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  1. Linsanity continues as Lin lifts Knicks over Mavericks

    Feb 19, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v New York Knicks

    And the show goes on. The scouting report was supposed to be out on Jeremy Lin. After a Hornets defense confounded, frustrated and beat him down Friday night, the blueprint was supposed to be in place to stop the dynamic young Knicks star. Yeah, that paradigm is over. Lin lit up the Mavericks and their…

  2. LeBron has a new PR handler

    Feb 19, 2012, 2:04 PM 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

    LeBron James is loathed by many, still. His negative PR is lessening as people begin to move on with their lives, but after last year,it was clear that James had struggled with how to handle his public perception. He took a bad situation, lit it on fire, and then dropped it off a cliff into…

  3. Video: Saturday Night Live mocks media reaction to Linsanity

    Feb 19, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v New York Knicks

    Now that’s some good satire. The media reaction to Jeremy Lin and “Linsanity” was ripe to be skewered. The racial stereotype issues that came up in things like the ESPN headline controversy are sometimes dealt with better through humor than righteous indignation (or whatever your reaction of choice is). This skit nailed it. Plus, it’s just…

  4. Melo out vs. Mavericks, Smith and Davis are active

    Feb 19, 2012, 11:46 AM EDT

    Knicks forward Anthony reacts to the Bulls missing a free throw attempt in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    We’ll have to wait for another day to see the Knicks at full strength. The Knicks announced Sunday morning that Carmelo Anthony is out vs. the Mavericks as he continues to recover from injury. But there is some good news, from the Knicks’ official Twitter:   D’Antoni says @carmeloanthony is out, might play tomorrow. Shump…

  5. John Wall’s pretty mad about getting picked 12th for the rookies-sophomores game

    Feb 19, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks

    John Wall carries so much expectation with him. Drafted out of the John Calipari school of top picks and elected to save the Wizads, Wall has every set of abilities you could want in a point guard. Except he hasn’t put those abilities consistently together yet. He plays too breakneck to the rim, he hasn’t…

  6. Brook Lopez likely to return Sunday

    Feb 19, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard Brook Lopez

    Brook Lopez lost nearly the first two months of the season to a broken foot. He started the season being constantly talked about in trade rumors, and that was the primary focus of the news of his injury. Now he’s ready to return. Avery Johnson told reporters on Saturday before the Nets game with the…

  7. Manu Ginobili suffers strained oblique vs. Clippers, more tests coming

    Feb 18, 2012, 9:14 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili

    Manu Ginobili suffered a strained oblique muscle against the Clippers during the Spurs’ 103-100 win over Los Angeles Saturday, the Spurs announced after the game. There is no timetable for his return, and further diagnostic tests are planned. Ginobili only recently returned from a fractured bone in his hand. He’s played spectacularly well, so the…

  8. LeBron James says he has not reached out to Dan Gilbert

    Feb 18, 2012, 6:24 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    Remember when our Blogger-in-Chief Kurt Helin was like: LeBron is going to be a member of the Heat for years. He can’t predict what will be happening in his life and the NBA five years from now no more than you or me or anyone else can. So he tried to leave a door open.…

  9. Hunter: Jeremy Lin could wind up on NBPA executive committee

    Feb 18, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v New York Knicks

    Jeremy Lin has been at the forefront of the positive things to help lead the NBA out of lockout hell. And it turns out, he could be at the forefront of what winds up leading us back into it in six to ten years. Billy Hunter recently told Bloomberg that Lin is likely to wind…

  10. Kobe thinks the trade talks are playing games with Pau’s heart… with Pau’s heart

    Feb 18, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics Kevin Garnett and Los Angeles Lakers Pau Gasol compete for the ball in Boston

    I’m sorry for that reference, first of all. The Lakers continue to be mired in constant flux. The vetoed Chris Paul trade kicked off a season of uncertainty that has continued. Pau Gasol is constantly discussed in rumors. And Kobe Bryant thinks it’s affecting Gasol negatively. From the Los Angeles Times: Though it appears pointing…

  11. Report: Warriors aren’t giving up on the Dwight dream

    Feb 18, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    The Warriors are not storming the gates of playoff heaven. They’re barely within sight of the pearly wrought iron structures that guard May and June at 11-16, on a two-game losing streak after some progress this month. But that doesn’t mean they think they’re lost in the wilderness. Quite the contrary, they think they’re good…

  12. Video: Ricky Rubio does something ridiculous with a basketball

    Feb 18, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    Pete Maravich. That’s really the only thing that comes to mind. Granted, Pistol was a much better shooter, but this was something downright incredible. Observe. That’s just wow. That has a high wow factor. On a scale of 1 to 10, it’s a wow. It is the great grandaddy of wow. It goes to jam…

  13. Linsanity runs into Hornets nest, Knicks winning streak ends

    Feb 17, 2012, 11:53 PM EDT

    New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin drives to the basket against the New Orleans Hornets in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    There are people saying that Carmelo Anthony and Jeremy Lin can’t coexist. But in the final minutes of the first loss in the Linsanity era Friday night, the Knicks really needed Carmelo Anthony. They needed a second player who can create his own shot (or a shot for others). They needed a second player who…

  14. What Linsanity feels like around New York

    Feb 17, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    A customer looks at a Jeremy Lin shirt in New York's Times Square

    Fantastic stuff from Got Em Coach, a video showing the energy and excitement around Madison Square Garden and New York thanks to Jeremy Lin. It starts to give you a feel for how Lin has changed the energy around the Knicks (inside and outside the locker room). We told you that the Knicks almost certainly…

  15. Kevin Durant parts ways with longtime agent Goodwin

    Feb 17, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant has gotten his big contract — he got a max deal (complete with the Derrick Rose kicker) that he signed as soon as the Oklahoma City Thunder offered it a year ago. There were no negotiations to speak of, but Goodwin did help Durant land some lucrative endorsement deals and build up his…

  16. Friday video: Happy Birthday, MJ. Thanks for the dunks.

    Feb 17, 2012, 6:53 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Chicago Bulls

    Michael Jordan, who really should need no introduction, turns 49 years old today. To commemorate that and the upcoming Slam Dunk Contest, here’s a highlight video of 3 of Jordan’s Slam Dunk Contest Performances — his duels with Dominique “The Human Highlight Film” Wilkins, one of which he won and one of which he lost,…

  17. Delonte West undergoes surgery on fractured finger, no timetable for return

    Feb 17, 2012, 6:34 PM EDT

    Casey Smith, Delonte West

    From the Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn: #mavericks announce Delonte West has surgery to repair fractured right ring finger. No timetable for his return. Another bad break for him West, a tough, versatile player who was a key piece of the 66-win 08-09 Cavaliers, has had his career go through some extreme ups and downs since he…

  18. Report: Stephen Jackson, Scott Skiles are pretty much done with each other

    Feb 17, 2012, 6:20 PM EDT

    Stephen Jackson

    From Gary Woelful of RacineSportsZone.com: After Stephen Jackson was benched for the second half of a game against Denver Jan. 17, I asked the Bucks veteran swingman whether he had any inkling Bucks coach Scott Skiles was going to do that. Jackson said he didn’t get any advance warning and he didn’t get any explanation…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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