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  1. Deron Williams has hired his own beat reporter to cover him

    Dec 5, 2012, 10:52 AM EDT

    Deron Williams

    Deron Williams wants to make sure Deron Williams gets fair coverage. So he hired a reporter to cover him. It’s a continuation down the road journalism is taking — newspapers are struggling, more people are getting their news online at places like this (and NBCNews.com) but companies are still trying to figure out how to…

  2. Celtics not interested in Kenyon Martin, Dampier maybe

    Dec 5, 2012, 10:20 AM EDT

    Kenyon Martin

    The Celtics are looking for depth along the front line. Kenyon Martin is the best free agent big man out there on the market. But with Martin can come an attitude — he had issue with Vinny Del Negro last season, he’s outspoken and has the reputation of rubbing both management and some players the…

  3. D’Antoni is not going to bench Howard during hack-a-Dwight

    Dec 5, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    It’s not about winning the battle, it’s about winning the war for Mike D’Antoni. That’s why he hasn’t done what a lot of Lakers fans are calling for — sub in Jordan Hill for Dwight Howard when the other team starts hack-a-Dwight. Both the Magic and Rockets were able to make fourth quarter comebacks against…

  4. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Thunder put up a lot of points on Nets “defense”

    Dec 5, 2012, 9:10 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets Deron Williams reacts as he is blocked by Oklahoma City Thunder Kevin Durant in NBA game in New York

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while making sure our nation was prepared for a zombie apocalypse…. Wizards 105, Heat 101: Now do you think there might be a problem with the Heat defense? Giving up triple digits to the worst offense in the land? We broke…

  5. NBA owners forced to choose between Maloofs and Sacramento in remake of Major League

    Dec 5, 2012, 7:55 AM EDT

    George Maloof

    Every good story needs a villain, but the NBA probably doesn’t want to remake the movie Major League in order to sell its product. Indeed, George Maloof and his brothers have done their best Rachel Phelps impression, complete with bottom-four payrolls over the past four seasons and little-to-no improvement to the franchise whatsoever. In the…

  6. Another game, another fourth quarter collapse, another Lakers loss, this time to Rockets

    Dec 5, 2012, 1:38 AM EDT

    Greg Smith

    It boils down to this — the Lakers are not good enough right now for their stars to make mistakes and still win, while the Rockets were just good enough to exploit those mistakes. For two games in a row the Lakers have taken leads deep into the fourth quarter. Then blown them as the…

  7. Three Stars of the Night: Welcome Back, Z-Bo.

    Dec 5, 2012, 12:02 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Sacramento Kings

    What a night. Indiana Pacers swingman Paul George scored nearly half of his team’s points (34 points on 14-for-25 shooting) in a victory over the Bulls, and he didn’t make the list. Deron Williams had 33 points and 7 assists, nearly carrying the Nets to a victory over the Thunder, and you won’t find him…

  8. Wizards beat Heat because they care while Heat don’t (about defense)

    Dec 4, 2012, 10:44 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

    Miami has been coasting this season and it shows on defense. Yes they were 12-3, but they had the 19th ranked defense in the NBA on points per possession (via Hoopdata). They play a style based on aggression, on using their athleticism and length to pressure you into mistakes. If you play that going half-speed,…

  9. Eddy Curry signs to play in China for rest of season

    Dec 4, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

    Eddy Curry Mavs

    Don’t make Chinese food buffet jokes here, they don’t have those buffets in China. Which is something Eddy Curry is going find out. After not being able to stick with the Spurs and Mavericks (or any other NBA team) he is headed to China, tweets Sportando. Eddy Curry has signed in China with Zhejiang Golden…

  10. Report: New Orleans to change name from Hornets to Pelicans

    Dec 4, 2012, 6:51 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    There are a whole lot of NBA teams with names that don’t match their cities cultures — the Jazz in Utah, the Lakers in the desert of Los Angeles, the Grizzlies in Memphis (not Vancouver). New Orleans doesn’t want to be another one of those. Hornets and Hornets Nest is a Charlotte nickname dating back…

  11. Rockets plan to break out the hack-a-Dwight vs. Lakers

    Dec 4, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    You know how long we are going to see teams use hack-a-Dwight against Dwight Howard and the Lakers? Until it stops working. Orlando fouled Howard seven times in the final seven minutes of their game Sunday night, and the Lakers were up six points when Howard entered the game. While Howard hit 7-of-14 free throws…

  12. Rondo went to Mexico while on suspension. Not exactly contrite now.

    Dec 4, 2012, 6:07 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo shouts instructions from the bench against the Brooklyn Nets in the second half of their NBA basketball game in New York

    When David Stern and the NBA suspended Rajon Rondo for two games following a fight/pushing match with Kris Humphries and the Brooklyn Nets, he didn’t exactly go back to his room and think about what he had done wrong. Instead, he went to Mexico. That’s what he told reporters, you can see the CSNNE.com video…

  13. Wizards think they could beat Miami Tuesday. Sure they can.

    Dec 4, 2012, 4:47 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Miami Heat

    On paper it is the biggest mismatch of the year — the 12-3 Miami Heat (tied for the best record in the NBA) vs. the 1-13 Washington Wizards, clear and away the worst team in the NBA. The Heat have the second best offense in the NBA (110.5 points per 100 possessions), the Wizards have…

  14. Lakers Pau Gasol could be out a lot longer than one game

    Dec 4, 2012, 3:47 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol

    There is only one real cure for tendinitis — rest. And the Lakers are going to give Pau Gasol all he needs. Gasol will sit out Tuesday night as the Lakers start a three-game road trip in Houston and he is listed as day-to-day, but Lakers coach Mike told ESPNLA.com they will rest him until…

  15. Felton to play through bruised thumb; Kidd may return, too

    Dec 4, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v New York Knicks

    It’s not his shooting hand, but still it is a bone bruise in his hand near his thumb. I’ve never dribbled a ball with a bone bruise in my hand — or had a defensive player hit my hand in that situation while trying to swipe the ball — but I imagine it’s not a…

  16. Video: Kevin Love’s smooth jazz to get you to donate coats

    Dec 4, 2012, 2:43 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    This is the fifth year Kevin Love has been part of a coat drive in Minnesota to help the less fortunate and…. well, he’s never done a PSA quite like that one. Smooth Jazz (which is one of the great evils of society, if you want jazz go listen go put in “Birth of the…

  17. Alonzo Mourning misses old school, physical NBA. But hey, it’s marketing.

    Dec 4, 2012, 1:24 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Miami Heat

    It was a different NBA in a lot of ways when Alonzo Mourning suited up. It was a more physical game — you could put a hand on a guy out on the perimeter or body him up inside in a way that draws a whistle now. That physical play led to emotional outbursts —…

  18. Pau Gasol out for Lakers on Tuesday due to knee tendinitis

    Dec 4, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol

    This is one way to make sure Gasol isn’t benched for key parts of the fourth quarter. Bench him the whole game. Pau Gasol will not suit up for the Lakers Tuesday night in Houston due to tendinitis in both knees, tweets Dave McMenamin of ESPN (as well as the rest of the Lakers press…

  19. Dirk Nowitzki doesn’t expect to play EuroBasket 2013

    Dec 4, 2012, 12:19 PM EDT

    BKB-GER-US-ALBA-MAVERICKS

    Next summer is the European championship of basketball — EuroBasket — taking place in Slovenia. Followed in 2014 by the World Cup/World Championship. Followed in 2015 by Olympic qualifying games. Followed in 2016 by the Olympics in Rio. We know how most owners feel about their elite players choosing country over club and risking injury…

  20. Utah’s Favors officially diagnosed with plantar fasciitis

    Dec 4, 2012, 11:57 AM EDT

    favors-fined

    If you want to know how much the Utah Jazz miss Derrick Favors, watch Chris Paul’s layup that gave the Clippers the lead for good on Monday night. Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are good players, but Favors provides athleticism on the defensive end they do not. And that the Jazz miss. And Utah may…

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