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  1. Video: Celtics owner Wyc talks about his team’s age

    Jan 20, 2012, 9:57 PM EDT

    Wycliffe Grousbeck

    Celtics owner and CEO Wycliffe Grousbeck was on “Sports Biz: Game On” with Darren Rovell on the NBC Sports Network Friday and talked about the impact of the lockout, and more importantly to Celtics fans the older team they have this year and their plans. He sounds positive that things will work out this year,…

  2. Derrick Rose officially out Friday, talks about toe injury

    Jan 20, 2012, 6:53 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose, Leandro Barbosa

    UPDATE 6:53 pm: The Chicago Bulls have made official what we expected, Derrick Rose will sit out Friday night’s game in Cleveland with his toe injury. Don’t be shocked if he misses another game or two. Guys are missing more games with these minor injuries this season due to the compacted schedule. Thanks again, lockout!…

  3. Dwight Howard tells Shaq to “get on with his life”

    Jan 20, 2012, 6:50 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard Shaquille O'Neal

    Shaquille O’Neal loves to needle Dwight Howard. Why? Mostly because he’s Shaq, but there is that whole silly “Superman” thing (Shaq’s nickname but a persona Howard used to win the dunk contest in 2008). Now, Shaq’s got a big megaphone on TNT’s Inside the NBA. National broadcast where he can and did say Andrew Bynum…

  4. Spike Lee gives Barack Obama some new Air Jordans

    Jan 20, 2012, 5:33 PM EDT

    Spike Lee, Barack Obama, Air Jorans

    Among the perks of being president — sweet new free Air Jordans. That and a full-time chef at your disposal so if you want a pastrami sandwich at 4 a.m. you get it. Famous director Spike Lee was at the White House recently and tweeted the picture to the right where he gave Barack Obama…

  5. Deron Williams has a wish list, too. Nets are on top for now.

    Jan 20, 2012, 4:41 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    The conventional wisdom has been that if the Nets could not land another star to join Deron Williams in New Jersey this season or Brooklyn next season, he would opt out this summer — crushing the Nets franchise that gave up a lot to get him — and heading to his hometown of Dallas next…

  6. Report: Magic may keep Howard, try to land Steve Nash

    Jan 20, 2012, 4:19 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    More and more, it feels like the Orlando Magic may not trade Dwight Howard — despite Howard’s trade request still being on the table — do what they can to keep him and roll the dice that he doesn’t opt out of his contract and walk away leaving them nothing this summer. How do they…

  7. Video: LeBron James runs over Marlins owner

    Jan 20, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    One of the cool things about being Jeffrey Loria, the owner of the Florida Marlins (plus being insanely rich), is if you want courtside seats to the Lakers vs. Heat you can get them. And you can have LeBron James almost run over you. The impressive part really is that LeBron catches him and pulls…

  8. Lakers change offensive systems then struggle. Shocking.

    Jan 20, 2012, 2:59 PM EDT

    Lakers' Bryant watches a Heat free throw in their NBA basketball game in Miami

    When some of us argued that Brian Shaw was the best coach to take over the Lakers after Phil Jackson left, the reasoning was simply that you don’t change horses in the middle of the stream. The Lakers are still (theoretically) in a championship window. They had been playing the triangle for years and while…

  9. Report: Vanessa Bryant scores $75 million in divorce from Kobe

    Jan 20, 2012, 1:58 PM EDT

    vanessa-bryant

    Damn, that’s a big number. Vanessa is will get about $75 million in her divorce from Kobe Bryant. It’s not unexpected — Kobe Bryant was reportedly worth about $150 million and when he married Vanessa there was no prenuptial agreement. They stayed married 10 years, through the bulk of Kobe’s career. Now the divorce settlement…

  10. Stephen Jackson suspended from Friday’s game by coach

    Jan 20, 2012, 1:08 PM EDT

    Stephen Jackson

    There was clearly a little something brewing between Bucks swingman Stephen Jackson and coach Scott Skiles, when Jackson was benched the entire fourth quarter Wednesday. After the game Skiles said he did it because. “”I thought he looked fatigued, I guess” and Jackson’s response was “If they want to blame it on somebody, I’ll take…

  11. Technology and the future of attending an NBA game

    Jan 20, 2012, 12:11 PM EDT

    Vivek ranadive 2

    NBA teams are struggling to figure out how to fit modern technology into the live NBA experience. How we get information and share our experiences is changing with technology, and teams are trying to figure out how to keep up. Mark Cuban in Dallas says he wants to eliminate the “look down” moments, so his…

  12. Friday And-1 links: JaVale McGee’s mom loves her son

    Jan 20, 2012, 11:10 AM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    Welcome to our 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). JaVale McGee’s mom loves her son, even if her defense of him shows a few blind spots. As a parent, I can relate… except my kids…

  13. Charges may be dropped against Mavs coach Armstrong

    Jan 20, 2012, 10:38 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Boston Celtics

    We had passed along word of the arrest of former NBA player and current Mavericks assistant coach Darrell Armstrong the other day. He was picked up in Los Angeles but the warrant was for gambling debt with Harrah’s Las Vegas. Now the whole thing may go away soon. It’s all about the money. The Associated…

  14. Report: Utah Jazz willing to trade Devin Harris

    Jan 20, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

    Jazz 76ers Basketball

    No real surprise here, but keep your eye on Devin Harris as a guy who could get traded. Harris is struggling and while he still the starting point guard for the Jazz he is not the future and it’s no shock the Jazz would be willing to move the point guard they got back from…

  15. Lakers, Magic not talking Dwight Howard trade; Kobe is talking to him

    Jan 20, 2012, 9:04 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Dwight Howard

    Only one thing — a potential Dwight Howard trade to the Lakers — is going to get talked about more than how lost the Lakers offense looks in the next 24 hours. With Los Angeles headed into Orlando for a Friday showdown, let’s do a trade update: There isn’t one. The two sides are not…

  16. Former Duke star Christian Laettner returns to basketball as assistant coach in the D-League

    Jan 20, 2012, 8:29 AM EDT

    Christian Laettner

    Christian Laettner retired from the NBA following a forgettable 49 games during the 2004-05 season when he sat on the Miami Heat bench alongside such big man luminaries as Michael Doleac and Wang Zhizhi. Following a couple of failed business ventures, however, the former Duke Blue Devils star is back in basketball … as an…

  17. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Samuel Dalembert saves the day

    Jan 20, 2012, 8:25 AM EDT

    Samuel Dalembert

    What you missed while being thankful this wasn’t your fifth grade teacher… Heat 98, Lakers 87: Miami looking like contenders and the Lakers looking lost was our game of the night. Rockets 90, Hornets 88 (OT): The most entertaining game of the night was the one almost nobody watched. Houston led from the opening tip…

  18. Heat’s depth exposes Lakers’ serious lack of it

    Jan 20, 2012, 12:46 AM EDT

    Chris Bosh LeBron James

    One year ago, the table was flipped. What held the Miami Heat back was a lack of depth — it was the big three and then little else they could count on. It haunted them in the finals against Dallas. The Lakers on the other hand had the sixth man of the year and while…

  19. Cuban believes this year’s Mavs are better than last year’s

    Jan 19, 2012, 10:46 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    Mark Cuban felt the heat after he let Tyson Chandler, J.J. Barea, Caron Butler, DeShawn Stevenson go. Brining in Lamar Odom has not worked out as planned and Dallas got off to a rocky 8-7 start after two heartbreaking losses in Los Angeles (veterans Derek Fisher and Chauncey Billups did them with game winners on…

  20. Video: Adrian Wojnarowski talks Russell Westbook deal

    Jan 19, 2012, 9:17 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    Adrian Wojnarowski was on NBC’s SportsTalk Thursday talking about Russell Westbrook‘s new deal — five years at $80 million. — and what that means for the Thunder going forward. The big question as the bills come due over the next few years for Oklahoma City is how much this small-market ownership is really willing to…

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