Pro Basketball Talk "The Orlando Magic lost 115-100 to the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night, dropping their record to 15-34 on the season. By all indications, Jacque Vaughn’s days as head coach in Orlando may be numbered due to the poor performance. The Magic are not untalented. Nikola Vucevic is one of the best..." January 30
Sources: Dwight Howard will get second opinion on his knee, could miss extended time. Likely eliminates Howard as All-Star sub for Kobe.
Real GM Basketball "The 2015 All-Star reserves are being leaked ahead of Thursday night's official announcement. The reporter who broke the leak is listed in parethesis. West Kevin Durant (Amick) Klay Thompson (Stein) James Harden (Wojnarowski) LaMarcus Aldridge (Stein) Russell Westbrook..." January 30
Miami Herald "Dwyane Wade knew as soon as it happened. This latest injury might take longer than usual to heal. Calling a sudden news conference on Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena, Wade told reporters, “I won’t be seeing y’all for a little while, so take a good look at this face.” The shooting guard..." January 29
New York Daily News "The countdown to Kevin Durant’s free agency has already begun in places like New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Washington and especially Oklahoma City, where the next 18 months will fly by faster than Russell Westbrook on the break. Phil Jackson and the Knicks have until July 1, 2016 to get their..." January 29
Chicago Tribune "Bulls general manager Gar Forman on Thursday addressed recent reports about the growing tension between management and coach Tom Thibodeau. "While as an organization we try to avoid responding to rumors, there is absolutely no basis to this recent speculation," Forman said in a statement. "We..." January 29
CBSSports.com "Rumors of a rift between Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau and those above him in the team's power structure have persisted for a long while, and the latest report on the matter sounds rather troubling. From the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson: Despite the two seasons left on the four-year..." January 29
Deadspin.com "According to CBS 5 News, Phoenix Suns twins Marcus and Markieff Morris are being investigated by Phoenix police for their role in an alleged assault that occurred Saturday outside of a gym. " January 29
Lakers Nation "After his third consecutive season that has ended prematurely due to injury, many questions have surrounded Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant. Next year will be his 20th season and some wonder if he will be able to come back again. However, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak believes..." January 29
Vince Carter (left foot injury) will not return tonight and will have MRI tomorrow. Fear is he has stress fracture but could be sprain.
Atlanta's Al Horford has been selected to the Eastern Conference All-Star reserves, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
Fisher says Melo will play tonight
NBA.com "New Orleans announced Thursday that All-Star power forward Anthony Davis (groin injury) is listed as questionable to play in Friday’s home game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Davis’ status will be evaluated tomorrow, including during the Pelicans’ morning shootaround at the Smoothie King..." January 29
Nick Young (ankle) is out for tonight’s game against the Bulls.
The Score "Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant underwent successful surgery Wednesday to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder and is expected to need nine months to make a full recovery. Bryant underwent the approximately two-hour procedure at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los..." January 29
Steve Kerr said Andrew Bogut went through practice today and is good to go vs. Utah. Festus Ezeli will get D-League minutes this weekend.
New York Post "Phil Jackson was charged with restoring a sense of pride in the Knicks organization when he was named the team president last spring. That may have been just as important as the mandate to return to the playoffs or win a championship. Jackson may indeed get to that point. But so far, he keeps..." January 29
OKC was close to trading Reggie Jackson to Denver, according to a source. He is expected to be moved before the deadline.
Larry Brown Sports "Klay Thompson may have set an NBA record last week by scoring 37 points in a quarter, but George Gervin does not feel that his record was broken. Gervin, along with Carmelo Anthony, was the previous record holder with 33 points scored in a quarter. The big difference is that Gervin accomplished..." January 29
Houston Chronicle "Rockets center Dwight Howard underwent an MRI on Wednesday. The evaluation revealed edema (swelling due to accumulation of fluid) in his right knee, the team announced. Howard will be evaluated over the next few days but will not travel with the team on its road trip to Boston and Detroit." January 29
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Hassan Whiteside knew his never-ending journey had ended last Nov. 23 upon answering his cell phone while making a sandwich in Iowa. He didn't hear his agent's voice on the other end, as expected from the number. Will Smith instead was singing "Miami." "Finally,'' Whiteside said, because..." January 29
ESPN Dallas "If Chandler Parsons had a midseason MVP vote, it would go to former teammate James Harden. "For sure. He's the best player in basketball right now," Parsons said before his Dallas Mavericks fell 99-94 to Harden's Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. "The things he's doing are incredible. The..." January 29
Detroit News "Though it might be assumed the Pistons will sign a point guard to a 10-day contract to replace Brandon Jennings, coach Stan Van Gundy didn't rule out any kind of solution for the coming days. Including a trade. "We've got a few balls in the air," Van Gundy said. "As much as we would like to..." January 29
CSN Philly "It happened several weeks ago. The Sixers beat the Nets. That had a lot to do with Michael Carter-Williams. MCW didn’t have a good game that evening. Not offensively. He made just two of nine shots. But toward the end, when the game was still in doubt and the Sixers needed a play,..." January 29
Pro Basketball Talk "The Cavaliers have finally gotten rolling as of late, winning six straight and beginning to look like the juggernaut of a team that many projected before the season began. But Cleveland only looks that way when LeBron James is in the lineup — and he won’t be on Wednesday for a home contest..." January 28
Dr. ElAttrache: “I expect Kobe to make a full recovery and if all goes as expected, he should be ready for the start of the season."
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Based on initial examinations, the Miami Heat are expecting to be without guard Dwyane Wade for an extended period after he was sidelined in the second half of Tuesday's 109-102 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks with a strained right hamstring. Wade took treatment Wednesday at AmericanAirlines Arena,..." January 28
New York Daily News "Is the party really over for J.R. Smith? That’s what the flighty former Knick said this week, contending that joining LeBron James in Cleveland — and getting away from the New York nightlife — finally will help him shake the inconsistency that has punctuated his NBA career. “I think this is..." January 28
USA Today "The appointment was set. LaMarcus Aldridge would spend Tuesday in Cleveland, where the torn ligament in his left (non-shooting) thumb was scheduled to be surgically fixed and the Portland Trail Blazers' wildly successful season would likely be broken as a result. Instead, there's this bit of..." January 28
The Score "A toe sprain will sideline Kevin Durant for a second consecutive game when the Oklahoma City Thunder take on the New York Knicks on Wednesday, head coach Scott Brooks said. Durant, who missed Monday's victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves due to the toe injury, was listed as day-to-day on..." January 28
McHale also does not expect Dwight Howard (ankle) to be able to go tonight.
New York Post "Nets forward Mirza Teletovic is expected to make a full recovery from the blood clots discovered in his lungs last week, the team announced Wednesday. Teletovic left last Thursday’s game against the Clippers and went to the hospital because of shortness of breath. He was diagnosed with blood..." January 28
Sporting News "It turns out that Deflate-gate isn't a new phenomenon. Back in 1986, Phil Jackson came clean and admitted to the Chicago Tribune that the Knicks intentionally deflated basketballs to gain a competitive advantage during his 10 seasons as a player in New York. Jackson said the under inflated..." January 28
CBSSports.com "Chicago Bulls big man Pau Gasol will be starting in the All-Star Game, and he's having his best season in years. One of the reasons for his rejuvenation, he said to Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding, is that he doesn't have to worry about whether or not he'll have to move midseason: "I'm..." January 28
Bleacher Report "The NBA Rising Stars Challenge is often an unheralded aspect of All-Star weekend, but a look back at the history of the game shows that many of the best players in the sport have taken part in it over the past two decades. Like all major sports leagues, the NBA is always looking to cultivate..." January 28
ESPN.com "Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo, Minnesota's Zach LaVine, Orlando's Victor Oladipo and Brooklyn's Mason Plumlee will be the contestants in the 2015 Sprite Slam Dunk contest, the NBA announced Tuesday night. Plumlee tweeted he was "thrilled" to be taking part in the contest. The dunk..." January 28
New York Post "Already there have been reports, theories and blueprints on how the Knicks will chase the Thunder’s Kevin Durant in his expected free agency in the summer of 2016 — yeah, right, not this summer but the summer after this summer. Like with impending blizzards and shutting everything down, you..." January 28
NBA.com "Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker underwent successful surgery today to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee. The procedure was completed by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Walker's recovery time is expected to be a minimum of six weeks." January 28
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Kevin Martin plans to play tonight against Boston at Target Center, his first game back since he fractured his right shooting wrist against New York on Nov. 19, according to sources with knowledge of his health. He had hoped to make his return last Wednesday against Dallas, but awoke that..." January 28
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Credit (or blame, depending on your perspective) esteemed former colleague Michael Lee, now of the Washington Post, for planting this seed. We were sitting next to other another in the crowded Philips Arena press room after the Atlanta Hawks had beaten Oklahoma City for their 15th consecutive..." January 28
Spokesman says NBA review of Matt Barnes incident confirmed that it was "not an interaction with Suns owner Robert Sarver" that led to fine
SB Nation "The plan calls for the growth of NBA player tax revenues to raise $220 million for a new arena that would keep the Bucks in Milwaukee. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced a plan to use the growth of NBA player tax revenues to help finance the building of a new multi-purpose arena that would..." January 28
NBA.com "The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have signed forward Reggie Williams of the Oklahoma City Blue to a 10-day contract. Williams, 6-6/210, has appeared in 13 games this season for the Blue of the NBA D-League, averaging 16.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.08 steals in 31.9..." January 28
Sporting News "After a 22-6 start that was good enough to put them on top of the East for the first two months of the season, the Raptors hit a bit of a snag as 2014 wound down. Toronto endured a 3-8 stretch that included losses to playoff teams Portland, Golden State, Phoenix, Charlotte, Atlanta and..." January 28
ESPN.com "The Milwaukee Bucks will sign former All-Star power forward Kenyon Martin to a rest-of-the-season contract this week, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that Martin, who completes his second 10-day deal with the Bucks on Wednesday, has lent a welcome veteran touch to a young..." January 28
Pro Basketball Talk "Nikola Mirotic rarely watched the NBA while growing up in Europe. Even as a promising professional player drawing American scouts, he still had only passing interest in the league. But that changed the instant the Bulls traded up to get him with the No. 23 pick in the 2011 draft. Mirotic,..." January 28
Boston Herald "Danny Ainge is prepared to see the Celtics’ rebuilding process through. While in better days for the club he pondered how long he wanted to remain in charge, Ainge insists now he is committed to a job he is enjoying. Ainge is in his 12th season as president of basketball operations, and the..." January 28
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Timberwolves rookie Andrew Wiggins went to the free-throw line 12 times Monday in Oklahoma City on his way to a 23-point night, his first 20-point game since he scored a career-high 31 points in Denver nine days earlier. With one hand on his wallet and without elaborating, Wolves coach Flip..." January 28
NBA.com "The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has signed forward Chris Johnson of the NBA Development League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers to a 10-day contract. Johnson becomes the NBA’s 24th overall NBA D-League Call-Up of the 2014-15 season and the 22nd different player to be called up. Per team..." January 28
Michigan Live "The Detroit Pistons will go with two point guards again tonight at Philadelphia 76ers though that likely will be the final game they do so. The Pistons (17-29) complete a four-game, five-night stretch at 7 tonight here against the 76ers after losing the first three, including a 103-95 loss to..." January 28