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  1. Report: Celtics, Nets considering trading for Michael Beasley

    Feb 28, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Minnesota Timberwolves

    I’m beginning to think we should use Michael Beasley as the “desperation meter” between now and the trade deadline — whenever a team considers going after Beasley because “they can turn him around” you know they are desperate. Enter the Boston Celtics and New Jersey Nets. Following in the footsteps of Lakers rumors, there are…

  2. Say it ain’t so: Brandon Roy reportedly considers comeback

    Feb 28, 2012, 1:04 PM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    Brandon Roy is passionate about basketball. His love of the game came through every time you talked to him. He’s very competitive. It’s why he kept racing back from knee injuries to get on the court for the playoffs — he wants to be out there. So I guess this report out of US Basket…

  3. Sixers’ Spencer Hawes out at least two more weeks

    Feb 28, 2012, 12:43 PM EDT

    Spencer Hawes, James Johnson, Amir Johnson

    It’s strange to say this, but the 76ers really need Spencer Hawes back. Philadelphia has lost five straight and not having Hawes is a key reason — he was the guy that swung the ball side-to-side in their offense and made it flow, with him out the ball gets stuck more often and Philly is…

  4. Kevin Garnett called players meeting in Boston before break

    Feb 28, 2012, 12:06 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    Kevin Garnett says it’s time for the Celtics to step it up. He’s right — I listed them as the most disappointing team of the first half of the season, because they have the talent to be better than they are by a long shot. To address that, Garnett called a players-only meeting before the…

  5. Tuesday And-1 links: Let the trade rumors begin

    Feb 28, 2012, 11:46 AM EDT

    Brook Lopez

    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). The Golden State Warriors have their eye on Brook Lopez (if that whole “trade for Dwight Howard” thing doesn’t work out for the Nets). Ramon…

  6. Dwight Howard rumor storm begins: here is where we stand

    Feb 28, 2012, 11:15 AM EDT

    Sprint NBA All Star Celebrity Game

    All-Star Weekend is in the rear view mirror, the NBA trade deadline is just more than two weeks away (March 15), so now the focus of the NBA world becomes this: Where will Dwight Howard be playing March 16? There are 8 million rumors out there in the naked city right now, here is where…

  7. Odom still not back with Mavs, will not be bought out

    Feb 28, 2012, 10:13 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Lamar Odom drives on Phoenix Suns Grant Hill near guard Steve Nash during their NBA basketball game in Dallas

    The Dallas Mavericks returned to practice on Monday but Lamar Odom was not with them. The struggling forward is dealing with a family issue (reportedly his father is ill) that had him miss the final game before the All-Star break as well. There is no timetable for his return and coach Rick Carlisle refused to…

  8. Check it out: NBC’s Collegebasketballtalk is here

    Feb 28, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Kentucky v Tennessee

    Sure, we’re NBA fans here. But more than that we’re basketball fans. We’re hoop junkies. We watch a lot of college ball, too — I have had Long Beach State season tickets for years. And right now we’re heading into the best part of the college season, with conference tournaments followed by the NCAA Big…

  9. First half of NBA season awards, second half predictions

    Feb 28, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James dribbles the ball in the first half of their NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks in Miami

    So much for the little rest stop in Orlando. It was fun. The breakneck pace of the NBA’s condensed post-lockout season picks up again Tuesday night. The pedal goes to the metal and we head for the playoffs. Before the engines fully rev up again, we’re going to take stock. But rather than just give…

  10. Video: One last look back at All-Star Game highlights

    Feb 28, 2012, 8:06 AM EDT

    Today the second half of the NBA season tips-off, but before we go there — and into the realm of Dwight Howard trade rumors — let us take one last look back at some highlights from the 2012 NBA All-Star Game. This is the “phantom” style video from the fine folks at NBA.com, where they…

  11. A-Rod says Kobe considered retirement due to knee pain

    Feb 28, 2012, 1:25 AM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    Kobe Bryant plays through everything — broken fingers, ligaments torn in his wrist, tweaked ankles, you name it. The man’s pain tolerance is legendary. So when you read this comment from the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez, you realize just how much Kobe’s knee was bothering him. Here is A-Rod’s quote from the Los Angeles Times. Yet,…

  12. Video: Kobe plans to play through concussion, Nash could be on the trade block. 5 Questions with Adrian Wojnarowski

    Feb 27, 2012, 9:08 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports sits down to talk about the All-Star Game, the repercussions of Dwyane Wade‘s foul on Kobe Bryant, how the Mavericks can make a run at Deron Williams and Dwight Howard, and if Steve Nash could head to… Orlando?

  13. Rockets rookie Marcus Morris ticketed for role in bar fight during All-Star Weekend

    Feb 27, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

    Marcus Morris

    Marcus Morris was drafted by the Houston Rockets with the last lottery selection of last year’s NBA Draft, but the former Kansas Jayhawks standout hasn’t had his rookie year go as he probably hoped. It apparently took a turn for the worse during the NBA All-Star Weekend, too, as reports indicate he was ticketed for…

  14. What LeBron James did in All-Star Game just doesn’t matter

    Feb 27, 2012, 6:15 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    Not to go all Bill Murray in “Meatballs,” but: It just doesn’t matter. What LeBron James did at the end of regulation in the All-Star Game — deciding to try and make a pass with 1.9 seconds left rather than make the aggressive play and take a shot over Kobe Bryant (who was yelling at…

  15. Wizards trying to trade Andray Blatche, but nobody wants him

    Feb 27, 2012, 5:23 PM EDT

    Andray Blatche, Ryan Anderson

    It is the Wizards’ conundrum — they need to remake their roster and bring in guys with a professional attitude, but they can’t get rid of the guys they have to make room. For example, Andray Blatche. The talented and wildly inconsistent (which is kind) big man is on the block, but there are no…

  16. NBA Power Rankings: All-Star Weekend edition

    Feb 27, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

    Heat's Wade and James watch teammate Chalmers compete in three-point contest during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    With no games after Thursday, we don’t have a lot of movement in the standings this week, but we tie in some All-Star Weekend notes and look ahead at the second half for teams. 1. Heat (27-7, last week ranked 1). LeBron James’ All-Star performance is what fans seem to expect from him — 36…

  17. Winderman: Sacramento arena win just first step for Kings

    Feb 27, 2012, 3:53 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    The victory by the Sacramento Kings over a new arena and long-term franchise stability is an encouraging one for small markets throughout the NBA. The Kings, thanks to the efforts of Kevin Johnson, the nation’s best ball-handling mayor, now will have a stable home for years to come. But a building only ensures residency, not…

  18. Danny Ainge is still waiting for the Celtics’ identity to emerge

    Feb 27, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Pierce and Garnett react when the team was called for a technical foul against the Chicago Bulls during NBA basketball game in Chicago

    This we know of the 2011-2012 Boston Celtics: They’re inconsistent as hell, and “inconsistent as hell,” doesn’t quite work against the likes of the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls. Boston has a long way to go before their championship prospects are treated with any kind of legitimacy, and the first step in that process is…

  19. Maloofs move significantly to meet Sac’s proposal, Kings fans provide political cover for arena deal to get done

    Feb 27, 2012, 2:55 PM EDT

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    In the end, it was about a city and its team, and the will to fight for what was theirs. Kevin Johnson did the heavy lifting and the heavy hitters moved the ball forward, but it was the Sacramento Kings fans that gave the local politicians the will and the way to see the Kings…

  20. There they stay: Framework in place to keep Kings in Sacramento

    Feb 27, 2012, 1:55 PM EDT

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    Much regarding the basketball future of the Sacramento Kings remains up in the air, but this particular Monday brought an unequaled security to the franchise, its city, and the Kings’ legions of ardent fans. According to Sam Amick of SI.com, the Monday meeting held to discuss arena funding plans in Sacramento has produced the “framework…

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