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  1. Nets call up Orien Greene from D-League

    Jan 31, 2011, 3:09 PM EDT

    Orien Greene

    Orien Greene can play. It was always off-the-court issues that have concerned NBA front offices. Now he is getting another chance to prove he has matured and deserves to stick in the NBA. Greene got a call up from the D-League and 10-day contract from the New Jersey Nets, according to a tweet from Jonathan…

  2. In event of a lockout, Nowitzki says he wants to play in Germany. Except, he can’t.

    Jan 31, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    UPDATE 2:33 pm: Interesting follow up on this from Tom Ziller at SB Nation: FIBA is trying to leave itself some wiggle room. FIBA is saying that so long as a player is under a valid contract he cannot go play overseas without a Letter of Clearance. However, if the entire 2011-12 season were canceled,…

  3. NBA Power Rankings: How would you feel about a Spurs/Celtics NBA finals?

    Jan 31, 2011, 2:29 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Kobe Bryant

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, where we’re thinking that the finals could be Spurs and Celtics because no teams are executing anywhere near their level right now in crunch time. 1. Spurs (40-7). They are now 7.5 games ahead of the second place Lakers in the Western Conference (and 4 ahead of Boston for the…

  4. John Wall and the cupboard of Doritos

    Jan 31, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v New York Knicks

    NBA players — even with all that money and all those professional trainers and nutritionists at their fingertips — fall into some bad eating habits like the rest of us. Coming out of college — where they had buffets of food in the dining hall and coaches trying to get them to bulk up for…

  5. Golden State is looking to trade for an elite wing. Good luck with that.

    Jan 31, 2011, 12:24 PM EDT

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    Warriors’ fans: The most important thing is that they are looking. Golden State’s ownership is talking trades and looking at brining in a real ace — one true top-flight guy that can anchor the franchise. Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry are both very good, David Lee is nice in the middle, but this team is…

  6. Former Cavs head coach Mike Brown could be Pacers summer target

    Jan 31, 2011, 11:57 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavilers v Boston Celtics

    For the rest of this season, Frank Vogel will be the guy with the audition to be the next head coach of the Pacers. He’s the interim head coach and if he can get this squad to show real improvement he’ll get to come back and sit in the big chair next season. The more…

  7. Don’t go throwing Roddy Beaubois in Dallas trade rumors

    Jan 31, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

    roddybeaubois

    Whenever Dallas comes up in a trade rumor the next month, the other team will be asking about Roddy Beaubois, the second-year guard. Mark Cuban told ESPNDallas don’t bother, he’s not available unless you’re sending a legitimate superstar back. The Mavs have at least had internal discussions regarding several players such as Charlotte’s Stephen Jackson,…

  8. Not so fast with those Jason Williams to the Grizzlies rumors

    Jan 31, 2011, 9:56 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Denver Nuggets

    You know those reports about the Memphis Grizzlies wanting to bring in Jason Williams once the Magic waived the veteran point guard? Well, that part is true, Memphis wants him. The question is does Williams want Memphis? The Grizzlies were going to claim Williams off waivers but he asked them not to and they obliged,…

  9. PBT Monday morning one liners

    Jan 31, 2011, 9:38 AM EDT

    Boobie Gibson

    Daniel Gibson is going to miss a game or two for the Cavaliers due to a left quad injury. Rather than having a bobblehead night promotion, the Cavs are almost at the point where one lucky fan will get to play backup point guard for a night. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was at the Bucks…

  10. Time for your Monday Blake Griffin highlight package

    Jan 31, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Mondays suck. Not much we can do about that, sorry. But to help get you through the day we present a trio of Blake Griffin highlights from the Clippers game against the Charlotte Bobcats over the weekend. That and some strong coffee will make Monday feel a little less sucky. While the three-quarter court ally-oop…

  11. Knicks to hire former Nuggets GM — and not just for the ‘Melo connections

    Jan 31, 2011, 8:33 AM EDT

    Mark Walkenstein

    It seems to be a move about Carmelo Anthony in the short term, but this could be about the long-term future of the Knicks front office. Knicks GM Donnie Walsh is close to hiring former Nuggets GM Mark Warkentien as a consultant, Adrian Wojnarowski reports at Yahoo. You know, the job that was going to…

  12. Quote of the Day: Kevin Garnett doesn’t like anything Lakers

    Jan 31, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    “You got a better chance of catching Bin Laden.” —Kevin Garnett to a Lakers ballboy who asked for his autograph on a ball, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo (via twitter). Not very cool, but very KG. Andrew Bogut tweeted later that KG said worse to a Bucks ballboy. Don’t worry, when asked about this…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Other teams besides the Heat, Celtics and Lakers played Sunday, too

    Jan 31, 2011, 1:11 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    What you missed while falling asleep during the Pro Bowl…. Our man Matt Moore gave you breakdowns on the big games Sunday with the Heat beating the Thunder and the Celtics knocking off the Lakers. Suns 104, Hornets 102: The Suns were the better team for 47:40 but in those final 20 seconds they almost…

  14. Mayo blames energy drink for banned substance test

    Jan 29, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Sacramento Kings

    This is my favorite excuse since Richard Gasquet kissed a girl…. Suspended Memphis Grizzlies player O.J. Mayo blamed an energy drink he purchased at a gas store for his positive test for the banned substance dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). It was just a simple bad choice, that’s all, and he really should have gone with that Squishee…

  15. No trade interest in Rip Hamilton, so he lives in limbo

    Jan 29, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Los Angeles Lakers

    Rip Hamilton is living in basketball limbo. He hasn’t been playing, sat down by his coach. The Pistons are trying to find someone to trade for him but Hamilton but he is owed $25 million over the next two seasons. Guaranteed. At that price nobody is interested in making a trade, reports Ken Berger at…

  16. These should be your All-Star Game reserves

    Jan 28, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics

    The fans have spoken — the 10 NBA All-Star Game starters have been chosen. And as we said before, good on ya. The fans did well this time around. The way this works is the fans pick the five starters, then the coaches (or more likely an assistant coach, or the video guy, or the…

  17. Chris Paul thinks Hornets should be on national television. At least once.

    Jan 28, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New Orleans Hornets

    Voters — wise folks that you are — swept Chris Paul into a starting spot on the Western Conference NBA All-Stars. When asked about it by Art Garcia at NBA.com and the Hang Time blog he spit out the usual clichés — then he took a little swing at those setting the television schedule. “I…

  18. Kobe isn’t as clutch as you think, but he’s not as bad as some think

    Jan 28, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    There is no middle ground when it comes to Kobe Bryant — you either worship him or you hate him. The shades of gray have been washed away and he exists only as the guy in the white hat or the black hat. Of course, reality is never that clean and simple. One think Kobe…

  19. Deron Williams out for Jazz Friday against Minnesota

    Jan 28, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

    The good news is Deron Williams sore wrist has no structural damage — an MRI came back negative, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. The bad news is his wrist was too sore to grip a basketball at shootaround Friday and he said he would not play against Minnesota, according to a tweet from Steve…

  20. Trail Blazers Batum’s MRI negative, he’s day-to-day

    Jan 28, 2011, 1:22 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets

    At this point, shouldn’t the Trail Blazers just invest in their own MRI machine? The Blazers got some good news in their latest MRI results that show Nicolas Batum has a bone bruise on his knee but nothing more serious, the team announced Friday morning. He is listed as day-to-day. Batum was injured in the…

  21. ‘Melo isn’t original — Kareem forced his way to Lakers the same way

    Jan 28, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with Bucks

    It’s a new era. NBA players are taking control of their careers in a way they never have before. Did you see Miami? Now we have Carmelo Anthony trying to manuever his way out of Denver to New York like no player has ever done before. Wrong. Players have done it before. More than once.…

  22. Pistons without Stuckey, Wallace and Hamilton Friday against Heat

    Jan 28, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Rodney Stuckey injured

    We knew Rip Hamilton was not going to play Friday night for the Pistons against the Heat. He’s officially out with the stomach flu but even if he were officially at the arena and ready to play he’d be benched by coach John Kuester because… we don’t know. But he would be. However it’s much…

  23. Report: Damien Wilkins signed by Hawks for rest of season

    Jan 28, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Damien Wilkins

    The Hawks didn’t bring in Damien Wilkins as a legacy, they brought him in because they thought he could play. And they liked what they have seen. The Hawks have signed Wilkins through the end of the season, according to a tweet from Marc Spears of Yahoo. Wilkins is the nephew of Hawks legend Dominique…

  24. Suns owner says Nash not being traded, expects team to come together

    Jan 28, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Suns Robert Sarver

    Suns owner Robert Sarver is optimistic. Or delusional if you want. Your pick. He told the Arizona Republic that this team is not that far removed from last season’s version that rode a hot streak to the Western Conference finals. That’s pretty darn optimistic (or delusional) — this year’s version is five games back of…

  25. Paul Pierce suffers knee bruise, game-time decision against Suns

    Jan 28, 2011, 10:12 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 4

    At some point in the third quarter of Boston’s win in Portland Thursday, Paul Pierce hurt his knee. It’s not that serious — he played seven minutes of the fourth quarter after the injury — and he thinks it’s just a bruise, but if there is swelling Pierce could miss the Celtics game against the…

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