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  1. Video: Tony Parker beats the Thunder at the buzzer

    Nov 2, 2012, 12:16 AM EDT

    Tony Parker, Kevin Durant

    This was a game the Thunder very much could have won. Most watching would say they should have won, but Tony Parker had other ideas. With the game tied at 84 and with less than six seconds remaining, Parker began the Spurs’ final possession on the far side of the floor. He curled baseline and…

  2. Why didn’t Dwight Howard and Chris Paul end up playing together?

    Nov 1, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    2009 NBA All-Star Game

    Today’s NBA is nothing like the eras of the league that have long since passed. Picture Michael Jordan recruiting Isiah Thomas to join the Bulls, or Larry Bird trying to coerce Magic Johnson into leaving L.A. for the bright lights cold weather and rickety conditions of the ancient Boston Garden. Exactly — it just wasn’t…

  3. NBC SportsTalk: Rockets happy with Harden, but are they a playoff team?

    Nov 1, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

    James Harden

    The Rockets looked like the big winners in the James Harden deal after opening night, where Harden poured in 37 points and 12 assists in leading Houston to a win over the Pistons. But let’s not get too carried away just yet. Harden definitely had something to prove in his first career opening night start,…

  4. Michael Jordan called the Thunder about trading for James Harden, and other interesting tales

    Nov 1, 2012, 8:45 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan

    In a wide-ranging interview with Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, Michael Jordan said a lot of things that may be of interest to fans of both the Bobcats and the NBA alike. One of the more interesting notes to fans of the league in general was the fact that Jordan said he “made some…

  5. Dwight Howard reviews his latest signature shoe, the adipower Howard 3

    Nov 1, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    To be completely honest, it hasn’t been the easiest of years for the marquee basketball players signed to rep the adidas brand. Derrick Rose went down with injury in the first game of the postseason, and isn’t expected back until sometime around the All-Star break. And Dwight Howard, well … let’s just say his image…

  6. Stan Van Gundy to be regular NBC Radio contributor, television analyst for college game

    Nov 1, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT

    Orlando's Stan Van Gundy shouts during an NBA playoff basketball game in Indianapolis

    I imagine much to the delight of his wife (just to get him out of the house a little), Stan Van Gundy has gotten a job. Van Gundy is going to be a regular contributor to the NBC Sports Radio Network starting immediately discussing the NBA and all things basketball. Which you can be sure…

  7. Postponed Nets home opener against the Knicks rescheduled for Nov. 26

    Nov 1, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

    Brooklyn New Arena

    We were supposed to be treated to the Nets’ home opener in Brooklyn against the New York Knicks tonight, but the destruction brought on by Hurricane Sandy forced the city to postpone the game until people could actually make their way there to see it in person. The league announced that the game has been…

  8. Steve Nash listed as “doubtful” for Lakers game Friday

    Nov 1, 2012, 5:52 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Well, this isn’t going to help the Lakers get things figured out. Steve Nash is officially listed as “doubtful” for the Lakers Friday night nationally televised game against the Clippers, tweets Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell (not to mention pretty much all the Lakers media in attendance). Nash was injured when Portland rookie Damian Lillard accidentally…

  9. Rondo, Rivers fire back Wade for “punk play” comment

    Nov 1, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers, Rajon Rondo

    That’s the play in question. Rajon Rondo, for much of the Celtics season opener against the Heat, felt he wasn’t getting the calls when he drove the lane, particularly on contact with Dwyane Wade. So with the game out of reach in the final minute, a frustrated he gave a little of what he felt…

  10. Kevin Durant plans to open restaurant in Oklahoma City

    Nov 1, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant restaurant

    Kevin Durant, baller. Rapper. Actor. Restaurateur? Yes, restaurateur. The Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority has approved plans for a KD restaurant in the Bricktown area of downtown OKC, near the canal, reports KOCO TV (hat tip to Sports Illustrated). It’s going to be right near Toby Keith’s restaurant. Beyond the Buzzer had more details and…

  11. Eric Gordon says he had recovery setback, there is no timetable for return

    Nov 1, 2012, 3:10 PM EDT

    Eric Gordon

    It just feels like there is a missing puzzle pieces in New Orleans. Wednesday, both Hornets GM Dell Demps and coach Monte Williams — two player-friendly guys — basically suggested Hornets doctors say there is nothing wrong with Eric Gordon’s surgically-repaired knee. But he says there is. Then Thursday Gordon said things were pretty bad,…

  12. Winderman: Trying to make sense of rookie contract extensions

    Nov 1, 2012, 2:56 PM EDT

    Daryl Morey, James Harden

    On many levels it makes sense that the NBA’s deadline for rookie-scale extensions is Oct. 31. Because while there are many treats (for the players involved), there also can be more than a few tricks (down the road when it comes to teams’ salary caps and luxury taxes). James Harden? He deserved as much as…

  13. Fun matchups for Friday night: LeBron vs. ‘Melo at power forward

    Nov 1, 2012, 1:58 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James

    We’ve pretty much worn out the discussion of the Miami Heat going small with LeBron James at the four. The much more interesting discussion of late has been injuries forcing Mike Woodson to take the Knicks in a direction they were reluctant to go — small with Carmelo Anthony at the four. Now, what do…

  14. Chicago might have its eyes on adding Quentin Richardson

    Nov 1, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Orlando Magic - Game Three

    Right now, with the way the Bulls are positioned under a hard salary cap (imposed because of how they added players this summer), they can’t add anybody. But things loosen just a little bit in November and the Bulls can add a veteran at the minimum for a little depth. Someone like Quentin Richardson, reports…

  15. Deron Williams playing through bone spurs in his ankle

    Nov 1, 2012, 12:54 PM EDT

    Deron Williams, Jannero Pargo

    Deron Williams will play through pain… Well, not tonight. Thanks to hurricane Sandy the Knicks and Nets game was cancelled and the Nets will now open the Barclays Center Saturday against the Raptors. But maybe Williams’ ankle would like a few more days off. He missed a couple practices last week and needed to get…

  16. Stephen Curry says contract talks may have affected his opening night performance

    Nov 1, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Stephen Curry

    The Warriors earned a hard-fought victory over the Suns on Wednesday, in a game where they blew all of a 17-point first-half lead and had to come from eight points down in the final period to get out with that win. A big part of the Warriors’ trouble was the fact that the team’s biggest…

  17. When Tim Duncan paid Brent Barry $100 to kiss David Stern

    Nov 1, 2012, 11:50 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan Brett Barry

    This may qualify as my new favorite NBA story. Ever. It goes all the way back to the fall of 2005, back when if it was an odd year you could count on the Spurs winning an NBA title. Brent Barry was part of that team, as of course was Tim Duncan. And that’s where…

  18. What does Oklahoma City look like without James Harden?

    Nov 1, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    Getting hit with the cold truth hurts. Getting hit with it 37 times? Ask a Thunder fan how that feels. Here’s the truth, and it has been evident long before last night’s coming out party: James Harden is a star in this league. And no matter how you try to rationalize trading Harden while competing…

  19. Mike Brown defends himself, Princeton-style offense

    Nov 1, 2012, 10:56 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    Mike Brown should be glad there is not an election next Tuesday on his status as Lakers coach. To say Lakers fans are livid after an ugly 0-2 start would be to underestimate the level of frustration around the City of Angels. It’s not just that the Lakers lost — although that is never accepted…

  20. Video: Metta World Peace acting in a Lifetime movie

    Nov 1, 2012, 10:10 AM EDT

    Metta World Peace poses for a photo during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles

    I realize you don’t watch a lot of Lifetime network movies, at least until you visit your mother in law for the weekend and that’s all she has on (and she’ll talk your ear off about how bummed she is CSI:Miami went off the air…. it’s going to be a long weekend). So we bring…

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