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  1. Report: Jeff Van Gundy interested in Nets job, but won’t meet with team while interim coach is in place

    Dec 28, 2012, 9:19 PM EDT

    Jeff Van Gundy

    Jeff Van Gundy was an NBA head coach for 11 years with the Knicks and the Rockets, but hasn’t held that job title since the 2006-07 season. It appears that may change as early as next year, but only if the Brooklyn Nets are willing to wait that long to secure Van Gundy’s services. From…

  2. Friday And-1 links: Isiah Thomas talks small point guards

    Dec 28, 2012, 8:25 PM EDT

    isiah Thomas

    Here is our regular 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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like I love turkey leftovers… • Isiah Thomas does a great piece for NBA.com…

  3. Video: Nets players react to Avery Johnson’s firing

    Dec 28, 2012, 7:28 PM EDT

    Deron Williams, Avery Johnson

    We’ve already told you how Deron Williams was “surprised” that Avery Johnson was fired, and how we’re a little dubious of that claim. Here is Williams (at the end of the video) and some of his Nets teammates talking about Johnson being let go. Also, interim coach P.J. Carlisimo says it is a little weird…

  4. Dirk Nowitzki says it looks like O.J. Mayo is lacking confidence

    Dec 28, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    O.J. Mayo

    After suffering an extremely tough overtime loss at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday, the Mavericks find themselves in the midst of a season-high four-game losing streak. A look at O.J. Mayo‘s production drop-off during that stretch will show you the precise reason why. Mayo was a huge bright spot for Dallas…

  5. Dwyane Wade responds to suspension, says he’s ‘far from being a dirty player’

    Dec 28, 2012, 4:27 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat

    Dwyane Wade was suspended one game by the league for kicking Ramon Sessions in the groin during Wednesday night’s game game against the Bobcats. It’s pretty clear the play was intentional on Wade’s part, especially when viewing the replay in slow motion. Wade said otherwise, however, via his Twitter feed Thursday night. Interestingly enough, Wade…

  6. Goran Dragic out Friday thanks to flagrant foul from J.R. Smith

    Dec 28, 2012, 3:41 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    Goran Dragic will miss the Suns game on Friday in Indianapolis against the Pacers, and is questionable for the team’s next one in Minnesota, thanks to a nasty fall he took late in the first half of Wednesday night’s loss to the Knicks. Dragic suffered multiple injuries on the play, including to his elbow, wrist,…

  7. Kevin Durant goes coast-to-coast for the nasty jam (VIDEO)

    Dec 28, 2012, 3:14 PM EDT

    Thunder forward Durant reacts after a three point shot against the Atlanta Hawks in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Atlanta

    There is a lot of masked, subtle brilliance to what Kevin Durant does. It’s almost like drinking a fine wine — you have to know what flavors you’re looking for to appreciate it fully. Durant had one particular sequence against the Dallas Mavericks yesterday that embodies that. His block on Darren Collison wasn’t just a…

  8. Carmelo Anthony to miss second straight game with knee injury

    Dec 28, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

    Knicks' Carmelo Anthony reacts after teammate Marcus Camby fell into him, after going to the basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Carmelo Anthony will miss his second straight game due to the knee injury he suffered in the Knicks’ Christmas Day loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles. Marcus Camby rolled into Anthony’s knee inadvertently, causing Anthony to say he “kind of hyperextended” it afterward. New York will be without Anthony’s services in Sacramento on Friday,…

  9. PBT Podcast: Nets coaching search, Clippers win streak, flagrant fouls, and Celtics talk with A. Sherrod Blakely

    Dec 28, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss the recent firing of Avery Johnson by the Brooklyn Nets, and where they go from here in terms of finding a replacement that will live up to the extremely high expectations that management has for this team, whether justified or not.…

  10. Report: Rockets assistant Kelvin Sampson serious candidate for Nets job

    Dec 28, 2012, 1:57 PM EDT

    Kelvin Sampson

    When Rockets coach Kevin McHale took time away from the Rockets to be with his family and his ailing daughter (who passed away), Kelvin Sampson did a good job as coach in tough circumstances. The Rockets started to find their identity with him as coach and while they went just 7-6 with him in the…

  11. Brooklyn native Mike Dunleavy would love to coach Nets

    Dec 28, 2012, 1:36 PM EDT

    Mike Dunleavy

    Brooklyn represent! How about one of your own as coach of the Nets? Mike Dunleavy — the well traveled former Lakers, Bucks, Blazers and Clippers coach — is Brooklyn born, even went to Nazareth Regional High School right in the borough. And he is a regular rotating co-host on Sirius XM’s really good basketball show…

  12. Anderson Varejao out all weekend for Cavaliers

    Dec 28, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Milwaukee Bucks

    The Cleveland Cavaliers have a two-game winning streak — when you have won 7 games all season that’s a big deal. But it may be hard to pick up wins on the weekend back-to-back of hosting Atlanta then traveling to Brooklyn because the Cavaliers will be without Anderson Varejao for both games, tweets the Cleveland…

  13. Video: Avery Johnson says this is part of coaching business

    Dec 28, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Avery Johnson

    This is from Avery Johnson’s press conference in Brooklyn after being let go by the Nets on Thursday. He sounds like a coach who isn’t happy but knows this is part of the business and knows that he is taking the fall for failings of the some players (we’re looking at you, Deron Williams) and…

  14. Unimpressive Dwight Howard not helping his image

    Dec 28, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Dwight Howard will be more than happy to tell you how he came back early from back surgery to help the Lakers. Doctors told him not to play until January but he pushed through pain so he could be out there from opening day for the Lakers. He’s clearly not yet 100 percent physically. He’s…

  15. Nene gets in Seraphin’s face, is generally frustrated with Wizards

    Dec 28, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Nene, Gustavo Ayon

    If you are playing for the 3-23 Washington Wizards and you are not frustrated then there is something wrong. Nene has played limited minutes in just 14 of the Wizards games, but he was supposed to be one of the leaders of this team along with John Wall. Injuries (in Nene’s case plantar fasciitis) have…

  16. Keith Smart “leaning toward” playing Cousins Friday

    Dec 28, 2012, 11:05 AM EDT

    Demarcus Cousins

    Sacramento is hosting the New York Knicks on Friday night. The question is will we see a Tyson Chandler vs. DeMarcus Cousins battle in the paint. Chandler will be there ready to go. But will Kings coach Keith Smart put his best player on the court? He’s leaning toward playing Cousins, Smart reportedly said on…

  17. Report Bradley will rejoin Celtics lineup Jan. 2

    Dec 28, 2012, 10:20 AM EDT

    Avery Bradley, Nolan Smith

    Avery Bradley is back in Boston, not with his Celtics teammates out West enjoying the balmy weather (although they didn’t much enjoy their welcome by the Los Angeles Clippers Thursday night). But while Bradley did not make a West Coast swing, he likely will rejoin his teammates on Jan. 2 when they host the Memphis…

  18. Report: Phil Jackson “intrigued” by idea of Nets job’

    Dec 28, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    Thursday there came a direct statement from Phil Jackson’s agent that the legendary 11-time champion coach was not interested in the Brooklyn Nets coaching job in he wake of Avery Johnson’s firing. But an agent’s job is to negotiate, so you take that with a grain of salt. You can’t really negotiate without leverage and…

  19. Dwyane Wade gaining reputation as “dirty” player

    Dec 28, 2012, 9:08 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    Last year during the NBA All-Star Game — and exhibition where matador defense is played — Dwyane Wade broke Kobe Bryant’s nose with the kind of hard foul reserved for the playoffs. Then during the playoffs, in the first round against the Knicks, Mike Bibby lost a show and Wade took it and threw it…

  20. Video: Westbrook, Durant put on a show against Mavs

    Dec 28, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    The entertaining game on Thursday night featured the Thunder needing to go to overtime to put away Mavericks.  And while Dallas’ Darren Collison had the play of the game, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook had some highlights of their own.

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