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  1. The All-Star HORSE contest is no more

    Feb 9, 2011, 6:08 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant HORSE

    According to the twitter feed of Nate Jones, one reason that Kevin Durant is participating in the three-point shootout at this year’s All-Star Weekend is that the H-O-R-S-E contest will not be happening this year. This news should not come as a surprise to anybody who watched last year’s HORSE contest. Ideally, the H-O-R-S-E contests…

  2. Ron Artest to Bobcats rumor surfaces. Not. Going. To. Happen.

    Feb 9, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Overshadowed in the Andrew Bynum for Carmelo Anthony silliness Tuesday was a report from ESPN’s Ric Bucher that the Lakers also have tried to move Ron Artest. Bucher states the Lakers called the Bobcats looking to swap Ron Artest for either Stephen Jackson or Gerald Wallace, and that the Bobcats turned it down. Artest, when…

  3. If not traded, ‘Melo says he’d consider signing with Denver after all. Right.

    Feb 9, 2011, 4:25 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    Since day one of the ‘Melodrama, whenever Carmelo Anthony has been asked if he would sign with Denver he has said it was one of the options he would consider. That’s not what his people — the fine folks from CAA, for example — were saying privately to the Nuggets and everyone else. They said…

  4. Meet Will Bynum. He can dunk.

    Feb 9, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

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    Fans in Detroit could use something to cheer. Something to use their voices for other than another Rip Hamilton chant. Will Bynum is happy to oblige. He is explosive and shows it off here when the Spurs fall asleep on defense. That will wake up a sleepy building every time.

  5. Kevin Love got away with one Tuesday night

    Feb 9, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Boston Celtics

    Kevin Love, he of the Wes Unseld-like outlet passes, picked up a sweet length-of-the-court assist last night. Thing of beauty. Check it out. But it was a rules violation. Watch it again. Love never comes out of bounds after grabbing the ball (following a made shot), he just gets one foot out of bounds and…

  6. Nate McMillan isn’t as sold on Roy’s speedy return

    Feb 9, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Portland Trail Blazers - Game 6

    Brandon Roy is ready to come back and play this weekend. He has been cleared to practice and if there is one thing we know from Brandon Roy’s history it’s that he wants back on the court. Yesterday. Blazers coach Nate McMillan is a more patient man. And he may force Roy (and Marcus Camby)…

  7. Everything Must Go! Rockets looking for trade-deadline deals

    Feb 9, 2011, 1:49 PM EDT

    rockets_huddle

    Now we get to see what wunderkind Daryl Morey can really do. When he came in as general manager of the Rockets the goal was to put together a good group of role players to go around stars Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady. Morey did that — the Rockets have maybe the best collection of…

  8. David Stern is trying to make sure Knicks keep Donnie Walsh

    Feb 9, 2011, 1:21 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Three years ago, it was NBA Commissioner David Stern who helped guide Donnie Walsh to the New York Knicks. The franchise needed a stable… no, it needed a sane hand at the helm. Walsh hasn’t been perfect, but he has changed the direction of the franchise. He got the payroll under control, started building with…

  9. Are the Chicago Bulls contenders? They aren’t even thinking about it.

    Feb 9, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Charlotte Bobcats

    NBA fans, most of them anyway, don’t list the Chicago Bulls among the contenders in the East. It’s Miami and Boston. (Sorry Orlando, have to earn your way back onto that list.) The Bulls being left off that list is really keeping Carlos Boozer up at night. “That’s okay, we believe in ourselves,” Boozer told…

  10. Mavs vs. Food

    Feb 9, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    If you are not watching the Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food then you don’t love good, old-fashioned oversized American portions of fat and carb loaded food. (Which probably means you’ll love a lot longer and healthier life, if you’re into those kind of things). Someone in Dallas is watching. Of course they are, Texas is…

  11. Cavaliers find little trade market for Antawn Jamison

    Feb 9, 2011, 10:49 AM EDT

    Antawn Jamison

    Antawn Jamison has been the Cavaliers best player this season. Which is about like being the best member of ‘90s boy band No Authority. Don’t know who that is? Exactly. For the Cavaliers it is about building for the future, not winning this season (obviously). So if they can move parts like Jamison to get…

  12. Your All-Star Game entertainment: Rihanna and Lenny Kravitz

    Feb 9, 2011, 10:16 AM EDT

    MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 - Show

    Yes, the musical acts deserve their own post. The NBA All-Star Game is a show, a weekend of entertainment and parties where there happens to be a basketball game at one point. And some Blake Griffin dunks. So the musical acts get some love. Sunday during the player introductions you are gonna go the way…

  13. Carlos Boozer to be enemy No. 1 in return to Utah Wednesday

    Feb 9, 2011, 9:53 AM EDT

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    No, they will not be saying Booooooozer. Fans at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City are going to unleash their venom on Carlos Boozer as he returns as a member of the Bulls to take on the Jazz Wednesday night. Boozer said it’s not going to bother him. “It’s all Booooz to me,” he…

  14. PBT Wednesday morning one liners

    Feb 9, 2011, 9:16 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Boston Celtics

    Kevin Love’s 20 and 14 Tuesday night gave him 38 consecutive double -doubles this season, just six short of the all-time consecutive double-double streak belonging to Moses Malone. He could tie it against Memphis Feb. 23 and break it Feb. 24 against New Orleans, both at home Steve Nash, once again, saying he does not…

  15. It was a Clippers game so the best dunk was… Dwight Howard’s? Yup.

    Feb 9, 2011, 8:41 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Charlotte Bobcats, Game 3

    The last five seasons, Dwight Howard has led the league in most dunks in a season. This season, Blake Griffin is pushing him. Tuesday night, Howard taught the Clipper rookie a few lessons — about protecting the rim, about the need to diversify his offensive game (although Griffin is getting there fast), about passing out…

  16. Sorry to spoil the party — Lakers have no plans to trade for ‘Melo

    Feb 9, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

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    We went over the ways we didn’t think it made sense for the Lakers to trade for Carmelo Anthony — they take on much more salary and give up their defensive anchor when the team needs to focus on getting stops. Now, multiple reports from guys close to the team say no, the Lakers have…

  17. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Dwight Howard makes Blake Griffin look like a rookie

    Feb 9, 2011, 2:48 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Dwight Howard

    What you missed while campaigning for former Fort Wayne, Ind., mayor Harry Baals to get a building named after him… Magic 101, Clippers 85: The last time these two met the Clippers struggled with the Magic’s defense, and that continued again. The Clippers do not get out in transition, take too much time to initiate…

  18. NBA players flexible when it comes to yoga

    Feb 8, 2011, 11:55 PM EDT

    Yoga Aid Challenge 2009 Takes Place Around Australia

    My wife (if I tried to go with a cute name like Mrs. BasketballTalk I’d be sleeping on the couch for a week, so we’ll stick with wife) has long said that there needs to be a class called “Yoga for dudes.” Men tend to turn away from the crunchy “be at one and breathe…

  19. Dwight Howard is Disney’s Rock Callahan. In cartoon form.

    Feb 8, 2011, 8:29 PM EDT

    howardface

    Orland’s a company town, and that company is Disney. They own a lot of souls there. They may not own Dwight Howard’s but now he’s in league with them. Howard is doing the voice of Rock Callahan in Disney XD’s cartoon “Kick Buttowski – Suburban Daredevil.” If you don’t know what that is, you don’t…

  20. Mbah a Moute wants better concussion protocol in the NBA

    Feb 8, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

    Mbah a Moute

    One of the biggest sports topics of the year has been the long-term effects of head injuries on professional athletes. There’s overwhelming evidence that suggest that suffering multiple head injuries, particularly concussions, over the course of a career will significantly decrease one’s quality of life in later years, and even lead to early death. For…

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