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  1. Kobe MVP mission was entertaining, just like All-Star Game should be

    Feb 21, 2011, 2:08 AM EDT

    2011 NBA All-Star Game

    It was obvious Kobe Bryant was going hard after the MVP three minutes into the game. That’s when, with the score tied just 6-6, Kobe got the ball in the right corner, drove baseline on Derrick Rose, the help defense was late and he went up-and-under for the kind of reverse jam he probably hasn’t…

  2. Biggest winners and losers at the All-Star game

    Feb 21, 2011, 1:19 AM EDT

    Musician Lenny Kravitz (R) returns a loo

    The All-Star game is an exhibition first and foremost, and when players are trying harder to entertain the crowd than they are to play good basketball, it’s hard to put too much stock into the results. Still, this year’s All-Star game was one of the most entertaining and competitive games in years, and a few…

  3. Reports have Nuggets, Knicks haggling over Mozgov, ‘Melo trade details

    Feb 21, 2011, 12:36 AM EDT

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    It’s near the endgame — Carmelo Anthony himself said after the All-Star Game Sunday “The deadline is Thursday. Something has to happen” (via Ken Berger of CBSSports). But still the Knicks and Nuggets are fighting over the details right up to the end. Alan Hahn of Newsday had the conflicting reports. That starts with earlier…

  4. NBA All-Star Game live blog

    Feb 20, 2011, 7:55 PM EDT

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    We’re talking everything NBA All-Star Game — from Kobe taking too many shots to Kanye West stepping all over Rihanna at halftime. Jump in and join us.

  5. Report: Celtics, Bulls have interest in Clippers Rasual Butler

    Feb 20, 2011, 7:34 PM EDT

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    With Marquis Daniels out for an extended period, the Celtics are looking hard for someone to fill his shoes — a wing player off the bench who can give them a solid 15-20 minutes a night, a veteran who can hit some shots and not make too many mistakes. The Chicago Bulls are looking for…

  6. Marcus Camby to “contemplate retirement” if traded

    Feb 20, 2011, 6:44 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    Because the basketball fates have made them their whipping boy, the Portland Trailblazers are considering wholesale team changes. At the same time, virtually every team could use a big, shot blocking center in the paint who can also grab some boards and knock down the midrange. So there is interest out there in the Blazers’…

  7. Will LeBron James get booed at All-Star Game? (And other things to watch)

    Feb 20, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    West team members from left, Kevin Love

    Every road arena LeBron James has stepped into this season, he has been booed. Sometimes loudly, sometimes as a token, but always. Will the All-Star Game be any different? Fans — well, not fans in Cleveland but fans in most cities — seem to be moving on from the drama of the summer. And, this…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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.

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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