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  1. Earl Monroe says Carmelo Anthony can wear No. 15 if he wants

    Mar 5, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony James Dolan

    When PBT talked to him last week, Knicks legend Earl “The Pearl” Monroe was raving about these New York Knicks. He likes what he sees. He likes what Carmelo Anthony brings. And if Anthony wants to unretired Monroe’s No. 15 jersey, Monroe is good with that, he told the New York Post. Anthony wears No. 7…

  2. Can being too good, too young end up holding a player back?

    Mar 5, 2011, 11:59 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

    Right now, as you read this (well, so long as you read it Saturday afternoon), some of the brightest minds in the NBA are on the campus of MIT. And some bloggers are there, too (including our own Rob Mahoney). It’s the annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, discussing the latest in advanced metrics — that…

  3. Just how good are the Lakers? Ask again in a week.

    Mar 5, 2011, 11:10 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Los Angeles Lakers

    Has anyone figured out these Lakers? Last year’s Lakers had the swagger and game of a champion from the start (despite some in-season lapses). These Lakers are much harder to figure out — they beat the Celtics in Boston, but lose to the Cavaliers. Pau Gasol is Black Swan and White Swan. Andrew Bynum’s focus…

  4. Video: Dwight Howard is stronger than the Bulls

    Mar 5, 2011, 10:01 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    Dwight Howard has developed a nice arsenal of post moves. But his best asset remains that he is just stronger than you. Which Omer Asik learned the hard way. Asik played a good game overall — his defense and 13 boards were a key part of the Bulls win — but on this play he…

  5. Mikhail Prokhorov’s sales job on Deron Williams begins

    Mar 5, 2011, 8:11 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets' Deron Williams (C) drib

    Job one: get superstar player to start building around. Check. Job two: Convince said superstar to sign extension (and lure other stars to team). Working on it. Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has traded for Deron Williams, but keeping him is another matter. So, he flew him to London (with the rest of the team) and…

  6. Game of the Night: The Heat get destroyed

    Mar 5, 2011, 12:28 AM EDT

    Parker Bibby

    The Heat’s recent losses have almost all come down to the wire. The team’s seeming inability to execute in late-game situations is a major concern, but the losses could still be explained away. The Heat’s previous 7 losses had come by an average of less than four points, and they hadn’t lost a game that…

  7. Video: Top Dunks from February

    Mar 4, 2011, 11:28 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin car dunk

    We may be four days late with this video, but it’s Friday night, did you really want to read a breakdown of the Nets/Raptors game? As one might expect, this has plenty of dunks from the All-Star Weekend Dunk Contest, but the good news is they didn’t put Blake Griffin’s Car Dunk number one. No,…

  8. Welcome to suspension time: Dwight Howard picks up 16th technical

    Mar 4, 2011, 9:50 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 5

    Take a seat, Dwight Howard. It took exactly one week for Dwight Howard to pick up his 16th technical — which means an automatic one game suspension. The league will review it but I’d sit Howard from your fantasy team Monday night when they take on the Portland if I were you. Howard picked up…

  9. Things were a little different for the NBA in London

    Mar 4, 2011, 8:08 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v New Jersey Nets

    In a lot of ways the NBA’s debut in London felt and looked like a regular NBA game (especially on television back home). Deron Williams broke Sonny Weems ankles on the crossover. DeMar DeRozan showed off a developing all-around game. The Raptors played no defense. Empty seats easy to spot in the crowd. Just like…

  10. Kevin Durant will play Friday night against Hawks

    Mar 4, 2011, 7:28 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant dunks

    UPDATE 7:28 pm: Kevin Durant will start for the Thunder against the Hawks Friday. He did not miss a game. Recently twisted ankles, where things are a little more loose, are the most likely to be quickly re-injured. Hopefully Durant can get through this uninjured and playing at his usual level. 3: 44 pm: Kevin…

  11. Sorry to do this to you, but the “Khloe & Lamar” promo is here

    Mar 4, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT

    AXE Music "One Night Only" Concert Series Featuring Weezer

    Because there is not enough of a crossover between sports and entertainment, we bring you this… The “Khloe & Lamar” trailer. Which Eric Freeman at Ball Don’t Lie found for all of us. We are not sure why or if we should even thank him. We’re afraid to ask how he found it at all.…

  12. Should Thursday’s wild Jazz/Nuggets ending been even wilder?

    Mar 4, 2011, 5:09 PM EDT

    Jazz/Nuggets ending

    Every time you thought the Denver Nuggets had put away the Utah Jazz Thursday night, they came back to life like Freddy or Jason or Michael or any of your favorite horror movie killing machines. All we needed was a Jamie Lee Curtis scream and we were ready to go. And the Jazz should have…

  13. Flip Saunders to coach Wizards Friday despite death of his mother

    Mar 4, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

    Flip Saunders

    Our condolences go out to Wizards coach Flip Saunders, whose mother passed away Friday morning. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Saunders will still coach the team Friday night when it takes on the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to a tweet from Michael Lee of the Washington Post. Saunders will miss Sunday’s game against…

  14. Nets, Raptors about to tip off in London as Olympics precursor

    Mar 4, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

    toronto raptors london

    The NBA is in London. Right now. The land of HP Sauce and The Kings Speech is getting a real NBA game. Well, it’s not like they are getting the NBA’s best product, they are getting the Nets against the Raptors (tip off at 3 p.m. Eastern Friday on NBA TV). They did not get…

  15. Stan Van Gundy, no fan of team buyouts

    Mar 4, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Miami Heat

    Boston picked up Troy Murphy. Miami picked up Mike Bibby. Chicago picked up Rasual Butler. Three of the four teams considered contenders in the East picked up a veteran for their bench that was bought out at the deadline by another team. Orlando stood pat. Want to guess what Stan Van Gundy told the Orlando…

  16. Video: Dirk Nowitzki Boom. Winning.

    Mar 4, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    How hot — in a can’t stop watching the train wreck kind of way — is Charlie Sheen? And by that I really mean how hot is mocking Charlie Sheen? Apparently hot enough that Dirk Nowitzki and the creative Dallas Mavericks marketing team are on board. They mock Mr. Winning in a new video. And…

  17. If the Kings move to Anaheim, what name do they choose?

    Mar 4, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Sacramento-Kings

    You don’t have to like it — we don’t — but it looks more and more like the Sacramento Kings may be on the move to Anaheim. And with that would come a lot of questions. For example: What do we call them? There is already a Kings in the greater Los Angeles market, been…

  18. Nate Robinson out 4-6 weeks with knee surgery

    Mar 4, 2011, 12:22 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 2:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Well, this part of the trade has not worked out for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Nate Robinson will be out at least a month after getting his knee scoped, according to Royce Young at Daily Thunder (via twitter). This is the first surgery of Robinson’s career. He’s out four to six weeks, which would bring…

  19. Mike D’Antoni has tweaked offense to fit Anthony, Billups

    Mar 4, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups

    Seven seconds or less was the perfect Steve Nash offense. It was Joe Montana in a West Coast formation. Nash is quick up the court, the best decision maker in the game, can shoot almost as well as he can pass. The offense was designed for him. It’s as close as turning a player loose…

  20. PBT Friday Morning One Liners

    Mar 4, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Boston Celtics

    I am not a fan of the franchise tag for the NBA. Danny Nowell at Magic Basketball does a great job explaining why this is a bad idea. The Timberwolves are going to offer Kevin Love a lot of money. This story says $70 million, but that is this CBA’s number. However, whatever the max…

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