Sacramento over Kings not relocating to Seattle

    Nov 26, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

    Eddie Vedder And Zach Galifianakis Rock Malibu Fundraiser For EBMRF And Heal EB

    The city of Sacramento rallied around the Kings for some reason, despite the fact that it’s one of the historically worst franchises that the NBA has ever seen. When the threat of relocation to Seattle presented itself, former NBA player and current Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson stepped in to save the day, helping a new…

  5. The Extra Pass: Behind San Antonio’s hot start and Monday’s recaps

    Nov 26, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    At least in the standings, the San Antonio Spurs are as good as they’ve ever been. By walloping the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday, San Antonio tied their franchise best for a start to the season. The Spurs are 13-1 now and winners of 11 straight games. What can you say? I ran out of…

  6. Carmelo Anthony says Kobe’s health will be key factor in determining whether free agents want to play for Lakers

    Nov 26, 2013, 12:16 AM EDT

    NBA All-Star Bryant of the Lakers and All-Star Anthony of the Knicks laugh during the NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    When the news of Kobe Bryant‘s contract extension with the Lakers broke on Monday, many fans of the team were immediately annoyed by the dollars being committed to the face of the franchise over the next two seasons. The problem isn’t that Bryant doesn’t deserve every penny. It’s that at this stage of his career,…

  7. Kobe Bryant on his two-year contract extension: ‘This wasn’t a negotiation’

    Nov 25, 2013, 11:09 PM EDT

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    Kobe Bryant signed a two-year contract extension with the Lakers on Monday, a deal worth $48.5 million that will leave L.A. enough cap space next season to pursue a max contract level player in free agency — but just barely. The reaction to the news from Lakers fans and outside observers alike was mostly similar,…

  8. J.R. Smith is in bed by 9 p.m. in his latest Foot Locker spot (VIDEO)

    Nov 25, 2013, 10:07 PM EDT

    J.R. Smith

    J.R. Smith, as you may have heard, has a bit of a reputation as a partier in NBA circles. He’s been seen out late on more than one occasion when his team has a game to play the very next day, which makes this parody of his lifestyle in the latest Foot Locker spot all…

  9. Kyle Korver nearing NBA record for three-pointers made in consecutive games

    Nov 25, 2013, 9:01 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    Kyle Korver has always been known as one of the league’s more consistent three-point shooters throughout his NBA career. Now in his 12th season, he seems to be getting better with age. Korver is shooting 52.9 percent from three-point distance so far this season, after finishing at 45.7 percent last year, which was good enough…

  10. Eric Bledsoe to miss fifth straight game for Suns due to shin injury

    Nov 25, 2013, 7:02 PM EDT

    Eric Bledsoe, Reggie Jackson

    Eric Bledsoe was off to a strong start to his first season with the Phoenix Suns, scoring as many believed he was capable of while playing starter’s minutes for a team that’s surprised with a 7-6 record through its first 13 games. The past four games, however, Bledsoe has been sidelined to due a bruised…

  11. Report: Derrick Rose injury could ‘accelerate’ attempts to trade Luol Deng

    Nov 24, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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    The news of the latest injury to Derrick Rose, a torn meniscus that will require surgery, is devastating on multiple levels. You have to feel for Rose personally, of course, considering all of the hard work he put in to come back from an injury to his other knee that forced him to miss all…

  12. Stephen Curry finds Klay Thompson with a behind-the-back pass in transition (VIDEO)

    Nov 17, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Stephen Curry, Isaiah Thomas

    This was one of those highlights that appeared to be flashier than necessary on the surface, until you take a closer look at the defender’s position. Stephen Curry found Klay Thompson with a smooth behind-the-back pass in transition during the Warriors’ win over the Jazz on Saturday, and for the play to be successful, he…

  13. Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett didn’t come to the arena for Nets’ loss to Clippers

    Nov 17, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Newly acquired Net's NBA players attend a news conference introducing them to the media in Brooklyn

    Most of the time in the NBA, if a team’s star players are going to miss a game due to injury, they will still accompany their teammates to the arena and either receive treatment in the locker room while the game is going on, or wear a suit and represent on the sidelines. Paul Pierce…

  14. Jermaine O’Neal suffers sprained knee and strained groin in Warriors’ win over Jazz

    Nov 17, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    jermaine oneal warriors

    The Warriors had no trouble with the Jazz on Saturday and cruised to an easy double-digit win as expected. But the team lost backup center Jermaine O’Neal in the process. O’Neal went down early in the fourth quarter after slipping along the baseline, and had to be helped off the floor. It didn’t look good,…

  15. Amar’e Stoudemire frustrated with minutes restriction

    Nov 17, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire dunks during their NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland

    The Knicks are a mess right now, and after dropping their fifth straight home game on Saturday to fall to just 3-6 on the season, the frustration is becoming public from nearly every corner of the locker room. Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith, and Mike Woodson have all expressed concern over the team’s apparent lack of…

  16. Report: Rockets certain to trade Omer Asik

    Nov 17, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Omer Asik, Ed Davis

    The situation with Omer Asik in Houston has deteriorated to the point where the big man that head coach Kevin McHale tried to pair alongside Dwight Howard in the starting lineup hasn’t been emotionally ready to suit up for the team’s last two games. After essentially requesting to be traded since the deal to acquire…

  17. Report: Dion Waiters has a mysterious illness that may be tied to his being removed from the starting lineup

    Nov 17, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    dion waiters

    The Cavaliers held a players only meeting earlier this week, after losing by 29 points to the Timberwolves which put them at just 3-7 through the team’s first 10 games. There were reports that the meeting turned contentious, and that players confronted one another about how things were playing out — none of which is…

  18. LeBron James chases down Kemba Walker, swats his shot into the stands (VIDEO)

    Nov 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    In a normal game where the outcome is uncertain and every possession matters, blocking an opponent’s shot so hard that it goes flying a couple rows back into the stands isn’t the most intelligent basketball play. But it sure is fun to watch. LeBron James caught Kemba Walker on the fast break and came through…

  19. Rasheed Wallace dunks at Pistons practice (VIDEO)

    Nov 16, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    Rasheed Wallace

    Rasheed Wallace, now an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons, decided to show the young fellas at practice that even though his playing days are over and he’s fairly out of shape, he can still throw it down reverse-style with two hands. OK, just barely. Pistons big man Andre Drummond posted the hilarious clip to…

  20. Deron Williams, Paul Pierce, Brook Lopez will all miss Saturday’s game at Clippers due to injury

    Nov 16, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets Deron Williams Paul Pierce Kevin Garnett

    The Nets got their first road win of the season in spectacular fashion on Friday, getting a game-winner from Joe Johnson at the overtime buzzer to beat the Suns in Phoenix. The victory was a costly one, however, as Brooklyn will be extremely shorthanded when the team faces the Clippers in Los Angeles on Saturday.…

  21. Lance Stephenson with the dunk and the dance (VIDEO)

    Nov 16, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

    Lance Stephenson

    Lance Stephenson is off to a fantastic beginning this season, and there’s no question he’s been a factor in the Pacers getting off to a perfect 9-0 start. Stephenson has already posted a triple-double, and after sprinting down the court through traffic to finish with the slam against the Bucks, he added some swag to…

  22. LeBron says if he took 37 shots in a game, he’d ‘put up 60. Easy.’

    Nov 16, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    LeBron James had a remarkably efficient performance in the Heat’s win over the Mavericks on Friday, even by his unprecedented standards. James finished with 39 points in just under 37 minutes of action, and scored them by taking just 18 shots. LeBron shot 14-of-18 from the field, good for 77.7 percent shooting, and made his…

  23. Mario Chalmers suspended one game for swinging forearm at Dirk Nowitzki (VIDEO)

    Nov 16, 2013, 1:24 PM EDT

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    When you think of the league’s most physical players, Mario Chalmers isn’t a name that immediately jumps to the top of the list. But after his ejection on Friday for swinging a forearm to the face of Dirk Nowitzki, Chalmers has racked up enough flagrant foul points in the early part of the season that…

  24. Kobe Bryant practices with Lakers, says: ‘If there was a playoff game tonight, I’d play’

    Nov 16, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Yao Ming & Kobe Bryant Attend NBA Fans Appreciation Day

    Kobe Bryant has yet to take the floor for the Lakers this season, after suffering a torn Achilles injury back in April that required surgery and the requisite amount of extensive rehab that traditionally follows. But he is back on the practice court, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. After seven months of rehabilitating a…

  25. Sacramento Kings fans set ‘world record’ for crowd noise (VIDEO)

    Nov 16, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Question: What do you get when you cross a passionate fan base with a terrible team playing in a dump of an arena? Answer: A willingness to set a world record for noise, apparently. We told you this was coming — the folks at Guinness World Records were on hand in Sacramento on Friday, and…

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