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  1. Video: Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd reach milestones

    Feb 21, 2012, 12:54 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki slaps hands with team-mate Jason Kidd in LA

    With that vintage move (and free throw), Dirk Nowitzki moved past Robert Parish into 20th on the NBA’s all-time point list. Another notable achievement for the greatest European player ever in the NBA. As well as one of the most unstoppable scorers the game has ever seen. But it wasn’t the only Mavericks milestone on…

  2. Report: Lakers conduct players-only meeting after win

    Feb 21, 2012, 11:48 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

    The impact of players-only meetings are vastly overrated. Vastly. And they are usually conducted after an ugly loss that should be the bottoming out of a streak (but rarely is, back to the vastly overrated thing). But in what has been an unusual season for the Lakers, Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher decided to call…

  3. Tuesday And-1 links: We talk LeBron’s steak house eating habits

    Feb 21, 2012, 11:23 AM EST

    Heats' James looks around after an opponent's free throw went through the basket during their game against the Magic in Miami

    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). When he dines out at a fine steak house, LeBron James apparently likes apple martinis, his steak well done and he wants it cut up…

  4. Report: Lakers interested in trading for Michael Beasley

    Feb 21, 2012, 10:57 AM EST

    Michael Beasley

    The Lakers need scoring, they need someone who can create his own shot not on the perimeter not named Kobe Bryant, they need depth. And they are desperate enough to consider Michael Beasley. No, this is not a Pau Gasol trade — come on, nobody is that stupid — but there have been talks, according…

  5. Video: Martell Webster and when not to go for the dunk

    Feb 21, 2012, 10:07 AM EST

    Martell Webster

    There are 4.9 seconds remaining in overtime, Minnesota is down three, they have no timeouts left and Denver is inbounding the ball. The Timberwolves only hope is a steal and a three. Martell Webster gets the steal and…. yea. Nice dunk and all but I think Ricky Rubio‘s reaction sums it up best. And by…

  6. Report: Spurs James Anderson requests trade

    Feb 21, 2012, 8:59 AM EST

    James Anderson, Vince Carter, Garret Siler

    James Anderson is not getting a lot of run from Gregg Popovich in San Antonio right now, he has pretty much slipped to the back of the rotation. Monday night he played 7:35 and had five points for the Spurs. So the guard wants out, reports Buck Harvey, columnist with the Express-News on twitter. Sources…

  7. Report: Kobe’s rant directed at dysfunctional Lakers front office

    Feb 21, 2012, 8:26 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

    There has been a growing buzz around the Lakers this year that as Jim Buss — son of long-time owner Jerry Buss — has taken control of the Lakers organization, nobody is sure what direction it is steering. That includes Kobe Bryant. Which is why he made the remarks he did about the need to…

  8. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Dirk Nowitzki is still good

    Feb 21, 2012, 7:55 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Dallas Mavericks

    What you missed while trying to find something to watch now that Downton Abbey is over….. Nets 100, Knicks 92: Deron Williams would like you to know he is the best point guard in the greater New York area, and will be next year when the Nets move to Brooklyn (unless he leaves to play…

  9. Jeremy Lin who? Deron Williams dominates Knicks in Net wins

    Feb 21, 2012, 1:33 AM EST

    Deron Williams, Jeremy Lin

    “Linsanity” started when Jeremy Lin came in off the bench against the New Jersey Nets, dropped 25 points on Deron Williams and his team, and started to change the Knicks season around. Williams was frustrated. A couple days later, Williams was being peppered with questions about Lin, at one point said “What phenomenon?” then cut…

  10. Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak releases statement on rumors

    Feb 20, 2012, 10:12 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol

    Kobe Bryant wanted Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak to make up his mind — either trade Pau Gasol or say you’re not going to. Which is completely unrealistic, but it plays well in the locker room so he said it. That was enough to get a rare public statement from Kupchak: “As a former player, I…

  11. Ginobili, Splitter both expected to miss two weeks with injuries

    Feb 20, 2012, 7:44 PM EST

    From the AP: San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili is expected to miss two weeks with a strained left oblique…Forward Tiago Splitter also is expected to miss two weeks with a strained right calf, but he traveled with the team to Salt Lake City and will continue his rehab during the road trip. Ginobili has…

  12. Harden, Collison both out for Thunder against New Orleans

    Feb 20, 2012, 7:36 PM EST

    james-harden

    From The Oklahoman’s Darnell Mayberry: James Harden (ankle) and Nick Collison (groin) are both out tonight against the Hornets. Big blow to the Thunder’s depth. Harden has been having a career season, and has been making a strong case for the 6th Man of the Year Award. The #3 overall pick in 2009 has been…

  13. Today in ultra-miserable Greg Oden news: Greg Oden is going to have microfracture surgery for the 3rd time

    Feb 20, 2012, 7:13 PM EST

    Greg Oden

    Wow, this is terrible. According to the Oregonian’s Jason Quick, Blazers center and 2007 #1 overall pick Greg Oden is going to have to undergo microfracture surgery on his left knee, which will be his 2nd microfracture surgery on that knee since Oden came into the NBA. Oden has also undergone microfracture surgery and his…

  14. Carmelo Anthony returns to Knicks lineup Monday vs. Nets

    Feb 20, 2012, 6:49 PM EST

    Knicks forward Anthony reacts to the Bulls missing a free throw attempt in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    If you’re going to ease Carmelo Anthony back into the new-look Knicks, this is the best way to do it — against the worst defense in the league. Carmelo Anthony will be back with the Knicks in the starting lineup Monday against the Nets, the team announced. He will start (Iman Shumpert will come off…

  15. Rajon Rondo suspended two games for throwing ball at ref

    Feb 20, 2012, 5:43 PM EST

    Detroit Pistons v Boston Celtics

    There are things you can’t do, no matter how frustrated you get with the referees. Throwing the ball at them is one of them. Boston’s Rajon Rondo has been suspended two games by the league for throwing the ball at an official, it was announced Monday. He is out Monday night against the Mavericks and…

  16. Derrick Rose cleared, in lineup Monday vs. Hawks

    Feb 20, 2012, 4:13 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose listens to coach Tom Thibodeau during their NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Chicago

    UPDATE 4:13 pm: Rose is back and in the starting lineup. Remember that while he was out for back spasms, he had played through a turf toe injury before that and this time off certainly will help a little with that as well. 3:50 pm: After missing five games due to a back injury, Derrick…

  17. Jon Brockman is better at trick shots than you

    Feb 20, 2012, 4:08 PM EST

    Jon Brockman

    Whatever you do in life, do not play HORSE for money with Jon Brockman. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. The Bucks backup big man released a video of trick shots that is very impressive. The man has skills. Consider this a Presidents’ Day treat from PBT.

  18. Gilbert Arenas has been giving Jeremy Lin advice

    Feb 20, 2012, 3:18 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v New York Knicks

    Gilbert Arenas says he talks to Jeremy Lin once a week. He talks to Dwight Howard more than that (just passing that along), but Arenas told Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated he’s been giving tips and played in a game this summer with Lin. This is part of a fantastic Q&A Amick did with Arenas…

  19. Westbrook, Williams headline All-Star Skills Challenge

    Feb 20, 2012, 2:31 PM EST

    Russell Westbrook, Samuel Dalembert

    The Taco Bell Skills Challenge can get overlooked during the All-Star Saturday festivities (especially when guys are dunking over a car), watching guys go through drills is not the most exciting part of the weekend. But this year’s lineup might at least get you stop and watch. Participating are: Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Tony Parker,…

  20. NBA Power Rankings: Streaking Heat, Spurs land on top

    Feb 20, 2012, 2:01 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Miami Heat

    Miami has looked dominant the last week, while Tony Parker may be the best player in basketball the last two weeks so the Spurs climb. At the bottom, things look familiar. 1. Heat (24-7, last week ranked 1). They became the third team in the NBA to sweep a back-to-back-to-back (Bulls, Thunder), but they did…

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