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  1. Rockets mascot smashes cake in Lakers fan’s face (VIDEO)

    Jan 9, 2013, 4:43 PM EDT

    Clutch the Bear rockets mascot

    Add this to our growing “kicking the Lakers’ fans while they are down” file…. Look, these kind of things are staged. Because lawyers run NBA teams and if you just did this to some random guy in a seat the lawsuit would be filed before the game ended. Besides, if you were sitting at a…

  2. Report: Kevin Love needs surgery on hand, out 8-10 weeks

    Jan 9, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    The basketball gods are not done taking out their vengeance on the Minnesota Timberwolves just yet. Kevin Love’s broken hand is worse than had first been reported — he needs surgery and will be out eight to 10 weeks, tweets Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports. Love missed the start of the season recovering from a…

  3. Derrick Rose is dunking again, taking some contact in practice

    Jan 9, 2013, 3:13 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    Everyone near the Bulls still says the plan is to be patient. Don’t rush Derrick Rose back. Think more like the All-Star Game timeframe. Still, there are positive signs. Like the report in the Sun-Times that Derrick Rose is dunking again. Aside that, he is taking what the team calls “predictable contact” in practice. Of…

  4. Sources: Sacramento Kings to Seattle not a done deal just yet

    Jan 9, 2013, 3:09 PM EDT

    George Maloof

    The ongoing joke about the Maloofs in league circles is that they can get the girl’s phone number, but they can’t close the deal. After Adrian Wojnarowski’s report that the Maloofs are close to finalizing a $500 million deal with Seattle billionaire Chris Hansen, closing a deal shouldn’t be a problem this time, but there…

  5. Report: Maloof family near deal to sell Kings to Hansen’s Seattle syndicate

    Jan 9, 2013, 1:53 PM EDT


    Seattle appears about to get the Sonics back. And Sacramento fans are about to take the place of Seattle fans as “good fan base screwed over by bad ownership.” We told you earlier today that there had been some buzz building that a deal was nearing where the Maloof family would sell the Sacramento Kings…

  6. Steve Nash wipes armpits on towel, then World Peace wipes his face with it (VIDEO)

    Jan 9, 2013, 1:19 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Nash celebrates with teammate World Peace after defeating the Golden State Warriors in overtime in Oakland

    Not the best video quality ever, but this was making the rounds today and frankly it’s too good a combination of gross and funny not to put it up. It is from the Lakers loss to the Rockets Tuesday night. That is Steve Nash using a towel to wipe the sweat off his underarms, then…

  7. LeBron “very frustrated” with Heat’s rebounding woes

    Jan 9, 2013, 12:26 PM EDT

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James rubs his jaw after being fouled during the second quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis

    Miami lost to the Pacers Tuesday night because of rebounding. Miami held Indiana to 36 percent shooting on the night but gave up 22 offensive rebounds — Indiana got a second chance on 43 percent of their missed shots. That just a couple days after the Heat had team meeting to talk rebounding, those ended…

  8. Anderson Varejao to have knee surgery, out 6-8 weeks

    Jan 9, 2013, 11:47 AM EDT

    Anderson Varejao

    This is bad for Cleveland. Anderson Varejao was having an All-Star level season — 14.1 points and 14.4 rebounds a game, carrying more offense and playing good defense. He has a PER of 22. All that was making him attractive to other teams, and for a rebuilding Cavaliers team they might have been able to…

  9. The Extra Pass: Indiana’s Strange Success

    Jan 9, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Paul George, Lance Stephenson

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme that could use another glance. Today, we swing our attention to Indiana, where the Pacers are putting together one strange season. I wish there were a more aesthetically pleasing comparison available, but…

  10. Steve Nash says no guarantee Lakers will turn it around

    Jan 9, 2013, 10:36 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash

    For the longest time, I was with Lakers fans on one thing — I was sure the Lakers would figure this thing out and at least make the playoffs. Now, I’m becoming less sure, just because of the math. As noted last night, the Lakers need to go 30-18 the rest of the way to…

  11. Top 10 assists of Steve Nash’s career (VIDEO)

    Jan 9, 2013, 10:09 AM EDT


    Tuesday night Steve Nash became just the fifth player in NBA history to reach 10,000 assists in his career, joining John Stockton, Mark Jackson, Magic Johnson and Jason Kidd. Nash is one of the best point guards to ever play the game and a future Hall of Fame lock. To celebrate the achievement, put…

  12. George Maloof’s Virginia Beach arena ploy falls apart, Seattle rumors heat up

    Jan 9, 2013, 9:10 AM EDT

    Phil, George, Gavin Maloof

    We never took the Maloofs or Virginia Beach seriously in their talks to move the Sacramento Kings to the eastern seaboard, and predictably the talks officially fell apart when Virginia Beach mayor Will Sessoms declared the deal dead for now on Tuesday. There were a million reasons that deal was a farce – a sad…

  13. Report: Raptors want to make real run at Rudy Gay trade

    Jan 9, 2013, 8:41 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Phoenix Suns

    Memphis is shopping Rudy Gay around, seeing if they can find a deal they like — one that gets them under the luxury tax line and helps them start to reshape a roster they know as good but not a contender. The Raptors want in on these talks, reports Marc Stein at ESPN. Sources told…

  14. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Pacers defense shuts down Heat

    Jan 9, 2013, 8:01 AM EDT

    Indiana's Paul George dribbles against Miami's LeBron James during an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the games yesterday in NBA action. Or, what you missed while trying to figure out “who was the hot girl in that commercial?”… Rockets 125, Lakers 112: The Lakers were without any of their main bigs — Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill are all out injured — so…

  15. Steve Nash reaches 10,000 career assists (VIDEO)

    Jan 9, 2013, 1:20 AM EDT

    Omer Asik, Steve Nash, Toney Douglas

    This should not get lost in the kicking of the Lakers while they are down: Tuesday night Steve Nash became just the fifth player in NBA history to reach 10,000 assists. The video chronicles his five assists to get there in the Lakers’ loss to the Rockets. The passes in this game show both the…

  16. Another loss puts Lakers in deep hole to even make playoffs

    Jan 9, 2013, 12:15 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets

    For the past five years, it has taken at least 45 wins to make the playoffs in the Western Conference (technically Utah had 36 wins last season because of the lockout, but that was a 45-win pace). Coming into Tuesday night, Denver was the eight seed in the West and they are on pace for…

  17. Three Stars of the Night: Beard Power!

    Jan 9, 2013, 12:05 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets

    I’m willing to give Paul George a pass for his slightly questionable beard growing abilities, primarily because he’s still only 22-years-old (scary, right?) and he’s still growing, uh, taller. George is listed at 6-foot-8, but some people are saying he’s now 6-foot-10, and even if that is a Bunyan-sized tall tale, we’ll let him finish…

  18. Phil Jackson says he doesn’t “intend” to coach again

    Jan 8, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    I have said it on this blog many times — I don’t expect Phil Jackson to coach ever again. Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is counting on me being wrong — Jackson is the guy on top of the Nets list, although they might not try to get him until next summer now (they are 6-1…

  19. League fines Mark Cuban $50,000 for criticizing officials

    Jan 8, 2013, 9:22 PM EDT

    Image (1) cuban-thumb-250x166-11958.jpg for post 2059

    If you are Mark Cuban, do you just put a line in your personal annual budget that reads “league fines — $100,000” and assume you’ll end up having pay it? As expected, the league has fined Marc Cuban $50,000 for his tweet and comments criticizing officials recently. The league did not formally announce this fine…

  20. Report: Grizzlies listening to offers for Zach Randolph, too

    Jan 8, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT

    Zach Randolph

    I don’t think this is going to happen. At this time of year teams listen to all sorts of trade ideas, gauging the value of their players and seeing if one in 100 might stick and work. But while shopping Rudy Gay around the league pretty hard, they may also open to the idea of…

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