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  1. Iman Shumpert cleared for full contact in practice, near return

    Jan 8, 2013, 11:08 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v New Jersey Nets

    Iman Shumpert is close to returning to the New York Knicks. He tweeted that the doctors have cleared him for full contact practices, which is the last step to getting back on the court for games. He worked out for team doctors and officials before Monday night’s game against the Celtics and apparently that went…

  2. Omri Casspi says he is happy to be in Cleveland

    Jan 8, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

    Omri Casspi

    Over the weekend, a report came out that Cavaliers forward Omri Casspi (through his agent) had asked to be traded out of Cleveland. Monday the Cleveland media asked Casspi about it, and of course his answer was basically “I love Cleveland, who wouldn’t?” From the Plain Dealer: “Of course, I like Cleveland,” Casspi said before…

  3. Carmelo Anthony waits for Kevin Garnett at team bus (VIDEO)

    Jan 8, 2013, 9:16 AM EDT

    Referee Brothers moves to break up New York Knicks' Anthony and Boston Celtics' Garnett as they argue during their NBA basketball game in New York

    We already showed you how Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett picked up double technical during Monday night’s Celtic victory in Madison Square Garden. We told you how Anthony was waiting by the Celtics locker room to continue things after the game. Now here is video via CSNNE.com showing Anthony (in the red ski cap) waiting…

  4. Report: Sixers explored trade for Thunder’s Eric Maynor

    Jan 8, 2013, 8:59 AM EDT

    Eric Maynor

    The one position you would think the Philadelphia 76ers are set is point guard — Jrue Holiday has taken a huge step forward and is a borderline All-Star this season. But Philly apparently was looking for some depth there, tweets John Mitchell of the Philadelphia Inquirer. According to a source with the knowledge of the…

  5. Scott Skiles out as Bucks head coach

    Jan 8, 2013, 1:01 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v New Orleans Hornets

    Scott Skiles is out as head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, according to a report from Sam Amick of USA Today. The decision was mutual between the team and its coach, who had guided the Bucks to a record of 16-16, good enough for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference standings.…

  6. Report: Carmelo Anthony had to be restrained outside Celtics locker room after Knicks loss

    Jan 8, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    Things got heated between Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett during the Knicks’ home loss to the Celtics on Monday, and apparently, Anthony wanted to continue the battle after the game was finished. The two players received double technicals for their continued jawing with just over nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but they were…

  7. Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett go at it, receive double technicals (VIDEO)

    Jan 7, 2013, 11:28 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    The Celtics didn’t need Rajon Rondo to beat the Knicks at MSG on Thursday; they only needed to get inside Carmelo Anthony‘s head. Kevin Garnett did so masterfully, and Anthony shot a miserable 6-of-26 from the field which helped the Celtics come away with a critical road victory against one of the top teams in…

  8. Bradley Beal hits the game-winner to send Wizards past Thunder (VIDEO)

    Jan 7, 2013, 10:43 PM EDT

    Bradley Beal, Thabo Sefolosha, Kendrick Perkins

    The Wizards are just 5-28 on the season, but two of those five wins have come against the teams who met in the NBA Finals last June. Washington already beat the Heat earlier this season, and thanks to Bradley Beal‘s heroics with less than a second remaining on Monday, the Wizards were able to come…

  9. Tommy Heinsohn with the epic rant on Rondo’s suspension (VIDEO)

    Jan 7, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

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    Tommy Heinsohn is the color analyst on the Celtics broadcasts, but before that he was a Hall of Fame player and coach in Boston for parts of the last six decades. As you might imagine, he bleeds green at this point, and has almost no filter when discussing issues related to his beloved Celtics. The…

  10. PBT Extra: Talking Lakers, Mavericks and Love

    Jan 7, 2013, 7:59 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    This week on PBT Extra the incomparable Kay Adams and I are talking about the big stories in the NBA. Like how Kevin Love‘s hand injury harms the Timberwolves playoff chances in a crowded Western Conference. We talk Dallas a little and if there are any long-term issues between Mark Cuban and Dirk Nowitzki (there…

  11. Andrew Bynum says he is progressing, running is “coming soon” (VIDEO)

    Jan 7, 2013, 6:58 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    I know you all couldn’t wait for another Andrew Bynum update that is pretty much a non-update, so finally here it is. Bynum said that soon he could start doing some running, taking stand-still shots on the court and other steps toward recovery. The video is above, but for those of you who prefer the…

  12. Blazers center Leonard out a couple weeks with ankle sprain

    Jan 7, 2013, 5:48 PM EDT

    Meyers Leonard

    Rookie Meyers Leonard, who has played solidly for the Trail Blazers this season, will be out at least a couple more weeks with a sprained ankle. Leonard rolled his ankle on Dec. 29. Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com spoke with Leonard who said it would take a couple weeks for him to get back. “I would…

  13. Kobe takes to twitter to mock report of fight with Howard

    Jan 7, 2013, 5:20 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Dwight Howard fight

    Pretty much everyone around the Lakers has scoffed at the report of a near fight between Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard, something reported in the New York Daily News. Steve Nash told Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell “We laugh at that.” Kobe took to his new twitter account and took it one more step: The mamba…

  14. Danny Ferry gets $15,000 fine for giving video of Rondo to official

    Jan 7, 2013, 4:56 PM EDT

    Danny Ferry, Hawks President of Basketball Operations and GM

    Hawks GM Danny Ferry is being fined $15,000 for being a snitch. Rajon Rondo bumped referee Rodney Mott on Sunday night and he will pay the price for that by sitting out Monday night. But after the game when it happened Ferry approached the referees and gave them the video of the play. The tattletale.…

  15. Rajon Rondo suspended Monday night for bumping referee

    Jan 7, 2013, 4:41 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Clippers

    Over the weekend, Rajon Rondo played out a scene from last year’s playoffs — he bumped a referee in Atlanta. The league doesn’t take kindly to this. Combine it with what the league office called “failure to cooperate with a league investigation” and you get a one-game suspension for Rondo, Stu Jackson announced. Rondo will…

  16. Report: “Birdman” Chris Andersen to workout for Heat

    Jan 7, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

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    Miami has some rebounding issues. And while you can certainly make the case that rebounding is about effort (think Reggie Evans or Anderson Varejao or Dennis Rodman) it also doesn’t hurt to have some size. So the Heat are going to take a look at a guy known for size and effort (and tattoos) —…

  17. Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol injured, out indefinitely for Lakers

    Jan 7, 2013, 3:52 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    Because Kobe Bryant needed an excuse to take more shots… The Lakers will be without big men Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill on a two game, back-to-back road trip against Houston and San Antonio this week, but it could be more — both starters are listed as out “indefinitely.” Howard is out at…

  18. NBA Power Rankings: Thunder on top, but it’s close

    Jan 7, 2013, 3:22 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Atlanta Hawks

    To be honest, you could have ranked the top three in this week’s PBT NBA Power Rankings and been fine. I’m giving the top spot to the Thunder this week because I think they’d beat the Clippers or Spurs in a seven game series right now. But not easily. 1. Thunder (26-7, Last week ranked…

  19. Report: Omri Casspi requests trade from Cavaliers

    Jan 7, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

    Omri Casspi

    There was a buzz surrounding Omri Casspi when he came into the league with the Sacramento Kings back in 2009, and not only because he was the NBA’s first Israeli-born player. Casspi showed signs of being more than a serviceable rotation player early in his career, but his numbers have regressed in each of the…

  20. Suns trying to come to grips with recent offensive struggles

    Jan 7, 2013, 1:43 PM EDT

    Marcin Gortat, Derrick Favors, Paul Millsap

    PHOENIX — The Suns dropped their second straight home game on Sunday, falling to a Memphis Grizzlies team it had matched up well against in two earlier meetings this season. The loss itself, the team’s eighth in its last nine games, is the least of the problems in Phoenix. Offensively, the Suns have regressed completely…

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