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Dan Feldman

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

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

    Jan 13, 2014, 5:44 PM EDT

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    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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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:…

  11. 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…

  12. 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,…

  13. 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…

  14. 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).…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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,…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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: https://twitter.com/ESPNLA710/statuses/419720923529236480 ESPNLA 710 later explained its reporting: We apologize for any confusion our earlier tweet about Pau…

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