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  1. NBA Power Rankings: Heat on top, Blazers best in West

    Jan 9, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James does a dance with Chalmers during a time-out in overtime after they tied their NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta

    A little shifting up at the top but nothing too dramatic. Your big movers this week is the 76ers, who are playing well and moving up the rankings, and the Hornets dropping like a rock. 1. Heat (8-1 last week ranked No. 1). Chris Bosh drops 33 on the Hawks and wants you to remember…

  2. Phil Jackson reiterates he doesn’t plan to return to coaching

    Jan 9, 2012, 1:12 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson

    Phil Jackson loves to leave little threads dangling when he answers questions. Ones you can choose to pull at if you wish to see if the entire statement unravels. He’s still doing it. When Sam Smith at Bulls.com if he plans to return to coaching, Jackson is clear… then comes back a little. So Phil,…

  3. Andray Blatche has Flip Saunders’ back in the worst way

    Jan 9, 2012, 12:27 PM EDT

    Andray Blatche, Ryan Anderson

    Andray Blatche was just trying to help, trying to explain the reasons the Washington Wizards are 0-8 has nothing to do with coach Flip Saunders. And in doing so, he backed over Saunders with the bus. Here is the quote, via Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. “Flip is definitely doing his job,” Blatche said. “I just…

  4. Monday And-1 links: Who is Lakers second scoring option?

    Jan 9, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    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). Who is the Lakers second scoring option after Kobe? Well, Kobe Bryant says it’s Andrew Bynum. Kwame Brown thinks he deserves some of the credit…

  5. Dwight Howard trade still in neutral

    Jan 9, 2012, 11:07 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Omer Asik

    I’d be surprised if Dwight Howard is traded before the All-Star game the last weekend of February. That is if he gets moved at all — Howard said he may not to Yahoo Sports. “I don’t think they are going to do anything right now because we’re winning,” Howard said after a 104-97 victory over…

  6. Deron Williams says Nets offense “sucks.” He just noticed?

    Jan 9, 2012, 9:59 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets' Williams, Humphries and Brooks sit on the bench during their loss to Miami Heat in their NBA basketball game in Newark

    Deron Williams has noticed what the rest of us have known for nine games now — the Nets are terrible on offense. Here is the quote, via the New York Post. “The offense sucks,” he said. “It’s not very good right now. We’re not playing good. We’re not shooting good, I’m not shooting good, we’re…

  7. Video: Check out Charles Barkley on Saturday Night Live

    Jan 9, 2012, 8:36 AM EDT

    Shaquille O'Neal

    In case you have a life and were out Saturday night (and forgot to set your DVR), Charles Barkley was at 30 Rock hosting Saturday Night Live. Since you were out having fun, we thought you should see the highlights, like him making fun of Shaq above. Although, best part of that skit is Bill…

  8. Rashard Lewis fights with Sam Cassell, refuses to play

    Jan 9, 2012, 7:58 AM EDT

    Rarshard Lewis jumper

    How could the 0-8 Washington Wizards come off as more dysfunctional? Well…. Rashard Lewis got into a pregame fight with assistant coach Sam Cassell and refused to play in the Wizards loss to Minnesota Sunday, reports to CSNWashington.com. He was not on the Wizards bench during the game (officially because of a sore knee, but…

  9. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where the Spurs look old

    Jan 9, 2012, 1:33 AM EDT

    Tony Parker, Kendrick Perkins

    What you missed while watching Tim Tebow resurrect after three games…. Lakers 90, Grizzlies 82: This was our game of the night, where the Lakers flaws are showing and it doesn’t matter. Thunder 108, Spurs 96: Both teams were tired — third game in three nights for Oklahoma City, fourth game in five nights for…

  10. Warts and all, the Lakers still better than Grizzlies Sunday

    Jan 9, 2012, 1:18 AM EDT

    Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol, Gasol brothers

    The Laker have flaws. Unless it improves, their point guard play is going to come back to haunt them. Same with their depth issues. That night was not Sunday night against Memphis. The Lakers deficiencies were on display but could not be exploited by a Memphis team trying to find its way without Zach Randolph.…

  11. Jason Kidd out at least two more games with back pain

    Jan 8, 2012, 7:59 PM EDT

    Jason Kidd

    Finally the Dallas Mavericks seemed to have found a groove, winning three of their last four including Saturday night over what is left of the Hornets. A win they got with Delonte West starting in place of Jason Kidd. Which is something they had better get used to as he will be out another two…

  12. Pacers make their case in win over Celtics, but it’s ugly

    Jan 6, 2012, 11:03 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen

    This is the kind of game you end up with if you play a condensed season after a drastically shortened training camp. Which is to say — UGLY. But if you can look at it for a second you see one thing: These Pacers are legitimate. Maybe not Miami and Chicago legitimate, but to be…

  13. Video: Chris Paul talks trade, future with Darren Rovell

    Jan 6, 2012, 9:07 PM EDT

    Chris Paul

    Interesting interview with NBC Sports Network’s own Darren Rovell sitting down with Clipper savior (for now) Chris Paul. Among the highlights. • “Whirlwind” was the word he used to describe Lakers trade falling apart then Clippers. • Says he was able to put Lakers idea behind him quickly then move on because he was excited…

  14. Drake raps about Kobe Bryant divorce

    Jan 6, 2012, 8:27 PM EDT

    Canadian rapper Drake performs at the 2010 MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto

    Normally, right here is where you would find the video for Rick Ross’s new song “Stay Schemin” featuring Drake and French Montana. But because this is a family site, we are not about to post that video. If you are not at work and do not have children around, then follow this link. In that song…

  15. Ray Allen talks about team building blocks, Wizards

    Jan 6, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

    Ray Allen, Nick Young

    Ray Allen has been around for a while, seen the mountain top and more than one valley. There’s some wisdom there. In an interesting interview at CSNWashington.com, Allen talks about the kind of team and franchise culture high-profile players look for when deciding where to play as a free agent. Yes, the main motivation is…

  16. Kings say Chuck Hayes officially out 3-4 weeks

    Jan 6, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Kings-void-Hayes-contract-on-heart-ailment-MIO375Q-x-large

    Just a quick update on the unfortunate injury to Chuck Hayes in Sacramento — he will be out three to four weeks, the team announced Friday. Hayes dislocated his left shoulder when he fouled the Bucks Drew Gooden and their arms got tangled up awkwardly. Hayes fell to the ground in pain and laid there for…

  17. Kings have players-only meeting before beating Bucks

    Jan 6, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Keith Smart, DeMarcus Cousins

    The value of player-only meetings gets wildly overstated in the NBA. But there can be value if there is honesty and accountability taking place. After the Kings beat the Bucks on Thursday night several players referenced a meeting called by veteran Chuck Hayes after the Kings had lost a couple nights earlier to Denver. While…

  18. About all those Charles Barkley Weight Watchers ads…

    Jan 6, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    NBA All-Star Saturday Night Presented By State Farm

    Maybe you heard, Charles Barkley has lost a few pounds. Well, of course you’ve heard — if you’ve watched one NBA game this year you’ve heard. Barkley’s Weight Watchers ads are the new Franklin & Bash promo, you simply cannot escape them. Weight Watchers wants to reach into the male market and the Round Mound…

  19. Winless Wizards conduct players-only meeting

    Jan 6, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks

    Something needs to happen in Washington to turn the Wizards around. And while NBA players-only meetings usually have about all the impact of the Iowa Straw Poll it is worth a shot, so veteran Maurice Evans called one, reports CSNWashington.com. “We needed to address ourselves and identify what were some of the problems that the…

  20. Celtics GM Ainge explains he was not trying to trade Rondo

    Jan 6, 2012, 1:26 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    If a politician you didn’t like said this, you’d decry it as semantics. And you’d be right. But while differences can be subtle, they can be meaningful. Which brings us to Danny Ainge, the Celtics GM, who was asked for roughly the millionth time this year about pre-season talks to trade Rajon Rondo for Chris…

  21. Bobcats’ Corey Maggette out 2-4 weeks with hamstring injury

    Jan 6, 2012, 12:49 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats Maggette reacts as he drives to the basket against Orlando Magic Turkoglu of Turkey in their NBA basketball game in Charlotte

    If you had the under on the “10 games before Corey Maggette gets injured” prop bet collect your winnings. Maggette will be out two to four weeks with a hamstring issues suffered Thursday night, the team announced. The diagnosis was confirmed by an MRI. Hamstrings can be slow to heal and linger, so the Bobcats…

  22. Hornets’ Eric Gordon out 2-3 weeks to rest knee

    Jan 6, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    Eric Gordon, who returned to the Hornets lineup Wednesday and dropped 22 points, is back out. He will miss the next two to three weeks to rest his knee, according to a tweet from Sean Kelly, radio voice of the Hornets. His knee experienced swelling after that game. Gordon had sat out the four games prior…

  23. Friday And-1 links, where it’s Jan Vesely time

    Jan 6, 2012, 11:12 AM EDT

    2011 NBA Draft

    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). Jan Vesely’s hip better and the Washington rookie is expected to make his NBA debut Friday vs. the Knicks. Maybe that will help, because the…

  24. Video report: Knicks willing to trade Stoudemire to rent Howard

    Jan 6, 2012, 10:40 AM EDT

    howard-stoudemire

    The Knicks have opened talks that would send Amare Stoudemire to Orlando in a swap to rent Dwight Howard, reports Donny Marshall — former NBA player and current CSNNE reporter — on NBC SportsTalk Thursday. In the video above the talk of the trade starts at the 3:30 mark. There are a whole lot of…

  25. Griffin, Paul not fans of Clippers “lob city” nickname

    Jan 6, 2012, 10:14 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Los Angeles Clippers

    When Blake Griffin learned of the Chris Paul trade his first reaction was to chest bump DeAndre Jordan and say, “lob city.” That phrase took off instantly with Clippers faithful — at games you see homemade “lob city” T-shirts. For fans the phrase has become the team’s on the court identity as the Clips gets…

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