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  1. Tyreke Evans, Blake Griffin headline rookie/sophomore game

    Feb 1, 2011, 6:44 PM EDT

    Tyreke Evans All-Star

    John Wall vs. Brandon Jennings. Serge Ibaka matched up on Blake Griffin. DeJuan Blair against DeMarcus Cousins. Those would be facinating matchups if any of those players really cared about the NBA All-Star Rookie/Sophomore game (formally called the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge). But alas, they don’t, still we should get a few highlights. Wall lobbing ally-oops…

  2. Iverson out another 6 to 8 weeks after calf procedure

    Feb 1, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT

    Allen Iverson

    Allen Iverson’s calf issue that brought him home from Turkey turns out to be pretty serious. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com got the details from Dr. James Andrews, who said Iverson could be out another two months or more. Andrews said Tuesday that Iverson requires “prolonged rest” totaling at least 6-8 weeks, along with an injection…

  3. Phil Jackson: Trades? Sure. But don’t expect a big one.

    Feb 1, 2011, 3:57 PM EDT

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    No NBA fans can overreact quite like Lakers fans. It’s not like the team has won back-to-back NBA titles with this core group (oh, wait…). They are struggling in January and the GM mentions maybe they should consider a trade and suddenly message boards are filled up with ways to move Ron Artest for Kevin…

  4. Lakers Andrew Bynum out Tuesday with bone bruise on knee

    Feb 1, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    Deep breathes Lakers fans. Deep breathes. This is not serious. Center Andrew Bynum will be out for the Lakers Tuesday night against Houston after suffering a bone bruise on his left knee, according to Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell (via twitter). The injury was suffered during the Boston game. An MRI was conducted — you can’t…

  5. How do you feel about skin-tight All-Star jerseys?

    Feb 1, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    Rose compression jersey

    While the shorts have gone baggy — and may we never return to the ‘80s short-shorts — the latest thing in NBA jerseys may be skin-tight compression look. These are an option for NBA players participating in the All-Star Game, according to UniWatch (via The Basketball Jones). The picture here doesn’t do it justice, to…

  6. Timberwolves looking for upgrades to Target Center

    Feb 1, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

    TargetCenter

    What’s the lifespan of an NBA arena, before it becomes a dinosaur? Apparently, about two decades. The Timberwolves play in the 21-year-old Target Center in Minneapolis and Tuesday owner Glen Taylor and community leaders started to lay out a $155 million plan to modernize the building. What they want to do is find a public/private…

  7. Justin Bieber, Common team up for All-Star Celebrity Game

    Feb 1, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

    Justin Bieber

    Is there any more dreaded part All-Star weekend than the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game? No, not even close. I’d rather watch Kwame Brown doing the skills competition. But this year — Bieber fever. Tons of tween girls will tune into that station Daddy watches — ESPN — at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 to see Justin…

  8. Tyson Chandler’s Punch Out (the video game)

    Feb 1, 2011, 1:53 PM EDT

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    This video — the latest from the brilliant Mavericks marketing team — isn’t going to make a lot of sense unless you wasted a significant portion of your youth playing Mike Tyson’s Punch Out. (You still can!) Body blow. Body blow. Tyson Chandler is playing along — and it says something about where he now…

  9. People happy that Jim O’Brien is out include Tyler Hansbrough

    Feb 1, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    Tyler Hansbrough, Amir Johnson

    Among the laundry list complaints about Jim O’Brien in Indiana was his constant tinkering with the lineup. Players like routine. O’Brien kept changing the rotations nightly. Frustration ensued. O’Brien’s gone, Frank Vogel is in and the rotations are settled. That means Tyler Hansbrough is headed to the bench — and he’s fine with that. He…

  10. Clippers put Chris Kaman on the trade block

    Feb 1, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Clippers

    Any team need a center with a .50 caliber rifle at home? Of course, who doesn’t? Last season, Chris Kaman was an All-Star. In truth that was due to injuries which forced the Clippers to run their offense through him. He was putting up a quality 18.5 points and 9 boards a game (even still…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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.…

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

    Feb 1, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    andrew bogut

    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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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.

  20. 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.…

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