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  1. Nicolas Batum denies saying Derrick Rose can’t play defense

    Feb 8, 2011, 3:16 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets

    Talking to the media Thursday night after the Trail Blazers knocked off the Bulls, Portland’s Nicolas Batum said the game plan was to have Andre Miller go right at Derrick Rose because he can’t play defense — except now he says he didn’t say that at all. A couple people reported last Monday night, including…

  2. Ray Allen, Pierce, Durant in All-Star Three-Point contest

    Feb 8, 2011, 2:38 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    This is a pretty good lineup: The man that will be the all-time leader in three pointers made, the NBA’s leading scorer, and the defending champion. This year’s NBA All-Star Three-Point Contest could be interesting. The lineup of shooters for All-Star Saturday Night (Feb. 19) at Staples Center has plenty of guys who can knock…

  3. Rockets, Knicks talking Aaron Brooks deal. Or not.

    Feb 8, 2011, 1:16 PM EST

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    Consider these Aaron Brooks trade rumors a case study in sources. We’ll start with this: The New York Knicks need a backup point guard behind Raymond Felton. Toney Douglas has some skills but does not seem a point guard fit in the Knicks up-tempo style. In Houston, Aaron Brooks is coming off the bench and…

  4. Report: Lakers, Nuggets have preliminary Carmelo Anthony talks

    Feb 8, 2011, 12:28 PM EST

    Andrew Bynum Carmelo Anthony

    UPDATE 12:28 pm: Jim Buss — the son of owner Jerry Buss and the guy who is the real day-to-day head of the Lakers basketball-side operations — turned down a Carmelo Anthony for Andrew Bynum trade, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News (on twitter). He adds that Phil Jackson and Kobe…

  5. Dwight Howard: “I never said I wanted to leave”

    Feb 8, 2011, 11:40 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Chicago Bulls

    Already there is speculation about what Dwight Howard is going to do in the summer of 2012, with a report that he wants to find a way to the Knicks or Lakers. Dwight Howard himself is sick of it. He tweeted this: “I never said I wanted to leave stop reading the rumors. It’s really…

  6. Three-team talks about Carmelo Anthony trade continue, Nuggets still dragging feet

    Feb 8, 2011, 11:06 AM EST

    Carmelo Anthony

    UPDATE 11:06 am: In an effort to push the deal forward, Knicks owner James Dolan called Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke directly to negotiate a deal, according to the New York Daily News. According to a source familiar with the negotiations, Dolan’s decision to become more involved in the Anthony trade talks is a sign that…

  7. PBT Tuesday morning one liners

    Feb 8, 2011, 10:54 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Charlotte Bobcats

    Things that make me happy — Shaun Livingston earning playing time, getting run in crunch time and leading the Bobcats to a win over the Celtics. (No offense to D.J. Augustin or the Celtics, but we root hard for Livingston around these parts.) A fantastic statistical breakdown of what makes Manu Ginobili good. Very good.…

  8. Anthony Parker says Cavaliers are growing from losses

    Feb 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Anthony Parker

    Anthony Parker was honest after the game — Cleveland is not there but they are growing. They played with a real energy and desperation last night, they just ran into one of the deepest, most talented teams in the league. Even then they had their chances. In the video below Paker talks about that growth,…

  9. Spike Lee thinks Kevin Garnett needs to calm down

    Feb 8, 2011, 9:55 AM EST

    Washington Wizards v New York Knicks

    Spike Lee is an institution at Knicks games, sitting courtside rocking the Landry Fields jersey. Jawing back and forth with players. Talking smack. And it’s all in good fun. Well, except when Kevin Garnett was in town recently, Lee said to ESPNNewYork. That guy lost it. This is really surprising, and this is all true.…

  10. Derrick Rose shows off his crossover, dunking skills

    Feb 8, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    Derrick Rose

    Is there a better crossover in the NBA than Derrick Rose‘s? There are some other wicked ones out there, but none better for me. This little highlight clip shows off both the crossover and the dunking skills of Rose during the Bulls upset loss to the Trail Blazers Monday. Rose’s crossover is one move that…

  11. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Upset specials all across the league

    Feb 8, 2011, 7:00 AM EST

    Stephen Jackson, Mark Ayotte

    What you missed while watching the return of the Power Rangers… The Cavaliers setting a new record in futility at the hands of the Mavs was our Game of the Night… Bobcats 94, Celtics 89: Charlotte was in this thing from the start, but it looked like they blew it right before half. That’s when…

  12. Cavaliers would not quit, could not win; lose record 25th straight

    Feb 8, 2011, 12:03 AM EST

    JJ Hickson

    Desperate teams are dangerous teams. And Cleveland was desperate not to set a new all timeconsecutive loss record Monday night. But the thing that trumps effort is talent — Dallas had a lot more of it and a desire not to be the first team to lose to the Cavaliers since before Christmas. The result…

  13. Portland’s Brandon Roy will return to games this week

    Feb 7, 2011, 10:14 PM EST

    Brandon Roy

    So much for taking the remainder of the season off to rest. Brandon Roy has been cleared by Doctors to return to practice just three weeks after double knee surgery and he should be back playing with the Trail Blazers by this weekend, according to Jason Quick of the Oregonian. “For sure against Detroit (Sunday),…

  14. Cavaliers may be losing but Dan Gilbert is making big money

    Feb 7, 2011, 9:39 PM EST

    Dan Gilbert

    On the court, Cleveland is an unmitigated disaster. They’ve won one game since the start of December. They are losing big. On the accountant’s ledger, the Cavaliers are winning big. It’s the remnants of the LeBron James era — money committed before he was gone more than covers a post-LeBron payroll, as Jason Lloyd explains…

  15. Video: A rim’s ode to Blake Griffin

    Feb 7, 2011, 7:30 PM EST

    Blake Griffin Dunk

    A rap about Blake Griffin, from the point of view of a terrified rim? Yep, it exists. Surprisingly good use of AutoTune? Check. Multiple references to Optimus Prime? Check. A pie to the face? Check. This is pretty much everything you could ask an NBA-related YouTube video to be, and it looks like it was…

  16. LeBron’s effect on ratings dramatic

    Feb 7, 2011, 6:33 PM EST

    Gucci Cocktail Party For Ffawn

    The Sports Business Journal just released a report comparing this season’s local TV ratings for NBA teams to the ratings from last season, and one thing is clear: People like to watch LeBron James play basketball. The Heat’s average rating is currently 5.4; that’s the third-highest average rating in the league (behind the Spurs and…

  17. Is DeMarcus Cousins abandoning his strengths?

    Feb 7, 2011, 5:58 PM EST

    DeMarcus Cousins

    Joe Treutlein of Draft Express thinks so: To say Cousins has undergone a dramatic role change in the NBA would be somewhat of an understatement. At the college level, Cousins was a dominant player in a variety of ways, utilizing his massive size, strength, and length to punish the opposition on the glass and finishing…

  18. Warkentien’s new contract with Knicks ends July 1

    Feb 7, 2011, 5:11 PM EST

    Mark Walkenstein

    And we thought the hiring of Mark Warkentien director of pro personnel was a sign of stability coming to the New York Knicks. Silly us. We should know better. Warkentien’s contract ends July 1, according to Frank Isola at the New York Daily News. If you’re paranoid — and if you live in New York…

  19. Jerry Sloan signs a one-year extension to stay with Jazz

    Feb 7, 2011, 4:45 PM EST

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    It’s not a surprise, really more of a formality, but it’s still one nice piece of stability in the otherwise tumultuous world of the NBA. Jazz coach Jerry Sloan has signed a one-year extension to continue coaching the Jazz, according to Scott Howard-Cooper at NBA.com. “I’ve already signed a contract for next year,” he said…

  20. Pau Gasol is not turning into Kevin Garnett anytime soon

    Feb 7, 2011, 4:05 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s amazing how many people want Pau Gasol to be something he’s not. He is not a traditional, back-to-the-basket, power game center (and some Lakers fans criticized him for it). He doesn’t have a big ego and demand the ball, he gently reminds guys he’d like to touch the ball more (he gets criticized for…

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