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  1. Mark Cuban still has Odom’s back. That will not change.

    Mar 7, 2012, 1:40 AM EDT

    Lamar Odom

    Mark Cuban has worked hard to change the culture around the Dallas Mavericks into a place players want to be. A place where they are comfortable and can thrive in part because they know management has their back. It hasn’t worked that way for Lamar Odom — he has not played well since coming to…

  2. Dwyane Wade tweaks ankle, does not return to game

    Mar 6, 2012, 11:09 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    On the bright side, if you were going to tweak your ankle, this was the game to do it. Dwyane Wade suffered what the team is calling a “tweak” to his ankle in the second quarter and he did not return to the game. Thing is, he didn’t have to push it because the Heat…

  3. Happy 40th Birthday Shaq (here are some career higlights)

    Mar 6, 2012, 7:58 PM EDT

    O'NEAL

    A bit of a clown at times? Sure. Did he get the most he could have out of his talents? No. But still one of the most dominant centers ever to play the game? For sure. One of the most entertaining players ever to come through the NBA? No doubt. Happy 40th birthday, Shaquille O’Neal.…

  4. Larry Drew: Horford out for regular season, may return for playofffs

    Mar 6, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

    Al Horford

    From Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: #Hawks coach Larry Drew says @Al_Horford“definitely out for reg. season” and possibly could return for playoffs. The 25-year old Horford has not played since tearing his pectoral muscle on January 11th. The ultra-efficient Horford was averaging 12.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game before he got hurt. If the season…

  5. Kenneth Faried works harder at his job than you do at yours

    Mar 6, 2012, 6:59 PM EDT

    Kenneth Faried, Kurt Thomas

    David Thorpe — Executive Director of the Pro Training Center and ESPN analyst — has a saying: Energy is a skill. You need to have an elite level skill — rebounding, shooting, defending — to really impact an NBA game. But hustle, being a true energy guy, can do that, too. A guy who just…

  6. Catching up with Lenny Cooke, the former can’t-miss kid

    Mar 6, 2012, 6:07 PM EDT

    Lenny Cooke

    So many things can happen to high-school phenoms. Kobe Bryant is a five-time NBA champion. LeBron James is a two-time MVP. Dwight Howard is the best center in basketball. Sebastian Telfair is a mediocre backup point guard who has bounced around the league. Jeremy Tyler is currently trying to pay his dues in the D-League.…

  7. Report: Nets GM King “considered” shutting Brook Lopez down for season

    Mar 6, 2012, 5:19 PM EDT

    Brook Lopez

    Nets center Brook Lopez missed the first 32 games of this season with a broken right foot. Recently, Lopez sprained his right ankle. He is expected to be out for around 3 weeks, but Nets GM Billy King has reportedly considered shutting down his young center for the remainder of the season. From Colin Stephenson…

  8. Bulls catch break: Hamilton day-to-day with shoulder bruise

    Mar 6, 2012, 5:19 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Chicago Bulls

    There was a lot of worry around the Chicago Bulls when Richard Hamilton left the game Monday night — he had missed more than half of the Bulls games this season and this latest shoulder injury seemed like it could be one that kept him out a while. But the Bulls catch a break. Here…

  9. Clippers, Timberwolves may be interested in trading for Jamal Crawford

    Mar 6, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    From Hoopsworld’s Yannis Koutroupis: The Portland Trail Blazers are enduring a trying season at 18-19 and changes could be on the horizon. One Blazer who is garnering a lot of interest in particular is shooting guard Jamal Crawford. Sources confirm to HOOPSWORLD that Crawford, who was signed as an unrestricted free agent this offseason to…

  10. Bosh returns to Heat, will start tonight

    Mar 6, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh LeBron James

    From the AP: MIAMI (AP) — Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat were thrilled to see each other again Tuesday. Bosh returned to the team after missing nearly a week to deal with his grandmother’s death, and is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday night when Miami plays host to the New Jersey Nets. Bosh…

  11. Report: Diaw asks for buyout from Bobcats

    Mar 6, 2012, 3:22 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Milwaukee Bucks

    UPDATE 4:08 EST: According to the Charlotte Observer’s Rick Bonnell, Diaw and his agent have asked Bobcats GM Rod Higgins about a buyout: Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins told the Observer Tuesday that he met with Diaw before the All-Star break about Diaw’s role and his expiring contract. Higgins said he has since…

  12. Andray Blatche says all the boos wearing on him, Wizards

    Mar 6, 2012, 2:53 PM EDT

    Ray Allen, Andray Blatche

    It can’t be fun coming to work knowing that 15,000 people (or however many people are actually showing up for Wizards games now) are going to boo you. It would make you second-guess yourself. Which is exactly what Andray Blatche said is happening after another Wizards loss Monday. He gets boos every time he pretty…

  13. Knicks ticket prices to go up again next season

    Mar 6, 2012, 2:25 PM EDT

    Madison Square Garden

    The “cheap” seats at Madison Square Garden are about to get less so. Last year ticket prices for New York Knicks games jumped a whopping 49 percent as the renovation of Madison Square Garden’s lower bowl (combined with a team actually worth seeing) changed the economics of one of the NBA’s legendary buildings. James Dolan…

  14. Video: Was Blake Griffin’s takedown of Luke Ridnour dirty?

    Mar 6, 2012, 2:11 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Golden State Warriors

    Blake Griffin is a chippy player. Which he needs to be — he’s a big man who is physical and other teams respond with physicality. If he didn’t push back and hold his ground (both physically and in terms of intimidation) he’d be swept aside. But there is a line there with being chippy and…

  15. One way or another, Raptors cutting ties with Anthony Carter

    Mar 6, 2012, 12:57 PM EDT

    Carter_Anthony

    This isn’t going to help his trade value. Not that there was a whole lot to begin with. Toronto is either going to trade Anthony Carter or release the veteran point guard after the trade deadline, reports Doug Smith at the Toronto Star. The Raptors are going to try to either move the veteran guard…

  16. Kidd says Mavericks’ title should mean more respect from refs

    Mar 6, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin defends Dallas Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    I just expect more out of the champions, out of a veteran team like this. After another Dallas lost on Monday night where they ran some terrible execution on plays in the final couple of minutes, Jason Kidd pulled out the card most used by struggling teams without a good answer — it’s the referees’…

  17. Magic GM says 6 to 8 teams pushing for Dwight Howard

    Mar 6, 2012, 11:37 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Apparently there are a number of teams in the “rent-a-Howard” market. The latest news on the Dwight Howard trade front is that while teams are lining up for a shot to get him even if it is for just the rest of this season, right now there is no movement. We cannot emphasize this enough…

  18. Tuesday And-1 links: Kyrie Irving will not play for Australia

    Mar 6, 2012, 11:08 AM EDT

    Cavaliers Irving reacts to making a three point basket in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge game during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    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). Kyrie Irving is not going to be on Team USA in London in 2012, but he had a standing offer from Australia (he was born…

  19. One potential landing spot for Chris Kaman: Indiana Pacers

    Mar 6, 2012, 10:32 AM EDT

    Chris Kaman, Nene

    Officially, the New Orleans Hornets “remain open” to trading Chris Kaman, reports the Times-Picayune. What that really means is they are going to trade Chris Kaman before the deadline. The question is where. One possible answer is Indiana, according to the Indianapolis Star. The Pacers have an All-Star center in Roy Hibbert but the depth…

  20. Rip Hamilton injures shoulder, could be out a while

    Mar 6, 2012, 10:14 AM EDT

    Richard Hamilton

    Well, on the up side the Bulls are used to playing without Richard Hamilton in the lineup. And they may be for a while — Rip injured his shoulder in the Bulls win Monday over the Pacers. There are not a lot of details but what Aggrey Sam found out for CSNChicago.com doesn’t make it…

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