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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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,…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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,…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. Jason Terry has no hard feelings toward Mavs, but he wants to beat them

    Dec 12, 2012, 1:04 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics

    Jason Terry is an NBA veteran, and league veterans tend not to take the business of the Association too personally. So Jason Terry harbors no ill will toward Dallas, something he said as he and his Celtics teammates face Dallas Wednesday night. But that doesn’t mean he wasn’t disappointed Mark Cuban decided to take the…

  21. Minnesota’s Rubio not playing Wednesday, likely Saturday

    Dec 12, 2012, 12:19 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    Ricky Rubio will be back soon for Minnesota. But not tonight. The team announced that Rubio will not make his season debut against the Denver Nuggets Wednesday night, the team announced. Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune tweets that Rubio likely would not make his debut Friday on the first night of a back-to-back, so…

  22. Video: Clippers with four huge dunks in two minutes on Bulls

    Dec 12, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Joakim Noah, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin

    You’ll have to forgive the Clippers announcers hyperbole through this (or you can just turn the sound down — they shouldn’t be comparing Blake Griffin to Michael Jordan inside the United Center), but this was still must see video. The Clippers are still lob city, they still put on an arial show night after night.…

  23. Cousins responds to Mayo saying he had “mental issues”

    Dec 12, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    O.J. Mayo was ticked when DeMarcus Cousins elbowed him below the belt — because all guys are ticked or worse when we get hit there. Cousins said it wasn’t intentional, but Mayo fired shots at him postgame, saying, “”That guy has some mental issues, man…. He’s immature, man. Big maturity problem.” Cousins responded, speaking with…

  24. Kobe Bryant “baffled,” Lakers frustrated by recent losses

    Dec 12, 2012, 10:23 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

    Lakers fans, it’s not just you. The Lakers are frustrated with their recent play and string of losses, too. They see the loss in Cleveland as a new low-point in the season, too. Look at their post-game comments, via Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register. Starting with Kobe Bryant, who put up an efficient…

  25. Report: Lakers considering adding Delonte West, other point guard

    Dec 12, 2012, 9:54 AM EDT

    BKB-GER-US-ALBA-MAVERICKS

    Report: Lakers considering adding Delonte West, other point guard There are no easy answers for the Lakers, because their problems are not tied to just one thing. It’s point guard play, defensive rotations, a lack of outside shooting, transition defense, injuries and a laundry list of other things that has what was a preseason title…

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