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  1. Derrick Favors to replace injured Tiago Splitter in Rising Stars Challenge

    Feb 21, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

    derrick-favors-jazz

    Derrick Favors of the Utah Jazz has been added to the Rising Stars Challenge, according to an official release. Favors will play for Team Chuck (Charles Barkley’s squad) in place of Tiago Splitter, who will be forced to sit out of All-Star weekend’s Friday night exhibition featuring selected stars from the Rookie and Sophomore classes.…

  2. Marvin Williams “vehemently denies” making trade request

    Feb 21, 2012, 7:25 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    Earlier today, we told you about an ESPN.com report from Chris Broussard which cited sources saying that Marvin Williams “wants out” of Atlanta, in hopes of playing for a team where he’ll have a bigger role offensively. Williams himself has now denied that report directly, according to Hawks PR man Arthur Triche on Twitter. The…

  3. Blazers front office looks back on Greg Oden pick

    Feb 21, 2012, 6:23 PM EDT

    Greg Oden

    It all seems so simple in hindsight. Greg Oden will soon undergo his 3rd microfracture surgery since being drafted in 2007, while Kevin Durant will continue to be one of the best players in the Western Conference and, more than likely, lead his team into the playoffs. Oden spent much of his college career nursing…

  4. Do timeouts hurt offenses at the end of close games?

    Feb 21, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

    LeBron James, Kane Fitzgerald

    HoopIdea’s Beckley Mason has been taking a hard look at late-game situations recently, and one theory he’s been playing with is that calling a timeout in late-game situations actually makes the offense less likely to score. The evidence is in, and it supports Mason’s hypothesis: in a late-game situation, teams have a better chance of…

  5. Charles Oakley pretty much thinks that everybody is a wimp

    Feb 21, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

    Charles Oakley

    Charles Oakley was on Jim Rome’s radio show today, and the former Bulls big man had some choice words for Kevin Garnett, Charles Barkley, and Kendrick Perkins. Here are the highlights, courtesy of Larry Brown Sports: “Garnett left Minnesota and hollered and screamed and all that but hes not a tough guy,” Oakley said as Sports…

  6. First look at Team USA Olympic basketball uniforms

    Feb 21, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT

    USA Basketball uniforms

    That photo to the right (the larger version is below) was tweeted out by Nike on Tuesday. Nike has all kinds of interconnections with USA basketball and they are the people who design and make what Team USA will wear in London this summer for the Olympics. What you see is it, modeled by Kobe…

  7. Report: Marvin Williams wants out of Atlanta, may get wish

    Feb 21, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT

    Marvin Williams

    One way or another, look for the Hawks to make a move before the trade deadline. Marvin Williams is frustrated and wants a bigger role, either in Atlanta or elsewhere, reports Chris Broussard at ESPN. The Hawks have some other assets they could move from a crowded backcourt that other teams could covet. Here is…

  8. Lin, ‘Melo together showed a lot of potential in first game

    Feb 21, 2012, 2:56 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Jeremy Lin, Mike D'Antoni

    Let’s be clear — there was a lot of uncertainty and plenty of rust in the Knicks first game with Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin in the lineup together. It was far from pretty. Stoudemire spent most of the game as the weakside option, something he will do more of but he needs…

  9. Hawks’ Joe Johnson out two games… All-Star Game, too?

    Feb 21, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    This much we know for sure — the Atlanta Hawks will not have All-Star swingman Joe Johnson Wednesday against the Knicks or Thursday against the Magic. He has returned to Atlanta to get an MRI on his knee, the team announced. The next question — will he play in the All-Star Game on Sunday? Johnson…

  10. By the way, Deron Williams really enjoyed win over Knicks

    Feb 21, 2012, 1:42 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    Linsanity started a couple weeks ago when Jeremy Lin came off the bench and out of nowhere to drop 25 on the New Jersey Nets. Deron Williams read in the papers how he got “destroyed” by Lin. He got weeks of questions about Lin and how good he was. Williams quietly fumed. Then Monday night…

  11. Winderman: So who backs out of All-Star Game as “injured?”

    Feb 21, 2012, 1:04 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    It certainly will not reach the point of the Pro Bowl, where many are chosen but few elect to serve. But the impending All-Star Weekend comes at the time when the entire injury-ravaged, schedule-drained NBA could use a four-day break. For most of the league, that will be the case, with no games scheduled Friday,…

  12. Video: Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd reach milestones

    Feb 21, 2012, 12:54 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki slaps hands with team-mate Jason Kidd in LA

    With that vintage move (and free throw), Dirk Nowitzki moved past Robert Parish into 20th on the NBA’s all-time point list. Another notable achievement for the greatest European player ever in the NBA. As well as one of the most unstoppable scorers the game has ever seen. But it wasn’t the only Mavericks milestone on…

  13. Report: Lakers conduct players-only meeting after win

    Feb 21, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

    The impact of players-only meetings are vastly overrated. Vastly. And they are usually conducted after an ugly loss that should be the bottoming out of a streak (but rarely is, back to the vastly overrated thing). But in what has been an unusual season for the Lakers, Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher decided to call…

  14. Tuesday And-1 links: We talk LeBron’s steak house eating habits

    Feb 21, 2012, 11:23 AM EDT

    Heats' James looks around after an opponent's free throw went through the basket during their game against the Magic in Miami

    Here is our daily 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). When he dines out at a fine steak house, LeBron James apparently likes apple martinis, his steak well done and he wants it cut up…

  15. Report: Lakers interested in trading for Michael Beasley

    Feb 21, 2012, 10:57 AM EDT

    Michael Beasley

    The Lakers need scoring, they need someone who can create his own shot not on the perimeter not named Kobe Bryant, they need depth. And they are desperate enough to consider Michael Beasley. No, this is not a Pau Gasol trade — come on, nobody is that stupid — but there have been talks, according…

  16. Video: Martell Webster and when not to go for the dunk

    Feb 21, 2012, 10:07 AM EDT

    Martell Webster

    There are 4.9 seconds remaining in overtime, Minnesota is down three, they have no timeouts left and Denver is inbounding the ball. The Timberwolves only hope is a steal and a three. Martell Webster gets the steal and…. yea. Nice dunk and all but I think Ricky Rubio‘s reaction sums it up best. And by…

  17. Report: Spurs James Anderson requests trade

    Feb 21, 2012, 8:59 AM EDT

    James Anderson, Vince Carter, Garret Siler

    James Anderson is not getting a lot of run from Gregg Popovich in San Antonio right now, he has pretty much slipped to the back of the rotation. Monday night he played 7:35 and had five points for the Spurs. So the guard wants out, reports Buck Harvey, columnist with the Express-News on twitter. Sources…

  18. Report: Kobe’s rant directed at dysfunctional Lakers front office

    Feb 21, 2012, 8:26 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

    There has been a growing buzz around the Lakers this year that as Jim Buss — son of long-time owner Jerry Buss — has taken control of the Lakers organization, nobody is sure what direction it is steering. That includes Kobe Bryant. Which is why he made the remarks he did about the need to…

  19. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Dirk Nowitzki is still good

    Feb 21, 2012, 7:55 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Dallas Mavericks

    What you missed while trying to find something to watch now that Downton Abbey is over….. Nets 100, Knicks 92: Deron Williams would like you to know he is the best point guard in the greater New York area, and will be next year when the Nets move to Brooklyn (unless he leaves to play…

  20. Jeremy Lin who? Deron Williams dominates Knicks in Net wins

    Feb 21, 2012, 1:33 AM EDT

    Deron Williams, Jeremy Lin

    “Linsanity” started when Jeremy Lin came in off the bench against the New Jersey Nets, dropped 25 points on Deron Williams and his team, and started to change the Knicks season around. Williams was frustrated. A couple days later, Williams was being peppered with questions about Lin, at one point said “What phenomenon?” then cut…

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