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  1. Thursday And-1 links: Shumpert almost dunked over a couch for Lin

    Feb 23, 2012, 10:57 AM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v New York Knicks

    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). Iman Shumpert is out of the dunk contest, but he was going to jump over a couch in honor of Jeremy Lin. That would have…

  2. Alvin Gentry blasts Suns for lack of effort after loss to Warriors

    Feb 23, 2012, 10:41 AM EST

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    Suns head coach Alvin Gentry was livid after Wednesday night’s loss to the Warriors, and with good reason. It had nothing to do with the fantastic game-winner that Monta Ellis knocked down with one second left, and everything to do with the way Phoenix sleep-walked through the game’s first 10 minutes. The video above, taken…

  3. Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton arrested. Again.

    Feb 23, 2012, 9:59 AM EST

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    Javaris Crittenton is already out of the NBA and is out on bail right now as he awaits his murder trial in the 2011 shooting death of a young mother in the Atlanta area. So you would think if one were pulled over by the police on a traffic violation right now you wouldn’t want…

  4. Yao Ming says Jeremy Lin could change Chinese basketball

    Feb 23, 2012, 9:51 AM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v New York Knicks

    It’s been one of the most commonly asked questions about Jeremy Lin — how did he slip through the cracks of the system This is a guy who was one of the most dominant high school players in the Bay Area but couldn’t get a major college scholarship offer and went to Harvard. After four…

  5. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Lin, ‘Melo play together well

    Feb 23, 2012, 5:58 AM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v New York Knicks

    What you missed while stacking 2.5 feet of pancakes… Warriors 106, Suns 104: We have other details, but you really should just click this link to see Monta Ellis’ game winning shot. Knicks 99, Hawks 82: It was just a second game with everyone healthy on the Knicks, but you could see an improved chemistry.…

  6. Video: Monta Ellis hits tough fadeaway with one second left to beat the Suns

    Feb 23, 2012, 2:09 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Golden State Warriors

    It was far from a perfect win for the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday. They led by as many as 21 points in the first half, before giving all of the lead away to trail by one with under two and a half minutes left in the game. But Monta Ellis made sure they’d go…

  7. Stephen Curry suffers right foot injury, consider him questionable for Skills Challenge

    Feb 23, 2012, 1:29 AM EST

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    Stephen Curry sat dejected in front of his locker Wednesday night, shirtless and with his right foot soaking in a tub of ice water. The unhappy look on his face wasn’t a product of the game’s result — a 106-104 victory for his Warriors over the Suns in Phoenix. It was due to the fact…

  8. Michael Jordan sues Chinese apparel company

    Feb 22, 2012, 10:30 PM EST

    Michael Jordan

    It’s been 14 years since Michael Jordan stepped on an NBA court (Washington? I choose not to remember that stop) and he is still the most valuable brand in basketball worldwide. By miles and miles and miles. Which is why NBA legend and current Bobcats owner Jordan — along with — Nike has a team…

  9. Report: J.R. Smith fined more than $1 million by Chinese team

    Feb 22, 2012, 8:59 PM EST

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    J.R. Smith may finally have found someone who makes Stu Jackson and David Stern seem reasonable. We knew Smith and his family had a couple incidents while playing in China during the lockout, apparently he missed some practices, too. About $1 million worth. You read that right, $1 million in fines. That’s the report, which…

  10. Kevin Durant to replace Joe Johnson in Three-Point Contest

    Feb 22, 2012, 8:04 PM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Oklahoma City Thunder

    And the All-Star Three-Point Contest continues to have way more star power than the Dunk Contest…. Kevin Durant has been chosen to replace the Hawks Joe Johnson in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest on All-Star Saturday night in Orlando, the league has announced. Johnson has tendonitis in his left knee and is resting it through…

  11. Rajon Rondo to replace Joe Johnson in All-Star Game

    Feb 22, 2012, 7:56 PM EST

    Rajon Rondo

    UPDATE 7:56 pm: The league finally got around to confirming what everybody already knew… It’s official, Rajon Rondo is in for the All-Star Game, replacing Joe Johnson who an MRI confirmed is suffering from tendonitis in his left knee. Which requires rest. so he sits. There are some complaining that Rondo is the guard on…

  12. Chase Budinger dunks over Yao Ming (well, a cut out of him)

    Feb 22, 2012, 6:27 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Clearly this is a staged video, with the Rockets’ Chandler Parsons “talking to the media” while Chase Budinger just happens to do a dunk over a cardboard cutout of Yao Ming in the background. Coincidentally. Still, pretty cool. And this is why I hold out some hope for this year’s All-Star Dunk Contest — Budinger…

  13. Jeremy Lin would like to trademark “Linsanity” himself

    Feb 22, 2012, 6:03 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v New York Knicks

    Just a few days after “Linsanity” started to grip New York City, a couple of people filed to trademark that name, hoping to make a few quick bucks off the Jeremy Lin phenomenon. Turns out, Jeremy Lin would like those bucks himself. Lin has filed to trademark the word “Linsanity” and did so on Feb.…

  14. Report: Joel Przybilla chooses to play in Portland

    Feb 22, 2012, 4:40 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    Joel Przybilla apparently has chosen to go back where he feels comfortable — Portland. Przybilla’s decision has been made, tweets Marc Spears of Yahoo. Free agent center Joel Przybilla has chosen to sign with Blazers, source tells Yahoo! Sports. The Bulls and Heat — two contenders in need of depth along the front line —…

  15. Nets pulling out all the fireworks to impress Dwight Howard

    Feb 22, 2012, 4:12 PM EST

    Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard gestures during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Dwight Howard heads to New Jersey Wednesday night to play the Nets in the building that team will not play in next season. The Nets are going to Brooklyn, and they want Howard to join them there. So they are pulling out all the fireworks. Literally. Here is the tweet from Andy Vasquez, the Nets…

  16. LeBron says he expects to cover Jeremy Lin some Thursday

    Feb 22, 2012, 3:08 PM EST

    Miami Heats LeBron James looks on during their NBA basketball game against his former team the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland

    Jeremy Lin has stood up pretty tall to every test he’s faced the past few weeks — the Knicks haven’t won every game, but he’s not wilted in the spotlight. However, the Miami Heat’s defensive energy and athleticism on the perimeter is a whole different ballgame. And Lin is going to get all of it…

  17. Nets’ Shawne Williams done for season after foot surgery

    Feb 22, 2012, 2:38 PM EST

    Shawne Williams, Carmelo Anthony,

    The Nets have been without Shawne Williams for more than a week with a foot injury, one that was more serious than previously known. Williams is done for the season after surgery Wednesday to put remove a bone fragment and put in three screws, the team announced Wednesday. He should be able to return next…

  18. Paul George your new Dunk Contest favorite, here’s why

    Feb 22, 2012, 1:50 PM EST

    Paul George

    Iman Shumpert is out, Jeremy Evans is in — we’ve had All-Star Saturday Dunk Contest changes. So, if you are a degenerate gambler and want to bet on this, how will this change impact you? Well, from the fine folks at Bovada here are the new odds. Paul George (Pacers) 3/2 Jeremy Evans (Jazz) 11/4…

  19. Stern says sale of Hornets could be complete in few weeks

    Feb 22, 2012, 1:37 PM EST

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    In a lead up to All-Star Weekend, NBA Commissioner David Stern sat down with David Aldridge of TNT/NBA.com for an interview, one which covered everything from the level of play this season to Jeremy Lin. Because all NBA conversations must now by law include Jeremy Lin. But maybe the most interesting quote was when Stern…

  20. Video: LaMarcus Aldridge visits Portlandia

    Feb 22, 2012, 12:50 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    Let me get my bias out of the way up front — I am a big “Portlandia” fan. If you’re not watching it, well, you’re getting invited over to my house for dinner. Or going to a women’s book store with me. Portlandia is the IFC sketch comedy series from SNL’s Fred Armisen and fmusciian/comedian…

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