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  1. Flip Saunders fronting group looking to buy Timberwolves

    Mar 5, 2013, 11:27 AM EDT

    Flip Saunders

    Last year Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glenn Taylor said he was looking to sell the franchise — but he wasn’t going to sell it to just anyone. He wanted an investor or group of investors who were committed to keeping the team in Minnesota. Sort of the anti-Maloofs. Apparently there is a group stepping forward, and…

  2. Bullets, feces found when former NBAer Robert Swift vacates home

    Mar 5, 2013, 10:42 AM EDT

    Robert Swift

    If you read PBT’s And-1 links then you already know former NBA player Robert Swift was being forclosed on and getting kicked out of his Seattle area home (which the bank sold to another family). Except Swift was squatting there, refusing to leave. Well, he’s out. But the interesting/disturbing part is what he left behind…

  3. Jordan asks judge to dismiss “shameless” paternity lawsuit

    Mar 5, 2013, 9:50 AM EDT

    Michael Jordan

    Michael Jordan wisely did not comment last week when a story leaked about a woman suing Michael Jordan in a paternity lawsuit for her 16-year-old son saying Jordan was the father. But you knew Jordan’s lawyers would not stay quiet for long — and they fired back with what may well be a winning shot.…

  4. Jeremy Lin, Rockets in Taiwan highlights eight NBA preseason overseas games next fall

    Mar 5, 2013, 9:29 AM EDT

    Knicks Lin talks during a new conference before the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge game during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    David Stern may be stepping away next February, but his quest to make the NBA the dominant global brand for basketball is not going away. Still, he knows how to make a splash and the NBA is going to do that overseas in Stern’s final slate of overseas preseason games. At the top of the…

  5. Monta Ellis with high degree of difficulty spinning layup (VIDEO)

    Mar 5, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

    Monta Ellis, Randy Foye

    Monta Ellis was putting on a show for part of Monday night, leading his Bucks to a win over the Jazz (he got a little help in the overtime with eight points by J.J. Redick), but this was the best highlight of the group. Ellis remains a very entertaining player to watch. Not efficient. Not…

  6. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: The Knicks are comeback kings

    Mar 5, 2013, 8:24 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire dunks during their NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while listening to a Trent Reznor/Carly Ray Jepson mash up… Knicks 102, Cavaliers 97: The Knicks had to really work for this win — they trailed by 22 in the second quarter and lost Carmelo Anthony for the game around the same time…

  7. Three Stars of the Night: Two Bucks and the Way of Wade

    Mar 5, 2013, 1:32 AM EDT

    jennings-ellis

    In today’s NBA — the NBA where the hand check and physical perimeter defense has gone the way of the dinosaur — there are few things more dangerous than attack guards who get on a roll. The rules simply favor them and once they find their rhythm, they can become unstoppable. Such was the case…

  8. J.J. Barea ejected after shove, altercation with Ray Allen (VIDEO)

    Mar 5, 2013, 1:21 AM EDT

    Ray Allen, J.J. Barea

    Minnesota’s J.J. Barea was ejected from his team’s loss to the Heat Monday night when he essentially ran up and checked Ray Allen to the ground. Which it turns out is illegal in basketball (for those of you, fans and media alike, who struggle with the differences between hockey and basketball). The play started with…

  9. Future of NBA arena subsidies, market comparisons to decide Kings’ fate

    Mar 4, 2013, 11:37 PM EDT

    Stern-2-650x315

    As Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has been advertising for the past month, we did indeed get confirmation of the identity of his ‘whales’ at his State of the City address on Thursday. Reiterating parts of his four-part plan that included bringing together a local ownership group, finding big equity investors (whales), putting together a downtown…

  10. Sixers CEO calls Andrew Bynum trade a move that “should have worked”

    Mar 4, 2013, 10:19 PM EDT

    76ers Bynum Basketball

    There is a palpable frustration surrounding the Philadelphia 76ers. Whether you’re a fan watching at home, a season ticket holder, the head coach, or an executive in the front office, the odds are that you are not happy with the way this season has progressed. They have lost eight of their last 10 games, are…

  11. Carmelo Anthony trips over own feet, tweaks knee, leaves game (VIDEO)

    Mar 4, 2013, 9:43 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony lies on the court after injuring himself while falling at midcourt during the second quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers

    UPDATE 11:58 pm: Carmelo Anthony said after the game this had been nothing new — his knee had been bothering him for a few weeks and this was more just a mold aggravation of what has already been going on. The good news is that no tests are scheduled and this is not some serious…

  12. Aaron Brooks waived by Kings, signs with Houston

    Mar 4, 2013, 8:52 PM EDT

    Aaron Brooks, Goran Dragic, Michael Beasley

    Aaron Brooks was just not part of the future in Sacramento — Isaiah Thomas and Tyreke Evans are your ball handlers there, Brooks was just not fitting in the mix. The Rockets are hoping he can fit in the mix there off the bench. Sacramento waived Aaron Brooks right before the March 1 deadline and…

  13. Kyrie Irving returns to Cavaliers Monday vs. Knicks

    Mar 4, 2013, 7:48 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    After missing three games with a hyperextended knee, All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving returned Monday to the Cavaliers lineup, just in time to face Raymond Felton and the Knicks. Irving injured his knee in practice and tried to play through it, but it was clear he wasn’t himself when Jrue Holiday just dominated him in…

  14. Monday And-1 links: Highlights from the MIT SLOAN advanced statistics conference

    Mar 4, 2013, 6:47 PM EDT

    MIT campus

    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 the guys at MIT like beer. Because all guys like beer. • Last…

  15. Good news for Wizards: It’s just a sprain for Bradley Beal

    Mar 4, 2013, 5:42 PM EDT

    Bradley Beal

    There are not a lot of positives for Wizards fans to take out of this season, it’s really about hope for the future. So when you see John Wall making key plays and knocking down jumpers in the final minutes to beat the 76ers Sunday, you take that as a positive. And when you see…

  16. Kobe says he would have smacked Ibaka in the mouth after a foul like Griffin’s

    Mar 4, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    There are times it sounds like Kobe Bryant is channeling Dalton from “Roadhouse” — “pain don’t hurt.” With the Lakers having an off day after a win over the Hawks — and before a much tougher test with Thunder Tuesday — Kobe was asked about Sunday’s other talked about play at Staples Center where Serge…

  17. New ad pushes Charlotte to bring back Hornets name

    Mar 4, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

    Charlotte Hornets logo

    That ad is showing up on television now in the Charlotte area, sponsored by a local hardware business, as reported in the Charlotte Observer (hat tip to Eye on Basketball). The sentiment is much larger than that — when Michael Jordan bought the Bobcats he was peppered with questions about changing the team name. The…

  18. NBA Power Rankings: It’s Miami then everyone else

    Mar 4, 2013, 3:34 PM EDT

    Kings Heat Basketball

    Not much change at the top of the rankings this week, the Heat can’t seem to lose (the only real shift was the Clippers jumping the Pacers after beating them). The interesting question going forward is how far will the Spurs tumble without Tony Parker for a month. And if they tumble here, do they…

  19. Report: Rockets, Pacers to play first ever NBA preseason game in Philippines

    Mar 4, 2013, 2:55 PM EDT

    SM Mall of America Philippines

    David Stern himself put it this way All-Star weekend: “…we’re going to be doing lots of exhibition traveling, I have no doubt, this coming preseason.” How about to the Philippines? There is a report out of interaksyon.com that the SM Mall of Asia Arena will host the first ever NBA preseason game in the basketball-crazy…

  20. Wizards’ John Wall with sweet 360 layup (VIDEO)

    Mar 4, 2013, 2:06 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Washington Wizards

    This play kind of got overlooked in the Sunday crush of Kobe and LeBron and Russell Westbrook, but John Wall can still make plays that have you turning your head. The Wizards still need a lot more from John Wall — they need him to be aggressive, especially late in games like he was Sunday.…

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