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  1. It’s official: Shumpert out, Utah’s Evans in for Dunk Contest

    Feb 22, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v New Jersey Nets

    UPDATE 12:31 pm: The league has announced this as official — Iman Shumpert has pulled out of the All-Star Weekend dunk contest and Jeremy Evans is in. While Knicks fans are going to be bummed, the contest itself is not going to suffer — Evans is a great dunker. This should be fun (you can…

  2. Video: Chinese All-Star Game provides worst hoops sequence ever

    Feb 22, 2012, 11:40 AM EDT

    marbury_china

    Things you will not see on Aaron Brooks’ and Stephon Marbury’s tapes to NBA teams include… Yes, those two are on the floor for this horrific sequence from the Chinese Basketball Association All-Star Game. If you wondered how J.R. Smith could drop 60 in that league, well, remember this clip is from the very best…

  3. Bulls, Heat, Blazers? Przybilla to announce choice soon

    Feb 22, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Houston Rockets, Game 6

    In the next 24-48 hours, one team is going to get a solid big man who can come off their bench and provide some size — Joel Przybilla is going to make his decision. The Bulls had been considered the front runners but the Heat also had been in negotiations with (and reportedly made an offer…

  4. Wednesday And-1 links: How much would you pay for a Lin jersey?

    Feb 22, 2012, 11:14 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    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). How much would you pay for a game-worn Jeremy Lin jersey and four tickets to see him play? For one guy the answer was $42,388.…

  5. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Spurs take vacation in Portland

    Feb 22, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

    Tony Parker, Tim Duncan Spurs

    What you missed while filling out your Oscar pool…. Trail Blazers 137, Spurs 97: Gregg Popovich decided to sacrifice the Spurs 11-game win streak on the alter of rest. He sat Tony Parker and Tim Duncan (Manu Ginobili is already out with an oblique strain). The result was kind of what you’d expect with the…

  6. Video: Mannix, Wojnarowski discuss ‘Melo, Lin fit

    Feb 22, 2012, 9:14 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo were on NBC’s SportsTalk yesterday and of course Jeremy Lin, Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks came up. Their consensus — there’s a lot of potential there. Which sounds familiar. Oh, and by the way Deron Williams is really good.

  7. Video: LeBron James with block, 60-foot ally-oop pass

    Feb 22, 2012, 5:02 AM EDT

    Heat forward James and guard Wade laugh during the closing minutes against the Mavericks in Dallas, Texas

    LeBron James and Dwyane Wade know how to put on a show. This is not really as good as the baseball-pass ally-oop from Wade to LeBron earlier in the year, but it comes close thanks to the block by LeBron at one end and the acrobatic finish by Wade at the other. The Heat rack…

  8. Raymond Felton benched by Portland; he’s not thrilled about it

    Feb 21, 2012, 10:09 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Golden State Warriors

    Portland is making a change — Jamal Crawford, not Raymond Felton, will be the starting point guard for the Trail Blazers when they face off against the Spurs tonight, reports the Oregonian. So here’s your starting job, Mr. Crawford, enjoy trying to stop the hottest player in the league in Tony Parker. But the move…

  9. Derrick Favors to replace injured Tiago Splitter in Rising Stars Challenge

    Feb 21, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

    derrick-favors-jazz

    Derrick Favors of the Utah Jazz has been added to the Rising Stars Challenge, according to an official release. Favors will play for Team Chuck (Charles Barkley’s squad) in place of Tiago Splitter, who will be forced to sit out of All-Star weekend’s Friday night exhibition featuring selected stars from the Rookie and Sophomore classes.…

  10. Marvin Williams “vehemently denies” making trade request

    Feb 21, 2012, 7:25 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    Earlier today, we told you about an ESPN.com report from Chris Broussard which cited sources saying that Marvin Williams “wants out” of Atlanta, in hopes of playing for a team where he’ll have a bigger role offensively. Williams himself has now denied that report directly, according to Hawks PR man Arthur Triche on Twitter. The…

  11. Blazers front office looks back on Greg Oden pick

    Feb 21, 2012, 6:23 PM EDT

    Greg Oden

    It all seems so simple in hindsight. Greg Oden will soon undergo his 3rd microfracture surgery since being drafted in 2007, while Kevin Durant will continue to be one of the best players in the Western Conference and, more than likely, lead his team into the playoffs. Oden spent much of his college career nursing…

  12. Do timeouts hurt offenses at the end of close games?

    Feb 21, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

    LeBron James, Kane Fitzgerald

    HoopIdea’s Beckley Mason has been taking a hard look at late-game situations recently, and one theory he’s been playing with is that calling a timeout in late-game situations actually makes the offense less likely to score. The evidence is in, and it supports Mason’s hypothesis: in a late-game situation, teams have a better chance of…

  13. Charles Oakley pretty much thinks that everybody is a wimp

    Feb 21, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

    Charles Oakley

    Charles Oakley was on Jim Rome’s radio show today, and the former Bulls big man had some choice words for Kevin Garnett, Charles Barkley, and Kendrick Perkins. Here are the highlights, courtesy of Larry Brown Sports: “Garnett left Minnesota and hollered and screamed and all that but hes not a tough guy,” Oakley said as Sports…

  14. First look at Team USA Olympic basketball uniforms

    Feb 21, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT

    USA Basketball uniforms

    That photo to the right (the larger version is below) was tweeted out by Nike on Tuesday. Nike has all kinds of interconnections with USA basketball and they are the people who design and make what Team USA will wear in London this summer for the Olympics. What you see is it, modeled by Kobe…

  15. Report: Marvin Williams wants out of Atlanta, may get wish

    Feb 21, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT

    Marvin Williams

    One way or another, look for the Hawks to make a move before the trade deadline. Marvin Williams is frustrated and wants a bigger role, either in Atlanta or elsewhere, reports Chris Broussard at ESPN. The Hawks have some other assets they could move from a crowded backcourt that other teams could covet. Here is…

  16. Lin, ‘Melo together showed a lot of potential in first game

    Feb 21, 2012, 2:56 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Jeremy Lin, Mike D'Antoni

    Let’s be clear — there was a lot of uncertainty and plenty of rust in the Knicks first game with Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin in the lineup together. It was far from pretty. Stoudemire spent most of the game as the weakside option, something he will do more of but he needs…

  17. Hawks’ Joe Johnson out two games… All-Star Game, too?

    Feb 21, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    This much we know for sure — the Atlanta Hawks will not have All-Star swingman Joe Johnson Wednesday against the Knicks or Thursday against the Magic. He has returned to Atlanta to get an MRI on his knee, the team announced. The next question — will he play in the All-Star Game on Sunday? Johnson…

  18. By the way, Deron Williams really enjoyed win over Knicks

    Feb 21, 2012, 1:42 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    Linsanity started a couple weeks ago when Jeremy Lin came off the bench and out of nowhere to drop 25 on the New Jersey Nets. Deron Williams read in the papers how he got “destroyed” by Lin. He got weeks of questions about Lin and how good he was. Williams quietly fumed. Then Monday night…

  19. Winderman: So who backs out of All-Star Game as “injured?”

    Feb 21, 2012, 1:04 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    It certainly will not reach the point of the Pro Bowl, where many are chosen but few elect to serve. But the impending All-Star Weekend comes at the time when the entire injury-ravaged, schedule-drained NBA could use a four-day break. For most of the league, that will be the case, with no games scheduled Friday,…

  20. Video: Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd reach milestones

    Feb 21, 2012, 12:54 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki slaps hands with team-mate Jason Kidd in LA

    With that vintage move (and free throw), Dirk Nowitzki moved past Robert Parish into 20th on the NBA’s all-time point list. Another notable achievement for the greatest European player ever in the NBA. As well as one of the most unstoppable scorers the game has ever seen. But it wasn’t the only Mavericks milestone on…

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