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  1. Thunder’s Ibaka fined $25K, not suspended, for blow to Griffin

    Mar 5, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Clippers

    When you see the play above most people who are not Thunder faithful thought Serge Ibaka punched Blake Griffin in the groin and should have been ejected. But he wasn’t, it was ruled a flagrant 1 foul, and Ibaka went on to make key plays down the stretch (including drawing Griffin’s sixth foul) that helped…

  2. Could Flip Saunders replace David Kahn as Minnesota GM next year?

    Mar 5, 2013, 3:19 PM EDT

    File photo of Washington Wizards coach Saunders during an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    We told you earlier today that former Minnesota coach (and current ESPN analyst) Flip Saunders is working with a group of investors looking to buy the Timberwolves. In this scenario and Saunders would take over basketball operations (owner Glenn Taylor has had the team on the market for a while looking for an owner who…

  3. Nicolas Batum off-the-backboard alley-oop to Meyers Leonard (VIDEO)

    Mar 5, 2013, 2:41 PM EDT

    Meyers Leonard

    If the Miami Heat do something like this, we all just kind of expect it. But when the Portland Trail Blazers are doing a bit of showtime it catches your attention — this is Nicolas Batum going off the backboard to Meyers Leonard for the dunk. Pretty impressive. Blazers coach Terry Stotts was less than…

  4. Rodman thrown out of New York hotel bar due to Kim Jung Un talk

    Mar 5, 2013, 2:29 PM EDT

    Retired U.S. NBA basketball player Rodman is welcomed by Son, Vice Chairman of North Korea's Olympic Committe, as he arrives in Pyongyang

    In case you missed it, Dennis Rodman was in North Korea last week doing a little basketball diplomacy and meeting with one of the world’s true old-school (and I don’t mean that in a good way) dictators in Kim Jong Un. Since his return Rodman has been doing the talk-show circuit talking about what a…

  5. Knicks make it official, give Kenyon Martin second 10-day contract

    Mar 5, 2013, 1:09 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v New York Knicks

    In 10 days, the Knicks are going to have to make a decision on Kenyon Martin — keep him or cut him. But they have another 10 days after offering him his second 10-day contract on Tuesday, reports Frank Isola of Newsday, via twitter. This had been expected. Martin has gotten on the court for…

  6. Wizards’ Martell Webster, Garrett Temple do good job on national anthem (VIDEO)

    Mar 5, 2013, 12:52 PM EDT

    American Flag Wave

    This was from a Wizards charity game Monday night, and I have to say that while they were having fun with it Martell Webster and Garrett Temple did a good job on the national anthem. Those of us sports fans who go to a lot of events live have heard a ton of renditions of…

  7. Report: Nuggets to chase after Kyle Korver this summer

    Mar 5, 2013, 11:47 AM EDT

    Kyle Korver

    The Denver Nuggets score more points in the paint than any team in the NBA, which is a good thing for them. But it is born in part out of necessity — they are the NBA’s worst shooting team from 16 feet out to the three-point line (32.4 percent) and the league’s third-worst shooting three…

  8. Flip Saunders fronting group looking to buy Timberwolves

    Mar 5, 2013, 11:27 AM EDT

    Flip Saunders

    Last year Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glenn Taylor said he was looking to sell the franchise — but he wasn’t going to sell it to just anyone. He wanted an investor or group of investors who were committed to keeping the team in Minnesota. Sort of the anti-Maloofs. Apparently there is a group stepping forward, and…

  9. Bullets, feces found when former NBAer Robert Swift vacates home

    Mar 5, 2013, 10:42 AM EDT

    Robert Swift

    If you read PBT’s And-1 links then you already know former NBA player Robert Swift was being forclosed on and getting kicked out of his Seattle area home (which the bank sold to another family). Except Swift was squatting there, refusing to leave. Well, he’s out. But the interesting/disturbing part is what he left behind…

  10. Jordan asks judge to dismiss “shameless” paternity lawsuit

    Mar 5, 2013, 9:50 AM EDT

    Michael Jordan

    Michael Jordan wisely did not comment last week when a story leaked about a woman suing Michael Jordan in a paternity lawsuit for her 16-year-old son saying Jordan was the father. But you knew Jordan’s lawyers would not stay quiet for long — and they fired back with what may well be a winning shot.…

  11. Jeremy Lin, Rockets in Taiwan highlights eight NBA preseason overseas games next fall

    Mar 5, 2013, 9:29 AM EDT

    Knicks Lin talks during a new conference before the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge game during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    David Stern may be stepping away next February, but his quest to make the NBA the dominant global brand for basketball is not going away. Still, he knows how to make a splash and the NBA is going to do that overseas in Stern’s final slate of overseas preseason games. At the top of the…

  12. Monta Ellis with high degree of difficulty spinning layup (VIDEO)

    Mar 5, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

    Monta Ellis, Randy Foye

    Monta Ellis was putting on a show for part of Monday night, leading his Bucks to a win over the Jazz (he got a little help in the overtime with eight points by J.J. Redick), but this was the best highlight of the group. Ellis remains a very entertaining player to watch. Not efficient. Not…

  13. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: The Knicks are comeback kings

    Mar 5, 2013, 8:24 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire dunks during their NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while listening to a Trent Reznor/Carly Ray Jepson mash up… Knicks 102, Cavaliers 97: The Knicks had to really work for this win — they trailed by 22 in the second quarter and lost Carmelo Anthony for the game around the same time…

  14. Three Stars of the Night: Two Bucks and the Way of Wade

    Mar 5, 2013, 1:32 AM EDT

    jennings-ellis

    In today’s NBA — the NBA where the hand check and physical perimeter defense has gone the way of the dinosaur — there are few things more dangerous than attack guards who get on a roll. The rules simply favor them and once they find their rhythm, they can become unstoppable. Such was the case…

  15. J.J. Barea ejected after shove, altercation with Ray Allen (VIDEO)

    Mar 5, 2013, 1:21 AM EDT

    Ray Allen, J.J. Barea

    Minnesota’s J.J. Barea was ejected from his team’s loss to the Heat Monday night when he essentially ran up and checked Ray Allen to the ground. Which it turns out is illegal in basketball (for those of you, fans and media alike, who struggle with the differences between hockey and basketball). The play started with…

  16. Future of NBA arena subsidies, market comparisons to decide Kings’ fate

    Mar 4, 2013, 11:37 PM EDT

    Stern-2-650x315

    As Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has been advertising for the past month, we did indeed get confirmation of the identity of his ‘whales’ at his State of the City address on Thursday. Reiterating parts of his four-part plan that included bringing together a local ownership group, finding big equity investors (whales), putting together a downtown…

  17. Sixers CEO calls Andrew Bynum trade a move that “should have worked”

    Mar 4, 2013, 10:19 PM EDT

    76ers Bynum Basketball

    There is a palpable frustration surrounding the Philadelphia 76ers. Whether you’re a fan watching at home, a season ticket holder, the head coach, or an executive in the front office, the odds are that you are not happy with the way this season has progressed. They have lost eight of their last 10 games, are…

  18. Carmelo Anthony trips over own feet, tweaks knee, leaves game (VIDEO)

    Mar 4, 2013, 9:43 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony lies on the court after injuring himself while falling at midcourt during the second quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers

    UPDATE 11:58 pm: Carmelo Anthony said after the game this had been nothing new — his knee had been bothering him for a few weeks and this was more just a mold aggravation of what has already been going on. The good news is that no tests are scheduled and this is not some serious…

  19. Aaron Brooks waived by Kings, signs with Houston

    Mar 4, 2013, 8:52 PM EDT

    Aaron Brooks, Goran Dragic, Michael Beasley

    Aaron Brooks was just not part of the future in Sacramento — Isaiah Thomas and Tyreke Evans are your ball handlers there, Brooks was just not fitting in the mix. The Rockets are hoping he can fit in the mix there off the bench. Sacramento waived Aaron Brooks right before the March 1 deadline and…

  20. Kyrie Irving returns to Cavaliers Monday vs. Knicks

    Mar 4, 2013, 7:48 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    After missing three games with a hyperextended knee, All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving returned Monday to the Cavaliers lineup, just in time to face Raymond Felton and the Knicks. Irving injured his knee in practice and tried to play through it, but it was clear he wasn’t himself when Jrue Holiday just dominated him in…

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