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  1. Quote of the Day: How best to survive a long road trip

    Feb 6, 2012, 2:36 PM EDT

    Tony Parker, Gregg Popovich

    “Just go to nice restaurants with (Gregg Popovich) and get tipsy sometimes. That’s the secret. Drink a lot of wine. It goes faster.” —Spurs point guard Tony Parker on how he survives the “Rodeo road trip” (when a rodeo and cattle show kicks the Spurs out of their home for three weeks every year). That…

  2. Kevin Love suspended two games for stepping on Scola’s face

    Feb 6, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves' Love high-fives fans after defeating San Antonio Spurs in their NBA basketball game in Minneapolis

    UPDATE 2:20 pm: Kevin Love issued this statement on Monday: “I want to publicly apologize to Luis Scola and the Houston Rockets. My intention is to never hurt another player on the basketball court. I’ve always had the utmost respect for the game of basketball and all of my opponents. I also apologize to my…

  3. NBA Power Rankings: Heat on top, Clippers climbing

    Feb 6, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James prepares to make a shot against Milwaukee Bucks during their NBA game in Milwaukee

    Miami moves back into the top spot — but the Clippers have now cracked the top three, which had been the domain of the Heat, Bulls and Thunder for a while. Oh, and the Bobcats still suck. 1. Heat (18-6, last week ranked No. 2). They’ve had a few uninspired wins (like Sunday against the…

  4. League fines, suspends Lakers coach Brown for one game

    Feb 6, 2012, 12:25 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Lakers coach Mike Brown has been suspended for the Lakers game Monday in Philadelphia, plus fined $25,000, stemming from his ejection from the Lakers loss to the Jazz Saturday night, the league has announced. Brown started arguing with referee Zach Zarba near the start of the fourth quarter when Pau Gasol was stripped of the…

  5. Jeremy Lin will be the Knicks starting point guard Monday

    Feb 6, 2012, 12:08 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    Jeremy Lin is just another guy going from Harvard to Manhattan to make it big. Okay, his path is a little different. Lin has gone from the star of the often-overlooked Harvard basketball team to the starting point guard of the often-overanalyzed New York Knicks. Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni said Lin would get the start…

  6. Report: Cavaliers want first round pick for Ramon Sessions

    Feb 6, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Ramon Sessions is going to get traded before the deadline. We already know the Lakers are interested (although that is tied to the complex Dwight Howard trade situation), and there are a number of other teams that are interested in the point guard. Teams were a little concerned because Sessions is a two-year commitment, but…

  7. Monday And-1 links: Comparing the Knicks and Giants

    Feb 6, 2012, 10:57 AM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire, Iman Shumpert

    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). Stat of the day, courtesy Tim Reynolds of the AP: Since the Knicks last won a playoff game, the Giants have won eight. Ice Cube…

  8. Amar’e Stoudemire’s brother dies in car crash

    Feb 6, 2012, 10:17 AM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire

    Just sad, terrible news out of Florida for the Knicks’ Amar’e Stodemire. His brother Hazell has been killed in a car crash in Florida, reports TMZ. There as of now are not a lot of details about the incident. The accident happened on Route 27 in Lake Wales. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Stoudemire…

  9. Chris Bosh is okay with the fact you don’t love him

    Feb 6, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

    Heats' Bosh moves around Raptors' Davis during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    Chris Bosh is going to make the All-Star team. The coaches (who choose the reserves) will put him on the squad, no question. He’s one of the best forwards in the game and deserves to be in Orlando at the end of the month for the big showcase. But you the fans didn’t vote him…

  10. Glen Davis to meet with Magic staff, likely back Monday

    Feb 6, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic

    After sitting out two games in a team suspension, Glen Davis is supposed to sit down and meet with Orlando GM Otis Smith and coach Stan Van Gundy Monday and likely will be reinstated to play against the Clippers Monday night. So reports Marc Spears at Yahoo Sports. Davis sat out games Friday and Saturday…

  11. Another report that Mike D’Antoni’s job is safe. For now.

    Feb 6, 2012, 8:03 AM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni, Bennie Adams

    Knicks fans may think a change in coach is long past due, what with the 9-15 record in a season that held so much promise, but Knicks management continues to be patient. For once. Echoing other reports from inside the team over the past month, Newsday reports that Mike D’Antoni’s job is safe. For now.…

  12. Hornets’ Carl Landry out 3-4 weeks with knee injury

    Feb 6, 2012, 12:26 AM EDT

    hornets Carl Landry

    In a season with few bright spots in New Orleans, Carl Landry has been something solid off the bench for them. Or was, he will be out three to for weeks with an MCL sprain, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. He got it against the Pistons when he and Jason Maxiell banged knees. I’d say…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Super Sunday games

    Feb 5, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett dunk

    What you missed while preparing the chili to take to your Super Bowl party…. Celtics 98, Grizzlies 80: Vintage Kevin Garnett showed up for this game — 24 points on 12 shots, 9 rebounds and tremendous energy on defense — and that helped overwhelm a Grizzlies team that is showing how much they miss Zach…

  14. Kevin Garnett doesn’t want you to question his three ball

    Feb 5, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    For three straight games, Kevin Garnett has knocked down a three point shot. Like he’s Ray Allen or something. He’s always had a midrange shot but the deep ball is not his game, he’s no stretch four. But he’s gotten a little Brian Scalabrine in him the last week. Not that you should ask him…

  15. Here are your NBA/Super Bowl XLVI prop bets

    Feb 5, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    LeBron James Football

    We in no way want to encourage you to gamble on the Super Bowl. But, since you’re going to do it anyway, we thought we’d pass along some of the annual NBA/Super Bowl prop bets out there. These come from Bovada.lv (the former Bodog.com). Which will be higher? Eli Manning Completions +2½ LeBron James Points…

  16. Video: What are NBA players bringing to Super Bowl parties?

    Feb 5, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets

    How do I get invited to Nicolas Batum‘s party? The clever gentlemen at The Basketball Jones asked a number of NBA players what snacks they were bringing to Super Bowl parties — you had better like chips. And that’s from the ones who didn’t say their wives were going to handle it. Except for Batum.…

  17. Miami’s one hot stretch dooms Philadelphia to loss at home

    Feb 3, 2012, 11:54 PM EDT

    LeBron James Dwyane Wade

    It’s not the 43 minutes of good play, it’s the five minutes when Miami goes on a run that makes it so hard to beat them. Philadelphia is a seriously good team. At home Friday night they played a close game with last year’s Eastern Conference champions for three quarters. The defense, the ball movement,…

  18. Why you shouldn’t expect LeBron to do the Dunk Contest

    Feb 3, 2012, 8:14 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    In what is an annual tradition rivaling Meryl Streep getting an Oscar nomination or the Grammys being a disappointment, LeBron James is flirting with the All-Star Weekend Dunk Contest. He says he’s on the fence this year. He’s not going to do it. You know it. I know it. LeBron may be toying with the…

  19. Orlando Magic suspend Glen Davis two games after outburst

    Feb 3, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    Tyler Hansbrough, Glen Davis

    Big Baby is not feeling the Magic. The Orlando backup big man has been suspended for two games by the team after an outburst during shootaround, tweets Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel. No word on what exactly the entire incident was about, or if he dropped his shorts. He will be out for Friday…

  20. Report: Hornets taking Chris Kaman off trade market

    Feb 3, 2012, 5:19 PM EDT

    Chris Kaman

    Not sure what they were expecting, but what the New Orleans Hornets were offered for center Chris Kaman didn’t impress them, so they are taking him off the trade market. That means he will be reinstated on the Hornets active roster, reports Chris Broussard at ESPN. The league-owned Hornets deactivated Kaman last week and told…

  21. Dwight Howard situation could hold up Sessions to Lakers

    Feb 3, 2012, 4:38 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Dwight Howard

    Much like happens any time there is a big trade looming out there, other moves get bottlenecked up behind it. Case in point — the Lakers need a point guard and have interest in Ramon Sessions, who would be a good fit and be better than anyone they have on the roster. But here comes…

  22. Spoelstra says Heat missed Dwyane Wade’s defense

    Feb 3, 2012, 3:47 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Wade does a chin up before their NBA basketball game against Milwaukee Bucks in Milwaukee

    There were some out on the airwaves — mostly people who like to hear themselves talk — who were trying to sell a “the Heat are better without Dwyane Wade” line because the Heat went 8-1 with him out of the lineup and LeBron James‘ numbers went through the roof. Not true, says Heat coach…

  23. Greg Oden to have another knee surgery. Ugh.

    Feb 3, 2012, 2:56 PM EDT

    Greg Oden

    This is not something you should gloat about, this is not a time for “I told you so.” This is a sad addendum to a long story. Greg Oden is going to have another operation on his knee, the team has announced. This one is to “remove debris” from his right knee (which was the…

  24. Rajon Rondo likely to return to Celtics lineup Friday

    Feb 3, 2012, 2:40 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    It is officially a game-time decision, but it looks like the Boston Celtics will get Rajon Rondo back in the lineup for their game against the Knicks Friday night. Here is the report from A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. Rondo, who has missed the last eight games with a right wrist injury, was an active…

  25. Clippers, Kenyon Martin agree to deal

    Feb 3, 2012, 1:33 PM EDT

    Kenyon Martin

    When you say Clippers you better start to use the word contender with it. Los Angeles filled in a major need — depth along the front line — by agreeing to terms Kenyon Martin, he will sign a mini mid-level deal of $2.5 million for this season (pro-rated by games played), reports the Los Angeles…

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