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  1. Maloofs move significantly to meet Sac’s proposal, Kings fans provide political cover for arena deal to get done

    Feb 27, 2012, 2:55 PM EST

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    In the end, it was about a city and its team, and the will to fight for what was theirs. Kevin Johnson did the heavy lifting and the heavy hitters moved the ball forward, but it was the Sacramento Kings fans that gave the local politicians the will and the way to see the Kings…

  2. There they stay: Framework in place to keep Kings in Sacramento

    Feb 27, 2012, 1:55 PM EST

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    Much regarding the basketball future of the Sacramento Kings remains up in the air, but this particular Monday brought an unequaled security to the franchise, its city, and the Kings’ legions of ardent fans. According to Sam Amick of SI.com, the Monday meeting held to discuss arena funding plans in Sacramento has produced the “framework…

  3. Blazers release Armon Johnson to clear roster spot for Joel Przybilla

    Feb 27, 2012, 1:30 PM EST

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    The team on the cusp of contention with a full roster is typically a bad omen for some deep-reserve player or another; in their efforts to improve via trade or free agency, teams almost inevitably have to release players as a space-creating endeavor, getting nothing in return but the freedom to go about their transaction…

  4. Momma says: Dwight Howard’s mom reportedly wants him to stay in Orlando

    Feb 27, 2012, 12:58 PM EST

    Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard gestures during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Dwight Howard has a big decision on his hand. He reportedly hasn’t retracted his trade demand, nor has he decided where he explicitly wants to go. The Magic haven’t decided to actively pursue offers, choosing to wait and see what happens after they offer another extension after March 1st. So in general, nothing new to…

  5. Video: What super powers would NBA players want?

    Feb 27, 2012, 10:34 AM EST

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    The Baketball Jones guys kill it again. All through All-Star Weekend you have to suffer through players answering terrible questions (same thing happens at the Super Bowl). Jeremy Lin does a press conference on Friday and the first question is about his NBA 2K12 score and what he thinks of it. Ugh. But if you…

  6. Recapping PBT’s coverage of All-Star weekend from Orlando

    Feb 27, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

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    After four exciting and exhausting days in Orlando for All-Star weekend, it’s time for PBT to get out of town. The weather was good, and the city itself might be great, but we wouldn’t know due to spending the entire time shuttled between hotels, convention centers, and of course, the Amway Center downtown. Speaking of…

  7. Monday And-1 links: All-Star Weekend notes edition

    Feb 27, 2012, 9:59 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). All weekend Deron Williams got asked about Jeremy Lin again and again — not his favorite topic, as you might guess — but he did…

  8. And sometimes, Glen Davis dances for pizza

    Feb 27, 2012, 9:30 AM EST

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    Forget the All-Star Game and MVPs and celebrity music performances and introductions. Forget media availability and parties and nonsense. Forget the Dunk Contest and the Skills Challenge. The real best thing about All-Star Weekend is that it provides opportunities like this for people like The Basketball Jones to make videos about a fake Hedo Turkoglu…

  9. Deron Williams says Nets ready for weeks of speculation

    Feb 27, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

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    It’s about to become the only think anyone talks about. Through All-Star Weekend, Dwight Howard was able to keep a lid on the speculation about whether or not he will be traded. But that is about to change. The Magic players and front office staff are going to be asked constantly about whether or not…

  10. Video: Russell Westbrook’s power dunk in All-Star Game

    Feb 27, 2012, 7:59 AM EST

    West All-Stars Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma Thunder dunks as East All Stars LeBron James and West's Kevin Love looks on

    We could run dunk highlights from the All-Star Game all day long Monday (and there will be more) but this was one of our favorites. Not only because it’s a powerful slam by Westbrook, but look at the photo (below) and check out LeBron James‘ reaction.

  11. Kobe Bryant suffers nasal fracture, concussion, will see specialist

    Feb 27, 2012, 2:10 AM EST

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    (Update: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports also reported Bryant suffered a mild concussion as well as the broken nose. Two-for-one. Ouch.)   The Lakers announced Sunday night that Kobe Bryant suffered a nasal fracture in the third quarter of the 2012 NBA All-Star Game after a hard foul from Dwyane Wade. Bryant held his nose…

  12. Your 2012 All-Star Game winners and losers

    Feb 27, 2012, 12:01 AM EST

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    It’s an exhibition, but it’s still a competition. Someone has to win (the West, 152-149). Someone has to lose. We’re here to sort it all out for you. The winners. The losers. And even how you can be both. Winner: Kevin Durant. The game MVP did it all — he had maybe the best dunk…

  13. Kevin Durant wins 2012 All-Star MVP, West beats East 152-149

    Feb 26, 2012, 11:56 PM EST

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    The 2012 NBA All-Star game started off as a blowout, but ended up being competitive to the final possession. Kevin Durant and LeBron James tied for the game-high in scoring with 36 points each, but Durant got the MVP nod as his West squad held on to win in exciting fashion, 152-149. Durant started off…

  14. Video: Chris Paul with off-the-backboard ally-oop to Durant

    Feb 26, 2012, 11:54 PM EST

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    Chris Paul‘s passing makes every dunk just a little bit better. (Ask Blake Griffin if you don’t believe me.) Here Paul takes the outlet lob (can’t really call that a pass) and sets up Kevin Durant for one of the better dunks of the night. Next year for the All-Star Dunk Contest, Chris Paul should…

  15. Kobe passes Jordan, has more All-Star Game points than anyone

    Feb 26, 2012, 10:00 PM EST

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    Kobe Bryant is a rare combination of a guy who has been at an All-Star level for a long time — this was his 14th year — and a guy who is always ready to compete. Even in a meaningless exhibition he will need to show his dominance (hence the four All-Star Game MVPs). Which…

  16. Video: LeBron’s nasty windmill dunk from All-Star Game

    Feb 26, 2012, 8:59 PM EST

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    The first half of the NBA All-Star Game Sunday saw more — and more creative — dunks than we saw in the actual Dunk Contest Saturday night. One of the best was the windmill from LeBron James. By the way, LeBron had five first half dunks, one ahead of Blake Griffin‘s four, as they had…

  17. West sets All-Star game record by scoring 88 points in the first half

    Feb 26, 2012, 8:54 PM EST

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    The 2012 All-Star game hasn’t been filled with a ton of memorable highlights just yet, but here in Orlando at halftime, one of the teams has accomplished something worth noting. The West is out to an 88-69 lead over the East, and the 88 points is a record for the most scored in a half.…

  18. Kevin Durant wants LeBron, Westbrook, star power in Dunk Contest

    Feb 26, 2012, 7:15 PM EST

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    We can all admit it — Saturday night’s NBA Dunk Contest was sad. It was scripted and felt stiff. Jeremy Evans deserved the win for a legitimately impressive dunk, and a lot of people liked Paul George’s black-light dunk (more than I did). But overall, not good. Kevin Durant is thinking exactly what you are…

  19. Dwight Howard isn’t talking trade, but everyone else is

    Feb 26, 2012, 4:49 PM EST

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    Three times on Friday and Saturday I heard a reporter try to broach the topic of trade demands and where he might play in the future with Dwight Howard, and every time he has responded that he is not talking about anything past All-Star Weekend. “The situation we are in right now is All-Star Weekend.…

  20. Your Lakers trade rumors and speculation of the day

    Feb 26, 2012, 3:30 PM EST

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    I’m just going to put this one out there, and let you decide how you feel about it. Peter Vescey of the New York Post, yes, him,  has a post describing the Dwight Howard situation and the Lakers’ involvement. Apparently there’s been an offer, and apparently it was shot down. From the Post: “I can…

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