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  1. Kobe throws down the spectacular dunk in traffic over the Nets (VIDEO)

    Feb 6, 2013, 12:46 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant dunks past Brooklyn Nets' Wallace and Humphries, as Nets' Williams watches, late in the fourth quarter of the Lakers' win over the Nets in their NBA basketball game in Brooklyn

    This is your friendly reminder that Kobe Bryant is playing in his 17th NBA season. He certainly didn’t look like a grizzled veteran on this play, taking the ball from the top of the three-point arc and going right down the lane for an emphatic dunk in traffic on or around both Gerald Wallace and…

  2. Lakers’ Pau Gasol injures foot, leaves arena on crutches

    Feb 5, 2013, 11:42 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Gasol sits on the floor with a member of the Lakers medical staff after suffering an injury to his right leg in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn

    As a general rule of thumb, when an athlete says he felt a pop in his body then felt a lot of pain, it’s not a good sign. That’s what happened to Pau Gasol with just a few minutes left in the Lakers win over Brooklyn on Tuesday night. He was trying to defend Brook…

  3. Shorthanded Lakers take down Nets in Brooklyn for sixth win in their last seven games

    Feb 5, 2013, 11:33 PM EDT

    BKN-NBA-LAKERS-NETS

    The Lakers came into Brooklyn on Tuesday to face a Nets team that was 12-4 over its last 16 games, and did so without the services of Dwight Howard, who was out again due to pain in his right shoulder, and Metta World Peace, who was serving a league-mandated one-game suspension for his actions against…

  4. Dwight Howard may not play Tuesday for Lakers vs. Nets

    Feb 4, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    The Lakers defense in the paint is noticeably better when Dwight Howard is on the court (think back to what Phoenix did with their comeback after he went down). They particularly need his presence Tuesday night when the Lakers take on the Brooklyn Nets and All-Star Brook Lopez, who has been a force this season.…

  5. LeBron James, Tony Parker named conference players of the month

    Feb 1, 2013, 9:07 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat

    LeBron James and Tony Parker were named conference players of the month for games played in January, the league announced via official release. It was the third straight player of the month award for James, and for Parker, while his numbers weren’t necessarily dominant, he led his team to a Western Conference best record of…

  6. Heat show Nets what it will take to contend in 20-point win

    Jan 30, 2013, 11:54 PM EDT

    BKN-NBA-HEAT-NETS

    For a half, the Brooklyn Nets hung with the Miami Heat. Then in the second half the Heat cranked up the defensive pressure, LeBron James reminded everyone he is the best basketball player currently on planet Earth, and the Heat rolled to a 105-85 win. Before the game, Nets forward Reggie Evans said the Heat’s…

  7. LeBron says Nets pretty much quit on Avery Johnson

    Jan 30, 2013, 9:08 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    LeBron doesn’t use the word “quit” when he said this. But he might as well have. LeBron James was asked at shootaround about what was different between P.J. Carlesimo’s Nets — winners of 9-of-12 — and the Nets that were slumping so badly Avery Johnson got fired. The New York Daily News has LeBron’s answer.…

  8. Brook Lopez replaces Rajon Rondo in All-Star Game

    Jan 30, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Houston Rockets

    It is a smart call by the league — Brook Lopez will replace Rajon Rondo on the Eastern Conference All-Star team, the league announced. The fans voted Rajon Rondo into a starting slot for the Eastern Conference in the All-Star Game, but his ACL injury has him out for the rest of the season. David…

  9. NBA Power Rankings: Spurs back in the saddle again

    Jan 28, 2013, 4:29 PM EDT

    Tony Parker

    You know the consistently good Spurs are going to climb into the top spot a couple times during the season. The top four remain the same but we see some teams fall farther down the list while teams like the Wizards and Hornets climb. 1. Spurs (36-11, last week ranked No. 2). They have won…

  10. So who gets Rajon Rondo’s All-Star slot?

    Jan 28, 2013, 8:29 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Houston Rockets

    Don’t we all just love it when David Stern and the league office get to put their fingerprints all over the All-Star Game? But with Rajon Rondo now out with a torn ACL in his right knee, it falls to Stern to make changes to the East roster for the Feb. 17 game in Houston.…

  11. Stephen Curry heads list of NBA All-Star Game snubs

    Jan 24, 2013, 9:21 PM EDT

    Stephen Curry

    Stephen Curry, sorry. It sucks. Every year there are a couple of guys right on the bubble, guys you can argue should have made the NBA All-Star Game as reserves voted in by the coaches, but didn’t make the cut. (If you have a problem with the starters, blame yourself — the fans vote those…

  12. 2013 NBA All-Star reserves announced

    Jan 24, 2013, 7:39 PM EDT

    East All-Star Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat (L)  battles West All-Star Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder

    The 2013 NBA All-Star reserves were announced Thursday, and while there will always be a few players who fans will argue should have made it, it’s tough to disagree with the ones the coaches selected. In the Western Conference, Tony Parker, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden were the guards selected, and big men Tim Duncan,…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Another day, another Lakers loss

    Jan 24, 2013, 10:44 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while working on your eyelid weightlifting…. Grizzlies 106, Lakers 93: The Lakers added injury to insult when Dwight Howard re-aggravated his shoulder problem in the first half, and the Grizzlies took full advantage by recording 16 offensive rebounds and 60 points in the…

  14. Wednesday And-1 Links: Justin Beiber meets Michael Jordan. And twitter explodes.

    Jan 23, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan Justin Beiber

    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. • Justin Beiber — that would be 2011 NBA All-Star Weekend Celebrity Game MVP…

  15. Dwight Howard/Nets trade rumor shot down. True or not, consider Howard rumor season open.

    Jan 22, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    The point here is not the specific rumor itself but what it signifies. This morning there was a report on Real GM that seemed to sweep across twitter and the Internet like a buffalo stampede — the Nets had interest in acquiring disgruntled Laker Dwight Howard. (I’m calling him disgruntled because I watched him play…

  16. NBA Power Rankings: Clippers back on top, showdown with Thunder Tuesday

    Jan 21, 2013, 3:46 PM EDT

    BKN-CLIPPERS-WIZARDS

    No change in the top four teams, but really it feels like right now there is a top three teams with the Heat capable of being that good but not really choosing to all the time. 1. Clippers (32-9, last week ranked No. 2). Chris Paul sits out three games, Eric Bledsoe steps in and…

  17. These guys should be the NBA All-Star Game reserves

    Jan 17, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Westbrook drives by San Antonio Spurs' Parker during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    The fans have done their job — you all picked the NBA All-Star Game starters. And well done. While I could quibble with a choice I might have made differently, there are no egregious errors (read: Jeremy Lin is not a starter). Now it falls to the coaches to pick the seven reserves for each…

  18. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Night of the offensive outbursts

    Jan 16, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while thinking about what a jump to hyperspace in the Millennium Falcon would really be like… Lakers 104, Bucks 88: Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard each had 31 points, but the real key for Los Angles was their defense — Kobe was on…

  19. The Extra Pass: The All-Value Team

    Jan 11, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Clippers

    The Extra Pass is a new daily column that’s designed to give you a better look at a theme, team, player or scheme. Today, we’ll put together a squad featuring some of the league’s most valuable contracts.  Signing players to any substantial contract during the offseason free agency period is like tap dancing through a…

  20. Report: Kobe, Howard almost came to blows after New Year’s Day loss

    Jan 7, 2013, 12:56 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

    UPDATE 12:56 pm: As we suggested in the story below, pretty much everyone around the Lakers is saying “what are you talking about?” Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLA.com went on SportsCenter and said: “Everybody I’ve talked to associated with the Lakers said nothing like that has happened.” She went on to say the chemistry in the…

  21. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Nets, Warriors get statement wins

    Jan 3, 2013, 8:01 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets' Williams drives against Oklahoma City Thunder's Westbrook during their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the games yesterday in NBA action. Or, what you missed while figuring out what’s in and what’s out for 2013… Nets 110, Thunder 93: Well, P.J. Carlesimo has his signature win and for a night the Nets looked like the team from the first weeks of the season. Oh, they’re…

  22. Monday And-1 Links: Will Shaq be at Kobe’s jersey retirement?

    Dec 31, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    Image (1) Shaq and Kobe-thumb-275x260-13925.jpg for post 2602

    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 like you will pretend to like champagne on New Year’s Eve…. • Will Kobe…

  23. Three Stars of the Night: An Odd Scoring Battle

    Dec 30, 2012, 2:36 AM EDT

    Brook Lopez, Kyrie Irving

    With 22 teams in action, you’d expect the usual suspects to be the big scorers of the night. Guys like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and James Harden. The guys battling Kobe Bryant for the scoring title. Those guys. Nope! Saturday was a little bit wild and crazy, and as a result we had Luis Scola…

  24. Report: Rockets assistant Kelvin Sampson serious candidate for Nets job

    Dec 28, 2012, 1:57 PM EDT

    Kelvin Sampson

    When Rockets coach Kevin McHale took time away from the Rockets to be with his family and his ailing daughter (who passed away), Kelvin Sampson did a good job as coach in tough circumstances. The Rockets started to find their identity with him as coach and while they went just 7-6 with him in the…

  25. Report: Phil Jackson “intrigued” by idea of Nets job’

    Dec 28, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    Thursday there came a direct statement from Phil Jackson’s agent that the legendary 11-time champion coach was not interested in the Brooklyn Nets coaching job in he wake of Avery Johnson’s firing. But an agent’s job is to negotiate, so you take that with a grain of salt. You can’t really negotiate without leverage and…

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