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Kurt Helin

  1. Baron Davis’ back flares up, did not practice Wednesday

    Feb 1, 2012, 3:58 PM EST

    baron davis

    Tuesday night, the Knicks didn’t look like they needed a savior. Carmelo Anthony was back, the Knicks were scoring the paint and knocking down threes, they looked like what everyone had kind of expected before the season. Which is good, because the other savior may be a while. Baron Davis sat out practice Wednesday, tweets…

  2. Television ratings show you people like the Clippers. A lot.

    Feb 1, 2012, 3:27 PM EST

    Blake Griffin

    You can add the Clippers to the list of teams people are tuning in to watch. The NBA sent out notes to say that ratings are up. So again, what lockout? NBA TV has broadcast 34 games this season and ratings are way up — 74 percent over last year on total views, 78 percent…

  3. Joakim Noah admits expectations of big contract got to him

    Feb 1, 2012, 2:25 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Washington Wizards

    Joakim Noah is making a lot of money this year — $12 million. It’s the first year of the extension to his rookie deal he signed last year, meaning he has gone from making what you and I think is a lot of money to making what other NBA players think is a lot of…

  4. Video: Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki go “BIG”

    Feb 1, 2012, 2:01 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    It’s not an all-time favorite, but I am kind of liking the NBA’s new “BIG” advertising campaign. So, here are the two latest ads, featuring Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Durant. Enjoy. You’ll probably see these a lot as commercials during games in the coming weeks.  

  5. This is LeBron James’ best start to a season ever

    Feb 1, 2012, 1:26 PM EST

    LeBron James

    LeBron James has been a statistical beast this season. He is averaging 29.2 points per game, 8.3 assists and 7.1 rebounds. He is shooting 55.1 percent, the best of his career, because he’s cut down on his three pointers and long twos and instead is playing more out of the post and closer to the…

  6. Rondo says he will skip All-Star game if not healthy

    Feb 1, 2012, 12:33 PM EST

    Rajon Rondo

    Rajon Rondo expects to be back from his wrist injury somewhere around the All-Star break. Thursday night, the starters for that All-Star Game will be announced and in the East Derrick Rose and Dwayne Wade will get that nod (from the fans, you all voted on this). But Rondo is third in the voting and…

  7. Dirk Nowitzki says he plans to play at least two more years

    Feb 1, 2012, 12:07 PM EST

    Mavericks forward Nowitzki is defended by Spurs forward Blair during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    At age 33, how much longer is Dirk Nowitzki going to play? Well, a couple years at least. We know that for two reasons. One, he has two more years on his contract totaling $42 million and he’s not walking away from that. Because nobody would. The other is that he said so. Nowitzki was…

  8. Tuesday And-1 links: Judge tells Allen Iverson to pay up

    Feb 1, 2012, 11:29 AM EST

    Allen Iverson

    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). A judge has reached into Allen Iverson’s bank account to pay a jewelry store where Iverson bought more than $300,000 in bling but never paid…

  9. Rasheed Wallace to the Lakers? That would be interesting.

    Feb 1, 2012, 10:46 AM EST

    rasheed_wallace

    Fun little note from Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports. If the Lakers don’t sign Kenyon Martin, they could have interest in adding Rasheed Wallace, who contacted the team several weeks ago, a league source said. Wallace retired after the 2009-10 season, but has told friends he’s interested in returning to the NBA. We told you…

  10. Lakers, Clippers, Heat among teams in Kenyon Martin chase

    Feb 1, 2012, 10:08 AM EST

    Kenyon Martin

    In a few weeks, the Chinese Basketball Association season will come to an end and a few quality free agents — Kenyon Martin, Wilson Chandler and J.R. Smith — will alter the balance of power in the NBA. Martin (who left his team and is stateside but cannot sign until the season ends over there)…

  11. Bynum suggests Lakers need wins or trades may follow

    Feb 1, 2012, 9:36 AM EST

    Andrew Bynum, Byron Mullens

    The next couple weeks are going to tell us a lot about the Lakers — they are 2-7 on the road and are now heading out for two weeks away from Staples Center so the Grammys can take over the building. Talking about the road trip after the Lakers throttling of the Bobcats Tuesday night,…

  12. Magic GM: Dwight Howard’s trade list remains unchanged

    Feb 1, 2012, 9:07 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    There are no Chicago Bulls on the list. No Los Angeles Clippers, no Boston Celtics or Golden State Warriors. While other teams keep trying to fill the Dwight Howard trade rumor void, Howard’s original list has not changed, Orlando GM Otis Smith told the Sun Sentinel. Magic General Manager Otis Smith told the Orlando Sentinel…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: ‘Melo is back, Knicks cruise

    Feb 1, 2012, 8:37 AM EST

    Carmelo Anthony, Tayshaun Prince, Jason Maxiel

    What you missed while getting arrested for attacking people and police with a toy light saber… Knicks 113, Pistons 86: Carmelo Anthony returned, he had 25 efficient points while playing his best game in weeks, and the Knicks cruise to an easy win. Coincidence? Well, kind of. This win was really about the Knicks defense…

  14. Pacers George Hill out indefinitely with chip fracture in ankle

    Feb 1, 2012, 12:58 AM EST

    George Hill, Darren Collison

    Pacers backup shooting guard George Hill will not travel with the team for an upcoming road trip and is out indefinitely with a chip fracture in his left ankle, the team announced after Tuesday’s game. The injury occurred in the third quarter against the Nets, when Hill went up for a jumper and Nets center…

  15. Deron Williams says he is keeping all his options open

    Jan 31, 2012, 10:00 PM EST

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    We are a long ways away from Deron Williams having to make his decision about next season. He could opt out of the last year of his deal and become a free agent then leave for Dallas or other destinations. He could become a free agent then re-sign with New Jersey (likely because Dwight Howard…

  16. Kings deny GM Geoff Petrie’s job in danger. Of course.

    Jan 31, 2012, 7:59 PM EST

    George Maloof, Gavin Maloof, Joe Maloof

    This is the cycle of things. First comes the report yesterday that the Kings — or at least part of the Kings management — has started to look at potential replacements for general manager Geoff Petrie. Now, comes the routine denial. From co-owner Joe Maloof via the Sacramento Bee. “No, this is not true,” Maloof…

  17. LeBron says chemistry at ‘all-time high’ with Wade

    Jan 31, 2012, 5:10 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat

    Last season, building chemistry was the underlying theme of the Heat’s season. There was very little between LeBron James and Dwyane Wade during that 9-8 start — the two stars took turns watching each other, not playing off of each other. That started to change as the season wore on and into the playoffs and…

  18. Phil Jackson’s new book out next year, called “Eleven Rings”

    Jan 31, 2012, 3:17 PM EST

    Phil Jackson

    The subtitle is not “suck on that, Red Auerbach.” Probably. Phil Jackson said when he retired (and several times since) that he planned on writing the next part of his memoir. Apparently that is moving along. It will be released at some time next year through Penguin Press and will be titled “Eleven Rings” the…

  19. Rondo out for Celtics Tuesday, likely return Friday

    Jan 31, 2012, 2:10 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    Boston seems to be hitting it’s stride the last few games, with a rejuvenated Paul Pierce creating plays and Kevin Garnett playing like he’s in a bar fight. Add Rajon Rondo to the mix and they should be even better. That is not happening Tuesday against Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers but should happen by…

  20. ‘Melo, Knicks players have Mike D’Antoni’s back. Verbally.

    Jan 31, 2012, 1:42 PM EST

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    If Carmelo Anthony really wanted to help Mike D’Antoni out, he would get back on the court and when he does try moving the ball quickly not stopping and going into isolation so often. But that’s not happening — Anthony is not expected to play Tuesday night (he did not take part in shootaround that…

  21. Ginobili cleared to start workouts, back in a couple weeks

    Jan 31, 2012, 12:56 PM EST

    Manu Ginobili

    San Antonio has held its own just fine without Manu Ginobili — they have gone 10-7 without him and held on as the sixth seed in a packed West — but they are nearing the end of that trial. So reports the Express-News. Though still a few weeks away from returning to the court, Ginobili…

  22. Video: Which was better, Griffin’s Mozgov or Perkins dunk?

    Jan 31, 2012, 11:53 AM EST

    griffin_dunk

    They have similarities. Both came off a wing pick-and-roll where the defense went with the point guard. Both were over a tall man wearing blue. But which was better, Blake Griffin‘s dunk over Timofey Mozgov last year or his throwdown over Kendrick Perkins Monday night? I vote Perkins, because he tried to defend it. But…

  23. Tuesday And-1 links: Clipper Darrell love abounds

    Jan 31, 2012, 11:26 AM EST

    clipper darrell

    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). The world is starting to realize what we at PBT have known for a while — Clipper Darrell rocks! Fantastic story about Greg Stiemsma battling…

  24. Magic GM Smith says no trades coming anytime soon

    Jan 31, 2012, 11:09 AM EST

    Dwight Howard, Glen Davis

    Orlando has been a mess for the past couple weeks. Their offense has come apart at the seams — they scored 56 against Boston last week, just 69 against Philadelphia Monday, blew a 27 point lead in another Boston game and got blown out by the Hornets last week. They are struggling. Mightily. This is…

  25. Nets rookie MarShon Books out with broken little toe

    Jan 31, 2012, 10:32 AM EST

    MarShon Brooks, Shannon Brown

    MarShon Brooks turned some heads during the NBA draft combine with his athleticism and smooth game, and the Providence guard has been able to translate to the NBA. He’s getting a lot of run on a struggling Nets team, scoring 14.8 points per game and he’s making the most of his chance. Or was. He…

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