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  1. Joe Johnson out for Nets Friday, blame plantar fasciitis

    Feb 22, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

    Joe Johnson, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute

    The Nets could certainly use Joe Johnson Friday night against a Rockets team that can put up points. But he is not going to play, Nets GM Billy King made the announcement on ESPN Radio in New York Friday (as tweeted by Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News).  Deron Williams got shots in…

  2. PBT Podcast: Recapping the trade deadline, and talking Heat, Bulls, Spurs, Clippers

    Feb 22, 2013, 1:56 PM EDT

    Josh Smith

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I break down all of the action that went down at Thursday’s trade deadline, and even some that didn’t. We discuss all the little trades, as well as the one involving J.J. Redick trade that was the biggest of the day, and the one involving Josh…

  3. Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis channel Laverne & Shirley (VIDEO)

    Feb 22, 2013, 1:36 PM EDT

    jennings-ellis

    So, does this make J.J. Redick “Squiggy?” Fun video from the NBA marketing people tying Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis into the most famous television characters out of Milwaukee, Laverne and Shirley. For you young kids at home, “Laverne & Shirley” was one of the big spinoffs of “Happy Days.” And “Happy Days” gave us…

  4. Andrei Kirilenko bows out of qualifying, next Olympics for Russia

    Feb 22, 2013, 1:03 PM EDT

    Russian forward Andrey Kirilenko scores

    Russia brought a strong team to London — led by Andrei Kirilenko and Alexey Shved, with the very respected Dave Blatt as coach, the Russians took home the bronze medal. But they are going to have a very different team in Rio. First Blatt left the team and now Kirilenko is saying he is going…

  5. Clippers fan drains half-court shot, team’s lone highlight Thursday (VIDEO)

    Feb 22, 2013, 12:05 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    You can insert your own “good thing he didn’t have Chris Paul take this shot for him” joke here. I’m not going to go there, the headline was enough. But when a fan hits a halfcourt shot we’re going to show it to you. And this guy is rightfully pumped as he won a Dodge…

  6. Mike Woodson frustrated with J.R. Smith, Knicks in general

    Feb 22, 2013, 11:43 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' head coach Mike Woodson directs his team against the Orlando Magic in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    There’s a lot of frustration with the Knicks right now — they are 1-4 in their last five, the most recent loss an ugly loss at the hands of the Pacers. In those five games the Knicks have surrendered 112.9 points per 100 possession — 9.5 worse than their season average and second worst in…

  7. J.J. Redick still shocked by trade despite it all

    Feb 22, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

    Bobcats Magic Basketball

    Everyone knew J.J. Redick was going to be traded. That included J.J. Redick. But he said he was still surprised when he got the call saying he was on his was from Orlando — the only NBA team he’s known — to Milwaukee. Redick spoke to the Orlando Sentinel after the trade went down. “I…

  8. Lakers’ Legends remember Jerry Buss at memorial (VIDEO)

    Feb 22, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    Jerry West

    The Lakers held a fitting memorial on Thursday, one that was equal parts celebration, elegant tribute and craziness. It all kind of worked. This highlight video has some of the best moments, including Shaq, although it lacked my favorite line of the event, from Jerry West: “Everyone was saying he had to be the first…

  9. Derrick Rose tries to distance himself from brother’s comments

    Feb 22, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    Derrick Rose’s brother’s comments was fuel for a conspiracy theory in Chicago — some people think he hasn’t returned to the Bulls lineup yet not because he isn’t physically ready but because he doesn’t want to risk his career for what he sees as inferior lineup. The first spark was Rose himself saying he didn’t…

  10. Quote of the Day: Shaq on his relationship with Jerry Buss

    Feb 22, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

    Shaquille O'Neal

    “He gave me everything I wanted. I wanted one extension – he gave it to me. I wanted a second extension, he gave it to me. I wanted a third extension – he traded me.” -Shaquille O’Neal, speaking at a memorial service for Lakers owner Jerry Buss, who passed this week. Shaq’s relationship with Jerry…

  11. Report: It is highly unlikely Josh Smith re-signs with Hawks

    Feb 22, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Hawks forward Smith shoots past Heat Anthony and Wade in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Atlanta

    This really isn’t news, or at least the unexpected kind. It just shines a light on the decision the Hawks made on Thursday not to move Josh Smith in any trade, to get nothing back for him if he decides to leave as a free agent this summer. And he likely is going to leave.…

  12. Tony Parker, Spurs show Clippers what contender looks like

    Feb 22, 2013, 3:26 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul reacts as San Antonio Spurs Parker gets past him during first quarter of NBA game in Los Angeles

    Last playoffs, in the second round, the Spurs swept the Clippers out 4-0. It was a beat down, but the kind improving teams like the Clippers are supposed to learn and grow from. Thursday night it didn’t look like the Clippers learned a thing. San Antonio’s execution exposed Los Angeles’ defense, the Clippers could get…

  13. Dwyane Wade with sweet spin move in Heat win (VIDEO)

    Feb 22, 2013, 1:52 AM EDT

    Rockets Heat Basketball

    Another Thursday night game against a challenger, another easy win for the Heat. Dwyane Wade had a good but not terribly efficient night with 17 points on 15 shots, but he did have one pretty spin move down the lane. Wade still has got it, and before you say he doesn’t just remember he is…

  14. Heat notch ninth straight victory with easy beating of the Bulls

    Feb 21, 2013, 11:23 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James goes to the basket against Chicago Bulls' Teague during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago, Illinois

    The Heat win plenty of games with flash and brilliance, and often times play an entertaining style of basketball that’s thrilling to watch even as they’re putting a beatdown on their opponent, perhaps even as expected. Miami’s 86-67 win over Chicago on Thursday was not one of those performances. The Heat surgically struck the Bulls,…

  15. Why no blockbusters at NBA trade deadline? Here are three reasons.

    Feb 21, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    The narrative of the NBA Trade Deadline 2013 is going to be that it was a dud. Fans seemed to think the Lakers were going to trade Dwight Howard. Or the Celtics were going to blow it up and trade Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. The fans expected blockbusters and some of the national media…

  16. Confident Kobe: “It’s not a question of if we make the playoffs”

    Feb 21, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant has never lacked for confidence. And although his Lakers are three games below .500 and 3.5 games back of the eight-seed Houston Rockets, Kobe is sure the Lakers can make the playoffs. And has no doubt that once there they can do damage. Basically because Kobe has no doubt. From an interview with…

  17. Derrick Rose’s brother rips Bulls for trade deadline inactivity

    Feb 21, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    There are plenty of Bulls fans who over the years have been frustrated by the fact their team will not spend big to win like other large markets (think Lakers, Knicks). Those fans were out talking on Wednesday when the Bulls did nothing at the trade deadline. We had them listed among our losers because…

  18. Winners and Losers from the Trade Deadline

    Feb 21, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Josh Smith

    A good chunk of trades went down before the trade deadline, but it’s the deals that didn’t get made that loom large. Josh Smith is still an Atlanta Hawk, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are still Boston Celtics, Dwight Howard is still a Laker, Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are still on the Jazz…you get…

  19. Report: Hawks pulled out of trade at the last minute that would have sent Josh Smith to the Bucks

    Feb 21, 2013, 5:56 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls

    As it turned out, the biggest name to be dealt before Thursday’s trade deadline passed was Rudy Gay, whom the Grizzlies sent to Toronto in a deal that was completed three weeks ago. It was supposed to be Josh Smith. Leading up to the 12 p.m. ET deadline, all signs pointed to Smith being the…

  20. Report: Knicks sign Kenyon Martin to 10-day contract

    Feb 21, 2013, 5:54 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Seven

    Miami was interested, but the New York Knicks beat them to the man. The New York Knicks have signed Kenyon Martin to a 10-day contract, tweeted first by Marc Spears at Yahoo Sports and now confirmed by other sources. He steps into the roster spot created by the trade of Ronnie Brewer. The deal likely…

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