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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. The best song you will hear about Brandon Jennings today

    Jan 12, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Denver Nuggets

    Stephen Malkmus, formerly the lead singer and guitarist of Pavement, is now with a group called Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks. SM & the JS has a new album called “Wig Out at Jagbags.” “Wig Out at Jagbags” includes the song “Chartjunk.” “Chartjunk” – we’re finally to basketball here – is about Brandon Jennings. Malkmus…

  5. Kendrick Perkins calls The Oklahoman beat writer Darnell Mayberry ‘Thunder hater and snake in the grass’

    Jan 10, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder Kendrick Perkins t

    It’s frustrating times for the Oklahoma City Thunder (even before Kevin Durant’s twitter was hacked). They’ve lost lost four of six, including their last two – a loss to the lowly Jazz and a blowout at the hands of the Nuggets. So, it’s understandable why players would be on edge. Losing is miserable. In a…

  6. Report: Pistons not even considering trading Greg Monroe

    Jan 10, 2014, 9:45 AM EDT

    Jonas Valanciunas, Amir Johnson, Greg Monroe

    The Pistons have a big-man problem. They have three good bigs – Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond – who start but have, so far, fit poorly together. The problem isn’t a single one of them. Rather, it’s an issue of fit. When all three play: Offensive rating: 104.3 Defensive rating: 112.2 Net rating:…

  7. Photo of Kevin Durant smoking tweeted from his account

    Jan 10, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT

    pbt kevin durant smoking

    Kevin Durant’s twitter account, late last night, featured the image at right. For a player whose public identity is intentionally clean-cut – business tattoos and such – the photo was somewhat surprising. There’s nothing inherently wrong with Durant smoking hookah, which is most commonly filled with tobacco, a legal substance for adults like him. But…

  8. Dennis Rodman sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to Kim Jong-un before North Korea basketball game

    Jan 8, 2014, 1:59 PM EDT

    Dennis Rodman

    I hope Dennis Rodman is right. I hope this game between former NBA players and a North Korean team brings cultural understanding, and with it, change to a country that badly needs it. But to everyone who decried this trip as a twisted birthday present to Kim Jong-un, a charge driven by Rodman’s own comments,…

  9. Kevin Garnett explains Joe Johnson’s nickname: ‘Joe Jesus’

    Jan 8, 2014, 12:55 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Brooklyn Nets

    Kevin Garnett used to play with someone nicknamed Jesus Shuttlesworth, but Garnett has tried to erase Ray Allen from his life. Now, Garnett is playing with a new teammate he calls Jesus: Joe Johnson. “He might not be there when you call on him, but he’s there when you need him,” Garnett said in the…

  10. J.R. Smith untied Dwight Howard’s shoelace before Shawn Marion’s, then reportedly blames Howard for inspiring trick

    Jan 8, 2014, 11:10 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers

    J.R. Smith has some nerve. He got got caught untying Shawn Marion’s shoelaces, talked his way out of a fine and then pretended to pull the same stunt against Greg Monroe (though I can buy the possibility Smith was joking when he reached toward Monroe’s shoe and had no true intention of grabbing the lace).…

  11. Nelly used to walk Bradley Beal to school

    Jan 8, 2014, 10:40 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Charlotte Bobcats, Game 3

    I don’t have much to say, besides this is awesome. Michael Lee of The Washington Post: Most know him as Nelly, platinum-selling rapper and part owner of the Charlotte Bobcats. Bradley Beal also knows him as Cornell Haynes, the family friend who would occasionally walk him to elementary school before hitting it big. Nelly was…

  12. Andre Drummond runs back on offense with Pistons still on defense

    Jan 7, 2014, 9:00 PM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    If JaVale McGee gets a hard time for this: Andre Drummond deserves a little chastising for this. (hat tip: commenter ProBasketballPundit for the video) Amar’e Stoudemire squares up shoots a jumper with 9:58 left in the second quarter of Tuesday’s Pistons-Knicks game. Drummond runs out to contest it. Then, Drummond backs away as the shot is…

  13. Luol Deng-Andrew Bynum trade could backfire on both Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers in short term

    Jan 7, 2014, 1:15 PM EDT

    Luol Deng, Alonzo Gee

    The Luol Deng-Andrew Bynum trade signaled two teams hoping to go opposite directions in the short term. The Cavaliers clearly want to make the playoffs. Dan Gilbert has said so, and the franchise’s moves reflect that goal. I wouldn’t go as far as saying the Bulls clearly want to miss the playoffs, but when you…

  14. Reporter asks question that makes Dwight Howard feign sleep rather than answering

    Jan 7, 2014, 11:58 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets

    The Houston Rockets play the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, and that means Dwight Howard is going to be asked about facing his old team. And asked. And asked. So, rather than given a cliché answer, Howard perfectly explains what he thinks with a great non-verbal response. Even after Howard “wakes up,” he holds his…

  15. Dennis Rodman has strange outburst during CNN interview about North Korea

    Jan 7, 2014, 11:35 AM EDT

    Dennis Rodman, George Stephanopoulos

    Dennis Rodman, when pressed by Chris Cuomo about the Basketball Hall of Famer’s infamous North Korea trip, began rambling and snapping during a CNN interview. You can watch the above video if you want to try discerning Rodman’s point, but I don’t think he has one. He’s not qualified to answer questions about international issues,…

  16. Kurt Thomas readying for comeback with a contender, which disqualifies one prominent team

    Jan 6, 2014, 12:39 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Indiana Pacers

    Kurt Thomas is considering a comeback, his agent told Marc Berman of the New York Post. And why shouldn’t Thomas? He’d make $8,232.39 every day he’s under contract. It’s not bad work if you can get it. But can Thomas get it? Thomas – now 41 years old – actually performed well in limited playing…

  17. Could Russell Westbrook return before All-Star break?

    Jan 6, 2014, 11:50 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    Russell Westbrook plays by his own rules. See here, here, here, here, here and here. So, just because the Oklahoma City Thunder said he’s be out until after the All-Star Break, that doesn’t mean Westbrook is listening. After all, when the team said he’d miss the first four to six weeks of the season following…

  18. Detroit Pistons spend three practices focused on fourth quarters, get blown out in fourth quarter

    Jan 6, 2014, 10:35 AM EDT

    Brandon Jennings

    On Dec. 30, the Pistons were outscored 28-12 in the fourth quarter of a loss to the Washington Wizards. After the game, Detroit coach Maurice Cheeks said, via Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News: “I can’t, I can’t … whew,” said Cheeks when asked if he could pinpoint the continuous letdowns in fourth quarters. “We…

  19. Samuel Dalembert suspended by Dallas Mavericks for oversleeping, arriving late to workout

    Jan 6, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Samuel Dalembert, Mike Dunleavy

    Samuel Dalembert overslept, keeping him from a Dallas Mavericks practice. Samuel Dalembert overslept, keeping him from a Dallas Mavericks practice. This is not a recording. The center slept too long and was late to a Mavericks workout, which caused Dallas to suspend him for its 92-80 loss to the New York Knicks on Sunday, according…

  20. Kendall Marshall begs for Twitter follow from Kobe Bryant

    Jan 5, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    Kendall Marshall

    How many Twitter followers do you have? Admit it. You know the answer. Maybe not exact number, but a ballpark figure. You want to know how many people care about your thoughts. NBA players are no different. Kendall Marshall told Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times he gained 8,000 to 9,000 followers after scoring…

  21. Report of completed Pau Gasol-Andrew Bynum trade quickly shot down

    Jan 5, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder -  Game Five

    A Pau Gasol-Andrew Bynum trade went from stalled to done to somewhere in between, at least according to ESPN reports. After the Lakers and Cavaliers hit a snag in their negotiations, ESPNLA 710 reported in a since-deleted tweet: BREAKING NEWS-League sources say Pau/Bynum deal is done and happening Sunday— ESPNLA 710 Radio (@ESPNLA710) January 05,…

  22. Bradley Beal shoots really well – thanks to Marcin Gortat

    Dec 29, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Bradley Beal, Marcin Gortat

    Bradley Beal made a game-winning layup against the Knicks a couple weeks ago, because the Knicks are inept. The Knicks’ embarrassing defense had more impact on the play than anything Beal did. But the Wizards couldn’t count on New York screwing up – well, maybe they could’ve. Regardless, the Wizards had a play drawn up…

  23. Josh Smith takes ‘real offense’ to Maurice Cheeks benching him

    Dec 29, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Josh Smith

    When Maurice Cheeks removed Josh Smith from the starting lineup for missing a practice – called at the last moment, for the day following a back-to-back, after Smith had decided to stay in Atlanta to tend to his ill father – Smith bit his tongue. But now that Cheeks benched Smith for the entire second…

  24. Mark Cuban praises NBA’s Blake Griffin admission

    Dec 27, 2013, 5:32 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Andrew Bogut, DeAndre Jordan, Darren Collison

    The NBA league office. NBA referees. Something he’s not involved in directly. Yup, all the ingredients were there for Mark Cuban to speak up. The NBA admitted Blake Griffin shouldn’t have been been ejected from the Clippers’ game against the Warriors on Christmas, an Cuban praised the admission. Cuban, via Eddie Sefko of The Dallas…

  25. 76ers hired a coach with a plan for handling a tanking team

    Dec 27, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

    Brett Brown

    Thaddeus Young reportedly requested a trade from the 76ers. Though he later denied it, that’s the type of thing veterans on tanking teams do. Evan Turner has been featured prominently in trade reports. That’s another thing that happens with veterans on a tanking team. Good luck coaching all that, especially if you’re a first-year coach,…

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