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  1. Five trades we’d like to see (and we’re not talking ‘Melodrama)

    Feb 16, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    It’s been quiet. Too quiet. Serious trade chatter is down around the league. People are talking but there is less meaningful dialogue going on than in an Adam Sandler movie. Maybe it’s fear of the new CBA. Maybe it’s Carmelo Anthony creating a bottleneck. Maybe people are too busy playing Angry Birds. Well, we are…

  2. Some All-Star Game odds

    Feb 16, 2011, 1:55 PM EDT

    2009 NBA All-Star Game

    This is America, you can bet on anything. Well, not legally (unless you are in Vegas) but there are ways. And when you do remember that The King’s Speech is going to win the best picture Oscar. But this is a basketball blog, so we’ll talk about the All-Star Game Sunday in Los Angeles. You…

  3. Cavaliers working hard to trade anyone, everyone

    Feb 16, 2011, 1:23 PM EDT

    Antawn Jamison

    The Cleveland Cavaliers do not really have a championship roster. You probably figured that out somewhere during the 26-game losing streak. Well, you probably figured it out seconds after LeBron James talked about taking his talents south for the winter. Dan Gilbert figured it out later. What matters now is we are all on the…

  4. The other Carmelo Anthony trade wild card: Mark Cuban

    Feb 16, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets, Game 2

    There’s a lot of reasons we like Mark Cuban. He’s smart. He’s not afraid to buck the system. He’s accessible. He’s reasonably forthcoming (certainly in comparison to most owners). And he’s unpredictable. That unpredictability is one reason people don’t think the Mavericks are out of the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes. The Mavericks need a wing scorer,…

  5. Bobcats about to make it official, keep Paul Silas around another year

    Feb 16, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Los Angeles Lakers

    We told you yesterday of the report that the Charlotte Bobcats were about to lock up coach Paul Silas for one more year. That will become official at noon, according to a tweet from Mike Cranston of the Associated Press. The Bobcats are 15-13 under Silas this season, a big improvement from the 9-19 they…

  6. Carmelo Anthony trade talks slowly picking up steam

    Feb 16, 2011, 10:53 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    Haven’t we — and all the parties involved — been talking about this since last summer? If so, how can things be dragging out so slowly now? But it is. Nothing has been quick or painless about the Carmelo Anthony trade situation. But now something is going to go down in the next week. It…

  7. Others in praise of Bill Russell

    Feb 16, 2011, 9:55 AM EDT

    President Obama Honors Medal Of Freedom Recipients

    Bill Russell is a legend. A legend in a way we so rarely see athletes be anymore — a powerful force off the court for his beliefs as well as on it. Today taking a stand might get in the way of endorsement deals, so most players (particularly elite ones) steer clear of controversial topics.…

  8. PBT Wednesday morning one liners

    Feb 16, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Is talking about sports better than watching it? Is Blake Griffin more watchable than LeBron James? Things I never thought I’d type: The Clippers have become a huge road draw. See the paragraph above for your reason. Kevin Love had his 50th double-double of the season Monday night. The only other man with 50 before…

  9. Video: Dwyane Wade’s 90-foot ally-oop to LeBron in Heat win

    Feb 16, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Houston Rockets

    Wes Unseld would be jealous. This is as good an outlet pass as you are ever going to see — a football-style, length-of-the-court ally-oop from Dwyane Wade to LeBron James. After the game LeBron compared it to the Super Bowl champion Packers, saying it looked like Aaron Rodgers to Greg Jennings — which probably didn’t…

  10. Blazers GM: Carmelo Anthony trade holding up other deals

    Feb 16, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Image (1) CAnthony_stares-thumb-250x140-17932.jpg for post 6271

    Teams are talking trades. Not really seriously, however. We told you the other day that meaningful trade chatter was down this season and tried to present a few reasons — fear of the unknown of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement and teams not taking on any new salary because of it for one. All the…

  11. Baseline to Baseline recaps: These Pacers put up a fight, but the Heat are too good

    Feb 16, 2011, 3:03 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers

    What you missed while watching a computer win at Jeopardy: Heat 110, Pacers 103: You cannot let the Heat get out and run. Sure, they are good in the half court as well, but in transition they are unstoppable. The Pacers have been playing fast lately but the Heat were defending well at the start…

  12. Heat’s Miller taken to hospital with concussion concerns

    Feb 15, 2011, 11:59 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat

    Tuesday night, for the third consecutive game, Miami’s Mike Miller took a blow to the head. Tuesday night it was an inadvertent Jeff Foster elbow during the third quarter (he left the game at that point). Last Sunday he was dazed after running into a hard screen by Kevin Garnett. Two days before that, on…

  13. Video: Watch Bill Russell get the Medal of Freedom

    Feb 15, 2011, 8:53 PM EDT

    President Obama Honors Medal Of Freedom Recipients

    Celtics legend Bill Russell was given Medal of Freedom today at the White House by President Barack Obama. Here is what Obama had to say about Russell: “Bill Russell, the man, is someone who stood up for the rights and dignity of all men. He marched with King; he stood by Ali. When a restaurant…

  14. Former Sixer GM, current Magic executive Pat Williams diagnosed with cancer

    Feb 15, 2011, 8:04 PM EDT

    Pat-Williams-photo

    The Orlando Magic’s Pat Williams, one of the better known and more popular NBA executives around the league, has been diagnosed with cancer, the team announced Tuesday. Williams was the Philadelphia 76ers general manager for a dozen seasons through the 1970s and ‘80s, then went on to be part of the team that founded the…

  15. David Stern talks Hornets, moving and contraction

    Feb 15, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    David Stern is still selling the Hornets staying in New Orleans. Problem is nobody is buying. Literally. Everybody likes New Orleans but until somebody with money steps up to buy the team and signs deals to keep them there it’s all a lot of talk. Stern was on the podcast of ESPN’s Bill Simmons (if…

  16. Report: Orlando interested in Zach Randolph; but there are issues

    Feb 15, 2011, 4:01 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Sacramento Kings

    Let’s start this rumor report off with the red flags — this comes from long-time rumormonger Sam Smith of Bulls.com, who reports this without saying he got this from a source (thanks Pinstriped Post). Nobody else is reporting this. So please sprinkle liberally with salt. That said, there is some logic to the idea. The…

  17. Michael Redd returns to Bucks next Monday

    Feb 15, 2011, 3:27 PM EDT

    MRedd

    He may not be the same guy he was, but it’s not like he can make the Bucks offense worse. Michael Redd — once one of the most feared shooters in the NBA but out most of the last three seasons — will return to the Milwaukee Bucks next Monday. He will start doing work…

  18. Delonte West may return to Celtics lineup Wednesday… or not

    Feb 15, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT

    Delonte West

    UPDATE 2:09 pm: West got hit on his surgically repaired wrist during Tuesday’s Celtics practice, hard enough that the team has taken him for X-rays, according to a tweet by Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston. Those likely will turn out to be nothing serious, but it might be enough to keep him out of the lineup…

  19. Roddy Beaubois to play for Mavericks Wednesday

    Feb 15, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    roddybeaubois

    The Dallas Mavericks have a better record than the Los Angeles Lakers, but good luck finding someone outside of outside of northeast Texas that thinks they can win a playoff series if the two meet. Thing is, we still haven’t seen the full, healthy Dallas Mavericks. We don’t know how good they really are. But…

  20. Video: DeMar DeRozan getting ready for the Dunk Contest

    Feb 15, 2011, 12:54 PM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    Everyone talks about Blake Griffin having the home court advantage in the NBA All-Star Dunk Contest Saturday night because his Clippers play at Staples Center. DeMar DeRozan may be a Raptor, but he is an L.A. guy too — he went to high school in Compton then played his college ball at USC. He will…

  21. Consulting surgeon on Brandon Roy says he has 1-2 years left

    Feb 15, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    It’s that bad. Brandon Roy wants back in — he’s had both knees operated on one month ago and now gotten the go ahead to practice with the team. Because he is as competitive as anyone in the league he wants to play and push the Trail Blazers into the playoffs. But the Blazers have…

  22. Grizzlies still “aggressively” shopping Hasheem Thabeet

    Feb 15, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT

    hasheem thabeet

    Back while we were still all doing our Christmas shopping, the Memphis Grizzlies let it be known that Hasheem Thabeet was on the market. Two months later, he can still be yours. Still at a low, low price. There have been no takers for the former No. 2 overall pick and buried in a story…

  23. Carmelo Anthony drama has owners thinking franchise tag

    Feb 15, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets

    What do NBA owners want out of the collective bargaining agreement? More money. Remember, it is always about the money. Who generates that money? Don’t say “the players” because it’s much more narrow than that. While there are 12 to 15 guys on an NBA roster, only a couple of those players directly generate more…

  24. PBT Tuesday morning one liners

    Feb 15, 2011, 10:25 AM EDT

    Robert Horry

    Be prepared to spend the rest of your day wasting time on this — Hoopism put together a shot location graphic showing you the greatest shots in NBA history. Just click on one and watch the video of it. This is one of the best things ever. Participants reminisce about the first All-Star game 60…

  25. Carmelo Anthony trade updates: Don’t believe anybody

    Feb 15, 2011, 9:38 AM EDT

    carmelo anthony

    It’s at the point with the Carmelo Anthony trade drama to stop taking anything anybody says seriously. It’s all lies, spin and negotiation tactics. Any truth in comments from people involved in the trade is incidental to their motives. Look at Tuesday’s reports. The New York Daily News is saying the Knicks could make a…

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