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  1. Josh Howard fined $25,000 for flagrant foul against Spurs

    Jan 2, 2012, 5:27 PM EST

    Josh Howard Jazz

    Late in the third quarter Saturday night Jazz forward Josh Howard put the hard foul on James Anderson of the Spurs. That got him a flagrant foul at the time. Stu Jackson at the league office looked more closely at it and decided Howard deserved a flagrant two and a $25,000 fine on top of…

  2. Kobe shooting woes sign of changes coming to Lakers

    Jan 2, 2012, 5:06 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant looks on against the New York Knicks during second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Kobe Bryant was ice cold last night, shooting 6-of-28. That of course has led to the standard black or white Kobe discussion on the internet — his defenders act as if he can do no wrong, his detractors think he shoots for his ego not because he’s one of the game’s great all time shooters.…

  3. Steve Nash will continue to play through rib injury

    Jan 2, 2012, 3:12 PM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    The Suns haven’t been themselves offensively this season, and neither has Steve Nash. Traditionally one of the league’s best shooters, Nash has managed to go just 7-of-29 from the field over his last three games, and hasn’t cracked double digits in scoring since the season-opener against New Orleans. A rib injury is likely the cause…

  4. Dwyane Wade says 2012 will be his last Olympics

    Jan 2, 2012, 2:48 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade Team USA Olympics

    Dwyane Wade is considered one of the locks for the 2012 USA Basketball roster for the London Olympics. He has Olympic experience helping the USA get the gold medal in Beijing, he is probably the best two guard in the game today and in what should be an up-tempo affair he is one of the…

  5. Video: Rubio gets the assist through Nowitzki’s legs

    Jan 2, 2012, 2:28 PM EST

    Spanish basketball player Ricky Rubio wa

    Ricky Rubio does flashy things on the court, but not for the sake of being flashy (like White Chocolate back in the day). It’s because it’s the efficent way to make the play. If you need to get the ball to the Anthony Tolliver for the corner three but Dirk Nowtizki is in your way,…

  6. Amar’e Stoudemire out Monday… enjoy the ‘Melo show

    Jan 2, 2012, 2:12 PM EST

    Amare Stoudemire

    Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni has said Amare Stoudemire is doubtful for the team’s Monday against Toronto. Fantasy owners of Carmelo Anthony rejoice. Stoudemire rolled his ankle against the Warriors last week. New York was without him against the Kings Saturday and got the win, but that was the Kings. They have issues. Of course, the…

  7. NBA Power Rankings: Blazers climb, Heat on top of mountain

    Jan 2, 2012, 1:35 PM EST

    Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, LeBron James

    Lots of big moves up and down as the rankings start to shake themselves out a little. In college football they should hold off doing polls through those early weeks because said polls impact the postseason, but as the NBA has a playoff to determine who is best let’s dive in. 1. Heat (5-0, last…

  8. What lockout? Ratings, attendance up early for NBA

    Jan 2, 2012, 12:40 PM EST

    old_tv

    Apparently you do not hold a grudge. It’s early and the schedule was front loaded with some compelling matchups, but so far television ratings and attendance numbers are up around the NBA. Lockout? What lockout? The Los Angeles Times has the details. The five Christmas Day openers produced healthy ratings on TNT, ABC and ESPN,…

  9. Deron Williams “frustrated” with losing in New Jersey

    Jan 2, 2012, 12:28 PM EST

    Deron Williams, Dwight Howard

    Things are ugly in New Jersey — and they could get a lot worse. The Nets fell to 1-4 Sunday after getting handled by the Cavaliers on Sunday. They are not a good team. The only thing that would make it worse is if they lost Deron Williams to free agency this summer… so maybe…

  10. Monday And-1 links: More LeBron hairline jokes

    Jan 2, 2012, 11:14 AM EST

    LeBron James Hairline Getty

    Welcome to our morning 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). Happy birthday LeBron, you’re bald. Michael Beasley’s finger injury Sunday seemed pretty bad — especially the part on television where you could see him say…

  11. Dwyane Wade compares Ricky Rubio to Steve Nash

    Jan 2, 2012, 10:40 AM EST

    Timberwolves Rubio Arrives Basketball

    There’s a long way to go in Ricky Rubio’s career — he’s just 21. We feel like we’ve been hearing about him forever because he burst on the scene at the highest level of Spanish basketball at age 16, but he is still very young. Even at 21 he has the court vision and sense…

  12. Kobe youngest player to 28,000 points, not catching Kareem

    Jan 2, 2012, 9:10 AM EST

    New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers

    There’s irony that it came on one of the worst shooting nights of his career, but Kobe Bryant set a historic NBA scoring mark on Sunday night. With a fourth-quarter free throw Kobe became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 28,oo0 points. Kobe is 33 years, 131 days. Only five other players in…

  13. Wolves rookie Malcolm Lee out six weeks with knee surgery

    Jan 2, 2012, 8:44 AM EST

    Malcolm Lee

    Malcolm Lee was not the rookie Timberwolves guard getting all the notice, but he was a guy going to get a chance. He still is going to get a chance, but not for a couple months. He is out at least six weeks after knee surgery, reports the Star Tribune. Wolves rookie guard Malcolm Lee…

  14. Kings GM, owner say no plans to trade DeMarcus Cousins

    Jan 2, 2012, 8:08 AM EST

    DeMarcus Cousins, Paul Westphal

    The Sacramento Kings are creating a textbook case of “how not to handle an unhappy player.” DeMarcus Cousins and coach Paul Westphal got into another in a long series of arguments after Saturday night’s Kings loss to the Knicks. Sunday, the coach released a statement saying Cousins had demanded a trade and was not going…

  15. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Denver makes lay-ups, beats L.A.

    Jan 2, 2012, 2:38 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    What you missed while breaking your New Year’s resolutions already… Nuggets 99, Lakers 90: Best game of the night and there was a little fire to this one — second nights of a home-and-home often carry over some tension. Denver jumped out early with Kobe Bryant shooting only 1-of-10 in the first half and the…

  16. The complexity of the Kings’ Cousins situation

    Jan 2, 2012, 12:53 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Sacramento Kings

    Following the Kings’ press release from Coach Paul Westphal concerning DeMarcus Cousins‘ behavior following a recent loss, the Kings are kind of facing a disaster. To list the things that should not happen in a professional sports organization A professional ball player should not behave in such a way as to elicit multiple suspensions and…

  17. Kings’ Cousins demands trade… or did he? Sacramento is a mess.

    Jan 1, 2012, 8:53 PM EST

    Demarcus Cousins

    UPDATE 8:53 pm: Here is coach Paul Westphal’s pregame quote to the media and comments about the Cousins situation, via NBA.com. “He can only have so many chances and something has to be done.  And it’s time something has to be done.”  Westphal is not sure if Cousins will travel with the team on their…

  18. The Mavericks have a plan to get Lamar Odom up to speed and out of the Triangle

    Jan 1, 2012, 5:19 PM EST

    Lamar-Odom-traded

    Lamar Odom has been terrible as a Dallas Maverick. 4-27 from the field bad. Halved production per 36 minutes bad. Outright disaster bad. But it’s early, and he’s adapting to a new system and new teammates after a lot of years under Phil Jackson and the triangle in L.A. More than that, though, he’s been…

  19. Michael Finley wants another shot in the NBA

    Jan 1, 2012, 2:44 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Sacramento Kings

    Michael Finley was last seen as a bit player on Boston in the 2010 playoffs. He was unable to get floor time due to age and injuries and quietly faded into the sunset, right? Not so fast. HoopsHype spoke to the former Spurs champion who says that he wants to give it another go… now…

  20. Kings players on Paul Westphal’s offense: “What offense?”

    Jan 1, 2012, 11:43 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Sacramento Kings

    “What offense?” When the guy who is supposed to be the anchor in the middle for your franchise for the next decade says that about the team’s offensive system, you’ve got a serious issue. You’ve got a coach on the hot seat. You’ve got Sacramento. In the race to the bottom for the first coach…

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