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  1. Chris Paul throws in a half-court shot after practice (VIDEO)

    Oct 19, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers Paul reacts during their loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Los Angeles

    When you see footage like this of one of the game’s best players picking up a ball and swishing a half-court shot without even thinking about it, it’s a nice reminder of just how ridiculously skilled these guys are at their chosen craft. Chris Paul became the latest to get caught on video showcasing his…

  2. Report: NBA legend Bill Russell arrested and released after bringing a gun to Seattle airport

    Oct 19, 2013, 12:04 AM EDT

    President Obama Honors Medal Of Freedom Recipients

    NBA legend Bill Russell was arrested on Friday after bringing a handgun into a prohibited area at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The details, from KIRO in Seattle: Russell, who won 11 NBA championships with the Boston Celtics and coached the Seattle Supersonics and Sacramento Kings, had a permit for the gun and was released. His background…

  3. Clippers are covering up Lakers’ championship banners at Staples Center

    Oct 18, 2013, 11:03 PM EDT

    lakers banners

    The Clippers are in the odd and historically unfortunate situation of sharing an arena with the storied Los Angeles Lakers franchise. It makes for an awkward game night when the Clippers are the home team, considering one of the walls of the arena is covered with large banners representing all of the Lakers’ 16 NBA…

  4. Report: Derrick Favors agrees to 4-year, $49 million contract extension with Jazz

    Oct 18, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Derrick Favors, Matt Boland

    When the Jazz let both Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap walk in free agency without getting anything in return, that was a sign that they were ready to turn the franchise over to their young players. The large contract extension just offered and agreed to by Derrick Favors is the team putting its money where…

  5. Bucks release Drake hands video (and it’s pretty funny)

    Oct 18, 2013, 8:22 PM EDT

    John Henson

    If this confuses you… well pops, let me explain so you don’t have to ask your teenage daughter what #StarbucksDrakeHands means. Because the whole thing feels like a Jimmy Kimmel hoax, but it’s taken off anyway. Allegedly a female model in California agreed to give her number to a Starbucks barista and the next day…

  6. Cuban says Heat as villains is good for NBA business

    Oct 18, 2013, 6:57 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    The Miami Heat are polarizing. People love them or hate them. Detractors see an arrogant team that doesn’t maximize itself but just enough to win. Then there is LeBron James, who evokes the same love him or leave him emotions. Few fans inhabit the middle ground with Miami. But the bottom line is everyone tunes…

  7. LeBron loves him some Dr. J, old school short shorts

    Oct 18, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

    Heat Media Day Basketball

    Who wears short shorts? LeBron James may wear short shorts. Well, probably not. In fact let’s hope not, as I don’t really want that image burned into my retina. In an interview with ESPN’s Chris Broussard, LeBron talked about how he had Dr. J in the top three players of all time, and he talked…

  8. No, Amar’e Stoudemire has not yet been cleared for contact

    Oct 18, 2013, 4:58 PM EDT

    Amar'e Stoudemire

    The waiting is the hardest part…. At some point this season Amar’e Stoudemire will suit up and play for the Knicks. We swear. His minutes are going to be limited when he does, but he will get on the court. Eventually. But for now, still no Stoudemire in Knicks preseason games as he has not…

  9. Michael Jordan’s Chicago mansion going up for auction

    Oct 18, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    Jordan house

    If you really want to be like Mike, drinking Gatorade isn’t enough. You need to buy his home. Michael Jordan’s Chicago mansion — and that really doesn’t do it justice, this is a compound — will be auctioned off next month, reports the Wall Street Journal (its readership might be able to afford the home).…

  10. It was Kobe-mania with Lakers in China

    Oct 18, 2013, 3:02 PM EDT

    BASKET-CHN-LAKERS-WARRIORS

    For years, every summer Kobe Bryant has gone over to China to build up his brand — he’s done clinics, media interviews, appearances, he has even set up his own charity to help specific causes in China. The result is he is loved there — during the Beijing Olympics LeBron James and other Team USA…

  11. Andrew Bogut backs down average fan in Warriors ad (VIDEO)

    Oct 18, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT

    Andrew Bogut

    Golden State is not going to have a lot of trouble selling tickets this year — optimism is high, this is one of the most entertaining lineups in the Association, and the fan base was already rabid before the winning. That said, there’s still a marketing department and they have to market the team —…

  12. Joakim Noah out for a week (at least) with groin strain

    Oct 18, 2013, 1:27 PM EDT

    Joakim Noah

    Joakim Noah will play through smaller injuries, sometimes to the point that they worsen and worsen until he has to sit an extended period of time (he’s done that with plantar fasciitis, for example). With this being preseason, the Bulls aren’t taking that chance. Noah has battled a sore groin through training camp so he…

  13. Andre Drummond understands why he fell in draft

    Oct 18, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    I’ll admit I was wrong. Leading up to the 2012 NBA Draft I was not high on Andre Drummond as a big man prospect. The book on him was that he had plenty of talent but a questionable work ethic and desire — and the handful of UConn game I watched that year bore that…

  14. Report: Woman says Maurice Cheeks threatened her, pulled her hair and called her a (expletive)

    Oct 18, 2013, 12:34 PM EDT

    Maurice Cheeks

    Maurice Cheeks’ pristine reputation as a class act took a hit when police questioned him about a possible domestic dispute this summer. He was not charged, and it appeared the matter might end there. But new details will again bring questions to Cheeks’ character. Tammy Stables Battaglia of the Detroit Free Press: A 45-year-old Atlanta…

  15. Report: Andrew Bynum down to game weight, still no timetable for return

    Oct 18, 2013, 12:28 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    Andrew Bynum sightings feel a little bit like Bigfoot sightings — rare, always from a distance, any video is grainy, and you’re not quite sure what to believe. We had another Bynum sighting Thursday night before the Cavaliers preseason game, he was on the court getting in some work pregame with the coaches. Twitter reports…

  16. Young, Iguodala with highlight dunks in Warriors win over Lakers (VIDEO)

    Oct 18, 2013, 11:48 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Young reacts after scoring against Golden State Warriors during their NBA Global Games in Shanghai

    Everyone could use a Swaggy P highlight before lunch. Golden State routed the Los Angeles Lakers 115-89 in Shanghai, China, early in the morning here (it was a 4:30 a.m. start in the cities where those teams play). Klay Thompson dropped 25 points to lead a Warriors team that shot 51.1 percent overall and hit…

  17. Garnett fires back at LeBron, says to mind his own business

    Oct 18, 2013, 10:50 AM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    We may actually have a little Heat/Nets rivalry brewing. Preseason talk matters usually matters about as much as preseason games, but the tension built up in years past between LeBron James and Kevin Garnett as led to a few shots across the bow this preseason. That could lead to some actual drama during the regular…

  18. Update: Kobe Bryant can’t fully push off on Achilles yet

    Oct 18, 2013, 10:12 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    In case you were holding out any hope that in 11 days Kobe Bryant would be suited up and ready to play in the season opener when the Lakers host the Los Angeles Clippers, we bring you this note from Mike Trudell, the official Lakers.com reporter traveling with the team. 1/2 – Asked @kobebryant about…

  19. Heat’s Eric Griffin hurdles Nets’ Mason Plumlee (VIDEO)

    Oct 18, 2013, 9:18 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Brooklyn Nets

    Fun play from the Nets preseason win over the Heat on Thursday night. Miami’s Eric Griffin rotates over on defense to cover Mason Plumlee, then completely bites on  the pump fake. At which point he has no choice but to hurdle Plumlee. Then, welcome to preseason basketball, Plumlee can’t finish. Still, entertaining play.

  20. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Phoenix Suns

    Oct 18, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Eric Bledsoe

    Last season: Believe it or not, the Suns actually had playoff aspirations when the regular season began. The front office believed that Michael Beasley would be different in Phoenix than he had been anywhere else, and mandated that he be given a chance to be a difference-maker in the lineup. Once it became clear that…

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