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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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.…

  14. 2014 Slam Dunk Contest the most star-studded ever

    Feb 7, 2014, 8:46 AM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Paul George

    It’s been 14 years since the Slam Dunk Contest has featured multiple All-Stars. Heck, in the last two years, no All-Stars have participated. But after years of pleas, the NBA has finally assembled a Dunk Contest field that includes the game’s top talent. Paul George, Damian Lillard and John Wall headline the 2014 event –…

  15. J.R. Smith fears Mike Woodson getting fired (as he should)

    Feb 6, 2014, 6:58 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    J.R. Smith was suspended for the New York Knicks’ first five games due to a failed drug test. He delayed getting knee surgery until after signing a new contract. He feuded with Paul Pierce. And that was just before the season began. But when Smith returned after his suspension, Woodson immediately gave him big minutes.…

  16. Giannis Antetokounmpo to compete in Skills Challenge during NBA All-Star Weekend

    Feb 6, 2014, 6:14 PM EDT

    Giannis Antetokounmpo

    Typically, rookies don’t get noticed. Typically, players from overseas need more time to build an American following. Typically, Milwaukee Bucks are ignored. Giannis Antetokounmpo is definitely atypical. “The Greek Freak” has wowed fans all season with his long arms, diverse skillset and outward happiness. He’s been so impressive, he’ll be competing in Skills Challenge –…

  17. The book that helped Shaun Livingston (and maybe saved the Nets’ season)

    Feb 5, 2014, 7:00 PM EDT

    Amir Johnson; Mirza Teletovic; Alan Anderson

    The Brooklyn Nets started Shaun Livingston for seven of eight games in November when Deron Williams was out injured, and it went pretty poorly. Livingston shot just 34 percent, and the Nets went 1-6 before replacing him in the starting lineup with Tyshawn Taylor. That’s when Livingston received Hermann Hesse’s book “Siddhartha” – a tale…

  18. Detroit Pistons finally alter starting lineup

    Feb 5, 2014, 6:02 PM EDT

    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kyle Singler

    After weeks and weeks of everyone clamoring for the Pistons to change their starting lineup, they’ve finally done it. But Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond – who excel in pairs, just not as a trio – will still be starting together in the frontcourt. Instead Kyle Singler will replace Kentavious Caldwell-Pope at shooting…

  19. More sleeved Warriors jerseys? A Raptors throwback? Team-integrated All-Star uniforms?

    Feb 5, 2014, 3:11 PM EDT

    Masai Uriji; Drake; Tim Leiweke

    Paul Lukas – who broke news of the Brooklyn Nets developing a black-and-white, stars-and-stripes uniform – is back with a few more scoops. There are no pictures, but Lukas’ source provides descriptions of: Two new sleeved Warriors jerseys A sleeved Magic jersey A new version of the Raptors’ original purple uniform 2015 All-Star warmups Possible…

  20. Rudy Gay: ‘At this point, I know who I am’

    Feb 5, 2014, 2:57 PM EDT

    Rudy Gay, Aaron Gray, Samuel Dalembert

    Rudy Gay has gone from one of the NBA’s most divisive players – the litmus test for the eye test vs. advanced stats debate – to someone observers of persuasions believe is too inefficient. The Grizzlies traded him and reached the conference finals. The Raptors traded him and are surging. It doesn’t take any fancy…

  21. Told by Lakers they’re dropping him, Manny Harris scores 19 points for Los Angeles

    Feb 5, 2014, 1:44 PM EDT

    Manny Harris, Chuck Hayes, Patrick Patterson

    Steve Nash and Steve Blake returned for the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. Jordan Farmar should be back soon, too. So, it makes sense the Lakers wouldn’t re-sign Manny Harris. They’ve already signed him to two 10-day contracts, the second of which expires today, and they’d have to re-sign him for the rest of the…

  22. Pierre Jackson scores D-League single-game record 58 points

    Feb 5, 2014, 12:38 PM EDT

    2013 NIT Championship

    The New Orleans Pelicans have plenty of talented players who play or have played point guard: Jrue Holiday Tyreke Evans Brian Roberts Austin Rivers That’s why the Pelicans’ second-round pick, point guard Pierre Jackson from Baylor, signed to play in Europe. But Jackson left his French team to be closer to his grandmother and is…

  23. Mike Dunleavy responds to DeMarcus Cousins’ clown comment with off-base stereotype of clowns

    Feb 5, 2014, 12:26 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins, Mike Dunleavy

    DeMarcus Cousins called Mike Dunleavy a clown after the Kings beat the Bulls on Monday, the latest – but not first – run-in between the two. Dunleavy isn’t letting the feud end there, taking a couple retaliatory shots at Cousins. Dunleavy, via Nick Friedell of ESPNChicago.com “He called me a clown?” Dunleavy said after Tuesday…

  24. Mark Jackson pitches Andrew Bogut for Defensive Player of the Year

    Feb 4, 2014, 5:33 PM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge, Andrew Bogut

    Who has allowed fewer points per possession this season, the San Antonio Spurs or Golden State Warriors? Since I’m asking, you know the answer is Golden State. The Warrior rank fourth in the NBA in defensive rating (99.3) – behind only the Pacers, Bulls and Thunder and just ahead of the Spurs. Last season, Golden…

  25. Amar’e Stoudemire says Mike Woodson, not minutes limit, keeping him off the court

    Feb 4, 2014, 5:12 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v New York Knicks

    Amar’e Stoudemire began the season on a minutes limit after undergoing two knee surgeries last year. Through five games, he was averaging fewer than five minutes per game. Since, his playing time steadily ticked upward, peaking at nearly 20 minutes per game. Then, Stoudemire missed seven games with an ankle injury. In two games since…

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