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  1. D-League Showcase’s top prospects included Blake Ahearn And Greg Ostertag

    Jan 13, 2012, 4:04 PM EDT

    Blake Ahearn

    The NBA Development League Showcase wrapped up on Thursday night following 16 teams playing a total of 16 games over the course of four days in lovely Reno, Nev. Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey told Pro Basketball Talk that the talent at the annual event was at an all-time high so it seems to…

  2. His new coach talks DeMarcus Cousins and maturity

    Jan 13, 2012, 3:57 PM EDT

    Keith Smart, DeMarcus Cousins

    Somewhere near the top of the list of things Keith Smart has to do that his predecessor as coach of the Sacramento Kings (Paul Westphal) couldn’t do is build a good relationship with DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins is immensely talented but with an ego to match. He’s not loved in his own locker room, other teams…

  3. San Antonio Spurs defense suddenly their weakness

    Jan 13, 2012, 3:04 PM EDT

    Richard Jefferson, Danny Green, Tim Duncan

    When they were winning rings, San Antonio did it with defense. Sure there was Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, but it was the defense that set them apart. Right now, the Spurs defense is ranked 25th in the NBA. They re giving up 103.7 points per 100 possessions, the league average is…

  4. Video: Top 10 plays from Heat vs. Clippers

    Jan 13, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Yes, I know the game was a couple of days ago, but what do you want to watch — Blake Griffin and LeBron James or a parade of guys going to the free throw line from Thursday? Exactly. D’Andre Jordan is all over this highlight mix with blocked shots. You can decide for yourself if…

  5. Mike Brown says Kobe more “serious minded” than LeBron

    Jan 13, 2012, 12:57 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    While he tried to be diplomatic about it, Lakers coach Mike Brown said what we’ve all thought for a while: Kobe Bryant is far more intense than LeBron James. Here is the quote, via Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register: “There’s just a different feel to the two guys,” Brown said…. “LeBron is a…

  6. Rudy Gay says he got Team USA invitation

    Jan 13, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Grizzlies Basketball

    The invitations are going out from USA Basketball to players who will be considered to make up Team USA at the London Olympics this summer. We showed you the initial reported list, Memphis’ Rudy Gay wasn’t on it. But he told the Commercial Appeals he got an invite. USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo called him…

  7. Friday And-1 links: Kevin Love vs. Sumo wrestler

    Jan 13, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    Kevin Love Visits FOX Business

    Welcome to our morning 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). Kevin Love vs. Sumo wrestler. Who ya got? Is there even such a thing as a “clutch player?” Our own Rob Mahoney argues no, there…

  8. Magic, Warriors GMs meet, Dwight Howard doesn’t care

    Jan 13, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    What did Magic General Manager Otis Smith and Warriors GM Larry Riley talk about when they had lunch together Thursday in Oakland? Probably how much they hate random Internet speculation. Nonetheless, that’s what we’ve got. The two did meet for lunch, reports Matt Stenmetz of CSNBayArea.com. And as we know from last week the Warriors…

  9. Report: Rasheed Wallace wants to make NBA comeback

    Jan 13, 2012, 10:14 AM EDT

    rasheed_wallace

    I feel the need… the need for ‘Sheed. (Arguably the best NBA blog name ever.) Rasheed Wallace — the veteran and versatile big man who won a ring in Detroit and was a four-time All-Star — is serious about a comeback, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. When last we saw ‘Sheed, he was the…

  10. Video: Bucks, Pistons go 41-of-41 from free throw line

    Jan 13, 2012, 9:10 AM EDT

    Carlos Delfino (10) drives upcourt after stealing the ball from Detroit Pistons' Ben Gordon

    Dwight Howard wasn’t the only one making free throw history on Thursday night. In a game we’re pretty sure you didn’t watch, the Bucks and Pistons went 41-of-41 combined from the charity stripe. They were perfect — thanks to a lane violation early on that saved the day. Pistons big man Greg Monroe led the…

  11. Baseline to Baseline recaps: it’s a free throw-a-palooza

    Jan 13, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    What you missed while trying to beat up a police officer with a stuffed monkey…. Cavaliers 101, Suns 90: Kyrie Irving had his best game ever matched up against Steve Nash. Our own Brett Pollakoff broke it down as our game of the night. Magic 117, Warriors 109: Mark Jackson decided the best strategy was…

  12. Kyrie Irving scores a career-high 26 points to lead Cavs to victory over the Suns

    Jan 13, 2012, 2:16 AM EDT

    kyrie-irving-suns

    This was supposed to be the soft part of the schedule for Phoenix. Kyrie Irving made sure that it wasn’t. The number one overall pick in the NBA draft showed why he was taken there, scoring a career-best 26 points and keying a second-quarter run that erased the Suns’ six-point lead, and put the Cavaliers…

  13. Dwight Howard sets record with 39 free throws in game

    Jan 13, 2012, 2:00 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    New Warriors coach Mark Jackson set the strategy — hack-a-Howard. Golden State intentionally fouled Dwight Howard all game long. In addition to the times they just fouled him as he attacked the rim — the Warriors tried to single-cover him with David Lee and other players who just are not big enough The result was…

  14. Carmelo Anthony sprains ankle, listed as day-to-day

    Jan 13, 2012, 1:01 AM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony watches a free throws by Grizzlies during NBA game in Memphis

    Carmelo Anthony — the fulcrum of the Knicks offense, not to mention the team’s leading scorer at 26.7 points per game as — had to leave Thursday night’s game after rolling his ankle in the third quarter. It happened during a scramble for the ball, which was at his feet (as you see above). He…

  15. Marcus Morris injury hampers Day 4 of the NBA D-League Showcase

    Jan 13, 2012, 12:26 AM EDT

    Marcus Morris

    The eighth annual NBA Development League Showcase came to an end on Thursday night after 16 teams played a total of 16 games over four days in lovely Reno, Nevada. The final day may have been the least uneventful — at least as far as top prospects were concerned — but an injury to Houston…

  16. Winderman: League needs to clarify questionable calls for all teams, not just the Heat

    Jan 12, 2012, 10:47 PM EDT

    Miami Heat James smiles after making a basket against Charlotte Bobcats during their NBA game in Charlotte

    By now you’ve read how @NBAOfficial confirmed what was apparent from the moment LeBron James went in six different directions (with six different steps) after giving up his dribble late in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s overtime loss to the Clippers: That he traveled before he received a bailout foul call, one that enabled him…

  17. Do the Bulls have a problem in the paint?

    Jan 12, 2012, 9:29 PM EDT

    oakim Noah

    The Chicago Bulls — without Derrick Rose and playing John Lucas III 45 minutes at the point — beat the lowly Washington Wizards Wednesday night thanks to their suffocating defense. And defense is why the big men on the floor for the key moments of the game for Chicago were Omer Asik and Taj Gibson…

  18. Blazers will have to choose between Batum, Wallace

    Jan 12, 2012, 8:53 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki, Nicolas Batum, Gerald Wallace

    From Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune: The Blazers have until Jan. 25 to extend the rookie contract of Batum, 23, who is making a pro-rated $2.16 million this season and would be due a qualifying offer of $3.17 million as a restricted free agent next season. If the deadline passes without a deal, the…

  19. Today in strange J.R. Smith news from China: J.R.’s sister gets in a brawl

    Jan 12, 2012, 6:39 PM EDT

    Smith Sister

    Well, this is not good. Via Eye on Basketball (with a hat tip to Deadspin and Chinese media outlets): This time, it wasn’t Smith who did something, but his sister. According to reports, after Smith was fouled, his sister threw a bottle onto the court. And then freaked out, choking a woman and shoving an 80-year-old.…

  20. Chris Bosh would like Dwyane Wade taking the last shot

    Jan 12, 2012, 6:16 PM EDT

    Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, LeBron James

    Recently, Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh was interviewed by GQ’s Mark Anthony Green, and he had some interesting (and relevant) things to say about who should be taking a hypothetical “last shot” for the Heat in a close game: GQ: Quick hypothetical, toes aside: Let’s say the game was tied. 10 seconds left. You had…

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