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3hTom Haberstroh

TrueHoop Presents: How the NBA schedule is breaking its players

In ESPN The Magazine's Body Analytics Issue: More injuries. Lower quality of play. Fewer dunks, for crying out loud! Slogging through 82 games is anything but faaaantastic.

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All-Time #NBArank countdown: Air Jordan soars above all

The rings. The dunks. The shoes. The GOAT. There's only one Michael Jordan. And after 99 legends of the game graced our list, His Airness has risen as the undisputed champ of All-Time #NBArank.

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Star turn: Kyrie Irving shines brightest

In a matchup billed as Kobe Bryant versus LeBron James, it was young Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving who stole the show, Dave McMenamin writes.

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1hTim Fiorvanti

Chalk: Complete list of Feb. 11 NBA lines

The Westgate SuperBook presents the lines for both NBA games on Thursday, Feb. 11 -- the final day of games before the All-Star break.

Kobe's memorable moments in Cleveland (0:47)
Kobe opens up about relationship with LeBron (1:49)
Energizing All-Stars (5:02)
Draymond Green redefines "All-Star" (1:09)


Warriors historically great at the break

The last four teams that went into the All-Star break with a winning percentage at or over .875 won the championship.


Cap leap = quiet NBA trade deadline?

With gigantic increases coming to the NBA salary cap, Tom Penn sees a change in the value of multi-year contracts resulting in a quieter than normal trade market.


TBT: Kevin Hart outduels Mone Davis

Little League World Series star Davis got a nice crossover against Hart in last year's NBA Celebrity All-Star Game, but it was the comedian who earned MVP honors.


LeBron's pass hits Russell in the groin

LeBron James fired a pass to the sidelines, and D'Angelo Russell was in the exact wrong place at the exact wrong time.


Towns throws down the hammer ... twice

When Karl-Anthony Towns is coming down the lane, you should probably get out of the way.


Scuffle breaks out on Suns' bench

Archie Goodwin and Markieff Morris had to be separated during a loss to the Warriors.


Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

A heartbroken Kevin Durant only talked for a few seconds today about the tragic death of assistant coach Monty Williams wife before breaking down and having to excuse himself.

Bickerstaff calls Rockets 'broken team'

Rockets interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said after a loss at Portland on Wednesday night that the team can't win in its current collective mindset. Story

Beverley out of All-Star Skills Challenge

Rockets PG Patrick Beverley will not defend his Skills Challenge title this weekend at the NBA All-Star game, per ESPN's Calvin Watkins and a Yahoo! Sports report. According to a source, he re-injured a sprained left ankle after the Rockets 116-103 loss to Portland on Wednesday.

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Sudeikis: Kevin Hart better not yell at me

Jason Sudeikis is ready for the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, but not if team captain Hart goes after him. Says Sudeikis: "If you're gonna yell at me, stand on something [so you can say it to my face]."


Mike & Mike debate Melo's playoff future

Mike Golic doesn't believe Carmelo Anthony will ever win another playoff series in a Knicks uniform, but Mike Greenberg disagrees -- especially if Tom Thibodeau is behind the bench.


What's hardest about Kobe's final year?

"That we suck."


What is the Warriors' Achilles' heel?

Tom Penn says it's "really, really tough to see," but the Warriors do struggle with turnovers at times.


Steph Curry 3-pointer = dancing time

Andre Iguodala does a lot of dancing.


Robinson on son: 'He's been pretty amazing'

Spurs legend David Robinson tells Mike and Mike his son Corey, a WR for Notre Dame, just got elected as student-body president.


82 games in 169 days just isn't working

The NBA's 82-game schedule is cruel, unrelenting, back-breaking, knee-busting and illogical. Fatigue robs the NBA of dunks, robs the league of its best players and makes teams play worse. Eliminate back-to-backs

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LeBron: Kobe's retirement is 'bittersweet'

LeBron James told Lisa Salters of Kobe Bryant's final game in Cleveland: "Our fans got a great treat tonight."


Rondo goes behind the back twice

Doing it once to set up a dunk? Pretty cool. Twice? Well, that's what makes him Rajon Rondo.


Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs

Our fans love great athletes, love great people, and they pay respect to one of the greatest players ever. I was just happy to be a part of it. - @KingJames on last nights #KB20 farewell in #TheLand.

Robinson: Riding off into sunset overrated

Spurs legend David Robinson told Mike and Mike that if older players -- like Peyton Manning -- have the desire to continue their playing careers, they should.


Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James becomes the latest player to receive a pair of autographed shoes from Kobe Bryant after a game during Bryant's farewell tour:

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Houston's James Harden talks with reporters about his team being broken after the loss to Portland.


Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets center Dwight Howard gets a little emotional about the negative talk surrounding the Rockets.