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May 10, 2015 Updates

All weekend the big shots have seemed to bank in. Derrick Rose was first. Paul Pierce followed suit. Marc Gasol wanted in on the action. This wasn’t the game winner, but his shot to beat the shot clock banked in and was the dagger in the Grizzlies’ 99-89 win over the Warriors. This was the shot that was the final nail in Golden State’s coffin for the night and put Memphis up 2-1 in the series. NBCSports.com

May 6, 2015 Updates

Howard recently began a campaign called "Breathe Again" through his D12 Foundation, which he describes as a social movement to "breathe new life and hope for our future." He's focused on spreading his message to as many people as possible and often visits with youth about the project. "Basketball doesn't last forever and I would rather be a legend for things I have done away from the game which will most likely surpass whatever I've done on the basketball court," he said. "A greater legacy for me is seeing multitudes of people learn and grow and live longer than what they were expected because their lives were changed." USA Today Sports

April 26, 2015 Updates

The Cleveland Cavaliers' championship aspirations took a hit on Sunday when forward Kevin Love was diagnosed with a dislocated left shoulder. He sustained the injury in the first quarter of Cleveland's 101-93 series-ending victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 4. Boston's Kelly Olynyk grabbed and had Love's arm locked after a missed shot. After the game, Love called it a bush-league play and said he had no doubt Olynyk did it on purpose. USA Today Sports

March 3, 2015 Updates
December 20, 2014 Updates

The Wizards erased a fourth-quarter deficit Friday for their sixth straight win and 11th in their last 12 games. Pierce scored 14 points for Washington (19-6), which enters play Saturday with the second-best record in the Eastern Conference and the fifth-best in the NBA. "Even though we had a comeback -- that's nice and all -- but we're building for the long run," Pierce said, according to the Post. "It's not about today, winning the game today and how we won. We're building habits for the great teams, we're building habits for the playoffs, and that's what I'm looking at each and every night." ESPN.com

December 8, 2014 Updates

Knowing Durant was coming to town on Sunday, they called the Cupp family Wednesday and extended an invitation to the game. They wanted to make him the honorary ball-boy. And the Pistons also reached out to Durant and the Thunder to let them know what happened. Through some quick planning, OKC set up a pregame meeting between Cupp and Durant. The two shook hands and talked on the baseline about two hours before tip-off. Then Durant gave Cupp two pairs of his signature sneakers - one in Cupp's size and the other in Durant's, signed by the superstar - as well as a new KD branded jacket and backpack. "He was real nervous," Durant said. "Same thing I would have been if I met my favorite NBA player back then. I was just trying to make him feel as comfortable as possible." Oklahoman

October 23, 2014 Updates

The Bucks have until the end of the month to extend Knight’s contract. If they don’t, he’ll become a restricted free agent after this season. And, if that occurs, the offensively-challenged Bucks could be flirting with fire. Knight, who is represented by Arn Tellem, arguably the best agent in the game, could decide to become an unrestricted free agent the following season and undoubtedly draw keen interest from several teams in larger markets. Racine Journal-Times

September 28, 2014 Updates

Stephenson wants to do more than just play basketball. He wants to rap, as well. Two months before the season began, Stephenson released a rap song, called “Hot N---a,” a take on the rapper Bobby Shmurda’s song that spawned the popular “Shmoney Dance.” Stephenson took the beat to the song and says in four hours he came up with his lyrics. He stripped Shmurda’s lyrics of misogyny and gun violence and replaced them with rhymes about his basketball talents, endorsements for his And 1 shoe company, reminiscing about watching Allen Iverson, his excitement to play with Hornets point guard Kemba Walker and more. “Brooklyn-bred now I’m out in N.C.,” the end of the song’s first verse goes. “Me and Kemba in the backcourt n---as as dead meat/Pops held me, down kept me out the streets/They wonder how the rose grew up out the concrete… “I’ve been ballin’ hard since like the fifth grade/Watching A.I. gettin’ 40 with the French braids/Love Indiana, I’m gonna miss some good days/Charlotte Hornet, M.J. that’s a new way.” Charlotte Observer

June 24, 2014 Updates
June 16, 2014 Updates

Side by side in the Heat locker room afterward, Ray Allen and Shane Battier dressed after a game for perhaps the last time. These are two pros who helped create the fabric of this team. It's been known for a while Battier is retiring. "I've given all I can to the game,'' he said. "I can't give anymore. I'm OK." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

June 12, 2014 Updates

Kevin Durant is not a gambling man. The league MVP jumped on Twitter Wednesday to dispel rumors that he lost $20,000 in a bet to west coast rapper The Game. The Game - aka Jayceon Taylor - posted a video Tuesday on his Instagram account, saying that he bet Durant $20,000 he could make a 3-point shot from NBA range. Durant's Twitter response Wednesday morning, which has since been deleted, said "Aight this is it. I never bet the game 20k cash. I never bet him. I told him I would give his aau team kd gear. That's all." Oklahoman

The Game got defensive on Instagram because TMZ.com posted a story Wednesday claiming that Durant said "straight up ... 'HE'S LYING.'" Everything was cleared up later in the day, when the rapper apologized, saying he jumped the gun on calling out Durant for "not wanting to help the kids." Oklahoman

October 1, 2013 Updates

Brandon Jennings didn’t have a lot to say about a reported run-in with The Game. At Pistons media day Monday, he acknowledged an altercation with the rapper, but stopped short of calling it a fight. “Well, actually I didn’t really get into a fight with a rapper, it was just an altercation, but at the end of the day you can see I’m fine, everybody’s fine, everybody went their separate way,” Jennings said. “That’s all with that.” Detroit Free Press

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