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  1. Video: Kobe Bryant, Lionel Messi show skills in Turkish Airlines ad

    Dec 6, 2012, 10:36 PM EDT

    NBA basketball star Kobe Bryant takes a penalty kick as part of a promotion during halftime of the 2011 Herbalife World Football Challenge soccer match between Barcelona and Manchester United in Landover

    Kobe Bryant is a huge soccer fan, a huge Barcelona fan. Lionel Messi is the best goal scorer on the earth, one of the greats ever. And he plays for Barcelona. And the two international icons were good catches by Turkish Airlines in a clever ad. (Remember Kobe came on board as a sponsor of Turkish…

  2. Court orders Dennis Rodman to pay $500,000 in child support

    Dec 6, 2012, 8:41 PM EDT

    "Celebrity Apprentice All Stars" Season 13 Bus Tour

    Thursday was not a good day for Dennis Rodman in court. Not that he’s had a lot of good days in court, but this was one of the more expensive ones. An Orange County court has ordered Rodman to pay $500,000 in back child support to his ex-wife. Or else. And you don’t want to…

  3. Carmelo Anthony out vs. Heat on Thursday night

    Dec 6, 2012, 8:22 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony controls a rebound in front of Brooklyn Nets' Wallace during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Well, I got this one wrong. Mike Woodson said the decision would be Carmelo Anthony’s — if he said he could play Thursday night against the Heat, he would play. But he is out, tweets Brian Windhorst of ESPN (and confirmed by other tweets from the arena). Carmelo Anthony will not play for Knicks vs.…

  4. PBT Extra: Talking Kobe Bryant’s legacy (and some Pau Gasol)

    Dec 6, 2012, 7:43 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets

    After a short hiatus, PBT Extra is back with some stylin’ new digs. Kay Adams and I talk about the legacy of Kobe Bryant and how the shadow of Michael Jordan hangs over it. We talk about Kobe’s place in the pantheon of two guards the NBA has ever seen. Then we talk a little…

  5. Woodson says ‘Melo still game-time call. Everyone knows he’s playing.

    Dec 6, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Charlotte Bobcats

    Mike Woodson is doing his best college football coach “I don’t know which quarterback I’m going to start” shtick, but everyone knows he has one Heisman candidate and he’s going to play him. In Woodson’s case he’s talking about Carmelo Anthony, and Woodson said at his meeting with the press a couple hours before tip-off…

  6. Thursday And-1 links: Jay-Z says he had to fight to get Nets herringbone court

    Dec 6, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

    Nets court Barclay Center

    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 more than I love a good barbecued brisket (well, maybe not that much, but…

  7. LeBron’s phone’s wallpaper: Photoshop of Jordan guarding him

    Dec 6, 2012, 4:42 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Two

    LeBron James will spend the rest of his career — however long that is — being compared to Michael Jordan. Not because he should be or that it’s fair, but because LeBron is the one player today who could someday, with enough rings, enter the GOAT conversation. Sorry Kobe. But LeBron has never been on…

  8. Stern says he would like to eliminate “hack-a-Howard” (or anyone)

    Dec 6, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern participates in a panel session at The Cable Show in Boston

    When the Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets went to the “hack-a-Howard” strategy — fouling the Lakers Dwight Howard wherever he was on the court, even when he didn’t have the ball, to make him shoot free throws — it worked because it threw the Lakers off. In those two games Howard hit 50 percent of…

  9. Nate Robinson talks rookie hazing after Cavs rookies given baby dolls, strollers

    Dec 6, 2012, 3:16 PM EDT

    Byron Scott, Dion Waiters

    If you see Dion Waiters walking around Cleveland pushing a tiny little stroller, know that is coach’s orders. As part of some rookie hazing, Cavaliers coach Byron Scott gave his team’s rookies — Waiters, Tyler Zeller and Kevin Jones — a baby doll and strollers to match. The kind 3-year-old girls can’t get enough of.…

  10. Dwight Howard jawed at Kobe about defensive rotations

    Dec 6, 2012, 2:23 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

    We need to start with this on the table — Dwight Howard is in the right here. Watch the last few minutes of the Lakers loss to the Houston Rockets and you will see Kobe Bryant out of position then taking a bad angle on his help rotation, which is too late as Toney Douglas…

  11. Video: Mark Cuban did not enjoy Eric Bledsoe’s dunking exhibition

    Dec 6, 2012, 1:41 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban reacts during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Dallas

    It was garbage time at the end of the Clippers win over the Mavericks Wednesday night — well, technically the entire fourth quarter was basically garbage time, the Clips were in control the entire way — and Eric Bledsoe and Jamal Crawford teamed up for a little dunking exhibition. To the delight of the Staples…

  12. Report: Kyrie Irving a couple weeks away from practicing

    Dec 6, 2012, 1:06 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    It’s been a rough go for the Cleveland Cavaliers since Kyrie Irving broke his finger — they are 2-6 with him out of the lineup. In the last five games they have an offensive rating of 96 (points per 100 possessions), which would be second worst in the NBA this season, ahead of only the…

  13. Video: Kobe talks 30,000 points milestone with Dan Patrick

    Dec 6, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant high fives fans as he leaves the court after their NBA basketball game against the Hornets in New Orleans, Louisiana

    Kobe Bryant swung by the Dan Patrick radio show on Thursday to talk about becoming the fifth NBA player ever to score 30,000 points. He talked about having people like Michael Jordan to chase, how much longer he will go in the league and what number the Lakers will retire for him, 24 or 8.…

  14. Sounds like Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki is out until 2013

    Dec 6, 2012, 12:13 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Dallas is going to have to keep struggling along without Dirk Nowitzki for longer than he wanted or expected. Nowitzki had said he hoped to be back in mid-December, which is about what the timeline for recovery from his knee surgery during training camp suggested could happen. But it’s not going to happen, Nowitzki told…

  15. If Hornets want to become Pelicans, Stern will expedite process

    Dec 6, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    David Stern

    The NBA is a massive, global marketing machine. So if a team wants to change its name — or even its color and logo, as the Nets did this year — it is an entire process that includes approvals. For a name change, the other owners have to approve it. It takes years. But if…

  16. Clippers will be without Chauncey Billups for two weeks

    Dec 6, 2012, 11:13 AM EDT

    Arron Afflalo, Chauncey Billups

    Well, at least they are used to playing without him. We told you that Clippers starting two guard Chauncey Billups sat out Wednesday night’s game with what was described as an ankle injury, but there was no timeline. Now we’ve got one — about two weeks reports the Orange County Register. And they are saying…

  17. Report: Lakers shoot down trade talks for Gasol from Raptors, Timberwolves

    Dec 6, 2012, 10:52 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol, JaVale McGee

    Whatever the reason — because they want to see the entire team together healthy before making a decision, or because they promised Steve Nash he could play with him — the Lakers are not talking about trading Pau Gasol yet. But other teams are trying to talk to them, and the Lakers are saying turning…

  18. Video: Jamal Crawford’s ridiculous reverse alley-oop pass

    Dec 6, 2012, 10:02 AM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    It’s not the dunk here that’s impressive — although DeAndre Jordan can throw it down with the best of them — but it’s the set up. Watch the Clippers’ Jamal Crawford pick up the tipped post entry pass, decide to attack Chris Kaman, go behind the back then recognize Jordan is going baseline and make…

  19. Report: Avery Bradley to return to Celtics practice in 10 days

    Dec 6, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

    Avery Bradley

    Celtics fans, it hasn’t been the best start to the season. You deserve some good news. So how about this — Avery Bradley could be back practicing in 10 days. That’s what A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com is reporting. That would mean Bradley would be back on the court in game action around the first…

  20. Report: Lakers promised Nash he could play with Gasol

    Dec 6, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    This much is clear from pretty much every source west of the Mississippi River — the Lakers are not shopping Pau Gasol right now. Despite the wishes of some Lakers fans. They say they want to see what happens when they get Gasol and Steve Nash healthy at the same time, and pair them with…

  21. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Lakers show up for a half, that’s enough in New Orleans

    Dec 6, 2012, 3:29 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while watching Bilbo Baggins going on a drunken ‘Unexpected Journey’… Lakers 103, Hornets 87: On night where Kobe Bryant became only the 5th player in NBA history to hit the 30,000 career point plateau, the Lakers also got the win. And so…

  22. Wednesday And-1 links: David Stern broke the huddle at Saints Practice

    Dec 5, 2012, 8:38 PM EDT

    David Stern Saints practice

    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. • David Stern broke the huddle with the Saints in New Orleans. We’re not…

  23. Another report Allen Iverson is hemorrhaging money

    Dec 5, 2012, 7:25 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Six

    We had this same discussion a couple years ago. When Allen Iverson was playing in Turkey, a report came out of Philadelphia about how Iverson was just hemorrhaging money and was broke. Which is stunning for a guy who made an estimated $154 million in NBA salary alone. Other reports have echoed this. That was…

  24. Heat could be without Mario Chalmers for five games

    Dec 5, 2012, 6:45 PM EDT

    Mario Chalmers

    The idea of the point guard in the position-less Miami Heat offense is… not traditional. You may bring the ball up but LeBron James or Dwyane Wade really initiate the offense. You need to be a good spot-up shooter who can play in transition. Mario Chalmers has never been great in that role, but he’s…

  25. David Stern defends $250,000 fine to Spurs for resting stars

    Dec 5, 2012, 5:18 PM EDT

    David Stern

    David Stern stepped on to a slippery slope in fining the San Antonio Spurs $250,000 for sitting Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili for a nationally-televised game against the Miami Heat last Thursday. This was not something has drawn even a peep from the league in past years, when late in the season it…

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