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  1. Kings moving on to life after Martin

    Feb 23, 2010, 2:25 PM EDT

    The trade deadline brings change for so many teams around the league, and while the difficulties of fitting new players into an established rotation is difficult, it eclipses and obscures the difficulties teams face on the marketing side of things. Commercials, highlight reels, posters, billboards, and a million other examples of team marketing are graced…

  2. Rasho Nesterovic carves out a piece of Raptors' history

    Feb 23, 2010, 12:55 PM EDT

    Rasho Nesterovic: NBA Legend. Has a nice ring to it, no? Or at least: Rasho Nesterovic: Raptor Legend. That one actually rolls off the tongue a bit better, now that I think about it. Okay, fine: Rasho Nesterovic, Raptors Record-Holder After Beating Out the Likes of Oliver Miller. Not quite as catchy, but sometimes it’s…

  3. The Oklahoma City Thunder are, most certainly, for real

    Feb 23, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    A regular season contest in the NBA is often described as a “game of runs,” and in effect, the regular season as a whole is no different. Teams will rattle off a few wins at a time or go into extended losing streaks, and often a team with a hot start can simply coast into…

  4. Nash sidelined, enter the Dragic

    Feb 23, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    If Steve Nash is the brain of the Phoenix Suns and Amar’e Stoudemire the heart, then I guess that would make Goran Dragic something like a nose or an ear; he provides a service that aids in survival, but he hardly represents something essential for the Phoenix Suns. Until today. According to Paul Coro of…

  5. Mavericks showing improvement without practice

    Feb 22, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

    Integrating players acquired at the trade deadline really does come with its own unique set of challenges, and the Dallas Mavericks are finding ways to cope despite fighting through some pretty unfortunate scheduling last week. The Mavs went 3-1 in playing four games in five nights, and showed steady improvements in each of their contests.…

  6. Should the Celtics follow the Lakers' lead?

    Feb 22, 2010, 11:22 AM EDT

    Of all the battles that NBA teams face, short-term thinking vs. long-term planning may be the most crucial. On one hand, most teams are trying to win today, because dropping a loss at an inopportune time makes them prey in the standings. The team has an eye to the standings in an effort to connect…

  7. Carmelo Anthony and the wonders of threat construction

    Feb 22, 2010, 10:54 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony feels wronged. It fuels him in practice, keeps him hungry, and serves as a constant reminder that he has to hit the court every night in an effort to prove someone wrong. Wronged by whom, you ask? Why, the ever-ambiguous media bogeyman, of course. From Chris Tomasson of NBA FanHouse: Denver Nuggets forward…

  8. Party-hardy Josh Howard punched his own ticket to Washington

    Feb 20, 2010, 1:13 AM EDT

    UPDATE 2/20 1:35 am: After the Wizards win on Friday night, Josh Howard called he accusation he was too hung over to play on Jan 19 a lie. He would not go into details, only to say that, “he would not respond to a lie.” 2/19 12:13 pm: Josh Howard’s (lack of) production and past…

  9. Oh, how the mighty Pistons GM has fallen

    Feb 19, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    Once upon a time, Joe Dumars was among the most heralded managers in the league. He had constructed a contender from the ground up based on teamwork and defense, provided the fire that birthed Ben Wallace’s career, took a chance on an inconsistent, journeyman point guard named Chauncey Billups, and had made stockpiling role players…

  10. Houston's move that wasn't

    Feb 19, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    The Rockets had a busy trade deadline, and will welcome Kevin Martin, Jared Jeffries, Jordan Hill, and Hilton Armstrong to the team this weekend. But Houston GM Daryl Morey could have had his fingerprints all over another blockbuster deal, though this time in an out-of-the-blue attempt to land some star-power. From ESPN.com’s Marc Stein and…

  11. Carl Landry was a deal-breaker for Kings

    Feb 19, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

    Following the flurry of activity that took place at yesterday’s trade deadline, it’s inevitable that we dissect where each team went wrong, declare some the “big winners,” and reminisce over what could have been as we pore over the details of trades big and small. What if Miami really had traded for Carlos Boozer? What…

  12. Trade deadline: McGrady could find his way to a contender

    Feb 18, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    Supposing the Sacramento Kings do in fact snare Tracy McGrady (the trade is not yet official) in a deal involving Kevin Martin and Carl Landry, there’s a distinct possibility that the Kings could cut McGrady loose via a contract buyout. After all, Sacramento is a young, growing team that needs to give playing time to…

  13. Trade deadline: Rockets flip Tracy McGrady for Kevin Martin

    Feb 18, 2010, 3:13 AM EDT

    After flirting with the New York Knicks and the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has finally capitalized on the expiring contract of Tracy McGrady. The deal is hardly concrete, but an agreement has been made in principle between the Kings and the Rockets according to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, though the Knicks could…

  14. Francisco Garcia makes his grand return to the hardwood

    Feb 17, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    Francisco Garcia, who was originally slated to be a starter for the Sacramento Kings before he broke his right forearm some four months ago. But he finally made his regular season debut for the Kings last night, amidst much fanfare and little of the actually playing. From Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee: García entered…

  15. The Bobcats lost to the Nets…again

    Feb 17, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    The Charlotte Bobcats have on truly unique claim to fame that no other NBA team can match: they’ve lost to the 5-48 New Jersey Nets twice. Charlotte boasts one of the league’s top defenses, but the team is looking for answers as they’ve gone 5-5 after their hot start to begin 2010. The Bobcats are…

  16. One team not looking to make a move at the trade deadline

    Feb 17, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    It’s hard to resist the trade deadline’s appeal, whether you’re a lottery team looking to shed salary or a contender looking for that one final piece. After all, teams can always improve, and the deadline represents every team’s final chance to do so through external means this season. Chemistry, momentum, and internal development are tricky…

  17. Mavs' new acquisitions are thrown into the fire

    Feb 16, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    It turns out that there is a conceivable downside to the Mavs’ trade of Josh Howard, Drew Gooden, James Singleton, and Quinton Ross for the Wizards’ Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, and DeShawn Stevenson: the three newest Mavericks will now play four games in five nights as they scramble to learn plays, adjust to teammates, and…

  18. New York's 2010 game turns into a high-stakes gamble

    Feb 16, 2010, 11:21 AM EDT

    With talks between the Knicks and the Rockets as serious as any other trade discussions out there, Donnie Walsh’s 2010 vision may finally be coming into focus. On a very basic level, it’s golden: Walsh draws on using the biggest market and the biggest stage the NBA has to offer, not to mention some solid…

  19. Tyrus Thomas a popular trade target, regardless of fit

    Feb 15, 2010, 12:53 PM EDT

    The allure of Tyrus Thomas is obvious: when Thomas is active and engaged, he can seriously impact games with his defense and lead a one-man assault on the rim on offense. He has the unique package of length, quickness, size, and athleticism necessary to be a versatile all-purpose defender. But something gets lost between the…

  20. All-Star Saturday changes are easier said than done

    Feb 15, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

    In the wake of one of the worst All-Star Saturday nights in NBA history, fans, players, and league officials can only be left dreaming of improvement. They hype had been replaced with an incredible hush, as the participants of Saturday’s dunk contest silenced the crowd at the American Airlines Center in the worst possible way.…

  21. 'Shaq Vs.' returns, America cringes

    Feb 12, 2010, 3:39 PM EDT

    According to Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Shaquille O’Neal’s…shall we say, interesting reality show, Shaq Vs., will be returning for a second season on ABC. It’s the perfect show for that 7’2”, attention-crazed NBA star in your life, but for everyone else? Well, it’s a bit silly. I’m sure Shaq has a lot…

  22. Add Sacramento to Troy Murphy's growing list of suitors

    Feb 12, 2010, 2:34 PM EDT

    The trade deadline is a bit like multi-million dollar window shopping in that teams suddenly see and want things they never really knew they needed. Antawn Jamison becomes available, and all of a sudden every team in the league is desperate for his scoring at the 4. Caron Butler’s on the block, and everyone desperately…

  23. Will anyone actually make it to Dallas?

    Feb 11, 2010, 3:19 PM EDT

    Of the myriad complications in planning a massive event like All-Star Weekend, it’s safe to say that the remote possibility of a snowstorm in Dallas barely even registered. Dallas may not be facing a “Snowpocalypse” on par with the Northeast, but the weather in those two regions in particular has compounded into quite the travel…

  24. Meet Ron Adams, the brains behind the Thunder

    Feb 11, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

    The Oklahoma City Thunder are about as “it” as it gets. Kevin Durant is the season’s hot new trend, and his style boasts only the latest in aesthetic and material innovation. They’re young, they’re hip, they’re cool, and they’re underground enough to play in a place like OKC while still hitting the mainstream airwaves hard.…

  25. Careful Curry can't mute the subtext

    Feb 11, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

    With no Monta Ellis or Corey Magette in the lineup last night, Steph Curry went off. He scored 36 points, collected 10 rebounds, and dropped 16 assists in a 30-point win over the Clippers. That’s an absurd stat line even by this rookie class’ standards, and it was the first 30-10-10 line from a rookie…

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