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  1. Video: Kevin Love talks Ricky Rubio, Timberwolves, octopus

    Feb 16, 2012, 9:07 PM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves' Love high-fives fans after defeating San Antonio Spurs in their NBA basketball game in Minneapolis

    Kevin Love was on NBC’s SportsTalk on Thursday and spoke with my man Russ Thaler about a number of topics, like how much fun it is to play with Ricky Rubio. Or how he’s been working out with Terry Porter for the All-Star Three Point Contest. And how he’s getting an octopus named after him…

  2. Jeremy Lin added to Rising Stars All-Star Weekend game

    Feb 16, 2012, 8:29 PM EST

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

    How about Jeremy Lin throwing ally-oops to Blake Griffin? You got it. Thanks to a late add by the NBA and some drafting prowess by Shaquille O’Neal, Lin and Griffin will be playing together the Friday night of All-Star weekend at the Rising Stars Challenge (formerly the Rookie/Sophomore Game). Lin was not on the original…

  3. J.R. Smith confirms he is close to deal with Knicks

    Feb 16, 2012, 7:03 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Three

    UPDATE 7:03 pm: Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld spoke with J.R. Smith himself and tweeted this: I just spoke to J.R. Smith. He confirmed that he’s nearing a deal with the New York Knicks. This echoes what we have been hearing all day, that it is just a matter of hammering out the contract details and…

  4. Winderman: LeBron says NBA becoming point guards’ league

    Feb 16, 2012, 6:54 PM EST

    derrick Rose LeBron James

    So what does LeBron James want? By now we’ve learned that simply is a matter of interpretation, other than he doesn’t want to be blamed for your kids’ cartoons not being on or the store being out of milk (from that memorable postgame session in Orlando a week ago). Then, Thursday, there were the seemingly…

  5. Video: David Letterman Top 10 worst Jeremy Lin puns

    Feb 16, 2012, 5:50 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    Does this look Lin-fected to you? Classic David Letterman. He and his writers came up with the 10 worst Jeremy Lin puns they could think of, and it would be hard to think of 10 worse. Note: This is what happens to your name when you turn down going on Letterman’s show (which is reportedly…

  6. Emeka Okafor will miss several games with knee injury

    Feb 16, 2012, 4:36 PM EST

    Emeka Okafor, Kevin Love

    Because the Hornets could use more problems…. Starting center Emeka Okafor did not suit up for New Orleans Wednesday on the first game of a six game road trip, and he could be out a while longer than that, coach Monty Williams said. Here is his quote, via NBA.com. “From what I’ve heard it’s one…

  7. League scrambling to fit Jeremy Lin into All-Star Weekend

    Feb 16, 2012, 3:58 PM EST

    Jeremy Lin Knicks

    The NBA had named the All-Star team, had named the players for the Rising Stars Challenge (what you and I call the rookie/sophomore game) and had basically everything in place for All-Star Weekend Feb. 24-26 in Orlando. Then Jeremy Lin and Linsanity came along. Now the league is scrambling to fit their hottest star into…

  8. LeBron says he would consider return to Cavaliers. Someday.

    Feb 16, 2012, 2:45 PM EST

    LeBron James Cavaliers

    LeBron James, peacemaker with Cleveland. Not that the wounds there can ever be fully healed, but he’s trying. He extended an olive branch Thursday, again saying he handled leaving poorly and he would someday consider returning. At least he’s trying to say all the right things. The Heat are in Cleveland to take on the…

  9. Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, Ne-Yo your All-Star Game halftime performers

    Feb 16, 2012, 1:41 PM EST

    Nicki Minaj

    Well, maybe Nicki Minaj can redeem her Grammys performance. She, and Pitbull with Ne-Yo are the lineup for the halftime entertainment at the All-Star Game Feb. 26 in Orlando, the league announced. You like the musical choice, and your dad will recognize Pitbull as that guy from the Bud Light commercial. It’s a bonding moment.…

  10. Report: Timberwolves interested in Pau Gasol. Good luck.

    Feb 16, 2012, 12:36 PM EST

    Boston Celtics Kevin Garnett and Los Angeles Lakers Pau Gasol compete for the ball in Boston

    I’m telling you now, this deal is not going to happen in this form. But we pass along this rumor, via Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida, anyway. In other news involving NBA big men, a source said Wednesday that Minnesota continues to pursue a possible trade for Lakers forward Pau Gasol, dangling rookie Derrick…

  11. Mavs’ Delonte West to be out for “a while” with broken finger

    Feb 16, 2012, 12:15 PM EST

    Casey Smith, Delonte West

    It was gruesome when it happened. Midway through the second quarter of the Mavericks latest win, Delonte West reached in and strip the ball and broke the ring finger on his right hand. Let’s just say you could see bone and blood was gushing. Not a pretty sight. You could tell because of Vince Carter’s…

  12. Thursday And-1 links: “Linsane in the Membrane”

    Feb 16, 2012, 11:45 AM EST

    Sacramento Kings 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). “Linsane in the Membrane” — Jeremy Lin gets the Cypress Hill treatment. And it works. Best Lin song yet (via PBT’s own @HPbasketball) Here is…

  13. Shumpert, Williams headline All-Star Dunk Contest field

    Feb 16, 2012, 10:53 AM EST

    New York Knicks v New Jersey Nets

    Blake Griffin will not be back to defend his All-Star Dunk Contest crown, and you can bet no Kia cars will be on the court this time. He wasn’t the only big name to stay away — all the stars are staying home. There are some quality dunkers in the field but all the names…

  14. Report: J.R. Smith deciding between Knicks, Clippers

    Feb 16, 2012, 10:06 AM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Charlotte Bobcats

    Wednesday in China, J.R. Smith hopped on a plane and said “zai zian” to the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the Chinese Basketball Association where he played during the lockout. His team is out of the playoffs and he is on his way home. The only question is, where is that plane going to land? New…

  15. Report: Miami would like to add Hornets’ Chris Kaman

    Feb 16, 2012, 9:48 AM EST

    Chris Kaman, Nene

    It’s maybe the one puzzle piece missing from the Miami Heat roster — a classic, true center who can body up guys like Dwight Howard in the playoffs and provide some defense and rebounding in the paint. A guy like Chris Kaman with the Hornets. Who happens to be available via trade. Which brings us…

  16. Baseline to Baseline recaps: There are days the Magic look good

    Feb 16, 2012, 9:14 AM EST

    Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia

    What you missed while realizing your Valentine’s Day could have gone worse…. Knicks 100, Kings 85: The perfect storm that is Jeremy Lin continues, and it is our game of the night. Hawks 101, Suns 99: Our own Brett Pollakoff was at this game and filed a report. But that doesn’t mean we won’t give…

  17. Video: The emergence of Jeremy Lin

    Feb 16, 2012, 8:20 AM EST

    Sacramento Kings v New York Knicks

    Jeremy Lin is an amazing story, and a perfect storm of things had to come together to make Linsanity a reality. But it did, it’s been a fun ride, and the folks at NBA.com did a good job putting this video montage of the rise of Lin together. Good stuff. Check it out.

  18. Josh Smith plays like an All-Star in Hawks’ win over the Suns

    Feb 16, 2012, 2:42 AM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v Phoenix Suns

    After the reserves for the 2012 NBA All-Star game were announced last week, and after Josh Smith was once again left off of the Eastern Conference squad for the eighth consecutive season, he sounded off. Smith said politics were to blame for him not being named to the team, and that he apparently “didn’t know…

  19. 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.…

  20. 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…

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