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Latest News / Jan 29, 2015 / 7:15 pm

ASG Reserves Announced; Damian Lillard, Kyle Korver Left Off Rosters

Kyle Korver, Damian Lillard

Three Atlanta Hawks have been named All-Stars. What incredible volumes it speaks of the team’s performance in 2014-2015 thus far that such an achievement ranks as a relative disappointment. The league revealed the coaches’ choices for All-Star Game reserves today, and Atlanta’s Kyle Korver and the Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard were among those left off rosters of their respective conferences – for now. Read More »

instagram, Smack / Jan 29, 2015 / 4:30 pm

J.R. Smith Knows He Had Little To Do With Kyrie Irving’s 55 Points (Pic)

J.R. Smith, Kyrie Irving

We were talking with another basketball writer last night and we both made comments about how much fun J.R. Smith gets out of being a professional basketball player. There are some characteristics he’s missing that could elevate his game to another level, but no one can accuse the man of not having good time, or some semblance of a sense of humor. After Kyrie Irving applauded how “It was a total team effort” following last night’s 55-point eruption, Smith’s reaction — a screen shot of which he posted to Instagram — is a good example why. Read More »

NBA / Jan 29, 2015 / 3:30 pm

Parsons Says James Harden Is “Best Player In Basketball Right Now”

Chandler Parsons, James Harden

Chandler Parsons and James Harden have come a long way since the war of words over the summer after Parsons spurned the Rockets to sign a three-year, $46 million deal with the Mavs. Their mutual gripe followed Harden’s disparaging comments about Chandler as a replaceable “role player,” but it ended in Vegas at the casino, and now Parsons says Harden is “the best player in basketball right now.” Read More »

Twitter / Jan 29, 2015 / 3:15 pm

Hawks Forced To Adjust Twitter Avatar Amid 17-Game Win Streak

Atlanta Hawks

NBA diehards have a nearly infinite amount of reasons to glean joy from the Atlanta Hawks’ success. Among the most meta of them is that the team’s official twitter account ushered in the increasingly engaging and witty social media accounts of squads throughout the league over the past couple years. And now that the Hawks are dominating, their tweet game has reached an all-time high – such a height, in fact, that they’ve had to adjust their twitter avatar. Read More »

Latest News / Jan 29, 2015 / 2:15 pm

No Timetable For Dwyane Wade’s Return; Likely Out For “Extended Period”

Dwyane Wade

This has to be frustrating for the Miami Heat. The team’s underwhelming play this season is hardly due to substandard performance from Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh, but related to a rash of injuries to ancillary players first and foremost. The Heat’s stars haven’t only played up to optimistic preseason levels, but also remained relatively healthy – until now. After Wade suffered a hamstring strain in Miami’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday, there’s no timetable for his return to the floor and a report says he could miss “an extended period.” Read More »

Video / Jan 29, 2015 / 1:30 pm

‘Wolves Tease Kevin Love With Video Hyping Mike Miller’s Return To Minny

Mike Miller

Mike Miller (photo. Minnesota Timberwolves)

Kevin Love will play his first and only game at the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Target Center this Saturday. The team has been relentlessly hyping the presence of its former franchise player and the star-studded Cleveland Cavaliers during television broadcasts all season long, to an extent that feels close to overkill. Are Minny faithful really that excited to watch Love don an opposing uniform in-person for the first time? Given this amusing promotional video for the game, ‘Wolves fans are actually looking forward to #TheReturn of a different Cavalier – Mike Miller. Read More »

NBA / Jan 29, 2015 / 1:08 pm

Report: Relations Between Thibodeau & Management “Beyond Repair”

Tom Thibodeau

Last week, there were conflicting reports Tom Thibodeau had lost his locker room and was in danger of getting canned before the remaining two years on his contract were fulfilled. His taskmaster approach has rubbed Bulls executives the wrong way, specifically playing his starters upwards of 40 minutes a night during the regular season while still holding regular practices. Now sources tell K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune Thibodeau’s relationship with GM Gar Forman and Executive VP John Paxson is “beyond repair” and Thibs could get terminated at the end of the season. Read More »

GIFs / Jan 29, 2015 / 12:30 pm

Video: Chris Paul Pleads To Refs By Mocking Gordon Hayward’s Head-Jerk

Chris Paul

We’re not sure it’s a good idea for Chris Paul to draw officials’ attention to these kinds of flops. From a pure enjoyment standpoint for spectators, though, we’re certainly glad he did. Watch the Los Angeles Clippers superstar amusingly – and effectively, we think – plead his case to the referees that Gordon Hayward needlessly flailed his head back to draw a foul in his team’s 94-89 win over the Utah Jazz. Read More »

NBA / Jan 29, 2015 / 11:00 am

Pau Gasol Says “It’s Huge Not To Have To Think About” Getting Traded

Jordan Hill, Pau Gasol

A lot of NBA fans (and trade machine aficionados) think of players like commodities to be bought and sold, or faceless cogs in the machine that is their favorite basketball team. General managers sometimes think this way, too, which can lead to teams like the disappointing 2012-13 Lakers with Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant and the specter once known as two-time MVP Steve Nash. But they’re people, just like everyone else, with frailties and foibles, battling the psychological demons all of us do. Pau Gasol recently brought this human element to the forefront in a conversation with Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding when he admitted the constant trade rumors sat like an albatross around his neck during his time in LA. Read More »

Latest News / Jan 29, 2015 / 10:30 am

Report: Kevin Durant Intrigued By Knicks For 2016

Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony

There’s already been a lot of chatter about Kevin Durant returning to his hometown in Prince George’s County Maryland to play with the Wizards when he’s a free agent in the summer of 2016. Now a person close to KD tells Frank Isola of the New York Daily News KD would be interested in playing for the Knicks. You read that right. The Big Apple team tied with the Sixers for the worst record in the Eastern Conference might have a chance to land KD — who didn’t play last night when the Knicks miraculously beat his Thunder 100-92. Read More »