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  1. Video: Blake Griffin’s dunk in Taiwanese animation

    Feb 2, 2012, 8:47 AM EDT

    griffin_dunk

    Something is not a pop culture phenomenon until it’s been done in Taiwanese animation. So, welcome to the big stage, Blake Griffin. The best part is him taking the podium away from LeBron James. Hat tip to Eye on Basketball and I am a GM.

  2. Following lockout, NBA raises ticket prices. Nice.

    Feb 2, 2012, 8:07 AM EDT

    nba-tickets-thunder

    We knew the NBA owners were greedy — it’s why we are watching a condensed 66-game season. (The players deserve blame here, too, they also chased the dollars with this schedule.) The owners didn’t want to lose gate revenue or have to refund a lot of money to their sponsors and television partners so they…

  3. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Sixers are legit

    Feb 2, 2012, 5:52 AM EDT

    iguodala

    What you missed while rock climbing with your 2-year-old strapped to your back… Sixers 98, Bulls 82: The 76ers are legit. That fast start wasn’t the soft schedule, they are a quality squad. Good ball movement will beat even the best defense, and that’s what the story was here. They have balance — five guys…

  4. Report: Heat make offers to Kenyon Martin, Joel Przybilla

    Feb 2, 2012, 1:00 AM EDT

    Kenyon Martin

    The Heat certainly could use some help, some depth along the front line. No offense to Eddy Curry, but he turns out not to be the answer. So they have made offers to two free agents to be — Kenyon Martin and Joel Przybilla, reports Brian Windhorst at ESPN. The Heat have offered contracts to…

  5. Video: This kind of thing why Deron Williams may leave Nets

    Feb 1, 2012, 8:34 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    If you were ever wondering why Deron Williams is thinking, “Hey, maybe I’d rather play in Dallas/New York/Anywhere but Brooklyn next year” this is your answer in simple video form. He does everything you could ask, the result is still ugly. The Nets are not good, not good at all. Hat tip to The Basketball…

  6. Pau Gasol says players saying he’s soft just talking, jealous

    Feb 1, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol

    When at the end of the Lakers win over the Clippers last week Pau Gasol reached out and rubbed Chris Paul’s head and Paul took offense, he turns at one point to Kobe and says, “he’s soft.” Gasol has been hearing the soft thing since before he was drafted. From coaches, players (Kendrick Perkins, Amare…

  7. Kevin Durant calls monster Griffin dunk “a layup”

    Feb 1, 2012, 6:11 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin Clippers Thunder

    Kevin Durant was not very talkative after his Thunder squad got their heads handed to them by the Clippers Monday night. Not surprisingly. The entire Thunder team was frustrated. After the game a reporter asked Durant if he got a good look at that Blake Griffin’s monster dunk over Kendrick Perkins. He responded, “I don’t…

  8. Tyson Chandler thinks the Knicks could still win the title

    Feb 1, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Tyson Chandler, Norris Cole

    I like to think that if Scarlett Johansson just hung out with me and got to know me — to really experience my sparkling personality and deep blue eyes — I’d have a real shot at her. Along those same lines, Tyson Chandler thinks if things break the right way, the New York Knicks could…

  9. Report: Rockets in lead to trade for Chris Kaman

    Feb 1, 2012, 4:28 PM EDT

    Chris Kaman

    The Houston Rockets have gone after every center with a heartbeat that has come on the market since the lockout ended, and they may finally be getting one. A pretty good one. The Rockets are in the lead to land Chris Kaman, reports Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated. The Houston Rockets have had extensive discussions…

  10. Baron Davis’ back flares up, did not practice Wednesday

    Feb 1, 2012, 3:58 PM EDT

    baron davis

    Tuesday night, the Knicks didn’t look like they needed a savior. Carmelo Anthony was back, the Knicks were scoring the paint and knocking down threes, they looked like what everyone had kind of expected before the season. Which is good, because the other savior may be a while. Baron Davis sat out practice Wednesday, tweets…

  11. Television ratings show you people like the Clippers. A lot.

    Feb 1, 2012, 3:27 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    You can add the Clippers to the list of teams people are tuning in to watch. The NBA sent out notes to say that ratings are up. So again, what lockout? NBA TV has broadcast 34 games this season and ratings are way up — 74 percent over last year on total views, 78 percent…

  12. Joakim Noah admits expectations of big contract got to him

    Feb 1, 2012, 2:25 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Washington Wizards

    Joakim Noah is making a lot of money this year — $12 million. It’s the first year of the extension to his rookie deal he signed last year, meaning he has gone from making what you and I think is a lot of money to making what other NBA players think is a lot of…

  13. Video: Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki go “BIG”

    Feb 1, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    It’s not an all-time favorite, but I am kind of liking the NBA’s new “BIG” advertising campaign. So, here are the two latest ads, featuring Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Durant. Enjoy. You’ll probably see these a lot as commercials during games in the coming weeks.  

  14. This is LeBron James’ best start to a season ever

    Feb 1, 2012, 1:26 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    LeBron James has been a statistical beast this season. He is averaging 29.2 points per game, 8.3 assists and 7.1 rebounds. He is shooting 55.1 percent, the best of his career, because he’s cut down on his three pointers and long twos and instead is playing more out of the post and closer to the…

  15. Rondo says he will skip All-Star game if not healthy

    Feb 1, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    Rajon Rondo expects to be back from his wrist injury somewhere around the All-Star break. Thursday night, the starters for that All-Star Game will be announced and in the East Derrick Rose and Dwayne Wade will get that nod (from the fans, you all voted on this). But Rondo is third in the voting and…

  16. Dirk Nowitzki says he plans to play at least two more years

    Feb 1, 2012, 12:07 PM EDT

    Mavericks forward Nowitzki is defended by Spurs forward Blair during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    At age 33, how much longer is Dirk Nowitzki going to play? Well, a couple years at least. We know that for two reasons. One, he has two more years on his contract totaling $42 million and he’s not walking away from that. Because nobody would. The other is that he said so. Nowitzki was…

  17. Tuesday And-1 links: Judge tells Allen Iverson to pay up

    Feb 1, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    Allen Iverson

    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). A judge has reached into Allen Iverson’s bank account to pay a jewelry store where Iverson bought more than $300,000 in bling but never paid…

  18. Rasheed Wallace to the Lakers? That would be interesting.

    Feb 1, 2012, 10:46 AM EDT

    rasheed_wallace

    Fun little note from Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports. If the Lakers don’t sign Kenyon Martin, they could have interest in adding Rasheed Wallace, who contacted the team several weeks ago, a league source said. Wallace retired after the 2009-10 season, but has told friends he’s interested in returning to the NBA. We told you…

  19. Lakers, Clippers, Heat among teams in Kenyon Martin chase

    Feb 1, 2012, 10:08 AM EDT

    Kenyon Martin

    In a few weeks, the Chinese Basketball Association season will come to an end and a few quality free agents — Kenyon Martin, Wilson Chandler and J.R. Smith — will alter the balance of power in the NBA. Martin (who left his team and is stateside but cannot sign until the season ends over there)…

  20. Bynum suggests Lakers need wins or trades may follow

    Feb 1, 2012, 9:36 AM EDT

    Andrew Bynum, Byron Mullens

    The next couple weeks are going to tell us a lot about the Lakers — they are 2-7 on the road and are now heading out for two weeks away from Staples Center so the Grammys can take over the building. Talking about the road trip after the Lakers throttling of the Bobcats Tuesday night,…

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