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  1. Rajon Rondo on aftermath of first game back: ‘I’m alive’

    Jan 20, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    If the Boston Celtics are going to trade Rajon Rondo, they need him to prove he’s healthy. Though the Celtics could theoretically be willing to sell low, NBA teams are typically too risk-averse to trade for a player in Rondo’s condition. He needn’t be the same player he was pre-injury, but he at least must…

  2. P.J. Hairston excels in D-League debut

    Jan 19, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    P.J. Hairston

    P.J. Hairston is a basketball player, and now he’s playing basketball. As it should be. Some of his problems (reckless driving, speeding) would have troubled him anywhere and others would have mattered only in certain states under certain conditions (marijuana). But his most-recent issue – and the one that has most substantially effected his career…

  3. Shane Battier memorializes grandmother with ‘Battle’ nickname jersey

    Jan 19, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs vs Miami Heat

    Shane Battier doesn’t have a  well-established nickname, though I guess “Batman” comes closest. So, when Battier learned the Miami Heat would wear nickname jerseys a few times this season, he was stuck. Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press: Miami forward Shane Battier – who wasn’t exactly thrilled about the nickname idea – said he wanted…

  4. Report: Brooklyn Nets developing black-and-white, stars-and-stripes jersey

    Jan 17, 2014, 2:29 PM EDT

    New York Nets v Boston Celtics

    The Brooklyn Nets have OK uniforms. They’re clean and simple, two traits I usually value, but they’re just a little too simple: Back when the franchise was the New York Nets, they had really cool red-white-and-blue uniforms: Might the Nets try integrating the vertical stars-and-stripes on the left side of their black-and-white uniforms? Paul Lukas…

  5. Jameer Nelson on Victor Oladipo: ‘He’s faster than a hiccup’

    Jan 17, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    Victor Oladipo is a lot of fun. Everywhere he’s gone, his teammates love playing with him, and it’s easy to see why. He’s an explosive athlete who plays with a ton of passion – an awesome combination. The Orlando Magic are 10-29 as we reach the time of year when bad teams fall into ruts.…

  6. Rick Adelman to Minnesota Timberwolves: ‘If you think you’re a playoff team, why don’t you just forget it?’

    Jan 17, 2014, 12:52 PM EDT

    Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic, Rick Adelman

    Before the season, all five of us predicted the Minnesota Timberwolves would make the playoffs (and I didn’t include that link just to point out I was the only one to predict the Trail Blazers would make it, but check that out as long as you’re on the page). The Timberwolves had a star (Kevin…

  7. Luol Deng on his defense with the Cleveland Cavaliers: ‘I’m putting the team in bad situations’

    Jan 17, 2014, 11:48 AM EDT

    Wesley Matthews, Luol Deng

    Luol Deng joined the Cleveland Cavaliers just in time for a four-game Western Conference road trip, which ends tonight in Denver. The Cavaliers have gone 2-2 so far, a stellar mark for a team that was 12-23 prior. Deng is clearly finding his stride offensively. In the last two games, a loss to the Portland…

  8. Kevin Durant responds to LeBron James’ ‘jealous’ comment: ‘LeBron can do whatever he wants’

    Jan 17, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    LeBron James recently expressed his jealousy of how much Kevin Durant shoots. LeBron attempts 16.2 shots per game (19th in the NBA) to Durant’s 19.5 (third in the NBA), so there is a certainly a significant difference for the leading MVP candidates. Neither player is putting up empty numbers – nothing close to that. Although…

  9. Quote of the Day: Carmelo Anthony call Knicks’ loss ‘embarrassing’

    Jan 17, 2014, 10:38 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    “It was an embarrassing loss. It’s a frustrating loss, man. We’re on the road and I felt like we could have played a lot better, a lot harder, than we did. This was a big game, against a big-time team, and we didn’t bring it.” -Carmelo Anthony on the New York Knicks’ 117-89 loss to…

  10. Boston Celtics assistant coach Jamie Young to run Boston Marathon

    Jan 16, 2014, 2:45 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Victory Parade

    Jamie Young is from Indiana and attended college in Illinois, but he’s definitely a Massachusetts guy now. Young is in his 13th season with the Boston Celtics, lasting through the Jim O’Brien and Doc Rivers regimes and surviving into the Brad Stevens era. He’s held a variety of roles and is now an assistant coach.…

  11. Wesley Matthews opens up about strained relationship with NBA-playing father

    Jan 15, 2014, 2:31 PM EDT

    Wesley Matthews, Eric Gordon

    Wes Matthews was one of the best basketball players in University of Wisconsin history. In 1978-79, he was MVP of a team that won more games than any of the four previous seasons. He scored 18.1 points per game in his career, third-best in program history. His college success led him to be drafted No.…

  12. Josh Smith gets firmer (and bigger) role at the expense of Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe

    Jan 15, 2014, 11:45 AM EDT

    Josh Smith, Shawne Williams, Nick Young

    Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond will remain the Detroit Pistons’ starting frontcourt. But those three, as the numbers have indicated would work best, have their seen their minutes staggered recently. That will continue, said Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks. “We’ll probably have Josh Smith and any one of the bigs on the floor,” Cheeks…

  13. LeBron James jealous of Kevin Durant’s shot attempts

    Jan 15, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    LeBron James has not won a scoring title since 2008, when, not coincidentally, he last led the NBA in shots per game. Attempting the most shots is not a sure-fire way to lead the league in scoring average – Kevin Durant leads the NBA in points per game this season, though Carmelo Anthony and LaMarcus…

  14. Report/rumor: Boston Celtics close to trading Jordan Crawford

    Jan 15, 2014, 9:50 AM EDT

    DeAndre Jordan, Jordan Crawford, Blake Griffin

    Rajon Rondo is returning soon, so the Boston Celtics must… Nothing, really. I guess they’ll have to move Keith Bogans to the inactive list, but that’s really the extent of it. Considering Bogans is excused from the team for personal reasons and rarely played prior to that, the move has no significance. The Celtics don’t…

  15. Larry Bird beat J.R. Smith to shoelace stunt

    Jan 13, 2014, 8:18 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    J.R. Smith was put through the ringer last week for untying Dwight Howard’s shoe, untying Shawn Marion’s shoe and gesturing to untie Greg Monroe’s shoe. Smith was fined, benched, told to grow up by his coach and shamed by the NBA’s most powerful writer. So why didn’t Larry Bird get the same treatment after his…

  16. Bill Walton: ‘Gilbert (Arenas) lost his mind’

    Jan 13, 2014, 5:44 PM EDT

    bill+walton

    Bill Walton served as the color commenter for ESPN’s telecast of Thursday’s game between his alma mater, UCLA, and Gilbert Arenas’ alma mater, Arizona. When the camera zoomed in on Arenas, Walton offered, “Gilbert lost his mind.” Arenas’ misdeeds, especially during his time with the Washington Wizards, are well-documented. But I’m not sure Walton holds…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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:…

  23. 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…

  24. 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,…

  25. 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…

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