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  1. The Knicks, Carmelo, D’Antoni, and being set up for success vs. failure

    Jan 21, 2012, 4:23 PM EST

    New York Knicks Introduce Mike D'Antoni

    It’s panic time in New York. Not across the board, mind you. There are always those that seek calmer seas, that urge for patience, that understand that all teams go through winning and losing streaks, and just because times are rough it does not mean you throw out the mustached baby with the What-Toney-Dougalas-Do bathwater.…

  2. Hornets closing in on Eric Gordon extension?

    Jan 21, 2012, 2:55 PM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    When the Hornets traded Chris Paul for multiple players including Eric Gordon, there was a concern that due to their rebuilding process, Gordon may not be willing to spend his years in the Big Easy wasting away through a lottery reconstruction. Gordon is entering restricted free agency, after all, and a signing of the qualifying…

  3. Weekend Observations 1.21.12: Dead legs and the dirty ground

    Jan 21, 2012, 1:18 PM EST

    Ricky Rubio

    Each weekend we bring you 25 random observations from the NBA week that was.  1. The Lakers use the pick and roll a lot but what winds up happening is it just resets the offense on the weak side. It doesn’t result in shots or quick passes. It’s like spending 10 hours cooking a hamburger.…

  4. Paul Pierce “can’t pay attention” to trade rumors

    Jan 21, 2012, 11:31 AM EST

    Paul Pierce

    Steve Nash and what is left of the once-feared Phoenix Suns came into the Gah-den and beat the Boston Celtics Friday night. That would be six losses in the last seven games, and like Friday some are coming to below .500 teams. That is some more fuel on the growing “blow up the Celtics” fire.…

  5. While Knicks struggle, back-up Jeremy Lin messes around and gets a triple-double in the D-League

    Jan 21, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

    Jeremy Lin

    The New York Knicks have been dealing with quite a few issues this season, some of which are related to injury, but it was succinctly summed up on Friday night when Knicks blog Posting and Toasting wrote that they would “rather eat a cactus than watch these Knicks.” If fans aren’t quite ready to start…

  6. Video: Kevin Love’s game winning three beats Clippers

    Jan 21, 2012, 8:28 AM EST

    Kevin Love

    Kevin Love was the happiest man in the building. (His agent, Dan Fegan, who is trying to get him a contract extension and was in the building, may have been second). How did this play go down? We present to you a quote from each of the coaches, then we will let you draw your…

  7. Ricky Rubio’s game translates to NBA just fine thank you

    Jan 21, 2012, 3:06 AM EST

    Ricky Rubio

    For the first three quarters Friday night, the Ricky Rubio doubters out there — those that said his game would never translate to the NBA —  had their chance to crow. “He can’t shoot” and he was 0-10 from the floor. “He can’t defend” and Mo Williams was tearing him apart (along with everyone else…

  8. Adelman would like to see Kevin Love’s contract get done

    Jan 20, 2012, 11:20 PM EST

    Rick Adelman

    Agent Dan Fegan — who represents Kevin Love — was courtside at Staples Center Friday night to watch his star power forward. Timberwolves GM David Kahn also was seen walking around the building. Rick Adelman would like the two to get together and talk. They have until next Wednesday to reach a deal for an…

  9. Video: Celtics owner Wyc talks about his team’s age

    Jan 20, 2012, 9:57 PM EST

    Wycliffe Grousbeck

    Celtics owner and CEO Wycliffe Grousbeck was on “Sports Biz: Game On” with Darren Rovell on the NBC Sports Network Friday and talked about the impact of the lockout, and more importantly to Celtics fans the older team they have this year and their plans. He sounds positive that things will work out this year,…

  10. Derrick Rose officially out Friday, talks about toe injury

    Jan 20, 2012, 6:53 PM EST

    Derrick Rose, Leandro Barbosa

    UPDATE 6:53 pm: The Chicago Bulls have made official what we expected, Derrick Rose will sit out Friday night’s game in Cleveland with his toe injury. Don’t be shocked if he misses another game or two. Guys are missing more games with these minor injuries this season due to the compacted schedule. Thanks again, lockout!…

  11. Dwight Howard tells Shaq to “get on with his life”

    Jan 20, 2012, 6:50 PM EST

    Dwight Howard Shaquille O'Neal

    Shaquille O’Neal loves to needle Dwight Howard. Why? Mostly because he’s Shaq, but there is that whole silly “Superman” thing (Shaq’s nickname but a persona Howard used to win the dunk contest in 2008). Now, Shaq’s got a big megaphone on TNT’s Inside the NBA. National broadcast where he can and did say Andrew Bynum…

  12. Spike Lee gives Barack Obama some new Air Jordans

    Jan 20, 2012, 5:33 PM EST

    Spike Lee, Barack Obama, Air Jorans

    Among the perks of being president — sweet new free Air Jordans. That and a full-time chef at your disposal so if you want a pastrami sandwich at 4 a.m. you get it. Famous director Spike Lee was at the White House recently and tweeted the picture to the right where he gave Barack Obama…

  13. Deron Williams has a wish list, too. Nets are on top for now.

    Jan 20, 2012, 4:41 PM EST

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    The conventional wisdom has been that if the Nets could not land another star to join Deron Williams in New Jersey this season or Brooklyn next season, he would opt out this summer — crushing the Nets franchise that gave up a lot to get him — and heading to his hometown of Dallas next…

  14. Report: Magic may keep Howard, try to land Steve Nash

    Jan 20, 2012, 4:19 PM EST

    Steve Nash

    More and more, it feels like the Orlando Magic may not trade Dwight Howard — despite Howard’s trade request still being on the table — do what they can to keep him and roll the dice that he doesn’t opt out of his contract and walk away leaving them nothing this summer. How do they…

  15. Video: LeBron James runs over Marlins owner

    Jan 20, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

    LeBron James

    One of the cool things about being Jeffrey Loria, the owner of the Florida Marlins (plus being insanely rich), is if you want courtside seats to the Lakers vs. Heat you can get them. And you can have LeBron James almost run over you. The impressive part really is that LeBron catches him and pulls…

  16. Lakers change offensive systems then struggle. Shocking.

    Jan 20, 2012, 2:59 PM EST

    Lakers' Bryant watches a Heat free throw in their NBA basketball game in Miami

    When some of us argued that Brian Shaw was the best coach to take over the Lakers after Phil Jackson left, the reasoning was simply that you don’t change horses in the middle of the stream. The Lakers are still (theoretically) in a championship window. They had been playing the triangle for years and while…

  17. Report: Vanessa Bryant scores $75 million in divorce from Kobe

    Jan 20, 2012, 1:58 PM EST

    vanessa-bryant

    Damn, that’s a big number. Vanessa is will get about $75 million in her divorce from Kobe Bryant. It’s not unexpected — Kobe Bryant was reportedly worth about $150 million and when he married Vanessa there was no prenuptial agreement. They stayed married 10 years, through the bulk of Kobe’s career. Now the divorce settlement…

  18. Stephen Jackson suspended from Friday’s game by coach

    Jan 20, 2012, 1:08 PM EST

    Stephen Jackson

    There was clearly a little something brewing between Bucks swingman Stephen Jackson and coach Scott Skiles, when Jackson was benched the entire fourth quarter Wednesday. After the game Skiles said he did it because. “”I thought he looked fatigued, I guess” and Jackson’s response was “If they want to blame it on somebody, I’ll take…

  19. Technology and the future of attending an NBA game

    Jan 20, 2012, 12:11 PM EST

    Vivek ranadive 2

    NBA teams are struggling to figure out how to fit modern technology into the live NBA experience. How we get information and share our experiences is changing with technology, and teams are trying to figure out how to keep up. Mark Cuban in Dallas says he wants to eliminate the “look down” moments, so his…

  20. Friday And-1 links: JaVale McGee’s mom loves her son

    Jan 20, 2012, 11:10 AM EST

    JaVale McGee

    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). JaVale McGee’s mom loves her son, even if her defense of him shows a few blind spots. As a parent, I can relate… except my kids…

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