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  1. Linsanity has reached the White House — Obama “impressed”

    Feb 15, 2012, 1:23 PM EDT

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    Our national Baller-in-Chief has caught Linsanity just like everyone else. Jeremy Lin added to his legend with a game-winning three Tuesday night over Toronto that had enough swagger for all of New York. Barack Obama is a hoops fan — remember, he had a court installed at the White House — and he has a…

  2. Blazers’ Aldridge out Wednesday, maybe more with ankle sprain

    Feb 15, 2012, 1:06 PM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge

    Two minutes into the Trail Blazers ugly loss to the Washington Wizards Tuesday, LaMarcus Aldridge went up with a turnaround jumper, Trevor Booker stepped out to contest it and in doing so slid his foot under Aldridge, and the result was a painful looking sprained ankle. (Watch the video below.) X-Rays came back negative, but…

  3. Jeremy Lin off the couch, moving into a Trump Tower

    Feb 15, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    Jeremy Lin is not going to be sleeping on a couch any longer. In fact he’s moving into a Trump Tower — no, not that one in the middle of Manhattan. Now that Lin’s contract is guaranteed he is taking over Amare Stoudemire’s old place in White Plains, reports the New York Daily News. The…

  4. Kevin Garnett “probable” for Wednesday against Pistons

    Feb 15, 2012, 11:56 AM EDT

    Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant

    Kevin Garnett suffered a hip flexor injury in the Celtics win over the Bulls Sunday and it kept him out of practice on Tuesday, with Doc Rivers saying KG was doubtful for Wednesday night’s game against the Pistons. There was even talk after practice of KG missing a couple games. But Garnett went through shootaround…

  5. Wednesday And-1 links: Jeremy Lin notes… and other stuff

    Feb 15, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin; Anthony Carter

    Here is our daily 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). Great stuff on why Jeremy Lin and Carmelo Anthony will work out from Bethlehem Shoals at GQ. Mike D’Antoni talks Linsanity, and blending Carmelo Anthony…

  6. Video: Derrick Rose talks injury (and Jeremy Lin)

    Feb 15, 2012, 10:27 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose, Leandro Barbosa

    Derrick Rose has been out three games now, but to listen to him talk he wants to get back out there right now. And he may not be out that long as specialists found that the issue was muscular (not structural), but this is the balance the Bulls need to strike — they need him…

  7. Shaq says Howard leaving Orlando would be “travesty”

    Feb 15, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Shaquille O'Neal laughs as he announces his retirement from NBA at a news conference in Windermere

    “We haven’t had any irony here since about, uh, ’83, when I was the only practitioner of it. And I stopped because I was tired of being stared at.” —Steve Martin in Roxanne Shaquille O’Neal digs irony. Can you dig it? In a press conference with other TNT broadcasters on Tuesday, Shaquille O’Neal said Dwight…

  8. Video: Darren Rovell talks the business of Jeremy Lin

    Feb 15, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    Good stuff from CNBC’s sports business reporter Darren Rovell talking about the financial impact of Jeremy Lin (from NBC Sports Network’s SportsTalk show). Two interesting points by Rovell, expanding on what we covered here at PBT previously. One is the impact of Lin on the ongoing MSG Network/Time Warner cable battle. In a fee dispute,…

  9. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Miami gets third win in three nights

    Feb 15, 2012, 8:09 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    What you missed while watching the Chipotle ad that was the best thing during the Grammys… Knicks 90, Raptors 87: What else can you say? The legend of Lin just keeps on growing. This was our game of the night. Heat 105, Pacers 90: Miami was playing their third game in three nights, Indiana had…

  10. Chicago’s Tom Thibodeau will coach Eastern All-Stars

    Feb 15, 2012, 2:09 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Chicago Bulls

    This does not mean that Luol Deng is going to play 41 minutes of the All-Star Game. Probably. With their win Tuesday night, the Chicago Bulls will have the best record in the Eastern Conference on Feb. 15 at 24-7, which means Tom Thibodeau will coach the All-Star Game for his conference. Soctt Brooks of…

  11. Video: Jeremy Lin sinks game winning three vs. Raptors

    Feb 14, 2012, 10:11 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin; Tyson Chandler; Landry Fields

    And the legend grows — now reaching Canada. Check out the swagger on Jeremy Lin. With the game tied 87-87 the Knicks missed a shot but got the offensive board and reset for a final shot. What does Lin do? Back the ball out to halfcourt, call for the rest of the Knicks to flatten…

  12. Ben Wallace says he’ll retire after season, this time he means it

    Feb 14, 2012, 8:31 PM EDT

    Ben Wallace, Jordan Williams

    Ben Wallace has mulled retirement from professional sports almost as often as Brett Favre. Not nearly as annoying or publicly, but annually. But no more. He’s done and he means it this time. That’s what he tells the Detroit News. “No consideration coming back,” Wallace said after practice. “This is definitely my last year.” Wallace…

  13. Video: Chris Paul and Bar Refaeli on a trampoline, because we can

    Feb 14, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Charlotte Bobcats

    I feel a little like Adam Carolla and Jimmy Kimmel (from the old Man Show days) running this video, but how could you not? I mean, it’s Chris Paul in a Sports Illustrated photo shoot on a trampoline… Oh, and Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli can kind of catch your eye. That too. Why are we…

  14. Report: Lakers don’t have “serious interest” in Gilbert Arenas

    Feb 14, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Sacramento Kings

    And the hopes of thousands of Lakers fans are crushed. Little do they know this is what is best for them, such is their disappointment. The Lakers attended the recent workout of Gilbert Arenas and even Kobe Bryant was good with bringing him in, but it’s not likely to happen according to the Los Angeles…

  15. “Linsanity” has gone all the way to U.S. Patent office. Literally.

    Feb 14, 2012, 3:57 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    The only thing more American than the rise of Jeremy Lin — the Rocky-like tale of a talented but overlooked player, twice let go, sent to the D-League, never gives up and explodes when given the chance — is other people trying to make a quick buck his rise. Which brings us to this note…

  16. Video: The official MSG Jeremy Lin promo (with Eminem)

    Feb 14, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    Eminem can make everything sound a little better. Even Jeremy Lin. This is the official MSG Network promo featuring Lin — who has driven ratings up 66 percent for Knicks’ games. Time Warner subscribers in New York, enjoy seeing the promo here as you can’t see it at home.

  17. We’re not old: Rivers trying to get Celtics to up tempo

    Feb 14, 2012, 2:56 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics Rajon Rondo drives past Chicago Bulls Carlos Boozer in the second half of their NBA basketball game at TD Garden in Boston

    For much of the season, Rajon Rondo has seemed to be a one-man fast break for the Celtics, pushing the ball up after a stop and then, if nothing is materializes, waiting until his teammates bothered to join him in the front court. Boston is dead last in the league in pace (90.2 possessions per…

  18. Derrick Rose out Tuesday; Bulls re-sign Mike James

    Feb 14, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    Derrick Rose is going to miss his third consecutive game Tuesday, his ongoing back spasms keeping him out coach Tom Thibodeau announced, as reported by CSNChicago.com. The Bulls will face the Sacramento Kings without him. Rose saw a back specialist on Monday who confirmed that this is a muscular, not structural issue. Which means he…

  19. Video: Caron Butler gets his championship ring

    Feb 14, 2012, 1:35 PM EDT

    Clippers' Butler tries to strip the ball from Lakers shooting guard Bryant during NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles

    Caron Butler had a good night in Dallas — he got his championship ring as part of last year’s Mavericks (he was injured through the playoffs but was key for them the first part of the year), then he went out and scored a season high 23 on his old team as part of the…

  20. Another report Allen Iverson is broke

    Feb 14, 2012, 1:07 PM EDT

    Allen Iverson

    When Allen Iverson was playing in Turkey last season, there was a report that he did it for the $2 million because he was broke. That he had burned through the $154 million in salary he earned as a player (not counting endorsements). Iverson denied that charge saying he would be a “damn fool” to…

  21. J.R. Smith returns to USA Wednesday, who gets him?

    Feb 14, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT

    CBA 11/12 First Round: Guangdong Hongyuan v Zhejiang Chouzhou

    In the next 24 hours, J.R. Smith will be on the long flight from China — where he signed to play during the lockout — back to the United States. He tweeted this the other day. Ladies and Gentleman I am happy to tell you my return to the United States is offical! I will…

  22. Tuesday And-1 links: Zach Randolph is back at practice

    Feb 14, 2012, 11:44 AM EDT

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    Here is our daily 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). Zach Randolph has been cleared by doctors for non-contact practices and is expected to return to the Grizzlies in early March. That would be huge…

  23. Video: Talking “Linsanity” with Amar’e, ‘Melo and Lin

    Feb 14, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Lin is congratulated by teammates Jordan and Fields after win against Timberwolves in Minneapolis

    Tonight Linsanity — AKA the New York Knicks — goes north of the border to Toronto. Amar’e Stoudemire will be back in the starting lineup and he talks about liking what he sees. Of course he does, he’s got a PG who can run the pick-and-roll again. We told you already Carmelo Anthony is happy…

  24. Mark Cuban rips trade of Chris Paul to Clippers

    Feb 14, 2012, 10:14 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is shown on the court before the start of play between the Mavericks and the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Dallas

    The more I listen to him, the more I think Mark Cuban doesn’t like any trade that doesn’t benefit Mark Cuban. He was one of those who opposed the trade of Chris Paul to the Lakers (which was shot down by David Stern as defacto owner of the Hornets) and now he tells ESPNDallas.com he…

  25. There’s a lot of money to be made off Jeremy Lin

    Feb 14, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    The NBA is a business. First and foremost. If you ever forget that, think back to early November when we should have had the start of the NBA season and instead had lawyers in suits hammering out a labor agreement. Jeremy Lin is the kind of player, the kind of story that can make you…

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