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  1. Rockets broadcaster says Lakers ‘pooped their big boy pants’ after losing in Houston

    Dec 5, 2012, 12:27 PM EDT

    Greg Smith

    After the Lakers fell at home on Sunday to the Orlando Magic, Kobe Bryant was quoted as saying that Pau Gasol needed to “put on his big boy pants” and start playing with a little more toughness. Gasol missed the Lakers loss in Houston on Tuesday due to tendinitis in his knees, but the Rockets…

  2. Kevin Durant missed this dunk, but it would have been amazing (VIDEO)

    Dec 5, 2012, 11:42 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    We’re not in the habit of bringing you highlights of missed dunks or shots that don’t count, but for this clip of Kevin Durant from the Thunder’s win over the Nets on Tuesday, an exception needs to be made. This one is great for a lot of reasons. Durant seemed to have been eyeing this…

  3. Magic get ultimate revenge on Dwight Howard, beating the Lakers and humiliating him in the process

    Dec 3, 2012, 12:47 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Glen Davis, J.J. Redick

    There really is nothing that could happen in one game for the Orlando Magic that could possibly make up for what Dwight Howard put them through a season ago, considering the way he forced his way out of town and left the franchise in a full-blown rebuilding situation. But for a single night, the Magic…

  4. Sebastian Telfair flops after hitting Pablo Prigioni in the face (VIDEO)

    Dec 2, 2012, 10:18 PM EDT

    Sebastian Telfair, Brandon Rush

    The league has begun to crack down on flopping this season. Players who are caught in the act will first receive a warning, before then receiving fines escalating in value for each subsequent violation. Sebastian Telfair may find himself on the league’s radar, after this play that occurred during the Knicks’ win over the Suns…

  5. MRI reveals Rip Hamilton suffered torn plantar fascia, which is actually good news

    Dec 2, 2012, 8:43 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Chicago Bulls

    In the third quarter of the Bulls’ win over the Sixers on Saturday, Rip Hamilton was forced to leave the game with a foot injury, the severity of which was unknown at the time. Hamilton returned in the game’s closing seconds to ice it for his team at the free throw line, but afterward, his comments…

  6. Tim Duncan can still dunk, does so over Marc Gasol (VIDEO)

    Dec 2, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan spreads his arms during a stop in play during their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Texas

    Tim Duncan has been nicknamed the “Big Fundamental” for a reason, one that is showcased nicely in this highlight from the Spurs’ overtime win over the Grizzlies on Saturday. The spin move and the up and under on the way to the dunk were almost more impressive than the slam itself. Duncan isn’t a leaper…

  7. Trade talk for Anderson Varejao expected to heat up

    Dec 2, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Image (1) varejao-thumb-250x218-21449.jpg for post 4424

    The Cavaliers aren’t exactly having a great season, but if nothing else they play hard just about every time out under head coach Byron Scott. Once Kyrie Irving returns from injury things should improve a bit, but even in his absence, Anderson Varejao is making an impact in every one of his court appearances. Varejao…

  8. Celtics ‘wary’ of bringing in Kenyon Martin to fill team’s roster spot

    Dec 2, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Kenyon Martin

    The Celtics need help on the boards, and could use an experienced big man to fill the team’s open roster spot. Someone like Kenyon Martin, maybe, who is out there and waiting to be picked up by any team that will have him. Boston has always been a team sensitive to the personalities it brings…

  9. Brandon Jennings’ three seals Bucks win over Celtics (VIDEO)

    Dec 2, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Brandon Jennings, Ben Uzoh

    The Celtics were playing in Milwaukee on Saturday without Rajon Rondo, who was serving the second game of his two-game suspension for starting the altercation with the Nets’ Kris Humphries on Wednesday. Boston won the first without Rondo in blowout fashion over the Blazers on Friday, and was on pace to do it again after…

  10. Nicolas Batum with the double-overtime game-winner (VIDEO)

    Dec 2, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    Nicolas Batum, Greg Stiemsma

    This clip of Nicolas Batum highlights (and lowlights) from Saturday night’s double-overtime win over the Cavaliers is great, because we get to experience the struggle before the ultimate redemption. It begins with two missed dunks in the first and second quarters, shots that Batum (and most NBA players with his skill set) can usually get…

  11. Popovich ‘disappointed’ by league’s fine against Spurs

    Dec 2, 2012, 9:34 AM EDT

    Gregg Popovich

    After the NBA fined the Spurs $250,000 for resting four healthy starters for Thursday’s game in Miami against the defending champs, plenty of people weighed in on the decision. Saturday night before the Spurs faced the Grizzlies, it was Gregg Popovich’s turn. And while he didn’t use very strong words when explaining his feelings about…

  12. Dwight Howard says he could have handled things better in final months with Orlando. You think?

    Dec 1, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard will face his former team for the first time Sunday, when the Orlando Magic come to Los Angeles to take on his Lakers. The two teams aren’t too far apart record-wise at the moment, with Orlando at 5-10 and L.A. at just 8-8 after a tumultous start to their season. No one expects…

  13. Popovich’s run-in with Stern over resting players could affect his chances to coach Team USA

    Dec 1, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, DeJuan Blair, Gregg Popovich

    The NBA is no different than the company you work for, in that political alliances go a long way in terms of who gets promoted into certain positions. When Gregg Popovich effectively slapped the league in the face on Thursday by sending home four of his healthy starters to rest them instead of having them…

  14. Stern discussed issue of resting players with teams in 2010, was fine with it unless ‘discretion was abused’

    Dec 1, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    David-Stern-all-star-2012

    In April of 2010 after a meeting of the league’s Board of Governors, David Stern addressed the media, as is his custom. The topic of when teams should or shouldn’t be able to rest players came up then, and Stern said he and the teams discussed it. No conclusion was reached in terms of outlining…

  15. Russell Westbrook had a statistical performance for the ages in win over Jazz

    Dec 1, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook passes inside to a teammate in their NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Oklahoma City

    Russell Westbrook is a divisive player among fans, mainly because he sometimes takes on too much of the offensive burden when he has one of the game’s greatest pure scorers in Kevin Durant usually playing right along side him. There’s no doubting Westbrook’s athleticism and talent, however, and he put up a statistical line that…

  16. Kobe called out teammates for lack of toughness at Thursday’s practice

    Dec 1, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    The Lakers seemed to have an extra pep in their step during Friday’s blowout win over the Nuggets. Kobe Bryant was measured in his offensive attack, getting his teammates involved before himself, and Dwight Howard was dominant from the moment the ball went up on both ends of the floor. As it turns out, there…

  17. Doc Rivers ‘doesn’t like’ league fining Spurs for resting their starters

    Dec 1, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New Orleans Hornets

    When David Stern issued a statement stating the league would be fining the Spurs $250,000 for resting four starters on Thursday night in Miami, it was sure to create some controversy. There was no rule specifically stating Gregg Popovich could not sit his players whenever he chooses, so handing down a steep punishment for it…

  18. Cavaliers snap Hawks’ six-game winning streak at the buzzer (VIDEO)

    Dec 1, 2012, 8:26 AM EDT

    Jeremy Pargo (8), Alonzo Gee (33),  Anderson Varejao (17), Dion Waiters

    The Hawks came into Friday night’s home contest against the Cavaliers riding a six-game winning streak, although a closer look at the teams they played during that stretch would reveal that it really wasn’t one that was terribly impressive. Atlanta recorded maybe one quality win in those six games, which came against the Clippers. But…

  19. Dwight Howard dominates as Lakers cruise past Nuggets

    Dec 1, 2012, 1:20 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers were coming off of a miserable 77-point performance against a defensive-minded Pacers team on Tuesday, and the Nuggets were coming to town after playing a wild one the night before on the road against the Warriors. The combination of those two factors, along with Denver’s fearlessness in playing uptempo basketball, spelled disaster for…

  20. Commitment to Triangle Offense may be the reason Brian Shaw is not yet a head coach

    Nov 30, 2012, 8:26 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw

    Brian Shaw is currently an “associate head coach” with the Indiana Pacers, a title that may mean internally that he’s second in command, but has no league-wide significance beyond that. He’s an assistant coach to everyone else, and though he’s had plenty of interviews with teams for a head coaching spot — nine of them,…

  21. Derek Fisher to start at point guard for Mavericks

    Nov 30, 2012, 7:24 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Eric Bledsoe

    Derek Fisher was signed by the Dallas Mavericks this week, after beginning the season without a spot on an NBA roster. Fisher finished last year as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, but found himself without a job to start the year while reportedly looking to catch on with a contender. Since no offers…

  22. Kevin Love questionable Friday due to illness

    Nov 30, 2012, 1:19 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Another day, another update to the status of Timberwolves players who are in or out for the team’s next game. Minnesota will host the Bucks on Friday, but may have to do so without Kevin Love, who is questionable and will likely be a game-time decision, reports Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune. Love has…

  23. LeBron doesn’t think Popovich was wrong for resting Spurs starters against Heat

    Nov 30, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

    LeBron James listens to a question at a news conference during media day at the Miami Heat's home arena in Miami, Florida

    There’s been plenty of discussion over Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich’s decision to rest his three best players on Thursday, all of whom were healthy, for his team’s nationally televised contest in Miami versus the defending champion Heat. No matter where you stand on the issue, it’s tough to argue that the league would be…

  24. Andre Iguodala hits the game-winner that wasn’t (VIDEO)

    Nov 30, 2012, 12:24 PM EDT

    Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson (11)

    ‘We broke down the wild finish to Thursday’s game between the Warriors and the Nuggets. And it could have been even wilder. This shot from Andre Iguodala would have capped it off perfectly, yet it was waived off by the officials after the ball appeared to still be in his hands when the red light…

  25. Nike unveils the KOBE 8 SYSTEM

    Nov 30, 2012, 11:47 AM EDT

    Nike_Zoom_Kobe_8_hero_15899

    Nike has unveiled the latest in the Kobe Bryant signature shoe series, the Kobe 8 System. We hear about some of the design elements in the video above, and though the look is very similar to the Kobe VII, there are some major changes. From the official release: “I’m always focused on improving my game,…

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