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  1. Report: Minnesota will offer Love four years, $60 million

    Jan 18, 2012, 10:18 AM EST

    Kevin Love, Ivan Johnson

    Minnesota may be about to screw up a good thing. They are an entertaining and up-and-coming team, one with a future behind Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, Derrick Williams and more. But that comes with a price. The first of those is Love, who is eligible for a contract extension between now and Jan. 25. He…

  2. Quote of the Day: Dwight Howard’s new trade destination

    Jan 18, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    “Sources say Dwight Howard is signing with the Harlem Globetrotters.” —Dwight Howard to the Orlando Sentinel. Howard had been asked about the report the Los Angeles Clippers were on his trade destination list, Howard responded with a “no” and then his standard line about him being on the Magic right now and that is all that…

  3. LeBron backs Popovich as potential USA Basketball coach

    Jan 18, 2012, 8:07 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    After the USA earned a bronze medal in the 2004 Olympics, Mike Krzyzewski was brought in by Jerry Colangelo to help turn things around. He was one coach who is universally respected among players and is seen as kind of “above the fray” of the politics that can go into picking an Olympic team. The…

  4. Baseline to Baseline recaps: One half of Heat bests half of Spurs

    Jan 18, 2012, 2:13 AM EST

    Heat small forward James reacts after the Heat tied the game with the Spurs in the second half during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    What you missed while buying the paintings of a squirrel… Heat 120, Spurs 98: It was a tale of two halves. In the first half the Spurs controlled the tempo and forced the heat into the half court. LeBron James, fighting a cold that might have kept him home if Dwyane Wade could have played,…

  5. Video: Blowing up the Celtics… do they have a choice?

    Jan 17, 2012, 11:50 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Boston Celtics

    Celtics fans may not like this very much. Or, after the last five games they may like it a lot, come to think of it. Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports were on NBC’s SportsTalk Tuesday talking how to fix the Boston Celtics. And their answer is pretty much “with…

  6. Derrick Rose sits Tuesday, up in air for weekend games

    Jan 17, 2012, 9:05 PM EST

    Derrick Rose, Leandro Barbosa

    Not a huge surprise that Derrick Rose sat out Tuesday against the Suns to rest his sore left big toe. Deprived us of the Rose vs. Steve Nash showdown, but it happens. After Tuesday the Bulls are off until Friday. That is a long rest in this schedule. Will Rose be back then? Read as…

  7. Mike Brown wants to cut back on Kobe Bryant’s minutes

    Jan 17, 2012, 8:21 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    Last season, Phil Jackson expressed frustration at not being able to get Kobe Bryant’s minutes below 33.9 a game — he didn’t want to wear him out, but sometimes he had to ride the hot hand. This season, Kobe is playing 37.7 minutes per game, nearly four minutes more per game (with less time to…

  8. Report: Boston getting calls asking about Paul Pierce

    Jan 17, 2012, 7:17 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Boston Celtics

    Can you picture Paul Pierce in any other uniform than Boston green? It seems weird. But Celtics fans are starting to try, they taking to message boards and asking the big question: Is it time to blow up the Celtics and rebuild? This team has lost five in a row, has fallen to 4-8, and…

  9. It may seem like it, but lockout does not equal more injuries

    Jan 17, 2012, 5:36 PM EST

    Curry injured AP

    You knew this would come — the talk around the league that the lockout and shortened training camps had led to more injuries, more sprained ankles and more traumatic injuries. anecdotal evidence seems to back that up. Al Horford is down for the season after surgery to repair his pectoral muscle Tuesday, a similar injury…

  10. Amar’e Stoudemire disappointed to be left off Team USA

    Jan 17, 2012, 4:43 PM EST

    New York Knicks' Stoudemire celebrates a basket against the Charlotte Bobcats during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Back in the summer of 2010, Amar’e Stoudemire was going to be part of the Team USA squad that went on to Turkey and the FIBA World Championships and won gold (qualifying the team for the 2012 Olympics). But then he signed an uninsured $100 million deal with the Knicks — nobody would insure Stoudemire’s…

  11. Dwyane Wade got a 2012 McLaren for birthday. Top that

    Jan 17, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

    Miami Heat basketball player Dwyane Wade attends a fashion show of the Yves Saint Laurent collection as part of spring-summer 2012 men's fashion season presented in Paris on Friday, June 24, 2011

    We already showed you the highlights of Dwyane Wade’s 30th birthday bash, complete with Rick Ross and Common rapping, Usher and LeBron James in the house and a cake that spit fire. But that wasn’t the best part. At least not for Wade (although I’m sure he’ll tell you just having his friends there meant…

  12. GMs predict Heat to win title, Kevin Durant MVP

    Jan 17, 2012, 2:45 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    The annual NBA survey of team general managers is out and — shockingly — they think the Miami Heat are very good. Same with that Kevin Durant guy. So, they see the world pretty much like the rest of this. In the annual survey of team executives, 74.1 percent of the GMs think the Miami…

  13. However you build it, U.S. Olympic team will be very good

    Jan 17, 2012, 2:10 PM EST

    Krzyzewski & Kobe Bryant

    We don’t know exactly what the U.S. Olympic team will look like in London. We know the pool of players — the 20 finalists — the roster will come from. And we know a couple other things: Mike Krzyzewski and staff have some hard choices ahead of them. This team will be very, very good.…

  14. Video: Andrea Bargnani’s underground All-Star anthem

    Jan 17, 2012, 1:27 PM EST

    Raptors Bargnani reacts to a missed basket against the Nets during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    Brilliant. We told you Andrea Bargnani is having a career year in Toronto (which, along with the Raptors improved defense, should have people using the words “Dwane Casey” and “coach of the year” in the same sentence). He’s actually defending as well as giving Toronto 22 points a game, and he’s doing it more efficiently…

  15. Celtics focus on improvement, believe wins will follow

    Jan 17, 2012, 1:08 PM EST

    Boston Celtics head coach Rivers argues with a call against the Dallas Mavericks during their NBA basketball game in Boston

    Focus on the next step and you will arrive at your destination. No, it’s not one of Phil Jackson’s coaching mantras, it’s what the Celtics are doing in the wake of a five-game losing streak and a 4-8 record that has them looking up at the playoffs right now. Focus on getting better and the…

  16. Dwight Howard keeps his cool as trade rumors swirl

    Jan 17, 2012, 12:01 PM EST

    Magic's Howard listens to the National Anthem before their NBA basketball game against the Kings in Sacramento

    It’s the Clippers. No, it’s still the Nets. No, the Lakers. And Orlando still loves you! Rumors are swirling around Dwight Howard like he’s an honorary Kardashian, but he is keeping his cool, keeping his head down and winning games. And for now that is working. The latest rumor to come up was that the…

  17. Wade out Tuesday, no timetable for return to lineup

    Jan 17, 2012, 11:36 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Denver Nuggets

    UPDATE 11:36 am: In a surprise to nobody, the Heat have announced that Wade will not play Tuesday against the Spurs. So, back to The LeBron James Show, with a guest appearance by Chris Bosh. Don’t ask when Wade will be back. 10:43 am: Dwyane Wade sprained his ankle last Friday night in a game.…

  18. Tuesday And-1 links: Portland’s sell out streak in jeopardy

    Jan 17, 2012, 11:07 AM EST

    Brandon Roy

    Welcome to our 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). Portland’s 166 game sellout streak is in danger of coming to an end. Which speaks more to the condensed schedule and the economy than it does…

  19. Vince Carter day-to-day after foot injury on final shot

    Jan 17, 2012, 9:42 AM EST

    vince-carter-550

    Vince Carter was the guy who got the shot to try and tie the Lakers Monday night and send a dramatic yet sloppy game to overtime. He missed. And instantly after he landed he started limping. While the Lakers celebration raged on around them the trainers came out to check on Carter’s foot, even Mark…

  20. Video: Dwyane Wade’s 30th birthday bash was sweet

    Jan 17, 2012, 9:19 AM EST

    NBA basketball player Wade attends a showing of the Richard Chai Spring/Summer 2012 collection during New York Fashion Week

    I don’t know about you, but my 30th birthday was not quite this nice (took in Social D in Vegas, if you have to ask). Dwyane Wade‘s 30th birthday not only had his girlfriend Gabrielle Union and buddy LeBron James hanging out on stage, there were performances by Kelly Rowland signing Happy Birthday, Rick Ross,…

  21. Jordan thinks Kobe is the only one who deserves comparison

    Jan 17, 2012, 8:55 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant Michael Jordan

    Let’s just get this out of the way up front — Kobe Bryant is not as good as Michael Jordan. That may frustrate a handful of the Kobe apologists out there, but the fact is he is not, and that is not about ring count. Jordan was superior on the court. But if you can…

  22. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Kobe passed with the game on the line

    Jan 17, 2012, 3:38 AM EST

    Lamar Odom, Kobe Bryant,

    What you missed while trying to figure out how to pay off your $44 million hospital bill…. Thunder 97, Celtics 88: Boston’s fifth loss in a row was our game of the night. Lakers 73, Mavericks 70: The Lakers won this game — and were the better shooting team — hitting 38.2 percent of their…

  23. Video: Derek Fisher hits game winner for Lakers

    Jan 17, 2012, 1:43 AM EST

    Derek Fisher

    When will people learn to cover Derek Fisher on a potential game winning shot? Let’s be clear — Derek Fisher has almost nothing left and should barely see the court for the Lakers. But what he still has in abundance is a self-confidence that in the biggest moments lets him fearlessly let a shot fly.…

  24. Boston’s best game still not enough to beat Thunder

    Jan 17, 2012, 12:57 AM EST

    Russell Westbrook, Rajon Rondo

    The good news: The return of Kendrick Perkins and the challenge to match up to one of NBA’s elite teams in the Oklahoma City Thunder got the Celtics to play their best game of the season. The bad news: Oklahoma City 97, Boston 88. Maybe the highlight for Boston fans was the video tribute to…

  25. Video question: Terrible shot or crafty assist?

    Jan 16, 2012, 11:15 PM EST

    Kevin Love

    Minnesota’s Luke Ridnour got credited with an assist on this play with Kevin Love, and Love points like it’s an assist… But was it really? Or was that a terrible, bail out shot that just happened to take the right bounce? You be the judge.

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