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  1. Sacramento one vote away from losing the Kings last night, but still in control of their destiny

    Feb 8, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

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    If you build it sticky-fingered shooting guards will come. And if Sacramento doesn’t approve an arena for the Kings quickly then Seattle has no problem playing Kevin Costner. And let’s not bury the lede here, Seattle almost got their wish Tuesday night as the Sacramento City Council narrowly voted 5-4 to bury a resolution that…

  2. Kenyon Martin to make debut for Clippers Wednesday

    Feb 8, 2012, 6:41 PM EDT

    Kenyon Martin

    Kenyon Martin, signed by the Clippers last Friday over the protests of the Chinese Basketball Association, will make his debut in a Clippers uniform Wednesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He’s only expected to play about 15 minutes off the bench, according to Clippers.com reporter Madelyn Burke. At first he will be splitting time with…

  3. Kobe says wrist injury now healed, “I got through it”

    Feb 8, 2012, 5:52 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers ' Bryant chews on his jersey while playing against Philadelphia 76ers during their NBA game in Philadelphia

    I’m not a doctor, but call me skeptical. Nonetheless, Kobe Bryant is playing without support tape or pregame injections to deal with the pain from the ligament injury in his wrist. Which has him telling Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register that his wrist is healed. “I got through it,” Bryant said. When I…

  4. Photos: All-Star edition shoes for Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, and LeBron James

    Feb 8, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

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    Nike has officially released details on the All-Star lineup of shoes for its most high-profile athletes — Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, LeBron James — and the results are straight fire. From the official release: “Nike Basketball is proud to unveil key colorways celebrating its pinnacle players competing in the 2012 NBA All-Star Game in Orlando…

  5. Warriors coach Jackson says “no excuses,” then blames refs

    Feb 8, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

    Mark Jackson Warriors

    We want to congratulate Mark Jackson on what soon will be his first fine as an NBA head coach. It’s coming. Jackson was frustrated after the Thunder executed better down the stretch and in a contradictory statement laid part of the problem at the feet of the referees, as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle…

  6. Larry Bird says he’d play with LeBron for fun, Kobe to win

    Feb 8, 2012, 4:03 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Larry Bird is better at basketball than you. Probably still, but certainly at his peak. But he thinks like a lot of you out there. During his podcast with Bill “sports guy” Simmons at Grantland, Bird said this about the two biggest names in the NBA today (transcribed by ESPNLosAngeles.com). “If you want to have…

  7. Griffin, Irving headline pool of players for Rising Stars game

    Feb 8, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

    Rookie John Wall, of the Washington Wiza

    The NBA is trying to change the fortunes of what used to be the overlooked and uninteresting All-Star weekend Rookie Challenge (where the rookies played the sophomores). This year TNT’s Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal are picking teams playground style (Team Shaq and Team Chuck) from a pool of rookies and sophomores — and the…

  8. I’m kind of a big deal: Will Ferrell to do player intros at Hornets/Bulls

    Feb 8, 2012, 2:19 PM EDT

    Will Ferrell semi-pro

    “I’m kinda a big deal. People know me.” Will Ferrell — Ron Burgundy himself, Jackie Moon from “Semi Pro” — is a big deal, and he is in New Orleans filming a movie called “Dog Fight.” And he had agreed to do the player introductions for the Bulls visit to the Crescent City Wednesday, reports…

  9. As expected, Houston will host 2013 All-Star game

    Feb 8, 2012, 1:56 PM EDT

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    No, Yao Ming cannot be voted in as starting center one last time. Probably. For the second time in seven years, the NBA All-Star game will be headed back to Houston, this time for the 2013 game, the league officially announced Wednesday. Houston also was host to the 2006 game. “Houston is a spectacular sports…

  10. Kobe says he and Shaq were not built to last together

    Feb 8, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT

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    It’s the question that haunts Lakers fans — “what if?” What if Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal could have set aside their absolutely massive egos and stayed together? How many rings? Would they be considered with the Jordan-era Bulls and ‘60s Celtics with the great dynasties of the NBA? Kobe wants you to know the…

  11. Derrick Rose game time decision Wednesday

    Feb 8, 2012, 1:06 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    After leaving Monday night’s games with back spasms, Derrick Rose has become a game-time decision for the Bulls on Wednesday against the Hornets, tweets Aggrey Sam of CSNChicago.com. Rose did not take part in shootaround Wednesday but did will warm up to see how he feels before the game. Sam told NBC’s SportsTalk show yesterday…

  12. Amar’e Stoudemire out until next Monday

    Feb 8, 2012, 11:57 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Charlotte Bobcats

    The Knicks will be shorthanded — or, if you prefer, the Jeremy Lin show will continue — through the weekend. Amare Stoudemire will remain in Florida through the weekend and will rejoin the Knicks for practice next Monday, tweets Mark Berman of the New York Post. That would have him missing three games — the…

  13. Wednesday’s And-1 links: It’s going to cost you to see Jeremy Lin

    Feb 8, 2012, 11:45 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin 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). You want to see Jeremy Lin play for the Knicks? It’s going to cost you. Larry Bird says he and Red Auerbach are about loyalty,…

  14. Kendrick Perkins rips LeBron for tweet about Blake dunk

    Feb 8, 2012, 11:09 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin Kendrick Perkins

    When I spoke to Kendrick Perkins right after the game against the Clippers where Blake Griffin threw down the dunk of the year on him, he didn’t know what had happened. Oh, he knew he’d been dunked on spectacularly and he accepted that as part of the game when you are a shot blocker. But…

  15. Humphries, LeBron, Kobe make poll of most disliked athletes

    Feb 8, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    I had lunch a couple weeks ago at a popular spot near my house, and a couple seats down two early 20s, attractive women from a local health spa sat down for lunch. The Nets game replay was on television and the two started talking about Kris Humphries — “He’s so cute but he was…

  16. If you build it… Stern says the NBA could return to Seattle

    Feb 8, 2012, 9:25 AM EDT

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    If you build it… David Stern will at least think about it. There are efforts afoot build a new arena in Seattle, something that the city’s mayor confirmed. Now, I’ve talked about winning the lottery and retiring to Maui next to Don Nelson, just like this arena that’s a long way from reality. But there…

  17. Baseline to Baseline recaps: LeBron beats Cleveland. Yawn.

    Feb 8, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Miami Heat forward James watches a replay of his score with teammate Miller against the Cleveland Cavaliers in their NBA basketball game in Miami

    What you missed while learning to play a-ha on the accordion…. Heat 107, Cavaliers 91: As has been their pattern, this is another game where the Heat played down to the level of the competition. At least for three quarters — in the fourth the Heat cranked up the defense and that was enough to…

  18. Video: Steve Nash’s birthday present game winner

    Feb 8, 2012, 2:02 AM EDT

    Steve Nash, Grant Hill

    Steve Nash turned 38 on Tuesday. Don’t believe me? Here is a video of a guy in a pink gorilla suit singing happy birthday to him. Pink gorillas are not how Nash really likes to celebrate (as far as we know), hitting game winning shots is. Which is exactly what Nash did to the Milwaukee…

  19. Kobe Bryant believes someone else will score 81. Someday.

    Feb 8, 2012, 12:37 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    You’re going to be hearing a lot about Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game a lot in the next month, as the 50th anniversary of the occasion comes up on us. But you can put me in the group that think’s Kobe Bryant’s 81 point game is more impressive because he did it into the natural flow…

  20. Video: Paul Pierce passes Larry Bird on Celtics scoring list

    Feb 7, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce

    Any time you pass Larry Bird on any list, you’re doing something right. Paul Pierce should already have cemented himself as one of the Boston Celtics’ all-time great players, but to echo that point Pierce passed Bird to move into second on the Celtics all-time scoring list with a jumper in the third quarter that…

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