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  1. Three Stars: Career highs for three guys

    Nov 14, 2012, 12:52 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Milwaukee Bucks

    The soulless pursuit of stats by players on bad teams (or as I like to call it, the Corey Maggette special) can often be pretty brutal to watch. No one likes watching a guy play isolation basketball the whole game, hogging possessions and looking off teammates. Three Stars doesn’t reward that type of behavior, but…

  2. Grizzlies’ assistant general manager Kenny Williamson dies

    Nov 13, 2012, 11:29 PM EDT

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    It’s been a tough season in the Grizzlies family. First VP of basketball operations Dana Davis passes away, now this. Grizzlies assistant general manager Kenny Williamson lost his battle with cancer, the team announced Tuesday. Known as the “eggman” he was a basketball lifer who had spent more than 30 years around the game at…

  3. Video: Kyrie Irving turns Kris Humphries into a statue with a sick pass

    Nov 13, 2012, 11:15 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    A good way to gauge a player’s star value is to watch how opposing crowds treat him. With the Cavaliers visiting Brooklyn tonight, Kyrie Irving absolutely wowed the crowd with his insane handling and off the cuff passes, winning over the fans like he was Rocky in Russia. How good was Irving in a night…

  4. Rockets Royce White skips game, practice, to be sent to D-League

    Nov 13, 2012, 10:19 PM EDT

    Royce White

    UPDATE 10:19 pm: Royce White took to twitter to answer critics and defend himself on Tuesday night. He said first hat the flight to Detroit the Rockets had to take was not the issue. I’m most definitely* not AWOL… There are many things here ppl don’t know, #Honesty is what I’m sticking with. @houstonrockets “Luke…

  5. Video: Does Mike D’Antoni’s system fit with Lakers roster?

    Nov 13, 2012, 9:21 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Steve Nash of Canada and Kobe Bryant react during their loss to the Dallas Mavericks during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Donny Marshall, former NBA player and current Comcast Sportsnet New England analyst, was on NBC Sports Network’s “Sports Talk” and is not sold that Mike D’Antoni’s system is best for the Lakers — normally the two-guard is just a space-the-floor shooter in his system and that is not going to keep Kobe Bryant happy. He…

  6. Warriors coach Jackson defends playing small, David Lee

    Nov 13, 2012, 8:42 PM EDT

    David Lee

    It wasn’t coach Mark Jackson’s plan to play a lot of small ball at Golden State — he wanted Andrew Bogut to be the guy in the middle. But with Bogut out for much of the young season, Jackson has gone small, playing David Lee and Carl Landry as the Warriors front line a lot.…

  7. Bobcats trade Matt Carroll to Hornets for Hakim Warrick

    Nov 13, 2012, 6:06 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 6:06 pm: And it’s official, with the Bobcats confirmed that the trade has gone through. These two veteran bench players may bet a little more run and a chance to show what they can do in their new surroundings in a way they did not so far this season. Both teams get a little…

  8. Lakers GM Kupchak says team wanted D’Antoni, didn’t think Jackson would want job

    Nov 13, 2012, 4:54 PM EDT

    Mitch Kupchak

    Phil Jackson was under the impression that the Lakers job was his if he wanted it — and it wasn’t just his impression. Mike D’Antoni thought it was Jackson’s job, everyone around the Lakers thought it was Jackson’s job, and Lakers fans thought it was Jackson’s job. The Lakers front office wanted Mike D’Antoni. And…

  9. Report: Lakers test trade market for Blake, Duhon. No takers yet. Shocking.

    Nov 13, 2012, 3:58 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Steve Nash being reunited with Mike D’Antoni is not happening as soon as Lakers fans (or D’Antoni) would like — Nash said on Tuesday he could be out another week or two as his leg heals. But that isn’t stopping the Lakers from shopping around two of the other point guards on the roster. The…

  10. Video: James Harden high-fives invisible teammates

    Nov 13, 2012, 3:18 PM EDT

    James Harden

    You gotta love James Harden. Here the beard hits his technical free throw and then walks forward to high-five all the nonexistent guys in the lane. Classic. At least Harden is keeping his sense of humor as the Rockets struggle to find their way. Hat tip to SLAM.

  11. Winderman: Lakers latest in trend to go with system regardless of personnel

    Nov 13, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT

    New York Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni reacts during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden in Boston

    The system coaches used to be the minority, it is among the reasons opposing coaches marveled all those years at Jerry Sloan, how his teams did one thing well and did it over and over and over, even after Stockton and Malone left the building. The rest? They mostly adjusted. Oh, Phil Jackson was wedded…

  12. Thibodeau says Derrick Rose running, cutting, on schedule

    Nov 13, 2012, 2:13 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose listens to coach Tom Thibodeau during their NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Chicago

    In an almost reflexive manner, every time someone from the Bulls talks about Derrick Rose’s recovery they add “we’re not rushing him.” And they are not. But Tom Thibodeau said he expects to see the Bull’s MVP back this season, as he told Aggrey Sam of CSNChicago.com. “I do,” Thibodeau said prior to his team’s…

  13. Quote of the Day: Jamison thinks Lakers’ drama is nothing

    Nov 13, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT

    Antawn Jamison, Lamar Odom

    “I dealt with LeBron leaving Cleveland and guys bringing firearms in the locker room. This is mild.” —Veteran Lakers forward Antawn Jamison, discussing the firing of Mike Brown, the flirtation with Phil Jackson and the hiring of Mike D’Antoni, courtesy the twitter of Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld. Just as a crash course refresher, Jamison was…

  14. Minnesota’s Budinger out three months after knee surgery

    Nov 13, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Chase Budinger, Taj Gibson

    We knew what happened to Chase Budinger — he tore the lateral meniscus in his left knee Saturday while playing the Bulls. What we didn’t know was how long he will be out. Now we do, via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network. After knee surgery today, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Chase…

  15. Injuries have Timberwolves considering roster additions

    Nov 13, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

    Mickael Pietrus

    Kevin Love’s hand. Ricky Rubio’s knee. Chase Budinger’s knee. Brandon Roy’s knees. J.J. Barea’s foot. Now after Monday night you can add Nikola Pekovic’s ankle to the list. Minnesota’s long list of injuries is long and serious. It’s a huge credit to coach Rick Adelman that the Timberwolves are 5-2 this young season. But they…

  16. D’Antoni will coach Lakers Friday, understands fans aren’t happy

    Nov 13, 2012, 11:52 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Washington Wizards

    Politicians do this all the time — for their first interview after a big bit of news or awkward revelation, their first interview is with a friendly media outlet that is not going to pepper them with hard questions. Mike D’Antoni’s first interview in Los Angeles came Tuesday morning — with Ryan Seacrest. Yes, American…

  17. Jim Buss has Lakers power, kept it and used it to hire D’Antoni

    Nov 13, 2012, 11:14 AM EDT

    Phil Jackson

    The idea Phil Jackson was the clear frontrunner for the Lakers head coaching job was not some media creation or fan fiction — everyone around the team said Jackson was the lead candidate. From the start if felt odd — if you were around and felt the distaste between Jackson and Jim Buss (the guy…

  18. Report: Heat now on top of Kenyon Martin’s list

    Nov 13, 2012, 10:23 AM EDT

    Kenyon Martin

    Kenyon Martins remains a free agent. He had gone from saying he wanted more than the league minimum and was only going to play for a contender to saying he will play for the league minimum and he will play for anyone. But he’d still like to be in Miami, according to Ira Winderman of…

  19. Video: Russell Westbrook passes to self off Brandon Knight

    Nov 13, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    I think this is my favorite play from last night. Tie game, inside five minutes in the fourth quarter and Russell Westbrook does a very Westbrook thing and gets caught in the air with nowhere to go with the ball. So he improvised, threw it off Brandon Knight, got it back and scored the layup.…

  20. Baseline to Baseline recaps: It’s all about the Boston offense

    Nov 13, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

    Brandon Bass, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Jason Terry

    Our nightly roundup of all the action in the NBA. Or, what you missed while being scared by the idea of a Hillary Clinton decorating show…. Jazz 140, Raptors 133 (3OT): Utah got its first road win but the Raptors made them really work for it — they needed the second three of Al Jefferson’s…

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