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  1. Stoudemire promises to return to old self, Knicks to contend

    Feb 29, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT

    New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire waits to take a foul shot against the New Orleans Hornets in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Amare Stoudemire has struggled this season. He has not been nearly as explosive going to the rim, his midrange shot has fallen off (he shot 44 percent from 16 feet out to the arc last year, 36 percent this year) and he finds himself having to play off the ball now rather than being the…

  2. Report: Howard won’t sign extension with Lakers, but they are not out of it

    Feb 29, 2012, 12:41 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    It’s all about the money. And it’s not necessarily as big a deal as Lakers fans think. But it might give the Lakers front office pause. Lakers radio play-by-play man (and long-time Los Angeles sports personality) John Ireland reported on Tuesday that Dwight Howard’s agent Donald Fegan told the Lakers his client will not sign…

  3. Explaining the NBA’s new concussion policy (why Kobe likely sits)

    Feb 29, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

    kobe-bryant-all-star

    Concussions are not as prevalent in the NBA as they are in the NFL and NHL, but traumatic brain injuries have become the talk of the sports medical community in recent years (not just what happens to a pro athlete but in high school and college). In response to that, the NBA put in a…

  4. Wednesday And-1 links: Some rumors, Shaq, flu game talk

    Feb 29, 2012, 11:37 AM EDT

    Monta Ellis

    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). Those rumors of a Monta Ellis to the Nets for Brook Lopez trade? Not much to them. Milwaukee will apparently listen to trade offers for…

  5. Video: Landry Fields can sing (and Shumpert raps, too)

    Feb 29, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v New York Knicks

    The Knicks conducted a “night with the season ticket holders” events Tuesday, getting the fans pumped for the second half of the NBA season. Because expectations were not already sky high for these rejuvenated Knicks. Out of it comes this video — Landry Fields can sing. Iman Shumpert does a nice job with the rap,…

  6. Jason Kidd with the Nets again? He wouldn’t rule it out.

    Feb 29, 2012, 10:45 AM EDT

    Jason Kidd

    Jason Kidd was the heart of the best teams the Nets have ever had, a team that went to back-to-back NBA finals. Back then, talk of what next year will become real in the form of the Barclay Center in Brooklyn was just an on again, off again rumor that could never really gain traction.…

  7. Could Dallas get Deron Williams and Dwight Howard? Yes, but…

    Feb 29, 2012, 8:44 AM EDT

    Deron Williams, Dwight Howard

    So here is the scenario you will see laid out here and other places over the next couple weeks heading into the trade deadline: The Dallas Mavericks find a trade partner to take on Shawn Marion’s $8 million contract for next season (without sending any money back), then they amnesty Brandon Haywood, make a couple…

  8. One guy likely to still be traded: Chris Kaman

    Feb 29, 2012, 8:08 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Chicago Bulls

    Remember a few weeks back, the New Orleans Hornets took Chris Kaman off the floor so he wouldn’t get injured as they tried to trade him? Then, after a few days they abandoned that plan as the offers coming in for Kaman did not impress Hornets ownership? Meaning David Stern. We’re not sure what he…

  9. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Time to fear Brook Lopez?

    Feb 29, 2012, 6:30 AM EDT

    Deshawn Stevenson

    What you missed while you were spilling beer on the German Chancellor…. Nets 93, Mavericks 92: Dallas, you did a terrible job of trying to impress Deron Williams and make him want to join your roster. Starting late in the third quarter the Mavericks went on an 0-13 shooting streak, they didn’t have a field…

  10. Delonte West talks about, denies “that rumor”

    Feb 29, 2012, 1:49 AM EDT

    Delonte West, Roy Hibbert, Danny Granger

    At PBT, up to now I’ve avoided doing a post about “that” Delonte West rumor. You know the one. Because I never believed it — no source I trusted ever confirmed it and those closest to the team always said it was not true. Yet it was out there and will not go away —…

  11. Video: Wojnarowski talks Boston, big three trades

    Feb 28, 2012, 10:46 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo was on NBC’s SportsTalk on Tuesday and one of the questions was about the Celtics — would they really break up the “big three” with a trade? Yes. Yes, they would. Interestingly, Woj says that Pierce is the most likely to be moved, but we keep hearing there is interest in…

  12. Kobe’s concussion symptoms linger, may keep him out Wednesday

    Feb 28, 2012, 9:52 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    Normally, Kobe Bryant will play through anything — broken finger, torn wrist ligaments, even a broken nose can force him into street clothes. But the league’s new, stricter concussion policy may force him to sit out Wednesday night when the Lakers kick off the second half of the season against Minnesota. Kobe is still feeling…

  13. Report: Warriors still willing to risk trade for Dwight Howard

    Feb 28, 2012, 7:54 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard has set his terms and they have not changed — he is not signing an extension with the Magic right now and he will only sign an extension with the Nets (his preferred destination), Lakers or Mavericks. But Golden State has not given up — and they don’t care about an extension. Here’s…

  14. Report: Jazz “open” to trading Devin Harris

    Feb 28, 2012, 6:45 PM EDT

    Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake City Tribune has the report: The Jazz remain open to moving starting point guard Devin Harris, league sources said, and reserve small forward C.J. Miles could be made available in the right situation. But Utah continues to take a long-term approach in building its team after the Deron…

  15. All-Star Weekend draws great ratings

    Feb 28, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    The NBA has sent out a series of press releases on the overnight ratings for its All-Star Weekend events, which were very strong across the board. The format change to the “Rising Stars Game” — which went to a “Team Shaq vs. Team Chuck” format this year, as opposed to the traditional rookies vs. sophomores…

  16. Orlando fans make a music video asking Dwight Howard to stay in Orlando

    Feb 28, 2012, 6:09 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    I’ll let Page 2’s Patrick Dorsey explain this video: On Friday we made the case for Orlando as a suitable metropolis for Magic center Dwight Howard, and included a video from local musician Jeff Wilson and the Orlando Sentinel. Now we have an updated version of the video, from local lawyer/superfan Dennis Salvagio, a.k.a. The Fat Guy,…

  17. Miami players talk about Wade’s hard All-Star Game foul on Kobe

    Feb 28, 2012, 5:50 PM EDT

    kobe-bryant-all-star

    During Sunday’s All-Star game, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade delivered a hard foul on Kobe Bryant that resulted in Bryant breaking his nose. Today, the Heat’s “Big Three” all talked about the foul and the resulting injury. Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel says that Wade has apologized to Bryant for injuring him, but does say…

  18. Paul George calls Dunk Contest “a joke”

    Feb 28, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

     Paul George feels the same way about the dunk contest that you do — it was a joke and the NBA’s biggest stars need to take part. Of course, unlike you, George was part of that “joke” this year. He had some good jumps, going over Roy Hibbert and the glow-in-the-dark dunk (see below). Here…

  19. Celtics finding other teams interested in Ray Allen

    Feb 28, 2012, 4:25 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics guard Allen drives to the basket defended by Detroit Pistons guard Gordon in NBA game in Boston

    Welcome to the world of breaking up your team, Celtics fans. Fans are talking about trading Rajon Rondo or Paul Pierce for a big piece that can jump start the rebuilding, but that is not who other teams are calling about, reports the Sporting News. While there has been plenty of focus on Celtics point…

  20. Delonte West was homeless, slept in Mavs locker room at start of season

    Feb 28, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT

    Delonte West, Ricky Rubio

    Remember back during the lockout Delonte West took a job at a furniture store, saying he needed the money. He wasn’t kidding. West has made more than $14 million in his career, but during the lockout he sold off his cars, jewelry, and was living in the Mavericks locker room for a while, he told…

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