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ICYMI: Jordan draws nothing but air, twice

Why do teams intentionally foul DeAndre Jordan? This trip to the free throw line explains it perfectly.


NBA Power Rankings: Warriors still No. 1

Sitting at 18-0, it's no surprise the defending champions kept the throne in Marc Stein's rankings. But with a seven-game road trip looming, how long can the Dubs stay on top? Week 5 rankings

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle on Kobe Bryant's retirement: "My take on the whole thing is that this is an ending in one respect, but hes preparing for world dominance in some area of the game. Im quite certain of that. I have as much respect for him as an opposing player as any player that Ive ever either played against or coached against in this league. I mean, when that guy walks in the building, youve got a lot of problems to deal with and youve got a guy thats a cold-blooded killer when it comes to winning time."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Sight for sore eyes for Cavs fans: Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert back on the practice floor, having participated in a "moderated" session today according to CLE coach David Blatt.

Dwight Howard's thoughts on Kobe Bryant

It's no secret Howard and Bryant have a somewhat frosty relationship. So when asked if he had learned anything from his former teammate, Howard laughed and said: "Awww man. We're going to go to the next question." But he also praised Kobe saying "[He's] one of the greatest to play the game."

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Gasol has fantastic H.O.R.S.E. shot

Sure, this header into the basket didn't count for Marc Gasol and the Grizzlies. But we're still pretty impressed.


Time to add Capela to fantasy lineups

Joe Kaiser on the Rockets' Clint Capela, owned in just 25 percent of ESPN leagues: "The 21-year-old big man has recorded double-doubles in each of the last three games that he's played at least 25 minutes." Underowned, overowned options

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Rewind: Kobe Bryant's 81-point night

Take a trip back to Jan. 22, 2006 when Stuart Scott brought us all the highlights of Kobe Bryant's 81-point performance against the Raptors.


Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Harrison Barnes, still on crutches

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Either this is Steph Curry warming up, or a knight from the Middle Ages

Mike Mazzeo @MazzESPN

Paul George averaged 29.5 points and 49.5 percent 3-point shooting in November, as his Pacers went 11-2.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg was asked if Kobe Bryant was the closest player to Michael Jordan that he had seen: "I think so," Hoiberg said. "Kobe, what he accomplished, the way he did it, the way he scored it, the tough shots that he hit, the fadeaways, the athleticism he did it with, the grace, yeah, I think he probably is the closest thing to Michael."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Taj Gibson played for USC in college and saw firsthand how much the city of LA adored Kobe Bryant. He spoke very highly of Kobe after Monday's shootaround. "One of the best players to ever play the game," Gibson said. "I'm just happy that I was able to play against him a couple times. Had great talks with him at dinner about the game ... Just a great guy. A superstar. Every time people heard about Kobe, from barbershops to street basketball corners, the city of LA loved Kobe."

Kobe Bryant's Top 10 plays

Forget the guy who shot 4-of-20 last night. Black Mamba has more than made up for it over the course of his Hall of Fame career.


Miami HEAT @MiamiHEAT

Amar'e Stoudemire (illness) did not participate in morning shootaround and has also been ruled out of tonight's game vs Boston.

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Chris Bosh (illness) did not participate in this morning's team shootaround and is a game-time decision.

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INJURY UPDATE: Luol Deng (hamstring) did not participate in this morning's team shootaround and has been ruled out of tonight's #HEATgame.

Van Gundy: Kobe's NBA life was 'incredible'

Jeff Van Gundy is in awe of Kobe Bryant's NBA career, from his debut at the ripe age of 18 to the level of dominance maintained well into his 30s,


Kobe Bryant on retirement

Kobe Bryant addressed the media to explain how he came to the decision to retire at the conclusion of the 2015-16 NBA season.


Washington in awe over Beckham's catch

Offensive lineman Trent Williams said it best: "That wasnt human. ... I was speechless. The guy is not from this world." Will Blackmon, who was defending the Giants WR on the grab, said: "Im like, Great, now Im going to be on NFL Films highlights forever." (Via The New York Post)

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All-Lefty Teamer Isaiah Thomas is averaging 21.1 PPG and 6.0 APG. Only other Celtics to do that for a full season? Bird, Havlicek and Cousy