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  1. Today in miserable, miserable Greg Oden news: Greg Oden is not healthy enough to have surgery yet

    Feb 17, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

    Greg Oden

    From the invaluable Blazersedge comes this nugget of awful news about Greg Oden: Blazers Acting GM Chad Buchanan: After 2 weeks, C Greg Oden is still not cleared medically for L knee surgery because of ankle blood clots From the sound of that, it could be a long while before the #1 pick in the…

  2. The wait is over: NBA announces Shooting Stars lineup

    Feb 17, 2012, 4:34 PM EDT

    The Haier Shooting Stars Competition

    Here are the lineups for the NBA’s “Shooting Stars” competition, which involves a player from an NBA team, a WNBA team, and a retired NBA player from the same city shooting from various spots in the floor and competing against other cities. It takes place on All-Star Saturday. Here are the lineups: Orlando: Jameer Nelson, Marie…

  3. Nets to slash ticket prices when Dwight Howard comes to town, for they are desperate

    Feb 17, 2012, 4:13 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    When something from your team’s PR department ends up on Deadspin, it’s generally not a good thing. This marketing ploy from the New Jersey Nets caught the eye of Deadspin’s Jack Dickey today (emphasis Deadspin’s): On February 22, your NETS will face off against Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic. For this one night only the NETS…

  4. Time Warner Cable and MSG end long standoff, allowing all of New York to watch Jeremy Lin

    Feb 17, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire, Jeremy Lin, Mike D'Antoni

    From the twitter account of the New York Times’ Richard Sandomir: It’s over. MSG-TWC standoff over. Time Warner Cable, which provides basic cable service to a large portion of New York City, had not been able to agree on a “subscription fee” (the money that goes to each channel when you pay for basic cable…

  5. In Praise of Orlando’s Ryan Anderson

    Feb 17, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

    Ryan Anderson

    Ryan Anderson has been lost in all the Dwight Howard trade drama. Which is a shame because right now the 6’10” forward is the best stretch-four in the game — 16.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, shooting 43.5 percent from beyond the arc and grabbing 12.6 percent of the offensive rebounds when he is…

  6. Tom Thibodeau the player was all about offense. Seriously.

    Feb 17, 2012, 2:06 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Chicago Bulls

    There is a Tom Thibodeau you don’t know. Tom Thibodeau the shoot first, offensive-minded gunner. That Thibodeau was much younger, thinner, had more hair, and was still not the tallest guy on the team. But he was still always about hard work, about learning, about attention to detail. And about winning. That’s according to Peter…

  7. LeBron happy in Miami, was “truthful” about Cleveland

    Feb 17, 2012, 1:44 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    The day after LeBron James offered an olive branch to Cleveland and opened the door a little on his possible return to play for the Cavaliers someday, you knew there would be a day of follow up questions. Because it’s LeBron and Cleveland and perspective goes out the window when those two things meet. LeBron…

  8. Video: Cavaliers “sing” adaptaion of “My Girl” to fans

    Feb 17, 2012, 1:05 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving talks with head coach Byron Scott during the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Cleveland

    The word “sing” was in quotation marks in the headline for a reason. We just saw this (thank you Ball Don’t Lie and The Basketball Jones) but on Valentines Day the Cavaliers decided to do a little rendition of the Temptations’ classic “My Girl” and make it “My Fans.” How cute. There’s a reason these…

  9. One kink in Sacramento arena plan: $85 million from Maloofs

    Feb 17, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Los Angeles Lakers

    There is a real momentum in Sacramento to get a deal done and get an arena built — one that appears ready to clear the final hurdles. The Kings would stay in Sacramento. But if one thing were to derail that train, it could be the brothers who helped create the problem in the first…

  10. Linsanity should take Knicks above .500 tonight, but how much farther?

    Feb 17, 2012, 12:22 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire, Jeremy Lin, Mike D'Antoni

    Right now the Knicks are a .500 team, 15-15. Right now they are the eighth seed in the East. Chances are that after Friday night Jeremy Lin — who will get credit regardless of how he plays — and the Knicks will be above .500 as they should knock off the Hornets (and move into…

  11. Mark Cuban says if Jeremy Lin played in Charlotte nobody would notice

    Feb 17, 2012, 11:22 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets

    How much is Linsanity driven by Jeremy Lin’s play, and how much is driven by the fact he is doing it in New York City? That question has been out there from the start. Mark Cuban caught Linsanity and made the point to ESPNNewYork.com that the fact this is happening in New York is good…

  12. Friday And-1 links: Linsanity now includes Kardashian rumor

    Feb 17, 2012, 10:57 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    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). I’m willing to bet there is absolutely nothing to the rumor Kim Kardashian is going on a date with Jeremy Lin, but it’s out there.…

  13. J.R. Smith: “New York Knicks it is”

    Feb 17, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Nuggets guard Smith celebrates a three-point shot in their NBA basketball game against the Timberwolves in Denver

    It’s not a surprise — we told you yesterday it was coming — but now it is official. Well, it is if you can believe J.R. Smith himself. We tend to. Smith tweeted this Friday morning:  New York Knicks it is Smith will join the Jeremy Lin show, along with Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire.…

  14. Wilson Chandler may opt out of China playoffs, return to NBA

    Feb 17, 2012, 9:16 AM EDT

    Wilson Chandler, Kobe Bryant

    The reports had been that NBA players who signed to play a full season in China were going to be stuck there until their team was out of the playoffs. Wilson Chandler’s team, the Zhejiang Lions, is the seven seed (and would face Stephon Marbury’s team in the first round) but instead they may just…

  15. Jeremy Lin is confused why you don’t think he can play with ‘Melo

    Feb 17, 2012, 8:43 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v New York Knicks

    Carmelo Anthony is about to come back to the Knicks lineup and suddenly the question has somehow become “how can the four-time All-Star and Olympic gold medalist fit his game in with Jeremy Lin?” It’s a fair question in that things are going to have to change from how it was when Anthony was forced…

  16. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Bulls keep winning without Rose

    Feb 17, 2012, 8:07 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Garnett and Chicago Bulls' Boozer react to a call during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    What you missed while you were fascinated with the photo of a shark eating another shark…. Bulls 89, Celtics 80: The Bulls are now 3-1 without Derrick Rose and, as they have through this run (and really the last two seasons), they won this one with defense. Chicago held Boston to 39.7 percent shooting overall…

  17. Seattle groups lay out arena plan: it starts with finding team

    Feb 17, 2012, 2:12 AM EDT

    Seattle

    It’s a start. A good start. Details of the NBA arena plan for Seattle were laid out by Seattle’s mayor and the money behind it, hedge fund manager Chris Hansen, in a press conference that sounded more like a pep rally. They bathed the plan in glowing terms as filled with private investment and risk…

  18. Report: Allen Iverson willing to start comeback in D-League

    Feb 16, 2012, 10:53 PM EDT

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    John Ireland, the Lakers radio play-by-play person and long-time Los Angeles sports radio and television personality, told an interesting story on ESPN Radio in Los Angeles today: The Lakers had interest in giving Allen Iverson a shot before the season started and offered him a contract — but he had to start with the D-Fenders,…

  19. Steve Nash, Alvin Gentry defend decision to rest Suns’ stars

    Feb 16, 2012, 9:24 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    The Suns aren’t a team that’s stacked with talent; Steve Nash has said so himself at multiple times this season, going as far back as training camp last December. And given the team’s sub-.500 position in the standings, it certainly can’t afford to play games without its best offensive creator in Nash, and its best…

  20. Video: Kevin Love talks Ricky Rubio, Timberwolves, octopus

    Feb 16, 2012, 9:07 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves' Love high-fives fans after defeating San Antonio Spurs in their NBA basketball game in Minneapolis

    Kevin Love was on NBC’s SportsTalk on Thursday and spoke with my man Russ Thaler about a number of topics, like how much fun it is to play with Ricky Rubio. Or how he’s been working out with Terry Porter for the All-Star Three Point Contest. And how he’s getting an octopus named after him…

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