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  1. Video: Ricky Rubio does something ridiculous with a basketball

    Feb 18, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    Pete Maravich. That’s really the only thing that comes to mind. Granted, Pistol was a much better shooter, but this was something downright incredible. Observe. That’s just wow. That has a high wow factor. On a scale of 1 to 10, it’s a wow. It is the great grandaddy of wow. It goes to jam…

  2. Linsanity runs into Hornets nest, Knicks winning streak ends

    Feb 17, 2012, 11:53 PM EDT

    New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin drives to the basket against the New Orleans Hornets in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    There are people saying that Carmelo Anthony and Jeremy Lin can’t coexist. But in the final minutes of the first loss in the Linsanity era Friday night, the Knicks really needed Carmelo Anthony. They needed a second player who can create his own shot (or a shot for others). They needed a second player who…

  3. What Linsanity feels like around New York

    Feb 17, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    A customer looks at a Jeremy Lin shirt in New York's Times Square

    Fantastic stuff from Got Em Coach, a video showing the energy and excitement around Madison Square Garden and New York thanks to Jeremy Lin. It starts to give you a feel for how Lin has changed the energy around the Knicks (inside and outside the locker room). We told you that the Knicks almost certainly…

  4. Kevin Durant parts ways with longtime agent Goodwin

    Feb 17, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant has gotten his big contract — he got a max deal (complete with the Derrick Rose kicker) that he signed as soon as the Oklahoma City Thunder offered it a year ago. There were no negotiations to speak of, but Goodwin did help Durant land some lucrative endorsement deals and build up his…

  5. Friday video: Happy Birthday, MJ. Thanks for the dunks.

    Feb 17, 2012, 6:53 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Chicago Bulls

    Michael Jordan, who really should need no introduction, turns 49 years old today. To commemorate that and the upcoming Slam Dunk Contest, here’s a highlight video of 3 of Jordan’s Slam Dunk Contest Performances — his duels with Dominique “The Human Highlight Film” Wilkins, one of which he won and one of which he lost,…

  6. Delonte West undergoes surgery on fractured finger, no timetable for return

    Feb 17, 2012, 6:34 PM EDT

    Casey Smith, Delonte West

    From the Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn: #mavericks announce Delonte West has surgery to repair fractured right ring finger. No timetable for his return. Another bad break for him West, a tough, versatile player who was a key piece of the 66-win 08-09 Cavaliers, has had his career go through some extreme ups and downs since he…

  7. Report: Stephen Jackson, Scott Skiles are pretty much done with each other

    Feb 17, 2012, 6:20 PM EDT

    Stephen Jackson

    From Gary Woelful of RacineSportsZone.com: After Stephen Jackson was benched for the second half of a game against Denver Jan. 17, I asked the Bucks veteran swingman whether he had any inkling Bucks coach Scott Skiles was going to do that. Jackson said he didn’t get any advance warning and he didn’t get any explanation…

  8. Today in miserable, miserable Greg Oden news: Greg Oden is not healthy enough to have surgery yet

    Feb 17, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

    Greg Oden

    From the invaluable Blazersedge comes this nugget of awful news about Greg Oden: Blazers Acting GM Chad Buchanan: After 2 weeks, C Greg Oden is still not cleared medically for L knee surgery because of ankle blood clots From the sound of that, it could be a long while before the #1 pick in the…

  9. The wait is over: NBA announces Shooting Stars lineup

    Feb 17, 2012, 4:34 PM EDT

    The Haier Shooting Stars Competition

    Here are the lineups for the NBA’s “Shooting Stars” competition, which involves a player from an NBA team, a WNBA team, and a retired NBA player from the same city shooting from various spots in the floor and competing against other cities. It takes place on All-Star Saturday. Here are the lineups: Orlando: Jameer Nelson, Marie…

  10. Nets to slash ticket prices when Dwight Howard comes to town, for they are desperate

    Feb 17, 2012, 4:13 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    When something from your team’s PR department ends up on Deadspin, it’s generally not a good thing. This marketing ploy from the New Jersey Nets caught the eye of Deadspin’s Jack Dickey today (emphasis Deadspin’s): On February 22, your NETS will face off against Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic. For this one night only the NETS…

  11. Time Warner Cable and MSG end long standoff, allowing all of New York to watch Jeremy Lin

    Feb 17, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire, Jeremy Lin, Mike D'Antoni

    From the twitter account of the New York Times’ Richard Sandomir: It’s over. MSG-TWC standoff over. Time Warner Cable, which provides basic cable service to a large portion of New York City, had not been able to agree on a “subscription fee” (the money that goes to each channel when you pay for basic cable…

  12. In Praise of Orlando’s Ryan Anderson

    Feb 17, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

    Ryan Anderson

    Ryan Anderson has been lost in all the Dwight Howard trade drama. Which is a shame because right now the 6’10” forward is the best stretch-four in the game — 16.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, shooting 43.5 percent from beyond the arc and grabbing 12.6 percent of the offensive rebounds when he is…

  13. Tom Thibodeau the player was all about offense. Seriously.

    Feb 17, 2012, 2:06 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Chicago Bulls

    There is a Tom Thibodeau you don’t know. Tom Thibodeau the shoot first, offensive-minded gunner. That Thibodeau was much younger, thinner, had more hair, and was still not the tallest guy on the team. But he was still always about hard work, about learning, about attention to detail. And about winning. That’s according to Peter…

  14. LeBron happy in Miami, was “truthful” about Cleveland

    Feb 17, 2012, 1:44 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    The day after LeBron James offered an olive branch to Cleveland and opened the door a little on his possible return to play for the Cavaliers someday, you knew there would be a day of follow up questions. Because it’s LeBron and Cleveland and perspective goes out the window when those two things meet. LeBron…

  15. Video: Cavaliers “sing” adaptaion of “My Girl” to fans

    Feb 17, 2012, 1:05 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving talks with head coach Byron Scott during the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Cleveland

    The word “sing” was in quotation marks in the headline for a reason. We just saw this (thank you Ball Don’t Lie and The Basketball Jones) but on Valentines Day the Cavaliers decided to do a little rendition of the Temptations’ classic “My Girl” and make it “My Fans.” How cute. There’s a reason these…

  16. One kink in Sacramento arena plan: $85 million from Maloofs

    Feb 17, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Los Angeles Lakers

    There is a real momentum in Sacramento to get a deal done and get an arena built — one that appears ready to clear the final hurdles. The Kings would stay in Sacramento. But if one thing were to derail that train, it could be the brothers who helped create the problem in the first…

  17. Linsanity should take Knicks above .500 tonight, but how much farther?

    Feb 17, 2012, 12:22 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire, Jeremy Lin, Mike D'Antoni

    Right now the Knicks are a .500 team, 15-15. Right now they are the eighth seed in the East. Chances are that after Friday night Jeremy Lin — who will get credit regardless of how he plays — and the Knicks will be above .500 as they should knock off the Hornets (and move into…

  18. Mark Cuban says if Jeremy Lin played in Charlotte nobody would notice

    Feb 17, 2012, 11:22 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets

    How much is Linsanity driven by Jeremy Lin’s play, and how much is driven by the fact he is doing it in New York City? That question has been out there from the start. Mark Cuban caught Linsanity and made the point to ESPNNewYork.com that the fact this is happening in New York is good…

  19. Friday And-1 links: Linsanity now includes Kardashian rumor

    Feb 17, 2012, 10:57 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    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). I’m willing to bet there is absolutely nothing to the rumor Kim Kardashian is going on a date with Jeremy Lin, but it’s out there.…

  20. J.R. Smith: “New York Knicks it is”

    Feb 17, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Nuggets guard Smith celebrates a three-point shot in their NBA basketball game against the Timberwolves in Denver

    It’s not a surprise — we told you yesterday it was coming — but now it is official. Well, it is if you can believe J.R. Smith himself. We tend to. Smith tweeted this Friday morning:  New York Knicks it is Smith will join the Jeremy Lin show, along with Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire.…

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