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  1. Kobe Bryant is open to playing in Italy in the event of a lockout

    Feb 12, 2011, 11:21 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Anyone familiar with Kobe Bryant‘s mythology is aware that he spent a significant amount of his childhood in Italy while his father played ball there. He speaks fluent Italian, and has demonstrated a very real love of the country in past interviews. It turns out he’s so receptive to the country, he’s amiable to the…

  2. Karl Malone comes out swinging about Jerry Sloan

    Feb 12, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Disneyland 50th Anniversary Celebration

    Karl Malone, Jazz legend, spoke before the Jazz went out and failed in epic fashion against the Suns Friday night. His comments immediately took everyone back. In short, Malone made it very clear that the man he knew would never have surrendered his post mid-season. “I will say this: I know my coach. I know…

  3. Cavs Win! Cavs Win! Cavs Win! (It still counts against the Clippers)

    Feb 12, 2011, 12:00 AM EDT

    Antawn Jamison

    There is something historically appropriate that the Cavaliers ended their losing streak against the Clippers. Cleveland’s oddly fascinating losing streak ended dramatically at 26 with a 126-119 overtime win at home on Friday night. It seemed a fitting way to go — the Cavs had been giving the effort (mostly) for weeks, but had not…

  4. Kobe Bryant sticks up for Deron Williams

    Feb 11, 2011, 8:44 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Houston Rockets, Game 7

    There has become a “Deron Williams pushed Jerry Sloan out” meme going around. Which is a very Internet way of trying to make a complex situation some kind of simple narrative. D-Will was part of the equation but there is a lot more going on here. Anyway, Kobe Bryant stuck up for Williams when speaking…

  5. Timberwolves a “determined suitor” for Nash

    Feb 11, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

    Steve Nash Timberwolves

    Courtesy of Marc Stein, who is always on the ball: Minnesota was one of the teams identified in last week’s story — along with Atlanta, Orlando, Portland, Toronto and Nash’s old friend Dallas — as a determined suitor for Nash. The Wolves, sources say, have called Phoenix as much as anyone, despite that they’re well…

  6. Phil Jackson bids farewell to Madison Square Garden

    Feb 11, 2011, 5:26 PM EDT

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    This last tour around the NBA for Phil Jackson has not really been all that filled with fanfare. Probably because he insulted every city he’s been in, then his teams went out and generally stomped the opponent. Not the way one generates a lot of love. But Madison Square Garden, that’s different. That’s where he…

  7. More Ray Allen love from the game’s elite shooters

    Feb 11, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce

    Friday has been a day of tributes to Ray Allen — and he deserves it. Guy’s a legend. An icon. Now the greatest three point shooter in the history of the NBA. One of the more interesting ones comes from A. Sherrod Blakely at CSNNE.com. He went and talked to the five other active players…

  8. Chris Paul fined $15,000 for words with referee

    Feb 11, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v New Orleans Hornets

    Chris Paul had a chance to win it. Down two on the final play of overtime against the Nets, the Hornets ran a play that got Chris Paul a good look at a three (because Jordan Farmar seemed very lost). The shot rimmed out, but Paul thought he was fouled on the legs. No call.…

  9. It’s not Stephen Jackson, it’s those referees that have it in for him

    Feb 11, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    Stephen Jackson, Mark Ayotte

    Stephen Jackson will take your technical and not apologize for his actions. He owned up to his situation. His agent, he’s more conspiracy theorist, and that comes across when he spoke with ESPN. It is clear the referees are singling him out, agent Mark Stevens said. “The inconsistency of the referees’ calls or non-calls in…

  10. What will the Jazz look like under Tyrone Corbin?

    Feb 11, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT

    Jerry Sloan

    When Tyrone Corbin Friday night starts to stand on the shoulders of Jerry Sloan (as owner Gail Miller said so eloquently Thursday), what will the Utah Jazz look like? Well, probably not all that different at first. Even if Corbin wanted to overhaul the system — and as a long-time Jazz assistant that’s unlikely —…

  11. Good news for Cavaliers: Mo Williams returns tonight

    Feb 11, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Mo Williams Sad

    Of those 26 games the Cleveland Cavaliers have lost in a row, the 14 have come with Mo Williams sitting out due to a hip injury. Think they could have used a scoring guard who doesn’t fear big moments in a few of those games? They get him back Friday — Mo Williams will return…

  12. Pistons to retire Dennis Rodman’s jersey

    Feb 11, 2011, 12:25 PM EDT

    Dennis Rodman

    Parties I want to be invited to include…. The Detroit Piston s are going to retire Dennis Rodman’s No. 10 jersey with a celebratory event April 1, according to Chris Iott at MLive.com. Yes, they are going to retire his jersey on April Fool’s Day, but they’re serious. Rookie Greg Monroe currently wears the number…

  13. Video: Jerry Sloan retirement press conference

    Feb 11, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    We’ve told you what Jerry Sloan said. We’ve given you analysis. We’ve told you what Deron Williams said. And pretty soon we’ll be looking at what’s next for the Jazz. But for now, hear what the man himself said at his going away press conference Thursday. Whatever the circumstances of his departure, Sloan was all…

  14. Mike D’Antoni to Knicks fans: Stop chanting “we want Me-lo”

    Feb 11, 2011, 11:26 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets

    We all get it Knicks fans, you want Carmelo Anthony. You’re convinced he is the next piece of the puzzle. And so long as that puzzle isn’t defense, we agree with you. People 3,000 miles away know you want ‘Melo. The brass in Denver knows you want ‘Melo. Donnie Walsh and James Dolan know you…

  15. PBT Friday morning one liners

    Feb 11, 2011, 10:35 AM EDT

    Omer Asik

    Despite the rumors, the Bulls are not trading Omer Asik to Houston for guard Courtney Lee. The time Mark Cuban blew a kiss to Jerry Sloan. The number of coaches Sloan outlasted, in graph form. The first time the Lakers and Celtics played Pau Gasol’s sharp elbow opened a cut on Kevin Garnett’s head. This…

  16. Video: Arron Afflalo’s game winner ends Mavericks’ streak

    Feb 11, 2011, 10:01 AM EDT

    Arron Afflalo, Francisco Elson

    This is about as clutch a regular season shot as you are going to see. Watch the play develop for Chauncey Billups to come off a Nene screen, while Arron Afflalo stands ready for the corner three. But the play breaks down and Afflalo moves up so he can become a pressure outlet. Which Billups…

  17. Tom Gores reaches deal to buy Detroit Pistons

    Feb 11, 2011, 9:41 AM EDT

    tom-gores

    Soon, the Detroit Pistons will have a new owner. And with it maybe a direction for the franchise. Billionaire financier Tom Gores has reached a deal to buy the team, according to the Detroit Free Press. The total value of the deal, which includes the team, the Palace of Auburn Hills and DTE Energy Music…

  18. Is Kobe Bryant clutch? You want to bet on it?

    Feb 11, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Remember the debate last week about whether or not Kobe Bryant is clutch? With the numbers saying he and he Lakers are really just slightly above average in that situation? Kobe’s been down that road before and had an answer when asked about it by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. “People kind of get bored with…

  19. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Arron Afflalo kills the Mavericks streak

    Feb 11, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Arron Afflalo, Denver Nuggets

    What you missed while wondering if your dog ate your toes…. The Lakers getting a win — not a statement, just a win — against Boston is our Game of the Night. Mavericks 121, Nuggets 120: Arron Afflalo is a great story. Back at UCLA he was the man — they ran him off double…

  20. Video: Ray Allen becomes king of the three

    Feb 11, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

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    Ray Allen has as pure a stroke as the Association has ever seen. The three-pointer he drained Thursday night to pass Reggie Miller and become the NBA’s all time leader in three pointers made was a classic Ray Allen play. He filled the lane on the break, stopped up at the arc and when the…

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