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  1. Video: Dirk Nowitzki reads the lyrics of Britney Spears

    Jan 5, 2012, 10:34 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    I think what really makes this video is the robe. Sure there’s the pure poetry of the lyrics. The dramatic setting deserving of the classics. Dirk Nowitzki‘s dulcet tones. But the robe is really the best part. Hat tip to Eric Freeman at Ball Don’t Lie.

  2. Kobe wants to try exotic German blood treatment on wrist

    Jan 5, 2012, 8:59 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant’s knee has not been the problem this season. Which is a nice change of pace. Apparently flying all the way to Germany to have an experimental blood treatment done on his knee seems well worth the expense now. Just don’t ask about the wrist. We’re not talking about the wrist. Wait… what about…

  3. Keith Smart signs two-year deal to coach Kings

    Jan 5, 2012, 8:04 PM EST

    Keith Smart

    Keith Smart had an impossible situation in Golden State when he became head coach. Not long after he was hired the team was sold to new owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber whose mandate was to change the culture of a franchise that had been to the playoffs once in 17 years. Smart coached the…

  4. Heat’s LeBron James, Dwyane Wade both out Thursday

    Jan 5, 2012, 7:31 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    And the Big 3 are down to one tonight. Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are both going to sit out Thursday night’s Heat game against the Hawks, reports Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. We’re weighing everything, the schedule ahead, rest, how much treatment we can do and what the recovery time will be,” coach…

  5. Roy Hibbert wants you to know he is not Hasheem Thabeet

    Jan 5, 2012, 6:00 PM EST

    Roy Hibbert

    Roy Hibbert — he of “Parks & Rec” fame, who also happens to be the starting center for the Indiana Pacers — has pet peeves, just like the rest of us. And not just people who don’t use their turn signals. He was on 790 The Ticket in Miami and was asked what is the…

  6. Report: Warriors “aggressive” suitor to rent Dwight Howard

    Jan 5, 2012, 5:42 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    Dwight Howard gave the Magic a list of places where he would sign an extension (New Jersey, Dallas, the Los Angeles Lakers). The Magic said they would listen to offers from teams willing to “rent” Howard for this season without the guarantee he would opt in for another year at least (as Chris Paul did)…

  7. Stephen Curry clearly shaken by latest sprained ankle

    Jan 5, 2012, 4:06 PM EST

    nba-lockout-curry

    For those of us watching at home, when Stephen Curry sprained his ankle on Wednesday night it looked like the two other times he did it in the last three weeks. Or all the times he did it last season when the issue lingered. But it didn’t feel that way to Curry. He was far…

  8. Dwight Howard “too old” for another dunk contest

    Jan 5, 2012, 3:47 PM EST

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    Dwight Howard will be center stage All-Star Weekend in Orlando — the guy with the trade demand will either be in a different uniform or still in a Magic jersey but with trade rumors swirling around him and dominating the weekend. What he will not be center stage at is the dunk contest. The guy…

  9. Knicks fans may get wish — Shumpert may start Friday

    Jan 5, 2012, 3:28 PM EST

    New York Knicks v New Jersey Nets

    “We want Shum-pert.” The chant rained down on Madison Square Garden Wednesday night as Knicks fans are frustrated with their point guard play. Toney Douglas is the starter but he is a score-first guy who does not fit with Mike D’Antoni’s system. Landry Fields is at the two but he has struggled this season and…

  10. Sacramento Kings fire Paul Westphal as coach

    Jan 5, 2012, 2:38 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Sacramento Kings

    Locker room dissention plus confusion on the court equaled the firing of Paul Westphal as coach of the Sacramento Kings. The team made the announcement Thursday. Keith Smart will take over in the interim, starting Thursday night when the Kings host the Bucks. The Kings were 2-5 but not really playing even that well, with…

  11. Portland’s bandwagon getting full as Lakers come to town

    Jan 5, 2012, 2:24 PM EST

    portland-trail-blazers Gerald Wallace

    As you read this, the Portland Trail Blazers are the top seed in the Western Conference. Which after five whole games has all the meaning of a politician’s campaign promise, even in a 66 game season. Few people mention them as title contenders. But if you were watching the other day they beat Oklahoma City…

  12. Joel Anthony doesn’t know why he’s on All-Star ballot either

    Jan 5, 2012, 1:03 PM EST

    Joel Anthony

    There are usually some real head scratchers when the NBA All-Star Ballot is released, mostly because due to printing logistics the players are selected well before the season starts. Good rookies or breakout players can get left off, injured players are on the list. But this year things were pretty good, not a lot of…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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.…

  20. 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…

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