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  1. Nick Young’s spectacular 360 layup

    Dec 8, 2010, 8:05 AM EDT

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    Nick Young — son of Los Angeles that he is — lights it up every time he comes home. He put up 30 on the Lakers Tuesday. None more spectacular than the 360-layup he had in the first half. Young’s been working on that. “I’ve been practicing that for a while,” he said. “Just going…

  2. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Some nights Atlanta can just shoot the rock

    Dec 8, 2010, 3:01 AM EDT

    Josh Smith

    What you missed while remembering the lives lost at Pearl Harbor… The Wizards making a game of it against the Lakers is our game of the night. Hawks 116, Nets 101: Atlanta just shot lights out — 60.3 percent on the night and a solid 37.5 percent from three. Josh Smith had 34 on 14…

  3. Game of the night: John Wall and Trevor Booker — who? — make the Lakers work for it

    Dec 8, 2010, 2:36 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Los Angeles Lakers

    Tuesday night we learned some things about the Washington Wizards — and maybe this is the kind of game where maybe they learned some things about themselves and what it takes to win. What we learned about the Lakers we already knew: That the Lakers are better than the Wizards; That the Lakers are a…

  4. Andrew Bynum targeting Dec. 14 return; Phil Jackson talks phonographs

    Dec 7, 2010, 11:06 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 11:13 pm: Andrew Bynum said he is targeting Dec. 14 — a road game against the Washington Wizards — as his return date, according to J.A. Adande of ESPNLosAngeles.com. The Lakers will have played 24 games by then and be in the middle of an East Coast road trip. 11:06 pm: Before the Lakers…

  5. The Hornets are deep in debt – congrats on the purchase David Stern

    Dec 7, 2010, 10:11 PM EDT

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    You knew if the New Orleans Hornets were making money George Shinn would not have been trying to sell the team (he would have done a Donald Sterling and run a team poorly for profit as long as he could). But the leaked financials of the New Orleans Hornets painted a bleak picture, team where…

  6. Snoop Dogg picks “Purp and Yellow” to three-peat

    Dec 7, 2010, 7:35 PM EDT

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    Snoop Dogg knows what he likes: USC football, Katy Perry, 4:20, VIP Records and the Lakers. Snoop teamed up with The Game and YG to give us “Purp & Yellow” telling us how the Lakers are going to three-peat while fitting in references to Black Mamba, Ron Artest, Pau Gasol, and fish and chips (via…

  7. Tyreke Evans to see specialist for plantar fasciitis

    Dec 7, 2010, 5:33 PM EDT

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    During the preseason, Tyreke Evans admitted that he is battling plantar fasciitis, but nobody thought it was all that serious as Paul Westphal ran him out there for 40 minutes one preseason game. But apparently it is bothering him, as he sent out this tweet today. Goin go see a foot physician for my plantar…

  8. A few good reasons Renaldo Balkman isn’t playing in Denver

    Dec 7, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

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    The Denver Nuggets have been desperate for front court help this season, looking for some support from anywhere while they waited for the recently returned Chris Anderson and the not-yet-back Kenyon Martin to get right. Yet there sat Renaldo Balkman, the forward and former first round pick of the Knicks, barely able to get off…

  9. Jerry Sloan’s old-school thoughts on Miami’s trio

    Dec 7, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

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    Utah coach Jerry Sloan is decidedly old school. Not like Run DMC is old school, I mean more like Sinatra old school Tough minded. Loyal. Movement off the ball not just isolation plays. No free layups. All of that in a good way. But that means sometimes he doesn’t mix as well with the new…

  10. Yao Ming still not ready to return

    Dec 7, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

    Joel Przybilla Yao Ming

    The target date for Yao Ming to get back on the court with the Rockets was Tuesday. Not going to happen. That is the word from the man himself, via the Houston Chronicle. And it doesn’t sound good. “Every day is closer,” Yao said. ” It’s just not strong enough to support me running, jumping.…

  11. Josh Howard could return to Wizards in about a week

    Dec 7, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

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    It’s what is supposed to make the Washington Wizards a better than 6-13 team with a good chance of winning the lottery (again) — a guard rotation of John Wall, Gilbert Arenas, Kirk Hinrich and Josh Howard. The fourth part of that group could be ready soon — Howard told the Washington Post’s Michael Lee…

  12. Terrence Williams’ time-out in the D-League is over

    Dec 7, 2010, 2:08 PM EDT

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    As the story’s told, Nets swingman Terrence Williams ticked off his coach, and rather than actually deal with the problem (Williams’ great crime? Unpunctuality.) internally, Avery Johnson “punished” Williams with a stint in the D-League. That story has been qualified and rebuffed, but the initial report still stings. An assignment in the D-League isn’t a…

  13. David Stern’s New Orleans public relations problem

    Dec 7, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

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    CNBC’s sports business reporter Daren Rovell has posted laundry list of why it is a bad idea for the NBA to have taken over ownership of the New Orleans Hornets. David Stern says they plan to make a profit, but Rovell notes that right now the value of franchises is not rising and the lockout…

  14. Tiago Splitter understandably a bit frustrated with his lack of playing time

    Dec 7, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT

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    When Tiago Splitter joined the Spurs in the off-season, he was touted as one of the summer’s most subtle and influential additions. He didn’t have the price tag nor the talent of LeBron James, Amar’e Stoudemire, or Carlos Boozer, but his position and specific skill set made him a perfect fit for San Antonio. Only…

  15. Shawne Williams may have figured it all out

    Dec 7, 2010, 12:56 PM EDT

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    Shawne Williams is the flavor of the month in New York. He has gone from “guy invited to camp as practice fodder” to “guy getting regular minutes in Mike D’Antoni’s rotation.” He’s put up double-digit scoring in three-straight games off the bench and has hit 10 of 12 threes this season. He’s played in five…

  16. Cleveland fans chant “traitor” at LeBron in Miami Restaurant

    Dec 7, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks

    After the Miami Heat beat the Atlanta Hawks for a fourth straight win Saturday, LeBron James and his best friend and manager Maverick Carter went out for dinner at Myles Chefetz’s Prime Italian in Miami. A regular Saturday night. Well, it would have been except that also in the restaurant were about 30 Cleveland Brown…

  17. Ron Artest keeps getting asked about his troubles, keeps talking team

    Dec 7, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    We at PBT have talked about it. Lakers blogs are talking about it. Ron Artest’s numbers are down this season. Not just his minutes but his efficiency — his shooting percentage is below 40 percent for the first time in years, he is getting to the free throw line less often, his rebounding rates (percentage…

  18. Kobe’s high school gym to be named after him

    Dec 7, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

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    NBA fans around the league know of Lower Merion High School in Philadelphia because of this announcement: “At guard, 6’6”, out of Lower Merion High School… Kobe Bryant.” Next week Kobe Bryant will be a permanent part of the school as its gym gets named after him. Well, to be fair that happened after Bryant…

  19. Sale of Hornets means Chris Paul isn’t going anywhere. For now.

    Dec 7, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v New Orleans Hornets

    It was the first question out of a lot of people’s mouths after it became official that the NBA was purchasing and taking control of the New Orleans Hornets (until they can find another owner to take it off their hands): What does that mean for Chris Paul? That was quickly followed by Knicks fans…

  20. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Get Mike Bibby into the three-point shooting contest

    Dec 7, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Orlando Magic

    The highlights from Monday night. Chicago beating Oklahoma City was our game of the night. Hawks 80, Magic 74: Who is the best three point shooter in the NBA so far this season? Mike Bibby at 53 percent. Yes, that Mike Bibby. So with the Hawks up three and 30 seconds to go, who do…

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