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  1. The Extra Pass: Raptors’ salary dump trade could mean a few more wins, too; plus Sunday recaps

    Dec 9, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Amir Johnson Raptors

    LOS ANGELES — Make no mistake, this was first and foremost about money. And future flexibility. Raptors GM Masai Ujiri made a smart trade sending Rudy Gay out of town in a deal that sets his team up for the future by removing up to $12.4 million from the books next season. This summer  Andrea…

  2. Sunday night NBA Grades: Rudy Gay traded to Kings, Kobe returns for Lakers

    Dec 9, 2013, 12:29 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    Kobe Bryant returned, Rudy Gay was traded, and the Knicks were crushed. Grading a busy Sunday of NBA action: Toronto Raptors: What the Toronto Raptors have not had in recent years is a GM with a plan and financial flexibility. With this and previous trades you get a sense that GM Masai Ujiri has a plan. First, get the…

  3. Raptors trade Rudy Gay to Sacramento for multiple players

    Dec 8, 2013, 7:42 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    The Toronto Raptors are trading Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for multiple players, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Toronto began the season with the goal of making the playoffs, but it’s become clear after 18 games that even in the dismal Eastern Conference, that’s not going to…

  4. Deron Williams ‘on track’ to return for Nets’ next game

    Dec 8, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Brooklyn Nets

    The Nets have had their season derailed by injuries thus far, and while having a first-year head coach in Jason Kidd probably isn’t helping given the situation, the fact is that without the team’s full complement of players, it’s impossible to know just how much fault can be placed there. But the clock will be…

  5. NBA welcomes Kobe back with montage of him over the years (VIDEO)

    Dec 8, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant will make his return Sunday night at home against the Raptors, his first on-court appearance since suffering a torn Achilles near the end of last season. While we don’t expect the same kind of heroics Bryant displayed in last season’s epic victory over Toronto, it’ll simply be good to see one of the…

  6. Knicks lose by 41 points at home to Celtics

    Dec 8, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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    The Knicks snapped their nine-game losing streak on Thursday with a 30-point win over the Nets, and followed it up with a 38-point victory over the Magic at home the very next night. Any belief that the Knicks problems were on the verge of being solved, however, was delusional at worst, and short-lived at best.…

  7. LeBron James likely to start at center for Eastern Conference All-Stars

    Dec 8, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    NBA All-Star Game 2013

    The NBA changed the way they categorize players for All-Star voting purposes last season, eliminating the center position (and all others) from the ballot entirely and replacing those with either a frontcourt or backcourt player distinction. While it won’t affect superstar big men like Roy Hibbert making the All-Star roster, it will change the way…

  8. Doc Rivers says rift between Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett ‘will be fixed’

    Dec 8, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen

    When Ray Allen chose to leave Boston as a free agent and join Eastern Conference rival Miami following the 2012 season, it didn’t sit well at all with two of the Celtics’ biggest stars. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were upset by Allen’s decision, even though he wasn’t guaranteed a thing in Boston and was…

  9. Report: Sixers a viable trade destination for Omer Asik

    Dec 8, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Omer Asik

    The reports surrounding the status of Rockets big man Omer Asik will continue their steady stream until the inevitable trade happens. Houston wanted to make it work with Asik playing alongside Dwight Howard, but that experiment failed and with Asik being disgruntled in his situation and constantly requesting to be traded, the Rockets seem determined…

  10. Monta Ellis hits the game-winner to beat Blazers (VIDEO)

    Dec 8, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Monta Ellis

    Coming into Saturday night’s game against Dallas, the Blazers had used the top-ranked offense in the league to get out to a 17-3 start to the season, best in the Western Conference. Portland’s defense is ranked just 20th, however, and playing against a Mavericks team whose offense is ranked fourth and can score almost as…

  11. Report: Jason Kidd safe as Nets coach until team gets healthy

    Dec 8, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Houston Rockets

    The Nets are going through an especially rough time right now, and even mentioning as much seems like a gross understatement of the facts. Brooklyn has lost several of its key players due to injury, including Deron Williams, Paul Pierce, Andrei Kirilenko, and Jason Terry. Head coach Jason Kidd parted ways with assistant Lawrence Frank…

  12. Wade finds LeBron with pass off the glass for dunk in transition (VIDEO)

    Dec 7, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are simply devastating together when the Heat get out in transition, and this highlight from Miami’s easy win over a Timberwolves team playing without Kevin Love is a perfect example. Now of course, a two-on-none fast break will always result in points. But LeBron and Wade often make a spectacle…

  13. Fan wanders onto court while game is going on during Cavaliers-Clippers (VIDEO)

    Dec 7, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Cory O'Connor via Twitter

    Remember last season when an idiot fan in Cleveland ran into the court during live game action? Apparently, there are plenty more like him in that lovely city. During the second quarter of Saturday’s contest between the Cavaliers and the Clippers, we once again had a fan walk onto the court while the game was…

  14. Luol Deng out for Bulls with sore left Achilles

    Dec 7, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics

    Luol Deng missed Saturday night’s game against the Pistons with a sore left Achilles, head coach Tom Thibodeau confirmed before tip-off. Deng’s status is listed as day-to-day, and it’s not believed to be anything serious. After averaging 48.5 minutes per game over the last two contests thanks to logging 56 minutes in a triple-overtime loss…

  15. Michael Carter-Williams hospitalized with bacterial infection

    Dec 7, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Michael Carter-Williams

    So, I had this whole thing written and ready about how Sixers coach Brett Brown doesn’t believe that Michael Carter-Williams is injury-prone, despite the fact that after sitting out Saturday, the rookie will have missed six of his team’s first 21 games. But then the news broke that Carter-Williams had been hospitalized with a bacterial…

  16. D’Antoni says Kobe’s minutes will be ‘somewhere in the 20s’ in Sunday’s return vs. Raptors

    Dec 7, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni; Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant will take the court on Sunday against the Raptors, seeing his first action of the season since suffering a torn Achilles injury this past April. The buzz surrounding Bryant’s long-awaited debut continued at the Lakers practice facility on Saturday, when Mike D’Antoni answered questions about how much Bryant will play, at what level,…

  17. League execs on Kyrie Irving’s recent struggles: ‘He’s pouting’

    Dec 7, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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    Kyrie Irving has been far from the dominating, game-changing point guard he showed capable of last season, and people around the league are beginning to take notice. He’s had games where he’s put up some decent numbers, but has done so inefficiently in recent weeks. After an 0-9 performance in Cleveland’s blowout loss to the…

  18. Blazers set NBA record for three-point percentage in rout of Jazz (VIDEO)

    Dec 7, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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    If you’ve only been paying cursory attention to the NBA in its early stages this season, you may not have noticed the rise of the Portland Trail Blazers. But following Friday night’s 130-98 pasting of the Utah Jazz, Portland now has a record of 17-3 — the best in a very deep Western Conference. Guys…

  19. Report: Knicks have ‘zero intention’ of trading Carmelo Anthony

    Dec 7, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    The Knicks have won two straight in blowout fashion, looking a little like last year’s club with the hot three-point shooting and briefly returning some sense of sanity to the team and its fan base. The media has yet to catch up, however, as the reports and rumors continue to fly about Carmelo Anthony‘s future…

  20. Victor Oladipo rejects Carmelo Anthony at the Rim (VIDEO)

    Dec 7, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Victor Oladipo

    The Knicks rolled the Magic 121-83 on Friday to earn a much-needed second straight victory, but Orlando rookie Victor Oladipo came up with at least one play that was worthy of the highlight reel. As Carmelo Anthony drives the lane for what looks to be a certain slam, Oladipo rises up and rejects him at…

  21. Paul Millsap hits a shot to beat first quarter buzzer vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

    Dec 6, 2013, 11:47 PM EDT

    Chuck Hayes, Paul Millsap

    Russell Westbrook wasn’t the only one showcasing his range under pressure on Friday. Paul Millsap of the Hawks heaved a shot from well beyond half court to beat the first quarter buzzer against the Cavaliers, and it found nothing but the bottom of the net. We’d like to tell you that this particular heave mattered…

  22. Russell Westbrook drains a shot from near half court against Pelicans (VIDEO)

    Dec 6, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook takes a break on the court against the Houston Rockets in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    Anytime a player on either team hits a shot from a distance that borders on the absurd, the announcers on the telecast seemingly can’t wait to break out the local references in describing just how far away the attempt actually was. In this case, we had Russell Westbrook hitting a shot from near halfcourt to…

  23. Knicks snap nine-game losing streak by crushing depleted Nets

    Dec 5, 2013, 11:21 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony reacts after scoring against Miami Heat during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    NEW YORK – In a game that was supposed to be a lively and competitive rivalry contest between two teams who share a city and began the year sharing aspirations of contending for a title, the end result was to fans what the entire season has been for both the Knicks and the Nets —…

  24. Kevin Garnett and Andrea Bargnani get tangled up, receive double technicals (VIDEO)

    Dec 5, 2013, 10:38 PM EDT

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    NEW YORK – The Knicks ended their nine-game losing streak with a blowout win over the Nets in Brooklyn, and early in the fourth with the game already decided Kevin Garnett and Andrea Bargnani got into a brief scuffle that resulted in both players being assessed technical fouls. Garnett is normally the one to blame…

  25. Nike unveils Kobe Bryant’s latest signature shoe, the Kobe 9 Elite (PHOTOS)

    Dec 5, 2013, 9:28 AM EDT

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    Nike held an event at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles to unveil its latest signature shoe for Kobe Bryant, the Kobe 9 Elite. And it’s a huge change from what we’ve seen out of Bryant’s line over the past several seasons. From the official release: “Designed with Kobe’s tech insights and…

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