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  1. Report: Washington Wizards want Greg Monroe

    Jan 20, 2014, 7:34 PM EDT

    Greg Monroe, Marcin Gortat, Bradley Beal, Trevor Ariza, Josh Smith

    The Detroit Pistons have one month to determine whether they’re willing to give Greg Monroe a max contract. There’s no guarantee Monroe will get that large of an offer as a restricted free agent this summer, but the possibility is high enough that if the Pistons aren’t willing to pay him max money, they nearly…

  2. Carmelo Anthony says he has no problem with Kevin Garnett

    Jan 20, 2014, 5:03 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Brooklyn Nets

    It’s been about a year since Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett spent a long stretch of a Knicks-Celtics game jawing back and forth. Melo was so upset, he even waited for Garnett outside the Boston bus. But it seems Melo and Garnett are past what will always be remembered – accurately or inaccurately – as…

  3. Paul George says dunk contest competition will determine his participation (so, he’s probably out)

    Jan 20, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Paul George

    Paul George reportedly said he he doesn’t want to participate in the dunk contest, but he’s at least leaving the door open, if just a crack. George, via Scott Agness of Pacers.com (hat tip: Zach Harper of Eye on Basketball): When asked whether he had declined the offers, George said, “No, I haven’t declined. I’m…

  4. Cleveland Cavaliers beat writers try, survive cryotherapy

    Jan 20, 2014, 12:41 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Cleveland Cavaliers

    NBA players are increasingly using cryotherapy, but to most of us, the actual process is a mystery. All I knew, thanks to the pain and suffering of Manny Harris, is not to wear wet socks during treatment. Otherwise, I was at a loss. But while covering the Cleveland Cavaliers on the West Coast, Mary Schmitt…

  5. Kevin Garnett: ‘I would do anything for’ Rajon Rondo

    Jan 20, 2014, 11:20 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Six

    It can be a little difficult keeping track of the feuds among the members of the Boston Celtics’ last title team. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce don’t like Ray Allen. Doc Rivers reportedly tried to fight Rajon Rondo. Rondo said he “didn’t feel anything” when Garnett and Pierce were traded. It’s dizzying. But between Garnet…

  6. O.J. Mayo and Brandon Knight just want the Bucks to get an identity already

    Jan 20, 2014, 9:45 AM EDT

    Joakim Noah, Brandon Knight, O.J. Mayo

    The Milwaukee Bucks have not won a game in 2014. Considering the 7-33 Bucks are the NBA’s worst team, who knows when they’ll break their nine-game losing streak? They’re capable of winning any game – though all seven of their wins have come against teams with losing records – but they’re not going to be…

  7. Rajon Rondo on aftermath of first game back: ‘I’m alive’

    Jan 20, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    If the Boston Celtics are going to trade Rajon Rondo, they need him to prove he’s healthy. Though the Celtics could theoretically be willing to sell low, NBA teams are typically too risk-averse to trade for a player in Rondo’s condition. He needn’t be the same player he was pre-injury, but he at least must…

  8. P.J. Hairston excels in D-League debut

    Jan 19, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    P.J. Hairston

    P.J. Hairston is a basketball player, and now he’s playing basketball. As it should be. Some of his problems (reckless driving, speeding) would have troubled him anywhere and others would have mattered only in certain states under certain conditions (marijuana). But his most-recent issue – and the one that has most substantially effected his career…

  9. Shane Battier memorializes grandmother with ‘Battle’ nickname jersey

    Jan 19, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs vs Miami Heat

    Shane Battier doesn’t have a  well-established nickname, though I guess “Batman” comes closest. So, when Battier learned the Miami Heat would wear nickname jerseys a few times this season, he was stuck. Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press: Miami forward Shane Battier – who wasn’t exactly thrilled about the nickname idea – said he wanted…

  10. Report: Brooklyn Nets developing black-and-white, stars-and-stripes jersey

    Jan 17, 2014, 2:29 PM EDT

    New York Nets v Boston Celtics

    The Brooklyn Nets have OK uniforms. They’re clean and simple, two traits I usually value, but they’re just a little too simple: Back when the franchise was the New York Nets, they had really cool red-white-and-blue uniforms: Might the Nets try integrating the vertical stars-and-stripes on the left side of their black-and-white uniforms? Paul Lukas…

  11. Jameer Nelson on Victor Oladipo: ‘He’s faster than a hiccup’

    Jan 17, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    Victor Oladipo is a lot of fun. Everywhere he’s gone, his teammates love playing with him, and it’s easy to see why. He’s an explosive athlete who plays with a ton of passion – an awesome combination. The Orlando Magic are 10-29 as we reach the time of year when bad teams fall into ruts.…

  12. Rick Adelman to Minnesota Timberwolves: ‘If you think you’re a playoff team, why don’t you just forget it?’

    Jan 17, 2014, 12:52 PM EDT

    Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic, Rick Adelman

    Before the season, all five of us predicted the Minnesota Timberwolves would make the playoffs (and I didn’t include that link just to point out I was the only one to predict the Trail Blazers would make it, but check that out as long as you’re on the page). The Timberwolves had a star (Kevin…

  13. Luol Deng on his defense with the Cleveland Cavaliers: ‘I’m putting the team in bad situations’

    Jan 17, 2014, 11:48 AM EDT

    Wesley Matthews, Luol Deng

    Luol Deng joined the Cleveland Cavaliers just in time for a four-game Western Conference road trip, which ends tonight in Denver. The Cavaliers have gone 2-2 so far, a stellar mark for a team that was 12-23 prior. Deng is clearly finding his stride offensively. In the last two games, a loss to the Portland…

  14. Kevin Durant responds to LeBron James’ ‘jealous’ comment: ‘LeBron can do whatever he wants’

    Jan 17, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    LeBron James recently expressed his jealousy of how much Kevin Durant shoots. LeBron attempts 16.2 shots per game (19th in the NBA) to Durant’s 19.5 (third in the NBA), so there is a certainly a significant difference for the leading MVP candidates. Neither player is putting up empty numbers – nothing close to that. Although…

  15. Quote of the Day: Carmelo Anthony call Knicks’ loss ‘embarrassing’

    Jan 17, 2014, 10:38 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    “It was an embarrassing loss. It’s a frustrating loss, man. We’re on the road and I felt like we could have played a lot better, a lot harder, than we did. This was a big game, against a big-time team, and we didn’t bring it.” -Carmelo Anthony on the New York Knicks’ 117-89 loss to…

  16. Boston Celtics assistant coach Jamie Young to run Boston Marathon

    Jan 16, 2014, 2:45 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Victory Parade

    Jamie Young is from Indiana and attended college in Illinois, but he’s definitely a Massachusetts guy now. Young is in his 13th season with the Boston Celtics, lasting through the Jim O’Brien and Doc Rivers regimes and surviving into the Brad Stevens era. He’s held a variety of roles and is now an assistant coach.…

  17. Wesley Matthews opens up about strained relationship with NBA-playing father

    Jan 15, 2014, 2:31 PM EDT

    Wesley Matthews, Eric Gordon

    Wes Matthews was one of the best basketball players in University of Wisconsin history. In 1978-79, he was MVP of a team that won more games than any of the four previous seasons. He scored 18.1 points per game in his career, third-best in program history. His college success led him to be drafted No.…

  18. Josh Smith gets firmer (and bigger) role at the expense of Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe

    Jan 15, 2014, 11:45 AM EDT

    Josh Smith, Shawne Williams, Nick Young

    Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond will remain the Detroit Pistons’ starting frontcourt. But those three, as the numbers have indicated would work best, have their seen their minutes staggered recently. That will continue, said Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks. “We’ll probably have Josh Smith and any one of the bigs on the floor,” Cheeks…

  19. LeBron James jealous of Kevin Durant’s shot attempts

    Jan 15, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    LeBron James has not won a scoring title since 2008, when, not coincidentally, he last led the NBA in shots per game. Attempting the most shots is not a sure-fire way to lead the league in scoring average – Kevin Durant leads the NBA in points per game this season, though Carmelo Anthony and LaMarcus…

  20. Report/rumor: Boston Celtics close to trading Jordan Crawford

    Jan 15, 2014, 9:50 AM EDT

    DeAndre Jordan, Jordan Crawford, Blake Griffin

    Rajon Rondo is returning soon, so the Boston Celtics must… Nothing, really. I guess they’ll have to move Keith Bogans to the inactive list, but that’s really the extent of it. Considering Bogans is excused from the team for personal reasons and rarely played prior to that, the move has no significance. The Celtics don’t…

  21. Larry Bird beat J.R. Smith to shoelace stunt

    Jan 13, 2014, 8:18 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    J.R. Smith was put through the ringer last week for untying Dwight Howard’s shoe, untying Shawn Marion’s shoe and gesturing to untie Greg Monroe’s shoe. Smith was fined, benched, told to grow up by his coach and shamed by the NBA’s most powerful writer. So why didn’t Larry Bird get the same treatment after his…

  22. Bill Walton: ‘Gilbert (Arenas) lost his mind’

    Jan 13, 2014, 5:44 PM EDT

    bill+walton

    Bill Walton served as the color commenter for ESPN’s telecast of Thursday’s game between his alma mater, UCLA, and Gilbert Arenas’ alma mater, Arizona. When the camera zoomed in on Arenas, Walton offered, “Gilbert lost his mind.” Arenas’ misdeeds, especially during his time with the Washington Wizards, are well-documented. But I’m not sure Walton holds…

  23. Derrick Rose no longer using crutches

    Jan 13, 2014, 5:23 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    When Derrick Rose last spoke with reporters, he was calling his doubters fools and refusing to declare himself out for the playoffs if the Chicago Bulls made them. He was resilient and relatively upbeat given the situation. But he also walked to and from that Dec. 5 news conference with crutches, as seen on the…

  24. Report: Former Portland Trail Blazers president Larry Miller candidate for players union executive director

    Jan 13, 2014, 5:08 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Portland Trail Blazers

    The National Basketball Players Association still hasn’t replaced Billy Hunter, who was ousted as executive director 11 months ago. Ron Klempner has held the title in an interim capacity, but the union is still looking for a permanent director. Enter Larry Miller. Chris Haynes of CSN Northwest: The National Basketball Players Association reached out to…

  25. Spurs guard Danny Green to miss a month

    Jan 13, 2014, 3:51 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki, Danny Green

    The San Antonio Spurs have the Western Conference’s best record and are trying very hard to get even better right now. But their latest news has them going in the opposite direction. Spurs release: Spurs guard Danny Green underwent an exam on Monday in San Antonio that included both an X-ray and an MRI on…

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