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  1. 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…

  2. The Dallas Mavericks are growing mediocre beards

    Feb 7, 2013, 3:07 PM EDT

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    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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. Dwyane Wade still has hops, shows it on reverse dunk (VIDEO)

    Feb 6, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Wade is defended by Houston Rockets' Parsons during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    Dwyane Wade may not be able to bring it every night like he could back in 2006, but he can still bring it. And he brought it against the Rockets — 31 points, eight assists, five rebounds, four steals and two blocks. He was attacking and that led to him getting 13 free throws on…

  16. Philadelphia 76ers guard Jason Richardson out for season with knee injury

    Feb 6, 2013, 8:46 PM EDT

    Jason Richardson

    The race for the 8-seed in the Eastern Conference might be won by whichever team can simply stay healthy. Boston has obviously suffered big blows, but Philadelphia is right there with them. Already missing Thaddeus Young for three weeks because of a hamstring strain and Andrew Bynum for who knows how long, the Sixers received even…

  17. Stern confirms Seattle group has filed for relocation of Kings

    Feb 6, 2013, 8:19 PM EDT

    File photo of NBA Commissioner Stern speaks in New York

    While officials and leaders in Sacramento are digging in for a fight to save their team, the efforts of the potential new owners to move the Kings to Seattle for next season are moving ahead. NBA Commissioner David Stern confirmed Wednesday that the Chris Hansen/Steve Baller ownership group — which has an agreement to buy…

  18. Wednesday And-1 links: The YOLO All-Star team

    Feb 6, 2013, 8:02 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Nate Robinson goes to the basket against Brooklyn Nets' Keith Bogans during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    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 incomparable Lang Whitaker put together his YOLO All-Star team for GQ. You…

  19. Andrea Bargnani back Wednesday… just in time to shop him

    Feb 6, 2013, 6:36 PM EDT

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    Time to celebrate Toronto, Andrea Bargnani is back. Okay, maybe not celebrate. But if the Raptors have any chance of trading him at the deadline — and there isn’t that much of a chance, people have seen him play — they need to get him on the court and remind teams of what Bargnani can…

  20. Pau Gasol has partial tear of plantar fascia, out at least six weeks

    Feb 6, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Gasol falls to the floor with an injury to his right leg in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Brooklyn

    You can take all your Pau Gasol deadline trade deals and walk them over to the trash can… Gasol will be out for six weeks with a partially torn plantar fascia, tweets Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. The Lakers confirmed he is out but refused to provide a timetable until he gets a second opinion. But…

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