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  1. Knicks issue statement clearly about Isiah Thomas (that nobody believes)

    Feb 20, 2011, 2:24 PM EDT

    The Beacon Theater Joins MSG Entertainment

    We’ve told you about Isiah Thomas’ influence in efforts to bring Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks. The specter of a return of Thomas — just after the team spent two years climbing out of a hole Thomas dug for the organization — was enough to push the Knicks to release a rare joint statement to…

  2. Video: JaVale McGee dunks two balls at once

    Feb 20, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee from the Washington Wizards

    Sure, the car dunk won Blake Griffin the Dunk Contest. But for our money this was the dunk of the night — JaVale McGee, two balls and two rims. It topped our rankings. This was both crazy and athletic. And you can throw in creative, too. It’s worth watching again. And again. And…

  3. Stern confirms that Kings owners talked with Anaheim

    Feb 20, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

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    David Stern continues to provide cover for the Maloof brothers — the owners of the Sacramento Kings — to get out of Dodge if they so choose. Meeting with the media Saturday, Stern confirmed that the Maloofs and representatives of the Honda Center in Anaheim have talked. That representative would be Henry Samueli, the owner…

  4. Video: Blake Griffin dunks over a car

    Feb 20, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    This is the dunk everybody is talking about. It wasn’t even the best dunk of the night (not in our rankings) but it was something you have never seen before. It was a spectacle. It was entertaining. It was Blake Griffin winning the NBA Dunk Contest. It was the dunk that in three years everyone…

  5. Report: Nets leave ‘Melo meeting “not confident,” but Knicks have own issues

    Feb 20, 2011, 9:52 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Denver Nuggets

    The Carmelo Anthony trade saga is nearing its end — finally — but like a soap opera’s final episodes the drama just seems to ramp up for the event. Here is where we stand Sunday morning. Anthony and Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov broke break and had a shot of, um, water at a Los Angeles…

  6. Report: Deron Williams tells associates he wants to go to New York

    Feb 20, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

    It’s news that will make you bang your head against a wall, because another cycle is starting before the Melodrama has even ended. It is a report that by Sunday night you can be certain Deron Williams will have denied strenuously multiple times. But according to Ken Berger at CBSSports, Williams is talking about getting…

  7. Blake Griffin jumps Dunk Contest over car, into new era of spectacle

    Feb 20, 2011, 12:40 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin car dunk

    The days of the Dominique tomahawk are gone. The Jordan cradle dunk is a dinosaur. Throwing it off the backboard to yourself is passé. Blake Griffin dunked over a car while a gospel choir sang at midcourt. And he is your 2011 Slam Dunk Contest champion. It was impressive and entertaining. That, my friends, is…

  8. Ranking the dunks

    Feb 20, 2011, 12:39 AM EDT

    JaVale McGee double dunk

    The 2011 All-Star Dunk Contest was one of the best  dunk contests in recent memory. There was pageantry, creativity, innovation, and some of the most memorable dunks we’ve seen in years. Blake Griffin won the contest with a dunk that was more about theater than amplitude, but the dunks that led to that point were…

  9. Curry wins the skills competition

    Feb 19, 2011, 9:36 PM EDT

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    The Skills competition has been a part of NBA All-Star weekend, but it’s still not entirely sure what it actually measures. Each player gets through the dribble course in about the same amount of time, and there’s only one mid-range jump shot, so most of the competition is decided by each player’s ability to pass…

  10. All-Star Saturday/Dunk Contest live blog

    Feb 19, 2011, 7:50 PM EDT

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    Saturday night’s alright for… dunk contests. And if you throw in a Skills Contest we’ll take it. No, we don’t really want the Shooting Stars, it’s okay. We’re going to be chatting live through all of it, feel free to jump in and have some fun.

  11. Reports: Anthony says he’ll only sign with Knicks; Also to meet with Nets

    Feb 19, 2011, 7:05 PM EDT

    NBA All Star Game Basketball

    UPDATE #2 7:40 pm: Carmelo Anthony is going to meet with the New Jersey Nets tonight — despite what both Prokhorov and Anthony said just hours before — according to Frank Isola of of the New York Daily News. As I said in the main post, take everything with a grain of salt. Actually,  whole…

  12. Kobe Bryant’s Black Mamba movie

    Feb 19, 2011, 6:44 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Why pay for Netflix, you’ve got us? We bring you “The Black Mamba,” Kobe Bryant‘s ad for Nikes movie with Robert Rodriguez. If you love Kobe, you’ll like this and only laugh a little. If you hate Kobe, we present you fuel for the fire. Enjoy the part where Kobe goes one-on-five against our villans…

  13. It has come to this: LeBron feels bad for Carmelo Anthony

    Feb 19, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    After the All-Star Game practice (where we swear we saw Gregg Popovich almost try to do some real coaching at one point) came the usual round of media interviews. East and West mingled together, with LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony sitting right next to each other. This may be the first time ever there was…

  14. Warriors working to land Troy Murphy, one way or another

    Feb 19, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT

    Troy Murphy

    UPDATE 3:39 pm: Matt Steinmetz at CSN Bay Area has filled in some of the details about a potential New Jersey/Golden State trade (if it does happen). I’m hearing the deal — which hasn’t been completed — would likely be Dan Gadzuric and Brandan Wright to the New Jersey Nets for Troy Murphy and a…

  15. Three Point Contest preview: It’s not just a couple of Celtics


    Feb 19, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

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    For all the world cares, there are two guys in the Three-Point Shooting Contest, part of the Saturday night fun in Los Angeles for All-Star Weekend. There’s Ray Allen, who has hit more three pointers than anyone in NBA history. Then there is Paul Pierce, the defending Three-Point Contest champion. They play for the high-profile…

  16. Dunk Contest preview: What’s with all the big guys?

    Feb 19, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    You know why Nate Robinson and Spud Webb won the dunk contest? Because we love to see the little guys who can get up. We mere mortals identify with guys who are not quite six foot jumping over Dwight Howard and throwing it down. This year’s Saturday night Dunk Contest? Battle of the big guys.…

  17. John Wall’s ridiculous bounce-pass ally-oop to Blake Griffin

    Feb 19, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Rookie John Wall, of the Washington Wiza

    The best highlight of All-Star weekend happened Friday night. You think maybe we should watch the All-Star Game and the Dunk Contest before we render judgement? Wrong. We should just watch the video below and realize it is over. During Friday night’s Rookie Challenge, John Wall makes a bounce pass from behind the three-point arc…

  18. CBA update: Owners, players sit down in same room. That’s about it.

    Feb 19, 2011, 12:51 AM EDT

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    This was the one bit of good news — for the first time in two-and-a-half months the owners and players sat down in the same room and talked about a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Words like “amicable” and “thawed” were thrown around by Billy Hunter, executive director of the National Basketball Players Association (the union)…

  19. Rookies defeat sophomores, Wall given MVP

    Feb 19, 2011, 12:17 AM EDT

    John Wall

    The first half of the 2011 Rookie/Sophomore challenge only vaguely resembled basketball. None of the players on either side of the court even pretended to play defense, and stood under the basket and watch their opponents launch threes. Fast-break dunks after made baskets were common. Alley-oops were being thrown down every minute or so. In…

  20. Report: Knicks make formal offer for Carmelo Anthony, too

    Feb 18, 2011, 11:46 PM EDT

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    The Nets and Denver reportedly have a deal in place for Carmelo Anthony, if he approves it. Now the Knicks have apparently put their offer on the table. According to Mark Spears of Yahoo (via twitter) the Knicks have offered Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Eddy Curry’s expiring contract (and Curry too, we suppose)…

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