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Report: Nets interested in landing Jazz's Millsap

Report: Nets interested in landing Jazz's Millsap

ESPN.com Updated Feb 12, 2013
The Brooklyn Nets are interested in trading for Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap, according to a report in the New York Daily News.
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  • Rockets' White makes debut in NBA D-League

    Rockets' White makes debut in NBA D-League

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com nba.com Feb 12, 2013
    Royce White says he is ready to focus on basketball. White scored seven points, grabbed eight rebounds and had four assists for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in Tuesday's 139-122 win over Maine, one day after reporting to the Rockets' D-League affiliate.
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  • Scorching LeBron sets NBA record in Heat win

    Scorching LeBron sets NBA record in Heat win

    ESPN.com Feb 12, 2013
    LeBron James became the first player in NBA history to score 30 points and shoot at least 60 percent in six straight games, Chris Bosh scored 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and the Heat held off the Blazers 117-104 on Tuesday night.
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  • Raptors edge Nuggets behind Gay's late bucket

    Raptors edge Nuggets behind Gay's late bucket

    ESPN.com Feb 12, 2013
    Rudy Gay hit a pull-up jump shot with less than five seconds remaining and the Toronto Raptors beat the short-handed Denver Nuggets 109-108 on Tuesday.
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  • Kentucky Star Nerlens Noel Leaves Game Against Florida After Su…

    Kentucky Star Nerlens Noel Leaves Game Against Florida After Suffering Knee Injury That Left Him Screaming In Pain

    deadspin.com Feb 12, 2013
    This is tough to watch (and to listen to, since it might be the sound of a promising NBA career being tossed into the spinning wheel of injury fate). Midway through the second half of Kentucky's bout in Gainesville-one the Wildcats would lose by a 69-52
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  • Sacramento under pressure to make Kings offer

    Sacramento under pressure to make Kings offer

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com nba.com Feb 12, 2013
    The clock is ticking for Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson's efforts to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle.
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  • Bulls travel to Boston without Hinrich

    Bulls travel to Boston without Hinrich

    nba.com Feb 12, 2013
    The Chicago Bulls left injured guard Kirk Hinrich at home when they traveled to Boston to face the Celtics in their final game before the All-Star break.
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  • Celtics' Barbosa has torn ACL, out for season

    Celtics' Barbosa has torn ACL, out for season

    nba.com ESPN.com yahoo.com Feb 12, 2013
    Brazilan guard Leandro Barbosa has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and will miss the rest of the NBA season for the Boston Celtics.
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  • Bulls' Rose says he's 'far away' from returning

    Bulls' Rose says he's 'far away' from returning

    Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose still has no target date for his return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, and he even indicated he might sit out the season.
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  • Nuggets without Gallinari, Igoudala and Chandler

    Nuggets without Gallinari, Igoudala and Chandler

    nba.com ESPN.com Feb 12, 2013
    The Denver Nuggets had to juggle their starting lineup for Tuesday's game at Toronto after losing two of their top three scorers to injury.
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  • Ex-Mav West still a no-show for D-League team

    Ex-Mav West still a no-show for D-League team

    CNNSI.com nba.com ESPN.com Feb 12, 2013
    DALLAS (AP) -- Delonte West hasn't joined the Texas Legends more than two weeks after the NBA Development League team acquired his rights.
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  • Woodson says Knicks aren't trading Shumpert

    Woodson says Knicks aren't trading Shumpert

    ESPN.com Feb 12, 2013
    New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson said that reserve guard Iman Shumpert will not be traded before the Feb. 21 deadline.
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  • The 10-man rotation, starring how the Spurs stay so Spurs-y wit…

    The 10-man rotation, starring how the Spurs stay so Spurs-y without all the best Spurs

    yahoo.com Feb 12, 2013
    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: SB Nation. After another streamrolling…
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  • Indiana’s Danny Granger Could Return By Wednesday Night

    Indiana’s Danny Granger Could Return By Wednesday Night

    dimemag.com CNNSI.com Feb 12, 2013
    When Danny Granger was injured from patellar tendinitis early in this season, Indiana looked to be in trouble. Since then, and without Granger, the Pacers are comfortably in the top half of the Eastern Conference owing to the NBA’s best defense per 100
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  • Kevin Durant sometimes doesn’t want to chuck heaves at the buzz…

    Kevin Durant sometimes doesn’t want to chuck heaves at the buzzer to protect his percentages, despite his coach’s wishes

    yahoo.com Feb 12, 2013
    During the 1990s, I noticed a curious trend that All-Star guard Tim Hardaway seemed to be at the forefront of. No, it wasn’t his use of the crossover or inside-out dribble to dash past defenders. It was the way he treated last-second, buzzer-beating thr
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  • The Top 5 Teams That Should Sign Kenyon Martin

    The Top 5 Teams That Should Sign Kenyon Martin

    dimemag.com Feb 12, 2013
    Attention Kenyon Martin shoppers. Your power forward is ready for pickup. The 12-year vet, with career averages of 13 points and 7.1 boards, claims he’s ready to take advantage of whatever opportunity comes his way at the age of 34. Earlier this season,
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  • Kaman passes 'stupidest test,' but not cleared

    Kaman passes 'stupidest test,' but not cleared

    ESPN.com Feb 12, 2013
    Chris Kaman passed the NBA-mandated cognitive testing for players who suffered concussions, according to two sources. Kaman recently referred to the cognitive testing, part of the NBA's concussion protocol, as "the stupidest test ever."
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  • J.R. Smith On Imitating Michael Jordan, His Twitter Game and Ha…

    J.R. Smith On Imitating Michael Jordan, His Twitter Game and Hanging Out With Power Rangers

    dimemag.com Feb 12, 2013
    J.R. Smith has always been a kid at heart. Early in February, after missing everything but oxygen and nitrogen on a free throw attempt, Smith tried his hand with the kids during halftime of the Knicks 99-85 win over Detroit. The kids famously refused to…
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  • Melo: 'Never seen nothing like' LeBron's streak

    Melo: 'Never seen nothing like' LeBron's streak

    ESPN.com Feb 12, 2013
    Miami Heat star LeBron James became the first player in NBA history to score 30 or more points and shoot 60 percent in six consecutive games Tuesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers.
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  • Why J.R. Smith: Basketball Power Ranger actually kind of makes …

    Why J.R. Smith: Basketball Power Ranger actually kind of makes sense

    yahoo.com Feb 12, 2013
    NEW YORK - When you get an event-promoting email with the subject line, "JR SMITH TEAMS UP WITH THE POWER RANGERS" ... I mean, you kind of have to go see what that is, right? This is why I'm hustling to the Sports Center at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan la
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  • Owner: New-look Grizzlies built for playoff run

    Owner: New-look Grizzlies built for playoff run

    Grizzlies owner Robert Pera says the team's recent moves, including the trade of leading scorer Rudy Gay, have Memphis set up for a good run in the playoffs.
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  • After Suffering His Gruesome Injury, Shaun Livingston's Leg Was…

    After Suffering His Gruesome Injury, Shaun Livingston's Leg Was In Danger Of Being Amputated

    deadspin.com Feb 12, 2013
    Grantland's Jonathan Abrams has a written a great profile of Shaun Livingston, the former NBA phenom whose horrendous knee injury still haunts the league. It's about Livingston's slow slog back to the NBA, and it includes vivid anecdotes that remind us …
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  • Fred Hoiberg Tells Us, "I Have Never Smoked Pot In My Life"

    Fred Hoiberg Tells Us, "I Have Never Smoked Pot In My Life"

    deadspin.com Feb 12, 2013
    Since Jay Williams's interview-in which he accuses teammates on the 2002-03 Chicago Bulls of smoking pot before games-ran in The New York Times, we have been covering the story with all the attention it deserves. Because who else will, you know? More
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  • NBA and Special Olympics Team Up For NBA Cares Special Olympics…

    NBA and Special Olympics Team Up For NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Sports Basketball Game at NBA All-Star 2013

    nba.com Feb 12, 2013
    New York and Washington, D.C. -- The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Special Olympics today announced the NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Sports Basketball Game, which will take place as part of 2013 NBA All-Star in Houston. With support fr…
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  • Adande/Gutierrez: Comparing LeBron James to Michael Jordan

    Adande/Gutierrez: Comparing LeBron James to Michael Jordan

    ESPN.com Feb 12, 2013
    Our experts discuss whether LeBron James can reach or surpass Michael Jordan's level of greatness.
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  • Police: Larry Bird's son tried to run over woman

    Police: Larry Bird's son tried to run over woman

    Basketball great Larry Bird's son has been arrested after police say he tried to run over his ex-girlfriend with a car.
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  • Beware, Mavericks: DeShawn Stevenson wants to play his ‘last tw…

    Beware, Mavericks: DeShawn Stevenson wants to play his ‘last two, three seasons’ in Dallas

    yahoo.com Feb 12, 2013
    In the months following the end of the 2011 NBA lockout, the defending champion Dallas Mavericks were faced with an enormous luxury tax bill, a capped-out team, an enticing 2012 free agent class, and enough trading options to make a shakeup of the champ…
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  • 5-on-5: Buying or not buying 'sell-high' targets?

    5-on-5: Buying or not buying 'sell-high' targets?

    ESPN.com Feb 12, 2013
    Which players should teams watch out for at the trade deadline? Our panel weighs in.
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  • Jay Williams's Allegations Of Pot-Smoking On The 2002-03 Bulls …

    Jay Williams's Allegations Of Pot-Smoking On The 2002-03 Bulls Have Really Upset Donyell Marshall

    deadspin.com Feb 12, 2013
    It's altogether unlike a Duke man to casually rat out his peers in the name of good living. But Jay Williams did it anyway, in Saturday's New York Times. Recall the motivation for yesterday's ranked, underexplained list of Bulls most likely to toke up b…
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  • Gerald Green’s Top 10 Dunks

    Gerald Green’s Top 10 Dunks

    dimemag.com Feb 12, 2013
    This time last year, Gerald Green was nothing more than a YouTube legend. Pushed out of the league at 24 and forced to reestablish himself halfway across the globe, his legacy could be found in the confines of a website devoted to entertaining you with …
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  • Kyrie Irving’s Three-Point Contest Preparation Is Taking On Coa…

    Kyrie Irving’s Three-Point Contest Preparation Is Taking On Coach Byron Scott

    dimemag.com Feb 12, 2013
    Will this shootout be the real-life equivalent of Denzel Washington and Ray Allen in He Got Game? There’s a very good (read, 100 percent) chance Cleveland head coach Byron Scott‘s three-point shootout with star guard Kyrie Irving won’t carry the emo
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  • Jay Williams accuses his ex-Bulls teammates of smoking pot befo…

    Jay Williams accuses his ex-Bulls teammates of smoking pot before games, ex-Bulls deny the charge

    yahoo.com Feb 12, 2013
    On Saturday a well-circulated and well done piece about former Chicago Bulls point guard Jay Williams hit the newsstands, expertly put together by Greg Bishop of the New York Times. The must-read feature mostly dealt with the more chilling details of hi…
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  • Ramon Sessions’ game-winning jumper snaps both Bobcats’ skid, C…

    Ramon Sessions’ game-winning jumper snaps both Bobcats’ skid, Celtics’ win streak at 7 (VIDEO)

    yahoo.com Feb 12, 2013
    On one hand, an NBA player hitting an open elbow jumper to re-take a fourth-quarter lead from a dog-tired team that had just gone to triple-overtime one day earlier isn't, like, a super huge highlight. On the other, when that NBA player plies his trade …
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  • Faried Shows Support for L.G.B.T. Community

    Faried Shows Support for L.G.B.T. Community

    nytimes.com Feb 12, 2013
    Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried became the first N.B.A. player to join Athlete Ally, an organization aimed at combating homophobia in sports.
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  • Blake Griffin finishes the acrobatic and-one dunk, DeAndre Jord…

    Blake Griffin finishes the acrobatic and-one dunk, DeAndre Jordan follows up the free throw (VIDEO)

    yahoo.com Feb 12, 2013
    When the Los Angeles Clippers traded for Chris Paul back in 2011, high-flying big men Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan immediately celebrated their good fortune and dubbed the new team "Lob City." In the 14 months since, the Clippers have most…
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  • Smith's 26 and 13 fuel Hawks victory over Mavs

    Smith's 26 and 13 fuel Hawks victory over Mavs

    ESPN.com Feb 12, 2013
    Josh Smith had 26 points and 13 rebounds, Devin Harris made a key steal in the final minute and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Dallas Mavericks 105-101 Monday night.
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  • A Brief Tale of Two Giants: LeBron James and Dwight Howard Movi…

    A Brief Tale of Two Giants: LeBron James and Dwight Howard Moving in Opposite Directions

    grantland.com Feb 12, 2013
    At the end of the 2010-11 season, LeBron James and Dwight Howard were the two best players in the NBA. James was the clear top dog, and it wasn't all ...
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  • Last Night on 'Blake Griffin Dunks on Your Life ...'

    Last Night on 'Blake Griffin Dunks on Your Life ...'

    grantland.com Feb 12, 2013
    The life and death of Spencer Hawes! Blake Griffin (sorta) switched hands in midair against the Sixers last night. According to the announcers, the cr...
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  • About Last Night: Spurs Win in Spite of Themselves

    About Last Night: Spurs Win in Spite of Themselves

    grantland.com Feb 12, 2013
    In case you were busy fixating on that piece of popcorn stuck between your molars, here's what you missed in sports on Monday. The San Antonio Spurs...
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  • Video - LeBron Makes NBA History 01:26

    LeBron Makes NBA History

    Feb 12
    Highlight of the night: LeBron James became the first player in NBA history to score 30 points and shoot at least 60 percent in six straight games.
  • Video - Heat Win Eighth Straight Home Game 01:01

    Heat Win Eighth Straight Home Game

    Feb 12
    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh combine for 86 points in the Heat's win over the Blazers.
  • Video - Raptors Claw Past Nuggets, 109-108 01:00

    Raptors Claw Past Nuggets, 109-108

    Feb 12
    Raptors win third straight.
  • Video - Leandro Barbosa Has Torn Left ACL 00:50

    Leandro Barbosa Has Torn Left ACL

    Feb 12
    Antonio Davis on Leandro Barbosa's injury and what is next for the Celtics.

Sports Columnists

  • Kobe Bryant says chastising fan on Twitter was 'right thing to do'

    Feb 13
    Kobe Bryant welcomes challenges, which explains why he chastised a fan on Twitter for using a homophobic slur. "It's the right thing to do," Bryant told ESPN.com. "I couldn't help myself. I saw it, I was like, 'I can't help myself. I have to respond.'"
  • Ian Thomsen: John Wall's return puts Wizards back on track; more mail

    Feb 12
    Time to break up the Wiz? Washington has won 11 of its last 18 and has ranked first in defensive efficiency since John Wall returned. Could they sneak into the playoffs as the team no one wants to face in the first round? -- Adam T., Washington D.C.
  • Adande/Gutierrez: Comparing LeBron James to Michael Jordan

    Feb 12
    Our experts discuss whether LeBron James can reach or surpass Michael Jordan's level of greatness.