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Mike D’Antoni to a pressing reporter after a Lakers loss: ‘You’…

Mike D’Antoni to a pressing reporter after a Lakers loss: ‘You’re starting to piss me off’ (VIDEO)

yahoo.com ESPN.com CNNSI.com nba.com Updated Dec 11, 2012
It was almost predestined to fail. The struggling Los Angeles Lakers are now working out of the American Midwest while attempting to right the ship without the injured Steve Nash and Pau Gasol, and their first game of the road trip included a visit to C…
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  • Wizards rally by Davis, Hornets for 1st road win

    Wizards rally by Davis, Hornets for 1st road win

    ESPN.com nba.com Dec 11, 2012
    Jordan Crawford scored 26 points and the Washington Wizards spoiled the return of overall No. 1 pick Anthony Davis, beating the New Orleans Hornets 77-70 on Tuesday night.
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  • The Only Thing Mike D'Antoni Detests More Than His Team's Play …

    The Only Thing Mike D'Antoni Detests More Than His Team's Play Is T.J. Simers' Questions

    deadspin.com Dec 11, 2012
    There's probably no other sports reporter/columnist out there who can ingratiate himself so well to a coach as T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times, if by "ingratiate" we mean "antagonize coaches coming off a bad loss by uttering outrageo…
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  • Raptors' Johnson banned 1 game for ref run-in

    Raptors' Johnson banned 1 game for ref run-in

    Toronto forward Amir Johnson was suspended for one game without pay by the NBA on Tuesday for throwing his mouthpiece at a referee in the Raptors' loss at Portland on Monday night.
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  • Lawson, Nuggets rally to down weary Pistons

    Lawson, Nuggets rally to down weary Pistons

    ESPN.com Dec 11, 2012
    Ty Lawson had 26 points, seven assists and five rebounds to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 101-94 win over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.
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  • Anthony, Kidd help Knicks get past rival Nets

    Anthony, Kidd help Knicks get past rival Nets

    Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 45 points, Jason Kidd made the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 24 seconds left and the New York Knicks rallied from an early 17-point hole to beat the Brooklyn Nets 100-97 on Tuesday night.
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  • Nets' Lopez still out with sprained foot

    Nets' Lopez still out with sprained foot

    nba.com ESPN.com Dec 11, 2012
    Nets center Brook Lopez missed a sixth straight game because of a sprained right foot, sitting out Tuesday night against the New York Knicks.
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  • Nets unveil new home of Ebbets Field flagpole

    Nets unveil new home of Ebbets Field flagpole

    ESPN.com Dec 11, 2012
    On Tuesday, the Brooklyn Nets held a ceremony to commemorate the new home of the Ebbets Field flagpole, just steps from Barclays Center.
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  • Stephen Curry fakes out the Bobcats, makes his All-Star case (V…

    Stephen Curry fakes out the Bobcats, makes his All-Star case (VIDEO)

    yahoo.com Dec 11, 2012
    The Golden State Warriors have been one of the NBA's worst franchises over the past 20 years, making the playoffs only twice and generally seeming to go out of their way to disappoint and alienate their fans (including me). While that playoff-less run p…
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  • Holiday Tops Lawson in Early Contract Returns

    Holiday Tops Lawson in Early Contract Returns

    nytimes.com Dec 11, 2012
    When Denver signed Ty Lawson to a contract extension, it was thought to be a fair-market barometer for Philadelphia's subsequent re-upping of Jrue Holiday.
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  • The 10-man rotation, starring the Toronto Raptors’ low point

    The 10-man rotation, starring the Toronto Raptors’ low point

    yahoo.com Dec 11, 2012
    A look around the league and the web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C: Toronto Star. Doug Smith, who should k…
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  • Even Without Harden, OKC Looks Like The Best Team In The West

    Even Without Harden, OKC Looks Like The Best Team In The West

    dimemag.com Dec 11, 2012
    Before the season started, the Oklahoma City Thunder were relegated by many to a tier just below the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs for supremacy in the Western Conference. Even though they defeated the mighty Borg that is San Antonio to c…
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  • Sam Bowie reveals that he lied to Portland about feeling leg pa…

    Sam Bowie reveals that he lied to Portland about feeling leg pain before the infamous 1984 NBA draft

    yahoo.com Dec 11, 2012
    The sad tale of Sam Bowie has been told and re-told many times in the 28 years since the Portland Trail Blazers selected him second overall in the 1984 NBA draft, but for the first time in quite a while we've actually been given a new wrinkle to his sto…
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  • Tony Parker celebrates first NBA triple-double with French dess…

    Tony Parker celebrates first NBA triple-double with French dessert and French teammates at French restaurant

    yahoo.com Dec 11, 2012
    Jeremy Lin's breakout 38-point, seven-assist performance drew most of the attention during Monday night's action-packed, offense-heavy matchup between the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs, but his opponent in the evening's exciting point guard batt…
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  • Coast to Coast -- Should NBA ban 'Hack-a-Dwight'?

    Coast to Coast -- Should NBA ban 'Hack-a-Dwight'?

    ESPN.com Dec 11, 2012
    Should the NBA get rid of the "Hack-a-Dwight" strategy? J.A. Adande and Israel Gutierrez discuss.
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  • Tony Parker Celebrated His First Triple-Double With A Customize…

    Tony Parker Celebrated His First Triple-Double With A Customized Dessert

    deadspin.com ESPN.com Dec 11, 2012
    Last night, Tony Parker recorded the first triple-double of his career, putting up an impressive stat line of 27-12-12 against the Houston Rockets. Good job, Tony! More »
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  • Kyrie Irving’s Top 10 Crossovers

    Kyrie Irving’s Top 10 Crossovers

    dimemag.com Dec 11, 2012
    Kyrie Irving returns to Cleveland’s lineup tonight against the Lakers after missing 11 games with a broken finger. However, be very surprised if the injury, or the wrap he’ll cover it with, holds back Irving’s world-class handle much. Every elite NB
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  • LeBron James, after Charles Barkley criticized Dwyane Wade’s pl…

    LeBron James, after Charles Barkley criticized Dwyane Wade’s play: ‘Charles Barkley needs to shut up’

    yahoo.com Dec 11, 2012
    To someone with an eye for advanced statistics, there are a whole lot of markers that point to a decline in Dwyane Wade's athleticism. His rebounding, steal, and block rates are all way off from last season. Assist rates too, though those don't align ex…
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  • Create-a-Caption: Tayshaun Prince can’t believe he’s this open

    Create-a-Caption: Tayshaun Prince can’t believe he’s this open

    yahoo.com Dec 11, 2012
    "Like, I know nobody has watched us play in about two years, and I don't expect everyone to know I'm shooting nearly 47 percent from the floor, 44 percent from 3-point range and 85 percent from the line this year, but ... I mean ... I won a ring! R…
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  • The One Major Difference In Jeremy Lin’s Game This Season

    The One Major Difference In Jeremy Lin’s Game This Season

    dimemag.com yahoo.com Dec 11, 2012
    The Houston Rockets finally got a taste of Linsanity last night as Jeremy Lin tied his career-high with 38 points in their overtime loss to the Spurs at Houston’s Toyota Center. It was just a soupçon of Linsanity, though, and that’s because before la
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  • Away from all the fines and drama, the San Antonio Spurs have t…

    Away from all the fines and drama, the San Antonio Spurs have the NBA’s best record

    yahoo.com Dec 11, 2012
    Out of nowhere, out of quite literally 15 years of acting the nice guys and go-to role models, the San Antonio Spurs are suddenly a bunch of bad dudes. The team was fined a quarter of a million bucks for benching four starters and rakishly reporting to …
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  • DeMarcus Cousins hits O.J. Mayo in groin, Mayo slams DMC’s ‘men…

    DeMarcus Cousins hits O.J. Mayo in groin, Mayo slams DMC’s ‘mental issues’ (VIDEO)

    yahoo.com ESPN.com Dec 11, 2012
    It wasn't even halftime, and already the Sacramento Kings were down 27 points to the Dallas Mavericks. A game that had been tied at 29 with 1:46 remaining in the opening quarter had completely spiraled out of the 7-12 Kings' control, as Dallas ended the…
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  • Veracruz, Mexico, sponsors D-League Legends

    Veracruz, Mexico, sponsors D-League Legends

    ESPN.com Dec 11, 2012
    The NBA Development League is announcing a non-traditional sponsorship on Tuesday as the state of Veracruz in Mexico is sponsoring the Texas Legends.
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  • D-Will nets Kia Community Award for November

    D-Will nets Kia Community Award for November

    nba.com Dec 11, 2012
    Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams is the recipient of the Kia Community Assist Award for November in recognition of his outstanding efforts in the community and his ongoing philanthropic and charitable work, the NBA announced today.
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  • Andrew Bynum’s latest, most worrying left knee self-diagnosis: …

    Andrew Bynum’s latest, most worrying left knee self-diagnosis: ‘Cartilage is missing’

    yahoo.com deadspin.com Dec 11, 2012
    Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum going on record to discuss his health and injury setbacks is nothing new, as he's been doing it for the entirety of his NBA career. Bynum giving himself what appears to be an unreasonable return date - sometime in
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  • Court Grip Difference Maker of the Week: Jrue Holiday Puts Bran…

    Court Grip Difference Maker of the Week: Jrue Holiday Puts Brandon Knight on the Floor With a Crossover

    dimemag.com Dec 11, 2012
    Each week Court Grip will bring you a prime basketball highlight made possible by having an edge — in skills, performance and technology. This week features NBA All-Star in-the-making Jrue Holiday putting the Pistons’ own star guard on his backside wi
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  • Deadspin NBA Shit List: Reggie Evans, Basketball Camp

    Deadspin NBA Shit List: Reggie Evans, Basketball Camp

    deadspin.com Dec 11, 2012
    A celebration of the NBA's most infuriating players, both past and present. Read other NBA Shit List entries here. More »
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  • Raptor ejected after tug of war over ball

    Raptor ejected after tug of war over ball

    ESPN.com Dec 11, 2012
    Toronto's Amir Johnson threw his mouthpiece at an official and had to be restrained by teammates after he was ejected from the Raptors' 92-74 loss to the Trail Blazers on Monday night.
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  • Report: Nash thinks he'll be out 2 more weeks

    Report: Nash thinks he'll be out 2 more weeks

    ESPN.com Dec 11, 2012
    Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash, out since the second game of the season because of a broken leg, told USA Today Sports he believes he will be out a while longer.
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  • Miami Shoots The Nets Off Against Atlanta; The Spurs Beat Linsa…

    Miami Shoots The Nets Off Against Atlanta; The Spurs Beat Linsanity

    dimemag.com Dec 11, 2012
    If you checked out Miami’s 101-92 win against the Hawks last night, then you probably heard this statistic more than once: Atlanta had not allowed a single team to shoot above 50 percent against them all season. Impressive. Fittingly, they went into Sou
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  • Jalen Rose on Getting Paid in the NBA

    Jalen Rose on Getting Paid in the NBA

    grantland.com Dec 11, 2012
    Jalen Rose details how NBA athletes get paid, manage their money, and avoid those who want to get in their pockets.
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  • Video - The Forum: Lakers' Defensive Issues 05:45

    The Forum: Lakers' Defensive Issues

    Dec 11
    Brian and Andy Kamenetzky talk about the Lakers' defensive issues under Mike D'Antoni and Kobe's lack of defensive intensity.
  • Video - Lawson Leads Nuggets Past Pistons 01:11

    Lawson Leads Nuggets Past Pistons

    Dec 11
    Nuggets roll Pistons, 101-94.
  • Video - Highlight Of The Night 03:25

    Highlight Of The Night

    Dec 11
    Carmelo Anthony scores a season-high 45 points as the Knicks hand the Nets their fifth straight loss, 100-97.
  • Video - Cavs Top Lakers Despite Kobe's 42 00:59

    Cavs Top Lakers Despite Kobe's 42

    Dec 11
    Cavaliers win in Kyrie Irving's return.

Sports Columnists

  • Daily Dime: Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks becoming hard to beat down the …

    Dec 11
    Brian Windhorst examines Round 2 between the Knicks and Nets.
  • NBA oddsmakers - Mavs, Celtics, Spurs, Jazz

    Dec 11
    Our panel predicts 2012-13 outcomes based on each team's current Hollinger Playoff Odds.
  • NBA experts rebuild Springfield's Hall of Fame - ESPN The Magazine

    Dec 11
    Good news, Celtics fans! Paul Pierce is a charter member of ESPN The Magazine's analytically rebuilt Hall of Fame. Bad news? Bob Cousy and 111 other inductees are out.
  • Coast to Coast -- Should NBA ban 'Hack-a-Dwight'?

    Dec 11
    Should the NBA get rid of the "Hack-a-Dwight" strategy? J.A. Adande and Israel Gutierrez discuss.