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10hKevin Pelton

Pelton: Rockets should trade James Harden

Would the Lakers or Celtics trade for The Beard? Here are four trades that work, says Kevin Pelton, if the Rockets focus on the real problem in Houston: James Harden.

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Young: Heavy hearts in OKC

Playing a game offered an emotional escape for the Thunder and Pelicans as both teams were reeling from the death of Monty Williams' wife, Ingrid, Royce Young writes.

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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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18hNBA Insiders

Trade talk: Predicting biggest trades in West

Will the Clippers move Blake Griffin? What about the Rockets and Dwight Howard? Our experts break down potential deals in the Western Conference heading toward the NBA trade deadline.


Curry experimenting, Lakers, Celtics, Kings

Israel Gutierrez and Amin Elhassan discuss Stephen Curry's freedom for experimentation given the Warriors' dominance, the Lakers' disguised "tank job", the playoff potential of the Celtics and George Karl's ability to thrive in chaos.

MVP of the season so far (1:27)
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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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23hTim 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.

Draymond Green redefines "All-Star" (1:09)


Bucks owner playing celebrity game

Marc Lasry, 55, played a season of Div. III basketball and told NBA commissioner Adam Silver he wanted to play in the game. Silver: "But you're not a celebrity." Lasry: "OK, but I still want to do it." Spoken like a man worth $1.9 billion. The old college try

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Greeny: Dwight can only blame himself

Mike Greenberg believes Dwight Howard could have been an all-time great if he devoted himself to developing his offensive game.


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In about 45 minutes, this will be Kobe Bryant's view as he meets the media for his final All-Star Game.

Odom greeted with cheers at Kanye event

Lamar Odom made his first public appearance since being hospitalized in October, attending Kanye West's Yeezy runway fashion show at Madison Square Garden.


Daugherty: 'Black cloud hangs over Dwight'

Dwight Howard's career hasn't been the same since the big man left Orlando and Brad Daugherty can find only one common denominator to explain why that is.


Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

There's no question who the biggest stars are at All-Star Weekend. Just check the merchandise booths.

T-Mac puts Kobe above MJ

Tracy McGrady never faced Michael Jordan in his prime but squared off many times with Kobe Bryant, who he says was easily the best player he ever faced.


Uni Watch: History of NBA All-Star design

The design of the NBA All-Star Game uniforms has bounced all over the place, like a Larry Bird shot in a game of H-O-R-S-E. Uni Watch

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Henry Abbott @TrueHoop

Adam Silver just had a conversation, on stage at the Tech Summit, with a convincing, talking, full-sized hologram of James Naismith.

Westbrook makes this dunk look easy

Russell Westbrook blew by Pelicans defenders for a thunderous slam.


Emotional night for Thunder

Oklahoma City's Billy Donovan and Kevin Durant comment after their game against the Pelicans, which came in the wake of the passing of assistant coach Monty Williams' wife, Ingrid.


Billups on jersey retirement: 'Unbelievable'

Former NBA player Chauncey Billups had his number retired by the Pistons, calling it a "humbling" and "phenomenal" experience.


Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

The Air Canada Centre is ready for All-Star Weekend, which starts tonight with the Celebrity Game at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Best fantasy hoops seasons of all time

Not surprisingly, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and LeBron James rank among the top single-season fantasy performances of all time. But some of the other names on the list might surprise you. Shawn Marion at 2? (Insider)

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KD, Russ put on their own dunk contest

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook got the All-Star festivities started early.


SVP Vault: Vince takes over dunk contest

SVP looks back at the 2000 slam dunk contest when Vince Carter stole the show with three perfect 50-point dunks.


Pacers hold players-only meeting

Monta Ellis led the closed-door meeting, according to the Indianapolis Star. "It falls on us," a team source said about Ellis' message. "We're not doing what we're supposed to do." The Pacers sit sixth in the East with a 28-25 record.

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Kidd: Bucks not planning to make a move

Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd allayed any rumors of a Bucks trade at the deadline, saying no major changes are planned: "As a professional athlete, the small print says there could be a trade at some point in your career. Sometimes expected, sometimes not. You have to be able to handle that. But right now, this is our team. There's no one coming in and there's no one leaving."

Wall's All-Star appearance in jeopardy

John Wall suffered a knee injury early in the Wizards' loss to the Bucks. "If I can't move and I need more time then I won't [play Sunday]," Wall said after the game.


Globetrotters dunk on everyone at ESPN

Bob Ley has the nickname of "The General" and the Harlem Globetrotters treated him like a Washington General.


Heat make spot-on 'Martin' intro spoof

The Heat might not be having a noteworthy season on the court (they currently sit at 29-24), but that doesn't mean this video spoof of the iconic intro for the '90s sitcom "Martin" is any less awesome. Chris Bosh for the win

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Pelton: Rockets should trade Harden

Houston is reportedly shopping Dwight Howard. But Kevin Pelton writes that the Rockets should focus on the real problem -- James Harden. Four trades that work (Insider)

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NBA Hall of Famer vs. Super Bowl Champ

Magic Johnson and Peyton Manning faced off in a game of Egg Russian Roulette, and what's better than two legends smashing raw eggs on their heads? So weird, so awesome

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Animated look at the MVP race

While the NBA is filled with stars, Marc Stein wonders if there really is more than one candidate for MVP at the All-Star break.