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  1. Delonte West talks about, denies “that rumor”

    Feb 29, 2012, 1:49 AM EST

    Delonte West, Roy Hibbert, Danny Granger

    At PBT, up to now I’ve avoided doing a post about “that” Delonte West rumor. You know the one. Because I never believed it — no source I trusted ever confirmed it and those closest to the team always said it was not true. Yet it was out there and will not go away —…

  2. Video: Wojnarowski talks Boston, big three trades

    Feb 28, 2012, 10:46 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo was on NBC’s SportsTalk on Tuesday and one of the questions was about the Celtics — would they really break up the “big three” with a trade? Yes. Yes, they would. Interestingly, Woj says that Pierce is the most likely to be moved, but we keep hearing there is interest in…

  3. Kobe’s concussion symptoms linger, may keep him out Wednesday

    Feb 28, 2012, 9:52 PM EST

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    Normally, Kobe Bryant will play through anything — broken finger, torn wrist ligaments, even a broken nose can force him into street clothes. But the league’s new, stricter concussion policy may force him to sit out Wednesday night when the Lakers kick off the second half of the season against Minnesota. Kobe is still feeling…

  4. Report: Warriors still willing to risk trade for Dwight Howard

    Feb 28, 2012, 7:54 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard has set his terms and they have not changed — he is not signing an extension with the Magic right now and he will only sign an extension with the Nets (his preferred destination), Lakers or Mavericks. But Golden State has not given up — and they don’t care about an extension. Here’s…

  5. Paul George calls Dunk Contest “a joke”

    Feb 28, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

     Paul George feels the same way about the dunk contest that you do — it was a joke and the NBA’s biggest stars need to take part. Of course, unlike you, George was part of that “joke” this year. He had some good jumps, going over Roy Hibbert and the glow-in-the-dark dunk (see below). Here…

  6. Celtics finding other teams interested in Ray Allen

    Feb 28, 2012, 4:25 PM EST

    Boston Celtics guard Allen drives to the basket defended by Detroit Pistons guard Gordon in NBA game in Boston

    Welcome to the world of breaking up your team, Celtics fans. Fans are talking about trading Rajon Rondo or Paul Pierce for a big piece that can jump start the rebuilding, but that is not who other teams are calling about, reports the Sporting News. While there has been plenty of focus on Celtics point…

  7. Delonte West was homeless, slept in Mavs locker room at start of season

    Feb 28, 2012, 3:20 PM EST

    Delonte West, Ricky Rubio

    Remember back during the lockout Delonte West took a job at a furniture store, saying he needed the money. He wasn’t kidding. West has made more than $14 million in his career, but during the lockout he sold off his cars, jewelry, and was living in the Mavericks locker room for a while, he told…

  8. Video: Timberwolves players sing ‘N Sync

    Feb 28, 2012, 1:59 PM EST

    Ricky Rubio, Wes Johnson

    This is as bad as you imagine. Which is what makes it brilliant. And I love Rubio “I know this song.” And now you’ve met your ‘N Sync song quota for the year. Hat tip to Ball Don’t Lie for finding this.

  9. Report: Celtics, Nets considering trading for Michael Beasley

    Feb 28, 2012, 1:31 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Minnesota Timberwolves

    I’m beginning to think we should use Michael Beasley as the “desperation meter” between now and the trade deadline — whenever a team considers going after Beasley because “they can turn him around” you know they are desperate. Enter the Boston Celtics and New Jersey Nets. Following in the footsteps of Lakers rumors, there are…

  10. Say it ain’t so: Brandon Roy reportedly considers comeback

    Feb 28, 2012, 1:04 PM EST

    Brandon Roy

    Brandon Roy is passionate about basketball. His love of the game came through every time you talked to him. He’s very competitive. It’s why he kept racing back from knee injuries to get on the court for the playoffs — he wants to be out there. So I guess this report out of US Basket…

  11. Sixers’ Spencer Hawes out at least two more weeks

    Feb 28, 2012, 12:43 PM EST

    Spencer Hawes, James Johnson, Amir Johnson

    It’s strange to say this, but the 76ers really need Spencer Hawes back. Philadelphia has lost five straight and not having Hawes is a key reason — he was the guy that swung the ball side-to-side in their offense and made it flow, with him out the ball gets stuck more often and Philly is…

  12. Kevin Garnett called players meeting in Boston before break

    Feb 28, 2012, 12:06 PM EST

    Kevin Garnett

    Kevin Garnett says it’s time for the Celtics to step it up. He’s right — I listed them as the most disappointing team of the first half of the season, because they have the talent to be better than they are by a long shot. To address that, Garnett called a players-only meeting before the…

  13. Tuesday And-1 links: Let the trade rumors begin

    Feb 28, 2012, 11:46 AM EST

    Brook Lopez

    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). The Golden State Warriors have their eye on Brook Lopez (if that whole “trade for Dwight Howard” thing doesn’t work out for the Nets). Ramon…

  14. Dwight Howard rumor storm begins: here is where we stand

    Feb 28, 2012, 11:15 AM EST

    Sprint NBA All Star Celebrity Game

    All-Star Weekend is in the rear view mirror, the NBA trade deadline is just more than two weeks away (March 15), so now the focus of the NBA world becomes this: Where will Dwight Howard be playing March 16? There are 8 million rumors out there in the naked city right now, here is where…

  15. Odom still not back with Mavs, will not be bought out

    Feb 28, 2012, 10:13 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks Lamar Odom drives on Phoenix Suns Grant Hill near guard Steve Nash during their NBA basketball game in Dallas

    The Dallas Mavericks returned to practice on Monday but Lamar Odom was not with them. The struggling forward is dealing with a family issue (reportedly his father is ill) that had him miss the final game before the All-Star break as well. There is no timetable for his return and coach Rick Carlisle refused to…

  16. Check it out: NBC’s Collegebasketballtalk is here

    Feb 28, 2012, 9:15 AM EST

    Kentucky v Tennessee

    Sure, we’re NBA fans here. But more than that we’re basketball fans. We’re hoop junkies. We watch a lot of college ball, too — I have had Long Beach State season tickets for years. And right now we’re heading into the best part of the college season, with conference tournaments followed by the NCAA Big…

  17. First half of NBA season awards, second half predictions

    Feb 28, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

    Miami Heat's LeBron James dribbles the ball in the first half of their NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks in Miami

    So much for the little rest stop in Orlando. It was fun. The breakneck pace of the NBA’s condensed post-lockout season picks up again Tuesday night. The pedal goes to the metal and we head for the playoffs. Before the engines fully rev up again, we’re going to take stock. But rather than just give…

  18. Video: One last look back at All-Star Game highlights

    Feb 28, 2012, 8:06 AM EST

    Today the second half of the NBA season tips-off, but before we go there — and into the realm of Dwight Howard trade rumors — let us take one last look back at some highlights from the 2012 NBA All-Star Game. This is the “phantom” style video from the fine folks at NBA.com, where they…

  19. A-Rod says Kobe considered retirement due to knee pain

    Feb 28, 2012, 1:25 AM EST

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    Kobe Bryant plays through everything — broken fingers, ligaments torn in his wrist, tweaked ankles, you name it. The man’s pain tolerance is legendary. So when you read this comment from the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez, you realize just how much Kobe’s knee was bothering him. Here is A-Rod’s quote from the Los Angeles Times. Yet,…

  20. What LeBron James did in All-Star Game just doesn’t matter

    Feb 27, 2012, 6:15 PM EST

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    Not to go all Bill Murray in “Meatballs,” but: It just doesn’t matter. What LeBron James did at the end of regulation in the All-Star Game — deciding to try and make a pass with 1.9 seconds left rather than make the aggressive play and take a shot over Kobe Bryant (who was yelling at…

  21. Wizards trying to trade Andray Blatche, but nobody wants him

    Feb 27, 2012, 5:23 PM EST

    Andray Blatche, Ryan Anderson

    It is the Wizards’ conundrum — they need to remake their roster and bring in guys with a professional attitude, but they can’t get rid of the guys they have to make room. For example, Andray Blatche. The talented and wildly inconsistent (which is kind) big man is on the block, but there are no…

  22. NBA Power Rankings: All-Star Weekend edition

    Feb 27, 2012, 4:50 PM EST

    Heat's Wade and James watch teammate Chalmers compete in three-point contest during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    With no games after Thursday, we don’t have a lot of movement in the standings this week, but we tie in some All-Star Weekend notes and look ahead at the second half for teams. 1. Heat (27-7, last week ranked 1). LeBron James’ All-Star performance is what fans seem to expect from him — 36…

  23. Video: What super powers would NBA players want?

    Feb 27, 2012, 10:34 AM EST

    Sprint NBA All Star Celebrity Game

    The Baketball Jones guys kill it again. All through All-Star Weekend you have to suffer through players answering terrible questions (same thing happens at the Super Bowl). Jeremy Lin does a press conference on Friday and the first question is about his NBA 2K12 score and what he thinks of it. Ugh. But if you…

  24. Monday And-1 links: All-Star Weekend notes edition

    Feb 27, 2012, 9:59 AM EST

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    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). All weekend Deron Williams got asked about Jeremy Lin again and again — not his favorite topic, as you might guess — but he did…

  25. Deron Williams says Nets ready for weeks of speculation

    Feb 27, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    It’s about to become the only think anyone talks about. Through All-Star Weekend, Dwight Howard was able to keep a lid on the speculation about whether or not he will be traded. But that is about to change. The Magic players and front office staff are going to be asked constantly about whether or not…

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