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  1. Dwight Howard says he could have handled things better in final months with Orlando. You think?

    Dec 1, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard will face his former team for the first time Sunday, when the Orlando Magic come to Los Angeles to take on his Lakers. The two teams aren’t too far apart record-wise at the moment, with Orlando at 5-10 and L.A. at just 8-8 after a tumultous start to their season. No one expects…

  2. Popovich’s run-in with Stern over resting players could affect his chances to coach Team USA

    Dec 1, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, DeJuan Blair, Gregg Popovich

    The NBA is no different than the company you work for, in that political alliances go a long way in terms of who gets promoted into certain positions. When Gregg Popovich effectively slapped the league in the face on Thursday by sending home four of his healthy starters to rest them instead of having them…

  3. Video: Dwight Howard caps off his big night with a three pointer

    Dec 1, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Andrew Bynum is so jealous. When Bynum was with the Lakers his attempted three pointer against the Warriors landed him on the bench. Against the Nuggets, Dwight Howard took a three and everyone loved him for it. I guess that’s what happens when yours goes in. Howard capped off his 28 point, 20 rebound night with…

  4. Video: Stan Van Gundy talks fine on Spurs, David Stern

    Dec 1, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Stan Van Gundy

    In a struggle between a coach and David Stern, where did you think Stan Van Gundy would come down? Stan Van Gundy was on NBC Sports Talk on the NBC Sports Network Friday and was making the point I keep hearing around the league — what is the standard? How will this be decided going…

  5. Stern discussed issue of resting players with teams in 2010, was fine with it unless ‘discretion was abused’

    Dec 1, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    David-Stern-all-star-2012

    In April of 2010 after a meeting of the league’s Board of Governors, David Stern addressed the media, as is his custom. The topic of when teams should or shouldn’t be able to rest players came up then, and Stern said he and the teams discussed it. No conclusion was reached in terms of outlining…

  6. Video: Danilo Gallinari throws it down on the Lakers

    Dec 1, 2012, 2:29 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari celebrates a score past the Toronto Raptors in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game in Denver

    One of the things that makes Danilo Gallinari such an intriguing player is his multi-faceted game at a player his size. Though he’s known as a shooter, Gallo is also a good defender and has a better than advertised off the dribble game where he can finish in the paint. This is something the Lakers…

  7. Russell Westbrook had a statistical performance for the ages in win over Jazz

    Dec 1, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook passes inside to a teammate in their NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Oklahoma City

    Russell Westbrook is a divisive player among fans, mainly because he sometimes takes on too much of the offensive burden when he has one of the game’s greatest pure scorers in Kevin Durant usually playing right along side him. There’s no doubting Westbrook’s athleticism and talent, however, and he put up a statistical line that…

  8. Kobe called out teammates for lack of toughness at Thursday’s practice

    Dec 1, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    The Lakers seemed to have an extra pep in their step during Friday’s blowout win over the Nuggets. Kobe Bryant was measured in his offensive attack, getting his teammates involved before himself, and Dwight Howard was dominant from the moment the ball went up on both ends of the floor. As it turns out, there…

  9. Doc Rivers ‘doesn’t like’ league fining Spurs for resting their starters

    Dec 1, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New Orleans Hornets

    When David Stern issued a statement stating the league would be fining the Spurs $250,000 for resting four starters on Thursday night in Miami, it was sure to create some controversy. There was no rule specifically stating Gregg Popovich could not sit his players whenever he chooses, so handing down a steep punishment for it…

  10. Cavaliers snap Hawks’ six-game winning streak at the buzzer (VIDEO)

    Dec 1, 2012, 8:26 AM EDT

    Jeremy Pargo (8), Alonzo Gee (33),  Anderson Varejao (17), Dion Waiters

    The Hawks came into Friday night’s home contest against the Cavaliers riding a six-game winning streak, although a closer look at the teams they played during that stretch would reveal that it really wasn’t one that was terribly impressive. Atlanta recorded maybe one quality win in those six games, which came against the Clippers. But…

  11. Dwight Howard dominates as Lakers cruise past Nuggets

    Dec 1, 2012, 1:20 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers were coming off of a miserable 77-point performance against a defensive-minded Pacers team on Tuesday, and the Nuggets were coming to town after playing a wild one the night before on the road against the Warriors. The combination of those two factors, along with Denver’s fearlessness in playing uptempo basketball, spelled disaster for…

  12. Another sign Seattle arena becoming real — early designs released

    Nov 30, 2012, 9:37 PM EDT

    Seattle skyline

    They are getting closer to having an arena in Seattle. In the end, they are going to need an NBA (and maybe NHL) team in hand to start building and make the numbers work, but you still keep seeing the steps of development to ready them for that day. The latest step was the release…

  13. Commitment to Triangle Offense may be the reason Brian Shaw is not yet a head coach

    Nov 30, 2012, 8:26 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw

    Brian Shaw is currently an “associate head coach” with the Indiana Pacers, a title that may mean internally that he’s second in command, but has no league-wide significance beyond that. He’s an assistant coach to everyone else, and though he’s had plenty of interviews with teams for a head coaching spot — nine of them,…

  14. Derek Fisher to start at point guard for Mavericks

    Nov 30, 2012, 7:24 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Eric Bledsoe

    Derek Fisher was signed by the Dallas Mavericks this week, after beginning the season without a spot on an NBA roster. Fisher finished last year as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, but found himself without a job to start the year while reportedly looking to catch on with a contender. Since no offers…

  15. Friday And-1 Links: The Hawks are playing really good defense

    Nov 30, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

    APTOPIX Hawks Media Day Basketball

    Here is our regular 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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points more than football players like viagra. • Things we did not expect coming into…

  16. League fines Spurs $250,000 for not playing stars vs. Miami

    Nov 30, 2012, 6:17 PM EDT

    Gregg Popovich, David Stern

    David Stern has drawn his line in the sand… we think. There are still a lot of questions that need to be answered about where that line is and what is and is not allowed. But the NBA has brought the hammer down. A big hammer. The NBA has fined the San Antonio Spurs $250,000…

  17. Quote of the Day: Morey wants to bring analytics to dance teams

    Nov 30, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets Introduce Jeremy Lin

    “I have all these opinions about the dancers but they should be kept to myself. No one consults me. I keep asking to be invited to the dance tryouts but no one ever allows me there. I’ll just say this: My general philosophy is that you can teach them to dance.” —Rockets GM Daryl Morey…

  18. If Stern penalizes players who sit to rest, watch “injuries” rise

    Nov 30, 2012, 4:09 PM EDT

    David Stern

    Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. David Stern has a lot of questions to answer if he is going to fine Gregg Popovich or Spurs owner Peter Holt for sitting Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili on Thursday night against the Heat. We have already covered those questions in detail. It is…

  19. Amir Johnson’s Christmas tree is bigger than yours

    Nov 30, 2012, 2:55 PM EDT

    amir Johnson Christmas tree

    That, sir, is one big Christmas tree. The Raptors Amir Johnson is officially 6’9″ and that photo you see is him on a ledge in his home putting the star on top of his Christmas tree. Normally you need Yukon Cornelius to bring a Bumble into the house to get a star on top of…

  20. Ainge says Rondo an emotional player, confident he can control it

    Nov 30, 2012, 2:37 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo, Brooklyn Nets, Kris Humphries

    Rajon Rondo is out for the Celtics next two games (Friday and Saturday nights), the result a suspension from a fight he instigated with Kris Humphries of the Brooklyn Nets after Humphries’ foul on Kevin Garnett caused an awkward fall. But this is not the first time — this is Rondo’s third suspension in the…

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