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  1. Denver signed JaVale McGee $44 million last summer. Kosta Koufos starts.

    Jan 2, 2013, 3:17 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets

    Last season, the Denver Nuggets were willing to move a quality (if often injured) big man in Nene for JaVale McGee. Then last summer they inked McGee to a four-year, $44 million contract to be part of the future in Denver. If you have watched a Nuggets game recently — or even looked at a…

  2. Stephen Jackson not exactly complimentary of Bucks organization

    Jan 2, 2013, 2:23 PM EDT

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    Saying that Stephen Jackson didn’t enjoy his brief time in Milwaukee a season ago would be an understatement. He appeared in just 26 games, before a falling out with Bucks head coach Scott Skiles had him riding the bench and not traveling with the team while a trade to send him out of town was…

  3. NBA’s top 10 circus shots of 2012 (VIDEO)

    Jan 2, 2013, 2:06 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    Okay, this is the last of the 2012 retrospective videos… probably. It’s a fun compilation from NBA.com and includes some big stars, although I’m not sure it’s fair to put Kobe Bryant on there because he probably practiced that shot 500 times one summer. Not sure I would have had Darren Collison on top, I…

  4. Stan Van Gundy says John Wall not good enough for Wizards to build around

    Jan 2, 2013, 1:31 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks

    The Wizards are unquestionably the worst team in the league this season. At a record of just 4-25, Washington has four fewer wins than the Bobcats team that just finished up an 18-game losing streak. Things are not only dismal in Washington, but few see any sign that the franchise has even begun to put…

  5. JaVale McGee hits first ever three, celebrates by trying to cool off hot hand (VIDEO)

    Jan 2, 2013, 12:59 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    This should have been the moment Clippers fans realized the streak was about to die — JaVale McGee had never hit an NBA three pointer before but he drained this one. But my favorite part is the celebration — blowing on his fingers to cool them off. Classic JaVale. By the way, I love the…

  6. Grant Hill hopes to be playing for Clippers later this month

    Jan 2, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT

    Grant Hill Clippers

    A lot of NBA coaches wish they had Vinny Del Negro’s problem — too many talented players to give minutes to. Because the Clippers are winning there is little grumbling, but it’s a challenge Del Negro and others have admitted to. Soon there will be another wing player demanding minutes on the active roster. Grant…

  7. Report: If Nets don’t land Phil Jackson they may stick with Carlesimo for season

    Jan 2, 2013, 11:34 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Chicago Bulls

    This much we know — the New Jersey Nets big plan to replace Avery Johnson starts with Phil Jackson. They want the biggest name out there, the guy with 11 championship rings, to come in and make the whole better than the sum or its parts with this Nets team. I still don’t think he…

  8. Derrick Rose travels with Bulls for first time this season

    Jan 2, 2013, 10:58 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose looks on from the bench against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    The timetable for Derrick Rose to return to the Bulls hasn’t changed. But his rehabilitation is progressing as expected, which is certainly encouraging. Rose has been practicing with the team, though not fully just yet. He still can’t take full contact at this stage, yet the fact that he’s a regular fixture now with the…

  9. Son of Clippers owner found dead of possible drug overdose

    Jan 2, 2013, 10:22 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: 7:28 pm: The Sterling family released this statement (via Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times): “Our son Scott has fought a long and valiant battle against Type 1 Diabetes. His death is a terrible tragedy, the effects of which will be felt forever by our family and all those who knew and loved…

  10. Kobe Bryant on Lakers: “We’re old as s***”

    Jan 2, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT

    BKN-BLAZERS-LAKERS

    It was as if the Ghost or Losses Past came to visit the Lakers Tuesday night — Philadelphia was more athletic, more aggressive, got big nights from young stars Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner (combined 48 points) and the Lakers looked a step slow. The result was a 103-99 Lakers loss that looked like so…

  11. Report: Latrell Sprewell arrested New Year’s Eve for disorderly conduct

    Jan 2, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    latrell sprewell

    It’s been seven years since Latrell Sprewell left the NBA. I wonder what he has been up to… Oh. From the Journal-Sentinel. Milwaukee native and former NBA star Latrell Sprewell was arrested for disorderly conduct Monday afternoon after police received repeated complaints about loud music coming from a house on E. Pleasant St. on Milwaukee’s…

  12. Stoudemire looks rusty in return. What did you expect?

    Jan 2, 2013, 8:41 AM EDT

    New York Knicks forward Stoudemire shares a laugh with teammate and guard Smith after he entered their NBA game with the Portland Trail Blazers during the second quarter in New York

    Amar’e Stoudemire was back with the Knicks on New Year’s Day, welcomed by a standing ovation from the Madison Square Garden faithful. Then he went out and looked like a guy who missed training camp and the first third of the season following knee surgery. There were flashes — a block in the paint, a…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Lots of ‘Melo, not much else for Knicks

    Jan 2, 2013, 8:03 AM EDT

    New York Knicks Stoudemire reacts after stuffing ball to score against Portland Trail Blazers in NBA basketball game in New York

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the games yesterday in NBA action. Or, what you missed while breaking your New Year’s resolutions already…. Nuggets 92, Clippers 78: The Clippers win streak dies at 17on a night they were just ice-cold from the floor — 38.5 percent as a team, with leading scorer Jamal Crawford shooting 2-of-11.…

  14. Three Stars of the Night: Justified Jumpers

    Jan 2, 2013, 3:18 AM EDT

    Hawks forward Smith reacts after a shot in the first half during their game against the Celtics in Game One of their NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs basketball game in Atlanta

    Play enough basketball and chances are you’ll run into a player who likes to justify his relentless jump shooting with a catchy phrase like, “you miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take” or “there’s a reason it’s called feeling it instead of thinking it” or maybe “I was open.” These people, of course,…

  15. Avery Bradley expected back as Celtics starter Wednesday

    Jan 2, 2013, 2:02 AM EDT

    Avery Bradley

    The Celtics — at 14-16 and losers of four out of five — need a boost. Enter Avery Bradley. The Celtics starting two guars should be back with the team Wednesday when the Celtics face a good Grizzlies team, reports A. Sherrod Blakely on CSNNE.com. Bradley is coming off off-season surgery on both shoulders. “Avery’s…

  16. Ice-cold Clippers win streak ends at 17 in Denver

    Jan 2, 2013, 12:47 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    The Clippers were not going to win the next 50 games, there was going to be a day when the shots would just clang off the rim. There was going to be a night when nothing went right. That night was Jan. 1 in Denver. The Clippers had shot 48.3% last 15 games, and 41.9…

  17. Pistons’ Villanueva ejected for hard foul on Kings’ Thomas (VIDEO)

    Jan 1, 2013, 9:59 PM EDT

    Charlie Villanueva

    As fouls you get ejected for go, that is on the soft end of the scale. Just before halftime the Kings’ Isaiah Thomas drove the lane and the Piston’s Charlie Villanueva rotated over to stop him and did so with a hard foul that sent Thomas sprawling on the ground. Thomas came up angry and…

  18. Ricky Rubio likely out next couple games for Timberwolves

    Jan 1, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    His knee is getting there — although he remains on a sharp minutes limit and is not playing both games of back-to-backs — but Ricky Rubio sat out Minnesota’s win last weekend over Phoenix due to back spasms. Those spasms will keep Rubio out of the Timberwolves two games this week, reports the Star Tribune.…

  19. NBA’s best crossovers of 2012 (video)

    Jan 1, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Chris Paul

    I like a good dunk as much as the next guy, but if you give me my highlight loop of choice it would be crossovers. These are just so much fun. The fine folks at NBA.com have been putting together these year-end compilations, which have been fun. Well, this one wasn’t a lot of fun…

  20. Former NBA player Marcus Williams suspended in China for failed marijuana test

    Jan 1, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT

    Marcus Williams

    The Chinese Basketball Association had never had a player suspended for violating its drug policy… until now. Multiple reports out of China now say former NBA player Marcus Williams has been suspended for testing positive for marijuana use. Hoopshype noticed this first, but here is the report from xinhuanet.com. Former NBA player Marcus Williams has…

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