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  1. Kevin McHale (briefly) blames Rockets’ record for Kyle Lowry’s All-Star snub

    Feb 9, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v New Orleans Hornets

    The reserves for the 2012 NBA All-Star game were announced on Thursday, and in Phoenix, where the Rockets were in town to face the Suns, the results were of particular interest. Both teams had players who were deserving on some level in Steve Nash and Kyle Lowry, but while Nash was selected, Lowry missed the…

  2. Your NBA All-Star reserves announced, coaches went safe

    Feb 9, 2012, 7:24 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    The fans picked the five starters, but this week the coaches voted to name the reserves to the All-Star Game in Orlando. And the coaches played it safe. They went with the old names they new not the future stars. They went with veteran Joe Johnson and left out Rajon Rondo. They left out Paul…

  3. Report: Lakers to retire Shaq’s #34 next season

    Feb 9, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Shaquille O'Neal

    From NBA.com’s Scott Howard-Cooper: Indications are Lakers will retire @Shaq uniform No. 34 next season. Brief delay due to rush of schedule, not any doubt it would happen. O’Neal, who retired after last season, played for the Lakers from 1996-2004, and is still currently the only player to win a championship after signing a max contract with…

  4. “No timetable” for Irving’s return from concussion

    Feb 9, 2012, 5:10 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

    From the AP: CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers rookie guard Kyrie Irving is being evaluated at the Cleveland Clinic as he recovers from a concussion. Irving missed his first game of the season Wednesday night with the concussion. He was kept out after the team diagnosed him with the head injury, which he sustained Tuesday night in…

  5. Kendrick Perkins says he deleted his twitter because of “too much negativity”

    Feb 9, 2012, 4:52 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin Kendrick Perkins

    Kendrick Perkins has gained some national attention recently thanks to his strong words about LeBron James’ twitter reaction to Blake Griffin’s play-of-the-year dunk on Perkins, and his feelings towards “elite” NBA players on twitter in general. Perkins deletehavd his twitter shortly before he made his statements, and recently there have been some insinuations that Perkins…

  6. Jeremy Lin says Tim Tebow has been an inspiration to him

    Feb 9, 2012, 4:41 PM EDT

    Divisional Playoffs - Denver Broncos v New England Patriots

    There are some similarities to the Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow stories — and not just that they both throw bounce passes. Both had built in followings but were not expected by most experts to make much of an impact at the professional level. Both have. Both still have some people expecting them to fall…

  7. Keith Bogans out for the season

    Feb 9, 2012, 4:07 PM EDT

    Bogans Nets

    The Star-Ledger’s Colin Stephenson has the report: Poor Keith Bogans. Nets say he has a complete tear of the deltoid ligament as well as a fractured left ankle. Ouch. Just reading that is painful. Bogans started all 82 games for the Chicago Bulls last season and helped them attain the league’s best regular-season record with…

  8. Jeremy Lin can move off his brother’s couch now… or not

    Feb 9, 2012, 4:06 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    Jeremy Lin has been living the life of an NBA nomad — a guy who went to camp with Golden State, was cut and ended up with Houston for a while, but he never saw the court there (they have Kyle Lowry and Goran Dragic at the point already) so he was released. Then he…

  9. Mo Williams wants a contract extension with Clippers

    Feb 9, 2012, 2:46 PM EDT

    Mo Williams, Ian Mahinm

    Hello, Clippers, welcome to the price of success. I know this is all new to you, but you’re going to be getting a lot of this kind of stuff now. Mo Williams wants a contract extension. Pretty much that’s what you can read into this comment from the Los Angeles Times. “I just want to…

  10. Jerry West says you may not see trade activity until deadline

    Feb 9, 2012, 2:23 PM EDT

    Jerry West

    Here’s another thing you can blame on the condensed NBA schedule. We are just about a month out from the NBA trading deadline (March 15) and now is when you start to hear the buzz of moves bubble up and soon a few minor trades go down as we get closer. But maybe not this…

  11. Enjoying the Jeremy Lin ride, which may get bumpy

    Feb 9, 2012, 1:58 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    We need to be honest — the three defenses that Jeremy Lin has carved up as the starting point guard for the Knicks are three terrible defenses. All three are in the bottom 10 in the league in defensive efficiency, and the best one (Utah) has slow bigs who are awful against quick guards —…

  12. Erick Dampier signs 10-day contract with Atlanta Hawks

    Feb 9, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

    Erick Dampier

    Erick Dampier is back. The veteran center has signed a 10-day contract with the Atlanta Hawks, the team announced. The Hawks have talked about needed more depth in the middle since the injury to Al Horford but have waiting to make a move to add to the ranks of Zaza Pachulia and Jason Collins at…

  13. Kobe says he’d choose LeBron if he could pick a teammate

    Feb 9, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant is a scorer. Which is why getting Chris Paul — a playmaker who sets others up as well as anyone in the game — made a lot of sense to Kobe. It made less sense to David Stern (and other NBA owners) and so that trade got shot down. Wednesday Kobe was talking…

  14. Derrick Rose asked Isiah Thomas for advice on winning

    Feb 9, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

    Isiah Thomas

    In the past decade, Isiah Thomas has become a punch line. Actually, the better way to phrase that is he made himself a punch line— his wounds are self-inflicted. He wrecked the Knicks. But before that, Thomas was one of the best point guards ever to play the game. A little guy who led his…

  15. Thursday And-1 links: Kevin Durant raps

    Feb 9, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    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). Kevin Durant is laying down the lyrics — he is in a rap video with Privaledge and sounding pretty good. Normally we’d run the video,…

  16. Kobe says he always admired Larry Bird’s determination

    Feb 9, 2012, 10:24 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    We’ve got a mutual admiration society going. First you have Larry Bird saying Kobe Bryant is the player going right now that he most would want to play with, because Kobe is about winning. Now Kobe turns around and said that he always looked up to Larry Bird. Their games are very different — well,…

  17. Wilson Chandler says he will re-sign with Denver after China

    Feb 9, 2012, 9:55 AM EDT

    Wilson+Chandler+Atlanta+Hawks+v+Denver+Nuggets+Ym_wkv-B6Cgl

    Kenyon Martin is back from China and was in a Clippers uniform last night. But there are still three quality names set to return to the NBA when their teams’ seasons end in China — Wilson Chandler, J.R. Smith and Aaron Brooks. There are a lot of teams around the NBA who need some help…

  18. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Magic cool off Heat

    Feb 9, 2012, 9:24 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    What you missed while watching a guy get bit in the face by a dog on live television… Magic 102, Heat 89: Maybe the Magic owner should tell the media he doesn’t want to trade Dwight Howard before every game. Orlando played the game it wants to play — good defense (especially challenging in the…

  19. LeBron has no appologies for Perkins, tweeting about dunk

    Feb 9, 2012, 8:09 AM EDT

    Sweat rolls down the face of Miami Heat's James during a break in play against Milwaukee Bucks in their NBA game in Milwaukee

    Kendrick Perkins didn’t like LeBron James tweeting about how Blake Griffin dunked all over Perk. Not in the least. Perkins said that you don’t see Kobe Bryant tweeting, or Jordan, or guys that play the game “for the right reasons” who want to win not get hung up on one play. In response, our man…

  20. Magic owner: “I don’t want to trade (Dwight Howard)”

    Feb 9, 2012, 2:12 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    If you have wondered why trade talks around Dwight Howard have stalled out, here is your answer. Orlando owner Rich DeVos, age 85, surprisingly met with members of the media before the Magic took on the Heat, as reported by Chris Sheridan at Sheridan Hoops: “I don’t want to trade him,” DeVos declared to reporters.…

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