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  1. Klay Thompson’s dad will cut his allowance after league fine. I’m not kidding.

    Mar 1, 2013, 12:59 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors' Thompson moves with the basketball while Indiana Pacers' George defends him during an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis

    Klay Thompson is 23, a part of the young core of the Golden State Warriors, a guy who already is considered one of the league’s better shooters. He’s still on his rookie deal, so he’s “only” going to make $2.2 million this season, and not much more next season. He’s going to make a little…

  2. Dwight Howard wants to go to Rio, play in 2016 Olympics

    Mar 1, 2013, 11:57 AM EDT

    Olympics Day 6 - Basketball

    Back surgery last year had Dwight Howard watching the USA Olympic Men’s Basketball Team win gold in London the same way you did — from your couch. Howard would have been on the team — he won gold in Beijing in 2008 — but following Howard’s back surgery Tyson Chandler comfortably stepped into the role…

  3. Once again Lakers GM Kupchak defends Dwight Howard

    Mar 1, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Thursday night in the Lakers win Dwight Howard didn’t put up monster numbers against Nikola Pekovic (who left early injured) and the Minnesota Timberwolves — 11 points, 13 rebounds — but you could see he was moving much better, particularly on the defensive end of the court. He’s healthier, his back is bothering him less, and…

  4. Doug Collins rant had him going viral. He’s not really sure what that means.

    Mar 1, 2013, 11:05 AM EDT

    Doug Collins

    Tuesday night after an embarrassingly bad performance by the Sixers, old-school coach Doug Collins went off in an 11-minute press conference talking about effort. About being a professional. About leaving everything you’ve got on the court. “I looked out there to start the game and three guys weren’t even sweating when we started the game.…

  5. Celtics sign Shavlik Randolph to 10-day contract

    Mar 1, 2013, 10:28 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Brooklyn Nets

    Boston’s quest to find some depth off the bench for their front line has not ended with the signing of D.J. White since his return from China. Friday the Celtics reached terms with Shavlik Randolph on a 10-day contract, something first reported at Real GM and since confirmed by other sources. Randolph is already in…

  6. Ricky Rubio puts on move, leaves Kobe in his wake (VIDEO)

    Mar 1, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    The last couple weeks, Ricky Rubio is starting to look like his old self. Thursday night that wasn’t enough to get Minnesota a win (the Lakers got that handily) but it was enough for Rubio to use a behind the back move that burned Kobe Bryant. Not only that but Rubio shoots so quickly and…

  7. With solid plans in Seattle and Sacramento, NBA owners face hard decision

    Mar 1, 2013, 8:01 AM EDT

    Seattle skyline

    Seattle’s ownership group has plenty of money with the Microsoft CEO as the No. 2 guy (and a $30 million deposit to buy the Kings), an arena with approvals and on to the environmental stage, an energetic fan base, and most importantly an agreement with the current owners to buy the Sacramento Kings to move…

  8. Lakers cruise past Timberwolves for laugher of a win

    Mar 1, 2013, 3:13 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Los Angeles Lakers

    There haven’t been many of these games for the Lakers this season — Kobe Bryant icing his knees in the fourth quarter, guys joking around on the bench and nobody really stressed about the outcome. The Lakers created a little space in the second quarter, pulled away in the third behind 11 points from Kobe…

  9. Three Stars of the Night: Two guys from Los Angeles and a Frenchman

    Mar 1, 2013, 1:29 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Chicago Bulls

    There were three games Thursday night and each one had a clear star. Actually, each was an All-Star. Third Star: Kobe Bryant (33 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists) Kobe Bryant played like a guy trying to will his team into the playoffs — he returned to scoring mode on Thursday night, but it was hard…

  10. Report: Bulls close to signing Louis Amundson

    Mar 1, 2013, 12:42 AM EDT

    Lou Amundson

    We told you on Thursday it was getting close, some team was going to sign reserve forward Louis Amundson as an energy guy for the rest of the season. That team appears to be the Chicago Bulls, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. The Chicago Bulls are in talks with Louis Amundson about signing the veteran…

  11. Joakim Noah’s triple-double leads Bulls to win over Sixers

    Mar 1, 2013, 12:15 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah grabs a rebound from Philadelphia 76ers' Spencer Hawes during their NBA game in Chicago

    You knew going in to Thursday night’s nationally televised contest between the Bulls and the Sixers that it was going to be a rough one to watch. Thankfully, Joakim Noah gave us a performance worth seeing. While the teams played a slower-tempo game that was low-scoring by design, Noah was seemingly everywhere, and posted a…

  12. Chris Paul makes sure the Clippers leave with a win over Pacers

    Feb 28, 2013, 10:43 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul looks to get past defending Indiana Pacers' West and Pendergraph during their NBA basketball game in Indianapolis

    The Clippers probably thought they had sealed a quality road win over the Pacers much earlier than they had, getting out to a lead of as many as 17 points with 5:38 remaining in regulation. But as they’ve done all season long, the Pacers refused to quit, and went on a furious 13-0 run in…

  13. Blake Griffin with the acrobatic left-handed throwdown against the Pacers (VIDEO)

    Feb 28, 2013, 9:07 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Seven

    The Clippers were having no problem scoring inside against the Pacers on Thursday, but the points weren’t coming on the typical high-flying plays we’ve become accustomed to seeing from the Clippers this season. Midway through the third quarter, Blake Griffin changed all that. Griffin elevates and throws it down with the left hand, while being…

  14. LeBron, Birdman, Miami Heat do Harlem shake. (VIDEO)

    Feb 28, 2013, 7:46 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

    I swear on Nick at Nite the other day I saw the old “Happy Days” episode where the Fonz jumped that tank of sharks… Here is the Miami Heat doing the Harlem Shake, which includes the Birdman — Chris Andersen — “flying” around the locker room, and when the break comes you get LeBron James…

  15. Metta World Peace receives retroactive flagrant-two foul for elbow to Kenneth Faried

    Feb 28, 2013, 7:28 PM EDT

    Metta World Peace

    We brought the play to your attention on Wednesday, and at the time, believed that Metta World Peace had gotten away with one, since two days had passed without any word of punishment being handed down from the league office. We should know better. The NBA has retroactively slapped World Peace with a flagrant-two foul…

  16. PBT Extra: Is Curry the guy you’d build around out of his draft class?

    Feb 28, 2013, 7:26 PM EDT

    Golden State's Curry chews his mouthpiece against Indiana during an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis

    Stephen Curry had a monster night in the bright lights of Madison Square Garden, which on this edition of PBT Extra led Kay Adams to ask me a good question: If you could build a team around anyone from the last four drafts, would Stephen Curry lead your list? (Hint, he wouldn’t even lead his…

  17. Thursday And-1 links: Breaking down LeBron’s big February

    Feb 28, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Miami Heat

    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. • Here’s a statistical break down at SI of what an insanely good month…

  18. Why is Chicago slumping? Go back to this summer’s moves.

    Feb 28, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau, Jimmy Butler, Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson

    The Chicago Bulls are in a slump. They have lost 7-of-10 and are 6-9 in their last 15. Their already weak offense has slipped a little but it is the defense that has taken the bigger step back. They have slid down the ranks in the Eastern conference to the sixth seed, making their road…

  19. Meyers Leonard did not respect his elder, dunked on Andre Miller (VIDEO)

    Feb 28, 2013, 3:54 PM EDT

    Meyers Leonard

    These kids today, they have no respect anymore. Not for their elders, not for the guys with some great old man game. Andre Miller may have the best old man game in the league — he is just smart out there on the court — but even his young man game was not going to…

  20. North Korea wanted Jordan, eventually settled for Rodman

    Feb 28, 2013, 3:32 PM EDT

    Retired U.S. NBA basketball player Rodman is welcomed by Son, Vice Chairman of North Korea's Olympic Committe, as he arrives in Pyongyang

    If you had to choose between Michael Jordan and Dennis Rodman… why am I even asking this? We’d all make the same choice. North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is the same way — he’s actually an NBA fan, particularly the 1990s Bulls just like his late father (Kim Jong Il). Seriously. Vice Media sent…

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