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  1. Report: Lakers talking to Cavaliers about Ramon Sessions

    Jan 30, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Los Angeles Lakers

    A bunch of Lakers fans just read that headline and either rolled their eyes or said, “who?” But this would be a good pickup for them. The Lakers have had talks with the Cleveland Cavaliers about trading for Ramon Sessions, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. No deal is imminent, but the Lakers view Sessions as…

  2. Kobe Bryant, Ricky Rubio already started Olympics trash talk

    Jan 30, 2012, 3:07 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant drives past Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Minneapolis

    The Lakers were in Minnesota Sunday night as part of their Grammys road trip (the event that kicks them and the Clippers out of Staples Center for a couple of weeks) and that means Spanish friends and teammates Ricky Rubio and Pau Gasol were hanging out talking in the hall after the game. Then Kobe…

  3. Baron Davis not playing, but he is selling a sitcom

    Jan 30, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Baron Davis, Jason Richardson, Corey Maggette

    The Cavalry will not come charging over the hill to save the Knicks on Tuesday, it appears. Both Carmelo Anthony and Baron Davis did not practice with the team Monday and appear out for Tuesday’s game against the Pistons, according to Howard Beck of the New York Times. Coach Mike D’Antoni called Anthony “doubtful” due…

  4. NBA Power Rankings: Top spot now Thunderstruck

    Jan 30, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kris Humphries

    The top three teams remain the same, just trading places, because they are the three best teams in the league right now. But all three also have long road trips coming up, which should test them. 1. Thunder (16-3, last week ranked No. 3). They are “only” fifth in point-per-possession differential in the league, but…

  5. Once again, J.R. Smith’s family fights with Chinese fans

    Jan 30, 2012, 12:52 PM EDT

    CBA 11/12 First Round: Guangdong Hongyuan v Zhejiang Chouzhou

    In retrospect, the Chinese Basketball Association may have wanted to modify their rule to say teams could only sign NBA players for a full season AND those players families needed to stay home. There’s a culture clash going on. For the second time, J.R. Smith’s sister got in an altercation with fans at a Chinese…

  6. Jason Kidd expected to miss week, more with calf strain

    Jan 30, 2012, 12:22 PM EDT

    Mavericks guard Kidd watches from the bench against the Spurs  during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    Jason Kidd did not play Sunday in the Mavericks overtime win against the Spurs and it may be a week or more before he returns. Kidd suffered a calf strain and had to leave Friday’s game not to return. Then before Sunday’s game coach Rick Carlisle said he could be out for at least a…

  7. Hornets find some interest in Kaman trade, but not much

    Jan 30, 2012, 11:54 AM EDT

    Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman

    Chris Kaman is going to be sitting on the Hornets bench until he is traded. He could be sitting a while. The Hornets have gotten some calls from teams interested in acquiring the veteran center, reports the Times Picayune. That is different from saying those teams are making offers New Orleans has any interest in.…

  8. Monday And-1 links: Former Net now “Moses of Rikers.”

    Jan 30, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    Jayson Williams

    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). Former Net Jayson Williams is now the “Moses of Rikers.” Can you blame all the problems in your life on Minnesota GM David Kahn? Maybe.…

  9. Dwight Howard open to playing with Derrick Rose, Bulls

    Jan 30, 2012, 11:08 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard Derrick Rose

    And the “Dwight Howard said he would play here” tour has moved on to Chicago. This has all the meaning of a Kardashian wedding vow, but here is the quote from the Chicago Tribune when Howard was asked if he would be open to playing in Chicago with Derrick Rose. “If I could play with…

  10. Video: Kyrie Irving’s spinning game winner vs. Celtics

    Jan 30, 2012, 10:38 AM EDT

    kyrie-irving-suns

    Sorry Celtics fans, I don’t mean to rub salt in your wound. Well, too much. But frankly this spinning game winner from Cavaliers’ rookie Kyrie Irving to beat the Celtics on Sunday is worth watching again (or at least one time if you haven’t seen it). That is a rookie calmly letting the clock run…

  11. May be another week or more before Davis joins Knicks

    Jan 30, 2012, 10:10 AM EDT

    baron davis

    The Knicks are impatient. Losing will do that to you, and the Knicks are 1-9 in their last 10. Knicks fans are building a Texas A&M sized bonfire under coach Mike D’Antoni’s seat. Everyone is waiting to see what Baron Davis brings. It’s unfair to have him thrust into the role of savior, but he…

  12. Yes, LeBron James did ride his bike to Heat game Sunday

    Jan 30, 2012, 8:46 AM EDT

    lebron-james-bike

    If you live in a town that has a marathon — as I do — you know that it snarls traffic. I love what marathons bring to a city (and I’m not just saying that because my wife runs marathons and would beat me up if I said otherwise… well, not completely), there’s a real…

  13. Video: Derrick Rose takes the blame for Bulls loss

    Jan 30, 2012, 8:07 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat

    This is what you have to love about Derrick Rose — he has a fantastic game, becomes the first guy to score 30 points or more on the Heat all season, but he steps up and tries to take on the blame for Bulls loss. Yes, he did miss those late free throws, but those…

  14. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Kyrie Irving does not fear the moment

    Jan 30, 2012, 5:33 AM EDT

    Ray Allen Cleveland Cavaliers

    What you missed while waiting for Nadal and Djokovic to finish…. Heat 97, Bulls 93: LeBron James and Derrick Rose had moments of brilliance and key missed free throws in our game of the day. Cavaliers 88, Celtics 87: If you want to say that Boston choked, to ahead — if you give up a…

  15. Video: LeBron James dunks over John Lucas

    Jan 29, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    LeBron James would say after the game that the Heat may not be “lob city” but they are doing okay. Yes, they are. Just ask John Lucas. He ended up on the wrong end of the game’s biggest highlight — early in the game the Heat were getting a lot of fast break attempts and one…

  16. Miami holds on, beats Chicago. Can we just start their playoff series now?

    Jan 29, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James dunks against the Chicago Bulls during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    In two ways Sunday’s Heat victory over the Bulls summed up this young season. First, the Bulls and the Heat are the two best teams in the East. Clear and away. Philadelphia, Atlanta and even Indiana are good, but these two teams are on another level and are destined for an Eastern Conference finals rematch.…

  17. Video: Andre Iguodala with the self-assisted dunk

    Jan 29, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat

    I can hear JaVale McGee now, “Why doesn’t he get ripped for this?” Because he did it in traffic, not a breakaway, and you know he’s not putting style over substance. His team wins. Here is Philadelphia’s Andre Iguodala with the pass off the backboard to himself for the follow up dunk. Man that is…

  18. Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat: Five things to watch

    Jan 29, 2012, 12:35 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose LeBron James

    For the first time since the playoffs last year, the Chicago Bulls come into Miami to take on the Heat Sunday afternoon (3:30 ET on ABC). A battle of the two best teams in the East, two of the league’s true contenders, it’s a fun early season showdown and chance to measure each other right…

  19. Bulls release Mike James, may be thinking big man

    Jan 29, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavilers v Boston Celtics

    Leon Powe or Joel Przybilla could go from sitting on the sidelines of this NBA season to being in the mix for a championship in the next week. Here’s how. The first step was that the Bulls have released back up guard Mike James, bringing their roster down to 13. That move has pretty much…

  20. Report: Raptors open to trading guard Jose Calderon

    Jan 29, 2012, 9:31 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors' Calderon drives to the basket past Sacramento Kings' Thomas during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    If only there were a couple big name teams out there looking for a point guard…. Interesting note from Marc Stein of ESPN: Sources with knowledge of Toronto’s thinking say that the team is not just going to give Calderon away, especially when he’s back to supplying a typically efficient 10.6 points and 8.7 assists…

  21. Rajon Rondo says he could be out until All-Star break

    Jan 29, 2012, 8:04 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Garnett whispers to teammate Rondo as they sit on the bench during their NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic in Boston

    Boston has had a nice four-game win streak with Rajon Rondo sitting on the sidelines in a suit and Paul Pierce finding the Fountain of Youth, but long term the Celtics need their point guard back. That could be a while. Rondo tried to be vague when CSNNE.com’s Jessica Camerato asked him when he might…

  22. Report: D’Antoni’s job with Knicks safe. For now at least.

    Jan 28, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni

    Apparently the Knicks are not planning to end the Mike D’Antoni era any time soon. Then again, Flip Saunders got a direct vote of confidence from his owner just a couple weeks before the axe fell. But as of right now, there are no plans to make a move — but D’Antoni’s fate could rest…

  23. Milwaukee’s Stephen Jackson suspended for Lakers game

    Jan 28, 2012, 5:06 PM EDT

    Stephen Jackosn

    Because the Bucks could afford to lose another key player right now…. Stephen Jackson has been suspended by the league after he yelled at a referee and refused to leave the court at the end of the Bucks loss to the Chicago Bulls Friday night. He is out for the Bucks Saturday night game against…

  24. Report: Lakers talking to Gilbert Arenas. Hey, don’t laugh.

    Jan 28, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Sacramento Kings

    How serious are the Lakers point guard concerns? If you think Gilbert Arenas can help solve them, pretty serious. The Lakers have struggled at that spot as they need a more traditional point as they move from the triangle offense to Mike Brown’s sets, and so they are looking at their options. And Arenas is…

  25. Kevin Durant: “Who cares who’s better, Westbrook or me?”

    Jan 28, 2012, 9:27 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    Kevin Durant honestly doesn’t get why people think he and Russell Westbrook can’t coexist. They have had some friction, but so has every team that won a title. You think it was a bowl of cherries to practice with Michael Jordan? Durant genuinely could not care less who scores the most points, who gets the…

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