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Gregg Popovich: Dirk Nowitzki Is 'Arguably the Best Pure Shooter' Ever

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is not always quick to dole out praise...or words, in general. But when he took the time before Thursday night's game against the Dallas Mavericks to reflect on the career of longtime rival Dirk Nowitzki, the grizzled old coach was practically gushing, …

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Serge Ibaka Thinks Kevin Durant Is a Lock for MVP: 'C'mon Man, Let's Be Real'

For a while, the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant and the Miami Heat's LeBron James were battling to be the front-runner for the 2013-14 NBA Most Valuable Player award. By now, many consider the race over.<p>Thunder forward Serge Ibaka is one of the people who believes that there shouldn't even be …

Los Angeles Lakers Could Lure LeBron, Durant with Coaching Change

The Los Angeles Lakers have a lot of questions regarding the future of coach Mike D'Antoni. Could a coaching change lure a big-name free agent?<p>Check out the video above as Adam Lefkoe talks to Bleacher Report's Lakers Insider, Kevin Ding, about the possible coaches who could replace D'Antoni.

Rick Carlisle: Dirk one of 12 best

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle made the case Thursday with ESPN Radio that star forward Dirk Nowitzki ranks among the 12 greatest players in …

Basketball

NBA Stars Act Goofy in 'Funny Faces of the NBA'

NBA stars play the game with a lot of emotion and intensity, but it's not always serious business. These guys like to have fun!<p>Over the course of a long NBA season, crazy things happen and luckily the NBA was there to compile all the reactions.<p>[NBA]

Heat's LeBron James Becomes 4th Player in NBA History with 9 2,000-Point Seasons

Miami Heat forward LeBron James reached 2,000 points for the season in Wednesday's loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, becoming just the fourth player in NBA history to score 2,000-plus points in a season nine times, per ESPN Stats & Info, via Elias.<p>James wasn't able to lift his Heat to victory …

Pelicans' Anthony Davis shut down for the rest of the season

The Pelicans will rest Anthony Davis for the team's final four games because they need more ping pong balls, uh, I mean because he is injured.<p><b>More</b> …

If L.A. Wants a New Coach, How About Quin Snyder?

LOS ANGELES — Fresh face offering much-needed hope for the demoralized Los Angeles Lakers fan base? Check.<p>Part of the Lakers family from prior experience? Check.<p>NBA coaching experience? Check.<p>A successful head coach before? Check.<p>Someone who won't break the bank to hire and commit to, considering …

Associated Press News

Michael Pineda's Hand Contains Suspicious Substance While Pitching vs. Red Sox

<b>Updates from Friday, April 11</b><p>Joel Sherman of <i>the New York Post</i> reports that Pineda shouldn't expect any punishment from Major League Baseball:<p><b>Original Text</b><p>New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda might have been relying on a little more than his right arm on Thursday night against the Boston …