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  1. All-Star Weekend draws great ratings

    Feb 28, 2012, 6:37 PM EST

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    The NBA has sent out a series of press releases on the overnight ratings for its All-Star Weekend events, which were very strong across the board. The format change to the “Rising Stars Game” — which went to a “Team Shaq vs. Team Chuck” format this year, as opposed to the traditional rookies vs. sophomores…

  2. Orlando fans make a music video asking Dwight Howard to stay in Orlando

    Feb 28, 2012, 6:09 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    I’ll let Page 2’s Patrick Dorsey explain this video: On Friday we made the case for Orlando as a suitable metropolis for Magic center Dwight Howard, and included a video from local musician Jeff Wilson and the Orlando Sentinel. Now we have an updated version of the video, from local lawyer/superfan Dennis Salvagio, a.k.a. The Fat Guy,…

  3. Miami players talk about Wade’s hard All-Star Game foul on Kobe

    Feb 28, 2012, 5:50 PM EST

    kobe-bryant-all-star

    During Sunday’s All-Star game, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade delivered a hard foul on Kobe Bryant that resulted in Bryant breaking his nose. Today, the Heat’s “Big Three” all talked about the foul and the resulting injury. Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel says that Wade has apologized to Bryant for injuring him, but does say…

  4. Paul George calls Dunk Contest “a joke”

    Feb 28, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

     Paul George feels the same way about the dunk contest that you do — it was a joke and the NBA’s biggest stars need to take part. Of course, unlike you, George was part of that “joke” this year. He had some good jumps, going over Roy Hibbert and the glow-in-the-dark dunk (see below). Here…

  5. Celtics finding other teams interested in Ray Allen

    Feb 28, 2012, 4:25 PM EST

    Boston Celtics guard Allen drives to the basket defended by Detroit Pistons guard Gordon in NBA game in Boston

    Welcome to the world of breaking up your team, Celtics fans. Fans are talking about trading Rajon Rondo or Paul Pierce for a big piece that can jump start the rebuilding, but that is not who other teams are calling about, reports the Sporting News. While there has been plenty of focus on Celtics point…

  6. Delonte West was homeless, slept in Mavs locker room at start of season

    Feb 28, 2012, 3:20 PM EST

    Delonte West, Ricky Rubio

    Remember back during the lockout Delonte West took a job at a furniture store, saying he needed the money. He wasn’t kidding. West has made more than $14 million in his career, but during the lockout he sold off his cars, jewelry, and was living in the Mavericks locker room for a while, he told…

  7. Video: Timberwolves players sing ‘N Sync

    Feb 28, 2012, 1:59 PM EST

    Ricky Rubio, Wes Johnson

    This is as bad as you imagine. Which is what makes it brilliant. And I love Rubio “I know this song.” And now you’ve met your ‘N Sync song quota for the year. Hat tip to Ball Don’t Lie for finding this.

  8. Report: Celtics, Nets considering trading for Michael Beasley

    Feb 28, 2012, 1:31 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Minnesota Timberwolves

    I’m beginning to think we should use Michael Beasley as the “desperation meter” between now and the trade deadline — whenever a team considers going after Beasley because “they can turn him around” you know they are desperate. Enter the Boston Celtics and New Jersey Nets. Following in the footsteps of Lakers rumors, there are…

  9. Say it ain’t so: Brandon Roy reportedly considers comeback

    Feb 28, 2012, 1:04 PM EST

    Brandon Roy

    Brandon Roy is passionate about basketball. His love of the game came through every time you talked to him. He’s very competitive. It’s why he kept racing back from knee injuries to get on the court for the playoffs — he wants to be out there. So I guess this report out of US Basket…

  10. Sixers’ Spencer Hawes out at least two more weeks

    Feb 28, 2012, 12:43 PM EST

    Spencer Hawes, James Johnson, Amir Johnson

    It’s strange to say this, but the 76ers really need Spencer Hawes back. Philadelphia has lost five straight and not having Hawes is a key reason — he was the guy that swung the ball side-to-side in their offense and made it flow, with him out the ball gets stuck more often and Philly is…

  11. Kevin Garnett called players meeting in Boston before break

    Feb 28, 2012, 12:06 PM EST

    Kevin Garnett

    Kevin Garnett says it’s time for the Celtics to step it up. He’s right — I listed them as the most disappointing team of the first half of the season, because they have the talent to be better than they are by a long shot. To address that, Garnett called a players-only meeting before the…

  12. Tuesday And-1 links: Let the trade rumors begin

    Feb 28, 2012, 11:46 AM EST

    Brook Lopez

    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). The Golden State Warriors have their eye on Brook Lopez (if that whole “trade for Dwight Howard” thing doesn’t work out for the Nets). Ramon…

  13. Dwight Howard rumor storm begins: here is where we stand

    Feb 28, 2012, 11:15 AM EST

    Sprint NBA All Star Celebrity Game

    All-Star Weekend is in the rear view mirror, the NBA trade deadline is just more than two weeks away (March 15), so now the focus of the NBA world becomes this: Where will Dwight Howard be playing March 16? There are 8 million rumors out there in the naked city right now, here is where…

  14. Odom still not back with Mavs, will not be bought out

    Feb 28, 2012, 10:13 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks Lamar Odom drives on Phoenix Suns Grant Hill near guard Steve Nash during their NBA basketball game in Dallas

    The Dallas Mavericks returned to practice on Monday but Lamar Odom was not with them. The struggling forward is dealing with a family issue (reportedly his father is ill) that had him miss the final game before the All-Star break as well. There is no timetable for his return and coach Rick Carlisle refused to…

  15. Check it out: NBC’s Collegebasketballtalk is here

    Feb 28, 2012, 9:15 AM EST

    Kentucky v Tennessee

    Sure, we’re NBA fans here. But more than that we’re basketball fans. We’re hoop junkies. We watch a lot of college ball, too — I have had Long Beach State season tickets for years. And right now we’re heading into the best part of the college season, with conference tournaments followed by the NCAA Big…

  16. First half of NBA season awards, second half predictions

    Feb 28, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

    Miami Heat's LeBron James dribbles the ball in the first half of their NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks in Miami

    So much for the little rest stop in Orlando. It was fun. The breakneck pace of the NBA’s condensed post-lockout season picks up again Tuesday night. The pedal goes to the metal and we head for the playoffs. Before the engines fully rev up again, we’re going to take stock. But rather than just give…

  17. Video: One last look back at All-Star Game highlights

    Feb 28, 2012, 8:06 AM EST

    Today the second half of the NBA season tips-off, but before we go there — and into the realm of Dwight Howard trade rumors — let us take one last look back at some highlights from the 2012 NBA All-Star Game. This is the “phantom” style video from the fine folks at NBA.com, where they…

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

    Feb 28, 2012, 1:25 AM EST

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    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,…

  19. 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?

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

    Feb 27, 2012, 7:30 PM EST

    Marcus Morris

    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…

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