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  1. Gerald Wallace will not sign an extension with Trail Blazers

    Jan 11, 2012, 8:59 AM EDT

    Trail Blazers Wallace celebrates against Mavericks during NBA playoff game in Portland, Oregon.

    Portland fans, this is not personal. It’s business. Gerald Wallace — a key part of the Blazers resurgence — will not sign an extension with the Trail Blazers, representatives for the free agent to be told the team, reports Jason Quick at the Oregonian. It’s not that the veteran isn’t happy or doesn’t want to…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. Friday And-1 links, where it’s Jan Vesely time

    Jan 6, 2012, 11:12 AM EDT

    2011 NBA Draft

    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). Jan Vesely’s hip better and the Washington rookie is expected to make his NBA debut Friday vs. the Knicks. Maybe that will help, because the…

  6. 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…

  7. NBA releases All-Star ballot, here are my early votes

    Jan 4, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT

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    You can vote — and not just if you’re a Republican in Iowa. The NBA opened All-Star Game voting to the fans on Wednesday, so you can pick who will not play any defense in Orlando Feb. 26. Fan voting picks the starters, the coaches for the teams help pick the rest of the squad.…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Dwyane Wade says 2012 will be his last Olympics

    Jan 2, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade Team USA Olympics

    Dwyane Wade is considered one of the locks for the 2012 USA Basketball roster for the London Olympics. He has Olympic experience helping the USA get the gold medal in Beijing, he is probably the best two guard in the game today and in what should be an up-tempo affair he is one of the…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Dwight Howard and Deron Williams had dinner. OMG!

    Dec 29, 2011, 4:55 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    This is going to get blown out of proportion, no matter how much I try to tamp it down here. Even if I tell you this kind of thing happens all the time. Deron Williams went to dinner with Dwight Howard Wednesday night, reports the Star Ledger (via Eye on Basketball). The Nets are in…

  14. McGrady can picture Howard and D-Will in Dallas

    Dec 29, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    As they are the two guys left in the game of “franchise player musical chairs,” it is kind of logical Deron Williams and Dwight Howard could end up on the same team. That is certainly what New Jersey has banked its Brooklyn opening on. But what about Dallas? Mark Cuban has all but sacrificed a…

  15. Tyson Chandler not shocked at Mavericks 0-2 start

    Dec 28, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    The Dallas Mavericks have gone from hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy to getting blown out two games in a row on their home floor to start the season. It’s ugly. Younger teams ran the Mavs into the ground and Dallas’ transition defense was nonexistant. It should get better, but it’s ugly now and next up…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. Rose, Durant go different path with contracts than LeBron

    Dec 23, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose attends news conference in Chicago

    When LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade came up for contract extensions, they all asked for three-year deals, or options that let them opt out of their deals after three years. The idea was simple — gain leverage over the team, pressure them to build a winner or they could lose their star. (We…

  19. 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.…

  20. Lopez injury limits Orlando’s Dwight Howard trade options

    Dec 22, 2011, 4:25 PM EDT

    lopez-howard

    The foot injury to Nets center Brook Lopez has not left the Dwight Howard trade stuck in the mud. It was already there. Orlando has put the breaks on the process — they are not ready to trade Howard. Maybe they think they can convince him to stay, maybe they think the offers improve closer…

  21. Nets Brook Lopez breaks foot, out indefinitely after surgery

    Dec 22, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    The Nets just cannot catch a break. Well, not a good one. Brook Lopez – their quality starting center and the anchor of their proposed trade package with Orlando for Dwight Howard — has a stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone in his foot and will have surgery on it Friday, the team announced.…

  22. Thursday morning one liners

    Dec 22, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    LeBron James Quentin Richardson

    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). Free Darko’s Bethlehem Shoals is blogging the NBA season over at GQ. I know that mag is your browser home page anyway, but be sure to check…

  23. Did Jay-Z approve this? Nets to sign DeShawn Stevenson.

    Dec 22, 2011, 9:44 AM EDT

    DeShawn Stevenson

    DeShawn Stevenson was once dissed in a Jay-Z song because of the players running feud with LeBron James (something that flared up again during the NBA finals last year when Stevenson was with the Mavericks). Soon, Stevenson will play for Jay-Z and his Nets. Stevenson has reached a contract deal with the New Jersey Nets,…

  24. The Nets overpaid Kris Humphries, but so what?

    Dec 21, 2011, 2:51 PM EDT

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    Kris Humphries is set to return to the New Jersey Nets on a one-year, $7+ million deal, and the nation raises a collective eyebrow. That’s a pretty hefty salary for a strong rebounder with otherwise unremarkable offensive and defensive skills, so much so that in a strict d0llar-for-production framework, one could certainly argue that Humphries, for…

  25. Brook Lopez admits he was a lazy rebounder last year

    Dec 20, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New Jersey Nets

    Last season, Brook Lopez grabbed 10 percent of the available rebounds when he was on the floor. Six rebounds per game. Think about that for a second — in a perfectly even world all 10 players on the floor would grab 10 percent of the boards. But if you are a seven-footer who plays around…

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