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  1. Brook Lopez practices for first time since breaking foot, may be back before All-Star game

    Feb 14, 2012, 5:39 PM EDT

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    From the Star-Ledger’s Colin Stephenson: Center Brook Lopez practiced for the first time since breaking his foot in the preseason and looked good, coach Avery Johnson and his teammates said… …Lopez had surgery Dec. 23 to insert a screw in his right foot, in which he had suffered a broken fifth metatarsal bone. The team had said he…

  2. Kobe denies report of poor recruiting call with Howard

    Feb 7, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Dwight Howard

    We passed along the report over the weekend, one that cropped up in a couple places, that a conversation where Kobe Bryant tried to recruit Dwight Howard to Los Angeles turned off the center. That Kobe told Howard that the offensive options would be first Kobe, then Pau Gasol, then Howard. Which struck me as…

  3. Jerry West says teams should call trade demand bluffs

    Feb 3, 2012, 8:44 AM EDT

    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…

  4. Blake Griffin heads 2012 rookie deal extension class

    Jan 27, 2012, 2:24 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin slam dunks against Memphis Grizzlies Hamed Haddadi of Iran and Dante Cunningham during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook got theirs. Kevin Love got a deal, as did Danilo Gallinari. Eric Gordon and Brook Lopez did not. And nobody seriously considered giving Michael Beasley one. It’s the first extension to the rookie contract — the first chance for NBA players to make serious, serious money. But as we saw…

  5. Friday And-1 links: Would you bet on Giants/Knicks to pull a title double?

    Jan 27, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

    Tyson Chandler, Mike Bibby, Carmelo Anthony

    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). From Bovada.lv, some Super Bowl prop bets: The odds of the Patriots winning the Super Bowl and the Celtics the NBA title in 2012: 40/1.…

  6. Kosta Koufos agrees to three-year extension with Nuggets

    Jan 26, 2012, 3:47 PM EDT

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    While we were all focused on Kevin Love and Eric Gordon’s contract extensions (well, in the case of Gordon the lack of extension), there were a few other notes that flew under the radar. For one, the Denver Nuggets extended center Kosta Koufos for three years, $9 million, something first reported by Sam Amick of…

  7. NBA Power Rankings: Bulls on top after quarter of season

    Jan 23, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics

    Believe it or not, we are about a quarter of the way through the condensed NBA season already. And with that, these rankings are starting to take some solid shape. Which is bad news for Celtics and Knicks fans. But it’s all good in Chicago. 1. Bulls (15-3, last week ranked No. 1). If Derrick…

  8. Lakers, Magic not talking Dwight Howard trade; Kobe is talking to him

    Jan 20, 2012, 9:04 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Dwight Howard

    Only one thing — a potential Dwight Howard trade to the Lakers — is going to get talked about more than how lost the Lakers offense looks in the next 24 hours. With Los Angeles headed into Orlando for a Friday showdown, let’s do a trade update: There isn’t one. The two sides are not…

  9. Brook Lopez will not be getting extension from New Jersey

    Jan 19, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT

    Brook Lopez, Jared Jeffries

    Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook have got their extensions to their rookie deals, and most likely Kevin Love will get one before the deadline next Wednesday. Brook Lopez will not. That’s what Nets GM Billy King told ESPNNewYork.com. “I’m sure I’ll have a conversation with his agent [Arn Tellem],” King told reporters before Wednesday night’s…

  10. Draft class of ’08 not getting many contract extensions

    Jan 16, 2012, 9:02 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    Pop quiz: How many players out of the 2008 NBA draft have gotten the early extensions to their rookie deals as of now? Answer: One. Derrick Rose. That could change a little over the next 10 days — Jan. 25 is the deadline to do an early extension — but only a little. As David…

  11. Report: If Howard goes to L.A., the Nets look to rebuild… again

    Jan 14, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

    Deron Williams, Dwight Howard

    In the film “Rounders,” Matt Damon’s former poker genius character lists the “cardinal rule”: Always leave yourself outs. It sounds much simpler than it is. The natural impulse when you lose one hand is to try and compensate the next quality hand you’re dealt. The addictive nature of gambling and the desperate mental impact of…

  12. Dwight Howard trade still in neutral

    Jan 9, 2012, 11:07 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Omer Asik

    I’d be surprised if Dwight Howard is traded before the All-Star game the last weekend of February. That is if he gets moved at all — Howard said he may not to Yahoo Sports. “I don’t think they are going to do anything right now because we’re winning,” Howard said after a 104-97 victory over…

  13. Deron Williams says Nets offense “sucks.” He just noticed?

    Jan 9, 2012, 9:59 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets' Williams, Humphries and Brooks sit on the bench during their loss to Miami Heat in their NBA basketball game in Newark

    Deron Williams has noticed what the rest of us have known for nine games now — the Nets are terrible on offense. Here is the quote, via the New York Post. “The offense sucks,” he said. “It’s not very good right now. We’re not playing good. We’re not shooting good, I’m not shooting good, we’re…

  14. Report: Warriors “aggressive” suitor to rent Dwight Howard

    Jan 5, 2012, 5:42 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    Dwight Howard gave the Magic a list of places where he would sign an extension (New Jersey, Dallas, the Los Angeles Lakers). The Magic said they would listen to offers from teams willing to “rent” Howard for this season without the guarantee he would opt in for another year at least (as Chris Paul did)…

  15. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Bobcats and Knicks have the same record

    Jan 5, 2012, 4:14 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    What you missed while watching West Virginia score more first half points than 15 the NBA teams playing last night (seriously)…. Bobcats 118, Knicks 110: Boris Diaw outplayed Amare Stoudemire. Gerald Henderson took it to Landry Fields at every turn. The Charlotte Bobcats outworked a Knicks team that has a lot of talent but looks…

  16. Deron Williams, Kris Humphries out for Nets vs. Celtics

    Jan 4, 2012, 12:08 PM EDT

    Deron-Williams

    We knew it was going to be a few more days before fans could get back to booing Kris Humphries due to a sprained shoulder, but now another key Nets player will be out Wednesday against Boston. Deron Williams will sit out the game due to sore ribs, reports Stefan Bondy at the New York…

  17. The Nets, “Community,” and the darkest timeline

    Jan 3, 2012, 6:29 PM EDT

    darkesttimeline

    In the Community (Thursdays this…. sometime in the coming months… on NBC!) episode “Remedial Chaos Theory,” the writers took the ol’ alternate timeline theory and spread it out like a Nuggets fast break. The concept is simple. The cast of man characters are at an apartment, sitting around a table. The door buzzer buzzes with…

  18. Deron Williams “frustrated” with losing in New Jersey

    Jan 2, 2012, 12:28 PM EDT

    Deron Williams, Dwight Howard

    Things are ugly in New Jersey — and they could get a lot worse. The Nets fell to 1-4 Sunday after getting handled by the Cavaliers on Sunday. They are not a good team. The only thing that would make it worse is if they lost Deron Williams to free agency this summer… so maybe…

  19. Andrei Kirilenko to play full season in Moscow, not NBA

    Dec 31, 2011, 4:56 PM EDT

    Andrei Kirilenko (L) of Russia vies for

    Teams looking for a little boost along the front line will not be getting an AK47. Andrei Kirilenko came back to the USA as a free agent has decided to return to CSKA Moscow and play in NBA this season, TalkBasket.net confirmed. Kirilenko will join up with his CSKA Moscow teammates on January 3rd, after…

  20. 100 early season observations

    Dec 31, 2011, 10:08 AM EDT

    Miami Heat James smiles after making a basket against Charlotte Bobcats during their NBA game in Charlotte

    We lost basketball this year. Precious, sweet basketball. And even though most of the lockout happened in the offseason, those days were still slogs through disappointment and frustration. So to mourn those days and celebrate the first week of professional basketball this season, here are 100 observations on the early season. 1. Lob City’s a…

  21. Deron Williams wants some help in New Jersey. Ya think?

    Dec 28, 2011, 12:09 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    Reading Deron Williams‘ comments in the New York Times, you get the idea that Williams likes living in New York. He is living in SoHo with his family and commuting to New Jersey, plus doing charity work in Brooklyn. He’s happy there. He was at a party Tuesday night in SoHo to celebrate his partnership…

  22. Report: Magic want veterans, not to rebuild after Howard

    Dec 28, 2011, 8:08 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Right now, the Dwight Howard soap opera is on hiatus. The Magic have stopped all trade talk and are focusing on this season and convincing Howard to stay in Orlando. I’m pretty sure opening day did not help their cause. In the least. Eventually Orlando is going to have to trade Howard. His demand is…

  23. NBA Power Rankings: Mavericks fall, Heat race into top spot

    Dec 26, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks

    Only one third of the teams in the NBA have played a game, but it was enough to move some teams around and give us a new No. 1. 1. Heat (1-0, last week ranked No. 2). They had 100 possessions in their opening game, nine more than they averaged last season. If they do…

  24. Nets Brook Lopez has surgery, expected back in 6-8 weeks

    Dec 23, 2011, 2:21 PM EDT

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    Brook Lopez had successful surgery Friday to fix the stress fracture in his fifth metatarsal (the long bone above the little toe) in his foot, the team announced. What really matters to them is they expect him back in six to eight weeks, in mid to late February. Which is before the March 15 trading…

  25. Nets trade for Mehmet Okur to fill in for injured Lopez

    Dec 22, 2011, 8:59 PM EDT

    Mehmet Okur

    The Nets have landed a player Deron Williams is familiar with. New Jersey traded for Mehmet Okur, bringing in the Turkish big man to fill in for the injured Brook Lopez. The Jazz get a second round pick and a trade exception out of the deal — and they get $10.9 million off the books.…

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