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Knicks waive Chris Smith

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NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks have decided to waive Chris Smith.

The Knicks finalized the move on Tuesday to create a roster spot for big man Jeremy Tyler, who has been playing for the Erie BayHawks, the Knicks' D-League affiliate, since going to training camp with New York.

Smith …

Tony Parker apologizes for photo

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Tony Parker has apologized after he and San Antonio Spurs teammate and fellow French countryman Boris Diaw were thrust into a national controversy in France over what some have perceived as an anti-Semitic gesture in published photographs.

Parker, who released a lengthy statement Monday …

Andrew Bynum, Too Injured and Too Free-Spirited for NBA, Should Move On

For all his talents, accomplishments and injuries, here’s the truest scouting report you’ll ever read on Andrew Bynum: Always willing to do…whatever he wants.

It’s saying something that from a winning Los Angeles Lakers talent pool, including the always dramatic Kobe Bryant, renaissance man Pau …

Definitive Guide to Rockets vs. Thunder and Sunday's Top NBA Games

The holidays have officially come and gone, but the 2013-14 NBA season is in full force with the New Year just around the corner.

Sunday night features 10 teams facing off across the Association. Not every matchup offers the same excitement as the next, but look closely and you just might find a …

Are DeMarcus Cousins, Derrick Williams NBA's Greatest Risk-Reward Duo?

This new Sacramento Kings regime doesn't shy away from a gamble.

That much was clear the moment current majority owner Vivek Ranadive finalized his purchase of the franchise back in May.

Ranadive gave longtime assistant Michael Malone his first taste of the head-coaching ranks. A similar career boost …

Kobe Bryant hopes to face Raptors

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- After spending nearly eight months sidelined following Achilles surgery, Kobe Bryant continues to hone in on a return date.

The Los Angeles Lakers' game against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday is his latest target.

"I'm trying," Bryant said after practice Thursday …

Andrew Bynum Calls Nuggets' JJ Hickson an 'Infant'

It’s fair to say Cleveland Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum is not a fan of former Cavalier and current Denver Nuggets player JJ Hickson.

Although the two big men had an evenly matched battle on the interior Wednesday night, the 7', 285-pound Bynum was not impressed with Hickson, saying, “The guy …

Mark Cuban Says He's Glad Mavericks Not 'Stuck' Like Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets are facing a must-win game against their crosstown rivals, the New York Knicks. Both teams have disappointed this season, but one thing is certain: These two teams have nothing to do with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

But Cuban has never shied away from discussing matters that …

6 NBA Teams Showing They Have Identity Issues

Nearly a month into the 2013-14 NBA season, there are a half-dozen teams struggling with serious identity issues.

Several of these clubs in crisis are dealing with new head coaches or rookie head coaches. It's not always easy to arrive at a franchise and establish a definitive, successful basketball …

What Is Wrong with the Cleveland Cavaliers Right Now?

It would be an understatement to say the Cleveland Cavaliers aren't living up to expectations. It would be an outright lie to say that they're getting better.

Defensively, the team isn't looking right. Offensively, the team has never looked right.

Kyrie Irving still doesn't look like Kyrie Irving. …

For Mike D'Antoni, Life with Lakers After Dwight Howard Feels Really Good

LOS ANGELES – As blasphemous as this line of thinking is in sports—particularly in the hallowed house of a franchise as storied as the Lakers—there really can be more to life than championships.

“It’s a good locker room,” Lakers guard Steve Blake said Sunday night. “Win or lose.”

The most emerging …

NBA Rumors: Latest Trade and Free-Agency Buzz Floating Around the Association

Welp, it was fun while it lasted.

For about the first three-plus weeks of the 2013-14 NBA season, it looked like the campaign would go off without a hitch. There were surprisingly good teams and surprisingly bad teams, but with Russell Westbrook returning and Kobe Bryant being cleared, everything …

How Stephen Curry Makes Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors Better

Klay Thompson should be thanking Stephen Curry.

Thompson is having a career year and although I'm sure Klay worked his butt off this offseason, he wouldn't be as successful without Stephen Curry and his special ability to make his teammates better.

We all know Stephen Curry can shoot. That's a given. …

Jeremy Lin's Improvement More Early-Season Fluke Than Long-Term Indicator

It's impossible to evaluate who Jeremy Lin is without juxtaposing it with how he was introduced. When a player literally comes from obscurity and becomes an international sensation—a rarity in basketball, arguably the easiest sport to identify talent at a young age—the comparisons become necessary …

The Charlotte Bobcats reveal that the new Charlotte Hornets will be outfitted in teal and purple

When the NBA’s owners approved the Charlotte Bobcats’ eventual rebranding as the Charlotte Hornets last summer, it seemed like it was only a matter …

Breaking Down What to Expect from Terrence Jones as Rockets Starting Forward

Sometimes, it just clicks.

Terrence Jones is running with an awesome opportunity in Houston, where he's recently been named the team's starting power forward. Since the move, Jones is averaging 15 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks on 58 percent shooting through six games.

He's been a nice fit …

Kevin Garnett's Beats by Dre Commercial Is Exactly as Wonderful as You'd Imagine

Kevin Garnett is known for his intensity.

That intensity was channelled into a commercial that perfectly encapsulates the Brooklyn Nets star's immense focus without him having to say a word.

Spotted by Next Impulse Sports' Pete Blackburn, the commercial is for the new line of noise-canceling …

Breaking Down How Kobe Bryant's Extension Impacts LA Lakers' Future

True to their mutual word, the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant remain meant for each other.

The Lakers announced that they agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Black Mamba, ending any speculation that he would reach the open market this summer:

According to ESPN's Chris Broussard, the …

Mark Cuban thinks the NBA should study the potential benefits of HGH use

It was an awful weekend on the injury front in the NBA, with Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (right medial meniscus tear), Memphis Grizzlies …

Mark Cuban

Knicks' JR Smith Is on His Best Behavior in Latest Foot Locker Commercial

New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith starred in a recent Foot Locker commercial, and it is pretty solid. Instead of going out on the town past 9 p.m., Smith decides to stay in his bed since he has a game the next day.

When the Knicks faced the Indiana Pacers in the second round of the playoffs, there …

Andrew Bogut, Mo Williams suspended 1 game, 3 others fined for roles in Warriors-Blazers fight

After the Saturday night fireworks between the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers, it was only a matter of time before the league …

Mo Williams

Mark Cuban says his ‘one-year grudge’ with Jason Kidd is ‘over,’ may retire his number

Mark Cuban seems to be all full of good cheer these days. Earlier on Monday, our Dan Devine relayed that Cuban wouldn’t mind looking into the …

Jason Kidd

Should Chicago Bulls Punt the Season and Go All in on Loaded 2014 NBA Draft?

No plan or strategy can rightfully answer the problem that now faces the Chicago Bulls.

It's the type of problem that requires franchise-altering decision-making and maneuvering.

Now that Derrick Rose is out for the season, again, the Bulls have to evaluate their current roster for the 2013-14 …

The New York Knicks reportedly banned Woody Allen from Madison Square Garden’s VIP lounge

Every New York Knicks home game at Madison Square Garden serves as an opportunity to see some of the city's most famous residents out in support of …

Woody Allen

Which LA Lakers Point Guard Should Kobe Bryant Play with the Most?

The 2013-14 Los Angeles Lakers have a three-headed monster at point guard. As a result, one can only speculate which one of them will be best suited to play alongside Kobe Bryant when he returns from his horrific Achilles tear.

The five-time champion has played with Jordan Farmar, Steve Blake and …

5 Sleeper NBA Teams That Are Proving They're for Real in 2013-14

While panic consumes preseason favorites like the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks, a number of intriguing under-the-radar squads have started the season with a flourish.

Whether it's been the Atlanta Hawks in the East or the Portland Trail Blazers out West, a select group of preseason sleepers …

Kobe Bryant Extension: What It Says About Lakers Future

The Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant both have something to be excited over after the two sides agreed to a two-year, $48.5M extension on Monday.

Now that the Lakers have officially signed their future Hall of Famer, they can now focus on recruiting one of the top stars that will be featured in …

Why the Brooklyn Nets Are in Serious Long-Term Trouble

Panic button, meet the Brooklyn Nets; Brooklyn, meet the panic button.

Seeing as how there will be a whole lot of interaction between you two moving forward, I thought there should be a proper introduction. Everybody acquainted? Exchanged phone numbers? Practiced the finger-to-button salsa dance? …

Timberwolves to trade Derrick Williams to Kings, pending physical for Luc Mbah a Moute

The Minnesota Timberwolves have reached an agreement to trade Derrick Williams to the Sacramento Kings for Luc Mbah a Moute with the deal contingent …

Rudy Gay has banned stat sheets from the Toronto Raptors’ locker room

Advanced statistics continue to become more prevalent in NBA front offices, with many teams moving past traditional data and towards optical tracking …

Rudy Gay