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  1. Kobe Bryant wants you to keep on doubting him

    Jan 11, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    Six years ago, if Kobe Bryant dropped 48 points in a game, we called it Tuesday. It seemed like nothing out of the ordinary. There were a couple highlights on SportsCenter, his fantasy owners patted themselves on the back, and then we pretty much moved on because we saw this all the time. But in…

  2. Flip Saunders thinks John Wall played too many summer games

    Jan 11, 2012, 1:42 PM EST

    Flip Saunders John Wall

    The counterbalance to the suits and greed of the NBA lockout this past summer was the rise of the rec league games. The Goodman League. The Drew League. Rucker Park. More than ever NBA players were rolling into these leagues and playing, and soon the leagues were playing each other like the epic Goodman vs.…

  3. Larry Brown wants “badly” to coach again, not sure it happens

    Jan 11, 2012, 12:15 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Charlotte Bobcats

    Aggrey Sam sums it up well in one line of his interview with Larry Brown — the legendary coach “likely forgotten more basketball than anybody reading this has ever seen.” He’s won an NBA title with the Pistons, an NCAA title with Kansas, took UCLA to the final four and even took the pre-Griffin Clippers…

  4. Wednesday And-1 links: Anderson Varejao is no Magic Johnson

    Jan 11, 2012, 11:29 AM EST

    Anderson Varejao

    Welcome to our morning 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). Anderson Varejao is no Magic Johnson. Here is the video proof. Paul Pierce misses having Delonte West around. By the way, West apologized for his…

  5. Video: Two fans just sit down on Mavericks’ bench

    Jan 11, 2012, 10:54 AM EST

    fans on Mavs bench grab

    We’ve all done it. Left our not so great seats, gotten a beer and then when we walk back into the arena you move down to better seats that some company couldn’t give away to a client or secretary for the night. But there are limits to how far down you should go. Like, say,…

  6. The man who cut Michael Jordan in high school… sort of

    Jan 11, 2012, 10:26 AM EST

    Michael Jordan dunk

    It is one of the legends of Michael Jordan — that as a high-school sophomore he was cut from his high school team. Jordan, ever the master at using slights real and perceived as fuel to drive him, took this insult as one of the things that pushed him through high school to North Carolina…

  7. Gerald Wallace will not sign an extension with Trail Blazers

    Jan 11, 2012, 8:59 AM EST

    Trail Blazers Wallace celebrates against Mavericks during NBA playoff game in Portland, Oregon.

    Portland fans, this is not personal. It’s business. Gerald Wallace — a key part of the Blazers resurgence — will not sign an extension with the Trail Blazers, representatives for the free agent to be told the team, reports Jason Quick at the Oregonian. It’s not that the veteran isn’t happy or doesn’t want to…

  8. Video: Watch Kobe Bryant drop 48 on Phoenix

    Jan 11, 2012, 8:25 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Grant Hill

    Kobe Bryant is an aging jump shooter with bad knees and a sore wrist and… well, it sure didn’t look anything like that on Tuesday. Kobe got to his spots on the floor against the Suns (Grant Hill can’t handle him), was feeling it and dropped 48 on Phoenix to power a Lakers win. Half…

  9. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Nate Robinson beats the Heat

    Jan 11, 2012, 7:40 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Golden State Warriors

    What you missed while being addicted to cracking your knuckles… Wizards 93, Raptors 78: The Wizards win! Theeee Wizards win! Warriors 111, Heat 106: This was another Miami route, they were up 17 late in the third quarter, but then Nate Robinson happened. And then Dorell Wright happened. And suddenly Mark Jackson and the rebuilding…

  10. Break out the champagne — the Wizards win!

    Jan 11, 2012, 12:49 AM EST

    Washington Wizards Trevor Booker (right) and John Wall celebrate a basket during the second half of their NBA game against the Toronto Raptors in Washington

    It all came together for one night. At home, against a tired Toronto team on the second night of a back-to-back. Flip Saunders put in a new starting lineup of guys playing with some grit — Chris Singleton and Trevor Booker start, and Andray Blatche comes off the bench. It worked — the Washington Wizards…

  11. Dwyane Wade returned to Heat lineup Tuesday

    Jan 10, 2012, 10:50 PM EST

    Miami Heat v New Jersey Nets

    In the balancing act of how patient the Miami Heat want to be with Dwyane Wade versus the need to have him on the court, the scales have tipped in the other direction. Wade was back in the starting lineup for the Heat against the Golden State Warriors Tuesday night, reports our own Ira Winderman…

  12. Video: Still not buying Kevin Love as league’s best four

    Jan 10, 2012, 9:17 PM EST

    Kevin Love

    I like Kevin Love‘s attitude — he thinks he is the best four in the NBA and you want a star player to think that. Although, do you want him to say it? CSN New England’s Donny Marshall says no — and neither he nor I think Love is the best four in the league,…

  13. Jimmer Fredette gets first start Tuesday in Philadelphia

    Jan 10, 2012, 7:45 PM EST

    Jimmer Fredette , Kurt Thomas, Nolan Smith

    Jimmer fever has finally reached the starting lineup. Jimmer Fredette got his first start with the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday, due to Marcus Thornton suffering a bruised thigh. He had been averaging 24 minutes a game off the bench but played almost the entire first quarter of this one. Fredette has shown potential but is…

  14. Mark Cuban will be on your television during Super Bowl

    Jan 10, 2012, 6:55 PM EST

    Obama Welcomes NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks To White House

    Are there going to be any NBA players on your television during the Super Bowl? Well, LeBron James will not be on the sidelines (the Heat play at home that day). Maybe he or Kobe Bryant show up in an ad, maybe not. But there will be one NBA owner — Mark Cuban. Selling Skechers.…

  15. Report: Team USA sets 19 players for preliminary Olympic roster

    Jan 10, 2012, 5:39 PM EST

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    The USA will send 12 men to London this summer to suit up and defend America’s gold medal from the last Olympic games. And that dozen will come from these 19 guys, according Chris Sheridan at SheridanHoops.com who broke the story of the preliminary roster. We’ve broken them out by position (they are alphabetical in their…

  16. Don’t tell anyone, but Andrea Bargnani is playing well

    Jan 10, 2012, 4:47 PM EST

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

    It’s seems weird to write this but… Andrea Bargnani is playing really well this year. Raptors blogs are noticing. Everyone watching them is noticing. He’s shooting better (52.7 percent overall and 37 percent from three), scoring more (22.8 per game) while taking fewer shots, rebounding more, turning the ball over less and has an All-Star…

  17. Miami is not better without Dwyane Wade. Stop it.

    Jan 10, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

    Dwyane Wade has sat out three games with a sore foot. The Miami Heat have won those three games. LeBron James has looked like the LeBron of the Cleveland era the past couple of games because he has to take on much more of the offense. So of course, some people looking to stir the…

  18. Kobe not having experimental procedure on wrist after all

    Jan 10, 2012, 2:37 PM EST

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant can’t go to Germany right now, and Germany is not coming to Los Angeles. Kobe wanted to but is not going to have the experimental procedure done on his wrist that he had done on his knee this summer, according to the Los Angeles Times. Of greatest importance, the German doctor whom Bryant…

  19. Video: See Jared Dudley broadcast a badminton game

    Jan 10, 2012, 2:04 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    Suns swingman Jared Dudley is one of the more fun guys to talk to around the league, a guy kind of up for anything. Like making fun of the future broadcasting career we all know he has. Best part of this is the end when Dudley tries to broadcast a youth badminton game. Yelling “miss”…

  20. Spencer Hawes worked out with Shawn Kemp this summer

    Jan 10, 2012, 1:36 PM EST

    shawn_kemp

    Stop laughing. This is not a joke. There was a time when everybody was a Shawn Kemp fan. Back in the days of his high-top fade he was as ferocious a dunker as the league has ever seen and force in the paint, a guy with the skills to grab the rebound and go coast-to-coast.…

  21. Andrew Bogut returns to Milwaukee lineup Tuesday

    Jan 10, 2012, 12:54 PM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks v Chicago Bulls

    Good news for a Bucks team that desperately needs a little lift — Andrew Bogut is expected back Tuesday night when Milwaukee hosts San Antonio, reports the Journal Sentinel (via SLAM). Bogut had a family issue to attend to back in his native Australia and had an excused absence from the team. There is no…

  22. Jeff Green had successful heart surgery Monday

    Jan 10, 2012, 11:46 AM EST

    Jeff Green

    Good news out of the Boston area — Jeff Green had successful heart surgery Monday. Green was to be a key part of the Celtics bench until a routine preseason physical found an aneurysm — an abnormal ballooning of an artery near the heart — that required surgery. That surgery went well, according to CSNNE.com.…

  23. Tuesday And-1 links: LaMarcus Aldridge coming to Portlandia

    Jan 10, 2012, 11:16 AM EST

    LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol

    Welcome to our morning 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). Confession: I love Portlandia (the IFC comedy show). I really am going to love the episode where LaMarcus Aldridge makes a cameo. Kevin Garnett tells…

  24. Wizards need more than just better talent, need culture change

    Jan 10, 2012, 10:52 AM EST

    John Wall, Trevor Booker, JaVale McGee

    There’s a reason, beyond just good scouting, that the San Antonio Spurs seem to find guys deep in the draft who can contribute. It’s a culture thing, a character thing. They have built a culture of responsibility and accountability around that franchise — no matter who you are you fit the system and play your…

  25. Baron Davis expected back around end of January

    Jan 10, 2012, 10:19 AM EST

    baron davis

    Here is why we have some doubts about the Knicks: They are waiting for the backcourt of Baron Davis and Iman Shumpert to save them. Knicks fans are not wrong to hope — their team’s backcourt play has been bad enough that the enigmatic Davis and rookie Shumpert provide the best hope. It’s just that,…

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