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  1. Kobe Bryant to play Monday despite missing shootaround

    Feb 14, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

    UPDATE 5:43 pm: Like we didn’t all know this is how the story would end. Kobe was the first Laker to the arena Monday and was putting up shots, according to the twitter account of Dave McMenamin with ESPNLosAngeles. He’s going to play. Of course he’s going to play. Did you really expect anything else?…

  2. Nets, Nuggets still not talking about Carmelo Anthony again

    Feb 14, 2011, 5:09 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    When Mikhail Prokhorov pulled the Nets out of Carmelo Anthony chase, there were some around the NBA who said he was just acting and trying to come off as a bad ass at the negotiating table. He was trying to establish his presence and persona with a dramatic move. My thought: If you made $15…

  3. DeMarcus Cousins to rejoin Kings, be fined for fracas

    Feb 14, 2011, 4:43 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Sacramento Kings

    UPDATE 8:17 pm: The amount of the fine was one game’s salary for Cousins (about $41,000), according to Sam Amick at FanHouse. So, the Kings say it wasn’t a suspension, but he sat out one game and was docked one game’s pay. Hmmm. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…. 4:43…

  4. Spurs Popovich: “Winning is boring as hell”

    Feb 14, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Gregg Popovich has been coasting this year. He has rolled out the same starting five for 53 of the team’s 54 games (Manu Ginolbili had to miss a game so George Hill started). His rotations have been pretty much the same every night. He’s given the same speeches to the same players so many times…

  5. Paul Pierce’s MRI negative, he will play Wednesday

    Feb 14, 2011, 3:09 PM EDT

    PPierce_celebrate

    The MRI on Paul Pierce’s left foot and ankle has come back negative, according to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England (on twitter).  Pierce did have a big bag of ice on his sprained wrist Monday. Blakely adds that Pierce is expected to play Wednesday against the Nets despite the injuries. Before you ask…

  6. Kings Omri Casspi has a bill named after him in Israel

    Feb 14, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Phoenix Suns

    Right now, an Israeli citizen living abroad cannot vote in Israel’s election. You want to vote, you have to be in the country. (For comparison, any United States citizen living abroad, no matter how long, can vote by absentee ballot.) That impacts Omri Casspi, the Sacramento Kings forward who is the first Israeli in the…

  7. NBA Power Rankings: Spurs still sitting pretty, Heat slip

    Feb 14, 2011, 1:21 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Gregg Popovich

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, every team seemed to have a nice win and an ugly loss, balancing the karmic scales. 1. Spurs (45-9, Last Week #1). They are 5-2 on the rodeo road trip so far (still to come the Nets and Bulls). Their one loss this week was just one of those game…

  8. Where is all the trade chatter?

    Feb 14, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Utah Jazz, Game 6

    It’s 10 days until the NBA trade deadline, and usually right now the chatter among NBA teams about potential deals is ramping up to a huge wave fans everywhere just try to ride. This season, it’s a ripple in a pond. Mark Cuban said this is a pretty standard year. “Relative to other years in…

  9. With suspension over, Mayo has to adjust to improved Grizzlies

    Feb 14, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Sacramento Kings

    Tuesday night, O.J. Mayo is back. The man has served his debt to the NBA, a 10 game suspension for testing positive for banned substance dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is over. He says he got it in his system by drinking an energy drink he bought at a convenience store. You can chose to believe that or…

  10. Lenny Kravitz: “Come on Get it” the All-Star trailer

    Feb 14, 2011, 11:22 AM EDT

    Lenny Kravitz was in Los Angeles for the Grammys Sunday night, taking on the vital role of introducing Muse. Then going to the parties. But he’s hanging out for a week in the City of Angels because he will be performing at the NBA All-Star Game Sunday, performing his hit “Come and Get It.” Which…

  11. Rick Adelman thinking about retirement as the guard seems to be changing

    Feb 14, 2011, 10:29 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    Jerry Sloan walked away. At the end of the Lakers season, Phil Jackson is headed to Montana and his ranch. Larry Brown is without a job. Then there is Rick Adelman, who was drafted into the NBA in 1968 to play for the then San Diego Rockets. It’s now 43 years later and Adelman is…

  12. PBT Monday morning one liners

    Feb 14, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat

    Remember, Chris Bosh returns to Toronto on Wednesday night. Adrian Smith was the MVP of the 1966 All-Star Game and got a Ford Galaxie convertible as the prize — which he still owns and drives. In case you didn’t notice, Derrick Rose played good defense on Chris Paul Sunday. Take that Nicolas Batum. Yes, Rajon…

  13. Players union trying to keep the “play in Europe” dream alive for lockout

    Feb 14, 2011, 9:48 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s another negotiating tactic. Kobe Bryant followed in the footsteps of Dirk Nowitzki and Brandon Jennings in saying he might play in Europe — Italy, in this case — if there is a lockout. Except there is a massive hurdle — they are all under contract to an NBA team. Any player under an NBA…

  14. Gilbert Arenas says his problem is he’s being too passive

    Feb 14, 2011, 9:08 AM EDT

    Arenas magic

    Magic fans, the most recent comments by Gilbert Arenas should worry you. Yes, you got a nice big-game win over the Lakers Sunday, but that does not totally erase the recent losses to the Bulls, Heat and Celtics. You need more consistent play, more wins over quality teams before we are convinced any corner was…

  15. You’ll never believe it, but Blake Griffin had a monster dunk

    Feb 14, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Dallas Mavericks

    Is there a better way to start off your week than with a Blake Griffin dunk? Well, sure there is, but we’re not that kind of site. Best part of this all-oop from Sunday against the Raptors, watch Baron with the behind-the-back dribble for no particular reason. Which is very Baron. Of late he has…

  16. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Force was not with the Suns on Star Wars night

    Feb 14, 2011, 12:51 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Phoenix Suns

    What you missed while watching the story of Oedipus acted out by vegetables and voiced by Billy Dee Williams…. The Celtics holding on for a win over Miami and a Magic win over the Lakers were the games of the night. We threw is a bonus Wizards win over the Cavs story at no extra…

  17. Celtics Paul Pierce to get MRI on foot

    Feb 13, 2011, 7:29 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 4

    Paul Pierce was not Paul Pierce on Sunday, shooting 0-for-10 from the field. We thought it was the wrist on his shooting hand that he sprained Saturday, combined with the fact the Heat’s perimeter defenders are pretty athletic. But it was more than that — Pierce said after the game he was going to get…

  18. Magic play some defense, Lakers miss some shots, Magic cruise

    Feb 13, 2011, 6:39 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, Pau Gasol

    If you came into this game thinking the Lakers win in Boston was a mirage and they still can’t beat elite teams consistently, you watched this game and felt vindicated. You shouldn’t. If you believe that the Orlando Magic are elite despite recent losses to the Bulls, Heat and Celtics (and even Hornets), that they…

  19. Cavs Win! Cavs Win! Cavs Win! (It still counts against the Clippers)

    Feb 12, 2011, 12:00 AM EDT

    Antawn Jamison

    There is something historically appropriate that the Cavaliers ended their losing streak against the Clippers. Cleveland’s oddly fascinating losing streak ended dramatically at 26 with a 126-119 overtime win at home on Friday night. It seemed a fitting way to go — the Cavs had been giving the effort (mostly) for weeks, but had not…

  20. Kobe Bryant sticks up for Deron Williams

    Feb 11, 2011, 8:44 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Houston Rockets, Game 7

    There has become a “Deron Williams pushed Jerry Sloan out” meme going around. Which is a very Internet way of trying to make a complex situation some kind of simple narrative. D-Will was part of the equation but there is a lot more going on here. Anyway, Kobe Bryant stuck up for Williams when speaking…

  21. Phil Jackson bids farewell to Madison Square Garden

    Feb 11, 2011, 5:26 PM EDT

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    This last tour around the NBA for Phil Jackson has not really been all that filled with fanfare. Probably because he insulted every city he’s been in, then his teams went out and generally stomped the opponent. Not the way one generates a lot of love. But Madison Square Garden, that’s different. That’s where he…

  22. More Ray Allen love from the game’s elite shooters

    Feb 11, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce

    Friday has been a day of tributes to Ray Allen — and he deserves it. Guy’s a legend. An icon. Now the greatest three point shooter in the history of the NBA. One of the more interesting ones comes from A. Sherrod Blakely at CSNNE.com. He went and talked to the five other active players…

  23. Chris Paul fined $15,000 for words with referee

    Feb 11, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v New Orleans Hornets

    Chris Paul had a chance to win it. Down two on the final play of overtime against the Nets, the Hornets ran a play that got Chris Paul a good look at a three (because Jordan Farmar seemed very lost). The shot rimmed out, but Paul thought he was fouled on the legs. No call.…

  24. It’s not Stephen Jackson, it’s those referees that have it in for him

    Feb 11, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    Stephen Jackson, Mark Ayotte

    Stephen Jackson will take your technical and not apologize for his actions. He owned up to his situation. His agent, he’s more conspiracy theorist, and that comes across when he spoke with ESPN. It is clear the referees are singling him out, agent Mark Stevens said. “The inconsistency of the referees’ calls or non-calls in…

  25. What will the Jazz look like under Tyrone Corbin?

    Feb 11, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT

    Jerry Sloan

    When Tyrone Corbin Friday night starts to stand on the shoulders of Jerry Sloan (as owner Gail Miller said so eloquently Thursday), what will the Utah Jazz look like? Well, probably not all that different at first. Even if Corbin wanted to overhaul the system — and as a long-time Jazz assistant that’s unlikely —…

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