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  1. Report: Anthony, Stoudemire to meet, discuss Knicks woes

    Jan 23, 2012, 12:25 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    Amar’e Stoudemire was an afterthought in the Knicks offense for much of the second half against the Nuggets — he had just three shot attempts through the final 24 minutes and two overtimes. Carmelo Anthony put up 20 in that same time. In a game that became the Knicks sixth straight loss. Coincidence? Anthony acknowledged…

  2. Monday And-1 links: Apparently Web surfers love the Magic

    Jan 23, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    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). Which three teams lead the NBA is traffic to their Web sites? Two are pretty obvious — the Lakers and Heat. But the third is…

  3. Heat without Wade: Less slashing, more shooting

    Jan 23, 2012, 10:51 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat

    Against Milwaukee on Sunday, the Heat role players shot the ball like, well, the Heat role players from last season. Take LeBron James and Chris Bosh out of the equation and the Heat shot 25.7 percent for the game, and were just 2-of-9 from three. That stood out because it had not been the case…

  4. Could Al Horford be the next Players Association president?

    Jan 23, 2012, 10:14 AM EDT

    Al Horford

    After watching the grind that Derek Fisher went through this summer as president of the National Basketball Players Association — the players union — it’s hard to imagine a lot of guys lining up for that job. Then again, look at the pressure and public beating any United States president takes and you wonder why…

  5. Video: Pacers mascot shatters high school backboard

    Jan 23, 2012, 8:42 AM EDT

    Boomer Pacers mascot

    It seems like such a great promotion — invite Boomer, the Indiana Pacer Mascot, to your high school game. He fires up the crowd, provides some half time entertainment with a dunk, promotes the team, everybody wins. Or not. Apparently this school did not have the NBA-standard breakaway rims installed and, well, the second half of…

  6. Bulls expect Rose to return, Deng to be out Monday

    Jan 23, 2012, 8:04 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose celebrates after teammate Luol Deng was fouled while shooting by Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    The good news: Derrick Rose should be back for the Bulls Monday. The bad news: Don’t expect Luol Deng to be in the lineup with him. The Bulls have some sort of Seinfeld-like “even Stephen” thing going on — Joakim Noah may be back in the lineup but Taj Gibson is likely out. Rose has…

  7. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Maybe Miami does miss Wade

    Jan 23, 2012, 3:04 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    What you missed while wildly overreacting to your team’s loss… Pacers 98, Lakers 96: This contrast in offensive balances was our game of the night. Bucks 91, Heat 82: Milwaukee turned this into an ugly, grind-it-out game that favored their style and not the high-flying Heat. So, exactly what Scott Skiles wants them to do.…

  8. Pacers show fight, Lakers don’t and roll over again in loss

    Jan 23, 2012, 2:16 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Paul George

    The Indiana Pacers know who they are — balanced and unselfish. They also fight. Down by 13 in the first quarter Sunday they come out in the second quarter throwing haymakers (and shoot 67 percent). Break Roy Hibbert’s nose and he’ll come back in the fourth quarter and give you eight points with the game…

  9. David Stern doesn’t see what the big deal is about players leaving their teams

    Jan 22, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    David Stern

    In an interview with the Orlando Sentinel, David Stern put on the old jousting tights and once again decided to do a little dance around the media. In a wide ranging interview, Stern discussed his relationship with ownership, old and new, the effect of the lockout on injuries (surprise, he says there isn’t one), and…

  10. So… what exactly are the Sixers?

    Jan 22, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Four

    From SBNation’s excellent Sixers’ blog Liberty Ballers (pardon the extensive blockquote, but I need it for context): Denver, Atlanta, Miami. That was the “tough stretch” Jordan wrote about early last week. Finally, after 13 games where the opponents winning percentage was a lowly .371, they’d play some actual competition. Now, we’d find out if this…

  11. Michael Jordan is mentoring Gerald Henderson

    Jan 22, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan

    Michael Jordan’s legacy as a “teacher” or someone who passed the game on isn’t exactly sterling. He pretty much killed Kwame Brown‘s soul, and has never been known to take a special interest in any of his players on the Wizards or Bobcats. Jordan is known to have ridiculously high standards, keeps a close circle…

  12. Dwight Howard’s pining for point guard help is kind of crushing Jameer Nelson’s soul

    Jan 22, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    Imagine you’re working on a project with a guy. Your careers depend on it. Now, your partner is an exceptional talent, he’s one of the best guys in the business at what you do. But he needs a complimentary guy with your specific skills. If things go well, you’re looking at being the best in…

  13. Melo says it may be time to ‘re-evaluate everything’ and that you can boo him all you want

    Jan 22, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tommy Hilfiger Womens - Backstage - Spring 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

    The word “reflective” was used to describe Carmelo Anthony after Saturday night’s loss to the Nuggets. He wasn’t just pressing ahead, spitting out “both teams played hard” and ignoring the realities of where the Knick are at. He was honest about the struggles, and even if the comments come with a slight dose of bitterness,…

  14. Josh Harrellson suffers broken wrist, will be out more than six weeks

    Jan 22, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v New York Knicks

    As if the Knicks losing again, at home, to the Denver Nuggets with half their lineup from the past few years wasn’t depressing enough, the Knicks suffered another loss Saturday night. The Knicks announced after the game that backup big man Josh Harrellson suffered a broken wrist on Saturday night and will miss six weeks…

  15. Knicks put it together against Nuggets… and then go back to Melo-ball

    Jan 22, 2012, 12:11 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v New York Knicks

    It makes sense, on one level. You play good team ball for 45 minutes. You create open looks, you drive to the rim, you produce opportunities to get you into a tight game. And then, when it comes down to clutch time, you let your star scorer score. That makes a lot of sense and…

  16. Utah’s Derrick Favors fined for throwing ball into the the stands (video)

    Jan 21, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

    favors-fined

    In this era where a majority of the NBA’s star players seem to be friendly with one another in some capacity off the court, a regular season basketball game that achieves a certain level of chippiness is a welcome surprise. So with that in mind, we bring you these selected highlights from Utah’s close loss…

  17. Report: Boston’s prepared to “move on” from Big 3

    Jan 21, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Boston Celtics

    Recently Danny Ainge out and out told reporters that he’s willing to hear offers for members of the Big 3. Now comes a report from the New York Daily News that takes it a step further. But with Paul Pierce dealing with heel issues, Kevin Garnett fading, Ray Allen still effective shooting threes but headed…

  18. Dirk Nowitzki out 4 games for “conditioning” on his knee

    Jan 21, 2012, 7:12 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Just prior to Dallas’ game against New Orleans, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle informed the media that Dirk Nowitzki would miss four straight games to work on “conditioning issues” according to multiple sources. BREAKING: Mavs coach Rick Carlisle says Dirk Nowitzki will be out at least four games to work on his conditioning.Sat Jan 21 23:53:34…

  19. NBA admits refs missed a huge call at the end of the Pacers’ win over the Warriors

    Jan 21, 2012, 6:49 PM EDT

    George Hill, Darren Collison

    Kevin Love‘s big shot to beat the Clippers may have been the big story in the NBA on Friday, but there was another play near the end of regulation in the game between the Pacers and the Warriors that was just as exciting. Only with that one, the NBA admits the officials made a horrible…

  20. The Knicks, Carmelo, D’Antoni, and being set up for success vs. failure

    Jan 21, 2012, 4:23 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Introduce Mike D'Antoni

    It’s panic time in New York. Not across the board, mind you. There are always those that seek calmer seas, that urge for patience, that understand that all teams go through winning and losing streaks, and just because times are rough it does not mean you throw out the mustached baby with the What-Toney-Dougalas-Do bathwater.…

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