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  1. Michael Jordan sues Chinese apparel company

    Feb 22, 2012, 10:30 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan

    It’s been 14 years since Michael Jordan stepped on an NBA court (Washington? I choose not to remember that stop) and he is still the most valuable brand in basketball worldwide. By miles and miles and miles. Which is why NBA legend and current Bobcats owner Jordan — along with — Nike has a team…

  2. Report: J.R. Smith fined more than $1 million by Chinese team

    Feb 22, 2012, 8:59 PM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    J.R. Smith may finally have found someone who makes Stu Jackson and David Stern seem reasonable. We knew Smith and his family had a couple incidents while playing in China during the lockout, apparently he missed some practices, too. About $1 million worth. You read that right, $1 million in fines. That’s the report, which…

  3. Kevin Durant to replace Joe Johnson in Three-Point Contest

    Feb 22, 2012, 8:04 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Oklahoma City Thunder

    And the All-Star Three-Point Contest continues to have way more star power than the Dunk Contest…. Kevin Durant has been chosen to replace the Hawks Joe Johnson in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest on All-Star Saturday night in Orlando, the league has announced. Johnson has tendonitis in his left knee and is resting it through…

  4. Rajon Rondo to replace Joe Johnson in All-Star Game

    Feb 22, 2012, 7:56 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    UPDATE 7:56 pm: The league finally got around to confirming what everybody already knew… It’s official, Rajon Rondo is in for the All-Star Game, replacing Joe Johnson who an MRI confirmed is suffering from tendonitis in his left knee. Which requires rest. so he sits. There are some complaining that Rondo is the guard on…

  5. Chase Budinger dunks over Yao Ming (well, a cut out of him)

    Feb 22, 2012, 6:27 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Clearly this is a staged video, with the Rockets’ Chandler Parsons “talking to the media” while Chase Budinger just happens to do a dunk over a cardboard cutout of Yao Ming in the background. Coincidentally. Still, pretty cool. And this is why I hold out some hope for this year’s All-Star Dunk Contest — Budinger…

  6. Jeremy Lin would like to trademark “Linsanity” himself

    Feb 22, 2012, 6:03 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v New York Knicks

    Just a few days after “Linsanity” started to grip New York City, a couple of people filed to trademark that name, hoping to make a few quick bucks off the Jeremy Lin phenomenon. Turns out, Jeremy Lin would like those bucks himself. Lin has filed to trademark the word “Linsanity” and did so on Feb.…

  7. Report: Joel Przybilla chooses to play in Portland

    Feb 22, 2012, 4:40 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    Joel Przybilla apparently has chosen to go back where he feels comfortable — Portland. Przybilla’s decision has been made, tweets Marc Spears of Yahoo. Free agent center Joel Przybilla has chosen to sign with Blazers, source tells Yahoo! Sports. The Bulls and Heat — two contenders in need of depth along the front line —…

  8. Nets pulling out all the fireworks to impress Dwight Howard

    Feb 22, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard gestures during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Dwight Howard heads to New Jersey Wednesday night to play the Nets in the building that team will not play in next season. The Nets are going to Brooklyn, and they want Howard to join them there. So they are pulling out all the fireworks. Literally. Here is the tweet from Andy Vasquez, the Nets…

  9. LeBron says he expects to cover Jeremy Lin some Thursday

    Feb 22, 2012, 3:08 PM EDT

    Miami Heats LeBron James looks on during their NBA basketball game against his former team the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland

    Jeremy Lin has stood up pretty tall to every test he’s faced the past few weeks — the Knicks haven’t won every game, but he’s not wilted in the spotlight. However, the Miami Heat’s defensive energy and athleticism on the perimeter is a whole different ballgame. And Lin is going to get all of it…

  10. Nets’ Shawne Williams done for season after foot surgery

    Feb 22, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

    Shawne Williams, Carmelo Anthony,

    The Nets have been without Shawne Williams for more than a week with a foot injury, one that was more serious than previously known. Williams is done for the season after surgery Wednesday to put remove a bone fragment and put in three screws, the team announced Wednesday. He should be able to return next…

  11. Paul George your new Dunk Contest favorite, here’s why

    Feb 22, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Paul George

    Iman Shumpert is out, Jeremy Evans is in — we’ve had All-Star Saturday Dunk Contest changes. So, if you are a degenerate gambler and want to bet on this, how will this change impact you? Well, from the fine folks at Bovada here are the new odds. Paul George (Pacers) 3/2 Jeremy Evans (Jazz) 11/4…

  12. Stern says sale of Hornets could be complete in few weeks

    Feb 22, 2012, 1:37 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    In a lead up to All-Star Weekend, NBA Commissioner David Stern sat down with David Aldridge of TNT/NBA.com for an interview, one which covered everything from the level of play this season to Jeremy Lin. Because all NBA conversations must now by law include Jeremy Lin. But maybe the most interesting quote was when Stern…

  13. Video: LaMarcus Aldridge visits Portlandia

    Feb 22, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    Let me get my bias out of the way up front — I am a big “Portlandia” fan. If you’re not watching it, well, you’re getting invited over to my house for dinner. Or going to a women’s book store with me. Portlandia is the IFC sketch comedy series from SNL’s Fred Armisen and fmusciian/comedian…

  14. It’s official: Shumpert out, Utah’s Evans in for Dunk Contest

    Feb 22, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v New Jersey Nets

    UPDATE 12:31 pm: The league has announced this as official — Iman Shumpert has pulled out of the All-Star Weekend dunk contest and Jeremy Evans is in. While Knicks fans are going to be bummed, the contest itself is not going to suffer — Evans is a great dunker. This should be fun (you can…

  15. Video: Chinese All-Star Game provides worst hoops sequence ever

    Feb 22, 2012, 11:40 AM EDT

    marbury_china

    Things you will not see on Aaron Brooks’ and Stephon Marbury’s tapes to NBA teams include… Yes, those two are on the floor for this horrific sequence from the Chinese Basketball Association All-Star Game. If you wondered how J.R. Smith could drop 60 in that league, well, remember this clip is from the very best…

  16. Bulls, Heat, Blazers? Przybilla to announce choice soon

    Feb 22, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Houston Rockets, Game 6

    In the next 24-48 hours, one team is going to get a solid big man who can come off their bench and provide some size — Joel Przybilla is going to make his decision. The Bulls had been considered the front runners but the Heat also had been in negotiations with (and reportedly made an offer…

  17. Wednesday And-1 links: How much would you pay for a Lin jersey?

    Feb 22, 2012, 11:14 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    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). How much would you pay for a game-worn Jeremy Lin jersey and four tickets to see him play? For one guy the answer was $42,388.…

  18. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Spurs take vacation in Portland

    Feb 22, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

    Tony Parker, Tim Duncan Spurs

    What you missed while filling out your Oscar pool…. Trail Blazers 137, Spurs 97: Gregg Popovich decided to sacrifice the Spurs 11-game win streak on the alter of rest. He sat Tony Parker and Tim Duncan (Manu Ginobili is already out with an oblique strain). The result was kind of what you’d expect with the…

  19. Video: Mannix, Wojnarowski discuss ‘Melo, Lin fit

    Feb 22, 2012, 9:14 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo were on NBC’s SportsTalk yesterday and of course Jeremy Lin, Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks came up. Their consensus — there’s a lot of potential there. Which sounds familiar. Oh, and by the way Deron Williams is really good.

  20. Video: LeBron James with block, 60-foot ally-oop pass

    Feb 22, 2012, 5:02 AM EDT

    Heat forward James and guard Wade laugh during the closing minutes against the Mavericks in Dallas, Texas

    LeBron James and Dwyane Wade know how to put on a show. This is not really as good as the baseball-pass ally-oop from Wade to LeBron earlier in the year, but it comes close thanks to the block by LeBron at one end and the acrobatic finish by Wade at the other. The Heat rack…

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