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  1. Jason Kidd fined $25,000 for criticizing officials

    Mar 7, 2012, 1:58 PM EDT

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

    We told you yesterday about veteran Mavericks guard Jason Kidd saying the referees didn’t respect Dallas as champions and they were not getting the calls. Wednesday he got a call — from the league office informing him of his $25,000 fine for his comments. Nothing shocking here, the league doesn’t like players smacking the officials.…

  2. Timberwolves frustrated with physical play against Rubio

    Mar 7, 2012, 1:12 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio shoots a free throw during their NBA game against Los Angeles Clippers

    Welcome to the NBA, Ricky Rubio. And welcome to having good players again, Minnesota Timberwolves. When you have a good player like Rubio, other teams will target him and do what they can to knock him off his game. Literally, if they can. Other teams are finding that when Rubio has space he picks them…

  3. Report: Kobe, Rondo, Pierce fined for skipping All-Star events

    Mar 7, 2012, 12:43 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    When it became clear that Kobe Bryant was not going to show to the media availability session on Friday of All-Star weekend he knew what that meant — he was getting fined. He later said he was sick, something nobody believed. For some players the money is worth it not to attend the stream of…

  4. Cuban says Mavericks not making (but are taking) trade calls

    Mar 7, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban, Shawn Marion

    Welcome to the semantics of the NBA trade deadline. In the minds of NBA front office types, there is a dramatic difference between a team calling others and saying “I’d like to trade you Player X” versus just taking calls listing to other teams pitch you on getting Player X. For fans, that line seems…

  5. Wednesday And-1 links: Kobe’s black facemask disappears

    Mar 7, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    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 in a black facemask was an idea that died on his 1-6 shooting start Tuesday night. Not that he got a lot better…

  6. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks failing chemistry

    Mar 7, 2012, 10:35 AM EDT

    New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin and Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony looks on against the Atlanta Hawks in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Jeremy Lin has not solved the problem. All season long we kept saying, “the Knicks just need a point guard to organize this offense and push the tempo and they’ll be fine.” Well, they found one in Jeremy Lin, then they added a new piece to help their bench scoring in J.R. Smith. And the…

  7. Video: Tyson Chandler gets his championship ring

    Mar 7, 2012, 10:03 AM EDT

    New York Knicks Tyson Chandler acknowledges the Dallas Mavericks fans after being presented with his championship ring before their NBA basketball game in Dallas

    Tyson Chandler really deserved this. Of all the guy brought into a fluctuating Mavericks roster the past several years, he was the one piece really needed to give them a title — a rock-solid defensive anchor in the middle. He was key to their run. He’d be a key if the Knicks ever make a…

  8. Quote of the Day: Kevin Garnett doesn’t really love rebounding

    Mar 7, 2012, 8:44 AM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    “I like nothing about it. It’s something I have to do, it’s something I’m decent at and something I know how to do.” —Kevin Garnett talking rebounding on the day he passes Shaquille O’Neal to move into 12th on the NBA’s all-time rebounding list, as reported by Paul Flannery ‏of WEEI in Boston. KG is…

  9. Atlantic Division lead in balance as Celtics face 76ers

    Mar 7, 2012, 8:04 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo

    If the NBA playoffs started today, Philadelphia would be the Atlantic Division winners and four seed taking on the Pacers. Boston and New York would be the seven and eight seeds and get the Bulls and the Heat in the first round. Boston and New York need to move up — and the easiest way…

  10. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Bobcats and Pistons both won. Seriously.

    Mar 7, 2012, 4:02 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    What you missed while playing a sport where you use stun guns on your opponents… Pistons 88, Lakers 85 (OT): This is why I can’t take the Lakers seriously as a contender — because after each of their big wins this year they turned around the next game and laid an egg (beat Boston lost…

  11. Mark Cuban still has Odom’s back. That will not change.

    Mar 7, 2012, 1:40 AM EDT

    Lamar Odom

    Mark Cuban has worked hard to change the culture around the Dallas Mavericks into a place players want to be. A place where they are comfortable and can thrive in part because they know management has their back. It hasn’t worked that way for Lamar Odom — he has not played well since coming to…

  12. Dwyane Wade tweaks ankle, does not return to game

    Mar 6, 2012, 11:09 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    On the bright side, if you were going to tweak your ankle, this was the game to do it. Dwyane Wade suffered what the team is calling a “tweak” to his ankle in the second quarter and he did not return to the game. Thing is, he didn’t have to push it because the Heat…

  13. Happy 40th Birthday Shaq (here are some career higlights)

    Mar 6, 2012, 7:58 PM EDT

    O'NEAL

    A bit of a clown at times? Sure. Did he get the most he could have out of his talents? No. But still one of the most dominant centers ever to play the game? For sure. One of the most entertaining players ever to come through the NBA? No doubt. Happy 40th birthday, Shaquille O’Neal.…

  14. Kenneth Faried works harder at his job than you do at yours

    Mar 6, 2012, 6:59 PM EDT

    Kenneth Faried, Kurt Thomas

    David Thorpe — Executive Director of the Pro Training Center and ESPN analyst — has a saying: Energy is a skill. You need to have an elite level skill — rebounding, shooting, defending — to really impact an NBA game. But hustle, being a true energy guy, can do that, too. A guy who just…

  15. Bulls catch break: Hamilton day-to-day with shoulder bruise

    Mar 6, 2012, 5:19 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Chicago Bulls

    There was a lot of worry around the Chicago Bulls when Richard Hamilton left the game Monday night — he had missed more than half of the Bulls games this season and this latest shoulder injury seemed like it could be one that kept him out a while. But the Bulls catch a break. Here…

  16. Andray Blatche says all the boos wearing on him, Wizards

    Mar 6, 2012, 2:53 PM EDT

    Ray Allen, Andray Blatche

    It can’t be fun coming to work knowing that 15,000 people (or however many people are actually showing up for Wizards games now) are going to boo you. It would make you second-guess yourself. Which is exactly what Andray Blatche said is happening after another Wizards loss Monday. He gets boos every time he pretty…

  17. Knicks ticket prices to go up again next season

    Mar 6, 2012, 2:25 PM EDT

    Madison Square Garden

    The “cheap” seats at Madison Square Garden are about to get less so. Last year ticket prices for New York Knicks games jumped a whopping 49 percent as the renovation of Madison Square Garden’s lower bowl (combined with a team actually worth seeing) changed the economics of one of the NBA’s legendary buildings. James Dolan…

  18. Video: Was Blake Griffin’s takedown of Luke Ridnour dirty?

    Mar 6, 2012, 2:11 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Golden State Warriors

    Blake Griffin is a chippy player. Which he needs to be — he’s a big man who is physical and other teams respond with physicality. If he didn’t push back and hold his ground (both physically and in terms of intimidation) he’d be swept aside. But there is a line there with being chippy and…

  19. One way or another, Raptors cutting ties with Anthony Carter

    Mar 6, 2012, 12:57 PM EDT

    Carter_Anthony

    This isn’t going to help his trade value. Not that there was a whole lot to begin with. Toronto is either going to trade Anthony Carter or release the veteran point guard after the trade deadline, reports Doug Smith at the Toronto Star. The Raptors are going to try to either move the veteran guard…

  20. Kidd says Mavericks’ title should mean more respect from refs

    Mar 6, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin defends Dallas Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    I just expect more out of the champions, out of a veteran team like this. After another Dallas lost on Monday night where they ran some terrible execution on plays in the final couple of minutes, Jason Kidd pulled out the card most used by struggling teams without a good answer — it’s the referees’…

  21. Magic GM says 6 to 8 teams pushing for Dwight Howard

    Mar 6, 2012, 11:37 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Apparently there are a number of teams in the “rent-a-Howard” market. The latest news on the Dwight Howard trade front is that while teams are lining up for a shot to get him even if it is for just the rest of this season, right now there is no movement. We cannot emphasize this enough…

  22. Tuesday And-1 links: Kyrie Irving will not play for Australia

    Mar 6, 2012, 11:08 AM EDT

    Cavaliers Irving reacts to making a three point basket in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge game during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    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). Kyrie Irving is not going to be on Team USA in London in 2012, but he had a standing offer from Australia (he was born…

  23. One potential landing spot for Chris Kaman: Indiana Pacers

    Mar 6, 2012, 10:32 AM EDT

    Chris Kaman, Nene

    Officially, the New Orleans Hornets “remain open” to trading Chris Kaman, reports the Times-Picayune. What that really means is they are going to trade Chris Kaman before the deadline. The question is where. One possible answer is Indiana, according to the Indianapolis Star. The Pacers have an All-Star center in Roy Hibbert but the depth…

  24. Rip Hamilton injures shoulder, could be out a while

    Mar 6, 2012, 10:14 AM EDT

    Richard Hamilton

    Well, on the up side the Bulls are used to playing without Richard Hamilton in the lineup. And they may be for a while — Rip injured his shoulder in the Bulls win Monday over the Pacers. There are not a lot of details but what Aggrey Sam found out for CSNChicago.com doesn’t make it…

  25. NBA owners to discuss ads on jerseys at next meeting

    Mar 6, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    WNBA Sue Bird Ad jersey

    It’s common in Europe — when you picture a Manchester United jersey you picture the AON on the chest. Same with any soccer or basketball team, the sponsors’ name where we expect to see the team name is expected. What about ads on NBA jerseys? Patches somewhere promoting whatever company shelled out the bucks? The…

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