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  1. Dwight Howard/Nets trade rumor shot down. True or not, consider Howard rumor season open.

    Jan 22, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    The point here is not the specific rumor itself but what it signifies. This morning there was a report on Real GM that seemed to sweep across twitter and the Internet like a buffalo stampede — the Nets had interest in acquiring disgruntled Laker Dwight Howard. (I’m calling him disgruntled because I watched him play…

  2. Derrick Rose could have full-contact practices this week

    Jan 22, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose in D Rose Short and Family Story Tee

    The official word on the return of Derrick Rose to the Bulls has always been “after the All-Star Break.” But it’s feeling more and more like it could be a little sooner than that from the blown up ACL he had in the first game of the playoffs last season. Here is the latest update…

  3. Report: Suns’ O’Neal, team GM in profanity-filled argument. O’Neal not with team on road.

    Jan 22, 2013, 3:55 PM EDT

    Jermaine O'Neal

    Losing is hard on a locker room and the Suns aren’t really used to it — even when they didn’t make the playoffs the past couple years they almost did thanks to Steve Nash. Then they traded Steve Nash. Already Alvin Gentry has been let go as coach and now comes a report that Jermaine…

  4. Lakers are a perfect storm of bad, with no easy way to port

    Jan 22, 2013, 2:32 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Howard, Bryant, Nash and World Peace talk during a timeout in their NBA basketball game against Miami Heat in Los Angeles

    The Lakers have been bad all season. Frustration with the team — among players and fans — is coming to a head as the Lakers head into a seeming death spiral and it becomes more and more clear that their $100 million roster of superstars isn’t even going to make the playoffs. (It’s not impossible…

  5. LeBron James sings Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You” and much more (VIDEO)

    Jan 22, 2013, 1:26 PM EDT

    LeBron Sunglasses

    LeBron James, the best basketball player walking the face of the earth, cannot sing. At all. Which is why we present you the video above, from the South Beach Battioke event over the weekend (put on by Shane Battier to raise money for his Take Charge Foundation which helps at-risk youth get an education). That…

  6. Guess What? Kobe Bryant is frustrated with the Lakers, too

    Jan 22, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Is there anyone around the Lakers — players, coaches, front office people, fans, people who sweep the floors at Staples Center — who isn’t frustrated with the Lakers? Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard expressed their frustration earlier. It’s been pretty clear for a while that Kobe Bryant was among the most frustrated of all. After…

  7. The Extra Pass: Assessing Trade Situations (Pacific Division)

    Jan 22, 2013, 11:50 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Yesterday, we looked at the Northwest Division. Today, we head out to the Pacific Division. Los Angeles Clippers: 32-10, 1st in Pacific Division, $440,000 short of tax Off Limits: Blake Griffin and Chris…

  8. Spurs Kawhi Leonard says nail on floor cut his knee open

    Jan 22, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

    Kawhi Leonard Gregg Popovich

    With 1:31 left in the Spurs win in Philadelphia Sunday, Kawhi Leonard had to leave the game after going to the floor and coming up with something wrong with his knee that was of concern. What is more interesting is his explanation, via the San Antonio Express News Spurs blog. “I just hit the hardwood…

  9. Andrew Bynum update: He went through shootaround (VIDEO)

    Jan 22, 2013, 10:42 AM EDT

    Newly-acquired Philadelphia 76ers player Bynum smiles during a news conference at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia

    After a whole lot of non-update updates about Andrew Bynum, finally something of substance — plus a Sixers training equipment update. Andrew Bynum went through a shootaround and says he is not feeling any pain, he told CSNWashington.com. “My knees feel good and I’m not feeling any pain, so it’s all good,” Bynum said. That’s…

  10. Damian Lillard makes a poster with Nene in it (VIDEO)

    Jan 22, 2013, 10:07 AM EDT

    Hornets Trail Blazers Basketball

    Aren’t the best dunks when little guys throw it down over big guys? In that vein, we bring you Portland’s Damian Lillard getting up and throwing it down over the late-rotating Nene from Monday night. Lillard is athletic and aggressive, plus makes the kind of decision you see from a guy who spent four years…

  11. Cavaliers, Grizzlies trade Speights and Selby for Leuer

    Jan 22, 2013, 9:08 AM EDT

    Marreese Speights

    Memphis has been looking for a way to get under the luxury tax line for this season — they may have just found it without shipping Rudy Gay out the door. Brian Windhorst of ESPN broke news of a trade that could benefit both teams on twitter, then Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports confirmed it…

  12. Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol frustrated. They may want to look in mirror.

    Jan 22, 2013, 8:37 AM EDT

    Bulls center Noah defends against Lakers center Howard during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol have one thing in common with Lakers fans: They are not happy. Howard is not happy because he got just five shot attempts Monday as the Bulls defense smothered the Lakers. Gasol is not happy in his role coming off the bench. It’s the latest in a season-long trend of…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Dramatic finishes all over on Monday

    Jan 22, 2013, 7:59 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets Joe Johnson celebrates with Brook Lopez after he shot three-point against New York Knicks in NBA game in New York

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while wondering what made Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia think that hat was a good choice at the inauguration…. Bulls 95, Lakers 83: Chicago is what Los Angeles is not — passionate, committed to the system, hustlers on every play and defenders. So,…

  14. Jordan Crawford hits ridiculous game-winning three for Wizards (VIDEO)

    Jan 22, 2013, 2:40 AM EDT

    Jordan Crawford

    Was there ever any doubt that was good? Okay, there was a lot of doubt. But the shot found its way in and with that Jordan Crawford lifted the Wizards to a win over the Blazers on the road. It was 95-95 with 3.6 seconds left when the play started. Crawford worked free, caught the…

  15. Three Stars of the night: MLK Day game winners edition

    Jan 22, 2013, 1:53 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets' Johnson shoots three-point shot over New York Knicks' Smith and Kidd in NBA game in New York

    Some guys put up big numbers on Monday — Philly’s Evan Turner (18 points, 12 boards, 7 assists), Carmelo Anthony (29 points), Nene (24 points, 9 rebounds), DeMarcus Cousins (29 points, 13 rebounds) — and maybe none better than Nicolas Batum’s triple-double (12 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds). But none of them make the cut.…

  16. Lakers continue to regress in latest loss to Bulls

    Jan 22, 2013, 1:01 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol listens to Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Chicago

    The latest drama surrounding your 2012-13 Lakers unfolded before the game in Chicago even began on Monday. But it was merely a distraction, and a meaningless one at that in the grand scheme of what is becoming more evident with each passing game that is lost. The Lakers are getting worse, not better. And all…

  17. Pau Gasol says a trade seems more likely this season after being sent back to the bench

    Jan 21, 2013, 11:11 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Before the Lakers took the floor in Chicago against the Bulls on Monday, Mike D’Antoni announced that Pau Gasol would be removed from the starting lineup in favor of going small, with Earl Clark getting the minutes at the starting power forward spot. This decision, D’Antoni told reporters, was not just for one game, but…

  18. J.J. Barea fined $5K for second anti-flopping violation

    Jan 21, 2013, 10:46 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v New Orleans Hornets

    J.J. Barea has been fined $5,000 for violating the league’s anti-flopping rules for the second time this season, the league announced on Monday. The infraction that warranted the fine occurred in the Timberwolves loss to the Mavericks on Jan. 14, though the league did not immediately make video available of the specific play that resulted…

  19. Stephen Curry with the amazing pass to Jarrett Jack on the break (VIDEO)

    Jan 21, 2013, 8:32 PM EDT

    stephen curry

    In a day full of highlights, this might have been one of the best. Midway through the fourth quarter of a tight contest between the Clippers and the Warriors, Stephen Curry grabs the rebound and leads the fast break. He doesn’t get very far, though, before spotting a streaking Jarrett Jack. Curry stops at halfcourt,…

  20. Joe Johnson’s late jumper sends Nets to win over Knicks (VIDEO)

    Jan 21, 2013, 7:13 PM EDT

    Joe Johnson, J.R. Smith

    Joe Johnson scored 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, but none were bigger than this jumper with 22 seconds remaining that gave the Nets the lead for good on the way to an 88-85 win over the Knicks that tied the season series at two games apiece. Carmelo Anthony finished with 29…

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