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  1. Cuban calls NBA players in Olympics “epitome of stupidity”

    Jan 24, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets, Game 2

    In the ongoing “club vs. country” debate that rages through soccer, basketball and other sports, Mark Cuban has long been clearly on the side of the clubs. Which makes sense because he owns one. He pays a lot of money, hypothetically, to a tall German forward who went and played for his national team this…

  2. Flip Saunders talks “disappointing” end to Wizards tenure

    Jan 24, 2012, 4:23 PM EDT

    File photo of Washington Wizards coach Saunders during an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Flip Saunders was frustrated. Diplomatic, usually, but frustrated. Considered a players coach most of his career (and more passive, not a yeller), he was brought into Washington to coach a veteran team with Caron Butler, Gilbert Areas — a team that had made the playoffs the year before. Then in one instance of stupidity, the…

  3. Luol Deng out “for a while” with torn wrist ligament

    Jan 24, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics

    The Chicago Bulls have no one player who brings everything that Luol Deng does to the table, and now they are going to be without their glue guy “for a while.” Deng spoke to the media on Tuesday and confirmed he has a torn ligament in his wrist, the same wrist injury now on his…

  4. NBA quarter pole awards: Yes, LeBron is the MVP

    Jan 24, 2012, 2:37 PM EDT

    Miami Heats' LeBron James plays against the Philadelphia 76ers during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    We are a quarter of the way into the NBA season, which is far too early to start talking about end of the season awards, playoffs or much of anything else. I’m going to anyway. Here are the awards in a few categories as we reach the quarter pole. We’ve got a long back stretch…

  5. Video: Magic’s Jason Richardson sneaks off bench into play

    Jan 24, 2012, 1:41 PM EDT

    Jason Richardson, DeShawn Stevenson

    You were not the only one falling asleep during the Celtics blowout of the Magic on Monday night, so were the referees. At the start of this play there are only four Magic players in the game, and when veteran Jason Richardson recognizes it he gets up and just goes in and makes a defensive…

  6. Dwyane Wade out Tuesday, probably Wednesday, too

    Jan 24, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

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

    It’s official, Dwyane Wade will not suit up for the Miami Heat on Tuesday night when the Cleveland Cavaliers come to Florida for a game, tweets our man Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. Sorry fans of Deeeeeetroit bas-ket-ball, but you probably won’t see Wade in uniform in the Motor City Wednesday either. Smart move…

  7. Cuban admits he didn’t think Steve Nash would last this long

    Jan 24, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    It worked out for Dallas — they let Steve Nash walk, breaking up a pairing with Dirk Nowitzki that created some of the best offenses the NBA has ever seen, but they still got their title last year. Which is probably why he was comfortable enough to admit that he made a mistake — he…

  8. Washington Wizards fire coach Flip Saunders

    Jan 24, 2012, 11:50 AM EDT

    Flip Saunders

    Ownership told Flip Saunders to play kids in Washington and that they understood losses would follow. But when the Wizards started 2-15, without discipline, consistent effort or signs of improvement it was too much. The Wizards have fired Saunders, first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. CSNWashington.com confirmed the move. Current Wizards assistant and former…

  9. Tuesday And-1 links: Learn about the Van Gundy brothers

    Jan 24, 2012, 11:22 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 2

    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). Tonight (Tuesday), HBO’s Real Sports will profile the Van Gundy brothers — broadcaster (and former coach Jeff) and current Magic coach Stan. They talk about…

  10. Dirk Nowitzki could be out more than four games

    Jan 24, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

    Mavericks forward Nowitzki sits on the bench during the first half an NBA basketball game against the Jazz in Salt Lake City

    The fine folks in Dallas continue to say it’s not his knee, it’s conditioning and strength issues that have Dirk Nowitzki out for a week. Not sure I buy it, but that’s what they are selling. But this little note from ESPNDallas.com turned our head — he could be out longer. Depending upon the progress…

  11. Report: Minnesota to offer Kevin Love max extension. Or Not.

    Jan 24, 2012, 10:13 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    This is not rocket science, but the Timberwolves are finding a way to screw it up. Minnesota has until Wednesday to reach a deal on a rookie contract extension with Kevin Love. Love is an All-Star, soon to be Olympian, double-double machine (39 and 12 Monday night) and the face of the franchise’s marketing efforts…

  12. Report: Eric Gordon contract extension in Stern’s hands

    Jan 24, 2012, 8:10 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    The Hornets have lost eight straight (in a heartbreaking way on Monday) and it looks like they will be without Eric Gordon for at least three more weeks due to his bruised knee, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo. Gordon had more tests done Monday by a specialist in New York and the report is…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Vintage Tim Duncan sighting

    Jan 24, 2012, 2:54 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets' Jack puts his head in his hands after being called for a foul during their NBA basketball game in New Orleans

    What you missed while getting that nail you didn’t know you shot into your head removed… Celtics 87, Magic 56: Don’t go overboard with any “the Celtics are back” hype yet, but they got a quality win in our game of the night. Spurs 104, Hornets 102: New Orleans loses a lot of games but…

  14. Video: Tim Duncan running hook game winner

    Jan 24, 2012, 1:57 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs' Duncan works against New Orleans Hornets' Okafor during their NBA basketball game in New Orleans

    Somebody had the DeLorean with the flux capacitor in New Orleans because clearly somebody went and got the 2001 Tim Duncan and brought him to the game Monday night. That or the night off Saturday really helped him, because we were treated to a vintage Duncan performance (28 points). The highlight of that is the…

  15. Boston plays best game of season, routs Orlando. Don’t read much into it.

    Jan 24, 2012, 12:55 AM EDT

    Kevin Garnette

    For one night, it felt like 2008 in Boston again. The Celtics played with tremendous defensive energy, shutting off driving lanes and seeming to choke off whatever the opposing offense wanted to do. They contained Dwight Howard and chased down a lot of three-point shooters. Boston set a franchise record for fewest points allowed. The…

  16. Rumors everywhere, but Grizzlies not planning Mayo trade

    Jan 23, 2012, 9:56 PM EDT

    O.J. Mayo, Andrew Bynum

    O.J. Mayo shows up in almost as many trade rumors as Dwight Howard. The Grizzlies shopped him around last year, when he was having a rough season, and there were so many rumors it seemed like he was destined to be gone. But things are different this year — Mayo is having his best season,…

  17. Gasol not thrilled with Lakers offense, wants more post touches

    Jan 23, 2012, 7:51 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol, Shane Battier, Joel Anthony, Chris Bosh

    One of the reasons the triangle offense worked for the Lakers is that Pau Gasol can pass or knock down the jumper from the elbow. He has a polished set of skills on the low block, too. In the Lakers new offense Gasol gets a lot more touches at the elbow or in the midrange,…

  18. Rose admits foot pain may linger for rest of season

    Jan 23, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose, Paul Pierce

    Derrick Rose will be back on the court with his Chicago Bulls Monday, slicing and dicing what passes for the New Jersey Nets defense. He’d missed five games with a sprained big toe, essentially a turf toe injury by any other name. He tested it out at shootaround and then later in warmups and decided…

  19. Spurs to retire Bruce Bowen’s No. 12 jersey

    Jan 23, 2012, 5:52 PM EDT

    Bruce Bowen

    Bruce Bowen was the guy asked to cover Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Richard Jefferson — whoever was the best perimeter player on the other team. Night after night, playoffs after playoffs. His elite defense, as well as his reliable corner three, were key parts of three San Antonio Spurs titles, so the team is going…

  20. All-Star rookies vs. sophomores game may see changes

    Jan 23, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

    john-wall-021811

    It’s one of the “highlights” — and we use the term loosely — of Friday night of All-Star weekend: NBA rookies taking on NBA sophomores (officially called the Rookie Challenge). There’s a lot of showboating and not a lot of defense — basically a less interesting version of the All-Star game itself. But this year…

  21. Robert Horry says Shaq vs. Kobe feud was all Phil Jackson

    Jan 23, 2012, 3:21 PM EDT

    Lakers v Nets

    Who was the big culprit in the Kobe Bryant vs. Shaquille O’Neal feud that broke up the Lakers? Was it the Type A personality of Kobe driving the wedge? Did Shaq need to be “the man” so bad that he held back Kobe (Shaq wouldn’t learn to share the spotlight until Miami)? Robert Horry will…

  22. NBA Power Rankings: Bulls on top after quarter of season

    Jan 23, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics

    Believe it or not, we are about a quarter of the way through the condensed NBA season already. And with that, these rankings are starting to take some solid shape. Which is bad news for Celtics and Knicks fans. But it’s all good in Chicago. 1. Bulls (15-3, last week ranked No. 1). If Derrick…

  23. Video: Kobe Bryant on “Extreme Makeover Home Edition”

    Jan 23, 2012, 1:35 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    In case you missed it because you were busy watching the Harbaugh family suffer on national television, Kobe Bryant was on “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” helping people who actually suffered. Real loss. The show was working with a family in Joplin, Missouri, who lost everything last year in a tornado that decimated the town. Kobe…

  24. Bill Walton feeling good… and predicts a Lakers/Heat finals

    Jan 23, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

    Bill+Walton

    Bill Walton is a guy with his priorities in the right place. Three years laying on your back will do that — he told me again that he thought his life was over at points during that time — and now that he is back up after an innovative surgery his outlook on every day…

  25. Knicks fans, Phil Jackson will not be your savior

    Jan 23, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    There is some logic here — the Knicks current roster is better set up for Phil Jackson’s triangle than Mike D’Antoni’s seven seconds or less. And Jackson admits there is a lure to New York City. But Knicks fans, Phil Jackson is not going to walk through that door into Madison Square Garden. He is not…

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