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  1. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Valentine Day massacres around the league

    Feb 15, 2011, 8:13 AM EST

    Lamar Odom, Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest

    You missed a lot of blowouts (all games were decided by at least 14 points) while trying to prove to your wife/girlfriend you can cook something other than toast (as we were with our wife most of the night, these are going to be pretty short): Bobcats 109, Lakers 89: This was the entirety of…

  2. How much money could corporate logos on an NBA jersey bring?

    Feb 15, 2011, 12:17 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Manchester United has an AON logo across the front of their jersey and nobody blinks. Newcastle United has Northern Rock and its not thought twice about (but it was cooler when the Newcastle Brewery sponsored them). Would NBA fans feel the same way? What about a replacing the Lakers logo with Target? Or replace the…

  3. Expect Carmelo Anthony to play for the West at the All-Star Game

    Feb 14, 2011, 9:17 PM EST

    Carmelo Anthony

    If Carmelo Anthony is traded to the Knicks or Nets (or any team in the East) before Sunday, he would play for the East in the All-Star Game. And then LaMarcus Aldridge would get his just reward. But don’t bet on it. You can expect Anthony to be with the Nuggets — and the Western…

  4. Are the Heat’s struggles against elite teams significant?

    Feb 14, 2011, 7:27 PM EST

    LeBron Celtics

    After yesterday’s loss to the Boston Celtics, the Heat are now 0-6 against the five top teams in the league in win percentage. Most of those losses have been close, but is the Heat’s record against close teams a harbinger of their eventual playoff downfall? Basketball Reference’s Neil Paine has some data that says otherwise:…

  5. Lakers, Time Warner team up for new L.A cable sports channel

    Feb 14, 2011, 6:03 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Victory Parade

    And the rich get richer… Time Warner Cable — which already provides service to much of the Los Angeles area — will launch a two new regional sports cable channels in the Los Angeles marketplace in 2012 with the Lakers as part of the package, the team and company announced jointly Monday. The Lakers will…

  6. Kobe Bryant to play Monday despite missing shootaround

    Feb 14, 2011, 5:43 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

    UPDATE 5:43 pm: Like we didn’t all know this is how the story would end. Kobe was the first Laker to the arena Monday and was putting up shots, according to the twitter account of Dave McMenamin with ESPNLosAngeles. He’s going to play. Of course he’s going to play. Did you really expect anything else?…

  7. Nets, Nuggets still not talking about Carmelo Anthony again

    Feb 14, 2011, 5:09 PM EST

    Carmelo Anthony

    When Mikhail Prokhorov pulled the Nets out of Carmelo Anthony chase, there were some around the NBA who said he was just acting and trying to come off as a bad ass at the negotiating table. He was trying to establish his presence and persona with a dramatic move. My thought: If you made $15…

  8. DeMarcus Cousins to rejoin Kings, be fined for fracas

    Feb 14, 2011, 4:43 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Sacramento Kings

    UPDATE 8:17 pm: The amount of the fine was one game’s salary for Cousins (about $41,000), according to Sam Amick at FanHouse. So, the Kings say it wasn’t a suspension, but he sat out one game and was docked one game’s pay. Hmmm. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…. 4:43…

  9. Spurs Popovich: “Winning is boring as hell”

    Feb 14, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

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    Gregg Popovich has been coasting this year. He has rolled out the same starting five for 53 of the team’s 54 games (Manu Ginolbili had to miss a game so George Hill started). His rotations have been pretty much the same every night. He’s given the same speeches to the same players so many times…

  10. Paul Pierce’s MRI negative, he will play Wednesday

    Feb 14, 2011, 3:09 PM EST

    PPierce_celebrate

    The MRI on Paul Pierce’s left foot and ankle has come back negative, according to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England (on twitter).  Pierce did have a big bag of ice on his sprained wrist Monday. Blakely adds that Pierce is expected to play Wednesday against the Nets despite the injuries. Before you ask…

  11. Kings Omri Casspi has a bill named after him in Israel

    Feb 14, 2011, 2:47 PM EST

    Sacramento Kings v Phoenix Suns

    Right now, an Israeli citizen living abroad cannot vote in Israel’s election. You want to vote, you have to be in the country. (For comparison, any United States citizen living abroad, no matter how long, can vote by absentee ballot.) That impacts Omri Casspi, the Sacramento Kings forward who is the first Israeli in the…

  12. NBA Power Rankings: Spurs still sitting pretty, Heat slip

    Feb 14, 2011, 1:21 PM EST

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Gregg Popovich

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, every team seemed to have a nice win and an ugly loss, balancing the karmic scales. 1. Spurs (45-9, Last Week #1). They are 5-2 on the rodeo road trip so far (still to come the Nets and Bulls). Their one loss this week was just one of those game…

  13. Where is all the trade chatter?

    Feb 14, 2011, 12:20 PM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Utah Jazz, Game 6

    It’s 10 days until the NBA trade deadline, and usually right now the chatter among NBA teams about potential deals is ramping up to a huge wave fans everywhere just try to ride. This season, it’s a ripple in a pond. Mark Cuban said this is a pretty standard year. “Relative to other years in…

  14. With suspension over, Mayo has to adjust to improved Grizzlies

    Feb 14, 2011, 11:40 AM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Sacramento Kings

    Tuesday night, O.J. Mayo is back. The man has served his debt to the NBA, a 10 game suspension for testing positive for banned substance dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is over. He says he got it in his system by drinking an energy drink he bought at a convenience store. You can chose to believe that or…

  15. Lenny Kravitz: “Come on Get it” the All-Star trailer

    Feb 14, 2011, 11:22 AM EST

    Lenny Kravitz was in Los Angeles for the Grammys Sunday night, taking on the vital role of introducing Muse. Then going to the parties. But he’s hanging out for a week in the City of Angels because he will be performing at the NBA All-Star Game Sunday, performing his hit “Come and Get It.” Which…

  16. Rick Adelman thinking about retirement as the guard seems to be changing

    Feb 14, 2011, 10:29 AM EST

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    Jerry Sloan walked away. At the end of the Lakers season, Phil Jackson is headed to Montana and his ranch. Larry Brown is without a job. Then there is Rick Adelman, who was drafted into the NBA in 1968 to play for the then San Diego Rockets. It’s now 43 years later and Adelman is…

  17. PBT Monday morning one liners

    Feb 14, 2011, 10:05 AM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat

    Remember, Chris Bosh returns to Toronto on Wednesday night. Adrian Smith was the MVP of the 1966 All-Star Game and got a Ford Galaxie convertible as the prize — which he still owns and drives. In case you didn’t notice, Derrick Rose played good defense on Chris Paul Sunday. Take that Nicolas Batum. Yes, Rajon…

  18. Players union trying to keep the “play in Europe” dream alive for lockout

    Feb 14, 2011, 9:48 AM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s another negotiating tactic. Kobe Bryant followed in the footsteps of Dirk Nowitzki and Brandon Jennings in saying he might play in Europe — Italy, in this case — if there is a lockout. Except there is a massive hurdle — they are all under contract to an NBA team. Any player under an NBA…

  19. Gilbert Arenas says his problem is he’s being too passive

    Feb 14, 2011, 9:08 AM EST

    Arenas magic

    Magic fans, the most recent comments by Gilbert Arenas should worry you. Yes, you got a nice big-game win over the Lakers Sunday, but that does not totally erase the recent losses to the Bulls, Heat and Celtics. You need more consistent play, more wins over quality teams before we are convinced any corner was…

  20. You’ll never believe it, but Blake Griffin had a monster dunk

    Feb 14, 2011, 8:20 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Dallas Mavericks

    Is there a better way to start off your week than with a Blake Griffin dunk? Well, sure there is, but we’re not that kind of site. Best part of this all-oop from Sunday against the Raptors, watch Baron with the behind-the-back dribble for no particular reason. Which is very Baron. Of late he has…

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