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  1. Ricky Rubio somehow blows a wide open layup (VIDEO)

    Jan 17, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    It doesn’t take an expert to tell you that Ricky Rubio is struggling to regain his form from last season. After returning from injury for the Timberwolves back on Dec. 15, he’s been extremely inconsistent, and hasn’t come close to finding his touch on the offensive end of the floor. Here we have video evidence…

  2. Leandro Barbosa and Danny Ainge deny report of Barbosa’s trade request

    Jan 17, 2013, 9:06 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets

    Leandro Barbosa has played well offensively for the Celtics this season when he’s gotten the chance. The problem has been that after the first month of the season, the opportunity has all but vanished — and when that happens, reports and rumors can often begin to swirl. That was the case with Barbosa this week,…

  3. These guys should be the NBA All-Star Game reserves

    Jan 17, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Westbrook drives by San Antonio Spurs' Parker during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    The fans have done their job — you all picked the NBA All-Star Game starters. And well done. While I could quibble with a choice I might have made differently, there are no egregious errors (read: Jeremy Lin is not a starter). Now it falls to the coaches to pick the seven reserves for each…

  4. London Calling: Knicks have no trouble with Pistons

    Jan 17, 2013, 7:26 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Detroit Pistons

    This is what the Knicks needed — a little vacation, a little rest, a chance to catch their breath and get a little healthy in the middle of the season. Oh, and throw in an easy win. The Knicks went to London technically as the road team but they made themselves at home against the…

  5. 2013 NBA All-Star starters announced

    Jan 17, 2013, 7:24 PM EDT

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    The 2013 NBA All-Star starters were announced just after 7 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, and in the both the Eastern and Western conferences, there were no surprises. In the east, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Kevin Garnett were the frontcourt players voted in by the fans, and Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo were selected to…

  6. Nike Basketball debuts ‘Count on Kobe’ spot (VIDEO)

    Jan 17, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

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    Nike Basketball dropped the first spot in their ad campaign to support Kobe Bryant and his latest signature shoe, the Kobe 8 SYSTEM. Reminding you that Bryant is relentless in his quest to be the best, the video essentially reminds us that like death and taxes, you can count on Kobe. From the official release:…

  7. New report suggests financial, ethical issues at NBA players union

    Jan 17, 2013, 6:39 PM EDT

    NBPA Meet To Discuss Current CBA Offer

    UPDATE 6:39 pm: Union Executive Director Billy Hunter released a statement. What you think of it pretty much describes what you think of Hunter. Here it is in its entirety: “The NBPA is currently reviewing the full independent special report simultaneous with the public. While I strongly disagree with some of the findings contained in…

  8. PBT Extra: Talking LeBron’s 20,000, Durant, All-Star reserves

    Jan 17, 2013, 6:28 PM EDT

    Miami Heat LeBron James looks on during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland

    Today on PBT Extra it’s the irrepressible Kay Adams asking if LeBron James would trade some of those points for a couple more rings, and if Kevin Durant can best LeBron as youngest to 20,000. Then we talk All-Star reserves. Good news Warriors fans, I think you deserve one. And I think the Knicks should…

  9. Martell Webster flushes on DeMarcus Cousins (VIDEO)

    Jan 17, 2013, 4:42 PM EDT

    Martell Webster

    Since his suspension earlier this season, DeMarcus Cousins has gone an absolute tear. In nine games in January, Cousins is averaging 21.7 points a game on 50 percent shooting to go along with 12.9 rebounds and 4 assists a contest. Through double-teams and everything else, Cousins has plowed through the competition and bolstered a Kings…

  10. Gary Payton talks Lillard, D-Will and guarding Jordan

    Jan 17, 2013, 4:02 PM EDT

    Gary Payton

    We look at today’s NBA as almost a new golden age of point guards — Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo, Tony Parker, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, and the list goes on and on. It’s a very different era from when Gary Payton was at the peak of his career. Back then Payton could body up on…

  11. Kobe Bryant says he is the best one-on-one player ever

    Jan 17, 2013, 2:59 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Tracy McGrady

    Kobe Bryant circa 2013 is a lot more mature person than Kobe Bryant circa 1997. As you would expect. He’s been through the battles, he’s calm under pressure, he picks his spots better. But don’t challenge him. Like to a game of one-on-one. That’s the sense you take away from a great Q&A by Steve…

  12. Pau Gasol cleared to play vs. Heat, will come off bench

    Jan 17, 2013, 2:34 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    If you’re looking for a weakness for the Miami Heat to attack, it is size and rebounding. They count on their athleticism, pressure defense and LeBron James to overcome that, but they have a weakness. So if you’re the Lakers, this is a good time to get Pau Gasol back. Gasol has been cleared to…

  13. Report: Celtics, Cavaliers, Spurs have interest in Oden (and he could sign soon)

    Jan 17, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Portland Trail Blazers

    You can throw a couple more teams into the “we’re interested” file for Greg Oden. As we told you recently, Oden is taking classes at Ohio State and working out and rehabbing to attempt one more NBA comeback. This is a long shot — he has already had three microfracture surgeries on his knees. And seven total…

  14. Jeremy Lin says what most of us knew: He shouldn’t be an All-Star

    Jan 17, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    Jeremy Lin is starting to play pretty well in Houston, there are more and more games where you can see how he will fit in with James Harden and what they are doing. He is not deserving to be an All-Star. When the All-Star starters are announced later Thursday night, Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul…

  15. Kyrie Irving spin move leaves Lillard looking lost (VIDEO)

    Jan 17, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    Hey rookie, welcome to the NBA. Damian Lillard is having about as good a rookie year as one could hope, although defense has not exactly been his strong side of the ball. To put it kindly. But this isn’t fair, because Kyrie Irving abuses a lot of people and makes them look bad. The rookie…

  16. Mavs coach says he yelled at O.J. Mayo at halftime

    Jan 17, 2013, 11:17 AM EDT

    Rick Carlisle, O.J. Mayo

    O.J. Mayo was back to being his inefficient self on Wednesday — he had 18 points in Dallas’s win over Houston, but he did it on 3-of-14 shooting. And Rick Carlisle let him hear about it at half, reports the Dallas Morning News (via SLAM). After Dallas’ 105-100 victory over Houston, Carlisle was asked Mayo’s all-around…

  17. Oh no, not again: Curry out indefinitely with sprained ankle

    Jan 17, 2013, 10:38 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Golden State Warriors

    With most players you would just shrug this news off — Stephen Curry rolled his ankle during shootaround, reports CSNBayArea.com. He did it when he landed on the foot of rookie Festus Ezeli. But with Curry, who has had multiple ankle surgeries and missed considerable time last season with ankle issues, it has Warriors saying…

  18. The Extra Pass: How the Clippers Grew Up

    Jan 17, 2013, 9:58 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul puts his arm around teammate Griffin during NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Los Angeles

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we look at the maturation of the Los Angeles Clippers. For years and years, the Los Angeles Clippers were a failure on a systemic level. The on-court talent was faced with…

  19. Gary Payton says he’s been talking to John Wall about succeeding in NBA

    Jan 17, 2013, 9:11 AM EDT

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    We remember Gary Payton as “The Glove.” One of the great perimeter defenders in NBA history, a guy who locked horns with Michael Jordan for some memorable battles, including the 1996 NBA finals. Payton the guy that could do it on the other end as well, a floor general who averaged 16.7 points a game…

  20. Deng’s overtime game winner lifts Bulls over Raptors (VIDEO)

    Jan 17, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

    Bulls small forward Deng goes to the basket against Raptors power forward Davis and shooting guard Anderson during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    With Derrick Rose out the Bulls are counting on other guys to create and make the big shots. Like Luol Deng, who hit this pull-up jumper that would be the game winner Wednesday night in overtime against Toronto. Chicago got Deng the ball out top and let him go in isolation against Landry Fields. Deng…

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