Jason Jones' NBA midseason award picks

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Is the NBA's MVP always the league's best player? No. If that were the case, Michael Jordan would have at least a dozen MVPs and Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant wouldn't have just one each.

This year's MVP race figures to be as tight as any in recent memory.

As of now, it's hard not to vote for Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook.

By the time ...Read more

Warriors' Thompson can't defend 3-point title as Rockets' Gordon wins

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NEW ORLEANS -- Klay Thompson went eighth among the eight shooters on Saturday night in New Orleans, the enviable closing spot reserved for the defending champ.

He walked out knowing he'd need at least 19 points to advance to the finals. He started hot. But Thompson couldn't keep it going, missing a pair of money balls on the final rack and ...Read more

Durant on taking less money this offseason: 'We'll figure that out when the time comes'

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NEW ORLEANS -- This summer, Kevin Durant will have a financial decision to make. He's likely to opt out of his contract and seek a new max deal, which is projected to start around $36 million.

If he does so -- and Stephen Curry takes the max offer he will receive from the Warriors -- Golden State will burst over the cap and, because Durant can'...Read more

James sounds ready to loosen his grip in minutes tug-of-war with Cavs coaches, trainers

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NEW ORLEANS -- At 32 years and 50 days old, LeBron James would have been the oldest player in Sunday's NBA All-Star Game if not for the injury-replacement addition of Carmelo Anthony, born 215 days before James.

But while criticism rages in media circles about James' heavy minute load this season after playing in six consecutive NBA Finals, ...Read more

Warriors' Green says the Earth 'could be' flat

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NEW ORLEANS -- An unexpected storyline emerging at All-Star weekend in New Orleans: NBA players discussing whether they believe the world is round or flat.

A recent Kyrie Irving comment -- mentioning his belief that the world is flat -- spurred the conversation. A batch of players were asked about it. Warriors forward Draymond Green didn't ...Read more

Cavs' Irving won't back down on his belief the Earth is flat

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NEW ORLEANS -- For the record, Fox Sports Ohio's Allie Clifton sounded as incredulous as the rest of us when Kyrie Irving repeatedly insisted the Earth is flat.

That's the belief the 24-year-old Cavaliers guard stated during a Feb. 17 "Road Trippin' with RJ and Channing" podcast posted on that sent the Twitter world into a frenzy ...Read more

It's a star-lite expression for Lakers

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NEW ORLEANS -- In a ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton, the Western Conference All-Stars gathered for an annual ritual.

There were silly questions and silly answers, tension in some parts, moments of gravity, moments of levity and even some basketball conversation.

It was a typical kickoff media session for NBA All-Star weekend, except for one thing...Read more

Tim Hardaway, who once said 'I hate gay people,' now an LGBTQ rights activist

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Tim Hardaway says he still cringes when reminded of words he spat 10 years ago.

Appearing on Dan Le Batard's Miami radio show a decade ago, Hardaway -- who starred for the Heat from 1996-2001 -- said "I hate gay people, so I let it be known. I don't like gay people, and I don't like to be around gay people.

"I am homophobic. I don't like it. ...Read more

Cavs' Irving admits he was forced to let go of his 'arrogance' as he learned to play with James

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NEW ORLEANS -- Kyrie Irving will reprise his popular "Uncle Drew" character from Pepsi commercials in a full-length feature film.

He's poised to make his fourth appearance and second start in the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night at Smoothie King Center.

The Cavaliers' defense of their NBA title looks on track with a 7-1 record in February and...Read more

Report: Cuban wears '46' in NBA celebrity game to jab Trump

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban wore jersey No. 46 in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on Friday night, and a source told ESPN it was a jab at President Donald Trump in their ongoing long-distance battle, usually waged on Twitter.

Trump is the 45th president of the United States.

On Sunday, Trump had tweeted, "I know Mark Cuban well. He ...Read more

Centers adapting, thriving away from basket in Western Conference

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NEW ORLEANS -- NBA centers receive little respect.

After all, the league removed the position from the All-Star ballot.

But in the Western Conference, there's still a place for big fellas. The center position isn't dying; it's simply evolving. Big men are no longer confined to the paint on offense, and those who can't play defense away from ...Read more

Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant drama remains the story of All-Star weekend

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NEW ORLEANS -- Russell Westbrook arrived about 10 minutes late to his scheduled media session on Friday morning in New Orleans. He took a seat. He took a breath. He was immediately hit with his first Kevin Durant question: "What's it going to be like to be in that locker room with Durant?"

"Man," Westbrook responded. "Fashion Week is going to ...Read more

Michael Jordan turns 54 and some All-Stars wish him a happy birthday

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NEW ORLEANS -- Glenn Robinson III met Michael Jordan when Robinson was barely out of diapers.

During a game at the United Center around 1997, Robinson held up a sign behind one of the baskets that said: MISS. Robinson waved it during a Jordan free throw attempt in support of his father, Glenn Robinson Jr., who was playing for the Bucks.

After ...Read more

Sixers' Embiid hopes to return after All-Star break

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NEW ORLEANS -- The Sixers haven't had Joel Embiid in the lineup for 11 straight games. So when does the rookie center expect to play again?

"I'm hopeful to come back after All-Star (break)," the rookie center said during the Rising Stars Game media availability Friday at the Super Dome.

The first game?

"Yeah. Probably," Embiid said before a ...Read more

Report: Pistons, Magic have discussed Reggie Jackson trade

Sports / Basketball /'s Marc Stein is reporting the Detroit Pistons have discussed trading point guard Reggie Jackson to the Orlando Magic.

D.J. Augustin and Jeff Green would be coming back in the proposed deal. Augustin is a former Piston.

"The Pistons and Magic have discussed a trade that would send Reggie Jackson to Orlando for D.J. Augustin and Jeff ...Read more

Warriors' Green won't try to convince Iguodala and Livingston to take less

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NEW ORLEANS -- With four All-Stars in New Orleans, the best record in the league and a thrilling playoff run just a couple months away, there's so much in the immediate that should excite Warrior fans.

But those who want to find a sliver of concern, peer into the future. With Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry set to hit free agency this summer and...Read more

Lakers' Young went from possibly being traded or waived to a spot in shooting contest

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NEW ORLEANS -- What it's like to be discussed as a trade piece is complicated for Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young.

"It depends," Young said. "When they talk about you in trades or being let go, there's just so much negativity around, that's bad. But when you're doing good, and teams want you, they want to trade for you, that's good. 'He's a...Read more

Butler's last-second free throws lift Bulls over Celtics, 104-103

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CHICAGO -- The Bulls continued their success on TNT-televised games by downing the Celtics, 104-103, Thursday at the United Center.

Jimmy Butler drew a questionable foul call on Marcus Smart with 0.9 seconds left and sank both free throws for the victory. Butler finished with 29 points and seven assists.

Bobby Portis added a season-high 19 ...Read more

Illness makes Bulls' Wade start All-Star break early

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CHICAGO -- Dwyane Wade's All-Star break began a day early. Unfortunately for the 12-time All-Star, it did so in unpleasant fashion.

Wade, who already was doubtful with the right wrist contusion that had sidelined him for two games, told Bulls officials he woke up with a stomach virus. So Wade, who didn't attend the morning shootaround or ...Read more

Despite injuries, turbulence, Cav lead the East at All-Star break

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CLEVELAND -- It hasn't always been easy and oftentimes it has quite literally been painful for those involved, but the Cavaliers enter the All-Star break again on top of the Eastern Conference and the overwhelming favorites to return to the NBA Finals for what would be LeBron James' seventh consecutive trip.

They have fought through injuries to...Read more