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

    Feb 17, 2011, 2:11 PM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 17, 2011, 1:52 PM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 17, 2011, 12:58 PM EST

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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…

  4. Video: Christian Eyenga rocks the rim, Lakers

    Feb 17, 2011, 12:27 PM EST

    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…

  5. The other Nugget everybody wants? Nene.

    Feb 17, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    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.…

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

    Feb 17, 2011, 11:24 AM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 17, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    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…

  8. PBT Thursday morning one liners

    Feb 17, 2011, 10:10 AM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 17, 2011, 9:50 AM EST

    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…

  10. Video: All time All-Star Game hightlights

    Feb 17, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 17, 2011, 8:19 AM EST

    '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…

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

    Feb 17, 2011, 3:08 AM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 16, 2011, 10:35 PM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 16, 2011, 9:15 PM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 16, 2011, 7:58 PM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 16, 2011, 7:31 PM EST

    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…

  17. Memphis’ Rudy Gay out month with shoulder injury

    Feb 16, 2011, 5:54 PM EST

    Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, Zach Randolph, Rudy Gay

    Rudy Gay, the best perimeter player and key cog of the suddenly hot Memphis Grizzlies, will be out for at least a month due to a left shoulder subluxation discovered by an MRI on Wednesday. That sound you hear is the Memphis Grizzlies hot streak and playoff chances careening off the rails. Right now the…

  18. Bulls looking at two guard help, but chemistry trumps all

    Feb 16, 2011, 4:53 PM EST

    J.R. Smith

    The Bulls are happy with themselves just the way they are, in a Stuart Smalley kind of way — they’re good enough, they’re smart enough, and doggone it, people like them. Sure, they could use an upgrade at the two, they know that, but they are not about to make a move that could damage…

  19. Isiah Thomas does not deny he is consulting with Knicks

    Feb 16, 2011, 4:19 PM EST

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    This post will help you understand why, during the press conference introducing Carmelo Anthony as a Knick next week, you will hear Donnie Walsh thank Isiah Thomas through gritted teeth. Thomas was on sports talk radio in Miami Tuesday night and, amazingly, there was little talk about FIU basketball and a lot about the Knicks.…

  20. Five trades we’d like to see (and we’re not talking ‘Melodrama)

    Feb 16, 2011, 2:57 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    It’s been quiet. Too quiet. Serious trade chatter is down around the league. People are talking but there is less meaningful dialogue going on than in an Adam Sandler movie. Maybe it’s fear of the new CBA. Maybe it’s Carmelo Anthony creating a bottleneck. Maybe people are too busy playing Angry Birds. Well, we are…

  21. Some All-Star Game odds

    Feb 16, 2011, 1:55 PM EST

    2009 NBA All-Star Game

    This is America, you can bet on anything. Well, not legally (unless you are in Vegas) but there are ways. And when you do remember that The King’s Speech is going to win the best picture Oscar. But this is a basketball blog, so we’ll talk about the All-Star Game Sunday in Los Angeles. You…

  22. Cavaliers working hard to trade anyone, everyone

    Feb 16, 2011, 1:23 PM EST

    Antawn Jamison

    The Cleveland Cavaliers do not really have a championship roster. You probably figured that out somewhere during the 26-game losing streak. Well, you probably figured it out seconds after LeBron James talked about taking his talents south for the winter. Dan Gilbert figured it out later. What matters now is we are all on the…

  23. The other Carmelo Anthony trade wild card: Mark Cuban

    Feb 16, 2011, 12:35 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets, Game 2

    There’s a lot of reasons we like Mark Cuban. He’s smart. He’s not afraid to buck the system. He’s accessible. He’s reasonably forthcoming (certainly in comparison to most owners). And he’s unpredictable. That unpredictability is one reason people don’t think the Mavericks are out of the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes. The Mavericks need a wing scorer,…

  24. Bobcats about to make it official, keep Paul Silas around another year

    Feb 16, 2011, 11:29 AM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Los Angeles Lakers

    We told you yesterday of the report that the Charlotte Bobcats were about to lock up coach Paul Silas for one more year. That will become official at noon, according to a tweet from Mike Cranston of the Associated Press. The Bobcats are 15-13 under Silas this season, a big improvement from the 9-19 they…

  25. Carmelo Anthony trade talks slowly picking up steam

    Feb 16, 2011, 10:53 AM EST

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    Haven’t we — and all the parties involved — been talking about this since last summer? If so, how can things be dragging out so slowly now? But it is. Nothing has been quick or painless about the Carmelo Anthony trade situation. But now something is going to go down in the next week. It…

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