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Williams integrating in with Rockets, who host T-Wolves (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:51:24 PST)
Newly acquired Rockets guard Lou Williams readily admitted to being surprised by his productivity in his debut with Houston on Thursday night in New Orleans, an individual performance that fueled a blowout victory and only bolstered conversation that the Rockets are legitimate contenders in the West. Williams made seven 3-pointers and poured in 27 points in the Rockets' 129-99 win over the Pelicans, doing so without the benefit of a practice or even a shootaround with his new team. What comes next for the Rockets (41-18) beyond their hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves (23-35) on Saturday night at Toyota Center is the process of integrating Williams into their team dynamic.

Nuggets likely to need more than Lin's return vs. Warriors (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:14:36 PST)
Jeremy Lin returns to a site that predates "Linsanity" when he leads the Brooklyn Nets against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night. Lin, who grew up in the San Jose suburb of Palo Alto, began his NBA career quietly as a member of the Warriors after going undrafted out of Harvard in 2010. Lin was signed three days later by the Houston Rockets and cut loose again before "Linsanity" was born with his signing with the New York Knicks three days after Christmas in 2011.

Knicks searching for direction vs. 76ers (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:11:27 PST)
Derrick Rose is unsure about the offense the New York Knicks are running. Carmelo Anthony is unclear about the direction management has for the team after standing pat at the trade deadline. Also murky is New York's ability to consistently get victories and start any kind of winning streak.

Pelicans, Mavs get back to business after big trades (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:50:25 PST)
There will be a whole lot of new blood on display when the Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans collide Saturday night at American Airlines Center. New Orleans (23-35) dealt for Cousins to pair with fellow UK product Anthony Davis to form a towering frontline. Cousins was shocked and hurt by the move from his longtime NBA home, but was happy to get on the floor in New Orleans with his new team.

Westbrook's triple-double leads Thunder past Lakers, 110-93 (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:14:40 PST)
Russell Westbrook connected with his new teammates immediately. Westbrook scored 17 points in his 28th triple-double of the season, and the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 110-93 on Friday night. It was the first game in a Thunder uniform for Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott, acquired Thursday in a trade with the Chicago Bulls.

Cousins rips Kings, calls trade to New Orleans 'coward move'
(Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:51:23 PST)
(The Sports Xchange) - All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins lashed out at Sacramento Kings management, terming Sunday's trade to the New Orleans Pelicans as "a coward move." Cousins' sentiments were published by The Undefeated website on Friday, one night after the Pelicans were routed 129-99 in his New Orleans debut. Cousins was asked if he would like to speak to Kings owner Vivek Ranadive or general manager Vlade Divac to hear why the team's guarantee not to trade him didn't hold up. It was a coward move, so I'm pretty sure I will get a coward response," Cousins said.

NBA-Cousins rips Kings, calls trade to New Orleans 'coward move'
(Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:48:32 PST)
All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins lashed out at Sacramento Kings management, terming Sunday's trade to the New Orleans Pelicans as "a coward move." Cousins' sentiments were published by The Undefeated website on Friday, one night after the Pelicans were routed 129-99 in his New Orleans debut. Cousins was asked if he would like to speak to Kings owner Vivek Ranadive or general manager Vlade Divac to hear why the team's guarantee not to trade him didn't hold up. It was a coward move, so I'm pretty sure I will get a coward response," Cousins said.

It's official: Ben Simmons will not play for the 76ers this season (Ball Don't Lie)
(Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:20:00 PST)
Philadelphia 76ers fans displeased that the team shipped center Nerlens Noel to the Dallas Mavericks before Thursday’s trade deadline, while failing to find a new home for big man Jahlil Okafor despite months and months of rumors, got served another cup of cold coffee on Friday morning. Colangelo: Simmons' bone not fully healed, will sit out the remainder of the season.

DeMarcus Cousins is 'all in' on the Pelicans after 'coward move' by Kings (Ball Don't Lie)
(Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:12:39 PST)
DeMarcus Cousins does not agree with Vlade Divac’s call. DeMarcus Cousins slipped on his first step toward forming one of the NBA’s truly great big man tandems alongside Anthony Davis, losing to the Houston Rockets by 30 in his Pelicans debut, but he’s still “all in” on New Orleans as a longterm option and very much not all in on the Sacramento Kings. In a candid interview with The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears after Thursday’s loss, Cousins called the trade “a coward move” by Kings general manager Vlade Divac and owner Vivek Ranadive, who went back on their word after publicly and privately stating their intentions to keep him in Sacramento.

Rockets spoil Cousins' Pelicans debut
(Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:31:34 PST)
The Houston Rockets shot down new-look New Orleans 129-99 on Thursday, spoiling the Pelicans debut of DeMarcus Cousins with the help of a new arrival of their own. Big man Cousins, acquired on Monday from the Sacramento Kings in a blockbuster trade involving five players and two draft picks, teamed well with Pelicans star Anthony Davis, the two combining for 56 points and 23 rebounds.

NBA-Highlights of Thursday's NBA games
(Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:10:31 PST)
Highlights of National Basketball Association games on Thursday: Rockets 129, Pelican 99 Newly acquired guard Lou Williams scored a team-high 27 points to lead six players in double figures, and the Houston Rockets forced 20 turnovers to spoil the Twin Towers debut of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins with a 129-99 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday. The Rockets led by as many as 35 points in the third quarter and coasted to the victory by making 20 of 51 from behind the arc. Other Rockets in double figures were Eric Gordon (19), Ryan Anderson (17), Clint Capela (13), James Harden (13) with 14 assists and Montrezl Harrell (10).

Nets open road trip in Denver (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 23 Feb 2017 22:23:34 PST)
The Nets acquired Andrew Nicholson and guard Marcus Thornton -- whom they were planning to waive, according to reports -- from Washington on Wednesday and then added K.J. McDaniel from Houston before the deadline Thursday. It won't turn around a lost season in which Brooklyn (9-47) is last in the Eastern Conference. The biggest news out of the Nets camp is the deal that wasn't made.

DeMarcus Cousins's debut didn't go quite as planned for the Pelicans (Ball Don't Lie)
(Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:40:38 PST)
DeMarcus Cousins hits the floor in his Pelicans debut. The New Orleans Pelicans’ trade for DeMarcus Cousins this week changed the face of the franchise, bringing in another star to join Anthony Davis and immediately raising the ceiling on a team that previously looked to have only an outside chance of grabbing the West’s final playoff spot this season. The success might not come immediately for New Orleans, but a franchise that previously had to consider trading Davis before he becomes a free agent can now focus on proving to Cousins that he can be part of an all-time great big man tandem.

Rockets rout Pelicans, 129-99, in Cousins' New Orleans debut (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:20:23 PST)
The Pelicans' tandem of newly acquired All-Star DeMarcus Cousins and All-Star Game MVP Anthony Davis was no match for the surging Houston Rockets on Thursday night. Reserve Lou Williams hit seven 3-pointers and scored 27 points in his Rockets debut, and Houston crushed New Orleans, 129-99.

Casspi breaks thumb in Pelicans debut, out about 4 weeks (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:22:17 PST)
Omri Casspi has broken his right thumb in his first game with the New Orleans Pelicans. The forward says he jammed the thumb on his shooting hand while trying to defend Houston guard Eric Gordon in the third quarter of the Pelicans' 129-99 loss to the Rockets on Thursday night.

Mavericks send Bogut to 76ers in Noel deal
(Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:44:06 PST)
Australian center Andrew Bogut has been traded from the Dallas Mavericks to the Philadelphia 76ers in an NBA deal sending forward Nerlens Noel to Dallas. As the league's transfer window slammed shut on Thursday ahead of the resumption of games after the NBA All-Star break, teams made final moves to tweak rosters for playoff runs or to reduce their payrolls in hopes of free agency spending next July. The Mavericks confirmed the widely reported deal with Philadelphia, which sees the Mavericks also send guard Justin Anderson and a first-round NBA Draft choice.

Lakers, under Magic's guidance, take on revamped Thunder (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:00:16 PST)
OKLAHOMA CITY -- While most of the teams in the NBA have a timid approach when it comes to making trades, the Oklahoma City Thunder never have been in that category.

After trades, Wizards face 76ers (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:42:45 PST)
With the All-Star break behind them, the Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers resume their seasons Friday in Philadelphia, having made significant changes to their rosters in advance of Thursday's trade deadline. The Wizards, whose 34-21 record is third-best in the Eastern Conference, bolstered their anemic bench by acquiring forwards Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough from the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for guard Marcus Thornton, forward Andrew Nicholson and a first-round draft pick.

NBA-National Basketball Association roundup
(Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:10:42 PST)
Seeking frontcourt help, the Oklahoma City Thunder acquired veteran forward Taj Gibson from the Chicago Bulls just before the end of Thursday's trading deadline. Along with Gibson, the Thunder will reportedly obtain small forward Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick from Chicago. The Bulls are expected to receive reserve guards Cameron Payne and Anthony Morrow along forward Joffrey Lauvergne.

The big names stay in place on NBA trade-deadline day (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:33:26 PST)
Paul George stayed put. All-Star DeMarcus Cousins was traded to New Orleans by Sacramento a few days earlier, yet every trade that followed paled in comparison. George remained with the Indiana Pacers, even though the four-time All-Star knew other teams sought his services.

Nets acquire swingman McDaniels from Rockets (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:29:14 PST)
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Brooklyn Nets have acquired swingman K.J. McDaniels from the Houston Rockets.

Grizzlies sign Toney Douglas for remainder of season (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:15:31 PST)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Memphis Grizzlies have signed guard Toney Douglas for the remainder of the season

Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and the NBA's history of dual-big success (Ball Don't Lie)
(Thu, 23 Feb 2017 07:23:58 PST)
Could DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis be popping bottles together again someday? In November 1986, when the Celtics, Lakers, Rockets and 76ers ruled the NBA with frontcourts featuring loads of size and skill, the great Jack McCallum pondered ways to alter the rules of the game, because increasingly bigger players were shrinking the court and rendering guard play less relevant. Then-Golden State Warriors coach George Karl told McCallum at the time, “Right now, the Manute Bols of the game are successful just because they are huge.

NBA trailblazer Yao elected CBA president
(Wed, 22 Feb 2017 23:16:21 PST)
(Reuters) - Former Houston Rockets center Yao Ming was elected president of the Chinese Basketball Association on Thursday. The 36-year-old, China's most successful basketball export, became the first non-government official to lead the sport's national governing body, state news agency Xinhua said. Yao was confirmed president at a CBA congress in Beijing on Thursday, a report posted on the CBA's Weibo account said.

Basketball-NBA trailblazer Yao elected CBA president
(Wed, 22 Feb 2017 23:13:30 PST)
Former Houston Rockets centre Yao Ming was elected president of the Chinese Basketball Association on Thursday. The 36-year-old, China's most successful basketball export, became the first non-government official to lead the sport's national governing body, state news agency Xinhua said. Yao was confirmed president at a CBA congress in Beijing on Thursday, a report posted on the CBA's Weibo account said.

NBA legend Yao Ming named Chinese basketball chief
(Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:57:43 PST)
NBA Hall of Famer Yao Ming called for "urgent" reform and said he was facing a multitude of problems as he was elected president of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) on Thursday.

Yao Ming is the new president of the Chinese Basketball Association (Ball Don't Lie)
(Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:12:36 PST)
Yao Ming speaks at his Hall of Fame induction in September. As reported on Thursday, the Chinese Basketball Association has made newly enshrined Basketball Hall of Famer and Houston Rockets great Yao Ming as its new president. The Chinese Basketball Association has voted unanimously to appoint Hall of Famer Yao Ming as its president.

Chinese Basketball Association elects Yao Ming as president (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:44:17 PST)
Yao Ming has moved into management in a bid to hasten China's basketball development. The Chinese Basketball Association voted unanimously to appoint former Houston Rockets star as its president on Thursday, in a step toward reform for an organization which has in past been led by government bureaucrats. The CBA's social media account quoted the Hall of Famer as saying he hoped to make improvements to the domestic league's draft system and push more Chinese players into the international arena.

Pelicans begin Cousins era by hosting Rockets (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:59:39 PST)
When New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis broke Wilt Chamberlain's 55-year All-Star Game scoring record Sunday night with 52 points in the West's 192-182 no-defense-allowed victory over the East, he was smiling so broadly he said he would keep the MVP trophy in his home rather than give it to his mother for safe keeping. Then a few hours later, Davis and the Pelicans bagged a far bigger, big-game trophy -- 6-10, 270-pound center DeMarcus Cousins from the Sacramento Kings, one of the NBA's most talented big men -- in a blockbuster deal. No one could have imagined the fortunes of the 23-34 Pelicans changing so dramatically.

Reeling Lakers return to practice for 1st time in Magic era (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:51:05 PST)
Magic Johnson swept in to soothe the rattled Los Angeles Lakers, a young, struggling team still reeling from front-office upheaval and the trade of leading scorer Lou Williams. Co-owner Jeanie Buss installed Johnson as president of basketball operations after firing longtime general manager Mitch Kupchak and dismissing brother Jim as executive vice president of basketball operations a day earlier. ''Everything happened so fast,'' rookie coach Luke Walton said.

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