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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Report: Anthony, Stoudemire to meet, discuss Knicks woes

    Jan 23, 2012, 12:25 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    Amar’e Stoudemire was an afterthought in the Knicks offense for much of the second half against the Nuggets — he had just three shot attempts through the final 24 minutes and two overtimes. Carmelo Anthony put up 20 in that same time. In a game that became the Knicks sixth straight loss. Coincidence? Anthony acknowledged…

  9. Monday And-1 links: Apparently Web surfers love the Magic

    Jan 23, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    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). Which three teams lead the NBA is traffic to their Web sites? Two are pretty obvious — the Lakers and Heat. But the third is…

  10. Heat without Wade: Less slashing, more shooting

    Jan 23, 2012, 10:51 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat

    Against Milwaukee on Sunday, the Heat role players shot the ball like, well, the Heat role players from last season. Take LeBron James and Chris Bosh out of the equation and the Heat shot 25.7 percent for the game, and were just 2-of-9 from three. That stood out because it had not been the case…

  11. Could Al Horford be the next Players Association president?

    Jan 23, 2012, 10:14 AM EDT

    Al Horford

    After watching the grind that Derek Fisher went through this summer as president of the National Basketball Players Association — the players union — it’s hard to imagine a lot of guys lining up for that job. Then again, look at the pressure and public beating any United States president takes and you wonder why…

  12. Video: Pacers mascot shatters high school backboard

    Jan 23, 2012, 8:42 AM EDT

    Boomer Pacers mascot

    It seems like such a great promotion — invite Boomer, the Indiana Pacer Mascot, to your high school game. He fires up the crowd, provides some half time entertainment with a dunk, promotes the team, everybody wins. Or not. Apparently this school did not have the NBA-standard breakaway rims installed and, well, the second half of…

  13. Bulls expect Rose to return, Deng to be out Monday

    Jan 23, 2012, 8:04 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose celebrates after teammate Luol Deng was fouled while shooting by Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    The good news: Derrick Rose should be back for the Bulls Monday. The bad news: Don’t expect Luol Deng to be in the lineup with him. The Bulls have some sort of Seinfeld-like “even Stephen” thing going on — Joakim Noah may be back in the lineup but Taj Gibson is likely out. Rose has…

  14. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Maybe Miami does miss Wade

    Jan 23, 2012, 3:04 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    What you missed while wildly overreacting to your team’s loss… Pacers 98, Lakers 96: This contrast in offensive balances was our game of the night. Bucks 91, Heat 82: Milwaukee turned this into an ugly, grind-it-out game that favored their style and not the high-flying Heat. So, exactly what Scott Skiles wants them to do.…

  15. Pacers show fight, Lakers don’t and roll over again in loss

    Jan 23, 2012, 2:16 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Paul George

    The Indiana Pacers know who they are — balanced and unselfish. They also fight. Down by 13 in the first quarter Sunday they come out in the second quarter throwing haymakers (and shoot 67 percent). Break Roy Hibbert’s nose and he’ll come back in the fourth quarter and give you eight points with the game…

  16. Paul Pierce “can’t pay attention” to trade rumors

    Jan 21, 2012, 11:31 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce

    Steve Nash and what is left of the once-feared Phoenix Suns came into the Gah-den and beat the Boston Celtics Friday night. That would be six losses in the last seven games, and like Friday some are coming to below .500 teams. That is some more fuel on the growing “blow up the Celtics” fire.…

  17. Video: Kevin Love’s game winning three beats Clippers

    Jan 21, 2012, 8:28 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Kevin Love was the happiest man in the building. (His agent, Dan Fegan, who is trying to get him a contract extension and was in the building, may have been second). How did this play go down? We present to you a quote from each of the coaches, then we will let you draw your…

  18. Ricky Rubio’s game translates to NBA just fine thank you

    Jan 21, 2012, 3:06 AM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    For the first three quarters Friday night, the Ricky Rubio doubters out there — those that said his game would never translate to the NBA —  had their chance to crow. “He can’t shoot” and he was 0-10 from the floor. “He can’t defend” and Mo Williams was tearing him apart (along with everyone else…

  19. Adelman would like to see Kevin Love’s contract get done

    Jan 20, 2012, 11:20 PM EDT

    Rick Adelman

    Agent Dan Fegan — who represents Kevin Love — was courtside at Staples Center Friday night to watch his star power forward. Timberwolves GM David Kahn also was seen walking around the building. Rick Adelman would like the two to get together and talk. They have until next Wednesday to reach a deal for an…

  20. Video: Celtics owner Wyc talks about his team’s age

    Jan 20, 2012, 9:57 PM EDT

    Wycliffe Grousbeck

    Celtics owner and CEO Wycliffe Grousbeck was on “Sports Biz: Game On” with Darren Rovell on the NBC Sports Network Friday and talked about the impact of the lockout, and more importantly to Celtics fans the older team they have this year and their plans. He sounds positive that things will work out this year,…

  21. Derrick Rose officially out Friday, talks about toe injury

    Jan 20, 2012, 6:53 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose, Leandro Barbosa

    UPDATE 6:53 pm: The Chicago Bulls have made official what we expected, Derrick Rose will sit out Friday night’s game in Cleveland with his toe injury. Don’t be shocked if he misses another game or two. Guys are missing more games with these minor injuries this season due to the compacted schedule. Thanks again, lockout!…

  22. Dwight Howard tells Shaq to “get on with his life”

    Jan 20, 2012, 6:50 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard Shaquille O'Neal

    Shaquille O’Neal loves to needle Dwight Howard. Why? Mostly because he’s Shaq, but there is that whole silly “Superman” thing (Shaq’s nickname but a persona Howard used to win the dunk contest in 2008). Now, Shaq’s got a big megaphone on TNT’s Inside the NBA. National broadcast where he can and did say Andrew Bynum…

  23. Spike Lee gives Barack Obama some new Air Jordans

    Jan 20, 2012, 5:33 PM EDT

    Spike Lee, Barack Obama, Air Jorans

    Among the perks of being president — sweet new free Air Jordans. That and a full-time chef at your disposal so if you want a pastrami sandwich at 4 a.m. you get it. Famous director Spike Lee was at the White House recently and tweeted the picture to the right where he gave Barack Obama…

  24. Deron Williams has a wish list, too. Nets are on top for now.

    Jan 20, 2012, 4:41 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    The conventional wisdom has been that if the Nets could not land another star to join Deron Williams in New Jersey this season or Brooklyn next season, he would opt out this summer — crushing the Nets franchise that gave up a lot to get him — and heading to his hometown of Dallas next…

  25. Report: Magic may keep Howard, try to land Steve Nash

    Jan 20, 2012, 4:19 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    More and more, it feels like the Orlando Magic may not trade Dwight Howard — despite Howard’s trade request still being on the table — do what they can to keep him and roll the dice that he doesn’t opt out of his contract and walk away leaving them nothing this summer. How do they…

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