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Dan Feldman

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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,…

  4. Russell Westbrook to miss at least 27 games

    Dec 27, 2013, 3:58 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Beno Udrih

    Russell Westbrook has played in the Thunder’s last 16 games, which seemed like a decent accomplishment for someone who had knee surgery in April and again in October. Westbrook was supposed to miss the first four to six weeks of the regular season. Instead, he missed just two games. It took him a while to…

  5. Josh Smith no longer deserves to be long-2 whipping boy

    Dec 27, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Miami Heat

    What’s the worst shot in basketball? A long 2 taken by Josh Smith. At least that seems to be the prevailing opinion of many. As basketball analytics have exposed the ineffectiveness of long 2s, Smith has become a poster child for taking the shot too often. Really, all Smith’s jumpers get criticized, but his long…

  6. Mike Woodson on the Atlantic Division: ‘I expect us to win it this year’

    Dec 27, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

    Mike Woodson, Herb Williams

    As Knicks coach, Mike Woodson is supposed to remain positive. As a basketball blogger, I’m supposed to make fun of anyone who says anything positive about the woeful Knicks. So, let’s just get to it. Woodson, via Al Iannazzone of Newsday: “Do I see some light at the end of the tunnel? I do,” Woodson…

  7. Charlotte Bobcats, surprisingly good defenders, want to buckle down on defense

    Dec 27, 2013, 12:01 PM EDT

    Gerald Henderson; Patrick Patterson

    There was a decent amount of debate about the Charlotte Bobcats before the season. Would they compete for the NBA’s best lottery odds, or would they slip lower in the lottery? Instead, Charlotte has shocked the Eastern Conference by starting the season 14-15, not a great mark but still fourth-best in the conference. And it’s…

  8. Mike Woodson’s plan to fix Knicks’ pick-and-roll defense

    Dec 27, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v New York Knicks

    The Knicks are a lousy defensive team, but they’re especially bad at defending the pick-and-roll. New York ranks 29th in points allowed per play finished by a pick-and-roll ball-hander and 30th in points allowed per play finished by a pick-and-roll screener, according MySynergySports. Wisely, because this isn’t working, Knicks coach Knicks coach Mike Woodson wants…

  9. Zach Randolph: Rockets played Grizzles ‘eight against five’

    Dec 27, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

    James Harden,Jon Leuer,Zach Randolph,Tony Allen

    The Houston Rockets shot 40 free throws to the Memphis Grizzlies’ 20 in a Houston win Thursday, and Zach Randolph is not happy about it. Randolph, via “It’s obvious. It was the refs tonight,” Randolph said. “I mean, eight against five. I mean, the game was, in the second half, the man is shooting…

  10. Blake Griffin: Warriors were ‘cowardly.’ Andrew Bogut: Yeah, so? We won

    Dec 27, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Andrew Bogut, DeAndre Jordan, Darren Collison

    Draymond Green elbowed Blake Griffin in the face, and then Andrew Bogut grabbed Griffin and refused to release. So, of course, Griffin was ejected from the Clippers-Warriors game on Christmas. Green took a total dirty shot, and seeing an opportunity to get an opposing All-Star ejected, Bogut seized it with another non-basketball play. There are…

  11. ESPN bumps Lakers-Rockets for Suns-Timberwolves, Cavaliers-Wizards for Pacers-Trail Blazers

    Dec 27, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant dives for a loose ball during their NBA game against the Chicago Bulls in Los Angeles

    The Lakers gave Kobe Bryant a no-negotiation contract extension – in the exact opposite manner of this, to be clear – for many reasons. One of them was undoubtedly the amount of money Kobe’s star power generates for the Lakers. Regardless of how good Kobe is in the coming years or how good the Lakers…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

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

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT


    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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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 (emphasis mine): Los Angeles Lakers…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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,…

  25. 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,…

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