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  1. Despite Celtics struggles, GM Ainge is standing pat. For now.

    Jan 4, 2013, 11:15 AM EST

    Danny Ainge

    Boston is struggling. The Celtics have lost four in a row and eight out of their last 10. They look like a team that is going to have to fight just to make the playoffs. It’s a big disappointment. What is Celtics GM Danny Ainge going to do about it? Nothing. For now. That’s what…

  2. Stoudemire says no coach ever taught him defense. D’Antoni says it’s good he’s listening.

    Jan 4, 2013, 10:51 AM EST

    Mike D'Antoni Amare Stoudemire

    Amar’e Stoudemire had said this before — that no coach had really taught him how to play defense before last season. It’s a direct barb at now Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni, who coached Stoudemire in Phoenix and Los Angeles, a coach not exactly known for inspiring lock-down defense from his players. And Stoudemire repeated it…

  3. Pablo Prigioni’s impressive night as Knicks point guard

    Jan 4, 2013, 10:18 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v New York Knicks

    Pablo Prigioni is not your average NBA rookie. The Argentinian point guard is 35 and had a long career playing in Europe and internationally, he was not a guy who grew up dreaming of playing in the NBA so he didn’t. But at the urging of Luis Scola and others, he decided to give it…

  4. Report: Nets going to take time with Phil Jackson, let Carlesimo run show

    Jan 4, 2013, 8:01 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant And Phil Jackson Address The Media

    The bottom line has not changed — if Phil Jackson wants to be the next coach of the Brooklyn Nets, he can be. But the timetable seems to have slowed down, reports Howard Beck at the New York Times. From the first days after Avery Johnson was fired the Nets said they were not going…

  5. Phil Jackson finally gave a ring to Jeanie Buss — they’re engaged

    Jan 4, 2013, 3:07 AM EST

    9th Annual G'Day USA Los Angeles Black Tie Gala - Red Carpet

    So, how does Jeanie Buss feel about Brooklyn? Phil Jackson has more rings than fingers, so he finally has given one to Jeanie Buss. Sort of. Jackson finally popped the question to his long-time girlfriend and daughter of Lakers owner Jerry Buss during the holidays, and she put a picture of the ring on twitter…

  6. Kevin Love sprains finger, Minnesota beats Denver without him

    Jan 4, 2013, 2:47 AM EST

    Kevin Love

    You would think the injury gods have exacted their pound of flesh from the Timberwolves already this season, but they were not done. However it could have been a lot worse. Kevin Love left the game in the third quarter after spraining the middle finger on his right hand. The good news for Timberwolves fans…

  7. Spurs go ice cold, Knicks win big at home

    Jan 4, 2013, 12:25 AM EST

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks

    Against a San Antonio Spurs frontcourt that features two incredibly productive 7-footers in Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter, New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson had no choice but to go big. It was finally time to provide the answer to all the questions the New York media has been pestering him with. It was time…

  8. J.R. Smith puts down a ridiculous reverse jam (VIDEO)

    Jan 3, 2013, 10:57 PM EST

    New York Knicks J.R. Smith hugs Pablo Prigioni in front of San Antonio Spurs Gary Neal after Prigioni made pass in NBA game in New York

    I fear that Knicks guard J.R. Smith may have an addiction to dunking. The warning signs have been there, but one particular play in a blowout win against the Spurs kind of confirmed it for me. Knicks backup point guard Pablo Prigioni just wants to throw Smith a regular pass off a backdoor cut. Textbook.…

  9. LeBron James misses practice, hopes to play against Bulls on Friday

    Jan 3, 2013, 10:00 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Phoenix Suns

    Yes, LeBron James is human. Although he’s 7th in the NBA in minutes played per game (38.4), James has played 48 minutes and 42 minutes in his last two games, both overtime wins for Miami. Today, he earned some well deserved rest and some treatment on his bruised right knee. According to Michael Wallace of…

  10. Kobe Bryant confirms that the Clippers are championship worthy (VIDEO)

    Jan 3, 2013, 9:15 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Say what you will about Kobe Bryant, but he might be the best interview in all of sports. He’s candid, he doesn’t bite his tongue, and he rejects stupid questions like he was Dikembe Mutombo. Every interview with him is like a Gregg Popovich sideline interview, only a little bit longer and slightly more terrifying.…

  11. Spurs forward Stephen Jackson trips on courtside waitress, leaves with injury (VIDEO)

    Jan 3, 2013, 8:44 PM EST

    stephen-jackson-spurs

    Well, this was bizarre. Stephen Jackson was spotting up in the corner for a 3-point attempt against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden tonight, and after his shot attempt, he suddenly crumpled to a heap as play went the other way. Why? Because a courtside waitress that was serving New York Mayor Michael…

  12. Pistons’ Villanueva to appeal fine for foul on Kings’ Thomas

    Jan 3, 2013, 7:56 PM EST

    Charlie Villanueva

    Detroit’s Charlie Villanueva doesn’t really get it. He was ejected with a Flagrant Two foul then was fined $25,000 for the foul he committed on the Kings Isaiah Thomas. Later Thomas called Villanueva a dirty player. Villanueva both denied that and told the Detroit Free Press he plans to appeal the fine. “Dirty player? Not…

  13. Marcus Camby to start for Knicks as they go big vs. Spurs

    Jan 3, 2013, 6:32 PM EST

    New York Knicks' Camby gestures while waiting for foul shot by Dallas Mavericks during their NBA basketball game in New York

    San Antonio rolls into Madison Square Garden with one of the best front lines nobody is talking about. Well, people are talking about and know who Tim Duncan is because he’s been an efficient machine for 15 years, one of the greatest power forwards to ever play the game. But not a lot of people…

  14. Mike James heads to D-League hoping to impress Mavericks

    Jan 3, 2013, 6:08 PM EST

    Mike James

    Mike James, the veteran guard who has played for 10 NBA teams in a 10-year career, is hoping to make it 11 teams in 11 years with one more comeback. So at age 37 he is headed to the Texas Legends of the D-League to prove his worth to the Dallas Mavericks, reports Marc Stein…

  15. David Stern says “for sure” there will be NBA teams in Europe in 20 years

    Jan 3, 2013, 5:26 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    There is no bigger supporter of globalizing the NBA brand than David Stern. When he steps aside as commissioner in 2014 and hands everything over to Adam Silver, Stern is expected to stay on as a consultant with the league in some role specifically to grow the game around the globe. With all that, it…

  16. Rondo frustrated not enough “sore losers” on Celtics

    Jan 3, 2013, 4:22 PM EST

    Boston Celtics' Rondo drives to the basket between Memphis Grizzlies' Allen and Gasol during their NBA basketball game in Boston

    You’ve already seen the numbers — the Boston Celtics have lost four in a row and eight out of their last 10. They are 14-17 on the season now and look like a team that will be struggling with Philadelphia and Brooklyn and Milwaukee just to make the playoffs, not pushing the Heat at the…

  17. Latest All-Star voting returns in, Charles Barkley will not be happy

    Jan 3, 2013, 4:01 PM EST

    APTOPIX NBA All Star Basketball

    Apparently, you folks have no concern whatsoever for Charles Barkley’s feelings. The day after Barkley said Dwight Howard and Kevin Garnett have not played well enough to be part of the All-Star starters, they are both in. Howard solidly, he’s a lock, and Garnett has stretched out his lead over Chris Bosh. Basically, nothing has…

  18. Rajon Rondo fakes Tony Allen out of the building (Video)

    Jan 3, 2013, 3:00 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Boston Celtics

    This was fun because the guy Rajon Rondo has flying halfway out of the building is Tony Allen, the former Celtic and one of the better perimeter defenders in the league. It was a bright spot in a night not really filled with bright spots for the Celtics. Most of the last few games have…

  19. No team has a drop off like Portland when Lillard, Aldridge sit

    Jan 3, 2013, 2:40 PM EST

    Damian Lillard, Pablo Prigioni

    The first thing you should know about the +/- stat is that is says as much about the person who replaces a player as it does the player himself. Which makes sense when you look at a fantastic bit of work by NBA.com’s John Schuhmann, a list of the NBA’s biggest difference makers — a…

  20. Royce White speaks out on situation, says trade is not answer

    Jan 3, 2013, 1:55 PM EST

    Royce White

    For a lot of fans who know mostly of the Royce White situation via twitter, here is first thing they noticed during White’s interview with the Off The Dribble show on Sirius XM: He’s not some irrational, crazy lunatic. He always was rational and measured if you heard him speak, but his portrayal has moved…

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