NBA team values -- 2012

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NBA team values -- 2012

Forbes posted its annual list of the NBA's most valuable teams Wednesday. The Lakers reclaimed the top spot from the Knicks with a current value of 900 million. This figure makes them the NBA's most valuable team by 220 million, which is slightly less than the total value assigned to the Milwaukee Bucks.

According to Forbes, broadcast deals played a prominent role in these significant value increases. The Warriors (8th) were in the Top 10 at 450 million and the Kings was 23rd at 300 million. Where's your team rank?

Below is the entire Forbes list of teams and their reported values:
1. Los Angeles Lakers
Current Value: 900 million
1-year change: 40
Operating income: 24 million
2. New York Knicks
Current Value: 780 million
1-year change: 19
Operating income: 75 million

3. Chicago Bulls
Current Value: 600 million
1-year change: 17
Operating income: 59 million

4. Dallas Mavericks
Current Value: 497 million
1-year change: 13
Operating income: -3.9 million

5. Boston Celtics
Current Value: 482 million
1-year change: 7
Operating income: 7.7 million

6. Miami Heat
Current Value: 457 million
1-year change: 8
Operating income: 26 million

7. Houston Rockets
Current Value: 453 million
1-year change: 2
Operating income: 18 million
8. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORSCurrent Value: 450 million1-year change: 24Operating income: 22 million

9. San Antonio Spurs
Current Value: 418 million
1-year change: 3
Operating income: 14 million

10. Phoenix Suns
Current Value: 395 million
1-year change: -4
Operating income: 13 million

11. Orlando Magic
Current Value: 385 million
1-year change: 0
Operating income: -16 million

12. Toronto Raptors
Current Value: 382 million
1-year change: -4
Operating income: 7.4 million

13. Portland Trail Blazers
Current Value: 370 million
1-year change: 4
Operating income: -7.4 million

14. New Jersey Nets
Current Value: 357 million
1-year change: 14
Operating income: -24 million

15. Oklahome City Thunder
Current Value: 348 million
1-year change: 6
Operating income: 25 million

16. Utah Jazz
Current Value: 335 million
1-year change: -2
Operating income: -16 million

17. Detroit Pistons
Current Value: 332 million
1-year change: -8
Operating income: 9.7 million

18. Cleveland Cavaliers
Current Value: 329 million
1-year change: -7
Operating income: 33 million

19. Washington Wizards
Current Value: 328 million
1-year change: 2
Operating income: -3.4 million
20. Los Angeles Clippers
Current Value: 324 million
1-year change: 6
Operating income: 9.4 million

21. Denver Nuggets
Current Value: 316 million
1-year change: 0
Operating income: -1.2 million
22. Philadelphia 76ers
Current Value: 314 million
1-year change: -5
Operating income: -10 million

23. SACRAMENTO KINGSCurrent Value: 300 million1-year change: 2Operating income: 6.4 million

24. New Orleans Hornets
Current Value: 285 million
1-year change: 2
Operating income: -2.7 million
25. Indiana PacersCurrent Value: 283 million
1-year change: 5
Operating income: -10 million

26. Charlotte Bobcats
Current Value: 277 million
1-year change: -1
Operating income: -25 million
27. Minnesota Timberwolves
Current Value: 272 million
1-year change: 3
Operating income: -6.8 million
28. Atlanta Hawks
Current Value: 270 million
1-year change: -8
Operating income: -15 million

29. Memphis Grizzlies
Current Value: 269 million
1-year change: 1
Operating income: -25 million

30. Milwaukee Bucks
Current Value: 268 million
1-year change: 4
Operating income: -7.6 million

DeMarcus Cousins: 'Coward move' by Kings owner Ranadive, GM Divac

DeMarcus Cousins: 'Coward move' by Kings owner Ranadive, GM Divac

Last Sunday night, DeMarcus Cousins was traded to the Pelicans.

The move stunned the basketball world and the All-Star big man himself.

After Cousins' debut in a Pelicans uniform on Thursday night, he opened up to Marc Spears of The Undefeated.

"Nah. For what? It was a coward move, so I’m pretty sure I will get a coward response," Cousins said when asked if he wants to talk to Kings owner Vivek Ranadive or GM Vlade Divac. "For what?

"And I’ve seen this happen before. I’ve been there through all same types … I was there with Mike Malone’s. I’ve seen how they operate. I know what kind of answer I will get anyway. So, what is the point?"

Cousins also revealed a story about the Kings telling him he would not be traded.

"A week before the trade," Cousins started. "The sick part about it is that Vlade came in my house with my agent. We sat in my theater and just talked. That was maybe three weeks ago. We sat there and (he) told me what moves he wanted to make. All of that. I just didn’t understand.

"I got a text from the owner right before I went to All-Star. He was asking me about a player, how I felt about him and making a move. The owner! When it happened, I was just in shock. I didn’t understand."

Cousins registered 27 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, five steals and four blocks against the Rockets, but the Pelicans lost by 30.

Cauley-Stein not only Kings player to thrive in first game without Cousins

Cauley-Stein not only Kings player to thrive in first game without Cousins

SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Kings fell behind by eight at the 6:23 mark of the first quarter and the tension inside of Golden 1 Center was palpable. A spattering of boos could be heard from a fanbase that had just watched their franchise cornerstone sent packing over the weekend. The worst fears seemed to be playing out.

And then Willie Cauley-Stein happened.

Head coach Dave Joerger summoned the second-year big man into the game and he responded with a dunk off a Ben McLemore pass. He followed that up with a put back slam and then a driving lay-up and then a 15-foot jumper. By the end of the first quarter, Cauley-Stein had poured in eight points on 4-of-4 shooting and Sacramento held a 29-26 lead.

“He didn’t feel us,” Nuggets head coach Michael Malone said. “We didn’t have great execution with our pick-and-roll defense. He got behind us. We weren’t covering the rim. It was easy for him.”

The lanky 7-footer has been waiting for his opportunity and with DeMarcus Cousins now a member of the New Orleans Pelicans, he is getting his shot.

Cauley-Stein continued his strong play in the second quarter as the Kings pushed their lead as high as 20. In 15 minutes of action before the break, Cauley-Stein posted 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting. He finished the night with a career-high 29 points and chipped in 10 rebounds in the win, but he wasn’t the only Kings player to post big numbers.

Sacramento used a team effort to pull off a 116-100 shocking victory. Six players scored in double-figures, including rookie Buddy Hield and veteran Tyreke Evans who joined the Kings in the Cousins trade over the weekend.

“Everybody’s unselfish,” Hield said. “When you play unselfish, I feel like everything is possible. Guys aren’t worried about who’s getting the most shots up. It doesn’t matter in this group.”

The rookie out of Oklahoma turned heads in his first appearance in a Kings uniform, scoring 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting. He knocked down a 3-pointer and showed a pretty tear drop in the lane.  

“Buddy is real confident, especially for a rookie,” point guard Darren Collison said. “He can shoot the ball really well. He can create a little bit off the pick-and-roll and he gets after it on defense too.”

Evans dropped in 15 points, grabbed four rebounds and handed out three assists off Dave Joerger’s bench. This is the second go-around in Sacramento for the former Rookie of the Year and there is a clear need for his ball-handling skills on the current version of the Kings.

In addition to Cauley-Stein, Hield and Evans, seldom used rookie Skal Labissiere put in a solid effort in his 14 minutes of action. The Haitian-born big man will likely play plenty of minutes down the stretch as the Kings adjust to their new, guard heavy roster.

Labissiere brought an energy and excitement to the game, scoring 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting. He was active, which the veterans in Sacramento have seen in practice sessions, but Labissiere hasn’t been given the chance in real game action until Thursday night.

“Skal has been working since he got here,” Collison said. “I’ve seen that kid work after the games, in the gym by himself, before practice, after practice, before games, after the games. So it’s good to see that work finally paying off for him.”

Collison added 15 points and 10 assists in 32 minutes. Ty Lawson chipped in eight points and six assists starting alongside Collison and Ben McLemore knocked down two 3-pointers on his way to 10 points.

It was a team effort for a group that has had very little time to gel together. The Kings’ second unit scored an incredible 72 points on the night, outscoring the Nuggets reserves by 28.

With the win, Sacramento moved to within a half game of Denver for the eighth seed in the Western Conference playoff race. They head back to Golden 1 Center on Saturday afternoon for a 2pm start against the Charlotte Hornets who have lost 12 of their last 13 games, including an overtime stunner on Thursday against the Detroit Pistons.