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  1. For your holiday enjoyment: The Mavericks sing “Sleigh Ride”

    Dec 13, 2012, 10:21 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    If this can’t get you in the Christmas Spirit, I don’t know what can? Well, egg nog with brandy while watching “Year Without a Santa Claus.” But this is a close second. Kudos to the Mavericks marketing department, which shows no fear in embarrassing its players. Hat tip to SLAM.

  2. Jim Buss is frustrated with Lakers production, too

    Dec 13, 2012, 7:46 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    Jim Buss is just like every Lakers fan, frustrated by the 9-13 start, the lackluster defensive rotations, the lack of any team identity, the injuries and more. Except, he is part of the reason the Lakers are where they are — he’s the defacto owner now. He gets part of the blame. In a text…

  3. Memphis Grizzlies hire ESPN NBA stats guru Hollinger

    Dec 13, 2012, 6:38 PM EDT

    John Hollinger

    Virtually every NBA team has their own advanced stats guy, or guys. How much sway those people have varies greatly — in Houston GM Daryl Morey is one, in other organizations the stats guy is basically talking to himself —but teams generally see there is some value in advanced metrics when looking at how lineup…

  4. Brandon Roy back practicing with Timberwolves

    Dec 13, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    A month after his seventh knee surgery, Brandon Roy is back on the practice court with the Minnesota Timberwolves, reports Jerry Zgoda at the Star Tribune. It was non-contact, but he is back running and working out with teammates, taking steps toward getting back into games. Which would be a boost if he really could…

  5. While you weren’t looking, Golden State got really good

    Dec 13, 2012, 4:21 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Miami Heat

    They are 15-7, on a five-game winning streak all on the road with a signature win now in Miami. Their shooters and offense starting to find a groove while they dominate the glass. They are a team to watch in the Pacific because they are just going to get better. The Lakers wish we were…

  6. Quote of the Day: Barkley does not think Knicks are Playboy bunnies

    Dec 13, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Tahoe Celebrity Golf

    “Everybody in New York thinks the Knicks are Playboy bunnies, and I have been telling them for years the Knicks are a rabbit. They’re closer to a Playboy bunny this year but for the last few years these guys are like, ‘We have a really good team!’ And I say, ‘You really think that?’ And…

  7. Nothing shocking here: Kobe, LeBron lead All-Star ballot early returns

    Dec 13, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    We don’t exactly need Nate Silver to break down these voting returns and trends — the players in the lead early in the NBA All-Star balloting almost always stay on top. Occasionally guys close small gaps, but generally what you see now is what you get. In which case — good job public. No glaring…

  8. More Sixers injury woes? Holiday to have MRI on foot.

    Dec 13, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    Jrue Holiday

    Haven’t the basketball gods already had enough fun with Sixers, dealt the enough of an injury woe for one season in the knees of Andrew Bynum? Apparently not. After racking up some heavy minutes recently, Jrue Holiday is getting an MRI on his sore foot and it sounds like he could miss at least the…

  9. Mark Jackson says Dwyane Wade is third best shooting guard ever

    Dec 13, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade drives between New Orleans Hornets in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida

    After a couple stellar games, Dwyane Wade was pretty pedestrian on Wednesday night — 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting, five assists and five turnovers. Which in some minds revived the “has Wade lost a step” that had Charles Barkley and LeBron James sniping back and forth over it. Mark Jackson is too smart and too…

  10. Two Bulls fans shot in Philly following Chicago win

    Dec 13, 2012, 12:34 PM EDT

    Philadelphia skyline

    The real headline for this piece should read: “Idiots looking to hurt people continue to use sports as an excuse.” Two Bulls fans who were in Philly for the Chicago win Wednesday night were bragging about the game when they were shot on a train, reports the AP via CSNPhilly.com. Lt. John Walker says the…

  11. Dwight Howard stars in parody “Save The Centers” video

    Dec 13, 2012, 11:57 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    That is damn funny. In case you missed it, the NBA has taken the “center” designation off the All-Star ballot, instead you vote for three “frontcourt” players. The reason is the evolution of the NBA — Kevin Garnett spent most of his career as a forward but he plays the center spot now for Boston,…

  12. Scottie Pippen to star in his own reality show. We’re sorry.

    Dec 13, 2012, 11:36 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    It’s a free country. You don’t have to watch this. You could go to the park and shoot some hoops. Read a book (try “Telegraph Avenue” by Michael Chabon). Go for a bike ride and get some exercise. Play with your dog. Learn how to cook a good risotto. But know that coming to your…

  13. Kobe says Carmelo is hardest player for him to guard

    Dec 13, 2012, 11:18 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant leads his struggling Lakers into Madison Square Garden Thursday night to take on a Knicks team that is 8-0 at home and led by Carmelo Anthony, a guy playing like an MVP candidate. As part of the hype machine for that game, Kobe sat down for an interview with ESPN (Stephen A. Smith…

  14. Some Timberwolves fans heckled Kevin Love Wednesday

    Dec 13, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    First, Kevin Love makes some stern comments that there is still some bad blood and if the Timberwolves don’t build a winning team he might bolt in three years. Comments he does not back down from. Then he goes out and has a 3-for-17 shooting night against Denver Wednesday. Combine those things and you have…

  15. Video: Chris Paul with double behind his back crossover

    Dec 13, 2012, 10:17 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    Chris Paul is very, very good. The Clippers have won eight in a row and while CP3 doesn’t put up gaudy numbers that get him in the MVP conversation, he could. He chooses to worry about winning, about leading a team, about controlling the flow not just getting his own. But if you ever doubted…

  16. Did Sam Bowie mislead Portland doctors before 1984 draft?

    Dec 13, 2012, 8:44 AM EDT

    Sam Bowie

    It is one of the legendary misses of the NBA Draft. In 1984 Houston had the first pick and took Hakeem Olajuwon in a move no sane person has ever questioned. But with the second pick in the draft the Portland Trail Blazers took Kentucky center Sam Bowie over North Carolina guard Michael Jordan. Yes,…

  17. Video: Mo Williams dramatic game winner lifts Jazz over Spurs

    Dec 13, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz guard Mo Williams is carried off the court by Utah Jazz forward Marvin Williams after hitting the game winning shot at the buzzer ending the second half of their NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Salt Lake City

    After the game, Gregg Popovich threw Danny Green under the bus for his defense of Mo Williams on this game-winning shot. From the Salt Lake Tribune:  “What do you think a guy is going to do with two seconds on the clock?” Popovich told reporters. “You make him drive. You don’t step back on Mo…

  18. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Pierce, Rondo lead Celtics to win

    Dec 13, 2012, 6:57 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Boston Celtics

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while watching the Sandy relief concert and thinking the Who looked really old… Celtics 117, Mavericks 115 (2OT): This game was fun. It entertained. Oh, no it wasn’t pretty at all — Dallas had 27 turnovers — but it had its…

  19. Warriors score last six points, beat Heat on Green’s layup

    Dec 12, 2012, 11:55 PM EDT

    Draymond Green, Jarrett Jack

    Miami had this. Golden State had led most of the second half and were getting buckets from Klay Thompson — a fearless gunner who finished with 27 — and David Lee, who was getting his buckets in the paint on his way to 22 on the night. Then there was Jarrett Jack, who had 20…

  20. Wednesday And-1 links: Iman Shumpert has a new Knicks anthem

    Dec 12, 2012, 7:28 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v New Jersey Nets

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • That would be Iman Shumpert‘s new Knicks anthem. Good to see he’s keeping…

  21. Kevin Love is sorry for where he ripped Timberwolves, not what he said

    Dec 12, 2012, 6:49 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Traditionally, guys who just signed four-year max deals don’t sit down and bash the team that just gave them a huge payday. But Kevin Love doesn’t fit your mold, on or off the court. So when he sat down with Adrian Wojnarowski he said what he felt — that him not getting the five-year max…

  22. Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins suspended one game for hitting O.J. Mayo in groin

    Dec 12, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

    Rodney Motte, DeMarcus Cousins

    DeMarcus Cousins says what happened between he and O.J. Mayo was incidental and accidental. You watch the video above and tell that’s what you see, because I don’t. I see an intentional move. The league saw it as intentional and has suspended Cousins one game, it announced Wednesday afternoon. Cousins will be forced to sit…

  23. PBT Extra: Carmelo is unstoppable, the Lakers not so much

    Dec 12, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v New York Knicks

    It’s another edition of PBT Extra, and this time myself and irrepressible Kay Adams talk first about the Knicks chances of being the top seed in the East come the playoffs, then how Carmelo Anthony got them there and if he should be in the MVP conversation (he should). Then we head to the other…

  24. Michael Jordan played some one-on-one with Bobcats

    Dec 12, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan

    He’s not quite the same explosive player he was, even from his Wizards days, but it’s safe to say that even at age 49 Michael Jordan’s post footwork right now will best a lot of the Charlotte Bobcats. A few of them got to find out first hand as Jordan waded into a team practice…

  25. Terrell Owens asked for a 10-day contract with Clippers

    Dec 12, 2012, 2:59 PM EDT

    Premiere Of  Summit Entertainment's "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" - Arrivals

    Terrell Owens can’t get an NFL contract right now (39-year-old receivers rarely do), so he’s looking at some other career options. Like the NBA. Maybe not officially, but he’s been around the Clippers and their workout facility. Blake Griffin was talking about him on the Dan Patrick Show (which you can see on the NBC Sports…

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