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  1. Sources: “Mega-Whales” Ron Burkle and Mark Mastrov in serious talks with Sacramento

    Jan 22, 2013, 11:50 PM EDT

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    There aren’t a lot of people willing to give Sacramento much of a fighting chance to hold on to the Kings, but they’re not going down without a big money fight. Sources familiar with the situation tell ProBasketballTalk that “mega whales” Ron Burkle and Mark Mastrov are in serious talks with the city of Sacramento…

  2. Suns’ O’Neal takes to twitter to deny argument with GM

    Jan 22, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

    Jermaine O'Neal

    Never happened. What are you talking about. I’ll be up front and say I am not buying what he’s selling, but  Suns big man Jermaine O’Neal took to twitter to deny a report that he got in a loud argument general manager Lance Blanks not far outside the Suns locker room People should be ashamed…

  3. Chris Paul out for Clippers in showdown with Thunder

    Jan 22, 2013, 9:54 PM EDT

    Chris Paul

    Well, this takes a little luster off what could have been the game of the week. Chris Paul will not suit up for the Clippers on Tuesday night against the Thunder, coach Vinny Del Negro confirmed before the game. It’s the right move for Los Angeles — Paul had missed three games with a bruised…

  4. George Karl on JaVale McGee: “lazy and crazy isn’t going to make it work”

    Jan 22, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Denver Nuggets

    The Denver Post has a story about how the Nuggets are being patient with the wildly erratic JaVale McGee — they gave him four years, $44 million last summer and now say it’s just fine that Kosta Koufos beat him out for the starting job because it’s about the long term. The Nuggets brass has…

  5. PBT Extra: Talking Lakers disaster, biggest positive surprise

    Jan 22, 2013, 7:49 PM EDT

    Lakers' Bryant puts his jersey in his mouth during a break in play against the Raptors during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    People love a good train wreck. And there may be no more apt description of the Lakers right now. Kay Adams and I talk what is wrong with the Lakers — well, we could have gone on for a full hour but we kept it short. Topics include Mike D’Antoni, Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, Kobe…

  6. In case you missed it: Charles Barkley can’t tie his own tie (VIDEO)

    Jan 22, 2013, 7:07 PM EDT

    Charles Barkley

    Charles Barkley was in Philadelphia Monday, where the Spurs took on the Sixers, and the TNT cameras caught this moment — Charles Barkley can’t tie his own tie. That would be’s Sixers Insider Dei Lynam doing the honors. Thanks to The 700 Level for the video.

  7. Danny Ainge walks back some of Doc Rivers trade talk

    Jan 22, 2013, 6:39 PM EDT

    Danny Ainge

    A couple days ago a frustrated Doc Rivers sounded like a guy who wanted a trade done to shake up and improve his roster. Because, at that moment I bet he did. But Rivers is a coach, it’s Danny Ainge who pulls the trigger on such deals. And he once again denied any plans to…

  8. Dwight Howard/Nets trade rumor shot down. True or not, consider Howard rumor season open.

    Jan 22, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    The point here is not the specific rumor itself but what it signifies. This morning there was a report on Real GM that seemed to sweep across twitter and the Internet like a buffalo stampede — the Nets had interest in acquiring disgruntled Laker Dwight Howard. (I’m calling him disgruntled because I watched him play…

  9. Derrick Rose could have full-contact practices this week

    Jan 22, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose in D Rose Short and Family Story Tee

    The official word on the return of Derrick Rose to the Bulls has always been “after the All-Star Break.” But it’s feeling more and more like it could be a little sooner than that from the blown up ACL he had in the first game of the playoffs last season. Here is the latest update…

  10. Report: Suns’ O’Neal, team GM in profanity-filled argument. O’Neal not with team on road.

    Jan 22, 2013, 3:55 PM EDT

    Jermaine O'Neal

    Losing is hard on a locker room and the Suns aren’t really used to it — even when they didn’t make the playoffs the past couple years they almost did thanks to Steve Nash. Then they traded Steve Nash. Already Alvin Gentry has been let go as coach and now comes a report that Jermaine…

  11. Lakers are a perfect storm of bad, with no easy way to port

    Jan 22, 2013, 2:32 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Howard, Bryant, Nash and World Peace talk during a timeout in their NBA basketball game against Miami Heat in Los Angeles

    The Lakers have been bad all season. Frustration with the team — among players and fans — is coming to a head as the Lakers head into a seeming death spiral and it becomes more and more clear that their $100 million roster of superstars isn’t even going to make the playoffs. (It’s not impossible…

  12. LeBron James sings Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You” and much more (VIDEO)

    Jan 22, 2013, 1:26 PM EDT

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    LeBron James, the best basketball player walking the face of the earth, cannot sing. At all. Which is why we present you the video above, from the South Beach Battioke event over the weekend (put on by Shane Battier to raise money for his Take Charge Foundation which helps at-risk youth get an education). That…

  13. Guess What? Kobe Bryant is frustrated with the Lakers, too

    Jan 22, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Is there anyone around the Lakers — players, coaches, front office people, fans, people who sweep the floors at Staples Center — who isn’t frustrated with the Lakers? Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard expressed their frustration earlier. It’s been pretty clear for a while that Kobe Bryant was among the most frustrated of all. After…

  14. The Extra Pass: Assessing Trade Situations (Pacific Division)

    Jan 22, 2013, 11:50 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Yesterday, we looked at the Northwest Division. Today, we head out to the Pacific Division. Los Angeles Clippers: 32-10, 1st in Pacific Division, $440,000 short of tax Off Limits: Blake Griffin and Chris…

  15. Spurs Kawhi Leonard says nail on floor cut his knee open

    Jan 22, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

    Kawhi Leonard Gregg Popovich

    With 1:31 left in the Spurs win in Philadelphia Sunday, Kawhi Leonard had to leave the game after going to the floor and coming up with something wrong with his knee that was of concern. What is more interesting is his explanation, via the San Antonio Express News Spurs blog. “I just hit the hardwood…

  16. Andrew Bynum update: He went through shootaround (VIDEO)

    Jan 22, 2013, 10:42 AM EDT

    Newly-acquired Philadelphia 76ers player Bynum smiles during a news conference at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia

    After a whole lot of non-update updates about Andrew Bynum, finally something of substance — plus a Sixers training equipment update. Andrew Bynum went through a shootaround and says he is not feeling any pain, he told “My knees feel good and I’m not feeling any pain, so it’s all good,” Bynum said. That’s…

  17. Damian Lillard makes a poster with Nene in it (VIDEO)

    Jan 22, 2013, 10:07 AM EDT

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    Aren’t the best dunks when little guys throw it down over big guys? In that vein, we bring you Portland’s Damian Lillard getting up and throwing it down over the late-rotating Nene from Monday night. Lillard is athletic and aggressive, plus makes the kind of decision you see from a guy who spent four years…

  18. Cavaliers, Grizzlies trade Speights and Selby for Leuer

    Jan 22, 2013, 9:08 AM EDT

    Marreese Speights

    Memphis has been looking for a way to get under the luxury tax line for this season — they may have just found it without shipping Rudy Gay out the door. Brian Windhorst of ESPN broke news of a trade that could benefit both teams on twitter, then Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports confirmed it…

  19. Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol frustrated. They may want to look in mirror.

    Jan 22, 2013, 8:37 AM EDT

    Bulls center Noah defends against Lakers center Howard during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol have one thing in common with Lakers fans: They are not happy. Howard is not happy because he got just five shot attempts Monday as the Bulls defense smothered the Lakers. Gasol is not happy in his role coming off the bench. It’s the latest in a season-long trend of…

  20. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Dramatic finishes all over on Monday

    Jan 22, 2013, 7:59 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets Joe Johnson celebrates with Brook Lopez after he shot three-point against New York Knicks in NBA game in New York

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while wondering what made Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia think that hat was a good choice at the inauguration…. Bulls 95, Lakers 83: Chicago is what Los Angeles is not — passionate, committed to the system, hustlers on every play and defenders. So,…

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