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  1. Report: Derrick Rose wants Bulls to sign Carmelo Anthony

    Mar 7, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Chicago Bulls

    Let’s connect the dots. Joakim Noah is reportedly recruiting Carmelo Anthony to the Bulls. Melo has a son named Kiyan, who turns 7 years old today. Happy Birthday, Kiyan! Kyian’s favorite player is reportedly Derrick Rose. The missing dot: Derrick Rose. What does he think about all this? Chris Broussard of ESPN: One source also…

  2. LeBron James ditches mask in loss to Spurs

    Mar 7, 2014, 10:01 AM EDT

    LeBron James (6)

    Is LeBron done with the mask, or is he just taking a break? Midway through the first quarter of the Heat’s loss to the Spurs, LeBron took his mask off during a timeout. He’d missed his only shot, and Miami trailed by eight. He didn’t exactly light the world on fire after that, shooting 6-for-18…

  3. The Lakers’ worst loss in franchise history, by the numbers

    Mar 7, 2014, 9:33 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol

    The Clippers beat the Lakers, 142-94, Thursday night – the biggest loss in Lakers history. In the spirit of Lakers schadenfreude, let’s dig a little deeper into the blowout: 48 – Margin of victory/defeat, the largest for the Clippers/Lakers in each franchise’s history 3 – Years since any team has been beaten so badly. The…

  4. Extra Pass: Golden State Warriors defending at historically high level

    Mar 7, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Stephen Curry, Jermaine O'Neal, Joakim Noah, Andrew Bogut

    BOSTON – Game-planning for the Golden State last season, the Phoenix Suns wrote “Finesse” on their whiteboard. “Be physical with them, and they tend to back away,” said Jermaine O’Neal, who played for Phoenix last year. Now a Warrior, O’Neal didn’t hesitate to share the observation of their defense with his new teammates. “I told…

  5. Chandler Parsons would have booed Dwight Howard, too

    Mar 6, 2014, 12:03 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Houston Rockets

    The Orlando Magic showed their Dwight Howard tribute video, and as expected, fans booed (though not as thoroughly as I would have hoped during the entire video). Presumably, Chandler Parsons, now Howard’s teammate with the Houston Rockets, was not among the jeerers. But in a different time and place, he could have been. Jonathan Feigen…

  6. Nate Robinson plans to exercise player option with Nuggets

    Mar 6, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT

    Nate Robinson

    The Nuggets got a pretty good bargain signing Nate Robinson to the bi-annual exception. But in exchange for paying Robinson such a low salary, they had to give him a player option for the second season of his two-year contract. That way Robinson wasn’t stuck being underpaid if he had a strong year, and he…

  7. Report: Thunder to sign sharpshooting Reggie Williams

    Mar 6, 2014, 11:07 AM EDT

    Reggie Williams

    After ranking third in the NBA in 3-point percentage last season, the Oklahoma City Thunder have slipped to below league average this year. So, it appears they’ll target outside shooting with their vacant roster spot. Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman: The Thunder is filling its 15th and final roster spot with the signing of shooting…

  8. Report: Joakim Noah recruiting Carmelo Anthony to Chicago Bulls

    Mar 6, 2014, 10:36 AM EDT

    Kenyon Martin, Joakim Noah, Carmelo Anthony

    Reports Carmelo Anthony could sign with the Chicago Bulls this offseason are nothing new. Even Melo has stoked the flames of the rumors. But most published work on the subject has focused on where Melo desires to play. Sure, by trading Luol Deng for Andrew Bynum and draft picks, the Bulls signaled a greater interest…

  9. Pistons mascot scares Joakim Noah

    Mar 6, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

    DeMar DeRozan; Jimmy Butler

    The Detroit Pistons couldn’t do much to bother Joakim Noah, who had a triple-double in the Chicago Bulls’ 11-point win Wednesday. But the Pistons’ mascot, Hooper, sure scared the Bulls center after the game. Announcement: Pro Basketball Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting a one-day $50,000 Fantasy Basketball league for Thursday night’s games. It’s $25 to…

  10. Tyson Chandler on Kevin Love: ‘He can’t play D’

    Mar 6, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    USA v Dominican Republic - Mens Exhibition Game

    With the Minnesota Timberwolves frequently going small and the New York Knicks frequently going big Wednesday, Tyson Chandler and Kevin Love often guarded each other. During a halftime interview, a reporter asked Chandler about the relatively quirky matchup (hat tip: Royce Young of Eye on Basketball). Reporter: “With the mismatch with Kevin Love, what are…

  11. Dwight Howard’s seven lost siblings the source of his fun-loving attitude

    Mar 5, 2014, 12:35 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Houston Rockets

    CSN Houston premiered “The Dwight Howard Show,” a reality show featuring behind-the-scenes footage of the Houston Rockets center. Early in the first episode, his explanation for his attitude caught my eye: I enjoy life. For those of you who don’t know this, my mom lost seven kids. Seven! That’s a lot of kids. And I…

  12. Taj Gibson, on a New York City subway, learned how ‘gangster’ Mike Dunleavy is

    Mar 5, 2014, 12:08 PM EDT

    Mike Dunleavy, Taj Gibson, Carlos Boozer

    Taj Gibson grew up in Brooklyn and attended USC. Mike Dunleavy graduated from a college-prep school in Oregon and attended Duke. They didn’t exactly have the same upbringings, but the Bulls teammates formed a bond years ago. On the New York City subway. Late at night. Once Dunleavy was already in the NBA. Gibson on…

  13. Orlando Magic to honor Dwight Howard

    Mar 5, 2014, 11:45 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Houston Rockets

    That was the reaction the last time Dwight Howard returned to Orlando. Turn down your speakers. The boos are loud. And for good reason. Howard made his split with the Magic extremely messy. I have nothing against Howard leaving Orlando, but I’m also not a Magic fan. Part of the fan game is getting illogically…

  14. Report: Joe Dumars, frustrated with criticism, expected to be out as Pistons’ general manager

    Mar 5, 2014, 11:07 AM EDT

    Joe Dumars

    Joe Dumars might not be replaced by Isiah Thomas, but it still seems unlikely Dumars will return next season as the Detroit Pistons’ general manager. Dumars is in the final season of his contract. Ownership superseded him to fire his chosen head coach. And he didn’t make a move at the trade deadline. All signs…

  15. Report: Lakers will wait for 2015 free agents like Kevin Love unless they can get LeBron (Sorry, Melo)

    Mar 5, 2014, 10:45 AM EDT

    Kevin Love, Jordan Hill, Wesley Johnson

    The Lakers are poised to make a big free agent splash this summer or the next, and Steve Nash is the lynchpin to the decision. If the Lakers want to go big this offseason, they’ll use the stretch provision on Nash, spreading the amount they owe him across the cap the next three years. But…

  16. Report: NBA executive watched Kings scout Jimmer Fredette, believes they were chasing ‘the next great white American player’

    Mar 5, 2014, 9:33 AM EDT

    Jimmer Fredette

    When the Sacramento Kings drafted Jimmer Fredette in 2011, they didn’t exactly hide their intentions. As Aaron Bruski wrote here: Jimmer Fredette, the most talked about player in this year’s NBA draft, was selected No. 10 overall by the Sacramento Kings on Thursday. 30 minutes later, the Kings had a splash page with his likeness…

  17. Giannis Antetokounmpo blocks shot, gets behind-the-back assist in transition

    Mar 4, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

    ANTETOKOUNMPO, MAHINMI

    Giannis Antetokounmpo ranks: Just below Raymond Felton and just above Mo Williams in PER Just below Andrea Bargnani and just above E’Twaun Moore in win shares Just below Toney Douglas and just above Luc Mbah a Moute in win shares per 48 minutes So, why does everyone go gaga over the Greek Freak? 1. He’s…

  18. Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman on long 2s: ‘You know what? Those numbers you can stick… alright? You know, all you analytical people that take that’

    Mar 4, 2014, 12:39 PM EDT

    Randy Witman

    In simple terms, there are four types of shots by location: Short 2s (at the rim) Long 2s (defined here as everywhere else inside the arc, which is a different definition than commonly used) Short 3s (corners) Long 3s (above the break) Here’s a breakdown of how many points per shot NBA teams score from…

  19. Jermaine O’Neal treating this season like it’s his last

    Mar 4, 2014, 10:27 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    Jermaine O’Neal has spent three careers in the NBA. He entered the league as its youngest player – undercutting Kobe Bryant by a few months – and spent four seasons in Portland buried on the bench. Then, he went to Indiana and made six straight All-Star games, even finishing third in 2004 MVP voting. Afterward,…

  20. Steve Nash maintains desire to return next season

    Mar 4, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

    Steve Nash, Mike D'Antoni, Gary Vitti, Steve Blake

    Steve Nash’s season is over. At least, Mike D’Antoni thinks so. Nash hasn’t played in three weeks, and he’s played just 10 games all season. He’s also 40, the NBA’s oldest player. When you get that age, serious injuries aren’t viewed as potentially season-ending. They’re all viewed as potentially career-ending. Nash isn’t ready to retire,…

  21. Ty Lawson crossover breaks Corey Brewer’s ankles

    Mar 4, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Ty Lawson, J.J. Barea

    Ty Lawson seemed to lose balance slightly while crossing over Corey Brewer, but that’s nothing compared to what happens to Brewer. (hat tip: Ben Golliver of Point Forward)

  22. Extra Pass: The other side of LeBron James’ 61-point game

    Mar 4, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    CHRIS DOUGLAS-ROBERT, LEBRON JAMES

    When Carmelo Anthony scored 62 points against the Charlotte Bobcats, Bobcats coach Steve Clifford blamed his team. “We weren’t ready to play,” Clifford said. “We made mistakes that allowed him room. He got going.” When LeBron James scored 61 points against Charlotte a few weeks later, Clifford credited LeBron. “Tonight, we did the right things,”…

  23. LeBron James’ 61-point game re-ignites MVP race with Kevin Durant

    Mar 4, 2014, 12:02 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    LeBron James could barely muster the strength to lift his head. He walked upcourt with his eyes to the ground, looked up to wave a dribbling Mario Chalmers ahead, and then dropped his eyes back to the court. The Miami Heat called timeout, and LeBron removed his facemask while dragging himself toward the bench. Spent…

  24. Jason Collins makes Brooklyn home debut

    Mar 3, 2014, 10:12 PM EDT

    Jason Collins

    When Jason Collins became the first openly gay athlete to play in any of the four major North American team sports, he got a nice ovation –  in Los Angeles. Since signing Collins, the Nets have played at the Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets and Milwaukee Bucks. But tonight, the Nets returned to Brooklyn,…

  25. LeBron James breaks personal, Miami Heat single-game scoring records with 61 points

    Mar 3, 2014, 9:37 PM EDT

    LeBron

    By the numbers: 61 – Points LeBron James scored against the Bobcats tonight 56 – LeBron’s previous career high (set as Cleveland Cavalier in a 2005 loss to the Toronto Raptors) 56 – Miami Heat’s previous franchise record (set by Glen Rice in a 1995 win over the Orlando Magic 33 – Shots LeBron took, joining Kobe Bryant and…

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