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Wright: Jonathon Simmons' impossible NBA dream coming true

Jonathon Simmons gave himself one last shot at an NBA career -- a D-League tryout with a $150 registration fee. Three seasons later, the "fearless" newcomer looks like quite a find for the Spurs.

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All-Time #NBArank: Bird's the word at No. 6

Arguably the best clutch shooter in history, Larry Bird hits our list as the sixth-best player of all time. See who joins Larry Legend in the All-Time #NBArank top 10 countdown.

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Veteran announcer Albert gets TNT extension

Veteran play-by-play broadcaster Marv Albert has agreed to a multiyear contract extension to continue call regular-season and playoff NBA games for TNT.

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NBA trade talk: Predicting biggest trades in East

Could the Bucks move Jabari Parker? What about the Nets and Brook Lopez? Our experts break down the most interesting storylines in the Eastern Conference heading into the NBA trade deadline.

Warriors at the White House (1:37)


Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

The San Antonio Spurs shot 25.9 percent in the opening quarter, yet head into halftime up 54-47 over the Miami Heat. LaMarcus Aldridge leads the way with 16 points and three rebounds. Danny Green has 11 points and five boards, while Kawhi Leonard has chipped in eight points.

Rough start to Rambis era in New York

The Knicks allowed 63 points in the first half against the Wizards, tied for the most they've allowed before halftime this season. Follow live


Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

When the Heat post one of their best shooting halves of the season and still trail 54-47 at the break, there's only one explanation necessary: they're playing the San Antonio Spurs.

Tyronn Lue tells story of swatting Kobe

"Long story short is, it was a game point and [Bryant] drove baseline and I was at the elbow. ... And I went down the lane and I pinned his dunk against the glass. ... We came down, Devean George made a layup for game and Brian Shaw went, 'Ahhh, he blocked you!' He went crazy. Kobe wanted to fight me at first and then, second, he wanted to play one-on-one after practice." 'Unbelievable' competitor

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs 29, Jazz 21 after a quarter. Dallas is 6-of-12 from 3-point range and 0-of-2 inside the arc. Chandler Parsons has a game-high nine points. Deron Williams has eight points against his former team.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics 54, Bucks 53 (half): Jonas Jerebko picked up a slumping Boston bench with nine second-quarter points (making just about everything but a heat-check hook shot). Celtics didn't have an answer for off-the-bench Greg Monroe, who has 15 points and helped Bucks dig out of early hole.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks are shooting 1-for-10 from beyond the arc and Washington is shooting 10-for-12 thus far. Not a great start for interim coach Kurt Rambis. NY down 11 with one minute to play in the first half.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart took an elbow to the nose from teammate Evan Turner while chasing a rebound. He needed a minute to collect himself, but the team says Smart is available to return.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Kerr says Bogut could get more minutes with Ezeli out (knee surgery)

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin McHale said he was stunned to find out he was fired after 11 games. "Yes. Yeah I was," McHale said on TNT Tuesday night. "I kind of went in and I had said we had a rough camp, a lot of guys injured. Dwight couldn't do back-to-back practices and was not going to be able to do back-to-back games until December."

Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

Heat's defense hold Spurs to 7-of-27 shooting in the first quarter, and carry a 24-20 lead into the second. Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic combined for 10 points and 5 assists.

Another classic Pop interview moment

Always his eloquent self, Gregg Popovich when asked for his impressions of the first quarter: "We're behind and they're ahead." When asked how that happened, he added: "They scored more than we did."

Heat lead Spurs by 4 after 1

Dwyane Wade was a perfect 3-for-3 from the field in the first quarter, helping Miami take a 24-20 lead over visiting San Antonio. The Spurs shot a dismal 25.9%, including missing all 3 of their 3-point attempts. Follow live

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson said on MSG Network that there is a 'very slim' chance that the Knicks make a trade before the Feb. 18 deadline , but they're trying.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks are down 14 at the end of the first quarter. Through 12 minutes, Kurt Rambis hasn't impacted the defense as he'd hoped. Washington is shooting 65 percent from the floor.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics 30, Bucks 26 (end 1st): Avery Bradley hot early (as usual, lately) and his nine first-quarter points have Celtics out front. Bucks started slow with new-look lineup, but got a spark from Giannis Antetokounmpo to trim deficit after falling behind by double digits.

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There were cheers for Ciara at MSG & some boos for Russell Wilson. I guess there are some Future fans on hand tonight.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson says in an interview on MSG Network that he's noticed Kristaps Porzingis has been "fatigued" at points during the season.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics swingman Jae Crowder, dinged up lately and battling what he said is a high ankle sprain, is grinding it out again tonight in Milwaukee. No surprise considering he played up there at Marquette. While Crowder clearly isn't himself, he hasn't let his defensive intensity slip.

Short-handed Spurs take on Heat

San Antonio is without Tim Duncan (knee) and Manu Ginobili (groin) in Miami tonight. The good news: the Spurs were missing these two in their past two games and they won both. Follow live

Rambis set for Knicks coaching debut

Kurt Rambis's first game as Knicks head coach comes vs. the Wizards, just one day after he replaced former coach Derek Fisher. Follow live


Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The most important takeaway on the mini essay Phil Jackson released earlier today to me? I think he's saying he'd be open to hiring a coach who doesn't have triangle experience.