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  1. Wilson Chandler may opt out of China playoffs, return to NBA

    Feb 17, 2012, 9:16 AM EDT

    Wilson Chandler, Kobe Bryant

    The reports had been that NBA players who signed to play a full season in China were going to be stuck there until their team was out of the playoffs. Wilson Chandler’s team, the Zhejiang Lions, is the seven seed (and would face Stephon Marbury’s team in the first round) but instead they may just…

  2. Jeremy Lin is confused why you don’t think he can play with ‘Melo

    Feb 17, 2012, 8:43 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v New York Knicks

    Carmelo Anthony is about to come back to the Knicks lineup and suddenly the question has somehow become “how can the four-time All-Star and Olympic gold medalist fit his game in with Jeremy Lin?” It’s a fair question in that things are going to have to change from how it was when Anthony was forced…

  3. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Bulls keep winning without Rose

    Feb 17, 2012, 8:07 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Garnett and Chicago Bulls' Boozer react to a call during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    What you missed while you were fascinated with the photo of a shark eating another shark…. Bulls 89, Celtics 80: The Bulls are now 3-1 without Derrick Rose and, as they have through this run (and really the last two seasons), they won this one with defense. Chicago held Boston to 39.7 percent shooting overall…

  4. Seattle groups lay out arena plan: it starts with finding team

    Feb 17, 2012, 2:12 AM EDT

    Seattle

    It’s a start. A good start. Details of the NBA arena plan for Seattle were laid out by Seattle’s mayor and the money behind it, hedge fund manager Chris Hansen, in a press conference that sounded more like a pep rally. They bathed the plan in glowing terms as filled with private investment and risk…

  5. Report: Allen Iverson willing to start comeback in D-League

    Feb 16, 2012, 10:53 PM EDT

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    John Ireland, the Lakers radio play-by-play person and long-time Los Angeles sports radio and television personality, told an interesting story on ESPN Radio in Los Angeles today: The Lakers had interest in giving Allen Iverson a shot before the season started and offered him a contract — but he had to start with the D-Fenders,…

  6. Steve Nash, Alvin Gentry defend decision to rest Suns’ stars

    Feb 16, 2012, 9:24 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    The Suns aren’t a team that’s stacked with talent; Steve Nash has said so himself at multiple times this season, going as far back as training camp last December. And given the team’s sub-.500 position in the standings, it certainly can’t afford to play games without its best offensive creator in Nash, and its best…

  7. Video: Kevin Love talks Ricky Rubio, Timberwolves, octopus

    Feb 16, 2012, 9:07 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves' Love high-fives fans after defeating San Antonio Spurs in their NBA basketball game in Minneapolis

    Kevin Love was on NBC’s SportsTalk on Thursday and spoke with my man Russ Thaler about a number of topics, like how much fun it is to play with Ricky Rubio. Or how he’s been working out with Terry Porter for the All-Star Three Point Contest. And how he’s getting an octopus named after him…

  8. Jeremy Lin added to Rising Stars All-Star Weekend game

    Feb 16, 2012, 8:29 PM EDT

    Knicks guard Lin smiles during player introductions before the start of the Knicks' NBA basketball game against the Timberwolves in Minneapolis

    How about Jeremy Lin throwing ally-oops to Blake Griffin? You got it. Thanks to a late add by the NBA and some drafting prowess by Shaquille O’Neal, Lin and Griffin will be playing together the Friday night of All-Star weekend at the Rising Stars Challenge (formerly the Rookie/Sophomore Game). Lin was not on the original…

  9. J.R. Smith confirms he is close to deal with Knicks

    Feb 16, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Three

    UPDATE 7:03 pm: Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld spoke with J.R. Smith himself and tweeted this: I just spoke to J.R. Smith. He confirmed that he’s nearing a deal with the New York Knicks. This echoes what we have been hearing all day, that it is just a matter of hammering out the contract details and…

  10. Winderman: LeBron says NBA becoming point guards’ league

    Feb 16, 2012, 6:54 PM EDT

    derrick Rose LeBron James

    So what does LeBron James want? By now we’ve learned that simply is a matter of interpretation, other than he doesn’t want to be blamed for your kids’ cartoons not being on or the store being out of milk (from that memorable postgame session in Orlando a week ago). Then, Thursday, there were the seemingly…

  11. Video: David Letterman Top 10 worst Jeremy Lin puns

    Feb 16, 2012, 5:50 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    Does this look Lin-fected to you? Classic David Letterman. He and his writers came up with the 10 worst Jeremy Lin puns they could think of, and it would be hard to think of 10 worse. Note: This is what happens to your name when you turn down going on Letterman’s show (which is reportedly…

  12. Emeka Okafor will miss several games with knee injury

    Feb 16, 2012, 4:36 PM EDT

    Emeka Okafor, Kevin Love

    Because the Hornets could use more problems…. Starting center Emeka Okafor did not suit up for New Orleans Wednesday on the first game of a six game road trip, and he could be out a while longer than that, coach Monty Williams said. Here is his quote, via NBA.com. “From what I’ve heard it’s one…

  13. League scrambling to fit Jeremy Lin into All-Star Weekend

    Feb 16, 2012, 3:58 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin Knicks

    The NBA had named the All-Star team, had named the players for the Rising Stars Challenge (what you and I call the rookie/sophomore game) and had basically everything in place for All-Star Weekend Feb. 24-26 in Orlando. Then Jeremy Lin and Linsanity came along. Now the league is scrambling to fit their hottest star into…

  14. LeBron says he would consider return to Cavaliers. Someday.

    Feb 16, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

    LeBron James Cavaliers

    LeBron James, peacemaker with Cleveland. Not that the wounds there can ever be fully healed, but he’s trying. He extended an olive branch Thursday, again saying he handled leaving poorly and he would someday consider returning. At least he’s trying to say all the right things. The Heat are in Cleveland to take on the…

  15. Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, Ne-Yo your All-Star Game halftime performers

    Feb 16, 2012, 1:41 PM EDT

    Nicki Minaj

    Well, maybe Nicki Minaj can redeem her Grammys performance. She, and Pitbull with Ne-Yo are the lineup for the halftime entertainment at the All-Star Game Feb. 26 in Orlando, the league announced. You like the musical choice, and your dad will recognize Pitbull as that guy from the Bud Light commercial. It’s a bonding moment.…

  16. Report: Timberwolves interested in Pau Gasol. Good luck.

    Feb 16, 2012, 12:36 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics Kevin Garnett and Los Angeles Lakers Pau Gasol compete for the ball in Boston

    I’m telling you now, this deal is not going to happen in this form. But we pass along this rumor, via Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida, anyway. In other news involving NBA big men, a source said Wednesday that Minnesota continues to pursue a possible trade for Lakers forward Pau Gasol, dangling rookie Derrick…

  17. Mavs’ Delonte West to be out for “a while” with broken finger

    Feb 16, 2012, 12:15 PM EDT

    Casey Smith, Delonte West

    It was gruesome when it happened. Midway through the second quarter of the Mavericks latest win, Delonte West reached in and strip the ball and broke the ring finger on his right hand. Let’s just say you could see bone and blood was gushing. Not a pretty sight. You could tell because of Vince Carter’s…

  18. Thursday And-1 links: “Linsane in the Membrane”

    Feb 16, 2012, 11:45 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v New York Knicks

    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). “Linsane in the Membrane” — Jeremy Lin gets the Cypress Hill treatment. And it works. Best Lin song yet (via PBT’s own @HPbasketball) Here is…

  19. Shumpert, Williams headline All-Star Dunk Contest field

    Feb 16, 2012, 10:53 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v New Jersey Nets

    Blake Griffin will not be back to defend his All-Star Dunk Contest crown, and you can bet no Kia cars will be on the court this time. He wasn’t the only big name to stay away — all the stars are staying home. There are some quality dunkers in the field but all the names…

  20. Report: J.R. Smith deciding between Knicks, Clippers

    Feb 16, 2012, 10:06 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Charlotte Bobcats

    Wednesday in China, J.R. Smith hopped on a plane and said “zai zian” to the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the Chinese Basketball Association where he played during the lockout. His team is out of the playoffs and he is on his way home. The only question is, where is that plane going to land? New…

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