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  1. Oklahoma City Thunder reportedly want to trade for a shooter

    Feb 14, 2014, 12:59 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Thabo Sefolosha

    The Thunder have an above-average 3-point percentage and a top-end defense. But in the hunt for a title, Oklahoma City is leaving nothing to chance. Armed with trade exceptions, OKC has been active in search for a shooter to fortify them for title run, league sources tell Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 13, 2014 To…

  2. Dwight Howard Instagrams photo of himself dunking on Kobe Bryant

    Feb 14, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

    If someone ever photographed me dunking on someone – an impossibility, considering my hops have most commonly been compared to Bill Laimbeer’s, and I’m not 6-foot-11 – I’d be tempted to send that picture to the dunk victim every single day. If the dunked-on were my friend, I probably would. If he weren’t a friend,…

  3. James Harden to start All-Star Game for Kobe Bryant

    Feb 14, 2014, 9:33 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    Kobe Bryant was already replaced on the Western Conference All-Star roster with Anthony Davis, but that was only half the process. Kobe must also be replaced in the starting lineup. Looks like that’s settled, too. Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports: Injured Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will be replaced as a Western Conference All-Star…

  4. Mark Cuban wants NBA to consider allowing HGH use

    Feb 13, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban,  Brian Forte

    Imagine a world where NBA players were banned from using exercise equipment. The league didn’t want players getting too physically dominant and subjecting themselves to the types of muscle pulls that would come with a physique arms race. Players were still allowed to train, but using any outside equipment crossed the line. Of course, some…

  5. Blake Griffin leaves door open for Slam Dunk Contest return

    Feb 13, 2014, 7:15 PM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    Ten of the 13 Slam Dunk Contest champions since Vince Carter have defended their title the following year. One exception was Nate Robinson, who bowed out after winning back-to-back Dunk Contests for for his second and third titles in the event. Another was Fred Jones, who was injured. The third? Blake Griffin. Griffin won the…

  6. Phil Jackson slams Dick Bavetta for Trevor Ariza’s foul of James Harden

    Feb 13, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

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    It never took Phil Jackson much prodding to criticize referees. He doesn’t even need to be involved in the game. Dick Bavetta has been around long enuf to know that clasp Harden put on Trevor-offensive foul…okay i’ll SMH— Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) February 13, 2014 (hat tip: CSN Washington) Before Harden drove for the game-winning layup,…

  7. Tom Thibodeau commends Derrick Rose’s present and future attitude

    Feb 13, 2014, 5:45 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls

    Remember when so many people question Derrick Rose’s desire as he sat out all of last season? Thankfully, those critics have mostly faded away this season. (Though it’s a darn shame we have another lost Rose season to compare to the first one) This time, Rose has set the tone of his comeback, and “You…

  8. LeBron James: Kevin Durant will feel title pressure ‘when I retire’

    Feb 13, 2014, 4:03 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder vs Miami Heat

    A statistical projection developed by John Hollinger pegs the Oklahoma City Thunder as this season’s most likely NBA champions. So does Kevin Pelton’s formula. The Thunder of have the the league’s best record (42-12_, best player (Kevin Durant) and arguably best No. 2 once he returns (Russell Westbrook). They’ve been to the Finals before and…

  9. Jim Boeheim tells Carmelo Anthony to leave Knicks (basically)

    Feb 13, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

    Syracuse v Wake Forest

    Jim Boeheim, who coached Carmelo Anthony at Syracuse, discussed Melo’s pending free agency with Jim Rome (hat tip: Matt Moore of Eye on Basketball). Boeheim: What I’d tell him is what I would tell any NBA great player. If you’re a great player in the NBA, for you to be recognized as a great player,…

  10. Raymond Felton yawns in huddle while Knicks fans boo pending loss

    Feb 13, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Rudy Gay, Raymond Felton

    With the Knicks minutes away from their fifth loss in six games, Raymond Felton was yawning in the huddle. It looks bad. I won’t argue that. The scene supports all the worst perceptions of the Knicks and Felton. But Felton played 41 minutes in the overtime loss to the Kings on Wednesday, his second-longest workload…

  11. Extra Pass: Jimmer Fredette salvaging NBA career with long 3-pointers

    Feb 13, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Jimmer Fredette

    Jimmer Fredette – the bright lights of Madison Square Garden shining on him – walked the ball up court and called out a play. Of course, Fredette has never been big on plays. His freelancing, gunning style endeared him to fans at Brigham Young, where he carried the program to unprecedented heights. Fredette noticed his…

  12. Chandler Parsons celebrated getting drafted without a clue which team selected him

    Feb 12, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Houston Rockets

    At times, I wonder why every draft pick celebrates getting selected. Of course, I understand why first-rounders who get picked higher than expected celebrate. They’re going to make more money. And I get why players chosen late in draft celebrate. There was no guarantee they’d be picked at all. But expected first-rounders selected in the…

  13. Tom Thibodeau won’t talk to players about their performances without rehearsing conversation first

    Feb 12, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau, Jimmy Butler, Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson

    Tom Thibodeau rides his players hard. He plays his starters a ton of minutes, asks everyone to defend physically and doesn’t tolerate loafing. In many ways, Thibodeau seems more like a college-style coach than an NBA coach. Of course, Thibodeau is an NBA coach with NBA players, some of whom have more power in the…

  14. John Wall: People see me as a No. 1 pick who hasn’t done anything

    Feb 11, 2014, 4:22 PM EDT

    John Wall, LeBron James

    Professional athletes love to talk about all the people who don’t believe in them, even if everyone believes in them. Some get creative. Throughout his NBA career, Michael Jordan referenced a high school coach cutting him. That was because nobody really doubted Jordan during his time at North Carolina and with the Chicago Bulls. But…

  15. Jeff Van Gundy: No NBA coach does better with his team than Tom Thibodeau with Bulls

    Feb 11, 2014, 3:28 PM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau, Mike Dunleavy

    Say whatever else you want about him, but Tom Thibodeau’s Bulls have never underachieved during the regular season. Thibodeau took over a .500 team and turned it into a 62-win squad his first year. The next season, the lockout-shortened 2011-12, Chicago was even better, going 50-16. With Derrick Rose out all of last year, the…

  16. The key to Jared Sullinger’s recent success? His dad cussing him out

    Feb 11, 2014, 1:15 PM EDT

    Victor Oladipo, Arron Afflalo, Jared Sullinger

    Jared Sullinger, last month, was going through an up-and-down period. On the low end, he committed two flagrant fouls in 24 seconds and was ejected. On the high end, he had 25 points and 20 rebounds in a game. The cycle continued from there into Sullinger’s last dozen games: Games 1-6: 8.3 points on 36…

  17. Ty Lawson, who couldn’t sit up straight for days, expected to be out ‘a little while’

    Feb 11, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

    Mark Ayotte, Ty Lawson

    Before the season, it seemed the Nuggets had a surplus of point guards: Ty Lawson, Andre Miller and Nate Robinson. But Miller was sent home. Robinson had season-ending surgery. And now Lawson is hurt. Lawson, the Nuggets’ top player, broke a rib in a loss to the Pistons on Saturday. He missed Monday’s loss to…

  18. Kobe Bryant not pleased Chris Kaman laid down on Lakers’ bench

    Feb 11, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Chris Kaman

    Kobe Bryant, if you haven’t been paying attention, tends to take basketball somewhat seriously. For years, the Lakers have cast off players who couldn’t near Kobe’s level of competitiveness and focus. (Nobody can match it.) But forced to fill out the roster with low-paid players during a transitional season, the Lakers couldn’t be as choosy…

  19. Mark Jackson, Andrew Bogut and the media in a weird controversy triangle

    Feb 11, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    2013 Global Games - Shanghai

    Mark Jackson is mad at the media. Andrew Bogut was mad at Jackson. And the media is probably mad at the pregame food spread. Bogut has missed the Warriors’ last three games, and before the third game, Jackson discussed the injury. Diamond Leung of the San Jose Mercury News: Jackson said before the game he…

  20. Mike Woodson: ‘I’m going to be back’

    Feb 11, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

    Mike Woodson

    Since a rumor emerged the Knicks would fire Mike Woodson before the trade deadline, New York has lost two of three. If – and this is a big if – the rumor were true when it was published, there’s little reason to believe it’s any less true now. The Knicks aren’t making the type of…

  21. Roy Hibbert handles Lance Stephenson pouring water on his head, but Paul George and George Hill are too much

    Feb 11, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

    Lance Stephenson, Roy Hibbert, Paul George

      Roy Hibbert was just trying to conduct his postgame interview when Lance Stephenson snuck up behind and poured water on Hibbert’s head. Hibbert paused and then continued his answer. “We went out there. We played together. It was fun. We moved the ball. We got a lot of assists, and then we had very…

  22. At least one general manager believes Marcus Smart’s draft stock will drop due to shove

    Feb 11, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Travis Ford

    I wonder whether Marcus Smart regrets his decision to return to Oklahoma State for his sophomore year. Smart, who could have been picked as high as No. 2 by the Magic in last year’s draft, has been projected to be drafted around No. 6 this year. Even though he has shown some improvement, scouts are…

  23. Toronto Raptors reportedly wary of paying Kyle Lowry in $40 million range

    Feb 10, 2014, 5:54 PM EDT

    Kyle Lowry

    Kyle Lowry’s value has never been higher. It might never get higher. With Lowry heading into free agency this summer, this could be the exact right time to trade him. The Raptors could get substantial long-term assets in return, positioning themselves to truly contend down the road. However, a Lowry trade would almost certainly undermine…

  24. Tyreke Evans says he’s never talked with Monty Williams about role on Pelicans

    Feb 10, 2014, 9:45 AM EDT

    Tyreke Evans, Dion Waiters

    Tyreke Evans received a DNP-CD in the Pelicans’ loss to the Nets on Sunday, and New Orleans coach Monty Williams called it “internal” issue. Evans doesn’t quite see it that way, turning it into an external issue in a hurry. Evans, via Shlomo Sprung of Sheridan Hoops: “He’s trying to figure me out still,” Evans…

  25. Andre Drummond reportedly very close with Pistons owner Tom Gores, who fired Maurice Cheeks

    Feb 10, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    In one of the NBA’s most-surprising coaching decisions, Maurice Cheeks benched Andre Drummond just 11 seconds into the second half of a loss to the Mavericks a couple weeks ago. In one of the NBA’s most-surprising front-office decisions, the Pistons fired Maurice Cheeks just 50 games into a multi-year contract. Perhaps, the moves were related.…

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