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  1. Phil Jackson’s new book out next year, called “Eleven Rings”

    Jan 31, 2012, 3:17 PM EST

    Phil Jackson

    The subtitle is not “suck on that, Red Auerbach.” Probably. Phil Jackson said when he retired (and several times since) that he planned on writing the next part of his memoir. Apparently that is moving along. It will be released at some time next year through Penguin Press and will be titled “Eleven Rings” the…

  2. Rondo out for Celtics Tuesday, likely return Friday

    Jan 31, 2012, 2:10 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    Boston seems to be hitting it’s stride the last few games, with a rejuvenated Paul Pierce creating plays and Kevin Garnett playing like he’s in a bar fight. Add Rajon Rondo to the mix and they should be even better. That is not happening Tuesday against Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers but should happen by…

  3. ‘Melo, Knicks players have Mike D’Antoni’s back. Verbally.

    Jan 31, 2012, 1:42 PM EST

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    If Carmelo Anthony really wanted to help Mike D’Antoni out, he would get back on the court and when he does try moving the ball quickly not stopping and going into isolation so often. But that’s not happening — Anthony is not expected to play Tuesday night (he did not take part in shootaround that…

  4. Ginobili cleared to start workouts, back in a couple weeks

    Jan 31, 2012, 12:56 PM EST

    Manu Ginobili

    San Antonio has held its own just fine without Manu Ginobili — they have gone 10-7 without him and held on as the sixth seed in a packed West — but they are nearing the end of that trial. So reports the Express-News. Though still a few weeks away from returning to the court, Ginobili…

  5. Video: Which was better, Griffin’s Mozgov or Perkins dunk?

    Jan 31, 2012, 11:53 AM EST

    griffin_dunk

    They have similarities. Both came off a wing pick-and-roll where the defense went with the point guard. Both were over a tall man wearing blue. But which was better, Blake Griffin‘s dunk over Timofey Mozgov last year or his throwdown over Kendrick Perkins Monday night? I vote Perkins, because he tried to defend it. But…

  6. Tuesday And-1 links: Clipper Darrell love abounds

    Jan 31, 2012, 11:26 AM EST

    clipper darrell

    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 world is starting to realize what we at PBT have known for a while — Clipper Darrell rocks! Fantastic story about Greg Stiemsma battling…

  7. Magic GM Smith says no trades coming anytime soon

    Jan 31, 2012, 11:09 AM EST

    Dwight Howard, Glen Davis

    Orlando has been a mess for the past couple weeks. Their offense has come apart at the seams — they scored 56 against Boston last week, just 69 against Philadelphia Monday, blew a 27 point lead in another Boston game and got blown out by the Hornets last week. They are struggling. Mightily. This is…

  8. Nets rookie MarShon Books out with broken little toe

    Jan 31, 2012, 10:32 AM EST

    MarShon Brooks, Shannon Brown

    MarShon Brooks turned some heads during the NBA draft combine with his athleticism and smooth game, and the Providence guard has been able to translate to the NBA. He’s getting a lot of run on a struggling Nets team, scoring 14.8 points per game and he’s making the most of his chance. Or was. He…

  9. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Orlando with another bad outing

    Jan 31, 2012, 9:29 AM EST

    Dwight Howard, J.J. Redick

    What you missed while realizing that Homeland Security is monitoring your tweets…. Clippers 112, Thunder 100: There was a lot more to this than just Blake Griffin dunking on Kendrick Perkins, which is why it was our game of the night. Sixers 74, Magic 69: The Magic were just terrible shooting the ball in this…

  10. Stephen Curry admits his ankle is troublesome after games

    Jan 31, 2012, 8:20 AM EST

    nba-lockout-curry

    Stephen Curry’s ankle was a lingering problem last season, so in the summer he had surgery to tighten the ligaments. But already he has missed eight games this season dealing with the same ankle. He’s been back he last four games now, so how’s it doing? Not as well as one could hope. He’s able…

  11. Kendrick Perkins on Blake Griffin dunk: “It happens.”

    Jan 31, 2012, 3:20 AM EST

    Blake Griffin

    For a guy who was all over YouTube and twitter as the latest victim of a monster Blake Griffin dunk, Kendrick Perkins was philosophical after the game. “It happens,” Perkins said in the corner of the Thunder locker room. “A the end of the day if you’re a shot blocker, you’re going to get dunked…

  12. When you mention contenders, consider the Clippers

    Jan 31, 2012, 2:45 AM EST

    Blake Griffin Clippers Thunder

    Sunday night, the Clippers went into the thin air of Denver and knocked off the Nuggets, the deepest and most steady team in the West (with the second best record in the conference). Monday night they faced a rested Oklahoma City Thunder team and ran the team to best in the West out of the…

  13. Video: Dunk of the year, Blake Griffin destroys Perkins

    Jan 31, 2012, 12:20 AM EST

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    In a season plus of insane Blake Griffin highlights, what he did to Kendrick Perkins of the Oklahoma City Thunder Monday night may be the baddest a– of them all. This was better than the dunk over Timofey Mozgov. First, because Perkins went up and tried to contest it. Second, because it is Kendrick Perkins,…

  14. Blazers’ Nicolas Batum injures knee in final minute of loss

    Jan 31, 2012, 12:01 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets

    We don’t know the severity of this yet, but if you watch the video it doesn’t look good. Down two with 30 seconds left against the Utah Jazz, Portland’s Nicolas Batum drives across the lane and tries to turn the corner on C.J. Miles and as he does his knee buckles. There was no contact…

  15. Rose on Howard: “Who wouldn’t want to play with him?”

    Jan 30, 2012, 9:54 PM EST

    Derrick Rose

    It’s official, we have a mutual admiration society. From the “what else was he going to say?” file, we have Derrick Rose returning the favor of Howard’s kind words and singing the praises of  Dwight Howard. And he got in a shoe plug, so well done. Here’s the quote via CSNChicago.com: “Me and Dwight definitely…

  16. Report: Kings have considered replacing GM Geoff Petrie

    Jan 30, 2012, 5:11 PM EST

    Geoff Petrie

    Geoff Petrie has been the GM of the Sacramento Kings since 1994, one of the longest tenures in the league. There have been good times (the Chris Webber era contenders) but he also built the current mismatched roster that has struggled for several seasons. A lot of where the Kings are right now falls on…

  17. Report: Lakers talking to Cavaliers about Ramon Sessions

    Jan 30, 2012, 3:42 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Los Angeles Lakers

    A bunch of Lakers fans just read that headline and either rolled their eyes or said, “who?” But this would be a good pickup for them. The Lakers have had talks with the Cleveland Cavaliers about trading for Ramon Sessions, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. No deal is imminent, but the Lakers view Sessions as…

  18. Kobe Bryant, Ricky Rubio already started Olympics trash talk

    Jan 30, 2012, 3:07 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant drives past Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Minneapolis

    The Lakers were in Minnesota Sunday night as part of their Grammys road trip (the event that kicks them and the Clippers out of Staples Center for a couple of weeks) and that means Spanish friends and teammates Ricky Rubio and Pau Gasol were hanging out talking in the hall after the game. Then Kobe…

  19. Baron Davis not playing, but he is selling a sitcom

    Jan 30, 2012, 2:48 PM EST

    Baron Davis, Jason Richardson, Corey Maggette

    The Cavalry will not come charging over the hill to save the Knicks on Tuesday, it appears. Both Carmelo Anthony and Baron Davis did not practice with the team Monday and appear out for Tuesday’s game against the Pistons, according to Howard Beck of the New York Times. Coach Mike D’Antoni called Anthony “doubtful” due…

  20. NBA Power Rankings: Top spot now Thunderstruck

    Jan 30, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

    Russell Westbrook, Kris Humphries

    The top three teams remain the same, just trading places, because they are the three best teams in the league right now. But all three also have long road trips coming up, which should test them. 1. Thunder (16-3, last week ranked No. 3). They are “only” fifth in point-per-possession differential in the league, but…

  21. Once again, J.R. Smith’s family fights with Chinese fans

    Jan 30, 2012, 12:52 PM EST

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

    In retrospect, the Chinese Basketball Association may have wanted to modify their rule to say teams could only sign NBA players for a full season AND those players families needed to stay home. There’s a culture clash going on. For the second time, J.R. Smith’s sister got in an altercation with fans at a Chinese…

  22. Jason Kidd expected to miss week, more with calf strain

    Jan 30, 2012, 12:22 PM EST

    Mavericks guard Kidd watches from the bench against the Spurs  during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    Jason Kidd did not play Sunday in the Mavericks overtime win against the Spurs and it may be a week or more before he returns. Kidd suffered a calf strain and had to leave Friday’s game not to return. Then before Sunday’s game coach Rick Carlisle said he could be out for at least a…

  23. Hornets find some interest in Kaman trade, but not much

    Jan 30, 2012, 11:54 AM EST

    Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman

    Chris Kaman is going to be sitting on the Hornets bench until he is traded. He could be sitting a while. The Hornets have gotten some calls from teams interested in acquiring the veteran center, reports the Times Picayune. That is different from saying those teams are making offers New Orleans has any interest in.…

  24. Monday And-1 links: Former Net now “Moses of Rikers.”

    Jan 30, 2012, 11:29 AM EST

    Jayson Williams

    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). Former Net Jayson Williams is now the “Moses of Rikers.” Can you blame all the problems in your life on Minnesota GM David Kahn? Maybe.…

  25. Dwight Howard open to playing with Derrick Rose, Bulls

    Jan 30, 2012, 11:08 AM EST

    Dwight Howard Derrick Rose

    And the “Dwight Howard said he would play here” tour has moved on to Chicago. This has all the meaning of a Kardashian wedding vow, but here is the quote from the Chicago Tribune when Howard was asked if he would be open to playing in Chicago with Derrick Rose. “If I could play with…

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