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  1. Sacramento City Council takes unanimous step toward key arena vote

    Feb 15, 2012, 3:19 PM EST

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    One vote down to bring a new arena to Sacramento, one more critical vote to go. Tuesday, the Sacramento City Council voted unanimously to continue finalizing proposals with private parking companies, who will in turn provide $200 million or more toward a new Entertainment and Sports Complex. For that money, the winning bidder will have…

  2. Gym Class Heroes, J. Cole headline pre All-Star Game concert

    Feb 15, 2012, 2:58 PM EST

    Gym Class Heroes

    Not very subtle, Orlando. The performers for a pre-NBA All-Star Game concert were leaked by the New York Daily News — later confirmed by the league — and we learn that one is Gym Class Heroes, who along with Neon Hitch will do their single “Get you’re a** back home.” This message is directed at…

  3. Bobcats on pace for one of worst seasons in NBA history

    Feb 15, 2012, 2:29 PM EST

    Paul Silas

    In a sense, the Charlotte Bobcats catch a break — because of the lockout shortened, 66-game season we can’t compare them directly with the worst team in NBA history, the 9-win 72-73 Philadelphia 76ers. If the Bobcats win less than 9 games, they can claim an asterisk because of this season. But they are that…

  4. Linsanity has reached the White House — Obama “impressed”

    Feb 15, 2012, 1:23 PM EST

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    Our national Baller-in-Chief has caught Linsanity just like everyone else. Jeremy Lin added to his legend with a game-winning three Tuesday night over Toronto that had enough swagger for all of New York. Barack Obama is a hoops fan — remember, he had a court installed at the White House — and he has a…

  5. Blazers’ Aldridge out Wednesday, maybe more with ankle sprain

    Feb 15, 2012, 1:06 PM EST

    LaMarcus Aldridge

    Two minutes into the Trail Blazers ugly loss to the Washington Wizards Tuesday, LaMarcus Aldridge went up with a turnaround jumper, Trevor Booker stepped out to contest it and in doing so slid his foot under Aldridge, and the result was a painful looking sprained ankle. (Watch the video below.) X-Rays came back negative, but…

  6. Jeremy Lin off the couch, moving into a Trump Tower

    Feb 15, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    Jeremy Lin is not going to be sleeping on a couch any longer. In fact he’s moving into a Trump Tower — no, not that one in the middle of Manhattan. Now that Lin’s contract is guaranteed he is taking over Amare Stoudemire’s old place in White Plains, reports the New York Daily News. The…

  7. Kevin Garnett “probable” for Wednesday against Pistons

    Feb 15, 2012, 11:56 AM EST

    Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant

    Kevin Garnett suffered a hip flexor injury in the Celtics win over the Bulls Sunday and it kept him out of practice on Tuesday, with Doc Rivers saying KG was doubtful for Wednesday night’s game against the Pistons. There was even talk after practice of KG missing a couple games. But Garnett went through shootaround…

  8. Wednesday And-1 links: Jeremy Lin notes… and other stuff

    Feb 15, 2012, 11:11 AM EST

    Jeremy Lin; Anthony Carter

    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). Great stuff on why Jeremy Lin and Carmelo Anthony will work out from Bethlehem Shoals at GQ. Mike D’Antoni talks Linsanity, and blending Carmelo Anthony…

  9. Video: Derrick Rose talks injury (and Jeremy Lin)

    Feb 15, 2012, 10:27 AM EST

    Derrick Rose, Leandro Barbosa

    Derrick Rose has been out three games now, but to listen to him talk he wants to get back out there right now. And he may not be out that long as specialists found that the issue was muscular (not structural), but this is the balance the Bulls need to strike — they need him…

  10. Shaq says Howard leaving Orlando would be “travesty”

    Feb 15, 2012, 9:15 AM EST

    Shaquille O'Neal laughs as he announces his retirement from NBA at a news conference in Windermere

    “We haven’t had any irony here since about, uh, ’83, when I was the only practitioner of it. And I stopped because I was tired of being stared at.” —Steve Martin in Roxanne Shaquille O’Neal digs irony. Can you dig it? In a press conference with other TNT broadcasters on Tuesday, Shaquille O’Neal said Dwight…

  11. Video: Darren Rovell talks the business of Jeremy Lin

    Feb 15, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

    Jeremy Lin

    Good stuff from CNBC’s sports business reporter Darren Rovell talking about the financial impact of Jeremy Lin (from NBC Sports Network’s SportsTalk show). Two interesting points by Rovell, expanding on what we covered here at PBT previously. One is the impact of Lin on the ongoing MSG Network/Time Warner cable battle. In a fee dispute,…

  12. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Miami gets third win in three nights

    Feb 15, 2012, 8:09 AM EST

    LeBron James

    What you missed while watching the Chipotle ad that was the best thing during the Grammys… Knicks 90, Raptors 87: What else can you say? The legend of Lin just keeps on growing. This was our game of the night. Heat 105, Pacers 90: Miami was playing their third game in three nights, Indiana had…

  13. Chicago’s Tom Thibodeau will coach Eastern All-Stars

    Feb 15, 2012, 2:09 AM EST

    Sacramento Kings v Chicago Bulls

    This does not mean that Luol Deng is going to play 41 minutes of the All-Star Game. Probably. With their win Tuesday night, the Chicago Bulls will have the best record in the Eastern Conference on Feb. 15 at 24-7, which means Tom Thibodeau will coach the All-Star Game for his conference. Soctt Brooks of…

  14. Video: Jeremy Lin sinks game winning three vs. Raptors

    Feb 14, 2012, 10:11 PM EST

    Jeremy Lin; Tyson Chandler; Landry Fields

    And the legend grows — now reaching Canada. Check out the swagger on Jeremy Lin. With the game tied 87-87 the Knicks missed a shot but got the offensive board and reset for a final shot. What does Lin do? Back the ball out to halfcourt, call for the rest of the Knicks to flatten…

  15. Ben Wallace says he’ll retire after season, this time he means it

    Feb 14, 2012, 8:31 PM EST

    Ben Wallace, Jordan Williams

    Ben Wallace has mulled retirement from professional sports almost as often as Brett Favre. Not nearly as annoying or publicly, but annually. But no more. He’s done and he means it this time. That’s what he tells the Detroit News. “No consideration coming back,” Wallace said after practice. “This is definitely my last year.” Wallace…

  16. Video: Chris Paul and Bar Refaeli on a trampoline, because we can

    Feb 14, 2012, 7:29 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Charlotte Bobcats

    I feel a little like Adam Carolla and Jimmy Kimmel (from the old Man Show days) running this video, but how could you not? I mean, it’s Chris Paul in a Sports Illustrated photo shoot on a trampoline… Oh, and Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli can kind of catch your eye. That too. Why are we…

  17. This 15 minutes in Jeremy Lin: Yes, the Knicks will be able to keep Jeremy Lin.

    Feb 14, 2012, 6:09 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    From the excellent Ken Berger of CBS: On the phone with a basketball executive Tuesday to go over the mechanics of how the Knicks could keep Jeremy Lin beyond this season, the notion of how surreal the conversation was came up more than once. But in answer to your question, Knicks fans: Yes, if Lin continues to perform at…

  18. Video: Cal State Bernadino’s Kwame Alexander can basically fly

    Feb 14, 2012, 5:54 PM EST

    Kwame Alexander

    Yes, this is from college basketball. D-2 college basketball, in fact. But it’s so cool we don’t care. This video contains Cal State Bernadino’s Kwame Alexander, who weighs 240 pounds, taking off from a step or two inside the free throw line, getting his body nearly parallel to the floor, and somehow throwing down over…

  19. Video: Valentine’s Day is a time for DeMarcus Cousins

    Feb 14, 2012, 5:44 PM EST

    Demarcus Cousins

    The following is a fanshot video from Sactown Royalty’s “doktakra,” who shot the video last year but didn’t post the video for our viewing enjoyment until now. In the video, the Kings’ 2nd-year forward describes his perfect date, which involves flowers, horse-carriage rides, and moonlit walks, and why no mixtape for that special someone is…

  20. Brook Lopez practices for first time since breaking foot, may be back before All-Star game

    Feb 14, 2012, 5:39 PM EST

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    From the Star-Ledger’s Colin Stephenson: Center Brook Lopez practiced for the first time since breaking his foot in the preseason and looked good, coach Avery Johnson and his teammates said… …Lopez had surgery Dec. 23 to insert a screw in his right foot, in which he had suffered a broken fifth metatarsal bone. The team had said he…

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