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  1. Stern says Sacramento arena deal comes down to paying up

    Feb 25, 2012, 9:14 PM EDT

    NBA All-Star Weekend

    It’s all about the money. It’s always been about money when it comes down to getting a new arena built in Sacramento and keeping the team in that city. But now it has come down to pulling out the checkbooks and committing to dollars and the negotiations are intense. When David Stern talked about issue…

  2. David Stern defends Dwight Howard’s right to leave Orlando

    Feb 25, 2012, 8:46 PM EDT

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    NBA commissioner David Stern held his annual All-Star weekend press conference from the Amway Center in Orlando on Saturday, and not surprisingly, one of the first questions that came up was about Dwight Howard. Howard, as you may have heard, is an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, and he’s gone back…

  3. Report: Wilson Chandler stuck in neutral without FIBA clearance from China

    Feb 25, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Wilson+Chandler+Atlanta+Hawks+v+Denver+Nuggets+Ym_wkv-B6Cgl

    Yahoo sports’ Adrian Worjnarowski (perhaps you’ve heard of him) reports that restricted free agent Wilson Chandler, who agreed to a release from his Chinese Basketball Association team last week and has met with the Nuggets and Raptors to find a new team, is currently, well, stuck. While his team agreed to his release, clearing his…

  4. Video: A Kia dunks over Blake Griffin

    Feb 25, 2012, 3:44 PM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    One year ago today (give or take), Blake Griffin won the NBA Dunk Contest jumping over the hood of a Kia while Baron Davis threw him the ally-oop out  of a sunroof. As part of a Kia commercial from Funny or Die, now a Kia tries to do a dunk over him. Griffin has a…

  5. Rondo begrudgingly admits to having learned from his recent two-game suspension

    Feb 25, 2012, 2:42 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    Rajon Rondo wasn’t initially named to the All-Star team this year, but he made it in when tendinitis in Joe Johnson‘s left knee forced him to sit it out. Celtics head coach Doc Rivers thought that the snub to that point had bothered his point guard a little bit, which might have had something to…

  6. California investors (and Mike Dunleavy Sr.) frontrunners to buy Hornets

    Feb 25, 2012, 2:17 PM EDT

    Mike Dunleavy

    Last week David Stern said he was close to having a buyer for the New Orleans Hornets — and getting a new lease with the state of Louisiana for the New Orleans Area — that would keep the team in the Crescent City. Those buyers are from Los Angeles not New Orleans based but they…

  7. The league was nice enough to pair Dwight Howard up on a community service trip with Deron Williams

    Feb 25, 2012, 1:35 PM EDT

    NBA All-Star Practice

    The Nets want Dwight Howard. And not in the “well, if you’re available, we’d love to have coffee with you” way. More in the “blurting out ‘I love you’ on the first date and talking about how easy you are to get into bed” way. The only way this gets more intense is if Mikhail…

  8. Report: Derrick Rose signs new deal with Adidas, goes from super-rich to obscenely-rich

    Feb 25, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat

    Source: Derrick Rose agreed to a 14-year, $260 (million) deal with adidas. — Aggrey Sam (@CSNBullsInsider) February 25, 2012 That’s CSN Chicago’s Aggrey Sam with news on Derrick Rose’s new deal, which Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski followed up on. Woj reported late Friday night that the deal features a guaranteed $185 million over 13 years,…

  9. Dunk Contest gives Evans, others chance to make name for themselves

    Feb 25, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

    Jeremy Evans

    There is no Blake Griffin. No Dwight Howard. Not even a Nate Robinson. The NBA’s All-Star Saturday Night Dunk Contest is a showcase event this year filled with a bunch of names that had casual fans saying, “who is that?” But for Jeremy Evans, it’s a chance. Evans is a human pogo stick — the…

  10. LeBron James might try the dunk contest … if the winner received a million dollars

    Feb 25, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James dunks against the Chicago Bulls during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    LeBron James in unquestionably one of the most violent dunkers in the game today, and could easily compete with anyone in the league in a slam dunk contest if that’s something he wanted to do. But up until this point, despite empty promises and a tease from time to time, he hasn’t decided to commit.…

  11. Video: Jeremy Lin’s agent talks the business of Jeremy Lin

    Feb 25, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Fans line up when waiting to purchase the first officially licensed T-shirts featuring NBA New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin in Taipei

    Jeremy Lin‘s agent Roger Montgomery is one popular guy right now. His phone is ringing off the hook, people are coming up to him on the street — everyone wants to get a piece of Jeremy Lin. It’s Montgomery’s job to keep the storm away from Lin (just let him play hoops) and set up…

  12. NBA’s Rising Stars know exhibition drill, put on dunk fest

    Feb 24, 2012, 11:58 PM EDT

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    Give the people what they want. Nobody tuned in to the BBVA Rising Stars game Friday night of All-Star weekend to watch defense — they wanted to see dunks, crazy passes and guys carpet bombing threes. Then more dunks off ally-oops. Then Jeremy Lin. In that case, the fans got their money’s worth. Friday night…

  13. Kyrie Irving scores 34 points, named MVP of the Rising Stars Challenge

    Feb 24, 2012, 11:55 PM EDT

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    Kyrie Irving was the number one overall pick in last year’s NBA draft, but he was largely selected there for his ability to create for his teammates first, with his scoring being an afterthought. In the Rising Stars Challenge, which kicked off All-Star weekend on Friday, he showcased what’s possible for him offensively, scoring 34…

  14. Video: Ricky Rubio dribbles between defender’s legs, finishes with lob to Blake Griffin for the dunk

    Feb 24, 2012, 10:36 PM EDT

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    The Rising Stars Challenge on All-Star weekend’s opening night was largely an abomination, with players going half-speed, playing zero defense, and only occasionally producing the kind of highlights one would hope to see in an exhibition game. But there were a few noteworthy moments, and this one, started by Ricky Rubio dribbling between the legs…

  15. Jeremy Lin talks D’Antoni system, overcoming bias

    Feb 24, 2012, 9:27 PM EDT

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    The Mavericks’ Jason Terry said what a number of people — a decreasing number every day, but they are out there — have said about Jeremy Lin: He is a system guy. Mike D’Antoni’s offensive system is designed to give the point guard numbers, and Lin is a product of it more than anything else.…

  16. Jeremy Lin debuts customized Nike basketball shoes at Rising Stars Challenge

    Feb 24, 2012, 9:07 PM EDT

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    You’ve heard the rags to riches tales of Jeremy Lin — from sleeping on a friend’s couch to leasing space at the W, from sitting at the end of the Knicks bench to starting as the team’s point guard. And now, from not having a shoe deal of any significance to having a personalized set…

  17. Report: Rasheed Wallace to sign with Lakers

    Feb 24, 2012, 6:43 PM EDT

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    I expected this about as much as I expect a “Hangover 2″ to win the Best Picture Oscar. Rasheed Wallace is close to signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, reports A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. His return to action has been rumored for weeks, fueled by a decent showing at Pro-Am tournament in North Carolina…

  18. Blake Griffin dishes out some dunk contest advice

    Feb 24, 2012, 5:25 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin car dunk

    Blake Griffin won last year’s dunk contest in an exciting and memorable way that most think will be difficult to top by any of the contestants participating in the event this year.  Jumping over a car isn’t something we see every day, and last year, JaVale McGee said he had no shot to top it…

  19. Steve Nash reiterates he’s not looking for a trade, but free agency…

    Feb 24, 2012, 5:07 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    After this All-Star Weekend the trade rumors are going to really start to ramp up as we head to the March 15 deadline. Steve Nash’s name will come up. A lot. Because just about every team could use an elite point guard. But when asked about it Friday, Nash did the same dance he has…

  20. Video: A Tribute to JaVale McGee

    Feb 24, 2012, 5:06 PM EDT

    JaVale Planking Freezer

    JaVale McGee is a 24-year old center for the Washington Wizards. McGee is 7 feet tall, has a 7-6 reach, can run the court like a deer, and jump out of the gym. McGee is currently 2nd in the league in the league in blocked shots, and is capable of dunking from just about anywhere…

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