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  1. Popovich: Manu Ginobili to return Saturday vs. Nets

    Feb 10, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzles v San Antionio Spurs - Game Two

    The San Antonio Spurs have done surprisingly well without Manu Ginobili — they have gone 15-7 and won six in a row. We can debate if Tony Parker should be an All-Star or not, but he has stepped up and carried a big load the last 22 games. Saturday night, Manu Ginobili will be back,…

  2. Kobe Bryant not down with “Linsanity.” Not yet anyway.

    Feb 10, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    If you are going to impress Kobe Bryant, you’re going to have to do a lot more than have three good games in February. A lot more. Jeremy Lin is a sensation, “Linsanity” is sweeping New York as Kobe Bryant and the Lakers come to town Friday night. Two weeks ago the Knicks looked lost,…

  3. Derrick Rose officially game time decision (bet he plays)

    Feb 10, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose, Leandro Barbosa

    Derrick Rose still has back issues — remember he left a game earlier in the week with back spasms — and he is officially a game-time decision Friday when the Bulls face the Bobcats. But he expects to play, reports Aggrey Sam at CSNChicago.com. This is exactly what Rose said Wednesday and he went out…

  4. Jay-Z involved in changing look, style of Brooklyn Nets

    Feb 10, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    2011 NBA All-Star Game - Performances And Celebrities

    When the Nets roll into Brooklyn next season, things will be different. Off the court, at least. (On the court remains to be seen.) The Nets are coming to the nation’s largest market in a new building and they are looking to make a splash. There will be changes — and they will have Jay-Z’s…

  5. Friday And-1 links: Kobe is trying to help out Andy Reid

    Feb 10, 2012, 11:12 AM EDT

    Lakers' Bryant smiles in overtime of their NBA basketball game against the Celtics at TD Garden in Boston

    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). Patriot tight end Rob Gronkowski and a number of his teammates were at the Lakers/Celtics game Thursday. Kobe Bryant told Gronkowski to go play for…

  6. Video: Pau Gasol blocks Ray Allen to save victory

    Feb 10, 2012, 10:41 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Pau Gasol drives between Boston Celtics Brandon Bass and Celtics Jermaine O'Neal in the first half of their NBA basketball game at TD Garden in Boston

    Don’t you get the feeling Pau Gasol wants to yell, “who is soft now?” after this. Both Allen and Gasol made the smart play here. Often when a game-winning shots — and Paul Pierce got off a shot he can make — players stand around and watch. Allen got in position to make the play…

  7. Kevin Love says he will compete in three-point contest

    Feb 10, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

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

    Kevin Love is an All-Star, selected by the coaches as a reserve. He earned it and there was no suspense about whether he would make it. But Love has other plans for All-Star Weekend, too, tweets Jerry Zgoda of the Star-Tribune. Love says he also will compete in three-point shooting contest at All Star Game….…

  8. Warriors, Rockets feel regret about letting Jeremy Lin go

    Feb 10, 2012, 9:02 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    Golden State had Jeremy Lin for a full season last year, but decided he just wasn’t going to work for them. Monta Ellis handles the ball a lot, Stephen Curry is the starter at the point and Golden State went another direction with his backup. The Rockets had Lin earlier this season, but they also…

  9. Video: Celtics start game with football snap (sort of)

    Feb 10, 2012, 8:06 AM EDT

    Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, Iman Shumpert, Tyson Chandler

    They realize that the Patriots lost, right? With Rob Gronkowski and a number of Patriots players at the Lakers/Celtics game Thursday night in Boston, the Celtics won the opening tip then played a little football. Clever. I guess. Problem is, Thursday night the Celtics closed the game out like the Patriots, too.

  10. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Sacramento fans come out in force

    Feb 10, 2012, 3:03 AM EDT

    Kings, DeMarcus Cousins

    What you missed while making your Valentines Day dinner reservations at Waffle House…. Lakers 88, Celtics 87 (OT): It felt like and old rivalry when these two got together in our game of the night. Kings 106, Thunder 101: Kings fans used this game to remind you that they are as good as they come.…

  11. Celtics, Lakers play one that feels like old times

    Feb 10, 2012, 12:51 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo, Kobe Bryant

    On paper this was a battle of seven seeds, a couple teams just a few games over .500 with a lot of potential but not really contenders. But once the ball went up, it felt like it was the 2010 NBA finals again. Or maybe the 2008 finals. Or 1985. Or 1969. Rivalries are what…

  12. Who got snubbed? Some All-Star roster changes

    Feb 9, 2012, 10:50 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    The All-Star rosters are out. The NBA coaches — who select the All-Star reserves — went with the old guard, the tried and true, and the guys whose names we know. Whether or not their play merited it this year. They ignored younger players who deserved it this year. There should be changes. Here are…

  13. Your NBA All-Star reserves announced, coaches went safe

    Feb 9, 2012, 7:24 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    The fans picked the five starters, but this week the coaches voted to name the reserves to the All-Star Game in Orlando. And the coaches played it safe. They went with the old names they new not the future stars. They went with veteran Joe Johnson and left out Rajon Rondo. They left out Paul…

  14. Jeremy Lin says Tim Tebow has been an inspiration to him

    Feb 9, 2012, 4:41 PM EDT

    Divisional Playoffs - Denver Broncos v New England Patriots

    There are some similarities to the Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow stories — and not just that they both throw bounce passes. Both had built in followings but were not expected by most experts to make much of an impact at the professional level. Both have. Both still have some people expecting them to fall…

  15. Jeremy Lin can move off his brother’s couch now… or not

    Feb 9, 2012, 4:06 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    Jeremy Lin has been living the life of an NBA nomad — a guy who went to camp with Golden State, was cut and ended up with Houston for a while, but he never saw the court there (they have Kyle Lowry and Goran Dragic at the point already) so he was released. Then he…

  16. Mo Williams wants a contract extension with Clippers

    Feb 9, 2012, 2:46 PM EDT

    Mo Williams, Ian Mahinm

    Hello, Clippers, welcome to the price of success. I know this is all new to you, but you’re going to be getting a lot of this kind of stuff now. Mo Williams wants a contract extension. Pretty much that’s what you can read into this comment from the Los Angeles Times. “I just want to…

  17. Jerry West says you may not see trade activity until deadline

    Feb 9, 2012, 2:23 PM EDT

    Jerry West

    Here’s another thing you can blame on the condensed NBA schedule. We are just about a month out from the NBA trading deadline (March 15) and now is when you start to hear the buzz of moves bubble up and soon a few minor trades go down as we get closer. But maybe not this…

  18. Enjoying the Jeremy Lin ride, which may get bumpy

    Feb 9, 2012, 1:58 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    We need to be honest — the three defenses that Jeremy Lin has carved up as the starting point guard for the Knicks are three terrible defenses. All three are in the bottom 10 in the league in defensive efficiency, and the best one (Utah) has slow bigs who are awful against quick guards —…

  19. Erick Dampier signs 10-day contract with Atlanta Hawks

    Feb 9, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

    Erick Dampier

    Erick Dampier is back. The veteran center has signed a 10-day contract with the Atlanta Hawks, the team announced. The Hawks have talked about needed more depth in the middle since the injury to Al Horford but have waiting to make a move to add to the ranks of Zaza Pachulia and Jason Collins at…

  20. Kobe says he’d choose LeBron if he could pick a teammate

    Feb 9, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant is a scorer. Which is why getting Chris Paul — a playmaker who sets others up as well as anyone in the game — made a lot of sense to Kobe. It made less sense to David Stern (and other NBA owners) and so that trade got shot down. Wednesday Kobe was talking…

  21. Derrick Rose asked Isiah Thomas for advice on winning

    Feb 9, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

    Isiah Thomas

    In the past decade, Isiah Thomas has become a punch line. Actually, the better way to phrase that is he made himself a punch line— his wounds are self-inflicted. He wrecked the Knicks. But before that, Thomas was one of the best point guards ever to play the game. A little guy who led his…

  22. Thursday And-1 links: Kevin Durant raps

    Feb 9, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    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). Kevin Durant is laying down the lyrics — he is in a rap video with Privaledge and sounding pretty good. Normally we’d run the video,…

  23. Kobe says he always admired Larry Bird’s determination

    Feb 9, 2012, 10:24 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    We’ve got a mutual admiration society going. First you have Larry Bird saying Kobe Bryant is the player going right now that he most would want to play with, because Kobe is about winning. Now Kobe turns around and said that he always looked up to Larry Bird. Their games are very different — well,…

  24. Wilson Chandler says he will re-sign with Denver after China

    Feb 9, 2012, 9:55 AM EDT

    Wilson+Chandler+Atlanta+Hawks+v+Denver+Nuggets+Ym_wkv-B6Cgl

    Kenyon Martin is back from China and was in a Clippers uniform last night. But there are still three quality names set to return to the NBA when their teams’ seasons end in China — Wilson Chandler, J.R. Smith and Aaron Brooks. There are a lot of teams around the NBA who need some help…

  25. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Magic cool off Heat

    Feb 9, 2012, 9:24 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    What you missed while watching a guy get bit in the face by a dog on live television… Magic 102, Heat 89: Maybe the Magic owner should tell the media he doesn’t want to trade Dwight Howard before every game. Orlando played the game it wants to play — good defense (especially challenging in the…

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