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  1. Deron Williams says he is keeping all his options open

    Jan 31, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    We are a long ways away from Deron Williams having to make his decision about next season. He could opt out of the last year of his deal and become a free agent then leave for Dallas or other destinations. He could become a free agent then re-sign with New Jersey (likely because Dwight Howard…

  2. Kings deny GM Geoff Petrie’s job in danger. Of course.

    Jan 31, 2012, 7:59 PM EDT

    George Maloof, Gavin Maloof, Joe Maloof

    This is the cycle of things. First comes the report yesterday that the Kings — or at least part of the Kings management — has started to look at potential replacements for general manager Geoff Petrie. Now, comes the routine denial. From co-owner Joe Maloof via the Sacramento Bee. “No, this is not true,” Maloof…

  3. Carmelo returns to Knicks lineup Tuesday night

    Jan 31, 2012, 7:07 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    From the New York Times’ Howard Beck, via Steve Adamak: Report from @bergenadamek at the Garden: Carmelo is back in the lineup tonight vs. Detroit. Anthony’s struggles this season have been well-documented: he is currently behind only LeBron James and Kobe Bryant in usage rate, but he’s shooting just 39.4% from the floor and 30.3% from beyond…

  4. Undrafted rookie Mychel Thompson to start for Cavaliers against Boston

    Jan 31, 2012, 6:29 PM EDT

    M. Thompson

    According to multiple sources, the Cleveland Cavaliers will start undrafted rookie Mychel Thompson tonight in place of Anthony Parker, who is out with a back injury. Mychel (not Michael) Thompson is the son of Mychal (not Michael or Mychel) Thompson, the former #1 overall pick who won two championships with the Trail Blazers over the…

  5. Video: Jeremy Evans throws down a two-handed windmill dunk whilst jumping over Earl Watson

    Jan 31, 2012, 6:20 PM EDT

    Jeremy Evans, Gerald Wallace

    If you click “play” on this video, you will see Utah Jazz sophomore throwing down a pretty nice windmill dunk over teammate Earl Watson. It’s a solid throwdown, but probably won’t be enough to get Evans, who is currently averaging 2.4 points in 6.8 minutes per game this season, an invitation to the dunk contest…

  6. Today in “The Knicks really need a point guard” news: Douglas to replace Shumpert

    Jan 31, 2012, 6:09 PM EDT

    Douglas_Toney

    From the New York Post’s Marc Berman: HOUSTON — The Iman Shumpert starting point guard experiment ended last night for the Knicks. Toney Douglas was promoted to starting point guard last night for rookie Shumpert, but then played so poorly he got benched for third-string Jeremy Lin for the final 20 minutes of the Knicks’…

  7. Batum out for Wednesday’s game with knee contusion, listed as day-to-day

    Jan 31, 2012, 5:59 PM EDT

    BATUM_NICOLAS

    From the Trail Blazers’ official twitter: MRI confirms Nic Batum w/ left knee bone contusion. He’s out for Wed. v Char. Listed day to day and will be re-evaluated later this week. Batum found his groove for the Blazers after a slow start, and the 23-year old forward is currently averaging 11.2 points and 4.2…

  8. LeBron says chemistry at ‘all-time high’ with Wade

    Jan 31, 2012, 5:10 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat

    Last season, building chemistry was the underlying theme of the Heat’s season. There was very little between LeBron James and Dwyane Wade during that 9-8 start — the two stars took turns watching each other, not playing off of each other. That started to change as the season wore on and into the playoffs and…

  9. Winderman: Bulls should look at Knicks before going all-in for Dwight Howard

    Jan 31, 2012, 4:04 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard gestures during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Ah, the mega-trade, the all-for-one and the hope that the one is the end-all. As the Magic continue to stagger, and as it becomes clearer that Dwight Howard did not sign up for this, the only remaining issue seems to be how “all in” a trade partner might go. And that, to a degree, brings…

  10. Phil Jackson’s new book out next year, called “Eleven Rings”

    Jan 31, 2012, 3:17 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson

    The subtitle is not “suck on that, Red Auerbach.” Probably. Phil Jackson said when he retired (and several times since) that he planned on writing the next part of his memoir. Apparently that is moving along. It will be released at some time next year through Penguin Press and will be titled “Eleven Rings” the…

  11. Rondo out for Celtics Tuesday, likely return Friday

    Jan 31, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    Boston seems to be hitting it’s stride the last few games, with a rejuvenated Paul Pierce creating plays and Kevin Garnett playing like he’s in a bar fight. Add Rajon Rondo to the mix and they should be even better. That is not happening Tuesday against Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers but should happen by…

  12. ‘Melo, Knicks players have Mike D’Antoni’s back. Verbally.

    Jan 31, 2012, 1:42 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    If Carmelo Anthony really wanted to help Mike D’Antoni out, he would get back on the court and when he does try moving the ball quickly not stopping and going into isolation so often. But that’s not happening — Anthony is not expected to play Tuesday night (he did not take part in shootaround that…

  13. Ginobili cleared to start workouts, back in a couple weeks

    Jan 31, 2012, 12:56 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili

    San Antonio has held its own just fine without Manu Ginobili — they have gone 10-7 without him and held on as the sixth seed in a packed West — but they are nearing the end of that trial. So reports the Express-News. Though still a few weeks away from returning to the court, Ginobili…

  14. Video: Which was better, Griffin’s Mozgov or Perkins dunk?

    Jan 31, 2012, 11:53 AM EDT

    griffin_dunk

    They have similarities. Both came off a wing pick-and-roll where the defense went with the point guard. Both were over a tall man wearing blue. But which was better, Blake Griffin‘s dunk over Timofey Mozgov last year or his throwdown over Kendrick Perkins Monday night? I vote Perkins, because he tried to defend it. But…

  15. Tuesday And-1 links: Clipper Darrell love abounds

    Jan 31, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

    clipper darrell

    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). The world is starting to realize what we at PBT have known for a while — Clipper Darrell rocks! Fantastic story about Greg Stiemsma battling…

  16. Magic GM Smith says no trades coming anytime soon

    Jan 31, 2012, 11:09 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Glen Davis

    Orlando has been a mess for the past couple weeks. Their offense has come apart at the seams — they scored 56 against Boston last week, just 69 against Philadelphia Monday, blew a 27 point lead in another Boston game and got blown out by the Hornets last week. They are struggling. Mightily. This is…

  17. Nets rookie MarShon Books out with broken little toe

    Jan 31, 2012, 10:32 AM EDT

    MarShon Brooks, Shannon Brown

    MarShon Brooks turned some heads during the NBA draft combine with his athleticism and smooth game, and the Providence guard has been able to translate to the NBA. He’s getting a lot of run on a struggling Nets team, scoring 14.8 points per game and he’s making the most of his chance. Or was. He…

  18. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Orlando with another bad outing

    Jan 31, 2012, 9:29 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, J.J. Redick

    What you missed while realizing that Homeland Security is monitoring your tweets…. Clippers 112, Thunder 100: There was a lot more to this than just Blake Griffin dunking on Kendrick Perkins, which is why it was our game of the night. Sixers 74, Magic 69: The Magic were just terrible shooting the ball in this…

  19. Stephen Curry admits his ankle is troublesome after games

    Jan 31, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

    nba-lockout-curry

    Stephen Curry’s ankle was a lingering problem last season, so in the summer he had surgery to tighten the ligaments. But already he has missed eight games this season dealing with the same ankle. He’s been back he last four games now, so how’s it doing? Not as well as one could hope. He’s able…

  20. Kendrick Perkins on Blake Griffin dunk: “It happens.”

    Jan 31, 2012, 3:20 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    For a guy who was all over YouTube and twitter as the latest victim of a monster Blake Griffin dunk, Kendrick Perkins was philosophical after the game. “It happens,” Perkins said in the corner of the Thunder locker room. “A the end of the day if you’re a shot blocker, you’re going to get dunked…

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