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  1. If you build it… Stern says the NBA could return to Seattle

    Feb 8, 2012, 9:25 AM EST

    Seattle_Sonics

    If you build it… David Stern will at least think about it. There are efforts afoot build a new arena in Seattle, something that the city’s mayor confirmed. Now, I’ve talked about winning the lottery and retiring to Maui next to Don Nelson, just like this arena that’s a long way from reality. But there…

  2. Baseline to Baseline recaps: LeBron beats Cleveland. Yawn.

    Feb 8, 2012, 8:49 AM EST

    Miami Heat forward James watches a replay of his score with teammate Miller against the Cleveland Cavaliers in their NBA basketball game in Miami

    What you missed while learning to play a-ha on the accordion…. Heat 107, Cavaliers 91: As has been their pattern, this is another game where the Heat played down to the level of the competition. At least for three quarters — in the fourth the Heat cranked up the defense and that was enough to…

  3. Video: Steve Nash’s birthday present game winner

    Feb 8, 2012, 2:02 AM EST

    Steve Nash, Grant Hill

    Steve Nash turned 38 on Tuesday. Don’t believe me? Here is a video of a guy in a pink gorilla suit singing happy birthday to him. Pink gorillas are not how Nash really likes to celebrate (as far as we know), hitting game winning shots is. Which is exactly what Nash did to the Milwaukee…

  4. Kobe Bryant believes someone else will score 81. Someday.

    Feb 8, 2012, 12:37 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    You’re going to be hearing a lot about Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game a lot in the next month, as the 50th anniversary of the occasion comes up on us. But you can put me in the group that think’s Kobe Bryant’s 81 point game is more impressive because he did it into the natural flow…

  5. Video: Paul Pierce passes Larry Bird on Celtics scoring list

    Feb 7, 2012, 10:01 PM EST

    Paul Pierce

    Any time you pass Larry Bird on any list, you’re doing something right. Paul Pierce should already have cemented himself as one of the Boston Celtics’ all-time great players, but to echo that point Pierce passed Bird to move into second on the Celtics all-time scoring list with a jumper in the third quarter that…

  6. D’Antoni tells Knicks fans to get a life, stop booing Jeffries

    Feb 7, 2012, 8:21 PM EST

    Mike D'Antoni

    Knicks fans have it in for Jarred Jeffries, a guy they see as stealing the midlevel exception for the past few years. He is emblematic of the bad years the Knicks are trying to move past in some fans mind, a guy overpaid for little production. Jeffries came back on a new deal but the…

  7. Video: Kings’ Isaiah Thomas gets his own documentary

    Feb 7, 2012, 7:40 PM EST

    Isaiah Thomas

    Today seems like a good day to mention this, the day after Isaiah Thomas sparked a Sacramento Kings come-from-behind win with 14 points and 5 assists in the second half. Thomas is getting his own documentary. What you see above is the trailer. Why him? He’s Mr. Irrelevant, the 60th and last pick of the…

  8. It’s official, Chauncey Billups out for season with torn Achilles

    Feb 7, 2012, 6:58 PM EST

    Chauncey Billups Clippers

    After watching Chauncey Billups have to be helped off the court Monday night, everyone feared the worst but was coming but hoping against hope it wasn’t true. It is. Chauncey Billups out for the season with a torn left Achilles tendon, the team announced Tuesday afternoon. Usually these injuries take 12 to 18 months to…

  9. Samuel Dalembert gets benched as message from McHale

    Feb 7, 2012, 5:11 PM EST

    Samuel Dalembert

    Minutes — that is the most effective thing a coach can hold over a player’s head in the NBA. Kevin McHale did that Monday night — he didn’t like the activity level out of his big men against Denver, so he benched them. Samuel Dalembert and Jordan Hill played the first seven minutes of the…

  10. League admits Aldridge goaltend call on Durant was wrong

    Feb 7, 2012, 4:42 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    Portland should have had the win. Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge looked like he’d made the defensive play of the game, blocking a Kevin Durant layup on the last play of regulation, but then Scott Foster, the referee out near half court, called goaltending. Tie game, 103-103, and the Thunder went on to win in overtime. Tuesday…

  11. Nuggets say Gallinari suffers “significant” ankle sprain

    Feb 7, 2012, 3:50 PM EST

    Danilo Gallinari

    It’s not good. It’s not as bad as was reported last night, so that’s a relief. But it’s not good. The Nuggets are reporting Danilo Gallinari‘s injury as a “significant” ankle sprain, but not the chip fracture that was reported last night. Here are the tweets of interest from Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated. Nuggets…

  12. New York riding the wave of Jeremy Lin… but it will hit shore

    Feb 7, 2012, 2:57 PM EST

    Jeremy Lin

    You know how you can be working hard on a really hot day, spending hours helping your friend move (including getting that couch up three flights of twisting stairs), and you really could go for a beer. When it’s all done, someone hands you a cold Bud Light and it tastes like the best beer…

  13. All-Star Weekend rookie/sophomore game to go playground

    Feb 7, 2012, 1:52 PM EST

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    There’s always a bit of a playground element to the NBA Rookie Challenge — what you and I call the rookie/sophomore game — on Friday night of All-Star weekend. Remember last year John Wall threw a bounce-pass ally-oop last year, it’s all about as playground as it gets. So this year they decided to take…

  14. Kobe denies report of poor recruiting call with Howard

    Feb 7, 2012, 1:28 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant Dwight Howard

    We passed along the report over the weekend, one that cropped up in a couple places, that a conversation where Kobe Bryant tried to recruit Dwight Howard to Los Angeles turned off the center. That Kobe told Howard that the offensive options would be first Kobe, then Pau Gasol, then Howard. Which struck me as…

  15. Chris Paul tells Dwight Howard “just keep playing hard”

    Feb 7, 2012, 12:46 PM EST

    2009 NBA All-Star Game

    Chris Paul and Dwight Howard were going to be the twin Carmelo Anthonys for this season — guys in the last year of their contract holding that over their teams’ heads to get a trade to a destination of their choosing. Except the Hornets traded Paul to the Clippers and turned Los Angeles into a contender.…

  16. Carmelo Anthony out 1-2 weeks with groin strain

    Feb 7, 2012, 11:53 AM EST

    Carmelo Anthony

    The good news is that Carmelo Anthony‘s groin strain is not serious. The bad news is this is a slow injury to heal and it has to be fully healed or it is easy to re-aggravate. The Knicks announced that Anthony will be out one-to-two weeks to heal the injury, reports Howard Beck of the…

  17. Tuesday And-1 links: Want to watch Gilbert Arenas workout?

    Feb 7, 2012, 11:14 AM EST

    Washington Wizards v Sacramento Kings

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT). Gilbert Arenas is going to conduct an open workout in Los Angeles this week so teams can come and decide for themselves if he’s got…

  18. Kobe Bryant says he’s not leaving Lakers to chase rings

    Feb 7, 2012, 10:40 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant chews on his jersey during NBA game in Los Angeles

    Right now, Steve Nash is the guy in the “trade him so he can get a ring” spotlight, even though he’s not pushing for a trade. But if the Lakers keep deteriorating, it’s not impossible to imagine that day coming for Kobe Bryant, either. Well, it is for Kobe. He told Stephen A. Smith of…

  19. Nuggets’ Danilo Gallinari out with chip fracture in ankle

    Feb 7, 2012, 9:29 AM EST

    Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari celebrates a score past the Toronto Raptors in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game in Denver

    This is a blow to a Nuggets team that has been one of the best offenses in the league Denver’s leading scorer Danilo Gallinari has gone down with a chip fracture in his ankle from when he rolled it in the third quarter of Denver’s loss to the Rockets Monday night. A chip fracture, also…

  20. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Jeremy Lin is king of New York

    Feb 7, 2012, 8:58 AM EST

    Jeremy Lin Knicks

    What you missed while thinking that even though you didn’t love Madonna’s halftime show at the Super Bowl, it was better than the Black Eyed Peas doing Tron or whatever it was the year before…. 76ers 95, Lakers 90: It was the Kobe Bryant and Lou Williams show, and it was our game of the…

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