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  1. Monday And-1 links: More LeBron hairline jokes

    Jan 2, 2012, 11:14 AM EDT

    LeBron James Hairline Getty

    Welcome to our morning 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). Happy birthday LeBron, you’re bald. Michael Beasley’s finger injury Sunday seemed pretty bad — especially the part on television where you could see him say…

  2. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Denver makes lay-ups, beats L.A.

    Jan 2, 2012, 2:38 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    What you missed while breaking your New Year’s resolutions already… Nuggets 99, Lakers 90: Best game of the night and there was a little fire to this one — second nights of a home-and-home often carry over some tension. Denver jumped out early with Kobe Bryant shooting only 1-of-10 in the first half and the…

  3. 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…

  4. Baseline to baseline recaps: Celtics fall, Knicks fall, Heat almost join them

    Dec 29, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New Orleans Hornets

    What you missed while worried about what a bad year this was for elephants… Oklahoma City 98, Memphis 95: This playoff rematch was our game of the night. New Orleans 97, Celtics 78: Don’t hit the panic button yet, Celtics fans. Still too early. But if you want to feel uncomfortable and a little ill,…

  5. Wednesday And-1 links, where Nets fans want Dwight Howard

    Dec 28, 2011, 11:07 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Welcome to our morning 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). Nets fans started a chant of “we want Howard” at the team’s home opener Tuesday. No, Deron Williams did not start it. As far as…

  6. 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…

  7. League reduces suspensions for Bynum, Villanueva by one game

    Dec 23, 2011, 3:27 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    The Lakers Andrew Bynum and the Pistons Charlie Villanueva will both be back on the court a little sooner thanks to the lockout. Both had their five-game suspensions to start the season reduced to four because of the schedule being cut back to 66 games due to the lockout. Bynum will make his debut now…

  8. Wednesday morning one liners

    Dec 21, 2011, 11:14 AM EDT

    Samuel Dalembert, Tony Battie

    Our morning 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). If you want to be the smartest NBA fan on the block — or the virtual block — order the new Basketball Prospectus preview book that just…

  9. Tuesday morning one liners (KG is taunting Raptors again)

    Dec 20, 2011, 10:41 AM EDT

    RNPS IMAGES OF THE YEAR 2011

    Our morning 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). Kevin Garnett went all Kevin Garnett and taunted a Raptor during a meaningless preseason game. Does this even shock us anymore? Jason Terry had to leave Mavericks…

  10. It’s official, Knicks roll the dice on Baron Davis

    Dec 19, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Baron Davis, Jason Richardson, Corey Maggette

    This is not going to work. That said, the Knicks are desperate for point guard help and they got a guy who can — when focused and involved — be the best guard on their roster. The only issues are he is out with a chronic bad back and that needed focus never lasts. The…

  11. NBA Power Rankings: Mavericks start out season on top

    Dec 19, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    Dallas players Carter, Marion, Nowitzki, Odom, Kidd, and Terry pose for photos during media day at the team's headquarters in Dallas, Texas

    Welcome to our inaugural power rankings for the 2011-12 NBA season (a regular Monday feature at PBT). These are fun if ultimately meaningless — in the NBA we have a playoff system to decide who is best (are you listening college football?). This is a preseason ranking, so remember that when you get mad about…

  12. Monday morning one liners

    Dec 19, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Richard Jefferson

    Our morning look around the NBA with stories worth reading and notes that are not their own post here at PBT. A fantastic read at Hoopspeak.com on what the Thunder need to do to get Kevin Durant more open looks. After signing Baron Davis for the mini mid-level, the Knicks are out of the running…

  13. Report: Baron Davis will join Knicks

    Dec 18, 2011, 2:34 PM EDT

    Baron Davis Warriors

    Baron Davis will, eventually, be back under the bright lights of a big city basketball team. After being amnestied by the Cavaliers following a diagnosis of a bulging disc that will keep him out indefinitely, ESPN reports the former Warrior and Clipper (and Hornet) has decided to take the veteran minimum to join the New…

  14. Kyrie Irving, Brandon Knight shine in preseason game which actually doesn’t tell us anything

    Dec 17, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Detroit Pistons

    You’re probably reading that headline and wondering what the point of the post is. The point is that after a seven month layoff from organized basketball, Friday was the first time we’ve seen Kyrie Irving and Brandon Knight play at the NBA level. As both players will have a huge impact on the directions of…

  15. Is Baron Davis bound for the Knicks when he recovers?

    Dec 16, 2011, 6:41 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Cleveland Cavaliers used their amnesty clause on Baron Davis to set the point guard free after a diagnosis of a bulging disk in his back. So who would want an injured point guard with a reputation for starting the season out of shape and not having a great work ethic? The Knicks. Here is…

  16. New York will be better, but fans will be thinking about what’s next

    Dec 16, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler, Carmelo Anthony

    The New York Knicks are going to win a playoff game this year. For the first time since 2001. Having Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire together for a full season will boost the offense, having Tyson Chandler along the back line will turn them from terrible to average on defense (or maybe a little better,…

  17. Thursday morning one liners

    Dec 15, 2011, 11:56 AM EDT

    chris paul

    Our morning look around the NBA with stories worth reading and notes that are not their own post here at PBT. Circle March 22 on your calendar. That is when Chris Paul and he Clippers return to New Orleans to take on the Hornets in his only game there tis year. This could end up…

  18. Clippers future now in hands of one Donald T. Sterling

    Dec 15, 2011, 9:48 AM EDT

    Image (1) dsterling-thumb-250x250-18407.jpg for post 3716

    Wednesday night the Clippers went from “good young team with potential” to “these guys are close to being contenders.” The Clippers are not title contenders yet. Not until we see them play better and consistent defense. Not until we’re convinced Vinny Del Negro can coach a team to a championship. Not with the stopgap Chauncey…

  19. NBA Season Preview: New York Knicks

    Dec 15, 2011, 6:30 AM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony

    Last season: 42-40 — good enough for a middling playoff seed and a first round sweep at the hands of the Boston Celtics. Head Coach: Mike D’Antoni, who has an intriguing roster but will have to step out of his comfort zone. As a playmaker, Toney Douglas isn’t Steve Nash…or Raymond Felton…or Chauncey Billups. As…

  20. NBA Season Preview: Sacramento Kings

    Dec 15, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    jimmer-kings-preview

    Last season: 24-58, second to last in the West. Head Coach: Paul Westphal Key Departures: Beno Udrih, Omri Casspi Key Additions: Jimmer Fredette, Chuck Hayes, John Salmons, J.J. Hickson Best case scenario: Continued development of Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins, and dramatic improvement in the team’s offense. The Kings will need to see some serious…

  21. NBA Season Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers

    Dec 15, 2011, 4:00 AM EDT

    Kyrie Irving from Duke University smiles before the 2011 NBA Draft in Newark

    Last Season: 19-63 Head Coach: Byron Scott Key Additions: Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, Omri Casspi Key Departures: Baron Davis, J.J. Hickson Best case scenario: A spirited campaign for a near-.500 record and a slim chance at grabbing the 8th playoff spot in the East. For that to happen: Kyrie Irving comes on strong, the team’s…

  22. Cavaliers use amnesty clause on Baron Davis

    Dec 14, 2011, 8:36 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Cleveland Cavaliers have officially announced that they have used their team’s “amnesty clause” on Baron Davis, and waived the 32-year old guard from their roster. Davis’ current contract will pay him 13.95 million dollars this season, and Davis has a player option for 14.85 million next season. Davis will still make that money, but…

  23. Baron Davis out indefinitely with bulging disk in back

    Dec 14, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Cleveland Cavaliers

    If Baron Davis is going to do any mentoring of Kyrie Irving, he will be doing it on the sidelines. Davis will not suit up for a while due to a bulging disk in his back, tweets Sam Amico of Fox Sports. For those of you med students out there, it is between L2 and…

  24. Tuesday morning one liners (we’re talking haircuts)

    Dec 13, 2011, 10:25 AM EDT

    vintage-basketball-photos-14

    Our morning look around the NBA with stories worth reading and notes that are not their own post here at PBT. The 50 worst haircuts in NBA history. Vladimir Radmanovic is way too low at No. 12. Despite the reports to the contrary, the Nets do not have a deadline to get Dwight Howard or…

  25. Baron Davis out with back injury, Cavs consider amnesty

    Dec 12, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Cleveland Cavaliers

    It’s easy to shrug off Baron Davis being injured at the start of camp since he’s not known for showing up to camp in the best shape. But this time it appears to be more serious, after missing the first three days of Cavaliers training camp Davis has left the team to get a second…

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