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  1. Tuesday And-1 links: Kyrie Irving will not play for Australia

    Mar 6, 2012, 11:08 AM EST

    Cavaliers Irving reacts to making a three point basket in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge game during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    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). Kyrie Irving is not going to be on Team USA in London in 2012, but he had a standing offer from Australia (he was born…

  2. One potential landing spot for Chris Kaman: Indiana Pacers

    Mar 6, 2012, 10:32 AM EST

    Chris Kaman, Nene

    Officially, the New Orleans Hornets “remain open” to trading Chris Kaman, reports the Times-Picayune. What that really means is they are going to trade Chris Kaman before the deadline. The question is where. One possible answer is Indiana, according to the Indianapolis Star. The Pacers have an All-Star center in Roy Hibbert but the depth…

  3. Rip Hamilton injures shoulder, could be out a while

    Mar 6, 2012, 10:14 AM EST

    Richard Hamilton

    Well, on the up side the Bulls are used to playing without Richard Hamilton in the lineup. And they may be for a while — Rip injured his shoulder in the Bulls win Monday over the Pacers. There are not a lot of details but what Aggrey Sam found out for CSNChicago.com doesn’t make it…

  4. NBA owners to discuss ads on jerseys at next meeting

    Mar 6, 2012, 8:50 AM EST

    WNBA Sue Bird Ad jersey

    It’s common in Europe — when you picture a Manchester United jersey you picture the AON on the chest. Same with any soccer or basketball team, the sponsors’ name where we expect to see the team name is expected. What about ads on NBA jerseys? Patches somewhere promoting whatever company shelled out the bucks? The…

  5. Video: Ty Lawson with overtime game winner for Nuggets

    Mar 6, 2012, 8:14 AM EST

    Ty Lawson

    In case you haven’t noticed, Ty Lawson has been a force since the All Star break — last week he  averaged 20.7 points, 11.7 assists and 7 rebounds a game. Oh, and he had 4 turnovers. Total. All week. Then there is this — his overtime game winner against the Kings. Which looks a lot…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Kevin Love outduels Blake Griffin

    Mar 6, 2012, 7:43 AM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers forward Reggie Evans in Minneapolis

    What you missed while buying way more Girl Scout cookies than you really should… Thunder 95, Mavericks 92: Oklahoma City scored the final eight points to win another close contest, which was our game of the night. Timberwolves 95, Clippers 94: With all their mistakes late, I have no idea how the Timberwolves pulled this…

  7. Another close game, another Oklahoma City Thunder win

    Mar 6, 2012, 2:41 AM EST

    Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka, Russell Westbrook

    Oklahoma City has been one of the best teams in close games all season — when games are within 3 points (either way) in the last three minutes, the Thunder were 13-3 coming into Monday night. Make that 14-3. Monday night they won another close one, this time beating the Dallas Mavericks 95-91 by scoring…

  8. Video: Sonny Weems with an impressive dunk contest… in Lithuania

    Mar 5, 2012, 11:53 PM EST

    Ramunas Siskauskas (L) of CSKA vies with

    You remember Sonny Weems, right? Spent the couple seasons before this in Toronto, played for Denver before that. Like a lot of guys on the NBA fringe, he had a hard decision to make during the lockout and he decided to get paid and signed to play in Lithuania. Where he was part of their…

  9. Veterans say there are sometimes bounties in NBA

    Mar 5, 2012, 8:46 PM EST

    barkley-sixers

    It’s not exactly the same as Gregg Williams and what is going on with the New Orleans Saints, but a couple of veteran players interviewed this week say the idea of bounties offered for hitting and hurting an NBA player are not unheard of. Cedric Maxwell, who played 11 seasons in the NBA (most famously…

  10. Keith Smart gets contract extension to stay as Kings’ coach

    Mar 5, 2012, 6:49 PM EST

    Keith Smart

    Better not use the word “interim” around him anymore. Co-owner Joe Maloof said the other day the Kings did not plan to let coach Keith Smart go, they liked the job he had done since taking over seven games in for Paul Westphal as coach. Today that became official. The team announced that they are…

  11. Nets’ Lopez out 3 weeks with sprained ankle. Now what for Howard trade?

    Mar 5, 2012, 5:24 PM EST

    Brook Lopez

    We warned you that Brook Lopez’s ankle sprain early in the third quarter Sunday was pretty bad. You know it is not good when the coach will not address it after the game, saying they need to wait a day. The good news is that X-rays came back negative, but the bad news is that…

  12. Report: Nuggets put “Birdman” Chris Andersen on trade block

    Mar 5, 2012, 4:56 PM EST

    CAnderson_necktat

    At the San Francisco Chronicle, they have done a detailed team-by-team breakdown of trade options for the Warriors. For example, they say Golden State doesn’t want to do a Stephen Curry for Rajon Rondo swap with Boston (the Celtics wouldn’t do that one either). But when it got to Denver there was an interesting note:…

  13. Wilson Chandler, Nuggets still talking, not getting very far

    Mar 5, 2012, 3:58 PM EST

    Wilson Chandler, Kobe Bryant

    Here are the two key facts as we know them: First, Wilson Chandler can’t play for any NBA team but the Denver Nuggets this season. Since he returned from playing in China during the lockout, the deadline has passed for other teams to offer the restricted free agent a deal (something nobody did because everyone…

  14. Report: Portland’s Jamal Crawford “available”

    Mar 5, 2012, 3:49 PM EST

    Jamal Crawford

    When we told you the Portland Trail Blazers might be looking to make big changes, we weren’t kidding. Raymond Felton is getting his tires kicked by the Lakers and likely other teams, as the point guard brought in has not fit as planned. Same can be said of Jamal Crawford, who also can be had…

  15. Chris Webber emerges as mentor for DeMarcus Cousins

    Mar 5, 2012, 2:44 PM EST

    Demarcus Cousins

    Chris Webber had All-Star years and put up big numbers on a contending team while in Sacramento — he’s looked back on as one of the team’s legendary players. Now. But there were plenty of rough spots at the time. He didn’t really want to be traded there initially (because they had been a consistent…

  16. D’Antoni says he is sticking with Lin as starter, usually closer

    Mar 5, 2012, 2:18 PM EST

    Jeremy Lin, Baron Davis,  J.R Smith

    The buzz is out there — as “Linsanity” fades and reality comes into play, Baron Davis could steal the Knicks starting point guard spot from Jeremy Lin. That idea may have been bolstered Sunday when Rajon Rondo put up a triple-double on Lin, while Lin shot 1-for-7 in the overtime. It’s not happening yet, coach…

  17. NBA Power Rankings: Bulls grab top spot by the horns

    Mar 5, 2012, 1:33 PM EST

    Taj Gibson, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah,

    The top three are pretty much set, it’s just a matter of who is playing the best among them at this moment. Right now it’s Chicago. The bottom three are pretty much locked in, too, but the Bobcats have really grabbed hold of the last spot and made it their own. 1. Bulls (31-8, last…

  18. Baron Davis says playing for Clippers almost killed his love of the game

    Mar 5, 2012, 12:26 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Right now, the Los Angeles Clippers are the most entertaining team to watch in the NBA. They are athletic, fast paced, smart thanks to Chris Paul at the helm. They are learning to be contenders. There is a buzz around their games that is reminiscent of that other team in Staples Center — the building…

  19. Monday And-1 links: A couple rumors, Kobe’s mask, more

    Mar 5, 2012, 11:17 AM EST

    Jamal Crawford, Pau Gasol

    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 Clippers and Timberwolves have some interest in Jamal Crawford of Portland and trade talks may follow. Crawford was brought in after the Brandon Roy…

  20. Report: Lakers, Trail Blazers discuss Raymond Felton trade

    Mar 5, 2012, 10:32 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Golden State Warriors

    The Lakers desperately need a true point guard. The Trail Blazers have been very unhappy with Raymond Felton this season — mostly because he’s looked heavy, is shooting 36.8 percent, 24.6 percent from three, and his turnovers are up. So while it may be odd to have two division rivals talking trade, the Lakers and…

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