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  1. Heat fan hits half-court shot to win $75K, gets tackled by LeBron James (VIDEO)

    Jan 25, 2013, 10:58 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Plenty of teams in the NBA offer an opportunity each home game for a fan to hit a shot from half-court to win a ridiculous prize. Some teams, like the Lakers, offer a progressive jackpot of sorts, with the prize increasing throughout the season with each game that goes by without someone draining the improbable…

  2. Kevin McHale has some fun with New Orleans’ new Pelicans nickname (VIDEO)

    Jan 25, 2013, 9:46 PM EDT

    Assistant coach Kevin McHale of the Rook

    The reactions to the news that the New Orleans NBA franchise — the basketball artist currently but soon to be formerly known as the Hornets — will be changing its name to the Pelicans effective next season has been all over the map in terms of love-it or hate-it responses. Go ahead and count Rockets…

  3. Cuban says Delonte West not coming back to Mavericks

    Jan 25, 2013, 8:37 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Dallas Mavericks

    The Dallas Mavericks — an organization with about the most player-friendly reputation there is in the Association — had Delonte West on their team last season and in camp this past fall. They suspended him twice in camp and eventually let him walk. West is now in the D-League, playing for the Texas Legends, the…

  4. Ricky Rubio apologizes to acting coach Terry Porter for complaining about fourth quarter benching

    Jan 25, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio, Deron Williams

    Ricky Rubio was benched during the fourth quarter of Wednesday night’s loss to the Nets, in favor of J.J. Barea, who was making things happen for the Timberwolves in a somewhat close game down the stretch. Rubio is still on a minutes limit as he makes his way back from knee surgery, and had already…

  5. Report: Billionaire who wants to keep Kings in Sacramento met with Stern

    Jan 25, 2013, 6:10 PM EDT

    Clippers Kings Basketball

    If you learned one thing from the time the Maloof family tried to move the Kings to Anaheim it should have been this — Sacramento fans, led by mayor Kevin Johnson, will not give up without a fight. While the Maloof family has reached an agreement to Sacramento Kings to a group headed by hedge…

  6. Raptors’ Bargnani, Valanciunas could return in couple weeks

    Jan 25, 2013, 5:04 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Denver Nuggets

    Raptors fans, you could be getting Andreas Bargnani back soon. You feel good about that? Toronto was 4-17 when he played and 12-10 since he went down. It’s not hard to guess how Toronto fans feel about him and his return. Nonetheless, Bargnani is getting closer to a return from the elbow injury that has…

  7. Report: Lakers’ Jim, Jeanie Buss not speaking after Phil Jackson debacle

    Jan 25, 2013, 4:18 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Dwight Howard

    The Buss family was once described to me as a Shakespearian drama — the strong patriarch and beloved king holds the family and kingdom together, but someday the fight for power among his children will potentially destroy everything their father built. Right now, Jerry Buss still owns the Lakers. His son Jim runs the basketball…

  8. GM says Bucks don’t have plans to trade Jennings or Ellis

    Jan 25, 2013, 3:12 PM EDT

    Monta Ellis

    Bucks general manager John Hammond just got a three-year contract extension. He’s also the guy that brought together the Brandon Jennings/Monta Ellis backcourt. So, you expect them to break it up at the deadline? In talking with Bucks.com, Hammond said that is not the plan. “We like our team, we really like Brandon and Monta.…

  9. Dwight Howard cleared to play Friday for Lakers vs. Utah

    Jan 25, 2013, 2:36 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard tweaked his shoulder Wednesday night — he ran into a Rudy Gay pick and not long after was grabbing the right shoulder, the one he missed three games because it had a torn labrum earlier in the month. Howard did not return to the lineup. But he will be back and ready to…

  10. PBT Podcast: Celtics, Clippers, Suns, Lakers, All-Star reserves, and a chat with Chauncey Billups

    Jan 25, 2013, 2:25 PM EDT

    Chauncey Billups

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss the Thursday night TNT matchups, where the Knicks took care of the Celtics, and the Suns surprised a Clippers team playing without Chris Paul. We wonder what the issues are with Boston’s offense, and whether or not they have the assets…

  11. Delonte West, Rashad McCants join Texas in D-League

    Jan 25, 2013, 1:55 PM EDT

    delonte

    Delonte West couldn’t land an NBA gig this season — despite giving them solid guard play and 9.6 points a game last season the Mavericks let him go and nobody has picked him up. So to prove his worth, we told you he put his name in the D-League player pool. And who grabbed him?…

  12. LeBron wants to see All-Star rosters expanded to 15

    Jan 25, 2013, 1:39 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    Last night the reserves for the NBA All-Star game were announced — first the fans vote in the starting five, then the coaches pick the seven reserves. Then it didn’t take long before we were talking about who got snubbed — Stephen Curry, Paul Pierce and a host of others who were on the bubble and…

  13. Boston’s offense is problem, fixes may have to come from within

    Jan 25, 2013, 12:39 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers, Rajon Rondo

    Boston is two games below .500 and it’s become evident this isn’t a problem isn’t gong away easily. Boston’s offense is 21st in the NBA scoring just one point per possession (100 per 100 possessions, via Hoopdata, well below the league average of 102.7). Thing is, that’s slightly better than the 98.7 the Celtics averaged…

  14. Chill out Lakers fans, team isn’t firing Mike D’Antoni

    Jan 25, 2013, 11:43 AM EDT

    BASKET-US-NBA-LAKERS-BUCKS

    Lakers fans are looking for someone to blame for the mess that is the team they thought would contend for — some in Los Angeles thought would easily roll to — an NBA title. While there are plenty of targets, Mike D’Antoni seems to be the main one — why won’t he modify his system…

  15. Grizzlies CEO says it’s not likely team makes more trades

    Jan 25, 2013, 11:05 AM EDT

    Rudy Gay

    When Memphis made a three-for-one trade last week (and threw in a pick) it was a clearly salary dump move to deal with getting the team under the luxury tax line for this season. Doing so means they can keep the core of their team together — including Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph — and…

  16. Another report Nuggets likely to trade Timofey Mozgov

    Jan 25, 2013, 10:39 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Denver Nuggets

    This really isn’t new — Timofey Mozgov himself said he expected to be traded by the deadline. But to echo that comes a report from the Denver Post that a deal is likely to get done for the solid big man buried on the Nuggets depth chart. Since the beginning of the year, calls from…

  17. Report: Celtics interested in J.J. Redick to help shooting

    Jan 25, 2013, 9:59 AM EDT

    J.J. Redick

    Despite GM Danny Ainge’s protestations that the Celtics wouldn’t be shaking things up at the deadline, the loss to the New York Knicks at home Thursday was a sign they may want to shake things up at the deadline. Their biggest need is a big and help scoring some points inside (Timofey Mozgov?) but they…

  18. Blake Griffin was dunking all over Phoenix Thursday (VIDEO)

    Jan 25, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Phoenix Suns

    Dunks don’t equal wins — the Phoenix Suns moved to 2-0 under Lindsey Hunter with one of their best games of the year beating the Clippers Thursday night on national television. But the Blake Griffin aerial show was in full effect in Phoenix. Personally, the second one of those is the only classic Griffin power…

  19. Suns’ Jermaine O’Neal says he had irregular heartbeat, will rejoin team

    Jan 25, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Jermaine O'Neal

    When reports surfaced that Suns’ big man Jermaine O’Neal got in a shouting match with GM Lance Banks, then he wasn’t around the team, conclusions were jumped to. Conclusions O’Neal denied on twitter. Now we know why O’Neal was away — and he’s lucky it was discovered and did not become anything more serious. From…

  20. Suns move to 2-0 under new head coach with win over Clippers

    Jan 25, 2013, 3:50 AM EDT

    Lindsey Hunter, Goran Dragic

    PHOENIX — The Suns said the team needed a “jolt” when it parted ways with Alvin Gentry last week, and replaced him with Lindsey Hunter as the interim head coach for (at least) the rest of this season. Hunter said from day one his first priority would be defense, and he’s been a man of…

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