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  1. Lakers are already NBA Facebook champions

    Dec 8, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    You like the Lakers. You really like them. We can tell because you actually pushed the “like” button on Facebook for the Lakers more than any other team in professional sports, reports Yahoo Sports. The Los Angeles Lakers quietly became the first American sports franchise to accumulate 11 million Facebook fans. Bryant’s team isn’t just…

  2. Report: Suns “close” to signing Sebastian Telfair

    Dec 8, 2011, 11:39 AM EDT

    Sebastian Telfair

    The Suns dealt for Aaron Brooks at last season’s trade deadline, in hopes that he might be a long-term solution at point guard for the team — both as a backup to Steve Nash, and possibly as his someday-replacement. Brooks was to be a restricted free agent this season, and while it’s unclear whether or…

  3. Thursday morning one liners

    Dec 8, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo Chris Paul

    Our morning look around the NBA with stories worth reading and notes that are not their own post here at PBT. The Celtics may have been closer to getting Chris Paul than you think. Eddy Curry is about to sign a deal with the Heat. So, you can just start sizing them all for championship…

  4. Report: Dwight Howard giving Orlando chance to improve

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:56 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Any reports that leak out of these intense meetings like the Orlando Magic had with Dwight Howard Monday need to be taken with a grain of salt. Or a handful. That said, the report out of Hoopsworld about where Dwight Howard stands with the Magic makes some sense. First, because it notes he is not…

  5. Shane Battier announces he will sign with the Heat

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:11 AM EDT

    shane-battier-heat

    Shane Battier was reportedly considering four teams as his free agent destination for the upcoming season: the Grizzlies, Pacers, Raptors, and Heat. The Pacers and Raptors aren’t exactly relevant these days, and while Memphis is on the rise after making an exciting run in the playoffs last year, the veteran known for his defensive ability…

  6. Don’t bet on Grant Hill heading East just yet. Or is he…

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:07 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Phoenix Suns

    UPDATE 10:07 am: I guess it depends on where the news is coming from. While Arizona says Hill is staying put, more reports in the New York Post Thursday say Grant Hill is about to be a Knick. “It’s not 100 percent done, but he’s leaning,’’ one source said. The Bulls and San Antonio also…

  7. Chuck Hayes on verge of deal to join Sacramento Kings

    Dec 8, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    Chuck Hayes

    The Sacramento Kings may just have lined up some good post defense. The Kings have made a four year, $20 million offer to the free agent forward who played his entire career for the Rockets, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. What’s more, it looks like Hayes will take the deal. The Kings will have a…

  8. NBA to allow teams to help pay to get player out of China

    Dec 8, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    CBA 11/12 First Round: Guangdong Hongyuan v Zhejiang Chouzhou

    J.R. Smith and Wilson Chandler are still in China. In fact, Smith dropped 46 points the other night (via nba247365.com). Which on the surface is what they should have expected — from the start the proud Chinese Basketball Association said it was not going to allow teams to rent NBA players during the lockout. The…

  9. Report: Chris Paul says he will not extend with Clippers, Warriors

    Dec 8, 2011, 2:28 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    Chris Paul is in control of his destiny. He will ultimately decide where he will work in the fall of 2012. Which is apparently bad news for the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors. Those two teams had been considered frontrunners in the CP3 sweepstakes, but both were hesitant to include their biggest guns…

  10. Lakers owner Jerry Buss hospitalized

    Dec 7, 2011, 9:16 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Regal FC Barcelona

    Lakers owner Jerry Buss has been hospitalized due to blood clots in his legs, reports the Orange County Register. It is not considered serious and Buss, 77, is expected to be released in the next couple days, reports the Orange County Register. “He’s doing well,” (Lakers spokesman John) Black said Wednesday evening. Black said the…

  11. Reports: Lakers reach deal to sign Jason Kapono

    Dec 7, 2011, 8:10 PM EDT

    Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout

    Two years ago the Lakers needed better outside shooting. They brought in Steve Blake, but that didn’t work. In new coach Mike Brown’s twin-towers offense (with Kobe drawing doubles in the post as well) the Lakers will need much better long-range shooting. So they have reached a handshake deal to sign Jason Kapono, according to…

  12. Hornets willing to sign-and-trade David West to contender

    Dec 7, 2011, 7:35 PM EDT

    David_west

    If David West had not blown out his knee last year, he would be mentioned with Nene as a top free agent in this class. There is not a better pick-and-pop big in the game (well, maybe that Nowitzki guy, but the list is short) and West has an all-around game. He’s a former All-Star…

  13. More details of labor deal NBA players are voting on

    Dec 7, 2011, 6:32 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    For the players, the polls have opened. NBA owners will vote on the new NBA Collective Bargaining Ageement on Thursday. Both sides are expected to pass this — not unanimously but clearly — and by Friday we can talk trades and training camp. But first, one last look at what the two sides are voting…

  14. Stephen Curry responds to “cooling” Chris Paul trade rumors

    Dec 7, 2011, 6:09 PM EDT

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    There was a time, just 24 hours ago, when Stephen Curry being the heart of a trade that brought Chris Paul to Golden State looked very possible. (As much as anything looks possible in a whirlwind of rumors.) But the Warriors are reluctant to send Curry out, tweeted Marc Stein of ESPN. CP3 Update: Source…

  15. Report: Tracy McGrady agrees to one-year deal with Hawks

    Dec 7, 2011, 5:54 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

    This was always a wink-and-a-nod game the NBA was playing this week — teams could talk to agents and players, but not work them out or offer contracts. Right. Like there was not going to be some handshake deals that just have to be inked on Friday. The NBA looks away and just pretends not…

  16. Video: Blake Griffin is a ping pong god, too

    Dec 7, 2011, 5:24 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Red Bull, the marketing company that happens to make an energy drink, has found another sport Blake Griffin can dominate. Or try to. Griffin always had a great sense of humor but he has become so much more comfortable in the spotlight that now we are all getting to see it. Which is good.  

  17. Caron Butler’s final four: Bulls, Spurs, Nets, Clippers

    Dec 7, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    Caron Butler

    For a guy on the wrong side of 30 coming off major knee surgery that caused him to miss most of a season, Caron Butler has some pretty sweet options ahead of him for this season. Butler is down to a final four, tweets Chris Broussard of ESPN. Caron Butler’s choices: SA or CHI for…

  18. Dwyane Wade sticks up for LeBron, Bosh

    Dec 7, 2011, 3:24 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

    Dwyane Wade will take on your villain role as a member of the Miami Heat. Bring it on. But in the process he will stick up for his teammates. In an interview with Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel, Wade defended LeBron James’ comments in an ESPN interview where LeBron said he did not want…

  19. Did Stan Van Gundy question Dwight Howard’s leadership?

    Dec 7, 2011, 2:29 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    There is no debate that Dwight Howard is the best center in the NBA, a potential MVP candidate who can be a force at both ends of the floor. But is he a team leader? Magic coach Stan Van Gundy may have concerns, according to a post at Real GM. Magic coach Stan Van Gundy…

  20. Report: Spurs to use amnesty clause on Richard Jefferson

    Dec 7, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

    Richard Jefferson

    Richard Jefferson apparently is out in San Antonio… which with the Spurs always makes you think something else is coming. Like maybe Caron Butler. Jefferson will be one of the first players waived under the new amnesty provision, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. The Spurs have decided to use the amnesty clause on contract of…

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