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Kobe Bryant soaking in appreciation from friends, foes

smh.com.au — Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant poses for a photo with a fan. Photo: AP There was a time not so long ago when Kobe Bryant would have scoffed at the scene that's about to ensue at NBA All-Star weekend in Toronto this weekend.

Kristaps Porzingis rolling with the Knicks changes

usatoday.com — TORONTO - It only took four months for the New York Knicks' Latvian wunderkind, Kristaps Porzingis, to experience nearly every side of the NBA. From November through mid-January, he sparked the kind of hype that most players go their entire careers without knowing.

Kobe Bryant soaking in widespread appreciation from friends, foes alike

usatoday.com — There was a time not so long ago when Kobe Bryant would have scoffed at the scene that's about to ensue at NBA All-Star weekend in Toronto this weekend. Harmony between him and his peers, with players, coaches and executives from his past and present showering him with love at every turn while he humbly soaks it all in?
Feb 11, 2016

On Kobe's All-Star weekend goodbye through the eyes of his old rivals (Shaq, Reggie, Webber). A regular love fest... usat.ly/1osLrpf

Feb 11, 2016

As he readies for his final #NBAAllStarWeekend Kobe is soaking in appreciation usat.ly/1XjkXSM via @sam_amick

Feb 11, 2016

Great story from @SHAQ about how All Stars 2009 in Phoenix was the official fence-mending moment between him & Kobe usat.ly/1osLrpf

Luke Walton admits it would've been fun to coach Kobe in All-Star Game

usatoday.com — If Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr had come back from his health hiatus 10 days later, then it might all have been different. Then, and only then, would the most accomplished coach of the NBA's first half - Warriors assistant Luke Walton - be leading the Western Conference All-Star team in Toronto this weekend.
Feb 10, 2016

Luke Walton admits it would've been fun to coach @kobebryant in All-Star Game usat.ly/1TcCxJ1 via @sam_amick

Feb 10, 2016

With AS weekend nearing, a look back at Luke Walton's 1st half feats & his missed chance to reunite with Kobe Bryant usat.ly/1TcCxJ1

Blake Griffin suspended four games by Clippers

usatoday.com — The Los Angeles Clippers announced on Tuesday that they have suspended forward Blake Griffin four games without pay and are holding his earnings for a fifth game as punishment for his Jan. 23 fight with a team employee.

George Karl, Kings to work on issues

usatoday.com — In the latest episode of How The (Sacramento Kings') World Turns, George Karl is still their head coach. It seemed almost certain in recent days that Karl was on his way out, but the future Hall of Famer met with the team's first-year general manager, Vlade Divac, in Philadelphia on Tuesday to discuss the many issues facing the team and, lo and behold, all was right in Kings Nation again.
Feb 09, 2016

Added context in Kings-Karl story relating to the financial factor & pushback from minority owners on firing coach usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

Feb 09, 2016

RT @sam_amick: Added context in Kings-Karl story relating to the financial factor & pushback from minority owners on firing coach https://t…

Warriors hold off Thunder for latest statement win

usatoday.com — OAKLAND - Even Kevin Durant might not be able to make these Golden State Warriors any better than they are. And truth be told, the same could be said about any of the game's greats.
Feb 07, 2016

The Warriors passed yet another top-tier test against OKC, this one tougher than the rest usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

George Karl's job with Kings in jeopardy again?

usatoday.com — George Karl is in trouble - again. Less than two weeks after the Sacramento Kings' five-game winning streak had them in position to make the playoffs for the first time in a decade, all the familiar signs of discontent returned after a 128-119 loss at the Brooklyn Nets and, for the second time this season, their head coach's future is clearly being debated internally.
Feb 06, 2016

I lied - story was posted after all. A look at why George Karl is in trouble again in Sacramento usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

Feb 06, 2016

RT @sam_amick: I lied - story was posted after all. A look at why George Karl is in trouble again in Sacramento usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

Feb 06, 2016

ICYMI, George Karl is in trouble in Sacramento - again usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

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Jeff Van Gundy says change hack rule now

usatoday.com — When Jeff Van Gundy heard that change may finally be coming to the Hack-a-Whoever rules that he so abhors, the former head coach and current ESPN analyst put on his commissioner hat and dared to dream. "(Change) should come after the All-Star break," he told USA TODAY Sports about his pretend tenure as the league's top decision maker.
Feb 05, 2016

Jeff Van Gundy, the loudest Hack-a-Shaq critic/ESPN analyst, tees off on the issue & inspires the first A to Z bleep usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

Feb 05, 2016

RT @sam_amick: Jeff Van Gundy, the loudest Hack-a-Shaq critic/ESPN analyst, tees off on the issue & inspires the first A to Z bleep https:/…

Feb 05, 2016

If JVG were Commish? "I'll (expletive) you with the schedule, so you'd better just vote w/ my ass (on Hack-a-Shaq)." usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

Feb 05, 2016

Also in the Jeff Van Gundy chat w/ @USATODAYsports: he wants no timeouts in the last two minutes usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

Will Dwight Howard pursue a max deal this summer?

usatoday.com — The circus known as NBA free agency is still five months away, but there is an opening act to that annual show that has been ongoing for quite some time now: the scouting process. With every performance of this 2015-16 season, the free-agents-to-be offer more evidence of their worth - or lack thereof.
Feb 03, 2016

Will Dwight Howard pursue a max deal this summer? usat.ly/1X4i2NH via @sam_amick

Feb 03, 2016

As ESPN reported, Houston has no plans of trading Dwight Howard. That & analysis of his max-money pursuits here usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

Feb 03, 2016

Dallas is out so long as Dwight insists on max money - even w/ Chandler Parsons telling USAT he wants a reunion usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

Feb 03, 2016

I get why Dwight sees himself as a max guy now, but Rockets would be paying him $41 million as a 35 yo on 5-yr deal usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

Feb 03, 2016

Chandler Parsons: "(Dwight) still has a lot left in the tank. You look at the playoffs last year, & he was dominant" usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

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Feb 11, 2016

RT @ESPNStatsInfo: If OKC wins tonight, West Conf will have 3 teams w/ 40+ wins at All-Star break. Per @EliasSports, no conf has had 3 40-win teams at break.

Feb 11, 2016

Pretty sure this is the first time I've worn Long John's to work. Away we go #NBAAllStarWeekend pic.twitter.com/AJgb792beT

Feb 11, 2016

RT @NazrMohammed: A little NBA Allstar Weekend reading. Tell me your thoughts... sb.gg/pRxe

Feb 11, 2016

Great story from @SHAQ about how All Stars 2009 in Phoenix was the official fence-mending moment between him & Kobe usat.ly/1osLrpf

Feb 11, 2016

On Kobe's All-Star weekend goodbye through the eyes of his old rivals (Shaq, Reggie, Webber). A regular love fest... usat.ly/1osLrpf


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