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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. All-Star 2012 interview: Miami Heat rookie Norris Cole

    Feb 24, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

    Norris Cole

    Miami Heat rookie Norris Cole has made an impact early this season, despite playing alongside veteran superstars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. We caught up with him Friday morning at the practice session for the Rising Stars challenge, and discussed what it’s like to play with that kind of star power, how he and his…

  4. Kobe Bryant a no-show to All-Star media availability

    Feb 24, 2012, 4:25 PM EDT

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    The 2012 NBA All-Stars had their first mass media availability session of the weekend on Friday, and everyone who was named to the team managed to show up and tolerate the wide-ranging and sometimes-inane questions from both traditional and non-traditional media outlets. Everyone, that is, except Kobe Bryant. Bryant was a no-show to the festivities,…

  5. As expected, Dwight Howard dances around trade questions

    Feb 24, 2012, 2:18 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    “The situation we are in right now is All-Star Weekend. That’s the only thing that matters right now. This is for the fans and we’re going to enjoy ourselves.” “All that stuff can go on after the All-Star break.” That is pretty much what you knew Dwight Howard was going to say when asked about…

  6. Reggie Miller, Don Nelson, and Bernard King among 2012 Hall of Fame candidates

    Feb 24, 2012, 12:39 PM EDT

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    Enshrinement into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is a distinct honor to many in the basketball world, no matter how ridiculous and arbitrary the criteria for inclusion seem to be. With that in mind, here are the candidates for the Hall of Fame class of 2012, as announced by press conference on Friday:…

  7. Fan voting will weigh into Hall of Fame selections beginning in 2013

    Feb 24, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

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    Here’s a curveball for you: Beginning with the Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2013, fans around the world will be able to take part in the Hall of Fame selection process. That’s a pretty significant step for any Hall of Fame body, much less one with a history of controversial, closed-door decision making. According…

  8. Rajon Rondo to replace Stephen Curry in Skills Challenge

    Feb 24, 2012, 9:51 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    We told you the night it happened that Stephen Curry‘s foot injury — which his agent swears is not related to his ongoing ankle issues, and when has an agent ever lied? — might keep him from defending his title in the All-Star Saturday night skills challenge. It is. The league announced that Curry is…

  9. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Spurs look good at the rodeo

    Feb 24, 2012, 9:44 AM EDT

    DeJuan Blair, Al Harrington

    What you missed while on a red-eye flight to Orlando for the All-Star Game (wait, that was me)….. Heat 102, Knicks 88: Jeremy Lin and Baron Davis combined to shoot 1-for-18 on the night, do that against the Heat and you know the result. Brett broke this out for us as a game of the…

  10. Thunder’s young legs, depth show Lakers guard is changing

    Feb 24, 2012, 5:35 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, James Harden, Troy Murphy

    Wednesday night it was the Celtics. Thursday night it was the Lakers. Two nights, two wins for the young Oklahoma City Thunder over the old guard of the NBA. The teams that from 2008 to 2010 won the NBA titles and met in the finals twice. In case you need any more proof that the…

  11. Heat shut down Jeremy Lin, cruise to victory over Knicks

    Feb 23, 2012, 10:40 PM EDT

    Mario Chalmers, Jeremy Lin

    By now you’ve certainly heard all about Jeremy Lin, and the way he’s led the Knicks to an improbable stretch of nine wins in the team’s last 11 games. The Miami Heat, too, were obviously paying attention, and made sure that Lin wouldn’t be a factor when the teams met on Thursday. Miami’s defense forced…

  12. Don’t expect Dallas to make a trade deadline deal. Unless…

    Feb 23, 2012, 9:28 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    The defending NBA champions started slow — we’ll call it a championship/lockout hangover — but have found their footing of late. Despite all the roster changes this summer they look good — Dirk Nowitzki is healthy again and their offense is clicking. But the Mavs don’t as good as Oklahoma City in the West. Or…

  13. Chris Paul confirms he will stay with Clippers next season

    Feb 23, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

    Chris Paul

    When Chris Paul was traded to the Clippers, it was with the understanding that he would give them a couple years — this season, and he would opt-in for next season. Opt in for a cool $17.8 million. But there was a concern he would opt-out after this season, either to go play with someone…

  14. Jeremy Lin, Tim Tebow are talking to one another

    Feb 23, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    There are similarities between NFL crossover sensation Tim Tebow and NBA crossover sensation Jeremy Lin: Both had to overcome a number of detractors in the sport, both are devoutly and publicly Christian, both have had success on the field/court, both have had an explosion in popularity. Friendships have been formed on less. The two are…

  15. Oscar Robertson tells Dwight Howard to “keep mouth shut”

    Feb 23, 2012, 2:59 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    What LeBron James did, what Carmelo Anthony did, what Dwight Howard is doing — that does not sit well with an older generation of players. Say, for example Oscar Robertson. Mr. I averaged a triple-double for an entire season. One of the game’s 50 greatest players (easily). Robertson — one of the trail blazers of…

  16. Warriors willing to trade Monta Ellis, but only for superstar

    Feb 23, 2012, 2:26 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Golden State Warriors

    In an annual tradition like Meryl Streep getting an Oscar nomination, the Monta Ellis trade rumors have started to swirl. Golden State likes Monta Ellis for all the same reasons you covet him for your team — there are few better pure scorers in the league. At the end of the day, putting ball in…

  17. Rose denies asking for Gasol trade. And his back is fine, too.

    Feb 23, 2012, 2:06 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Chicago Bulls

    We fans can’t stop our desire to tinker. Some general managers have that problem, too, but fans are worse. Take Bulls fans for example — they have a contending team, one of the two teams in the East that are head and shoulders above everyone else. This is a team with a real shot at…

  18. It’s time for Kobe, Jim Buss to sit down and talk

    Feb 23, 2012, 1:36 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    You don’t treat your superstar like just another player. There are only a handful — 10, maybe — truly transcendent talents in the NBA at any time, and if you are a team that has one (or more) on your roster, you don’t treat them like a D-League call-up. You let them know your plans…

  19. In case you forgot, Blake Griffin still knows how to dunk. Hard.

    Feb 23, 2012, 12:43 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Kenneth Faried

    I suppose it’s possible you have not yet seen the dunk of the night from Wednesday. Maybe you live in a cave. Or the power just came back on at your house after being off for 24 hours. Or you’re mom is visiting from Idaho and so the television has been hijacked for a day…

  20. Heat have a plan for Jeremy Lin… and it’s not who you think

    Feb 23, 2012, 11:31 AM EDT

    New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin and Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony looks on against the Atlanta Hawks in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Jeremy Lin vs. Joel Anthony. That is the matchup that will determine the highly anticipated showdown between the Miami Heat and New York Knicks Thursday night in South Beach. Not LeBron James or Dwyane Wade — although they will both get their say — but rather Joel Anthony. Let me explain. (Tom Haberstroh at ESPN…

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