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  1. LeBron James back on top, King of NBA jersey sales again

    Nov 28, 2012, 10:06 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James gestures during a free throw in the second quarter of Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs against the Boston Celtics in Miami

    The deepest of LeBron James haters didn’t want to hear it but we were telling you this from the day after the decision — win a ring and the public perception of him would change. He’s got a ring, a gold medal from London, he was the NBA regular season and finals MVP — and…

  2. As Bulls bench suffers, starters racking up too many minutes

    Nov 27, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau

    It has been one of the secrets of the Bulls regular-season success the past couple years — coach Tom Thibodeau fully trusted a bench made up of Omer Asik, Ronnie Brewer, Kyle Korver and C.J. Watson. They could play big minutes, play tough defense and either hold or stretch leads the starters gave them. All…

  3. Tuesday And-1 links: Dwight Howard not that influential. Apparently.

    Nov 27, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Here is our regular 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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Dwight Howard and James Dolan — congratulations! You made GQ’s list of least…

  4. Andray Blatche takes shot at Wizards. Who are still better off without him.

    Nov 27, 2012, 10:42 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Brooklyn Nets

    Note to Andray Blatche: The Brooklyn Nets are not 9-4 because of you, they are 9-4 because of Brook Lopez and Deron Williams and Gerald Wallace and occasionally even Jerry Stackhouse. And the Wizards are not 0-12 because you are gone — you are at the heart of the problems still. They invested years and…

  5. Knicks show their flaws, Nets get big win for franchise

    Nov 26, 2012, 11:49 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony controls a rebound in front of Brooklyn Nets' Wallace during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Games in November don’t have a playoff atmosphere… usually. But every once in a while there is an exception. And this was it — Brooklyn’s first home game against the Knicks may have been in November but New York fans were treating this like a hockey playoff game. There was constant chanting like a Brazilian…

  6. Video: Rockets Patterson latest warned for flopping (and he did)

    Nov 26, 2012, 10:22 PM EDT

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    Patrick Patterson of the Houston Rockets, come on down — you’re the next contestant in the “NBA league office has warned you for flopping.” And rightfully so, watch the play above. He anticipates the contact with Tyson Chandler but that contact never happens and Patterson still hits the deck. That is a vintage flop, the…

  7. NBA Power Rankings: Memphis hangs on but Spurs, Heat charging

    Nov 26, 2012, 2:25 PM EDT

    Lionel Hollins, Jerryd Bayless, Mike Conley

    If you ask me who was the best team in the NBA was last week, well, it was Denver. But they are fully capable of a winless week now, so we leave Memphis in the top spot this week. And Washington is still trying to find a win and a way out of the cellar…

  8. Luol Deng says Joakim Noah is best center in East

    Nov 26, 2012, 12:54 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Los Angeles Clippers

    Who is the best center in the Eastern Conference right now? It’s moot now, but if this was the old NBA All-Star ballot and you had to vote for a center, who would it be. We can rule out Andrew Bynum indefinitely. How about Al Horford in Atlanta, not a classic center but has played…

  9. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Celtics, Spurs need OT for wins

    Nov 26, 2012, 5:26 AM EDT

    Manu Ginobili; DeMar DeRozan;

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while out buying a $4.2 million gold Christmas tree… Spurs 111, Raptors 106 (2OT): Now this is a close game — at the end of every quarter and the first overtime this was a one-point or tied game. Toronto needs to…

  10. Video: Blake Griffin with insane block on Deron Williams

    Nov 23, 2012, 8:41 PM EDT

    deron Williams

    Oh me oh my. (Well, they probably said that on the Clippers’ broadcast.) Blake Griffin is not usually the fastest with defensive rotations, but sometimes athleticism can make up for a lot. Just ask Deron Williams, who thought he had a path to the rim only to run into Griffin and get blocked — not…

  11. Stackhouse and ‘Sheed did it, so how about a Michael Finley comeback?

    Nov 23, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Sacramento Kings

    We last saw Michael Finley as a guy who barely got off the Boston Celtics bench in the 2010 playoffs, and when he did he shot just 25 percent. After that, the former All-Star walked away from the game to become a part of the Dallas Mavericks front office staff. But the long time Maverick…

  12. Five early season NBA trends to be thankful for

    Nov 22, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Shane Battier

    We are 10 games or so into the NBA season and one thing is clear — this is fun. Not everything is fitting neatly into the preseason prediction boxes and that is the best part of being a sports fan. We at PBT are thankful for a lot of things. All of you who read…

  13. Reggie Evans becomes the first player fined for flopping under league’s new rules (VIDEO)

    Nov 21, 2012, 5:25 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Brooklyn Nets

    UPDATE 5:17 p.m. ET: The Brooklyn Nets Reggie Evans has in fact been fined $5000 for this incident, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Nobody is shocked. He deserved it. 4:44 p.m. ET: Given the fact that Reggie Evans was prominently featured in the video the league showed to teams and media before the season…

  14. Gerald Wallace tried to get Kobe to shoot a free throw with his eyes closed

    Nov 21, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Gerald Wallace, Deron Williams

    Gerald Wallace is becoming my hero. And he had the right idea — if you’re going to get to Kobe Bryant, you appeal to his ego. Wallace is a talker and the Nets forward was jawing at Kobe near the end of the Lakers win over the Nets Tuesday night. Twice in the final 17…

  15. Lakers hold off Nets in D’Antoni’s head coaching debut

    Nov 21, 2012, 1:57 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni smiles with Pau Gasol of Spain and Kobe Bryant during their NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, as he makes his game coaching debut for the Lakers, in Los Angeles

    Mike D’Antoni made his long-awaited debut as Lakers head coach on Tuesday, but the team’s previous win over the Rockets looked much more like his style. Nevertheless, the substance was there as L.A. overcame some mistakes to get a 95-90 win over the Nets that pushed the team over the .500 mark for the first…

  16. Three Stars of the Night: Kobe, ‘Melo and Swaggy P

    Nov 21, 2012, 1:39 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks

    Only three games tonight, so how about we give the three stars to the key players from each of the three winning teams. Sounds good to me. Third Star: Kobe Bryant (25 points, 5 assists, +20) Kobe Bryant has spent almost his entire career in Phil Jackson’s triangle, the only times outside it were in…

  17. NBA’s Christmas promo features players in new uniforms dribbling to a familiar tune (VIDEO)

    Nov 20, 2012, 4:31 PM EDT

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    We told you about the new uniforms the NBA is rolling out for its slate of games on Christmas Day, and now we have a commercial featuring Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony, Joe Johnson, Russell Westbrook, and Dwyane Wade modeling the new gear. The video clip above is an ad for the BIG Color collection, and…

  18. Dwight Howard doesn’t care if Deron Williams isn’t his friend anymore

    Nov 19, 2012, 5:53 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    For years, Dwight Howard and Deron Williams talked about teaming up. They realized these kinds of super teams are the only way to compete with the Heat in the East. And it almost came together. Williams was in Brooklyn (well, New Jersey soon to be Brooklyn) and Howard was trying to force a trade there,…

  19. Kobe all in favor of league’s stance against flopping

    Nov 19, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    LOS ANGELES — This season is the first that the NBA has entered with the realization (at least publicly) that flopping is a problem, and something that neither fans nor players enjoy seeing as a consistent part of the game. The league has implemented a system where it will first warn, and then fine players…

  20. Reggie Evans receives warning for flopping (VIDEO)

    Nov 18, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green reacts after Brooklyn Nets forward Reggie Evans steals the ball in the second half of their NBA basketball game in New York

    Reggie Evans, as Steve Kerr mentions in the video clip above, was somewhat featured in the video compilation that the league put together to show teams and media before the season to demonstrate the types of plays that players would be warned for this year under the new rules against flopping. Apparently, he didn’t get…

  21. Video: Deron Williams’ sweet no-look dish to Lopez

    Nov 16, 2012, 12:23 PM EDT

    Nets' Williams drives to the basket past Celtics' Barbosa in the second half of their NBA basketball game in New York

    In case you missed it, Deron Williams was fantastic last night. It’s easier when Leandro Barbosa is covering you and not Rajon Rondo, but still he had 24 points and controlled the flow of the Nets offense as they beat the Celtics. Oh, and he had this sweet dime. Brook Lopez caught it and finished…

  22. Keith Bogans stops Leandro Barbosa from scoring by grabbing him around the neck (VIDEO)

    Nov 16, 2012, 10:57 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets

    Late in the second half of the Nets’ win over the Celtics, Keith Bogans decided to stop Leandro Barbosa from scoring on a fast break. Not by playing actual defense, mind you, or even by attempting to make a play on the ball. No, Bogans simply grabbed Barbosa around the neck to end the play…

  23. Inconsistent Celtics miss Rondo, also miss win in Brooklyn

    Nov 16, 2012, 12:53 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets

    When it was all over none other than political stats guru Nate Silver tweeted that this was the “Biggest win in the history of the Brooklyn Nets.” Of course, statistically it had a 20% chance of that (this is only win five in Brooklyn) and as the others were against Toronto, Cleveland and Orlando twice…

  24. NBA players’ pop star alter egos: Kobe is Kanye (and more)

    Nov 15, 2012, 12:47 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Kanye West

    Spin Magazine decided to have a little fun with the NBA, and it is worth checking out because while the idea is simple it took a place like Spin to make it work: Take NBA players and match them up with their pop music alter egos. Some of these make a lot of sense, like…

  25. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Even when sloppy Knicks get win

    Nov 14, 2012, 2:58 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    Our nightly roundup of all the action in the NBA. Or, what you missed while thanking Buddha this guy is not on your team…. Spurs 84, Lakers 82: The Bernie Bickerstaff era in Los Angeles came to an end with a missed Pau Gasol three and a loss. Bickerstaff had a .667 winning percentage as…

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