The NBA wraps up the season's first half in style with a great double header tonight on TNT. At 8pm Eastern, its the Thunder hosting the Miami Heat in Oklahoma City, followed by the battle of Los Angeles featuring the Clippers and Lakers. The "Grammy" break is over and both LA teams are road weary and ready for a return to the Staples Center. NBA fans won't be without the game as All-Star weekend in Houston tips off on Friday.
As we approach the NBA break, more details are emerging about All-Star weekend. We know Alicia Keys will be performing at halftime of the main event and we also can pass along particpants in the Sprint Slam Dunk, Taco Bell Skills Challenge and Foot Locker 3-point contest. All events, including the Sears Shooting Stars competition will take place Saturday night February 16th, with the main event on Sunday. Everything will be carried LIVE on TNT from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
As we roll into the 2012-'13 NBA season, we're going to take you through an overview of each of the six divisions. Who are key newcomers? Who are notable for your fantasy team? Last season was brutal with a late and sudden December start to an abbreviated season. We wrap up our previews, staying in the Western Conference, with the Pacific Division. The Lakers have assembled the latest "Dream Team" with Steve Nash and Dwight Howard now running showtime alongside Kobe. The Clippers are now a force, with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin leading the way. Golden State finally landed a big man to help David Lee, now if only Andrew Bogut can stay healthy. Watch out for Sacramento and mercurial big man DeMarcus Cousins. Marcin Gortat was a nice find in the desert, but Phoenix just doesn't have the horses to compete.
As we play out the final month of the 2011-'12 NBA season, we take a look at each franchise. Who emerged, what went wrong, what lies ahead. A look at post season chances, long term potential and upgrades possible in this summer's NBA draft. We continue in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference with the Golden State Warriors.
It's a great week to have Mavericks, as Dallas is the only team this week with five games. We take a look at who may be on your league's waiver wire or available in free agency. Also, a reminder to keep on the trading deadline, in the NBA as well as your fantasy league.
Kobe explodes, better than Rip ever did in "the mask". Joe Johnson returns, then gets shut down again. Chris Bosh takes a temporary leave. Kenyon Martin shows why he could make a difference for the Clippers. Manu is getting close, while Stephen Curry continues to sit out. Nene and Danilo near a return. More "word" from Friday night and a look at Saturday's play.
Is now the time to pickup Minnesota rookie forward Derrick Williams? The Andrea Bargnani injury watch continues. Does the explosive return of Brooke Lopez rekindle Dwight Howard to New Jersey discussion? We wrap up injury progress from across the Association.
The main event tips off tonight at the Amway Arena, but there has been plenty of action in Orlando this weekend. The All-Star game tips at 730pm EST, but we have already enjoyed the Rising Stars game, the three point shootout, the slam dunk competition and the skills challenge. We put a wrap on it.... just in case you missed it.
Four more night's of action until the Association heads to Orlando for the annual NBA All-Star weekend. We've told you about the Slam Dunk competion and share with you those competing in the three-point shootout. We went through the draft by Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley for the "Futures" game and now we wrap up our previews with the Skills Challenge contestants.
It appears that all points have been agreed upon in the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement and it is awaiting ratification. Players began voting electronically yesterday and will wrap up tonight. Owners will vote at a meeting on Friday in New York. Keep your fingers crossed, if all goes well, free agency and training camps will officially open on Friday. Finally, we can put all the nasty money talks behind us. Lots of activity on the transaction front….