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  1. Kevin Durant says people want him to hate LeBron

    Dec 7, 2012, 8:43 AM EDT

    James of the U.S. hugs teammate Durant after their game against Lithuania at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    Kevin Durant and LeBron James are buds. They hang out and work out together in the summer. They spent time together as part of Team USA. They are friends. That is hard to swallow for people who long for a 1960s mentality where the players on opposing teams didn’t really know each other. They want…

  2. Video: Allen to Wade to LeBron for the double alley-oop

    Dec 7, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade tries to pass against New York Knicks Tyson Chandler and J.R. Smith in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida

    The Miami Heat had the highlight of the night — Ray Allen to Dwyane Wade to LeBron James for the double alley-oop. It was one of their few highlights as the Heat didn’t play much defense, Raymond Felton carved them up like a Christmas turkey and the Knicks stomped on the Heat Thursday night. Still,…

  3. O.J. Mayo helps Mavericks bounce back to hand Suns fifth straight loss

    Dec 7, 2012, 2:42 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Phoenix Suns

    PHOENIX — Dallas barely showed up for their game against the Clippers on Wednesday, falling behind by double-digits early and then never really competing while the second half turned into nothing more than extended garbage time. Things began similarly in Phoenix on Thursday, with the Suns getting out to an 11-1 lead in the game’s…

  4. No Carmelo, no problem. Knicks expose napping Heat defense in rout

    Dec 7, 2012, 12:28 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Chandler celebrates a basket by his team against Miami Heat during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    With New York, there is energy. There are guys willing to step up with Carmelo Anthony out. There is defense in the paint. There are guys making the extra pass and raining down threes. In Miami I expect Jimmy Carter to come out and give a speech about malaise. Especially if he is talking about…

  5. LeBron hits the practice court for ‘extended workout’ after Heat lose to Knicks

    Dec 7, 2012, 12:17 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    The Knicks blew out the Heat for the second time this season, this one coming in Miami and with Carmelo Anthony sidelined due to injury. The loss didn’t sit well with LeBron James. The reigning MVP did all he could, finishing with a near triple-double statistical line of 31 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists.…

  6. Mark Cuban not in favor of Stern changing ‘hack-a-Dwight’ rule on intentional fouls

    Dec 6, 2012, 11:27 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban, David Stern

    The NBA’s intentional foul rules — you know, the ones that allow the “Hack-a-[blank]” strategy which grinds the game to a halt to send the other team’s worst free throw shooters to the foul line — have been a hot topic in the early part of the season. You can largely thank Dwight Howard and…

  7. Video: Kobe Bryant, Lionel Messi show skills in Turkish Airlines ad

    Dec 6, 2012, 10:36 PM EDT

    NBA basketball star Kobe Bryant takes a penalty kick as part of a promotion during halftime of the 2011 Herbalife World Football Challenge soccer match between Barcelona and Manchester United in Landover

    Kobe Bryant is a huge soccer fan, a huge Barcelona fan. Lionel Messi is the best goal scorer on the earth, one of the greats ever. And he plays for Barcelona. And the two international icons were good catches by Turkish Airlines in a clever ad. (Remember Kobe came on board as a sponsor of Turkish…

  8. Tim Duncan comments on Halloween photo where he appears to be threatening referee Joey Crawford

    Dec 6, 2012, 8:50 PM EDT

    duncan-crawford-parker-halloween

    Tim Duncan is unquestionably one of the greatest basketball players of his generation, but he’s also a private person who has no interest in showing anything resembling a personality to anyone outside of his close inner circle. Some of that personality was leaked to the general public, however, in the form of a photo that…

  9. Court orders Dennis Rodman to pay $500,000 in child support

    Dec 6, 2012, 8:41 PM EDT

    "Celebrity Apprentice All Stars" Season 13 Bus Tour

    Thursday was not a good day for Dennis Rodman in court. Not that he’s had a lot of good days in court, but this was one of the more expensive ones. An Orange County court has ordered Rodman to pay $500,000 in back child support to his ex-wife. Or else. And you don’t want to…

  10. Carmelo Anthony out vs. Heat on Thursday night

    Dec 6, 2012, 8:22 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony controls a rebound in front of Brooklyn Nets' Wallace during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Well, I got this one wrong. Mike Woodson said the decision would be Carmelo Anthony’s — if he said he could play Thursday night against the Heat, he would play. But he is out, tweets Brian Windhorst of ESPN (and confirmed by other tweets from the arena). Carmelo Anthony will not play for Knicks vs.…

  11. PBT Extra: Talking Kobe Bryant’s legacy (and some Pau Gasol)

    Dec 6, 2012, 7:43 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets

    After a short hiatus, PBT Extra is back with some stylin’ new digs. Kay Adams and I talk about the legacy of Kobe Bryant and how the shadow of Michael Jordan hangs over it. We talk about Kobe’s place in the pantheon of two guards the NBA has ever seen. Then we talk a little…

  12. Woodson says ‘Melo still game-time call. Everyone knows he’s playing.

    Dec 6, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Charlotte Bobcats

    Mike Woodson is doing his best college football coach “I don’t know which quarterback I’m going to start” shtick, but everyone knows he has one Heisman candidate and he’s going to play him. In Woodson’s case he’s talking about Carmelo Anthony, and Woodson said at his meeting with the press a couple hours before tip-off…

  13. Thursday And-1 links: Jay-Z says he had to fight to get Nets herringbone court

    Dec 6, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

    Nets court Barclay Center

    Here is our regular 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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points more than I love a good barbecued brisket (well, maybe not that much, but…

  14. Tyson Chandler and the acceptance of limitations

    Dec 6, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

    New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler reacts after drawing a foul and scoring a basket against the Dallas Mavericks during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler is talented, but he’s also ridiculously limited in terms of what he can actually do on a basketball court. Chandler is a true 7-footer with a strong build, but he possesses no post game whatsoever. There are no jump hooks, no drop steps, no up-and-under moves — nothing. In…

  15. LeBron’s phone’s wallpaper: Photoshop of Jordan guarding him

    Dec 6, 2012, 4:42 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Two

    LeBron James will spend the rest of his career — however long that is — being compared to Michael Jordan. Not because he should be or that it’s fair, but because LeBron is the one player today who could someday, with enough rings, enter the GOAT conversation. Sorry Kobe. But LeBron has never been on…

  16. Stern says he would like to eliminate “hack-a-Howard” (or anyone)

    Dec 6, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern participates in a panel session at The Cable Show in Boston

    When the Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets went to the “hack-a-Howard” strategy — fouling the Lakers Dwight Howard wherever he was on the court, even when he didn’t have the ball, to make him shoot free throws — it worked because it threw the Lakers off. In those two games Howard hit 50 percent of…

  17. Nate Robinson talks rookie hazing after Cavs rookies given baby dolls, strollers

    Dec 6, 2012, 3:16 PM EDT

    Byron Scott, Dion Waiters

    If you see Dion Waiters walking around Cleveland pushing a tiny little stroller, know that is coach’s orders. As part of some rookie hazing, Cavaliers coach Byron Scott gave his team’s rookies — Waiters, Tyler Zeller and Kevin Jones — a baby doll and strollers to match. The kind 3-year-old girls can’t get enough of.…

  18. Dwight Howard jawed at Kobe about defensive rotations

    Dec 6, 2012, 2:23 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

    We need to start with this on the table — Dwight Howard is in the right here. Watch the last few minutes of the Lakers loss to the Houston Rockets and you will see Kobe Bryant out of position then taking a bad angle on his help rotation, which is too late as Toney Douglas…

  19. Video: Mark Cuban did not enjoy Eric Bledsoe’s dunking exhibition

    Dec 6, 2012, 1:41 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban reacts during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Dallas

    It was garbage time at the end of the Clippers win over the Mavericks Wednesday night — well, technically the entire fourth quarter was basically garbage time, the Clips were in control the entire way — and Eric Bledsoe and Jamal Crawford teamed up for a little dunking exhibition. To the delight of the Staples…

  20. Report: Kyrie Irving a couple weeks away from practicing

    Dec 6, 2012, 1:06 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    It’s been a rough go for the Cleveland Cavaliers since Kyrie Irving broke his finger — they are 2-6 with him out of the lineup. In the last five games they have an offensive rating of 96 (points per 100 possessions), which would be second worst in the NBA this season, ahead of only the…

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