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  1. Three Stars: We are all witnesses

    Nov 13, 2012, 2:02 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    What a night. We saw Utah and Toronto battle it out in a triple-overtime slugfest high on theatrics. We saw the Pistons put a scare into the Thunder before collapsing, and the Bulls make things interesting against the Celtics. There were a lot of memorable moments from tonight’s games, but like anyone who has stood…

  2. Video: Jason Maxiell sends Russell Westbrook’s layup to the moon

    Nov 13, 2012, 12:52 AM EDT

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    The Pistons blew a double-digit lead at home to the Thunder, remaining winless at 0-8 on the season. Things obviously aren’t going great in Detroit, but at the very least, they were aesthetically pleasing tonight for the first time in a long time. Jason Maxiell was a big part of that. Although he is crazy…

  3. Game of the Night: Utah outlasts Toronto in triple-overtime thriller

    Nov 13, 2012, 12:28 AM EDT

    Jazz's Jefferson celebrates with team mate Foye after Jefferson scored a three point shot to tie the game at the buzzer against the Raptors at the end of the second half of their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    Ask a Schoolhouse Rock aficionado or a Utah Jazz fan tonight, and they’ll let you in on a little secret: 3 really is the magic number. The Utah Jazz traveled to Toronto to take on the Raptors, and the triple-overtime battle that ensued was not only the game of the night, but probably the game of the…

  4. Players union appeals DeMarcus Cousins suspension

    Nov 12, 2012, 9:28 PM EDT

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    DeMarcus Cousins did an immature thing — he heard Spurs broadcaster Sean Elliot was hard on him during the telecast and came out of the locker room in his uniform to confront him “in a hostile manner.” The league is not fond of players confronting media partners like that, so Cousins got a two-game suspension,…

  5. Bynum says not practicing until December not a setback, he’s on schedule

    Nov 12, 2012, 8:57 PM EDT

    Injured Philadelphia 76ers Andrew Bynum smiles before the start of the NBA basketball game between the 76ers and the Denver Nuggets in Philadelphia

    So, apparently he was just on a much, much slower schedule than anyone realized. Andrew Bynum is not going to able to practice with the Sixers until around Dec. 10, and it will be a couple of weeks after that before he is back on the court. So we’re talking maybe Christmas. But he says…

  6. Phil Jackson says he had handshake deal that he could decide on Lakers job Monday

    Nov 12, 2012, 7:12 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant And Phil Jackson Address The Media

    Phil Jackson is telling his side of the story. Or, at least the public side of it. He released a statement Monday night that confirms part of what the Lakers have said — that this was a basketball decision not a move made because of salary, time off or other requests — but it also…

  7. D’Antoni says he was surprised by Lakers offer, happy to be back with Nash

    Nov 12, 2012, 6:19 PM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni Steve Nash

    Mike D’Antoni expected to be the Lakers coach about as much as you expected him to be the Lakers coach. Which is to say, not at all. He had a Saturday phone interview with the Lakers. After his awkward stint in New York, his next gig might not be a plum one. But late Sunday…

  8. Reaction from ‘Melo, Lakers players to D’Antoni hiring

    Nov 12, 2012, 4:57 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    And the reactions are pouring in to the Lakers hiring of Mike D’Antoni… except from Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant. You know, the two guys you most want to hear from. Neither of them spoke to the media today. Nash because he got treatment on his injured leg and left the Lakers facilities before media…

  9. NBA Power Rankings: The Knicks are on top? The Knicks are on top.

    Nov 12, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith celebrates as he faces the crowd after making a shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the third quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Carmelo Anthony’s Knicks on top of the PBT Power Rankings? Well, that’s it, you need to stock up on canned goods, bottles of water and flashlight batteries because the end is neigh. But no denying, they have earned it the past two weeks. 1. Knicks (4-0, last week ranked No. 3). Through a couple weeks,…

  10. Mike D’Antoni a better long-term choice than Phil Jackson

    Nov 12, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Washington Wizards

    It was certainly a surprise when the news broke late Sunday night that Mike D’Antoni had been hired by the Lakers as their new head coach. The job was believed to be Phil Jackson’s if he wanted it, while a second meeting between Jackson and the Lakers appeared to be in the works, perhaps to…

  11. PBT Extra: Talking Mike D’Antoni to the Lakers (and why it could work)

    Nov 12, 2012, 2:27 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Washington Wizards

    Well, nobody really saw the Mike D’Antoni to the Lakers hiring coming — not Phil Jackson and his people, not Lakers fans, not the media, not anyone. But that is different than saying it can’t work — it can. If the Lakers defend. Kay Adams and I talk Lakers in this, the latest edition of…

  12. Report: D’Antoni wants Nate McMillan as “defensive assistant”

    Nov 12, 2012, 1:17 PM EDT

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    This is not as great an idea as it sounds. But we’ll get to that in a bit. Mike D’Antoni is reportedly interested in bringing former Sonics and Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan on his Lakers staff as a “defensive assistant,” reports Ken Berger at CBSSports.com. He adds that the one lock for D’Antoni’s staff…

  13. Garnett says Jeff Green needs to be more of an a******

    Nov 12, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

    Chris Copeland, Jeff Green

    Kevin Garnett plays angry. With the attitude of a 1970s hockey enforcer. Jeff Green is fun loving. He’s also slumping to start the season — he is scoring 7.8 points per game on 40.5 percent shooting, both would be career lows if he kept it up. There was hope he would be a powerful sixth…

  14. Andrew Bynum could be out until around Christmas

    Nov 12, 2012, 12:06 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    It’s a pattern that just feels all too familiar for him — the timetable for Andrew Bynum’s debut with the 76ers has been pushed back as he recovers from knee issues. After a fresh MRI, the Philadelphia 76ers announced Monday that Bynum would not be cleared to be involved with “normal basketball activity” — what…

  15. Lakers, Heat, Knicks among teams getting new uniforms for Christmas

    Nov 12, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

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    The NBA and adidas gave us a look at some of the new uniforms that will be unveiled on Christmas Day, and if you like solid colors, then these are for you. The so-called BIG Color jerseys will be worn by all 10 teams playing on the holiday, and they’re part of an entire Winter…

  16. Keith Smart talks about maturity and DeMarcus Cousins

    Nov 12, 2012, 11:15 AM EDT

    Andrew Bogut, James Capers, DeMarcus Cousins

    My friends say I should act my age. What’s my age again? What’s my age again? —Blink 182 DeMarcus Cousins acts a lot like of 22-year-olds. Stretches of maturity followed by lapses in judgment. And learning lessons the hard way. He’s been in the spotlight so long, since his days at Kentucky, that we expect…

  17. LeBron James says Mike Brown didn’t get “fair shake”

    Nov 12, 2012, 10:55 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Cleveland Cavaliers

    LeBron James is even sticking up for Mike Brown. Not that LeBron really has ever really ripped his former coach in Cleveland, he’s always pretty much said nice things in public. (When Brown was let go in Cleveland after the 2010 season James was in full “I’m not talking about anything Cleveland” mode and did…

  18. Video: Dan Patrick thinks D’Antoni over Jackson not exactly smart

    Nov 12, 2012, 10:26 AM EDT

    New York Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni reacts during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden in Boston

    Dan Patrick — whose show you can see broadcast every weekday on the NBC Sports Network — says it is really this simple: The Lakers are not about winning at any cost like Magic Johnson and others have claimed because Phil Jackson was a better hire than Mike D’Antoni for the Lakers,  but instead they…

  19. Mike D’Antoni can win big as Lakers coach — if they defend

    Nov 12, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' head coach Mike D'Antoni watches a free throw by the Miami Heat during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami

    Mike Brown over-thought the situation. He made the Lakers offense more complex than it needed to be — when you have the Lakers’ firepower you don’t need a hybrid-Princeton offense to score a lot of points and get guys to share the ball. Brown’s new offense had the players thinking, not reacting, the result was…

  20. Lakers handling of Phil Jackson, coaching search a jumbled mess

    Nov 12, 2012, 9:06 AM EDT

    Phil Jackson

    You can make a good case why not to hire Phil Jackson as the Lakers coach right now — maybe he wanted too much money, or he wanted too much control over the roster, or the triangle offense was not a good mid-season replacement for the Lakers (it is too hard to pick up on…

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