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  1. Bulls to sign Jarvis Varnado to 10-day contract

    Feb 18, 2014, 8:45 AM EST

    Jarvis Varnado

    At minimum, this won’t be a completely silent week of player acquisitions before the trade deadline. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports: Bulls will sign D-League forward Jarvis Varnado to a 10-day contract, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. He worked out in Chicago on Monday. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 18, 2014 Announcement: Pro Basketball Talk’s…

  2. Philadelphia 76ers sign high schooler with Down syndrome to two-day contract

    Feb 17, 2014, 11:16 PM EST

    Brett Brown, Spencer Hawes, Evan Turner, Michael Carter-Williams, Thaddeus Young

    The Philadelphia 76ers have lost an NBA-high eight straight games, falling to 15-39 and 29th in league. Their 3-point shooting, 31.4 percent, also ranks 29th. They need help. Enter Kevin Grow. Grow, a high school senior with Down syndrome, signed a ceremonial two-day contract with Philadelphia on Monday. (Take that, Adam Silver.) Bensalem High's Kevin…

  3. Trail Blazers commentators really mad about Scott Brooks benching LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard

    Feb 17, 2014, 11:00 AM EST

    Damian Lillard, Beno Udrih, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kenyon Martin

    In the 2012 All-Star Game, LaMarcus Aldridge played fewer than 10 minutes, and he clearly wasn’t pleased with such a reduced role. Ben Golliver of Blazer’s Edge: After the game, Aldridge addressed a small group of reporters in the Mixed Zone media area, saying that he was as surprised about his playing time as everyone…

  4. Andre Miller possibly returning to Nuggets? Reports conflict

    Feb 16, 2014, 8:00 PM EST

    Nate Robinson, Andre Miller, Brian Shaw

    The Nuggets need a point guard. Ty Lawson has been out with a broke rib. Nate Robinson had season-ending surgery. And Andre Miller was sent home. Trying to plug along without those three, the Nuggets have, predictably, fared poorly. Their season net rating, according to nbawowy, is –1.5. Without any of those three point guards,…

  5. Larry Sanders out at least six weeks following surgery

    Feb 16, 2014, 6:30 PM EST

    Larry Sanders, Larry Drew

    The rest of the Milwaukee Bucks’ season probably doesn’t matter. They’re 9-43 and have a five-game cushion for the NBA’s worst record. It would be a pretty big upset if they don’t land the best odds in the lottery. What matters now is developing their core. The three players most essential to Milwaukee’s future –…

  6. Kevin Durant extremely tired of LeBron James comparisons

    Feb 16, 2014, 5:00 PM EST

    Kevin Durant, LeBron James

    Kevin Durant and LeBron James have pulled away from the field, setting up what could be a thrilling head-to-head finish down the stretch for Most Valuable Player. Durant is having the better season so far. There’s little question about that. With Russell Westbrook out, Durant has put the Thunder on his back, raising his game…

  7. Spencer Hawes has Barack Obama toilet paper that Evan Turner won’t use

    Feb 14, 2014, 3:40 PM EST

    Spencer Hawes, Evan Turner, Josh Smith

    At one point, the official Barack Obama store was selling Obama koozies, Obama aprons, Obama handbags, Obama baby bibs, Obama golf balls, Obama tube socks, Obama dog shirts, Obama spatulas and Obama divot tools. However, I don’t think the site ever had Obama toilet paper. But thanks to teammate Evan Turner, we know 76ers center…

  8. Report: Cavaliers considering agent Mark Bartelstein for front-office role

    Feb 14, 2014, 2:05 PM EST

    David Griffin

    The NBA is a copycat league, which is good new for agents who want to become team executives. Two of the league’s most successful teams – both on the court and with salary-cap outlook – employ former agents in their front office. Lon Babby is the Suns’ President of Basketball Operations, and Bob Myers is…

  9. Oklahoma City Thunder reportedly want to trade for a shooter

    Feb 14, 2014, 12:59 PM EST

    Kevin Durant, Thabo Sefolosha

    The Thunder have an above-average 3-point percentage and a top-end defense. But in the hunt for a title, Oklahoma City is leaving nothing to chance. Armed with trade exceptions, OKC has been active in search for a shooter to fortify them for title run, league sources tell Yahoo. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 13, 2014…

  10. Dwight Howard Instagrams photo of himself dunking on Kobe Bryant

    Feb 14, 2014, 11:55 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

    If someone ever photographed me dunking on someone – an impossibility, considering my hops have most commonly been compared to Bill Laimbeer’s, and I’m not 6-foot-11 – I’d be tempted to send that picture to the dunk victim every single day. If the dunked-on were my friend, I probably would. If he weren’t a friend,…

  11. James Harden to start All-Star Game for Kobe Bryant

    Feb 14, 2014, 9:33 AM EST

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    Kobe Bryant was already replaced on the Western Conference All-Star roster with Anthony Davis, but that was only half the process. Kobe must also be replaced in the starting lineup. Looks like that’s settled, too. Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports: Injured Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will be replaced as a Western Conference All-Star…

  12. Mark Cuban wants NBA to consider allowing HGH use

    Feb 13, 2014, 8:00 PM EST

    Mark Cuban,  Brian Forte

    Imagine a world where NBA players were banned from using exercise equipment. The league didn’t want players getting too physically dominant and subjecting themselves to the types of muscle pulls that would come with a physique arms race. Players were still allowed to train, but using any outside equipment crossed the line. Of course, some…

  13. Blake Griffin leaves door open for Slam Dunk Contest return

    Feb 13, 2014, 7:15 PM EST

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    Ten of the 13 Slam Dunk Contest champions since Vince Carter have defended their title the following year. One exception was Nate Robinson, who bowed out after winning back-to-back Dunk Contests for for his second and third titles in the event. Another was Fred Jones, who was injured. The third? Blake Griffin. Griffin won the…

  14. Phil Jackson slams Dick Bavetta for Trevor Ariza’s foul of James Harden

    Feb 13, 2014, 6:30 PM EST

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    It never took Phil Jackson much prodding to criticize referees. He doesn’t even need to be involved in the game. Dick Bavetta has been around long enuf to know that clasp Harden put on Trevor-offensive foul…okay i’ll SMH — Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) February 13, 2014 (hat tip: CSN Washington) Before Harden drove for the game-winning…

  15. Tom Thibodeau commends Derrick Rose’s present and future attitude

    Feb 13, 2014, 5:45 PM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls

    Remember when so many people question Derrick Rose’s desire as he sat out all of last season? Thankfully, those critics have mostly faded away this season. (Though it’s a darn shame we have another lost Rose season to compare to the first one) This time, Rose has set the tone of his comeback, and “You…

  16. LeBron James: Kevin Durant will feel title pressure ‘when I retire’

    Feb 13, 2014, 4:03 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder vs Miami Heat

    A statistical projection developed by John Hollinger pegs the Oklahoma City Thunder as this season’s most likely NBA champions. So does Kevin Pelton’s formula. The Thunder of have the the league’s best record (42-12_, best player (Kevin Durant) and arguably best No. 2 once he returns (Russell Westbrook). They’ve been to the Finals before and…

  17. Jim Boeheim tells Carmelo Anthony to leave Knicks (basically)

    Feb 13, 2014, 10:00 AM EST

    Syracuse v Wake Forest

    Jim Boeheim, who coached Carmelo Anthony at Syracuse, discussed Melo’s pending free agency with Jim Rome (hat tip: Matt Moore of Eye on Basketball). Boeheim: What I’d tell him is what I would tell any NBA great player. If you’re a great player in the NBA, for you to be recognized as a great player,…

  18. Raymond Felton yawns in huddle while Knicks fans boo pending loss

    Feb 13, 2014, 9:30 AM EST

    Rudy Gay, Raymond Felton

    With the Knicks minutes away from their fifth loss in six games, Raymond Felton was yawning in the huddle. It looks bad. I won’t argue that. The scene supports all the worst perceptions of the Knicks and Felton. But Felton played 41 minutes in the overtime loss to the Kings on Wednesday, his second-longest workload…

  19. Extra Pass: Jimmer Fredette salvaging NBA career with long 3-pointers

    Feb 13, 2014, 8:00 AM EST

    Jimmer Fredette

    Jimmer Fredette – the bright lights of Madison Square Garden shining on him – walked the ball up court and called out a play. Of course, Fredette has never been big on plays. His freelancing, gunning style endeared him to fans at Brigham Young, where he carried the program to unprecedented heights. Fredette noticed his…

  20. Chandler Parsons celebrated getting drafted without a clue which team selected him

    Feb 12, 2014, 10:00 AM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Houston Rockets

    At times, I wonder why every draft pick celebrates getting selected. Of course, I understand why first-rounders who get picked higher than expected celebrate. They’re going to make more money. And I get why players chosen late in draft celebrate. There was no guarantee they’d be picked at all. But expected first-rounders selected in the…

  21. Tom Thibodeau won’t talk to players about their performances without rehearsing conversation first

    Feb 12, 2014, 9:30 AM EST

    Tom Thibodeau, Jimmy Butler, Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson

    Tom Thibodeau rides his players hard. He plays his starters a ton of minutes, asks everyone to defend physically and doesn’t tolerate loafing. In many ways, Thibodeau seems more like a college-style coach than an NBA coach. Of course, Thibodeau is an NBA coach with NBA players, some of whom have more power in the…

  22. John Wall: People see me as a No. 1 pick who hasn’t done anything

    Feb 11, 2014, 4:22 PM EST

    John Wall, LeBron James

    Professional athletes love to talk about all the people who don’t believe in them, even if everyone believes in them. Some get creative. Throughout his NBA career, Michael Jordan referenced a high school coach cutting him. That was because nobody really doubted Jordan during his time at North Carolina and with the Chicago Bulls. But…

  23. Jeff Van Gundy: No NBA coach does better with his team than Tom Thibodeau with Bulls

    Feb 11, 2014, 3:28 PM EST

    Tom Thibodeau, Mike Dunleavy

    Say whatever else you want about him, but Tom Thibodeau’s Bulls have never underachieved during the regular season. Thibodeau took over a .500 team and turned it into a 62-win squad his first year. The next season, the lockout-shortened 2011-12, Chicago was even better, going 50-16. With Derrick Rose out all of last year, the…

  24. The key to Jared Sullinger’s recent success? His dad cussing him out

    Feb 11, 2014, 1:15 PM EST

    Victor Oladipo, Arron Afflalo, Jared Sullinger

    Jared Sullinger, last month, was going through an up-and-down period. On the low end, he committed two flagrant fouls in 24 seconds and was ejected. On the high end, he had 25 points and 20 rebounds in a game. The cycle continued from there into Sullinger’s last dozen games: Games 1-6: 8.3 points on 36…

  25. Ty Lawson, who couldn’t sit up straight for days, expected to be out ‘a little while’

    Feb 11, 2014, 12:00 PM EST

    Mark Ayotte, Ty Lawson

    Before the season, it seemed the Nuggets had a surplus of point guards: Ty Lawson, Andre Miller and Nate Robinson. But Miller was sent home. Robinson had season-ending surgery. And now Lawson is hurt. Lawson, the Nuggets’ top player, broke a rib in a loss to the Pistons on Saturday. He missed Monday’s loss to…

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