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  1. Monday And-1 links: Schedule wearing everyone down

    Jan 16, 2012, 11:11 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics

    Welcome to our 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). Is fatigue setting in for the Chicago Bulls? Maybe a little, but it is the same for every team. Yao Ming is getting into politics in…

  2. Full slate of NBA on tap for Martin Luther King day

    Jan 16, 2012, 10:51 AM EST

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    The NBA has tried to make Martin Luther King Day it’s sporting day — and it’s a good fit (well as good as any sporting attempt to claim the day). The NBA has become a league about inclusion on a lot of levels: If you can ball well enough it doesn’t matter if you are…

  3. Kendrick Perkins returns to Boston for first time Monday

    Jan 16, 2012, 9:51 AM EST

    Rajon Rondo Kendrick Perkins

    It’s going to be weird. With all due respect to Jeff Green, nobody in the Boston locker room wanted the Kendrick Perkins trade to go down. Perk was part of the family, part of the foundation, part of the reason there is banner 17 at the Boston Garden. Celtics fans didn’t like it much either,…

  4. Video: Pistons new locker room way nicer than your place

    Jan 16, 2012, 8:47 AM EST

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    The Palace at Auburn Hills got some upgrades this off-season. Which it needed. So thank you Tom Gores. (He owns the Pistons and the building now, so he wrote the check.) But the coolest of those was the new locker room for the Pistons, which has a lounge sweeter than half the clubs the players…

  5. Kobe says guys most like him: Derrick Rose, Chris Paul

    Jan 16, 2012, 8:06 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant Derrick Rose

    Kobe Bryant is the guy with the rep as the toughest dog in the junkyard. Deservedly so. Which led to this interesting comment he made after the Clippers knocked off the Lakers Saturday night, via ESPNLosAngeles.com. “The game just gets easier with Chris Paul,” Bryant said before comparing himself to Paul. “He’s a dog. He’s…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Who needs Manu?

    Jan 16, 2012, 1:41 AM EST

    Steve Nash Tony Parker

    What you missed while thanking you deity of choice that we don’t have to see any more “discount double take” commercials the next three weeks. Please tell me we don’t….. Spurs 102, Suns 91: Even without Manu Ginobili, the Spurs have more depth than the Suns, and that came through in this game. Tim Duncan…

  7. Caron Butler nearly returned to Miami

    Jan 15, 2012, 10:26 PM EST

    Clippers' Butler tries to strip the ball from Lakers shooting guard Bryant during NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles

    Caron Butler was part of a pretty special team in Miami. It featured Dwyane Wade in his rookie season, Lamar Odom, and Butler. It was a young, athletic team with players starting to come into their own. They upset the Hornets in the first round and then gave the Pacers a run in the second…

  8. Chris Paul injury forces Clippers to call-up Courtney Fortson from NBA Development League

    Jan 15, 2012, 9:10 PM EST

    Courtney Fortson

    Chris Paul suffered a strained hamstring in the Los Angeles Clippers’ 102-94 victory on Saturday night and, while the injury isn’t expected to keep him out for long, the team has a plan in place until their All-Star point guard returns to full strength. That contingency plan comes with the name Courtney Fortson, a waterbug-type…

  9. Are the Bulls taking too long to agree to an extension with Thibodeau?

    Jan 15, 2012, 8:20 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Chicago Bulls

    Tom Thibodeau won 62 games in his first season as Chicago’s head coach. He won Coach of the Year. He took his team to the Eastern Conference Finals. So naturally, the Bulls are taking their time agreeing to an extension with him. And now, there’s a report from New York that he’s not super-thrilled with…

  10. Boston is 4-7, if Kevin Garnett doesn’t turn it around neither will Boston

    Jan 15, 2012, 2:59 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    When Kevin Garnett came to the Celtics in 2008, he helped change the team culture by not putting up with excuses. He wanted his ring and this team was going to get him there — don’t pull your own weight at your own risk. To this day he still talks a good game. But this…

  11. Nets, Grizzlies continuing pursuit of Mayo trade

    Jan 15, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

    O. J. Mayo

    O.J. Mayo is moving past last season’s disaster which featured a fist fight on a plane with a teammate, a suspension for PEDs, and the first benching of his since he started playing basketball at the competitive level. He’s played well on and off ball, has been more coachable and has rediscovered his scoring knack.…

  12. Lamar Odom nearly took sabbatical this season over personal isssues

    Jan 15, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Lamar Odom

    Lost in discussions of his mental state on the floor and history, as well as the turmoil over a rejected trade that wasn’t good for two of the three teams anyway has been the fact that Lamar Odom had a rough summer. He was driving to the funeral of a cousin when his driver accidentally…

  13. Clippers showing a lot of room for improvement… and still winning

    Jan 15, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Chris Paul is still trying to get his guys to know what he wants them to do. Chauncey Billups is still firing away without enough consideration and dribbling like he’s the point guard at times. Caron Butler is still finding his legs. DeAndre Jordan is still adapting to being the anchor of the defense down…

  14. Chis Paul strains hamstring in win over Lakers

    Jan 15, 2012, 2:09 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    During the Clippers’ 102-94 win over the Lakers Saturday night, while Kobe Bryant was shooting his way out of an early game slump on his way to 42 points on 28 shots, Chris Paul was slicing and dicing for 33 of his own on 22 shots. Paul was a monster against the Lakers, and the…

  15. Danny Granger, Pacers will host dinner for Pacers workers affected by lockout

    Jan 14, 2012, 8:30 PM EST

    Danny Granger

    Danny Granger is good to his word. From the Indianapolis Star: Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger will host the dinner he tweeted about during the NBA lockout. Sunday’s event at Bankers Life Fieldhouse is for many of the part-time employees who did not get paid from July 1 until Nov. 26. “The plan was for…

  16. Report: If Howard goes to L.A., the Nets look to rebuild… again

    Jan 14, 2012, 6:22 PM EST

    Deron Williams, Dwight Howard

    In the film “Rounders,” Matt Damon’s former poker genius character lists the “cardinal rule”: Always leave yourself outs. It sounds much simpler than it is. The natural impulse when you lose one hand is to try and compensate the next quality hand you’re dealt. The addictive nature of gambling and the desperate mental impact of…

  17. Chris Bosh: ‘(Heat) are still the best team in the league.’

    Jan 14, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

    NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    From Chris Tomasson at Fox Sports Florida after Miami’s Friday night loss to the Nuggets: ChrisBosh-“We’re still the best team in the league You’re going to have to go through things like this Things aren’t always going to go wellSat Jan 14 06:57:06 via webChris Tomasson christomasson One problem, Boshness. You’re not. I had held…

  18. Video: Nike’s latest spot for the #KobeSystem: ‘Success for the Successful’

    Jan 14, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

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    While we showed you the teaser clip for the KobeSystem a couple of weeks ago, the ad campaign for Kobe Bryant‘s latest basketball shoe — the Nike Zoom Kobe VII — has now officially launched. It’s star-studded, and continues with the theme of Bryant as motivational speaker somehow convincing everyone that by adapting his system…

  19. Lakers-Clippers: 5 Things to Watch

    Jan 14, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

    Clippers' Paul sails to the basket as Lakers' players watch during their NBA preseason game in Los Angeles

    Saturday night is the first matchup of the new-look CP3-lead Clippers against the old guard Los Angeles Lakers. The Showdown at Staples, Part 1. The Lakers are coming in hotter than a pistol behind Kobe Bryant‘s 40-point streak, while the Clippers have also managed to hold on despite some questions about their defense, standing just…

  20. Injury notes: Blake out 3-4 weeks, Camby deals with ankle

    Jan 14, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    On top of Dwyane Wade‘s ankle injury, Marcus Camby also suffered a sprained wheel and will probably miss some time. From the Oregonian: Trail Blazers center Marcus Camby said he is in “a lot of pain” and unable to put weight on his left ankle after it rolled during the second quarter Friday night in…

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