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  1. Michael Carter-Williams, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard all in All-Star Weekend Rising Stars Challenge

    Jan 29, 2014, 5:45 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Sacramento Kings

    While the All-Star Game itself is an exhibition for the biggest names in basketball, a sneaky fun part of All-Star Weekend is always the Rising Stars Challenge — watching the games best young players put on a little show. And there are plenty of good young players to showcase this season. Last season’s Rookie of…

  2. Suns’ Goran Dragic to receive $1 million bonus if he makes the All-Star team

    Jan 28, 2014, 10:13 AM EDT

    goran dragic

    It’s common in the NBA for players to have performance-based incentives built into their contracts as a way for them to earn extra dollars. It was even put into the latest iteration of the collective bargaining agreement, where players with at least four years of service are eligible for a higher maximum salary in their…

  3. Report: Look for Suns to be active, taking back quality players at trade deadline

    Jan 28, 2014, 8:45 AM EDT

    phoenix Suns court

    The Phoenix Suns are a playoff team. It wasn’t the plan management envisioned heading into this season — they had gotten Eric Bledsoe as a building block but they had a young roster with a lot of questions — but Jeff Hornacek has gotten the team to defend, share the ball and win. Now, they…

  4. The Extra Pass: Three guys that deserve more playing time, plus Monday’s recaps

    Jan 28, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Milwaukee Bucks

    With the first half of the season in the books, let’s look at five players who deserve to get a little more burn the rest of the way. John Henson, F/C, Milwaukee Bucks Before we get to Henson, let’s travel in the way back machine to the 2009-10 season. If you’ll remember, Kurt Rambis was…

  5. Monday night NBA grades: Is Kevin Durant even human?

    Jan 28, 2014, 2:00 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while being mesmerized by head-banging Taylor Swift… Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder. At this point, I’m beginning to question if Durant is human. Maybe a Terminator sent back from the future to take over the NBA? Maybe an X-Men style mutant? Whatever he is, I…

  6. The Extra Pass: Kobe’s thoughts on Carmelo Anthony to L.A. speculation, plus Sunday’s recaps

    Jan 27, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    NBA All-Star Bryant of the Lakers and All-Star Anthony of the Knicks laugh during the NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    by Brett Pollakoff NEW YORK – When Carmelo Anthony scored a jaw-dropping 62 points in a win over the Bobcats on Friday, he didn’t just set a Knicks franchise record. He took something that belonged to Kobe Bryant. The Madison Square Garden arena record, since the building opened its fourth incarnation in 1968, was set…

  7. Sunday night NBA grades: Stephen Curry leads Warriors to big win

    Jan 27, 2014, 2:15 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Golden State Warriors

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while wondering why the Grammy officials thought a classical pianist with Metallica was a good idea…. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors. Turns out he can shoot the ball. Not his best day shooting but he had 23 in the first half and finished the game…

  8. Kobe does not want to play in All-Star Game, may not have choice

    Jan 24, 2014, 11:18 AM EDT

    kobe-bryant-all-star

    Kobe Bryant asked you to vote for Damian Lillard or other young, rising stars of the NBA. You — and by you I mean NBA fans around the globe — voted Kobe in as an All-Star Game starter anyway. For Kobe it would be All-Star Game No. 16. His reaction? He doesn’t want to play.…

  9. We know the starters, so who should be the All-Star reserves?

    Jan 23, 2014, 8:27 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    Your job is done fans. You picked the NBA All-Star Game starters. Well done. Now the job of picking the reserves falls to the NBA’s coaches. Well, really whoever the coaches delegate the job to — an assistant coach, the video coordinator, the equipment manager, someone working the beer concession line — but the coach…

  10. LeBron, Curry, Kobe voted All-Star Game starters — but Kobe doesn’t want to play

    Jan 23, 2014, 7:25 PM EDT

    NBA All-Star Bryant of the Lakers and All-Star Anthony of the Knicks laugh during the NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    You voted for them, so here they are — your 2014 NBA All-Star Game starters: EASTERN CONFERENCE Backcourt: Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) Frontcourt: LeBron James (Miami Heat), Paul George (Indiana Pacers), Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) WESTERN CONFERENCE Backcourt: Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) Frontcourt: Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder),…

  11. The Extra Pass: Ranking all 28 2016 U.S. Olympic Basketball Team candidatles

    Jan 23, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    Some names leaked yesterday for inclusion on the 2014-16 USA Basketball men’s national-team roster – the pool of players who will be considered for upcoming international events. That includes the World Cup of Basketball this summer, possibly 2015 Olympic qualifiers  – and, of course, the 2016 Rio Olympics. Marc Stein of ESPN beat today’s official announcement with…

  12. PBT NBA Power Rankings: At season midway Pacers, Portland on top (not exactly Stern’s dream finals)

    Jan 20, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New Orleans Pelicans

    We’re at the midway point in the NBA season and the Indiana Pacers sit on top of the ProBasketballTalk NBA power rankings — we knew they’d be good but they have been better in the regular season than expected. Portland is second, and that is a surprise, but also a team on a win streak.…

  13. The Extra Pass: 2013-14 Western Conference All-Star reserve picks; plus Sunday’s recaps

    Jan 20, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    After selecting the Eastern Conference All-Star reserves on Friday, it’s time to tackle the Western Conference. Once again, we’ll defer to the last ballot returns for our starters, which are decided solely by fan vote. Here’s the projected Western Conference starters: West Starters (Fan Vote) Backcourt: Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry Frontcourt: Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin We’ll…

  14. Sunday night NBA grades: Channing Frye lets it fly

    Jan 20, 2014, 12:58 AM EDT

    Channing Frye Suns

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while watching Richard Sherman get the last word on Michael Crabtree, even if it freaked Erin Andrews out… Channing Frye, Phoenix Suns. A guy out for all of last season with a heart condition, he has been a key part of the Suns surprise season…

  15. Nick Young suspended one game for throwing punch at Goran Dragic

    Jan 16, 2014, 5:16 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

    Nick Young has been suspended one game without pay for throwing a punch at Goran Dragic during Wednesday night’s game against the Suns, the league announced via official release. Alex Len, who was ejected for his flagrant-two foul against Young, has been fined $15,000, and Marcus Morris has been fined $25,000 for escalating the altercation.…

  16. Lakers’ Nick Young pissed no teammates jumped in to help him after hard foul

    Jan 16, 2014, 11:25 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

    The Lakers’ Nick Young has a right to be pissed about the hard foul to the head from Alex Len of the Suns — Len should get a game suspension for that. But when Young bounced up he threw punches and that is going to get him in more trouble with the league than Len…

  17. The Extra Pass: Vince Carter had a front row seat for the “Miracle on Hudson” plane crash

    Jan 16, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    US Airways Passenger Jet Crashes Into Hudson River By NYC

    LOS ANGELES — “They have to be shooting a movie or something.” That was Vince Carter’s first thought. Five years ago yesterday, the morning of Jan. 15, 2009, Carter woke up in the bedroom of his home in Edgewater New Jersey, and was lazily sitting on his bed just looking out the window of his…

  18. Lakers’ Nick Young ejected after taking exception to hard foul by Suns’ Alex Len (VIDEO)

    Jan 15, 2014, 10:36 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles Lakers

    Nick Young didn’t take kindly to the hard foul he received from Alex Len in the second quarter of the Lakers’ matchup against the Suns on Wednesday, and immediately bounced up and started throwing punches. Young got into it with Len and Goran Dragic before officials intervened and separated everyone, and Young and Len ended…

  19. PBT Podcast: Talking Marc Gasol return, taking your twitter questions

    Jan 14, 2014, 9:37 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Golden State Warriors

    Marc Gasol is back with the Memphis Grizzlies and that is the lead topic in the latest ProBasketballTalk Podcast with myself and Eytan Shander of NBC Sports Radio. Gasol being back is a good thing for Memphis but they have a lot of work to do — the win pace to make the playoffs in…

  20. J.J. Hickson threw it down hard and Derrick Favors couldn’t stop him (VIDEO)

    Jan 14, 2014, 11:43 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Utah Jazz

    The Suns’ Gerald Green got a lot of play last night for his impressive reverse throwdown on a breakaway, but there were no defenders in his way on that one. That’s why I think J.J. Hickson had the best dunk of the night — the Nuggets’ big man went up as the Jazz’s Derrick Favors…

  21. Knicks coach Woodson chooses Slava Kravstov to shoot free throws after Markieff Morris is ejected (VIDEO)

    Jan 14, 2014, 10:45 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    NEW YORK – Entertaining moment early in the second quarter on Monday during the Knicks’ 98-96 overtime win over the Suns. Markieff Morris received his second technical foul of the game for shoving J.R. Smith following an inadvertent shot to the face he received while attempting a shot. A second technical is an automatic ejection,…

  22. The Extra Pass: Rudy Gay taking control of his own story in Sacramento; plus Monday’s recaps

    Jan 14, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    NBA: Sacramento Kings at Miami Heat

    The Memphis Grizzlies traded Rudy Gay and reached the Western Conference Finals. The Toronto Raptors traded Gay and are streaking toward home-court advantage in the first-round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Regardless of anything Gay did, his perceived value dropped considerably in the last two years. But might Gay be taking control of his own…

  23. Gerald Green throws down the two-handed reverse on the break (VIDEO)

    Jan 14, 2014, 12:36 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Charlotte Bobcats

    Gerald Green got loose on the fast break in the second quarter against the Knicks on Monday, and with no defenders in sight, you knew something special was coming. Green went up and easily threw down the two-handed reverse jam, a small bright spot for him on an otherwise rough night — this was one…

  24. PBT NBA Power Rankings: New York teams rising but Pacers on top still

    Jan 13, 2014, 2:32 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors vs Indiana Pacers

    Here are the weekly PBT power rankings, with some improving teams out of New York. For you fans in Dallas, Denver, Phoenix, Minnesota and Memphis — teams with dreams of the Western Conference playoffs — know that the pace right now is 47-48 wins just to get the 8 seed. Plan accordingly.   1. Pacers…

  25. Spoelstra says Heat won’t base injury decisions on experience of other teams

    Jan 10, 2014, 8:24 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Miami Heat

    NEW YORK — The Miami Heat weren’t at full strength during Thursday’s loss to the Knicks, and a day later in Brooklyn the team found out before tip-off that it would be even more shorthanded against the streaking Nets. Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers both sat against the Knicks, and will do so again in Brooklyn.…

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