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  1. Griffin, Irving headline pool of players for Rising Stars game

    Feb 8, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

    Rookie John Wall, of the Washington Wiza

    The NBA is trying to change the fortunes of what used to be the overlooked and uninteresting All-Star weekend Rookie Challenge (where the rookies played the sophomores). This year TNT’s Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal are picking teams playground style (Team Shaq and Team Chuck) from a pool of rookies and sophomores — and the…

  2. I’m kind of a big deal: Will Ferrell to do player intros at Hornets/Bulls

    Feb 8, 2012, 2:19 PM EDT

    Will Ferrell semi-pro

    “I’m kinda a big deal. People know me.” Will Ferrell — Ron Burgundy himself, Jackie Moon from “Semi Pro” — is a big deal, and he is in New Orleans filming a movie called “Dog Fight.” And he had agreed to do the player introductions for the Bulls visit to the Crescent City Wednesday, reports…

  3. As expected, Houston will host 2013 All-Star game

    Feb 8, 2012, 1:56 PM EDT

    Houston_Skyline

    No, Yao Ming cannot be voted in as starting center one last time. Probably. For the second time in seven years, the NBA All-Star game will be headed back to Houston, this time for the 2013 game, the league officially announced Wednesday. Houston also was host to the 2006 game. “Houston is a spectacular sports…

  4. Kobe says he and Shaq were not built to last together

    Feb 8, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT

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    It’s the question that haunts Lakers fans — “what if?” What if Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal could have set aside their absolutely massive egos and stayed together? How many rings? Would they be considered with the Jordan-era Bulls and ‘60s Celtics with the great dynasties of the NBA? Kobe wants you to know the…

  5. Derrick Rose game time decision Wednesday

    Feb 8, 2012, 1:06 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    After leaving Monday night’s games with back spasms, Derrick Rose has become a game-time decision for the Bulls on Wednesday against the Hornets, tweets Aggrey Sam of CSNChicago.com. Rose did not take part in shootaround Wednesday but did will warm up to see how he feels before the game. Sam told NBC’s SportsTalk show yesterday…

  6. Amar’e Stoudemire out until next Monday

    Feb 8, 2012, 11:57 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Charlotte Bobcats

    The Knicks will be shorthanded — or, if you prefer, the Jeremy Lin show will continue — through the weekend. Amare Stoudemire will remain in Florida through the weekend and will rejoin the Knicks for practice next Monday, tweets Mark Berman of the New York Post. That would have him missing three games — the…

  7. Wednesday’s And-1 links: It’s going to cost you to see Jeremy Lin

    Feb 8, 2012, 11:45 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin 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). You want to see Jeremy Lin play for the Knicks? It’s going to cost you. Larry Bird says he and Red Auerbach are about loyalty,…

  8. Kendrick Perkins rips LeBron for tweet about Blake dunk

    Feb 8, 2012, 11:09 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin Kendrick Perkins

    When I spoke to Kendrick Perkins right after the game against the Clippers where Blake Griffin threw down the dunk of the year on him, he didn’t know what had happened. Oh, he knew he’d been dunked on spectacularly and he accepted that as part of the game when you are a shot blocker. But…

  9. Humphries, LeBron, Kobe make poll of most disliked athletes

    Feb 8, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    I had lunch a couple weeks ago at a popular spot near my house, and a couple seats down two early 20s, attractive women from a local health spa sat down for lunch. The Nets game replay was on television and the two started talking about Kris Humphries — “He’s so cute but he was…

  10. If you build it… Stern says the NBA could return to Seattle

    Feb 8, 2012, 9:25 AM EDT

    Seattle_Sonics

    If you build it… David Stern will at least think about it. There are efforts afoot build a new arena in Seattle, something that the city’s mayor confirmed. Now, I’ve talked about winning the lottery and retiring to Maui next to Don Nelson, just like this arena that’s a long way from reality. But there…

  11. Baseline to Baseline recaps: LeBron beats Cleveland. Yawn.

    Feb 8, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Miami Heat forward James watches a replay of his score with teammate Miller against the Cleveland Cavaliers in their NBA basketball game in Miami

    What you missed while learning to play a-ha on the accordion…. Heat 107, Cavaliers 91: As has been their pattern, this is another game where the Heat played down to the level of the competition. At least for three quarters — in the fourth the Heat cranked up the defense and that was enough to…

  12. Video: Steve Nash’s birthday present game winner

    Feb 8, 2012, 2:02 AM EDT

    Steve Nash, Grant Hill

    Steve Nash turned 38 on Tuesday. Don’t believe me? Here is a video of a guy in a pink gorilla suit singing happy birthday to him. Pink gorillas are not how Nash really likes to celebrate (as far as we know), hitting game winning shots is. Which is exactly what Nash did to the Milwaukee…

  13. Kobe Bryant believes someone else will score 81. Someday.

    Feb 8, 2012, 12:37 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    You’re going to be hearing a lot about Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game a lot in the next month, as the 50th anniversary of the occasion comes up on us. But you can put me in the group that think’s Kobe Bryant’s 81 point game is more impressive because he did it into the natural flow…

  14. Video: Paul Pierce passes Larry Bird on Celtics scoring list

    Feb 7, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce

    Any time you pass Larry Bird on any list, you’re doing something right. Paul Pierce should already have cemented himself as one of the Boston Celtics’ all-time great players, but to echo that point Pierce passed Bird to move into second on the Celtics all-time scoring list with a jumper in the third quarter that…

  15. D’Antoni tells Knicks fans to get a life, stop booing Jeffries

    Feb 7, 2012, 8:21 PM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni

    Knicks fans have it in for Jarred Jeffries, a guy they see as stealing the midlevel exception for the past few years. He is emblematic of the bad years the Knicks are trying to move past in some fans mind, a guy overpaid for little production. Jeffries came back on a new deal but the…

  16. Video: Kings’ Isaiah Thomas gets his own documentary

    Feb 7, 2012, 7:40 PM EDT

    Isaiah Thomas

    Today seems like a good day to mention this, the day after Isaiah Thomas sparked a Sacramento Kings come-from-behind win with 14 points and 5 assists in the second half. Thomas is getting his own documentary. What you see above is the trailer. Why him? He’s Mr. Irrelevant, the 60th and last pick of the…

  17. It’s official, Chauncey Billups out for season with torn Achilles

    Feb 7, 2012, 6:58 PM EDT

    Chauncey Billups Clippers

    After watching Chauncey Billups have to be helped off the court Monday night, everyone feared the worst but was coming but hoping against hope it wasn’t true. It is. Chauncey Billups out for the season with a torn left Achilles tendon, the team announced Tuesday afternoon. Usually these injuries take 12 to 18 months to…

  18. Samuel Dalembert gets benched as message from McHale

    Feb 7, 2012, 5:11 PM EDT

    Samuel Dalembert

    Minutes — that is the most effective thing a coach can hold over a player’s head in the NBA. Kevin McHale did that Monday night — he didn’t like the activity level out of his big men against Denver, so he benched them. Samuel Dalembert and Jordan Hill played the first seven minutes of the…

  19. League admits Aldridge goaltend call on Durant was wrong

    Feb 7, 2012, 4:42 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    Portland should have had the win. Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge looked like he’d made the defensive play of the game, blocking a Kevin Durant layup on the last play of regulation, but then Scott Foster, the referee out near half court, called goaltending. Tie game, 103-103, and the Thunder went on to win in overtime. Tuesday…

  20. Nuggets say Gallinari suffers “significant” ankle sprain

    Feb 7, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT

    Danilo Gallinari

    It’s not good. It’s not as bad as was reported last night, so that’s a relief. But it’s not good. The Nuggets are reporting Danilo Gallinari‘s injury as a “significant” ankle sprain, but not the chip fracture that was reported last night. Here are the tweets of interest from Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated. Nuggets…

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