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  1. Can Jimmer Fredette make it in the NBA?

    Jan 27, 2011, 2:12 PM EDT

    Jimmer Fredette

    Know this: Jimmer Fredette can shoot the rock. Don’t believe me? See what NBA leading scorer Kevin Durant (who has had workouts with Fredette) tweeted: Jimmer Fredette is the best scorer in the world!! Everyone loves BYU’s Jimmer the day after he dropped 43 on previously unbeaten San Diego State. But can he make it…

  2. Fans to pick for All-Star Skills Challenge participants

    Jan 27, 2011, 1:12 PM EDT

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    Is there anything as cool as watching an NBA player run some drills and dribble around cones? Of course, not. What could be? The NBA All-Star Skills Challenge returns to help people fall asleep on Friday night, Feb. 17, but the twist this year is that you and your fellow fans get to pick the…

  3. Kings’ Carl Landry smacks coach Paul Westphal

    Jan 27, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

    Carl Landry

    Paul Westphal has struggled to get along with his best big man (DeMarcus Cousins), has struggled to get everyone on the same page on offense, and he has struggled with rumors of losing his job. (He’s not getting fired, if you take the word of a team owner.) Wednesday, Carl Landry was willing to publicly…

  4. Phil Jackson confirms this is his last season

    Jan 27, 2011, 11:49 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Phil Jackson knows what you are thinking: If the Lakers don’t win it all he is coming back to do this one more time. Nope, he’s done. Nobody seems to believe him, but that’s what he told Hannah Storm in an interview that will air Sunday when the Lakers take on the Celtics on ABC…

  5. Report: Cavaliers quietly shopping Mo Williams around

    Jan 27, 2011, 11:23 AM EDT

    Mo Williams

    The Cavaliers are going to make some moves before the trading deadline. Maybe they’ll win a game by then, too, but we’re far more certain they are going to make some moves. As expected one likely guy on the block is Antawn Jamison, who was moved last year at the trade deadline to help Cleveland…

  6. PBT Thursday morning one liners

    Jan 27, 2011, 10:37 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Golden State Warriors

    New feature here at PBT — which we are stealing from ProFootballTalk, and if we get the chance we’re going to take Florio’s lunch money, too —  that is a collection of links from things we find interesting (but didn’t turn into a full post). James Johnson likely will be assigned to the D-League by…

  7. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Mikhail Prokhorov seems to know what the Nets needed

    Jan 27, 2011, 9:46 AM EDT

    Devin Harris, Zach Randolph, Tony Allen

    What you missed while watching the longest shot you will see this year…. Nets 93, Grizzlies 88: The Nets won because of their tremendous bench play? Yes. The Nets bench outscored the Grizzlies bench 56-12 and it was guys like Kris Humphries off the bench that sparked a rally from 13 down in the third…

  8. Stoudemire: “Nobody’s afraid of the Miami Heat”

    Jan 27, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    The New York Knicks have lost both meetings with the Miami Heat this season and come into Thursday’s showdown just 3-7 in their last 10 overall. But you have to like this about Amar’e Stoudemire — he is defiant (as reported by ESPN New York). “Nobody’s afraid of the Miami Heat.” The Heat squad that…

  9. Chauncey Billups sticks up for “Pistons royalty” Rip Hamilton

    Jan 27, 2011, 8:57 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 3: San Antonio Spurs v Detroit Pistons

    Wednesday night, after he dispatched the Pistons players with four three pointers in the final three minutes, Chauncey Billups took aim at Detroit’s coaches and management. Wednesday made the eighth straight game Rip Hamilton has missed. Officially last night was because of the stomach flu, but if he had shown up to the arena early…

  10. Dunk of the Night: J.R. Smith should not be given a clear path

    Jan 27, 2011, 8:38 AM EDT

    J.R. Smith, Tim Duncan

    Ty Lawson really creates this play, he gets the penetration and with it the defenders to commit. Then he makes the deft little pass. But J.R. Smith finishes. Strong. This might not have even been Smith’s best dunk of the night, he had a sweet reverse on a fast break. But we like this one…

  11. Rodney Stuckey leaves game with shoulder injury, X-rays negative

    Jan 26, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    Rodney Stuckey injured

    In the first quarter Wednesday Rodney Stuckey tried to fight around a Carmelo Anthony pick and injured his shoulder to the point he had to leave the game. Stuckey will not return to the Nuggets game, however the X-rays were negative. Which is good news. But watching him as he left the game whatever he…

  12. Jason Williams has been waived by Orlando Magic

    Jan 26, 2011, 9:41 PM EDT

    jason-williams

    UPDATE 9:41 pm: In a sign that this is the end, the Orlando Magic tonight waived Jason Williams. It would be stunning if anyone picked him up at this point. Williams had missed five games recently due to a personal issue, but he dressed with the Magic on Monday night. However, he did not accompany…

  13. Knicks pass Lakers as league’s most valuable franchise

    Jan 26, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire high five

    The return of the Knicks to prominence has led to a 12 percent jump in the value of the franchise, vaulting it over the Lakers into the top spot on Forbes’ rankings of NBA franchise value. The Knicks jumped from a worth of $586 million to $655 million, based on increased season ticket sales and…

  14. Report: Javaris Crittenton to sign in D-League

    Jan 26, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

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    Javaris Crittenton is getting another shot, this time in the D-League. He has to be approved by the league but that is expected to happen, followed by Crittenton being picked up by the Dakota Wizards, according to Scott Schroeder at FanHouse. It’s a road back to the league for a guy that showed a lot…

  15. Report: NBA Union head says lockout could wipe out next season

    Jan 26, 2011, 4:53 PM EDT

    bhunter

    There will be a lockout come July 1. Wish I had any reason at all to tell you otherwise, there just is no cause. Talks for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement are at a standstill right now. The question remains: How bad a lockout? As in, lockout in July and August but solved in time…

  16. Chris Bosh looks mahvelous on Maxim photo shoot video

    Jan 26, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls

    Of Miami’s triad of stars, Chris Bosh is the one really enjoying the turn at celebrity. Not that he was a nobody before, but this is a whole new level of famous. The people from Maxim do not call guys from the Toronto Raptors for sunny, poolside photo shoots. They called Bosh. Maxim released a…

  17. Sorry, New York, but Stoudemire is no MVP. Rose either.

    Jan 26, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire

    We all want to be smart, clever, cutting edge. Nobody wants to give the tired, same old answer. Even if it’s the right one. Ask “experts” and fans who the best player in the NBA is and they’ll talk about how Player X is better than LeBron James. Kobe has more rings and finishes better,…

  18. Jerry West says he wasn’t calling those Lakers old

    Jan 26, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

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    A couple of days ago Jerry West — in what seemed a low-key venue in front of a bunch of car dealers in Southern California — questioned the Lakers defense, how long they could remain on top and used a favorite phrase of your grandparents, “long in the tooth.” But he wasn’t talking about those…

  19. Knicks look to add big man such as Joel Przybilla or Marc Gasol

    Jan 26, 2011, 12:58 PM EDT

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    Okay, sure, the Knicks would love to trade for Carmelo Anthony. We’re sick of talking about it, too, but we are legally obligated to throw that in any time the Knicks and trades are mentioned in the same paragraph. But that’s not the only trade the Knicks are considering, according to Mitch Lawrence at the…

  20. Suns want Vince Carter the gunner back

    Jan 26, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Phoenix Suns

    In his first 10 games as part of the Suns, the dry air and high-octane offense in Phoenix seemed to agree with Vince Carter. He averaged 18.9 points per game and appeared comfortable back in his role as high-scoring gunner. A space he occupied for much of his career (you can debate amongst yourselves if…

  21. For Newark this isn’t a stopover, this is an audition

    Jan 26, 2011, 11:42 AM EDT

    prudential center New Jersey

    The New Jersey Nets are using Newark and the Prudential Center as sort of a layover on the way to Brooklyn in 2012. Get out of the Meadowlands and into a better arena — read: more revenue streams — that is an easy train trip from New York to get the people in the boroughs…

  22. Dunk of the Night: Tyson Chandler throws it down. Yes, Tyson Chandler.

    Jan 26, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tyson Chandler

    On a night when Blake Griffin plays, Tyson Chandler has the best dunk of the night?. I’ll have to double-check Revelations, but I’m pretty sure that’s one of the signs of the end times. Griffin did have a nice dunk, but nothing quite like Chandler, who clearly won this dunk contest. The guy most credited…

  23. Blake Griffin is fine. Stop worrying. It’s just a bruise.

    Jan 26, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Dallas Mavericks

    If it weren’t for that whole “missing last season” thing, we’d have put a red cape on the back of Blake Griffin and be constructing a myth of invincibility around the man right now. I mean, we’ve seen him fly, so we can assume bullets bounce right off him, right? Dallas’ Brendan Haywood put that…

  24. Carmelo Anthony has no idea what is going to happen

    Jan 26, 2011, 9:53 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    Through the entire Melodrama — from before training camp up through last week — there was a confidence around Carmelo Anthony. Like he felt in some control of the situation, like he knew what was going to happen. No more. Mikhail Prokhorov changed the game. The Nets walked away. Everybody’s fallback option is gone. The…

  25. Video: Lamar Odom with the rainbow circus shot

    Jan 26, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

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    Pretty much everything was working for the Lakers against the Jazz Tuesday. Case in point: This prayer, rainbow arch shot from Lamar Odom. No way that falls, except of course it does for the Lakers on this night. Really, this shot was the highlight of a game that was over early.

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