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  1. Will the Knicks pick up Donnie Walsh’s contract? And how is this even a question?

    Feb 1, 2011, 11:55 AM EDT

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    Pat Riley will probably win it. I can see that. But Donnie Walsh of the Knicks deserves to be NBA Executive of the Year. In three seasons Walsh has taken a team drowning in big contracts for bad players and has turned them into something respectable. The Knicks are not contenders, but they are pretty…

  2. DeAndre Jordan was the Clippers best dunker Monday

    Feb 1, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    DeAndre Jordan, Corey Maggette

    Clippers games are a dunk fest. Usually because that Griffin guy is embarrassing someone (or just windmilling one home). But sometimes Eric Gordon (when healthy) and Baron Davis (who actually is healthy) sneak into the highlight reel. And some nights, DeAndre Jordan just takes it over. Jordan is the more overlooked of the freakish athletes…

  3. Carmelo Anthony talks trade but says nothing. Again.

    Feb 1, 2011, 10:41 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    Carmelo Anthony’s walk from the locker room to the court Monday in New Jersey was lined with photos of construction and renderings of the finished new Barclays Center being built for the Nets in Brooklyn. Open for your convenience in 2012. For the Nets first 22 home games that artwork was not there, John Schuhmann…

  4. PBT Tuesday morning one liners

    Feb 1, 2011, 9:44 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 2

    Stan Van Gundy said Monday night his team is not defending well enough to contend. He’s right. Emeka Okafor’s streak of 306 consecutive games played comes to an end tonight (strained oblique). Six first round draft picks, some name free agents (Al Jefferson), and the 2011 Timberwolves are pretty much the same as the 2009…

  5. LeBron has nothing but love for Cavs organization, fans. Gee, thanks.

    Feb 1, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Houston Rockets

    Right before his Miami Heat team sleepwalked through a large chunk of the game and still easily handed the Cavaliers their 21st straight loss, LeBron James had nothing but kind words to say about the Cavs organization and their fans. Which you can be sure sat real well with guys sitting around bars in Cleveland.…

  6. Andrew Bogut injures knee; X-rays negative but MRI next

    Feb 1, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

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    It just seems like it has been one of those seasons for the Bucks. With just more than four minutes left in the Bucks loss to the Clippers Sunday, Andrew Bogut’s knee collided with Randy Foye, who was diving after a loose ball. The result being Bogut had to limp off court and leave the…

  7. Storm grounds Raptors in Indiana, keeping them from other road losses

    Feb 1, 2011, 8:36 AM EDT

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    After the Raptors laid an egg and kindly helped Frank Vogel look good in his debut as the interim coach for the Indiana Pacers, they had a flight to catch. They needed to get to Atlanta and give that team the confidence boost of an easy win. Except they can’t. The snow storm that had…

  8. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Indiana looks good for new coach… or they played Toronto

    Feb 1, 2011, 8:17 AM EDT

    Vogel

    What you missed while surfing huge waves at night while wearing an LED vest…. Pacers 104, Raptors 93: That was the most relaxed and loose the Pacers have looked since early in the season. The question becomes is that because of Frank Vogel being the coach instead of Jim O’Brien, or because the Raptors are…

  9. New trailer for the Kobe “movie”

    Jan 31, 2011, 11:23 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    We’ve told you about the Kobe Bryant/Nike/Black Mamba movie (okay, commercial)  coming to a laptop screen near you All-Star weekend. It’s full of Bruce Willis and plenty of over-the-top acting and action. Which means it should be pretty fun. You’ve seen the first trailer, here is the new one enjoy.

  10. George Karl thinks ‘Melo could be a Nugget all season

    Jan 31, 2011, 10:07 PM EDT

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    Maybe this is just wishful thinking — if you’re a coach, you don’t want to lose your best scorer, you don’t want to embark on a rebuilding project. So you hope and convince yourself…. George Karl thinks Carmelo Anthony could be a Nugget through the end of the season, as he told the Associated Press.…

  11. Lakers struggles have GM Kupchak thinking trade

    Jan 31, 2011, 7:58 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    There’s a feeling in Los Angeles that all the Lakers just need a swift kick in the, um, how shall we say, behind to get playing with a sense of urgency again. Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak told NBA.com’s Scott Howard-Cooper he was considering just such a kick. “Regarding a trade, I may have to,” Kupchak…

  12. Stick a fork in them: The Cleveland Cavaliers

    Jan 31, 2011, 6:49 PM EDT

    Mo Williams Sad

    This is the first in our new ongoing series here at PBT: Stick a fork in them.  As we feel teams are done, toast, dead to the playoffs, we will give them a sendoff and obit. We’re not talking mathematically eliminated, we mean when their playoff chances really give up the ghost. John Krolik starts…

  13. Eddie House fined $25,000 for “obscene gesture”

    Jan 31, 2011, 5:56 PM EDT

    Eddie House

    Eddie House‘s three-pointer with 22 seconds left of Sunday’s Heat-Thunder tilt won the game for the Heat, but the Cassell-esque dance he did immediately after making it will cost him as much as most people pay for their cars. Ira Winderman of the Florida Sun-Sentinel noted that House was not fined for making a similar…

  14. The Lakers problem isn’t Kobe, it’s Gasol. And defense.

    Jan 31, 2011, 5:54 PM EDT

    los angeles lakers

    It’s easy and maybe even trendy to say it was Kobe’s fault. It wasn’t. True, Sunday the Lakers offense against Boston Celtics was a heavy dose of Kobe Bryant. And way too much Kobe in isolation. It’s an easy storyline to say Kobe shot too much, but it’s not wholly accurate. The reality is there…

  15. Video: Russell Westbrook is good. Scary good.

    Jan 31, 2011, 3:52 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    We mentioned it in our NBA Power Rankings: Right now Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are carrying the Thunder. The two of them have accounted for more than half the team’s points in the last 10 games. Which might be a problem if they were not Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. They are so good…

  16. Nets call up Orien Greene from D-League

    Jan 31, 2011, 3:09 PM EDT

    Orien Greene

    Orien Greene can play. It was always off-the-court issues that have concerned NBA front offices. Now he is getting another chance to prove he has matured and deserves to stick in the NBA. Greene got a call up from the D-League and 10-day contract from the New Jersey Nets, according to a tweet from Jonathan…

  17. In event of a lockout, Nowitzki says he wants to play in Germany. Except, he can’t.

    Jan 31, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    UPDATE 2:33 pm: Interesting follow up on this from Tom Ziller at SB Nation: FIBA is trying to leave itself some wiggle room. FIBA is saying that so long as a player is under a valid contract he cannot go play overseas without a Letter of Clearance. However, if the entire 2011-12 season were canceled,…

  18. NBA Power Rankings: How would you feel about a Spurs/Celtics NBA finals?

    Jan 31, 2011, 2:29 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Kobe Bryant

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, where we’re thinking that the finals could be Spurs and Celtics because no teams are executing anywhere near their level right now in crunch time. 1. Spurs (40-7). They are now 7.5 games ahead of the second place Lakers in the Western Conference (and 4 ahead of Boston for the…

  19. John Wall and the cupboard of Doritos

    Jan 31, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v New York Knicks

    NBA players — even with all that money and all those professional trainers and nutritionists at their fingertips — fall into some bad eating habits like the rest of us. Coming out of college — where they had buffets of food in the dining hall and coaches trying to get them to bulk up for…

  20. Golden State is looking to trade for an elite wing. Good luck with that.

    Jan 31, 2011, 12:24 PM EDT

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    Warriors’ fans: The most important thing is that they are looking. Golden State’s ownership is talking trades and looking at brining in a real ace — one true top-flight guy that can anchor the franchise. Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry are both very good, David Lee is nice in the middle, but this team is…

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