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  1. Report: Hornets taking Chris Kaman off trade market

    Feb 3, 2012, 5:19 PM EST

    Chris Kaman

    Not sure what they were expecting, but what the New Orleans Hornets were offered for center Chris Kaman didn’t impress them, so they are taking him off the trade market. That means he will be reinstated on the Hornets active roster, reports Chris Broussard at ESPN. The league-owned Hornets deactivated Kaman last week and told…

  2. Dwight Howard situation could hold up Sessions to Lakers

    Feb 3, 2012, 4:38 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant Dwight Howard

    Much like happens any time there is a big trade looming out there, other moves get bottlenecked up behind it. Case in point — the Lakers need a point guard and have interest in Ramon Sessions, who would be a good fit and be better than anyone they have on the roster. But here comes…

  3. Spoelstra says Heat missed Dwyane Wade’s defense

    Feb 3, 2012, 3:47 PM EST

    Miami Heat's Wade does a chin up before their NBA basketball game against Milwaukee Bucks in Milwaukee

    There were some out on the airwaves — mostly people who like to hear themselves talk — who were trying to sell a “the Heat are better without Dwyane Wade” line because the Heat went 8-1 with him out of the lineup and LeBron James‘ numbers went through the roof. Not true, says Heat coach…

  4. Greg Oden to have another knee surgery. Ugh.

    Feb 3, 2012, 2:56 PM EST

    Greg Oden

    This is not something you should gloat about, this is not a time for “I told you so.” This is a sad addendum to a long story. Greg Oden is going to have another operation on his knee, the team has announced. This one is to “remove debris” from his right knee (which was the…

  5. Rajon Rondo likely to return to Celtics lineup Friday

    Feb 3, 2012, 2:40 PM EST

    Rajon Rondo

    It is officially a game-time decision, but it looks like the Boston Celtics will get Rajon Rondo back in the lineup for their game against the Knicks Friday night. Here is the report from A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. Rondo, who has missed the last eight games with a right wrist injury, was an active…

  6. Clippers, Kenyon Martin agree to deal

    Feb 3, 2012, 1:33 PM EST

    Kenyon Martin

    When you say Clippers you better start to use the word contender with it. Los Angeles filled in a major need — depth along the front line — by agreeing to terms Kenyon Martin, he will sign a mini mid-level deal of $2.5 million for this season (pro-rated by games played), reports the Los Angeles…

  7. Lockout didn’t turn NBA fans away at all

    Feb 3, 2012, 1:15 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    The conventional wisdom goes that casual NBA fans — and there are a lot of them — don’t really pay attention until Christmas (and not seriously until after the Super Bowl). Based on results so far in this lockout-shortened season, that seems about right. The NBA wiped out everything before Christmas and the league’s attendance…

  8. Blake Griffin reminds George Karl of Shawn Kemp

    Feb 3, 2012, 12:38 PM EST

    shawn_kemp

    Reign Man II? It’s hard to come up with a good historic comparison for Blake Griffin, because that combination of size and athleticism just do not come along very often. If ever. But Nuggets coach George Karl had one that I liked — Shawn Kemp. Here’s his quote via the Los Angeles Times. “I’ve talked…

  9. Pacers in mix, maybe in lead, for Chris Kaman’s services

    Feb 3, 2012, 12:24 PM EST

    Chris Kaman, Nene

    The New Orleans Hornets are still looking for the best offer they can get for center Chris Kaman (which the team has sidelined until he is moved). The Houston Rockets were considered the frontrunner as they have been desperate for a big man since the lockout ended. But another name has entered the mix, reports…

  10. Friday And-1 links: Even the Mavs realize OKC is very good

    Feb 3, 2012, 11:25 AM EST

    Kendrick Perkins, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    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). Dallas’ Jason Terry says what we all already knew: Oklahoma City is the team to beat in the West. Lou Williams and the art of…

  11. Rafer Alston to join Lakers D-League team, the L.A. D-Fenders

    Feb 3, 2012, 11:04 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks

    Rafer Alston has been unceremoniously dismissed the last two times he’s signed a professional basketball contract, but the veteran NBA point guard and longtime streetball aficionado has decided he wants one more chance to prove he can play in the big leagues. The Los Angeles Lakers’ D-League affiliate, the L.A. D-Fenders, have decided to grant him that…

  12. Mavericks’ owner Cuban fined $75k for criticizing referees

    Feb 3, 2012, 10:53 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets

    Apparently today is national “fine everyone in the Mavericks organization day.” But like with the coach, we pretty much all knew this was coming. Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban has been fined $75,000 for his criticism of official after the Mavericks loss to Oklahoma City Wednesday. League VP and enforcer Stu Jackson made the announcement Friday.…

  13. Mavericks coach Carlisle fined $35,000 for kicking ball

    Feb 3, 2012, 10:37 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    You knew this was coming the second it happened. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has been fined $35,000 by the league for kicking a ball into the stands Wednesday night against Oklahoma City. Carlisle says he was just trying to pass the ball back to the referee. Probably. There also probably was some frustration with his…

  14. China trying to block Kenyon Martin’s return to NBA

    Feb 3, 2012, 10:14 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Three

    China does not like to have its power usurped. Here’s a long story shortened: NBA free agent Kenyon Martin signed in China during the lockout, a deal that said he would stay there that league’s entire season (mid-February to mid-March depending on playoffs). Except he didn’t, he left mid-season unhappy with the situation. His contract…

  15. Jerry West says teams should call trade demand bluffs

    Feb 3, 2012, 8:44 AM EST

    Jerry West

    Last season it was Carmelo Anthony. This season it’s Dwight Howard. Players who hold the threat of walking as a free agent over a team to force a trade to a destination they prefer. Jerry West wants none of it. He says teams should call the player’s bluff — make him leave the money on…

  16. Blake Griffin will not defend Dunk Contest crown

    Feb 3, 2012, 8:05 AM EST

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    What exactly was he going to do for an encore, anyway? Jump over a Zamboni? There will be a new NBA All-Star Dunk Contest champion because Blake Griffin is not going to defend the crown, he said Thursday. From ESPNLosAngeles.com. “As of right now I don’t plan on being in it,” Griffin said Thursday night.…

  17. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Are there moral victories for the Knicks?

    Feb 3, 2012, 6:32 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Rose drives to the basket past New York Knicks ' Jeffries during their NBA game in New York

    What you missed while adopting your girlfriend as your daughter….. Bulls 105, Knicks 102: Are there moral victories for the Knicks? They played hard on offense, they attacked the rim, moved the ball at key points and looked pretty good against one of the best defensive teams in the league. But this is the Knicks,…

  18. Bobcats’ Gerald Henderson out 2-4 weeks with hamstring pull

    Feb 2, 2012, 9:43 PM EST

    Gerald Henderson

    Because things were not going bad enough for the Bobcats…. Gerald Henderson — one of the few bright spots for the Bobcats this season — will be out 2-4 weeks due to a hamstring pull. Bet on the long end of that scale, hamstrings are injuries that are easy to re-aggravate if they don’t fully…

  19. PBT’s All-Star reserves — no Celtics, no Mavs, no apologies

    Feb 2, 2012, 8:56 PM EST

    Kevin Love

    This is the hard part. And the fun part. Picking the NBA All-Star game reserves. The voters picked the starting five from each team, but picking the reserves is a balancing act of rewarding good players and making sure the teams doing well get represented. You can’t make this omelet without breaking some eggs, and…

  20. Kobe, LeBron, Howard lead NBA All-Star starters

    Feb 2, 2012, 7:20 PM EST

    2011 NBA All-Star Game

    Well fans, you got the game you wanted. And it should be a good one (as defenseless exhibitions go). Good on ya. The NBA has announced the starters for the All-Star game, as voted in by the fans. Usually there are a painful choice or two, but this year it’s a solid group. We can…

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