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  1. Greg Monroe admits trade rumors weigh on him

    Jan 26, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    Greg Monroe

    A couple weeks ago, the Detroit Pistons reportedly weren’t considering trading Greg Monroe. It’s difficult to believe that’s still the case. The Pistons have lost 12 of 16, including defeats to the Milwaukee Bucks and Utah Jazz. Monroe doesn’t deserve blame for the losses, at least not relative to other Pistons, but there’s a growing…

  2. Terrence Ross scores 51 points, making Raptors and NBA history

    Jan 26, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Jonas Valanciunas; DeAndre Jordan; Jamal Crawford

    Terrence Ross tied Vince Carter’s single-game Toronto Raptors scoring record with 51 points against the Los Angeles Clippers last night. Wait. Terrence Ross? The same Terrence Ross who went more than three weeks earlier this season without scoring 51 combined points? The same Terrence Ross who had scored fewer points than J.J. Redick this season…

  3. Rumor: Tom Thibodeau dated Kate Upton

    Jan 25, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets

    Unlike most rumors, we know where this one originated. Tom Thibodeau. Asked about Doc Rivers saying the Bulls would be “nuts” to let Thibodeau leave, Thibodeau said he didn’t want to comment on the rumors that led Rivers to be asked that question in the first place. Via CSN Chicago: “I’m not going to comment…

  4. Defending dunk-contest champion Terrence Ross names his desired challengers: Tony Mitchell, Andre Drummond and Victor Oladipo

    Jan 25, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Toronto Raptors

    If Paul George can stump for his desired dunk-contest field – even if he likely has no real intention of participating – the event’s defending champion should have a say, too. The man who can do this probably knows a little something about dunking: So, Terrence Ross, who should join you in the dunk contest…

  5. Heat owner Micky Arison denies banning Justin Bieber from Miami home games

    Jan 25, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

    Justin Bieber

    Justin Bieber, recently arrested for DUI and other charges, wasn’t in his usual courtside seat for the Miami Heat’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. Bruna Nessif of E! News: A source tells E! News Bieber’s tickets were pulled last minute by the Heat because they didn’t want the particular brand of attention…

  6. Kevin Durant, even out injured, sparks Oklahoma City Thunder to sixth straight win

    Jan 24, 2014, 10:51 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Boston Celtics

    BOSTON – Kevin Durant rose from his seat on the bench, tugging up the slack on his warm-up pants as he inched forward at nearly action that could lead to an Oklahoma City Thunder basket. As the Thunder connected on shot after shot, Durant – out with a sore right shoulder that will be re-evaluated…

  7. Randy Wittman admits he’s not motivating Washington Wizards

    Jan 24, 2014, 8:39 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

    Losing to the Boston Celtics isn’t embarrassing. Boston is 15-29 this season – hardly great, but definitely not a record indicative of a team that can’t compete. But losing to the Celtics when they don’t have Rajon Rando, Avery Bradley and Jerryd Bayless? When they outscore you by four points in the six minutes their…

  8. Kevin Durant out with injury, putting Oklahoma City Thunder in uncharted territory

    Jan 24, 2014, 7:13 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    BOSTON – For the first time in the 492-game history of the Oklahoma City Thunder, they will play without Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. With Westbrook already sidelined with a knee injury, a sore shoulder will prevent Durant from playing tonight against the Boston Celtics. “It’s going to be weird,” Kendrick Perkins said. Thunder coach…

  9. Josh Smith on pace for worst 3-point-shooting season in NBA history, but only because he’s playing smarter

    Jan 24, 2014, 3:57 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons  v Indiana Pacers

    Josh Smith is on pace for the worst 3-point-shooting season in NBA history. That was the case recently made by Sean Corp of Detroit Bad Boys and backed by Kyle Wagner of Deadspin. There are varying potential cutoffs, but here’s how it stacks up: In NBA history, players have attempted at least 200 3-pointers in…

  10. Kobe Bryant: College basketball system ‘really isn’t teaching players anything’

    Jan 23, 2014, 12:15 PM EDT

    USA Men's Basketball Team Scrimmage Against China

    Strangely, Kobe Bryant was recently held up as an example for why Jabari Parker should return to Duke for a second season. Kobe, of course, went to the NBA directly from high school and has had an extremely fruitful career, both financially and in terms of on-court success. But I guess he was only a…

  11. Andrea Bargnani tries to dunk on two 76ers, doesn’t

    Jan 23, 2014, 10:45 AM EDT

    Andrea Bargnani

    If nothing else, you have to credit Andrea Bargnani for his fearless. Yeah, and nothing else is probably apt. A spot-up shooter, Bargnani isn’t exactly known for his slams. But he drove as if he were Julius Erving. Then, he completed the play as if he were Andrea Bargnani. Announcement: Pro Basketball Talk’s partner FanDuel…

  12. Luol Deng and Joakim Noah really want to win tonight’s Bulls-Cavaliers game

    Jan 22, 2014, 4:55 PM EDT

    Luol Deng, Joakim Noah

    Luol Deng initially tried to dismiss first matchup against his former team – Bulls-Cavaliers at 7 p.m. tonight – as just another game. Eventually, he got into the spirit, though. Deng, via Mary Schmitt Boyer of The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer: “I’m sure they’re going to go after me as guys that I’m close with, friends,”…

  13. Celebrity seating at Knicks games determined by ‘mysterious proprietary formula’

    Jan 22, 2014, 4:21 PM EDT

    Ben Stiller, Spike Lee

    Spike Lee sits courtside and Woody Allen isn’t invited to the VIP lounge. That much is known. Otherwise, how the New York Knicks – and other teams in major markets – handle the celebrities at their games is mostly a mystery. Sarah Lyall of The New York Times peaked behind the curtain at Madison Square…

  14. Brandon Jennings finding running a team difficult after ‘shooting at will’ in Milwaukee

    Jan 22, 2014, 3:03 PM EDT

    Maurice Cheeks, Brandon Jennings

    The Detroit Pistons, clearly in win-now mode, traded the younger Brandon Knight and passed on even-younger Trey Burke in the draft to make Brandon Jennings their starting point guard. Jennings, in his fifth NBA season – and sixth pro season, as the Pistons repeatedly noted when they acquired him – should be more polished than…

  15. Let’s actually set criteria for selecting All-Stars

    Jan 22, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Toronto Raptors

    Has Dwyane Wade or Kyle Lowry had a better season? Lowry smashes Wade in win shares (6.4 to 3.1) and tops him in Estimated Wins Added (6.5 to 5.7), too. There’s value in staying on the court, and because Wade has been hobbled by knee issues this year, it’s clear Lowry, an impressive and consistent…

  16. Marco Belinelli says he passed up money to sign with the San Antonio Spurs

    Jan 21, 2014, 5:39 PM EDT

    Marco Belinelli

    Marco Belinelli, explaining how the San Antonio Spurs pitched him during free agency last summer, recalled three factors. In the order Belinelli listed them: 1. Chance to win a championship 2. Money 3. Support to improve his game Belinelli is certainly getting No. 1. The Spurs are 32-9, best in the Western Conference. No. 3…

  17. Tom Thibodeau endorses Taj Gibson for Sixth Man of the Year consideration

    Jan 21, 2014, 5:08 PM EDT

    Taj Gibson

    Taj Gibson is one of the NBA’s top reserves. He’s a first-rate defender, solid rebounder and generally effective scorer. But does he deserve Sixth Man of the Year consideration? Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau is obviously biased, but he’s campaigning for his backup big. Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times: Lakers swingman Nick Young, who was…

  18. MLK Day NBA: Live updates, highlights and recaps

    Jan 20, 2014, 11:20 PM EDT

    mlk nba

    The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday is one traditionally well-celebrated in the NBA. Today features a 10-game slate, and we’ll provide live updates, highlights and recaps here as the day goes on. 1:15 a.m. ET Tuesday: Pacers 102, Warriors 94 (FINAL): The second half of this game felt like a playoff game, down to the…

  19. Report: NBA executives increasingly believe Jabari Parker will remain at Duke another season

    Jan 20, 2014, 9:18 PM EDT

    North Carolina State v Duke

    Andrew Wiggins hasn’t been quite as good as many hoped at Kansas, but that doesn’t significantly diminish the 2014 NBA Draft. This beauty of the upcoming draft – and the reason so many teams are tanking – is how strong and deep it is at the top. The team with the NBA’s worst record gets…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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