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  1. Kobe Bryant’s Turkish Airlines commercial — and controversy

    Mar 3, 2011, 1:26 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant pretty much walks on water in Los Angeles, he has a helicopter shuttle him to work from his home and nobody bats an eyelash. But he has angered one pretty large segment of the Los Angeles melting pot. (Well, L.A. is not so much a melting pot as a cobb salad, the individuality…

  2. It’s official, Mike Bibby is a member of the Heat

    Mar 3, 2011, 12:50 PM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v New Orleans Hornets

    No surprise here, but it became official, Mike Bibby has signed with the Miami Heat the team announced. “We want to welcome Mike Bibby as we continue to move into the direction of our championship dreams,” said Heat President Pat Riley. “We feel Mike, with his vast postseason experience, long range game and point guard…

  3. Report: George Karl close to three year extension with Denver

    Mar 3, 2011, 12:17 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    Have you seen Denver play? Since the trade that was supposed to be the death of the franchise sending it back to the stone ages of rebuilding, I mean? They’re good. They get after it defensively, they have some balance and a real energy. They’re not contending but they are going to push somebody in…

  4. Sacramento mayor, Maloof brothers meet, talk relocation

    Mar 3, 2011, 11:55 AM EST

    Clippers Kings Basketball

    Not sure how much it can really help at this point, but finally the people of Sacramento and their elected representative have gotten to make their case to the Maloof brothers. Wednesday night the King’s owners, Joe and Gavin Maloof, sat down with Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson, according to Sam Amick at the new NBA…

  5. PBT Thursday Morning One Liners

    Mar 3, 2011, 10:54 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Detroit Pistons

    Good read from our own John Krolik (writing over at ESPN) on the development of the Miami Heat, and how LeBron James and Dwyane Wade co-exist. Leon Powe is in Memphis Thursday to meet with the Grizzlies about joining that team. Memphis rookie guard Xavier Henry will be out a month with a sprained knee…

  6. Nothing interim here, Jazz sign Tyrone Corbin to three-year deal

    Mar 3, 2011, 10:11 AM EST

    Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks

    When owner Greg Miller was speaking at the press conference following the resignation of Jerry Sloan, he was very clear — Tyrone Corbin was the new coach of the Jazz. Not interim coach. Just coach. Now he has put his money where his mouth is, inking Corbin to a three-year deal. Terms of the deal…

  7. Nets’ Deron Williams wrist hurts but he will play in London

    Mar 3, 2011, 9:49 AM EST

    Deron Williams presser

    UPDATE March 3, 9:49 am: Deron Williams says he is is playing this weekend in London, he told Sekou Smith of NBA.com. “I’m playing,” he said after the Nets wrapped up their Thursday morning practice at the arena. “I’m definitely playing tomorrow.” Debate the wisdom of that if you want, but he is going. March…

  8. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Chicago gives one up to Atlanta

    Mar 3, 2011, 9:36 AM EST

    Bulls Hawks Basketball

    What you missed because you have tiger blood…. Atlanta 83, Chicago 80: Chicago was going to win ugly — this was not a pretty game as both teams struggled to score. However, the Bulls raced out to a 14-0 lead to start the game and held that lead for the first 47:31 of this game,…

  9. Video: Paul Pierce dunks on Channing Frye. Yes, that Paul Pierce.

    Mar 3, 2011, 8:58 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 4

    Don’t tell Channing Frye, but Paul Pierce still has some hops. Actually you don’t need to tell Frye, he found out the hard way. Frye tried to challenge Pierce, and might have been successful if Pierce had dunked with his right hand, his shooting hand. But Pierce switched to his left and the result was…

  10. Celtics Glen Davis suffers patella tendon strain, MRI Thursday

    Mar 3, 2011, 3:50 AM EST

    Phoenix Suns v Boston Celtics

    And the Celtics have another big man go down to injury. How long and how severe we find out Thursday. Glen “Big Baby” Davis suffered a patella tendon strain Wednesday night while taking a fourth quarter shot attempt against the Phoenix Suns. He will have an MRI Thursday to determine the severity of the injury,…

  11. Kevin Durant turns ankle, leaves game; calls injury a “tweak”

    Mar 2, 2011, 10:54 PM EST

    West Team's Kevin Durant of Oklahoma Cit

    UPDATE 11:41 pm: Durant left the arena wearing a protective boot on his ankle, but that was primarily for precautionary reasons and he said the injury was not that serious, according Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman. “Just a little tweak,” he said. “I did it before. Just gotta see how I feel in the morning.”…

  12. LeBron James tweets he’s “at WAR besides my Soldiers”

    Mar 2, 2011, 10:06 PM EST

    LeBron James

    The worst enemy to LeBron James’ image is LeBron James. James sent out this tweet today and probably thought nothing of it: 20+ games left in phase 2. I’m ReFOCUSED! No prisoners, I have no friends when at WAR besides my Soldiers. But the condemnation on twitter was fast and furious — athletes using military…

  13. Tyreke Evans has no idea who Sergio Rodriguez is

    Mar 2, 2011, 6:58 PM EST

    Sergio_Rodriguez_sacramento

    Sergio Rodriguez played in 39 games for the Sacramento Kings, averaging 13.3 minutes and 6.0 points per game. Basketballvalue.com confirms that Tyreke Evans and Rodriguez were, at times, on the court together. As you see in the video below, apparently Rodriguez didn’t make much of an impression during his brief time on the court together…

  14. Celtics officially announce Troy Murphy signing

    Mar 2, 2011, 6:44 PM EST

    Troy Murphy

    The Boston Celtics have officially announced the signing of veteran forward Troy Murphy, who was recently bought out of his contract by the Golden State Warriors. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed by the team. Murphy was drafted by the Warriors in 2001, and the former Notre Dame star has established himself…

  15. Mavericks “closing in” on a deal with Corey Brewer

    Mar 2, 2011, 6:15 PM EST

    Corey Brewer Sweater

    According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the Dallas Mavericks are closing in on a multi-year deal with swingman Corey Brewer, who was recently bought out by the New York Knicks. The deal is expected to be in the “7-8 million range.” According to Stein, Dallas’ ability to pay Brewer more than the Spurs or Celtics…

  16. Derrick Rose says he did pitch LeBron last summer

    Mar 2, 2011, 5:26 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Cleveland Cavaliers, Game 5

    I know, I know. We’re all trying to move on forget the Summer or LeBron ever happened, just like we’re trying to forget that night we broke out the bottle of Mescal. Best if it just isn’t discussed anymore. But Derrick Rose wants to make it clear that he did, too, reach out to LeBron.…

  17. Billups out Wednesday, day-to-day after that

    Mar 2, 2011, 4:09 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    You had a feeling when a guy as hard core as Chauncey Billups used the word “severe” to describe his thigh bruise Tuesday night, he might not be playing Wednesday. He is officially out for Hornets game Wednesday, the Knicks announced at shootaround, according to a tweet from Alan Hahn of Newsday. He is questionable…

  18. Earl “The Pearl” Monroe sees something familiar in these Knicks

    Mar 2, 2011, 3:50 PM EST

    Earl Monroe New York Knicks

    Earl Monroe is not just another New Yorker. He’s a Knick legend. The Pearl. Black Magic. His playground nickname of “Jesus” lives on in He Got Game. He’s a champion. He is still involved in promoting New York basketball (keep reading, we’ll get to The People’s Games). But in other ways, he is just like…

  19. Coach Flip Saunders to miss Wednesday night’s Wizards game

    Mar 2, 2011, 2:49 PM EST

    Flip Saunders

    Wizards coach Flip Saunders will not be on the Wizards bench when they host the Golden State Warriors. He has gone to be with his ailing mother in Ohio, according to Frank Hanrahan of CSN Washington. Assistant coach Randy Wittman will take over in the big chair as the Wizards try to snap a six-game…

  20. Tyson Chandler tweaks ankle against Sixers, out two games

    Mar 2, 2011, 2:11 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat

    UPDATED: March 2, 2:11 pm: The good news is that X-rays on Chandler’s ankle were negative. But the bad news is he will be out at least two more games, according to the Dallas Morning News. Those games are against the Pacers and the surging Grizzlies. That Grizzlies game starts a four-games-in-five-nights stretch for Dallas,…

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