This is the February 7, 2013 news archive. View today's NBA rumors and news.
Paul Pierce scored 24 points and led a third-quarter surge as the Boston Celtics routed the Lakers 116-95 on Thursday night in Dwight Howard's return for Los Angeles.Upvote Share TweetWhite, Green headline 2013 Slam Dunk Contest fieldUpvote Share Tweet
Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley select Rising Stars teams, take Damian Lillard and Anthony Davis with first picksFor the second consecutive season, "general managers" Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley selected the teams for All Star Weekend's BBVA Rising Stars Challenge from a pool of 20 players. Much like the first try in 2012, the draft was a good i…Upvote Share Tweet
NBA reveals lineups for Three-Point Shootout, Skills Competition, Shooting Stars on All-Star WeekendNext weekend, the NBA will descend upon Houston for its annual All-Star Game. While the starters and reserves for Sunday's main event were set over the past two weeks, the NBA had yet to announce the participants for the many events of the party that is…Upvote Share TweetAtlanta Hawks guard Lou Williams has had reconstructive surgery on his right knee and will now begin a long rehabilitation period that could leave his status in question for the start of next season.Upvote Share TweetA 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: Chandler Parsons' Twitter. Yup. PF: Tr…Upvote Share TweetLos Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol is expected to be out a minimum of six to eight weeks with a tear in the plantar fascia of his right foot, the team announced.Upvote Share Tweet
2013 Dunk Contest field: Jeremy Evans, Bledsoe, Faried; Gerald Green, Terrence Ross, James White (VIDEOS)The 2013 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend in Houston will feature two former champions, one of the league's most exciting rookie dunkers, an explosive combo guard starting to earn national attention, a rim-rattling big man and a world-renown…Upvote Share Tweet
Chris Paul will have a signature fragranceOver the course of an NBA game, the players involved reach peak levels of physical exertion most human beings will never experience. They sweat a lot, naturally, and that makes them smell quite terrible. After games, they need to figure out a way to tur…Upvote Share TweetThe Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors have engaged in exploratory trade discussions on a deal that would swap the Bulls' Carlos Boozer for the Raptors' Andrea Bargnani, according to sources familiar with the discussions.Upvote Share Tweet
Nate Robinson’s State Of Nate — Season 2, Episode 3 “Windy City Debut”It’s been a few months since Nate Robinson blessed us with a State Of Nate episode — maybe because he’s busy playing a major role out in the Windy City. With so many injuries this season, the Bulls are relying on Robinson more than expected, and inUpvote Share Tweet
Love returns to Wolves, says 'I love being here'MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Kevin Love is back in Minnesota, trying to galvanize his struggling Timberwolves teammates and assure a nervous fan base that he is committed to winning with the team that drafted him.Upvote Share Tweet
Rockets' Harden provides tips for All-Star visitorsHOUSTON (AP) - James Harden is ready. For the music, the weather, the restaurants.Upvote Share Tweet
Watch the Creation of a Massive Blake Griffin Mural in Downtown L.A.Over the course of a few days in January, a massive Blake Griffin Red Bull mural was raised in downtown L.A. just a short distance from the Staples Center. The mural is located at the corner of Olympic & Figueroa, and was hand-painted by a group of …Upvote Share TweetThis won’t come as a surprise but the Clippers without Chris Paul are a fine, if unspectacular Western Conference team. They’d make the playoffs but likely be bounced early without him - an exit befitting the team that lost to Toronto by 25, not theUpvote Share Tweet
Grizzlies' Zach Randolph receives Kia Community Assist Awardnba.com Updated Feb 7, 2013NEW YORK -- Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph is the recipient of the "Kia Community Assist Award" for January in recognition of his outstanding efforts in the community and his ongoing philanthropic and charitable work, the NBA announce…Upvote Share Tweet
Jerry Stackhouse on union president Derek Fisher: ‘I think he has to go, too’If you think pro athletes speaking out against some of the moves their players union has and is attempting to make is rare, understand that it isn’t. Throughout baseball, football and pro hockey, various public factions and flare-ups go on record all thUpvote Share Tweet
No Regard: The Slam Dunk Contest lineup will be revealed ton…The Slam Dunk Contest lineup will be revealed tonight. Who will make the cut? Who cares. Rob Mahoney outlines his dream lineup, headlined by none other than LeBron James.Upvote Share TweetChicago Bulls center Joakim Noah said he will play Thursday against the Denver Nuggets after missing the past three games because of plantar fasciitis in his right foot.Upvote Share Tweet
Stan Van Gundy still doesn’t think John Wall’s a franchise player, and that’s OKThe Washington Wizards took down the New York Knicks, 106-96, at the Verizon Center on Wednesday night, upsetting the East's No. 2 seed behind scorching shotmaking from the likes of Trevor Ariza and Martell Webster (a combined 10 for 16 from 3-point lan…Upvote Share Tweet
John Wall Blocks Carmelo, Jukes Out Jason Kidd, Reminds Us That He's Still Very Good At Basketballdeadspin.com Updated Feb 7, 2013Remember when you saw a John Wall highlight reel for the first time? My first experience with him came courtesy of this mixtape from his high school days, in which Wall fast-twitches all over various high school gyms and generally looks like a space ali…Upvote Share Tweet
Dwight Howard Fires Back at Kobe Bryant: “He’s Not a Doctor”ESPN got in front of Dwight Howard today after Lakers shootaround to ask him about Kobe Bryant‘s comments implying that Dwight needs to suck it up and play through his shoulder pain. Not surprisingly, Dwight’s not amused: The comments from Steve NashUpvote Share TweetAsking this question just a year ago would’ve incited laughter. James Harden was still only a sixth man in OKC, a good player, but someone who relied on the offensive openings provided by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. But once traded to Houston, HUpvote Share Tweet
Rasheed Wallace blames a guy who wasn’t even with the team for trading him away from Washington in 1996New York Knicks big man Rasheed Wallace was once a Washington Bullet. Not a Washington Wizard, but a Washington Bullet — drafted by the team in 1995 two years before the squad changed its name to the “Wizards.” Wallace’s tenure in Washington onlyUpvote Share Tweet
Hairy situation: Mavs not losing beards until runGet used to the sight of a bushy beard on Dirk Nowitzki's face. It isn't going away until the 21-28 Dallas Mavericks get back to .500.Upvote Share Tweet
Keeping Score: Durant Getting Better? His Stats Say Yesnytimes.com Updated Feb 7, 2013The Thunder's star forward is putting up numbers that match those of players like Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, LeBron James and Michael Jordan.Upvote Share Tweet
Million Dollar Ballers “Goggles” CollectionAfter hitting gold with their last couple of collections, Million Dollar Ballers might’ve outdone themselves again. Their latest collection honors the greatest frontcourt ever to strap on goggles: the Lakers’ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy and KurtUpvote Share Tweet
Most of the Dallas Mavericks won’t shave until the team hits .500The Dallas Mavericks ripped off a 15-4 run to start the fourth quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers, then watched as their lead dwindled to just three points with less than two minutes left - things seemed to be setting up for exactly the kind ofUpvote Share Tweet
Amar’e Stoudemire can attribute his inspired post-surgery return to a vegan dietTwo years ago, we relayed the news that then-Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony was fasting from certain foods during the regular season’s midpoint, including meats, soda, and most carbohydrate-based products. His play during that time, for whateverUpvote Share Tweet
Ed Davis Could Be The New Secret Weapon For The Memphis GrizzliesIn the drama-filled aftermath of the Rudy Gay trade, something to keep an eye on is the development and usage of Ed Davis in Memphis. Should the ongoing discord between Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins and the front office continue, Davis may become …Upvote Share Tweet
Grant Hill hints at retirement following the season, is booed by clueless Magic fansThere’s no official announcement, most likely his camp would prefer to do as much after he clutches the Larry O’Brien trophy for the first time this June, but all indications in a borderline furtive discussion with the Orlando Sentinel point toward LoUpvote Share Tweet
NBA Digital plans comprehensive All-Star coverage experiencenba.com Updated Feb 7, 2013NBA Digital, co-managed by Turner Sports and the NBA, will offer extensive coverage of 2013 NBA All-Star events in Houston across a wide array of multimedia platforms. NBA TV, NBA.com and NBA Mobile will combine to deliver an immersive experience, reach…Upvote Share TweetIf you balked at buying Philadelphia 76ers tickets for 10 cents a pop back in November because you're not made of money, you really should've been trawling StubHub on Wednesday afternoon. You could've gotten a steal of a deal. See, the 76ers aren't exac…Upvote Share Tweet
Mirza Teletovic airballs 3 shots in a row (VIDEO)It's a basketball cliche to tell shooters to keep trying after a few bad shots, but that advice is actually grounded in sound reasoning. Over time, the law of averages will take over, and as long as the player takes good shots, his misses will eventuall…Upvote Share TweetIn last June’s Finals, James Harden and LeBron James spent long portions of the action guarding each other. It probably was a big part of why the Beard struggled so badly, and was definitey fuel for his haters to use against his status as a potential frUpvote Share TweetKevin Durant scored 25 points, Russell Westbrook added 22 and the Oklahoma City Thunder throttled the travel-weary Golden State Warriors 119-98 Wednesday night to win consecutive games for the first time in nearly three weeks.Upvote Share Tweet
Thunderstorm WarningThe Thunder easily took down the Warriors 119-98 on Wednesday. The scary thing is Oklahoma City was sloppy, yet still rolled past an elite Western team, writes Rob Mahoney.Upvote Share Tweet
Carlisle records 500th win as Mavs top BlazersO.J. Mayo scored 28 points, Vince Carter hit a critical jumper in the final minute and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Portland Trail Blazers 105-99 on Wednesday night for coach Rick Carlisle's 500th career victory.Upvote Share Tweet
The Weirdest Life Choices Made on College Football Signing Daygrantland.com Updated Feb 7, 2013Yesterday, in a glimpse into the inner sanctum of the reigning NBA champs, LeBron James tweeted about how Ole Miss became the story of Signing Day - n...Upvote Share Tweetgrantland.com Updated Feb 7, 2013So much amazing is happening, and the Shootaround crew is here to help you keep track of it all. You'll find takes on moments you might've missed from...Upvote Share Tweet
Garnett Reaches 25,000 Points In Celtics' WinFeb 7Celtics win sixth straight.
Sources: Boozer-Bargnani Deal Being ExploredFeb 7Kurt Rambis doesn't believe trading Carlos Boozer for Andrea Bargnani would be a good decision for the Bulls.
Ainge: Celtics 'Likely' Won't Make ChangesFeb 7Kurt Rambis breaks down Danny Ainge's comments that he doesn't expect the Celtics to trade Kevin Garnett or Paul Pierce.
Rapid Fire with Dwane CaseyFeb 7Raptors head coach Dwane Casey on who will win the NBA title, who the league's best point guard is, and whether the Celtics and Lakers can contend with their current rosters.
Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors talking Carlos Boozer-Andrea Bargnani swap,…Feb 7The Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors have engaged in exploratory trade discussions on a deal that would swap the Bulls' Carlos Boozer for the Raptors' Andrea Bargnani, according to sources familiar with the discussions.
Ian Thomsen: For Chris Paul and the Clippers, it's title or bustFeb 7Chris Paul is a 27-year-old star with several prime years ahead of him. So why is he driving his Clippers as if he and they are running out of time?