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  1. Kevin Garnett on trade rumors: “I bleed green; I die green.”

    Feb 6, 2013, 11:08 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks

    While Kevin Garnett trade rumors seem to fly around everywhere — the latest is Denver was interested in him but he was not in them — it’s not like most trades because KG is a Celtic icon who has a no-trade clause. He can shoot down any deal. And he doesn’t sound like a guy…

  2. Watch Houston Rockets knock down 23 threes (VIDEO)

    Feb 6, 2013, 10:43 AM EDT

    James Harden

    If you give an NBA player a good look from three, they will knock a high percentage down. So if Golden State wants to blame anyone for Houston’s three-point barrage against it — 23 made threes, tying the NBA record for most made threes in a game — they can blame themselves. Watch the video…

  3. Alicia Keys to perform at halftime of NBA All-Star Game

    Feb 6, 2013, 10:07 AM EDT

    Singer Keys performs the National Anthem prior to start of NFL Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans

    Fresh off hitting the over with her lounge-style rendition of the national anthem at the Super Bowl, Alicia Keys is taking over the NBA All-Star Game as the halftime entertainment. Keys, who has 14 Grammys at home, likely will be doing some songs off her new album “Girl on Fire” (including probably the title track)…

  4. The Extra Pass: The Eric Bledsoe Predicament

    Feb 6, 2013, 9:05 AM EDT

    Eric Bledsoe Clippers

    Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe is one great big problem. He’s a problem for opponents who have to bring the ball up against him. He’s a problem for big men that think they’ll safely collect rebounds. He’s a problem for the backpedaling guard in transition that has to stay in front of him. He’s…

  5. Report: Federal ATF Director may get look at NBA players’ union head

    Feb 6, 2013, 8:35 AM EDT

    B. Todd Jones, Eric Holder

    Billy Hunter is not out yet as head of the NBA players union, and as anybody entrenched in a position of power for a long time (since 1996) he is not going quietly. He will fight for his position. But plenty of jockeying for his position is going on. We told you how some agents…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Pacers win with offense. Again.

    Feb 6, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    D.J. Augustin, Al Horford

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while watching a toddler drain trick shot after trick shot… Lakers 92, Nets 83: Up until this game I was still sure the Lakers were not a playoff team, that the recent streak would not be enough for the hole they dug. But…

  7. Three Stars: Paul George on the rise

    Feb 6, 2013, 2:04 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks' Korver guards Indiana Pacers' George during their NBA basketball game in Indianapolis

    There’s nothing quite like the phenomenon of watching a young player ascend to stardom. When a young player bursts on to the scene and starts making extraordinary plays routine, he captures our imagination. How good could 22-year-old Paul George be? Who does he remind us of? Potential is enticing on its own, but when it’s paired…

  8. Kobe throws down the spectacular dunk in traffic over the Nets (VIDEO)

    Feb 6, 2013, 12:46 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant dunks past Brooklyn Nets' Wallace and Humphries, as Nets' Williams watches, late in the fourth quarter of the Lakers' win over the Nets in their NBA basketball game in Brooklyn

    This is your friendly reminder that Kobe Bryant is playing in his 17th NBA season. He certainly didn’t look like a grizzled veteran on this play, taking the ball from the top of the three-point arc and going right down the lane for an emphatic dunk in traffic on or around both Gerald Wallace and…

  9. The Houston Rockets tie the NBA record for most 3-pointers, blow past Golden State

    Feb 6, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

    James Harden

    We thought Rockets-Warriors might be a shootout, but this was more like the grand finale of a fireworks show for a full 48 minutes. Behind a record trying 3-point performance, the Rockets issued a 140-109 beatdown of the Golden State Warriors in Houston. Let’s allow the numbers to tell the story: 77 We probably should…

  10. Paul George with the reverse slam dunk after the look-away pass from Roy Hibbert (VIDEO)

    Feb 6, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

    Paul George, Taj Gibson

    This play is great, for a couple of reasons. We have Paul George missing a baseline jumper, followed by his teammate Roy Hibbert securing the offensive rebound. As Hibbert is defended along the baseline and the defense forgets completely about George, he fires the no-look pass, which George receives while cutting to the basket. Realizing…

  11. Lakers’ Pau Gasol injures foot, leaves arena on crutches

    Feb 5, 2013, 11:42 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Gasol sits on the floor with a member of the Lakers medical staff after suffering an injury to his right leg in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn

    As a general rule of thumb, when an athlete says he felt a pop in his body then felt a lot of pain, it’s not a good sign. That’s what happened to Pau Gasol with just a few minutes left in the Lakers win over Brooklyn on Tuesday night. He was trying to defend Brook…

  12. Shorthanded Lakers take down Nets in Brooklyn for sixth win in their last seven games

    Feb 5, 2013, 11:33 PM EDT

    BKN-NBA-LAKERS-NETS

    The Lakers came into Brooklyn on Tuesday to face a Nets team that was 12-4 over its last 16 games, and did so without the services of Dwight Howard, who was out again due to pain in his right shoulder, and Metta World Peace, who was serving a league-mandated one-game suspension for his actions against…

  13. Mike D’Antoni says past actions from Metta World Peace factored into his latest suspension

    Feb 5, 2013, 8:41 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Ron Artest

    Metta World Peace was forced to miss the Lakers’ contest in Brooklyn on Tuesday, thanks to the one-game suspension the league handed down for his subtle punch to Brandon Knight during the team’s win over the Pistons on Sunday. At the time of the incident, however, the referees only assessed World Peace with a flagrant…

  14. Kevin Durant’s new Nike TV spot ‘Who is KD?’ (VIDEO)

    Feb 5, 2013, 7:01 PM EDT

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    Kevin Durant is getting a well-deserved television spot to go along with the “KD is not nice” internet meme that’s been out there the past couple of months in support of his latest signature shoe, the KD V. The ad continues with the “not nice” theme. From the official release: “Does a nice guy lead…

  15. Kaman calls NBA concussion protocol a bunch of “crap”

    Feb 5, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Dallas Mavericks

    Dallas Chris Kaman is out with a concussion, one suffered in practice after a hard fall where his head hit the floor. Kaman doesn’t get to decide when he can come back. Neither do the Mavericks or their team doctors. Under the NBA’s new concussion protocol instituted last year, Kaman has to pass a mental…

  16. Lakers’ World Peace, Kobe make least-liked athletes list

    Feb 5, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant smiles after making a free throw while Peace comes towards him during their NBA basketball game against Brooklyn Nets in Los Angeles

    As a professional athlete right now, you don’t really want to end up on a list with Lance Armstrong and Manti Te’o — the public has turned on them. But two Lakers joined them on Forbes Magazine’s list of the least popular athletes — Metta World Peace and Kobe Bryant. Well, it’s not Forbes list,…

  17. Tuesday And-1links: Chris Paul could be back this weekend

    Feb 5, 2013, 5:43 PM EDT

    Chris Paul

    Here is our regular 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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • The Clippers have lost seven of nine and need something to get them…

  18. Timberwolves faked power outage… just like Super Bowl. Get it? (VIDEO)

    Feb 5, 2013, 4:07 PM EDT

    TargetCenter

    Is the fake power outage meme dead yet? Please say it is dead. The entertainment at the end of the first quarter in Minnesota Monday night was a fake power outage… just like at the Super Bowl. Isn’t that funny? And so timely? Apparently none of the reporters at the game were terribly fooled. Or…

  19. In case you wondered, Pau Gasol still not happy with role

    Feb 5, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers have won five out of six games, but the underlying cause of all the early season concerns — specifically how all the Lakers pieces fit with Mike D’Antoni as coach — remain. And nothing kicks the dust up on those problems like a trip to New York. Or in this week’s case, Brooklyn.…

  20. Ohio rejecting some LeBron James hater license plates

    Feb 5, 2013, 2:41 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Six

    Some fans in Ohio are still pretty pissed at LeBron James for leaving for South Beach. But you can’t put that on your car. Apparently. The Dayton Daily News in Ohio looked at personalized license plates rejected by the state‘s Bureau of Motor Vehicles and found some LeBron James hate did not make the cut. (Be…

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