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  1. Kobe Bryant tells Pau Gasol to be the Black Swan

    Feb 2, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol

    Pau Gasol is a lot of things. Skilled. Spanish. Intellectual. A good guy. But he often defers. When Kobe Bryant steps up his aggressive play, Gasol will fade back. That’s not what Kobe wants — he wants a true partner — so he explained it to Gasol is an intellectual (or at least pseudo-intellectual) way,…

  2. Report: Pistons want to move Rip Hamilton but not Tayshaun Prince

    Feb 2, 2011, 10:06 AM EDT

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    Maybe this report is part of a planned smokescreen. Pistons fans should hope it is. Detroit is still trying to move Richard Hamilton — with no success — but does not want to deal Tayshaun Prince before the deadline, according to a tweet from Marc Stein of ESPN. The whole Hamilton thing makes sense. Of…

  3. PBT Wednesday morning one liners

    Feb 2, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns, Game 5

    This is amazing — a chart and video of every dunk and its score in every NBA dunk contest. Click that link and you will waste a lot of your day checking out old dunk contests. You know what, waste is not the right word… spend. Spend your day. Marcus Camby will not be playing…

  4. Video: The top 10 dunks in January

    Feb 2, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Golden State Warriors

    Baby, it’s cold outside. To warm you up a little on this winter day we can’t offer a nice bowl of chicken noodle soup, but we can offer dunks. Ten of them. The best from January. Yes, you can be sure Blake Griffin makes an appearance on the list.

  5. It’s official, Doc Rivers is your East All-Star coach

    Feb 2, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Doc Rivers

    We’ll find out Thursday how many Celtics make the All-Star reserves — it should be four — we know at least one Celtic is going. Doc Rivers is your official Eastern Conference coach for the All-Star Game. With the Celtics win in Sacramento Tuesday, Boston (37-11) is assured of having the best record in the…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Another Wizards road loss sets up a “showdown” in Cleveland

    Feb 2, 2011, 7:34 AM EDT

    John Wall

    What you missed while wondering why you were watching highlights of Super Bowl media day…. Hornets 97, Wizards 89: For the first time in 306 games Emeka Okafor has to sit one out, and Jason Smith steps in and tries to Wally Pip him. Smith had 20 points on 11 shots, established himself early (10…

  7. Massive Midwest snowstorm strands Celtics in Sacramento

    Feb 2, 2011, 3:16 AM EDT

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    UPDATE Feb. 2, 3:16 am: It’s official, they are stuck and spending an extra night in Sacramento. They will try to get home Wednesday. “We would have preferred to go further East, just so we can get closer to our time zone,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. “At the end of the day, we just…

  8. Magic Johnson is down with Lakers trade. We must stop the madness.

    Feb 1, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

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    Mitch Kupchak tried to give his Lakers a swift kick in the motivation by talking trades. Not that Kupchak wouldn’t consider it, but he has no reasonable options so it was more talk than legitimate option. Lakers fans didn’t care, they jumped on it. Today, no-longer-a-Lakers-owner Magic Johnson (he still has a statue out in…

  9. Tyreke Evans, Blake Griffin headline rookie/sophomore game

    Feb 1, 2011, 6:44 PM EDT

    Tyreke Evans All-Star

    John Wall vs. Brandon Jennings. Serge Ibaka matched up on Blake Griffin. DeJuan Blair against DeMarcus Cousins. Those would be facinating matchups if any of those players really cared about the NBA All-Star Rookie/Sophomore game (formally called the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge). But alas, they don’t, still we should get a few highlights. Wall lobbing ally-oops…

  10. Iverson out another 6 to 8 weeks after calf procedure

    Feb 1, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT

    Allen Iverson

    Allen Iverson’s calf issue that brought him home from Turkey turns out to be pretty serious. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com got the details from Dr. James Andrews, who said Iverson could be out another two months or more. Andrews said Tuesday that Iverson requires “prolonged rest” totaling at least 6-8 weeks, along with an injection…

  11. Phil Jackson: Trades? Sure. But don’t expect a big one.

    Feb 1, 2011, 3:57 PM EDT

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    No NBA fans can overreact quite like Lakers fans. It’s not like the team has won back-to-back NBA titles with this core group (oh, wait…). They are struggling in January and the GM mentions maybe they should consider a trade and suddenly message boards are filled up with ways to move Ron Artest for Kevin…

  12. Lakers Andrew Bynum out Tuesday with bone bruise on knee

    Feb 1, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    Deep breathes Lakers fans. Deep breathes. This is not serious. Center Andrew Bynum will be out for the Lakers Tuesday night against Houston after suffering a bone bruise on his left knee, according to Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell (via twitter). The injury was suffered during the Boston game. An MRI was conducted — you can’t…

  13. How do you feel about skin-tight All-Star jerseys?

    Feb 1, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    Rose compression jersey

    While the shorts have gone baggy — and may we never return to the ‘80s short-shorts — the latest thing in NBA jerseys may be skin-tight compression look. These are an option for NBA players participating in the All-Star Game, according to UniWatch (via The Basketball Jones). The picture here doesn’t do it justice, to…

  14. Timberwolves looking for upgrades to Target Center

    Feb 1, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

    TargetCenter

    What’s the lifespan of an NBA arena, before it becomes a dinosaur? Apparently, about two decades. The Timberwolves play in the 21-year-old Target Center in Minneapolis and Tuesday owner Glen Taylor and community leaders started to lay out a $155 million plan to modernize the building. What they want to do is find a public/private…

  15. Justin Bieber, Common team up for All-Star Celebrity Game

    Feb 1, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

    Justin Bieber

    Is there any more dreaded part All-Star weekend than the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game? No, not even close. I’d rather watch Kwame Brown doing the skills competition. But this year — Bieber fever. Tons of tween girls will tune into that station Daddy watches — ESPN — at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 to see Justin…

  16. Tyson Chandler’s Punch Out (the video game)

    Feb 1, 2011, 1:53 PM EDT

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    This video — the latest from the brilliant Mavericks marketing team — isn’t going to make a lot of sense unless you wasted a significant portion of your youth playing Mike Tyson’s Punch Out. (You still can!) Body blow. Body blow. Tyson Chandler is playing along — and it says something about where he now…

  17. People happy that Jim O’Brien is out include Tyler Hansbrough

    Feb 1, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    Tyler Hansbrough, Amir Johnson

    Among the laundry list complaints about Jim O’Brien in Indiana was his constant tinkering with the lineup. Players like routine. O’Brien kept changing the rotations nightly. Frustration ensued. O’Brien’s gone, Frank Vogel is in and the rotations are settled. That means Tyler Hansbrough is headed to the bench — and he’s fine with that. He…

  18. Clippers put Chris Kaman on the trade block

    Feb 1, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Clippers

    Any team need a center with a .50 caliber rifle at home? Of course, who doesn’t? Last season, Chris Kaman was an All-Star. In truth that was due to injuries which forced the Clippers to run their offense through him. He was putting up a quality 18.5 points and 9 boards a game (even still…

  19. Will the Knicks pick up Donnie Walsh’s contract? And how is this even a question?

    Feb 1, 2011, 11:55 AM EDT

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    Pat Riley will probably win it. I can see that. But Donnie Walsh of the Knicks deserves to be NBA Executive of the Year. In three seasons Walsh has taken a team drowning in big contracts for bad players and has turned them into something respectable. The Knicks are not contenders, but they are pretty…

  20. DeAndre Jordan was the Clippers best dunker Monday

    Feb 1, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    DeAndre Jordan, Corey Maggette

    Clippers games are a dunk fest. Usually because that Griffin guy is embarrassing someone (or just windmilling one home). But sometimes Eric Gordon (when healthy) and Baron Davis (who actually is healthy) sneak into the highlight reel. And some nights, DeAndre Jordan just takes it over. Jordan is the more overlooked of the freakish athletes…

  21. Carmelo Anthony talks trade but says nothing. Again.

    Feb 1, 2011, 10:41 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    Carmelo Anthony’s walk from the locker room to the court Monday in New Jersey was lined with photos of construction and renderings of the finished new Barclays Center being built for the Nets in Brooklyn. Open for your convenience in 2012. For the Nets first 22 home games that artwork was not there, John Schuhmann…

  22. PBT Tuesday morning one liners

    Feb 1, 2011, 9:44 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 2

    Stan Van Gundy said Monday night his team is not defending well enough to contend. He’s right. Emeka Okafor’s streak of 306 consecutive games played comes to an end tonight (strained oblique). Six first round draft picks, some name free agents (Al Jefferson), and the 2011 Timberwolves are pretty much the same as the 2009…

  23. LeBron has nothing but love for Cavs organization, fans. Gee, thanks.

    Feb 1, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Houston Rockets

    Right before his Miami Heat team sleepwalked through a large chunk of the game and still easily handed the Cavaliers their 21st straight loss, LeBron James had nothing but kind words to say about the Cavs organization and their fans. Which you can be sure sat real well with guys sitting around bars in Cleveland.…

  24. Andrew Bogut injures knee; X-rays negative but MRI next

    Feb 1, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    andrew bogut

    It just seems like it has been one of those seasons for the Bucks. With just more than four minutes left in the Bucks loss to the Clippers Sunday, Andrew Bogut’s knee collided with Randy Foye, who was diving after a loose ball. The result being Bogut had to limp off court and leave the…

  25. Storm grounds Raptors in Indiana, keeping them from other road losses

    Feb 1, 2011, 8:36 AM EDT

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    After the Raptors laid an egg and kindly helped Frank Vogel look good in his debut as the interim coach for the Indiana Pacers, they had a flight to catch. They needed to get to Atlanta and give that team the confidence boost of an easy win. Except they can’t. The snow storm that had…

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