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  1. It’s official: Derrick Rose agrees to max extension with Bulls

    Dec 20, 2011, 9:04 PM EST

    Derrick Rose

    This was as expected as Santa’s rounds in a few days. Derrick Rose has agreed to a five-year, $94 million max extension with the Bulls, reports Aggrey Sam at CSNChicago.com. That actually is a super-max deal under the “Derrick Rose” rule in the new CBA that allows players getting their first extension of their rookie…

  2. Warriors, Monta Ellis sued for sexual harassment

    Dec 20, 2011, 8:38 PM EST

    Golden State Warriors v Boston Celtics

    A former employee of the Golden State Warriors is suing the team and star Monta Ellis for sexual harassment, reports Matt Steinmetz at CSNBayArea.com. An e-mail from the law offices of Burton F. Boltuch said that on Wednesday, Dec. 21, a plaintiff will file the suit in Oakland at the Superior Court of Alameda County.…

  3. Stephen Jackson returns to practice with the Bucks

    Dec 20, 2011, 7:18 PM EST

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    There was plenty of speculation that Stephen Jackson had ulterior motives for skipping out on a few days of Milwaukee Bucks practices — read: money — but maybe not. Maybe it was all about his back. Jackson was cleared to practice Tuesday and will be back on the court with the team Wednesday, reports the…

  4. Big Baby likes starting, getting out of Garnett’s shadow

    Dec 20, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

    Glen Davis

    Glen Davis has his ring. He’s had his moments in the sun. He’s done the Shrek and Donkey thing on a national stage. Now, he wants to play a bigger role. That wasn’t happening in Boston where Kevin Garnett will start at the four until he can no longer clap in the face of smaller…

  5. Paul Pierce to miss preseason game… maybe opening day?

    Dec 20, 2011, 4:13 PM EST

    Paul Pierce

    Paul Pierce has a right heel injury, one that will keep him out of Wednesday’s preseason game against the Raptors. But a veteran missing a preseason game is not going to turn any heads. But him missing the season opener against the Knicks would. It is possible, the Celtics are admitting. Here are the cryptic…

  6. Video: Nike’s new “Always On” spot with Stoudemire

    Dec 20, 2011, 3:20 PM EST

    Amare Stoudemire Vouge

    Best part of this spot is the number by French Montana. This is the latest spot in the Nike Sportswear “Always On” series and we get to follow Amare Stoudemire around New York doing everything but playing basketball. But we get a look into the Sunday brunch at Stoudemire’s house, which looks about as sweet…

  7. Report: Nets close to one-year deal with Kris Humphries

    Dec 20, 2011, 3:01 PM EST

    Kris Humphries Nets

    Kris Humphries was in column of guys who expected to get paid this free agency, coming off his best year as a pro, only to find the market tighter than they thought. Maybe GMs expect the Kardashian effect to wear off now. Looks like Humphries will stay put for the next season, reports Adrian Wojnarowski…

  8. Brook Lopez admits he was a lazy rebounder last year

    Dec 20, 2011, 2:10 PM EST

    Miami Heat v New Jersey Nets

    Last season, Brook Lopez grabbed 10 percent of the available rebounds when he was on the floor. Six rebounds per game. Think about that for a second — in a perfectly even world all 10 players on the floor would grab 10 percent of the boards. But if you are a seven-footer who plays around…

  9. Knicks bump courtside disabled seat prices 900 percent. Classy.

    Dec 20, 2011, 1:42 PM EST

    Madison Square Garden

    Christmas Day the Knicks will take the floor at the renovated Madison Square Garden — and fans are going to pay a premium to see them thanks to finally having a decent team on the court and the upgraded facilities. But this is ridiculous. From the New York Post (via IamaGM.com). (Quadriplegic former Brooklyn high…

  10. Blazers’ Allen talks openly about being small market owner

    Dec 20, 2011, 1:01 PM EST

    Paul Allen

    Paul Allen got painted as the bad guy this summer, fair or not. But to his credit, when he sat down with reporters Monday he was honest — he was a hardliner. Which is ironic as the Blazers were one of the bigger spending small markets of the last couple decades. Portland followed the pattern…

  11. Video: Durant shows off the Nowitzki step back

    Dec 20, 2011, 12:11 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    In the Western Conference Finals last year, Kevin Durant got an up close look at Dirk Nowitzki‘s wrong-footed step back jumper. Too good a look for Durant’s taste. Well look what Durant broke out in a preseason game Monday. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

  12. Ray Allen thinks David West made a mistake choosing Indy

    Dec 20, 2011, 12:02 PM EST

    Ray Allen

    David West is a Pacer, a big pickup for an Indiana team that barely scrapped into the playoffs last year. They picked up an All-Star power forward who is as good a pick-and-pop big as there is in the game. But West was almost a Celtic and would have been key to their run at…

  13. Report: Rockets out of the Dalembert sweepstakes, Kings in

    Dec 20, 2011, 11:28 AM EST

    Samuel Dalembert

    Samuel Dalembert is the best free agent big out there on the market right now. Problem for him is the market is shrinking and he may not get paid like he hoped. The Houston Rockets are out of the running, tweets David Aldridge of TNT and NBA.com. Sources: Rockets, at the moment, taking a pass…

  14. Tuesday morning one liners (KG is taunting Raptors again)

    Dec 20, 2011, 10:41 AM EST

    RNPS IMAGES OF THE YEAR 2011

    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). Kevin Garnett went all Kevin Garnett and taunted a Raptor during a meaningless preseason game. Does this even shock us anymore? Jason Terry had to leave Mavericks…

  15. Deron Williams says he will be “grumpy” if Nets lose a lot

    Dec 20, 2011, 10:13 AM EST

    Deron Williams

    Deron Williams is going to be grumpy. D-Will is a very competitive player and he’s about to be on a team that is going to lose a lot of games. He’s not used to that (college Final Four, Olympic gold, won more than he lost in Utah). The Nets have been trying desperately to land…

  16. Video: The Clippers were throwing it down on the Lakers

    Dec 20, 2011, 9:49 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles Lakers

    DeAndre Jordan is going to love him some Chris Paul. Those two hooked up a couple of times for big plays as the Clippers rolled the Lakers in an exhibition (see more dunks below). Paul looked good but this is an exhibition, so we’re not going to read a lot into it. However, the steady…

  17. It’s official, Grizzlies Arthur out for season with torn Achilles

    Dec 20, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

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    We knew it looked bad when it happened Saturday, and now the worst has been confirmed. Grizzlies forward Darrell Arthur will be out for the season with a torn Achilles, reports the Commercial Appeal. There is a six-to-12 month recovery time. Arthur is a versatile backup big — he can play the four or the…

  18. Chris Paul looks really, really good in first game as Clipper

    Dec 20, 2011, 8:08 AM EST

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

    We have to start with this disclaimer — it was a preseason game. Which means about as much as an autographed Derek Jeter baseball. Actually, less. That said, Chris Paul had 17 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and five steals and was a +24 against the Lakers in his first game as a Clipper. He…

  19. Arron Afflalo reaches five-year deal with Nuggets

    Dec 20, 2011, 1:43 AM EST

    Arron Afflalo

    Quietly, a lot of teams were coveting restricted free agent Arron Afflalo — a shooting guard who plays good defense, can knock down the open three (42 percent last year) and plays smart and within himself. I say quietly because they realized that they were not going to land him — he wanted to stay…

  20. Winderman: Unveiling the key deadlines of the lockout-shortened schedule

    Dec 19, 2011, 9:11 PM EST

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    The traditional NBA calendar? About as useful these days as those 82-game schedules put out by the league in July. So we made a call, since, frankly, there has been no formal word from the NBA regarding many of the annual key dates. And this is what we have come up with, with some of…

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