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  1. adidas and Derrick Rose launch D Rose 3.5 (PHOTOS)

    Jan 19, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

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    adidas announced the launch of the D Rose 3.5 this week, the midseason edition of the company’s signature basketball shoe for Derrick Rose. From the official release: “My main thing is always sharpening up my game and improving my body and with the D Rose 3.5 adidas took that same approach,” said Rose. “This shoe…

  2. Pau Gasol wants to start, but Mike D’Antoni may continue to bring him off the bench

    Jan 19, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    The Lakers don’t need any more problems in this troubled season, one in which the team is merely trying to figure things out just enough to sneak back into the playoff picture before time runs out. But there may be one brewing between Pau Gasol and Mike D’Antoni. When Gasol missed five games due to…

  3. Vince Carter dunks on Ibaka, makes sure to get his ‘motorcycle’ celebration in afterward (VIDEO)

    Jan 19, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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    The best part of this dunk wasn’t the fact that in crunch time of a tight game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Vince Carter went strong to the rack and threw it down over Serge Ibaka. No, the awesomeness came a second or two later, when Carter made sure to get in his patented motorcycle-revving…

  4. Joakim Noah says Kevin Garnett uses ‘cheap shots’ to throw guys off their game

    Jan 19, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Noah celebrates basket against Boston Celtics' Terry during NBA basketball game in Chicago

    The Bulls beat the Celtics in overtime on Friday, on the strength of a couple of big plays that went their way down the stretch of both regulation and the extra session. Joakim Noah continued his All-Star caliber play, especially defensively where he was able to hold Kevin Garnett to just 5-16 shooting. He was…

  5. Brandon Jennings doesn’t like his All-Star chances

    Jan 19, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Brandon Jennings, Ben Uzoh

    PHOENIX — Brandon Jennings, and to a lesser extent, Monta Ellis, are on the bubble in terms of potential players who could be named to the All-Star team as a reserve. We discussed this on the podcast this week — once you get past Kyrie Irving, there really aren’t any locks to make the team…

  6. Steve Nash says Suns firing Gentry may be a good thing for his former head coach

    Jan 19, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Alvin Gentry, Steve Nash

    Steve Nash had a good relationship with Alvin Gentry in Phoenix, his former head coach who led Nash and the Suns to the Western Conference finals back in 2010. Not surprisingly, Nash had good things to say in the wake of Gentry’s dismissal from the organization on Thursday. Nash essentially said that the parting of…

  7. Kevin Durant scores career-high 52 points, hits overtime game-winner to get win over Mavericks

    Jan 19, 2013, 1:13 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant scored 52 points, a new career-high in leading the Thunder to a 117-114 overtime win in Dallas against the Mavericks. None of his shots were as ridiculous or as important as the one you see in the video clip above. With under 27 seconds remaining in overtime and the game tied at 114,…

  8. Jrue Holiday with the layup to send Sixers to overtime against Raptors (VIDEO)

    Jan 19, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

    Jrue Holiday

    Jrue Holiday is doing his best to remind coaches that he deserves a spot on the Eastern Conference All-Star team this season. Holiday finished with a career-high tying 33 points, to go along with 14 assists while scoring all 12 of his team’s overtime points to lead the Sixers to a 108-101 win over the…

  9. Marco Belinelli hits the game-winner in overtime to send Bulls past Celtics (VIDEO)

    Jan 18, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Gibson reacts as Belinelli celebrates his game-winning shot with Robinson in their NBA basketball game against Boston Celtics in Boston

    This was an amazing shot by Marco Belinelli, one that gave the Bulls a hard-fought 100-99 overtime victory over the Celtics in Boston on Friday. But it shouldn’t have come to this for the Celtics. Boston led this game by three with 20 seconds left in regulation. After a free throw from Kirk Hinrich cut…

  10. Lou Williams suffers knee injury, leaves in a wheelchair (VIDEO)

    Jan 18, 2013, 9:22 PM EDT

    Jimmer Fredette, Lou Williams, John Salmons

    Midway through the second quarter of the game between the Hawks and the Nets on Friday, Lou Williams was forced to leave the game with a non-contact injury to his right knee. As Williams planted on the fast break, the knee seemed to buckle, and he immediately limped off the floor after feeling the injury…

  11. PBT Podcast: Lakers-Heat, All-Star reserves, and a conversation with Gary Payton

    Jan 18, 2013, 2:55 PM EDT

    Gary Payton

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to talk about the epic Thursday night matchup between the Lakers and the Heat. We wonder if anyone can beat this Miami team when LeBron James has it going like that, and discuss the Lakers overall improvement and how Pau gasol might be…

  12. Alvin Gentry out as Suns head coach

    Jan 18, 2013, 1:28 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Phoenix Suns

    PHOENIX — The Suns and head coach Alvin Gentry have parted ways effective immediately, according to multiple reports. The official release from the team says that the two parties have mutually agreed to the decision, and given the talk around the team over the last week or so, that makes perfect sense. There have been…

  13. Three Stars of the Night: LeBron plus Wade equals too much for Lakers

    Jan 18, 2013, 3:09 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James celebrates during their NBA basketball game against Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles

    We really should just rename this the LeBron James and two other great performances of the night, considering the fact that when James is dialed in and chooses to exert maximum effort, all is lost for anyone trying to stop him. Before we get to James, however, let’s highlight a couple of other guys who…

  14. Bucks win in Phoenix for first time in 25 years

    Jan 18, 2013, 2:02 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Phoenix Suns

    PHOENIX — The Suns are in a bad place right now, contemplating rotation changes geared more toward player development than winning in the not-so-distant future. The Bucks, meanwhile, are a playoff team in the East, and fought like it on Thursday to overcome an eight-point fourth quarter deficit on the way to a 98-94 victory.…

  15. Ricky Rubio somehow blows a wide open layup (VIDEO)

    Jan 17, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    It doesn’t take an expert to tell you that Ricky Rubio is struggling to regain his form from last season. After returning from injury for the Timberwolves back on Dec. 15, he’s been extremely inconsistent, and hasn’t come close to finding his touch on the offensive end of the floor. Here we have video evidence…

  16. Leandro Barbosa and Danny Ainge deny report of Barbosa’s trade request

    Jan 17, 2013, 9:06 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets

    Leandro Barbosa has played well offensively for the Celtics this season when he’s gotten the chance. The problem has been that after the first month of the season, the opportunity has all but vanished — and when that happens, reports and rumors can often begin to swirl. That was the case with Barbosa this week,…

  17. 2013 NBA All-Star starters announced

    Jan 17, 2013, 7:24 PM EDT

    kobe all-star 2013

    The 2013 NBA All-Star starters were announced just after 7 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, and in the both the Eastern and Western conferences, there were no surprises. In the east, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Kevin Garnett were the frontcourt players voted in by the fans, and Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo were selected to…

  18. Nike Basketball debuts ‘Count on Kobe’ spot (VIDEO)

    Jan 17, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

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    Nike Basketball dropped the first spot in their ad campaign to support Kobe Bryant and his latest signature shoe, the Kobe 8 SYSTEM. Reminding you that Bryant is relentless in his quest to be the best, the video essentially reminds us that like death and taxes, you can count on Kobe. From the official release:…

  19. adidas unveils 2013 NBA All-Star uniforms

    Jan 16, 2013, 9:01 AM EDT

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    Here we have our first look at the uniforms the players will be wearing in the 2013 NBA All-Star game on Feb. 17, and the classic red and blue look appears to be a hit at first glance. Details from the official release are below, and we’ll pass along additional images as they become available.…

  20. Michael Beasley continues to be messed with by ‘gremlins’

    Jan 16, 2013, 12:15 AM EDT

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    A funny thing happened during the Suns’ loss to the Thunder in Phoenix on Monday, and it wasn’t anything new if you’ve been following the career of Michael Beasley relatively closely. Beasley has had his ups and downs in his first year in Phoenix — mostly downs, if we’re being honest — but has contributed…

  21. Kevin Durant scores 41 points as Thunder take care of Suns

    Jan 15, 2013, 1:42 AM EDT

    Thunder forward Durant reacts after a three point shot against the Atlanta Hawks in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Atlanta

    PHOENIX — The Thunder were shorthanded for the second game in as many nights on Monday, with Serge Ibaka sidelined due to injury. But at this point, with this team, all they need is a healthy dose of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and they’ll be able to beat most teams on most nights. The…

  22. John Wall with the crossover that drops Ish Smith to the floor (VIDEO)

    Jan 14, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

    John Wall, Louis Williams

    The Wizards won their second straight game since John Wall returned from injury, and third in a row overall as they thumped the Magic by 29 points on Monday. Wall came off the bench and played just 20 minutes, while finishing with 12 points and six assists — none prettier than this one after going…

  23. Earl Clark making the most of his opportunity with the Lakers

    Jan 14, 2013, 9:22 PM EDT

    Dion Waiters,  Earl Clark

    Earl Clark was supposed to be nothing more than an afterthought for the Lakers this season. But a concussion to starting power forward Pau Gasol has opened the door for Clark to contribute, and he’s made more than expected of his opportunity thus far. Clark was a throw-in as part of the trade that brought…

  24. Lakers snap six-game losing streak with blowout win over Cavaliers

    Jan 14, 2013, 1:19 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

    Mike D’Antoni has a long way to go before his stint as Lakers head coach will be viewed as anything close to a success. But he picked his motivational spot wisely, calling Sunday’s game against the Cavaliers essentially a must-win, and a starting point for L.A. to begin to get its miserable season back on…

  25. A list of NBA players who can veto or block trades in 2013

    Jan 13, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets

    Excellent information from Marc Stein of ESPN.com in his weekend column, where he details the circumstances surrounding the ability of various players to either block or veto a trade involving them this season. There are 19 players in total that can throw a wrench in their respective team’s trade talks if they so choose, due…

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