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  1. 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.

  2. 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.…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. Jeremy Lin says Tim Tebow has been an inspiration to him

    Feb 9, 2012, 4:41 PM EST

    Divisional Playoffs - Denver Broncos v New England Patriots

    There are some similarities to the Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow stories — and not just that they both throw bounce passes. Both had built in followings but were not expected by most experts to make much of an impact at the professional level. Both have. Both still have some people expecting them to fall…

  7. Jeremy Lin can move off his brother’s couch now… or not

    Feb 9, 2012, 4:06 PM EST

    Jeremy Lin

    Jeremy Lin has been living the life of an NBA nomad — a guy who went to camp with Golden State, was cut and ended up with Houston for a while, but he never saw the court there (they have Kyle Lowry and Goran Dragic at the point already) so he was released. Then he…

  8. Mo Williams wants a contract extension with Clippers

    Feb 9, 2012, 2:46 PM EST

    Mo Williams, Ian Mahinm

    Hello, Clippers, welcome to the price of success. I know this is all new to you, but you’re going to be getting a lot of this kind of stuff now. Mo Williams wants a contract extension. Pretty much that’s what you can read into this comment from the Los Angeles Times. “I just want to…

  9. Jerry West says you may not see trade activity until deadline

    Feb 9, 2012, 2:23 PM EST

    Jerry West

    Here’s another thing you can blame on the condensed NBA schedule. We are just about a month out from the NBA trading deadline (March 15) and now is when you start to hear the buzz of moves bubble up and soon a few minor trades go down as we get closer. But maybe not this…

  10. Enjoying the Jeremy Lin ride, which may get bumpy

    Feb 9, 2012, 1:58 PM EST

    Jeremy Lin

    We need to be honest — the three defenses that Jeremy Lin has carved up as the starting point guard for the Knicks are three terrible defenses. All three are in the bottom 10 in the league in defensive efficiency, and the best one (Utah) has slow bigs who are awful against quick guards —…

  11. Erick Dampier signs 10-day contract with Atlanta Hawks

    Feb 9, 2012, 12:59 PM EST

    Erick Dampier

    Erick Dampier is back. The veteran center has signed a 10-day contract with the Atlanta Hawks, the team announced. The Hawks have talked about needed more depth in the middle since the injury to Al Horford but have waiting to make a move to add to the ranks of Zaza Pachulia and Jason Collins at…

  12. Kobe says he’d choose LeBron if he could pick a teammate

    Feb 9, 2012, 12:29 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant is a scorer. Which is why getting Chris Paul — a playmaker who sets others up as well as anyone in the game — made a lot of sense to Kobe. It made less sense to David Stern (and other NBA owners) and so that trade got shot down. Wednesday Kobe was talking…

  13. Derrick Rose asked Isiah Thomas for advice on winning

    Feb 9, 2012, 12:01 PM EST

    Isiah Thomas

    In the past decade, Isiah Thomas has become a punch line. Actually, the better way to phrase that is he made himself a punch line— his wounds are self-inflicted. He wrecked the Knicks. But before that, Thomas was one of the best point guards ever to play the game. A little guy who led his…

  14. Thursday And-1 links: Kevin Durant raps

    Feb 9, 2012, 11:01 AM EST

    Kevin Durant

    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). Kevin Durant is laying down the lyrics — he is in a rap video with Privaledge and sounding pretty good. Normally we’d run the video,…

  15. Kobe says he always admired Larry Bird’s determination

    Feb 9, 2012, 10:24 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    We’ve got a mutual admiration society going. First you have Larry Bird saying Kobe Bryant is the player going right now that he most would want to play with, because Kobe is about winning. Now Kobe turns around and said that he always looked up to Larry Bird. Their games are very different — well,…

  16. Wilson Chandler says he will re-sign with Denver after China

    Feb 9, 2012, 9:55 AM EST

    Wilson+Chandler+Atlanta+Hawks+v+Denver+Nuggets+Ym_wkv-B6Cgl

    Kenyon Martin is back from China and was in a Clippers uniform last night. But there are still three quality names set to return to the NBA when their teams’ seasons end in China — Wilson Chandler, J.R. Smith and Aaron Brooks. There are a lot of teams around the NBA who need some help…

  17. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Magic cool off Heat

    Feb 9, 2012, 9:24 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    What you missed while watching a guy get bit in the face by a dog on live television… Magic 102, Heat 89: Maybe the Magic owner should tell the media he doesn’t want to trade Dwight Howard before every game. Orlando played the game it wants to play — good defense (especially challenging in the…

  18. LeBron has no appologies for Perkins, tweeting about dunk

    Feb 9, 2012, 8:09 AM EST

    Sweat rolls down the face of Miami Heat's James during a break in play against Milwaukee Bucks in their NBA game in Milwaukee

    Kendrick Perkins didn’t like LeBron James tweeting about how Blake Griffin dunked all over Perk. Not in the least. Perkins said that you don’t see Kobe Bryant tweeting, or Jordan, or guys that play the game “for the right reasons” who want to win not get hung up on one play. In response, our man…

  19. Magic owner: “I don’t want to trade (Dwight Howard)”

    Feb 9, 2012, 2:12 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    If you have wondered why trade talks around Dwight Howard have stalled out, here is your answer. Orlando owner Rich DeVos, age 85, surprisingly met with members of the media before the Magic took on the Heat, as reported by Chris Sheridan at Sheridan Hoops: “I don’t want to trade him,” DeVos declared to reporters.…

  20. Video: Jeremy Lin crosses John Wall, then throws it down

    Feb 8, 2012, 10:46 PM EST

    Jeremy Lin

    LIN-SANITY!! Jeremy Lin has some game. I know, I’ve been one of the guys trying to apply some breaks to the runaway Jeremy Lin train, because I’ve seen this movie before (there was a time Lakers fans were convinced Smush Parker was the future). But I also will admit that he has some moves, attacks…

  21. Video: Will Ferrell with the best team introductions ever

    Feb 8, 2012, 10:30 PM EST

    Will Ferrell semi-pro

    In case you missed us warning you earlier, Will Ferrell did the team introductions for the Bulls at Hornets game tonight, and it was vintage Ferrell. Did you know Luol Deng has a pet dolphin named Chachi? That Derrick Rose‘s favorite movie is “The Notebook?” That Trevor Ariza doesn’t think Ferrell is funny? (Just basing…

  22. Kenyon Martin to make debut for Clippers Wednesday

    Feb 8, 2012, 6:41 PM EST

    Kenyon Martin

    Kenyon Martin, signed by the Clippers last Friday over the protests of the Chinese Basketball Association, will make his debut in a Clippers uniform Wednesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He’s only expected to play about 15 minutes off the bench, according to Clippers.com reporter Madelyn Burke. At first he will be splitting time with…

  23. Kobe says wrist injury now healed, “I got through it”

    Feb 8, 2012, 5:52 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers ' Bryant chews on his jersey while playing against Philadelphia 76ers during their NBA game in Philadelphia

    I’m not a doctor, but call me skeptical. Nonetheless, Kobe Bryant is playing without support tape or pregame injections to deal with the pain from the ligament injury in his wrist. Which has him telling Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register that his wrist is healed. “I got through it,” Bryant said. When I…

  24. Warriors coach Jackson says “no excuses,” then blames refs

    Feb 8, 2012, 4:29 PM EST

    Mark Jackson Warriors

    We want to congratulate Mark Jackson on what soon will be his first fine as an NBA head coach. It’s coming. Jackson was frustrated after the Thunder executed better down the stretch and in a contradictory statement laid part of the problem at the feet of the referees, as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle…

  25. Larry Bird says he’d play with LeBron for fun, Kobe to win

    Feb 8, 2012, 4:03 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Larry Bird is better at basketball than you. Probably still, but certainly at his peak. But he thinks like a lot of you out there. During his podcast with Bill “sports guy” Simmons at Grantland, Bird said this about the two biggest names in the NBA today (transcribed by ESPNLosAngeles.com). “If you want to have…

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