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Feb 21

Watch all the best dunks from the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell edged out Larry Nance Jr. in the 2018 NBA Slam Dunk competition, but the back-and-forth between the two young players was not the only source of thunderous jams over the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend.

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Feb 20

Ranking NBA’s top Fantasy Basketball rookies with stretch run ahead

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell is having one of the most captivating rookie seasons in recent memory. The NBA remains in a collective lull in the wake of All-Star Weekend, but the week-long hiatus for fantasy purposes will finally be lifted Thursday …

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Feb 19

Streaking Jazz make sweet music coming out of All-Star break

A few weeks ago, it appeared the Utah Jazz might be headed to the draft lottery. ”They’ve got some good players, so I don’t think anybody was surprised they fought their way back in,” Portland guard Damian Lillard said. As the season picks back up following the All-Star break, the Jazz are riding an 11-game winning streak.

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Feb 18

Rookie Mitchell showcases dunking excellence

High-flying rookie Donovan Mitchell launched an aerial assault on the basket and Devin Booker showed off his silky smooth shooting skills at the 2018 NBA All-Star Game skills competition on Saturday. Mitchell had two perfect 50 scores over four dunks t…

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Feb 18

Mitchell soars to dunk title, Booker sets 3-point record

The NBA dunk contest was a throwback in many ways, with a 21-year-old rookie and a 25-year-old, third-year pro fighting it out for the trophy. Larry Nance Jr. rolled out his father’s old uniform — down to the knee-high socks — and then rolled out his father himself to help with one of his dunks. Mitchell put on a show at Staples Center to win the slam dunk contest and cap off NBA All-Star Saturday.

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Feb 18

Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell tops Cavs’ Larry Nance Jr. to win 2018 Verizon Slam Dunk

“I’ve been watching this since I was like, eight,” the Utah Jazz rookie phenom told Kyle Goon of the Salt Lake Tribune. Mitchell ensured Saturday that he’ll be a part of it forever, outpointing Cleveland Cavaliers big man Larry Nance Jr. in the final r…

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Feb 18

Mitchell wins Slam Dunk Contest to highlight Saturday’s All-Star festivities

Rookie Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz edged Larry Nance Jr. of the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the Slam Dunk Contest as the climax of NBA All-Star Saturday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Mitchell scored a perfect 50 on the first of two final…

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Feb 18

Donovan Mitchell caps NBA All-Star challenges with dunk success

The Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell was crowned dunk champion during the NBA All-Star weekend in Los Angeles. Saturday was the day most basketball fans wanted to see during the All-Star weekend. The dunk contest, three-point contest and skills competition make up one of the most entertaining nights in all of sports and it did not disappoint at Staples Center.

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Feb 18

The Latest: Jazz rookie Mitchell wins slam dunk contest

Rookie Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz put on a show in the slam dunk contest to cap off NBA All-Star Saturday. Mitchell edged Larry Nance Jr. by two points, sealing his victory with a close approximation of the 360-degree spin dunk that Vince Carter used to win the 2000 contest. ”I wanted this so badly,” Mitchell said.

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Feb 17

Aussie Simmons enjoying his first All-Star weekend

Ben Simmons had two simple objectives coming into the 2018 NBA Rising Stars Game on Friday night. Simmons was selected with the top pick in the 2016 entry draft by the 76ers. Simmons was the NBA rookie of the month for October, November and January and…

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Feb 15

Nuggets coach Michael Malone speaks out on gun violence: “How many times are we gonna see the same story and nothing changes?”

Malone called for government action after Wednesday’s mass school shooting in Florida.

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Feb 15

Can The NBA All-Star Game Be Fixed?

Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (Feb. 15, 2018), FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver is back to help break down the latest in the NBA with Neil and Kyle. First, the Utah Jazz are on an 11-game winni…

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Feb 15

Donovan Mitchell Uses Footwear To Send Powerful Message About Gun Violence

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell sent a powerful message about gun violence during his team’s Wednesday night win over the Phoenix Suns. The 21-year-old NBA player inked two messages onto his shoes in response to the horrific mass shooting hours earlie…

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Feb 15

NBA player brings gun control message to the basketball court following shooting

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell made a pair of powerful statements Wednesday about the shooting rampage at a Florida high school that left 17 dead: “Pray for Parkland” and “End Gun Violence.” But the rookie player didn’t tweet those words, nor did he issue a statement through his press representative: Instead, with a black magic marker in hand, he jotted down those messages on the side of his shoes. Following the game — Utah Jazz beat the Phoenix Suns 107-97 — Mitchell explained why school shootings struck a nerve with him. “My mom’s a schoolteacher,” the Connecticut native, 21, told reporters. “I was about 15, 20 minutes away during the Sandy Hook shooting. It’s kind of scary. I’m not saying

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Feb 15

Jazz win 11th straight, beating Suns 107-97

Stepping up in the fourth quarter is becoming natural for the Utah Jazz. The Jazz survived another close game on Wednesday, pulling out a 107-97 victory over the Phoenix Suns for their 11th straight win after making the right plays at the right time on…

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Feb 15

Rockets sign 7-time All-Star Johnson

Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey announced the signing of veteran guard/forward Joe Johnson in a press release Wednesday. According to multiple reports, the seven-time All-Star will be in uniform and available to play against the Sacramento …

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Feb 13

Spurs Coach Says U.S. Needs Black History Month Because ‘We Live In A Racist Country’

Popovich was speaking to reporters prior to Spurs’ game against the Utah Jazz, where he was asked about the National Basketball League’s promotion of Black History Month. “I think it’s pretty obvious the league is made up of a lot of black guys,” Popov…

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Feb 13

Black History Month vital in ‘racist country’ like US, says Spurs’ Gregg Popovich

Gregg Popovich is regarded as one of the greatest NBA coaches of all time. The San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has endorsed the NBA’s promotion of Black History Month, and offered a searing indictment of race relations in the US. To honor [Black…

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Feb 13

Derrick Rose clears waivers after release by Jazz

Derrick Rose, the 2011 NBA Most Valuable Player, cleared league waivers Monday and became a free agent, league sources told ESPN. There’s some interest in Rose, but no team has yet to make him a firm offer to sign him for the rest of the season, league sources told ESPN. Washington has considered the possibility of signing Rose in the wake of John Wall’s extended absence after knee surgery, but the team is looking at other candidates, too, league sources said. One of those could be former NBA guard Ty Lawson, who has been playing in China, sources told ESPN. Rose was waived on Saturday, in the wake of his trade to the Utah Jazz as a part of the? Cleveland Cavaliers’?three-team deal, which also

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Feb 13

Report: Rose clears waivers, hits free agent market

Derrick Rose became a free agent Monday after clearing waivers, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported. The Utah Jazz put the veteran guard on waivers Saturday after acquiring him and Jae Crowder from Cleveland as part of a three-team deal also involving Sacramento. The Cavaliers got Rodney Hood from the Jazz and George Hill from the Kings.

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