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Brett Pollakoff

  1. Lamar Odom posts statement to address comments made by his father

    Sep 25, 2013, 7:59 AM EDT

    Lamar Odom

    If you’re at all a fan of professional basketball, then virtually all of this summer’s news involving Lamar Odom has been nothing short of painful to watch. Odom was a special talent in this league, and when engaged could perform at the game’s highest levels. He took home  the Sixth Man of the Year award…

  2. Kevin Durant says Dwyane Wade is no longer a top-10 NBA player, Wade responds

    Sep 25, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

    wade durant

    Kevin Durant did a media tour promoting the work he’s doing with one of his sponsors, and any time you’re in front of the camera for that long answering a seemingly endless stream of questions, you’re bound to say something that could be construed as an insult by someone who may be looking for some…

  3. Roger Mason Jr. works out for the Heat

    Sep 24, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

    Roger Mason Jr. Hornets

    When we last heard from Roger Mason Jr., he was planning to run for the players’ union’s presidency, and was even considered likely to be the one to win the job based on several years of experience in dealing with union matters. That was before LeBron James briefly considered the role, and before Chris Paul…

  4. Bucks unveil new court design for 2013-14 season

    Sep 24, 2013, 9:16 PM EDT

    bucks newcourt

    The Bucks unveiled a new court design during an event held at the Milwaukee Art Museum on Tuesday, and if you’re familiar with the history of the franchise, then the floor’s look may bring back some memories. The Bucks had the team’s original play-by-play announcer Eddie Doucette on hand to help with the introductions, and current…

  5. Derrick Rose says team chemistry will help Bulls compete with league’s elite

    Sep 24, 2013, 8:51 AM EDT

    adidas/BRIAN KERSEY

    CHICAGO – The Bulls are expected by many to be among the top teams in the Eastern Conference when factoring in the return of Derrick Rose. But while teams like Brooklyn, New York, and Indiana added talent through trades or free agency, Chicago lost a couple of guys who helped the team make its playoff…

  6. adidas unveils the D Rose 4: Launch event recap

    Sep 24, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose d rose 4 l

    CHICAGO — There’s an excitement level that seems palpable surrounding the return of Derrick Rose to the NBA this season, and that feeling is intensified even more in the city of Chicago, where adidas held a monster of a launch event for Rose’s latest signature shoe, the D Rose 4. The United Center was where it…

  7. Derrick Rose is ‘all in for Chicago’ (VIDEO)

    Sep 21, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    It’s an exciting time for Derrick Rose, who will be back on the court at 100 percent for the Bulls for the first time in over 17 months once training camp opens on September 27. He’s also unveiling his latest signature shoe, the D Rose 4, at an event in Chicago this weekend. The latest spot…

  8. Lakers’ Spanish broadcast team wins ‘Best Live Call’ for broadcast of Kobe’s game-tying three vs. Raptors (VIDEO)

    Sep 21, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Rudy Gay

    The Lakers’ overtime win over the Raptors back in March was easily the best regular season game I attended in person last year. Kobe Bryant was absolutely ridiculous in dragging his team first to overtime and then to victory, and just like sports writers can do some of their best work when a player or…

  9. Adam Silver says it’s critical to the NBA that the Bucks remain in Milwaukee

    Sep 21, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    NBA Commissioner David Stern Announces Retirement

    Adam Silver will replace David Stern as NBA commissioner in February, and when he said recently that the Bradley Center in Milwaukee was “unfit for the NBA,” many saw it as a veiled threat that the Bucks would be opened for discussions of relocation if plans for a state-of-the-art facility weren’t in the works in…

  10. Players at Eurobasket agree: It was a tough game (VIDEO)

    Sep 20, 2013, 11:47 PM EDT

    BASKET-EURO-2013-GRE-ESP

    The folks at FIBA Europe TV had some fun with a phrase that seemed to keep coming up at Eurobasket no matter which players or coaches were speaking about the day’s competition. Put succinctly, every contest seemed to be “a tough game.” That was especially true in Friday’s semifinal matchup between Spain and France, where…

  11. NBA updates media access rules for 2013-14 season

    Sep 20, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

    lebron-all-star houston

    We understand that the casual fan probably doesn’t care how often players and coaches are formally made to be available to the media throughout the course of the season, or how long reporters have to wait after games to speak to a team’s star players. But it affects the coverage you’ll receive, especially from guys…

  12. Lakers announce signing of second round draft pick Ryan Kelly

    Sep 20, 2013, 8:32 PM EDT

    Michigan State v Duke

    The Lakers signed Ryan Kelly, the team announced on Friday via official release. Kelly was selected with the 48th overall pick in the second round of this summer’s draft, with the hope that the 6’11” forward out of Duke would be able to fill the ever-elusive stretch-four role that seems to thrive in the offensive…

  13. Deron Williams to undergo MRI, still expects to be ready for training camp

    Sep 20, 2013, 8:47 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Indiana Pacers

    Deron Williams suffered a sprained ankle during an offseason workout, and while it’s relegated him to wearing a walking boot, the injury wasn’t believed to be serious enough to cause him to miss any time. While that’s still the prevailing diagnosis, the team will take the extra precaution of having Williams undergo an MRI before…

  14. Marco Belinelli says offer to play for Spurs was too good to pass up

    Sep 20, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets - Game Seven

    Marco Belinelli ended up being a key contributor for the Bulls last year, thanks in part to the absence of Derrick Rose, but also because of the incredibly high number of injuries his teammates sustained, especially near the end of the season. It wasn’t supposed to be that way in Chicago, and with the team…

  15. Kobe Bryant still reportedly ‘a few weeks away’ from being able to run at 100 percent

    Sep 20, 2013, 12:03 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    The report we received a few days ago regarding the progress Kobe Bryant is making in his rehabilitation from a torn Achilles injury stated that we shouldn’t expect to see him back at anytime during October’s preseason schedule. The most recent update, which tells us that he’s still weeks away from being able to even…

  16. Gerald Henderson calls his steal in ’84 Finals greatest play in Celtics history

    Sep 19, 2013, 10:27 PM EDT

    gerald henderson celtics

    The Boston Celtics are one of the league’s most storied franchises, so any conversation that tries to identify the single greatest play in the team’s history is ultimately an exercise in futility, with the point being that there are far too many moments of greatness for there to be one that transcends all others. But…

  17. Jason Kidd says Deron Williams should be in the MVP conversation next season

    Sep 19, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Former NBA basketball player Kidd poses for photographers with Brooklyn Nets player Williams at a news conference in Brooklyn

    The NBA’s Most Valuable Player award has always been sort of a nebulous distinction. The qualifications aren’t written down anywhere, but it almost always goes to the best player on one of the league’s top two or three teams. If the Brooklyn Nets meet or exceed their own expectations in the coming year, then Deron…

  18. Nuggets get giant new scoreboard, claim it to be largest in NBA (VIDEO)

    Sep 19, 2013, 4:03 PM EDT

    nuggets new scoreboard

    A very large new scoreboard at the Pepsi Center in Denver was installed this summer, and the time lapse video clip above shows how the giant display was assembled. The dimensions are simply huge, and the Nuggets claim it to be the largest the league has to offer. From Aaron J. Lopez of Nuggets.com: The…

  19. Spurs’ GM wanted Tony Parker to play fewer minutes at Eurobasket

    Sep 19, 2013, 3:34 PM EDT

    BASKETBALL-EURO2013-FRIENDLY-FRA-GEO

    It’s no secret that NBA general managers don’t want their players overextending themselves during the summer, because their priority is to have the beast team possible ready for the start of the season at October’s end. But players have different priorities, especially those with international ties. Tony Parker is among the many foreign-born players who…

  20. Ronny Turiaf happy to be on Rubio’s team after battling him in international competition

    Sep 19, 2013, 3:01 PM EDT

    Ronny Turiaf,  Matt Barnes

    We’re almost out of the deep offseason woods, where in our effort to provide constant content, the mildly amusing quotes of fringe players make it into stories of their own during the slow summer months. But we’re not there just yet. Ronny Turiaf, now with the Minnesota Timberwolves, had an interesting remark when describing his…

  21. Report: Knicks coaches want to sign Earl Barron, but front office is undecided

    Sep 19, 2013, 2:33 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v New York Knicks

    Th Knicks could use some frontcourt depth for next season, and no, the free agent signing of Andrea Bargnani isn’t what we’re talking about. New York needs defense and rebounding off the bench, particularly if it wants to contend with teams like the Nets and the Pacers who are relatively stacked at the forward or…

  22. Hakeem Olajuwon regrets describing Dwight Howard as ‘raw’

    Sep 19, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Houston Rockets

    If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Dwight Howard the person through his last season in Orlando and during his ill-fated stint with the Lakers, it’s that he’s extremely sensitive to anything that can be perceived as negative that’s being said about him, in virtually any context. Howard has been working out with Hakeem Olajuwon…

  23. Andre Iguodala targeting more than 50 wins with Warriors this season

    Sep 19, 2013, 12:16 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala

    Andre Iguodala came to the Warriors as a free agent this summer, after Golden State upset his Nuggets in the first round of last season’s playoffs. The Warriors had a season of resurgence, getting to the second round of the postseason in what was only the team’s second trip to the playoffs in the last…

  24. Derrick Rose says he won’t recruit free agents to play with him in Chicago

    Sep 18, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

    d rose lebron

    Recruiting has always been a way of life in college sports, but free agents on the professional level have historically made decisions based more on money, location, and chances of winning (usually in that order) over everything else. But the league has shifted in recent years. There was a time when superstars relished the opportunity…

  25. Public service announcement: Spurs’ Jeff Pendergraph is now known as Jeff Ayres

    Sep 18, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Indiana Pacers - Game Two

    The Spurs signed Jeff Pendergraph to a two-year contract in free agency this summer, but Pendergraph will never play for the team — Jeff Ayres will instead. It’s a long and somewhat interesting story, but the basics are excerpted here as a public service announcement to Spurs fans who may wonder what’s going on once…

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