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  1. Report: Pierce, Allen drawing more trade interest than Rondo

    Mar 1, 2012, 4:07 PM EDT

    paul-pierce--ray-allen-game-4-of-the-2008-nba-finals

    All the buzz today on your television and sports talk radio has been the idea that the Boston Celtics are ready to move Rajon Rondo. And they are — GM Danny Ainge isn’t “shopping” Rondo in the sense he is not calling around desperately trying to trade Rondo for a couple role players, the Celtics…

  2. Dwight Howard may land a lot of places, but not with Knicks

    Mar 1, 2012, 2:47 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    Any time a superstar is on the move via free agency, there are a couple teams that just automatically come up in the conversation. Whether there is anything to it or not. Fans will bring it up, rumors will get flowing, logic be damned. Like Dwight Howard to the Knicks. New York already has a…

  3. Report: Odom meets with Cuban, will return to Mavs soon

    Mar 1, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT

    Shawn Marion, Lamar Odom, Vince Carter

    Personal issues surrounding an illness with his father have kept Lamar Odom away from the Mavericks since before the All-Star break. But it’s more than just that — the entire fit with Dallas has been poor this season. Odom has not seemed happy and he is not one of those players who can compartmentalize his…

  4. Kobe thinks someone will score 100 points in a game again

    Mar 1, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Friday is the 50th anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain scoring 100 points in a game. A feat that is shrouded in legend and myth, but in actuality was a bit bogus as teammates fouled the opposing team at the end of a blowout game to stop the clock, send them to the line and get the…

  5. Hawks pick up Dampier as insurance for rest of season

    Mar 1, 2012, 1:23 PM EDT

    Erick Dampier

    Eric Dampier isn’t brining a lot to the Atlanta Hawks the rest of this season. But the journeyman center provides some depth at a ravaged position in Atlanta. The Hawks have picked up Dampier for the rest of the season, Marc Spears of Yahoo tweets. Right now Zaza Pachulia is the starting center while everyone…

  6. Newest New York Ranger says Jeremy Lin can punch him

    Mar 1, 2012, 12:45 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v New York Knicks

    This is why you should be reading ProHockeyTalk… The New York Rangers have a new enforcer, John Scott. (For you hoops fans wondering what an enforcer does, think Charles Oakley if the NBA let him fight.) Before he was a Ranger he played for the Chicago Blackhawks. He and some Blackhawk teammates had taken in…

  7. Magic try to bring in players like Nash not ship Howard out

    Mar 1, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

    Steve Nash Dwight Howard

    Orlando is not ready to trade Dwight Howard. They may not be by March 15, but they certainly are not right now. In fact, multiple reports have them working the phones trying to bring in more talent to put around Howard rather than ship him out. And they know to keep him they can’t just…

  8. Barack Obama knew about Jeremy Lin before you did

    Mar 1, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

    President Barack Obama

    It’s part of being President of the United States — you get information before everyone else. Of course, most of that is about things like the nuclear capabilities of Iran and other such actually important matters. But he gets basketball information, too. Like about Jeremy Lin, the Harvard-graduate Knicks sensation. He told Grantland’s Bill Simmons…

  9. Wednesday And-1 links: The most miserable sports city in America is…

    Mar 1, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

    georgia-atlanta

    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). What is the most miserable sports city in the United States? Forbes says it’s Atlanta — thanks Hawks for doing your part to get them…

  10. Clippers ask long-time fan Clipper Darrell to stop using that name

    Mar 1, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

    clipper darrell

    This is about brand image and money getting in the way of passion. It’s about misguided loyalty. It’s about the Clippers still being the Clippers. You know Darrell Baily as Clipper Darrell — the most passionate, long-time fan the Clippers have ever had. The guy with the blue-and-red suit (and car to match). He was…

  11. Nowitzki leaves game with back pain, questionable for Friday

    Mar 1, 2012, 10:23 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Dirk Nowitzki played just 10 minutes on Wednesday — scoring one point on one shot attempt — before heading to the locker room with back pain that kept him out the rest of the night. While this does not appear to be anything serious or long-term, his status for the Mavericks game Wednesday is up…

  12. Add neck pain to list of Kobe Bryant injuries

    Mar 1, 2012, 9:44 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant neck

    Arthritic finger? Check. Torn ligament in wrist? Check? Broken nose? Check. Knees that require fancy German blood procedure? Check. Sore neck? Add that to the list. Kobe Bryant has neck pain that is requiring special treatment as well, he told the Orange County Register. “Feels like it’s just constant throbbing at the base of my…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Bulls look every bit the contender

    Mar 1, 2012, 9:31 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson, Ronnie Brewer, Joakim Noah

    What you missed while realizing that it’s time to turn off the autocorrect on your phone before someone gets hurt…. Bulls 96, Spurs 89: That is why the Chicago Bulls are contenders. They played a fantastic game behind Derrick Rose, who had 29 points and made all the big plays at the end, including a…

  14. Kobe says not to blame Dwyane Wade for injury

    Mar 1, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    It isn’t the type of play you normally see in an All-Star Game, where there is normally as much defense played as you see in a 100-yard dash. At the start of the second half the All-Star Game both Dwyane Wade and LeBron James tried to pick up the defensive intensity and get the East…

  15. Report: Celtics “aggressively” shopping Rajon Rondo

    Mar 1, 2012, 2:23 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) shoots over Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Knight in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Boston

    You know changes are coming to the Boston Celtics over the next few months — if not at the trade deadline certainly over the summer. The logical progression seemed to be the older “Big Three” — Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett — would be on their way out and Rajon Rondo would be…

  16. Video: Metta World Peace in Kevin Hart movie clip

    Feb 29, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    Sprint NBA All Star Celebrity Game

    I think Kevin Hart was in more places All-Star Weekend than Dwight Howard. He was MVP of the Celebrity Game. He was the hardest working man in show business promoting his new movie, “Think Like a Man,” coming to a theater near you soon. With that guy who played Turtle in Entourage. Here is a…

  17. NBA owners not going to make profit this season, league says

    Feb 29, 2012, 8:01 PM EDT

    David-Stern-all-star-2012

    If you believe the league’s numbers — and we’re still skeptical, to put it kindly — the NBA was a long way from turning a profit, they predicted a $300 million loss last year. A few months into the new collective bargaining agreement that is far more favorable to the owners (no matter what Mark…

  18. Twitter’s iconic bird logo is named “Larry” after you know who

    Feb 29, 2012, 4:24 PM EDT

    twitterbird

    Twitter has become a big part of the NBA culture — in the macro scale it allows players to communicate directly with fans and break down barriers, it allows them to shape their brand in a new way. On a micro level, it allows them to tweet some incredibly stupid things. And pictures we didn’t…

  19. Don’t bet on Raptors moving Calderon, at least until summer

    Feb 29, 2012, 3:17 PM EDT

    Jose Calderon

    There are a few teams out there who could really use an elite point guard. Yes Lakers, we’re looking right at you, but there are many others. Which is why the Toronto Raptors will get some inquiries about Jose Calderon, who is the best point guard readily available in a trade right now (we’re Steve…

  20. Kobe symptom free from concussion, may play Wednesday

    Feb 29, 2012, 3:01 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

    Kobe Bryant did not take part in the Lakers shootaround on Wednesday before facing the Timberwolves on Wednesday night because he is still going through the steps to be cleared to play in that game. Steps he is close to clearing — the team says he has been symptom free since Tuesday afternoon and he…

  21. Other teams covet Nicolas Batum but Blazers unlikely to trade

    Feb 29, 2012, 2:15 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers small forward Nicolas Batum defends against Sacramento Kings guard Marcus Thornton in Portland

    Is there a team that couldn’t use an elite wing defender who is giving a team 13.9 points per game, is shooting 42 percent from three, works well off the ball and is willing to come off the bench. There’s a reason that the Portland Trail Blazers are going to get a lot of calls…

  22. You can have Jordan’s Chicago home for a cool $29 million

    Feb 29, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT

    Jordan house

    I was just thinking my family needed another bedroom, or 12. And three climate-cooled garages. And a three-bedroom guest house that is bigger than the house we actually live in now. Plus how cool would it be to live in Michael Jordan’s Chicago home, which is now for sale. But I’m not sure I can…

  23. Stoudemire promises to return to old self, Knicks to contend

    Feb 29, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT

    New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire waits to take a foul shot against the New Orleans Hornets in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Amare Stoudemire has struggled this season. He has not been nearly as explosive going to the rim, his midrange shot has fallen off (he shot 44 percent from 16 feet out to the arc last year, 36 percent this year) and he finds himself having to play off the ball now rather than being the…

  24. Report: Howard won’t sign extension with Lakers, but they are not out of it

    Feb 29, 2012, 12:41 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    It’s all about the money. And it’s not necessarily as big a deal as Lakers fans think. But it might give the Lakers front office pause. Lakers radio play-by-play man (and long-time Los Angeles sports personality) John Ireland reported on Tuesday that Dwight Howard’s agent Donald Fegan told the Lakers his client will not sign…

  25. Explaining the NBA’s new concussion policy (why Kobe likely sits)

    Feb 29, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

    kobe-bryant-all-star

    Concussions are not as prevalent in the NBA as they are in the NFL and NHL, but traumatic brain injuries have become the talk of the sports medical community in recent years (not just what happens to a pro athlete but in high school and college). In response to that, the NBA put in a…

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