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  1. Rockets trade Marcus Morris to Suns for future pick

    Feb 20, 2013, 8:21 PM EDT

    Marcus Morris

    The small deals are beginning to trickle in as the trade deadline approaches, and although this one involves three teams, it’s not exactly likely to send huge seismic waves throughout the league at large. From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports: The Houston Rockets have traded Marcus Morris to the Phoenix Suns for a future second-round…

  2. Report: Josh Smith ‘not opposed’ to re-signing in Milwaukee if traded to Bucks

    Feb 20, 2013, 7:28 PM EDT

    Hawks forward Smith reacts after a shot in the first half during their game against the Celtics in Game One of their NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs basketball game in Atlanta

    As the trade deadline rapidly approaches, the biggest name expected to be dealt is Atlanta’s Josh Smith. The latest reports have Milwaukee, Brooklyn, and Phoenix as the most likely trade partners, and if the most recent information out of Smith’s camp is indeed true, then the Bucks may have reason to push even harder to…

  3. Mike Woodson says Knicks will ‘sit tight’ at trade deadline

    Feb 20, 2013, 2:52 PM EDT

    Mike Woodson, Carmelo Anthony

    We’re seeing the list of teams that are coming out and saying they won’t be doing anything at the trade deadline grow longer by the minute, and with good reason. The new tax structure in the recently negotiated collective bargaining agreement, which goes into full effect next season, is scaring teams from adding salary and…

  4. Report: Celtics say they won’t trade Rajon Rondo

    Feb 20, 2013, 1:25 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    All reports regarding a team’s trade intentions at this time of year should be read very carefully until any deal is actually completed. But this one regarding what the Celtics are planning to do with Rajon Rondo as Thursday’s deadline approches seems as close as we can get to a true assurance. From Sam Amick…

  5. David Lee, Klay Thompson talk about getting Warriors back on track after the All-Star break

    Feb 18, 2013, 12:21 PM EDT

    David Lee, Zach Randolph

    HOUSTON — For the Golden State Warriors, the All-Star break couldn’t have come at a better time. And at least two of the team’s key players are confident the team will get back on track once the regular season resumes on Tuesday. The Warriors entered the break on a five-game losing streak, a rough end…

  6. Lakers owner Jerry Buss passes away at age 80

    Feb 18, 2013, 11:14 AM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss and US actor Jack Nicholson watching the WBC middleweight championship fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles

    Lakers owner Jerry Buss has passed away at age 80 after a battle with cancer, NBC News has confirmed. It is a story first broken by Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times. Lakers spokesman Bob Steiner confirmed Jerry Buss was 80. His date of birth was Jan. 27, 1933. It was just a few days…

  7. Kobe Bryant gets two blocks on LeBron James late in 2013 NBA All-Star game (VIDEO)

    Feb 18, 2013, 1:13 AM EDT

    NBA All-Star Bryant of the Lakers blocks a shot by All-Star James of the Heat in the fourth quarter during the 2013 NBA All Star basketball game in Houston

    HOUSTON — The All-Star game was a competitive one down the stretch, and not surprisingly, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James were the ones competing hardest, and doing so against one another with the contest hanging in the balance. Bryant got the best of James on two possessions, twice blocking the shot of the reigning league…

  8. Chris Paul wins MVP of 2013 NBA All-Star game

    Feb 18, 2013, 12:43 AM EDT

    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

    HOUSTON — Chris Paul took home the MVP trophy from the 2013 All-Star game, as he led the West to a 143-138 win in the NBA’s midseason exhibition, and did so in a contest that was close and competitive down the stretch. The award often times goes to the player who scores the most points…

  9. LeBron James with two alley-oop dunks early in 2013 NBA All-Star game (VIDEO)

    Feb 17, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

    NBA All-Star Game 2013

    HOUSTON — LeBron James got loose early for a couple of nice alley-oop jams in Sunday’s NBA All-Star game. The first came off the backboard from LeBron’s Miami teammate Dwyane Wade, and the second came at the front of the rim on a nice little flip from Carmelo Anthony. We’re just getting started.

  10. Players explain dunks they had ready in case they advanced to the final round of the Dunk Contest

    Feb 17, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Gerald Green

    HOUSTON — Only two contestants out of the field of six advanced to the final round of the Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday, and Terrence Ross and Jeremy Evans were the ones who earned their way there to get a shot at this year’s title. That means we had other capable dunkers who had to…

  11. Jeremy Evans dunks over covered picture, reveals it to be painting of him performing the dunk (VIDEO)

    Feb 17, 2013, 12:33 AM EDT

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    HOUSTON — Jeremy Evans didn’t win this year’s dunk contest, but it certainly wasn’t due to a lack of creativity or effort on his part. Terrence Ross took home the trophy as the 2013 Sprite Slam Dunk champion, and was definitely deserving of the honor. But Evans wins at least in terms of creativity, based…

  12. Kyrie Irving wins 2013 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest

    Feb 16, 2013, 11:49 PM EDT

    Foot Locker Three-Point Contest

    HOUSTON — Kyrie Irving is your 2013 Three-Point Contest champion, besting Matt Bonner in the final round by a score of 23-20 to take home the title. “It feels good,” Irving said afterward. “Add it to the résumé. MVP for Rising Stars, and now Three‑Point Shoot Out champion.” The first round featured largely mediocre performances,…

  13. Billy Hunter issues statement after being ousted as head of NBA players union

    Feb 16, 2013, 9:28 PM EDT

    Hunter and Fisher of the NBA speak during news conference to reject NBA's latest offer in New York

    HOUSTON — NBA players union president Billy Hunter was unanimously voted out of that position by representatives from 24 of the 30 teams in Houston on Saturday. He did some questionable things that came to light during an internal audit, and that was more than enough in the players’ eyes to get him removed from…

  14. David Stern says his favorite All-Star memory was giving the MVP to Magic Johnson in ’92

    Feb 16, 2013, 9:10 PM EDT

    1992 NBA All Star Game

    HOUSTON — David Stern addressed the media at the Toyota Center on Saturday, and being that this is his last All-Star weekend as NBA commissioner, some of the questions asked him to reflect on his time working for the league over the last 30-plus seasons. One of his more poignant responses came when the topic…

  15. Deputy NBA commissioner says 2015 All-Star game ‘likely’ to be hosted by Knicks or Nets

    Feb 16, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony leaps to block Brooklyn Nets' Deron Williams despite hand grab by Nets' Reggie Evans during their NBA game in New York

    HOUSTON — During commissioner David Stern’s press conference inside the Toyota Center before the All-Star Saturday Night festivities began, deputy commissioner Adam Silver said that it’s likely that the 2015 All-Star game will be hosted in New York — either in Brooklyn by the Nets at the Barclays Center, or in Manhattan by the Knicks…

  16. East and West players introduced at All-Star practice (VIDEO)

    Feb 16, 2013, 7:59 PM EDT

    NBA All-Stars Durant, Paul, James, Griffin and Wade watch a fan dance contest during practice for the NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    HOUSTON — One of the more fan-friendly (and affordable) events to attend during All-Star weekend is the All-Star practice that takes place Saturday morning at the Jam Session inside the Convention Center. The event takes place inside a make-shift arena that seats maybe a thousand fans total, and those in attendance get an up-close look…

  17. Ricky Rubio with some ridiculous highlights from the Rising Stars Challenge (VIDEO)

    Feb 16, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Timberwolves Rubio is guarded by Portland Trail Blazers Lillard during the first half of the NBA BBVA Rising Star Challenge basketball game in Houston

    Kenneth Faried may have won the MVP of the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, and Kyrie Irving may have stolen the show. But Ricky Rubio had some impressive highlights of his own during the game that definitely deserve to be noticed. The brilliance in this clip’s first highlight doesn’t seem to be recognized by either…

  18. Dunk contest contestants discuss plans for All-Star Saturday night

    Feb 16, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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    HOUSTON — In advance of the main event of All-Star Saturday night, the participants had some thoughts on the overall aesthetics of the Slam Dunk Contest, and argued over who the actual favorite is to take home the trophy in 2013. Kenneth Faried, he of the Rising Stars MVP performance on Friday, seemed to be…

  19. Kyrie Irving, Brandon Knight go at each other late in Rising Stars Challenge (VIDEO)

    Feb 15, 2013, 11:54 PM EDT

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge 2013

    HOUSTON — Kenneth Faried was the MVP of the Rising Stars Challenge at the Toyota Center in Houston on Friday, finishing with a game-high 40 points while his Team Chuck beat Team Shaq 163-135. But Kyrie Irving and Brandon Knight stole the show. Late in the game with a little over five minutes remaining, Irving and…

  20. Drexler, Mutombo, Olajuwon, Tomjanovich, and Yao Ming to judge 2013 Slam Dunk Contest

    Feb 15, 2013, 9:51 PM EDT

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    Clyde Drexler, Dikembe Mutombo, Hakeem Olajuwon, Rudy Tomjanovich, and Yao Ming will serve as judges in the 2013 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, the NBA announced today. The Houston connection runs deep, as all five legends will score all of the dunks in the event’s first round. In case you needed credentials for each of these…

  21. Chris Paul discusses his place in the MVP conversation

    Feb 15, 2013, 8:24 PM EDT

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    HOUSTON — Chris Paul is having one of his best overall seasons, leading a deep and talented Clippers team to top-tier status playing among the elite in the Western Conference. Paul’s importance as the main cog that keeps the Clippers machine running was spotlighted recently, when his team struggled with a record of just 2-7…

  22. Dwight Howard says Lakers told him he will not be traded

    Feb 15, 2013, 7:24 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Howard answers a question during media availability for the NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    HOUSTON — Dwight Howard was among the more popular players in terms of media attention on Friday, and it wasn’t because of his sparkling smile or fun-loving personality. All of the players participating in the events of All-Star weekend had group availability sessions, and between the constant struggles of the Lakers this season and Howard’s…

  23. David Stern non-committal on whether NBA would like to keep the Kings in Sacramento

    Feb 15, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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    HOUSTON — David Stern gave a bit of a status update on where the potential sale of the Sacramento Kings stands on Thursday, but was non-committal on whether or not he would prefer to keep the team in Sacramento in the event the city comes up with a perfect counter-proposal. “Right now there’s a contract…

  24. Clippers use fast start, hot three-point shooting to get blowout win over Lakers

    Feb 15, 2013, 2:03 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin

    The Lakers hosted the Clippers in the second half of the televised double-header on Thursday, and with the first game between the Thunder and the Heat running a little long, almost five minutes had gone by in the first quarter in Los Angeles before the national audience saw any of it. By the time TNT…

  25. Dominant LeBron helps Heat cruise to win over Thunder

    Feb 14, 2013, 11:39 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James drives in the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Miami

    The Heat had little trouble taking care of the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Thursday, getting out to a big lead early and cruising to a 110-100 win behind yet another dominant performance from LeBron James. When things did begin to tighten just a bit in the fourth quarter, James made certain to hit big…

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