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  • Kings GM Vlade Divac cops to turning down a 'better deal two days ago' for DeMarcus Cousins

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 hr ago

    In his first press conference since dealing DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday, Sacramento Kings general manager Vlade Divac hardly managed to calm the waters in response to the trade that took an entire league by surprise.

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    Cousins, the tempestuous three-time All-Star and franchise-level talent, was traded to the Pelicans during Sunday’s All-Star Game for a package that included struggling rookie shooting guard Buddy Hield, along with one-time King Tyreke Evans, a protected first-round pick in the 2017 NBA draft, a second round pick this June, and cap fodder.

    ”You can’t win if you don’t have a culture. Winning begins with culture, and character matters”

    “Yep. Talk to those agents. I don’t want to go into details. I don’t want to discuss the process. It was a big process for us.”

  • Kings play-by-play man Grant Napear cheers the removal of 'dark cloud' DeMarcus Cousins

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 5 hrs ago

    If anyone has a damaged hand on the pulse on what makes the Sacramento Kings click, or cluck, it’s longtime play by play broadcaster and sports talk radio host Grant Napear. The Kings went through two ownership groups, three sets of general managers and six coaches and an ungodly amount of teammates during DeMarcus Cousins’ 2010-through-2017 reign, but only one play-by-play guy slash sports talk radio host.

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    And that play-by-play guy slash sports talk radio host is really, really glad to see DeMarcus Cousins out of Sacramento.

    Napear, the Comcast SportsNet California and KTHK host, dove in on the DeMarcus trade just after it was announced on Sunday evening:

    Trading DMC was an absolute no brainer! There has been a dark cloud over this franchise for years! That cloud is now gone!

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  • Watch the moment DeMarcus Cousins found out he was traded to New Orleans

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 6 hrs ago

    New Orleans hosted the NBA’s All-Star Weekend, and then stole headlines away from the festivities just as the game was ending on Sunday night, when the Pelicans agreed to terms with the Sacramento Kings on a deal that would keep three-time All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins in The Big Easy for good.

    News of the trade, reported by The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, came down around the same time players were set to meet with the press for postgame interviews. Naturally, a crowd gathered around a confused Cousins, who learned of the deal somewhat awkwardly in front of an anxious media horde.

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    Reporters, of course, captured the entire exchange on video:

    — Manny Vieites (@manny_vieites) February 20, 2017

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  • Jimmy Butler hopes the Bulls don't trade him, but he's not losing sleep over it

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 16 hrs ago

    NEW ORLEANS — Jimmy Butler logged just under 20 minutes of floor time on Sunday, scoring six points for the Eastern Conference All-Stars in their 192-182 defeat at the hands of the Anthony Davis-led West. But despite shouldering a much lighter load than he typically does when he steps onto the court, the Chicago Bulls star was looking forward to some R and R after All-Star Weekend.

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    “Now I get to go lay down,” he told reporters Sunday. “Me and the guys are going to go traveling to some places, then lay down, go to a beach somewhere. I’m gonna be in the gym somewhere, though. But it will not be in Chicago. It’ll be somewhere nice and weather-y, where the sun’s out.”

    The Celtics and Bulls have “engaged on the potential of this trade,” as Woj told Chris Mannix, and while they haven’t gotten too far down the road on it, the two sides “have exactly what the other wants”:

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  • Anthony Davis breaks NBA All-Star Game scoring record to claim MVP

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 19 hrs ago

    Any player representing the host team at the NBA’s All-Star Weekend must suffer through a busy few days. The hosting star must attend various parties, do more than the usual round of interviews, and generally keep social at all times. In a way, the game is a break from all the trouble, a chance to have some fun and maybe even rest on the bench for the majority of its 48 minutes.

    New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis most definitely did not take it easy in Sunday’s main event, a 192-182 win for the West over the East. The 23-year-old star looked to thrill in his third All-Star Game as an active player, scoring a ridiculous 52 points (26-of-39 FG) in a game-high 32 minutes of action. In the process, Davis broke Wilt Chamberlain’s 55-year-old single-game All-Star scoring record of 42 points, set for the East in a 20-point loss to the West in 1962. Davis’s record-setting bucket came on this alley-oop from Russell Westbrook in the final few minutes:

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  • Stephen Curry could not avoid Giannis Antetokounmpo's ruthless dunks forever

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 19 hrs ago

    NEW ORLEANS — I mean … was it something Stephen Curry said?

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    With just under 10 minutes left in the third quarter of Sunday’s 2017 NBA All-Star Game, the Golden State Warriors superstar found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Namely, under the rim as Milwaukee Bucks demigod Giannis Antetokounmpo finished an alley-oop tossed by Eastern Conference teammate Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers, after which the ball clonked him right on the cruller:

    The Greek Freak throws DOWN in New Orleans!! #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/mw0Gf8yMBQ

    — Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) February 20, 2017

    Alas, Steph’s clever means of avoiding a Hellenic hammering could only last so long. Soon after, as Curry went for a defensive rebound, nobody informed him that Giannis was lurking until it was far, far too late:

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  • Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant briefly renew their friendship with an alley-oop

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 20 hrs ago

    The drama between former Oklahoma City Thunder teammates Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant built throughout All-Star Weekend in New Orleans, with the NBA pitting them on opposite ends of the Western Conference locker room during Friday’s media availability and Westbrook strictly answering questions about potential awkwardness between the two with commentary about fashion week.

    The spotlight shone brighter during pregame, when Westbrook and Durant warmed up on opposite ends of the court for a period and then shared an awkward exchange when they passed each other.

    Closest Russ and KD will be together tonight? ???? #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/nGWIQwC3nt

    — NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 20, 2017

    Westbrook: Oh, that was the question?

  • Paul Millsap, the no-sizzle All-Star, wants to get weird for one day

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    NEW ORLEANS — When the Eastern Conference All-Stars took the floor for Saturday’s practice session at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the first player introduced was Paul Millsap of the Atlanta Hawks. The atmosphere was electric :

    Paul Millsap is very excited about All-Star Practice pic.twitter.com/yRsJ0LwgrP

    — Hawks Reddit (@ATLHawks_Reddit) February 18, 2017

    That’s just about perfect, isn’t it? Music blaring, public address announcer yawping, dancers gyrating … and Paul Millsap, stone-faced, walks through it at an unhurried pace as fans offer a polite, respectful, muted pop.

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    The approach has served him well. It also makes him kind of a weird All-Star.

    the nba all star game always starts off fun then it gets to the point where paul millsap is subbed in and i just fall asleep

    — rob (@dmxbark) February 18, 2017

    Or, y’know, maybe not.

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  • Pacers' Glenn Robinson III wins a 2017 Slam Dunk Contest that just kind of happened

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    NEW ORLEANS — The lesson, friends: It isn’t easy to author an encore to near-perfection.

    One year after Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon captivated us all with one of the great mano a mano competitions in the history of All-Star Weekend, Gordon and three other players took the court at Smoothie King Center with their sights set on clearing the unbelievably high bar set by the two high-flyers in Toronto. Unfortunately, they came up short.

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    Glenn Robinson III of the Indiana Pacers outdueled Derrick Jones Jr. of the Phoenix Suns in the final round, receiving a perfect score of 50 from the judges for this admittedly killer two-handed reverse slam after clearing teammate Paul George, Pacers mascot Boomer and a Pacers team dancer …

    … to be crowned the champion of the 2017 Verizon Slam Dunk contest.

    There's a new Big Dog in the Robinson family, as @pacers wing @glennrob3 wins the @nba #dunkcontest.

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  • NBA raises $500,000 for Craig Sager's SagerStrong Foundation with an All-Star 3-point shootout

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    The NBA made the first All-Star weekend since Craig Sager’s passing a memorable affair, expertly helmed as always by TNT’s Ernie Johnson. Sager, the longtime sideline reporter from Turner Sports who succumbed to cancer late in 2016, was the inspiration behind a slightly impromptu 3-point, half-court and eventual layup-shooting benefit at Saturday night’s All-Star festivities in  New Orleans. A layup hit by Sager’s son Ryan marked a $500,000 donation made from the league and its sponsorship partners to the Sager Strong charity.

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    After a cadre of NBA greats both past and present rang up $130,000 worth of contributions which a cool $10,000 added for each 3-point make …

    Harden and Parker (who ditched her shoes on her way onto the court) were noticeably impressive, hitting 3-pointers in civvies, while even D.J. Khaled got in a swoosh.

    This. Is. Why. We. Play.