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  1. Warriors Jerry West was watching Gilbert Arenas workout, too

    Feb 13, 2012, 6:07 PM EDT

    Jerry West

    Do the Golden State Warriors really need another guard? Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry start (and have been playing well together of late), Nate Robinson and Klay Thompson come off the bench. Well, they are at least looking. Warriors consultant — and by consultant, think Consigliere — was at Gilbert Arenas’ workout in Los Angeles,…

  2. “Linsanity” came when Lin stopped trying to play for others

    Feb 13, 2012, 5:23 PM EDT

    New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin shakes hands with MInnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love before game

    Just go out and play. Let God and the universe take care of the rest of it. That is the battle Jeremy Lin says he fights daily now — not trying to live up to the expectations of others, not trying to control everything, but just going out and playing basketball. Lin — a devoutly…

  3. NBA Power Rankings: Spurs advancing, Heat still on top

    Feb 13, 2012, 3:22 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    I’m beginning to wonder: Will the Eastern Conference Finals be the real NBA finals this year? Feels that way some days. 1. Heat (21-7, last week ranked 1) The Magic and Knicks combined to shoot 85 threes against the Heat in two nights. The Heat’s defensive energy does that to teams, makes them settle (although…

  4. Video: The rise of Jeremy Lin

    Feb 13, 2012, 2:41 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    Because you can’t get enough Jeremy Lin…. Great video looking back at his rapid rise from obscurity to the king of New York basketball, a guy who crosses John Wall and puts up 38 on the Lakers. Hat tip to SLAM.

  5. Steve Nash doesn’t know if he will be traded or not

    Feb 13, 2012, 1:07 PM EDT

    Suns guard Nash looks to drive on Mavericks center Mahinmi during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    Will Steve Nash still be a Phoenix Sun on March 16? Probably. Steve Nash has not requested a trade and said he’s not going to, and the Suns have said they will not trade him unless he requests to be moved. But the Suns are at a crossroads. Nash becomes a free agent at the…

  6. Stoudemire, ‘Melo return and things change for Jeremy Lin

    Feb 13, 2012, 12:49 PM EDT

    Knicks guard Lin smiles during player introductions before the start of the Knicks' NBA basketball game against the Timberwolves in Minneapolis

    It is the sentence I never expected to type and nobody ever expected to read: Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony are about to be back in the Knicks lineup, but how do they blend them in? It should be a no brainer fitting the Knicks two best players back in with their new point guard…

  7. Why the bottleneck on NBA trades? Calendar and Howard.

    Feb 13, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    We’re a couple months into the NBA season, and there have been very few trades. Before the season we had some biggies — Chris Paul to the Lakers, er, Clippers — but once the season started, that has dried up. And you can expect things to stay pretty much dry past the All-Star game at…

  8. Monday And-1 links: The (largely) Jeremy Lin edition

    Feb 13, 2012, 11:25 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Lin is congratulated by teammates Jordan and Fields after win against Timberwolves in Minneapolis

    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). The picture you have been waiting to see — the couch in Landry Field’s place where Jeremy Lin slept. The real question: Why all the…

  9. Ben Wallace to set NBA record for most games by undrafted player

    Feb 13, 2012, 10:55 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Los Angeles Clippers

    Sorry Jeremy Lin, but Ben Wallace is about to become the NBA’s new king of the overlooked players. When  entered the game for the Pistons late in the first quarter Sunday against Washington it was his 1,054 game, tying him with Avery Johnson for the most games ever played by an undrafted player since the…

  10. Video: “Nick of Time,” the latest Jeremy Lin tribute song

    Feb 13, 2012, 10:26 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    Well, it’s better than half the stuff on the Grammys last night. (Which is the very definition of damning with faint praise.) Jeremy Lin is inspiring “Lin-sanity” all through New York, and that is including the city’s musicians. There was already “Lining,” which was worse than just about everything on the Grammys, but was the…

  11. LeBron, heckler reportedly had words in Washington

    Feb 13, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    LeBron James’ talent may have moved to South Beach, but he still fills the arenas. However, the sound he hears in those arenas is a lot different than he heard a few years ago. Then he was the wunderkind carrying the Cavaliers on his back, now he is the villain leader of the Heat. He…

  12. Report: Chris Paul leading Clippers J.R. Smith recruitment

    Feb 13, 2012, 8:07 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Charlotte Bobcats

    J.R. Smith is expected back in the United States this week an NBA free agent. His team in China has been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs and the season ends this week. And the Clippers want him. Badly. Especially now that their starting two guard is gone for the season. The Clippers are not alone…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Miami crushes faith in Atlanta

    Feb 13, 2012, 2:10 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    What you missed while wondering what the heck Nicki Minaj was doing at the Grammys…. Celtics 95, Bulls 91: No Derrick Rose but the Bulls made a late rally and a game of it, in our game of the day. Lakers 94, Raptors 92: The Lakers are still a disorganized mess at the end of…

  14. Report: Gilbert Arenas works out for Lakers

    Feb 12, 2012, 10:34 PM EDT

    Arenas magic

    How desperate are the Lakers for a point guard? Well, they’ve talked about bringing in Allen Iverson. And now they have worked out Gilbert Arenas. That’s what Adrian Wojnarowski reports at Yahoo Sports. In a search to find some scoring for their floundering offense, Los Angeles Lakers officials attended a private workout for guard Gilbert…

  15. Jeremy Lin comes back to earth, but inspires Knicks win

    Feb 12, 2012, 1:11 AM EDT

    Ricky Rubio, Jeremy Lin

    The Knicks would not have won this game two weeks ago. And that is the true measure Linsanity — it is not just the points and assists that Jeremy Lin brings anymore, it’s about the energy and fight he has brought out of this roster. Two weeks ago the Knicks would have rolled over and…

  16. Miami’s big three tell John Wall to work hard, stay positive

    Feb 11, 2012, 10:04 PM EDT

    John Wall, Wizards, Heat

    There was a time when LeBron James was trying to figure out how to get the Cleveland Cavaliers into the playoffs, when Chis Bosh was not near enough to get Toronto over .500, when Dwyane Wade was trying to figure out how to fit is game into the NBA. Basically, a time when those three…

  17. Spike Lee texts Mark Jackson “thanks” for cutting Jeremy Lin

    Feb 11, 2012, 7:58 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    Linsanity cannot be stopped in New York… well, until Carmelo Anthony comes back and takes the ball out of Jeremy Lin’s hands. But we’re not going to worry about that yet. The legend of Lin grew Friday night when he dropped 38 on the Lakers and led the Knicks to their fourth straight win while…

  18. Cavaliers’ Anderson Varejao out indefinitely with broken wrist

    Feb 11, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

    This is a big blow to a team that had been playing better than expected but with little margin for error. Cleveland forward Anderson Varejao is out indefinitely with a broken wrist, the team announced. The injury happened in the second half Friday night when Bucks forward Drew Gooden tried to slap the ball and…

  19. Happy Valentines Day from the Memphis Grizzlies

    Feb 11, 2012, 2:59 PM EDT

    ojvday

    These are so much better than those little candy hearts with the sayings on them… oh, who are we kidding, nothing is better than those little candies. Those rock. But these are close. Friday night, the last Memphis Grizzlies home game before Valentine’s Day (it’s Tuesday, go out and buy your woman something before then,…

  20. Mike Brown compares, Kobe, LeBron: It’s about the rings

    Feb 11, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

    2009 NBA All-Star Game

    Mike Brown is different from the last Lakers coach in a lot of ways. For example, when you ask him a direct question he’ll answer it. Even if he probably shouldn’t wade into those waters. For example, the whole “Kobe or LeBron” debate. Brown talked about it to CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger and talked about it…

  21. Video: Chris Paul drains game winner in Philly

    Feb 11, 2012, 11:59 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    Chris Paul is good. Ridiculously good. Andre Iguodala played about as good of defense as you can on Chris Paul on the final play in Philadelphia last night, and Paul twisted, turned then faded away and drained the game winner for the Clippers like a cold-blooded assassin. There should be no debate about who is…

  22. OKC’s Scott Brooks to coach Western Conference All-Stars

    Feb 11, 2012, 10:54 AM EDT

    Scott Brooks

    Congratulations Scott Brooks, your team is so good you don’t get a vacation. While Gregg Popovich is sipping wine somewhere and Vinny Del Negro is… well, I don’t want to know what Del Negro is doing, Brooks will be coaching the Western Conference All-Stars in Orlando Feb. 26. The coach of the team with the…

  23. Video: All he does is Lin

    Feb 11, 2012, 9:54 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    The Lakers were going to be the first real test, the first good defense Jeremy Lin had to face. Well, 38 points and 7 assists later, he’s made a statement.

  24. Video: Dwyane Wade with the ally-oop to LeBron

    Feb 10, 2012, 9:39 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    Your Comcast announcer is correct — being the lone defender back on a 2-on-1 break and seeing it is LeBron James and Dwyane Wade is about as bad as it gets.

  25. Derrick Rose to sit against Bobcats Friday

    Feb 10, 2012, 7:32 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

    This is the smart thing to do. The Chicago Bulls need Derrick Rose — but they need him more Sunday against Boston and going forward as we crawl toward the playoffs the playoffs than they do Friday against the lowly Charlotte Bobcats. Rose is out Friday night, reports CSNChicago.com. C.J. Watson gets the start in…

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