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  1. So… Carmelo Anthony says he’s afraid of cats. Can we talk about this, right meow?

    Feb 4, 2012, 2:30 PM 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

    Knicks blog Posting and Toasting shared this  Knicks video, another in a series called kid reporters. The Knicks haven’t made it embeddable, which is a shame, because it’s pretty much amazing all the way through. So go click that link and come back. I want to call your attention to the part where they discuss…

  2. Utah owner feuding with Karl Malone

    Feb 4, 2012, 12:45 PM EDT

    Disneyland 50th Anniversary Celebration

    A year ago, Karl Malone was critical of how things went down with the resignation of Jerry Sloan. He said that there was no way Sloan would have quit, intimating that he was forced out. He also publicly asked for the coaching job, despite not having the credentials for it. The wound was re-opened this…

  3. Report: If Nash requests a trade, Suns would oblige

    Feb 4, 2012, 10:45 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    It’s really bizarre and exceptionally rare, but the truth is that the fans want better for Steve Nash than he himself wants. Nash has repeatedly said he has no desire to ask for a trade, no plan to ask for a trade, no inclination to ask for a trade. He is content to finish his…

  4. Weekend Observations 2.4.12: Where corn don’t grow

    Feb 4, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Each weekend we bring you 25 random observations from the NBA week that was.    1. Blake Griffin is not human. 2. Denver’s a really great team this season, they’re just not so impressive you know you can count on them in the WCF. The lack of star power is going to continue to be…

  5. Miami’s one hot stretch dooms Philadelphia to loss at home

    Feb 3, 2012, 11:54 PM EDT

    LeBron James Dwyane Wade

    It’s not the 43 minutes of good play, it’s the five minutes when Miami goes on a run that makes it so hard to beat them. Philadelphia is a seriously good team. At home Friday night they played a close game with last year’s Eastern Conference champions for three quarters. The defense, the ball movement,…

  6. Why you shouldn’t expect LeBron to do the Dunk Contest

    Feb 3, 2012, 8:14 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    In what is an annual tradition rivaling Meryl Streep getting an Oscar nomination or the Grammys being a disappointment, LeBron James is flirting with the All-Star Weekend Dunk Contest. He says he’s on the fence this year. He’s not going to do it. You know it. I know it. LeBron may be toying with the…

  7. Orlando Magic suspend Glen Davis two games after outburst

    Feb 3, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    Tyler Hansbrough, Glen Davis

    Big Baby is not feeling the Magic. The Orlando backup big man has been suspended for two games by the team after an outburst during shootaround, tweets Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel. No word on what exactly the entire incident was about, or if he dropped his shorts. He will be out for Friday…

  8. Report: Hornets taking Chris Kaman off trade market

    Feb 3, 2012, 5:19 PM EDT

    Chris Kaman

    Not sure what they were expecting, but what the New Orleans Hornets were offered for center Chris Kaman didn’t impress them, so they are taking him off the trade market. That means he will be reinstated on the Hornets active roster, reports Chris Broussard at ESPN. The league-owned Hornets deactivated Kaman last week and told…

  9. Dwight Howard situation could hold up Sessions to Lakers

    Feb 3, 2012, 4:38 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Dwight Howard

    Much like happens any time there is a big trade looming out there, other moves get bottlenecked up behind it. Case in point — the Lakers need a point guard and have interest in Ramon Sessions, who would be a good fit and be better than anyone they have on the roster. But here comes…

  10. Spoelstra says Heat missed Dwyane Wade’s defense

    Feb 3, 2012, 3:47 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Wade does a chin up before their NBA basketball game against Milwaukee Bucks in Milwaukee

    There were some out on the airwaves — mostly people who like to hear themselves talk — who were trying to sell a “the Heat are better without Dwyane Wade” line because the Heat went 8-1 with him out of the lineup and LeBron James‘ numbers went through the roof. Not true, says Heat coach…

  11. Greg Oden to have another knee surgery. Ugh.

    Feb 3, 2012, 2:56 PM EDT

    Greg Oden

    This is not something you should gloat about, this is not a time for “I told you so.” This is a sad addendum to a long story. Greg Oden is going to have another operation on his knee, the team has announced. This one is to “remove debris” from his right knee (which was the…

  12. Rajon Rondo likely to return to Celtics lineup Friday

    Feb 3, 2012, 2:40 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    It is officially a game-time decision, but it looks like the Boston Celtics will get Rajon Rondo back in the lineup for their game against the Knicks Friday night. Here is the report from A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. Rondo, who has missed the last eight games with a right wrist injury, was an active…

  13. Clippers, Kenyon Martin agree to deal

    Feb 3, 2012, 1:33 PM EDT

    Kenyon Martin

    When you say Clippers you better start to use the word contender with it. Los Angeles filled in a major need — depth along the front line — by agreeing to terms Kenyon Martin, he will sign a mini mid-level deal of $2.5 million for this season (pro-rated by games played), reports the Los Angeles…

  14. Lockout didn’t turn NBA fans away at all

    Feb 3, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    The conventional wisdom goes that casual NBA fans — and there are a lot of them — don’t really pay attention until Christmas (and not seriously until after the Super Bowl). Based on results so far in this lockout-shortened season, that seems about right. The NBA wiped out everything before Christmas and the league’s attendance…

  15. Blake Griffin reminds George Karl of Shawn Kemp

    Feb 3, 2012, 12:38 PM EDT

    shawn_kemp

    Reign Man II? It’s hard to come up with a good historic comparison for Blake Griffin, because that combination of size and athleticism just do not come along very often. If ever. But Nuggets coach George Karl had one that I liked — Shawn Kemp. Here’s his quote via the Los Angeles Times. “I’ve talked…

  16. Pacers in mix, maybe in lead, for Chris Kaman’s services

    Feb 3, 2012, 12:24 PM EDT

    Chris Kaman, Nene

    The New Orleans Hornets are still looking for the best offer they can get for center Chris Kaman (which the team has sidelined until he is moved). The Houston Rockets were considered the frontrunner as they have been desperate for a big man since the lockout ended. But another name has entered the mix, reports…

  17. Friday And-1 links: Even the Mavs realize OKC is very good

    Feb 3, 2012, 11:25 AM EDT

    Kendrick Perkins, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    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). Dallas’ Jason Terry says what we all already knew: Oklahoma City is the team to beat in the West. Lou Williams and the art of…

  18. Rafer Alston to join Lakers D-League team, the L.A. D-Fenders

    Feb 3, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks

    Rafer Alston has been unceremoniously dismissed the last two times he’s signed a professional basketball contract, but the veteran NBA point guard and longtime streetball aficionado has decided he wants one more chance to prove he can play in the big leagues. The Los Angeles Lakers’ D-League affiliate, the L.A. D-Fenders, have decided to grant him that…

  19. Mavericks’ owner Cuban fined $75k for criticizing referees

    Feb 3, 2012, 10:53 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets

    Apparently today is national “fine everyone in the Mavericks organization day.” But like with the coach, we pretty much all knew this was coming. Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban has been fined $75,000 for his criticism of official after the Mavericks loss to Oklahoma City Wednesday. League VP and enforcer Stu Jackson made the announcement Friday.…

  20. Mavericks coach Carlisle fined $35,000 for kicking ball

    Feb 3, 2012, 10:37 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    You knew this was coming the second it happened. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has been fined $35,000 by the league for kicking a ball into the stands Wednesday night against Oklahoma City. Carlisle says he was just trying to pass the ball back to the referee. Probably. There also probably was some frustration with his…

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