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  1. Tracy McGrady having none of Kobe’s one-on-one story

    Jan 18, 2013, 9:36 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Yesterday we told you how Kobe Bryant said he was a one-on-one basketball god who could beat anyone, and that included him thrashing Tracy McGrady back in the day. I played T-Mac. I cooked him. Roasted him. Wasn’t even close. Ask him, he’ll tell you. Well, someone did. Word got halfway around to the globe…

  2. The Extra Pass: Rookie Report

    Jan 18, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    2012 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we ask you to put down your TPS report and pick up the Rookie Report: Since we’re near the halfway point of the season, it’s time to revisit the rookie class…

  3. LeBron, Heat open game vs. Lakers with four dunks (VIDEO)

    Jan 18, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    It was amazing the Lakers stayed as close to the Heat as they did in the first half — they opened the game with four straight turnovers, had 9 in the first quarter and 16 for the half. Usually that spells highlight dunks for the Heat and doom for their opponent. Well, it did spell…

  4. Three Stars of the Night: LeBron plus Wade equals too much for Lakers

    Jan 18, 2013, 3:09 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James celebrates during their NBA basketball game against Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles

    We really should just rename this the LeBron James and two other great performances of the night, considering the fact that when James is dialed in and chooses to exert maximum effort, all is lost for anyone trying to stop him. Before we get to James, however, let’s highlight a couple of other guys who…

  5. Improving Lakers get moral victory. Heat get impressive actual victory.

    Jan 18, 2013, 2:34 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Joel Anthony

    A week ago, with Los Angeles’ big men sitting in suits on the sideline, the Thunder routed the Lakers. Since that game the Lakers have played better, particularly on defense. Dwight Howard had become more active, the offense has been more crisp. The defensive improvement happened again for the most part on Thursday — Los…

  6. Bucks win in Phoenix for first time in 25 years

    Jan 18, 2013, 2:02 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Phoenix Suns

    PHOENIX — The Suns are in a bad place right now, contemplating rotation changes geared more toward player development than winning in the not-so-distant future. The Bucks, meanwhile, are a playoff team in the East, and fought like it on Thursday to overcome an eight-point fourth quarter deficit on the way to a 98-94 victory.…

  7. Ugly gets uglier as the Clippers defeat the injury-riddled Timberwovles

    Jan 18, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves guard Rubio is defended by L.A. Clippers' Crawford and Griffin during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Minneapolis

    It was easy to be excited for this one going in. Ricky Rubio is always must see TV, and Eric Bledsoe is capable of providing some serious fireworks. Pit the two against each other, throw in a few Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan jams, and you’ve got yourself a game, right? Well, not exactly. Bledsoe…

  8. Minnesota signs Mickael Gelabale to help depleted front line

    Jan 17, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

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    Minnesota needs some depth along the front line — Kevin Love had hand surgery this week and is out at least two more months, and also out injured are Chase Budinger, Brandon Roy, Josh Howard and Malcolm Lee. So Minnesota reached overseas and signed French national Mickael Gelabale, reports the Associated Press. He is expected…

  9. Ricky Rubio somehow blows a wide open layup (VIDEO)

    Jan 17, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    It doesn’t take an expert to tell you that Ricky Rubio is struggling to regain his form from last season. After returning from injury for the Timberwolves back on Dec. 15, he’s been extremely inconsistent, and hasn’t come close to finding his touch on the offensive end of the floor. Here we have video evidence…

  10. Leandro Barbosa and Danny Ainge deny report of Barbosa’s trade request

    Jan 17, 2013, 9:06 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets

    Leandro Barbosa has played well offensively for the Celtics this season when he’s gotten the chance. The problem has been that after the first month of the season, the opportunity has all but vanished — and when that happens, reports and rumors can often begin to swirl. That was the case with Barbosa this week,…

  11. These guys should be the NBA All-Star Game reserves

    Jan 17, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Westbrook drives by San Antonio Spurs' Parker during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    The fans have done their job — you all picked the NBA All-Star Game starters. And well done. While I could quibble with a choice I might have made differently, there are no egregious errors (read: Jeremy Lin is not a starter). Now it falls to the coaches to pick the seven reserves for each…

  12. London Calling: Knicks have no trouble with Pistons

    Jan 17, 2013, 7:26 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Detroit Pistons

    This is what the Knicks needed — a little vacation, a little rest, a chance to catch their breath and get a little healthy in the middle of the season. Oh, and throw in an easy win. The Knicks went to London technically as the road team but they made themselves at home against the…

  13. 2013 NBA All-Star starters announced

    Jan 17, 2013, 7:24 PM EDT

    kobe all-star 2013

    The 2013 NBA All-Star starters were announced just after 7 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, and in the both the Eastern and Western conferences, there were no surprises. In the east, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Kevin Garnett were the frontcourt players voted in by the fans, and Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo were selected to…

  14. Nike Basketball debuts ‘Count on Kobe’ spot (VIDEO)

    Jan 17, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

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    Nike Basketball dropped the first spot in their ad campaign to support Kobe Bryant and his latest signature shoe, the Kobe 8 SYSTEM. Reminding you that Bryant is relentless in his quest to be the best, the video essentially reminds us that like death and taxes, you can count on Kobe. From the official release:…

  15. New report suggests financial, ethical issues at NBA players union

    Jan 17, 2013, 6:39 PM EDT

    NBPA Meet To Discuss Current CBA Offer

    UPDATE 6:39 pm: Union Executive Director Billy Hunter released a statement. What you think of it pretty much describes what you think of Hunter. Here it is in its entirety: “The NBPA is currently reviewing the full independent special report simultaneous with the public. While I strongly disagree with some of the findings contained in…

  16. PBT Extra: Talking LeBron’s 20,000, Durant, All-Star reserves

    Jan 17, 2013, 6:28 PM EDT

    Miami Heat LeBron James looks on during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland

    Today on PBT Extra it’s the irrepressible Kay Adams asking if LeBron James would trade some of those points for a couple more rings, and if Kevin Durant can best LeBron as youngest to 20,000. Then we talk All-Star reserves. Good news Warriors fans, I think you deserve one. And I think the Knicks should…

  17. Martell Webster flushes on DeMarcus Cousins (VIDEO)

    Jan 17, 2013, 4:42 PM EDT

    Martell Webster

    Since his suspension earlier this season, DeMarcus Cousins has gone an absolute tear. In nine games in January, Cousins is averaging 21.7 points a game on 50 percent shooting to go along with 12.9 rebounds and 4 assists a contest. Through double-teams and everything else, Cousins has plowed through the competition and bolstered a Kings…

  18. Gary Payton talks Lillard, D-Will and guarding Jordan

    Jan 17, 2013, 4:02 PM EDT

    Gary Payton

    We look at today’s NBA as almost a new golden age of point guards — Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo, Tony Parker, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, and the list goes on and on. It’s a very different era from when Gary Payton was at the peak of his career. Back then Payton could body up on…

  19. Kobe Bryant says he is the best one-on-one player ever

    Jan 17, 2013, 2:59 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Tracy McGrady

    Kobe Bryant circa 2013 is a lot more mature person than Kobe Bryant circa 1997. As you would expect. He’s been through the battles, he’s calm under pressure, he picks his spots better. But don’t challenge him. Like to a game of one-on-one. That’s the sense you take away from a great Q&A by Steve…

  20. Pau Gasol cleared to play vs. Heat, will come off bench

    Jan 17, 2013, 2:34 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    If you’re looking for a weakness for the Miami Heat to attack, it is size and rebounding. They count on their athleticism, pressure defense and LeBron James to overcome that, but they have a weakness. So if you’re the Lakers, this is a good time to get Pau Gasol back. Gasol has been cleared to…

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