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  1. Lakers tell players to cool it with “external chatter”

    Mar 11, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics Kevin Garnett and Los Angeles Lakers Pau Gasol compete for the ball in Boston

    The Lakers held an informal meeting that developed out of a film session following their back-to-back losses to Detroit and Washington, ESPN reports. During the conversation, assistant coaches for the team asked players to refrain from “external chatter,” whatever that is, presumably about potential trades. From ESPN LA: “It wasn’t an airing out session,” Brown…

  2. LeBron comes up big, then not so much vs. Pacers, but that’s OK, DWade’s got him

    Mar 11, 2012, 3:07 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat

    There’s this quote that’s hangs in the Spurs’ locker room. “When nothing seems to help, I go look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it…

  3. Funny story, Gerald Green may have had the best in-game alley-oop ever

    Mar 10, 2012, 10:58 PM EDT

    Gerald Green

    You’re seriously not going to believe this. It was so good I’m not even going to set it up for you. Just watch. Note that his head is above the rim. Note that’s a windmill. Off an alley-oop. In a game. That’s absurd. Ridiculous. Ill. Nasty. Incredible. Disgusting. Fantastic. Other adjectives. I’m so glad Gerald…

  4. Marcus Camby shoves Kevin Saraphin, ejected in near-brawl

    Mar 10, 2012, 8:32 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    You know what will help the Blazers get their feet under them? This. OK, so that probably wont’ help them get their feet under them. There’s been a lot of talk about Marcus Camby potentially being unhappy in the Blazers’ locker room. This probably will not help the estimation of where he’s at mentally. That’s…

  5. The crazy schedule could really mess with playoff seeding

    Mar 10, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    Our own Ira Winderman writing at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel points out that changes this week to remove divisional opponent record from tie-breaker procedures for playoff seeding don’t go far enough. Because the imbalanced schedule impacts record as well. But if the Board wanted to carry out the process to its natural conclusion in the…

  6. Andrea Bargnani might be back this weekend. Maybe not. But could be. Theoretically.

    Mar 10, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors Andrea Bargnani reacts after hitting a shot during their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City

    Funny cycle. Team is stingy and non-committal with information regarding updates on player’s return from injury. Fans get anxious, rail on writer for not providing updates on player they are interested in regarding return from injury. Writer responds by asking team about player’s return from injury. Team is stingy and non-committal with information regarding updates…

  7. Ricky Rubio suffers torn ACL

    Mar 10, 2012, 2:19 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio shoots a free throw during their NBA game against Los Angeles Clippers

    Both Chris Mannix of SI.com and Jerry Zgoda of the Star-Tribune report that Ricky Rubio suffered a torn ACL as previously indicated by Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski during the Wolves’ loss to the Lakers last night. Well, hell. The news is devastating for the Timberwolves and basketball fans, as Rubio’s play had electrified the league and…

  8. The fall of the Portland Trail Blazers

    Mar 10, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Charlotte Bobcats

    Every person is going to have their individual sticking point. The one thing that they’ll point to, keep coming back to. For most, it will be Brandon. If Brandon Roy’s knees had held up, if he he had meniscus left in just one of his knees, it would have been different. Others will go to…

  9. Jason Terry says “it’s time for a change” when it comes to the Mavs

    Mar 10, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    Less than a day after a loss to the Suns on national television in which he was angry over being benched late, Jason Terry was outspoken again Friday night. This time he didn’t mince words about the state of the Mavericks after a loss to the Kings. I say again, the Kings. (A game, I…

  10. No surprise, the Wizards are open for firesale business. Everything but Wall must go.

    Mar 10, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks

    That the Wizards are terrible should not surprise you. A terrible team looking to change its personnel should not surprise you. But when any team declares itself completely open for business outside of one player, yeah, that’s worth at least a look. From the Washington Post’s Michael Lee:   Source just told me #wizards have…

  11. Turns out Chris Bosh is pretty important this season

    Mar 5, 2012, 4:19 AM EDT

    Chris Bosh LeBron James

    Chris Bosh was once one of the best players in the league. We’re learning that this designation moves faster now. Due to the extensive nature of talent in this league, players are constantly rising and falling to the top tiers. In 2010, he was considered one of the best players in the NBA. Last year,…

  12. Kobe gets his revenge as Lakers down Heat 93-83

    Mar 4, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    You couldn’t have scripted this any better. Kobe Bryant got revenge on Dwyane Wade for his hard foul in the All-Star Game a week later, with his Lakers winning 93-83 over Miami behind 33 points on 23 shots for the Black Mamba. Wade fouled out (!) scoring just 16 points on 17 field goal attempts.…

  13. Cousins shoots down the idea he wants out of Sactown

    Mar 4, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Kings, DeMarcus Cousins

    DeMarcus Cousins is a phenomenally temperamental player. He’s not a bad kid, by any account. That gets lost in all of his infuriating on-court behavior. He tends to annoy teammates, but he’s not causing trouble on or off court outside of some lazy defense from time to time. He’s also ruining everyone as of late,…

  14. Step away from the Trail Blazers, people. It’s about to blow.

    Mar 4, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Portland Trail Blazers

    On another website, in the fourth week of the season, I had the Trail Blazers as the fifth best team in the league in an edition of the power rankings. They looked  awesome. I use that word a lot, but in the Blazers’ case, it was true. They played some of the best ball by any…

  15. Lots of people who Pau Gasol will not save want Pau Gasol

    Mar 4, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics Kevin Garnett and Los Angeles Lakers Pau Gasol compete for the ball in Boston

    It’s really interesting to watch the evolution of a player like Pau Gasol, not only from the public’s consciousness perspective, but from that nebulous aspect of basketball which metrics can’t define. Our ability to define efficiency and production is better than ever and shouldn’t be disregarded when considering Gasol’s value. But there is another part…

  16. Report: Clippers interested in Ray Allen

    Mar 4, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Ray Allen, Nick Young

    Desperate times call for desperate measures. The Clippers have struggled without Chauncey Billups, missing their legitimate shooter at 2-guard and his ability to help manage the offense alongside CP3. (Who would have thought he’d need help?) So the Clippers have started showing up in trade rumors, and the latest one is both intriguing and bizarre.…

  17. Mavs support Odom’s return as he has a good game in win over Utah

    Mar 4, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Lamar Odom drives on Phoenix Suns Grant Hill near guard Steve Nash during their NBA basketball game in Dallas

    After Dirk Nowitzki was done dropping 40, after the Jazz went quietly into the night, after Lamar Odom had returned just hours before to the team instead of beginning an assignment with the D-League, it was a time for reconciliation. And the Mavericks, as teams with good, quality guys do, were ready to stick up…

  18. Report: Stern done after 2014

    Mar 3, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    David-Stern-all-star-2012

    The New York Daily News reports that the current plan is for Stern to inform the owners that he will step down after two more seasons, presumably after the 2013-14 season. From the Daily News: Insiders say that David Stern is planning to tell NBA owners at their April Board of Governors meeting that he’s good…

  19. The Celtics are really committed to telling you everything’s fine

    Mar 3, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    The Celtics have been in trade rumors, progressively more and more as the weeks have gone on and finally on Friday, they snapped a little bit and went on a media binge to try and quell talks about Rarjon Rondo. Danny Ainge essentially went on every outlet in the Boston area and blasted the idea.…

  20. Nene totally might have possibly gone to Houston if a trade that didn’t happen had happened. This is a thing, for some reason.

    Mar 3, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Nene nuggets

    I’m begging you to let this story die. No one’s happy with how the first Chris Paul trade fell apart. The NBA shouldn’t have owned the team, so that it wouldn’t have been in a position to turn down the trade as the owner (not the league; to say otherwise is basically twisting reality and…

  21. The Hawks and Celtics held ‘exploratory’ trade talks, Woj says. Don’t get excited.

    Mar 3, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks

    Yahoo’s Woj says that the Celtics and Hawks held “exploratory” trade talks about a swap but there’s nothing doing.This comes after a New York Daily News report indicated the two had held trade talks centered around Josh Smith for some package of the Boston Big 3. Woj says the Hawks don’t want to move Smith…

  22. Why you should and should not care about LeBron’s whole “passing in the clutch” thing

    Mar 3, 2012, 9:10 AM EDT

    jamesheat

    To review, in last night’s game, the Miami Heat came from behind to lead the Utah Jazz, only to watch Al Jefferson take the lead with a hook shot. At that point, the Heat had time for one final possession. Remember when LeBron passed up the final shot and everyone gave him huge grief about…

  23. Video: Kobe plans to play through concussion, Nash could be on the trade block. 5 Questions with Adrian Wojnarowski

    Feb 27, 2012, 9:08 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports sits down to talk about the All-Star Game, the repercussions of Dwyane Wade‘s foul on Kobe Bryant, how the Mavericks can make a run at Deron Williams and Dwight Howard, and if Steve Nash could head to… Orlando?

  24. Momma says: Dwight Howard’s mom reportedly wants him to stay in Orlando

    Feb 27, 2012, 12:58 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard gestures during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Dwight Howard has a big decision on his hand. He reportedly hasn’t retracted his trade demand, nor has he decided where he explicitly wants to go. The Magic haven’t decided to actively pursue offers, choosing to wait and see what happens after they offer another extension after March 1st. So in general, nothing new to…

  25. And sometimes, Glen Davis dances for pizza

    Feb 27, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic

    Forget the All-Star Game and MVPs and celebrity music performances and introductions. Forget media availability and parties and nonsense. Forget the Dunk Contest and the Skills Challenge. The real best thing about All-Star Weekend is that it provides opportunities like this for people like The Basketball Jones to make videos about a fake Hedo Turkoglu…

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