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  1. LeBron James says he has not reached out to Dan Gilbert

    Feb 18, 2012, 6:24 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    Remember when our Blogger-in-Chief Kurt Helin was like: LeBron is going to be a member of the Heat for years. He can’t predict what will be happening in his life and the NBA five years from now no more than you or me or anyone else can. So he tried to leave a door open.…

  2. Jeremy Lin added to Rising Stars All-Star Weekend game

    Feb 16, 2012, 8:29 PM EDT

    Knicks guard Lin smiles during player introductions before the start of the Knicks' NBA basketball game against the Timberwolves in Minneapolis

    How about Jeremy Lin throwing ally-oops to Blake Griffin? You got it. Thanks to a late add by the NBA and some drafting prowess by Shaquille O’Neal, Lin and Griffin will be playing together the Friday night of All-Star weekend at the Rising Stars Challenge (formerly the Rookie/Sophomore Game). Lin was not on the original…

  3. Winderman: LeBron says NBA becoming point guards’ league

    Feb 16, 2012, 6:54 PM EDT

    derrick Rose LeBron James

    So what does LeBron James want? By now we’ve learned that simply is a matter of interpretation, other than he doesn’t want to be blamed for your kids’ cartoons not being on or the store being out of milk (from that memorable postgame session in Orlando a week ago). Then, Thursday, there were the seemingly…

  4. Baseline to Baseline recaps: There are days the Magic look good

    Feb 16, 2012, 9:14 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia

    What you missed while realizing your Valentine’s Day could have gone worse…. Knicks 100, Kings 85: The perfect storm that is Jeremy Lin continues, and it is our game of the night. Hawks 101, Suns 99: Our own Brett Pollakoff was at this game and filed a report. But that doesn’t mean we won’t give…

  5. Irving expected to play against Pacers tonight

    Feb 15, 2012, 4:07 PM EDT

    kyrie-irving-suns

    From the Akron-Beacon Journal’s Jason Lloyd: Rookie Kyrie Irving has been medically cleared following his concussion and will be in the starting lineup tonight for the Cavs when they host the Indiana Pacers. Irving suffered the concussion Feb. 7 at Miami and missed three games as a result. The Cavs went 1-2 without him. Irving…

  6. Wednesday And-1 links: Jeremy Lin notes… and other stuff

    Feb 15, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin; Anthony Carter

    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). Great stuff on why Jeremy Lin and Carmelo Anthony will work out from Bethlehem Shoals at GQ. Mike D’Antoni talks Linsanity, and blending Carmelo Anthony…

  7. Kobe backs Lakers getting Arenas, but not enthusiastically

    Feb 14, 2012, 8:10 AM EDT

    Arenas_Gilbert

    The Lakers need a point guard. You know it. I know it. Kobe Bryant knows it. Heck, even Derek Fisher knows it, he’s just too professional to get his head down over it. Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak watched Gilbert Arenas work out on Sunday. So reporters asked Kobe what he thinks of the Arenas idea…

  8. NBA Power Rankings: Spurs advancing, Heat still on top

    Feb 13, 2012, 3:22 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    I’m beginning to wonder: Will the Eastern Conference Finals be the real NBA finals this year? Feels that way some days. 1. Heat (21-7, last week ranked 1) The Magic and Knicks combined to shoot 85 threes against the Heat in two nights. The Heat’s defensive energy does that to teams, makes them settle (although…

  9. Report: Gilbert Arenas works out for Lakers

    Feb 12, 2012, 10:34 PM EDT

    Arenas magic

    How desperate are the Lakers for a point guard? Well, they’ve talked about bringing in Allen Iverson. And now they have worked out Gilbert Arenas. That’s what Adrian Wojnarowski reports at Yahoo Sports. In a search to find some scoring for their floundering offense, Los Angeles Lakers officials attended a private workout for guard Gilbert…

  10. Cavaliers’ Anderson Varejao out indefinitely with broken wrist

    Feb 11, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

    This is a big blow to a team that had been playing better than expected but with little margin for error. Cleveland forward Anderson Varejao is out indefinitely with a broken wrist, the team announced. The injury happened in the second half Friday night when Bucks forward Drew Gooden tried to slap the ball and…

  11. Warriors, Rockets feel regret about letting Jeremy Lin go

    Feb 10, 2012, 9:02 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    Golden State had Jeremy Lin for a full season last year, but decided he just wasn’t going to work for them. Monta Ellis handles the ball a lot, Stephen Curry is the starter at the point and Golden State went another direction with his backup. The Rockets had Lin earlier this season, but they also…

  12. Your NBA All-Star reserves announced, coaches went safe

    Feb 9, 2012, 7:24 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    The fans picked the five starters, but this week the coaches voted to name the reserves to the All-Star Game in Orlando. And the coaches played it safe. They went with the old names they new not the future stars. They went with veteran Joe Johnson and left out Rajon Rondo. They left out Paul…

  13. “No timetable” for Irving’s return from concussion

    Feb 9, 2012, 5:10 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

    From the AP: CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers rookie guard Kyrie Irving is being evaluated at the Cleveland Clinic as he recovers from a concussion. Irving missed his first game of the season Wednesday night with the concussion. He was kept out after the team diagnosed him with the head injury, which he sustained Tuesday night in…

  14. Thursday And-1 links: Kevin Durant raps

    Feb 9, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    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). Kevin Durant is laying down the lyrics — he is in a rap video with Privaledge and sounding pretty good. Normally we’d run the video,…

  15. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Magic cool off Heat

    Feb 9, 2012, 9:24 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    What you missed while watching a guy get bit in the face by a dog on live television… Magic 102, Heat 89: Maybe the Magic owner should tell the media he doesn’t want to trade Dwight Howard before every game. Orlando played the game it wants to play — good defense (especially challenging in the…

  16. Griffin, Irving headline pool of players for Rising Stars game

    Feb 8, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

    Rookie John Wall, of the Washington Wiza

    The NBA is trying to change the fortunes of what used to be the overlooked and uninteresting All-Star weekend Rookie Challenge (where the rookies played the sophomores). This year TNT’s Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal are picking teams playground style (Team Shaq and Team Chuck) from a pool of rookies and sophomores — and the…

  17. Baseline to Baseline recaps: LeBron beats Cleveland. Yawn.

    Feb 8, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Miami Heat forward James watches a replay of his score with teammate Miller against the Cleveland Cavaliers in their NBA basketball game in Miami

    What you missed while learning to play a-ha on the accordion…. Heat 107, Cavaliers 91: As has been their pattern, this is another game where the Heat played down to the level of the competition. At least for three quarters — in the fourth the Heat cranked up the defense and that was enough to…

  18. All-Star Weekend rookie/sophomore game to go playground

    Feb 7, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    There’s always a bit of a playground element to the NBA Rookie Challenge — what you and I call the rookie/sophomore game — on Friday night of All-Star weekend. Remember last year John Wall threw a bounce-pass ally-oop last year, it’s all about as playground as it gets. So this year they decided to take…

  19. Report: Knicks, Lakers talk to Rockets about Jonny Flynn

    Feb 6, 2012, 6:44 PM EDT

    Jonny Flynn

    The Lakers and Knicks are starting to act like that balding guy with the shirt unbuttoned a little too far trying to hit on every girl in the bar as it gets closer to the 2 a.m. closing time. You can smell the desperation on them. They both need a point guard so badly they…

  20. NBA Power Rankings: Heat on top, Clippers climbing

    Feb 6, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James prepares to make a shot against Milwaukee Bucks during their NBA game in Milwaukee

    Miami moves back into the top spot — but the Clippers have now cracked the top three, which had been the domain of the Heat, Bulls and Thunder for a while. Oh, and the Bobcats still suck. 1. Heat (18-6, last week ranked No. 2). They’ve had a few uninspired wins (like Sunday against the…

  21. Report: Cavaliers want first round pick for Ramon Sessions

    Feb 6, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Ramon Sessions is going to get traded before the deadline. We already know the Lakers are interested (although that is tied to the complex Dwight Howard trade situation), and there are a number of other teams that are interested in the point guard. Teams were a little concerned because Sessions is a two-year commitment, but…

  22. Clippers will attempt to continue to stockpile talent by pursuing J.R. Smith

    Feb 5, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Nuggets guard Smith celebrates a three-point shot in their NBA basketball game against the Timberwolves in Denver

    The L.A. Clippers have had maybe the most impressive offseason of any team in the league. Already sitting in second place in the Western Conference standings, and with their latest acquisition, Kenyon Martin, joining the team in Orlando on Sunday, they will look to get even deeper by going after J.R. Smith, reports Brad Turner…

  23. Weekend Observations 2.4.12: Where corn don’t grow

    Feb 4, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Each weekend we bring you 25 random observations from the NBA week that was.    1. Blake Griffin is not human. 2. Denver’s a really great team this season, they’re just not so impressive you know you can count on them in the WCF. The lack of star power is going to continue to be…

  24. Dwight Howard situation could hold up Sessions to Lakers

    Feb 3, 2012, 4:38 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Feb 2, 2012, 8:56 PM EDT

    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…

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