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  1. Mike D’Antoni says past actions from Metta World Peace factored into his latest suspension

    Feb 5, 2013, 8:41 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Ron Artest

    Metta World Peace was forced to miss the Lakers’ contest in Brooklyn on Tuesday, thanks to the one-game suspension the league handed down for his subtle punch to Brandon Knight during the team’s win over the Pistons on Sunday. At the time of the incident, however, the referees only assessed World Peace with a flagrant…

  2. Kevin Durant’s new Nike TV spot ‘Who is KD?’ (VIDEO)

    Feb 5, 2013, 7:01 PM EDT

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    Kevin Durant is getting a well-deserved television spot to go along with the “KD is not nice” internet meme that’s been out there the past couple of months in support of his latest signature shoe, the KD V. The ad continues with the “not nice” theme. From the official release: “Does a nice guy lead…

  3. Kaman calls NBA concussion protocol a bunch of “crap”

    Feb 5, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Dallas Mavericks

    Dallas Chris Kaman is out with a concussion, one suffered in practice after a hard fall where his head hit the floor. Kaman doesn’t get to decide when he can come back. Neither do the Mavericks or their team doctors. Under the NBA’s new concussion protocol instituted last year, Kaman has to pass a mental…

  4. Lakers’ World Peace, Kobe make least-liked athletes list

    Feb 5, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant smiles after making a free throw while Peace comes towards him during their NBA basketball game against Brooklyn Nets in Los Angeles

    As a professional athlete right now, you don’t really want to end up on a list with Lance Armstrong and Manti Te’o — the public has turned on them. But two Lakers joined them on Forbes Magazine’s list of the least popular athletes — Metta World Peace and Kobe Bryant. Well, it’s not Forbes list,…

  5. Tuesday And-1links: Chris Paul could be back this weekend

    Feb 5, 2013, 5:43 PM EDT

    Chris Paul

    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. • The Clippers have lost seven of nine and need something to get them…

  6. Timberwolves faked power outage… just like Super Bowl. Get it? (VIDEO)

    Feb 5, 2013, 4:07 PM EDT

    TargetCenter

    Is the fake power outage meme dead yet? Please say it is dead. The entertainment at the end of the first quarter in Minnesota Monday night was a fake power outage… just like at the Super Bowl. Isn’t that funny? And so timely? Apparently none of the reporters at the game were terribly fooled. Or…

  7. In case you wondered, Pau Gasol still not happy with role

    Feb 5, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers have won five out of six games, but the underlying cause of all the early season concerns — specifically how all the Lakers pieces fit with Mike D’Antoni as coach — remain. And nothing kicks the dust up on those problems like a trip to New York. Or in this week’s case, Brooklyn.…

  8. Ohio rejecting some LeBron James hater license plates

    Feb 5, 2013, 2:41 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Six

    Some fans in Ohio are still pretty pissed at LeBron James for leaving for South Beach. But you can’t put that on your car. Apparently. The Dayton Daily News in Ohio looked at personalized license plates rejected by the state‘s Bureau of Motor Vehicles and found some LeBron James hate did not make the cut. (Be…

  9. Thaddeus Young out three weeks with hamstring strain

    Feb 5, 2013, 1:25 PM EDT

    Thaddeus Young

    Philadelphia is going to be without their best big man this season — their second leading scorer and leading rebounder — for about the next three weeks. Thaddeus Young will be out that long with a strained hamstring suffered Monday night against the Orlando Magic, reports Dei Lynam at CSNPhilly.com. Thaddeus Young underwent an MRI…

  10. Dwight Howard stays mum on future. Which is what he should do.

    Feb 5, 2013, 12:50 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Since the day he set foot in Los Angeles there has been only one thing Dwight Howard could do to win over fans and repair his reputation — play well and win a lot of games for the Lakers. On the season, both Howard and the Lakers have not played up to expectations. Anywhere near…

  11. Lakers’ World Peace suspended game for punch; Dwight Howard also out vs. Nets

    Feb 5, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT

    Jason Maxiell, Metta World Peace

    Down two starters, this could be a rough night for the Los Angeles Lakers in Brooklyn. Not sure we’ll see a lot of facilitator Kobe Bryant in this one. Metta World Peace has been suspended one game by the NBA for throwing a punch that struck Detroit’s Brandon Knight in the jaw when the two…

  12. Rasheed Wallace may be back after All-Star break but not at 100 percent

    Feb 5, 2013, 11:50 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v New York Knicks

    Rasheed Wallace has been out since Dec. 15 with a stress fracture in his foot. Of course, the Knicks have listed him as day-to-day that entire time, because they are the Knicks, but this was a long-term injury. One he should start practicing with the team again after the All-Star break, reports ESPNNewYork.com. Just don’t…

  13. Lakers filed complaint with league about hard fouls on Dwight Howard

    Feb 5, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Los Angeles Lakers

    Shaquille O’Neal used to complain about the same thing as a Laker — he would get fouled harder and more often than anyone in the league because he was so strong and could take it. He thought a lot of calls against him were unfair. Of course, if he had knocked down his free throws…

  14. Sixers Nick Young with breakaway 360 slam (VIDEO)

    Feb 5, 2013, 10:35 AM EDT

    Nick Young

    It is moments like this where I wish there was a “Doug Collins cam” that just tracked the reactions of the old-school, no-frills Philly coach. I bet he thoroughly enjoyed Nick Young‘s dunk. Young had the steal and the breakaway early in the Sixers rout of the Magic and since he had the time he…

  15. Report: Some agents pushing Donald Fehr to take over NBA players union

    Feb 5, 2013, 10:11 AM EDT

    Executive Director of the National Hockey League Players Association Donald Fehr speaks to the media in Toronto.

    Remember the 1994 World Series? Of course you don’t — there wasn’t one. MLB Players had gone on strike that August as owners and players battled over whether there would be a salary cap in baseball. Eventually new commissioner Bud Selig cancelled the playoffs and World Series. A deal wasn’t reached until training camps had…

  16. What did Cousins say to get ejected? Called ref “effing female.”

    Feb 5, 2013, 9:43 AM EDT

    Andrew Bogut, James Capers, DeMarcus Cousins

    DeMarcus Cousins was ejected from another game Monday night. Cousins picked up his first technical with 2:33 left in the first half and he didn’t think the call was fair. He wanted to talk to the officials about it. Cousins picks up the story there, speaking after the game as reported by NBA.com. “Before that…

  17. Watch LeBron James’ 13-of-14 shooting night (VIDEO)

    Feb 5, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Heat's James drives against Bobcats' Mullens, Gordon and Walker in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Miami

    LeBron James was a model of efficiency Monday night — 31 points 13-of-14 shooting and getting every one of his shots from inside the paint. Yes, it was against the Bobcats, but when he is playing at this level it doesn’t really matter who the defender is. And on a night the Heat were not…

  18. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Pacers, Bulls get together for shootout

    Feb 5, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Pacers' West shoots the basketball defended by Bulls' Boozer during the first quarter of their NBA basketball game in Indianapolis

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while building a nuclear fusion reactor in your garage like any normal teenager…. Pacers 111, Bulls 101: If you were expecting a defense struggle between two of the top three defenses in the Association… well, sorry. There wasn’t a lot of defense and…

  19. Three Stars of the Night: Almost Perfect

    Feb 5, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    Heat's James drives against Bobcats' Mullens, Gordon and Walker in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Miami

    You never know when it’s going to be one of those nights. You know, when regardless of what you do the shots just fall. It doesn’t matter if it’s a twisting drive to the rim, a deep three pointer, or your standard pull up from the elbow. Some nights the rim just seems bigger. Tonight,…

  20. DeMarcus Cousins ejected at halftime for arguing with refs

    Feb 5, 2013, 12:16 AM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    Note to DeMarcus Cousins: If you want to know why you don’t feel like you get a fair chance, that you don’t get the benefit of the doubt on issues, it’s because of moments like this. Too many moments like this. You need to work on letting things go. DeMarcus Cousins was ejected at halftime…

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