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  1. Plans for Seattle NBA arena to be announced Thursday

    Feb 16, 2012, 1:24 AM EST

    Seattle SuperSonics v Denver Nuggets

    Seattle fans are dreaming of the Kings becoming the Sonics (it’s not likely, smart money has them staying put in Sacramento), but it’s not really about the occupant of an arena just yet… If you build it, some team will come. Seattle sports fans want a new home for an NBA (and NHL) team built.…

  2. Perfect storm continues for Jeremy Lin, Knicks cruise to win

    Feb 15, 2012, 11:02 PM EST

    Knicks' Lin walks up-court during game against Kings in New York's Madison Square Garden

    Linsanity is now 7-0. For the sensation that is Jeremy Lin to be unleashed — from the wins to the mania that gripped New York and spilled over into popular culture — it takes more than just the fantastic play of Lin. Although that is certainly the catalyst. But it takes a perfect storm of…

  3. Kevin Garnett out Wednesday with hip flexor injury

    Feb 15, 2012, 9:16 PM EST

    Kevin Garnett

    Earlier on Wednesday, Kevin Garnett went through shootaround and was upgraded to “probable” to play that night against the Pistons. He sounded like a go. But when push came to shove, the Celtics decided to give him the night off. He is out for a game, a decision made less than an hour before tip-off…

  4. Report: Kobe Bryant, Vanessa working on reconciliation

    Feb 15, 2012, 7:11 PM EST

    vanessa-bryant

    Yesterday, on Valentine’s day, Kobe Bryant was greeted outside the Lakers locker room by Vanessa — the woman in the process of divorcing him — and she was wearing holiday-appropriate red pumps. Now comes this report from TMZ (via NBC’s own Off The Bench): … and now TMZ can confirm the two are working on…

  5. Lakers send Devin Ebanks down to D-League

    Feb 15, 2012, 6:09 PM EST

    Ebanks_Devin

    From the Lakers’ official Twitter feed: BREAKING: The Los Angeles Lakers have assigned forward Devin Ebanks to their @nbadleagueaffiliate, the Los Angeles @DFenders. This could mean nothing, but it could mean something significant for the Lakers as well: Gilbert Arenas-to-LA rumors have been swirling for about a week now, although the team has said it doesn’t have…

  6. NBA announces All-Star Three-Point Shootout lineup

    Feb 15, 2012, 5:24 PM EST

    anthony morrow

    The NBA has just announced the lineup for this year’s 3-point shooting contest at All-Star Weekend in Orlando. It is part of the Saturday night events Feb. 25 (along with the Dunk Contest and the tedious Skills Contest). Here are your contestants: James Jones: The defending champion. Jones has seen his minutes go way down this…

  7. Video: Stephen Colbert discusses Linsanity

    Feb 15, 2012, 5:09 PM EST

    Jeremy Lin

    Above, you’ll see popular late-night comedian/host Stephen Colbert discuss the rise of “Linsanity,” and discuss some possible products that Lin could endorse. Keep in mind that this is from Colbert’s February 13th show, meaning it was taped before Lin beat the Raptors with a game-winning 3 and took Linsanity to new heights. Enjoy, everyone.

  8. Warriors front office takes heat because Jeremy Lin got away

    Feb 15, 2012, 4:35 PM EST

    Knicks guard Lin smiles during player introductions before the start of the Knicks' NBA basketball game against the Timberwolves in Minneapolis

    At the time, Golden State was letting go a little-used guard who spent time in the D-League to clear the way for a $10 million a year offer to DeAndre Jordan, the big-time center the Warriors needed (and still need). Now, they are the team that had Jeremy Lin and didn’t realize what they had.…

  9. Irving expected to play against Pacers tonight

    Feb 15, 2012, 4:07 PM EST

    kyrie-irving-suns

    From the Akron-Beacon Journal’s Jason Lloyd: Rookie Kyrie Irving has been medically cleared following his concussion and will be in the starting lineup tonight for the Cavs when they host the Indiana Pacers. Irving suffered the concussion Feb. 7 at Miami and missed three games as a result. The Cavs went 1-2 without him. Irving…

  10. Sacramento City Council takes unanimous step toward key arena vote

    Feb 15, 2012, 3:19 PM EST

    kings purple

    One vote down to bring a new arena to Sacramento, one more critical vote to go. Tuesday, the Sacramento City Council voted unanimously to continue finalizing proposals with private parking companies, who will in turn provide $200 million or more toward a new Entertainment and Sports Complex. For that money, the winning bidder will have…

  11. Gym Class Heroes, J. Cole headline pre All-Star Game concert

    Feb 15, 2012, 2:58 PM EST

    Gym Class Heroes

    Not very subtle, Orlando. The performers for a pre-NBA All-Star Game concert were leaked by the New York Daily News — later confirmed by the league — and we learn that one is Gym Class Heroes, who along with Neon Hitch will do their single “Get you’re a** back home.” This message is directed at…

  12. Bobcats on pace for one of worst seasons in NBA history

    Feb 15, 2012, 2:29 PM EST

    Paul Silas

    In a sense, the Charlotte Bobcats catch a break — because of the lockout shortened, 66-game season we can’t compare them directly with the worst team in NBA history, the 9-win 72-73 Philadelphia 76ers. If the Bobcats win less than 9 games, they can claim an asterisk because of this season. But they are that…

  13. Linsanity has reached the White House — Obama “impressed”

    Feb 15, 2012, 1:23 PM EST

    100316_obama_basketball_ap__regular

    Our national Baller-in-Chief has caught Linsanity just like everyone else. Jeremy Lin added to his legend with a game-winning three Tuesday night over Toronto that had enough swagger for all of New York. Barack Obama is a hoops fan — remember, he had a court installed at the White House — and he has a…

  14. Blazers’ Aldridge out Wednesday, maybe more with ankle sprain

    Feb 15, 2012, 1:06 PM EST

    LaMarcus Aldridge

    Two minutes into the Trail Blazers ugly loss to the Washington Wizards Tuesday, LaMarcus Aldridge went up with a turnaround jumper, Trevor Booker stepped out to contest it and in doing so slid his foot under Aldridge, and the result was a painful looking sprained ankle. (Watch the video below.) X-Rays came back negative, but…

  15. Jeremy Lin off the couch, moving into a Trump Tower

    Feb 15, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    Jeremy Lin is not going to be sleeping on a couch any longer. In fact he’s moving into a Trump Tower — no, not that one in the middle of Manhattan. Now that Lin’s contract is guaranteed he is taking over Amare Stoudemire’s old place in White Plains, reports the New York Daily News. The…

  16. Kevin Garnett “probable” for Wednesday against Pistons

    Feb 15, 2012, 11:56 AM EST

    Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant

    Kevin Garnett suffered a hip flexor injury in the Celtics win over the Bulls Sunday and it kept him out of practice on Tuesday, with Doc Rivers saying KG was doubtful for Wednesday night’s game against the Pistons. There was even talk after practice of KG missing a couple games. But Garnett went through shootaround…

  17. Wednesday And-1 links: Jeremy Lin notes… and other stuff

    Feb 15, 2012, 11:11 AM EST

    Jeremy Lin; Anthony Carter

    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). Great stuff on why Jeremy Lin and Carmelo Anthony will work out from Bethlehem Shoals at GQ. Mike D’Antoni talks Linsanity, and blending Carmelo Anthony…

  18. Video: Derrick Rose talks injury (and Jeremy Lin)

    Feb 15, 2012, 10:27 AM EST

    Derrick Rose, Leandro Barbosa

    Derrick Rose has been out three games now, but to listen to him talk he wants to get back out there right now. And he may not be out that long as specialists found that the issue was muscular (not structural), but this is the balance the Bulls need to strike — they need him…

  19. Shaq says Howard leaving Orlando would be “travesty”

    Feb 15, 2012, 9:15 AM EST

    Shaquille O'Neal laughs as he announces his retirement from NBA at a news conference in Windermere

    “We haven’t had any irony here since about, uh, ’83, when I was the only practitioner of it. And I stopped because I was tired of being stared at.” —Steve Martin in Roxanne Shaquille O’Neal digs irony. Can you dig it? In a press conference with other TNT broadcasters on Tuesday, Shaquille O’Neal said Dwight…

  20. Video: Darren Rovell talks the business of Jeremy Lin

    Feb 15, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

    Jeremy Lin

    Good stuff from CNBC’s sports business reporter Darren Rovell talking about the financial impact of Jeremy Lin (from NBC Sports Network’s SportsTalk show). Two interesting points by Rovell, expanding on what we covered here at PBT previously. One is the impact of Lin on the ongoing MSG Network/Time Warner cable battle. In a fee dispute,…

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