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  1. Video: David Letterman Top 10 worst Jeremy Lin puns

    Feb 16, 2012, 5:50 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    Does this look Lin-fected to you? Classic David Letterman. He and his writers came up with the 10 worst Jeremy Lin puns they could think of, and it would be hard to think of 10 worse. Note: This is what happens to your name when you turn down going on Letterman’s show (which is reportedly…

  2. Emeka Okafor will miss several games with knee injury

    Feb 16, 2012, 4:36 PM EST

    Emeka Okafor, Kevin Love

    Because the Hornets could use more problems…. Starting center Emeka Okafor did not suit up for New Orleans Wednesday on the first game of a six game road trip, and he could be out a while longer than that, coach Monty Williams said. Here is his quote, via NBA.com. “From what I’ve heard it’s one…

  3. League scrambling to fit Jeremy Lin into All-Star Weekend

    Feb 16, 2012, 3:58 PM EST

    Jeremy Lin Knicks

    The NBA had named the All-Star team, had named the players for the Rising Stars Challenge (what you and I call the rookie/sophomore game) and had basically everything in place for All-Star Weekend Feb. 24-26 in Orlando. Then Jeremy Lin and Linsanity came along. Now the league is scrambling to fit their hottest star into…

  4. LeBron says he would consider return to Cavaliers. Someday.

    Feb 16, 2012, 2:45 PM EST

    LeBron James Cavaliers

    LeBron James, peacemaker with Cleveland. Not that the wounds there can ever be fully healed, but he’s trying. He extended an olive branch Thursday, again saying he handled leaving poorly and he would someday consider returning. At least he’s trying to say all the right things. The Heat are in Cleveland to take on the…

  5. Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, Ne-Yo your All-Star Game halftime performers

    Feb 16, 2012, 1:41 PM EST

    Nicki Minaj

    Well, maybe Nicki Minaj can redeem her Grammys performance. She, and Pitbull with Ne-Yo are the lineup for the halftime entertainment at the All-Star Game Feb. 26 in Orlando, the league announced. You like the musical choice, and your dad will recognize Pitbull as that guy from the Bud Light commercial. It’s a bonding moment.…

  6. Report: Timberwolves interested in Pau Gasol. Good luck.

    Feb 16, 2012, 12:36 PM EST

    Boston Celtics Kevin Garnett and Los Angeles Lakers Pau Gasol compete for the ball in Boston

    I’m telling you now, this deal is not going to happen in this form. But we pass along this rumor, via Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida, anyway. In other news involving NBA big men, a source said Wednesday that Minnesota continues to pursue a possible trade for Lakers forward Pau Gasol, dangling rookie Derrick…

  7. Mavs’ Delonte West to be out for “a while” with broken finger

    Feb 16, 2012, 12:15 PM EST

    Casey Smith, Delonte West

    It was gruesome when it happened. Midway through the second quarter of the Mavericks latest win, Delonte West reached in and strip the ball and broke the ring finger on his right hand. Let’s just say you could see bone and blood was gushing. Not a pretty sight. You could tell because of Vince Carter’s…

  8. Thursday And-1 links: “Linsane in the Membrane”

    Feb 16, 2012, 11:45 AM EST

    Sacramento Kings v New York Knicks

    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). “Linsane in the Membrane” — Jeremy Lin gets the Cypress Hill treatment. And it works. Best Lin song yet (via PBT’s own @HPbasketball) Here is…

  9. Shumpert, Williams headline All-Star Dunk Contest field

    Feb 16, 2012, 10:53 AM EST

    New York Knicks v New Jersey Nets

    Blake Griffin will not be back to defend his All-Star Dunk Contest crown, and you can bet no Kia cars will be on the court this time. He wasn’t the only big name to stay away — all the stars are staying home. There are some quality dunkers in the field but all the names…

  10. Report: J.R. Smith deciding between Knicks, Clippers

    Feb 16, 2012, 10:06 AM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Charlotte Bobcats

    Wednesday in China, J.R. Smith hopped on a plane and said “zai zian” to the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the Chinese Basketball Association where he played during the lockout. His team is out of the playoffs and he is on his way home. The only question is, where is that plane going to land? New…

  11. Report: Miami would like to add Hornets’ Chris Kaman

    Feb 16, 2012, 9:48 AM EST

    Chris Kaman, Nene

    It’s maybe the one puzzle piece missing from the Miami Heat roster — a classic, true center who can body up guys like Dwight Howard in the playoffs and provide some defense and rebounding in the paint. A guy like Chris Kaman with the Hornets. Who happens to be available via trade. Which brings us…

  12. Baseline to Baseline recaps: There are days the Magic look good

    Feb 16, 2012, 9:14 AM EST

    Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia

    What you missed while realizing your Valentine’s Day could have gone worse…. Knicks 100, Kings 85: The perfect storm that is Jeremy Lin continues, and it is our game of the night. Hawks 101, Suns 99: Our own Brett Pollakoff was at this game and filed a report. But that doesn’t mean we won’t give…

  13. Video: The emergence of Jeremy Lin

    Feb 16, 2012, 8:20 AM EST

    Sacramento Kings v New York Knicks

    Jeremy Lin is an amazing story, and a perfect storm of things had to come together to make Linsanity a reality. But it did, it’s been a fun ride, and the folks at NBA.com did a good job putting this video montage of the rise of Lin together. Good stuff. Check it out.

  14. Josh Smith plays like an All-Star in Hawks’ win over the Suns

    Feb 16, 2012, 2:42 AM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v Phoenix Suns

    After the reserves for the 2012 NBA All-Star game were announced last week, and after Josh Smith was once again left off of the Eastern Conference squad for the eighth consecutive season, he sounded off. Smith said politics were to blame for him not being named to the team, and that he apparently “didn’t know…

  15. Plans for Seattle NBA arena to be announced Thursday

    Feb 16, 2012, 1:24 AM EST

    Seattle SuperSonics v Denver Nuggets

    Seattle fans are dreaming of the Kings becoming the Sonics (it’s not likely, smart money has them staying put in Sacramento), but it’s not really about the occupant of an arena just yet… If you build it, some team will come. Seattle sports fans want a new home for an NBA (and NHL) team built.…

  16. Perfect storm continues for Jeremy Lin, Knicks cruise to win

    Feb 15, 2012, 11:02 PM EST

    Knicks' Lin walks up-court during game against Kings in New York's Madison Square Garden

    Linsanity is now 7-0. For the sensation that is Jeremy Lin to be unleashed — from the wins to the mania that gripped New York and spilled over into popular culture — it takes more than just the fantastic play of Lin. Although that is certainly the catalyst. But it takes a perfect storm of…

  17. Kevin Garnett out Wednesday with hip flexor injury

    Feb 15, 2012, 9:16 PM EST

    Kevin Garnett

    Earlier on Wednesday, Kevin Garnett went through shootaround and was upgraded to “probable” to play that night against the Pistons. He sounded like a go. But when push came to shove, the Celtics decided to give him the night off. He is out for a game, a decision made less than an hour before tip-off…

  18. Report: Kobe Bryant, Vanessa working on reconciliation

    Feb 15, 2012, 7:11 PM EST

    vanessa-bryant

    Yesterday, on Valentine’s day, Kobe Bryant was greeted outside the Lakers locker room by Vanessa — the woman in the process of divorcing him — and she was wearing holiday-appropriate red pumps. Now comes this report from TMZ (via NBC’s own Off The Bench): … and now TMZ can confirm the two are working on…

  19. Lakers send Devin Ebanks down to D-League

    Feb 15, 2012, 6:09 PM EST

    Ebanks_Devin

    From the Lakers’ official Twitter feed: BREAKING: The Los Angeles Lakers have assigned forward Devin Ebanks to their @nbadleagueaffiliate, the Los Angeles @DFenders. This could mean nothing, but it could mean something significant for the Lakers as well: Gilbert Arenas-to-LA rumors have been swirling for about a week now, although the team has said it doesn’t have…

  20. NBA announces All-Star Three-Point Shootout lineup

    Feb 15, 2012, 5:24 PM EST

    anthony morrow

    The NBA has just announced the lineup for this year’s 3-point shooting contest at All-Star Weekend in Orlando. It is part of the Saturday night events Feb. 25 (along with the Dunk Contest and the tedious Skills Contest). Here are your contestants: James Jones: The defending champion. Jones has seen his minutes go way down this…

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