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  1. Video: J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert go double-alley-oop on Detroit

    Mar 25, 2012, 9:35 AM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    The Knicks are feeling it right now. Undefeated since giving Mike D’Antoni the boot and riding the scapegoat momentum express, they won again Saturday over Detroit in a laugher. How much of a laugher was it? Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith pulled off something which is the kind of thing you can only shake your…

  2. Video: Luol Deng with the putback for the win

    Mar 25, 2012, 12:47 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics

    The Bulls won a game over Toronto 102-101 that they probably should have lost by all accounts, not only for the fact that the Raptors outplayed them for most of the game and had about 700 things go against them down the stretch, but mostly because the Bulls were without two of their best players…

  3. Doc Rivers wants KG back

    Mar 24, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett reacts during their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers as the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan looks on in Los Angeles

    It’s been a really interesting season in the legacy of Kevin Garnett. Boston folks can’t stop talking about how much production he’s giving teams, how well he’s playing, how he’s been the best player on the team. The rest of us keep noticing that while his production is there and he’s still as crafty a…

  4. Bulls owner was willing to go into luxury tax to get Pau Gasol… generous bajillionaire he is

    Mar 24, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

    So that Pau-Gasol-to-Chicago rumor before the dealing fell apart pretty quick because, to be honest, the idea of anyone saying “Heck yeah, we want Carlos Boozer!” right now is like the joke in a trailer for one of those teen romcoms. You know it’s coming and though it is technically humorous, it’s not actually funny.…

  5. It’s OK if there’s no mania behind Jimmer

    Mar 24, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT

    Jimmer Fredette , Kurt Thomas, Nolan Smith

    “The first time he didn’t play [on Feb. 2 against Portland], people were calling the paper and pitching their theories,” said Jason Jones, the Kings’ beat writer for The Sacramento Bee. “People don’t want to believe that he might not be ready to play. They want to believe Keith has it in for him.” The…

  6. Chris Kaman sticks with Hornets, which is fine. For now.

    Mar 24, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Chris Kaman, Nene

    From ESPN.com’s Marc Stein:   Players waived by 11:59 PM ET tonight eligible for playoffs w/another team, but ESPN sources say NOH & Chris Kaman still NOT talking buyout — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) March 23, 2012 So… real quick. Taking on the rest of the year for Kaman isn’t bad. He still makes plays (he blocked…

  7. Report: Wait, Jason Smith actually killed the Chris Paul Lakers trade? Pack it in, civilization ends here.

    Mar 24, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    Yes, we’re still talking about this. Forgive me, I’m just as tired of it as you are. But for the unrighteously indignant… So one more time with feeling, the Lakers, Rockets, and Hornets had agreed on a trade last December. Chris Paul goes to the Lakers, Pau Gasol goes to the Rockets and magically solves…

  8. The “Violence Against Blake Griffin” situation

    Mar 23, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    He’s asking for it. OK, stop, that right there. That’s me trying to snag your attention with some sort of bombastic statement. I can assure you my position is more nuanced than this phrase, which by the way, in the context of violence of any sort — on-court, off-court, sexual, non-sexual — should never, ever…

  9. David Stern: An anchor of legacy

    Mar 22, 2012, 11:10 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    This isn’t the David Stern we thought we knew. Or maybe it’s not the David Stern he wanted to be. Or maybe it’s not the David Stern who actually is David Stern. The National Basketball Association has been under the care of Stern since 1984,with Stern having worked with the league in some capacity since…

  10. Nuggets sign Wilson Chandler for five-years, complete Ujiri’s master plan of athletic wing army

    Mar 18, 2012, 8:37 PM EDT

    Wilson Chandler, Kobe Bryant

    Took them long enough, but Denver got their guy. The Denver Post reported Sunday that the Nuggets have signed free agent Wilson Chandler: Chandler spent the year in China expecting a prolonged lockout, then was released from his contract when his team was eliminated from play in the CBA and allowed to return stateside. There…

  11. Derek Fisher bought out by Rockets

    Mar 18, 2012, 6:46 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    As expected, the Rockets have reached a buyout with Derek Fisher, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski. Fisher will likely have a deal with a contender soon. A new rule in the collective bargaining agreement doesn’t allow him to get bought out after a trade and re-sign with the Lakers this season. Fisher had a…

  12. Gerald Green comeback takes another step, Nets sign him for remainder of season

    Mar 18, 2012, 5:49 PM EDT

    Gerald Green

    The Nets signed Gerald Green for the remainder of the season Sunday. The man most known for his dunk contest performance in 2008 has actually played really well (and dunked amazingly) this year in 11 games for the Nets, averaging 19 points per 36 minutes on 52 percent shooting. The Nets can use as much…

  13. Weekend Observations: 25 notes about the trade deadline

    Mar 18, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Los Angeles Lakers

    We’re thee days past the trade deadline. Some players have already landed and played a game with their new teams, some haven’t even arrived in their new destinations (does Hasheem Thabeet really have that busy of a calendar?). But we’re starting to recover from the shock of a still-nuts-if-quieter-than-last-year deadline that saw two coaches let go…

  14. A small part of why the Nuggets traded Nene: Kenneth Faried

    Mar 18, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    kenneth-faried

    So many trades are made for singular reasons. A team will need to change its identity. A relationship between a player and a coach will become toxic. A player will be leaving in free agency. But there are often times trades that “make sense, ” as the popular phraseology goes, because they’re good for multiple…

  15. Of course Michael Heisley is in talks with Larry Ellison, things were going too well

    Mar 17, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    Best season in franchise history from an overall success and excitement standpoint. First playoff game victory. First playoff series victory. Significant improvements in fan interest and long-term viability of on-court production. Things have been going really well in Memphis, Tennessee when it comes to the Grizzlies. So, of course, this is happening. From the Memphis Commercial-Appeal:…

  16. Reports indicate that the Hornets understand the rebuilding process

    Mar 17, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Bismack Biyombo,  Chris Kaman

    I’m about to bring up The Veto again. I don’t want to. I think I’m pretty clear on where I stand on the whole thing. (To catch you up if you don’t read regularly or follow on Twitter, Lakers trade for Paul was bad for both the Hornets and Rockets, but especially the Hornets who…

  17. In case you needed it, more proof Dwight’s decision making Wednesday night was absurd

    Mar 17, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    I’m about to share with you a few paragraphs from a must-read piece on the Dwight Howard debacle of this week by ESPN”s Michael Wallace, and then we’re going to talk about it for a minute. But 86-year-old Magic owner Rich DeVos confirmed Friday that an 11th-hour conference call he had with Howard on Wednesday…

  18. Quote of the Day: B-Easy is a six-year-old, apparently

    Mar 17, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Michael Beasley

    Michael Beasley on what he was doing at the NBA Trade Deadline while rumors swirled around him regarding a potential trade to the Lakers which never came through: “I know exactly what I was doing: I watching Fanboy and Chum Chum, eating pizza, French fries and lemonade,” he said, referring to a Nickelodeon cartoon and…

  19. The Warriors aren’t exactly ‘all-in’ with Stephen Curry, would have traded him for Bogut if necessary

    Mar 17, 2012, 10:37 AM EDT

    stephen curry

    The Warriors really wanted Andrew Bogut. You can argue about whether they should have wanted the 27-year-old injured center who has said his elbow will never recover fully from the horrific fall it suffered and who is currently out with an ankle fracture. But for the Warriors, the trade this past week of Monta Ellis and…

  20. Report: Chris Paul has nasal fracture, will wear mask just like you know who

    Mar 11, 2012, 10:21 PM EDT

    cpmas

    It’s apparently a fad now. From the Los Angeles Times: Chris Paul warmed up for Sunday’s game against Golden State with a very familiar accessory. A Kobe mask. Paul was hit in the face during the first quarter of Friday’s game against San Antonio. A Clippers spokesman said that Paul received an X-ray on Saturday and it…

  21. Dwight Howard just wants to win. Which is why he’s refusing Chicago, still. Obviously. Because that makes sense.

    Mar 11, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard Derrick Rose

    Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that the Magic finally have a team they’re willing to trade with, who wants Dwight Howard. One problem, he doesn’t. Howard has long said that all that matters to him is winning. That that’s what’s important. Which is made clearly by the fact he doesn’t want to go to… Chicago?…

  22. Video: Kobe Bryant nails game-winner over Celtics, watch the game to see he is clutch

    Mar 11, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    In a game that, to be honest, wasn’t very well played, the Lakers pulled out another win over the Boston Celtics 97-4 in what is likely the end to the Big 3 vs. Big 3 matchup over the past four years (though Bynum was not a part of it for the first two years). It…

  23. The New York Knicks and a partisan divide

    Mar 11, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT

    New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin and Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony looks on against the Atlanta Hawks in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    The New York Knicks lost their fifth straight Sunday, falling 106-94 to the Philadelphia Sixers in a game where the Sixers largely toyed with the Knicks for the fourth quarter. It’s not a surprise, downing sub-.500 teams by double-digits is kind of what Philly does this season. That’s their bread and butter. But of course,…

  24. Celtics-Lakers: 5 Things to Watch

    Mar 11, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Pau Gasol drives between Boston Celtics Brandon Bass and Celtics Jermaine O'Neal in the first half of their NBA basketball game at TD Garden in Boston

    With the Lakers and Celtics renewing their epic rivalry this afternoon, it’s time to look ahead at what we’re witnessing when the two face-off at Staples Arena at 3:30 p.m. EST. It’s the NBA’s oldest, best, and most celebrated rivalry and despite the turning point both teams are facing in their history. Here are five…

  25. Andrew Bogut’s elbow is as good as it’s going to get.’

    Mar 11, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Milwaukee Bucks

    Andrew Bogut‘s not angry with Milwaukee for not contending. He’s not demanding superstar talent alongside him or clamoring for the bright lights of a bigger city and the sponsorship money that comes with it. He’s not even requesting a trade. He’s just fine if it happens. And the reason for that is he just doesn’t…

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