February 16, 2014 |
NEW ORLEANS - Defense won the NBA All-Star game. No joke. Well, maybe a chuckle is in order. The East wasn't exactly hand-in-the-face tough during a game that featured a record 318 points and zero blocked shots, but it did manage to stop the West when it needed to Sunday during the final minutes of a 163-155 victory. BOX SCORE: East 163, West 155 Carmelo Anthony's record eighth three-pointer was part of a game-ending 10-0 run at the Smoothie King Center that helped the East break the record of 155 points set by the West in 2003.
February 15, 2014 |
NEW ORLEANS - The kids are taking over the place. You can't toss a string of beads in the French Quarter this weekend without hitting a wide-eyed NBA All-Star. The festivities have become one extended Rising Stars Challenge between the six players making their All-Star game debuts Sunday at the Smoothie King Center and the five back for a second appearance. At 20, Anthony Davis can't even enjoy one of those oversized fruity alcoholic drinks so popular on Bourbon Street. Generation Next includes first-timers Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan, John Wall, Paul Millsap and Davis in addition to second-time participants Joakim Noah, Roy Hibbert, Paul George, Kyrie Irving and James Harden.
February 14, 2014 |
James Harden will start in the backcourt for the Western Conference All-Star team, replacing Kobe Bryant, who will sit out the game Sunday with a knee injury. West coach Scott Brooks (Oklahoma City Thunder) made his selection on Friday, picking his former guard Harden, who spent three seasons with the Thunder before a 2012 trade to the Houston Rockets. Bryant was injured on Dec. 17 in Memphis, suffering a fracture of his lateral tibial plateau in his left knee. After missing the start of the season while recovering from an Achilles tear, Bryant got through just six games before suffering another injury.
January 30, 2014 |
The Lakers will be represented at the NBA All-Star game, but not on the court. Kobe Bryant was recently voted in by the fans as a starter but a knee injury will force him to sit out on Feb. 16. No other Lakers were named to the Western Conference squad, including four-time All-Star Pau Gasol. Instead, the Western Conference will be represented by Chris Paul (Clippers), Dwight Howard and James Harden (both with the Houston Rockets), LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
January 23, 2014 |
MIAMI -- Kobe Bryant kept asking people to vote for someone besides him for the All-Star game. So when the votes were tallied and he was announced a starter Thursday , he didn't exactly celebrate. Bryant said it was "always a tremendous honor" to be selected to the All-Star game but added that, uh, he had no desire to play in it. "No, I don't think so," he said flatly. How come? "With all due respect to the fans who voted me in, and I certainly appreciate that ... but you've got to do the right thing as well.
January 18, 2014 |
NEW YORK - When the Clippers called Hedo Turkoglu and expressed interest in him, the free-agent forward said he knew it was the place he wanted to be. Turkoglu had spent 12 years in the NBA and had reached the NBA Finals with the Orlando Magic in 2009, losing to the Lakers. So by signing with the Clippers on Thursday, Turkoglu felt he might get an opportunity to win a title. "Well, if you look at it, they are a great team," Turkoglu said. "They have a lot of great players.