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  1. Carmelo Anthony trade talks slowly picking up steam

    Feb 16, 2011, 10:53 AM EST

    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…

  2. Others in praise of Bill Russell

    Feb 16, 2011, 9:55 AM EST

    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.…

  3. PBT Wednesday morning one liners

    Feb 16, 2011, 9:35 AM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 16, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 16, 2011, 8:10 AM EST

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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…

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

    Feb 16, 2011, 3:03 AM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 15, 2011, 11:59 PM EST

    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…

  8. Video: Watch Bill Russell get the Medal of Freedom

    Feb 15, 2011, 8:53 PM EST

    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…

  9. Former Sixer GM, current Magic executive Pat Williams diagnosed with cancer

    Feb 15, 2011, 8:04 PM EST

    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…

  10. Report: Bobcats will give Silas one-year extension

    Feb 15, 2011, 6:51 PM EST

    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…

  11. Nets GM King thinks Troy Murphy will be moved

    Feb 15, 2011, 6:31 PM EST

    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…

  12. David Stern talks Hornets, moving and contraction

    Feb 15, 2011, 5:27 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    David Stern is still selling the Hornets staying in New Orleans. Problem is nobody is buying. Literally. Everybody likes New Orleans but until somebody with money steps up to buy the team and signs deals to keep them there it’s all a lot of talk. Stern was on the podcast of ESPN’s Bill Simmons (if…

  13. Report: Orlando interested in Zach Randolph; but there are issues

    Feb 15, 2011, 4:01 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Sacramento Kings

    Let’s start this rumor report off with the red flags — this comes from long-time rumormonger Sam Smith of Bulls.com, who reports this without saying he got this from a source (thanks Pinstriped Post). Nobody else is reporting this. So please sprinkle liberally with salt. That said, there is some logic to the idea. The…

  14. Michael Redd returns to Bucks next Monday

    Feb 15, 2011, 3:27 PM EST

    MRedd

    He may not be the same guy he was, but it’s not like he can make the Bucks offense worse. Michael Redd — once one of the most feared shooters in the NBA but out most of the last three seasons — will return to the Milwaukee Bucks next Monday. He will start doing work…

  15. Winderman: Bosh ready for anything in return to Toronto

    Feb 15, 2011, 2:35 PM EST

    Chris Bosh

    Now comes Chris Bosh‘s turn. Two months after LeBron James received his enraged embrace upon his post-free-agency return to Cleveland, Bosh gets his turn Wednesday in Toronto. Amid talk of Raptors fans giving him the Vince Carter treatment (security remains beefed up to this day whenever Vince heads north of the border) and Raptors players…

  16. Delonte West may return to Celtics lineup Wednesday… or not

    Feb 15, 2011, 2:09 PM EST

    Delonte West

    UPDATE 2:09 pm: West got hit on his surgically repaired wrist during Tuesday’s Celtics practice, hard enough that the team has taken him for X-rays, according to a tweet by Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston. Those likely will turn out to be nothing serious, but it might be enough to keep him out of the lineup…

  17. Roddy Beaubois to play for Mavericks Wednesday

    Feb 15, 2011, 2:05 PM EST

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    The Dallas Mavericks have a better record than the Los Angeles Lakers, but good luck finding someone outside of outside of northeast Texas that thinks they can win a playoff series if the two meet. Thing is, we still haven’t seen the full, healthy Dallas Mavericks. We don’t know how good they really are. But…

  18. Video: DeMar DeRozan getting ready for the Dunk Contest

    Feb 15, 2011, 12:54 PM EST

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    Everyone talks about Blake Griffin having the home court advantage in the NBA All-Star Dunk Contest Saturday night because his Clippers play at Staples Center. DeMar DeRozan may be a Raptor, but he is an L.A. guy too — he went to high school in Compton then played his college ball at USC. He will…

  19. Consulting surgeon on Brandon Roy says he has 1-2 years left

    Feb 15, 2011, 12:35 PM EST

    Brandon Roy

    It’s that bad. Brandon Roy wants back in — he’s had both knees operated on one month ago and now gotten the go ahead to practice with the team. Because he is as competitive as anyone in the league he wants to play and push the Trail Blazers into the playoffs. But the Blazers have…

  20. Grizzlies still “aggressively” shopping Hasheem Thabeet

    Feb 15, 2011, 12:06 PM EST

    hasheem thabeet

    Back while we were still all doing our Christmas shopping, the Memphis Grizzlies let it be known that Hasheem Thabeet was on the market. Two months later, he can still be yours. Still at a low, low price. There have been no takers for the former No. 2 overall pick and buried in a story…

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