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  1. PBT Extra: Talking Dwight Howard, trade deadline fun

    Mar 14, 2012, 3:08 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Here it is — the first ever episode of ProBasketballTalk Extra. A couple of times a week from now until the Charlotte Bobcats hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy this June Tiffany Simons and I will talk NBA news. We not so coincidentally started this just days before the trade deadline when things move fast —…

  2. Dwight Howard says he wants to stay, finish season with Magic

    Mar 13, 2012, 11:55 PM EDT

    Magic center Howard walks off the Magic's home basketball court after their NBA game against the Heat in Orlando

    Do the Orlando Magic feel like gambling? After the Orlando Magic came up with a dramatic 104-98 win over the Miami Heat, Dwight Howard said he wants to play the rest of the season with Orlando. Not sign an extension and stay — he wants the Orlando Magic to “roll the dice” on him. Here…

  3. Warriors reach deal to send Ellis to Bucks for Bogut, Jackson

    Mar 13, 2012, 9:03 PM EDT

    Monta Ellis, Chris Singleton

    What happened to the Golden State franchise that would only trade Monta Ellis to Orlando if they got Dwight Howard back? This isn’t that. In the first of the deadline trades this year, Golden State will send Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown to the Milwaukee Bucks for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson. Adrian Wojnarowski…

  4. Stan Van Gundy has had it with the Dwight Howard rumors

    Mar 13, 2012, 7:16 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    Stan Van Gundy knows the Orlando Magic have a huge problem on their hands. No, not the one you’re thinking of. He’s thinking of tonight’s game against the Miami Heat. And in his pregame press conference the Magic coach was on fire about all the rumors — like the one that Howard was told if…

  5. With nobody offering enough, Blazers may keep Felton

    Mar 13, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

    Ray Felton

    Point guard Raymond Felton is not meshing with the slow-it-down, grind-it-out style of Nate McMillan’s Portland Trail Blazers. That’s why he was on the trade block. But the Blazers aren’t just giving him away, either. Unless the landscape changes or the offers get better in the next couple days, Felton may just stay a Blazer,…

  6. Report: Bulls trying to engage Lakers in Pau Gasol trade talks

    Mar 13, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol of Spain fights for a rebound with Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    The feeling among Bulls fans is they have a good team — one built for the regular season but one that cannot get by the Heat in the playoffs. Not as the teams stand now. I don’t think the gap between the two teams (when healthy) is that great, but the Heat do look the…

  7. Derrick Rose fined $25,000 for comments about officials

    Mar 13, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Rose tosses the ball in front of Los Angeles Clippers' Paul after the Bulls turned the ball over during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    We told you this was coming, and here it is. Derrick Rose has been fined $25,000 by the league for comments made about officials after the Bulls beat the Knicks Monday night. Yes, the Bulls won but Rose was still frustrated. What did Rose say that was so egregious? Well… “I’ve got to be the…

  8. Dwight Howard update: Magic want to talk to Lakers, Howard wants Nets

    Mar 13, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Dwight Howard

    There are two sides to where things stand with Dwight Howard less than 48 hours before the NBA trade deadline. One is what the Magic are doing and thinking. The other is what Howard wants. What the Magic are doing is having GM Otis Smith keep fielding offers and look for deals while ownership decides…

  9. Report: Knicks trying to trade Toney Douglas. Good luck with that.

    Mar 13, 2012, 3:41 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v New York Knicks

    One of the fun parts of the NBA trade deadline is the garage sale aspect of it — “we have no use for broken record player, but maybe somebody will buy it for 50¢.” It’s essentially the Washington Wizards entire trade strategy. And the Knicks are getting into that mode to — Toney Douglas has…

  10. Video: Bismack Biyombo with game-winning block for Bobcats

    Mar 13, 2012, 3:07 PM EDT

    Bismack Biyombo,  Chris Kaman

    I know, we should have a policy of running Bobcats video every time they win. I really need to work on that. For now, settle for my favorite play from Monday night — Bismack Biyombo with the game winning block. The Bobcats and Hornets had everything you would expect from two of the worst teams…

  11. Magic deny report Howard can decide fate of coach, GM

    Mar 13, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard Stan Van Gundy

    It’s nothing new for a star player to have sway over who gets chosen as coach or in the front office. Magic Johnson pushed Paul Westhead out to door after they had won a title, and the Clippers were rumored to make that pitch to LeBron James a couple of years ago (but I’m sure…

  12. Report: Warriors owner kills Monta Ellis to Orlando

    Mar 13, 2012, 1:07 PM EDT

    Monta Ellis

    Do the Orlando Magic want to acquire Monta Ellis in a desperate effort to prove to Dwight Howard how they want to keep him and put real talent around him? You bet they do. But it takes two teams to make a trade, and reports out of the Bay Area have consistently said they would…

  13. Report: Like Knicks fans, ‘Melo unhappy with D’Antoni

    Mar 13, 2012, 12:23 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Jeremy Lin, Mike D'Antoni

    The scapegoats of the week in New York are Carmelo Anthony and Mike D’Antoni — clearly they are the reasons the Knicks have lost six in a row. And now, we bring you the next phase of the Knicks implosion — infighting and blaming the coach. From Marc Berman of the New York Post. There…

  14. Tuesday And-1 links: Rondo’s pregame meal? Sushi.

    Mar 13, 2012, 11:20 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo celebrates during their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles

    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). Rajon Rondo’s pregame meal? Sushi, of course. (I was in the locker room last night and can confirm this.) What would life be like if…

  15. Frustrated Derrick Rose criticizes referees, fine coming soon

    Mar 13, 2012, 10:55 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Chicago Bulls

    Derrick Rose is a smart man, he knew as he was ripping the referees after the Bulls win over the Knicks Monday night that a fine would be forthcoming. But the man with the new big contract with the Bulls — not to mention a new big deal with Adidas — seemed to think the…

  16. Magic may want to land Ellis, but trade complicated, unlikely

    Mar 13, 2012, 10:33 AM EDT

    Monta Ellis, Chris Singleton

    It looks more and more like the Orlando Magic are going to go with the Jerry West philosophy and call Dwight Howard’s bluff — go ahead and leave us and that guaranteed $30 million on the table. (Which is not really $30 million, really, but we’ll get to that.) What’s more, they are trying to…

  17. Danny Ainge: “Rondo’s not being traded”

    Mar 13, 2012, 8:37 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) shoots over Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Knight in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Boston

    Danny Ainge was unequivocal as you can be in speaking with A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com before the Celtics took on the Clippers Monday night. “Rondo’s not being traded,” Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, told CSNNE.com prior to the Celtics facing the Los Angeles Clippers. “I don’t know how many times I have…

  18. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Another day, another Knicks loss

    Mar 13, 2012, 7:56 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Chandler is defended by Chicago Bulls' Asik, Gibson and Butler during their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    What you missed while getting Michael Jordan’s likeness shaved into your hair… Celtics 94, Clippers 85: The Celtics sucked all the fun out of Lob City, and it worked for them in our game of the night. Timberwolves 127, Suns 124: It was a shootout in the desert, and our own Brett Pollakoff was there.…

  19. Celtics suck the fun out of Clippers style, earn the win

    Mar 13, 2012, 2:54 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics Avery Bradley slam dunks over the Los Angeles Clippers during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Teams have to learn how to win at the NBA level. How to play to their strengths, how to recognize the mismatch and exploit it, how to go to the counter when the first option is taken away. Boston knows how to do that — their depleted roster and aging bodies may not let them…

  20. Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak sticks up for boss Jim Buss

    Mar 12, 2012, 11:54 PM EDT

    Mike Brown poses with Jerry Buss, Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak after a news conference in Los Angeles

    When somebody asks you how your boss is doing, what exactly are you going to say? True or not there is only one answer and it’s the one Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak gave it when he sat down with the Los Angeles Times for a lengthy interview. Jim Buss has become the guy Lakers fans…

  21. Why did Celtics win their first year together while Heat fell short, Clippers struggle?

    Mar 12, 2012, 10:19 PM EDT

    Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

    The Boston Celtics have been the model. In 2008 they brought together a big three — Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen coming in to join Paul Pierce — and that first year they won a title. It was instant success, they were the team to beat in the NBA that season from day one. Last…

  22. Video: Howard Beck talks Knicks problems, D’Antoni’s hot seat

    Mar 12, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni

    Putting your finger on the one thing wrong with the Knicks right now is like putting your finger on the one thing wrong with Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. It would take more fingers than you have. Howard Beck of the New York Times talked about that on NBC’s SportsTalk on Monday. Through it all,…

  23. Why won’t Orlando trade Howard? He killed the market.

    Mar 12, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard gestures during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Here’s a little different spin from the standard “the Magic aren’t going to trade Dwight Howard because they want to keep him” take: The Magic couldn’t trade him if they wanted because Howard never gave up his power over the situation. Here it is, from Ken Berger at CBSSports.com. “The player holds all the cards,”…

  24. Report: Magic working on three-team deal to get Monta Ellis

    Mar 12, 2012, 5:37 PM EDT

    Monta Ellis

    I am starting this post off with a disclaimer: Take this actual report with a grain of salt. It is a long, long way from reality. I bring you this more as a way of discussing the mindset in Orlando. A report from Real GM (via IamaGM) has the Orlando Magic working hard on a…

  25. Remembering when Shumpert was part Doberman, part kitten

    Mar 12, 2012, 4:41 PM EDT

    Iman Shumpert,  Ryan Anderson, Dwight Howard,  J.J. Redick

    Heading into the Bulls game against the Knicks Monday night — good luck New York getting your struggling offense going against the Bulls defense — J.J. Stankevitz at CSNChicago.com had a little fun digging through the past of Iman Shumpert. Shumpert comes out of Oak Park, a Chicago suburb, and so Stankevitz went and talked…

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