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  1. Spike Lee texts Mark Jackson “thanks” for cutting Jeremy Lin

    Feb 11, 2012, 7:58 PM EST

    Jeremy Lin

    Linsanity cannot be stopped in New York… well, until Carmelo Anthony comes back and takes the ball out of Jeremy Lin’s hands. But we’re not going to worry about that yet. The legend of Lin grew Friday night when he dropped 38 on the Lakers and led the Knicks to their fourth straight win while…

  2. Cavaliers’ Anderson Varejao out indefinitely with broken wrist

    Feb 11, 2012, 6:22 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

    This is a big blow to a team that had been playing better than expected but with little margin for error. Cleveland forward Anderson Varejao is out indefinitely with a broken wrist, the team announced. The injury happened in the second half Friday night when Bucks forward Drew Gooden tried to slap the ball and…

  3. Happy Valentines Day from the Memphis Grizzlies

    Feb 11, 2012, 2:59 PM EST

    ojvday

    These are so much better than those little candy hearts with the sayings on them… oh, who are we kidding, nothing is better than those little candies. Those rock. But these are close. Friday night, the last Memphis Grizzlies home game before Valentine’s Day (it’s Tuesday, go out and buy your woman something before then,…

  4. Mike Brown compares, Kobe, LeBron: It’s about the rings

    Feb 11, 2012, 1:01 PM EST

    2009 NBA All-Star Game

    Mike Brown is different from the last Lakers coach in a lot of ways. For example, when you ask him a direct question he’ll answer it. Even if he probably shouldn’t wade into those waters. For example, the whole “Kobe or LeBron” debate. Brown talked about it to CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger and talked about it…

  5. Video: Chris Paul drains game winner in Philly

    Feb 11, 2012, 11:59 AM EST

    Chris Paul

    Chris Paul is good. Ridiculously good. Andre Iguodala played about as good of defense as you can on Chris Paul on the final play in Philadelphia last night, and Paul twisted, turned then faded away and drained the game winner for the Clippers like a cold-blooded assassin. There should be no debate about who is…

  6. OKC’s Scott Brooks to coach Western Conference All-Stars

    Feb 11, 2012, 10:54 AM EST

    Scott Brooks

    Congratulations Scott Brooks, your team is so good you don’t get a vacation. While Gregg Popovich is sipping wine somewhere and Vinny Del Negro is… well, I don’t want to know what Del Negro is doing, Brooks will be coaching the Western Conference All-Stars in Orlando Feb. 26. The coach of the team with the…

  7. Video: All he does is Lin

    Feb 11, 2012, 9:54 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    The Lakers were going to be the first real test, the first good defense Jeremy Lin had to face. Well, 38 points and 7 assists later, he’s made a statement.

  8. Video: Dwyane Wade with the ally-oop to LeBron

    Feb 10, 2012, 9:39 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    Your Comcast announcer is correct — being the lone defender back on a 2-on-1 break and seeing it is LeBron James and Dwyane Wade is about as bad as it gets.

  9. Derrick Rose to sit against Bobcats Friday

    Feb 10, 2012, 7:32 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose celebrates after teammate Luol Deng was fouled while shooting by Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    This is the smart thing to do. The Chicago Bulls need Derrick Rose — but they need him more Sunday against Boston and going forward as we crawl toward the playoffs the playoffs than they do Friday against the lowly Charlotte Bobcats. Rose is out Friday night, reports CSNChicago.com. C.J. Watson gets the start in…

  10. Wizards would like an actual home-court advantage

    Feb 10, 2012, 6:26 PM EST

    John Wall, Trevor Booker, JaVale McGee

    There are about 30 NBA towns where MVP chants for Kobe Bryant have rung out. Pretty much the same for LeBron James and Derrick Rose. But it’s been different for the Washington Wizards — their home games have sounded more like road games at times. Combine the fact that the Wizards are not a real…

  11. Should NBA All-Star game have home court in balance like MLB? No.

    Feb 10, 2012, 5:41 PM EST

    Kevin Love, Tim Duncan

    Kevin Love is flat out wrong. Let me be clear, I like the guy. I like his game, I like him (in our limited interactions), but this is like suggesting the second season of Friday Night Lights was the best one. It is objectively wrong. Here is what Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press tweeted.…

  12. Facebook drive started to get Will Ferrell to do All-Star Intros

    Feb 10, 2012, 3:42 PM EST

    Will Ferrell

    Will Ferrell killed it in New Orleans doing the introductions with the Bulls/Hornets game the other day… Why not have him do the player introductions at the All-Star Game in Orlando at the end of the month? There’s now a Facebook page/campaign where you can like the idea, with the goal of showing so much…

  13. Popovich: Manu Ginobili to return Saturday vs. Nets

    Feb 10, 2012, 2:10 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzles v San Antionio Spurs - Game Two

    The San Antonio Spurs have done surprisingly well without Manu Ginobili — they have gone 15-7 and won six in a row. We can debate if Tony Parker should be an All-Star or not, but he has stepped up and carried a big load the last 22 games. Saturday night, Manu Ginobili will be back,…

  14. Kobe Bryant not down with “Linsanity.” Not yet anyway.

    Feb 10, 2012, 1:47 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    If you are going to impress Kobe Bryant, you’re going to have to do a lot more than have three good games in February. A lot more. Jeremy Lin is a sensation, “Linsanity” is sweeping New York as Kobe Bryant and the Lakers come to town Friday night. Two weeks ago the Knicks looked lost,…

  15. Derrick Rose officially game time decision (bet he plays)

    Feb 10, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

    Derrick Rose, Leandro Barbosa

    Derrick Rose still has back issues — remember he left a game earlier in the week with back spasms — and he is officially a game-time decision Friday when the Bulls face the Bobcats. But he expects to play, reports Aggrey Sam at CSNChicago.com. This is exactly what Rose said Wednesday and he went out…

  16. Jay-Z involved in changing look, style of Brooklyn Nets

    Feb 10, 2012, 12:02 PM EST

    2011 NBA All-Star Game - Performances And Celebrities

    When the Nets roll into Brooklyn next season, things will be different. Off the court, at least. (On the court remains to be seen.) The Nets are coming to the nation’s largest market in a new building and they are looking to make a splash. There will be changes — and they will have Jay-Z’s…

  17. Friday And-1 links: Kobe is trying to help out Andy Reid

    Feb 10, 2012, 11:12 AM EST

    Lakers' Bryant smiles in overtime of their NBA basketball game against the Celtics at TD Garden in Boston

    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). Patriot tight end Rob Gronkowski and a number of his teammates were at the Lakers/Celtics game Thursday. Kobe Bryant told Gronkowski to go play for…

  18. Video: Pau Gasol blocks Ray Allen to save victory

    Feb 10, 2012, 10:41 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Pau Gasol drives between Boston Celtics Brandon Bass and Celtics Jermaine O'Neal in the first half of their NBA basketball game at TD Garden in Boston

    Don’t you get the feeling Pau Gasol wants to yell, “who is soft now?” after this. Both Allen and Gasol made the smart play here. Often when a game-winning shots — and Paul Pierce got off a shot he can make — players stand around and watch. Allen got in position to make the play…

  19. Kevin Love says he will compete in three-point contest

    Feb 10, 2012, 9:40 AM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves' Love high-fives fans after defeating San Antonio Spurs in their NBA basketball game in Minneapolis

    Kevin Love is an All-Star, selected by the coaches as a reserve. He earned it and there was no suspense about whether he would make it. But Love has other plans for All-Star Weekend, too, tweets Jerry Zgoda of the Star-Tribune. Love says he also will compete in three-point shooting contest at All Star Game….…

  20. Warriors, Rockets feel regret about letting Jeremy Lin go

    Feb 10, 2012, 9:02 AM EST

    Jeremy Lin

    Golden State had Jeremy Lin for a full season last year, but decided he just wasn’t going to work for them. Monta Ellis handles the ball a lot, Stephen Curry is the starter at the point and Golden State went another direction with his backup. The Rockets had Lin earlier this season, but they also…

  21. Video: Celtics start game with football snap (sort of)

    Feb 10, 2012, 8:06 AM EST

    Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, Iman Shumpert, Tyson Chandler

    They realize that the Patriots lost, right? With Rob Gronkowski and a number of Patriots players at the Lakers/Celtics game Thursday night in Boston, the Celtics won the opening tip then played a little football. Clever. I guess. Problem is, Thursday night the Celtics closed the game out like the Patriots, too.

  22. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Sacramento fans come out in force

    Feb 10, 2012, 3:03 AM EST

    Kings, DeMarcus Cousins

    What you missed while making your Valentines Day dinner reservations at Waffle House…. Lakers 88, Celtics 87 (OT): It felt like and old rivalry when these two got together in our game of the night. Kings 106, Thunder 101: Kings fans used this game to remind you that they are as good as they come.…

  23. Celtics, Lakers play one that feels like old times

    Feb 10, 2012, 12:51 AM EST

    Rajon Rondo, Kobe Bryant

    On paper this was a battle of seven seeds, a couple teams just a few games over .500 with a lot of potential but not really contenders. But once the ball went up, it felt like it was the 2010 NBA finals again. Or maybe the 2008 finals. Or 1985. Or 1969. Rivalries are what…

  24. Who got snubbed? Some All-Star roster changes

    Feb 9, 2012, 10:50 PM EST

    Rajon Rondo

    The All-Star rosters are out. The NBA coaches — who select the All-Star reserves — went with the old guard, the tried and true, and the guys whose names we know. Whether or not their play merited it this year. They ignored younger players who deserved it this year. There should be changes. Here are…

  25. Your NBA All-Star reserves announced, coaches went safe

    Feb 9, 2012, 7:24 PM EST

    Kevin Love

    The fans picked the five starters, but this week the coaches voted to name the reserves to the All-Star Game in Orlando. And the coaches played it safe. They went with the old names they new not the future stars. They went with veteran Joe Johnson and left out Rajon Rondo. They left out Paul…

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