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  1. Knicks ticket prices to go up again next season

    Mar 6, 2012, 2:25 PM EDT

    Madison Square Garden

    The “cheap” seats at Madison Square Garden are about to get less so. Last year ticket prices for New York Knicks games jumped a whopping 49 percent as the renovation of Madison Square Garden’s lower bowl (combined with a team actually worth seeing) changed the economics of one of the NBA’s legendary buildings. James Dolan…

  2. Video: Was Blake Griffin’s takedown of Luke Ridnour dirty?

    Mar 6, 2012, 2:11 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Golden State Warriors

    Blake Griffin is a chippy player. Which he needs to be — he’s a big man who is physical and other teams respond with physicality. If he didn’t push back and hold his ground (both physically and in terms of intimidation) he’d be swept aside. But there is a line there with being chippy and…

  3. One way or another, Raptors cutting ties with Anthony Carter

    Mar 6, 2012, 12:57 PM EDT

    Carter_Anthony

    This isn’t going to help his trade value. Not that there was a whole lot to begin with. Toronto is either going to trade Anthony Carter or release the veteran point guard after the trade deadline, reports Doug Smith at the Toronto Star. The Raptors are going to try to either move the veteran guard…

  4. Kidd says Mavericks’ title should mean more respect from refs

    Mar 6, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin defends Dallas Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    I just expect more out of the champions, out of a veteran team like this. After another Dallas lost on Monday night where they ran some terrible execution on plays in the final couple of minutes, Jason Kidd pulled out the card most used by struggling teams without a good answer — it’s the referees’…

  5. Magic GM says 6 to 8 teams pushing for Dwight Howard

    Mar 6, 2012, 11:37 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Apparently there are a number of teams in the “rent-a-Howard” market. The latest news on the Dwight Howard trade front is that while teams are lining up for a shot to get him even if it is for just the rest of this season, right now there is no movement. We cannot emphasize this enough…

  6. Tuesday And-1 links: Kyrie Irving will not play for Australia

    Mar 6, 2012, 11:08 AM EDT

    Cavaliers Irving reacts to making a three point basket in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge game during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    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). Kyrie Irving is not going to be on Team USA in London in 2012, but he had a standing offer from Australia (he was born…

  7. One potential landing spot for Chris Kaman: Indiana Pacers

    Mar 6, 2012, 10:32 AM EDT

    Chris Kaman, Nene

    Officially, the New Orleans Hornets “remain open” to trading Chris Kaman, reports the Times-Picayune. What that really means is they are going to trade Chris Kaman before the deadline. The question is where. One possible answer is Indiana, according to the Indianapolis Star. The Pacers have an All-Star center in Roy Hibbert but the depth…

  8. Rip Hamilton injures shoulder, could be out a while

    Mar 6, 2012, 10:14 AM EDT

    Richard Hamilton

    Well, on the up side the Bulls are used to playing without Richard Hamilton in the lineup. And they may be for a while — Rip injured his shoulder in the Bulls win Monday over the Pacers. There are not a lot of details but what Aggrey Sam found out for CSNChicago.com doesn’t make it…

  9. NBA owners to discuss ads on jerseys at next meeting

    Mar 6, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    WNBA Sue Bird Ad jersey

    It’s common in Europe — when you picture a Manchester United jersey you picture the AON on the chest. Same with any soccer or basketball team, the sponsors’ name where we expect to see the team name is expected. What about ads on NBA jerseys? Patches somewhere promoting whatever company shelled out the bucks? The…

  10. Video: Ty Lawson with overtime game winner for Nuggets

    Mar 6, 2012, 8:14 AM EDT

    Ty Lawson

    In case you haven’t noticed, Ty Lawson has been a force since the All Star break — last week he  averaged 20.7 points, 11.7 assists and 7 rebounds a game. Oh, and he had 4 turnovers. Total. All week. Then there is this — his overtime game winner against the Kings. Which looks a lot…

  11. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Kevin Love outduels Blake Griffin

    Mar 6, 2012, 7:43 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers forward Reggie Evans in Minneapolis

    What you missed while buying way more Girl Scout cookies than you really should… Thunder 95, Mavericks 92: Oklahoma City scored the final eight points to win another close contest, which was our game of the night. Timberwolves 95, Clippers 94: With all their mistakes late, I have no idea how the Timberwolves pulled this…

  12. Another close game, another Oklahoma City Thunder win

    Mar 6, 2012, 2:41 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka, Russell Westbrook

    Oklahoma City has been one of the best teams in close games all season — when games are within 3 points (either way) in the last three minutes, the Thunder were 13-3 coming into Monday night. Make that 14-3. Monday night they won another close one, this time beating the Dallas Mavericks 95-91 by scoring…

  13. Video: Sonny Weems with an impressive dunk contest… in Lithuania

    Mar 5, 2012, 11:53 PM EDT

    Ramunas Siskauskas (L) of CSKA vies with

    You remember Sonny Weems, right? Spent the couple seasons before this in Toronto, played for Denver before that. Like a lot of guys on the NBA fringe, he had a hard decision to make during the lockout and he decided to get paid and signed to play in Lithuania. Where he was part of their…

  14. Veterans say there are sometimes bounties in NBA

    Mar 5, 2012, 8:46 PM EDT

    barkley-sixers

    It’s not exactly the same as Gregg Williams and what is going on with the New Orleans Saints, but a couple of veteran players interviewed this week say the idea of bounties offered for hitting and hurting an NBA player are not unheard of. Cedric Maxwell, who played 11 seasons in the NBA (most famously…

  15. Keith Smart gets contract extension to stay as Kings’ coach

    Mar 5, 2012, 6:49 PM EDT

    Keith Smart

    Better not use the word “interim” around him anymore. Co-owner Joe Maloof said the other day the Kings did not plan to let coach Keith Smart go, they liked the job he had done since taking over seven games in for Paul Westphal as coach. Today that became official. The team announced that they are…

  16. Nets’ Lopez out 3 weeks with sprained ankle. Now what for Howard trade?

    Mar 5, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT

    Brook Lopez

    We warned you that Brook Lopez’s ankle sprain early in the third quarter Sunday was pretty bad. You know it is not good when the coach will not address it after the game, saying they need to wait a day. The good news is that X-rays came back negative, but the bad news is that…

  17. Report: Nuggets put “Birdman” Chris Andersen on trade block

    Mar 5, 2012, 4:56 PM EDT

    CAnderson_necktat

    At the San Francisco Chronicle, they have done a detailed team-by-team breakdown of trade options for the Warriors. For example, they say Golden State doesn’t want to do a Stephen Curry for Rajon Rondo swap with Boston (the Celtics wouldn’t do that one either). But when it got to Denver there was an interesting note:…

  18. Wilson Chandler, Nuggets still talking, not getting very far

    Mar 5, 2012, 3:58 PM EDT

    Wilson Chandler, Kobe Bryant

    Here are the two key facts as we know them: First, Wilson Chandler can’t play for any NBA team but the Denver Nuggets this season. Since he returned from playing in China during the lockout, the deadline has passed for other teams to offer the restricted free agent a deal (something nobody did because everyone…

  19. Report: Portland’s Jamal Crawford “available”

    Mar 5, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    When we told you the Portland Trail Blazers might be looking to make big changes, we weren’t kidding. Raymond Felton is getting his tires kicked by the Lakers and likely other teams, as the point guard brought in has not fit as planned. Same can be said of Jamal Crawford, who also can be had…

  20. Chris Webber emerges as mentor for DeMarcus Cousins

    Mar 5, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    Demarcus Cousins

    Chris Webber had All-Star years and put up big numbers on a contending team while in Sacramento — he’s looked back on as one of the team’s legendary players. Now. But there were plenty of rough spots at the time. He didn’t really want to be traded there initially (because they had been a consistent…

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