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  1. Derrick Rose leaves game with back spasms; now day-to-day

    Feb 6, 2012, 11:33 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose celebrates after teammate Luol Deng was fouled while shooting by Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    UPDATE 11:33 pm: After the game, Rose told our man Aggrey Sam at CSNChicago.com that it’s not that serious and that he is day-to-day. “Right now, I feel all right. Just back spasms, nothing to worry about. [Tuesday] we have a day off, get treatment, get a massage and hopefully I’ll be playing next game,”…

  2. Video: Kobe Bryant passes Shaq on all-time scoring list

    Feb 6, 2012, 9:22 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant smiles as he hands the ball back to a referee in Minneapolis

    “It was inevitable” was how Kobe Bryant described himself eventually passing Shaquille O’Neal to move into fifth on the all-time NBA scoring list — which he did with a long two pointer in the second quarter against the 76ers Monday night. Kobe had all 24 he needed to move past Shaq in the first half.…

  3. League says officiating this season no different than last year

    Feb 6, 2012, 7:59 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 3: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    Mark Cuban came out and said what many have whispered this season — the officiating is worse. Then Cuban got fined for it and you realized why others were whispering it. But in a season of sloppy play and games by the players, the officials felt like they were part of that trend. Nobody is…

  4. Report: Knicks, Lakers talk to Rockets about Jonny Flynn

    Feb 6, 2012, 6:44 PM EDT

    Jonny Flynn

    The Lakers and Knicks are starting to act like that balding guy with the shirt unbuttoned a little too far trying to hit on every girl in the bar as it gets closer to the 2 a.m. closing time. You can smell the desperation on them. They both need a point guard so badly they…

  5. Dirk Nowitzki says he shouldn’t be an All-Star this year

    Feb 6, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    The fans wanted to see Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant as the Western Conference All-Star starters. (Durant is a gimme, but we can debate later if Griffin should really start.) That leaves it to the coaches to pick the two or three forwards on the bench out of Pau Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love, Paul…

  6. Spurs expect to get Ginobili back before All-Star Break

    Feb 6, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Michael Beasley

    The San Antonio Spurs are out drinking wine and enjoying their annual Rodeo road trip, where bull riders kick the Spurs out of their building for a few weeks. But there is some good news coming — the Spurs expect to get Manu Ginobili back sometime during the trip in the coming weeks. That according…

  7. Report: Allen Iverson in discussions to play in Puerto Rico

    Feb 6, 2012, 4:08 PM EDT

    Allen Iverson

    To borrow a line from NFL Red Zone Channel man Andrew Siciliano: Practicar? Hablamos de practicar? After playing a couple years in Turkey but not being able to get a look from an NBA team, Allen Iverson is in negotiations to play in the Puerto Rican league, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Iverson’s business…

  8. Knicks’ Davis has setback, not expected until All-Star break at best

    Feb 6, 2012, 3:47 PM EDT

    Baron Davis, Jason Richardson, Corey Maggette

    Baron Davis is no exactly a guy who has been battling injuries for years (and doesn’t have the best reputation on rehab efforts). Now he’s dealing with a bulging disc in his back, the kind of injury that can mean a slow recovery with setbacks in the best of situations. So, maybe we shouldn’t be…

  9. Stern, Stockton ask Karl Malone, Jazz owner to end feud

    Feb 6, 2012, 3:18 PM EDT

    Karl Malone

    Karl Malone and Jazz owner Greg Miller have been going at it. Malone said in an interview that Deron Williams got Jerry Sloan fired and management didn’t back their long-time bench leader. Malone also said had to buy a ticket to get into a Jazz game after Jerry Sloan’s retirement. Miller was on twitter saying…

  10. Quote of the Day: How best to survive a long road trip

    Feb 6, 2012, 2:36 PM EDT

    Tony Parker, Gregg Popovich

    “Just go to nice restaurants with (Gregg Popovich) and get tipsy sometimes. That’s the secret. Drink a lot of wine. It goes faster.” —Spurs point guard Tony Parker on how he survives the “Rodeo road trip” (when a rodeo and cattle show kicks the Spurs out of their home for three weeks every year). That…

  11. Kevin Love suspended two games for stepping on Scola’s face

    Feb 6, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves' Love high-fives fans after defeating San Antonio Spurs in their NBA basketball game in Minneapolis

    UPDATE 2:20 pm: Kevin Love issued this statement on Monday: “I want to publicly apologize to Luis Scola and the Houston Rockets. My intention is to never hurt another player on the basketball court. I’ve always had the utmost respect for the game of basketball and all of my opponents. I also apologize to my…

  12. NBA Power Rankings: Heat on top, Clippers climbing

    Feb 6, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James prepares to make a shot against Milwaukee Bucks during their NBA game in Milwaukee

    Miami moves back into the top spot — but the Clippers have now cracked the top three, which had been the domain of the Heat, Bulls and Thunder for a while. Oh, and the Bobcats still suck. 1. Heat (18-6, last week ranked No. 2). They’ve had a few uninspired wins (like Sunday against the…

  13. League fines, suspends Lakers coach Brown for one game

    Feb 6, 2012, 12:25 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Lakers coach Mike Brown has been suspended for the Lakers game Monday in Philadelphia, plus fined $25,000, stemming from his ejection from the Lakers loss to the Jazz Saturday night, the league has announced. Brown started arguing with referee Zach Zarba near the start of the fourth quarter when Pau Gasol was stripped of the…

  14. Jeremy Lin will be the Knicks starting point guard Monday

    Feb 6, 2012, 12:08 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    Jeremy Lin is just another guy going from Harvard to Manhattan to make it big. Okay, his path is a little different. Lin has gone from the star of the often-overlooked Harvard basketball team to the starting point guard of the often-overanalyzed New York Knicks. Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni said Lin would get the start…

  15. Report: Cavaliers want first round pick for Ramon Sessions

    Feb 6, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Ramon Sessions is going to get traded before the deadline. We already know the Lakers are interested (although that is tied to the complex Dwight Howard trade situation), and there are a number of other teams that are interested in the point guard. Teams were a little concerned because Sessions is a two-year commitment, but…

  16. Monday And-1 links: Comparing the Knicks and Giants

    Feb 6, 2012, 10:57 AM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire, Iman Shumpert

    Here is our daily 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). Stat of the day, courtesy Tim Reynolds of the AP: Since the Knicks last won a playoff game, the Giants have won eight. Ice Cube…

  17. Amar’e Stoudemire’s brother dies in car crash

    Feb 6, 2012, 10:17 AM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire

    Just sad, terrible news out of Florida for the Knicks’ Amar’e Stodemire. His brother Hazell has been killed in a car crash in Florida, reports TMZ. There as of now are not a lot of details about the incident. The accident happened on Route 27 in Lake Wales. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Stoudemire…

  18. Chris Bosh is okay with the fact you don’t love him

    Feb 6, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

    Heats' Bosh moves around Raptors' Davis during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    Chris Bosh is going to make the All-Star team. The coaches (who choose the reserves) will put him on the squad, no question. He’s one of the best forwards in the game and deserves to be in Orlando at the end of the month for the big showcase. But you the fans didn’t vote him…

  19. Glen Davis to meet with Magic staff, likely back Monday

    Feb 6, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic

    After sitting out two games in a team suspension, Glen Davis is supposed to sit down and meet with Orlando GM Otis Smith and coach Stan Van Gundy Monday and likely will be reinstated to play against the Clippers Monday night. So reports Marc Spears at Yahoo Sports. Davis sat out games Friday and Saturday…

  20. Another report that Mike D’Antoni’s job is safe. For now.

    Feb 6, 2012, 8:03 AM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni, Bennie Adams

    Knicks fans may think a change in coach is long past due, what with the 9-15 record in a season that held so much promise, but Knicks management continues to be patient. For once. Echoing other reports from inside the team over the past month, Newsday reports that Mike D’Antoni’s job is safe. For now.…

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