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  1. Amir Johnson wore shoes with Amir Johnson’s face on them

    Nov 2, 2012, 10:11 AM EDT

    amir johnson face shoes

    Half the league (or more) wear shoes with Michael Jordan’s silhouette on them. A handful of guys have their own signature shoes to lace up. Then there is Toronto’s Amir Johnson, who took the floor in the opener wearing custom Nike’s with his own face on them (hat tip to The Basketball Jones for noticing…

  2. Report: Antonio McDyess thinking about return to NBA

    Nov 2, 2012, 9:44 AM EDT

    McDYESS_ANTONIO

    Antonio McDyess, last seen coming off the Spurs bench and playing respectably if not well, is thinking about returning to the NBA after a year off. With teams always looking for help along the front line, and with his reputation as being good in the locker room, the 6’9” McDyess might get some attention. Adrian…

  3. Video: Anthony Davis talks gold medal and unibrow care

    Nov 2, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Hornets' Davis shoots a free throw against Spurs during the second half of their NBA basketball in New Orleans

    Anthony Davis was on NBC Sports Network’s SportsTalk Thursday and talked Tim Duncan, his gold medal being his most prized award and of course the unibrow, specifically care and maintainance of said fashion statement. It’s hard not to like this guy. Both on the court where he has handles, shot blocking, moves around the rim…

  4. Kobe Bryant: “’Everybody shut up. Let us work.”

    Nov 2, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Lakers starters chat during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Hey, Charles Barkley and Shaq. Hey, Lakers haters who have savored the past week. Hey Lakers fans. Yes you. The ones saying the it’s all Mike Brown’s fault the Lakers are 0-2. The ones blaming the Princeton offense for everything except Hurricane Sandy. All of you. Kobe Bryant has two words for you: Shut up.…

  5. Stan Van Gundy to be regular NBC Radio contributor, television analyst for college game

    Nov 1, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT

    Orlando's Stan Van Gundy shouts during an NBA playoff basketball game in Indianapolis

    I imagine much to the delight of his wife (just to get him out of the house a little), Stan Van Gundy has gotten a job. Van Gundy is going to be a regular contributor to the NBC Sports Radio Network starting immediately discussing the NBA and all things basketball. Which you can be sure…

  6. Steve Nash listed as “doubtful” for Lakers game Friday

    Nov 1, 2012, 5:52 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Well, this isn’t going to help the Lakers get things figured out. Steve Nash is officially listed as “doubtful” for the Lakers Friday night nationally televised game against the Clippers, tweets Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell (not to mention pretty much all the Lakers media in attendance). Nash was injured when Portland rookie Damian Lillard accidentally…

  7. Rondo, Rivers fire back Wade for “punk play” comment

    Nov 1, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers, Rajon Rondo

    That’s the play in question. Rajon Rondo, for much of the Celtics season opener against the Heat, felt he wasn’t getting the calls when he drove the lane, particularly on contact with Dwyane Wade. So with the game out of reach in the final minute, a frustrated he gave a little of what he felt…

  8. Kevin Durant plans to open restaurant in Oklahoma City

    Nov 1, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant restaurant

    Kevin Durant, baller. Rapper. Actor. Restaurateur? Yes, restaurateur. The Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority has approved plans for a KD restaurant in the Bricktown area of downtown OKC, near the canal, reports KOCO TV (hat tip to Sports Illustrated). It’s going to be right near Toby Keith’s restaurant. Beyond the Buzzer had more details and…

  9. Eric Gordon says he had recovery setback, there is no timetable for return

    Nov 1, 2012, 3:10 PM EDT

    Eric Gordon

    It just feels like there is a missing puzzle pieces in New Orleans. Wednesday, both Hornets GM Dell Demps and coach Monte Williams — two player-friendly guys — basically suggested Hornets doctors say there is nothing wrong with Eric Gordon’s surgically-repaired knee. But he says there is. Then Thursday Gordon said things were pretty bad,…

  10. Fun matchups for Friday night: LeBron vs. ‘Melo at power forward

    Nov 1, 2012, 1:58 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James

    We’ve pretty much worn out the discussion of the Miami Heat going small with LeBron James at the four. The much more interesting discussion of late has been injuries forcing Mike Woodson to take the Knicks in a direction they were reluctant to go — small with Carmelo Anthony at the four. Now, what do…

  11. Chicago might have its eyes on adding Quentin Richardson

    Nov 1, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Orlando Magic - Game Three

    Right now, with the way the Bulls are positioned under a hard salary cap (imposed because of how they added players this summer), they can’t add anybody. But things loosen just a little bit in November and the Bulls can add a veteran at the minimum for a little depth. Someone like Quentin Richardson, reports…

  12. Deron Williams playing through bone spurs in his ankle

    Nov 1, 2012, 12:54 PM EDT

    Deron Williams, Jannero Pargo

    Deron Williams will play through pain… Well, not tonight. Thanks to hurricane Sandy the Knicks and Nets game was cancelled and the Nets will now open the Barclays Center Saturday against the Raptors. But maybe Williams’ ankle would like a few more days off. He missed a couple practices last week and needed to get…

  13. When Tim Duncan paid Brent Barry $100 to kiss David Stern

    Nov 1, 2012, 11:50 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan Brett Barry

    This may qualify as my new favorite NBA story. Ever. It goes all the way back to the fall of 2005, back when if it was an odd year you could count on the Spurs winning an NBA title. Brent Barry was part of that team, as of course was Tim Duncan. And that’s where…

  14. Mike Brown defends himself, Princeton-style offense

    Nov 1, 2012, 10:56 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    Mike Brown should be glad there is not an election next Tuesday on his status as Lakers coach. To say Lakers fans are livid after an ugly 0-2 start would be to underestimate the level of frustration around the City of Angels. It’s not just that the Lakers lost — although that is never accepted…

  15. Video: Metta World Peace acting in a Lifetime movie

    Nov 1, 2012, 10:10 AM EDT

    Metta World Peace poses for a photo during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles

    I realize you don’t watch a lot of Lifetime network movies, at least until you visit your mother in law for the weekend and that’s all she has on (and she’ll talk your ear off about how bummed she is CSI:Miami went off the air…. it’s going to be a long weekend). So we bring…

  16. Jrue Holiday signs $41 million contract extension with Philly

    Nov 1, 2012, 9:24 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers Jrue Holiday and Thaddeus Young celebrate a win over the Denver Nuggets during their NBA basketball game in Philadelphia

    The Philadelphia 76ers like the idea of a core built around Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner and Andrew Bynum. Now comes the time the have to start to pay to keep that core together. It starts with Holiday, who at the last minute before the Wednesday night deadline reached terms for then signed a four-year, $41…

  17. Steve Nash suffers bruised shin, to be re-evaluated Thursday

    Nov 1, 2012, 9:05 AM EDT

    Lakers Steve Nash smiles as he plays in the Lakers season opening game against  Dallas

    Wednesday night, in the second quarter of the Lakers second ugly loss to start the season, Steve Nash and Blazers rookie Damian Lillard collided and Nash was clearly hurt, heading to the locker room. He came back out for the second half, but it quickly became clear that he was not right and he played…

  18. Video: Jamal Crawford breaks Rudy Gay’s ankles

    Nov 1, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

    Jamal Crawford, Marc Gasol

    There were plenty of highlights from the first big night of games in the NBA, but this is my favorite. Jamal Crawford has long had one of the better crossovers in the NBA and if you think he’s lost his touch, I think you should go ask Rudy Gay. Although, this was more of a…

  19. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Lakers defense sucks, too

    Nov 1, 2012, 4:13 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Jodie Meeks

    Our nightly recap of every gamegaround the NBA. It’s what you missed while buying dive bar T-shirts…. Trail Blazers 116, Lakers 106: In the season opener, Dallas scored at a 108.7 points per 100 possessions pace on the Lakers (for comparison, only five teams in the NBA averaged giving up more points per 100 last…

  20. Fear the Beard II: Harden drops 37 and 12 in Rockets win

    Nov 1, 2012, 12:39 AM EDT

    James Harden

    In case you thought James Harden only looked like he could ball because he was playing next to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook… honestly, if you thought that what guy have you you watching? Harden has been fantastic the last few years. The guy didn’t make the Olympic team because Coach K liked his beard.…

  21. Iguodala can’t go home again. Not and win, anyway, Philly beats Denver.

    Nov 1, 2012, 12:05 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers center Spencer Hawes blocks a shot by the Denver Nuggets Wilson Chandler during their NBA basketball game in Philadelphia

    Andre Iguodala returned to Philly and got booed. Lustily. Then got a standing ovation after a tribute video. Then largely became irrelevant (he had 11 points) as it became the Spencer Hawes show. It was just that kind of anticlimactic game. I wouldn’t say Philly won this game as much they were less ugly —…

  22. Video: Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love in “Uncle Drew Part 2″

    Oct 31, 2012, 8:27 PM EDT

    pepsi-max-kyrie-irving-uncle-drew

    Maybe the best part of this is the cameo in the first minute. If I have to tell you who that is… Kyrie Irving is back with his Uncle Drew character and this time he brings and older version of Kevin Love — named Wes — along to a park in Crenshaw, California, where they…

  23. Raptors, DeMar DeRozan reach terms on $40 million extension

    Oct 31, 2012, 7:56 PM EDT

    Raptors forward DeMar DeRozan goes to the basket against Bucks forward Tobias Harris during their NBA basketball pre-season game in Toronto

    The Raptors are rebuilding. Trying to figure out who is part of their future. DeMar DeRozan is now locked in as a part of it. At a bigger price that many expected, much likely more than he would have gotten on the open market. The Raptors and DeRozan agreed to a four-year, $40 million extension…

  24. Is there friction between Eric Gordon, Hornets about his knee?

    Oct 31, 2012, 6:41 PM EDT

    Eric Gordon

    We told you today that the Hornets Eric Gordon is out indefinitely with a bum knee, which means he will be sitting when the Hornets tip off the season Wednesday night against the Spurs. That is the same knee he missed most of last season with following surgery, the one that has slowed him all…

  25. Kenyon Martin wants back in NBA — for mini mid-level

    Oct 31, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Kenyon Martin

    Under the new CBA, a lot of quality veterans who were used to getting a few million to play have had to sign for less than they thought they were worth, taking veteran minimum deals. Kenyon Martin wouldn’t play that game, he wanted to get paid. Now Martin isn’t playing any game — no team…

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