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  1. Eric Gordon to have knee scoped, out another six weeks

    Feb 14, 2012, 1:56 AM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    When Chris Paul was traded to the Clippers, the general consensus was it was a great move for Los Angeles so long as CP3’s knees held up. Turns out, it was the Hornets who should have been warned about Eric Gordon. He has played only two games for the Hornets this season due to a…

  2. Boxer Floyd Mayweather says Lin hype about race

    Feb 13, 2012, 11:39 PM EST

    Floyd Mayweather

    Floyd Mayweather rarely holds his tongue. Or shy away from racist remarks. Just ask Manny Pacquiao. (Not that it has got them together for a fight.) So maybe we shouldn’t be shocked when Mayweather tweeted today: “Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he’s Asian. Black players do what he…

  3. Former Memphis Tiger cut in Spain for taking “enlargement” pills

    Feb 13, 2012, 9:43 PM EST

    NCAA First Round: CSU Northridge Matadors v Memphis Tigers

    UPDATE 9:43 pm: Roburt Sallie spoke with Gary Parish of CBS Radio today and wanted to clarify a few things. As you thought he might. Here are the key parts, via Eye on Basketball. Two things he attempted to clarify in this absolutely must-listen interview: 1) He did not take “Extends” but a male enchancement…

  4. Hawks Josh Smith ticked about All-Star Game snub

    Feb 13, 2012, 8:31 PM EST

    Josh Smith of the Atlanta  Hawks walks off the court against the Chicago Bulls during the second half of Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Chicago

    Josh Smith should have been an All-Star. He has stepped up his play with Al Horford out and is giving the Hawks 15.9 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.1 blocks per game, and the Hawks are your four seed in the East at 18-10. Hard to look the other way. But the reserve All-Star…

  5. Video: Where in the world is Nikola Pekovic?

    Feb 13, 2012, 7:28 PM EST

    Pekovic_Nikola

    Who do you think Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic looks like? I tend to go with classic Eastern European crime syndicate enforcer, but if you want to go with Non from Superman II (as J.E. Skeets of The Score does), I can see it. Timberwolves coach Rich Adelman says he looks like a starter (a role…

  6. Carmelo says playing with Lin will be “dream come true”

    Feb 13, 2012, 7:08 PM EST

    Charlotte Bobcats v New York Knicks

    Reportedly, it was Carmelo Anthony — in street clothes due to a pulled groin — going to Mike D’Antoni at halftime of the Knicks game against New Jersey and suggesting to play Jeremy Lin more that kicked off “Linsanity.” Monday, the guy who came to New York to see himself on the back pages of…

  7. Specialist finds nothing structurally wrong with Rose’s back

    Feb 13, 2012, 6:36 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose attends news conference in Chicago

    The good news is, there is nothing seriously wrong with Derrick Rose’s back. The real question is will coach Tom Thibodeau allow Rose to give it the rest it needs. Rose went to see a back specialist on Monday and there is no structural damage, the issue is muscular, reports CSNChicago.com and the Chicago Tribune.…

  8. Warriors Jerry West was watching Gilbert Arenas workout, too

    Feb 13, 2012, 6:07 PM EST

    Jerry West

    Do the Golden State Warriors really need another guard? Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry start (and have been playing well together of late), Nate Robinson and Klay Thompson come off the bench. Well, they are at least looking. Warriors consultant — and by consultant, think Consigliere — was at Gilbert Arenas’ workout in Los Angeles,…

  9. “Linsanity” came when Lin stopped trying to play for others

    Feb 13, 2012, 5:23 PM EST

    New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin shakes hands with MInnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love before game

    Just go out and play. Let God and the universe take care of the rest of it. That is the battle Jeremy Lin says he fights daily now — not trying to live up to the expectations of others, not trying to control everything, but just going out and playing basketball. Lin — a devoutly…

  10. NBA Power Rankings: Spurs advancing, Heat still on top

    Feb 13, 2012, 3:22 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    I’m beginning to wonder: Will the Eastern Conference Finals be the real NBA finals this year? Feels that way some days. 1. Heat (21-7, last week ranked 1) The Magic and Knicks combined to shoot 85 threes against the Heat in two nights. The Heat’s defensive energy does that to teams, makes them settle (although…

  11. Video: The rise of Jeremy Lin

    Feb 13, 2012, 2:41 PM EST

    Jeremy Lin

    Because you can’t get enough Jeremy Lin…. Great video looking back at his rapid rise from obscurity to the king of New York basketball, a guy who crosses John Wall and puts up 38 on the Lakers. Hat tip to SLAM.

  12. Steve Nash doesn’t know if he will be traded or not

    Feb 13, 2012, 1:07 PM EST

    Suns guard Nash looks to drive on Mavericks center Mahinmi during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    Will Steve Nash still be a Phoenix Sun on March 16? Probably. Steve Nash has not requested a trade and said he’s not going to, and the Suns have said they will not trade him unless he requests to be moved. But the Suns are at a crossroads. Nash becomes a free agent at the…

  13. Stoudemire, ‘Melo return and things change for Jeremy Lin

    Feb 13, 2012, 12:49 PM EST

    Knicks guard Lin smiles during player introductions before the start of the Knicks' NBA basketball game against the Timberwolves in Minneapolis

    It is the sentence I never expected to type and nobody ever expected to read: Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony are about to be back in the Knicks lineup, but how do they blend them in? It should be a no brainer fitting the Knicks two best players back in with their new point guard…

  14. Why the bottleneck on NBA trades? Calendar and Howard.

    Feb 13, 2012, 12:04 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    We’re a couple months into the NBA season, and there have been very few trades. Before the season we had some biggies — Chris Paul to the Lakers, er, Clippers — but once the season started, that has dried up. And you can expect things to stay pretty much dry past the All-Star game at…

  15. Monday And-1 links: The (largely) Jeremy Lin edition

    Feb 13, 2012, 11:25 AM EST

    New York Knicks' Lin is congratulated by teammates Jordan and Fields after win against Timberwolves in Minneapolis

    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). The picture you have been waiting to see — the couch in Landry Field’s place where Jeremy Lin slept. The real question: Why all the…

  16. Ben Wallace to set NBA record for most games by undrafted player

    Feb 13, 2012, 10:55 AM EST

    Detroit Pistons v Los Angeles Clippers

    Sorry Jeremy Lin, but Ben Wallace is about to become the NBA’s new king of the overlooked players. When  entered the game for the Pistons late in the first quarter Sunday against Washington it was his 1,054 game, tying him with Avery Johnson for the most games ever played by an undrafted player since the…

  17. Video: “Nick of Time,” the latest Jeremy Lin tribute song

    Feb 13, 2012, 10:26 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    Well, it’s better than half the stuff on the Grammys last night. (Which is the very definition of damning with faint praise.) Jeremy Lin is inspiring “Lin-sanity” all through New York, and that is including the city’s musicians. There was already “Lining,” which was worse than just about everything on the Grammys, but was the…

  18. LeBron, heckler reportedly had words in Washington

    Feb 13, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    LeBron James’ talent may have moved to South Beach, but he still fills the arenas. However, the sound he hears in those arenas is a lot different than he heard a few years ago. Then he was the wunderkind carrying the Cavaliers on his back, now he is the villain leader of the Heat. He…

  19. Report: Chris Paul leading Clippers J.R. Smith recruitment

    Feb 13, 2012, 8:07 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Charlotte Bobcats

    J.R. Smith is expected back in the United States this week an NBA free agent. His team in China has been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs and the season ends this week. And the Clippers want him. Badly. Especially now that their starting two guard is gone for the season. The Clippers are not alone…

  20. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Miami crushes faith in Atlanta

    Feb 13, 2012, 2:10 AM EST

    LeBron James

    What you missed while wondering what the heck Nicki Minaj was doing at the Grammys…. Celtics 95, Bulls 91: No Derrick Rose but the Bulls made a late rally and a game of it, in our game of the day. Lakers 94, Raptors 92: The Lakers are still a disorganized mess at the end of…

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