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  1. Is Carmelo Anthony’s smart play to opt in and play out contract with Knicks?

    Mar 7, 2014, 5:46 PM EDT

    New York Knicks vs Miami Heat

    According to every reliable source, Carmelo Anthony is going to opt out of the final year of his contract this season and look either to re-sign a five-year deal with the Knicks or move on to another team to be part of a contender. If Anthony wants to jump ship and go somewhere like oft-mentioned…

  2. Kings sign Royce White to 10-day contract, assign him to D-League

    Mar 6, 2014, 1:49 PM EDT

    Royce White

    We told you last week to expect this and now it is a reality: Royce White is now a member of the Sacramento Kings. The Kings announced Wednesday the signing of White to a 10-day contract. He was immediately assigned to the Kings D-League affiliate Reno Bighorns. White was the No. 22 pick of the…

  3. Report: Carmelo Anthony’s camp doesn’t want to wait for 2015 Knicks rebuild

    Mar 5, 2014, 1:42 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v New York Knicks

    Every player says it. Carmelo Anthony is saying it. It’s is some variant of “I’m not about the money, I’m about winning.” Then the money goes on the table and it’s all about the money. That’s the choice facing Carmelo Anthony this summer — a big payday from the Knicks and trust them to rebuild…

  4. The Extra Pass: Talking “Showtime” Lakers with author Jeff Pearlman

    Mar 5, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Pat Riley and Magic Johnson Game Portrait

    Honestly, most sports books blow. I can’t read them. Jeff Pearlman’s books — “Sweetness,” “The Bad Guys Won!” and “Boys Will Be Boys” — are the exception. The former Sports Illustrated columnist (remember he wrote the legendary John Rocker story for the magazine) combines tireless research and great storytelling. It’s just great writing. His latest…

  5. Dirk Nowitzki does his Arnold Schwarzenegger impression (VIDEO)

    Mar 4, 2014, 2:55 PM EDT

    Arnold Schwarzenegger In 'Eraser'

    If you think just because Dirk Nowitzki comes from a neighboring country that Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki would do a really good Arnold Schwarzenegger impression… Decide for yourself. I think mine is that good. No, it’s not the most serious thing of the day. But it’s pretty funny so we pass it along.

  6. Monday night NBA grades: Masked LeBron James is a bad mutha (Shut your mouth)

    Mar 4, 2014, 3:37 AM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats vs Miami Heat

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while watching Lionel Messi be Lionel Messi…. Masked LeBron James, Miami Heat. The rest of the teams may petition the NBA asking that LeBron not be allowed to wear any mask again. In the three games since coming back and wearing a mask he is…

  7. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Miami putting its foot down on the gas

    Mar 3, 2014, 3:43 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    The PBT power rankings have returned with not a lot of change from last week — Miami, Indiana, San Antonio and Oklahoma City are the top four (in whatever order you wish) then there is a gap to the Clippers, Rockets and teams trying to knock on that door. Meanwhile the Sixers look like they…

  8. The Extra Pass: Recapping the 2014 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

    Mar 3, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    adam silver sloan

    The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference was held in Boston this past weekend, the eighth in an annual series intended to bring the sports world and the advanced statistics community together to discuss common areas where the two fields can share and benefit from an increasingly abundant amount of raw data that measures athletes performing…

  9. Tony Parker returns, Spurs look vintage in knocking off Dallas. Again.

    Mar 2, 2014, 10:33 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v San Antonio Spurs

    Tony Parker was back for his first game since the All-Star Game and scored 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting and that is going to be the big story out of the Spurs win over Dallas Sunday night. And it should be. The Spurs are finally healthy as a team and we may finally get a…

  10. Daryl Morey says he called Mark Cuban last summer asking to trade for Dirk Nowitzki

    Mar 1, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Mark Cuban, Dirk Nowitizki

    BOSTON – Rockets general manager Daryl Morey appeared on a panel with Warriors general manager Bob Myers on Friday, as part of a negotiation discussion at the 2014 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. The two GMs were extremely open in detailing their perceived shortcomings and missteps in their personal negotiation processes, and one of the…

  11. Pelicans’ Anthony Davis leaves game with sprained shoulder (VIDEO)

    Feb 26, 2014, 11:15 PM EDT

    New Orleans at Dallas

    It doesn’t look that severe or harsh as it happens, but New Orleans’ face-of-the-franchise young big man Anthony Davis sprained his left shoulder with 4:13 left in the first half of the Pelicans loss Wednesday night to Dallas. He did not return for the second half.  The team described it as a sprain. He was…

  12. Vince Carter not bothered by J.R. Smith’s headband antics

    Feb 26, 2014, 8:13 PM EDT

    vince carter motorcycle celebration

    At one point in Monday night’s close contest between the Knicks and the Mavericks, J.R. Smith was apparently tired of seeing Vince Carter rain in shot after shot from three-point distance, and was willing to try anything to distract him. That included, of course, messing with Carter’s headband during a stoppage in play. All by…

  13. The Extra Pass: Carmelo Anthony calls his string of stellar performances ‘pointless’ after latest crushing loss

    Feb 25, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    NEW YORK – The Knicks seem intent on finding new ways to lose basketball games, the most recent one coming in crushing fashion Monday night at the buzzer against the Mavericks. But the constant losing and the team’s abysmal record truly have nothing to do with Carmelo Anthony. Dallas gave back all of an eight-point…

  14. Monday night NBA grades: The yin and yang of Sixers, Knicks

    Feb 25, 2014, 2:11 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks  v Philadelphia 76ers

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while mourning the loss of Harold Ramis (RIP)….. Philadelphia 76ers on the court. My. Lord. They. Are. Terrible. The Sixers have lost 11 in a row after getting just routed by the Milwaukee Bucks 130-110. That would be the 11-win Milwaukee Bucks, which shot 57.1…

  15. J.R. Smith plays with Vince Carter’s headband during game (VIDEO)

    Feb 25, 2014, 12:02 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v New York Knicks

    Well, at least he didn’t untie his shoelaces. Early in the fourth quarter of the Mavericks taking on the Knicks Monday night, J.R. Smith decided to just knock Vince Carter‘s headband down over his eye. The best is Carter’s look of “what is this, third grade?” But it also works, notice Carter spends most of…

  16. Dirk Nowitzki with the bank then lucky bounce game winner to beat Knicks (VIDEO)

    Feb 24, 2014, 10:51 PM EDT

    BKN-MAVERICKS-KNICKS

    Dirk Nowitzki may have called bank, but he didn’t call that. Dirk: "I think it every part of the rim, hit the glass, it hit Jerry West on the left. It wasn’t the greatest of shots." — Bryan Gutierrez (@BallinWithBryan) February 25, 2014 That’s the touch the great shooters get. Dallas got one last shot…

  17. Trading for a star mid-season to make an immediate impact? Don’t count on it

    Feb 20, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT

    Deron Williams, Carmelo Anthony

    The Luol Deng trade gave us something we hadn’t seen in three years – a star dealt mid-season. The trade might even give us something we haven’t seen in even longer – a star dealt mid-season actually improving his new team. Teams make mid-season trades for several reasons, but we’re going to examine one archetype…

  18. Karl Malone is a big Anthony Davis fan

    Feb 17, 2014, 8:46 AM EDT

    anthony Davis

    NEW ORLEANS — Right now it’s a serious debate about who is the best power forward in the game — LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Love lead most lists, Blake Griffin is trying to muscle in on the list, but guys like Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki still have a say in the matter. If five…

  19. Ersan Ilyasova reportedly wants out of Milwaukee

    Feb 15, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Chicago Bulls

    Ersan Ilyasova is Milwaukee’s longest tenured player. He’s been there for the mediocre times, and he’s been there for the slightly worse than mediocre times. Over the course of five and a half seasons, the 26 year old forward has had ample opportunity to see exactly how the Bucks operate on every level. Basically, Ilyasova has…

  20. The Extra Pass: Predictions for All-Star Weekend

    Feb 14, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    NBA All-Star Game 2013

    All-Star weekend is upon us. While the rest of the PBT crew gets to eat beignets and earn beads for showing a little skin (that’s how that works, right?), some of us will be stuck at home watching the celebrity game and reevaluating our life choices. Not that I’m bitter or anything. Not at all.…

  21. Blake Griffin leaves door open for Slam Dunk Contest return

    Feb 13, 2014, 7:15 PM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    Ten of the 13 Slam Dunk Contest champions since Vince Carter have defended their title the following year. One exception was Nate Robinson, who bowed out after winning back-to-back Dunk Contests for for his second and third titles in the event. Another was Fred Jones, who was injured. The third? Blake Griffin. Griffin won the…

  22. Top 10 NBA All-Star Game alley-oops (VIDEO)

    Feb 13, 2014, 1:41 PM EDT

    2011 NBA All-Star Game

    It’s All-Star weekend people, get pumped — this is going to be fun. It’s not a game, it’s an exhibition, accept it as such and you can just sit back and bask in the highlight plays. To get you ready, how about the 10 best alley-oops in NBA All-Star Game history, as compiled by the…

  23. 2014 Slam Dunk Contest the most star-studded ever

    Feb 7, 2014, 8:46 AM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Paul George

    It’s been 14 years since the Slam Dunk Contest has featured multiple All-Stars. Heck, in the last two years, no All-Stars have participated. But after years of pleas, the NBA has finally assembled a Dunk Contest field that includes the game’s top talent. Paul George, Damian Lillard and John Wall headline the 2014 event –…

  24. J.R. Smith fears Mike Woodson getting fired (as he should)

    Feb 6, 2014, 6:58 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    J.R. Smith was suspended for the New York Knicks’ first five games due to a failed drug test. He delayed getting knee surgery until after signing a new contract. He feuded with Paul Pierce. And that was just before the season began. But when Smith returned after his suspension, Woodson immediately gave him big minutes.…

  25. The Extra Pass: Blake Griffin’s alternate reality; plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Los Angeles Clippers v Miami Heat

    Tell me if this sounds at all familiar. 24 years old, about 6-foot-8, 6-foot-9. Roughly 250 pounds. Stronger and faster than just about everyone. Phenomenal basketball IQ. Highly skilled, but often criticized for what he can’t do instead of appreciated for what he does. That’s Blake Griffin. And at one point, that was LeBron James,…

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