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  1. Mike Fratello to coach Ukrainian national team

    Feb 25, 2011, 8:59 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Miami Heat

    The Czar (of the telestrator) is headed to the old Soviet bloc. Mike Fratello, the former NBA coach and current TNT color commentator, will coach the Ukrainian national team at the European Championships this summer, according to the Associated Press. Hopefully they like slow it down, grind it out, defensive basketball that Fratello was known…

  2. Carmelo’s move may make CBA negotiations nastier

    Feb 25, 2011, 7:06 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony James Dolan

    Utah Jazz owner Greg Miller talked about it when he tried to explain to a shaken fan base why he felt he had to trade Deron Williams away. His argument: it’s a new era of stars congregating in big markets. The players have taken control of the process in a way they have not before.…

  3. Blake Griffin, selling you some Kias (and it worked)

    Feb 25, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    Blake Griffin almost didn’t do the car dunk. Because there was a lot of paperwork to get done. Seriously. See Kia knew they wanted to do a commercial out of it so Blake’s people and Kia’s people (and a bunch of lawyers) got together and drew up the papers well in advance. Then it dawned…

  4. The Nets have a cornerstone, now the building starts

    Feb 25, 2011, 3:58 PM EDT

    Deron Williams presser

    There is — for the first time in recent memory — a palpable buzz about a New Jersey Nets game Friday. That’s what bringing in a superstar can do. And the Nets got a superstar in Deron Williams. Knicks fans flip out at the idea, but the Nets got the better player, they bested the…

  5. Oh Andray. Blatche denies challenging follower to fight on twitter

    Feb 25, 2011, 3:07 PM EDT

    Andray Blatche

    UPDATE 3:06 pm: Andray Blatche took to twitter to deny that he challenged someone to a fight through twitter. Here is what he wrote: If anyone really thinks that was me responding yesterday is crazy I just heard of this this morning i would like for everyone to use there brain for a moment im…

  6. Grizzlies Xavier Henry could be done for season with knee surgery

    Feb 25, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    2010 NBA Draft

    Xavier Henry wasn’t getting a lot of minutes lately anyway, and any he might have seen with O.J. Mayo leaving town went away when Mayo didn’t actually leave town (and Shane Battier came in, too), but this still is a little concerning. Grizzlies’ rookie Henry may be out the rest of the season due to…

  7. Report: Five Pistons players skip practice to protest coach

    Feb 25, 2011, 2:34 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    The ongoing skirmish between Pistons players and coach John Kuester just ratcheted up a notch. Or five. Five players were absent from Pistons morning shootaround Friday in Philadelphia in what a source told the Detroit News was a protest of the coach. Tracy McGrady, Tayshaun Prince, Richard Hamilton Chris Wilcox and Ben Wallace were not…

  8. Well, that’s awkward — O.J. Mayo stays with Memphis

    Feb 25, 2011, 1:25 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Phoenix Suns

    Hey, we traded you to Indiana as part of a… hold on a sec….. oh, never mind. It has to be a little weird for O.J. Mayo. It’s one thing to hear your name circulated in trade rumors for months, it’s another to hear about a done deal and have the owner telling the Commercial…

  9. Scottie Pippen to become Bulls broadcaster for playoffs

    Feb 25, 2011, 12:11 PM EDT

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    Another sign the Bulls are back — the legends are back hanging around. Scottie Pippen, the Hall of Famer and six-time NBA champion, has signed on to join the Bulls broadcasting team for a regular season game then return for the playoffs, CSN Chicago announced. He will first work March 4 in Orlando, where he…

  10. Are the Oklahoma City Thunder contenders now?

    Feb 25, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Charlotte Bobcats

    Oklahoma City is your trade deadline winner. Last season in the playoffs, the young and athletic Thunder tested the Lakers in the playoffs first round, but when push came to shove the Lakers shoved harder. They had Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol and the Thunder had no answer. Same thing when the two teams played…

  11. PBT Friday Morning One Liners

    Feb 25, 2011, 11:07 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Clippers

    So remember how everybody around the league said this was going to be a slow trading deadline…. Danny Ainge spins that his deadline deal helps the Celtics win now. Baron Davis and Byron Scott are friends now. Everything is good. Nothing to worry about there. Nope. Can’t see any problems. How the O.J. Mayo to…

  12. Mike Bibby wants a buyout in Washington, likely to be disappointed

    Feb 25, 2011, 10:55 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v New Orleans Hornets

    Atlanta did the right thing — they needed Mike Bibby gone and any other point guard in. Kirk Hinrich is an upgrade. But it’s easy to see why Bibby is unhappy — he went from the starting point guard on a playoff team to being John Wall’s understudy on a lottery team. Bibby wants a…

  13. Perkins exit leaves Boston locker room in tears

    Feb 25, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 4: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    The Boston locker room is tight. This isn’t your average NBA locker room, with guys who get along okay, but after the practices they all head separate directions with their posses. Boston was different. Call it Ubuntu, call it a bond formed by winning a title, call it whatever you want, it was real. And…

  14. Poll: What team helped itself the most with trades?

    Feb 25, 2011, 9:42 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v New York Knicks

    For weeks leading up, everyone we talked to was telling us it was going to be a quiet trade deadline. The new CBA coming, the bottleneck caused by the Carmelo Anthony deal, there were a bunch of reasons nothing much was going to happen. Then BOOM! With the force of a Blake Griffin dunk the…

  15. Video: Rondo’s behind the back assist

    Feb 25, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    Boston struggled to put up points Thursday night against Denver, but Rondo did his best to make it easy for his teammates. He ha 8 assists on the night, but none better than this behind-the-back set up for Glen Davis.

  16. Baseline to Baseline recaps: When you talk contenders, Chicago wants to be mentioned

    Feb 25, 2011, 4:19 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls

    What you missed while out doing some naked joyriding… Bulls 93, Heat 89: We won’t know until May, really, if the Chicago Bulls are contenders. If they can hang with Miami and Boston for seven games. The defense definitely can, but the ball sticks too much on offense, leaving Derrick Rose to create one-on-three (or…

  17. Chris Bosh thinks Derrick Rose should be MVP

    Feb 25, 2011, 1:33 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls

    Chris Bosh better be careful or he is going to end up in LeBron James’ little black revenge book. Before the Heat took on the Bulls — and lost in large part due to Derrick Rose — Chris Bosh was asked by Bulls.com what he thought of the chances of Derrick Rose taking the MVP…

  18. PBT’s trade deadline report card

    Feb 24, 2011, 9:35 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Introduce Carmelo Anthony

    In the last few days, nearly 10 percent of the players in the NBA got traded. Think about that. Apparently the NBA GMs have been watching their baseball counterparts too much. We won’t really know how all this will shake out for a few months, but what follows is our first impressions. And grades. We…

  19. Boston’s Danny Ainge learned from history, tries to avoid repeating it

    Feb 24, 2011, 7:50 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics

    When the Boston Celtics powerhouse teams of the ‘80s wound down, the wheels came off that franchise. There were a lot of factors; Len Bias was a big one. Current Celtics GM Danny Ainge — a member of those teams — has said the Celtics made a mistake trying to ride the wave all the…

  20. Rasheed Wallace is not coming back to the Celtics. Stop asking.

    Feb 24, 2011, 6:56 PM EDT

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    With the confusing series of Boston moves today that turned their front line from one of the league’s best to a question mark, a lot of people in Boston are asking what Danny Ainge has up his sleeve. They are asking: What about Rasheed Wallace? He walked away after the NBA finals Game 7 last…

  21. Sacramento Kings to Anaheim more than rumors; fans push back

    Feb 24, 2011, 6:02 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Los Angeles Lakers

    Things are dire in Sacramento. Mayor Kevin Johnson (yes, that Kevin Johnson) said yesterday that the talk about the Kings moving to Anaheim was more than just rumors. Then today we learn that the Kings owners asked for, and likely will be granted (by a vote of the other owners), an extension past the March…

  22. Deron Williams says signing extension with Nets depends on next year

    Feb 24, 2011, 5:21 PM EDT

    Deron Williams, Avery Johnson, Billy King

    Deron Williams wants everyone to know he’s not angry about being traded to the Nets. In fact, the idea of being a franchise cornerstone is kind of growing on him. That doesn’t mean he’s signing an extension and staying, either. Mikhail Prokhorov, Billy King — you guys are on the clock. Build now. Improve this…

  23. NBA trade deadline rumors post (updated all day)

    Feb 24, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics

    There are more rumors swirling around the NBA today then there were groupies swirling around All-Star Game parties last weekend in Los Angeles. Okay, we exaggerate; there could not possibly be that many. But there are a lot of rumors. So we are putting them here, new ones at the top, and updating this post…

  24. Shane Battier to Memphis for Thabeet trade becomes official

    Feb 24, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    SBattier

    UPDATE 4:10 pm: After everyone spent hours looking for a better deal, at the last second these two decided to hook up and make this deal a reality. Battier replaces O.J. Mayo as the guy on the wing with Rudy Gay (Memphis traded Mayo to Indiana, they get Josh McRoberts back to provide front line…

  25. Deadline shocker: Celtics trade Perkins, Robinson to Thunder for Green, Krstic

    Feb 24, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 6:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Boston has made a deadline deal that seems to weaken their defense as they head in the playoffs — and just made the Oklahoma City Thunder a much bigger threat in the West. Boston has traded Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to the Oklahoma City Thunder for forward Jeff Green and center Nenad Krstic, as…

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