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  1. Andrea Bargnani tries to dunk on two 76ers, doesn’t

    Jan 23, 2014, 10:45 AM EDT

    Andrea Bargnani

    If nothing else, you have to credit Andrea Bargnani for his fearless. Yeah, and nothing else is probably apt. A spot-up shooter, Bargnani isn’t exactly known for his slams. But he drove as if he were Julius Erving. Then, he completed the play as if he were Andrea Bargnani. Announcement: Pro Basketball Talk’s partner FanDuel…

  2. Luol Deng and Joakim Noah really want to win tonight’s Bulls-Cavaliers game

    Jan 22, 2014, 4:55 PM EDT

    Luol Deng, Joakim Noah

    Luol Deng initially tried to dismiss first matchup against his former team – Bulls-Cavaliers at 7 p.m. tonight – as just another game. Eventually, he got into the spirit, though. Deng, via Mary Schmitt Boyer of The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer: “I’m sure they’re going to go after me as guys that I’m close with, friends,”…

  3. Celebrity seating at Knicks games determined by ‘mysterious proprietary formula’

    Jan 22, 2014, 4:21 PM EDT

    Ben Stiller, Spike Lee

    Spike Lee sits courtside and Woody Allen isn’t invited to the VIP lounge. That much is known. Otherwise, how the New York Knicks – and other teams in major markets – handle the celebrities at their games is mostly a mystery. Sarah Lyall of The New York Times peaked behind the curtain at Madison Square…

  4. Brandon Jennings finding running a team difficult after ‘shooting at will’ in Milwaukee

    Jan 22, 2014, 3:03 PM EDT

    Maurice Cheeks, Brandon Jennings

    The Detroit Pistons, clearly in win-now mode, traded the younger Brandon Knight and passed on even-younger Trey Burke in the draft to make Brandon Jennings their starting point guard. Jennings, in his fifth NBA season – and sixth pro season, as the Pistons repeatedly noted when they acquired him – should be more polished than…

  5. Let’s actually set criteria for selecting All-Stars

    Jan 22, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Toronto Raptors

    Has Dwyane Wade or Kyle Lowry had a better season? Lowry smashes Wade in win shares (6.4 to 3.1) and tops him in Estimated Wins Added (6.5 to 5.7), too. There’s value in staying on the court, and because Wade has been hobbled by knee issues this year, it’s clear Lowry, an impressive and consistent…

  6. Marco Belinelli says he passed up money to sign with the San Antonio Spurs

    Jan 21, 2014, 5:39 PM EDT

    Marco Belinelli

    Marco Belinelli, explaining how the San Antonio Spurs pitched him during free agency last summer, recalled three factors. In the order Belinelli listed them: 1. Chance to win a championship 2. Money 3. Support to improve his game Belinelli is certainly getting No. 1. The Spurs are 32-9, best in the Western Conference. No. 3…

  7. Tom Thibodeau endorses Taj Gibson for Sixth Man of the Year consideration

    Jan 21, 2014, 5:08 PM EDT

    Taj Gibson

    Taj Gibson is one of the NBA’s top reserves. He’s a first-rate defender, solid rebounder and generally effective scorer. But does he deserve Sixth Man of the Year consideration? Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau is obviously biased, but he’s campaigning for his backup big. Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times: Lakers swingman Nick Young, who was…

  8. MLK Day NBA: Live updates, highlights and recaps

    Jan 20, 2014, 11:20 PM EDT

    mlk nba

    The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday is one traditionally well-celebrated in the NBA. Today features a 10-game slate, and we’ll provide live updates, highlights and recaps here as the day goes on. 1:15 a.m. ET Tuesday: Pacers 102, Warriors 94 (FINAL): The second half of this game felt like a playoff game, down to the…

  9. Report: NBA executives increasingly believe Jabari Parker will remain at Duke another season

    Jan 20, 2014, 9:18 PM EDT

    North Carolina State v Duke

    Andrew Wiggins hasn’t been quite as good as many hoped at Kansas, but that doesn’t significantly diminish the 2014 NBA Draft. This beauty of the upcoming draft – and the reason so many teams are tanking – is how strong and deep it is at the top. The team with the NBA’s worst record gets…

  10. Report: Washington Wizards want Greg Monroe

    Jan 20, 2014, 7:34 PM EDT

    Greg Monroe, Marcin Gortat, Bradley Beal, Trevor Ariza, Josh Smith

    The Detroit Pistons have one month to determine whether they’re willing to give Greg Monroe a max contract. There’s no guarantee Monroe will get that large of an offer as a restricted free agent this summer, but the possibility is high enough that if the Pistons aren’t willing to pay him max money, they nearly…

  11. Carmelo Anthony says he has no problem with Kevin Garnett

    Jan 20, 2014, 5:03 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Brooklyn Nets

    It’s been about a year since Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett spent a long stretch of a Knicks-Celtics game jawing back and forth. Melo was so upset, he even waited for Garnett outside the Boston bus. But it seems Melo and Garnett are past what will always be remembered – accurately or inaccurately – as…

  12. Paul George says dunk contest competition will determine his participation (so, he’s probably out)

    Jan 20, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Paul George

    Paul George reportedly said he he doesn’t want to participate in the dunk contest, but he’s at least leaving the door open, if just a crack. George, via Scott Agness of Pacers.com (hat tip: Zach Harper of Eye on Basketball): When asked whether he had declined the offers, George said, “No, I haven’t declined. I’m…

  13. Cleveland Cavaliers beat writers try, survive cryotherapy

    Jan 20, 2014, 12:41 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Cleveland Cavaliers

    NBA players are increasingly using cryotherapy, but to most of us, the actual process is a mystery. All I knew, thanks to the pain and suffering of Manny Harris, is not to wear wet socks during treatment. Otherwise, I was at a loss. But while covering the Cleveland Cavaliers on the West Coast, Mary Schmitt…

  14. Kevin Garnett: ‘I would do anything for’ Rajon Rondo

    Jan 20, 2014, 11:20 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Six

    It can be a little difficult keeping track of the feuds among the members of the Boston Celtics’ last title team. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce don’t like Ray Allen. Doc Rivers reportedly tried to fight Rajon Rondo. Rondo said he “didn’t feel anything” when Garnett and Pierce were traded. It’s dizzying. But between Garnet…

  15. O.J. Mayo and Brandon Knight just want the Bucks to get an identity already

    Jan 20, 2014, 9:45 AM EDT

    Joakim Noah, Brandon Knight, O.J. Mayo

    The Milwaukee Bucks have not won a game in 2014. Considering the 7-33 Bucks are the NBA’s worst team, who knows when they’ll break their nine-game losing streak? They’re capable of winning any game – though all seven of their wins have come against teams with losing records – but they’re not going to be…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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.…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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.…

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