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  1. Timberwolves’ Ricky Rubio looking stylish in GQ spread

    Jan 26, 2012, 2:44 PM EST

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    Ricky Rubio is answering the questions on the court. Which means a lot more people want to ask him questions. He is an in-demand media request but he handles it — like he handles pressure on the court — with the calm demeanor of a veteran. Probably has something to do with him having played…

  2. Video: Dallas Mavericks championship ring ceremony

    Jan 26, 2012, 1:49 PM EST

    Mark Cuban, Dirk Nowitizki

    Has Mark Cuban ever had more fun? Here is the Dallas Mavericks ring ceremony from Wednesday night. By the end of it, even Cuban was glad he decided to go with the rings after all. Nice touch by the way to give Mavs legends Brad Davis and Rolando Blackman rings. Classy. And no, they could…

  3. Chris Paul wants Pau Gasol to know he’s not his kid

    Jan 26, 2012, 1:27 PM EST

    los-angeles-lakers, Kobe, Chris Paul, Pau Gasol, Clippers

    There is starting to be a real rivalry is Los Angeles. It showed up in a little end of game sequence from the Lakers win over the Clippers Wednesday night between Chris Paul and Pau Gasol. Chris Paul was walking near Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant and all were talking a little when Gasol reached…

  4. Andrew Bogut to have MRI on ankle, but he’s not optimistic

    Jan 26, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

    Andrew Bogut, Mario Chalmers, Shane Battier

    In the first quarter Wednesday night, Andrew Bogut sprained his left ankle when he stepped on Kyle Lowry foot. He never returned to the game. He was wearing a walking boot after the game and will get an MRI Thursday. But he didn’t sound optimistic in talking to the Journal Sentinel. “It wasn’t good,” Bogut…

  5. Most ludicrous rumor ever: LeBron back to Cleveland

    Jan 26, 2012, 11:56 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    I think Thomas Wolfe was right — you can’t go home again. Especially if you are LeBron James. Certainly not in the near future. You are not going to returning to the Cavaliers. At PBT we try to avoid the craziest, most ludicrous rumors out there (Dwight Howard for Amare Stoudemire, for example) and bring…

  6. Thursday And-1 links: Heat arena as homeless shelter?

    Jan 26, 2012, 11:38 AM EST

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    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). Some politicians want to force Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena to house the homeless on non-game nights (that was part of the public financing plan). Feels like…

  7. Bad blood created as Blazers, Batum fail to reach extension

    Jan 26, 2012, 10:48 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers small forward Nicolas Batum defends against Sacramento Kings guard Marcus Thornton in Portland

    Nicolas Batum is a key role player in Portland — he’s already one of the league’s best perimeter defenders, scores 11.1 points per game off the bench and can stretch the floor shooting 40 percent from three this season. But the two sides could not reach a deal on an extension to his rookie contract…

  8. Andrea Bargnani re-aggravates calf injury, says it’s “worse”

    Jan 26, 2012, 10:03 AM EST

    Toronto Raptors Andrea Bargnani reacts after hitting a shot during their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City

    Andrea Bargnani missed six games with a calf injury, and the Raptors were 0-6. He returns and the pick up two wins — beating Phoenix (where he had 36 points) and in Utah. But in the overtime against the Raptors, Bargnani hobbled to the bench, apparently re-aggravating the calf injury that had kept him out.…

  9. Video: Blake Griffin was a highlight reel against Lakers

    Jan 26, 2012, 9:06 AM EST

    Blake Griffin

    Blake Griffin had it going on against the Lakers — he was in rare highlight form. Even for him. So we’re bringing a few to you. It was more than just the dunks, by the way — Griffin was 6-of-9 from 10 feet out to the arc. He is far from consistent on his midrange…

  10. Luol Deng could return to Bulls lineup Sunday against Heat

    Jan 26, 2012, 8:35 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics

    When the Bulls said earlier this week that Luol Deng would be out “for a while” what they meant was less than a week. Apparently. Deng has torn ligaments in his wrist but could return to the lineup Sunday when the Bulls have a big showdown with the Miami Heat, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.…

  11. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Indiana gets a little revenge

    Jan 26, 2012, 7:59 AM EST

    Joakim Noah, Danny Granger, David West

    What you missed while being exhausted, just like Demi Moore…. Lakers 96, Clippers 91: This was feisty like a playoff game and was our game of the night. Pacers 95, Bulls 90: Last year in the first round of the playoffs the Bulls brushed the Pacers aside with ease — this game was evidence of…

  12. Gasol, Bryant end Lakers’ losing streak, spoil Paul’s return to the court

    Jan 26, 2012, 2:37 AM EST

    Pau Gasol, DeAndre Jordan

    The Los Angeles Clippers held the lead over the Lakers for most of the game on Wednesday night, but were unable to put the game away at any point, and ended up succumbing to the Lakers because of Pau Gasol‘s aggressive play and yet another late-game takeover by a Mr. Kobe Bryant. The Clippers got…

  13. Eric Gordon rejects contract extension from Hornets

    Jan 26, 2012, 12:29 AM EST

    Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman

    David Stern gave the Hornets brass the freedom to try and reach a deal with Eric Gordon, a four-year extension of his rookie deal. But whatever the money he approved was not enough, and he rejected a contract extension offer from the Hornets, reports the Associated Press. We don’t know what the offer was, so…

  14. Del Negro “expects” Paul to play against Lakers

    Jan 25, 2012, 10:35 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Los Angeles Clippers

    According to the Los Angeles Times, Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro has announced that Chris Paul will start in tonight’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers: Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said he “expects” Chris Paul to start Wednesday night against the Lakers in their designated home game at Staples Center. Paul had missed the…

  15. Mike Brown talks about the Lakers’ offense

    Jan 25, 2012, 10:23 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    Since the Lakers hired Mike Brown in the off-season and abandoned the legendary triangle offense, the team has fallen from 7th to 16th in the league in offensive efficiency. Before Wednesday’s Lakers-Clippers tilt, Brown talked about the Lakers’ offensive struggles, saying that because of the veteran Lakers’ lack of speed, they “have to be an…

  16. The Kobe System: Forbes says Bryant NBA’s top earner

    Jan 25, 2012, 9:10 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    Apparently the Kobe System has taken him beyond success. You’re welcome. As part of their NBA financial breakdown on Wednesday, Forbes Magazine named the top earners in the NBA, based on both salary and endorsements. Not shockingly (and to the delight of Vanessa), Kobe Bryant tops the list at $53.2 million last year. Kobe made…

  17. Wade works out hard but will not play against Pistons

    Jan 25, 2012, 7:13 PM EST

    Miami Heat shooting guard Wade looks on from bench as Miami Heat plays against San Antonio Spurs during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    This is what we told you to expect — Dwyane Wade could play if he had to, but coach Erik Spoelstra and the Heat are going to keep their powder dry against the lowly Detroit Pistons. Wade traveled with the team to Detroit, took part in shootaround and worked hard but is not going to…

  18. Suns Robin Lopez suspended one game for bumping official

    Jan 25, 2012, 6:50 PM EST

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    Robin Lopez — like a lot of the Suns players in their loss to the Raptors Tuesday — was frustrated with the officiating. Particularly when he got pushed in the back by Andrea Bargnani with 8:20 left in the second quarter and there was no call made. So, Lopez ran down the court and made…

  19. Mark Cuban, Magic Johnson trying to buy MLB’s Dodgers

    Jan 25, 2012, 5:31 PM EST

    Magic Johnson

    Here’s the consensus in Los Angeles — whoever buys the Dodgers will be an upgrade over the previous owner. So long as you don’t need to use the franchise as an ATM machine and run it into the ground while being a public spectacle, you’re an upgrade. An auction of the Dodgers as part of…

  20. Minnesota gets Love on its terms — and a lot of pressure

    Jan 25, 2012, 4:25 PM EST

    Kevin Love, Wayne Ellington, Ricky Rubio

    Minnesota, a franchise known for handing out ridiculous contracts — hello Wally Szczerbiak! — picked now to become frugal. Kevin Love wanted a five-year, $80 million max extension to his rookie deal, but Minnesota wouldn’t give it. Four years, $62 million was the offer on the table. Minnesota won the battle Wednesday, they got their…

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