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  1. Ten players to make you restructure NBA’s 50 All-Time greatest

    Apr 30, 2013, 11:49 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Back in 1996 — the year the baby crawling on the ceiling in “Trainspotting” gave us all nightmares — the Association released its list of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players. It was undoubtedly a strong list. Nobody on the list is weak. We could quibble around the edges about who should have gotten in, but…

  2. Delfino dunks on Durant? Delfino dunks on Durant. (VIDEO)

    Apr 30, 2013, 10:57 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets - Game Three

    Even before Russell Westbrook went down, I thought there would be one game this series where the young and improving Houston Rockets would put it all together well enough to beat the Thunder. The kind of game where James Harden and crew would make plays the Thunder could not stop. Such as Carlos Defino on…

  3. Jason Collins calls support since he came out “incredible”

    Apr 30, 2013, 10:41 AM EDT

    File photo of Washington Wizards' Jason Collins going to the basket against Chicago Bulls' Taj Gibson during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago, Illinois

    Veteran NBA center Jason Collins handled his coming out as gay very well — he wrote a thoughtful piece for Sports Illustrated where he talked about his history, his family and his hopes. Then he stayed out of the public spotlight the rest of the day and let the reaction flow in, letting his piece…

  4. Horford says Hawks sometimes question Josh Smith’s shot selection. Ya think?

    Apr 30, 2013, 10:06 AM EDT

    Hawks forward Smith reacts after a dunk against the Pacers in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff NBA basketball game in Atlanta

    It was still anybody’s game — Atlanta led by 5 with 3:10 left when Josh Smith took a three against the Pacers Monday night and you could hear the entire Phillips Arena do the same thing: “Noooooooo… YES!” Smith made that shot and that’s what he’ll remember. So he’ll shoot it again and again. And…

  5. Serge Ibaka misses bunny at the buzzer in Thunder loss (VIDEO)

    Apr 30, 2013, 8:42 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets - Game Four

    Oklahoma City had its chances. There will be a Game 5 after the Rockets beat the Thunder Monday night (although that’s likely where it ends). But the Thunder had their chance at a sweep, it just seems like the final play became a scramble of lost opportunities like much of the game was for them.…

  6. Chorus of praise from Obama, others for Jason Collins shows times, they are a changin’

    Apr 30, 2013, 7:59 AM EDT

    Jason Collins

    Six years ago retired NBA player John Amaechi came out and announced he was gay after a four-teams-in-five-years NBA career. The reaction was decidedly mixed within the basketball community. What we all remember most was Tim Hardaway saying, “I hate gay people” (a stance he has since recanted). There was a smattering of hate when…

  7. Kevin Durant & Thunder solve Rockets’ gameplan; Chandler Parsons comes up big in Rockets’ win

    Apr 30, 2013, 1:31 AM EDT

    Serge Ibaka, Kevin Durant

    Chandler Parsons stood on the court and said, “It’s unbelievable.” Moments ago, Serge Ibaka laid on the same court court and covered his eyes with both hands before making his body limp as two of his teammates tried to pick him. A few feet away, Reggie Jackson, knocked to the ground, sat up and reached…

  8. Report: Pistons to interview Nate McMillan for coaching job Tuesday

    Apr 30, 2013, 1:30 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    This isn’t a surprise, we told you not long after the Pistons jettisoned Lawrence Frank that they were interested in Nate McMillan, but now thing are getting more serious. McMillan and the Pistons will sit down Tuesday to start the formal interview process, reports Marc Stein at ESPN. Later the Pistons are expected to interview…

  9. Nets win Game 5 over Bulls with unbelievably good offense

    Apr 29, 2013, 11:58 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets' Williams, Lopez and Wallace tap hands as Chicago Bulls' Robinson walks off the court in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball playoff game in New York

    On Saturday, the Pacers posted an offensive rating of 70.2 in their Game 3 loss to the Hawks. Tonight, the Nets bested that offensive rating – on possessions they missed a shot. Let me repeat that. Every time the Nets began a possession by missing a shot, their offense performed better than Indiana’s did overall…

  10. Hawks run past ice cold Pacers to even series 2-2

    Apr 29, 2013, 11:52 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks Smith reacts as the Indiana Pacers West walks across the court in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff NBA basketball game in Atlanta

    Suddenly, the Indiana Pacers don’t look so in control of this series anymore. The Pacers defense that got them to the No. 3 seed in the East and helped them race out to a 2-0 series lead went missing for long stretches on Monday night — especially their transition defense. And that allowed the Hawks…

  11. Rockets-Thunder Game 4 preview: Kevin Durant to rest more

    Apr 29, 2013, 9:22 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets - Game Three

    With Russell Westbrook out, the Thunder put a huge load Kevin Durant’s back during their Game 3 win. Durant played all but 44 seconds, and his 30 shots were more than twice as many as any teammate. But Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks plans to give Durant a break – even if one isn’t as…

  12. Jeremy Lin out for Game 4 with bruised chest injury

    Apr 29, 2013, 8:14 PM EDT

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Jeremy Lin has been ruled out for the Rockets in Game 4 against the Thunder due to a bruised chest injury, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Lin originally suffered the injury in the first half of Game 2, and was unable to start the second half because of it. He…

  13. Five things the Lakers should do on their summer vacation (starting with re-signing Howard)

    Apr 29, 2013, 7:09 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

    The San Antonio Spurs didn’t just end the Lakers season, they put Los Angeles out of its misery. That was the first time the Lakers have been swept in the first round of the playoffs since 1967, but you could see it coming for a long time. From the injuries during training camp, to the…

  14. Bulls-Nets Game 5 preview: More Nate Robinson time

    Apr 29, 2013, 6:50 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Nate Robinson celebrates with team-mates during overtime in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets  in Chicago, Illinois

    The Nets can’t beat a full-strength Bulls team. They can’t beat a Bulls team with Derrick Rose out. They can’t beat a Bulls team with Joakim Noah playing more than 13 minutes. Can they beat the Bulls without Kirk Hinrich? Has the bar finally dropped low enough for the Nets to clear it? They better,…

  15. NBA committee recommends against move of Kings to Seattle, team almost certainly remains in Sacramento

    Apr 29, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

    Clippers Kings Basketball

    The Sacramento Kings are going to remain the Sacramento Kings. And Seattle is going to remain without an NBA team. A collection of a dozen NBA owners — making up a group looking into the sale and relocation of the Kings to a group from Seattle — voted unanimously to recommended against allowing the team…

  16. In case you missed it, Jason Terry owned overtime Sunday in Boston (VIDEO)

    Apr 29, 2013, 4:35 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics Terry celebrates game winning shot against New York Knicks during overtime NBA Eastern Conference semifinal playoff basketball series in Boston

    When Jason Terry came down in transition in overtime and pulled up for a transition jumper early in the clock you could hear Boston collectively say, “Nooooo… YES!” The hot and cold Terry has been more like dry ice during these playoffs but when he got hot in overtime he put up nine straight points and…

  17. Jason Collins’ road from journeyman to household name

    Apr 29, 2013, 3:17 PM EDT

    FILE:  NBA Player Jason Collins Comes Out As Gay

    Jason Collins was the kind of player NBA people like on their team, but not a guy who was a household name. Until now. Collins — a 12-year NBA veteran — came out as gay on Monday. He’s the first active major American team sport athlete to come out as gay. At this point his…

  18. Jason Collins’ coming out as gay shouldn’t affect his free agency

    Apr 29, 2013, 2:07 PM EDT

    File photo of Washington Wizards' Jason Collins going to the basket against Chicago Bulls' Taj Gibson during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago, Illinois

    When I read Jason Collins’ story in Sport Illustrated coming out as gay, my first thought was: good. This is an exciting moment, a historic declaration by Collins, who is tearing down the homophobia that once permeated through American team sports. Much later, my another thought kicked in: dread. As Collins notes in his story,…

  19. Former Jason Collins coach Doc Rivers states support, references Jackie Robinson

    Apr 29, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    In the middle of last season, the Boston Celtics traded Jason Collins to the Washington Wizards as part of the Jordan Crawford deal. But it wasn’t a move the Celtics wanted to make — they fought to hold on to Collins until it became clear the deal would fall apart without him in it (credit…

  20. Dan Patrick, SI’s Jon Wertheim talk Jason Collins coming out as gay

    Apr 29, 2013, 1:43 PM EDT

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    Veteran NBA big man Jason Collins on Monday made a statement about the changes in society that goes beyond the basketball court: He became the first active NBA player to come out as gay. Collins came out in an article for Sports Illustrated Monday, and when he told his story to the people at SI…

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