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  1. Quote of the Day: World Peace is friends with roaches

    Feb 2, 2012, 4:11 PM EST

    Metta World Peace

    “I grew up around roaches,” he said. “And it was bad. Too many of them. To many friends, yeah, in New York. I got a lot of roach friends. “I’d wake up, they’d wake up in my cereal. They’d wake up like, you know, just Ron what’s up, good morning. One leg in my macaroni,…

  2. Report: FIBA clears Kenyon Martin to play in NBA now

    Feb 2, 2012, 3:49 PM EST

    Kenyon Martin

    Kenyon Martin has making the rounds talking to teams — the Clippers, the Heat and more teams than we realized (more on that below) — but we thought he couldn’t play until Feb. 15 at the earliest. That’s because when he left the Chinese Basketball Association after signing there during the lockout the contract said…

  3. Nowitzki’s knee feeling better, but his game isn’t

    Feb 2, 2012, 3:01 PM EST

    Mavericks forward Nowitzki looks to pass defended by Celtics forward Garnett in the second quarter of their NBA Basketball game in Boston

    Dirk Nowitzki was 2-of-15 from the field Wednesday as Dallas lost to Oklahoma City. I rewatched all his shots from the game on Thursday morning, and what’s disturbing is these are by and large good looks. Particularly by Nowitzki’s standards (open threes, turnarounds from the elbow).  This was not an isolated off night, Nowitzki is…

  4. The 76ers are legit. But can they win big playoff games?

    Feb 2, 2012, 2:22 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat

    The Philadelphia 76ers beat the Chicago Bulls Wednesday night. Yes, a Bulls team without Luol Deng or Richard Hamilton, but still the team with the best record in the east and the reigning MVP Derrick Rose. As I said in the recaps, this was another clear sign that the Sixers are legit. They are a…

  5. Mark Cuban isn’t happy with the officiating. Stunning.

    Feb 2, 2012, 1:32 PM EST

    Mark Cuban Dan Crawford

    Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban has a valid point — by my subjective measures the officiating seems to be worse this season. Cuban certainly has objective measures — he’s got guys breaking down the numbers — ones I’m sure show up in David Stern’s inbox quite often. Cuban told ESPNDallas.com he is not happy with the…

  6. Report: Clippers will offer Kenyon Martin mini mid-level

    Feb 2, 2012, 12:47 PM EST

    Kenyon Martin

    Kenyon Martin and the Clippers look like a marriage that could work. Martin wants to be on a contender, the Clippers are starting to look like one but they need depth along the front line and experience (both of which Martin brings). He wants consistent minutes, he can get them in Los Angeles (the drop…

  7. Gilbert Arenas apparently had “Kobe procedure” on knees

    Feb 2, 2012, 12:04 PM EST

    Arenas magic

    At some point this season, some team is going to take a chance on Gilbert Arenas. Despite the rumors I don’t think that team will be the Lakers, but somebody will. And the guy they are getting apparently had the same experimental, German procedure on his knees that Kobe Bryant had. That’s what Arenas’ former…

  8. Thursday And-1 links: Kobe talks about passing Shaq

    Feb 2, 2012, 11:26 AM EST

    Kobe Shaquille O'Neal Lakers

    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). Kobe Bryant on passing Shaq on the all-time scoring list (he’s just 69 points back): “It was inevitable.” Sorry, but that feud was more than…

  9. Video: Mavericks’ coach Carlisle ejected for kicking ball

    Feb 2, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Rick Carlisle

    Clearly Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle did not play a lot of soccer growing up. Use the inside of your foot to get control, don’t kick off the toe. They teach you that day one of pee-wee soccer camp. Carlisle can work with Dirk Nowitzki on this. Carlisle kicked the ball into the stands during the…

  10. LeBron James “on the fence” about dunk contest

    Feb 2, 2012, 10:21 AM EST

    Miami Heat's LeBron James dunks against the Chicago Bulls during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    He’s not going to do it… probably. LeBron James is one of the more powerful dunkers in the league but he’s never don the Dunk Contest All-Star Weekend. He obviously could get in whenever he wants, but he had an injured ankle a couple years and was too cool for school some years. Three years…

  11. Video: Blake Griffin’s dunk in Taiwanese animation

    Feb 2, 2012, 8:47 AM EST

    griffin_dunk

    Something is not a pop culture phenomenon until it’s been done in Taiwanese animation. So, welcome to the big stage, Blake Griffin. The best part is him taking the podium away from LeBron James. Hat tip to Eye on Basketball and I am a GM.

  12. Following lockout, NBA raises ticket prices. Nice.

    Feb 2, 2012, 8:07 AM EST

    nba-tickets-thunder

    We knew the NBA owners were greedy — it’s why we are watching a condensed 66-game season. (The players deserve blame here, too, they also chased the dollars with this schedule.) The owners didn’t want to lose gate revenue or have to refund a lot of money to their sponsors and television partners so they…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Sixers are legit

    Feb 2, 2012, 5:52 AM EST

    iguodala

    What you missed while rock climbing with your 2-year-old strapped to your back… Sixers 98, Bulls 82: The 76ers are legit. That fast start wasn’t the soft schedule, they are a quality squad. Good ball movement will beat even the best defense, and that’s what the story was here. They have balance — five guys…

  14. Report: Heat make offers to Kenyon Martin, Joel Przybilla

    Feb 2, 2012, 1:00 AM EST

    Kenyon Martin

    The Heat certainly could use some help, some depth along the front line. No offense to Eddy Curry, but he turns out not to be the answer. So they have made offers to two free agents to be — Kenyon Martin and Joel Przybilla, reports Brian Windhorst at ESPN. The Heat have offered contracts to…

  15. Video: This kind of thing why Deron Williams may leave Nets

    Feb 1, 2012, 8:34 PM EST

    Deron Williams

    If you were ever wondering why Deron Williams is thinking, “Hey, maybe I’d rather play in Dallas/New York/Anywhere but Brooklyn next year” this is your answer in simple video form. He does everything you could ask, the result is still ugly. The Nets are not good, not good at all. Hat tip to The Basketball…

  16. Pau Gasol says players saying he’s soft just talking, jealous

    Feb 1, 2012, 7:02 PM EST

    Pau Gasol

    When at the end of the Lakers win over the Clippers last week Pau Gasol reached out and rubbed Chris Paul’s head and Paul took offense, he turns at one point to Kobe and says, “he’s soft.” Gasol has been hearing the soft thing since before he was drafted. From coaches, players (Kendrick Perkins, Amare…

  17. Kevin Durant calls monster Griffin dunk “a layup”

    Feb 1, 2012, 6:11 PM EST

    Blake Griffin Clippers Thunder

    Kevin Durant was not very talkative after his Thunder squad got their heads handed to them by the Clippers Monday night. Not surprisingly. The entire Thunder team was frustrated. After the game a reporter asked Durant if he got a good look at that Blake Griffin’s monster dunk over Kendrick Perkins. He responded, “I don’t…

  18. Tyson Chandler thinks the Knicks could still win the title

    Feb 1, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

    Tyson Chandler, Norris Cole

    I like to think that if Scarlett Johansson just hung out with me and got to know me — to really experience my sparkling personality and deep blue eyes — I’d have a real shot at her. Along those same lines, Tyson Chandler thinks if things break the right way, the New York Knicks could…

  19. Report: Rockets in lead to trade for Chris Kaman

    Feb 1, 2012, 4:28 PM EST

    Chris Kaman

    The Houston Rockets have gone after every center with a heartbeat that has come on the market since the lockout ended, and they may finally be getting one. A pretty good one. The Rockets are in the lead to land Chris Kaman, reports Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated. The Houston Rockets have had extensive discussions…

  20. Baron Davis’ back flares up, did not practice Wednesday

    Feb 1, 2012, 3:58 PM EST

    baron davis

    Tuesday night, the Knicks didn’t look like they needed a savior. Carmelo Anthony was back, the Knicks were scoring the paint and knocking down threes, they looked like what everyone had kind of expected before the season. Which is good, because the other savior may be a while. Baron Davis sat out practice Wednesday, tweets…

  21. Television ratings show you people like the Clippers. A lot.

    Feb 1, 2012, 3:27 PM EST

    Blake Griffin

    You can add the Clippers to the list of teams people are tuning in to watch. The NBA sent out notes to say that ratings are up. So again, what lockout? NBA TV has broadcast 34 games this season and ratings are way up — 74 percent over last year on total views, 78 percent…

  22. Joakim Noah admits expectations of big contract got to him

    Feb 1, 2012, 2:25 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Washington Wizards

    Joakim Noah is making a lot of money this year — $12 million. It’s the first year of the extension to his rookie deal he signed last year, meaning he has gone from making what you and I think is a lot of money to making what other NBA players think is a lot of…

  23. Video: Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki go “BIG”

    Feb 1, 2012, 2:01 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    It’s not an all-time favorite, but I am kind of liking the NBA’s new “BIG” advertising campaign. So, here are the two latest ads, featuring Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Durant. Enjoy. You’ll probably see these a lot as commercials during games in the coming weeks.  

  24. This is LeBron James’ best start to a season ever

    Feb 1, 2012, 1:26 PM EST

    LeBron James

    LeBron James has been a statistical beast this season. He is averaging 29.2 points per game, 8.3 assists and 7.1 rebounds. He is shooting 55.1 percent, the best of his career, because he’s cut down on his three pointers and long twos and instead is playing more out of the post and closer to the…

  25. Rondo says he will skip All-Star game if not healthy

    Feb 1, 2012, 12:33 PM EST

    Rajon Rondo

    Rajon Rondo expects to be back from his wrist injury somewhere around the All-Star break. Thursday night, the starters for that All-Star Game will be announced and in the East Derrick Rose and Dwayne Wade will get that nod (from the fans, you all voted on this). But Rondo is third in the voting and…

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