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  1. Winderman: NBA alternate uniform craze out of control

    Jan 27, 2012, 3:43 PM EDT

    LeBron James, Kane Fitzgerald

    Finally, we have found the saving grace of this lockout-shortened season: The ratio between uniform combinations and games is drawing closer to a one-to-one basis. Even before the Memphis TAMs took the court against the L.A. Stars on TNT on Thursday night, we had entered a world where we were facing video-game-like choices when it…

  2. Video: Who has the best crossover in the NBA?

    Jan 27, 2012, 2:43 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose, John Lucas III

    Jamal Crawford or Derrick Rose? You might throw some others in the conversation, but those are the two guys other NBA players are talking about in this video. And if your list doesn’t have J-Crossover on it, you’re doing it wrong. But I’d lean Rose.

  3. Blake Griffin heads 2012 rookie deal extension class

    Jan 27, 2012, 2:24 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin slam dunks against Memphis Grizzlies Hamed Haddadi of Iran and Dante Cunningham during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook got theirs. Kevin Love got a deal, as did Danilo Gallinari. Eric Gordon and Brook Lopez did not. And nobody seriously considered giving Michael Beasley one. It’s the first extension to the rookie contract — the first chance for NBA players to make serious, serious money. But as we saw…

  4. LeBron James says Knicks fans should be patient

    Jan 27, 2012, 1:46 PM EDT

    LeBron James Carmelo Anthony

    Just so we’re clear, LeBron James is preaching patience to New Yorkers. Good luck with that. The Knicks are struggling this season and now get to face the Heat Friday without Carmelo Anthony, who is taking the weekend off. In their first full season with ‘Melo, Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler there were high expectations.…

  5. Dirk Nowitzki says he is in shape, nobody scares him in West

    Jan 27, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Dallas is off to a slow start in its title defense, hasn’t looked the part of a contender and has looked old. Especially Dirk Nowitzki. Dirk has taken to the offensive on those that question him and his team. He thinks they’ll be just fine. Nowitzki — who has been sitting out the last four…

  6. Dwight Howard says Orlando needs to make “changes”

    Jan 27, 2012, 12:35 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Just a reminder Orlando: despite your fast start you still have the Sword of Dwight Howard hanging over your head. Howard can opt out of his contract at the end of this season and become a free agent. He has consistently said he wants to play somewhere he can win a ring and two ugly…

  7. Friday And-1 links: Would you bet on Giants/Knicks to pull a title double?

    Jan 27, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

    Tyson Chandler, Mike Bibby, Carmelo Anthony

    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). From Bovada.lv, some Super Bowl prop bets: The odds of the Patriots winning the Super Bowl and the Celtics the NBA title in 2012: 40/1.…

  8. Carmelo Anthony out Friday vs. Heat (and one more game)

    Jan 27, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony watches a free throws by Grizzlies during NBA game in Memphis

    Carmelo Anthony has clearly not been right the last couple games. He is 5-for-21 shooting, has looked sluggish and is battling a sore wrist and ankle. So he is going to take a couple of games off — Mike D’Antoni told the media at shootaround Friday that Anthony is out for a showdown with the…

  9. Report: Philadelphia signs Francisco Elson

    Jan 27, 2012, 10:48 AM EDT

    ELSON_FRANCISCO

    The 76ers are in need of some depth on the front line. Spencer Hawes (Achilles) and Nikola Vucevic (thigh) are out injured leaving them thin. So enter Francisco Elson, who has signed with the team according to HoopsHype. Elson, 35, has eight years in the NBA and spent last season with the Utah Jazz. He’s…

  10. Video: Kevin Garnett says Celtics won “a bar fight”

    Jan 27, 2012, 10:09 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic's Howard guards Boston Celtics' Garnett along with Magic's teammate Anderson during their NBA basketball game in Boston

    Kevin Garnett was a little amped after the Celtics came from 27 points down to beat the Orlando Magic. Really amped. Which made for a great interview on TNT where he asks Craig Sager if he has ever been in a bar fight, then realizing the impossibility of that tells him to ask Charles Barkley…

  11. World Peace was just a little “bored” on defense

    Jan 27, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Metta World Peace

    Metta World Peace has not been as good as Ron Artest was. He’s shooting is off this season (especially from three, 15.8 percent this year), he was floating around the offense, he wasn’t impacting the game — Mike Brown wanted him to lead the Lakers second unit and instead he’s having the worst year of…

  12. Wizards want to run more, have to get in better shape first

    Jan 27, 2012, 8:08 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks

    There is nobody faster end-to-end with the basketball than John Wall. Well, maybe Derrick Rose. Maybe. But you get the idea. It is the main reason everyone thinks the Wizards need to get out and run (and they have, actually, they are playing at the third fastest pace in the league). New and interim coach…

  13. Clippers upend Memphis in battle of wanna be contenders

    Jan 27, 2012, 4:15 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    It wasn’t the prettiest thing you’ll ever see. No, I’m not talking about the ABA throwback uniforms…. well, those too. But I meant the game. Doesn’t matter, the Clippers will take it. In a battle of teams trying to ascend to contender status, the Clippers executed better down the stretch and won 98-91. Nobody with…

  14. Orlando chokes, breathes new life into Boston’s season

    Jan 27, 2012, 12:40 AM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    Boston was having serious trouble finding itself this season — they looked old and the talk was about what was the best way to rebuild — but now there is hope. Hope because twice this week the pressure of Boston’s defense turned the Orlando Magic into jelly. The first was a Boston 31-point blowout Monday…

  15. Dirk Nowitzki looking at Sunday return to lineup

    Jan 26, 2012, 9:19 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Dirk Nowitzki’s mid-season break — call it to rest his knee, or get in better condition, or practice his color commentary skills — is about to come to an end. He is looking at a Sunday return in a nationally televised game against the Spurs, he told reporters Thursday, as reported by the Associated Press.…

  16. Andrew Bogut out ‘indefinitely’ with fractured ankle

    Jan 26, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Chicago Bulls

    Andrew Bogut hasn’t had very good luck throughout his NBA career when it comes to injuries, a fact that was once again made all too clear again following an MRI on Thursday. The Milwaukee Bucks announced their center has a fractured ankle that will force the Australian big man to be out “indefinitely.” Bogut didn’t…

  17. Quote of the Day: Wine is good for Popovich, Spurs

    Jan 26, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Tony Parker, Gregg Popovich

    “As he gets older and drinks more wine, he gets more patient.” —Tony Parker, talking about San Antonio coach coach Gregg Popovich and discussing how he doesn’t erupt in anger like he used to. Popovich did snap finally as the Spurs struggled against the Hawks Wednesday night. Popovich is quite the oenophile, by the way.…

  18. Kobe Bryant doesn’t think the Clippers are a rival, but was proud of Lakers’ performance

    Jan 26, 2012, 6:51 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers picked up a 96-91 victory over their Staples Center roommates on Wednesday night, but don’t get it twisted: Kobe Bryant and Co. certainly don’t view a victory over the Clippers as a big win in a rivalry game. “Please,” Bryant said when asked about what the rivalry victory…

  19. Eric Gordon says of not reaching deal, “business is business”

    Jan 26, 2012, 5:15 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    Eric Gordon rejected the Hornets for an extension to his rookie contract. Gordon is the centerpiece coming to New Orleans from the Chris Paul trade with the Clippers, but Gordon has only played two games with his new team due to a bruised knee. And it is now going to be at least three more…

  20. Kosta Koufos agrees to three-year extension with Nuggets

    Jan 26, 2012, 3:47 PM EDT

    Koufos_Kosta

    While we were all focused on Kevin Love and Eric Gordon’s contract extensions (well, in the case of Gordon the lack of extension), there were a few other notes that flew under the radar. For one, the Denver Nuggets extended center Kosta Koufos for three years, $9 million, something first reported by Sam Amick of…

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