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  1. The NBA and the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness

    Jan 26, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Perhaps you’re familiar with NBC’s hit comedy “Parks and Recreation” (9:30 p.m. EST Thursdays on NBC- MEGA-PLUG). Perhaps you’re familiar with the season premier last week in which the Parks Department was forced to operate a youth basketball league on a shoestring budget. And perhaps you’re familiar with head coach Ron Swanson’s Pyramid of Greatness.…

  2. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Celtics may not have needed Perkins for this one

    Jan 26, 2011, 3:34 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett

    What you missed while wishing Ricky Gervais would host the Oscars… Nuggets 120, Wizards 109: This was the dreaded fourth game in five nights for the Wizards, usually the night every team mails it in. The good news is that Andray Blatche didn’t — he hustled. Didn’t see that coming, did you Flip? It was…

  3. Former personal coach sues Allan Houston, Knicks

    Jan 25, 2011, 11:10 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v New Jersey Nets

    Apparently there is no statute of limitations on people who feel wronged by Allan Houston. Art Rondeau  — a personal coach who worked with Houston in 1999 and 2000 — Monday sued Houston and the Knicks, according to the Associated Press. The lawsuit claims Rondeau worked with Houston to reverse shooting slumps, however the guard…

  4. LaMarcus Aldridge’s X-rays, MRI negative, just a hip bruise

    Jan 25, 2011, 9:48 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    UPDATE 9:48 pm: The results of LaMarcus Aldridge‘s MRI are in and it was negative, too. This is just a hip bruise. I can say “just,” those things hurt. But in the world of Trail Blazers injuries, that isn’t one. Not really. Good news that Aldridge will keep going and will not miss time. 1:43…

  5. Clippers Eric Gordon out about three weeks with wrist injury

    Jan 25, 2011, 8:42 PM EDT

    Eric Gordon, Solomon Jones, Brandon Rush

    Eric Gordon, the less flashy but equally important to Blake Griffin part of the Clippers rise in the past month, will be out for abut three weeks due to a wrist injury including a chipped bone, according to Art Garcia at NBA.com. He could be out only a couple weeks, but somewhere around the All-Star…

  6. Kendrick Perkins speeds up his timetable, will return tonight

    Jan 25, 2011, 7:07 PM EDT

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    With Shaquille O’Neal and Jermaine O’Neal both sidelined during last Saturday’s game against the Wizards, the Celtics were forced to rely on Semih Erden and Glen Davis as the entirety of their center rotation. When healthy, Boston is the deepest team in the NBA, and yet for his particular game their frontline had dwindled down…

  7. Jay Triano will not abide trivialities

    Jan 25, 2011, 6:50 PM EDT

    Jay Triano

    Every professional sports league carries with it an abundance of irrelevant records and streaks. The combinations of milestones available can create a new record on a whim (The first to 10,000 points, 5,000 rebounds, 3,000 steals, 2,500 free throw attempts, 3,000 turnovers, and 50 technical fouls!), and most “active streaks” stand as equally arbitrary. A…

  8. Shaq, Odom sued over Power Balance bracelet endorsement

    Jan 25, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    balance bracelets Shaquille O'Neal

    Shaquille O’Neal and Lamar Odom both wear Power Balance bracelets during games. Maybe because they both believe in the product, but it turns out they are also both paid celebrity endorsers of said product. Now they are being sued over it, part of a class action suit according to RadarOnline.com (via Lakers Nation). Shaquille O’Neal…

  9. But wait, there’s more — three game winners in one video

    Jan 25, 2011, 4:58 PM EDT

    David West

    There was David West and the elbow fade away for the Hornets. Brook Lopez moved into the middle of the lane and hit the jump hook for the Nets despite a sad and funny attempted foul by the Cavaliers. There was Rudy Gay from the baseline winning it for the Grizzlies. Three dramatic game winning…

  10. Bosh has high ankle sprain, could miss another week, more

    Jan 25, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Miami Heat

    Chris Bosh is not the best player on the Miami Heat. He may be the most indispensable — with Udonis Haslem out, the drop off among bigs after Bosh is dramatic. They have nobody else who comes close to bringing what Bosh brings to the table. And Bosh is going to be out a little…

  11. Andray Blatche calls in to radio show to defend his defenseless play

    Jan 25, 2011, 3:18 PM EDT

    Andray Blatche blocked

    We could tell you how bad Andray Blatche played last night (in PBT’s recaps we said he should have been benched) but we’ll let Wizards coach Flip Saunders tell you, courtesy our media brothers in arms at CSNWashington.com: “He was terrible, he was bad.  He was bad.  He didn’t look like he had energy or…

  12. Tim Duncan is fine, expected to play Wednesday in Utah

    Jan 25, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan

    This is just going to fuel the “Tim Duncan is the ultimate basketball-playing robot and not human” conspiracy theory (those people are crazy and would better be served proving how the moon landings didn’t happen). Tim Duncan left in the second quarter of the Spurs Tuesday night win over the Warriors after his knee buckled…

  13. David West, Hornets reportedly nowhere near extension

    Jan 25, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

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    Great news Hornets fans: Not only do you have to worry about losing your franchise player in Chris Paul in a couple of years — not to mention your entire franchise to some new, Clay Bennettesque  out-of-town owner — you can worry about losing David West as well. Sorry guys. The first round of Zantac…

  14. Kobe Bryant’s new “Black Mamba” ad, er, movie trailer

    Jan 25, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    “He thought he was on a road trip to Dallas. But he was on a freeway to Hell…” Sure, the new “The Black Mamba” advertisement movie is not going to be cheesy. It has Bruce Willis in it, how could it not be cheesy? We told you before that Kobe and director Robert Rodriguez had…

  15. Report: Andre Iguodala, Elton Brand unlikely to be traded

    Jan 25, 2011, 12:29 PM EDT

    Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young, Jrue Holiday

    The Philadelphia 76ers are a better team than you think. Back 16 games into the season, when the Sixers were 3-13, there was a lot of talk about roster shakeups. Remember Andre Iguodala getting dragged into the Carmelo Anthony trade morass? There were calls (and maybe plans) to get Iguodala and Elton Brand out of…

  16. Ron Artest to drop new mix tape on All Star Weekend

    Jan 25, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    So many things to look forward to on All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles Feb. 17-20. What team will Carmelo Anthony be playing for? Will Kobe be the guy who goes all out to win MVP in front of the home fans? How long will the lines be at Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles? Which will be…

  17. Report: Nuggets may have interest in Anthony Randolph from Knicks. Really?

    Jan 25, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Milwaukee Bucks

    Every report that comes out of New York about a possible deal the Denver Nuggets like enough to send Carmelo Anthony to Madison Square Garden is just harder to believe than the last one. I have no doubt that “a person with knowledge of the Nuggets’ thinking” told the respectable Alan Hahn of Newsday this…

  18. Larry Bird wants to swing a big deal in Indiana, but odds are against it

    Jan 25, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    NCAA Championship Game: Michigan State Spartans v North Carolina Tar Heels

    Indiana is one of those team’s stuck in the NBA middle, a place that can be hard to get out of — not good enough to make a run beyond the first round (if they even get in), not bad enough to get a high draft pick that can take a team a long way…

  19. Derrick Rose says his back is “killing” him

    Jan 25, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose, Charlie Villanueva

    Such is the weight of the world on Atlas. Or the weight of the Bulls franchise on Derrick Rose. He has had to carry the full weight of the Bulls return to near the top of the league this season as first Carlos Boozer and now Joakim Noah has been out, and that strain seems…

  20. Video: David West’s game winner for Hornets

    Jan 25, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    David West

    Usually when the New Orleans Hornets need a big shot, he ball is in Chris Paul‘s hands. But he had rolled his ankle (don’t worry, he says he’s fine) and so the responsibility fell to David West. He can handle it. Very well. Here is the video of West winning the game for the Hornets…

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