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  1. All-Star rookies vs. sophomores game may see changes

    Jan 23, 2012, 4:49 PM EST

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    It’s one of the “highlights” — and we use the term loosely — of Friday night of All-Star weekend: NBA rookies taking on NBA sophomores (officially called the Rookie Challenge). There’s a lot of showboating and not a lot of defense — basically a less interesting version of the All-Star game itself. But this year…

  2. Baron Davis returns to practice, but can his ailing back bear New York’s wildest expectations?

    Jan 23, 2012, 4:38 PM EST

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    Abandon all expectations ye who enter here: alleged Knicks savior Baron Davis is officially playing basketball again. Davis underwent a full practice for the first time since signing with New York in December, and according to the Associated Press, the team hopes he’ll be available for his regular season debut at some point during the…

  3. Robert Horry says Shaq vs. Kobe feud was all Phil Jackson

    Jan 23, 2012, 3:21 PM EST

    Lakers v Nets

    Who was the big culprit in the Kobe Bryant vs. Shaquille O’Neal feud that broke up the Lakers? Was it the Type A personality of Kobe driving the wedge? Did Shaq need to be “the man” so bad that he held back Kobe (Shaq wouldn’t learn to share the spotlight until Miami)? Robert Horry will…

  4. NBA Power Rankings: Bulls on top after quarter of season

    Jan 23, 2012, 2:48 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics

    Believe it or not, we are about a quarter of the way through the condensed NBA season already. And with that, these rankings are starting to take some solid shape. Which is bad news for Celtics and Knicks fans. But it’s all good in Chicago. 1. Bulls (15-3, last week ranked No. 1). If Derrick…

  5. Video: Kobe Bryant on “Extreme Makeover Home Edition”

    Jan 23, 2012, 1:35 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    In case you missed it because you were busy watching the Harbaugh family suffer on national television, Kobe Bryant was on “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” helping people who actually suffered. Real loss. The show was working with a family in Joplin, Missouri, who lost everything last year in a tornado that decimated the town. Kobe…

  6. Bill Walton feeling good… and predicts a Lakers/Heat finals

    Jan 23, 2012, 1:16 PM EST

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    Bill Walton is a guy with his priorities in the right place. Three years laying on your back will do that — he told me again that he thought his life was over at points during that time — and now that he is back up after an innovative surgery his outlook on every day…

  7. Knicks fans, Phil Jackson will not be your savior

    Jan 23, 2012, 12:33 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    There is some logic here — the Knicks current roster is better set up for Phil Jackson’s triangle than Mike D’Antoni’s seven seconds or less. And Jackson admits there is a lure to New York City. But Knicks fans, Phil Jackson is not going to walk through that door into Madison Square Garden. He is not…

  8. Report: Anthony, Stoudemire to meet, discuss Knicks woes

    Jan 23, 2012, 12:25 PM EST

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    Amar’e Stoudemire was an afterthought in the Knicks offense for much of the second half against the Nuggets — he had just three shot attempts through the final 24 minutes and two overtimes. Carmelo Anthony put up 20 in that same time. In a game that became the Knicks sixth straight loss. Coincidence? Anthony acknowledged…

  9. Monday And-1 links: Apparently Web surfers love the Magic

    Jan 23, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    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). Which three teams lead the NBA is traffic to their Web sites? Two are pretty obvious — the Lakers and Heat. But the third is…

  10. Heat without Wade: Less slashing, more shooting

    Jan 23, 2012, 10:51 AM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat

    Against Milwaukee on Sunday, the Heat role players shot the ball like, well, the Heat role players from last season. Take LeBron James and Chris Bosh out of the equation and the Heat shot 25.7 percent for the game, and were just 2-of-9 from three. That stood out because it had not been the case…

  11. Could Al Horford be the next Players Association president?

    Jan 23, 2012, 10:14 AM EST

    Al Horford

    After watching the grind that Derek Fisher went through this summer as president of the National Basketball Players Association — the players union — it’s hard to imagine a lot of guys lining up for that job. Then again, look at the pressure and public beating any United States president takes and you wonder why…

  12. Video: Pacers mascot shatters high school backboard

    Jan 23, 2012, 8:42 AM EST

    Boomer Pacers mascot

    It seems like such a great promotion — invite Boomer, the Indiana Pacer Mascot, to your high school game. He fires up the crowd, provides some half time entertainment with a dunk, promotes the team, everybody wins. Or not. Apparently this school did not have the NBA-standard breakaway rims installed and, well, the second half of…

  13. Bulls expect Rose to return, Deng to be out Monday

    Jan 23, 2012, 8:04 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose celebrates after teammate Luol Deng was fouled while shooting by Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    The good news: Derrick Rose should be back for the Bulls Monday. The bad news: Don’t expect Luol Deng to be in the lineup with him. The Bulls have some sort of Seinfeld-like “even Stephen” thing going on — Joakim Noah may be back in the lineup but Taj Gibson is likely out. Rose has…

  14. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Maybe Miami does miss Wade

    Jan 23, 2012, 3:04 AM EST

    LeBron James

    What you missed while wildly overreacting to your team’s loss… Pacers 98, Lakers 96: This contrast in offensive balances was our game of the night. Bucks 91, Heat 82: Milwaukee turned this into an ugly, grind-it-out game that favored their style and not the high-flying Heat. So, exactly what Scott Skiles wants them to do.…

  15. Pacers show fight, Lakers don’t and roll over again in loss

    Jan 23, 2012, 2:16 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant Paul George

    The Indiana Pacers know who they are — balanced and unselfish. They also fight. Down by 13 in the first quarter Sunday they come out in the second quarter throwing haymakers (and shoot 67 percent). Break Roy Hibbert’s nose and he’ll come back in the fourth quarter and give you eight points with the game…

  16. David Stern doesn’t see what the big deal is about players leaving their teams

    Jan 22, 2012, 7:00 PM EST

    David Stern

    In an interview with the Orlando Sentinel, David Stern put on the old jousting tights and once again decided to do a little dance around the media. In a wide ranging interview, Stern discussed his relationship with ownership, old and new, the effect of the lockout on injuries (surprise, he says there isn’t one), and…

  17. So… what exactly are the Sixers?

    Jan 22, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Four

    From SBNation’s excellent Sixers’ blog Liberty Ballers (pardon the extensive blockquote, but I need it for context): Denver, Atlanta, Miami. That was the “tough stretch” Jordan wrote about early last week. Finally, after 13 games where the opponents winning percentage was a lowly .371, they’d play some actual competition. Now, we’d find out if this…

  18. Michael Jordan is mentoring Gerald Henderson

    Jan 22, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

    Michael Jordan

    Michael Jordan’s legacy as a “teacher” or someone who passed the game on isn’t exactly sterling. He pretty much killed Kwame Brown‘s soul, and has never been known to take a special interest in any of his players on the Wizards or Bobcats. Jordan is known to have ridiculously high standards, keeps a close circle…

  19. Dwight Howard’s pining for point guard help is kind of crushing Jameer Nelson’s soul

    Jan 22, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    Imagine you’re working on a project with a guy. Your careers depend on it. Now, your partner is an exceptional talent, he’s one of the best guys in the business at what you do. But he needs a complimentary guy with your specific skills. If things go well, you’re looking at being the best in…

  20. Melo says it may be time to ‘re-evaluate everything’ and that you can boo him all you want

    Jan 22, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Tommy Hilfiger Womens - Backstage - Spring 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

    The word “reflective” was used to describe Carmelo Anthony after Saturday night’s loss to the Nuggets. He wasn’t just pressing ahead, spitting out “both teams played hard” and ignoring the realities of where the Knick are at. He was honest about the struggles, and even if the comments come with a slight dose of bitterness,…

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