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  1. People still want to be like Mike, fighting over Air Jordans

    Dec 23, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT

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    It’s got to be the shoes! The retro Air Jordan Concord 2011s dropped Friday and people have flat out lost it. Not you dear reader, but the unwashed masses of sneakerheads out there. In Seattle police had to use pepper spray and made an arrest in a crowd of more than 1,000 who showed up…

  2. Previewing NBA’s Christmas Day tip-off

    Dec 23, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose

    Time to unwrap the present of an NBA season — and just like the gifts under the tree there may be some assembly required. Condensed training camps and just two preseason games is going to mean some sloppy openers on Christmas day. But they are games, which are vastly superior to antitrust lawsuits. So let’s…

  3. Howard says relationship with Van Gundy “needs to grow”

    Dec 23, 2011, 11:58 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard Stan Van Gundy

    Dwight Howard and Stan Van Gundy sat down and talked for over an hour not long after training camps opened, and you can bet the topic was not the best way to brine a turkey before cooking it on Christmas. Their relationship is going to impact the Magic on the court and ultimately if Howard…

  4. Video: Derek Fisher, Matt Barnes on stage with 50 Cent

    Dec 23, 2011, 11:38 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    50 Cent was on FOX’s X-Factor last night, which I am sure you watched live, but we bring you the highlights anyway. So many things to love about this video. Like who knew that Derek Fisher and 50 Cent were “good friends?” Is Fisher a closet gangsta? If so you would think the players would…

  5. Friday morning And-1 links (formerly one liners)

    Dec 23, 2011, 11:14 AM EDT

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    New name, same drill. This is our morning 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). Snoop Dogg is no Pau Gasol fan. (Language NSFW or family Christmas gatherings. The spelling is bad, too.) A really fascinating…

  6. Rose, Durant go different path with contracts than LeBron

    Dec 23, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose attends news conference in Chicago

    When LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade came up for contract extensions, they all asked for three-year deals, or options that let them opt out of their deals after three years. The idea was simple — gain leverage over the team, pressure them to build a winner or they could lose their star. (We…

  7. Stephen Jackson has bone spurs in his back. That’s gonna hurt.

    Dec 23, 2011, 9:52 AM EDT

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    Stephen Jackson wants a contract extension — he wants two years tacked on to the two he’s got. Turns out that’s not why he went missing from Bucks training camp for a few days, however. What doctors found were bone spurs in his back and more, according to the Journal Times. Asked specifically about his…

  8. It’s official: Kings to sign Chuck Hayes. Again.

    Dec 23, 2011, 9:05 AM EDT

    Chuck Hayes

    UPDATE 9:05 am: It’s official, the Kings have reached terms with Chuck Hayes, who is back with the team. The important thing in all this is that Hayes is healthy, that whatever the issue was could be treated and dealt with. Now we can  get back to watching him ball and seeing how he pairs…

  9. Stephen Curry sounds optimistic about playing Christmas Day

    Dec 23, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    It wasn’t pretty when Stephen Curry sprained his ankle in a preseason game — the same one he had surgery on this summer. He was crawling around on the court on all fours then was carried by teammates back to the locker room. But the damage was not that bad, and it looks like he…

  10. Video: Local experts talking Knicks, Bulls previews

    Dec 23, 2011, 8:07 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    There was some great NBA talk on NBC’s SportsTalk Thursday (and not just myself and Chris Sheridan making predictions), there were previews for the Bulls and Knicks from experts on the squads (and both friends of this humble blog, which is nice). First, for the Derrick Rose and the Bulls, it was Aggrey Sam of…

  11. Nets trade for Mehmet Okur to fill in for injured Lopez

    Dec 22, 2011, 8:59 PM EDT

    Mehmet Okur

    The Nets have landed a player Deron Williams is familiar with. New Jersey traded for Mehmet Okur, bringing in the Turkish big man to fill in for the injured Brook Lopez. The Jazz get a second round pick and a trade exception out of the deal — and they get $10.9 million off the books.…

  12. Kobe Bryant says he will play Sunday. You expected otherwise?

    Dec 22, 2011, 8:32 PM EDT

    Clippers' Butler tries to strip the ball from Lakers shooting guard Bryant during NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles

    Did anyone really expect a different answer? Kobe Bryant downplayed his injury and told the media he would play on Sunday in the Lakers opener against the Chicago Bulls on Christmas Day. Here are his quotes via the Los Angeles Daily News. “I should be fine,” he said…. “It just swelled up,” he said. “It…

  13. Suns waive Mickael Pietrus

    Dec 22, 2011, 8:14 PM EDT

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    The Suns waived Mickael Pietrus after reaching a financial agreement, the team announced via a brief press release on Thursday. Phoenix had attempted to trade Pietrus to Toronto for a conditional second round draft pick, but the deal fell through after Pietrus was found to not yet be healed from the knee injury that sidelined…

  14. Video: Watch LeBron airball a free throw

    Dec 22, 2011, 6:35 PM EDT

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    The video is pretty much exactly what it says it is. LeBron James shoots an airball in the Heat’s preseason game Wednesday. Enjoy the schadenfreude. It does not mean anything. LeBron remains the best player walking the planet.

  15. Miami Heat owner casts protest vote against new CBA

    Dec 22, 2011, 5:29 PM EDT

    Miami Heat owner Micky Arison arrives for the NBA labor negotiations in New York

    Micky Arison was supposed to be one of he doves. He took a $500,000 fine for tweeting he was not one of the hardline owners. He was one of the owners who wanted to make a deal and get back to basketball. Or so we thought. Then comes this note: Heat owner Micky Arison is revealing that he…

  16. Lopez injury limits Orlando’s Dwight Howard trade options

    Dec 22, 2011, 4:25 PM EDT

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    The foot injury to Nets center Brook Lopez has not left the Dwight Howard trade stuck in the mud. It was already there. Orlando has put the breaks on the process — they are not ready to trade Howard. Maybe they think they can convince him to stay, maybe they think the offers improve closer…

  17. Video: Watch Matt Barnes shove Blake Griffin down

    Dec 22, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Dallas Mavericks

    Blake Griffin is going to see more physical play this season than he has ever seen in his life. Teams are not just going to let him roll to the basket or set up shop in the paint. He is going to get banged on. Teams will send messages. Like Matt Barnes of the Lakers…

  18. Nets Brook Lopez breaks foot, out indefinitely after surgery

    Dec 22, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    The Nets just cannot catch a break. Well, not a good one. Brook Lopez – their quality starting center and the anchor of their proposed trade package with Orlando for Dwight Howard — has a stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone in his foot and will have surgery on it Friday, the team announced.…

  19. LeBron says Dwight Howard is not going through what he did

    Dec 22, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    Dwight Howard is under the microscope this year. Every thing he says, every move he makes will be broken down in terms of where he’s going to play next season. “He shook Spike Lee’s hand, he’s going to the Knicks!” “He went out to dinner in Los Angeles, he’s going to be a Laker for…

  20. Dirk Nowitzki admits he is not 100 percent back. Yet.

    Dec 22, 2011, 12:29 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Dirk Nowitzki is still shaking off the cobwebs. Or the summer parties. He played in his first preseason game Tuesday night and was 2-for-10 shooting, playing 23 minutes and looking rusty. He had skipped the team’s first preseason contest. After the game he admitted he’s not all the way back yet to the Star-Telegram. “I’m…

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