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  1. NBA fines Knicks $200,000 for illegal workouts

    Feb 3, 2011, 2:42 PM EST

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    An NBA investigation concluded that some New York Knicks staffers had been conducting illegal workouts with potential draft picks and fined the team $200,000, according to the New York Times. Rodney Heard, the scout in question, has been fined $20,000. While that’s a fairly steep fine the Knicks did not lose any draft picks, which…

  2. Donnie Walsh isn’t worried about Donnie Walsh’s future

    Feb 3, 2011, 2:15 PM EST

    The Beacon Theater Joins MSG Entertainment

    Some time before May 1 — so three months from now — New York Knicks owner James Dolan has to pick up (or not) the contract for Knicks GM Donnie Walsh for next year. Because Dolan never speaks to the media (not in four years) and because his decisions in the past have not all…

  3. D-League All-Star Game rosters announced

    Feb 3, 2011, 1:39 PM EST

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    Just a few hours before Blake Griffin wins the Dunk Contest on Feb. 19, a bunch of guys who want their NBA shot will get a turn in the spotlight. Sort of. The D-League All-Star game is part of the All-Star weekend festivities and is taking place next door to Staples Center at the NBA…

  4. Ron Artest says he doesn’t want to be traded, wants to win

    Feb 3, 2011, 1:17 PM EST

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    Ron Artest being traded or not remains a moot point — no other team is going to take on the three-years, $22 million left on his deal after this season. Still, for the record, despite the reports, Artest told media members at Lakers practice Wednesday he does not want to be traded (as reported by…

  5. Cuban reiterates (sort of) Mavs would be willing to trade for ‘Melo without extension

    Feb 3, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

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    You kind of have to read between the lines of the Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told the Sporting News. Well, not very hard. It’s actually obvious what he is really saying, he just doesn’t want to write David Stern another large check. Cuban can’t say Carmelo Anthony by name — that would be tampering —…

  6. Andre Miller would be fine if Portland wants to trade him

    Feb 3, 2011, 11:41 AM EST

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    Andre Miller is a little tired of living in the 1990s. Which is really what living in Portland is like. With the Trail Blazers realizing it’s time to rethink and restart the team building process everyone is on the trade block. That includes Miller, a quality veteran point guard who could help a lot of…

  7. Jason Williams reaches deal to join Grizzlies

    Feb 3, 2011, 11:16 AM EST

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    Jason Williams didn’t like being the fourth point guard on the depth chard in Orlando — despite being so close to Epcot — so we’ll see how he likes being the backup in Memphis. Just a week after being waived by the Magic, Williams is about to sign a deal with the Grizzlies, according to…

  8. PBT Thursday morning one liners

    Feb 3, 2011, 10:50 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 5

    The Dwight Howard technical count is at 13 heading into tonight’s game against the Heat. When he gets to 16 (and it is when) he gets a fine and a one-game suspension, then gets a game suspension for every other tech after that. How Joy Division songs explain the All-Star starters. Don’t be surprised if…

  9. Kobe Bryant tells critics to kiss his a–

    Feb 3, 2011, 10:08 AM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    Jerry West. Magic Johnson. Seemingly every fan on a Lakers message board for the past week. Kobe Bryant has a message for you. He was asked in a post-practice reporters scrum Wednesday about the criticism the team has had and the rumors of trades to motivate the team, and his response (captured by Lakers.com) was…

  10. Another day, another thunderous Blake Griffin dunk

    Feb 3, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Clippers

    There is this buzz at Clippers games now — people know it is coming. At some point Blake Griffin is going to get behind the defense, the lob will go up higher than any human should be able to catch it and Griffin will get it and throw it down.  Every time he touches the…

  11. MRI confirms Deron Williams wrist just strained

    Feb 3, 2011, 8:20 AM EST

    Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

    Who knows when we’ll get to see Deron Williams back on the court, but at least the Jazz know there is nothing seriously wrong. Wrist specialist Dr. Steve Huish reviewed the MRI results and examined Williams and reached the same conclusion that the previous doctors had — it’s jut a strain, according to the Salt…

  12. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Cavaliers almost won one. Almost.

    Feb 3, 2011, 2:44 AM EST

    Pacers Cavaliers Basketball

    What you missed while thinking about every move Nicolas Cage ever made… Pacers 117, Cavaliers 112: And we are at 22 losses in a row — but it was so, so close. This game was tied at 110-110 with just over a minute left. First the Pacers’ Darren Collison knocked down a three pointer. After…

  13. Joakim Noah says he expects return after All-Star break

    Feb 3, 2011, 1:47 AM EST

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    Joakim Noah said Wednesday night his hand is “coming along” and when asked for a timeline said he plans to return right after the All-Star break. Noah is traveling with the Bulls on the annual “ice show trip” — and if you saw the weather in Chicago you have at least one idea why he…

  14. Lakers’ Andrew Bynum likely to return Thursday against Spurs

    Feb 2, 2011, 11:40 PM EST

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    See, we told you there was nothing to worry about. Why would you worry about Andrew Bynum’s knees? The center who missed last game with a bruised knee practiced (limited, but practiced) with the Lakers today and seems likely to go Thursday night against the Spurs, Phil Jackson told the Orange County Register. “He says…

  15. If Blake Griffin makes All-Star Game, expect him to miss Rookie Challenge

    Feb 2, 2011, 9:57 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Dallas Mavericks

    Blake Griffin is on the bubble for being selected to play in the All-Star Game as a rookie (we have him in, but mostly for the entertainment factor). Everyone (including the Clippers) will find out Thursday. If he does make the cut to play the game in his home arena, expect him to skip out…

  16. Bucks Drew Gooden out 4-to-6 weeks with foot pain

    Feb 2, 2011, 9:41 PM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks v New Orleans Hornets

    The Bucks just cannot seem to catch a break. Or, they are catching too many breaks. Power forward Drew Gooden will be out for the next 4-to-6 weeks due to ongoing plantar fasciitis in his left foot, the team announced Gooden had missed the last six games (and 21 overall this season) due to this…

  17. Old man game is winning in the NBA

    Feb 2, 2011, 6:54 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    In the NBA — like in society at large — we have this fascination with youth. Blake Griffin is a YouTube sensation. We all fall in love with the up-and-coming Oklahoma City Thunder. Fans obsess over draft picks. But what about the other end of the spectrum — who are the oldest teams in the…

  18. How about Angry Larry Birds?

    Feb 2, 2011, 4:45 PM EST

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    Angry Birds is the crack of phone games. Completely addictive and you keep chasing the high of killing those pigs even when you know you should be working or talking to loved ones or paying attention to the road while driving. What would be better? Angry Larry Birds. On NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon…

  19. Agent denies report Ron Artest wouldn’t mind being traded

    Feb 2, 2011, 3:44 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    UPDATE 3:44 pm: In a predictable response, Ron Artest‘s agent denied that his client wants to be traded from the Lakers and told that to the Los Angeles Times Lakers blog. “Ron is not looking for a trade,” (David) Bauman said. “The frustration is there among everyone on the team. But Ron is a Laker,…

  20. Nowitzki says he’s not going to play in Germany. Unless…

    Feb 2, 2011, 3:43 PM EST

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    We told you it was a real long shot in the first place, but now Dirk Nowitzki has helped us out by throwing a little cold water on the idea of him playing in Germany. But like FIBA he left himself some wiggle room. Here is what Nowitzki told the Dallas Morning News: “If it’s…

  21. Deron Williams out again Wednesday, to see wrist specialist

    Feb 2, 2011, 2:22 PM EST

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    The Utah Jazz are not right without Deron Williams. No offense intended Earl Watson, but the offense is sluggish and sloppy with him out. If you’ve seen the Jazz without Williams, it has not been pretty (even if they have won two of three). It will not be pretty tonight either, when Williams misses a…

  22. You’re watching: NBA television ratings continue to rise

    Feb 2, 2011, 1:25 PM EST

    TNT Set

    Maybe it’s LeBron James and the Heat. Maybe it’s traditional powers like the Lakers and Celtics being in the mix. Maybe it’s young stars like Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin. Maybe it’s having the Knicks relavent again in New York. Whatever it is, there is a real buzz around the NBA this season, and the…

  23. Brandon Bass could be out a while for Orlando

    Feb 2, 2011, 12:10 PM EST

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    Brandon Bass has stepped up this season — especially as a starter since the big trades — and been a solid part of the Magic front line. There aren’t a lot of points in the paint left or rebounds to grab when you play along side Dwight Howard, but Bass had averaged 11.6 points and…

  24. LeBron says he’s still motivated by Orlando’s summer comments

    Feb 2, 2011, 11:43 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat

    LeBron James and the Miami Heat have already played the Orlando Magic twice — but don’t think he has moved on from this summer’s snide comments by Orlando brass. LeBron’s comments yesterday showed he will be up for Thursday night’s meeting. “The simple fact that it’s a division opponent, that means a lot,” James said.…

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

    Feb 2, 2011, 10:40 AM EST

    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,…

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