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  1. Draft class of ’08 not getting many contract extensions

    Jan 16, 2012, 9:02 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    Pop quiz: How many players out of the 2008 NBA draft have gotten the early extensions to their rookie deals as of now? Answer: One. Derrick Rose. That could change a little over the next 10 days — Jan. 25 is the deadline to do an early extension — but only a little. As David…

  2. Coach, McGee self ally-oop disagreement sums up Wizards

    Jan 16, 2012, 7:11 PM EDT

    Flip Saunders

    As you can see above, in the third quarter of the Wizards latest loss Monday, JaVale McGee decided to showboat a little with the self ally-oop. It pretty much summed up the Wizards — impressive but unnecessarily showy and self-serving, all while the team was losing. Actually, what would have made it the perfect Wizards…

  3. Report: Dwight Howard adds Clippers to list of places he’d sign

    Jan 16, 2012, 6:48 PM EDT

    Magic's Howard meditates just before the tip-off of their NBA basketball game with the New York Knicks in New York

    Dwight Howard with Blake Griffin and Chris Paul? Take that Miami. This would be the new Big Three. Howard apparently likes the idea — almost as much as Clippers fans. No matter how unlikely it is in reality. Howard has added the Clippers to the list of teams he would sign an extension with, reports…

  4. Video: JaVale McGee with the ally-oop to himself

    Jan 16, 2012, 5:18 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    Make no mistake, the Wizards are terrible, but they still have a couple guys who can make the losing entertaining (at least for a while). One is the guy who should have won the dunk contest last year, JaVale McGee, who had the monster slam you can see above. The ally-oop to himself. Which did…

  5. Kevin Love offers to buy tickets for Timberwolves fans

    Jan 16, 2012, 4:34 PM EDT

    Kevin Love, Tim Duncan

    Now this is community relations. Kevin Love tweeted this over the weekend. Our fans have been Awesome. Buy a ticket to the Kings game and I’ll buy your seat for Detroit. Call Now!!! 612.673.1640. It’s not a joke, the offer is real. The Kings game is Monday, the Pistons game is Tuesday. Traditionally those two…

  6. Phil Jackson reached out to Lamar Odom to help

    Jan 16, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Lamar Odom

    Things are not going well for Lamar Odom, on or off the court. Things were bad enough off the court he considered taking a year off — and that was before the Lakers tried to trade him. It was his wife Khloe Kardashian that encouraged him to get back out there. Off the court issues…

  7. NBA Power Rankings: Heat slip, Bulls charge into top spot

    Jan 16, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose listens to coach Tom Thibodeau during their NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Chicago

    Miami tripped up out West and the Bulls ran over them on the way to the top of PBT’s weekly power rankings. Meanwhile, jump on the Sixers bandwagon while you can. 1. Bulls (12-2, last week ranked No. 2). Five wins in a row and their next five games are against teams under .500, so…

  8. Dikembe Mutombo allegedly involved in sordid gold scam

    Jan 16, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT

    Dikembe Mutombo

    Dikembe Mutombo is a guy known nearly as well for his international humanitarian efforts as his post-block finger wag. A guy well respected around the league. But this could ruin that reputation — Mutombo was at the heart of a dirty deal to move $10 million in Congolese gold out of that nation and to…

  9. Injury update: ‘Melo to play; Rose, CP3 to sit on Monday

    Jan 16, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    Just a quick injury update on a couple NBA stars for your Monday: • Derrick Rose is out as his Bulls face off against the Grizzlies in Memphis. His injured toe is still giving him trouble, here is the quote via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. “Almost every game, I jam it. By the…

  10. LeBron James says he “can relate” to Tim Tebow

    Jan 16, 2012, 1:05 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Denver Nuggets

    When you think of athletes like LeBron James, Tim Tebow probably isn’t the first guy that comes to mind. But LeBron James sees some similarities and relates to him, he told Chris Tomasson of FoxSportsFlorida.com. And stop with the “losing in the playoffs” jokes, that’s not what he meant. “I can relate to him a…

  11. USA Basketball announces 20 finalists for Olympic team

    Jan 16, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

    USA+Basketball+Senior+National+Team+Training+gMvzcmCmURol

    When USA Basketball sends a dozen players to the Olympics in London this summer, the roster will come from these 20 finalists, released by USA Basketball on Monday: Guards: Dwyane Wade, Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Eric Gordon, Russell Westbrook, Chauncey Billups, Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant Forwards: LeBron James, Andre Iguodala, Rudy Gay, Kevin Durant, Carmelo…

  12. Kyrie Irving might play for Australia in Olympics

    Jan 16, 2012, 12:06 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Here’s something I didn’t know about Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving — he has dual citizenship in the United States and Australia. He was born down under while his father was playing professional basketball there. Which means Irving has a choice to make in the next few weeks — does he want to play for…

  13. Monday And-1 links: Schedule wearing everyone down

    Jan 16, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics

    Welcome to our 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). Is fatigue setting in for the Chicago Bulls? Maybe a little, but it is the same for every team. Yao Ming is getting into politics in…

  14. Full slate of NBA on tap for Martin Luther King day

    Jan 16, 2012, 10:51 AM EDT

    martin-luther-king-jr

    The NBA has tried to make Martin Luther King Day it’s sporting day — and it’s a good fit (well as good as any sporting attempt to claim the day). The NBA has become a league about inclusion on a lot of levels: If you can ball well enough it doesn’t matter if you are…

  15. Kendrick Perkins returns to Boston for first time Monday

    Jan 16, 2012, 9:51 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo Kendrick Perkins

    It’s going to be weird. With all due respect to Jeff Green, nobody in the Boston locker room wanted the Kendrick Perkins trade to go down. Perk was part of the family, part of the foundation, part of the reason there is banner 17 at the Boston Garden. Celtics fans didn’t like it much either,…

  16. Video: Pistons new locker room way nicer than your place

    Jan 16, 2012, 8:47 AM EDT

    Palace_of_Auburn_Hills

    The Palace at Auburn Hills got some upgrades this off-season. Which it needed. So thank you Tom Gores. (He owns the Pistons and the building now, so he wrote the check.) But the coolest of those was the new locker room for the Pistons, which has a lounge sweeter than half the clubs the players…

  17. Kobe says guys most like him: Derrick Rose, Chris Paul

    Jan 16, 2012, 8:06 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Derrick Rose

    Kobe Bryant is the guy with the rep as the toughest dog in the junkyard. Deservedly so. Which led to this interesting comment he made after the Clippers knocked off the Lakers Saturday night, via ESPNLosAngeles.com. “The game just gets easier with Chris Paul,” Bryant said before comparing himself to Paul. “He’s a dog. He’s…

  18. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Who needs Manu?

    Jan 16, 2012, 1:41 AM EDT

    Steve Nash Tony Parker

    What you missed while thanking you deity of choice that we don’t have to see any more “discount double take” commercials the next three weeks. Please tell me we don’t….. Spurs 102, Suns 91: Even without Manu Ginobili, the Spurs have more depth than the Suns, and that came through in this game. Tim Duncan…

  19. Caron Butler nearly returned to Miami

    Jan 15, 2012, 10:26 PM EDT

    Clippers' Butler tries to strip the ball from Lakers shooting guard Bryant during NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles

    Caron Butler was part of a pretty special team in Miami. It featured Dwyane Wade in his rookie season, Lamar Odom, and Butler. It was a young, athletic team with players starting to come into their own. They upset the Hornets in the first round and then gave the Pacers a run in the second…

  20. Chris Paul injury forces Clippers to call-up Courtney Fortson from NBA Development League

    Jan 15, 2012, 9:10 PM EDT

    Courtney Fortson

    Chris Paul suffered a strained hamstring in the Los Angeles Clippers’ 102-94 victory on Saturday night and, while the injury isn’t expected to keep him out for long, the team has a plan in place until their All-Star point guard returns to full strength. That contingency plan comes with the name Courtney Fortson, a waterbug-type…

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