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  1. Nets pulling out all the fireworks to impress Dwight Howard

    Feb 22, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard gestures during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Dwight Howard heads to New Jersey Wednesday night to play the Nets in the building that team will not play in next season. The Nets are going to Brooklyn, and they want Howard to join them there. So they are pulling out all the fireworks. Literally. Here is the tweet from Andy Vasquez, the Nets…

  2. LeBron says he expects to cover Jeremy Lin some Thursday

    Feb 22, 2012, 3:08 PM EDT

    Miami Heats LeBron James looks on during their NBA basketball game against his former team the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland

    Jeremy Lin has stood up pretty tall to every test he’s faced the past few weeks — the Knicks haven’t won every game, but he’s not wilted in the spotlight. However, the Miami Heat’s defensive energy and athleticism on the perimeter is a whole different ballgame. And Lin is going to get all of it…

  3. Nets’ Shawne Williams done for season after foot surgery

    Feb 22, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

    Shawne Williams, Carmelo Anthony,

    The Nets have been without Shawne Williams for more than a week with a foot injury, one that was more serious than previously known. Williams is done for the season after surgery Wednesday to put remove a bone fragment and put in three screws, the team announced Wednesday. He should be able to return next…

  4. Paul George your new Dunk Contest favorite, here’s why

    Feb 22, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Paul George

    Iman Shumpert is out, Jeremy Evans is in — we’ve had All-Star Saturday Dunk Contest changes. So, if you are a degenerate gambler and want to bet on this, how will this change impact you? Well, from the fine folks at Bovada here are the new odds. Paul George (Pacers) 3/2 Jeremy Evans (Jazz) 11/4…

  5. Stern says sale of Hornets could be complete in few weeks

    Feb 22, 2012, 1:37 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    In a lead up to All-Star Weekend, NBA Commissioner David Stern sat down with David Aldridge of TNT/NBA.com for an interview, one which covered everything from the level of play this season to Jeremy Lin. Because all NBA conversations must now by law include Jeremy Lin. But maybe the most interesting quote was when Stern…

  6. Video: LaMarcus Aldridge visits Portlandia

    Feb 22, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    Let me get my bias out of the way up front — I am a big “Portlandia” fan. If you’re not watching it, well, you’re getting invited over to my house for dinner. Or going to a women’s book store with me. Portlandia is the IFC sketch comedy series from SNL’s Fred Armisen and fmusciian/comedian…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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.…

  11. 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…

  12. 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.

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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.…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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