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  1. Video: Kobe Bryant hitting some ridiculous shots vs. Knicks

    Dec 14, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets

    People say all the time “Kobe Bryant needs to trust his teammates more and get them the ball, not just shoot.” The reality is Kobe will try to trust his teammates for a quarter or two, but if they don’t step up to his satisfaction (or if he feels the game getting away from the…

  2. Bargnani tells Italian paper he will miss at least three weeks, Raptors are NBA’s worst team

    Dec 14, 2012, 11:52 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors Andrea Bargnani reacts after hitting a shot during their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City

    If Andrea Bargnani takes his time coming back from an elbow and wrist injury will anyone in Toronto care? Probably not after this. Toronto will have a few weeks to see what a Bargnani-less Raptors team looks like. He has a ligament tear in his right elbow and a strained right wrist, and the official…

  3. Quote of the Day: Kobe wants to play Washington Generals

    Dec 14, 2012, 10:25 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    “At this point I wish we had the Washington Generals on our schedule.” —Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, talking about his team’s struggles as they head to Washington to take on the lowly Wizards on Friday night.  Of course, those lowly Wizards beat the Heat recently and will put up a fight in…

  4. Video: Watch Damian Lillard go off for 29 against Spurs

    Dec 14, 2012, 9:53 AM EDT

    Lillard drives against Parker during NBA basketball game in Portland, Oregon

    That right there is why Damian Lillard has separated himself in the early Rookie of the Year, talk. Well, that and Anthony Davis‘ injury, but mostly this. Lillard was matched up with Tony Parker and went off for 29 points on 11-of-22 shooting. What he shows is a maturity to his game we often don’t…

  5. Carmelo unsure if he’s playing Saturday after tweaking ankle

    Dec 14, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    Carmelo Anthony did all his damage in the first half against the Lakers. The Knicks were well ahead and Anthony was probably only going to play a few more minutes when midway through the third quarter when he drove baseline, the Lakers help rotation was late (again) and he went up for a dunk. Then…

  6. Lakers’ Nash says he hopes to return to practice next week

    Dec 14, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Nash is interviewed before head coach D'Antoni makes his debut as Lakers' new coach in NBA basketball game against Brooklyn Nets in Los Angeles

    Steve Nash is not the answer to the Lakers problems. But he is an answer. He is part of the solution — certainly the Lakers offensive decisions improve when he arrives. It’s a first step. And Nash wants to take that step soon — he told the Los Angeles Times he hopes to be practicing…

  7. San Antonio’s stars actually play, but a rookie steals the show

    Dec 14, 2012, 3:22 AM EDT

    Parker shoots against Lillard during NBA basketball game in Portland, Oregon

    The Spurs were playing the second half of a back-to-back, on the road in a notoriously tough place to win, with stars that are notoriously still pretty old. It begs the question: Had David Stern not dropped the boom earlier this season with a $250,000 dollar fine for keeping their stars out, would Gregg Popovich…

  8. Three Stars of the Night: Hello, Damian Lillard

    Dec 14, 2012, 2:32 AM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Tony Parker

    There’s nothing like a nice three-course NBA meal. The appetizer was fried something or other, as the Hawks burned the Bobcats with 57 percent shooting in a convincing 113-90 victory. The main entree involved the Knicks introducing the Lakers to the benefits of something called “passing” in a 116-107 beatdown. For dessert, Portland’s stud point…

  9. Video: Carmelo Anthony’s 22 point first quarter vs. Lakers

    Dec 14, 2012, 1:15 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    It was a perfect storm. Carmelo Anthony is hot, playing as well as anyone in the NBA right now. Anthony was also motivated — the coach he used to feud with was coming to town with his new team. And that new team — the Los Angeles Lakers — plays team defense about as well…

  10. It’s pretty much what you’d expect: Hawks cruise past Bobcats

    Dec 13, 2012, 11:34 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Atlanta Hawks

    The Hawks are hot. They have won 5 out of 6 and if you want to look a little farther back 11 out of their last 13. Then you can look at their schedule and say they did it against weaker teams (the lost to the Heat this week). I’d say so what? At the…

  11. Carmelo Anthony leads Knicks to complete destruction of the Lakers

    Dec 13, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    There were some who wondered whether the Lakers had hit rock bottom after losing in Cleveland to the 5-18 Cavaliers on Tuesday. The answer? Nope. Rock bottom officially came on Thursday in New York, where the Knicks absolutely destroyed L.A., leading by as many as 26 points on the way to a 116-107 victory, which…

  12. For your holiday enjoyment: The Mavericks sing “Sleigh Ride”

    Dec 13, 2012, 10:21 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    If this can’t get you in the Christmas Spirit, I don’t know what can? Well, egg nog with brandy while watching “Year Without a Santa Claus.” But this is a close second. Kudos to the Mavericks marketing department, which shows no fear in embarrassing its players. Hat tip to SLAM.

  13. Suns to wear black throwback jerseys when Lakers visit Jan. 30

    Dec 13, 2012, 8:37 PM EDT

    barkley black suns jersey

    The Suns rolled out a new court design this season, and word has it that new uniforms were supposed to be there to match. They’re likely coming next season or the one after, once the team decides on a design, and once they submit that design to the league for approval before the deadline to…

  14. Jim Buss is frustrated with Lakers production, too

    Dec 13, 2012, 7:46 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    Jim Buss is just like every Lakers fan, frustrated by the 9-13 start, the lackluster defensive rotations, the lack of any team identity, the injuries and more. Except, he is part of the reason the Lakers are where they are — he’s the defacto owner now. He gets part of the blame. In a text…

  15. The biggest advantage in basketball

    Dec 13, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT

    Chris Paul,  Eric Bledsoe

    A quarter of the way through the season, which team do you think possesses the greatest positional advantage in basketball? Is it the Heat with LeBron overwhelming every 3 in the league? The Thunder with Durant at the 3 and the 4? Carmelo thriving at power forward with the Knicks? Kobe beating up on the…

  16. Memphis Grizzlies hire ESPN NBA stats guru Hollinger

    Dec 13, 2012, 6:38 PM EDT

    John Hollinger

    Virtually every NBA team has their own advanced stats guy, or guys. How much sway those people have varies greatly — in Houston GM Daryl Morey is one, in other organizations the stats guy is basically talking to himself —but teams generally see there is some value in advanced metrics when looking at how lineup…

  17. Brandon Roy back practicing with Timberwolves

    Dec 13, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    A month after his seventh knee surgery, Brandon Roy is back on the practice court with the Minnesota Timberwolves, reports Jerry Zgoda at the Star Tribune. It was non-contact, but he is back running and working out with teammates, taking steps toward getting back into games. Which would be a boost if he really could…

  18. While you weren’t looking, Golden State got really good

    Dec 13, 2012, 4:21 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Miami Heat

    They are 15-7, on a five-game winning streak all on the road with a signature win now in Miami. Their shooters and offense starting to find a groove while they dominate the glass. They are a team to watch in the Pacific because they are just going to get better. The Lakers wish we were…

  19. Quote of the Day: Barkley does not think Knicks are Playboy bunnies

    Dec 13, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Tahoe Celebrity Golf

    “Everybody in New York thinks the Knicks are Playboy bunnies, and I have been telling them for years the Knicks are a rabbit. They’re closer to a Playboy bunny this year but for the last few years these guys are like, ‘We have a really good team!’ And I say, ‘You really think that?’ And…

  20. Nothing shocking here: Kobe, LeBron lead All-Star ballot early returns

    Dec 13, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    We don’t exactly need Nate Silver to break down these voting returns and trends — the players in the lead early in the NBA All-Star balloting almost always stay on top. Occasionally guys close small gaps, but generally what you see now is what you get. In which case — good job public. No glaring…

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