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  1. 2013 All-Star Three-Point Contest participants announced

    Feb 7, 2013, 7:42 PM EDT

    Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis

    The participants for the 2013 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest that will take place as the penultimate event of All-Star Saturday have been announced, and as usual, some of the league’s best shooters make up the field of six. Representing the East we have Paul George of the Pacers, Kyrie Irving of the Cavaliers, and Steve…

  2. 2013 Slam Dunk Contest: Jeremy Evans will defend title against Green, Bledsoe, Ross, Faried, and James White

    Feb 7, 2013, 7:14 PM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    Utah’s Jeremy Evans — the human pogo stick — will be back to defend his All-Star weekend Sprite Dunk Contest title. But a repeat will not be easy because the NBA has lined up some high flyers to step up to challenge him — Gerald Green of the Pacers, James White of the Knicks, Eric…

  3. Dwight Howard to play against Celtics Thursday

    Feb 7, 2013, 6:50 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Apparently Kobe Bryant‘s message about needing to play through pain if you are going to lead an elite franchise got through to Dwight Howard. Well, at least a little bit. Howard will just say he was healed and ready. Dwight Howard will suit up and start for the Lakers against the Boston Celtics Thursday. It…

  4. Thursday And-1 Links: Blake Griffin taps Chandler Parsons in the… watch the video

    Feb 7, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Here is our regular 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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like old ladies like to complain about how loud movies are now days (written…

  5. Mavericks assure Vince Carter he will not be traded

    Feb 7, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT

    Vince Carter, Victor Claver, LaMarcus Aldridge

    There were times you could count on Dallas to be a player at the trade deadline — at Mark Cuban’s urging the Mavericks have been aggressive in team building. But the long-term plan in Dallas now is to maintain their cap space for next summer and go after big-time free agents with a max deal…

  6. Kobe and Bill Belichick are friends? Of course they are.

    Feb 7, 2013, 3:52 PM EDT

    BKN-NBA-LAKERS-NETS

    Kobe Bryant is the most polarizing figure in the NBA. New England coach Bill Belichick isn’t on top of that list for the NFL, but he’s on it. Both are respected, even by those who revile them, and both are considered cold blooded. And they are friends. Of course they are. Kobe Bryant was telling…

  7. Billy Hunter defends self in face of rising tide to remove him

    Feb 7, 2013, 3:17 PM EDT

    CORRECTED VERSION - NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    It seems every time you turn on your computer, another NBA player or agent has come out calling for Billy Hunter to be removed as head of the National Basketball Players Association, or what we just call the players’ union. Recently it was Paul Pierce. Today it was Jerry Stackhouse. And not shockingly agent David…

  8. The Dallas Mavericks are growing mediocre beards

    Feb 7, 2013, 3:07 PM EDT

    BKB-GER-US-ALBA-MAVERICKS

    You’ve probably heard of guys growing letting their facial hair grow for the postseason. The Clippers did it last year with hilarious results — Blake Griffin made Paul Pierce‘s beard look lustrous and full by comparison. The tradition of playoff beards has been around a long time in all sports, but the Dallas Mavericks are…

  9. Westbrook, Harden to coach All-Star Celebrity Game; Usain Bolt to play.

    Feb 7, 2013, 2:41 PM EDT

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    I don’t really know how good of coaches they will be, but the 2013 Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game will have better dressed coaches than the All-Star Game itself. All-Stars and hipsters James Harden and Russell Westbrook have stepped up to coach the annual celebrity game that is part of the All-Star weekend. And if…

  10. Clippers likely to get Chris Paul, Chauncey Billups back Friday

    Feb 7, 2013, 1:42 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    How much does Chris Paul mean to the Clippers? They have looked like a contender for much of the season with him running the show, but without him the last nine games they have gone 3-6. And it’s not like his backup stinks — a whole lot of teams are trying to trade for Eric…

  11. Dwight Howard fires back at Kobe, says he has to watch out for himself

    Feb 7, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

    Well Dwight Howard, you wanted to be the man on a bigger stage. Welcome to all that entails. Howard has been banged up this season and while he’s been good he has not been the dominant force Lakers fans expected. And now they need him to be — the Lakers are trying to make a…

  12. Another game, another three-quarter court alley-oop from Wade to Lebron (VIDEO)

    Feb 7, 2013, 12:09 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

    LeBron James and Dwyane Wade do this often enough that it starts to feel routine… but it’s not. It’s damn impressive. We’ve just become jaded. Anyway, here is Dwyane Wade’s three-quarter court alley-oop pass from the Heat’s win over the Houston Rockets Wednesday. This was clearly a designed play as LeBron bolts from the circle…

  13. Maybe you shouldn’t expect Al Jefferson to be a Spur

    Feb 7, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks

    Yesterday we brought you the report from Chris Sheridan that the San Antonio Spurs were way out in front of the pack in terms of trading for Al Jefferson of the Utah Jazz. The move has some logic — Jefferson is in the last year of his deal, he’s a better player than Tiago Splitter…

  14. What injury? Kobe challenges Howard to step up with Gasol out.

    Feb 7, 2013, 11:27 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Kobe Bryant is done with the injury excuse. No doubt injuries have set the Lakers back this season, they’ve been part of the reason they have never really coalesced as a team. But the best teams step up when players are injured. The Chicago Bulls are 29-19 and haven’t had Derrick Rose all season. The…

  15. John Wall blocks ‘Melo, goes coast-to-coast (VIDEO)

    Feb 7, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    John Wall

    The Wizards are so much better — and so much more fun to watch — with John Wall back on the court. We can debate just how good he is, but no doubt right now he is the Wizards best player  — and he can make plays like this, blocking Carmelo Anthony at one end…

  16. Report: USA Basketball giving Coach K more time to decide to stick around

    Feb 7, 2013, 10:09 AM EDT

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    London was supposed to be it. After the summer Olympics Mike Krzyzewski had said he was going to walk away from coaching USA Basketball to let someone else have a shot. Now the powers that be are dragging their feet in taking on a new coach because they are hoping Coach K will change his…

  17. Watch Nets’ Mirza Teletovic airball three straight shots

    Feb 7, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

    Mirza Teletovic

    It was a one-point game early in the fourth quarter when Brooklyn’s Mirza Teletovic put on an impressive shooting display. Not in a good way, but impressive nonetheless. He airballs three straight shots, all inside a minute of game time. The Bosnian rookie is not exactly a sharpshooter, hitting 37.2 percent of his shots this…

  18. Baseline to Baseline recaps: LeBron, Wade enough for Heat

    Feb 7, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Rockets Heat Basketball

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while trying out your stylish new Get Smart shoe-phone…. Heat 114, Rockets 108: What a fun finish. After collapsing in the finals last year against the Heat, James Harden exacted a little personal revenge. Harden was a one-man wrecking crew, scoring 36 points…

  19. Three Stars of the Night: Wade channels 2006 for a game

    Feb 7, 2013, 1:34 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, Toney Douglas

    Should you have to lead your team to victory to make it into our nightly three stars tribute? I say no. But it helps. If you are someone like Carmelo Anthony on Wednesday with 31 points and 9 rebounds in a losing effort, you can still make the list. Well, he didn’t because I put…

  20. Stan Van Gundy clarifies: John Wall is good, just not a franchise guy

    Feb 7, 2013, 12:30 AM EDT

    John Wall

    How many true franchise players are there in the NBA? Guys that right now you could build a franchise around with them as your star and anchor? In an interview last summer, Bobcats GM Rich Cho said that by his methodology there were less than 10. I think that’s about right — obviously you can…

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