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

    Feb 14, 2012, 5:39 PM EST

    Lopez_Brook

    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…

  2. Report: Lakers don’t have “serious interest” in Gilbert Arenas

    Feb 14, 2012, 5:12 PM EST

    Washington Wizards v Sacramento Kings

    And the hopes of thousands of Lakers fans are crushed. Little do they know this is what is best for them, such is their disappointment. The Lakers attended the recent workout of Gilbert Arenas and even Kobe Bryant was good with bringing him in, but it’s not likely to happen according to the Los Angeles…

  3. “Linsanity” has gone all the way to U.S. Patent office. Literally.

    Feb 14, 2012, 3:57 PM EST

    Jeremy Lin

    The only thing more American than the rise of Jeremy Lin — the Rocky-like tale of a talented but overlooked player, twice let go, sent to the D-League, never gives up and explodes when given the chance — is other people trying to make a quick buck his rise. Which brings us to this note…

  4. Video: The official MSG Jeremy Lin promo (with Eminem)

    Feb 14, 2012, 3:31 PM EST

    Jeremy Lin

    Eminem can make everything sound a little better. Even Jeremy Lin. This is the official MSG Network promo featuring Lin — who has driven ratings up 66 percent for Knicks’ games. Time Warner subscribers in New York, enjoy seeing the promo here as you can’t see it at home.

  5. We’re not old: Rivers trying to get Celtics to up tempo

    Feb 14, 2012, 2:56 PM EST

    Boston Celtics Rajon Rondo drives past Chicago Bulls Carlos Boozer in the second half of their NBA basketball game at TD Garden in Boston

    For much of the season, Rajon Rondo has seemed to be a one-man fast break for the Celtics, pushing the ball up after a stop and then, if nothing is materializes, waiting until his teammates bothered to join him in the front court. Boston is dead last in the league in pace (90.2 possessions per…

  6. Derrick Rose out Tuesday; Bulls re-sign Mike James

    Feb 14, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

    Derrick Rose

    Derrick Rose is going to miss his third consecutive game Tuesday, his ongoing back spasms keeping him out coach Tom Thibodeau announced, as reported by CSNChicago.com. The Bulls will face the Sacramento Kings without him. Rose saw a back specialist on Monday who confirmed that this is a muscular, not structural issue. Which means he…

  7. Video: Caron Butler gets his championship ring

    Feb 14, 2012, 1:35 PM EST

    Clippers' Butler tries to strip the ball from Lakers shooting guard Bryant during NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles

    Caron Butler had a good night in Dallas — he got his championship ring as part of last year’s Mavericks (he was injured through the playoffs but was key for them the first part of the year), then he went out and scored a season high 23 on his old team as part of the…

  8. Another report Allen Iverson is broke

    Feb 14, 2012, 1:07 PM EST

    Allen Iverson

    When Allen Iverson was playing in Turkey last season, there was a report that he did it for the $2 million because he was broke. That he had burned through the $154 million in salary he earned as a player (not counting endorsements). Iverson denied that charge saying he would be a “damn fool” to…

  9. J.R. Smith returns to USA Wednesday, who gets him?

    Feb 14, 2012, 12:40 PM EST

    CBA 11/12 First Round: Guangdong Hongyuan v Zhejiang Chouzhou

    In the next 24 hours, J.R. Smith will be on the long flight from China — where he signed to play during the lockout — back to the United States. He tweeted this the other day. Ladies and Gentleman I am happy to tell you my return to the United States is offical! I will…

  10. Tuesday And-1 links: Zach Randolph is back at practice

    Feb 14, 2012, 11:44 AM EST

    zach-randolph-game-6

    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). Zach Randolph has been cleared by doctors for non-contact practices and is expected to return to the Grizzlies in early March. That would be huge…

  11. Video: Talking “Linsanity” with Amar’e, ‘Melo and Lin

    Feb 14, 2012, 10:59 AM EST

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

    Tonight Linsanity — AKA the New York Knicks — goes north of the border to Toronto. Amar’e Stoudemire will be back in the starting lineup and he talks about liking what he sees. Of course he does, he’s got a PG who can run the pick-and-roll again. We told you already Carmelo Anthony is happy…

  12. Sacramento City Council has votes for arena if reachable criteria is met

    Feb 14, 2012, 10:45 AM EST

    Inside Kings Arena

    The Sacramento Kings and their fans will hold their breath on Tuesday night, as the Sacramento City Council holds the first of at least two critical votes that will determine whether or not the team leaves town. Let me be the first to tell you that tonight’s vote will pass.  Sources close to the situation…

  13. Mark Cuban rips trade of Chris Paul to Clippers

    Feb 14, 2012, 10:14 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is shown on the court before the start of play between the Mavericks and the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Dallas

    The more I listen to him, the more I think Mark Cuban doesn’t like any trade that doesn’t benefit Mark Cuban. He was one of those who opposed the trade of Chris Paul to the Lakers (which was shot down by David Stern as defacto owner of the Hornets) and now he tells ESPNDallas.com he…

  14. There’s a lot of money to be made off Jeremy Lin

    Feb 14, 2012, 8:50 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    The NBA is a business. First and foremost. If you ever forget that, think back to early November when we should have had the start of the NBA season and instead had lawyers in suits hammering out a labor agreement. Jeremy Lin is the kind of player, the kind of story that can make you…

  15. Kobe backs Lakers getting Arenas, but not enthusiastically

    Feb 14, 2012, 8:10 AM EST

    Arenas_Gilbert

    The Lakers need a point guard. You know it. I know it. Kobe Bryant knows it. Heck, even Derek Fisher knows it, he’s just too professional to get his head down over it. Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak watched Gilbert Arenas work out on Sunday. So reporters asked Kobe what he thinks of the Arenas idea…

  16. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Dallas can still close out games

    Feb 14, 2012, 7:35 AM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki

    What you missed while wondering why a man would try to rob a store wearing only chocolate and peanut butter… Mavericks 96, Clippers 92: What do you need to do to win in tight fourth quarters in the NBA? Execute. For example, don’t turn the ball over — the Clippers has seven fourth quarter turnovers.…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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