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  1. And so the LeBron returns to Cleveland in 2014 speculation begins…

    Feb 24, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    LeBron James Cavaliers

    This has been a buzz around some NBA circles for little while now, but it’s starting to leak into the mainstream. First it was my friend T.J. Carpenter (radio host at ESPN’s WHB Radio in Kanas city), who plays for me a clip of one journalist quoting an off-the-record remark from Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins…

  2. Report: Joe Johnson ruled out for Sunday’s Grizzlies game

    Feb 24, 2013, 12:17 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets' Johnson shoots three-point shot over New York Knicks' Smith and Kidd in NBA game in New York

    The Nets will look to bounce back from their loss to the Rockets on Friday when they host the Grizzlies tonight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. For the second straight game, however, they’ll be playing without starting shooting guard Joe Johnson: Joe Johnson (heel) is out tonight vs Memphis. — Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) February…

  3. Danny Granger hits one of his 10 shot attempts in return from injury, and his teammates are ecstatic (VIDEO)

    Feb 24, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Danny Granger, George Hill

    It wasn’t exactly a perfect night for Danny Granger, playing his first game of the season for the Pacers after working his way back from a severe knee injury. Granger missed his first eight shots of the game, but playing against a woeful Pistons team that Indiana had just beaten by 32 the night before,…

  4. Dwight Howard says his poor conditioning has cost the Lakers ‘a lot of games’

    Feb 24, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Anyone who’s watched Dwight Howard play in a Lakers jersey this season knows that he’s nowhere near the all-world center he used to be during his years with the Orlando Magic. Howard underwent back surgery during the offseason, and while he’s recovered enough to physically be back out on the court, doctors familiar with that…

  5. LeBron says he was going to play until he got the last rebound needed for his triple-double against Sixers

    Feb 24, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Lebrion James, Dwyane Wade

    The Heat won their 10th straight game on Saturday, taking care of the Sixers easily behind a game-high 33 points from Dwyane Wade, and a triple-double effort from LeBron James. Miami led by 16 after three quarters, and it would have been easy for James to sit the rest of this one out, even though…

  6. Al Horford hits the game-winner to send Hawks past Bucks (VIDEO)

    Feb 23, 2013, 11:59 PM EDT

    Al Horford, Larry Sanders

    The Hawks came from 10 points down late in the fourth quarter to get a nice road win over the Bucks on Saturday, and this play from Al Horford turned out to be the game-winner that sealed it. Horford is the type of low-post player that really needs to be double-teamed, especially in a situation…

  7. JaVale McGee says he has ‘selective memory’ regarding his time with the Wizards

    Feb 23, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee, Hasheem Thabeet

    The Nuggets played the Wizards in D.C. on Friday, marking JaVale McGee‘s first time back in the District basketball-wise since being traded to the Nuggets before the start of the season. Washington beat Denver 119-113, and McGee finished with nine points, four rebounds, no turnovers, and two blocked shots in 20 minutes off the bench.…

  8. Carmelo Anthony says Kenyon Martin will help Knicks if he’s ‘locked in and focused’

    Feb 23, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Seven

    The Knicks signed Kenyon Martin to a 10-day contract on Saturday, making the roster move that was reported to be in the works at the trade deadline official. That means Martin could be active when New York plays next, at home against the Sixers on Sunday. Carmelo Anthony played with Martin for several years in…

  9. Report: Andrew Bynum takes part in five-on-five scrimmage

    Feb 23, 2013, 7:12 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum's hair, via Jordan Raanan on twitter. 
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    Earlier this week Andrew Bynum said he would be practicing with the Sixers soon. Turns out, soon was Friday. Bynum took part in a full practice and scrimmage, something first reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer and and confirmed by coach Doug Collins to CSNPhilladelphia.com’s Dei Lynam. Bynum, who has missed the entire season with bone…

  10. Gerald Green finishes high-flying alley-oop over the Pistons (VIDEO)

    Feb 23, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Gerald Green

    The Pacers had no trouble beating the Pistons on Friday, leading by as many as 43 before settling for the final victory margin of 32 points. Gerald Green had little sympathy for his opponent, getting loose on the fast break and flying to the rim to finish the alley-oop pass from D.J. Augustin in spectacular…

  11. A detailed look at Nike Basketball’s Area 72 space from All-Star weekend in Houston

    Feb 23, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    ASW13_AREA72_6

    Nike Basketball pulled out all the stops during All-Star weekend to showcase its extraterrestrial lineup of special edition kicks that would be worn by Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Kevin Durant during the NBA’s midseason exhibition. Setting up shop inside the Houston Galleria mall, Nike created an Area 72 retail space that allowed fans to…

  12. Steve Nash blames back problems for poor shooting night against Blazers

    Feb 23, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Steve Nash, Damian Lillard

    The Lakers pulled out a close win over the Blazers on Friday, behind a stellar 40-point offensive performance from Kobe Bryant. Bryant hasn’t been scoring like this lately, preferring instead to involve his teammates more in the offense by passing up shots in favor of getting them some better and more consistent looks. But when…

  13. Bucks GM says trade for Redick is about winning now, but it’s also about something else

    Feb 23, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    J.J. Redick

    Milwaukee was one of the more active teams at the trade deadline, heavily engaged in discussions for Josh Smith, and even coming close to making a deal for him before Atlanta reportedly pulled out at the last minute. With Smith unavailable to them, the Bucks settled on another solid player, and were able to pull…

  14. Danny Granger to make return for Pacers Saturday night

    Feb 23, 2013, 12:23 PM EDT

    Danny Granger

    We are about to see one of the two returns that could make the Eastern Conference playoffs more interesting. Danny Granger is expected to make his season debut for the Indiana Pacers Saturday night against the Pistons, reports Mike Wells of the Indy Star. Granger has missed the entire season with a knee injury and…

  15. Vince Carter moves up all-time scoring list, then hits game winner (VIDEO)

    Feb 23, 2013, 11:01 AM EDT

    Vince Carter

    Vince Carter — idol to much of a younger generation — is still making plays. Like finding a way to score near the rim, get the and-one, and with it pass Gary Payton to move into 28th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. With Carter it’s a combination of a guy who could always score…

  16. Lakers respond to Mark Cuban’s suggestion that they should amnesty Kobe Bryant

    Feb 23, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban watches the Los Angeles Lakers play the Dallas Mavericks during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Mavericks owner Mark Cuban likes to receive attention, and he likes to take shots at the Lakers. He got to do both on Friday, when he suggested during a radio interview that the Lakers amnesty one of the greatest players to ever play for the franchise in Kobe Bryant. For the uninitiated, the amnesty provision…

  17. Warriors beat Spurs for first time since 2008, snapping a 16-game losing streak against them

    Feb 23, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    It’s got to be the jerseys. The Spurs came into Friday night’s game against the Warriors having won 16 of their last 17 games, and were coming off of a thorough shellacking of the L.A. Clippers just the night before. San Antonio also hadn’t lost to Golden State since 2008, holding a streak of 16…

  18. Update: Judge rejects first lawsuit against Seattle arena

    Feb 23, 2013, 12:41 AM EDT

    Seattle_Sonics

    Earlier today our Aaron Bruski laid out in detail how lawsuits and the environmental review process for a proposed new arena in Seattle is no slam dunk. It’s another sign of how Sacramento is not out of this. But one of the two lawsuits trying to challenge the Seattle project was tossed out by a…

  19. Andrew Bogut out ‘indefinitely’ with back spasms

    Feb 22, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

    Andrew Bogut, Mark Jackson

    Andrew Bogut will miss the Warriors’ game on Friday against the Spurs, and is out indefinitely due to suffering from back spasms, head coach Mark Jackson told reporters before tip-off. The ‘indefinitely’ part, along with Jackson’s demeanor while delivering the news, may be cause for legitimate concern. From Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle:…

  20. Celtics sit Kevin Garnett Friday night against Suns

    Feb 22, 2013, 8:48 PM EDT

    Celtics' Pierce, Garnett and Allen sit on the bench during their loss to the Heat during Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Boston

    Doc Rivers told reporters before Friday night’s contest against the Suns in Phoenix that Kevin Garnett would be inactive, and that Jeff Green would get the start in his place. The reason? Rest. From Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston: Rivers has been hinting that he’d like to rest Garnett in upcoming games and, after Garnett looked…

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