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  1. Stern, Thompson visited Iverson

    Mar 22, 2010, 8:52 PM EDT

    Allen Iverson was a transcendent talent on the court whose words and actions off of it made him a polarizing figure. Now it appears that some of the guys who gained the most from Iverson’s on-court brilliance are stepping up to be there for him as he tries to keep his personal life together.  According to ESPN’s…

  2. Russian Dunk Contest wins at everything forever

    Mar 22, 2010, 7:41 PM EDT

    Basketball fans used to have to wait a full year to see a good dunk contest if the one at All-Star Weekend was a dud. Fortunately, Russia has dunk contests. And the world has YouTube. Gerald Green, James White, free-throw line attempts, a toss from the upper decks, and more awaits. 

  3. Warriors waive Raja Bell

    Mar 22, 2010, 6:48 PM EDT

    The Associated Press is reporting that the Golden State Warriors have signed forward Reggie Williams for the remainder of the season, and have waived shooting guard Raja Bell to make the necessary room on their roster. The 23-year old Williams has been another example of Don Nelson’s ability to take a player off the proverbial…

  4. Pritchard, Miller speak to media

    Mar 22, 2010, 6:26 PM EDT

    In an attempt to address their front-office situation, the Portland Trail Blazers held an informal press event on Monday afternoon. Current team President Larry Miller and General Manager Kevin Pritchard each spoke for “about 15 minutes” according to Benjamin Golliver of BlazersEdge, who was in attendance and live-tweeted the event.  There was some speculation that…

  5. Pierce says he came back from injury too soon

    Mar 22, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

    With a recent four-game winning streak that included wins on the road against Houston and Dallas, the Boston Celtics are letting everybody know that rumors of their demise may have been exaggerated. Eastern Conference Player of The Week Paul Pierce has been the key to Boston’s recent string of wins, having scored 26 and 29…

  6. How the Magic use Howard in crunch-time

    Mar 19, 2010, 7:47 PM EDT

    One reason some people don’t consider Dwight Howard quite on the level of LeBron James or  Kobe Bryant is that he’s not the go-to guy for the Magic in crunch-time situations. In what defines as “clutch” situations, LeBron averages 65.5 points per 48 minutes. Kobe averages 50.1 points per 48. Dirk averages 45.7. Carmelo…

  7. Cavs keeping an eye on draft pick Kaun

    Mar 18, 2010, 8:09 PM EDT

    The Cleveland Cavaliers have made few bones about the fact they have modeled their franchise around the way the San Antonio Spurs do their business. They have put an emphasis on chemistry, they hired a former Spurs assistant as their head coach, and they’ve surrounded their superstar with solid veterans rather than unpredictable young players. …

  8. Rondo shows the Knicks how to run a break

    Mar 18, 2010, 6:06 PM EDT

      Mike D’Antoni was the toast of the NBA during his tenure in Phoenix. In New York, things haven’t worked out quite as well. Although they have diametrically opposed coaching styles, D’Antoni and former Knicks coach learned the same lesson in New York — you can’t fit square pegs into round holes. Brown’s mistake was…

  9. Who will be the forwards on the Eastern All-Defensive Team?

    Mar 18, 2010, 4:21 PM EDT

    The NBA’s award races, usually a perfect topic for intense debate, might be a little anticlimactic this season. Barring a late surge by Kobe Bryant, LeBron James will almost certainly win his second consecutive MVP award. Dwight Howard is also a virtual lock to win his second straight Defensive Player of the Year Award. If…

  10. Stuckey, Wallace likely to return to Pistons on Friday

    Mar 18, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    A week and a half after Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey collapsed on the court during a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, he has been cleared to return to game action. According to Chris Iott, Pistons coach Jon Kuester says that there is a “very good chance” that both Stuckey and Wallace will play against the…

  11. Cleaves joins Pistons broadcast crew

    Mar 16, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

    According to the Detroit News, Former Detroit Pistons player and Michigan State star Mateen Cleaves has joined the Pistons broadcast team. Cleaves led the Spartans to an NCAA title in 2000, and has his numbers in the rafters at MSU. Cleaves never did have the same kind of success in the pros, spending time with…

  12. Who has the best off-hand in the NBA?

    Mar 16, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

    From a young age, every basketball player is told to get comfortable using their off hand around the basket and on drives, but few players master the skill. Even at the NBA level, the vast majority of players have a dominant hand that they would prefer to drive to, and most of them are good…

  13. Mbenga shows his serious side

    Mar 16, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    It’s easy to think of Lakers backup center DJ Mbenga as a funny guy. He’s big, he’s goofy, he mostly rides the bench for a championship team, and he’s on the Lakers’ infamous “taco unit.” However, in a recent interview with Mike Trudell of the Lakers’ website, Mbenga showed that he’s got some important things…

  14. Stephen Jackson asks Pacer fans to think upon him fondly

    Mar 16, 2010, 3:04 PM EDT

    Bobcats swingman Stephen Jackson was part of the Pacers for some very good years. He was also an instrumental part of the lowest moment in Pacer franchise history when he gleefully charged into the stands after Ron Artest went up, punched a fan, and then egged on the crowd as he was escorted out of…

  15. Thunder sign Shakur to 10-day contract

    Mar 16, 2010, 2:39 PM EDT

    According to a press release, the Oklahoma City Thunder have signed former Arizona Wildcat guard Mustafa Shakur to a 10-day contract. Shakur played four productive seasons at Arizona, but went undrafted in the 2007 NBA draft. He spent the next few years overseas, spending time with Prokom Trefel Sopot, TAU Ceramica, and Panellinios BC.  This…

  16. Injured Chris Paul keeping busy

    Mar 15, 2010, 7:55 PM EDT

    Chris Paul hasn’t played in an NBA game since January 29th because of injuries, but he’s been keeping himself amused while he’s rehabbing. Via FanHouse, Morris Peterson recently put up a personal website, and there are videos on it featuring Hornets players. This one features Chris Paul in a parody of the micro-blockbuster “Paranormal Activity,”…

  17. The race for fourth in the West heats up

    Mar 15, 2010, 7:45 PM EDT

    As it currently stands, the #4 team in the West is 42-24 and the #8 team in the West is 41-28. In other words, it’s going to be a close race for home-court advantage in the first round. To try and pick who has the best chance of playing on their home floor at the…

  18. Collison claims to be the fastest

    Mar 15, 2010, 7:26 PM EDT

    Hornets rookie point guard Darren Collison has come on strong in the last two months, to say the least. Collison averaged 21.6 points per game and 8.3 assists per game during the month of February, and is currently averaging 16.1 points per game and 11.4 assists per game in March. Unfortunately for him, Collison probably…

  19. Who has the best mid-range game in the NBA?

    Mar 15, 2010, 7:12 PM EDT

    Yes, the midrange game is dying. This much is known. However, there’s also a reason why the midrange game is dying. As players get more athletic and comfortable with the three-point shot, the midrange game becomes a worse and worse option. According to, shots taken from 10-23 feet are easily the least efficient shots…

  20. Hinrich says he didn't intend to bump ref

    Mar 15, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

    According to Nick Fridell of ESPN Chicago, Kirk Hinrich did not intend to bump a referee during an argument during the Chicago Bulls’ loss to the Miami Heat on Friday. Hinrich received a one-game suspension for the incident, but here’s his side of the story: “I was following him. But, I feel like … I don’t know…

  21. Earl Clark sent down to D-League

    Mar 15, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, Phoenix Suns rookie Earl Clark has been sent down to the D-League. Clark was the 14th overall pick in last year’s draft, but hasn’t gotten off to a particularly quick start in the NBA, averaging 2.7 points per game on 35.5% shooting from the field. Clark has appeared in 45…

  22. Who plays the best transition defense in the NBA?

    Mar 12, 2010, 7:02 PM EDT

    Some NBA teams like to push the ball and get out on the break. Others prefer to slow it down and run their offense in the half court. Transition offense is one of the things that establishes the identity of an NBA team, and most fans know which teams are deadly in an up-tempo game…

  23. Marcus Camby and the mid-range jumper

    Mar 12, 2010, 6:41 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers center Marcus Camby had a strange stat line in last night’s game against the Golden State Warriors. Camby was able to dominate the undersized Warriors on the boards, finishing the game with 17 rebounds. However, Camby bricked both of his jump shots in the game and had trouble finishing at the rim,…

  24. Rose believes Bulls can draw a top free agent

    Mar 11, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

    Of all the teams poised to make a run at a top free agent in the summer of 2010, none have a young star like Bulls point guard Derrick Rose. If the Nets manage to land the first overall pick and John Wall, there may be some debate, but even if that happens Rose has…

  25. Kevin Durant is made of magic

    Mar 11, 2010, 6:22 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant hasn’t racked up the assists so far in his NBA career, but he helps his teammates out in other ways. In this clip from a season-ticket holder event in Oklahoma City, it is clear that Durant has the power to bless the ball with his powers and make it go in when somebody…

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