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  1. Blake Griffin heads 2012 rookie deal extension class

    Jan 27, 2012, 2:24 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin slam dunks against Memphis Grizzlies Hamed Haddadi of Iran and Dante Cunningham during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook got theirs. Kevin Love got a deal, as did Danilo Gallinari. Eric Gordon and Brook Lopez did not. And nobody seriously considered giving Michael Beasley one. It’s the first extension to the rookie contract — the first chance for NBA players to make serious, serious money. But as we saw…

  2. LeBron James says Knicks fans should be patient

    Jan 27, 2012, 1:46 PM EDT

    LeBron James Carmelo Anthony

    Just so we’re clear, LeBron James is preaching patience to New Yorkers. Good luck with that. The Knicks are struggling this season and now get to face the Heat Friday without Carmelo Anthony, who is taking the weekend off. In their first full season with ‘Melo, Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler there were high expectations.…

  3. Dirk Nowitzki says he is in shape, nobody scares him in West

    Jan 27, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Dallas is off to a slow start in its title defense, hasn’t looked the part of a contender and has looked old. Especially Dirk Nowitzki. Dirk has taken to the offensive on those that question him and his team. He thinks they’ll be just fine. Nowitzki — who has been sitting out the last four…

  4. Dwight Howard says Orlando needs to make “changes”

    Jan 27, 2012, 12:35 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Just a reminder Orlando: despite your fast start you still have the Sword of Dwight Howard hanging over your head. Howard can opt out of his contract at the end of this season and become a free agent. He has consistently said he wants to play somewhere he can win a ring and two ugly…

  5. Friday And-1 links: Would you bet on Giants/Knicks to pull a title double?

    Jan 27, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

    Tyson Chandler, Mike Bibby, Carmelo Anthony

    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). From Bovada.lv, some Super Bowl prop bets: The odds of the Patriots winning the Super Bowl and the Celtics the NBA title in 2012: 40/1.…

  6. Carmelo Anthony out Friday vs. Heat (and one more game)

    Jan 27, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony watches a free throws by Grizzlies during NBA game in Memphis

    Carmelo Anthony has clearly not been right the last couple games. He is 5-for-21 shooting, has looked sluggish and is battling a sore wrist and ankle. So he is going to take a couple of games off — Mike D’Antoni told the media at shootaround Friday that Anthony is out for a showdown with the…

  7. Report: Philadelphia signs Francisco Elson

    Jan 27, 2012, 10:48 AM EDT

    ELSON_FRANCISCO

    The 76ers are in need of some depth on the front line. Spencer Hawes (Achilles) and Nikola Vucevic (thigh) are out injured leaving them thin. So enter Francisco Elson, who has signed with the team according to HoopsHype. Elson, 35, has eight years in the NBA and spent last season with the Utah Jazz. He’s…

  8. Video: Kevin Garnett says Celtics won “a bar fight”

    Jan 27, 2012, 10:09 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic's Howard guards Boston Celtics' Garnett along with Magic's teammate Anderson during their NBA basketball game in Boston

    Kevin Garnett was a little amped after the Celtics came from 27 points down to beat the Orlando Magic. Really amped. Which made for a great interview on TNT where he asks Craig Sager if he has ever been in a bar fight, then realizing the impossibility of that tells him to ask Charles Barkley…

  9. World Peace was just a little “bored” on defense

    Jan 27, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Metta World Peace

    Metta World Peace has not been as good as Ron Artest was. He’s shooting is off this season (especially from three, 15.8 percent this year), he was floating around the offense, he wasn’t impacting the game — Mike Brown wanted him to lead the Lakers second unit and instead he’s having the worst year of…

  10. Wizards want to run more, have to get in better shape first

    Jan 27, 2012, 8:08 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks

    There is nobody faster end-to-end with the basketball than John Wall. Well, maybe Derrick Rose. Maybe. But you get the idea. It is the main reason everyone thinks the Wizards need to get out and run (and they have, actually, they are playing at the third fastest pace in the league). New and interim coach…

  11. Clippers upend Memphis in battle of wanna be contenders

    Jan 27, 2012, 4:15 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    It wasn’t the prettiest thing you’ll ever see. No, I’m not talking about the ABA throwback uniforms…. well, those too. But I meant the game. Doesn’t matter, the Clippers will take it. In a battle of teams trying to ascend to contender status, the Clippers executed better down the stretch and won 98-91. Nobody with…

  12. Orlando chokes, breathes new life into Boston’s season

    Jan 27, 2012, 12:40 AM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    Boston was having serious trouble finding itself this season — they looked old and the talk was about what was the best way to rebuild — but now there is hope. Hope because twice this week the pressure of Boston’s defense turned the Orlando Magic into jelly. The first was a Boston 31-point blowout Monday…

  13. Dirk Nowitzki looking at Sunday return to lineup

    Jan 26, 2012, 9:19 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Dirk Nowitzki’s mid-season break — call it to rest his knee, or get in better condition, or practice his color commentary skills — is about to come to an end. He is looking at a Sunday return in a nationally televised game against the Spurs, he told reporters Thursday, as reported by the Associated Press.…

  14. Quote of the Day: Wine is good for Popovich, Spurs

    Jan 26, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Tony Parker, Gregg Popovich

    “As he gets older and drinks more wine, he gets more patient.” —Tony Parker, talking about San Antonio coach coach Gregg Popovich and discussing how he doesn’t erupt in anger like he used to. Popovich did snap finally as the Spurs struggled against the Hawks Wednesday night. Popovich is quite the oenophile, by the way.…

  15. Eric Gordon says of not reaching deal, “business is business”

    Jan 26, 2012, 5:15 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    Eric Gordon rejected the Hornets for an extension to his rookie contract. Gordon is the centerpiece coming to New Orleans from the Chris Paul trade with the Clippers, but Gordon has only played two games with his new team due to a bruised knee. And it is now going to be at least three more…

  16. Kosta Koufos agrees to three-year extension with Nuggets

    Jan 26, 2012, 3:47 PM EDT

    Koufos_Kosta

    While we were all focused on Kevin Love and Eric Gordon’s contract extensions (well, in the case of Gordon the lack of extension), there were a few other notes that flew under the radar. For one, the Denver Nuggets extended center Kosta Koufos for three years, $9 million, something first reported by Sam Amick of…

  17. Dwight Howard says he would consider Boston. Well, sure.

    Jan 26, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Remember how first LeBron James went around the country the season before “The Decision” and whenever he got to a new city and was asked if he could see himself playing there he said yes? Then last year Carmelo Anthony tried a calmer version of that same play, but would never say no to any…

  18. Timberwolves’ Ricky Rubio looking stylish in GQ spread

    Jan 26, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    0212-GQ-FERR01.01

    Ricky Rubio is answering the questions on the court. Which means a lot more people want to ask him questions. He is an in-demand media request but he handles it — like he handles pressure on the court — with the calm demeanor of a veteran. Probably has something to do with him having played…

  19. Video: Dallas Mavericks championship ring ceremony

    Jan 26, 2012, 1:49 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban, Dirk Nowitizki

    Has Mark Cuban ever had more fun? Here is the Dallas Mavericks ring ceremony from Wednesday night. By the end of it, even Cuban was glad he decided to go with the rings after all. Nice touch by the way to give Mavs legends Brad Davis and Rolando Blackman rings. Classy. And no, they could…

  20. Chris Paul wants Pau Gasol to know he’s not his kid

    Jan 26, 2012, 1:27 PM EDT

    los-angeles-lakers, Kobe, Chris Paul, Pau Gasol, Clippers

    There is starting to be a real rivalry is Los Angeles. It showed up in a little end of game sequence from the Lakers win over the Clippers Wednesday night between Chris Paul and Pau Gasol. Chris Paul was walking near Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant and all were talking a little when Gasol reached…

  21. Andrew Bogut to have MRI on ankle, but he’s not optimistic

    Jan 26, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Andrew Bogut, Mario Chalmers, Shane Battier

    In the first quarter Wednesday night, Andrew Bogut sprained his left ankle when he stepped on Kyle Lowry foot. He never returned to the game. He was wearing a walking boot after the game and will get an MRI Thursday. But he didn’t sound optimistic in talking to the Journal Sentinel. “It wasn’t good,” Bogut…

  22. Most ludicrous rumor ever: LeBron back to Cleveland

    Jan 26, 2012, 11:56 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    I think Thomas Wolfe was right — you can’t go home again. Especially if you are LeBron James. Certainly not in the near future. You are not going to returning to the Cavaliers. At PBT we try to avoid the craziest, most ludicrous rumors out there (Dwight Howard for Amare Stoudemire, for example) and bring…

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

    Jan 26, 2012, 11:38 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 26, 2012, 10:48 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 26, 2012, 10:03 AM EDT

    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.…

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