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  1. League fines Spurs $250,000 for not playing stars vs. Miami

    Nov 30, 2012, 6:17 PM EDT

    Gregg Popovich, David Stern

    David Stern has drawn his line in the sand… we think. There are still a lot of questions that need to be answered about where that line is and what is and is not allowed. But the NBA has brought the hammer down. A big hammer. The NBA has fined the San Antonio Spurs $250,000…

  2. Quote of the Day: Morey wants to bring analytics to dance teams

    Nov 30, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets Introduce Jeremy Lin

    “I have all these opinions about the dancers but they should be kept to myself. No one consults me. I keep asking to be invited to the dance tryouts but no one ever allows me there. I’ll just say this: My general philosophy is that you can teach them to dance.” —Rockets GM Daryl Morey…

  3. If Stern penalizes players who sit to rest, watch “injuries” rise

    Nov 30, 2012, 4:09 PM EDT

    David Stern

    Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. David Stern has a lot of questions to answer if he is going to fine Gregg Popovich or Spurs owner Peter Holt for sitting Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili on Thursday night against the Heat. We have already covered those questions in detail. It is…

  4. Amir Johnson’s Christmas tree is bigger than yours

    Nov 30, 2012, 2:55 PM EDT

    amir Johnson Christmas tree

    That, sir, is one big Christmas tree. The Raptors Amir Johnson is officially 6’9″ and that photo you see is him on a ledge in his home putting the star on top of his Christmas tree. Normally you need Yukon Cornelius to bring a Bumble into the house to get a star on top of…

  5. Ainge says Rondo an emotional player, confident he can control it

    Nov 30, 2012, 2:37 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo, Brooklyn Nets, Kris Humphries

    Rajon Rondo is out for the Celtics next two games (Friday and Saturday nights), the result a suspension from a fight he instigated with Kris Humphries of the Brooklyn Nets after Humphries’ foul on Kevin Garnett caused an awkward fall. But this is not the first time — this is Rondo’s third suspension in the…

  6. Kevin Love questionable Friday due to illness

    Nov 30, 2012, 1:19 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Another day, another update to the status of Timberwolves players who are in or out for the team’s next game. Minnesota will host the Bucks on Friday, but may have to do so without Kevin Love, who is questionable and will likely be a game-time decision, reports Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune. Love has…

  7. LeBron doesn’t think Popovich was wrong for resting Spurs starters against Heat

    Nov 30, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

    LeBron James listens to a question at a news conference during media day at the Miami Heat's home arena in Miami, Florida

    There’s been plenty of discussion over Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich’s decision to rest his three best players on Thursday, all of whom were healthy, for his team’s nationally televised contest in Miami versus the defending champion Heat. No matter where you stand on the issue, it’s tough to argue that the league would be…

  8. Hey D’Antoni, are Lakers starting to get your offense? “No.”

    Nov 30, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Here’s a little overlooked fact — the Lakers have the ninth-best defense in the NBA right now. Seriously. They are giving up 99.5 points per 100 possessions (according to Hoopdata), tying them with the Spurs in the top 10. That despite some ugly performances on that end of the floor against the Grizzlies and Kings.…

  9. Andre Iguodala hits the game-winner that wasn’t (VIDEO)

    Nov 30, 2012, 12:24 PM EDT

    Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson (11)

    ‘We broke down the wild finish to Thursday’s game between the Warriors and the Nuggets. And it could have been even wilder. This shot from Andre Iguodala would have capped it off perfectly, yet it was waived off by the officials after the ball appeared to still be in his hands when the red light…

  10. Pau Gasol still trying to find his place in D’Antoni’s offense

    Nov 30, 2012, 12:07 PM EDT

    BASKET-US-LAKERS-PACERS

    Pau Gasol is a unique talent in the NBA — he has the most polished, skilled post moves in the league with the ability to score with both hands going either direction, he also has a steady midrange game, and is a great passer if you want to have guys cutting off him while you…

  11. Nike unveils the KOBE 8 SYSTEM

    Nov 30, 2012, 11:47 AM EDT

    Nike_Zoom_Kobe_8_hero_15899

    Nike has unveiled the latest in the Kobe Bryant signature shoe series, the Kobe 8 System. We hear about some of the design elements in the video above, and though the look is very similar to the Kobe VII, there are some major changes. From the official release: “I’m always focused on improving my game,…

  12. Report: Knicks may get Christmas present of Stoudemire return

    Nov 30, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Stoudemire celebrates a basket against the Charlotte Bobcats during their NBA basketball game in New York

    The Knicks may be getting a huge Christmas present, and like parents everywhere Christmas Day coach Mike Woodson is going to be asking himself “where do I put this?” Amare Stoudemire is eyeing a return somewhere around Christmas, reports Marc Berman at the New York Post. Amar’e Stoudemire’s goal is to return around Christmas, with…

  13. Suns to offer fans money-back guarantee for Dec. 6 game against Mavericks

    Nov 30, 2012, 11:06 AM EDT

    Gorin Dragic, Samardo Samuels

    The Suns are struggling to create fan interest in the post-Steve Nash era. Attendance is down, and the team, while having a few players on the roster who casual NBA fans should recognize, is lacking overall in any real star power. But the team has competed for most of its home games, and even had…

  14. Video: Dwight Howard loses shooting contest to a hockey mascot

    Nov 30, 2012, 10:54 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Right now the Los Angeles Kings should be basking in the glow of winning the first Stanley Cup in franchise history and working on their title defense. Instead, they are locked out. (And NBA fans, before you mock the NHL for locking out a second time costing them games, know that some owners were grumbling…

  15. Popovich says he understands fans concerns when he sits stars

    Nov 30, 2012, 10:19 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v San Antionio Spurs - Game Five

    Gregg Popovich has done this before. More than once. Three times last season he rested his stars Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili all at once. And while David Stern never got involved until last night, fans at those games were not happy (and there was some grumbling from some quarters of the media).…

  16. Video: Kenneth Faried and the art of the chase-down block

    Nov 30, 2012, 8:44 AM EDT

    Paul Millsap, Kenneth Faried

    If Denver had figured out a way to win on Thursday night against Golden State — if Andre Iguodala had released his three just a split second earlier so his game-winning shot was out of his hands before the red light went on — then Kenneth Faried may have been the “Man of the Match”…

  17. David Stern: Be careful where you step in punishing Popovich, Spurs

    Nov 30, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    File photo of NBA Commissioner Stern speaks in New York

    Three times last season, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich rested Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker in the same game. He’s done it before then as well. And he is far from the only coach to rest multiple key players in a game — Doc Rivers, Phil Jackson and other coaches have done it. And…

  18. Breaking down last three minutes of Warriors 106-105 win over Nuggets.

    Nov 30, 2012, 4:39 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson (11)

    This game was crazy. And fun. Both teams had and gave up double-digit leads. The end involved missed shots, replay and about as close to a game going the other way as it can. For something a little different, rather than a traditional recap, let’s just recap in some detail the final three minutes of…

  19. Ray Allen hits a clutch three to help Heat bury the Spurs (VIDEO)

    Nov 30, 2012, 12:05 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat

    This game wasn’t about who won or lost necessarily, considering Gregg Popovich’s decision to send home his three best players before it even got started. The controversy created by that move will be discussed for days, and maybe longer depending on what David Stern has in mind for Popovich and the Spurs as punishment for…

  20. Heat barely beat undermanned Spurs, but controversy will linger beyond this game

    Nov 29, 2012, 11:23 PM EDT

    Gregg Popovich

    The Heat did what they’ve been doing all season long on Thursday, which was play down to the level of their competition for the majority of the night, before ending up with a win after all is said and done. Yes, Miami took care of the Spurs 105-100, but it wasn’t the same Spurs team…

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