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  1. Mike D’Antoni to Knicks fans: Stop chanting “we want Me-lo”

    Feb 11, 2011, 11:26 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets

    We all get it Knicks fans, you want Carmelo Anthony. You’re convinced he is the next piece of the puzzle. And so long as that puzzle isn’t defense, we agree with you. People 3,000 miles away know you want ‘Melo. The brass in Denver knows you want ‘Melo. Donnie Walsh and James Dolan know you…

  2. PBT Friday morning one liners

    Feb 11, 2011, 10:35 AM EST

    Omer Asik

    Despite the rumors, the Bulls are not trading Omer Asik to Houston for guard Courtney Lee. The time Mark Cuban blew a kiss to Jerry Sloan. The number of coaches Sloan outlasted, in graph form. The first time the Lakers and Celtics played Pau Gasol’s sharp elbow opened a cut on Kevin Garnett’s head. This…

  3. Video: Arron Afflalo’s game winner ends Mavericks’ streak

    Feb 11, 2011, 10:01 AM EST

    Arron Afflalo, Francisco Elson

    This is about as clutch a regular season shot as you are going to see. Watch the play develop for Chauncey Billups to come off a Nene screen, while Arron Afflalo stands ready for the corner three. But the play breaks down and Afflalo moves up so he can become a pressure outlet. Which Billups…

  4. Tom Gores reaches deal to buy Detroit Pistons

    Feb 11, 2011, 9:41 AM EST

    tom-gores

    Soon, the Detroit Pistons will have a new owner. And with it maybe a direction for the franchise. Billionaire financier Tom Gores has reached a deal to buy the team, according to the Detroit Free Press. The total value of the deal, which includes the team, the Palace of Auburn Hills and DTE Energy Music…

  5. Is Kobe Bryant clutch? You want to bet on it?

    Feb 11, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Remember the debate last week about whether or not Kobe Bryant is clutch? With the numbers saying he and he Lakers are really just slightly above average in that situation? Kobe’s been down that road before and had an answer when asked about it by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. “People kind of get bored with…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Arron Afflalo kills the Mavericks streak

    Feb 11, 2011, 8:48 AM EST

    Arron Afflalo, Denver Nuggets

    What you missed while wondering if your dog ate your toes…. The Lakers getting a win — not a statement, just a win — against Boston is our Game of the Night. Mavericks 121, Nuggets 120: Arron Afflalo is a great story. Back at UCLA he was the man — they ran him off double…

  7. Video: Ray Allen becomes king of the three

    Feb 11, 2011, 8:10 AM EST

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    Ray Allen has as pure a stroke as the Association has ever seen. The three-pointer he drained Thursday night to pass Reggie Miller and become the NBA’s all time leader in three pointers made was a classic Ray Allen play. He filled the lane on the break, stopped up at the arc and when the…

  8. Lakers ride out Boston’s emotional high to get win they want

    Feb 11, 2011, 12:47 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    In the end, the Boston fans got what they came to see — they witnessed history. Ray Allen has now made more 3-pointers than anyone else in NBA history. But the Lakers left with what they wanted — a win over a quality opponent. It reinforces that their play of late has not been just smoke and…

  9. Deron Williams: “I would never force Coach Sloan out”

    Feb 10, 2011, 11:39 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Houston Rockets, Game 7

    You’ve seen the reports — the relationship between Deron Williams and Jerry Sloan led to the post-game meeting with the team owner and GM Wednesday night, a meeting that by Thursday morning had Sloan stepping down after 23 seasons as the Jazz coach. Williams said it was not like that in an interview with 1320…

  10. Ray Allen is the NBA all-time three-point leader

    Feb 10, 2011, 8:52 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    It was a wide-open transition three, where the form was perfect. It seemed fitting. With 1:45 left in the first quarter Allen took the pass from Rajon Rondo in transition, set his feet and had a wide open look, knocking down his 2,561st three pointer as a professional. That moved him past Reggie Miller into…

  11. Landry Fields can’t even sell Landry Fields jerseys

    Feb 10, 2011, 7:41 PM EST

    Landry Fields

    Spike Lee often rocks the Landry Fields jersey (game worn, thank you very much). So that makes it a hot item at sporting good stores throughout the boroughs, right? Turns out, not always. Even if you send Landry Fields himself undercover into a Modell’s Sporting Goods store, posing as an employee, he can’t sell his…

  12. Jerry Sloan: “My time is up and I’d like to move on.”

    Feb 10, 2011, 6:57 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

    Friday night, for the first time since the Regan administration, Jerry Sloan is going to have a night off on the night of a Utah Jazz game. What is he going to do? “I’ll be like a dizzy duck,” he said, a classically homespun like from Sloan at his exit press conference Thursday afternoon. Thursday…

  13. Trying to keep Deron Williams, Jazz jettison Jerry Sloan. It won’t work.

    Feb 10, 2011, 5:01 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    The Utah Jazz’s ownership didn’t want to lose its superstar, so it jettisoned its icon. And that’s not going to work. It’s not as simple as point guard Deron Williams wanted Jerry Sloan gone so the Utah Jazz kicked the old coach out the door to make him happy. It’s much messier than that and…

  14. Jazz coach Jerry Sloan to resign Thursday; Ty Corbin to replace

    Feb 10, 2011, 4:38 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

    UPDATE #2, 4:39 pm: It has been confirmed now by the Salt Lake Tribune and other sources that current Jazz assistant Ty Corbin will take over as the Jazz interim head coach. UPDATE 2:38 pm: This is about as official as it will get until Sloan steps up to the podium, Jazz players are calling…

  15. Michael Jordan practices with Bobcats, doesn’t look bad

    Feb 10, 2011, 4:18 PM EST

    Quail Hollow Championship- Pro Am

    Michael Jordan turns 48 next week and may not have the athleticism that helped make him the greatest NBA player ever (at least greatest perimeter player ever), but he’s still got it. Jordan suited up and practiced with the Bobcats (the team he owns) Thursday, including running some full court five-on-five. “He’s Mike. He’s been…

  16. Teams for All-Star Friday Shooting Stars announced. Please try to stay awake.

    Feb 10, 2011, 4:03 PM EST

    The Haier Shooting Stars Competition

    One of the things we’re sure you’ll be watching a week from Friday — because what could you possibly have that’s better to do on a Friday night? — is the All-Star Shooting Stars contest. You know, where one current NBA player, one WNBA player and one TNT analyst per team shoot standing shots from…

  17. Tonight is Ray Allen’s record night. Maybe.

    Feb 10, 2011, 2:59 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics

    Ray Allen needs to drain just two more threes to become the NBA’s all-time leader in three-pointers made. It’s hard to picture a more perfect setting to break the record than tonight: At Boston Garden in a nationally televised game against the Los Angeles Lakers with Reggie Miller, the current record holder, an analyst on…

  18. Thirsty? You need some official Lakers Gatorade.

    Feb 10, 2011, 2:19 PM EST

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    So let’s say you’re in Los Angeles and feeling dehydrated. You need some electrolytes pumped into your system. And we’re going to assume you’re dehydrated from an intense workout and not because you were at Tom Bergin’s until closing. What you need is some Lakers Gatorade. In Los Angeles, while supplies last (which we bet…

  19. Lakers to measure themselves against Celtics: What to look for

    Feb 10, 2011, 1:13 PM EST

    NBA Finals Game 7:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers are the two-time NBA defending champions. They have the newest shiny rings and the banner has barely had time to gather dust. Every time they step on the court they are the team the opposition wants to measure itself against. Except Thursday night. Then the roles will be reversed — the Lakers will…

  20. Byron Scott rips his team, effort after loss 26 in a row

    Feb 10, 2011, 11:57 AM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v Miami Heat

    In the games leading up to the Cavaliers record in futility — 25 consecutive losses in a row — there were a lot of things you could pick apart about the Cavs: The lack of guys who can create their own shot, the lack of rebounding, the poor execution, the non-existent interior defense, and so…

  21. Ricky Rubio is struggling to shoot the rock in Europe

    Feb 10, 2011, 11:49 AM EST

    Spain v USA

    We know, Ricky Rubio is a highlight factory. A point guard with a seemingly instinctive feel for the game. He’s been playing professionally since he was 14, he has a silver medal from the 2008 Olympics and held his own with the best the USA had to offer in the Gold Medal game. The knock…

  22. Something strange is going on in Utah. What? No idea yet.

    Feb 10, 2011, 10:42 AM EST

    Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

    Interesting developments out of Utah after the loss to the Bulls last night, which means we have one eye on Salt Lake City today. Jerry Sloan, usually one of the fastest coaches to the post-game media interview, was more than 30 minutes late and appeared “shaken” when he arrived, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.…

  23. LeBron, Lil’ Wayne are cool with each other again. All is right with the world.

    Feb 10, 2011, 10:08 AM EST

    The 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards - Show

    It was one of our great national tragedies, when rapper Lil’ Wayne bared his soul to Rolling Stone about the pain he felt when LeBron James and Dwyane Wade didn’t give him special love when he sat in the front row of a Heat game. I think we all related. Good news. No. Great news.…

  24. PBT Thursday morning one liners

    Feb 10, 2011, 9:26 AM EST

    no

    Best Web site ever: didthecavswinlastnight.com One knock on Derrick Rose was that he avoided contact on his drives and did not get to the free throw line enough. Not any more. The NBA vs. monster movies. Blake Griffin vs. King Kong. Brilliant. There were indeed “We want ‘Melo” chants inside Madison Square Garden. Although after…

  25. Report: Bulls, Rockets have discussed Courtney Lee for Omer Asik trade

    Feb 10, 2011, 8:52 AM EST

    Courtney Lee

    In a time of some rather crazy trade rumors, here’s a little one that makes some sense, out of the Houston Chronicle. There have been talks with Chicago about center Omer Asik, according to a person with knowledge of those conversations. The Bulls have been looking for a shooting guard and have inquired about Courtney…

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