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  1. It’s official, Suns sign Michael Redd to deal

    Dec 29, 2011, 2:38 PM EDT

    MRedd

    Our man in Phoenix Brett Pollakoff told you last night that oft-injured sharpshooter Michael Redd had come in and worked out for the Suns. Apparently that went well because now he is officially a member of the Suns, according to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic. This is a one-year deal for the veterans’ minimum.…

  2. Michael Jordan to get married again

    Dec 29, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    Jordan wife

    Yvette Prieto is about to get a lot of sweet, free Nike gear. Michael Jordan has become engaged to longtime girlfriend Prieto, his spokeswoman confirmed to WCNC in Charlotte. Prieto is a Cuban-born model who has been dating Jordan for more than three years. This would be Jordan’s second marriage. He was married for17 years…

  3. Grizzlies Conley may miss a couple games due to ankle

    Dec 29, 2011, 12:58 PM EDT

    Mike Conley

    It was 24 seconds into the Grizzlies playoff rematch with the Thunder when point guard Mike Conley rolled his ankle, and at the time we didn’t know the severity. All we knew was Conley didn’t come back and rookie Jeremy Pargo was thrown into the fire (and acquitted himself quite well). Conley was wearing a…

  4. McGrady can picture Howard and D-Will in Dallas

    Dec 29, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    As they are the two guys left in the game of “franchise player musical chairs,” it is kind of logical Deron Williams and Dwight Howard could end up on the same team. That is certainly what New Jersey has banked its Brooklyn opening on. But what about Dallas? Mark Cuban has all but sacrificed a…

  5. It’s not time to hit the panic button in Boston. Yet.

    Dec 29, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    The Boston Celtics are going to be fine. Well, depends on how you define “fine” — if you thought they were title contenders who would come out of the gate hot and could topple the Heat and Bulls in the East, you should be worried. But realistically Boston was a flawed team that needed to…

  6. Thursday And-1 links (with some Portland love)

    Dec 29, 2011, 10:46 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers forward Gerald Wallace reacts to his team's loss against the Dallas Mavericks in Portland, Oregon

    Welcome to our morning 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). They love them some Gerald Wallace in Portland, and he is learning to love it there. With Wallace and LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland could be very,…

  7. Baseline to baseline recaps: Celtics fall, Knicks fall, Heat almost join them

    Dec 29, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New Orleans Hornets

    What you missed while worried about what a bad year this was for elephants… Oklahoma City 98, Memphis 95: This playoff rematch was our game of the night. New Orleans 97, Celtics 78: Don’t hit the panic button yet, Celtics fans. Still too early. But if you want to feel uncomfortable and a little ill,…

  8. Video: NBA’s top 10 plays from Wednesday night

    Dec 29, 2011, 8:53 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks

    Let’s just say it’s a night where Dwyane Wade‘s game winner comes in at No. 5 (best part of that is him looking over at Cam Newton courtside and doing the Superman imitation). Lots of impressive highlights, even if some are from guys like DeAndre Jordan where his team (the Clippers) did not exactly impress.…

  9. Thunder show even on off night they are good, beat Grizzlies

    Dec 29, 2011, 2:46 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay

    Elite teams win on their off days. This was certainly an off day for the Thunder. Russell Westbrook went 0-13, missing shots he usually drains blindfolded. He got frustrated and that led to words with Thabo Sefolosha and Kevin Durant, to the point Durant and Westbrook had to be separated. And in the end, the…

  10. Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant have altercation on bench

    Dec 29, 2011, 1:29 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    Be careful about reading too much into this — good teams with competitive players have fights on the sideline. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook had one of those during the second quarter of the team’s victory over the Memphis Grizzlies Tuesday and had to be separated by teammates, according to the Oklahoman’s Darnell Mayberry. Westbrook’s…

  11. Video: LeBron James dunk blocked by opponents head

    Dec 28, 2011, 11:27 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James looks downcourt between plays against Charlotte Bobcats during their NBA game in Charlotte

    This is the best block of the year. Guaranteed. Even though it should have been a bucket. LeBron James‘ powerful dunk is blocked by the head of the Bobcats Gerald Henderson. The ball went through the basket as Henderson tried to go for the traditional block but it hits his head and bounces out. The…

  12. Grizzlies Mike Conley rolls ankle, does not return to game

    Dec 28, 2011, 11:15 PM EDT

    Conley_memphis

    Mike Conley has become the glue that holds the Grizzlies together. He feeds the ball inside to Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, helps Rudy Gay pick his spots and is the floor general for the team. Which is was why it was trouble when just seconds into the Grizzlies playoff rematch with Oklahoma City the…

  13. Report: Andrew Bynum moves really fast… off the court

    Dec 28, 2011, 8:33 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    The suspension at the start the season for Andrew Bynum needs to end before he can’t drive himself to the Staples Center anymore. Andrew Bynum has been a hot target of the fine Los Angeles Police Department the last few days, reports TMZ.com (via Inside Hoops). Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … Bynum was pulled…

  14. Photo of the day: Russell Westbrook’s Air Jordan rollerskates

    Dec 28, 2011, 7:15 PM EDT

    air-jordan-iii-true-blue-roller-skates-russell-westbrook-1

    You can put skates on just about anything with a soul. My in-line skates are a pair of old CCM ice skates (yea, I used to play some hockey, what of it?) I had converted over. But Russell Westbrook did me one better. Did everyone one better. He converted a pair of Air Jordan III…

  15. Making the case for Rajon Rondo as a franchise player

    Dec 28, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    We keep hearing rumors that Rajon Rondo is on the trade block — it had been for Chris Paul but the Celtics will listen to other offers, too. They are not going to move him for just anyone, but he’s not the easiest player to get along with and Boston is keeping its options open.…

  16. Derrick Rose says he must assert himself early. Too.

    Dec 28, 2011, 5:14 PM 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

    Derrick Rose came into this season trying to pull a bit of a Kobe Bryant from recent years — feed the other guys early, get them going, then take over late. Except, the result has been sluggish starts for the Bulls. (Kobe would be happy to commiserate.) The Bulls had to come from 11 points…

  17. Bucks Shaun Livingston says knee “80-90 percent”

    Dec 28, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT

    Shaun Livingston

    The fact that Shaun Livingston is back on the court and playing in NBA games is in and of itself a miracle. He suffered as gruesome an on-the-court injury as any of us have ever seen in 2007 with the Clippers. It tore his anterior cruciate, posterior cruciate and lateral meniscus, his knee joint was…

  18. Don’t expect zone defense to suddenly be Heat stopper

    Dec 28, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT

    Miami Heat, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    The NBA is a copycat league — what works for one team will be copied by others. Almost instantly. So when the Boston Celtics threw a pure zone at the Heat and climbed back into the game Tuesday night, scouts took notice. You can be sure that the Heat are going to see a lot…

  19. Jeff Green hanging with Celtics, happy he’ll get to play again

    Dec 28, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Jeff Green could be devastated, sitting around his house cursing the fates and wondering what might have been. He was to be a key cog for a Celtics team looking to hang a banner, instead he is out for the season following heart surgery. Instead, Green is in a pretty good place. He spoke with…

  20. Report: Joel Przybilla drawing interest from multiple teams

    Dec 28, 2011, 1:58 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Houston Rockets, Game 6

    The next sentence may tell you all you need to know about the supply and demand for true big men in the NBA. Free agent center Joel Przybilla is drawing interest from the Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers, according to a report in the Journal Times. The paper’s Gery Woefel spoke to…

  21. Alex Rodriguez got treatment on knee in Germany on Kobe’s advice

    Dec 28, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    I’m trying to picture how this conversation went down. “Hey, Kobe, it’s Alex Rodriguez. You know, your counterpart from baseball as the most hated guy in the league.” “That Kris Humphries now.” “Oh, sorry. How’s the family?” Silence. “Anyway, wanted to ask you a quick question about that knee treatment you got done in Germany…”…

  22. Tyson Chandler not shocked at Mavericks 0-2 start

    Dec 28, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    The Dallas Mavericks have gone from hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy to getting blown out two games in a row on their home floor to start the season. It’s ugly. Younger teams ran the Mavs into the ground and Dallas’ transition defense was nonexistant. It should get better, but it’s ugly now and next up…

  23. Welcome Norris Cole, your new fan favorite in Miami

    Dec 28, 2011, 12:55 PM EDT

    Norris Cole Getty

    Norris Cole was fearless. Fans can sense that and love it. Cole became the new fan favorite (behind the big 3) in Miami by scoring 14 fourth-quarter points to stave off a Boston comeback and keep the Heat perfect on the young season. Cole, the rookie out of Cleveland State, was the man knocking down…

  24. Deron Williams wants some help in New Jersey. Ya think?

    Dec 28, 2011, 12:09 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    Reading Deron Williams‘ comments in the New York Times, you get the idea that Williams likes living in New York. He is living in SoHo with his family and commuting to New Jersey, plus doing charity work in Brooklyn. He’s happy there. He was at a party Tuesday night in SoHo to celebrate his partnership…

  25. Wednesday And-1 links, where Nets fans want Dwight Howard

    Dec 28, 2011, 11:07 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Welcome to our morning 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). Nets fans started a chant of “we want Howard” at the team’s home opener Tuesday. No, Deron Williams did not start it. As far as…

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