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  1. A-Rod says Kobe considered retirement due to knee pain

    Feb 28, 2012, 1:25 AM EST

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    Kobe Bryant plays through everything — broken fingers, ligaments torn in his wrist, tweaked ankles, you name it. The man’s pain tolerance is legendary. So when you read this comment from the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez, you realize just how much Kobe’s knee was bothering him. Here is A-Rod’s quote from the Los Angeles Times. Yet,…

  2. Video: Kobe plans to play through concussion, Nash could be on the trade block. 5 Questions with Adrian Wojnarowski

    Feb 27, 2012, 9:08 PM EST

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports sits down to talk about the All-Star Game, the repercussions of Dwyane Wade‘s foul on Kobe Bryant, how the Mavericks can make a run at Deron Williams and Dwight Howard, and if Steve Nash could head to… Orlando?

  3. Rockets rookie Marcus Morris ticketed for role in bar fight during All-Star Weekend

    Feb 27, 2012, 7:30 PM EST

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    Marcus Morris was drafted by the Houston Rockets with the last lottery selection of last year’s NBA Draft, but the former Kansas Jayhawks standout hasn’t had his rookie year go as he probably hoped. It apparently took a turn for the worse during the NBA All-Star Weekend, too, as reports indicate he was ticketed for…

  4. What LeBron James did in All-Star Game just doesn’t matter

    Feb 27, 2012, 6:15 PM EST

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    Not to go all Bill Murray in “Meatballs,” but: It just doesn’t matter. What LeBron James did at the end of regulation in the All-Star Game — deciding to try and make a pass with 1.9 seconds left rather than make the aggressive play and take a shot over Kobe Bryant (who was yelling at…

  5. Wizards trying to trade Andray Blatche, but nobody wants him

    Feb 27, 2012, 5:23 PM EST

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    It is the Wizards’ conundrum — they need to remake their roster and bring in guys with a professional attitude, but they can’t get rid of the guys they have to make room. For example, Andray Blatche. The talented and wildly inconsistent (which is kind) big man is on the block, but there are no…

  6. NBA Power Rankings: All-Star Weekend edition

    Feb 27, 2012, 4:50 PM EST

    Heat's Wade and James watch teammate Chalmers compete in three-point contest during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    With no games after Thursday, we don’t have a lot of movement in the standings this week, but we tie in some All-Star Weekend notes and look ahead at the second half for teams. 1. Heat (27-7, last week ranked 1). LeBron James’ All-Star performance is what fans seem to expect from him — 36…

  7. Winderman: Sacramento arena win just first step for Kings

    Feb 27, 2012, 3:53 PM EST

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    The victory by the Sacramento Kings over a new arena and long-term franchise stability is an encouraging one for small markets throughout the NBA. The Kings, thanks to the efforts of Kevin Johnson, the nation’s best ball-handling mayor, now will have a stable home for years to come. But a building only ensures residency, not…

  8. Danny Ainge is still waiting for the Celtics’ identity to emerge

    Feb 27, 2012, 3:30 PM EST

    Boston Celtics' Pierce and Garnett react when the team was called for a technical foul against the Chicago Bulls during NBA basketball game in Chicago

    This we know of the 2011-2012 Boston Celtics: They’re inconsistent as hell, and “inconsistent as hell,” doesn’t quite work against the likes of the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls. Boston has a long way to go before their championship prospects are treated with any kind of legitimacy, and the first step in that process is…

  9. Maloofs move significantly to meet Sac’s proposal, Kings fans provide political cover for arena deal to get done

    Feb 27, 2012, 2:55 PM EST

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    In the end, it was about a city and its team, and the will to fight for what was theirs. Kevin Johnson did the heavy lifting and the heavy hitters moved the ball forward, but it was the Sacramento Kings fans that gave the local politicians the will and the way to see the Kings…

  10. There they stay: Framework in place to keep Kings in Sacramento

    Feb 27, 2012, 1:55 PM EST

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    Much regarding the basketball future of the Sacramento Kings remains up in the air, but this particular Monday brought an unequaled security to the franchise, its city, and the Kings’ legions of ardent fans. According to Sam Amick of SI.com, the Monday meeting held to discuss arena funding plans in Sacramento has produced the “framework…

  11. Blazers release Armon Johnson to clear roster spot for Joel Przybilla

    Feb 27, 2012, 1:30 PM EST

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    The team on the cusp of contention with a full roster is typically a bad omen for some deep-reserve player or another; in their efforts to improve via trade or free agency, teams almost inevitably have to release players as a space-creating endeavor, getting nothing in return but the freedom to go about their transaction…

  12. Momma says: Dwight Howard’s mom reportedly wants him to stay in Orlando

    Feb 27, 2012, 12:58 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 has a big decision on his hand. He reportedly hasn’t retracted his trade demand, nor has he decided where he explicitly wants to go. The Magic haven’t decided to actively pursue offers, choosing to wait and see what happens after they offer another extension after March 1st. So in general, nothing new to…

  13. Video: What super powers would NBA players want?

    Feb 27, 2012, 10:34 AM EST

    Sprint NBA All Star Celebrity Game

    The Baketball Jones guys kill it again. All through All-Star Weekend you have to suffer through players answering terrible questions (same thing happens at the Super Bowl). Jeremy Lin does a press conference on Friday and the first question is about his NBA 2K12 score and what he thinks of it. Ugh. But if you…

  14. Recapping PBT’s coverage of All-Star weekend from Orlando

    Feb 27, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

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    After four exciting and exhausting days in Orlando for All-Star weekend, it’s time for PBT to get out of town. The weather was good, and the city itself might be great, but we wouldn’t know due to spending the entire time shuttled between hotels, convention centers, and of course, the Amway Center downtown. Speaking of…

  15. Monday And-1 links: All-Star Weekend notes edition

    Feb 27, 2012, 9:59 AM EST

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    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). All weekend Deron Williams got asked about Jeremy Lin again and again — not his favorite topic, as you might guess — but he did…

  16. And sometimes, Glen Davis dances for pizza

    Feb 27, 2012, 9:30 AM EST

    Orlando Magic

    Forget the All-Star Game and MVPs and celebrity music performances and introductions. Forget media availability and parties and nonsense. Forget the Dunk Contest and the Skills Challenge. The real best thing about All-Star Weekend is that it provides opportunities like this for people like The Basketball Jones to make videos about a fake Hedo Turkoglu…

  17. Deron Williams says Nets ready for weeks of speculation

    Feb 27, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

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    It’s about to become the only think anyone talks about. Through All-Star Weekend, Dwight Howard was able to keep a lid on the speculation about whether or not he will be traded. But that is about to change. The Magic players and front office staff are going to be asked constantly about whether or not…

  18. Video: Russell Westbrook’s power dunk in All-Star Game

    Feb 27, 2012, 7:59 AM EST

    West All-Stars Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma Thunder dunks as East All Stars LeBron James and West's Kevin Love looks on

    We could run dunk highlights from the All-Star Game all day long Monday (and there will be more) but this was one of our favorites. Not only because it’s a powerful slam by Westbrook, but look at the photo (below) and check out LeBron James‘ reaction.

  19. Kobe Bryant suffers nasal fracture, concussion, will see specialist

    Feb 27, 2012, 2:10 AM EST

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    (Update: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports also reported Bryant suffered a mild concussion as well as the broken nose. Two-for-one. Ouch.)   The Lakers announced Sunday night that Kobe Bryant suffered a nasal fracture in the third quarter of the 2012 NBA All-Star Game after a hard foul from Dwyane Wade. Bryant held his nose…

  20. Your 2012 All-Star Game winners and losers

    Feb 27, 2012, 12:01 AM EST

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    It’s an exhibition, but it’s still a competition. Someone has to win (the West, 152-149). Someone has to lose. We’re here to sort it all out for you. The winners. The losers. And even how you can be both. Winner: Kevin Durant. The game MVP did it all — he had maybe the best dunk…

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