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  1. Three productive players who slipped through the cracks

    Dec 14, 2012, 7:44 PM EDT

    Greg Smith

    It’s not as easy for prospects to go under the radar as it once was. With improved technology, better analytics and easier scouting methods, productive players rarely go unnoticed anymore. But that doesn’t mean every good NBA player gets drafted. An NBA GM once told me that his draft strategy in the second round was…

  2. Former NBA player Shawne Williams arrested on drug charges

    Dec 14, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

    shawne williams nets arrested

    Former NBA player Shawne Williams was arrested Thursday on drug charges, according to a report from the Memphis Commercial Appeal. An officer was on routine patrol outside a Cricket wireless store in the 3400 block of Austin Peay near the Raleigh Springs Mall. The officer approached Williams in his nearby Porsche Panamera after smelling marijuana,…

  3. Globetrotters offer to let Kobe, Lakers face Washington Generals

    Dec 14, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

    Globetrotters

    It was a good line from Kobe Bryant, which is why it was our quote of the day. “At this point I wish we had the Washington Generals on our schedule.” Of course, the Harlem Globetrotters are a marketing machine with a basketball team attached, so you knew they would jump on that. And they…

  4. Still no timetable, but doctors clear John Wall to start “ramping up” activity

    Dec 14, 2012, 5:11 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks

    John Wall’s return to the NBA from a stress fracture in his patella is not going to come with the lightning speed of him on the dribble. No, it’s going to come in small, measured steps. Which is what the Wizards announced Friday through a statement from the team physician, Dr. David Altchek, as reported…

  5. Report: Raptors waiting to get healthy before talking trades

    Dec 14, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

    Raptors Bargnani reacts to a missed basket against the Nets during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    There may be no team that will be a seller at the trade deadline like the Toronto Raptors — this is an organization where the ownership group met this week with GM Bryan Colangelo and his lead consultant Wayne Embree was brought in. It feels like something is going to change and Colangelo shouldn’t feel…

  6. Timberwolves’ Malcolm Lee out indefinitely with knee injury

    Dec 14, 2012, 3:46 PM EDT

    Malcolm Lee

    Just as Minnesota is going to get Ricky Rubio back, they are going to lose another young guard for a while. Malcolm Lee suffered a chrondal injury in his right knee during Wednesday night’s game against the Nuggets and will be out indefinitely, the team announced. A chrondal injury involves the ligaments that cover each…

  7. PBT Podcast: Talking Lakers, Warriors, All-Star voting, and a chat with Kenny Anderson

    Dec 14, 2012, 3:14 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Bryant looks at the clock during their NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks in New York

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss the state of the Lakers, after they were dropped Thursday night by a very good Knicks team. We then discuss Damian Lillard and the impact he’s having with the Blazers this season, before shifting our attention to the surging Golden State…

  8. Is Denver using Andre Iguodala wrong? Flip Saunders says yes.

    Dec 14, 2012, 2:57 PM EDT

    Andre Iguodala

    One quarter of the way into the season, ask me my most disappointing team and I’ll say the Denver Nuggets. Sure, the Lakers and Pacers can be on that list too, but I came into this season with high hopes for the Nuggets to be a very entertaining team, only to see them 11-12 and…

  9. Jrue Holiday out with sprained foot

    Dec 14, 2012, 2:29 PM EDT

    HOLIDAY_JRUE

    Philadelphia 76ers point guard Jrue Holiday isn’t sure how he sprained his foot, but we should be able to safely eliminate “bowling injury” from the list. Holiday has been an absolute workhorse for the 76ers this season, leading the team in scoring (19), assists (9), and minutes (38.5). That type of court time is creeping…

  10. Kobe Bryant wants World Peace to be an enforcer again

    Dec 14, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant smiles after making a free throw while Peace comes towards him during their NBA basketball game against Brooklyn Nets in Los Angeles

    There was a time when Ron Artest was feared, because he was unpredictable and aggressive. He had skills on the court, but he was feared like a hockey enforcer. Metta World Peace — the guy Ron Arest became complete with a new name — is a guy trying to fit in with the Lakers. A…

  11. LeBron skips practice with sore shoulder, will play Saturday

    Dec 14, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James is sandwiched between Golden State Warriors Jarrett Jack and David Lee who was charged with a flagrant foul on the play against in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida

    LeBron James took a nasty fall Wednesday night, one of those where the players legs are cut out while he is in the air and so he falls with a thud on the floor. LeBron got up from that grabbing his shoulder but played on in the Heat loss to the Warriors. LeBron did not…

  12. Video: Kobe Bryant hitting some ridiculous shots vs. Knicks

    Dec 14, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets

    People say all the time “Kobe Bryant needs to trust his teammates more and get them the ball, not just shoot.” The reality is Kobe will try to trust his teammates for a quarter or two, but if they don’t step up to his satisfaction (or if he feels the game getting away from the…

  13. Bargnani tells Italian paper he will miss at least three weeks, Raptors are NBA’s worst team

    Dec 14, 2012, 11:52 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors Andrea Bargnani reacts after hitting a shot during their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City

    If Andrea Bargnani takes his time coming back from an elbow and wrist injury will anyone in Toronto care? Probably not after this. Toronto will have a few weeks to see what a Bargnani-less Raptors team looks like. He has a ligament tear in his right elbow and a strained right wrist, and the official…

  14. Quote of the Day: Kobe wants to play Washington Generals

    Dec 14, 2012, 10:25 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    “At this point I wish we had the Washington Generals on our schedule.” —Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, talking about his team’s struggles as they head to Washington to take on the lowly Wizards on Friday night.  Of course, those lowly Wizards beat the Heat recently and will put up a fight in…

  15. Video: Watch Damian Lillard go off for 29 against Spurs

    Dec 14, 2012, 9:53 AM EDT

    Lillard drives against Parker during NBA basketball game in Portland, Oregon

    That right there is why Damian Lillard has separated himself in the early Rookie of the Year, talk. Well, that and Anthony Davis‘ injury, but mostly this. Lillard was matched up with Tony Parker and went off for 29 points on 11-of-22 shooting. What he shows is a maturity to his game we often don’t…

  16. Carmelo unsure if he’s playing Saturday after tweaking ankle

    Dec 14, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    Carmelo Anthony did all his damage in the first half against the Lakers. The Knicks were well ahead and Anthony was probably only going to play a few more minutes when midway through the third quarter when he drove baseline, the Lakers help rotation was late (again) and he went up for a dunk. Then…

  17. Lakers’ Nash says he hopes to return to practice next week

    Dec 14, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Nash is interviewed before head coach D'Antoni makes his debut as Lakers' new coach in NBA basketball game against Brooklyn Nets in Los Angeles

    Steve Nash is not the answer to the Lakers problems. But he is an answer. He is part of the solution — certainly the Lakers offensive decisions improve when he arrives. It’s a first step. And Nash wants to take that step soon — he told the Los Angeles Times he hopes to be practicing…

  18. San Antonio’s stars actually play, but a rookie steals the show

    Dec 14, 2012, 3:22 AM EDT

    Parker shoots against Lillard during NBA basketball game in Portland, Oregon

    The Spurs were playing the second half of a back-to-back, on the road in a notoriously tough place to win, with stars that are notoriously still pretty old. It begs the question: Had David Stern not dropped the boom earlier this season with a $250,000 dollar fine for keeping their stars out, would Gregg Popovich…

  19. Three Stars of the Night: Hello, Damian Lillard

    Dec 14, 2012, 2:32 AM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Tony Parker

    There’s nothing like a nice three-course NBA meal. The appetizer was fried something or other, as the Hawks burned the Bobcats with 57 percent shooting in a convincing 113-90 victory. The main entree involved the Knicks introducing the Lakers to the benefits of something called “passing” in a 116-107 beatdown. For dessert, Portland’s stud point…

  20. Video: Carmelo Anthony’s 22 point first quarter vs. Lakers

    Dec 14, 2012, 1:15 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    It was a perfect storm. Carmelo Anthony is hot, playing as well as anyone in the NBA right now. Anthony was also motivated — the coach he used to feud with was coming to town with his new team. And that new team — the Los Angeles Lakers — plays team defense about as well…

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