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  1. Gilbert Arenas says he’s happy in China, no plans for NBA return

    Mar 14, 2013, 7:43 PM EDT

    Gilbert Arenas china

    Gilbert Arenas was not going to be back in the NBA. His body was past the point he could put up with the long grind of an NBA season and produce enough that a team would choose him over a young prospect that could develop. Plus, there is the baggage. But if there is a…

  2. PBT Extra: Talking Kobe’s ankle, Lakers playoffs, and Memphis

    Mar 14, 2013, 6:11 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Atlanta Hawks

    If you’re talking NBA on Thursday you’re talking Kobe Bryant, his ankle and what it all could mean for the Lakers playoff chances. That’s where Kay Adams and I start our conversation. I think their chances of making the playoffs is still pretty good — not because the loss of Kobe doesn’t hurt them (their…

  3. League says Kobe was fouled, refs missed it

    Mar 14, 2013, 5:57 PM EDT

    Lakers Hawks Basketball

    The NBA’s league office agrees with Kobe Bryant. Not that it does any good. Kobe said after the game that Dahntay Jones intentionally stepped under him, didn’t give him room to land and that led to Kobe getting a sprained ankle. Kobe said Jones should have been called for a foul. The league issued a…

  4. Manu Ginobili pretty excited about Argentinian pope

    Mar 14, 2013, 4:33 PM EDT

    VATICAN-POPE-MASS-SISTINE

    Until Wednesday, if you asked people from Argentina about God, you probably got an answer about Lionel Messi. But now Argentina is buzzing because Buenos Aires native and Cardinal Jorge Mario Begoglio is now Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church worldwide. Among those pretty excited is Argentina’s greatest basketball player Manu Ginobili, who…

  5. At what point do fans of lottery team root for upset win?

    Mar 14, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

    Jrue Holiday

    It happens every year after the All-Star break (if not earlier in some places) — fans of struggling teams start to root for their team to lose. They want a top draft spot and the best way to get that is to hope for better lottery odds. Fans root for their team to lose so…

  6. Dahntay Jones again says he feels bad, didn’t try to intentionally hurt Kobe

    Mar 14, 2013, 3:32 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Atlanta Hawks

    Dahntay Jones has been hearing it from everyone today — Kobe Bryant has vociferous defenders online and in the media, and when he sprained his ankle then said and tweeted he felt it was intentional, the attack dogs came out. And a lot of people such as TrueHoop’s Henry Abbot (certainly not always a Kobe…

  7. Derrick Rose offers to pay for funeral of 6-month-old baby shot in Chicago

    Mar 14, 2013, 2:48 PM EDT

    76ers Bulls Basketball

    It is one of the saddest, makes-your-stomach-turn stories in a long time — in Chicago 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins was shot and killed in what police say was a gang-related attempt on the child’s father’s life while he was changing Jonylah’s diaper in a parked minivan. The baby was shot five times in the incident. Derrick…

  8. Humphries, Stackhouse to get chance as Nets reshape rotation

    Mar 14, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets' Kris Humphries puts a shot up over Chicago Bulls' Carlos Boozer during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    P.J. Carlesimo realizes that the Nets are in danger of being a one-and-done playoff team and that he doesn’t have a lot of weapons to turn to that can change that around. His hands are pretty tied. So he’s going to take one more look at what he’s already got. Carlesimo tried heavy doses of…

  9. Members of ’72 Lakers say Heat could top 33-game streak

    Mar 14, 2013, 12:43 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    Despite being only the fourth team in NBA history to win 20 straight games, Miami is still a long way from setting the NBA record for consecutive wins. They are just 60 percent of the way there; they’ve got 13 more wins to go to tie it. That record belongs to the 1972 Lakers, a…

  10. Wizards’ fans chant “Redick Sucks” and he misses free throw

    Mar 14, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT

    J.J. Redick

    J.J. Redick is a 90.5 percent free throw shooter this season — he does miss, just not very often. But at the end of an already-decided game Wednesday night Redick drove and drew the foul. As he went to the line some Wizards fans started a “Red-ick Sucks” chant, as fans are prone to do…

  11. Seeming rash of injuries could shape NBA playoff picture

    Mar 14, 2013, 11:41 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    On a court in Denver, Knicks fans watched Carmelo Anthony leave early to get to the locker room as his knee was clearly bothering him into another bad shooting night. Later he was on a plane back to New York to get fluid drained from that knee and other procedures to get him back on…

  12. My new favorite ejection: Larry Sanders gives referees thumbs up (VIDEO)

    Mar 14, 2013, 10:57 AM EDT

    Larry Sanders

    Best. Ejection. Reaction. Ever. Milwaukee’s Larry Sanders already had one technical when in the fourth quarter he argued a charging call and picked up a second technical — which means an automatic ejection. Sanders has been ejected four times this season (that’s a DeMarcus Cousins pace) so he has some experience. Most players throw a…

  13. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce reach scoring milestones in win

    Mar 14, 2013, 10:24 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics center Kevin Garnett (L) and Celtics forward Paul Pierce watch the scoreboard video screen from the sidelines in the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Boston

    It was a night to talk history. Not just NBA history but the personal histories that tie two legendary current Celtics — Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett — together. And there is no better place to talk NBA history than the Boston Garden. Wednesday night Kevin Garnett scored a dozen points and moved past “The…

  14. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Denver fans savor blowout of Knicks

    Mar 14, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

    Ty Lawson, Tim Thomas, Chris Copeland

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while you were watching the papal seagull….. Heat 98, 76ers 94: There was a time this season when the Heat were coasting and this was the kind of game where they just didn’t bring any heart. But now they have something to play…

  15. Report: Knicks about to cut James White to add point guard

    Mar 14, 2013, 8:58 AM EDT

    BKB-GER-US-ALBA-MAVERICKS

    The Knicks have some point guards on the roster — Raymond Felton starts and is solid at least and good many nights. Behind him are veterans Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni, two guys who play smart but are not exactly explosive shot creators anymore. Which is why the Knicks are looking at bringing in another…

  16. Jrue Holiday dunks on LeBron James. Sort of. (VIDEO)

    Mar 14, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Jrue Holiday

    This was a key play for Philadelphia on Monday — it tied the Sixers and the Heat with less than 90 seconds in the game. (The rest of the game didn’t go the Sixers way.) It all starts because Holiday is aggressive coming off the pick, while Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh do about the…

  17. Three Stars of the Night: Guys that their teams need in the playoffs edition

    Mar 14, 2013, 2:50 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers center Hibbert puts up a shot against Minnesota Timberwolves forward Williams during their NBA basketball game in Indianapolis

    Every team entering the playoffs needs their star to step up, but these three guys have a little extra weight on their shoulders. Without big performances these guys’ teams sink fast in the postseason (or in Kobe’s case, don’t even make the playoffs). Honorable mention tonight to Thaddeus Young who put up 24 points and…

  18. Carmelo Anthony to get knee drained; Tyson Chandler’s knee tweak not serious

    Mar 14, 2013, 1:55 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler

    Knicks fans, we have some good news about one of your players knees. And then some more worrying news. After Tyson Chandler collided with Denver’s Corey Brewer and had to be helped to the locker room, Knicks fans were rightfully worried. That looked like it could be serious. But later Wednesday night came some good…

  19. Kobe Bryant out indefinitely with severe ankle sprain

    Mar 13, 2013, 10:58 PM EDT

    Lakers Hawks Basketball

    Just when you thought the Lakers were past the injury bug that plagued their early season. Kobe Bryant is out indefinitely with severe ankle sprain suffered in the closing seconds of the Lakers loss in Atlanta Wednesday, according to Lakers reporter Mike Trudell. Kobe said after the game this was as bad a sprain as…

  20. Heat extend win streak to 20 but Sixers make them work for it

    Mar 13, 2013, 10:29 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    In the first half of the season, this was the kind of game the Heat would lose — a back-to-back, a fired up opponent playing better than they have in weeks, and the Heat just kind of coasting. With an 8.5 game lead over the No. 2 in the East, it’s the kind of game…

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