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  1. Video: Watch Bill Russell get the Medal of Freedom

    Feb 15, 2011, 8:53 PM EDT

    President Obama Honors Medal Of Freedom Recipients

    Celtics legend Bill Russell was given Medal of Freedom today at the White House by President Barack Obama. Here is what Obama had to say about Russell: “Bill Russell, the man, is someone who stood up for the rights and dignity of all men. He marched with King; he stood by Ali. When a restaurant…

  2. Former Sixer GM, current Magic executive Pat Williams diagnosed with cancer

    Feb 15, 2011, 8:04 PM EDT

    Pat-Williams-photo

    The Orlando Magic’s Pat Williams, one of the better known and more popular NBA executives around the league, has been diagnosed with cancer, the team announced Tuesday. Williams was the Philadelphia 76ers general manager for a dozen seasons through the 1970s and ‘80s, then went on to be part of the team that founded the…

  3. Report: Bobcats will give Silas one-year extension

    Feb 15, 2011, 6:51 PM EDT

    Paul Silas

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Charlotte Bobcats are set to give Paul Silas a one-year extension: The Charlotte Bobcats are finalizing a one-year contract extension with Paul Silas that will keep him as coach through the 2011-12 season, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. After replacing Larry Brown on Dec. 22, Silas has…

  4. Nets GM King thinks Troy Murphy will be moved

    Feb 15, 2011, 6:31 PM EDT

    Troy_Murphy

    Recently, Nets GM Billy King spoke to the YES Network’s Jessica Taff, and confirmed that the Nets are aggressively shopping Troy Murphy, and confident that they will be able to trade him before the deadline: “Obviously, you know, I’m very focused on Troy. I feel bad for Troy in this situation, but I think something…

  5. David Stern talks Hornets, moving and contraction

    Feb 15, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    David Stern is still selling the Hornets staying in New Orleans. Problem is nobody is buying. Literally. Everybody likes New Orleans but until somebody with money steps up to buy the team and signs deals to keep them there it’s all a lot of talk. Stern was on the podcast of ESPN’s Bill Simmons (if…

  6. Report: Orlando interested in Zach Randolph; but there are issues

    Feb 15, 2011, 4:01 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Sacramento Kings

    Let’s start this rumor report off with the red flags — this comes from long-time rumormonger Sam Smith of Bulls.com, who reports this without saying he got this from a source (thanks Pinstriped Post). Nobody else is reporting this. So please sprinkle liberally with salt. That said, there is some logic to the idea. The…

  7. Michael Redd returns to Bucks next Monday

    Feb 15, 2011, 3:27 PM EDT

    MRedd

    He may not be the same guy he was, but it’s not like he can make the Bucks offense worse. Michael Redd — once one of the most feared shooters in the NBA but out most of the last three seasons — will return to the Milwaukee Bucks next Monday. He will start doing work…

  8. Winderman: Bosh ready for anything in return to Toronto

    Feb 15, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    Now comes Chris Bosh‘s turn. Two months after LeBron James received his enraged embrace upon his post-free-agency return to Cleveland, Bosh gets his turn Wednesday in Toronto. Amid talk of Raptors fans giving him the Vince Carter treatment (security remains beefed up to this day whenever Vince heads north of the border) and Raptors players…

  9. Delonte West may return to Celtics lineup Wednesday… or not

    Feb 15, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT

    Delonte West

    UPDATE 2:09 pm: West got hit on his surgically repaired wrist during Tuesday’s Celtics practice, hard enough that the team has taken him for X-rays, according to a tweet by Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston. Those likely will turn out to be nothing serious, but it might be enough to keep him out of the lineup…

  10. Roddy Beaubois to play for Mavericks Wednesday

    Feb 15, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    roddybeaubois

    The Dallas Mavericks have a better record than the Los Angeles Lakers, but good luck finding someone outside of outside of northeast Texas that thinks they can win a playoff series if the two meet. Thing is, we still haven’t seen the full, healthy Dallas Mavericks. We don’t know how good they really are. But…

  11. Video: DeMar DeRozan getting ready for the Dunk Contest

    Feb 15, 2011, 12:54 PM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    Everyone talks about Blake Griffin having the home court advantage in the NBA All-Star Dunk Contest Saturday night because his Clippers play at Staples Center. DeMar DeRozan may be a Raptor, but he is an L.A. guy too — he went to high school in Compton then played his college ball at USC. He will…

  12. Consulting surgeon on Brandon Roy says he has 1-2 years left

    Feb 15, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    It’s that bad. Brandon Roy wants back in — he’s had both knees operated on one month ago and now gotten the go ahead to practice with the team. Because he is as competitive as anyone in the league he wants to play and push the Trail Blazers into the playoffs. But the Blazers have…

  13. Grizzlies still “aggressively” shopping Hasheem Thabeet

    Feb 15, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT

    hasheem thabeet

    Back while we were still all doing our Christmas shopping, the Memphis Grizzlies let it be known that Hasheem Thabeet was on the market. Two months later, he can still be yours. Still at a low, low price. There have been no takers for the former No. 2 overall pick and buried in a story…

  14. Carmelo Anthony drama has owners thinking franchise tag

    Feb 15, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets

    What do NBA owners want out of the collective bargaining agreement? More money. Remember, it is always about the money. Who generates that money? Don’t say “the players” because it’s much more narrow than that. While there are 12 to 15 guys on an NBA roster, only a couple of those players directly generate more…

  15. PBT Tuesday morning one liners

    Feb 15, 2011, 10:25 AM EDT

    Robert Horry

    Be prepared to spend the rest of your day wasting time on this — Hoopism put together a shot location graphic showing you the greatest shots in NBA history. Just click on one and watch the video of it. This is one of the best things ever. Participants reminisce about the first All-Star game 60…

  16. Carmelo Anthony trade updates: Don’t believe anybody

    Feb 15, 2011, 9:38 AM EDT

    carmelo anthony

    It’s at the point with the Carmelo Anthony trade drama to stop taking anything anybody says seriously. It’s all lies, spin and negotiation tactics. Any truth in comments from people involved in the trade is incidental to their motives. Look at Tuesday’s reports. The New York Daily News is saying the Knicks could make a…

  17. Manu Ginobili with the between the legs assist

    Feb 15, 2011, 8:35 AM EDT

    Manu Ginobili

    The Spurs just pretty much did whatever they wanted to the Nets Monday night. New Jersey put up no resistance. As evidence, we give you this Manu Ginobili between-the-legs assist to a cutting DeJuan Blair that was both effective for the Spurs and embarrassing for the Nets. That pretty much sums up the night. The…

  18. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Valentine Day massacres around the league

    Feb 15, 2011, 8:13 AM EDT

    Lamar Odom, Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest

    You missed a lot of blowouts (all games were decided by at least 14 points) while trying to prove to your wife/girlfriend you can cook something other than toast (as we were with our wife most of the night, these are going to be pretty short): Bobcats 109, Lakers 89: This was the entirety of…

  19. How much money could corporate logos on an NBA jersey bring?

    Feb 15, 2011, 12:17 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Manchester United has an AON logo across the front of their jersey and nobody blinks. Newcastle United has Northern Rock and its not thought twice about (but it was cooler when the Newcastle Brewery sponsored them). Would NBA fans feel the same way? What about a replacing the Lakers logo with Target? Or replace the…

  20. Expect Carmelo Anthony to play for the West at the All-Star Game

    Feb 14, 2011, 9:17 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    If Carmelo Anthony is traded to the Knicks or Nets (or any team in the East) before Sunday, he would play for the East in the All-Star Game. And then LaMarcus Aldridge would get his just reward. But don’t bet on it. You can expect Anthony to be with the Nuggets — and the Western…

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