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  1. Drexler, Mutombo, Olajuwon, Tomjanovich, and Yao Ming to judge 2013 Slam Dunk Contest

    Feb 15, 2013, 9:51 PM EST

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    Clyde Drexler, Dikembe Mutombo, Hakeem Olajuwon, Rudy Tomjanovich, and Yao Ming will serve as judges in the 2013 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, the NBA announced today. The Houston connection runs deep, as all five legends will score all of the dunks in the event’s first round. In case you needed credentials for each of these…

  2. Isaiah Thomas says Kings players trying to keep heads down during ownership fight

    Feb 15, 2013, 8:59 PM EST

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    HOUSTON — Kings guard Isaiah Thomas’ says his phone is constantly buzzing with tweets and texts from friends asking, “when are you and the Kings coming home to Seattle?” Thomas grew up is Seattle and played at the University of Washington. Then the Sacramento Kings drafted him and he has embraced California’s capital like few…

  3. Chris Paul discusses his place in the MVP conversation

    Feb 15, 2013, 8:24 PM EST

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    HOUSTON — Chris Paul is having one of his best overall seasons, leading a deep and talented Clippers team to top-tier status playing among the elite in the Western Conference. Paul’s importance as the main cog that keeps the Clippers machine running was spotlighted recently, when his team struggled with a record of just 2-7…

  4. Dwight Howard says Lakers told him he will not be traded

    Feb 15, 2013, 7:24 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Howard answers a question during media availability for the NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    HOUSTON — Dwight Howard was among the more popular players in terms of media attention on Friday, and it wasn’t because of his sparkling smile or fun-loving personality. All of the players participating in the events of All-Star weekend had group availability sessions, and between the constant struggles of the Lakers this season and Howard’s…

  5. Zach Randolph thinks Grizzlies better set for playoffs without Rudy Gay

    Feb 15, 2013, 6:27 PM EST

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    When Rudy Gay was traded from Memphis to the Toronto Raptors, a lot of national pundits shook their head and said, “why would Memphis kill its title aspirations by trading its best player?” Those people didn’t watch a lot of Grizzlies basketball. It’s not that Gay isn’t a good player, look how he has helped…

  6. Michael Jordan beat Kidd-Gilchrist at one-on-one last month

    Feb 15, 2013, 5:39 PM EST

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    Turns out, Michael Jordan is still pretty good at the basketball thing. About a month ago Jordan, who turns 50 this weekend, challenged 19-year-old Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to a game of one-on-one after practice. Kidd-Gilchrist is the No. 2 pick of the Bobcats, the team Jordan owns. If I had to bet on that game (and…

  7. Report: Increasingly desperate Nets now eye J.J. Hickson

    Feb 15, 2013, 5:18 PM EST

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    General Manager Billy King really wants to get some help at the four spot for his Nets. Of course, that’s all about just helping his team out and has nothing to do with him being in the last year of his contact and his expensive team not impressing much. It’s not about saving his job.…

  8. Dallas Mavericks point guard Darren Collison wants to stick around long term

    Feb 15, 2013, 4:00 PM EST

    Mavericks guard Collison drives past Thunder guard Westbrook in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Darren Collison has not had an easy season. He was benched for Derek Fisher earlier in the year, despite the fact Fisher couldn’t actually move on the court. He’s been yanked off the court for guys like Mike James, and he’s survived the Roddy Beaubois experience. At no point has it looked like the Mavericks…

  9. Bledsoe, Thompson, lots of young stars idolize Vince Carter

    Feb 15, 2013, 3:54 PM EST

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    HOUSTON — When NBA All-Star Saturday Dunk Contest participant Eric Bledsoe was asked about his favorite dunk contest dunk he didn’t hesitate. “I think that dunk contest where Vince Carter did the 360,” Bledsoe said. That same answer came up over and over with young players — to them the legend of Michael Jordan or…

  10. Chris Bosh to start in place of Rajon Rondo in All-Star Game

    Feb 15, 2013, 3:28 PM EST

    Miami Heat's Bosh descends after dunking in the first half of their NBA basketball game against Portland Trail Blazers in Miami, Florida

    HOUSTON — Eric Spoelstra takes his “positionless” basketball seriously. Given the choice for who would start for the injured Rajon Rondo in the All-Star Game Sunday, the Heat coach went with one of his own. And he knew from the start. “I decided when we beat Toronto and we clinched (back on Feb. 3)…” Spoelstra…

  11. Report: Raptors can trade Bargnani for Boozer “whenever they want”

    Feb 15, 2013, 1:30 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Boozer reacts after being called for a foul in their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    The Bulls have been an over-performing, scrappy team this year. Though Derrick Rose has missed every game rehabilitating his surgically repaired knee and the team has suffered other injuries to key players like Luol Deng and Joakim Noah that’s forced them out of action for stretches, the Bulls currently possess the East’s 5th best record…

  12. Gary Payton, two-thirds of Run TMC lead Hall of Fame finalists

    Feb 15, 2013, 12:58 PM EST

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    It’s time for The Glove to be in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Gary Payton — one of the greatest point guards of his generation, a defensive force, a nine-time All-Star and the face of Seattle Sonics basketball (with all due respect to Jack Sikma) — is the leader of the finalists for the…

  13. Oklahoma football player chirped at LeBron Thursday. He chose poorly.

    Feb 15, 2013, 12:09 PM EST

    Miami Heat's forward (6) stands next to his teammates at the bench during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Above you can see LeBron James’ run at the end of the second quarter against the Thunder, when the best player on the planet turned it up a notch and toyed with Kevin Durant and the Thunder like a dad against an eight-year-old in the driveway. What sparked that run? University of Oklahoma center Gabe…

  14. LeBron James goes on tear at end of first half (VIDEO)

    Feb 15, 2013, 10:45 AM EST

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James faces off against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    That is unfair. That’s not bad defense, that’s just not fair. We already know LeBron James can get to the rim with the best in the league, but when he’s hitting like that there is nothing you can do. Pretty soon teams may consider doubling LeBron hard when he touches the ball, try to take…

  15. Kobe is frustrated, not sure teammates feel the same way

    Feb 15, 2013, 9:59 AM EST

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    Kobe Bryant’s way of dealing with adversity is simply to work harder. Get up more shots, work on more moves, get better. If you are not up for a challenge improve until you are. The Lakers were not ready for the challenge of the Clippers Thursday night. For the Lakers (and their fans) it was…

  16. It’s Gotta Be The Shoes: How Nike bet on Jordan, Jordan bet on Nike and both won. Big.

    Feb 15, 2013, 9:10 AM EST

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    It seems like another world now — like discussing Pompeii or prohibition — but there was a time when Nike was just another struggling shoe company. In 1983, Nike had revenues of less than $1 million. In 1984, Nike signed Michael Jordan. Today, Nike owns the basketball shoe market. Owns it. When you factor in…

  17. Report: Carmelo Anthony will play in All-Star Game

    Feb 15, 2013, 8:40 AM EST

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    If Carmelo Anthony is smart (and he is), he should sell him playing through pain in the All-Star Game in Houston Sunday as something he wanted to do to thank the fans. They voted for him, he wanted to pay them back. I don’t think that’s the reason, but that’s how he should spin it.…

  18. David Stern non-committal on whether NBA would like to keep the Kings in Sacramento

    Feb 15, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

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    HOUSTON — David Stern gave a bit of a status update on where the potential sale of the Sacramento Kings stands on Thursday, but was non-committal on whether or not he would prefer to keep the team in Sacramento in the event the city comes up with a perfect counter-proposal. “Right now there’s a contract…

  19. Blake Griffin, Kobe Bryant exchange dunks (VIDEO)

    Feb 15, 2013, 2:38 AM EST

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    Anytime the Clippers play, you expect to see one quality dunk from Blake Griffin at least. And for the Lakers lately, Kobe Bryant is the only one you can count on to make quality plays every game. So Thursday night they exchanged some huge dunks. I think Kobe got the best of this dunk contest.…

  20. Clippers use fast start, hot three-point shooting to get blowout win over Lakers

    Feb 15, 2013, 2:03 AM EST

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    The Lakers hosted the Clippers in the second half of the televised double-header on Thursday, and with the first game between the Thunder and the Heat running a little long, almost five minutes had gone by in the first quarter in Los Angeles before the national audience saw any of it. By the time TNT…

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