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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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Dwight Howard Dunks on Giant Stuffed Giraffe [VIDEO]

With the lockout continuing, NBA players have been forced to look elsewhere to fulfill their basketball jones. In the case of Dwight Howard, this journey took him to Japan, where the Orlando Magic center recently dunked on an 11-foot hoop which had been attached to the neck of a 12-foot stuffed giraffe, during an exhibition at a Tokyo mall.

Yes, it all sounds a bit strange, but the crowd gets really into it.

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Is the Lingerie Basketball League As Sexy As It Sounds? [VIDEO]

Labor issues could very well wipe out the 2011-2012 NBA season, but a fledgling basketball league appears prepared to pick up the slack if Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki and company aren’t allowed to hit the hardwood.

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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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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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Awkward: Basketball Star John Wall Botches First Pitch at Nationals Game [VIDEO]

As millions learned Friday, there’s a reason John Wall plays basketball and not baseball.

The Washington Wizards point guard had the honor of throwing out the first pitch at Friday’s game between the Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles.

Unfortunately, his skills on the field weren’t nearly as good as they are on the court, resulting in one of the more awkward first-pitch moments in recent memory.

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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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Cleveland Fans Pulling For Dallas ‘Cavs For Mavs’

No, the Cleveland Cavaliers are not in the NBA playoffs, but their fans are still emotionally invested in the outcome of the finals.  The Cleveland fans are still upset about the fashion that LeBron James left them last year to sign with the Miami Heat.  The fans actually burned his jersey in the streets after he left.  Cleveland fans have started the battle cry "Cavs for Mavs" in the hopes that the Dallas Mavericks can dash Lebron's chances of winning his first NBA Championship.  More after the jump.

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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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Former Michigan Star and NBA Player Robert ‘Tractor’ Traylor Dead at 34

According to multiple reports, former Michigan basketball star and NBA player Robert 'Tractor' Traylor was found dead Wednesday on the bedroom floor of his apartment in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico. He was 34.

Police said Traylor had been missing for a few days, and that he apparently died of a heart attack. At time of his death, Traylor, a team member for the Bayamon Cowboys, was recovering from a heel injury.

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Kobe Bryant Directs Anti-Gay Slur at Referee [VIDEO]

Kobe Bryant wasn't happy when referee Bennie Adams hit him with a technical in the third quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers' game against the San Antonio Tuesday night.

In fact, after Kobe had taken a seat on the bench, TNT's camera caught him directing a gay slur at Adams.

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LeBron James' Mom Arrested in Miami
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LeBron James’ Mom Arrested in Miami

Gloria James, the mother of Basketball star LeBron James, was arrested early Thursday morning and cited with "misdemeanor simple battery" following a scuffle at the Miami Beach Hotel, RadarOnline is excl

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