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  1. Rose on Howard: “Who wouldn’t want to play with him?”

    Jan 30, 2012, 9:54 PM EST

    Derrick Rose

    It’s official, we have a mutual admiration society. From the “what else was he going to say?” file, we have Derrick Rose returning the favor of Howard’s kind words and singing the praises of  Dwight Howard. And he got in a shoe plug, so well done. Here’s the quote via CSNChicago.com: “Me and Dwight definitely…

  2. How much has LeBron James’ post game improved?

    Jan 30, 2012, 7:47 PM EST

    LeBron Post

    If you’ve taken a drink every time a national TV broadcaster has referenced Miami Heat forward LeBron James‘ “improved post game” this season, there’s a good chance your liver hates you. After being shut down by the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals thanks, in part, to James refusing to punish the likes of Jason…

  3. Today in cool nerdy basketball news: Basketball-Reference has every box score ever thanks to a 77-year old box score hoarder

    Jan 30, 2012, 6:36 PM EST

    Bill Russell Red

    Grantland’s Robert Mays has a cool story up today on how one man with an obsessive love of NBA box scores allowed the invaluable basketball database basketball-reference.com to put every box score in NBA history on its website: Last week, Justin Kubatko made an announcement that, on the first reading, didn’t make much sense. Kubatko, of Basketball-Reference.com,…

  4. Kendrick Perkins thinks that Westbrook and Rose are similar, Westbrook doesn’t get a fair shake

    Jan 30, 2012, 6:28 PM EST

    Russell Westbrook, Juan Barea

    From Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears: Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins doesn’t want to hear anything aboutRussell Westbrook’s shot count or his drop in assists or his occasional arguments with Kevin Durant. The only thing Perkins sees in Westbrook is an All-Star point guard who has helped lead the Thunder to the NBA’s best record. “He always gets this label…

  5. Video: DeSagana Diop makes everyone who watches this video worse at free throws

    Jan 30, 2012, 6:11 PM EST

    DeSagana Diop

    I’d say this is the worst free throw attempt you’ll see today. but it’s maybe the worst one you’ll ever see. Ladies and gentlemen, DeSagana Diop.

  6. Wittman: Blatche to miss 3-5 weeks with calf strain

    Jan 30, 2012, 6:06 PM EST

    Andray Blatche Wizards

    Washington Wizards interim head coach Randy Wittman has just announced that starting power forward Andray Blatche will miss the next 3-5 weeks with a calf strain. Blatche is currently averaging 10 points and 7 rebounds per game for the 4-16 Wizards. Blatche is the embodiment of everything wrong with the Wizards — he shows flashes of scoring…

  7. Video: the 5 most clutch plays of Derek Fisher’s career

    Jan 30, 2012, 5:36 PM EST

    Derek Fisher

    Derek Fisher isn’t the fastest point guard in the league, or the best passer, or the best finisher or the best ballhandler, and he’s not even much of a shooter off the dribble. What Fisher is a strong, physical guard who knocks down open threes, doesn’t make bad decisions with the basketball, a leader in…

  8. Orlando Magic unable to get hotel reservations in Indianapolis on Super Bowl Weekend

    Jan 30, 2012, 5:17 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 2

    From the Orlando Sentinel’s Josh Robbins: The Magic are scrambling to find hotel accommodations prior to their game this upcoming Saturday against the Pacers in Indianapolis. There’s just one problem: There are no hotel rooms available in Indianapolis because Super Bowl XLVI will be played there the following day. “You guys can comment on that…

  9. Report: Kings have considered replacing GM Geoff Petrie

    Jan 30, 2012, 5:11 PM EST

    Geoff Petrie

    Geoff Petrie has been the GM of the Sacramento Kings since 1994, one of the longest tenures in the league. There have been good times (the Chris Webber era contenders) but he also built the current mismatched roster that has struggled for several seasons. A lot of where the Kings are right now falls on…

  10. Report: Lakers talking to Cavaliers about Ramon Sessions

    Jan 30, 2012, 3:42 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Los Angeles Lakers

    A bunch of Lakers fans just read that headline and either rolled their eyes or said, “who?” But this would be a good pickup for them. The Lakers have had talks with the Cleveland Cavaliers about trading for Ramon Sessions, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. No deal is imminent, but the Lakers view Sessions as…

  11. Kobe Bryant, Ricky Rubio already started Olympics trash talk

    Jan 30, 2012, 3:07 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant drives past Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Minneapolis

    The Lakers were in Minnesota Sunday night as part of their Grammys road trip (the event that kicks them and the Clippers out of Staples Center for a couple of weeks) and that means Spanish friends and teammates Ricky Rubio and Pau Gasol were hanging out talking in the hall after the game. Then Kobe…

  12. Baron Davis not playing, but he is selling a sitcom

    Jan 30, 2012, 2:48 PM EST

    Baron Davis, Jason Richardson, Corey Maggette

    The Cavalry will not come charging over the hill to save the Knicks on Tuesday, it appears. Both Carmelo Anthony and Baron Davis did not practice with the team Monday and appear out for Tuesday’s game against the Pistons, according to Howard Beck of the New York Times. Coach Mike D’Antoni called Anthony “doubtful” due…

  13. NBA Power Rankings: Top spot now Thunderstruck

    Jan 30, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

    Russell Westbrook, Kris Humphries

    The top three teams remain the same, just trading places, because they are the three best teams in the league right now. But all three also have long road trips coming up, which should test them. 1. Thunder (16-3, last week ranked No. 3). They are “only” fifth in point-per-possession differential in the league, but…

  14. Once again, J.R. Smith’s family fights with Chinese fans

    Jan 30, 2012, 12:52 PM EST

    CBA 11/12 First Round: Guangdong Hongyuan v Zhejiang Chouzhou

    In retrospect, the Chinese Basketball Association may have wanted to modify their rule to say teams could only sign NBA players for a full season AND those players families needed to stay home. There’s a culture clash going on. For the second time, J.R. Smith’s sister got in an altercation with fans at a Chinese…

  15. Jason Kidd expected to miss week, more with calf strain

    Jan 30, 2012, 12:22 PM EST

    Mavericks guard Kidd watches from the bench against the Spurs  during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    Jason Kidd did not play Sunday in the Mavericks overtime win against the Spurs and it may be a week or more before he returns. Kidd suffered a calf strain and had to leave Friday’s game not to return. Then before Sunday’s game coach Rick Carlisle said he could be out for at least a…

  16. Hornets find some interest in Kaman trade, but not much

    Jan 30, 2012, 11:54 AM EST

    Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman

    Chris Kaman is going to be sitting on the Hornets bench until he is traded. He could be sitting a while. The Hornets have gotten some calls from teams interested in acquiring the veteran center, reports the Times Picayune. That is different from saying those teams are making offers New Orleans has any interest in.…

  17. Monday And-1 links: Former Net now “Moses of Rikers.”

    Jan 30, 2012, 11:29 AM EST

    Jayson Williams

    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). Former Net Jayson Williams is now the “Moses of Rikers.” Can you blame all the problems in your life on Minnesota GM David Kahn? Maybe.…

  18. Dwight Howard open to playing with Derrick Rose, Bulls

    Jan 30, 2012, 11:08 AM EST

    Dwight Howard Derrick Rose

    And the “Dwight Howard said he would play here” tour has moved on to Chicago. This has all the meaning of a Kardashian wedding vow, but here is the quote from the Chicago Tribune when Howard was asked if he would be open to playing in Chicago with Derrick Rose. “If I could play with…

  19. Video: Kyrie Irving’s spinning game winner vs. Celtics

    Jan 30, 2012, 10:38 AM EST

    kyrie-irving-suns

    Sorry Celtics fans, I don’t mean to rub salt in your wound. Well, too much. But frankly this spinning game winner from Cavaliers’ rookie Kyrie Irving to beat the Celtics on Sunday is worth watching again (or at least one time if you haven’t seen it). That is a rookie calmly letting the clock run…

  20. May be another week or more before Davis joins Knicks

    Jan 30, 2012, 10:10 AM EST

    baron davis

    The Knicks are impatient. Losing will do that to you, and the Knicks are 1-9 in their last 10. Knicks fans are building a Texas A&M sized bonfire under coach Mike D’Antoni’s seat. Everyone is waiting to see what Baron Davis brings. It’s unfair to have him thrust into the role of savior, but he…

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