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Report: LeBron James Elected VP of NBA Players Association

Report: LeBron James Elected VP of NBA Players AssociationChristian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- According to Adrian Wojnarowski, LeBron James has been named the first Vice President of the NBA Players Association.   Chris Paul was elected the President of the NBPA back in August, overtaking now Kn...

Walt “Clyde” Frazier: If Melo’s Shut Down Other Knicks Will Get Opportunity

Walt “Clyde” Frazier: If Melo’s Shut Down Other Knicks Will Get Opportunity

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Hall of Famer Walt "Clyde" Frazier believes that other Knicks players will step up and do their best to compete if Carmelo Anthony is shut down after the All-Star break.

Frazier, who is a member of the Knicks MSG broadcast, knows it will be a tough decision for Anthony, but is confident the rest of the team won't pack it in for first-year head coach Derek Fisher.

"Once they know that [Anthony] is done, it's going to dawn on the players, this is an opportunity for me," Frazier told ABC Sports Radio on Friday. "These guys get paid too, just like Melo. I think the players are really going to be galvanized by that."

"When Melo has been out sometimes the team has played better without him," Frazier continued. "Everybody thinks now I have a better chance to score."

Frazier will also be a judge in the Sprite NBA All-Star dunk contest on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

"Everyone likes to come here because this is the stage," Frazier said of the bright lights of New York. "It always brings out the best in players."

So what is Frazier looking for in crowning the best dunker? "You've got to be very creative," he said. "The wow factor has to be the captivating thing."

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Karl Reaches Will Become Kings Head Coach

Karl Reaches Will Become Kings Head Coach

Helen H. Richardson/Getty Images(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- The Sacramento Kings reached an agreement with George Karl for him to become the team's new head coach, Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro announced Thursday.ESPN.com reports it's a four-year deal worth an estimated $15 million. The arrangement should be finalized after All-Star Weekend.Karl, who is the sixth winningest coach in NBA history with 1,131 wins, takes over for Tyrone Corbin, who will stay with the Kings as an advisor."I have the utmost respect for Tyrone as a coach and person," D'Alessandro said in a statement. "He's a man of great integrity, a consummate professional that managed a difficult situation with class and professionalism. I look forward to continuing to work with Tyrone moving forward."Karl, 63, last coached in the NBA during the 2012-13 season with the Denver Nuggets. He won NBA Coach of the Year that season and then was subsequently fired.Since his firing, Karl has served as an NBA analyst for ESPN.

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Carmelo Anthony Says He Will Likely Shut It Down After All-Star Game

Carmelo Anthony Says He Will Likely Shut It Down After All-Star Game

NBA via New York Knicks(NEW YORK) -- New York Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony said in an interview with ESPN Radio Thursday that it is "very likely" he will shut it down for the season after the All-Star Game."It's very likely. It's very likely. Now I've got to start thinking about the future," Anthony said to Marc Stein, Marc Kestecher and P.J. Carlesimo on ESPN Radio. "This season is this season. So I really want to just sit down with my team and sit down with the proper people to just kind of plan this thing out and see exactly what I have to do to get done and just to fix it."Anthony has been dealing with soreness in his left knee for months, and is playing for a Knicks team that has the worst record in the NBA.Although he is hurt, Anthony expects to play in Sunday's All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden. It's the first time New York City has hosted the game since 1998."Even if I come out and just play a couple minutes and just wave," Anthony said. "I don't think the fans deserve (seeing me miss the game). They voted me in for a reason, so at least I can show them that I appreciate that by just participating in the game."The 30-year-old Anthony has played in 40 games this season, averaging 24.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game. The Knicks are 0-13 with Anthony out of the lineup.

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Former NBA Player Anthony Mason ‘Fighting for His Life’

Former NBA Player Anthony Mason ‘Fighting for His Life’

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former NBA forward Anthony Mason is "literally fighting for his life" due to a serious heart ailment, ESPN.com reports.

Mason suffered a heart attack a couple days ago and has had multiple surgeries at a New York hospital, sources told ESPN.com.

Mason was a part of the New York Knicks team that went to the 1994 NBA Finals. He played for five other teams, including the Miami Heat, who were coached by Pat Riley.

"Praying for my former teammate Anthony Mason!!!" former Knicks teammate Mark Jackson tweeted on Wednesday.

Mason made one All-Star team, in 2001, and finished his career with the Bucks.

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Gregg Popovich Wins 1,000th Game as Spurs Head Coach

Gregg Popovich Wins 1,000th Game as Spurs Head Coach

NBA via San Antonio Spurs(INDIANAPOLIS) -- San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich further etched his name in the history books. On Monday night he won his 1,000th game with the team.

The Spurs rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat the Indiana Pacers, 95-93.

"I've been here a long time and I've had good players. That's the formula," Popovich said. "Getting the players is difficult, but I've been fortunate to have good ones. The time, that's the most important element. You have to be around for a while I guess."

Only Phil Jackson and Pat Riley won 1,000 games faster than Popovich. Former Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan is the only other coach to win 1,000 with just one team.

"A thousand wins, that's a lot of wins and I feel very lucky that I've been with him for a lot of them," said point guard Tony Parker.

Popovich has a career record of 1,000-462. His .685 winning percentage is second all-time to Phil Jackson.

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Report: Sacramento Kings Offer Head Coaching Spot to Karl

Report: Sacramento Kings Offer Head Coaching Spot to Karl

Helen H. Richardson/Getty Images(SACRAMENTO, Ca.) -- At a time when basketball coaches are reaching the millennium mark for victories, the Sacramento Kings are looking to hire a man who has already achieved it.

The Kings gave George Karl a contract to become the head coach of the team, according to Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report.

Karl, 63, has a career record of 1,131 wins and 756 losses in 25 seasons. He has been the coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets and the Seattle Supersonics -- whom he led to the NBA Finals in the 1995-1996 season.

Tyrone Corbin has been serving as interim head coach of the team since Mike Malone was fired in December when the team began the season 11-13. Corbin is expected to coach the team for at least the next pair of games into the All-Star break, according to Yahoo Sports' Marc Spears. 

Karl previously served as head coach of the Denver Nuggets for eight seasons, compiling a record of 423-257 before being fired in 2013.

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Hawks Edge Warriors in Battle of NBA’s Top-Two Teams

Hawks Edge Warriors in Battle of NBA’s Top-Two Teams

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry combined for 55 points but it couldn't offset seven Atlanta Hawks scoring in double figures, as the Hawks topped the Golden State Warriors 124-116 Friday, in the battle of the NBA's two best teams.

While the Hawks won, this game was tight till the finish. The score was tied at halftime and Atlanta led by only four with six minutes to play. But Atlanta hit 12 free throws down the stretch to once again take over the best record in the NBA.

"They were good," Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. "They were better than us. We broke down defensively. They had a lot to do with that because of the way they stretch you out."

Atlanta (42-9) shot 49 percent from the field and hit 15 of 27 3-pointers in the win.

The Warriors (39-9) had their three-game win streak snapped.

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Mavericks Point Guard Rajon Rondo Out through the All-Star Break

Mavericks Point Guard Rajon Rondo Out through the All-Star Break

NBA via Boston Celtics(DALLAS) -- The Dallas Mavericks are playing it safe and will hold out point guard Rajon Rondo throughout the All-Star as he recovers from a broken orbital bone in his left eye.

On Friday, the Mavericks announced Rondo will miss the remaining three games before the break so he can further recover from an injury that has kept him out since Jan 31st.

Rondo suffered the injury as well as broken nose when he was inadvertently kneed by teammate Richard Jefferson while getting up after tripping over the leg of Magic point guard Elfrid Payton.

Even though Rondo is not ready to return to the court yet, the team is optimistic he will not need to undergo surgery.

The 28-year-old Rondo was acquired by the Mavericks earlier this season from the Boston Celtics. The former All-Star has averaged 9.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, and  6.5 assists per game.

Even though the Mavericks are 34-18 this season, they find themselves only sixth in the Western Conference standings.

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Chris Paul, Clippers Criticize Female Rookie Referee

Chris Paul, Clippers Criticize Female Rookie RefereeBrian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Chris Paul and the Clippers received five technical fouls in Los Angeles' 105-94 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers Thursday night. All-star point guard Chris Paul's technical foul came with 10:17 left in t...

All 5 Hawks Starters Honored by NBA

All 5 Hawks Starters Honored by NBA

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- The Atlanta Hawks were rewarded for being the first team in NBA history to go 17-0 in a month as all five starters were selected as Eastern Conference players of the month for January.

All-Stars Al Horford, Jeff Teague, and Paul Millsap were honored by the league, along with Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll.  Each starter averaged double digit points during the win-streak, however, none of them averaged more than 20 points per game. Atlanta outscored each opponent by an average of 11.9 points per game.

"We appreciate the recognition of our starters' play during this past month.  It is reflective of all the work our entire team and organization has put in," head coach Mike Budenholzer said. "We place a strong emphasis on having the right approach every day and making daily improvement. Collectively, we know that we have a lot more work to do this season and look forward to continue growing as a team." 

According to the Hawks, it is the first time in NBA history all five starters from one team were named players of the month.  

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Stephen Curry Lights Up Dallas Mavericks

Stephen Curry Lights Up Dallas Mavericks

NBA via Golden State Warriors(OAKLAND, Ca.) -- Stephen Curry had a night for the ages in the Golden State Warriors 128-114 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

Curry put up 51 points, converting 10 three-point shots Wednesday night as he helped rally the Warriors from a 22-point deficit early in the first quarter.

"Sometimes Steph plays his best when we're down big and he just senses that he has to put the Superman cape on," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "And he's so good at it. He loves the freedom of being down and saying, 'All right. I'm going to let it fly and bring us back.' And that's what he did."

At one point Curry was so locked in he converted six straight three-point attempts, spanning the second and third quarters. 

"Be aggressive, that's what we do" Curry said. "Shots are going to fall as long as we got defensive stops and kept ourselves in the game, we have enough talent on the team to turn the tides."

The early season inconsistencies that troubled Curry appear to be in the rear-view mirror.  Curry is averaging 30.2 ppg over the team’s last five games and he averaged 23.5 ppg in the month of January.

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Pelicans End Hawks’ Winning Streak

Pelicans End Hawks’ Winning Streak

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- For the first time in over a month, the Atlanta Hawks find themselves in the loss column as the New Orleans Pelicans topped the Hawks 115-100 to end Atlanta's 19-game winning streak.

"We've got a lot of season left," forward Paul Millsap said. "Nineteen games, that's good. We lost one -- 19-1 now. So it's just regrouping. ...We can't let one loss turn into two losses."

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis was the difference in the game. He scored 29 points, pulled down 13 rebounds, and blocked two shots.

The Pelicans also had six players score in double-figures. Eric Gordon chipped in 20 points for the Pelicans while center Omer Asik pulled down 17 rebounds.

"They had us on our heels from the very beginning," Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. "They deserve a lot of credit for us not starting well."

Despite the loss, the Hawks still hold a seven-game lead over the Toronto Raptors for the top record in the Eastern Conference.

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Grizzlies’ Guard Vince Carter Out at least a Week with Foot Injury

Grizzlies’ Guard Vince Carter Out at least a Week with Foot Injury

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A key member for one of the best teams in the NBA will be out of action at least a week as Memphis Grizzlies reserve guard Vince Carter will undergo evaluation on a tendon injury in his left foot.

Carter left Thursday's game against the Denver Nuggets in the second quarter, and an MRI revealed the injury. He'll be re-evaluated next week.

At 34-12, the Grizzlies have the second-best record in the Western Conference, and third-best record in the NBA.

Fortunately for Memphis, while Carter is a valuable role player at this point in his career, the team can rely more on recently-acquired forward Jeff Green. In nine games this season with the Grizzlies, Green is averaging 12.9 points and 4.1 rebounds while playing 28.6 minutes per game.

The 38-year-old Carter is a former All-Star and is playing in his 17th NBA season. In 44 games off the bench for Memphis, Carter is averaging a career-low 6.0 points per game.

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Hawks Win their 18th-Straight Game

Hawks Win their 18th-Straight Game

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Not only have the Atlanta Hawks won 18-straight games, they now own the best record in the NBA.

On Friday, the Hawks improved to 39-8 after rallying past the Portland Trail Blazers for a 105-99 victory.

"We're confident in one through 15 here," center Al Horford said. "Guys really put in the time, guys work every day. They just don't get the opportunity because we're so deep."

The Trail Blazers led after each of the first three quarters, but were outscored 36-25 in the fourth quarter.

Atlanta has not lost a game since Dec. 26 when they fell to the Milwaukee Bucks.

"They're good," Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge said of the Hawks. "We could have played better, but they're good.

Six Hawks scored in double figures on Friday night. They were led by forward Paul Millsap, who scored 21 points, pulled down eight rebounds, two assists, and three blocks.

Guard Kyle Korver also scored 16 points after hitting four of five 3-point attempts.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/30/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/30/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Philadelphia 76ers 103 (10-37) - Minnesota Timberwolves 94 (8-38)

Atlanta Hawks 105 (39-8) - Portland Trail Blazers 99 (32-15)

Cleveland Cavaliers 101 (28-20) - Sacramento Kings 90 (16-29)

Houston Rockets 93 (33-14) - Boston Celtics 87 (16-29)

Toronto Raptors 127 (32-15) - Brooklyn Nets 122 (18-28)

Dallas Mavericks 93 (31-17) - Miami Heat 72 (20-26) 

New Orleans Pelicans 108 (25-22) - Los Angeles Clippers 103 (31-15)

Utah Jazz 110 (17-30) - Golden State Warriors 100 (36-8)

NHL: St. Louis Blues 3  (31-13-4, 66pts) - Carolina Hurricanes 2  (17-25-6, 40pts)

Pittsburgh Penguins 2 (28-13-8, 64pts) - New Jersey Devils 1 (18-22-9, 45pts) - Overtime

Colorado Avalanche 3 (21-18-11, 53pts) - Nashville Predators 0 (31-11-6, 68pts)

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Bucks Sign Forward Kenyon Martin for the Rest of the Season

Bucks Sign Forward Kenyon Martin for the Rest of the Season

Christopher Trottman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Milwaukee Bucks are keeping Kenyon Martin around. The team announced they've signed the veteran forward through the rest of the season.

Martin had originally signed a 10-day contract with the team.

Now in his 15th NBA season, the 37-year-old Martin has added a big boost to the young Bucks. While his impact may not be felt on the stat-sheet, he's provided some much-needed veteran leadership to the team. He's also added solid front court depth after the injury to rookie Jabari Parker and the suspension of Larry Sanders.

Martin also has a connection with head coach Jason Kidd. The two were teammates when the New Jersey Nets made two back-to-back NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003. They also reunited when they both played for the New York Knicks during the 2012-2013 season.

A former number one overall pick, Martin has averaged 12.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. In nine games this season, Martin is averaging 1.6 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.

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NBA Announces All-Star Reserves

NBA Announces All-Star Reserves

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Thursday night, the NBA announced the final players that were selected to play in the 64th NBA All-Star Game that will be held Feb. 15 in New York City.The Eastern Conference leading Atlanta Hawks led the way with three selections: Jeff Teague, Paul Millsap, and Al Horford.Chicago's Jimmy Butler and Golden State's Clay Thompson were both selected for the first time.  Despite playing in only 21 of the Thunder's first 46 games, Kevin Durant earned a spot on the West squad. He will be joined in the front court by Portland's LeMarcus Aldridge and San Antonio's Tim Duncan.Rounding out the West reserves are the Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul, Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, and Houston's James Harden.The East squad also includes Cleveland's Kyrie Irving and Miami's Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

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J.R. Smith Credits Leaving New York City Night Life for Resurgence in Cleveland

J.R. Smith Credits Leaving New York City Night Life for Resurgence in ClevelandJim McIssac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Since being traded from the New York Knicks to Cleveland Cavaliers, guard J.R. Smith has played much better as of late. According to Smith the reason is because he's away from the New York City night life. Smith wa...

Nets’ Doctors Expect Mirza Teletovic to Make Full Recovery from Blood Clots

Nets’ Doctors Expect Mirza Teletovic to Make Full Recovery from Blood Clots

Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- About a week after learning he had multiple blood clots in his lungs, Brooklyn Nets forward Mirza Teletovic expects to make a full recovery.

It was unclear if or when the second-year forward would get back onto the court, but doctors say Teletovic will be back eventually.

“Mirza was diagnosed with pulmonary embolus on January 22 and started on the appropriate medications for this condition," Nets Team Physician Dr. Michael Farber said. "Diagnostic testing was arranged and he was then observed until testing showed that he reached the expected therapeutic range. We are pleased to say that he reports no symptoms at this time and that he will be discharged to return home today.”

“This was a true collaborative effort between our medical team and training staff and the local physicians at the Los Angeles hospital where Mirza was treated," Farber continued. "I am really pleased with how Mirza has progressed. We will evaluate him upon return, personally review all of the testing he had done, and arrange for further testing if necessary.”

“I expect Mirza to make a full recovery,” he added.

In 40 games this season, Teletovic was averaging 8.5 points and 4.9 rebounds off the bench for the Nets.

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