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  1. Chris Kaman set to return tonight

    Feb 16, 2011, 5:49 PM EDT

    Chris Kaman

    You may have forgotten, but the Clippers have had a starting-level center in their back pocket all along. Chris Kaman has played just eight games this season for Los Angeles, but the once quasi-All-Star is apparently ready for his first NBA action since December 5th. Here’s what Kaman had to say on Twitter: I will…

  2. Dexter Pittman to be sidelined 5-6 weeks due to knee surgery

    Feb 16, 2011, 5:03 PM EDT

    Dexter Pittman

    There was a time when the stability of the Miami Heat’s center rotation was a matter of national importance. That time has faded as the Heat themselves have weathered through some growing pains as a team, but there’s still quite a bit riding on Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Joel Anthony, and Erick Dampier. Notably not included in…

  3. Bulls looking at two guard help, but chemistry trumps all

    Feb 16, 2011, 4:53 PM EDT

    J.R. Smith

    The Bulls are happy with themselves just the way they are, in a Stuart Smalley kind of way — they’re good enough, they’re smart enough, and doggone it, people like them. Sure, they could use an upgrade at the two, they know that, but they are not about to make a move that could damage…

  4. Isiah Thomas does not deny he is consulting with Knicks

    Feb 16, 2011, 4:19 PM EDT

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    This post will help you understand why, during the press conference introducing Carmelo Anthony as a Knick next week, you will hear Donnie Walsh thank Isiah Thomas through gritted teeth. Thomas was on sports talk radio in Miami Tuesday night and, amazingly, there was little talk about FIU basketball and a lot about the Knicks.…

  5. Five trades we’d like to see (and we’re not talking ‘Melodrama)

    Feb 16, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    It’s been quiet. Too quiet. Serious trade chatter is down around the league. People are talking but there is less meaningful dialogue going on than in an Adam Sandler movie. Maybe it’s fear of the new CBA. Maybe it’s Carmelo Anthony creating a bottleneck. Maybe people are too busy playing Angry Birds. Well, we are…

  6. Some All-Star Game odds

    Feb 16, 2011, 1:55 PM EDT

    2009 NBA All-Star Game

    This is America, you can bet on anything. Well, not legally (unless you are in Vegas) but there are ways. And when you do remember that The King’s Speech is going to win the best picture Oscar. But this is a basketball blog, so we’ll talk about the All-Star Game Sunday in Los Angeles. You…

  7. Cavaliers working hard to trade anyone, everyone

    Feb 16, 2011, 1:23 PM EDT

    Antawn Jamison

    The Cleveland Cavaliers do not really have a championship roster. You probably figured that out somewhere during the 26-game losing streak. Well, you probably figured it out seconds after LeBron James talked about taking his talents south for the winter. Dan Gilbert figured it out later. What matters now is we are all on the…

  8. The other Carmelo Anthony trade wild card: Mark Cuban

    Feb 16, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets, Game 2

    There’s a lot of reasons we like Mark Cuban. He’s smart. He’s not afraid to buck the system. He’s accessible. He’s reasonably forthcoming (certainly in comparison to most owners). And he’s unpredictable. That unpredictability is one reason people don’t think the Mavericks are out of the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes. The Mavericks need a wing scorer,…

  9. Bobcats about to make it official, keep Paul Silas around another year

    Feb 16, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Los Angeles Lakers

    We told you yesterday of the report that the Charlotte Bobcats were about to lock up coach Paul Silas for one more year. That will become official at noon, according to a tweet from Mike Cranston of the Associated Press. The Bobcats are 15-13 under Silas this season, a big improvement from the 9-19 they…

  10. Carmelo Anthony trade talks slowly picking up steam

    Feb 16, 2011, 10:53 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    Haven’t we — and all the parties involved — been talking about this since last summer? If so, how can things be dragging out so slowly now? But it is. Nothing has been quick or painless about the Carmelo Anthony trade situation. But now something is going to go down in the next week. It…

  11. Others in praise of Bill Russell

    Feb 16, 2011, 9:55 AM EDT

    President Obama Honors Medal Of Freedom Recipients

    Bill Russell is a legend. A legend in a way we so rarely see athletes be anymore — a powerful force off the court for his beliefs as well as on it. Today taking a stand might get in the way of endorsement deals, so most players (particularly elite ones) steer clear of controversial topics.…

  12. PBT Wednesday morning one liners

    Feb 16, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Is talking about sports better than watching it? Is Blake Griffin more watchable than LeBron James? Things I never thought I’d type: The Clippers have become a huge road draw. See the paragraph above for your reason. Kevin Love had his 50th double-double of the season Monday night. The only other man with 50 before…

  13. Video: Dwyane Wade’s 90-foot ally-oop to LeBron in Heat win

    Feb 16, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Houston Rockets

    Wes Unseld would be jealous. This is as good an outlet pass as you are ever going to see — a football-style, length-of-the-court ally-oop from Dwyane Wade to LeBron James. After the game LeBron compared it to the Super Bowl champion Packers, saying it looked like Aaron Rodgers to Greg Jennings — which probably didn’t…

  14. Blazers GM: Carmelo Anthony trade holding up other deals

    Feb 16, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

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    Teams are talking trades. Not really seriously, however. We told you the other day that meaningful trade chatter was down this season and tried to present a few reasons — fear of the unknown of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement and teams not taking on any new salary because of it for one. All the…

  15. Baseline to Baseline recaps: These Pacers put up a fight, but the Heat are too good

    Feb 16, 2011, 3:03 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers

    What you missed while watching a computer win at Jeopardy: Heat 110, Pacers 103: You cannot let the Heat get out and run. Sure, they are good in the half court as well, but in transition they are unstoppable. The Pacers have been playing fast lately but the Heat were defending well at the start…

  16. Heat’s Miller taken to hospital with concussion concerns

    Feb 15, 2011, 11:59 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat

    Tuesday night, for the third consecutive game, Miami’s Mike Miller took a blow to the head. Tuesday night it was an inadvertent Jeff Foster elbow during the third quarter (he left the game at that point). Last Sunday he was dazed after running into a hard screen by Kevin Garnett. Two days before that, on…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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