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  1. DeMarcus Cousins speaks highly of Keith Smart. So far.

    Jan 18, 2012, 1:33 PM EDT

    Keith Smart, DeMarcus Cousins

    In just his second season in the league, DeMarcus Cousins has a reputation in some quarters as hard to deal with and a coach killer. Fair or not, it’s out there. Paul Westphal is out and Keith Smart — who went from a nearly impossible situation in Golden State (due to an ownership change) to…

  2. Andrew Bynum sings the praises of Dwight Howard

    Jan 18, 2012, 1:14 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Los Angeles Lakers

    Friday night Andrew Bynum lines up against Dwight Howard as the Lakers face the Magic in Orlando. So, please use this small sample size to decide that Bynum should/should not be traded for Howard. We all know one game tells you all you need to know, not how a player performs over a stretch of…

  3. Video: Jodie Meeks talks surprising Sixers

    Jan 18, 2012, 12:56 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Four

    Jodie Meeks joined CSNPhilly’s “Lunch Break” talking about the surprising Sixers, how the team is more comfortable together in their second year together as a group and how they are happy to share the load on offense. Meeks is giving the Sixers solid minutes as a starter, largely as a guy who can space the…

  4. Report: Knicks will target Steve Nash next summer

    Jan 18, 2012, 12:13 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    The Knicks need a point guard. I know it, you know it, anyone who has watched 20 seconds of a Knicks game knows it. Their front office knows it, too. Getting a quality one this season via trade is unlikely (hence the hope that Baron Davis can be the man), so they are looking at…

  5. Wednesday And-1 links: Cuban is still spending on something

    Jan 18, 2012, 11:22 AM EDT

    Mark Cuban

    Welcome to our 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). Mark Cuban is going to spend about $1.4 million on Mavericks championship rings. He’ll do it without blinking. He’d gladly do it again next year, but…

  6. Gregg Popovich said his Spurs played “soft” against Heat

    Jan 18, 2012, 10:57 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, DeJuan Blair, Gregg Popovich

    The Spurs players got steamrolled by the Heat in the second half in Miami Tuesday, shooting just 34 percent, putting up 35 points and being outscored by 36 points. The thumping didn’t stop once they went to the locker room. Here is what coach Gregg Popovich said of his team, via the Express-News Spurs Blog.…

  7. Report: Minnesota will offer Love four years, $60 million

    Jan 18, 2012, 10:18 AM EDT

    Kevin Love, Ivan Johnson

    Minnesota may be about to screw up a good thing. They are an entertaining and up-and-coming team, one with a future behind Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, Derrick Williams and more. But that comes with a price. The first of those is Love, who is eligible for a contract extension between now and Jan. 25. He…

  8. Quote of the Day: Dwight Howard’s new trade destination

    Jan 18, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    “Sources say Dwight Howard is signing with the Harlem Globetrotters.” —Dwight Howard to the Orlando Sentinel. Howard had been asked about the report the Los Angeles Clippers were on his trade destination list, Howard responded with a “no” and then his standard line about him being on the Magic right now and that is all that…

  9. LeBron backs Popovich as potential USA Basketball coach

    Jan 18, 2012, 8:07 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    After the USA earned a bronze medal in the 2004 Olympics, Mike Krzyzewski was brought in by Jerry Colangelo to help turn things around. He was one coach who is universally respected among players and is seen as kind of “above the fray” of the politics that can go into picking an Olympic team. The…

  10. Baseline to Baseline recaps: One half of Heat bests half of Spurs

    Jan 18, 2012, 2:13 AM EDT

    Heat small forward James reacts after the Heat tied the game with the Spurs in the second half during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    What you missed while buying the paintings of a squirrel… Heat 120, Spurs 98: It was a tale of two halves. In the first half the Spurs controlled the tempo and forced the heat into the half court. LeBron James, fighting a cold that might have kept him home if Dwyane Wade could have played,…

  11. Video: Blowing up the Celtics… do they have a choice?

    Jan 17, 2012, 11:50 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Boston Celtics

    Celtics fans may not like this very much. Or, after the last five games they may like it a lot, come to think of it. Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports were on NBC’s SportsTalk Tuesday talking how to fix the Boston Celtics. And their answer is pretty much “with…

  12. Derrick Rose sits Tuesday, up in air for weekend games

    Jan 17, 2012, 9:05 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose, Leandro Barbosa

    Not a huge surprise that Derrick Rose sat out Tuesday against the Suns to rest his sore left big toe. Deprived us of the Rose vs. Steve Nash showdown, but it happens. After Tuesday the Bulls are off until Friday. That is a long rest in this schedule. Will Rose be back then? Read as…

  13. Mike Brown wants to cut back on Kobe Bryant’s minutes

    Jan 17, 2012, 8:21 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    Last season, Phil Jackson expressed frustration at not being able to get Kobe Bryant’s minutes below 33.9 a game — he didn’t want to wear him out, but sometimes he had to ride the hot hand. This season, Kobe is playing 37.7 minutes per game, nearly four minutes more per game (with less time to…

  14. Report: Boston getting calls asking about Paul Pierce

    Jan 17, 2012, 7:17 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Boston Celtics

    Can you picture Paul Pierce in any other uniform than Boston green? It seems weird. But Celtics fans are starting to try, they taking to message boards and asking the big question: Is it time to blow up the Celtics and rebuild? This team has lost five in a row, has fallen to 4-8, and…

  15. It may seem like it, but lockout does not equal more injuries

    Jan 17, 2012, 5:36 PM EDT

    Curry injured AP

    You knew this would come — the talk around the league that the lockout and shortened training camps had led to more injuries, more sprained ankles and more traumatic injuries. anecdotal evidence seems to back that up. Al Horford is down for the season after surgery to repair his pectoral muscle Tuesday, a similar injury…

  16. Amar’e Stoudemire disappointed to be left off Team USA

    Jan 17, 2012, 4:43 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Stoudemire celebrates a basket against the Charlotte Bobcats during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Back in the summer of 2010, Amar’e Stoudemire was going to be part of the Team USA squad that went on to Turkey and the FIBA World Championships and won gold (qualifying the team for the 2012 Olympics). But then he signed an uninsured $100 million deal with the Knicks — nobody would insure Stoudemire’s…

  17. Dwyane Wade got a 2012 McLaren for birthday. Top that

    Jan 17, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat basketball player Dwyane Wade attends a fashion show of the Yves Saint Laurent collection as part of spring-summer 2012 men's fashion season presented in Paris on Friday, June 24, 2011

    We already showed you the highlights of Dwyane Wade’s 30th birthday bash, complete with Rick Ross and Common rapping, Usher and LeBron James in the house and a cake that spit fire. But that wasn’t the best part. At least not for Wade (although I’m sure he’ll tell you just having his friends there meant…

  18. GMs predict Heat to win title, Kevin Durant MVP

    Jan 17, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    The annual NBA survey of team general managers is out and — shockingly — they think the Miami Heat are very good. Same with that Kevin Durant guy. So, they see the world pretty much like the rest of this. In the annual survey of team executives, 74.1 percent of the GMs think the Miami…

  19. However you build it, U.S. Olympic team will be very good

    Jan 17, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

    Krzyzewski & Kobe Bryant

    We don’t know exactly what the U.S. Olympic team will look like in London. We know the pool of players — the 20 finalists — the roster will come from. And we know a couple other things: Mike Krzyzewski and staff have some hard choices ahead of them. This team will be very, very good.…

  20. Video: Andrea Bargnani’s underground All-Star anthem

    Jan 17, 2012, 1:27 PM EDT

    Raptors Bargnani reacts to a missed basket against the Nets during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    Brilliant. We told you Andrea Bargnani is having a career year in Toronto (which, along with the Raptors improved defense, should have people using the words “Dwane Casey” and “coach of the year” in the same sentence). He’s actually defending as well as giving Toronto 22 points a game, and he’s doing it more efficiently…

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