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  1. Timberwolves frustrated with physical play against Rubio

    Mar 7, 2012, 1:12 PM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio shoots a free throw during their NBA game against Los Angeles Clippers

    Welcome to the NBA, Ricky Rubio. And welcome to having good players again, Minnesota Timberwolves. When you have a good player like Rubio, other teams will target him and do what they can to knock him off his game. Literally, if they can. Other teams are finding that when Rubio has space he picks them…

  2. Report: Kobe, Rondo, Pierce fined for skipping All-Star events

    Mar 7, 2012, 12:43 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    When it became clear that Kobe Bryant was not going to show to the media availability session on Friday of All-Star weekend he knew what that meant — he was getting fined. He later said he was sick, something nobody believed. For some players the money is worth it not to attend the stream of…

  3. Cuban says Mavericks not making (but are taking) trade calls

    Mar 7, 2012, 12:01 PM EST

    Mark Cuban, Shawn Marion

    Welcome to the semantics of the NBA trade deadline. In the minds of NBA front office types, there is a dramatic difference between a team calling others and saying “I’d like to trade you Player X” versus just taking calls listing to other teams pitch you on getting Player X. For fans, that line seems…

  4. Wednesday And-1 links: Kobe’s black facemask disappears

    Mar 7, 2012, 11:03 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    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). Kobe Bryant in a black facemask was an idea that died on his 1-6 shooting start Tuesday night. Not that he got a lot better…

  5. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks failing chemistry

    Mar 7, 2012, 10:35 AM EST

    New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin and Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony looks on against the Atlanta Hawks in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Jeremy Lin has not solved the problem. All season long we kept saying, “the Knicks just need a point guard to organize this offense and push the tempo and they’ll be fine.” Well, they found one in Jeremy Lin, then they added a new piece to help their bench scoring in J.R. Smith. And the…

  6. Video: Tyson Chandler gets his championship ring

    Mar 7, 2012, 10:03 AM EST

    New York Knicks Tyson Chandler acknowledges the Dallas Mavericks fans after being presented with his championship ring before their NBA basketball game in Dallas

    Tyson Chandler really deserved this. Of all the guy brought into a fluctuating Mavericks roster the past several years, he was the one piece really needed to give them a title — a rock-solid defensive anchor in the middle. He was key to their run. He’d be a key if the Knicks ever make a…

  7. Quote of the Day: Kevin Garnett doesn’t really love rebounding

    Mar 7, 2012, 8:44 AM EST

    Kevin Garnett

    “I like nothing about it. It’s something I have to do, it’s something I’m decent at and something I know how to do.” —Kevin Garnett talking rebounding on the day he passes Shaquille O’Neal to move into 12th on the NBA’s all-time rebounding list, as reported by Paul Flannery ‏of WEEI in Boston. KG is…

  8. Atlantic Division lead in balance as Celtics face 76ers

    Mar 7, 2012, 8:04 AM EST

    Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo

    If the NBA playoffs started today, Philadelphia would be the Atlantic Division winners and four seed taking on the Pacers. Boston and New York would be the seven and eight seeds and get the Bulls and the Heat in the first round. Boston and New York need to move up — and the easiest way…

  9. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Bobcats and Pistons both won. Seriously.

    Mar 7, 2012, 4:02 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    What you missed while playing a sport where you use stun guns on your opponents… Pistons 88, Lakers 85 (OT): This is why I can’t take the Lakers seriously as a contender — because after each of their big wins this year they turned around the next game and laid an egg (beat Boston lost…

  10. Sacramento City Council passes most important vote to keep Kings in town

    Mar 7, 2012, 3:07 AM EST

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    I interviewed Carmichael Dave, the person most synonymous with Sacramento’s grassroots effort to keep their basketball team, way back on April 5, 2011. The Kings were all-but gone by most accounts, and I asked Dave what he thought the Kings’ chances of leaving were. “90-10.” It turns out that he might have been a bit…

  11. Mark Cuban still has Odom’s back. That will not change.

    Mar 7, 2012, 1:40 AM EST

    Lamar Odom

    Mark Cuban has worked hard to change the culture around the Dallas Mavericks into a place players want to be. A place where they are comfortable and can thrive in part because they know management has their back. It hasn’t worked that way for Lamar Odom — he has not played well since coming to…

  12. Dwyane Wade tweaks ankle, does not return to game

    Mar 6, 2012, 11:09 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade

    On the bright side, if you were going to tweak your ankle, this was the game to do it. Dwyane Wade suffered what the team is calling a “tweak” to his ankle in the second quarter and he did not return to the game. Thing is, he didn’t have to push it because the Heat…

  13. Happy 40th Birthday Shaq (here are some career higlights)

    Mar 6, 2012, 7:58 PM EST

    O'NEAL

    A bit of a clown at times? Sure. Did he get the most he could have out of his talents? No. But still one of the most dominant centers ever to play the game? For sure. One of the most entertaining players ever to come through the NBA? No doubt. Happy 40th birthday, Shaquille O’Neal.…

  14. Larry Drew: Horford out for regular season, may return for playofffs

    Mar 6, 2012, 7:31 PM EST

    Al Horford

    From Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: #Hawks coach Larry Drew says @Al_Horford“definitely out for reg. season” and possibly could return for playoffs. The 25-year old Horford has not played since tearing his pectoral muscle on January 11th. The ultra-efficient Horford was averaging 12.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game before he got hurt. If the season…

  15. Kenneth Faried works harder at his job than you do at yours

    Mar 6, 2012, 6:59 PM EST

    Kenneth Faried, Kurt Thomas

    David Thorpe — Executive Director of the Pro Training Center and ESPN analyst — has a saying: Energy is a skill. You need to have an elite level skill — rebounding, shooting, defending — to really impact an NBA game. But hustle, being a true energy guy, can do that, too. A guy who just…

  16. Catching up with Lenny Cooke, the former can’t-miss kid

    Mar 6, 2012, 6:07 PM EST

    Lenny Cooke

    So many things can happen to high-school phenoms. Kobe Bryant is a five-time NBA champion. LeBron James is a two-time MVP. Dwight Howard is the best center in basketball. Sebastian Telfair is a mediocre backup point guard who has bounced around the league. Jeremy Tyler is currently trying to pay his dues in the D-League.…

  17. Report: Nets GM King “considered” shutting Brook Lopez down for season

    Mar 6, 2012, 5:19 PM EST

    Brook Lopez

    Nets center Brook Lopez missed the first 32 games of this season with a broken right foot. Recently, Lopez sprained his right ankle. He is expected to be out for around 3 weeks, but Nets GM Billy King has reportedly considered shutting down his young center for the remainder of the season. From Colin Stephenson…

  18. Bulls catch break: Hamilton day-to-day with shoulder bruise

    Mar 6, 2012, 5:19 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Chicago Bulls

    There was a lot of worry around the Chicago Bulls when Richard Hamilton left the game Monday night — he had missed more than half of the Bulls games this season and this latest shoulder injury seemed like it could be one that kept him out a while. But the Bulls catch a break. Here…

  19. Clippers, Timberwolves may be interested in trading for Jamal Crawford

    Mar 6, 2012, 4:46 PM EST

    Jamal Crawford

    From Hoopsworld’s Yannis Koutroupis: The Portland Trail Blazers are enduring a trying season at 18-19 and changes could be on the horizon. One Blazer who is garnering a lot of interest in particular is shooting guard Jamal Crawford. Sources confirm to HOOPSWORLD that Crawford, who was signed as an unrestricted free agent this offseason to…

  20. Bosh returns to Heat, will start tonight

    Mar 6, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

    Chris Bosh LeBron James

    From the AP: MIAMI (AP) — Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat were thrilled to see each other again Tuesday. Bosh returned to the team after missing nearly a week to deal with his grandmother’s death, and is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday night when Miami plays host to the New Jersey Nets. Bosh…

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