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  1. Nowitzki leaves game with back pain, questionable for Friday

    Mar 1, 2012, 10:23 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Dirk Nowitzki played just 10 minutes on Wednesday — scoring one point on one shot attempt — before heading to the locker room with back pain that kept him out the rest of the night. While this does not appear to be anything serious or long-term, his status for the Mavericks game Wednesday is up…

  2. Add neck pain to list of Kobe Bryant injuries

    Mar 1, 2012, 9:44 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant neck

    Arthritic finger? Check. Torn ligament in wrist? Check? Broken nose? Check. Knees that require fancy German blood procedure? Check. Sore neck? Add that to the list. Kobe Bryant has neck pain that is requiring special treatment as well, he told the Orange County Register. “Feels like it’s just constant throbbing at the base of my…

  3. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Bulls look every bit the contender

    Mar 1, 2012, 9:31 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson, Ronnie Brewer, Joakim Noah

    What you missed while realizing that it’s time to turn off the autocorrect on your phone before someone gets hurt…. Bulls 96, Spurs 89: That is why the Chicago Bulls are contenders. They played a fantastic game behind Derrick Rose, who had 29 points and made all the big plays at the end, including a…

  4. Kobe says not to blame Dwyane Wade for injury

    Mar 1, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    It isn’t the type of play you normally see in an All-Star Game, where there is normally as much defense played as you see in a 100-yard dash. At the start of the second half the All-Star Game both Dwyane Wade and LeBron James tried to pick up the defensive intensity and get the East…

  5. Report: Celtics “aggressively” shopping Rajon Rondo

    Mar 1, 2012, 2:23 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) shoots over Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Knight in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Boston

    You know changes are coming to the Boston Celtics over the next few months — if not at the trade deadline certainly over the summer. The logical progression seemed to be the older “Big Three” — Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett — would be on their way out and Rajon Rondo would be…

  6. Video: Metta World Peace in Kevin Hart movie clip

    Feb 29, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    Sprint NBA All Star Celebrity Game

    I think Kevin Hart was in more places All-Star Weekend than Dwight Howard. He was MVP of the Celebrity Game. He was the hardest working man in show business promoting his new movie, “Think Like a Man,” coming to a theater near you soon. With that guy who played Turtle in Entourage. Here is a…

  7. NBA owners not going to make profit this season, league says

    Feb 29, 2012, 8:01 PM EDT

    David-Stern-all-star-2012

    If you believe the league’s numbers — and we’re still skeptical, to put it kindly — the NBA was a long way from turning a profit, they predicted a $300 million loss last year. A few months into the new collective bargaining agreement that is far more favorable to the owners (no matter what Mark…

  8. Video: Kobe Bryant’s turn as 70’s Italian exploitation film star

    Feb 29, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

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    Kobe Bryant always seemed like a cool enough cat to save the world. In this promo from Nike Basketball, we get to see what that might look like, 70’s exploitation style. From Nike Italy’s YouTube channel: “Enzo G. Castellari, cult Italian director of 70’s exploitation movies, introduces us to a hidden treasure taken from his…

  9. Trade offers for Nash may keep coming, but Suns’ plan to keep him hasn’t changed

    Feb 29, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    Nothing has changed regarding the Phoenix Suns and Steve Nash. The team remains optimistic that it can convince their two-time MVP point guard to re-sign for another couple of years this summer, and Phoenix is not going to trade him before then unless Nash himself asks the team to do so. The organization’s seemingly firm…

  10. Jackson: Curry will not play in tonight’s game against the Hawks

    Feb 29, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

    stephen curry

    According to Comcast Sports Net Bay Area’s Matt Steinmetz, Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry will miss tonight’s game against the Atlanta Hawks with a foot injury. Curry has averaged 16.5 points and 6.2 assists per game for the Warriors this year, but this will be his 11th missed game of the season because of…

  11. Broussard: Lakers turned down Michael Beasley offer

    Feb 29, 2012, 6:19 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Boston Celtics

    ESPN.com’s Chris Broussard has the report: The Minnesota Timberwolves offered to trade Michael Beasley to the Los Angeles Lakers for a first-round draft pick, but the Lakers turned them down, according to a league source. While Beasley, a talented and athletic small forward, would fill one of the Lakers’ greatest needs, the Lakers rejected the offer because they do not want…

  12. Charles Barkley thinks that 20% of NBA fans “should be shot.” Oh, Charles.

    Feb 29, 2012, 5:53 PM EDT

    Barkley, representing the 1992 United States Olympic "Dream Team"  in the Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2010, speaks in Springfield

    Charles Barkley has never been shy about speaking his mind, and TV/Radio personality has never prevented athletes from speaking their mind when they appear on one of his shows. So when the former NBA superstar and current TNT personality Charles Barkley went on Rome’s radio show earlier this morning, the chances of Barkley saying something…

  13. Twitter’s iconic bird logo is named “Larry” after you know who

    Feb 29, 2012, 4:24 PM EDT

    twitterbird

    Twitter has become a big part of the NBA culture — in the macro scale it allows players to communicate directly with fans and break down barriers, it allows them to shape their brand in a new way. On a micro level, it allows them to tweet some incredibly stupid things. And pictures we didn’t…

  14. Don’t bet on Raptors moving Calderon, at least until summer

    Feb 29, 2012, 3:17 PM EDT

    Jose Calderon

    There are a few teams out there who could really use an elite point guard. Yes Lakers, we’re looking right at you, but there are many others. Which is why the Toronto Raptors will get some inquiries about Jose Calderon, who is the best point guard readily available in a trade right now (we’re Steve…

  15. Kobe symptom free from concussion, may play Wednesday

    Feb 29, 2012, 3:01 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

    Kobe Bryant did not take part in the Lakers shootaround on Wednesday before facing the Timberwolves on Wednesday night because he is still going through the steps to be cleared to play in that game. Steps he is close to clearing — the team says he has been symptom free since Tuesday afternoon and he…

  16. Other teams covet Nicolas Batum but Blazers unlikely to trade

    Feb 29, 2012, 2:15 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers small forward Nicolas Batum defends against Sacramento Kings guard Marcus Thornton in Portland

    Is there a team that couldn’t use an elite wing defender who is giving a team 13.9 points per game, is shooting 42 percent from three, works well off the ball and is willing to come off the bench. There’s a reason that the Portland Trail Blazers are going to get a lot of calls…

  17. You can have Jordan’s Chicago home for a cool $29 million

    Feb 29, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT

    Jordan house

    I was just thinking my family needed another bedroom, or 12. And three climate-cooled garages. And a three-bedroom guest house that is bigger than the house we actually live in now. Plus how cool would it be to live in Michael Jordan’s Chicago home, which is now for sale. But I’m not sure I can…

  18. Stoudemire promises to return to old self, Knicks to contend

    Feb 29, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT

    New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire waits to take a foul shot against the New Orleans Hornets in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Amare Stoudemire has struggled this season. He has not been nearly as explosive going to the rim, his midrange shot has fallen off (he shot 44 percent from 16 feet out to the arc last year, 36 percent this year) and he finds himself having to play off the ball now rather than being the…

  19. Report: Howard won’t sign extension with Lakers, but they are not out of it

    Feb 29, 2012, 12:41 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    It’s all about the money. And it’s not necessarily as big a deal as Lakers fans think. But it might give the Lakers front office pause. Lakers radio play-by-play man (and long-time Los Angeles sports personality) John Ireland reported on Tuesday that Dwight Howard’s agent Donald Fegan told the Lakers his client will not sign…

  20. Explaining the NBA’s new concussion policy (why Kobe likely sits)

    Feb 29, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

    kobe-bryant-all-star

    Concussions are not as prevalent in the NBA as they are in the NFL and NHL, but traumatic brain injuries have become the talk of the sports medical community in recent years (not just what happens to a pro athlete but in high school and college). In response to that, the NBA put in a…

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