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  1. Report: Damien Wilkins signed by Hawks for rest of season

    Jan 28, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Damien Wilkins

    The Hawks didn’t bring in Damien Wilkins as a legacy, they brought him in because they thought he could play. And they liked what they have seen. The Hawks have signed Wilkins through the end of the season, according to a tweet from Marc Spears of Yahoo. Wilkins is the nephew of Hawks legend Dominique…

  2. Suns owner says Nash not being traded, expects team to come together

    Jan 28, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Suns Robert Sarver

    Suns owner Robert Sarver is optimistic. Or delusional if you want. Your pick. He told the Arizona Republic that this team is not that far removed from last season’s version that rode a hot streak to the Western Conference finals. That’s pretty darn optimistic (or delusional) — this year’s version is five games back of…

  3. Paul Pierce suffers knee bruise, game-time decision against Suns

    Jan 28, 2011, 10:12 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 4

    At some point in the third quarter of Boston’s win in Portland Thursday, Paul Pierce hurt his knee. It’s not that serious — he played seven minutes of the fourth quarter after the injury — and he thinks it’s just a bruise, but if there is swelling Pierce could miss the Celtics game against the…

  4. PBT’s Friday morning one liners

    Jan 28, 2011, 9:42 AM EDT

    Arenas magic

    Gilbert Arenas’ separation from his long-time, on-and-off girlfriend is an ugly mess. Nicolas Batum felt his knee “stretch” on Thursday night and even though he thinks its nothing he will get an MRI Friday. What about Tyson Chandler for All-Star center in the West? Kobe Bryant will pass Hakeem Olajuwon on the all-time NBA scoring…

  5. Dunk of the Night: Turns out that LeBron guy is pretty athletic

    Jan 28, 2011, 8:59 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    The pace of the Knicks game against the small ball Heat was not as fast as you’d think (90 possessions, which is 6.6 possessions slower than the average Knicks game and even one slower than the average Heat game). Particularly in the fourth quarter. But when the teams did get out and run we got…

  6. Kevin Garnett has special shoes just for the Lakers

    Jan 28, 2011, 8:12 AM EDT

    Garnett Beat LA shoe

    It’s how the league rolls now — big star in a big game, then you need the special edition shoes. Lakers vs. Celtics Sunday, that is big. So Kevin Garnett, what you got? KG and Chinese shoe company Anta teamed up for the subtly named “Beat L.A.” shoe. Notice on the tongue of the shoe…

  7. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Don’t fear the Heat

    Jan 28, 2011, 2:26 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    What you missed while getting ready for the Angry Birds television series…. Knicks 93, Heat 88: It seems weird to say this, but the Knicks won this with defense. They clearly came in with a plan to focus on LeBron James, not let him beat them. He finished with 24 points but on 7-of-24 shooting.…

  8. Grizzlies in serious talks with Jason Williams

    Jan 28, 2011, 12:40 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Denver Nuggets

    We were ready to pour out a 40 for the career of Jason Williams, but that guy has more lives than that famous movie Jason with the stylish hockey mask. Just after being waived by the Orlando Magic — where he was buried on the depth chart — he has had talks about joining the…

  9. NBA All-Star Game voting shows it’s time to change the ballot

    Jan 27, 2011, 11:57 PM EDT

    2010 NBA All Star Game

    You should pat yourself on your back. Which come to think of it is pretty hard and can lead to shoulder dislocation, so maybe get a friend to do it for you. But you deserve it. You NBA fans pretty much nailed it in voting for the NBA All-Star game starters. Usually right after the…

  10. Miami Heat help Tim Hardaway out with his not-so-little tax problem

    Jan 27, 2011, 8:56 PM EDT

    Tim Hardaway #10

    One of my theories in life is it’s good to know rich people. Because sometimes they can help you out when things seem pretty hopeless. Like if you owed the IRS $120,000 to the Internal Revenue Service and weren’t sure how to pay it. That’s the spot former NBA and Miami Heat star Tim Hardaway…

  11. Yao Ming again voted an All-Star starter, cue outrage

    Jan 27, 2011, 8:06 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    In Yao Ming’s election as a starter for the Western Conference All-Stars, there’s no heart-warming consolation to be had; Yao Ming’s season is gone, and his inclusion in this event — which will give him the eighth All-Star berth of his career — is really just a reminder of why using a popular vote as…

  12. NBA All-Star Game starters named. Fans got 9 out of 10 right.

    Jan 27, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT

    2009 NBA All-Star Game

    NBA fans, you’ll get who you ask for. Well, nine out of 10 anyway. There were no surprises as the NBA All-Star Game starters were announced live on TNT Thursday night. The Eastern Conference starters are: Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic, center): He’s the best center in the game, averaging 22 points and 13.4 points per…

  13. David Kahn confident Rubio will join Timberwolves

    Jan 27, 2011, 7:15 PM EDT

    Spain v USA

    The Timberwolves took Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio with the fifth overall pick in the 2009 draft, but he spent all of what would have been his rookie year in Spain. He doesn’t have any plans to come to the NBA this year, either, and a recent New York Times report suggested that Rubio may…

  14. Wade plans to wear dark goggles to reduce migraines, league officials say otherwise

    Jan 27, 2011, 7:15 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat

    UPDATE (7:15 PM EST): It appears Wade won’t be wearing dark glasses after all. According to the Associated Press, the goggles Wade was planning to wear have been deemed a “competitive advantage” by the league office, and will not be allowed for tonight’s game. I don’t see how wearing sunglasses at night really tips the…

  15. O.J. Mayo suspended 10 games for drug code violation

    Jan 27, 2011, 6:49 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Orlando Magic

    Memphis’ O.J. Mayo has tested positive for a banned substance and has been suspended 10 games by the NBA, the league announced Thursday. Mayo tested positive for dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). DHEA is a hormone naturally occurring in the body, secreted by the adrenal gland, according to the Mayo Clinic (no irony intended). The body then coverts…

  16. Kevin Love’s glamorous All-Star campaign video

    Jan 27, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    When you think of high fashion in the NBA who do you think of. Well, after Dwyane Wade. And Amar’e Stoudemire. And Lamar Odom. Eventually you would get to Kevin Love. Eventually. He has some style. But he has gone the glamorous route for the video touting his All-Star campaign.

  17. Derrick Rose has stomach ulcers, could miss games

    Jan 27, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose, Charlie Villanueva

    UPDATE 4:00 pm: Rose, it turns out, has two small ulcers, both discovered after a fun day at the hospital. Well, not fun for Rose but the doctors probably thought it was cool to have him there. He’s on medication and his status for Friday will be decided close to game time. Rose spoke with…

  18. Winderman: Will coaches pick four Celtics for Eastern All-Star reserves?

    Jan 27, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    Thursday night merely is the show. No actual work is involved, as the results of fan balloting for All-Star starters are revealed. Then conference coaches take over from there, having to fill out ballot for the seven reserves in each conference (Commissioner David Stern selects replacements for any injured players). This year, it will be…

  19. LeBron, Wade love Madison Square Garden (just not enough to sign with the Knicks, apparently)

    Jan 27, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Madison Square Garden remains one of the iconic buildings in the NBA. It’s New York — Concrete jungle where dreams are made of. Visitors get pumped up to play there — which for a long time meant guys like Kobe Bryant were going to drop a big number on the hapless Knicks. The Knicks are…

  20. Can Jimmer Fredette make it in the NBA?

    Jan 27, 2011, 2:12 PM EDT

    Jimmer Fredette

    Know this: Jimmer Fredette can shoot the rock. Don’t believe me? See what NBA leading scorer Kevin Durant (who has had workouts with Fredette) tweeted: Jimmer Fredette is the best scorer in the world!! Everyone loves BYU’s Jimmer the day after he dropped 43 on previously unbeaten San Diego State. But can he make it…

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