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  1. Doc Rivers says he didn’t know the details of Rondo’s assists streak, no one believes him

    Nov 21, 2012, 3:53 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo, Doc Rivers

    Remember Rajon Rondo playing through to the end of a garbage-time blowout his Celtics were suffering at the hands of the Pistons on Sunday? Sure you do. It was a disappointing display of individual stat-stuffing, and it couldn’t have happened without the complicity of Rondo’s head coach, Doc Rivers. After the team practiced on Tuesday,…

  2. Andrew Bynum speculation reaches new, ridiculous heights of stupidity

    Nov 21, 2012, 3:23 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    This shouldn’t even be a story. But we’re here discussing it because with Andrew Bynum nothing seems impossible, not even him needing another knee surgery and missing the rest of the season. And that combined with a doctor giving his opinion on a case where he has absolutely no direct knowledge of what is happening…

  3. Zach Randolph explains confrontation with Kendrick Perkins

    Nov 21, 2012, 3:21 PM EDT

    Zach Randolph

    Zach Randolph was fined $25K for his role in a locker room area confrontation with Kendrick Perkins, after the two were ejected for on-court jawing during the Grizzlies win over the Thunder last week. Details of the incident were initially vague, but Randolph cleared them up a little bit in a radio interview on the…

  4. Or, maybe Nene is not going to play for Wizards Wednesday

    Nov 21, 2012, 2:36 PM EDT

    Nene Hilario

    We reported yesterday that understandably frustrated Wizards coach Randy Wittman was finally going to catch a break — Nene was going to return to the court. He was getting one of his two best players back… Sorry, not happening. The Brazilian big man battled plantar fasciitis in his left foot last season, and through the…

  5. Woodson not worried at all that ‘Melo, Amare can coexist

    Nov 21, 2012, 2:18 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony

    The Knicks are 8-1 to start the season and it isn’t a fluke — this is a team that plays legitimately good defense and with Carmelo Anthony at the four (and Raymond Felton playing smartly at the point). But there remains a big question looming about this team — what happens when Amare Stoudemire returns?…

  6. Jeremy Pargo gets nod to start in place of Kyrie Irving

    Nov 21, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT

    Jeremy Pargo, Dominique Jones

    Well, that’s going to be a drop off. No offense to Jeremy Pargo, but he is no Kyrie Irving. However, with Irving out for a month with a fractured finger, Pargo has been given the starting job in Cleveland, tweets Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal. That starts Wednesday night against Philadelphia. Pargo has…

  7. Klay Thompson plans to shoot way out of slump. Should he do it off bench?

    Nov 21, 2012, 1:13 PM EDT

    Klay Thompson

    The question isn’t “can Klay Thompson shoot?” The guy came into the league a gunner and hit 41.4 percent from three as a rookie. But in a larger role this season — starting, more minutes, more touches — he can’t find his touch. He’s shooting just 33.3 percent from three (and averaging seven shots from…

  8. Gerald Wallace tried to get Kobe to shoot a free throw with his eyes closed

    Nov 21, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Gerald Wallace, Deron Williams

    Gerald Wallace is becoming my hero. And he had the right idea — if you’re going to get to Kobe Bryant, you appeal to his ego. Wallace is a talker and the Nets forward was jawing at Kobe near the end of the Lakers win over the Nets Tuesday night. Twice in the final 17…

  9. Metta World Peace rubs Nets coach Avery Johnson’s head after hitting a three (VIDEO)

    Nov 21, 2012, 11:47 AM EDT

    Metta World Peace

    Late in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night’s win over the Nets, Metta World Peace hit a three from the corner to cut the New Jersey lead to two. There was no celebration, no flexing, and no kissing of his own biceps after doing so. But he did have a little something for Avery Johnson…

  10. Tom Thibodeau says Omer Asik a lot like Yao Ming

    Nov 21, 2012, 11:38 AM EDT

    Omer Asik

    No, it’s not that Omer Asik is going to get voted in as an All-Star starter whether he deserves it or not. But Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau — who was an assistant with the Rockets and worked with Asik when he was on the Bulls last season — thinks that Asik and Yao Ming are…

  11. Dwight Howard airballs a free throw, laughs about it (VIDEO)

    Nov 21, 2012, 11:21 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers got a solid win over a pretty good Nets team on Tuesday, but struggled mightily from the free throw line in the process. L.A. as a team was 19-of-37 from the stripe, while Dwight Howard had more than half of the attempts, but managed to knock down just 7-of-19. None were worse than…

  12. Doc Rivers rips Lakers for “embarrassing” Phil Jackson

    Nov 21, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant And Phil Jackson Address The Media

    Generally a good rule of thumb is that if you’re the coach of the Boston Celtics you shouldn’t comment on the Lakers coaching search. It’s pretty much Mahmoud Ahmadinejad commenting on the U.S. Presidential election — nobody should care what he thinks. But Doc Rivers spoke for a lot of Lakers fans when he commented…

  13. Kobe (and others) impressed with Grinnell’s Jack Taylor’s 138-point game

    Nov 21, 2012, 10:12 AM EDT

    mbb-8046-taylor

    It is what the entire basketball world is buzzing about — Jack Taylor at little Grinnell University dropped 138 points in a game. He was 52-of-108 from the field and 27-of-71 from three. And if you haven’t heard from him yet, Rob Dauster at CollegeBasketballTalk spoke with him Tuesday night. Kobe Bryant had a good…

  14. Jeremy Lin thinks he will still be an All-Star. Someday.

    Nov 21, 2012, 8:42 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Houston Rockets

    Based on his play so far this season, Jeremy Lin doesn’t deserve to be an All-Star. He’s been below replacement level. Frankly, he’s looked a young point guard learning how to play in the league and finding his game. He’ll improve, but that’s a process. This year, if the fans don’t vote in Chris Paul…

  15. Video: Nick Young’s ridiculous three. That falls, of course.

    Nov 21, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    Nick Young was in fully Swaggy P mode Tuesday night, so that even when he takes a three pointer that would embarrass Kobe Bryant it goes in. Young was up against the shot clock here, still this shot had no right to go in. But it was that kind of night for Young.

  16. Lakers hold off Nets in D’Antoni’s head coaching debut

    Nov 21, 2012, 1:57 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni smiles with Pau Gasol of Spain and Kobe Bryant during their NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, as he makes his game coaching debut for the Lakers, in Los Angeles

    Mike D’Antoni made his long-awaited debut as Lakers head coach on Tuesday, but the team’s previous win over the Rockets looked much more like his style. Nevertheless, the substance was there as L.A. overcame some mistakes to get a 95-90 win over the Nets that pushed the team over the .500 mark for the first…

  17. Three Stars of the Night: Kobe, ‘Melo and Swaggy P

    Nov 21, 2012, 1:39 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks

    Only three games tonight, so how about we give the three stars to the key players from each of the three winning teams. Sounds good to me. Third Star: Kobe Bryant (25 points, 5 assists, +20) Kobe Bryant has spent almost his entire career in Phil Jackson’s triangle, the only times outside it were in…

  18. Nick Young brings the swagger, the points, the Philly win

    Nov 21, 2012, 12:01 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers' Young celebrates with teammates Richardson and Holiday while playing against the Toronto Raptors during their NBA basketball game in Philadelphia

    Nick Young brought the full Swagy P to this game. Young can be maddening. His swagger, his confidence can lead to bad decisions. The kind of shots Kobe regrets taking Young doesn’t fear. For example, in the first quarter against the Raptors Tuesday night Young was in the right corner when he got a high…

  19. Knicks 102, Hornets 80: Carmelo Anthony breaks bad

    Nov 20, 2012, 11:04 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Introduce Carmelo Anthony

    Carmelo Anthony is on a sort of “basketball diet.” After years of not maximizing his full potential, Anthony has shown great restraint against the temptations of chucking this season, and as a result, he looks the best he ever has. He’s motivated. He has the desire to defend. He’s taking only what he needs and…

  20. Rasheed Wallace yells ‘ball don’t lie’ after missed free throw from Austin Rivers (VIDEO)

    Nov 20, 2012, 8:42 PM EDT

    Rasheed Wallace

    Rasheed Wallace loves to yell things out to opposing players at the free throw line. We showed you his trash talk at Arron Afflalo last week, and now, we give you Wallace yelling his patented “Ball don’t lie!” at Austin Rivers of the Hornets, after Wallace was whistled for the ticky-tack reach-in, and Rivers clanked…

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