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  1. Deron Williams says Nets ready for weeks of speculation

    Feb 27, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    It’s about to become the only think anyone talks about. Through All-Star Weekend, Dwight Howard was able to keep a lid on the speculation about whether or not he will be traded. But that is about to change. The Magic players and front office staff are going to be asked constantly about whether or not…

  2. Video: Russell Westbrook’s power dunk in All-Star Game

    Feb 27, 2012, 7:59 AM EST

    West All-Stars Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma Thunder dunks as East All Stars LeBron James and West's Kevin Love looks on

    We could run dunk highlights from the All-Star Game all day long Monday (and there will be more) but this was one of our favorites. Not only because it’s a powerful slam by Westbrook, but look at the photo (below) and check out LeBron James‘ reaction.

  3. Your 2012 All-Star Game winners and losers

    Feb 27, 2012, 12:01 AM EST

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    It’s an exhibition, but it’s still a competition. Someone has to win (the West, 152-149). Someone has to lose. We’re here to sort it all out for you. The winners. The losers. And even how you can be both. Winner: Kevin Durant. The game MVP did it all — he had maybe the best dunk…

  4. Video: Chris Paul with off-the-backboard ally-oop to Durant

    Feb 26, 2012, 11:54 PM EST

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    Chris Paul‘s passing makes every dunk just a little bit better. (Ask Blake Griffin if you don’t believe me.) Here Paul takes the outlet lob (can’t really call that a pass) and sets up Kevin Durant for one of the better dunks of the night. Next year for the All-Star Dunk Contest, Chris Paul should…

  5. Kobe passes Jordan, has more All-Star Game points than anyone

    Feb 26, 2012, 10:00 PM EST

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    Kobe Bryant is a rare combination of a guy who has been at an All-Star level for a long time — this was his 14th year — and a guy who is always ready to compete. Even in a meaningless exhibition he will need to show his dominance (hence the four All-Star Game MVPs). Which…

  6. Video: LeBron’s nasty windmill dunk from All-Star Game

    Feb 26, 2012, 8:59 PM EST

    LeBron James

    The first half of the NBA All-Star Game Sunday saw more — and more creative — dunks than we saw in the actual Dunk Contest Saturday night. One of the best was the windmill from LeBron James. By the way, LeBron had five first half dunks, one ahead of Blake Griffin‘s four, as they had…

  7. Kevin Durant wants LeBron, Westbrook, star power in Dunk Contest

    Feb 26, 2012, 7:15 PM EST

    Miami Heat's LeBron James dunks against the Chicago Bulls during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    We can all admit it — Saturday night’s NBA Dunk Contest was sad. It was scripted and felt stiff. Jeremy Evans deserved the win for a legitimately impressive dunk, and a lot of people liked Paul George’s black-light dunk (more than I did). But overall, not good. Kevin Durant is thinking exactly what you are…

  8. Dwight Howard isn’t talking trade, but everyone else is

    Feb 26, 2012, 4:49 PM EST

    Sprint NBA All Star Celebrity Game

    Three times on Friday and Saturday I heard a reporter try to broach the topic of trade demands and where he might play in the future with Dwight Howard, and every time he has responded that he is not talking about anything past All-Star Weekend. “The situation we are in right now is All-Star Weekend.…

  9. Stern says number of injuries not up this season. He’s right.

    Feb 26, 2012, 1:59 PM EST

    David Stern

    If it feels to you like more guys are missing games due to injuries this season, you are right. But don’t confuse that with there being more injuries, and don’t blame the injuries on the lockout. NBA Commissioner David Stern was asked about injures this season at his Saturday press conference and he has looked…

  10. Grading Dunk Contest dunks: Evans and Budinger get an A

    Feb 25, 2012, 11:59 PM EST

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    It was not a great contest, and worst of all it felt scripted, like the Kardashian “reality” shows. But I guess that’s where we’ve gotten to with the All-Star Dunk Contest. It’s style over substance. And only a couple dunks really impressed We’ve graded all 12 dunks from the contest (from A to F, like…

  11. Kevin Love works overtime to win Three-Point Contest

    Feb 25, 2012, 11:22 PM EST

    Love of the Timberwolves competes in the three-point contest during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    Do you remember when then Minnesota coach Kurt Rambis was trying to keep Kevin Love from straying away from the basket and shooting threes? Rambis, Loves hopes you were watching. “But for me, coming into the league, I was told not to shoot three point shots, so to be where I am now and continue…

  12. Stern says Sacramento arena deal comes down to paying up

    Feb 25, 2012, 9:14 PM EST

    NBA All-Star Weekend

    It’s all about the money. It’s always been about money when it comes down to getting a new arena built in Sacramento and keeping the team in that city. But now it has come down to pulling out the checkbooks and committing to dollars and the negotiations are intense. When David Stern talked about issue…

  13. Video: A Kia dunks over Blake Griffin

    Feb 25, 2012, 3:44 PM EST

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    One year ago today (give or take), Blake Griffin won the NBA Dunk Contest jumping over the hood of a Kia while Baron Davis threw him the ally-oop out  of a sunroof. As part of a Kia commercial from Funny or Die, now a Kia tries to do a dunk over him. Griffin has a…

  14. California investors (and Mike Dunleavy Sr.) frontrunners to buy Hornets

    Feb 25, 2012, 2:17 PM EST

    Mike Dunleavy

    Last week David Stern said he was close to having a buyer for the New Orleans Hornets — and getting a new lease with the state of Louisiana for the New Orleans Area — that would keep the team in the Crescent City. Those buyers are from Los Angeles not New Orleans based but they…

  15. Dunk Contest gives Evans, others chance to make name for themselves

    Feb 25, 2012, 9:50 AM EST

    Jeremy Evans

    There is no Blake Griffin. No Dwight Howard. Not even a Nate Robinson. The NBA’s All-Star Saturday Night Dunk Contest is a showcase event this year filled with a bunch of names that had casual fans saying, “who is that?” But for Jeremy Evans, it’s a chance. Evans is a human pogo stick — the…

  16. Video: Jeremy Lin’s agent talks the business of Jeremy Lin

    Feb 25, 2012, 8:00 AM EST

    Fans line up when waiting to purchase the first officially licensed T-shirts featuring NBA New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin in Taipei

    Jeremy Lin‘s agent Roger Montgomery is one popular guy right now. His phone is ringing off the hook, people are coming up to him on the street — everyone wants to get a piece of Jeremy Lin. It’s Montgomery’s job to keep the storm away from Lin (just let him play hoops) and set up…

  17. NBA’s Rising Stars know exhibition drill, put on dunk fest

    Feb 24, 2012, 11:58 PM EST

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    Give the people what they want. Nobody tuned in to the BBVA Rising Stars game Friday night of All-Star weekend to watch defense — they wanted to see dunks, crazy passes and guys carpet bombing threes. Then more dunks off ally-oops. Then Jeremy Lin. In that case, the fans got their money’s worth. Friday night…

  18. Jeremy Lin talks D’Antoni system, overcoming bias

    Feb 24, 2012, 9:27 PM EST

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    The Mavericks’ Jason Terry said what a number of people — a decreasing number every day, but they are out there — have said about Jeremy Lin: He is a system guy. Mike D’Antoni’s offensive system is designed to give the point guard numbers, and Lin is a product of it more than anything else.…

  19. Report: Rasheed Wallace to sign with Lakers

    Feb 24, 2012, 6:43 PM EST

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    I expected this about as much as I expect a “Hangover 2″ to win the Best Picture Oscar. Rasheed Wallace is close to signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, reports A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. His return to action has been rumored for weeks, fueled by a decent showing at Pro-Am tournament in North Carolina…

  20. Steve Nash reiterates he’s not looking for a trade, but free agency…

    Feb 24, 2012, 5:07 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    After this All-Star Weekend the trade rumors are going to really start to ramp up as we head to the March 15 deadline. Steve Nash’s name will come up. A lot. Because just about every team could use an elite point guard. But when asked about it Friday, Nash did the same dance he has…

  21. As expected, Dwight Howard dances around trade questions

    Feb 24, 2012, 2:18 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    “The situation we are in right now is All-Star Weekend. That’s the only thing that matters right now. This is for the fans and we’re going to enjoy ourselves.” “All that stuff can go on after the All-Star break.” That is pretty much what you knew Dwight Howard was going to say when asked about…

  22. Rajon Rondo to replace Stephen Curry in Skills Challenge

    Feb 24, 2012, 9:51 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    We told you the night it happened that Stephen Curry‘s foot injury — which his agent swears is not related to his ongoing ankle issues, and when has an agent ever lied? — might keep him from defending his title in the All-Star Saturday night skills challenge. It is. The league announced that Curry is…

  23. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Spurs look good at the rodeo

    Feb 24, 2012, 9:44 AM EST

    DeJuan Blair, Al Harrington

    What you missed while on a red-eye flight to Orlando for the All-Star Game (wait, that was me)….. Heat 102, Knicks 88: Jeremy Lin and Baron Davis combined to shoot 1-for-18 on the night, do that against the Heat and you know the result. Brett broke this out for us as a game of the…

  24. Thunder’s young legs, depth show Lakers guard is changing

    Feb 24, 2012, 5:35 AM EST

    Kevin Durant, James Harden, Troy Murphy

    Wednesday night it was the Celtics. Thursday night it was the Lakers. Two nights, two wins for the young Oklahoma City Thunder over the old guard of the NBA. The teams that from 2008 to 2010 won the NBA titles and met in the finals twice. In case you need any more proof that the…

  25. Don’t expect Dallas to make a trade deadline deal. Unless…

    Feb 23, 2012, 9:28 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    The defending NBA champions started slow — we’ll call it a championship/lockout hangover — but have found their footing of late. Despite all the roster changes this summer they look good — Dirk Nowitzki is healthy again and their offense is clicking. But the Mavs don’t as good as Oklahoma City in the West. Or…

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