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  1. Friday And-1 links: Kobe is trying to help out Andy Reid

    Feb 10, 2012, 11:12 AM EDT

    Lakers' Bryant smiles in overtime of their NBA basketball game against the Celtics at TD Garden in Boston

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT). Patriot tight end Rob Gronkowski and a number of his teammates were at the Lakers/Celtics game Thursday. Kobe Bryant told Gronkowski to go play for…

  2. Video: Pau Gasol blocks Ray Allen to save victory

    Feb 10, 2012, 10:41 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Pau Gasol drives between Boston Celtics Brandon Bass and Celtics Jermaine O'Neal in the first half of their NBA basketball game at TD Garden in Boston

    Don’t you get the feeling Pau Gasol wants to yell, “who is soft now?” after this. Both Allen and Gasol made the smart play here. Often when a game-winning shots — and Paul Pierce got off a shot he can make — players stand around and watch. Allen got in position to make the play…

  3. Kevin Love says he will compete in three-point contest

    Feb 10, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves' Love high-fives fans after defeating San Antonio Spurs in their NBA basketball game in Minneapolis

    Kevin Love is an All-Star, selected by the coaches as a reserve. He earned it and there was no suspense about whether he would make it. But Love has other plans for All-Star Weekend, too, tweets Jerry Zgoda of the Star-Tribune. Love says he also will compete in three-point shooting contest at All Star Game….…

  4. Warriors, Rockets feel regret about letting Jeremy Lin go

    Feb 10, 2012, 9:02 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    Golden State had Jeremy Lin for a full season last year, but decided he just wasn’t going to work for them. Monta Ellis handles the ball a lot, Stephen Curry is the starter at the point and Golden State went another direction with his backup. The Rockets had Lin earlier this season, but they also…

  5. Video: Celtics start game with football snap (sort of)

    Feb 10, 2012, 8:06 AM EDT

    Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, Iman Shumpert, Tyson Chandler

    They realize that the Patriots lost, right? With Rob Gronkowski and a number of Patriots players at the Lakers/Celtics game Thursday night in Boston, the Celtics won the opening tip then played a little football. Clever. I guess. Problem is, Thursday night the Celtics closed the game out like the Patriots, too.

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Sacramento fans come out in force

    Feb 10, 2012, 3:03 AM EDT

    Kings, DeMarcus Cousins

    What you missed while making your Valentines Day dinner reservations at Waffle House…. Lakers 88, Celtics 87 (OT): It felt like and old rivalry when these two got together in our game of the night. Kings 106, Thunder 101: Kings fans used this game to remind you that they are as good as they come.…

  7. Kyle Lowry honored, appreciative if you believe he was an All-Star snub

    Feb 10, 2012, 2:21 AM EDT

    Kyle Lowry

    The reserves for the 2012 NBA All-Star game were announced a couple of hours before the Rockets tipped off in Phoenix against the Suns. And while Kyle Lowry was no lock to make the team, many believed he was deserving and had an outside shot of being selected. It didn’t turn out that way, but…

  8. Celtics, Lakers play one that feels like old times

    Feb 10, 2012, 12:51 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo, Kobe Bryant

    On paper this was a battle of seven seeds, a couple teams just a few games over .500 with a lot of potential but not really contenders. But once the ball went up, it felt like it was the 2010 NBA finals again. Or maybe the 2008 finals. Or 1985. Or 1969. Rivalries are what…

  9. Who got snubbed? Some All-Star roster changes

    Feb 9, 2012, 10:50 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    The All-Star rosters are out. The NBA coaches — who select the All-Star reserves — went with the old guard, the tried and true, and the guys whose names we know. Whether or not their play merited it this year. They ignored younger players who deserved it this year. There should be changes. Here are…

  10. Kevin McHale (briefly) blames Rockets’ record for Kyle Lowry’s All-Star snub

    Feb 9, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v New Orleans Hornets

    The reserves for the 2012 NBA All-Star game were announced on Thursday, and in Phoenix, where the Rockets were in town to face the Suns, the results were of particular interest. Both teams had players who were deserving on some level in Steve Nash and Kyle Lowry, but while Nash was selected, Lowry missed the…

  11. Your NBA All-Star reserves announced, coaches went safe

    Feb 9, 2012, 7:24 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    The fans picked the five starters, but this week the coaches voted to name the reserves to the All-Star Game in Orlando. And the coaches played it safe. They went with the old names they new not the future stars. They went with veteran Joe Johnson and left out Rajon Rondo. They left out Paul…

  12. Report: Lakers to retire Shaq’s #34 next season

    Feb 9, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Shaquille O'Neal

    From NBA.com’s Scott Howard-Cooper: Indications are Lakers will retire @Shaq uniform No. 34 next season. Brief delay due to rush of schedule, not any doubt it would happen. O’Neal, who retired after last season, played for the Lakers from 1996-2004, and is still currently the only player to win a championship after signing a max contract with…

  13. “No timetable” for Irving’s return from concussion

    Feb 9, 2012, 5:10 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

    From the AP: CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers rookie guard Kyrie Irving is being evaluated at the Cleveland Clinic as he recovers from a concussion. Irving missed his first game of the season Wednesday night with the concussion. He was kept out after the team diagnosed him with the head injury, which he sustained Tuesday night in…

  14. Kendrick Perkins says he deleted his twitter because of “too much negativity”

    Feb 9, 2012, 4:52 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin Kendrick Perkins

    Kendrick Perkins has gained some national attention recently thanks to his strong words about LeBron James’ twitter reaction to Blake Griffin’s play-of-the-year dunk on Perkins, and his feelings towards “elite” NBA players on twitter in general. Perkins deletehavd his twitter shortly before he made his statements, and recently there have been some insinuations that Perkins…

  15. Jeremy Lin says Tim Tebow has been an inspiration to him

    Feb 9, 2012, 4:41 PM EDT

    Divisional Playoffs - Denver Broncos v New England Patriots

    There are some similarities to the Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow stories — and not just that they both throw bounce passes. Both had built in followings but were not expected by most experts to make much of an impact at the professional level. Both have. Both still have some people expecting them to fall…

  16. Keith Bogans out for the season

    Feb 9, 2012, 4:07 PM EDT

    Bogans Nets

    The Star-Ledger’s Colin Stephenson has the report: Poor Keith Bogans. Nets say he has a complete tear of the deltoid ligament as well as a fractured left ankle. Ouch. Just reading that is painful. Bogans started all 82 games for the Chicago Bulls last season and helped them attain the league’s best regular-season record with…

  17. Jeremy Lin can move off his brother’s couch now… or not

    Feb 9, 2012, 4:06 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    Jeremy Lin has been living the life of an NBA nomad — a guy who went to camp with Golden State, was cut and ended up with Houston for a while, but he never saw the court there (they have Kyle Lowry and Goran Dragic at the point already) so he was released. Then he…

  18. Mo Williams wants a contract extension with Clippers

    Feb 9, 2012, 2:46 PM EDT

    Mo Williams, Ian Mahinm

    Hello, Clippers, welcome to the price of success. I know this is all new to you, but you’re going to be getting a lot of this kind of stuff now. Mo Williams wants a contract extension. Pretty much that’s what you can read into this comment from the Los Angeles Times. “I just want to…

  19. Jerry West says you may not see trade activity until deadline

    Feb 9, 2012, 2:23 PM EDT

    Jerry West

    Here’s another thing you can blame on the condensed NBA schedule. We are just about a month out from the NBA trading deadline (March 15) and now is when you start to hear the buzz of moves bubble up and soon a few minor trades go down as we get closer. But maybe not this…

  20. Enjoying the Jeremy Lin ride, which may get bumpy

    Feb 9, 2012, 1:58 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    We need to be honest — the three defenses that Jeremy Lin has carved up as the starting point guard for the Knicks are three terrible defenses. All three are in the bottom 10 in the league in defensive efficiency, and the best one (Utah) has slow bigs who are awful against quick guards —…

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