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  1. Baseline to Baseline recaps: When good games are overshadowed by the ‘Melodrama

    Jan 20, 2011, 9:36 AM EDT

    Magic Celebrate

    What you missed while reading the story about Deadspin in GQ… Nets 103, Jazz 95: “Melo? We don’t need no stinkin’ Melo” In what in some ways seemed like an anti-climactic game, was “Russian Culture” night in New Jersey. That motivated Andrei Kirilenko who came out fast. But once the game settled down this was…

  2. Owners, players may not talk CBA All-Star Weekend. Can you say lockout?

    Jan 20, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    At the start of the season, David Stern said that come All-Star Weekend in February, we’d have a better idea where the owners and players stood in talking about a new Collective Bargaining Agreemement and if we were headed to a lockout. After months of smaller meetings and discussion, that weekend is when everyone would…

  3. Brandon Jennings out, DeMar DeRozan in for Dunk Contest

    Jan 20, 2011, 8:05 AM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    The foot surgery that has kept Brandon Jennings out of the Milwaukee Bucks lineup since before Christmas now will keep him out of the All-Star Dunk contest as well. The change will become official on Thursday, with last year’s Dunk Contest runner-up, DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors, taking Jennings place, according to Jonathan Abrams…

  4. Carmelo Anthony talks Nets, says he told them nothing

    Jan 20, 2011, 2:09 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony dunk

    When reporters descended on him postgame, Carmelo Anthony still hadn’t seen the press conference where  Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov pulled the plug on trade discussions that would have sent Anthony to New Jersey. (It’s understandable, Anthony had been a tad busy dropping 35 on the Thunder in a Nugget win). Still his post-game comments sounded…

  5. Troy Murphy requests trade from Nets, given leave from team

    Jan 19, 2011, 11:55 PM EDT

    Nets_Murphy

    Troy Murphy — and his $12 million expiring contract — will not be part of a Carmelo Anthony trade, it appears. But he will be part of some trade. He has requested a trade from the Nets and was told to stay at home away from the team until GM Billy King can arraign that,…

  6. Now what for Carmelo Anthony? Denver?

    Jan 19, 2011, 8:43 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v Denver Nuggets

    A trade between Denver and New Jersey for Carmelo Anthony always made sense — for Denver and New Jersey. Anthony never seemed all that interested, the fact he wanted to meet with Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov to be sold on the team does not make him sound like a guy who wanted to go there.…

  7. Nate Robinson working at Chipotle

    Jan 19, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

    Nate Robinson Marquis Daniels

    Want to know where NBA players often eat? The Cheesecake Factory is the most discussed. But a lot of players are also big fans of Chipotle, the chain of burrito restaurants. Freshly made, big portions that are filling, you can make sure it is pretty healthy, not going to spend all your per diem on…

  8. It’s time to end this ‘Melo drama

    Jan 19, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Utah Jazz, Game 6

    It’s time. Carmelo Anthony and the will he/won’t he, New Jersey or New York (or Chicago) drama, it’s been an entertaining little sideshow to the NBA season. Some nice garlic mashed potatoes next to the rare prime rib. But for everyone involved, this saga has reached the point of diminishing returns. With the arrival Wednesday…

  9. Report: Melo’s reps push Bulls to get back in trade mix

    Jan 19, 2011, 3:07 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Chicago Bulls

    Right now, there is little truth around Carmelo Anthony, just negotiating tactics. For example, steps by Anthony’s reps to create the illusion of demand, to pressure parties into agreeing to a deal. Carmelo Anthony’s representatives are pushing the Chicago Bulls to get back in the trade bidding for the Nuggets star, according to Adrian Wojnarowski…

  10. Lil’ Wayne smacks LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    Jan 19, 2011, 2:12 PM EDT

    The 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards - Show

    Rapper Lil’ Wayne is one of the handful of those lucky Americans who can afford courtside NBA seats — thank you very much “Lollipop.” But when you’re paying for those seats, say to see the Miami Heat take on the New Orleans Hornets, you expect a little respect. Especially when everyone else was smacking LeBron…

  11. Knicks are no playoff lock, Mike D’Antoni warns

    Jan 19, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Phoenix Suns

    Life is good when you’re a New York Knick and you are winning. And they are winning, more than nearly everyone expected. We thought we here at PBT were a little optimistic saying in our season preview they would win 38 this season. Right now, the Knicks are on pace for 44-45 wins. Their point…

  12. Anthony Morrow should be back with Nets this weekend… if he’s still a Net then

    Jan 19, 2011, 12:56 PM EDT

    anthony morrow

    Anthony Morrow’s hamstring will have kept him out of the lineup for 17 games as of Wednesday night. If you don’t think that has impacted the Nets, you haven’t watched Stephen Graham play the two guard. But Morrow is expected to return this weekend to the team, maybe by Friday night, according to the twitter…

  13. Caron Butler hopes to be back for the playoffs

    Jan 19, 2011, 12:37 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v San Antonio Spurs, Game 3

    The Dallas Mavericks have missed Caron Butler. It’s been hard to tell because they missed Dirk Nowitzki so much for the nine games he was out, then he returns and they miss Tyson Chandler for two games due to the flu — and not so coincidentally their defense turns into, um, organic fertilizer while he…

  14. Magic GM on Celtics: “They act tough. They’re not really tough.”

    Jan 19, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Charlotte Bobcats

    To borrow a line from Inigo in The Princess Bride, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” The word of the day is tough. As in who is tough in the NBA? Magic General Manager Otis Smith does not think the Boston Celtics qualify, as he…

  15. If not ‘Melo, Nets may eye Andrei Kirilenko this summer

    Jan 19, 2011, 10:26 AM EDT

    Andrei Kirilenko

    The New Jersey Nets are in full-out Carmelo Anthony mode. They move to Brooklyn in two years and see the Knicks as their rivals and competition. They also see a resurgent Knicks led by Amar’e Stoudemire and feel the need to counter that with their own star. Someone who can be the marque name to…

  16. The other Clipper keys: DeAndre Jordan and Baron Davis

    Jan 19, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Blake Griffin is a walking highlight factory. And not just for his dunks anymore, people are figuring out he can play the game. Eric Gordon has become the outside to Griffin’s inside for the Clippers. He’s the guy knocking down key threes — just like he did for Team USA when they were winning the…

  17. Dunk of the night: Let’s not forget Josh Smith can throw it down

    Jan 19, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Josh Smith

    The Atlanta Hawks can be so much fun in transition, you wonder why they play at the 23rd fastest pace in the league? In transition you get you get to see Atlanta create chances with their athleticism. Two parts of this dunk are impressive. Of course, there is Josh Smith of the Hawks running the…

  18. Washington General’s coach has advice for Cavaliers

    Jan 19, 2011, 8:14 AM EDT

    Cavaliers Lakers Basketball

    And so it has come to this. In an effort to find someone who had more experience at losing basketball games than the Cleveland Cavaliers this season, someone who might have wisdom to pass along, the Cleveland Plain Dealer turned to the losingest basketball coach ever. Red Klotz. The man behind the Washington Generals. The…

  19. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where teams can’t hit the three but keep shooting them anyway

    Jan 19, 2011, 2:09 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Miami Heat

    What you missed while wondering if banning a Dire Straits song makes any sense… Hawks 93, Heat 89 (OT): These two teams combined to take 61 shots from three on the night even though combined they made just 14 (23 percent). That kind of sums up this game — a lot of bad decisions and…

  20. Second MRI review shows Marcus Camby with meniscus tear, surgery next

    Jan 19, 2011, 12:27 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns, Game 5

    When the official report came back on Marcus Camby’s MRI saying it was clean, we told you that the Blazers were wary and wanted their own team doctor to take a look at the films. Turns out, with good reason. A second review revealed partial medial meniscus tear in Camby’s left knee, and he will…

  21. Report: The holdup isn’t ‘Melo, it’s the Nuggets and Nets

    Jan 18, 2011, 9:48 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony Smiles

    While we’ve all been waiting (and waiting, and waiting…) for Carmelo Anthony to make up his mind — New York or New Jersey? — the Associated Press reports we’ve all had it wrong. He’s not the holdup — it’s the Nets and Nuggets. A person with knowledge of the proposed Carmelo Anthony trade says the…

  22. George Karl calls ‘Melo “distracted” during practice. Can’t imagine why.

    Jan 18, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Denver Nuggets

    At some point, all of the insanity surrounding Carmelo Anthony and his  proposed trade had to catch up with him. That point may have been today. Nuggets coach George Karl called Anthony “very distracted” during today’s practice, reports Chris Tomasson of FanHouse. “If Melo plays distracted, I can’t play him as many minutes,” Karl, whose…

  23. Wizards getting trade calls about Kirk Hinrich

    Jan 18, 2011, 6:49 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

    Around this time of year, a month before the trade deadline, you’d be hard pressed to find an NBA player who wasn’t asked about in trade talks. But some of those are more interesting, more likely to be moved than others. On of those is Kirk Hinrich — a quality guard owed $8 million next…

  24. If you push Blake Griffin, the Clippers are pushing back

    Jan 18, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Opposing teams have been trying to knock Blake Griffin off his game. Literally. As Griffin has emerged as an NBA star and powerhouse offensive force, other teams have started to combat his physical presence with some physical play of their own. Teams have been trying to push Griffin around. The Clippers noticed and as a…

  25. Joakim Noah may be back earlier than expected

    Jan 18, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

    Image (1) Noah_no1-thumb-250x325-20118.jpg for post 4115

    Maybe, finally, the Bulls will get healthy. Joakim Noah gets the pins out his thumb next week (things that sound painful include…) and he says on Bulls.com he hopes to be back sooner rather than later. The original planned return date was late February (right after the All-Star Game) but things may happen earlier. “I’m…

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