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  1. Kobe Bryant could return to action Friday for Lakers

    Nov 30, 2013, 9:30 PM EST

    Kobe Lakers black uniform

    The Lakers have a bit of a layoff after hosting Portland on Sunday, with no games at all on the schedule before next Friday’s contest in Sacramento against the Kings. Kobe Bryant has been slowly working his way back from the torn Achilles injury that prematurely ended his season back in April, and the extended…

  2. DeMarcus Cousins won’t shake J.J. Redick’s hand, Redick appears confused (VIDEO)

    Nov 30, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

    DeMarcus Cousins

    DeMarcus Cousins doesn’t want his teammates shaking hands with their opponents, believing that they will be better served in competition by loathing the other team instead of liking them, even by showing the smallest display of sportsmanship. Personally, I’m completely down with this philosophy. In an age where plenty of players have known each other…

  3. Marco Belinelli is your current NBA leader in three-point shooting percentage

    Nov 30, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

    belinelli

    If the headline hadn’t spoiled the surprise and someone asked you to guess who was leading the league in three-point shooting percentage through the first 16 games of the season, unless you were a hardcore Spurs fan, there’s no set of circumstances that would have led you to guess it was Marco Belinelli. But among…

  4. Paul Pierce out Saturday against Grizzlies due to hand injury

    Nov 30, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

    Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce

    UPDATE 7:14 p.m.: Paul Pierce is now officially out Saturday against the Grizzlies. 3:30 p. m.: Injuries have been the story do far this season for the Brooklyn Nets, a team many expected to be legitimate contenders in the Eastern Conference. The latest one is to Paul Pierce, who isn’t expected to play when the…

  5. Jason Kidd learned his drink-spilling trick from Del Harris (VIDEO)

    Nov 30, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

    KIDD_JASON

    When Jason Kidd intentionally spilled his drink on the floor to stop play in lieu of calling a timeout that the Nets didn’t have late in their loss to the Lakers, it was seen by some as a creative (if dishonest) way to try to ice the free throw shooter with the game on the…

  6. Randy Foye blocks Carmelo Anthony’s shot at the buzzer, Knicks lose eighth straight (VIDEO)

    Nov 30, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    The Knicks battled back from a 10-point fourth quarter deficit in Denver on Friday, and had a chance to send the game into overtime in the final possession of regulation. Carmelo Anthony waived off the screen and went to an isolation set against Randy Foye, and given the fact that Anthony had a good four-inch…

  7. Errant pass from Bobcats’ Gerald Henderson hits woman in the head, drops her to the floor (VIDEO)

    Nov 30, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

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    It’s not often a ball gets fired a couple of rows into the stands by a player trying to make a pass, but when it does, it can come with some speed and if the fans in attendance don’t happen to be paying attention, you get the following result. That’s going to leave a mark.…

  8. Lakers execute halfcourt alley-oop to end the first half against Pistons for second straight season (VIDEO)

    Nov 30, 2013, 12:45 AM EST

    New York Knicks v Washington Wizards

    Kobe Bryant is injured and Earl Clark is gone in free agency, but the play those two ran in Detroit to end the first half against the Pistons a season ago was alive and well on Friday. The play above shows Steve Blake inbounding the ball from just inside the halfcourt line on the sideline,…

  9. Russell Westbrook hits the game-winning three to send Thunder to overtime win over Warriors (VIDEO)

    Nov 29, 2013, 11:15 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Westbrook looks on during a timeout against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    The Thunder and the Warriors played an exciting and competitive game on Friday that required an overtime period for the contest to be decided. The extra session wasn’t pretty overall, with plenty of possessions ending with a poor shot selection and with both teams combining to shoot just 5-of-17 over the game’s final five minutes.…

  10. PBT Roundtable: Who’s third best in the East?

    Nov 28, 2013, 11:45 PM EST

    Brooklyn Nets Deron Williams Paul Pierce Kevin Garnett

    Each week the PBT writers sit at a virtual roundtable and discuss the NBA topic of the day. This week’s question:  The Heat and the Pacers have been the clear class of the Eastern Conference so far, but who is the third best team there right now? Who will be at the end of the…

  11. Mason Plumlee finishes the reverse alley-oop against Lakers (VIDEO)

    Nov 28, 2013, 10:15 PM EST

    mason plumlee nets

    The Nets erased all of a 27-point deficit before ultimately falling to the Lakers on Wednesday, and that doesn’t happen without converting at least a few significant highlight-level plays. This acrobatic finish by Mason Plumlee was one of them that qualified. Andray Blatche fired the pass to Plumlee inside, who elevated with his back to…

  12. Roy Hibbert finds Paul George for the alley-oop slam (VIDEO)

    Nov 28, 2013, 8:45 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v New Orleans Pelicans

    It isn’t extremely common for a team’s big man presence to find the slashing forward with a perfect pass for an alley-oop slam, but Roy Hibbert and Paul George pulled it off against the Bobcats on Wednesday. Jeff Taylor got completely lost trying to keep pace with George on the perimeter, and couldn’t get by…

  13. Jason Kidd fined $50K for intentionally spilling drink on the court to stop play in loss to Lakers

    Nov 28, 2013, 7:16 PM EST

    Brooklyn Nets v Charlotte Bobcats

    UPDATE 8:45 pm: The NBA league office has confirmed the $50,000 fine for Jason Kidd. 7:16 pm: Jason Kidd used a loophole in the rules to force a stoppage in play late in his team’s loss to the Lakers on Wednesday, and that bit of creativity is going to cost him a fair bit of…

  14. Knicks hold team meeting after suffering seventh straight loss

    Nov 28, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

    Carmelo Anthony

    The Knicks lost to the Clippers on Wednesday for the team’s seventh straight defeat, one that sent them to a dismal record of 3-11 on the season. That wasn’t exactly the plan coming off of a year where New York finished with the second best record in the East, and expectations heading into the season…

  15. The Extra Pass: Nets believe they’re headed in the right direction, and Wednesday’s recaps

    Nov 28, 2013, 8:10 AM EST

    joe johnson steve blake

    NEW YORK – The Nets fell to 4-11 on the season after an early blowout ended up becoming a heartbreaker before the final buzzer sounded. But the vibe around the team is good despite the rough start, because some of the key players believe that the recent effort shown has the beginnings of trending things…

  16. Wes Johnson gets up for the reverse slam on Paul Pierce (VIDEO)

    Nov 27, 2013, 9:42 PM EST

    New Orleans Pelicans v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers’ Wesley Johnson is as athletic as they come, and he got the opportunity to put some of that skill on display in the first quarter against the Nets on Wednesday. While Paul Pierce ultimately ends up on the poster here, to be fair to him his decision to contest came when it was…

  17. Timberwolves unveil black sleeved alternate jerseys (PHOTOS)

    Nov 27, 2013, 8:35 PM EST

    adiads T-Wolves Lights Out Jersey 1

    The majority of NBA teams will be wearing a sleeved version of an alternate jersey at some point this season, including all of the ones playing on Christmas Day. Some clubs are embracing the trend more than others, however, and the Timberwolves are firmly on board. Minnesota officially unveiled what’s being called the “Lights Out”…

  18. The Extra Pass: Gumbo and The Brow, and Tuesday night’s recap

    Nov 27, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    New Orleans Pelicans v Memphis Grizzlies

    The New Orleans Pelicans roster was assembled with all the care of an inebriated person making gumbo. Three ball-dominant guards in addition to the ball-dominant guard we just drafted? Sure, that will work. A stretch 4 and a stretch 5? Toss ‘em in. The individual pieces in New Orleans are talented, to be certain, but…

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

    Nov 27, 2013, 12:21 AM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 26, 2013, 11:16 PM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 26, 2013, 10:10 PM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 26, 2013, 8:31 PM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 26, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    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…

  24. 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 EST

    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,…

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

    Nov 25, 2013, 11:09 PM EST

    kobe ring

    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,…

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