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  1. Anthony Parker says Cavaliers are growing from losses

    Feb 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Anthony Parker

    Anthony Parker was honest after the game — Cleveland is not there but they are growing. They played with a real energy and desperation last night, they just ran into one of the deepest, most talented teams in the league. Even then they had their chances. In the video below Paker talks about that growth,…

  2. Spike Lee thinks Kevin Garnett needs to calm down

    Feb 8, 2011, 9:55 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v New York Knicks

    Spike Lee is an institution at Knicks games, sitting courtside rocking the Landry Fields jersey. Jawing back and forth with players. Talking smack. And it’s all in good fun. Well, except when Kevin Garnett was in town recently, Lee said to ESPNNewYork. That guy lost it. This is really surprising, and this is all true.…

  3. Derrick Rose shows off his crossover, dunking skills

    Feb 8, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    Is there a better crossover in the NBA than Derrick Rose‘s? There are some other wicked ones out there, but none better for me. This little highlight clip shows off both the crossover and the dunking skills of Rose during the Bulls upset loss to the Trail Blazers Monday. Rose’s crossover is one move that…

  4. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Upset specials all across the league

    Feb 8, 2011, 7:00 AM EDT

    Stephen Jackson, Mark Ayotte

    What you missed while watching the return of the Power Rangers… The Cavaliers setting a new record in futility at the hands of the Mavs was our Game of the Night… Bobcats 94, Celtics 89: Charlotte was in this thing from the start, but it looked like they blew it right before half. That’s when…

  5. Cavaliers would not quit, could not win; lose record 25th straight

    Feb 8, 2011, 12:03 AM EDT

    JJ Hickson

    Desperate teams are dangerous teams. And Cleveland was desperate not to set a new all timeconsecutive loss record Monday night. But the thing that trumps effort is talent — Dallas had a lot more of it and a desire not to be the first team to lose to the Cavaliers since before Christmas. The result…

  6. Portland’s Brandon Roy will return to games this week

    Feb 7, 2011, 10:14 PM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    So much for taking the remainder of the season off to rest. Brandon Roy has been cleared by Doctors to return to practice just three weeks after double knee surgery and he should be back playing with the Trail Blazers by this weekend, according to Jason Quick of the Oregonian. “For sure against Detroit (Sunday),…

  7. Cavaliers may be losing but Dan Gilbert is making big money

    Feb 7, 2011, 9:39 PM EDT

    Dan Gilbert

    On the court, Cleveland is an unmitigated disaster. They’ve won one game since the start of December. They are losing big. On the accountant’s ledger, the Cavaliers are winning big. It’s the remnants of the LeBron James era — money committed before he was gone more than covers a post-LeBron payroll, as Jason Lloyd explains…

  8. Video: A rim’s ode to Blake Griffin

    Feb 7, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin Dunk

    A rap about Blake Griffin, from the point of view of a terrified rim? Yep, it exists. Surprisingly good use of AutoTune? Check. Multiple references to Optimus Prime? Check. A pie to the face? Check. This is pretty much everything you could ask an NBA-related YouTube video to be, and it looks like it was…

  9. LeBron’s effect on ratings dramatic

    Feb 7, 2011, 6:33 PM EDT

    Gucci Cocktail Party For Ffawn

    The Sports Business Journal just released a report comparing this season’s local TV ratings for NBA teams to the ratings from last season, and one thing is clear: People like to watch LeBron James play basketball. The Heat’s average rating is currently 5.4; that’s the third-highest average rating in the league (behind the Spurs and…

  10. Is DeMarcus Cousins abandoning his strengths?

    Feb 7, 2011, 5:58 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    Joe Treutlein of Draft Express thinks so: To say Cousins has undergone a dramatic role change in the NBA would be somewhat of an understatement. At the college level, Cousins was a dominant player in a variety of ways, utilizing his massive size, strength, and length to punish the opposition on the glass and finishing…

  11. Warkentien’s new contract with Knicks ends July 1

    Feb 7, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

    Mark Walkenstein

    And we thought the hiring of Mark Warkentien director of pro personnel was a sign of stability coming to the New York Knicks. Silly us. We should know better. Warkentien’s contract ends July 1, according to Frank Isola at the New York Daily News. If you’re paranoid — and if you live in New York…

  12. Jerry Sloan signs a one-year extension to stay with Jazz

    Feb 7, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

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    It’s not a surprise, really more of a formality, but it’s still one nice piece of stability in the otherwise tumultuous world of the NBA. Jazz coach Jerry Sloan has signed a one-year extension to continue coaching the Jazz, according to Scott Howard-Cooper at NBA.com. “I’ve already signed a contract for next year,” he said…

  13. Pau Gasol is not turning into Kevin Garnett anytime soon

    Feb 7, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s amazing how many people want Pau Gasol to be something he’s not. He is not a traditional, back-to-the-basket, power game center (and some Lakers fans criticized him for it). He doesn’t have a big ego and demand the ball, he gently reminds guys he’d like to touch the ball more (he gets criticized for…

  14. Spurs sign three-point specialist Steve Novak from D-League

    Feb 7, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

    Steve Novak

    Well, that didn’t take long. We told you Friday former Maverick (and Clipper and Rocket) Steve Novak was headed to the D-League’s Reno Bighorns to try and play his way back into an NBA contract. Monday we learned that the San Antonio Spurs are about to pick up Novak, according to Jonathan Givony of Draft…

  15. Good news: Marquis Daniels let out of hospital

    Feb 7, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

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    Some good news, the Celtics Marquis Daniels has been released and come home from the hospital. According to the official Celtics twitter account, “He was reported to have been joking and in good spirits.” Daniels collapsed early in the second quarter Sunday in the Celtics victory over the Magic. Daniels was trying to post up…

  16. Video: Watch Kevin Love learn he is an All-Star

    Feb 7, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Fun little video from the people at Recording NBA History: They were inside the Timberwolves locker room when Kevin Love learned he will be an NBA All-Star this season. Kurt Rambis gives the news… and you wonder how much the cameras in the room changed the amount of ribbing Love would have taken from teammates.…

  17. NBA Power Rankings: Antonio McDyess’ tip keeps Spurs on top

    Feb 7, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

    Antonio McDyess, Manu Ginobili, Richard Jefferson, Gary Neal

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, where the Heat and Mavericks are hot, but are they really better than the Spurs and Celtics 1. Spurs (42-8, Last Week #1). They are on the annual rodeo road trip (a rodeo kicks them out of their arena for a couple weeks) and early on they got a quality…

  18. Does Dwight Howard already have one eye on the door?

    Feb 7, 2011, 12:57 PM EDT

    NBA: Orlando Magic at Los Angeles Clippers

    This is where we are now. When a player is a couple years away from free agency — as Dwight Howard is in 2012 — there will be stories about how if the team doesn’t win a title he is gone. The stories have started about Chris Paul as well, all in the wake of…

  19. Peja Stojakovic to make Dallas debut Monday night

    Feb 7, 2011, 12:25 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v New Orleans Hornets

    Smart move by the Dallas Mavericks, making Peja Stojakovic active for a scrimmage in his first game. That way there is no pressure on him. Stojakovic will make his debut as a Dallas Mavericks on Monday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com. Stojakovic was signed by the Mavericks Jan.…

  20. Rick Adelman not worried about next season, next contract

    Feb 7, 2011, 12:01 PM EDT

    rick adelman

    Houston is at a crossroads — the plan of a team based around Yao Ming crumbled around the big man’s ankles and they have to figure out what is next. With that, they have done the smart thing and not offered any contract extensions to the six potential free agents on the roster. Flexibility, that’s…

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