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  1. Melo out vs. Mavericks, Smith and Davis are active

    Feb 19, 2012, 11:46 AM 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

    We’ll have to wait for another day to see the Knicks at full strength. The Knicks announced Sunday morning that Carmelo Anthony is out vs. the Mavericks as he continues to recover from injury. But there is some good news, from the Knicks’ official Twitter:   D’Antoni says @carmeloanthony is out, might play tomorrow. Shump…

  2. John Wall’s pretty mad about getting picked 12th for the rookies-sophomores game

    Feb 19, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks

    John Wall carries so much expectation with him. Drafted out of the John Calipari school of top picks and elected to save the Wizads, Wall has every set of abilities you could want in a point guard. Except he hasn’t put those abilities consistently together yet. He plays too breakneck to the rim, he hasn’t…

  3. Brook Lopez likely to return Sunday

    Feb 19, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Dwight Howard Brook Lopez

    Brook Lopez lost nearly the first two months of the season to a broken foot. He started the season being constantly talked about in trade rumors, and that was the primary focus of the news of his injury. Now he’s ready to return. Avery Johnson told reporters on Saturday before the Nets game with the…

  4. Manu Ginobili suffers strained oblique vs. Clippers, more tests coming

    Feb 18, 2012, 9:14 PM EST

    Manu Ginobili

    Manu Ginobili suffered a strained oblique muscle against the Clippers during the Spurs’ 103-100 win over Los Angeles Saturday, the Spurs announced after the game. There is no timetable for his return, and further diagnostic tests are planned. Ginobili only recently returned from a fractured bone in his hand. He’s played spectacularly well, so the…

  5. LeBron James says he has not reached out to Dan Gilbert

    Feb 18, 2012, 6:24 PM EST

    LeBron James

    Remember when our Blogger-in-Chief Kurt Helin was like: LeBron is going to be a member of the Heat for years. He can’t predict what will be happening in his life and the NBA five years from now no more than you or me or anyone else can. So he tried to leave a door open.…

  6. Hunter: Jeremy Lin could wind up on NBPA executive committee

    Feb 18, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

    Sacramento Kings v New York Knicks

    Jeremy Lin has been at the forefront of the positive things to help lead the NBA out of lockout hell. And it turns out, he could be at the forefront of what winds up leading us back into it in six to ten years. Billy Hunter recently told Bloomberg that Lin is likely to wind…

  7. Kobe thinks the trade talks are playing games with Pau’s heart… with Pau’s heart

    Feb 18, 2012, 1:03 PM EST

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

    I’m sorry for that reference, first of all. The Lakers continue to be mired in constant flux. The vetoed Chris Paul trade kicked off a season of uncertainty that has continued. Pau Gasol is constantly discussed in rumors. And Kobe Bryant thinks it’s affecting Gasol negatively. From the Los Angeles Times: Though it appears pointing…

  8. Report: Warriors aren’t giving up on the Dwight dream

    Feb 18, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    The Warriors are not storming the gates of playoff heaven. They’re barely within sight of the pearly wrought iron structures that guard May and June at 11-16, on a two-game losing streak after some progress this month. But that doesn’t mean they think they’re lost in the wilderness. Quite the contrary, they think they’re good…

  9. Video: Ricky Rubio does something ridiculous with a basketball

    Feb 18, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Ricky Rubio

    Pete Maravich. That’s really the only thing that comes to mind. Granted, Pistol was a much better shooter, but this was something downright incredible. Observe. That’s just wow. That has a high wow factor. On a scale of 1 to 10, it’s a wow. It is the great grandaddy of wow. It goes to jam…

  10. Linsanity runs into Hornets nest, Knicks winning streak ends

    Feb 17, 2012, 11:53 PM EST

    New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin drives to the basket against the New Orleans Hornets in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    There are people saying that Carmelo Anthony and Jeremy Lin can’t coexist. But in the final minutes of the first loss in the Linsanity era Friday night, the Knicks really needed Carmelo Anthony. They needed a second player who can create his own shot (or a shot for others). They needed a second player who…

  11. What Linsanity feels like around New York

    Feb 17, 2012, 9:36 PM EST

    A customer looks at a Jeremy Lin shirt in New York's Times Square

    Fantastic stuff from Got Em Coach, a video showing the energy and excitement around Madison Square Garden and New York thanks to Jeremy Lin. It starts to give you a feel for how Lin has changed the energy around the Knicks (inside and outside the locker room). We told you that the Knicks almost certainly…

  12. Kevin Durant parts ways with longtime agent Goodwin

    Feb 17, 2012, 8:35 PM EST

    Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant has gotten his big contract — he got a max deal (complete with the Derrick Rose kicker) that he signed as soon as the Oklahoma City Thunder offered it a year ago. There were no negotiations to speak of, but Goodwin did help Durant land some lucrative endorsement deals and build up his…

  13. Friday video: Happy Birthday, MJ. Thanks for the dunks.

    Feb 17, 2012, 6:53 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Chicago Bulls

    Michael Jordan, who really should need no introduction, turns 49 years old today. To commemorate that and the upcoming Slam Dunk Contest, here’s a highlight video of 3 of Jordan’s Slam Dunk Contest Performances — his duels with Dominique “The Human Highlight Film” Wilkins, one of which he won and one of which he lost,…

  14. Delonte West undergoes surgery on fractured finger, no timetable for return

    Feb 17, 2012, 6:34 PM EST

    Casey Smith, Delonte West

    From the Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn: #mavericks announce Delonte West has surgery to repair fractured right ring finger. No timetable for his return. Another bad break for him West, a tough, versatile player who was a key piece of the 66-win 08-09 Cavaliers, has had his career go through some extreme ups and downs since he…

  15. Report: Stephen Jackson, Scott Skiles are pretty much done with each other

    Feb 17, 2012, 6:20 PM EST

    Stephen Jackson

    From Gary Woelful of RacineSportsZone.com: After Stephen Jackson was benched for the second half of a game against Denver Jan. 17, I asked the Bucks veteran swingman whether he had any inkling Bucks coach Scott Skiles was going to do that. Jackson said he didn’t get any advance warning and he didn’t get any explanation…

  16. Today in miserable, miserable Greg Oden news: Greg Oden is not healthy enough to have surgery yet

    Feb 17, 2012, 5:40 PM EST

    Greg Oden

    From the invaluable Blazersedge comes this nugget of awful news about Greg Oden: Blazers Acting GM Chad Buchanan: After 2 weeks, C Greg Oden is still not cleared medically for L knee surgery because of ankle blood clots From the sound of that, it could be a long while before the #1 pick in the…

  17. The wait is over: NBA announces Shooting Stars lineup

    Feb 17, 2012, 4:34 PM EST

    The Haier Shooting Stars Competition

    Here are the lineups for the NBA’s “Shooting Stars” competition, which involves a player from an NBA team, a WNBA team, and a retired NBA player from the same city shooting from various spots in the floor and competing against other cities. It takes place on All-Star Saturday. Here are the lineups: Orlando: Jameer Nelson, Marie…

  18. Nets to slash ticket prices when Dwight Howard comes to town, for they are desperate

    Feb 17, 2012, 4:13 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    When something from your team’s PR department ends up on Deadspin, it’s generally not a good thing. This marketing ploy from the New Jersey Nets caught the eye of Deadspin’s Jack Dickey today (emphasis Deadspin’s): On February 22, your NETS will face off against Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic. For this one night only the NETS…

  19. Time Warner Cable and MSG end long standoff, allowing all of New York to watch Jeremy Lin

    Feb 17, 2012, 3:45 PM EST

    Amare Stoudemire, Jeremy Lin, Mike D'Antoni

    From the twitter account of the New York Times’ Richard Sandomir: It’s over. MSG-TWC standoff over. Time Warner Cable, which provides basic cable service to a large portion of New York City, had not been able to agree on a “subscription fee” (the money that goes to each channel when you pay for basic cable…

  20. In Praise of Orlando’s Ryan Anderson

    Feb 17, 2012, 2:45 PM EST

    Ryan Anderson

    Ryan Anderson has been lost in all the Dwight Howard trade drama. Which is a shame because right now the 6’10” forward is the best stretch-four in the game — 16.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, shooting 43.5 percent from beyond the arc and grabbing 12.6 percent of the offensive rebounds when he is…

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