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  1. Jazz go young, veteran players not thrilled with new role

    Jan 5, 2012, 12:23 PM EST

    NBPA Representatives Meet To Discuss NBA Lockout

    The Jazz are in a rebuilding mode. That means young players such as Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter are going to get big minutes and be given the rope to learn on the job. There is a reason veteran players don’t like to be on rebuilding teams. This is leading to some tension…

  2. Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman smack Clippers as unprofessional

    Jan 5, 2012, 11:47 AM EST

    Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman

    The biggest threat to the Clippers becoming a contender in the next few years is the Clippers. Not the players so much but the organization and owner that have been a laughing stock for decades due to poor management. Do you think they were able to trade that away? Not if you listen to Chris…

  3. Thursdays And-1 links, where Lakers fans are just wrong

    Jan 5, 2012, 10:52 AM EST

    Andrew Bynum

    Welcome to our morning 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). In this poll, 56 percent of Lakers fans would rather have Andrew Bynum as their starting center over Dwight Howard. Those fans are fools. I’m…

  4. Video: Kenneth Faried’s first NBA points are impressive

    Jan 5, 2012, 10:32 AM EST

    kenneth-faried

    We had this video in our Baseline to Baseline recap of last night’s action, but it was too good not to give the play its own post. Denver Nuggets rookie big man Kenneth Faried got his first NBA points last night on a no-look ally-oop pass from Rudy Fernandez. It’s not only the play of…

  5. Kobe getting pain killing injection in wrist before every game

    Jan 5, 2012, 10:18 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant passes around Houston Rockets Courtney Lee and Kyle Lowry during their NBA game in Los Angeles

    Kobe Bryant’s wrist injury seems to impact him on the court in spurts. There bad shooting nights and some lost control on the dribble, then he’ll turn around and look like his old self for a stretch. In the Lakers loss to Denver Kobe shot 6-of-28 and there were questions, he bounced back with 14-of-29…

  6. Frustrated John Wall, Wizards lash out after another loss

    Jan 5, 2012, 9:09 AM EST

    Nick Young, John Wall, JaVale McGee

    The Washington Wizards are 0-6, and that really doesn’t do justice to how poorly they have played. After another loss Wednesday night — a game that started with a 12-0 Orlando run, that started with Washington going 0-12 shooting, and never got much better — John Wall let his frustrations out, speaking with Michael Lee…

  7. Stephen Curry rolls right ankle, leaves game. Again.

    Jan 5, 2012, 8:32 AM EST

    Stephen Curry, Nicola Vucevic, Lou Williams, Jrue Holiday

    Off-season surgery to tighten the ligaments. Rest. New shoes. Just about every tape job imaginable. Stephen Curry has tried everything. And yet, he rolled his right ankle again in the third quarter Wednesday night and had to leave the game, reports Matt Steinmentz at CSNBayArea.com. This is the third time in the last three weeks.…

  8. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Bobcats and Knicks have the same record

    Jan 5, 2012, 4:14 AM EST

    Carmelo Anthony

    What you missed while watching West Virginia score more first half points than 15 the NBA teams playing last night (seriously)…. Bobcats 118, Knicks 110: Boris Diaw outplayed Amare Stoudemire. Gerald Henderson took it to Landry Fields at every turn. The Charlotte Bobcats outworked a Knicks team that has a lot of talent but looks…

  9. LeBron James rolls ankle, questionable for Thursday

    Jan 5, 2012, 2:15 AM EST

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James walks during a time out in the closing minutes of his team's loss to the Atlanta Hawks in their NBA basketball game in Miami

    Miami could be without LeBron James and Dwyane Wade on Thursday in Atlanta. Wade was already day-to-day with a sore foot then late in the third quarter Wednesday night LeBron rolled his ankle when he inadvertently stepped on the foot of Paul George during a fast break. LeBron stayed in the game for another seven…

  10. Courtesy of a technical difficulty: A brief, precious symphony of basketball

    Jan 4, 2012, 7:03 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Every Tuesday, Turner Sports allows NBA fans worldwide to decide which game will be broadcast — in glorious high definition — nation-wide on their basketball-only network, NBA TV. “Fan Night” is the channel’s most overt catering to the game’s faithful, and a nice treat for basketball fans that, for whatever reason, opt not to invest…

  11. Rip Hamilton back in Detroit… but as a Bull. That’s weird.

    Jan 4, 2012, 6:29 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Chicago Bulls

    I’m still not used to it. Richard Hamilton is a Chicago Bull now and — when healthy and in the lineup — a key part of the diversification of the Chicago offense. He’s fitting in well. But it still seems a little weird to see the facemask and headband with a Bulls uniform, not a…

  12. Paper cites Baron Davis injury as a “herniated d*ck”

    Jan 4, 2012, 5:24 PM EST

    Golden State Warriors v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Due to the “people in glass houses” rule I am loath to report on the typos of other publications, but this one is too funny to pass by without a note. The Charlotte Observer’s game story about the Bobcats vs. Cavaliers had a note about Baron Davis (remember he was on the Cavaliers roster when…

  13. Does it really matter if Durant, Westbrook like each other?

    Jan 4, 2012, 4:47 PM EST

    Kevin Durant Russell Westbrook

    Another interview, another chance for Kevin Durant to downplay any tension between himself and Russell Westbrook. This time it was with Hoopsworld, and if you want to see the video follow this link. Here is the money quote from KD: “There’s a lot of people that want to see us fail, of course, but it’s…

  14. NBA releases All-Star ballot, here are my early votes

    Jan 4, 2012, 4:12 PM EST

    All-star-nba-logo0103_rdax

    You can vote — and not just if you’re a Republican in Iowa. The NBA opened All-Star Game voting to the fans on Wednesday, so you can pick who will not play any defense in Orlando Feb. 26. Fan voting picks the starters, the coaches for the teams help pick the rest of the squad.…

  15. Flip Saunders seat not hot at all in Washington

    Jan 4, 2012, 3:36 PM EST

    Flip Saunders

    If you were trying to names coaches on the hot seat early this season, Flip Saunders name would come to mind. Because his Wizards squad is the lone winless team in the NBA, for one. Because even with John Wall and JaVale McGee in the lineup the Wizards have the very worst offense in the…

  16. ‘Melo’s late three against Raptors not a shot D’Antoni loved

    Jan 4, 2012, 2:32 PM EST

    Carmelo Anthony

    With 17.7 seconds left Monday night the Knicks were down three to the Toronto Raptors. With Amare Stoudemire out, everyone west of the Mississippi knew that the ball would be in Carmelo Anthony’s hands. They isolated him on the right side, and he went with the quick pull-up contested three. He missed, Raptors win. That…

  17. Zach Randolph out up to 8 weeks with torn knee ligaments

    Jan 4, 2012, 1:48 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    It looked bad when it happened, but the Grizzlies said it was just a bruise. No, it’s bad, bad news and they are singing the blues in Memphis. Zach Randolph will be out up to two months with a tear of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee, reports the Commercial Appeal. The injury…

  18. Manu Ginobili to have hand surgery, out 6-8 weeks

    Jan 4, 2012, 1:03 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    The San Antonio Spurs are going to have to get by without their best player for a couple weeks longer than they thought. Ginobili is going to have surgery on his broken hand Thursday and will be out six to eight weeks, coach Gregg Popovich announced, tweets Mike Monroe of the Express-News. Ginobili tweeted that…

  19. Deron Williams, Kris Humphries out for Nets vs. Celtics

    Jan 4, 2012, 12:08 PM EST

    Deron-Williams

    We knew it was going to be a few more days before fans could get back to booing Kris Humphries due to a sprained shoulder, but now another key Nets player will be out Wednesday against Boston. Deron Williams will sit out the game due to sore ribs, reports Stefan Bondy at the New York…

  20. Dwyane Wade questionable for Wednesday with sore foot

    Jan 4, 2012, 11:37 AM EST

    Miami Heat shooting guard Wade drives past Hawks center Horford and center Collins to score in the first half during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    Dwyane Wade has been playing through a sore foot and rather than risk it getting worse he may sit out the team’s Wednesday night contest against the Pacers. That is what coach Erik Spoelstra told the media Wednesday as Wade had skipped the morning shootaround because of the injury. Here is what Spoelstra said, via…

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