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  1. Blake Griffin will not defend Dunk Contest crown

    Feb 3, 2012, 8:05 AM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    What exactly was he going to do for an encore, anyway? Jump over a Zamboni? There will be a new NBA All-Star Dunk Contest champion because Blake Griffin is not going to defend the crown, he said Thursday. From ESPNLosAngeles.com. “As of right now I don’t plan on being in it,” Griffin said Thursday night.…

  2. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Are there moral victories for the Knicks?

    Feb 3, 2012, 6:32 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Rose drives to the basket past New York Knicks ' Jeffries during their NBA game in New York

    What you missed while adopting your girlfriend as your daughter….. Bulls 105, Knicks 102: Are there moral victories for the Knicks? They played hard on offense, they attacked the rim, moved the ball at key points and looked pretty good against one of the best defensive teams in the league. But this is the Knicks,…

  3. Bobcats’ Gerald Henderson out 2-4 weeks with hamstring pull

    Feb 2, 2012, 9:43 PM EDT

    Gerald Henderson

    Because things were not going bad enough for the Bobcats…. Gerald Henderson — one of the few bright spots for the Bobcats this season — will be out 2-4 weeks due to a hamstring pull. Bet on the long end of that scale, hamstrings are injuries that are easy to re-aggravate if they don’t fully…

  4. PBT’s All-Star reserves — no Celtics, no Mavs, no apologies

    Feb 2, 2012, 8:56 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    This is the hard part. And the fun part. Picking the NBA All-Star game reserves. The voters picked the starting five from each team, but picking the reserves is a balancing act of rewarding good players and making sure the teams doing well get represented. You can’t make this omelet without breaking some eggs, and…

  5. Kobe, LeBron, Howard lead NBA All-Star starters

    Feb 2, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

    2011 NBA All-Star Game

    Well fans, you got the game you wanted. And it should be a good one (as defenseless exhibitions go). Good on ya. The NBA has announced the starters for the All-Star game, as voted in by the fans. Usually there are a painful choice or two, but this year it’s a solid group. We can…

  6. Rockets’ Lowry gets community service for summer incident

    Feb 2, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

    Kyle Lowry

    During the lockout last summer, frustrated with a female referee at a charity game in Las Vegas, the Rockets’ Kyle Lowry threw a basketball at her, striking her. He was also verbally abusive, according to the charges filed against him for the incident. The result of that misdemeanor case is Lowry entered a plea of…

  7. Darko doesn’t believe in banks to keep his money

    Feb 2, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Sacramento Kings

    Darko Milicic has made more than $42 million in his time in the NBA. Which makes this anecdote from Casey Jacobsen — the former Stanford star who spent five seasons in the NBA and now plays in Europe — all the more interesting. Jacobsen is writing for SLAM and talks about the best and worst…

  8. Quote of the Day: World Peace is friends with roaches

    Feb 2, 2012, 4:11 PM EDT

    Metta World Peace

    “I grew up around roaches,” he said. “And it was bad. Too many of them. To many friends, yeah, in New York. I got a lot of roach friends. “I’d wake up, they’d wake up in my cereal. They’d wake up like, you know, just Ron what’s up, good morning. One leg in my macaroni,…

  9. Report: FIBA clears Kenyon Martin to play in NBA now

    Feb 2, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Kenyon Martin

    Kenyon Martin has making the rounds talking to teams — the Clippers, the Heat and more teams than we realized (more on that below) — but we thought he couldn’t play until Feb. 15 at the earliest. That’s because when he left the Chinese Basketball Association after signing there during the lockout the contract said…

  10. Nowitzki’s knee feeling better, but his game isn’t

    Feb 2, 2012, 3:01 PM EDT

    Mavericks forward Nowitzki looks to pass defended by Celtics forward Garnett in the second quarter of their NBA Basketball game in Boston

    Dirk Nowitzki was 2-of-15 from the field Wednesday as Dallas lost to Oklahoma City. I rewatched all his shots from the game on Thursday morning, and what’s disturbing is these are by and large good looks. Particularly by Nowitzki’s standards (open threes, turnarounds from the elbow).  This was not an isolated off night, Nowitzki is…

  11. The 76ers are legit. But can they win big playoff games?

    Feb 2, 2012, 2:22 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat

    The Philadelphia 76ers beat the Chicago Bulls Wednesday night. Yes, a Bulls team without Luol Deng or Richard Hamilton, but still the team with the best record in the east and the reigning MVP Derrick Rose. As I said in the recaps, this was another clear sign that the Sixers are legit. They are a…

  12. Mark Cuban isn’t happy with the officiating. Stunning.

    Feb 2, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban Dan Crawford

    Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban has a valid point — by my subjective measures the officiating seems to be worse this season. Cuban certainly has objective measures — he’s got guys breaking down the numbers — ones I’m sure show up in David Stern’s inbox quite often. Cuban told ESPNDallas.com he is not happy with the…

  13. Report: Clippers will offer Kenyon Martin mini mid-level

    Feb 2, 2012, 12:47 PM EDT

    Kenyon Martin

    Kenyon Martin and the Clippers look like a marriage that could work. Martin wants to be on a contender, the Clippers are starting to look like one but they need depth along the front line and experience (both of which Martin brings). He wants consistent minutes, he can get them in Los Angeles (the drop…

  14. Photos: adidas unveils 2012 NBA All-Star uniforms

    Feb 2, 2012, 12:05 PM EDT

    ASW12_PR_Jersey_East_West_Combo_01

    The starters for the 2012 NBA All-Star game will be announced Thursday night on TNT, and now, thanks to today’s release from adidas, we know what they’ll be wearing on the court on Feb.26. Some highlights: “The 2012 NBA All-Star uniforms were designed by adidas and inspired by the 
20th anniversary of the memorable 1992…

  15. Gilbert Arenas apparently had “Kobe procedure” on knees

    Feb 2, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

    Arenas magic

    At some point this season, some team is going to take a chance on Gilbert Arenas. Despite the rumors I don’t think that team will be the Lakers, but somebody will. And the guy they are getting apparently had the same experimental, German procedure on his knees that Kobe Bryant had. That’s what Arenas’ former…

  16. Thursday And-1 links: Kobe talks about passing Shaq

    Feb 2, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

    Kobe Shaquille O'Neal Lakers

    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). Kobe Bryant on passing Shaq on the all-time scoring list (he’s just 69 points back): “It was inevitable.” Sorry, but that feud was more than…

  17. Video: Mavericks’ coach Carlisle ejected for kicking ball

    Feb 2, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Rick Carlisle

    Clearly Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle did not play a lot of soccer growing up. Use the inside of your foot to get control, don’t kick off the toe. They teach you that day one of pee-wee soccer camp. Carlisle can work with Dirk Nowitzki on this. Carlisle kicked the ball into the stands during the…

  18. LeBron James “on the fence” about dunk contest

    Feb 2, 2012, 10:21 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James dunks against the Chicago Bulls during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    He’s not going to do it… probably. LeBron James is one of the more powerful dunkers in the league but he’s never don the Dunk Contest All-Star Weekend. He obviously could get in whenever he wants, but he had an injured ankle a couple years and was too cool for school some years. Three years…

  19. Video: Blake Griffin’s dunk in Taiwanese animation

    Feb 2, 2012, 8:47 AM EDT

    griffin_dunk

    Something is not a pop culture phenomenon until it’s been done in Taiwanese animation. So, welcome to the big stage, Blake Griffin. The best part is him taking the podium away from LeBron James. Hat tip to Eye on Basketball and I am a GM.

  20. Following lockout, NBA raises ticket prices. Nice.

    Feb 2, 2012, 8:07 AM EDT

    nba-tickets-thunder

    We knew the NBA owners were greedy — it’s why we are watching a condensed 66-game season. (The players deserve blame here, too, they also chased the dollars with this schedule.) The owners didn’t want to lose gate revenue or have to refund a lot of money to their sponsors and television partners so they…

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