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  1. Lakers GM Kupchak calls trade “unlikely”

    Feb 18, 2011, 12:39 AM EDT

    Mitch Kupchak

    They just lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s inconcievable. So you’d have it right if you thought Lakers fans were talking about trades today. And by talking about we mean obsessing over and demanding. Not going to happen. Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said as much at the unveiling of the Jerry West statue outside of…

  2. Tim Duncan to start for Yao Ming in All-Star Game

    Feb 17, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers

    It came down to Tim Duncan and Pau Gasol. Gregg Popovich went with his guy, not the hometown guy. He went with the guy who has started the last 11 All-Star Games, not the guy playing better this season. Tim Duncan will start at center for the West in the All-Star Game Sunday, replacing the…

  3. Curry, Wall, Rose, Westbrook voted by fans into Skills Challenge

    Feb 17, 2011, 9:09 PM EDT

    Wall_celebrates

    Once again NBA fans, you have some good taste. Tony Parker may not think so, but I do. And really, whose opinion do you care about more? Don’t answer that. Fan votes got to decide who was going to compete against Chris Paul in the NBA All-Star Skills Challenge Saturday night. You all chose Stephen…

  4. Knicks Walsh under pressure to make ‘Melo deal, but Nets have upper hand

    Feb 17, 2011, 8:44 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    Knicks fans are in “Carmelo Anthony or bust” mode — they want him and they want him now. Get him and the Knicks win the title, the housing market will rebound, and the Dodo bird will return from extinction. Well, that’s what it sounds like on sports talk radio anyway. Knicks decision maker Donnie Walsh…

  5. Antonio McDyess plans to play one more season

    Feb 17, 2011, 6:36 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v San Antonio Spurs, Game 3

    Put the gold watch back in the box, cancel the retirement party. Antonio McDyess said just two months ago this was it. Same thing he said before the season. One more run at age 36 and then he was hanging up his Nikes. Except, this year’s been kind of fun and the Spurs are doing…

  6. Magic Johnson, Larry Bird story headed to Broadway stage

    Feb 17, 2011, 5:52 PM EDT

    large_birdmagicgetty

    Well, it’s can’t get worse reviews than Spiderman the Musical. The NBA is teaming up with Eric Simonson and the team that has brought “Lombardi” to Broadway to produce “Magic/Bird,” reports the Chicago Tribune. Just as “Lombardi” was produced with the help of National Football League, “Magic/Bird” will have the backing of the National Basketball…

  7. Ramon Sessions draws interest from Knicks, Hawks, Blazers

    Feb 17, 2011, 4:26 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v Miami Heat

    We’re members of the Ramon Sessions fan club. He’s not going to make you forget about Chris Paul, but he’s a quality point guard who plays within himself. He’s quick (clearly a lot quicker than Derek Fisher and Steve Blake after dropping 32 on the Lakers Wednesday), he’s good in transition and impressive on the…

  8. Blake Griffin becomes the NBA’s reluctant new celebrity

    Feb 17, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Dallas Mavericks

    Blake Griffin wants to be just a regular guy. Not on the court — there he is fully at home on the stage. There he wants to win. He wants to destroy you. And dunk on you ferociously. But when your dunks electrify stadiums and bring life to a dormant franchise, when you have the…

  9. Happy birthday Michael Jordan

    Feb 17, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan dunk

    Today Michael Jordan turns 48. I’m not sure why Michael Jordan’s birthday is not a national holiday yet, but according to the suits at NBC who are forcing me to work today it is not. Whatever. To celebrate, let’s hop in the way back machine (courtesy NBA TV) and check out some highlights from early…

  10. Tyreke Evans to miss All-Star Rookie Challenge, Harden in

    Feb 17, 2011, 2:11 PM EDT

    James Harden

    Tyreke Evans has been battling plantar fasciitis — a foot condition where if feels like someone is ramming a knife into your heel with every step, something that tends to hamper you hoop game — all season long. He missed the Kings game Wednesday because the only real cure for this is rest. Along those…

  11. Pistons want to bring Tracy McGrady back for another season

    Feb 17, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

    It’s time. And I’m man enough to admit it. I was wrong about Tracy McGrady. I thought time had passed him by, his knees were Jello and teams should treat him like he had leprosy. But he’s turned out to be a solid, smart veteran who knows how to run a team. His knees may…

  12. Brandon Roy plans to play right after All-Star break

    Feb 17, 2011, 12:58 PM EDT

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    Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan pumped the brakes on Brandon Roy’s return from having both knees operated on. Which makes sense because he had both knees operated on! Things are not good. I mean really, really not good. More rest seems the smart thing, but Roy wants to play. And McMillan can only keep him…

  13. Video: Christian Eyenga rocks the rim, Lakers

    Feb 17, 2011, 12:27 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol

    One play cannot sum up why the Cavaliers beat the Lakers Wednesday night, but this is pretty close. Notice how hard Christian Eyenga is going to the rim. He want’s it. It’s been on-and-off in recent games, but there are nights the Cavaliers bring real energy and attack. Also watch Kobe Bryant get beat on…

  14. The other Nugget everybody wants? Nene.

    Feb 17, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    Do people realize how good Nene is? He’s not just another one-named Brazilian. He averages 15 points a game but he’s shooting 63.7 percent to get them (best percentage in the league, easily). He’s strong and draws a higher percentage and-one fouls than anyone in the league save Reggie Evans. He’s good on the boards.…

  15. Tayshaun Prince is cool if the Pistons want to trade him

    Feb 17, 2011, 11:24 AM EDT

    Tayshuan Prince, Gerald Wallace

    Tayshaun Prince has never put on an NBA jersey that did not say Pistons across the front. Some guys you can picture in another jersey easily — try to think of one Shaq hasn’t tried on — but some guys seem rooted. Thinking of Prince in another color uniform with another name across the front…

  16. Report: Nuggets want four Knicks starters for Carmelo Anthony

    Feb 17, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    carmelo anthony dunk

    Knicks fans have been clamoring for Donnie Walsh to just make the deal — doesn’t matter what the price is, the Knicks need Carmelo Anthony. Knicks fans are desperate. You still sure? According to Jonathan Abrams at the New York Times, the price is every starter not named Stoudemire. According to a Knicks official, Denver…

  17. PBT Thursday morning one liners

    Feb 17, 2011, 10:10 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Philadelphia 76ers

    Kobe Bryant said at shootaround Wednesday afternoon he really felt for Byron Scott. That shoe may be on the other foot, now. Steve Nash has moved past Gary Payton in to seventh on the all-tine assists list. What is Glen Davis doing better to become a Sixth Man of the Year candidate? The Heat are…

  18. Report: Nets, Blazers talking point guard swap: Andre Miller for Devin Harris

    Feb 17, 2011, 9:50 AM EDT

    Devin Harris, Zach Randolph, Tony Allen

    The New Jersey Nets have not been all that happy with Devin Harris of late. I’m not sure they should be — statistically he’s playing better than last season and this is what you get out of him most years. His points per game may be down (especially of late) but he is shooting less…

  19. Video: All time All-Star Game hightlights

    Feb 17, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    2009 NBA All-Star Game

    Sure, technically there are two games left on the schedule tonight, but it is time to start getting pumped about All-Star weekend. We will grant you, some events will be a dud. The game itself may be a dud. But there will be some moments and memories as well. Always is. As a reminder of…

  20. Chris Rock knew LeBron was gone, why didn’t Cleveland?

    Feb 17, 2011, 8:19 AM EDT

    'Grown Ups' - Germany Premiere

    Well, maybe everybody does hate Chris in Cleveland now. Chris Rock pulls no punches. It’s why his stand up is so great — he tells you straight out how he sees it. And in an interview with Esquire Magazine (done by Scott Raab who is writing a book about LeBron leaving Cleveland) Rock says Clevelanders…

  21. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Bosh gets cheers, boos, win in Toronto

    Feb 17, 2011, 3:08 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Toronto Raptors

    What you missed while seeing The King’s Speech… The Cavaliers stunning win over the Lakers was our Game of the Night… Heat 103, Raptors 95: Chris Bosh blew kisses to the crowd and got a mixed reaction of boos and cheers. What that tells us is Toronto is not Cleveland. The Heat worked hard to…

  22. Who gets the number wrong on a Michael Jordan statue?

    Feb 16, 2011, 10:35 PM EDT

    Justin Bieber

    If you don’t have a tween daughter — and if not be so, so thankful about that — then you don’t have to deal with Biebermania. As in Justin Bieber. You know, the guy you fast-forwarded through a performance of at the Grammys. (You do DVR the Grammys and get through them in an hour…

  23. Heat’s Mike Miller has no concussion, skips game as precaution

    Feb 16, 2011, 9:15 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Miami Heat

    The Miami Heat’s Mike Miller had three blows to the head in five days, one in each of the Heat’s last three games. The good news is, a CT scan and other tests showed no damage according to the Associated Press. He was released from an Indiana hospital. Miller asked to join the team for…

  24. Report: Nets back in mix, talking to Nuggets about ‘Melo

    Feb 16, 2011, 7:58 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    It just felt from the first minutes like this was going to happen. The New Jersey Nets and Denver Nuggets are talking Carmelo Anthony trade again, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo, the Bergen Record and ESPN’s Chris Broussard. One source described talks as “progressing” and said they have been ongoing between Denver and New…

  25. All-Star halftime to have all that power — Kanye reportedly to join Rihanna

    Feb 16, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

    VMAN21 Launch Party

    No one halftime show should have all that power. In a performance that promises to sound a lot more soulful and look a lot less like Tron than the Super Bowl halftime, Kanye West is reportedly going to join Rihanna on stage, according to Deadspin. Rihanna is the scheduled performer, but expecting a guest star…

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