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  1. Has Rondo's shooting improved?

    Feb 16, 2010, 3:53 PM EDT

    One of the most unexpected moments of All-Star Weekend came during Saturday’s HORSE contest. Rajon Rondo, a 59% free throw shooter with an infamously iffy jumper, was definitely a surprise choice to compete in a shooting contest. Even more surprising than Rondo’s inclusion was how well he did. Rondo held his own with dead-eye shooter Kevin Durant…

  2. Lakers' Bryant now doubtful for tonight

    Feb 16, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

    Update 3:39 pm That voice you hear is Lee Corso saying “Not so fast my freinds…”Kobe Bryant is now doubtful for the Lakers game against Golden State tonight. Kobe had a full practice with the team yesterday and everything looked good to go, but this morning his ankle had responded poorly. He will be evaluated…

  3. Rick Carlisle believes

    Feb 16, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

    Rick Carlisle believes. Most experts don’t — the conventional wisdom is that after this trade the Mavericks are on par with the Nuggets but still can’t get past a healthy Lakers team — but  Carlisle said in a radio interview he believes the Mavericks are now contenders. “I do. I felt that we were a…

  4. There are 10,000 Kobes

    Feb 16, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Growing up, Kobe Bryant didn’t like the fact he was named after a steak. An expensive, pampered and tasty steak, but still a steak. Now he is no longer alone — as his celebrity has grown the last 14 years, so has the popularity of his name. Rick Chandler at our sister blog Out of…

  5. All-Star streams more popular

    Feb 16, 2010, 2:57 PM EDT

    The Sports Business Journal, via an article by The Baseline’s Eric Freeman, is reporting that the ratings for this season’s All-Star Game fell off from last year. 6.9 million people watched this year’s All-Star Game, down from 7.6 million viewers in 2009. The decrease in viewers may have had something to do with the Vancouver…

  6. REPORT: Portland trades Blake and Outlaw for Camby

    Feb 16, 2010, 1:57 PM EDT

    Update 2/16 1:55 pm This trade is official, the Blazers were handing out the perfunctory press release to the media at shoot around today. Update 2/16 11:54 AM After an initial step-back in terms of the finalization of this deal, Yahoo’s Marc Spears is now reporting that the trade has been completed. The Blazers will…

  7. Kobe's ride: a helicopter

    Feb 16, 2010, 12:51 PM EDT

    If you make $23 million a year with your body, taking a helicopter to work is actually quite practical. That may be my favorite line this year, and it comes from GQ’s profile of Kobe Bryant (via TrueHoop). Personally, I would take a helicopter to work if I made $23 million. Except my commute is…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Jordan pushing hard to buy Bobcats

    Feb 16, 2010, 9:49 AM EDT

    It’s been a long time since Michael Jordan didn’t get what he wanted on the basketball court. However, in this case he wants to own the court. That is proving a little more challenging. At All-Star Weekend, NBA Commissioner David Stern said that the Charlotte Bobcats likely would be sold in the next 60 days.…

  11. Could the Cavs be turning to Maggette as third option?

    Feb 16, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

    It would be a stunning non-move if the Cavaliers failed to make any sort of trade at the deadline. They’ve been linked to just about everyone, with Antawn Jamison and Amar’e Stoudemire their top option depending on who you talk to. Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ massive expiring contract is their big chip, and they’re aggressively pursuing an…

  12. Iguodala likely to remain a Sixer

    Feb 16, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    While Amare Stoudemire and Tyrus Thomas are the hot names in trade rumors, one athletic forward — who other teams covet — appears to be going nowhere. It appears Andre Iguodala will remain in Philadelphia. One source close to the team indicated that Iguodala was very unlikely to be traded. Another source close to negotiations…

  13. Can Stoudemire and Shaq work in Cleveland?

    Feb 16, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT

    If you are the Cavaliers — the best team in basketball through 50 games and the frontrunner for the NBA title — making a move to shake things up is a risk. Any move. Even if it does make LeBron James happy. The ongoing efforts to bring Amare Stoudemire to Cleveland raise the question of…

  14. Camby not happy about trade to Portland

    Feb 16, 2010, 2:37 AM EDT

    Marcus Camby had said to anyone that would listen he did not want to be traded. That he wanted to be a Clipper next year. Apparently he really likes In-n-Out. Because when he found out he was about to be traded to the Portland Trail Blazers, he wasn’t thrilled. In town in advance of their…

  15. Heat still hot for Stoudemire

    Feb 16, 2010, 12:14 AM EDT

    Cleveland may still be the frontrunner, but the race for Amar’e Stoudemire is not over. In the last 24 hours, the Miami Heat have stepped their pursuit of the All-Star center from Phoenix, looking for someone to pair with Dwyane Wade, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. Miami is “coming hard” after Stoudemire, one source said.…

  16. Roger Mason wants to be traded

    Feb 16, 2010, 12:11 AM EDT

    Roger Mason is in the last year of a deal and he feels like there’s a roadblock ahead — he can’t prove his worth without a more burn. And he’s not getting minutes in San Antonio. So the Spurs and Mason’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, are working to get him traded. Mason’s stats — shooting percentage,…

  17. Stoudemire would have no issues with coming to Cleveland

    Feb 15, 2010, 8:40 PM EDT

    Earlier in the day, it was reported that Amar’e Stoudemire did not want to come to Cleveland. Since that time, Brian Windhorst and Adrian Wojnarowski have both refuted that claim on their twitter accounts. Wojnarowski tweeted that Stoudemire is “completely open” to Cleveland, and that he “loves the idea” of playing with LeBron James. Windhorst…

  18. Blazers interested in Marcus Camby?

    Feb 15, 2010, 8:06 PM EDT

    According to the twitter of trade rumor guru Adrian  Wojnarowski, the Blazers have offered the Clippers a package of Steve Blake and Travis Outlaw for Clippers center Marcus Camby.  All contracts involved would be expiring, although the Clippers could receive some cash considerations in the deal. The Blazers are still trying to get a center who would…

  19. Brandon Bass, giver of shoes

    Feb 15, 2010, 7:36 PM EDT

    Brandon Bass has been somewhat of a disappointment in Orlando. In his first year with the team, the 24-year old forward is averaging only 13 minutes per game, and he has easily the worst +/- rating on the Magic. However, he hasn’t let his play have an impact on his sense of humor. Say what…

  20. Ilgauskas named one of the best Cavaliers ever

    Feb 15, 2010, 7:09 PM EDT

    To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer has made a list of the 40 greatest players in franchise history. LeBron unsurprisingly occupies the #1 spot, followed by Mark Price. What’s interesting is that center Zydrunas Ilgauskas comes in at the #5 spot, between legendary high-flyer Larry Nance and current Cavaliers…

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