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  1. Matt Barnes tells Lakers fans to stop living in the past, that the Clippers are L.A.’s best team

    Aug 23, 2013, 8:26 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    Matt Barnes has never been shy about voicing his opinions, even when they’re unsolicited. But diving head first into the comments on a photo posted to Nick Young‘s Instagram for no apparent reason sure seems like an odd decision. Then again, Barnes is no stranger to those, either. The story goes like this: Young posted a…

  2. Trip down memory lane: Dr. J visits Rucker Park (VIDEO)

    Aug 23, 2013, 7:01 PM EDT

    Julius Erving slam dunk

    Last night was supposed to be one of the biggest nights of the year at famed Rucker Park in Harlem, the finals of the EBC league, but rain forced it inside where Kevin Durant, David Lee and some other NBA names still put on a show. That had me thinking about the history of Rucker…

  3. Anderson Varejao’s life in illustration (VIDEO)

    Aug 23, 2013, 5:59 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Milwaukee Bucks

    I found this fascinating, so we’re bringing it to you. As you likely know, Brazil is hosting the 2016 Olympics in Rio (right here on NBC) and as part of hyping up Brazilian athletes to the home audience they are doing this Web series called “Draw My Life” where a player tells his life story…

  4. MarShon Brooks working on attacking off dribble, finishing

    Aug 23, 2013, 5:08 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Chicago Bulls - Game Three

    For his first couple seasons in the NBA, MarShon Brooks has been a potentially dynamic scoring guard who doesn’t score quite as well as you would hope. He didn’t finish all that well at the rim (a mediocre 62 percent in the restricted area) and he shot 32 percent from the midrange and 27 percent…

  5. Happy birthday Kobe, here is his career Top 10 (VIDEO)

    Aug 23, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT

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    Kobe Bryant turns 35 today, and the well wishes have been pouring in. Today is the birthday of one of the greatest ever, my friend & teammate @kobebryant ! Happy birthday brother! #vino pic.twitter.com/JdOw3VT3b5 — Pau Gasol (@paugasol) August 23, 2013 Happy 35th Birthday to @Lakers Great and 5x Champion @kobebryant! — Earvin Magic Johnson…

  6. Dikembe Mutombo’s story told… interestingly (VIDEO)

    Aug 23, 2013, 3:49 PM EDT

    Dikembe Mutombo

    I’m not exactly sure how to describe the new adidas House of Mutombo ad, but I know I like it. Does that make it art? It’s all up to you — eye of the beholder and all that — but this is pretty interesting. It’s not the oddest Mutombo video, but it’s interesting. It also…

  7. NBA to install high-tech data cameras in all 29 arenas

    Aug 23, 2013, 3:17 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game One

    Last season 15 NBA teams had partnered with STATS LLC to put special motion-tracking cameras that record every move a player makes several times a second. It’s a flood of information but it can be useful — the information can tell you how well a player shoots after two dribbles vs. a catch-and-shoot, then it…

  8. Carmelo Antony wants more pick-and-roll chances

    Aug 23, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Francisco Garcia

    Last season, Carmelo Anthony got 10.6 percent of his shots as the pick-and-roll ball handler and it was one of his most effective weapons (he shot 47.9 percent and scored an impressive 1.07 points per possession). Still that was less shot attempts than he got through isolation (27.1 percent), post ups (20.8 percent) and even…

  9. Kevin Durant, other stars light up NYC gym (VIDEO)

    Aug 23, 2013, 1:43 PM EDT

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    This was supposed to be the EBC Finals at the legendary Rucker Park in New York… but Mother Nature was not in the mood for hoops and rained on the parade. So the game got moved indoors in the Bronx to the Gauchos Gym, where some NBA stars still put on a show. Kevin Durant dropped…

  10. Sixers need to add $10 million in salary to make minimum

    Aug 23, 2013, 1:09 PM EDT

    Sam Hinkie

    We talk a lot about the salary cap and luxury tax on this site, the numbers farther up the NBA play ladder, but there is a floor, too — teams need to have at least 90 percent of the salary cap filled, or $52.81 million on the books this season. With the addition of Tony…

  11. Here is LeBron running on anti-gravity machine (VIDEO)

    Aug 23, 2013, 12:39 PM EDT

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    When did putting up an Instagram video of you running on an anti-gravity treadmill become an NBA thing? Better yet, why? It started with Kobe Bryant, which made sense because it’s part of him chronicling his rehab. Now we have LeBron James going with the “anything you can do I can do better” video. (Didn’t know…

  12. Report: Chris Paul wants union to challenge league on flopping fines, HGH testing

    Aug 23, 2013, 12:13 PM EDT

    chris paul players union president

    There was a feeling among a number of players (fueled by their agents) that the former leadership of the NBA players union — executive director Billy Hunter and president Derek Fisher — were too soft with the NBA and too cozy with David Stern and NBA leadership. That stems out of the last lockout (which…

  13. Phil Jackson on some Lakers broadcasts this season? Stranger things have happened.

    Aug 23, 2013, 11:37 AM EDT

    Former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Jackson speaks during a ceremony to retire jersey #34 in honor of former Los Angeles Lakers player O'Neal during their NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Los Angeles

    We talked about this before — the biggest challenge for the Lakers right now is the younger Buss family finding a way to lead this team into a new era. Having history and tradition are nice, having the Los Angeles market is huge, but that alone isn’t going to be enough. The Lakers need creative…

  14. Doc Rivers embraces high expectations for Clippers

    Aug 23, 2013, 10:44 AM EDT

    Doc Rivers, Matt Barnes, Darren Collison, Jared Dudley, Ryan Hollins, Chris Paul, ,J.J. Redick

    On paper, the Los Angeles Clippers should be contenders. In reality, they got eliminated from the playoffs in the first round — they got up 2-0 on Memphis then were swept out of the playoffs. The Clippers started that series with a good plan, the Grizzlies adjusted and Los Angeles had no counters. They went…

  15. Top 10 bloopers of the 2013 NBA season (VIDEO)

    Aug 23, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    Technically, some of these are not bloopers. But we’re going to cut the guys at NBA.com video some slack because: 1) It’s late August, what do you want from them; 2) Who doesn’t want to see security guard Will Ferrell toss Shaquille O’Neal from his courtside seats again? The people at NBA.com put this video…

  16. Report: Warriors to sign Seth Curry (but just for training camp)

    Aug 23, 2013, 10:06 AM EDT

    Duke v Louisville

    Seth Curry, the younger brother of All-Star Stephen Curry, is joining his brother on Golden State Warriors. But likely just for training camp. The younger Curry is about to sign a contract with the team, reports Warriors World. While there are no details this will be of the non-guaranteed variety, a training camp invite in…

  17. Batum says Aldridge doesn’t want to be traded, just wants team to improve

    Aug 23, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Nicolas Batum

    What else was Nicolas Batum going to say? That his team’s best player wants out? Rumors have swirled this summer that Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge wants out of Portland and his people have asked for a trade. Aldridge has denied this but the talk has continued to swirl. Nicolas Batum was asked about those rumors, speaking…

  18. Spurs’ Danny Green talks threes, Popovich, T-Shirts (VIDEO)

    Aug 23, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Spurs' Green reacts after a three point basket against the Heat during Game 2 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    Spurs sharpshooter Danny Green swung by The Crossover on NBC Sports Network on Thursday. Green’s 27 threes in the NBA Finals vaulted a good role player into the national spotlight, something he talks about on the show. Green also talks about getting let go by the Spurs then having to call up Gregg Popovich and ask…

  19. Kobe Bryant gives an extended piano performance in new Lenovo ad (VIDEO)

    Aug 23, 2013, 12:37 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers NBA star Kobe Bryant poses with young players for pictures during a corporate event in Shanghai

    Kobe Bryant is one of Lenovo’s main international pitch men, so it’s not surprising that they’d feature him in their latest advertisement touting their place as the fastest growing mobile brand in the world. The spot features Bryant explaining how the brand always knows how to deliver incredible performance, before he takes to the piano…

  20. ESPN expects to be ‘aggressive’ in remaining a broadcast partner of the NBA

    Aug 22, 2013, 11:33 PM EDT

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    The NBA’s broadcast rights deals don’t expire until after the 2016 season has ended, but at least one of its current partners is already posturing for when it’s time to renew that very expensive commitment. ESPN expects to retain its rights to televise NBA games, and that much isn’t a surprise. But downplaying the rise…

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