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  1. Grizzlies’ Selby charged with misdemeanor marijuana offense

    Jan 7, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Memphis Grizzlies

    From the Memphis Commercial-Appeal: Grizzlies rookie guard Josh Selby is facing a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge after police found probable cause during an Oct. 5 incident at the University of Maryland. The 20-year-old Selby has been summoned to appear in a Maryland district court Jan. 25. “I have no comment about it,” Selby said. “It…

  2. The Imperative: Kobe Bryant and the variance of injury

    Jan 7, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant chews on his jersey during NBA game in Los Angeles

    The imperative is an element of urgency based off of observation with some evidence to back it up. But like most anything in the NBA, the imperative is rarely black and white, cut and dried. Basically I’m hedging in case Bryant averages 35 points per game over the next seven games.  Kobe Bryant scored 39…

  3. Suns head coach Gentry cares not for your three-point field goal defensive statistics

    Jan 7, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

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    The Phoenix Suns, just like most teams in the league, pay a fair amount of attention to all kinds of statistical data. And, just like most teams in the league, they have their favorites. It’s safe to say that three-point field goal defensive statistics are not one of them. Before Friday night’s win over the…

  4. Weekend Observations: 25 things from the week that was

    Jan 7, 2012, 2:16 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks

    Each weekend we bring you 25 random observations from the NBA week that was.  1. Ramon Sessions is not shooting well, but he’s drawing a lot of contact and his assists are up this year. He’s got a 19.5 PER and can’t get over 25 minutes per game on the Cavaliers. He’s much more of…

  5. DeMarcus Cousins is only responsible for being DeMarcus Cousins

    Jan 7, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins Royals

    We tend to treat NBA players as action figures. Fun to look at and watch do whatever actions they do, ultimately hollow, and easily classifiable. “This one is a hero.” “This one is a villain.” The problem is that these are people. I’m not imploring you to be more considerate of their feelings; that’s a…

  6. Jeff Green to be unrestricted free agent as Celtics pull qualifying offer

    Jan 7, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Whether it was a calculated maneuver to save themselves money or a generous move to help out a young player who caught an extremely bad break (but also found the break which was a wonderfully good break), the result is the same. Jeff Green will be an unrestricted free agent when he returns to the…

  7. Report: Four 2008 Team USA members on the out, roster to mix 2008 and 2010 gold medal teams

    Jan 7, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Beijing Olympics

    Team USA begins its preparation for the 2012 Summer Games this month. It will release the 18-man roster under consideration for final inclusion as the 2012 U.S men’s basketball team and ESPN reports that there will be some changes from the 2008 squad that won gold in Beijing. The new team will reportedly feature combined…

  8. Nash’s perfect game leads Suns to blowout win over road-weary Blazers

    Jan 7, 2012, 2:30 AM EDT

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    The Portland Trail Blazers secured an emotional home win over the evil Lakers on Thursday, and afterward, the team didn’t make it to its hotel in Phoenix until 4 a.m. local time the next morning. Add those two facts together, and you get the result of Friday night’s game against the Suns: a 102-77 shellacking…

  9. Pacers make their case in win over Celtics, but it’s ugly

    Jan 6, 2012, 11:03 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen

    This is the kind of game you end up with if you play a condensed season after a drastically shortened training camp. Which is to say — UGLY. But if you can look at it for a second you see one thing: These Pacers are legitimate. Maybe not Miami and Chicago legitimate, but to be…

  10. Video: Chris Paul talks trade, future with Darren Rovell

    Jan 6, 2012, 9:07 PM EDT

    Chris Paul

    Interesting interview with NBC Sports Network’s own Darren Rovell sitting down with Clipper savior (for now) Chris Paul. Among the highlights. • “Whirlwind” was the word he used to describe Lakers trade falling apart then Clippers. • Says he was able to put Lakers idea behind him quickly then move on because he was excited…

  11. Drake raps about Kobe Bryant divorce

    Jan 6, 2012, 8:27 PM EDT

    Canadian rapper Drake performs at the 2010 MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto

    Normally, right here is where you would find the video for Rick Ross’s new song “Stay Schemin” featuring Drake and French Montana. But because this is a family site, we are not about to post that video. If you are not at work and do not have children around, then follow this link. In that song…

  12. Ray Allen talks about team building blocks, Wizards

    Jan 6, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

    Ray Allen, Nick Young

    Ray Allen has been around for a while, seen the mountain top and more than one valley. There’s some wisdom there. In an interesting interview at CSNWashington.com, Allen talks about the kind of team and franchise culture high-profile players look for when deciding where to play as a free agent. Yes, the main motivation is…

  13. Kings say Chuck Hayes officially out 3-4 weeks

    Jan 6, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

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    Just a quick update on the unfortunate injury to Chuck Hayes in Sacramento — he will be out three to four weeks, the team announced Friday. Hayes dislocated his left shoulder when he fouled the Bucks Drew Gooden and their arms got tangled up awkwardly. Hayes fell to the ground in pain and laid there for…

  14. Kings have players-only meeting before beating Bucks

    Jan 6, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Keith Smart, DeMarcus Cousins

    The value of player-only meetings gets wildly overstated in the NBA. But there can be value if there is honesty and accountability taking place. After the Kings beat the Bucks on Thursday night several players referenced a meeting called by veteran Chuck Hayes after the Kings had lost a couple nights earlier to Denver. While…

  15. About all those Charles Barkley Weight Watchers ads…

    Jan 6, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    NBA All-Star Saturday Night Presented By State Farm

    Maybe you heard, Charles Barkley has lost a few pounds. Well, of course you’ve heard — if you’ve watched one NBA game this year you’ve heard. Barkley’s Weight Watchers ads are the new Franklin & Bash promo, you simply cannot escape them. Weight Watchers wants to reach into the male market and the Round Mound…

  16. Winless Wizards conduct players-only meeting

    Jan 6, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks

    Something needs to happen in Washington to turn the Wizards around. And while NBA players-only meetings usually have about all the impact of the Iowa Straw Poll it is worth a shot, so veteran Maurice Evans called one, reports CSNWashington.com. “We needed to address ourselves and identify what were some of the problems that the…

  17. Celtics GM Ainge explains he was not trying to trade Rondo

    Jan 6, 2012, 1:26 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    If a politician you didn’t like said this, you’d decry it as semantics. And you’d be right. But while differences can be subtle, they can be meaningful. Which brings us to Danny Ainge, the Celtics GM, who was asked for roughly the millionth time this year about pre-season talks to trade Rajon Rondo for Chris…

  18. Bobcats’ Corey Maggette out 2-4 weeks with hamstring injury

    Jan 6, 2012, 12:49 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats Maggette reacts as he drives to the basket against Orlando Magic Turkoglu of Turkey in their NBA basketball game in Charlotte

    If you had the under on the “10 games before Corey Maggette gets injured” prop bet collect your winnings. Maggette will be out two to four weeks with a hamstring issues suffered Thursday night, the team announced. The diagnosis was confirmed by an MRI. Hamstrings can be slow to heal and linger, so the Bobcats…

  19. Hornets’ Eric Gordon out 2-3 weeks to rest knee

    Jan 6, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    Eric Gordon, who returned to the Hornets lineup Wednesday and dropped 22 points, is back out. He will miss the next two to three weeks to rest his knee, according to a tweet from Sean Kelly, radio voice of the Hornets. His knee experienced swelling after that game. Gordon had sat out the four games prior…

  20. Friday And-1 links, where it’s Jan Vesely time

    Jan 6, 2012, 11:12 AM EDT

    2011 NBA Draft

    Welcome to our morning 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). Jan Vesely’s hip better and the Washington rookie is expected to make his NBA debut Friday vs. the Knicks. Maybe that will help, because the…

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