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  1. UPDATE: Grizzlies, 76ers, Hornets agree to Speights trade

    Jan 4, 2012, 11:17 AM EDT

    Marreese Speights

    UPDATE 1:52 pm: This trade became official, according to the Commercial Appeal. And as we feared, it’s because the Zach Randolph injury was more serious than first thought. UPDATE 11:17 am: This has grown into a three-team trade involving the New Orleans Hornets that is “on course” to come to fruition Wednesday, reports Marc Stein…

  2. Wednesday And-1 links, where Wade is eating plant food

    Jan 4, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade poses during media day at the team's training camp in Miami

    Welcome to our morning 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). Dwyane Wade is eating Chlorophyll as part of his new diet. Seriously. Is Zach Randolph’s knee injury worse than the Grizzlies first let on? We…

  3. Winderman: Meet the new Kobe, same as the old Kobe

    Jan 4, 2012, 10:37 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Courtney Lee, Kyle Lowry

    At the conclusion of Tuesday’s play, only one NBA player was averaging more than 19 shots per game. That player, in fact, was averaging 22.3, essentially putting him in a league of his own. Which, of course, is where Kobe Bryant long has considered himself. The question now is whether 22.3 is too many, whether…

  4. Nets’ Shelden Williams dunks on himself

    Jan 4, 2012, 9:56 AM EDT

    shelden-williams-dunk-face

    There will be thousands upon thousands of photos taken of NBA games this season, but none will be better than this. We bring you “Shelden Williams dunks on his own face.” Enjoy and revere this as the work of art it is. No other caption is needed (but if you’ve got one put it in…

  5. Ray Allen says he wants multi-year extension with Celtics

    Jan 4, 2012, 8:02 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics guard Allen drives to the basket defended by Detroit Pistons guard Gordon in NBA game in Boston

    There have been questions about the Celtics this season, and there will continue to be up and into the playoffs. But not about Ray Allen. At age 36 he is averaging 20 points per game, shooting 61.1 percent from three and 56.5 percent overall (up from a still good 49.1 percent last year). It’s only…

  6. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Portland says they are contenders, too

    Jan 4, 2012, 3:02 AM EDT

    Thunder, Trail Blazers, Nazr

    What you missed while Iowa was the center of the political world for a night… Bulls 76, Hawks 74: This ugly but exciting contest was our Game of the Night. Portland 103, Oklahoma City 93: Portland wants you to know they are contenders, too. Or they at least are starting to look like it early…

  7. Ugly but exciting, Bulls come from 19 down to beat Hawks

    Jan 4, 2012, 1:38 AM EDT

    Jimmy Butler, Luol Deng, Taj Gibson, Carlos Boozer

    There were moments in the second quarter — when at one point the Bulls were 1-of-12 shooting and the Hawks 3-for-13 — when this contest made you want to weep for the game of basketball. The art of shooting felt like it had been set back 50 years. Then the ending redeemed all that is…

  8. West brings jump shots, professionalism to young Pacers

    Jan 3, 2012, 10:06 PM EDT

    Jonas Jerebko, David West

    The Indiana Pacers are 4-1. Let that sink in for a second. They’ve done it against a soft schedule (something changing this week with the Heat and Celtics on deck), but in years past the Pacers did not consistently beat the teams they were supposed to beat. This year is different for a few reasons…

  9. Reports: Warriors close to signing Nate Robinson

    Jan 3, 2012, 7:21 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 2:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Because they needed another guard off the bench… wait, no they didn’t, but the Golden State Warriors may be adding one anyway. The Warriors are close to signing Nate Robinson, according to Marcus Thompson of the Contra Costa Times. He said the signing may happen Wednesday and Robinson could be in uniform by the weekend.…

  10. The Nets, “Community,” and the darkest timeline

    Jan 3, 2012, 6:29 PM EDT

    darkesttimeline

    In the Community (Thursdays this…. sometime in the coming months… on NBC!) episode “Remedial Chaos Theory,” the writers took the ol’ alternate timeline theory and spread it out like a Nuggets fast break. The concept is simple. The cast of man characters are at an apartment, sitting around a table. The door buzzer buzzes with…

  11. Spurs sign forward Ike Diogu to one-year contract

    Jan 3, 2012, 5:38 PM EDT

    Diogu_Ike

    The Spurs are looking for a little depth up front and have signed Ike Diogu to a one-year contract, tweets Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated. Diogu, a former lottery pick, has bounced around the league for five years, most recently playing 36 games for the Clippers last season. He was a solid rotation player who…

  12. Mike Brown’s son’s friends wonder if Lakers can beat Clippers

    Jan 3, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    This is what Chris Paul and Blake Griffin have done to Los Angeles. L.A. is still a Lakers town — it’s the one generational team in Los Angeles, where your grandfather rooted for them, your dad and you — but the Clippers are changing the conversation among the youngest generations. Like Lakers coach Mike Brown’s…

  13. DeMarcus Cousins will suit up for Kings, not start Tuesday

    Jan 3, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    DeMarcus Cousins will be in a Kings uniform on the bench Tuesday night when the Kings take on the Memphis Grizzlies. After that… who knows? He will not start, reports Jason Jones at the Sacramento Bee, but from there things get really murky. Cousins will dress for tonight’s game but will not start, Westphal said….…

  14. Tracy McGrady is feeling like it’s 2003… almost

    Jan 3, 2012, 3:18 PM EDT

    Tracy McGrady

    Tracy McGrady took charge of the Miami Heat in the fourth quarter Monday night. McGrady had 13 points, five rebounds and four assists and is the reason Miami fell to the Atlanta Hawks. He controlled the flow of the game in the fourth. Yes, that McGrady. The once dominant player with the questionable knees is…

  15. LeBron thinks London Olympic team compares to Dream Team, too

    Jan 3, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

    LeBron James, Beijing Olympics

    Team USA is not backing away from filling the big shoes. Last week USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo said he thought the upcoming USA Olympic team was a “fair comparison” with the 1992 Dream team that featured Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing and others. LeBron James thinks Colangelo is right,…

  16. Spurs face big challenge to hang on without Ginobili

    Jan 3, 2012, 1:19 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili

    So far this season, the San Antonio Spurs are 12.4 points per 48 minutes better with Manu Ginobili on the court than off it. He is going to be off it now for the next five or six weeks after fracturing a bone in his left hand — his shooting hand. Ginobili is the team’s…

  17. Marcin Gortat injury update: Thumb improving, hopes to play without brace “in the next couple of days”

    Jan 3, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    gortat-thumb-injury7

    Marcin Gortat had a breakout season a year ago after being traded from Orlando to Phoenix, averaging better than 15 points and 10 rebounds per game over the last two months of the season. He’s struggled to regain that form through five games this year due to the thumb injury he sustained less than a…

  18. Mark Cuban pissed league didn’t schedule White House visit

    Jan 3, 2012, 12:22 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban, David Stern

    In the condensed 66-game NBA schedule this year, the Dallas Mavericks are not scheduled to visit the Washington Wizards. That trip to Washington D.C. also means the traditional visit to the White House for the NBA champions — Mark Cuban has worked and waited a long time for his team to win a title and…

  19. Report: Kevin Love has not been offered contract extension

    Jan 3, 2012, 11:45 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Among the no-brainers out there is that Kevin Love is deserving of a max contract extension off his rookie deal. He’s entering his fourth year as an All-Star and double-double machine who has improved his game this season. He will be at the core of any Timberwolves turnaround. But he hasn’t gotten even the offer…

  20. Tuesday And-1 links, or how Kevin Love = Bill Laimbeer

    Jan 3, 2012, 10:56 AM EDT

    Kevin Love, Tim Duncan

    Welcome to our morning 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). Lamar Odom thinks Kevin Love is the Bill Laimbeer for a new generation. Dennis Rodman is going to coach a topless women’s basketball team in…

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