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  1. Warts and all, the Lakers still better than Grizzlies Sunday

    Jan 9, 2012, 1:18 AM EDT

    Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol, Gasol brothers

    The Laker have flaws. Unless it improves, their point guard play is going to come back to haunt them. Same with their depth issues. That night was not Sunday night against Memphis. The Lakers deficiencies were on display but could not be exploited by a Memphis team trying to find its way without Zach Randolph.…

  2. Jerry Sloan hints he may return to coaching

    Jan 8, 2012, 8:43 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    Jerry Sloan is a legend. After so many years in the NBA, at some point you’re in it so long, it’s impossible to walk away. And it would appear that after a year of being away from the game, Sloan is re-engaged and ready to get back on the horse. From SI.com: So as the…

  3. Jason Kidd out at least two more games with back pain

    Jan 8, 2012, 7:59 PM EDT

    Jason Kidd

    Finally the Dallas Mavericks seemed to have found a groove, winning three of their last four including Saturday night over what is left of the Hornets. A win they got with Delonte West starting in place of Jason Kidd. Which is something they had better get used to as he will be out another two…

  4. Otis Smith says nothing has changed with Dwight’s situation. Oh, and he’s receiving threats from fans.

    Jan 8, 2012, 5:39 PM EDT

    Otis Smith, Orlando Magic

    Orlando General Manager Otis Smith sat down with the Orlando Sentinel this weekend, and as far as Dwight Howard‘s situation, which rumors had suggested Howard having rescinded his trade request, uh… yeah, status quo: Sentinel: Has anything changed with Dwight’s situation? Smith: No. Sentinel: Has he pulled back the trade request? Smith: No. Sentinel: Has…

  5. Update: Eric Maynor out for season with knee injury

    Jan 8, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Eric Maynor

    UPDATE 5:26 pm: The Thunder have announced that Eric Maynor is out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate that will require surgery. After watching the video below, that should not seem like a huge shock. It was nasty. This is a blow to the Thunder. Sure, Russell Westbrook is young and can play…

  6. Report: Wolves set to do the obvious, offer Kevin Love max extension

    Jan 8, 2012, 2:39 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    The timing is perfect. For the first time, the organization looks to be headed in the right direction. For the first time, he has a star next to him. For the first time, they have a coach who loves him. For the first time, the Wolves can capitalize on momentum, forget the mistakes of the…

  7. Delonte West can’t attend White House ceremony, goes on Twitter rant against media

    Jan 8, 2012, 10:33 AM EDT

    Delonte West pushing car

    Wow, there hasn’t really been a lot of Delonte West news this year, has there? Things have been pretty quiet. Yup, guess he’s put all that drama behi… oh. OK, maybe not. So first off, a pretty good quote from West, who it turns out thanks to his weapons charge from several years ago, you…

  8. Someone call Ersan Ilyasova’s mom. He’s been Blake Griffin’d.

    Jan 8, 2012, 9:32 AM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    Blake Griffin hadn’t really had that dunk yet. Not really. I mean, he’s had some nice ones. Some great ones, really. But not the “Oh, my dear Lord, what just happened to that young man who Blake Griffin dunked on?” Not the “That dude got dunked on so hard it left a black mark on…

  9. Beasley out three games with foot sprain

    Jan 7, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Boston Celtics

    The AP reports that Michael Beasley will miss three games with a foot sprain he sustained in Minnesota’s Friday night loss to the Cavaliers. Presumably, Derrick Williams will start in his place. Beasley has taken a huge step backwards this season after a promising 2011 campaign. He’s shooting just 39 percent from the field and…

  10. Grizzlies’ Selby charged with misdemeanor marijuana offense

    Jan 7, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Memphis Grizzlies

    From the Memphis Commercial-Appeal: Grizzlies rookie guard Josh Selby is facing a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge after police found probable cause during an Oct. 5 incident at the University of Maryland. The 20-year-old Selby has been summoned to appear in a Maryland district court Jan. 25. “I have no comment about it,” Selby said. “It…

  11. The Imperative: Kobe Bryant and the variance of injury

    Jan 7, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant chews on his jersey during NBA game in Los Angeles

    The imperative is an element of urgency based off of observation with some evidence to back it up. But like most anything in the NBA, the imperative is rarely black and white, cut and dried. Basically I’m hedging in case Bryant averages 35 points per game over the next seven games.  Kobe Bryant scored 39…

  12. Suns head coach Gentry cares not for your three-point field goal defensive statistics

    Jan 7, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    nash-gentry-preview

    The Phoenix Suns, just like most teams in the league, pay a fair amount of attention to all kinds of statistical data. And, just like most teams in the league, they have their favorites. It’s safe to say that three-point field goal defensive statistics are not one of them. Before Friday night’s win over the…

  13. Weekend Observations: 25 things from the week that was

    Jan 7, 2012, 2:16 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks

    Each weekend we bring you 25 random observations from the NBA week that was.  1. Ramon Sessions is not shooting well, but he’s drawing a lot of contact and his assists are up this year. He’s got a 19.5 PER and can’t get over 25 minutes per game on the Cavaliers. He’s much more of…

  14. DeMarcus Cousins is only responsible for being DeMarcus Cousins

    Jan 7, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins Royals

    We tend to treat NBA players as action figures. Fun to look at and watch do whatever actions they do, ultimately hollow, and easily classifiable. “This one is a hero.” “This one is a villain.” The problem is that these are people. I’m not imploring you to be more considerate of their feelings; that’s a…

  15. Jeff Green to be unrestricted free agent as Celtics pull qualifying offer

    Jan 7, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Whether it was a calculated maneuver to save themselves money or a generous move to help out a young player who caught an extremely bad break (but also found the break which was a wonderfully good break), the result is the same. Jeff Green will be an unrestricted free agent when he returns to the…

  16. Report: Four 2008 Team USA members on the out, roster to mix 2008 and 2010 gold medal teams

    Jan 7, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Beijing Olympics

    Team USA begins its preparation for the 2012 Summer Games this month. It will release the 18-man roster under consideration for final inclusion as the 2012 U.S men’s basketball team and ESPN reports that there will be some changes from the 2008 squad that won gold in Beijing. The new team will reportedly feature combined…

  17. Nash’s perfect game leads Suns to blowout win over road-weary Blazers

    Jan 7, 2012, 2:30 AM EDT

    nash-game-time-decision-magic

    The Portland Trail Blazers secured an emotional home win over the evil Lakers on Thursday, and afterward, the team didn’t make it to its hotel in Phoenix until 4 a.m. local time the next morning. Add those two facts together, and you get the result of Friday night’s game against the Suns: a 102-77 shellacking…

  18. Pacers make their case in win over Celtics, but it’s ugly

    Jan 6, 2012, 11:03 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen

    This is the kind of game you end up with if you play a condensed season after a drastically shortened training camp. Which is to say — UGLY. But if you can look at it for a second you see one thing: These Pacers are legitimate. Maybe not Miami and Chicago legitimate, but to be…

  19. Video: Chris Paul talks trade, future with Darren Rovell

    Jan 6, 2012, 9:07 PM EDT

    Chris Paul

    Interesting interview with NBC Sports Network’s own Darren Rovell sitting down with Clipper savior (for now) Chris Paul. Among the highlights. • “Whirlwind” was the word he used to describe Lakers trade falling apart then Clippers. • Says he was able to put Lakers idea behind him quickly then move on because he was excited…

  20. Drake raps about Kobe Bryant divorce

    Jan 6, 2012, 8:27 PM EDT

    Canadian rapper Drake performs at the 2010 MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto

    Normally, right here is where you would find the video for Rick Ross’s new song “Stay Schemin” featuring Drake and French Montana. But because this is a family site, we are not about to post that video. If you are not at work and do not have children around, then follow this link. In that song…

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