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Smack, Twitter / Jan 28, 2015 / 6:45 pm

NBA Says Matt Barnes Wasn’t Fined For Exchange With Suns Owner

Matt Barnes

After Matt Barnes sounded off on Twitter yesterday, blaming a comment by Suns owner Robert Sarver for the $25,000 fine the NBA assessed him for mouthing off to a fan during Sunday’s 120-100 Clippers win in Phoenix, an unnamed NBA source confirmed to ESPN.com “it was not an interaction with the Suns owner” that led to the fine. Instead, the expensive penalty stemmed from Barnes’ interaction with another Suns fan. Barnes elaborated on his Twitter diatribe before the Clippers face the Jazz tonight in Salt Lake City. Read More »

Latest News / Jan 28, 2015 / 6:15 pm

LeBron James Unlikely To Play Versus Blazers

LeBron James

Kevin Durant is already out tonight with a minor injury, and the only player broadly considered the reigning MVP’s superior likely will be, too. According to multiple reports, Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James is doubtful for his team’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday with a sore right wrist. Read More »

All-Star, Twitter / Jan 28, 2015 / 5:45 pm

Steph Curry & John Wall To Battle In All-Star “Game Changer” Contest

Stephen Curry, John Wall

A slick PR strategy from the people at DEGREE MEN played out on Twitter yesterday and set the stage for a “Game Changer” contest between the opposing starting point guards in the 2015 NBA All-Star Game. Stephen Curry and John Wall exchanged tepid taunts on Twitter as Wall challenged Steph on the court, which is set to go down at MSG on the Saturday before the All-Star Game. Read More »

NBA / Jan 28, 2015 / 5:30 pm

Andrew Wiggins, Greek Freak Highlight Rosters For Rising Stars Challenge

Andrew Wiggins, Giannis Antetokounmpo

All-Star Weekend’s Rising Stars Challenge is still comprised of basketball’s 20 brightest rookies and sophomores. Instead of the separate classes facing off or TNT analysts drafting the squads as in years past, though, the event is formatted differently this time around – a team of Americans versus one of international imports. The USA and World Team rosters were announced today, and the foreign-born group is mighty impressive compared to its domestic counterpart. Read More »

Smack / Jan 28, 2015 / 4:30 pm

George Gervin On Klay Thompson: “I Don’t Feel He Broke My Record”

George Gervin, San Antonio Spurs

The league’s official ledger reads that Klay Thompson broke George Gervin’s mark for most points scored in a quarter during his mind-bending 37-point barrage last week. But the Ice Man has a slightly different take on things. In an interview with Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck, the San Antonio Antonio Spurs legend says he doesn’t believe that Thompson ‘broke’ his record as much as set a new one altogether. Read More »

Smack / Jan 28, 2015 / 1:45 pm

Gregg Popovich Calls NBA Team’s All-Star Pandering “Embarrassing”

Gregg Popovich

Tomorrow night on TNT at 6 p.m. ET the NBA will announce the 14 reserves selected for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game. The deadline for coaches has already passed, but in the lead-up to the coach vote, teams have started to employ marketing doodads to sell coaches on the worth of their players for inclusion. Predictably, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich finds the “little political packages of propaganda” both “humiliating” and “embarrassing.” Read More »

Latest News / Jan 28, 2015 / 1:30 pm

Phil Jackson Once Said His Championship Knicks Teams Deflated Basketballs

Bill Belichick, Phil Jackson

We’ve ‘enjoyed’ more than enough football talk over the past several months, and continue to do so as Deflate-Gate dominates American news headlines in advance of the Super Bowl. It’s only natural that the gridiron’s “scandal” would finally crossover to the hardwood. In an interview from 1986 recently unearthed by Todd Radom, Phil Jackson admits that his championship New York Knicks squads strategically deflated basketballs to gain a competitive advantage. Read More »

Latest News / Jan 28, 2015 / 1:15 pm

Kevin Durant Out On Wednesday At Knicks With Toe Sprain

Kevin Durant

The Snowpocalypse was a bit overblown in New York City, so the hometown Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder will indeed play Wednesday’s night’s scheduled game. Unfortunately for those attending the contest at Madison Square Garden, though, Kevin Durant will merely be a spectator. Thunder coach Scott Brooks announced this morning that the reigning MVP will miss a second consecutive game with a sprained toe. Read More »

GIFs / Jan 28, 2015 / 1:00 pm

Video: Rajon Rondo Rises For Putback Slam During Mavericks’ Loss To Grizzlies

Rajon Rondo

This isn’t the type of play we expect to see from Rajon Rondo in 2015. Watch the normally ground-bound Dallas Mavericks point guard sky for a putback dunk during his team’s 109-90 home loss to the short-handed Memphis Grizzlies. Read More »

Video / Jan 28, 2015 / 12:45 pm

Paul George Relives Nightmare Injury In “The Road Back” Episode One

Paul George

Paul George (photo. Bleacher Report)

We’ve almost reached the halfway point of the 2014-15 NBA season, and Paul George has continued to make steady progress as he recuperates from a devastating broken leg during a Team USA exhibition game this summer. Bleacher Report has been filming the young Pacers wing over the last few months to document his return in the multipart video series “The Road Back,” and part 1 is heart wrenching as George describes what happened on that fateful first day in August. Read More »