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  1. Jeremy Lin who? Deron Williams dominates Knicks in Net wins

    Feb 21, 2012, 1:33 AM EDT

    Deron Williams, Jeremy Lin

    “Linsanity” started when Jeremy Lin came in off the bench against the New Jersey Nets, dropped 25 points on Deron Williams and his team, and started to change the Knicks season around. Williams was frustrated. A couple days later, Williams was being peppered with questions about Lin, at one point said “What phenomenon?” then cut…

  2. Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak releases statement on rumors

    Feb 20, 2012, 10:12 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol

    Kobe Bryant wanted Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak to make up his mind — either trade Pau Gasol or say you’re not going to. Which is completely unrealistic, but it plays well in the locker room so he said it. That was enough to get a rare public statement from Kupchak: “As a former player, I…

  3. Carmelo Anthony returns to Knicks lineup Monday vs. Nets

    Feb 20, 2012, 6:49 PM EDT

    Knicks forward Anthony reacts to the Bulls missing a free throw attempt in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    If you’re going to ease Carmelo Anthony back into the new-look Knicks, this is the best way to do it — against the worst defense in the league. Carmelo Anthony will be back with the Knicks in the starting lineup Monday against the Nets, the team announced. He will start (Iman Shumpert will come off…

  4. Rajon Rondo suspended two games for throwing ball at ref

    Feb 20, 2012, 5:43 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Boston Celtics

    There are things you can’t do, no matter how frustrated you get with the referees. Throwing the ball at them is one of them. Boston’s Rajon Rondo has been suspended two games by the league for throwing the ball at an official, it was announced Monday. He is out Monday night against the Mavericks and…

  5. Derrick Rose cleared, in lineup Monday vs. Hawks

    Feb 20, 2012, 4:13 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose listens to coach Tom Thibodeau during their NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Chicago

    UPDATE 4:13 pm: Rose is back and in the starting lineup. Remember that while he was out for back spasms, he had played through a turf toe injury before that and this time off certainly will help a little with that as well. 3:50 pm: After missing five games due to a back injury, Derrick…

  6. Jon Brockman is better at trick shots than you

    Feb 20, 2012, 4:08 PM EDT

    Jon Brockman

    Whatever you do in life, do not play HORSE for money with Jon Brockman. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. The Bucks backup big man released a video of trick shots that is very impressive. The man has skills. Consider this a Presidents’ Day treat from PBT.

  7. Gilbert Arenas has been giving Jeremy Lin advice

    Feb 20, 2012, 3:18 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v New York Knicks

    Gilbert Arenas says he talks to Jeremy Lin once a week. He talks to Dwight Howard more than that (just passing that along), but Arenas told Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated he’s been giving tips and played in a game this summer with Lin. This is part of a fantastic Q&A Amick did with Arenas…

  8. Westbrook, Williams headline All-Star Skills Challenge

    Feb 20, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Samuel Dalembert

    The Taco Bell Skills Challenge can get overlooked during the All-Star Saturday festivities (especially when guys are dunking over a car), watching guys go through drills is not the most exciting part of the weekend. But this year’s lineup might at least get you stop and watch. Participating are: Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Tony Parker,…

  9. NBA Power Rankings: Streaking Heat, Spurs land on top

    Feb 20, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Miami Heat

    Miami has looked dominant the last week, while Tony Parker may be the best player in basketball the last two weeks so the Spurs climb. At the bottom, things look familiar. 1. Heat (24-7, last week ranked 1). They became the third team in the NBA to sweep a back-to-back-to-back (Bulls, Thunder), but they did…

  10. Video: Bill Clinton gets jersey, love from crowd at Heat game

    Feb 20, 2012, 12:07 PM EDT

    Rodney Mott, Bill Kennedy, Steve Javie, Bill Clinton

    Apparently you have to be a former President of the United States and friend of the owner to get courtside seats to a Miami Heat game. Or, at least it helps. Former president Bill Clinton was courtside for the Heat’s demolition of the Magic on Sunday (a guest of Heat owner Micky Arison) and was…

  11. Jeremy Lin asks everyone to back off his family in Taiwan

    Feb 20, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v New York Knicks

    Linsanity has reached Taiwan, where Lin’s grandmother and other family live. And he wants everyone to back off them. He told the Associated Press his relatives are being “bombarded” right now. “I just want people to respect the privacy of my relatives in Taiwan and I think hopefully this will get back to everybody because…

  12. Monday And-1 links: Anthony Morrow to honor Drazen Petrovic

    Feb 20, 2012, 11:24 AM EDT

    drazen-petrovic

    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). Anthony Morrow is going to wear a Drazen Petrovic Nets throwback jersey during the All-Star Three Point Contest next weekend in Orlando. Petrovic was a…

  13. In Stephen Jackson’s world he gets traded to the Nets

    Feb 20, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

    Stephen Jackson

    Stephen Jackson is living in his own little world right now. Jackson and old-school coach Scott Skiles have not meshed, nor has Jackson in the Bucks system. The result has been reduced minutes — eight on Sunday — and lots of Stephen Jackson trade speculation. Jackson basically said on Sunday his ideal situation in his…

  14. Jason Terry is not a member of the Jeremy Lin fan club

    Feb 20, 2012, 10:20 AM EDT

    New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin walks up the court against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Sunday may have changed his mind. That is when Jeremy Lin put up 28 points and 14 assists in leading the Knicks past the Mavericks. That included six points and six assists in the fourth quarter when the Knicks took over the game. Going into that game, Jason Terry was not as impressed as the…

  15. Report: Wilson Chandler to meet with Nuggets Monday

    Feb 20, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Wilson+Chandler+Atlanta+Hawks+v+Denver+Nuggets+Ym_wkv-B6Cgl

    His Chinese team may be in the playoffs but as we told you might be happening, Wilson Chandler has left that team and is back in the United States. Denver, to be specific, which brings us to this tweet from Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post. Just got word that Wilson Chandler will be in…

  16. Rajon Rondo ejected for throwing ball at referee

    Feb 20, 2012, 8:06 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    You can bet that a suspension is coming for that one. Rajon Rondo was frustrated in the third quarter Sunday because he had driven the lane and taken as shot, Detroit’s Greg Monroe pretty much jumped on his back (knocking Rondo to the floor) and no call was made. He has the right to be…

  17. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Pistons handle Celtics easily

    Feb 20, 2012, 7:14 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Pierce and Garnett react when the team was called for a technical foul against the Chicago Bulls during NBA basketball game in Chicago

    What you missed while trying to decide if you should vote for the naked cowboy guy for president… Knicks 104, Mavericks 97: So Mark Cuban, still think Linsanity is all about New York? Matt Moore broke this down as our game of the day Sunday. Heat 90, Magic 78: It wasn’t that close, the Heat…

  18. Kobe tells Laker management to clarify Pau Gasol plans

    Feb 20, 2012, 2:05 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    Pau Gasol was almost shipped out to Houston before the season even started in the eventually-killed deal that would have brought Chris Paul to the Lakers. Last week there was talk of Gasol to Minnesota (an unlikely deal). Sunday came the report that Derrick Rose wants the Bulls to try and get Gasol (because the…

  19. Kenyon Martin talks about George Karl talking too much

    Feb 19, 2012, 8:59 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Three

    For seven years, Kenyon Martin was a Nugget. For six of those, George Karl was his coach — and those were some pretty good Nuggets teams. But you don’t have to like someone to work with them. Martin and Karl are not on each other’s Christmas card list. Karl has remarked multiple times about how…

  20. Video: Saturday Night Live mocks media reaction to Linsanity

    Feb 19, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v New York Knicks

    Now that’s some good satire. The media reaction to Jeremy Lin and “Linsanity” was ripe to be skewered. The racial stereotype issues that came up in things like the ESPN headline controversy are sometimes dealt with better through humor than righteous indignation (or whatever your reaction of choice is). This skit nailed it. Plus, it’s just…

  21. Linsanity runs into Hornets nest, Knicks winning streak ends

    Feb 17, 2012, 11:53 PM EDT

    New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin drives to the basket against the New Orleans Hornets in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    There are people saying that Carmelo Anthony and Jeremy Lin can’t coexist. But in the final minutes of the first loss in the Linsanity era Friday night, the Knicks really needed Carmelo Anthony. They needed a second player who can create his own shot (or a shot for others). They needed a second player who…

  22. What Linsanity feels like around New York

    Feb 17, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    A customer looks at a Jeremy Lin shirt in New York's Times Square

    Fantastic stuff from Got Em Coach, a video showing the energy and excitement around Madison Square Garden and New York thanks to Jeremy Lin. It starts to give you a feel for how Lin has changed the energy around the Knicks (inside and outside the locker room). We told you that the Knicks almost certainly…

  23. Kevin Durant parts ways with longtime agent Goodwin

    Feb 17, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant has gotten his big contract — he got a max deal (complete with the Derrick Rose kicker) that he signed as soon as the Oklahoma City Thunder offered it a year ago. There were no negotiations to speak of, but Goodwin did help Durant land some lucrative endorsement deals and build up his…

  24. In Praise of Orlando’s Ryan Anderson

    Feb 17, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

    Ryan Anderson

    Ryan Anderson has been lost in all the Dwight Howard trade drama. Which is a shame because right now the 6’10” forward is the best stretch-four in the game — 16.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, shooting 43.5 percent from beyond the arc and grabbing 12.6 percent of the offensive rebounds when he is…

  25. Tom Thibodeau the player was all about offense. Seriously.

    Feb 17, 2012, 2:06 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Chicago Bulls

    There is a Tom Thibodeau you don’t know. Tom Thibodeau the shoot first, offensive-minded gunner. That Thibodeau was much younger, thinner, had more hair, and was still not the tallest guy on the team. But he was still always about hard work, about learning, about attention to detail. And about winning. That’s according to Peter…

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