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  1. Caron Butler nearly returned to Miami

    Jan 15, 2012, 10:26 PM EDT

    Clippers' Butler tries to strip the ball from Lakers shooting guard Bryant during NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles

    Caron Butler was part of a pretty special team in Miami. It featured Dwyane Wade in his rookie season, Lamar Odom, and Butler. It was a young, athletic team with players starting to come into their own. They upset the Hornets in the first round and then gave the Pacers a run in the second…

  2. Lamar Odom nearly took sabbatical this season over personal isssues

    Jan 15, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Lamar Odom

    Lost in discussions of his mental state on the floor and history, as well as the turmoil over a rejected trade that wasn’t good for two of the three teams anyway has been the fact that Lamar Odom had a rough summer. He was driving to the funeral of a cousin when his driver accidentally…

  3. Lakers-Clippers: 5 Things to Watch

    Jan 14, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Clippers' Paul sails to the basket as Lakers' players watch during their NBA preseason game in Los Angeles

    Saturday night is the first matchup of the new-look CP3-lead Clippers against the old guard Los Angeles Lakers. The Showdown at Staples, Part 1. The Lakers are coming in hotter than a pistol behind Kobe Bryant‘s 40-point streak, while the Clippers have also managed to hold on despite some questions about their defense, standing just…

  4. Weekend Observations 1.14.12: The Nightmarejao Effect

    Jan 14, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Each weekend we bring you 25 random observations from the NBA week that was.  1. Gregg Popovich’s talk about defense isn’t just his usual grousing. The Spurs were brilliant the first handful of games defensively but their regression has seemed very emblematic of last year’s team. They are slipping further and further away from what…

  5. Rudy Gay says he got Team USA invitation

    Jan 13, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Grizzlies Basketball

    The invitations are going out from USA Basketball to players who will be considered to make up Team USA at the London Olympics this summer. We showed you the initial reported list, Memphis’ Rudy Gay wasn’t on it. But he told the Commercial Appeals he got an invite. USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo called him…

  6. Dwight Howard leads everyone in first All-Star ballot returns

    Jan 12, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    You didn’t love Dwight Howard as much as Derrick Rose and LeBron James when it came time to award the MVP last year (I know you didn’t get to vote on that, neither did I, but sentiment on this site ran heavy to Rose among commenters). But you love him now. Howard, the Magic’s center,…

  7. Video: Watch Nowitzki hit game winner against Celtics

    Jan 12, 2012, 2:42 PM EDT

    Mavericks forward Nowitzki looks to pass defended by Celtics forward Garnett in the second quarter of their NBA Basketball game in Boston

    Dirk Nowitzki called this shot “lucky” according to the Star-Telegram. “So there at the end, Jet [Jason Terry] set a good screen, and I was able to get a little separation and at least get a catch. I was able to get to the rim, and I didn’t even see the ball go in, to…

  8. Tim Duncan passes Larry Bird on all-time scoring list

    Jan 12, 2012, 12:57 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan

    Tim Duncan played maybe his best game of the season Wednesday night, he had a little jump in his step that is not there every night like it once was. Getting old sucks. Duncan scored 17 points, which pushed him past Larry Bird up to No. 27 on the NBA all-time scoring list. Duncan has…

  9. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Kobe drops another 40

    Jan 12, 2012, 7:58 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    What you missed while you tried to shame your kid into behaving…. Clippers 95, Heat 89: The game where the rims were afraid was our game of the night. Lakers 90, Jazz 87 (OT): The Lakers might not have gotten to the overtime without Kobe Bryant dropping 40 points — but when Kobe went cold…

  10. Video: Brandan Wright can jump very, very high

    Jan 11, 2012, 5:14 PM EDT

    WRIGHT_BRANDAN

    In case you missed it, one more highlight from Tuesday night to whet your appetite for a full slate of games on Wednesday (highlighted by the Heat at the Clippers in a game where we feel sorry for the rims). Brandan Wright of the now 5-5 Mavericks can jump out of the building, which works…

  11. Wednesday And-1 links: Anderson Varejao is no Magic Johnson

    Jan 11, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    Anderson Varejao

    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). Anderson Varejao is no Magic Johnson. Here is the video proof. Paul Pierce misses having Delonte West around. By the way, West apologized for his…

  12. Video: Two fans just sit down on Mavericks’ bench

    Jan 11, 2012, 10:54 AM EDT

    fans on Mavs bench grab

    We’ve all done it. Left our not so great seats, gotten a beer and then when we walk back into the arena you move down to better seats that some company couldn’t give away to a client or secretary for the night. But there are limits to how far down you should go. Like, say,…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Nate Robinson beats the Heat

    Jan 11, 2012, 7:40 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Golden State Warriors

    What you missed while being addicted to cracking your knuckles… Wizards 93, Raptors 78: The Wizards win! Theeee Wizards win! Warriors 111, Heat 106: This was another Miami route, they were up 17 late in the third quarter, but then Nate Robinson happened. And then Dorell Wright happened. And suddenly Mark Jackson and the rebuilding…

  14. Greg Ostertag On NBA Comeback: I Just Want To Play

    Jan 10, 2012, 10:12 PM EDT

    Greg Ostertag

    RENO, Nev. — Greg Ostertag was the first big-name veteran to sign with the NBA Development League when he decided to embark on a comeback with the Texas Legends a few weeks ago. The longtime Utah Jazz center wasn’t impressive in his initial appearances, but the consensus was that as long as he was able…

  15. Video: Still not buying Kevin Love as league’s best four

    Jan 10, 2012, 9:17 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    I like Kevin Love‘s attitude — he thinks he is the best four in the NBA and you want a star player to think that. Although, do you want him to say it? CSN New England’s Donny Marshall says no — and neither he nor I think Love is the best four in the league,…

  16. Report: Team USA sets 19 players for preliminary Olympic roster

    Jan 10, 2012, 5:39 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    The USA will send 12 men to London this summer to suit up and defend America’s gold medal from the last Olympic games. And that dozen will come from these 19 guys, according Chris Sheridan at SheridanHoops.com who broke the story of the preliminary roster. We’ve broken them out by position (they are alphabetical in their…

  17. Tuesday And-1 links: LaMarcus Aldridge coming to Portlandia

    Jan 10, 2012, 11:16 AM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol

    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). Confession: I love Portlandia (the IFC comedy show). I really am going to love the episode where LaMarcus Aldridge makes a cameo. Kevin Garnett tells…

  18. Video: Watch Barack Obama joke around with Mavericks

    Jan 9, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

    U.S. President Obama hosts 2011 NBA champions Dallas Mavericks at the White House in Washington

    Mark Cuban twisted arms and bench schedules to get his champion Dallas Mavericks a date at the White House. The league did not schedule the Mavericks to make a stop in Washington D.C. as part of the shortened post-lockout schedule but Cuban found a way. Obama jokes around with Dallas, saying the veteran team was…

  19. Kevin Love says he is the best power forward in the game

    Jan 9, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

    Kevin Love, Tim Duncan

    Kevin Love is a pretty special player. A double-double machine who on offense has smooth moves around the rim to go with shooting range out to the three-point line. He’s as good a rebounder as there is in the game. So mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the best power forward of them all?…

  20. Yi Jianlian recalled by Mavericks, solving all their problems

    Jan 9, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

    Yi Jianlian

    The Dallas Mavericks don’t just want one low-cost project big man to fill out their rotation. They want all of them. Dallas’ signing of Ian Mahinmi last summer has paid off nicely this year, and in an effort to find a similarly successful player on an equally affordable salary, the Mavs signed former lottery pick…

  21. NBA Power Rankings: Heat on top, Blazers best in West

    Jan 9, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James does a dance with Chalmers during a time-out in overtime after they tied their NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta

    A little shifting up at the top but nothing too dramatic. Your big movers this week is the 76ers, who are playing well and moving up the rankings, and the Hornets dropping like a rock. 1. Heat (8-1 last week ranked No. 1). Chris Bosh drops 33 on the Hawks and wants you to remember…

  22. The NBA D-League Showcase Begins Today. Wait, What’s A D-League Showcase?

    Jan 9, 2012, 11:12 AM EDT

    Antoine Walker D-League

    The eighth annual NBA Development League Showcase will tip off at 1 p.m. ET on Monday afternoon as executives from all 30 NBA teams (and your’s truly for Pro Basketball Talk) converge on Reno, Nev., to get an in-person look at the top prospects playing in the NBA’s official minor league. The D-League has quite…

  23. Jason Kidd out at least two more games with back pain

    Jan 8, 2012, 7:59 PM EDT

    Jason Kidd

    Finally the Dallas Mavericks seemed to have found a groove, winning three of their last four including Saturday night over what is left of the Hornets. A win they got with Delonte West starting in place of Jason Kidd. Which is something they had better get used to as he will be out another two…

  24. Otis Smith says nothing has changed with Dwight’s situation. Oh, and he’s receiving threats from fans.

    Jan 8, 2012, 5:39 PM EDT

    Otis Smith, Orlando Magic

    Orlando General Manager Otis Smith sat down with the Orlando Sentinel this weekend, and as far as Dwight Howard‘s situation, which rumors had suggested Howard having rescinded his trade request, uh… yeah, status quo: Sentinel: Has anything changed with Dwight’s situation? Smith: No. Sentinel: Has he pulled back the trade request? Smith: No. Sentinel: Has…

  25. Delonte West can’t attend White House ceremony, goes on Twitter rant against media

    Jan 8, 2012, 10:33 AM EDT

    Delonte West pushing car

    Wow, there hasn’t really been a lot of Delonte West news this year, has there? Things have been pretty quiet. Yup, guess he’s put all that drama behi… oh. OK, maybe not. So first off, a pretty good quote from West, who it turns out thanks to his weapons charge from several years ago, you…

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