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  1. Thursday And-1 links: Heat arena as homeless shelter?

    Jan 26, 2012, 11:38 AM EST

    AAArena_Night

    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). Some politicians want to force Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena to house the homeless on non-game nights (that was part of the public financing plan). Feels like…

  2. Bad blood created as Blazers, Batum fail to reach extension

    Jan 26, 2012, 10:48 AM EST

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

    Nicolas Batum is a key role player in Portland — he’s already one of the league’s best perimeter defenders, scores 11.1 points per game off the bench and can stretch the floor shooting 40 percent from three this season. But the two sides could not reach a deal on an extension to his rookie contract…

  3. Andrea Bargnani re-aggravates calf injury, says it’s “worse”

    Jan 26, 2012, 10:03 AM EST

    Toronto Raptors Andrea Bargnani reacts after hitting a shot during their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City

    Andrea Bargnani missed six games with a calf injury, and the Raptors were 0-6. He returns and the pick up two wins — beating Phoenix (where he had 36 points) and in Utah. But in the overtime against the Raptors, Bargnani hobbled to the bench, apparently re-aggravating the calf injury that had kept him out.…

  4. Video: Blake Griffin was a highlight reel against Lakers

    Jan 26, 2012, 9:06 AM EST

    Blake Griffin

    Blake Griffin had it going on against the Lakers — he was in rare highlight form. Even for him. So we’re bringing a few to you. It was more than just the dunks, by the way — Griffin was 6-of-9 from 10 feet out to the arc. He is far from consistent on his midrange…

  5. Luol Deng could return to Bulls lineup Sunday against Heat

    Jan 26, 2012, 8:35 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics

    When the Bulls said earlier this week that Luol Deng would be out “for a while” what they meant was less than a week. Apparently. Deng has torn ligaments in his wrist but could return to the lineup Sunday when the Bulls have a big showdown with the Miami Heat, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Indiana gets a little revenge

    Jan 26, 2012, 7:59 AM EST

    Joakim Noah, Danny Granger, David West

    What you missed while being exhausted, just like Demi Moore…. Lakers 96, Clippers 91: This was feisty like a playoff game and was our game of the night. Pacers 95, Bulls 90: Last year in the first round of the playoffs the Bulls brushed the Pacers aside with ease — this game was evidence of…

  7. Eric Gordon rejects contract extension from Hornets

    Jan 26, 2012, 12:29 AM EST

    Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman

    David Stern gave the Hornets brass the freedom to try and reach a deal with Eric Gordon, a four-year extension of his rookie deal. But whatever the money he approved was not enough, and he rejected a contract extension offer from the Hornets, reports the Associated Press. We don’t know what the offer was, so…

  8. The Kobe System: Forbes says Bryant NBA’s top earner

    Jan 25, 2012, 9:10 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    Apparently the Kobe System has taken him beyond success. You’re welcome. As part of their NBA financial breakdown on Wednesday, Forbes Magazine named the top earners in the NBA, based on both salary and endorsements. Not shockingly (and to the delight of Vanessa), Kobe Bryant tops the list at $53.2 million last year. Kobe made…

  9. Wade works out hard but will not play against Pistons

    Jan 25, 2012, 7:13 PM EST

    Miami Heat shooting guard Wade looks on from bench as Miami Heat plays against San Antonio Spurs during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    This is what we told you to expect — Dwyane Wade could play if he had to, but coach Erik Spoelstra and the Heat are going to keep their powder dry against the lowly Detroit Pistons. Wade traveled with the team to Detroit, took part in shootaround and worked hard but is not going to…

  10. Suns Robin Lopez suspended one game for bumping official

    Jan 25, 2012, 6:50 PM EST

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    Robin Lopez — like a lot of the Suns players in their loss to the Raptors Tuesday — was frustrated with the officiating. Particularly when he got pushed in the back by Andrea Bargnani with 8:20 left in the second quarter and there was no call made. So, Lopez ran down the court and made…

  11. Mark Cuban, Magic Johnson trying to buy MLB’s Dodgers

    Jan 25, 2012, 5:31 PM EST

    Magic Johnson

    Here’s the consensus in Los Angeles — whoever buys the Dodgers will be an upgrade over the previous owner. So long as you don’t need to use the franchise as an ATM machine and run it into the ground while being a public spectacle, you’re an upgrade. An auction of the Dodgers as part of…

  12. Minnesota gets Love on its terms — and a lot of pressure

    Jan 25, 2012, 4:25 PM EST

    Kevin Love, Wayne Ellington, Ricky Rubio

    Minnesota, a franchise known for handing out ridiculous contracts — hello Wally Szczerbiak! — picked now to become frugal. Kevin Love wanted a five-year, $80 million max extension to his rookie deal, but Minnesota wouldn’t give it. Four years, $62 million was the offer on the table. Minnesota won the battle Wednesday, they got their…

  13. Dallas Mavericks get their rings tonight

    Jan 25, 2012, 3:53 PM EST

    Mavericks ring

    Jason Kidd waited a long time for tonight. Same with Dirk Nowitzki. And Shawn Marion. And most of all Mark Cuban. The Dallas Mavericks are getting their championship rings tonight. Which even in the realm of championship rings are pretty much the definition of bling — Vanessa Bryant doesn’t have that many diamonds. Estimated value,…

  14. Lakers move back to top of list as most valuable franchise

    Jan 25, 2012, 2:55 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Regal FC Barcelona

    While the New York Knicks were wallowing in the ditch built by Isiah Thomas, the Los Angeles Lakers moved past them on Forbes Magazine’s list of the most valuable NBA franchises. When the Knicks got their act together the past year or so (relatively, at least) they vaulted back to the top of the list.…

  15. Jason Terry auctioning off his championship ring for charity

    Jan 25, 2012, 1:40 PM EST

    JasonTerry

    Jason Terry doesn’t need a Dallas Mavericks championship ring. If he ever wants to be reminded of the title he was key to winning, he can just look at his right bicep. So Terry is going to take his ring and raffle it off for charity, reports the Star-Telegram. Sort of. He’s ordered a second…

  16. Nuggets reach contract extension with Danilo Gallinari

    Jan 25, 2012, 1:05 PM EST

    Danilo Gallinari

    UPDATE 1:05 pm: And just like that it is official — multiple sources are now saying the deal is official at four years, $42 million. This is a good deal, both for Danilo Gallinari and the Nuggets. Gallo is not a max-deal guy, but he is a borderline All-Star and the kind of player at…

  17. Kevin Love agrees to shorter deal to stay in Minnesota

    Jan 25, 2012, 1:02 PM EST

    Kevin Love

    Kevin Love could not get a five-year max extension off his rookie deal from Minnesota, so instead he has gone more the LeBron James deal route. Love will sign a four-year extension with the Timberwolves at the max they can give, around $62-$64 million, but one that gives him an opt-out after three years (first…

  18. LeBron James says Kyrie Irving reminds him of Chris Paul

    Jan 25, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

    Kyrie Irving has been impressive this season. Sure, he was the No. 1 overall pick for the Cavaliers, so you had a feeling he wasn’t going to suck, but after he spent most of his one year at Duke injured we weren’t totally sure what to expect. He’s not the explosive athlete that Derrick Rose…

  19. Wednesday And-1 links: Who do you think is the MVP?

    Jan 25, 2012, 11:28 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Denver Nuggets

    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). I said yesterday that right now LeBron James is my MVP choice, who would you pick? We’re taking votes here at NBCSports.com. Baron Davis would…

  20. Wittman promises up-tempo, simplified offense for Wizards

    Jan 25, 2012, 11:03 AM EST

    Randy Wittman

    Keep it simple, stupid. That is the philosophy of new Wizards interim coach Randy Wittman, who takes over for the fired Flip Saunders. He has a young team and he doesn’t want to overwhelm them. Here is a quote via CSNWashington.com. “This isn’t brain surgery,” Wittman said. “We need to simplify things.” Wittman was going…

  21. Video: Rudy Gay with two dunks in 12 seconds or less

    Jan 25, 2012, 10:06 AM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Phoenix Suns

    In our game recaps you could see the video of Rudy Gay‘s windmill dunk during the Grizzlies loss to Portland Tuesday night. But really, you need to see the play before the play to appreciate it. So enjoy Gay getting some dunking practice. Via The Basketball Jones.

  22. Report: Stern clears way for Hornets to offer Eric Gordon four-year deal

    Jan 25, 2012, 8:08 AM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    Eric Gordon went with a nice leveraged move Tuesday — he went public with the information he had been told that any potential extension to his rookie deal was in the lap of David Stern. (Remember that the league owns the Hornets right now, so Stern gets the final say on these kind of things.)…

  23. Baseline to Baseline recaps: ‘Melo is off but Knicks aren’t

    Jan 25, 2012, 3:16 AM EST

    Amare Stoudemire, Tyrus Thomas

    What you missed while calling 911 asking to fight a cop…. Raptors 99, Suns 96: The biggest upset of the night was our game of the night. Knicks 111, Bobcats 78: Carmelo Anthony wondered if he shot too much after the Knicks loss to the Nuggets, then he sat down with Amar’e Stoudemire and talked…

  24. Kevin Love says no deal yet, but reports swirling

    Jan 24, 2012, 10:42 PM EST

    Kevin Love

    I’m going to go with what Kevin Love says about the current state of his extension. A report came from Pioneer Press Tuesday night that Love and the Timberwolves had agreed to a four-year, $62 million extension to his rookie deal. That is reportedly about what the Timberwolves had been offering, but short of the…

  25. Video: Painting Yao Ming portrait using basketball as brush

    Jan 24, 2012, 8:42 PM EST

    Yao Ming

    I find this fascinating — a woman paints a portrait of Yao Ming, in Rockets red (or China red, if you prefer), using a basketball as a brush. It’s technically impressive, and a good portrait. All sorts of questions here. Why? Is it better to use a synthetic ball because the paint adheres better than…

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