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  1. Was LeBron James justified to complain about Miami Heat’s Christmas road game?

    Dec 26, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Wesley Johnson

    The Miami Heat beat the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, extending Miami’s win streak to six games, an active NBA best. The Heat should feel good. The Heat do feel good. But there was still a little griping before Miami’s Christmas title with the Lakers, played in Los Angeles. Ethan Skolnick of Bleacher Report: Truth…

  2. Deron Williams: Brooklyn Nets’ season ‘a nightmare’

    Dec 26, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Deron Williams

    When he traded Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge explained how he got enough assets to make the deal worthwhile to Boston. Ainge, via Mike Petraglia of WEEI: “Brooklyn showed a great deal of interest in putting the ‘Dream Team’ together, with expense…

  3. Jason Kidd, Brooklyn Nets come up empty against Chicago Bulls

    Dec 25, 2013, 3:33 PM EDT

    Reggie Evans

    The Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls woke up early, left on their sleeved Christmas pajamas and opened the NBA’s Christmas Day slate. Jason Kidd probably wishes he never got out of bed. A game after blasting his team for “kind of getting comfortable with losing,” Kidd oversaw Brooklyn’s 95-78 loss to Chicago on Wednesday, an…

  4. Chandler Parsons shaves head to support 10-year-old with cancer

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    BASKET-US-TAIWAN-TPE-NBA-PACERS-ROCKETS-LIN

    Chandler Parsons had model good looks. Literally. But the Houston Rockets forward has changed his style without concern for fashion. Instead, he’s trying to help Patrick Hobbs-DeClaire, a 10-year-old fighting cancer whom Parsons met last week. Parson shaved his hair, and he posted a picture of his new ‘do: Parsons, via Jenny Dial Creech of…

  5. Chicago Bulls-Brooklyn Nets is NBA’s worst Christmas Day matchup since…

    Dec 25, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    The NBA has built a Christmas Day empire by featuring the league’s top teams and players on Dec. 25. It’s become an honor to play this day, and those in the league recognize the accomplishment of getting on the schedule. Fans see it too, annually expecting to see the NBA at its regular-season best. That’s…

  6. Kings coach Michael Malone on his players: ‘These guys have got to take responsibility’

    Dec 24, 2013, 9:55 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Atlanta Hawks

    What’s bothering Kings coach Michael Malone? Right now, it seems to be Sacramento’s 22 turnovers in a loss to the Pelicans on Monday and the Kings allowing 39 fourth-quarter points in a loss to the Hawks on Wednesday. After the the loss to New Orleans – Sacramento’s fourth defeat in five games, which dropped the…

  7. Mike D’Antoni to frustrated Lakers fans: ‘Find another team to root for’

    Dec 24, 2013, 9:20 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets

    Mike D’Antoni doesn’t get it. His off-the-cuff style might work with players, and I’m sure the media loves it. But after the Lakers lost by 27 points to the Suns on Monday, a game following a 19-point loss to the Warriors, D’Antoni went after the fans. Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com (emphasis mine): Los Angeles Lakers…

  8. Isaiah Thomas: ‘I want to be the best little guy to ever play’

    Dec 22, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Isaiah Thomas, Jameer Nelson

    The Kings made the Rudy Gay trade to, well, get Rudy Gay. But that wasn’t the only benefit of the the deal. The trade, which shipped out starting point guard Greivis Vasquez, gave Isaiah Thomas a bigger role, and that’s a positive development for Sacramento. Thomas is averaging 18.8 points, 5.7 assists and 1.4 steals…

  9. The other side of Kevin Love’s outlet passes, where Calvin Johnson comparisons make sense

    Dec 22, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Boston Celtics

    Kevin Love’s outlet passes are a thing of beauty to any basketball lover. I could watch the above video over and over. Actually, while embedding it into this post, I did. Outlet passes are an overlooked skill, and Love is the best outlet passer the NBA has seen in quite some time. Players like Tim…

  10. Mark Cuban will wait to offer solution to Mavericks’ lack of free throws, postponing inevitable fine

    Dec 22, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Phoenix Suns

    The Mavericks have the NBA’s third-worst free-throw-attempt rate, which is free throws attempts per field-goal attempt. Is that because they’re a jump-shooting team? Is that because they shy away from contact? Or is that because the referees are out to get them? Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, via Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News: “There’s…

  11. Andre Drummond thanks Dwight Howard for dominating him

    Dec 22, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Andre Drummond, Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard posted up Andre Drummond. Howard rebound over Drummond. Howard passed around Drummond. When it was all over, Howard had 35 points on 13-of-18 shooting, 19 rebounds and five assists in the Rockets win over the Pistons on Saturday. Any talk that Howard has lost his place as the NBA’s best center should be…

  12. Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union get engaged

    Dec 22, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    2013 BET Awards - Show

    Friday, Dwyane Wade took videobombing to the next level. Saturday, he took his relationship with Gabrielle Union to the next level. I think one of those steps means a bit more to the Heat shooting guard than the other. Wade Instagrammed the following picture with the caption, “She said YES!!! @gabunion” Announcement: Pro Basketball Talk’s…

  13. Carmelo Anthony: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were ‘smart’ to team up

    Dec 22, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    2013 NBA All-Star Game

    Begin panicking, Knicks. New York has built its entire foundation around Carmelo Anthony. He’s the team’s unquestioned top player, the type of star who yields incredible power within his franchise. He’s also, as you might have heard, planning to become a free agent this summer. As much power as the the Knicks have given Melo,…

  14. Patrick Beverley fractures hand, out up to six weeks

    Dec 22, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    D.J. Augustin, Patrick Beverley

    Patrick Beverley, relative to an average starting point guard, is not crucial to his team. He can run a decent offense, but James Harden handles the ball more for the Rockets. He can hawk the ball on defense, but Dwight Howard drive Houston on that end. So, this news isn’t the end of the world,…

  15. Thaddeus Young reportedly asked for trade from 76ers

    Dec 20, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

    Thaddeus Young

    The 76ers have lost seven straight, 11 of 12 and 15 of 17. After a 3-0 start threatened Sam Hinkie’s plans – and kept Philadelphia in the heart of the playoff race far too long in the downtrodden Eastern Conference – the 76ers are right back on track. They’re losing and losing often, putting themselves…

  16. Robin Lopez gets defensive when compared to twin Brook Lopez

    Dec 20, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Brooklyn Nets

    Robin Lopez and Brook Lopez do not look alike, at least not completely. Robin, the Trail Blazers’ center sports a wild afro. His twin brother, Brook, the Nets’ center, has a closer crop. But is that why they don’t look alike now? Did Robin grow out his hair to look distinct from Brook? Robin, via…

  17. Charles Barkley: Kobe Bryant should take rest of season off

    Dec 20, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant didn’t mince words, and neither did Charles Barkley. “Only an idiot would” doubt his resolve to return, Kobe said. “Kobe Bryant shouldn’t play anymore this year,” Barkley said. Kobe is definitely right, and Barkley might be right. Nobody should even consider that Kobe won’t work as hard as he can to get back…

  18. Spurs will rest Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili in nationally televised game, Tony Parker also out

    Dec 19, 2013, 4:32 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker

    Gregg Popovich is making a habit of tempting fate. First, he confronted Stephen Jackson. Even if that was done in a joking manner – and it was – you can never be certain how Jackson will react. Now, the Spurs coach is challenging another one of the NBA’s most strong-willed figures: David Stern. Both Tim…

  19. Greivis Vasquez and Amir Johnson ready to become high-end pick-and-roll combination

    Dec 18, 2013, 2:21 PM EDT

    Amir Johnson, Kyle Lowry, Greivis Vasquez

    Greivis Vasquez ranks No. 18 in points per play he finishes as the pick-and-roll ball handler, and Amir Johnson ranks No. 31 as the pick-and-roll screener, according to MySynergySports. That should make the newly formed Raptors duo pretty formidable, and everyone involved sounds excited about the possibilities. Via Eric Koreen of the National Post: “When…

  20. Bulls still struggling to space floor without Derrick Rose

    Dec 18, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    John Henson, Marquis Teague, Ersan Ilyasova

    The Bulls shoot 55 percent in the restricted area (29th in the NBA) and 32 percent on 3-pointers (28th in the NBA). That’s a bad combination, and it goes a long way toward explaining why Chicago scores just 95.7 points per 100 possessions, the league’s third-worst mark. But if there’s a bright side for the…

  21. Martell Webster: ‘We knew Carmelo probably is not going to pass it’

    Dec 18, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Trevor Ariza

    Should the Knicks have called timeout before Carmelo Anthony’s final shot attempt against the Wizards on Monday? That question has dominated discussion since the game ended, but perhaps a different question would deal with a more significant issue? Should Melo have been the Knick shooting? First of all, better him than anyone else in a…

  22. Terrence Ross excited for ‘biggest opportunity of my career’

    Dec 18, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Milwaukee Bucks

    Technically, the Raptors got Greivis Vasquez, John Salmons, Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes for Rudy Gay. But Toronto also got a new spirit. Without the shoot-first, do-little-else Gay, the Raptors have gone 3-1. They’re just clicking a little better. They might be playing with a little more passion, too. Terrence Ross certainly is. Landry Fields…

  23. Gregg Popovich yanks off Stephen Jackson’s headband

    Dec 18, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v San Antonio Spurs

    The Spurs released Stephen Jackson just before last season’s playoffs, reportedly, because Jackson had been feuding with Gregg Popovich. Jackson could have been bitter, but he wasn’t. Even as San Antonio made the NBA Finals, he said, “I wouldn’t want me on the team, either.” If nothing else, Jackson  tells it like it is. If…

  24. Brian Shaw now blames Nuggets’ slow starts on warm-up routine

    Dec 17, 2013, 1:59 PM EDT

    Brian Shaw

    Last we checked on Brian Shaw, the Nuggets coach was blaming his team’s slow starts on pizza and nachos. But replacing the junk food with healthier options hasn’t turned Denver’s fortunes early in games. The Nuggets have lost all eight first quarters this month, though they’ve gone 5-3 in those games. The issue isn’t isolated…

  25. Chris Kaman not happy he signed with the Lakers

    Dec 17, 2013, 12:57 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Los Angeles Lakers

    Chris Kaman, after doing it with the Mavericks last season, knows playing on a one-year contract comes with all kinds of complications. Before the season, he said: There’s just so many things that can happen, and the biggest one is that you’re on a one-year deal and you’re worried about it the whole time and…

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