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  1. However you build it, U.S. Olympic team will be very good

    Jan 17, 2012, 2:10 PM EST

    Krzyzewski & Kobe Bryant

    We don’t know exactly what the U.S. Olympic team will look like in London. We know the pool of players — the 20 finalists — the roster will come from. And we know a couple other things: Mike Krzyzewski and staff have some hard choices ahead of them. This team will be very, very good.…

  2. Video: Andrea Bargnani’s underground All-Star anthem

    Jan 17, 2012, 1:27 PM EST

    Raptors Bargnani reacts to a missed basket against the Nets during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    Brilliant. We told you Andrea Bargnani is having a career year in Toronto (which, along with the Raptors improved defense, should have people using the words “Dwane Casey” and “coach of the year” in the same sentence). He’s actually defending as well as giving Toronto 22 points a game, and he’s doing it more efficiently…

  3. Celtics focus on improvement, believe wins will follow

    Jan 17, 2012, 1:08 PM EST

    Boston Celtics head coach Rivers argues with a call against the Dallas Mavericks during their NBA basketball game in Boston

    Focus on the next step and you will arrive at your destination. No, it’s not one of Phil Jackson’s coaching mantras, it’s what the Celtics are doing in the wake of a five-game losing streak and a 4-8 record that has them looking up at the playoffs right now. Focus on getting better and the…

  4. Dwight Howard keeps his cool as trade rumors swirl

    Jan 17, 2012, 12:01 PM EST

    Magic's Howard listens to the National Anthem before their NBA basketball game against the Kings in Sacramento

    It’s the Clippers. No, it’s still the Nets. No, the Lakers. And Orlando still loves you! Rumors are swirling around Dwight Howard like he’s an honorary Kardashian, but he is keeping his cool, keeping his head down and winning games. And for now that is working. The latest rumor to come up was that the…

  5. Wade out Tuesday, no timetable for return to lineup

    Jan 17, 2012, 11:36 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Denver Nuggets

    UPDATE 11:36 am: In a surprise to nobody, the Heat have announced that Wade will not play Tuesday against the Spurs. So, back to The LeBron James Show, with a guest appearance by Chris Bosh. Don’t ask when Wade will be back. 10:43 am: Dwyane Wade sprained his ankle last Friday night in a game.…

  6. Tuesday And-1 links: Portland’s sell out streak in jeopardy

    Jan 17, 2012, 11:07 AM EST

    Brandon Roy

    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). Portland’s 166 game sellout streak is in danger of coming to an end. Which speaks more to the condensed schedule and the economy than it does…

  7. Vince Carter day-to-day after foot injury on final shot

    Jan 17, 2012, 9:42 AM EST

    vince-carter-550

    Vince Carter was the guy who got the shot to try and tie the Lakers Monday night and send a dramatic yet sloppy game to overtime. He missed. And instantly after he landed he started limping. While the Lakers celebration raged on around them the trainers came out to check on Carter’s foot, even Mark…

  8. Video: Dwyane Wade’s 30th birthday bash was sweet

    Jan 17, 2012, 9:19 AM EST

    NBA basketball player Wade attends a showing of the Richard Chai Spring/Summer 2012 collection during New York Fashion Week

    I don’t know about you, but my 30th birthday was not quite this nice (took in Social D in Vegas, if you have to ask). Dwyane Wade‘s 30th birthday not only had his girlfriend Gabrielle Union and buddy LeBron James hanging out on stage, there were performances by Kelly Rowland signing Happy Birthday, Rick Ross,…

  9. Jordan thinks Kobe is the only one who deserves comparison

    Jan 17, 2012, 8:55 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant Michael Jordan

    Let’s just get this out of the way up front — Kobe Bryant is not as good as Michael Jordan. That may frustrate a handful of the Kobe apologists out there, but the fact is he is not, and that is not about ring count. Jordan was superior on the court. But if you can…

  10. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Kobe passed with the game on the line

    Jan 17, 2012, 3:38 AM EST

    Lamar Odom, Kobe Bryant,

    What you missed while trying to figure out how to pay off your $44 million hospital bill…. Thunder 97, Celtics 88: Boston’s fifth loss in a row was our game of the night. Lakers 73, Mavericks 70: The Lakers won this game — and were the better shooting team — hitting 38.2 percent of their…

  11. Video: Derek Fisher hits game winner for Lakers

    Jan 17, 2012, 1:43 AM EST

    Derek Fisher

    When will people learn to cover Derek Fisher on a potential game winning shot? Let’s be clear — Derek Fisher has almost nothing left and should barely see the court for the Lakers. But what he still has in abundance is a self-confidence that in the biggest moments lets him fearlessly let a shot fly.…

  12. Boston’s best game still not enough to beat Thunder

    Jan 17, 2012, 12:57 AM EST

    Russell Westbrook, Rajon Rondo

    The good news: The return of Kendrick Perkins and the challenge to match up to one of NBA’s elite teams in the Oklahoma City Thunder got the Celtics to play their best game of the season. The bad news: Oklahoma City 97, Boston 88. Maybe the highlight for Boston fans was the video tribute to…

  13. Video question: Terrible shot or crafty assist?

    Jan 16, 2012, 11:15 PM EST

    Kevin Love

    Minnesota’s Luke Ridnour got credited with an assist on this play with Kevin Love, and Love points like it’s an assist… But was it really? Or was that a terrible, bail out shot that just happened to take the right bounce? You be the judge.

  14. Draft class of ’08 not getting many contract extensions

    Jan 16, 2012, 9:02 PM EST

    Derrick Rose

    Pop quiz: How many players out of the 2008 NBA draft have gotten the early extensions to their rookie deals as of now? Answer: One. Derrick Rose. That could change a little over the next 10 days — Jan. 25 is the deadline to do an early extension — but only a little. As David…

  15. Coach, McGee self ally-oop disagreement sums up Wizards

    Jan 16, 2012, 7:11 PM EST

    Flip Saunders

    As you can see above, in the third quarter of the Wizards latest loss Monday, JaVale McGee decided to showboat a little with the self ally-oop. It pretty much summed up the Wizards — impressive but unnecessarily showy and self-serving, all while the team was losing. Actually, what would have made it the perfect Wizards…

  16. Report: Dwight Howard adds Clippers to list of places he’d sign

    Jan 16, 2012, 6:48 PM EST

    Magic's Howard meditates just before the tip-off of their NBA basketball game with the New York Knicks in New York

    Dwight Howard with Blake Griffin and Chris Paul? Take that Miami. This would be the new Big Three. Howard apparently likes the idea — almost as much as Clippers fans. No matter how unlikely it is in reality. Howard has added the Clippers to the list of teams he would sign an extension with, reports…

  17. Video: JaVale McGee with the ally-oop to himself

    Jan 16, 2012, 5:18 PM EST

    JaVale McGee

    Make no mistake, the Wizards are terrible, but they still have a couple guys who can make the losing entertaining (at least for a while). One is the guy who should have won the dunk contest last year, JaVale McGee, who had the monster slam you can see above. The ally-oop to himself. Which did…

  18. Kevin Love offers to buy tickets for Timberwolves fans

    Jan 16, 2012, 4:34 PM EST

    Kevin Love, Tim Duncan

    Now this is community relations. Kevin Love tweeted this over the weekend. Our fans have been Awesome. Buy a ticket to the Kings game and I’ll buy your seat for Detroit. Call Now!!! 612.673.1640. It’s not a joke, the offer is real. The Kings game is Monday, the Pistons game is Tuesday. Traditionally those two…

  19. Phil Jackson reached out to Lamar Odom to help

    Jan 16, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

    Lamar Odom

    Things are not going well for Lamar Odom, on or off the court. Things were bad enough off the court he considered taking a year off — and that was before the Lakers tried to trade him. It was his wife Khloe Kardashian that encouraged him to get back out there. Off the court issues…

  20. NBA Power Rankings: Heat slip, Bulls charge into top spot

    Jan 16, 2012, 3:02 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose listens to coach Tom Thibodeau during their NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Chicago

    Miami tripped up out West and the Bulls ran over them on the way to the top of PBT’s weekly power rankings. Meanwhile, jump on the Sixers bandwagon while you can. 1. Bulls (12-2, last week ranked No. 2). Five wins in a row and their next five games are against teams under .500, so…

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