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  1. Dwight Howard: “I never said I wanted to leave”

    Feb 8, 2011, 11:40 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Chicago Bulls

    Already there is speculation about what Dwight Howard is going to do in the summer of 2012, with a report that he wants to find a way to the Knicks or Lakers. Dwight Howard himself is sick of it. He tweeted this: “I never said I wanted to leave stop reading the rumors. It’s really…

  2. Three-team talks about Carmelo Anthony trade continue, Nuggets still dragging feet

    Feb 8, 2011, 11:06 AM EST

    Carmelo Anthony

    UPDATE 11:06 am: In an effort to push the deal forward, Knicks owner James Dolan called Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke directly to negotiate a deal, according to the New York Daily News. According to a source familiar with the negotiations, Dolan’s decision to become more involved in the Anthony trade talks is a sign that…

  3. PBT Tuesday morning one liners

    Feb 8, 2011, 10:54 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Charlotte Bobcats

    Things that make me happy — Shaun Livingston earning playing time, getting run in crunch time and leading the Bobcats to a win over the Celtics. (No offense to D.J. Augustin or the Celtics, but we root hard for Livingston around these parts.) A fantastic statistical breakdown of what makes Manu Ginobili good. Very good.…

  4. Anthony Parker says Cavaliers are growing from losses

    Feb 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Anthony Parker

    Anthony Parker was honest after the game — Cleveland is not there but they are growing. They played with a real energy and desperation last night, they just ran into one of the deepest, most talented teams in the league. Even then they had their chances. In the video below Paker talks about that growth,…

  5. Spike Lee thinks Kevin Garnett needs to calm down

    Feb 8, 2011, 9:55 AM EST

    Washington Wizards v New York Knicks

    Spike Lee is an institution at Knicks games, sitting courtside rocking the Landry Fields jersey. Jawing back and forth with players. Talking smack. And it’s all in good fun. Well, except when Kevin Garnett was in town recently, Lee said to ESPNNewYork. That guy lost it. This is really surprising, and this is all true.…

  6. Derrick Rose shows off his crossover, dunking skills

    Feb 8, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    Derrick Rose

    Is there a better crossover in the NBA than Derrick Rose‘s? There are some other wicked ones out there, but none better for me. This little highlight clip shows off both the crossover and the dunking skills of Rose during the Bulls upset loss to the Trail Blazers Monday. Rose’s crossover is one move that…

  7. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Upset specials all across the league

    Feb 8, 2011, 7:00 AM EST

    Stephen Jackson, Mark Ayotte

    What you missed while watching the return of the Power Rangers… The Cavaliers setting a new record in futility at the hands of the Mavs was our Game of the Night… Bobcats 94, Celtics 89: Charlotte was in this thing from the start, but it looked like they blew it right before half. That’s when…

  8. Cavaliers would not quit, could not win; lose record 25th straight

    Feb 8, 2011, 12:03 AM EST

    JJ Hickson

    Desperate teams are dangerous teams. And Cleveland was desperate not to set a new all timeconsecutive loss record Monday night. But the thing that trumps effort is talent — Dallas had a lot more of it and a desire not to be the first team to lose to the Cavaliers since before Christmas. The result…

  9. Portland’s Brandon Roy will return to games this week

    Feb 7, 2011, 10:14 PM EST

    Brandon Roy

    So much for taking the remainder of the season off to rest. Brandon Roy has been cleared by Doctors to return to practice just three weeks after double knee surgery and he should be back playing with the Trail Blazers by this weekend, according to Jason Quick of the Oregonian. “For sure against Detroit (Sunday),…

  10. Cavaliers may be losing but Dan Gilbert is making big money

    Feb 7, 2011, 9:39 PM EST

    Dan Gilbert

    On the court, Cleveland is an unmitigated disaster. They’ve won one game since the start of December. They are losing big. On the accountant’s ledger, the Cavaliers are winning big. It’s the remnants of the LeBron James era — money committed before he was gone more than covers a post-LeBron payroll, as Jason Lloyd explains…

  11. Warkentien’s new contract with Knicks ends July 1

    Feb 7, 2011, 5:11 PM EST

    Mark Walkenstein

    And we thought the hiring of Mark Warkentien director of pro personnel was a sign of stability coming to the New York Knicks. Silly us. We should know better. Warkentien’s contract ends July 1, according to Frank Isola at the New York Daily News. If you’re paranoid — and if you live in New York…

  12. Jerry Sloan signs a one-year extension to stay with Jazz

    Feb 7, 2011, 4:45 PM EST

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    It’s not a surprise, really more of a formality, but it’s still one nice piece of stability in the otherwise tumultuous world of the NBA. Jazz coach Jerry Sloan has signed a one-year extension to continue coaching the Jazz, according to Scott Howard-Cooper at NBA.com. “I’ve already signed a contract for next year,” he said…

  13. Pau Gasol is not turning into Kevin Garnett anytime soon

    Feb 7, 2011, 4:05 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s amazing how many people want Pau Gasol to be something he’s not. He is not a traditional, back-to-the-basket, power game center (and some Lakers fans criticized him for it). He doesn’t have a big ego and demand the ball, he gently reminds guys he’d like to touch the ball more (he gets criticized for…

  14. Spurs sign three-point specialist Steve Novak from D-League

    Feb 7, 2011, 3:13 PM EST

    Steve Novak

    Well, that didn’t take long. We told you Friday former Maverick (and Clipper and Rocket) Steve Novak was headed to the D-League’s Reno Bighorns to try and play his way back into an NBA contract. Monday we learned that the San Antonio Spurs are about to pick up Novak, according to Jonathan Givony of Draft…

  15. Good news: Marquis Daniels let out of hospital

    Feb 7, 2011, 2:50 PM EST

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    Some good news, the Celtics Marquis Daniels has been released and come home from the hospital. According to the official Celtics twitter account, “He was reported to have been joking and in good spirits.” Daniels collapsed early in the second quarter Sunday in the Celtics victory over the Magic. Daniels was trying to post up…

  16. Video: Watch Kevin Love learn he is an All-Star

    Feb 7, 2011, 2:31 PM EST

    Kevin Love

    Fun little video from the people at Recording NBA History: They were inside the Timberwolves locker room when Kevin Love learned he will be an NBA All-Star this season. Kurt Rambis gives the news… and you wonder how much the cameras in the room changed the amount of ribbing Love would have taken from teammates.…

  17. NBA Power Rankings: Antonio McDyess’ tip keeps Spurs on top

    Feb 7, 2011, 2:06 PM EST

    Antonio McDyess, Manu Ginobili, Richard Jefferson, Gary Neal

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, where the Heat and Mavericks are hot, but are they really better than the Spurs and Celtics 1. Spurs (42-8, Last Week #1). They are on the annual rodeo road trip (a rodeo kicks them out of their arena for a couple weeks) and early on they got a quality…

  18. Does Dwight Howard already have one eye on the door?

    Feb 7, 2011, 12:57 PM EST

    NBA: Orlando Magic at Los Angeles Clippers

    This is where we are now. When a player is a couple years away from free agency — as Dwight Howard is in 2012 — there will be stories about how if the team doesn’t win a title he is gone. The stories have started about Chris Paul as well, all in the wake of…

  19. Peja Stojakovic to make Dallas debut Monday night

    Feb 7, 2011, 12:25 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v New Orleans Hornets

    Smart move by the Dallas Mavericks, making Peja Stojakovic active for a scrimmage in his first game. That way there is no pressure on him. Stojakovic will make his debut as a Dallas Mavericks on Monday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com. Stojakovic was signed by the Mavericks Jan.…

  20. Rick Adelman not worried about next season, next contract

    Feb 7, 2011, 12:01 PM EST

    rick adelman

    Houston is at a crossroads — the plan of a team based around Yao Ming crumbled around the big man’s ankles and they have to figure out what is next. With that, they have done the smart thing and not offered any contract extensions to the six potential free agents on the roster. Flexibility, that’s…

  21. Why is Gilbert Arenas struggling? Because it’s cold outside.

    Feb 7, 2011, 11:31 AM EST

    Gilbert Arenas, Stan Van Gundy

    You know what was wrong with Gilbert Arenas Sunday? Why he was limping around and shooting 0-7 from the floor in Orlando’s loss to Boston? It was cold outside, he told CBSSports’ Ken Berger. “Cities that are high on the map, I have trouble with,” Arenas said. “Like (Boston) during the winter. But as soon…

  22. Marquis Daniels injury fallout: Celtics to recall Avery Bradley from D-League

    Feb 7, 2011, 10:26 AM EST

    Avery-Bradley

    Marquis Daniels frightening collapse Sunday turns out to be about a bruised spinal column that is going to keep him out a month at least maybe more. To fill in his spot on the roster, the Celtics will recall Avery Bradley from the Maine Red Claws of the D-League, according to a tweet from Gary…

  23. PBT Monday morning one liners

    Feb 7, 2011, 10:09 AM EST

    Ray Allen

    Ray Allen will be one of the contestants in the three-point contest All-Star weekend. Great piece by a Celtics fan and father talking about Kevin Garnett the role model: “He’s a jerk but he’s our jerk.” Linas Kleiza has denied a Greek report that he in part blamed the Raptors medical staff for his season-ending…

  24. Your Monday morning cup of coffee, er, Blake Griffin dunk

    Feb 7, 2011, 8:44 AM EST

    Blake Griffin Dunk

    What’s a Monday morning without a Blake Griffin dunk? It’s like Boston without a Dunkin Donuts run, or New York without an H&H Bagels. We could go with a couple from the Miami Heat game. You should check out the big Windmill dunk. But the best was this put-back dunk. Nobody on the Heat puts…

  25. Stephen Jackson is not changing just because of your little fines

    Feb 7, 2011, 8:12 AM EST

    Charlotte Bobcats v Miami Heat

    Stephen Jackson has lost $172,000 this season in fines and unpaid salary for his 11 technicals and one suspension. That is supposed to be a deterrent. Jackson laughs at your deterrent. And he is going to keep berating refs for their lousy calls, as he told the Associated Press. “No, I get techs because I…

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