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  1. Tuesday And-1 links: LaMarcus Aldridge coming to Portlandia

    Jan 10, 2012, 11:16 AM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol

    Welcome to our morning 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). Confession: I love Portlandia (the IFC comedy show). I really am going to love the episode where LaMarcus Aldridge makes a cameo. Kevin Garnett tells…

  2. Wizards need more than just better talent, need culture change

    Jan 10, 2012, 10:52 AM EDT

    John Wall, Trevor Booker, JaVale McGee

    There’s a reason, beyond just good scouting, that the San Antonio Spurs seem to find guys deep in the draft who can contribute. It’s a culture thing, a character thing. They have built a culture of responsibility and accountability around that franchise — no matter who you are you fit the system and play your…

  3. Baron Davis expected back around end of January

    Jan 10, 2012, 10:19 AM EDT

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    Here is why we have some doubts about the Knicks: They are waiting for the backcourt of Baron Davis and Iman Shumpert to save them. Knicks fans are not wrong to hope — their team’s backcourt play has been bad enough that the enigmatic Davis and rookie Shumpert provide the best hope. It’s just that,…

  4. Teams undefeated in third game of back-to-back-to-back

    Jan 10, 2012, 8:15 AM EDT

    Keith Smart, DeMarcus Cousins

    These were supposed to be scheduled losses. The third game of the back-to-back-to-backs thrown at teams in this lockout-induced condensed schedule were supposed to be games where the players walked around, coaches threw up their hands and the season ticket holders wondered why they came. Instead, teams are 6-0 in that third game so far…

  5. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Knicks love their ‘Melo iso

    Jan 10, 2012, 6:39 AM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats' Diaw fouls New York Knicks' Anthony during their NBA basketball game in New York

    What you missed while waiting for LSU to score…. 76ers 96, Pacers 86: This was our game of the night, you can read about it here. Knicks 91, Bobcats 87: Every good team has a bad team that just gives them fits. Maybe the Bobcats are that for the Knicks. Or, maybe we are overestimating…

  6. Sixers beat Pacers… can Philly win the Atlantic division?

    Jan 10, 2012, 1:00 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young, Jeff Foster, Lance Stephenson, Tyler Hansbrough

    We’re only eight games into the season — about 12 percent of the way —so drawing broad conclusions is tough. But it was hard not to look at a couple games Monday night and not have one particular question pop up. The game first was the 76ers taking on the Indiana Pacers, two of the…

  7. Brandon Costner Highlights Top Performers In D-League Showcase’s First Day

    Jan 10, 2012, 12:17 AM EDT

    Brandon Costner

    The NBA Development League Showcase has 16 games scheduled over the next four days in Reno, Nev., but as the name implies, the entire point of the D-League’s annual affair is for players to showcase themselves in front of the plethora of NBA decision makers in attendance. As Brandon Costner and the Los Angeles D-Fenders…

  8. Kwame Brown wants some credit for Andrew Bynum’s success

    Jan 9, 2012, 9:17 PM EDT

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    Andrew Bynum is blowing up this season — averaging 18.8 points and 15.7 rebounds per game, he is putting up numbers that are making Lakers fans rethink their Dwight Howard fascination. He is showing more polish and power, getting more shots right at the rim (7.7 attempts per game) and he is a beast on…

  9. Dwyane Wade utters two scary words: plantar fasciitis

    Jan 9, 2012, 7:11 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade poses during media day at the team's training camp in Miami

    Dwyane Wade has sat out three consecutive games with what has been described as a bruised foot, but in talking with Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel Monday he used some scary language. “I don’t know, man, it’s just hurting. It could be three different things. (Plantar fasciitis is) one of them. The bruise is…

  10. Video: Watch Barack Obama joke around with Mavericks

    Jan 9, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

    U.S. President Obama hosts 2011 NBA champions Dallas Mavericks at the White House in Washington

    Mark Cuban twisted arms and bench schedules to get his champion Dallas Mavericks a date at the White House. The league did not schedule the Mavericks to make a stop in Washington D.C. as part of the shortened post-lockout schedule but Cuban found a way. Obama jokes around with Dallas, saying the veteran team was…

  11. Kevin Love says he is the best power forward in the game

    Jan 9, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

    Kevin Love, Tim Duncan

    Kevin Love is a pretty special player. A double-double machine who on offense has smooth moves around the rim to go with shooting range out to the three-point line. He’s as good a rebounder as there is in the game. So mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the best power forward of them all?…

  12. San Antonio Spurs Call Up Malcolm Thomas From D-League Showcase

    Jan 9, 2012, 4:44 PM EDT

    Malcolm Thomas

    The NBA Development Showcase tipped off on Monday morning and, just two games into the four-day affair, the event has already shown why it’s useful. The San Antonio Spurs have decided to call-up Malcolm Thomas from the Los Angeles D-Fenders, Pro Basketball Talk has learned from sources close the situation. It’s an interesting first in-season…

  13. Video: LeBron takes hard-hitting questions from children

    Jan 9, 2012, 4:19 PM EDT

    Not shown: hair on LeBron's forehead.

    We’ve all got questions for LeBron James. Lots of them. But the ones that the children of Liverpool have for him are a little different. “Are you taller than my dad?” “Are you taller than a giraffe?” And my personal favorite: “Shouldn’t your first name be James?” When in Liverpool — remember he is part…

  14. Yi Jianlian recalled by Mavericks, solving all their problems

    Jan 9, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

    Yi Jianlian

    The Dallas Mavericks don’t just want one low-cost project big man to fill out their rotation. They want all of them. Dallas’ signing of Ian Mahinmi last summer has paid off nicely this year, and in an effort to find a similarly successful player on an equally affordable salary, the Mavs signed former lottery pick…

  15. Wizards deny any spat between Rashard Lewis, Sam Cassell

    Jan 9, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

    Rashard Lewis, Glen Davis

    Rashard Lewis did not play for the Washington Wizards Sunday night and was not on the bench for the game. But on Monday everyone around the team has denied that it was due to fight between Lewis and assistant coach Sam Cassell that led Lewis to walk away for a night, as reported by CSNWashington.com.…

  16. Do the Heat need another point guard?

    Jan 9, 2012, 2:37 PM EDT

    Mario Chalmers

    The Miami Heat may not have the most complete roster in the league in conventional terms, but thus far they’ve indisputably boasted the league’s most effective one. Miami is sitting awfully pretty with an 8-1 record, the NBA’s fifth-ranked offense, and its second best defense. But even those on top of the world have their…

  17. NBA Power Rankings: Heat on top, Blazers best in West

    Jan 9, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James does a dance with Chalmers during a time-out in overtime after they tied their NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta

    A little shifting up at the top but nothing too dramatic. Your big movers this week is the 76ers, who are playing well and moving up the rankings, and the Hornets dropping like a rock. 1. Heat (8-1 last week ranked No. 1). Chris Bosh drops 33 on the Hawks and wants you to remember…

  18. Phil Jackson reiterates he doesn’t plan to return to coaching

    Jan 9, 2012, 1:12 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson

    Phil Jackson loves to leave little threads dangling when he answers questions. Ones you can choose to pull at if you wish to see if the entire statement unravels. He’s still doing it. When Sam Smith at Bulls.com if he plans to return to coaching, Jackson is clear… then comes back a little. So Phil,…

  19. Andray Blatche has Flip Saunders’ back in the worst way

    Jan 9, 2012, 12:27 PM EDT

    Andray Blatche, Ryan Anderson

    Andray Blatche was just trying to help, trying to explain the reasons the Washington Wizards are 0-8 has nothing to do with coach Flip Saunders. And in doing so, he backed over Saunders with the bus. Here is the quote, via Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. “Flip is definitely doing his job,” Blatche said. “I just…

  20. D-League Showcase: Day 1 Features Plenty Of Talent Vying For A Call-Up

    Jan 9, 2012, 11:59 AM EDT

    Gerald Green

    The first day of the eighth annual NBA Development League Showcase tips off Monday afternoon as the legendary Antoine Walker and the Idaho Stampede face-off against the New York Knicks-owned Erie BayHawks. There’s probably no better way to shake off the cobwebs of the weekend than sneaking out of the office for a late lunch…

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