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  1. Winderman: ‘Melo trade means Knicks now target Chris Paul, Dwight Howard

    Feb 21, 2011, 11:31 PM EDT

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    Don’t even think about exhaling. The trade of Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets to the New York Knicks does not, finally, put the focus back on the court. Not in today’s NBA, or, more specifically, in tomorrow’s NBA. Think these past months were lessons in abject cruelty in Denver? Then consider what now follows…

  2. Carmelo Anthony traded to Knicks. Finally.

    Feb 21, 2011, 10:26 PM EDT

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    Carmelo Anthony has been traded to the New York Knicks. Finally. A saga that started this summer when Anthony and his representatives told Denver officials he would opt out of his contract and leave as a free agent if not traded — and that he would only sign an extension with the Knicks — has…

  3. Report: Nuggets coach George Karl likes the Knicks deal best

    Feb 21, 2011, 8:41 PM EDT

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    Coaches often make the worst general managers. They are notoriously bad at structuring trades. Coaches fall in love with players they think give them the best chance of winning right now. GM’s need to think big picture. So not all that surprising that while the Nuggets brass prefers the promise of Derrick Favors and picks…

  4. It’s official, Joakim Noah to play for Bulls Wednesday

    Feb 21, 2011, 7:05 PM EDT

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    Joakim Noah told us this was the target date weeks ago, but now it is official. Noah will return when the Bulls take on the Raptors Wednesday, coach Tom Thibodeau confirmed to ESPN Chicago. Nothing shocking here, but it’s not official. The Bulls went 22-8 in the 30 games Noah sat out, but make no…

  5. Video: DeMar DeRozan’s “Show Stopper” dunk, in slow-motion

    Feb 21, 2011, 5:55 PM EDT

    DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors (L)

    One last trip back to the Saturday night dunk contest, something fun to watch on a game-free night. On a night with dunks over cars and stuffed animals grabbed in people’s mouths, Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan may have had the best of the non-prop dunks. You can argue that Blake Griffin’s tornado dunk was better, but…

  6. All-Star Game draws best ratings since Jordan era

    Feb 21, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

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    It was more than just Rihanna and Drake (and Kanye). It certainly was more than Lenny Kravitz. It’s the game. The NBA is as hot as it has been since the Jordan era and that continued again Sunday — the All-Star Game from Staples Center had 9.1 million people tune in to watch, the highest…

  7. Report: Bobcats actively shopping Gerald Wallace, Stephen Jackson

    Feb 21, 2011, 4:36 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Charlotte Bobcats

    Well, someone is going to get traded besides Carmelo Anthony. We swear. If the Bobcats have their way one of their two best players — Stephen Jackson or Gerald Wallace — will be one of the people getting moved, according to a tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. Charlotte’s active in talks to move Gerald…

  8. Report: Nets ending pursuit of Carmelo Anthony. Or Not.

    Feb 21, 2011, 3:36 PM EDT

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    It still appears likely the Knicks will get the big prize. But whether or not the Nets are still fighting for Anthony is up for debate. Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix sent out this tweet Monday afternoon: Source says it appears Nets are “throwing in the towel” on pursuit of Anthony. Al Iannazzone of the Bergen…

  9. NBA Power Rankings: All-Star influenced edition

    Feb 21, 2011, 2:41 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics All-Stars

    With teams only playing one or two games this weekend due to the All-Star break, we decided to let the weekend activities influence the power rankings. Like dunking over a car moves you up. But just a little. 1. Celtics (40-14, LW #2). Doc Rivers played Kevin Garnett 7:32 in the All Star Game and…

  10. If Melo goes to Knicks, Nuggets and Nets may do deal anyway

    Feb 21, 2011, 1:42 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Golden State Warriors

    With all the talking the Nets and Nuggets have done in the last few months, it seems only just that they should do some kind of trade anyway. According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard (via twitter), the two sides would make a deal using the Knicks assets in a separate deal. Sources say NJ in talks…

  11. Warriors may try to pick up often-injured center this summer

    Feb 21, 2011, 12:31 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Portland Trail Blazers

    Well, this is a sentence I never thought I’d type: The Golden State Warriors will take a look at signing Greg Oden or Yao Ming this summer if they can’t get a big at the trading deadline, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Yup, you read that right. They have interest in two centers who…

  12. Dwyane Wade’s All-Star ankle tweak nothing serious

    Feb 21, 2011, 11:58 AM EDT

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    Dwyane Wade left the All-Star Game in the third quarter with an ankle injury, never to return to the court. Heat fans, you should… relax. Wade himself said this was nothing serious after the game, as reported by ESPN’s Heat Index. “It was an All-Star Game,” Wade said of his decision not to return. “If…

  13. Hornets Jarrett Jack arrested for DUI

    Feb 21, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v New Orleans Hornets

    New Orleans Hornets backup point guard Jarrett Jack was arrested for a DUI Sunday morning (late Saturday night), according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Jack played his college ball at Georgia Tech and still lives in the Atlanta area in the off-season, and returned there during the All-Star break. The arrest took place in Gwinnett…

  14. Video: Kobe Bryant, your NBA All-Star MVP

    Feb 21, 2011, 10:53 AM EDT

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    Kobe Bryant came out like a man on a mission — the guy who wins the All-Star MVP is usually the guy who wants it most. Playing on his home court (well, not actually the court, I have no idea what that two-toned monstrosity was) in front of the home fans Kobe put on a…

  15. Report: Carmelo Anthony to give final answer to Nets Monday

    Feb 21, 2011, 10:39 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    More than seven months after the whole drama started, Carmelo Anthony is going to finally make a decision Monday. He is finally going to inform the Nets whether or not he would sign an extension with them, according to the New York Post. If Anthony will sign the three-year, $65 million extension with New Jersey…

  16. Video: Kobe Bryant dunking like it’s 1999

    Feb 21, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

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    Kobe Bryant said it was playing with all those younger, high-flying players. The cynic in some — not us here at PBT, we would never be cynical or sarcastic — would say it was because he had a naked ambition to win another MVP award. Either way, Kobe was dunking Sunday night at the All-Star…

  17. Deron Williams denies report he plans to go to New York

    Feb 21, 2011, 8:19 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    You knew this was coming on All-Star Sunday like you knew Kobe Bryant was going to try and win the MVP and Blake Griffin would dunk the ball. Deron Williams denied a report that he plans to follow Amar’e Stoudemire to New York after his contract expires. He denied it directly to Ken Berger of…

  18. Kobe MVP mission was entertaining, just like All-Star Game should be

    Feb 21, 2011, 2:08 AM EDT

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    It was obvious Kobe Bryant was going hard after the MVP three minutes into the game. That’s when, with the score tied just 6-6, Kobe got the ball in the right corner, drove baseline on Derrick Rose, the help defense was late and he went up-and-under for the kind of reverse jam he probably hasn’t…

  19. Biggest winners and losers at the All-Star game

    Feb 21, 2011, 1:19 AM EDT

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    The All-Star game is an exhibition first and foremost, and when players are trying harder to entertain the crowd than they are to play good basketball, it’s hard to put too much stock into the results. Still, this year’s All-Star game was one of the most entertaining and competitive games in years, and a few…

  20. Reports have Nuggets, Knicks haggling over Mozgov, ‘Melo trade details

    Feb 21, 2011, 12:36 AM EDT

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    It’s near the endgame — Carmelo Anthony himself said after the All-Star Game Sunday “The deadline is Thursday. Something has to happen” (via Ken Berger of CBSSports). But still the Knicks and Nuggets are fighting over the details right up to the end. Alan Hahn of Newsday had the conflicting reports. That starts with earlier…

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