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  1. Chris Paul confirms he will stay with Clippers next season

    Feb 23, 2012, 7:20 PM EST

    Chris Paul

    When Chris Paul was traded to the Clippers, it was with the understanding that he would give them a couple years — this season, and he would opt-in for next season. Opt in for a cool $17.8 million. But there was a concern he would opt-out after this season, either to go play with someone…

  2. Jeremy Lin, Tim Tebow are talking to one another

    Feb 23, 2012, 4:12 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    There are similarities between NFL crossover sensation Tim Tebow and NBA crossover sensation Jeremy Lin: Both had to overcome a number of detractors in the sport, both are devoutly and publicly Christian, both have had success on the field/court, both have had an explosion in popularity. Friendships have been formed on less. The two are…

  3. Oscar Robertson tells Dwight Howard to “keep mouth shut”

    Feb 23, 2012, 2:59 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    What LeBron James did, what Carmelo Anthony did, what Dwight Howard is doing — that does not sit well with an older generation of players. Say, for example Oscar Robertson. Mr. I averaged a triple-double for an entire season. One of the game’s 50 greatest players (easily). Robertson — one of the trail blazers of…

  4. Warriors willing to trade Monta Ellis, but only for superstar

    Feb 23, 2012, 2:26 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Golden State Warriors

    In an annual tradition like Meryl Streep getting an Oscar nomination, the Monta Ellis trade rumors have started to swirl. Golden State likes Monta Ellis for all the same reasons you covet him for your team — there are few better pure scorers in the league. At the end of the day, putting ball in…

  5. Rose denies asking for Gasol trade. And his back is fine, too.

    Feb 23, 2012, 2:06 PM EST

    Sacramento Kings v Chicago Bulls

    We fans can’t stop our desire to tinker. Some general managers have that problem, too, but fans are worse. Take Bulls fans for example — they have a contending team, one of the two teams in the East that are head and shoulders above everyone else. This is a team with a real shot at…

  6. It’s time for Kobe, Jim Buss to sit down and talk

    Feb 23, 2012, 1:36 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    You don’t treat your superstar like just another player. There are only a handful — 10, maybe — truly transcendent talents in the NBA at any time, and if you are a team that has one (or more) on your roster, you don’t treat them like a D-League call-up. You let them know your plans…

  7. In case you forgot, Blake Griffin still knows how to dunk. Hard.

    Feb 23, 2012, 12:43 PM EST

    Blake Griffin, Kenneth Faried

    I suppose it’s possible you have not yet seen the dunk of the night from Wednesday. Maybe you live in a cave. Or the power just came back on at your house after being off for 24 hours. Or you’re mom is visiting from Idaho and so the television has been hijacked for a day…

  8. Heat have a plan for Jeremy Lin… and it’s not who you think

    Feb 23, 2012, 11:31 AM EST

    New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin and Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony looks on against the Atlanta Hawks in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Jeremy Lin vs. Joel Anthony. That is the matchup that will determine the highly anticipated showdown between the Miami Heat and New York Knicks Thursday night in South Beach. Not LeBron James or Dwyane Wade — although they will both get their say — but rather Joel Anthony. Let me explain. (Tom Haberstroh at ESPN…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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.…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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