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  1. Phil Jackson says Lakers coaching decision a “midnight coup,” but fair

    Nov 26, 2012, 8:31 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson answers questions at a post-game news conference following Game 4 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas

    Phil Jackson was in Santa Barbara because… I don’t know but it is one of the great vacation getaways in the United States so he can choose pretty much any reason he wants. TMZ cameras were in Santa Barbara because, well, they are TMZ. They are everywhere. So the result is you have got TMZ asking…

  2. Video: Tyson Chandler’s monster putback dunk over half the Nets

    Nov 26, 2012, 8:08 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks

    Tyson Chander came out a man on a mission against the Nets Monday night, rolling hard to the rim on pick-and-rolls and getting some good looks. He had 10 points by midway through the second quarter to lead the Knicks at that point. Oh, and there was this putback dunk in the middle of all…

  3. Kings’ Aaron Brooks fined $25K for mouthpiece toss

    Nov 26, 2012, 6:49 PM EDT

    Aaron Brooks, Jamaal Tinsley

    Aaron Brooks was frustrated. Which is something he has in common with the entire Sacramento fan base, but that’s another topic. The Kings had just fallen to the 104-102 to the Utah Jazz and Brooks was ticked — with 15 seconds to go he had driven the lane and thought he was fouled but nothing…

  4. Rockets to wear armband, have moment of silence to honor Sasha McHale

    Nov 26, 2012, 6:05 PM EDT

    Kevin Mchale

    The entire NBA nation feels for Kevin McHale right now, who lost his daughter to her battle with Lupus over the weekend. The Houston Rockets – the team McHale coaches but is on a leave of absence from — has come up with ways to honor McHale and his late daughter, Sasha, reports the Houston…

  5. Monday And-1 links: Andrew Bogut did not practice Monday

    Nov 26, 2012, 5:11 PM EDT

    Andrew Bogut

    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 shopaholics love Black Friday… • Andrew Bogut did not practice with the…

  6. Report: Lakers’ Nash and Blake ruled out for Pacers game

    Nov 26, 2012, 4:07 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    There was some optimism (or at least some wishful thinking from Lakers’ fans) that Steve Nash, Steve Blake, or both would be healthy enough to play Tuesday against the Pacers. Well, it looks like Mike D’Antoni will go (at least) another game without his top two signal callers. Both Nash and Blake have already been…

  7. Video: Pistons’ Kyle Singler hits trick shots all over Detroit

    Nov 26, 2012, 3:52 PM EDT

    2012 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

    Kyle Singler is really good at trick shots. He did it at Duke all around the campus. So now the Pistons took him out and had him take shots all around Detroit — getting buckets. My favorites are the field goal at Ford Field and… okay, that moving car shot may be the best trick shot…

  8. Bradley Beal says Wizards will make the playoffs

    Nov 26, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Bradley Beal

    The Wizards are off to their worst start in franchise history. Still winless after 11 games puts them at the bottom of the league’s standings and power rankings across the web (including ours). Despite this awful start, rookie Bradley Beal thinks his Wizards will make the playoffs: “We’re 0-11 but we still have 71 more…

  9. Mark Cuban thrashes NBA sponsor Power Balance Bracelets

    Nov 26, 2012, 3:04 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban

    Good for Cuban… even if this comes with an NBA fine. Which it shouldn’t. Whoever signed an NBA licensing agreement with this company should be the one getting fined. That is Mavericks owner Mark Cuban who put a video on YouTube last week thrashing Power Balance, a bracelet that the makers claim helps balance and…

  10. NBA Power Rankings: Memphis hangs on but Spurs, Heat charging

    Nov 26, 2012, 2:25 PM EDT

    Lionel Hollins, Jerryd Bayless, Mike Conley

    If you ask me who was the best team in the NBA was last week, well, it was Denver. But they are fully capable of a winless week now, so we leave Memphis in the top spot this week. And Washington is still trying to find a win and a way out of the cellar…

  11. Video: Lakers’ Robert Sacre Knows How To Celebrate

    Nov 26, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    The Lakers have had a long history of great big men…celebrators. From Mark Madsen to Ronny Turiaf, the purple and gold always seem to have a big guy on their bench that knows how cheer on his mates. This year’s team has rookie big man Robert Sacre filling this role and he’s awesome at it.…

  12. Luol Deng says Joakim Noah is best center in East

    Nov 26, 2012, 12:54 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Los Angeles Clippers

    Who is the best center in the Eastern Conference right now? It’s moot now, but if this was the old NBA All-Star ballot and you had to vote for a center, who would it be. We can rule out Andrew Bynum indefinitely. How about Al Horford in Atlanta, not a classic center but has played…

  13. Video: In first Chinese game, McGrady stripped with game on line

    Nov 26, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

    BASKET-CHN-NBA-MCGRADY

    Tracy McGrady’s first game in China didn’t exactly end well. The score is 92-92 with 18.5 seconds left and the Qingdao Eagles got their new star the ball in isolation out top with a chance to win it. And then McGrady gets casual with his dribble and is stripped with 15 seconds left. Embarrassing. Keep watching,…

  14. Report: Bucks still shopping Drew Gooden. Good luck.

    Nov 26, 2012, 11:43 AM EDT

    Paul George, Drew Gooden

    Drew Gooden has not yet set foot on the court for the Milwaukee Bucks this season, getting a DNP-CD in every game. He’s demoted. Benched. And so the Bucks are trying to trade him. Good luck. But that’s the buzz, reports Gery Woelfel at the Journal Times. The Bucks don’t comment on trade speculation but…

  15. Heat likely without Shane Battier for “a few” after knee sprain

    Nov 26, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Phoenix Suns

    It was an awkward play Saturday night — Cleveland’s Alonzo Gee was driving the lane and Miami’s Udonis Haslem stepped in to take the charge. Haslem was knocked backwards and fell into Shane Battier’s right knee, and Battier went to the ground grabbing it. Battier left the game and did not return. He tweeted out…

  16. Video: Kenneth Faried rejects Al-Farouq Aminu dunk attempt

    Nov 26, 2012, 10:24 AM EDT

    Kenneth Faried Rises Up to Reject Aminu

    That right there is why we like Kenneth Faried — nothing is just conceded. The hustle and effort is there on every play. In this case Al-Farouq Aminu of the Hornets thinks he has a dunk Sunday only to find Faried is stronger and athletic enough to get up and block it. Cleanly. The Nuggets are on…

  17. Compared to Doc Rivers, Big Baby says Magic coach Vaughn is Gandhi

    Nov 26, 2012, 10:03 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Boston Celtics

    They are both former NBA players but they come at their jobs very differently. To hear Orland’s Glen Davis tell it, Celtics coach Doc Rivers is an old school coach where Magic coach Jacque Vaughn is more a players’ coach into positive reinforcement. That’s what Davis told the Boston Herald. “Different guys,” he said after…

  18. When Nash comes back Kobe says he can just focus on scoring

    Nov 26, 2012, 8:44 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    Right now we get to see Kobe Bryant running a lot of pick-and-roll when we watch a Lakers game — and it’s not bad. He was never really asked to do this in the triangle offense, but he has shown real skill at decision making on setting up teammates and when to get the points…

  19. Video: Manu Ginobili embarrasses DeRozan on way to and-1

    Nov 26, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Manu Ginobili

    Manu Ginobili is a wizard. A warlock. A guy who just keeps making plays he shouldn’t be able to make. Not much to say here other than “damn, that sucks for DeMar DeRozan” because this is going to get run on every highlight show in North America a whole lot.

  20. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Celtics, Spurs need OT for wins

    Nov 26, 2012, 5:26 AM EDT

    Manu Ginobili; DeMar DeRozan;

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while out buying a $4.2 million gold Christmas tree… Spurs 111, Raptors 106 (2OT): Now this is a close game — at the end of every quarter and the first overtime this was a one-point or tied game. Toronto needs to…

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