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  1. Report: Spurs have interest in trade for Josh Smith

    Feb 12, 2013, 7:22 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    The San Antonio Spurs are clearly in the market for another big man — they realize if they are going to go up against the Thunder, Clippers and Grizzlies in the playoffs an improved front line will be key. First came the report they were interested in Utah’s Al Jefferson, which makes some sense for…

  2. Tuesday And-1 links: How good can Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson be together?

    Feb 12, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Golden State Warriors

    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 you love Girl Scout thin mint cookies. • Charles Barkley says that Stephen…

  3. Royce White has reported for duty in the D-League

    Feb 12, 2013, 4:43 PM EDT

    Royce White

    Royce White’s road to the NBA has started to take hold in the NBA it appears — after working out his issues with the Rockets over how they will work with his anxiety disorder, he has reported to the D-League and gone through a couple of practices. He told the Associated Press he is ready…

  4. It’s official: Celtics’ Leandro Barbosa tore ACL, done for season

    Feb 12, 2013, 4:28 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers, Leandro Barbosa

    The Boston Celtics have been beset by injuries this season — and not to their older, veteran guys but rather to their young studs. The latest is Leandro Barbosa — the Brazilian backup point guard tore his ACL in the third quarter Thursday night and he is done for the season, reports A. Sherrod Blakely…

  5. Kevin Durant says he may not attempt long shots to beat the buzzer if he’s having an off night statistically

    Feb 12, 2013, 3:06 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    If you watch enough NBA basketball, you’ve seen it a million times. With only a couple of seconds remaining on the clock, a player will receive an inbound pass, take a dribble or two, and launch a shot from beyond halfcourt just after time in the period expires and the final buzzer sounds. In most…

  6. Son of Larry Bird arrested after allegedly trying to run ex-girlfriend over with a car

    Feb 12, 2013, 2:19 PM EDT

    Former NBA player Bird attends premiere of Magic Bird in New York

    Connor Bird, the son of former Celtic and Hall of Fame player Larry Bird was arrested on Sunday at Indiana University for allegedly trying to run over his ex-girlfriend with a car, according to a report from the Associated Press. Connor Bird, 21 years old, is facing a host of charges related to the incident,…

  7. DeAndre Jordan airballs an alley-oop (VIDEO)

    Feb 12, 2013, 1:57 PM EDT

    DeAndre Jordan

    There were plenty of great Clippers highlights from their destruction of the Sixers on Monday, and this one’s great in its own way — it just didn’t happen to result in two points. It’s a little unfair to say DeAndre Jordan “airballed” this alley-oop attempt, even though technically that’s exactly what happened. He underestimated his…

  8. Tyson Chandler among Bulls refuting claim that members of 2002-03 team smoked pot before games

    Feb 12, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Jay Williams

    In an excellent New York Times piece that was published over the weekend, former Duke basketball standout and current ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Williams recounted his experience dealing with the aftermath of a motorcycle injury that ended his professional basketball career. It was a powerful story, one that included Williams discussing his feelings at…

  9. Derrick Rose says he won’t return until he’s ‘110 percent’

    Feb 12, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    Basic math will tell you that there is no such thing as “110 percent,” a commonly used sports cliche. After Derrick Rose used this term to describe when he’d be ready to return to the court from the devastating knee injury he suffered in the first game of the playoffs last April, Bulls fans have…

  10. Clippers want Lamar Odom to be more of a scorer

    Feb 12, 2013, 12:14 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Miami Heat

    Lamar Odom has always been a maddening puzzle for fans of the teams he’s played for over the years to try and figure out. He seemingly has all the tools to be a dominant player on both ends of the floor, yet has only shows it in flashes throughout his NBA career that is now…

  11. Ke$ha to headline All-Star Pregame Concert, Russell Westbrook approves

    Feb 12, 2013, 11:41 AM EDT

    Hot 99.5's Jingle Ball 2012 Presented By Charleston Alexander Diamond Importers - PRESS ROOM

    Is this mostly just an excuse to run this video again? Yes, yes it is. But there’s also a little bit of NBA-related news here too, as we got word today of the lineup headlining the All-Star Pregame Concert that will take place before the All-Star game on Sunday, Feb. 17. From the official release:…

  12. Another guy who could get traded: DeJuan Blair

    Feb 12, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT

    DeJuan Blair

    A couple years ago DeJuan Blair was everybody’s favorite NBA players without any ACLs… well, he still is that as he is alone. But he was a regular part of the Spurs bigs rotation — 21 minutes a night, 8.3 points and 7 rebounds a game, he was considered a draft-day steal. Now, Gregg Popovich…

  13. Nets’ GM King believes in Deron Williams. Not that he has a choice.

    Feb 12, 2013, 10:48 AM EDT

    Deron Williams

    The Nets are invested in Deron Williams. He was the first star they got, trading with the Utah Jazz in a surprise move before they had moved out of New Jersey. They worked hard to keep him and gave him a max contract. Now he’s finally got some healthy other stars around him such as…

  14. Report: Lakers not looking to acquire big man at deadline

    Feb 12, 2013, 10:11 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Gasol sits on the floor with a member of the Lakers medical staff after suffering an injury to his right leg in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn

    Pau Gasol is out until likely the final weeks of the season with a torn plantar fascia of his right foot. They already have lost reserve big man Jordan Hill for the season to hip surgery. Dwight Howard is playing but having to battle through shoulder and back issues. Oh, and Robert Sacre is on…

  15. The Extra Pass: The Spurs and time

    Feb 12, 2013, 9:29 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    The Extra Pass is a column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we look at the San Antonio Spurs.  You don’t have to scrounge for reasons for why the San Antonio Spurs have such great success. A quick point of the finger to Tim Duncan…

  16. Andrew Bynum feels pain in knee, but says it’s not a setback

    Feb 12, 2013, 8:49 AM EDT

    Injured Philadelphia 76er Bynum walks past a teammate before the start of the NBA basketball game between the 76ers and the Toronto Raptors in Philadelphia

    If you were expecting to see Andrew Bynum on the court for Philadelphia in February, you may want to readjust your timetables. Bynum is running, cutting, moving laterally and taking shots from all over the floor he said. All good signs. Except he has had to slow those workouts because he said he felt pain…

  17. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Bobcats, Sessions end Celtics winning streak

    Feb 12, 2013, 8:36 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Charlotte Bobcats

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while looking at some really uncomfortable Valentines Day photos…. Bobcats 94, Celtics 91: A Celtics team on the second night of a back-to-back where the first game went three overtimes ran into a Bobcats that doesn’t have a lot going for it but…

  18. Ramon Sessions’ jumper snaps Celtics win streak (VIDEO)

    Feb 12, 2013, 8:02 AM EDT

    Ramon Sessions, Kevin Garnett, Avery Bradley, Courtney Lee

    The Celtics played three overtimes the night before and it finally showed at the end — the Bobcats closed the game on a 7-0 run and ended up winning 94-91 to snap Boston’s seven game winning streak. This was the shot that won it. Avery Bradley, the Celtics best perimeter defender, was tracking Ramon Sessions…

  19. Clippers took Lob City show to Philadelphia (VIDEO)

    Feb 12, 2013, 1:26 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    When the Clippers have got it going — and facing a defense not quick enough or long enough to stop them — they can put on the best show in the NBA. That show came to Philadelphia on Monday and while the hometown fans watched their team get rolled (they could have used someone like…

  20. Three Stars of the Night: Stretching Out

    Feb 12, 2013, 12:50 AM EDT

    Josh Smith

    The stretch big man has come a long way. I distinctly remember watching Sam Perkins play with the Lakers and Sonics through the 90’s and wondering how someone so big could shoot it from the perimeter so well. It was a little jarring to see. Perkins was 6-foot-10, about 235 pounds, and his eyes always…

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