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Best Christmas Day Performances in NBA History

Christmas Day has always served as a traditional showcase for the best players – and teams – of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Due to a labor dispute between the players' union and owners that was not resolved until last month, the NBA will open its 2011-12 schedule on Dec. 25, including the

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Oklahoma State Women’s Basketball Coach Kurt Budke Killed in Plane Crash

Oklahoma State, which dealt with the tragic deaths of 10 people in a 2001 plane crash, including some men’s basketball players, is reeling from another crash that took the lives of women’s basketball coach Kurt Budke and an assistant coach, Miranda Serna.

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Will Smith and Wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Among New Owners of NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers

“West Philadelphia-born and raised” actor Will Smith and his wife, actress Jada Pinkett-Smith, are among a collective group announced as new owners of the Philadelphia 76ers at an introductory press conference in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

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It’s Basketball vs. Frisbee in an Epic Trick Shot Showdown [VIDEO]

The extremely accurate foursome of Dude Perfect are pioneers of the trick shot video genre, and hold what is believed to be the world record for longest basketball shot.

In their latest effort, they challenge frisbee wizard Brodie Smith to a trick shot showdown.

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Injuries finally force the seven-footer to call it quits
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Yao Ming Retires After Injury-Plagued Career

Oft-injured Houston Rockets center Yao Ming has informed the NBA he has retired after eight seasons in the league. Yahoo! Sports first reported the news.

The top pick in the 2002 draft was an eight-time all-star, despite averaging just 48 games in each of the last five seasons. Yao appeared in only five games during the 2010-11 season after suffering a stress fracture in his left leg Nov. 10.

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Watch This Amazing Arcade Basketball Dunk

Atlanta-based rocker Aaron Keyes ended an epic game of H-O-R-S-E when he dunked on an arcade basketball game. Lucky for us, YouTube comedy duo Tripp and Tyler caught it all on film.

Take a good look at that form. Look at that extension, that poise. This is the last man you’d want to come up against if you were down to your final letter (well, one of the last).

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Steve Nash Makes Amazing Trick Shot for Chinese Commercial [VIDEO]

Trick shot videos are popping up all over the internet these days and Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash makes a pretty unbelievable one that combines both his basketball and soccer skills (he was a footie star as a youth, FYI) in this ad for Chinese athletic apparel company Lu You. This definitely isn’t a guy you’d want to play in H-O-R-S-E.

Now the question is, did he make it in one take?

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Shaquille O’Neal Announces Retirement [VIDEO]

Shaquille O'Neal, one of the most dominating and entertaining centers in NBA history, has announced his retirement. Never one to shy from the limelight, the star broke the news in a short video he made.

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Will Phil Jackson Coach the Knicks in 2012?
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Will Phil Jackson Coach the Knicks in 2012?

On Sunday, coach Phil Jackson made it clear he had every intention of retiring following the Lakers' devastating playoff defeat to the Dallas Mavericks.

"In all my hopes and aspirations," he said, "this is the final game that I'll coach."

Of course, Jackson has cried wolf before, so it should come as no surprise that he's considering taking over the New York Knicks in 2012.

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Jacob Tucker Wins NCAA Slam Dunk Tournament
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Jacob Tucker Wins NCAA Slam Dunk Tournament

Last month, a video of a Jacob Tucker pulling off a series of spectacular slam dunks became a viral hit. What made the video so striking is that Tucker, a guard for Division III school Illinois College, is white and under six-feet tall -- both traits that aren't typically associated with the dunk.

The purpose of the video was to convince the public to vote Turner into the NCAA's annual slam dunk contest. The public obliged, and on Thursday night, he justified their decision by winning it.

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NCAA Basketball Tournament – Week One Highlights

The first week of the NCAA Basketball Tournament has been put to rest.  Here are the highlights:

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ESPN Employees Banned From Filling Out NCAA Tournament Brackets

In workplaces all over America, folks spent Thursday morning scrambling to get their NCAA tournament brackets filled out before it was too late.

Not so at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut

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