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  1. Report: Warriors aren’t giving up on the Dwight dream

    Feb 18, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    The Warriors are not storming the gates of playoff heaven. They’re barely within sight of the pearly wrought iron structures that guard May and June at 11-16, on a two-game losing streak after some progress this month. But that doesn’t mean they think they’re lost in the wilderness. Quite the contrary, they think they’re good…

  2. Kevin Durant parts ways with longtime agent Goodwin

    Feb 17, 2012, 8:35 PM EST

    Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant has gotten his big contract — he got a max deal (complete with the Derrick Rose kicker) that he signed as soon as the Oklahoma City Thunder offered it a year ago. There were no negotiations to speak of, but Goodwin did help Durant land some lucrative endorsement deals and build up his…

  3. Nets to slash ticket prices when Dwight Howard comes to town, for they are desperate

    Feb 17, 2012, 4:13 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    When something from your team’s PR department ends up on Deadspin, it’s generally not a good thing. This marketing ploy from the New Jersey Nets caught the eye of Deadspin’s Jack Dickey today (emphasis Deadspin’s): On February 22, your NETS will face off against Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic. For this one night only the NETS…

  4. In Praise of Orlando’s Ryan Anderson

    Feb 17, 2012, 2:45 PM EST

    Ryan Anderson

    Ryan Anderson has been lost in all the Dwight Howard trade drama. Which is a shame because right now the 6’10” forward is the best stretch-four in the game — 16.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, shooting 43.5 percent from beyond the arc and grabbing 12.6 percent of the offensive rebounds when he is…

  5. Report: Timberwolves interested in Pau Gasol. Good luck.

    Feb 16, 2012, 12:36 PM EST

    Boston Celtics Kevin Garnett and Los Angeles Lakers Pau Gasol compete for the ball in Boston

    I’m telling you now, this deal is not going to happen in this form. But we pass along this rumor, via Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida, anyway. In other news involving NBA big men, a source said Wednesday that Minnesota continues to pursue a possible trade for Lakers forward Pau Gasol, dangling rookie Derrick…

  6. Thursday And-1 links: “Linsane in the Membrane”

    Feb 16, 2012, 11:45 AM EST

    Sacramento Kings v New York Knicks

    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). “Linsane in the Membrane” — Jeremy Lin gets the Cypress Hill treatment. And it works. Best Lin song yet (via PBT’s own @HPbasketball) Here is…

  7. Report: Miami would like to add Hornets’ Chris Kaman

    Feb 16, 2012, 9:48 AM EST

    Chris Kaman, Nene

    It’s maybe the one puzzle piece missing from the Miami Heat roster — a classic, true center who can body up guys like Dwight Howard in the playoffs and provide some defense and rebounding in the paint. A guy like Chris Kaman with the Hornets. Who happens to be available via trade. Which brings us…

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

    Feb 16, 2012, 9:14 AM EST

    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…

  9. NBA announces All-Star Three-Point Shootout lineup

    Feb 15, 2012, 5:24 PM EST

    anthony morrow

    The NBA has just announced the lineup for this year’s 3-point shooting contest at All-Star Weekend in Orlando. It is part of the Saturday night events Feb. 25 (along with the Dunk Contest and the tedious Skills Contest). Here are your contestants: James Jones: The defending champion. Jones has seen his minutes go way down this…

  10. Gym Class Heroes, J. Cole headline pre All-Star Game concert

    Feb 15, 2012, 2:58 PM EST

    Gym Class Heroes

    Not very subtle, Orlando. The performers for a pre-NBA All-Star Game concert were leaked by the New York Daily News — later confirmed by the league — and we learn that one is Gym Class Heroes, who along with Neon Hitch will do their single “Get you’re a** back home.” This message is directed at…

  11. Shaq says Howard leaving Orlando would be “travesty”

    Feb 15, 2012, 9:15 AM EST

    Shaquille O'Neal laughs as he announces his retirement from NBA at a news conference in Windermere

    “We haven’t had any irony here since about, uh, ’83, when I was the only practitioner of it. And I stopped because I was tired of being stared at.” —Steve Martin in Roxanne Shaquille O’Neal digs irony. Can you dig it? In a press conference with other TNT broadcasters on Tuesday, Shaquille O’Neal said Dwight…

  12. Brook Lopez practices for first time since breaking foot, may be back before All-Star game

    Feb 14, 2012, 5:39 PM EST

    Lopez_Brook

    From the Star-Ledger’s Colin Stephenson: Center Brook Lopez practiced for the first time since breaking his foot in the preseason and looked good, coach Avery Johnson and his teammates said… …Lopez had surgery Dec. 23 to insert a screw in his right foot, in which he had suffered a broken fifth metatarsal bone. The team had said he…

  13. Report: Lakers don’t have “serious interest” in Gilbert Arenas

    Feb 14, 2012, 5:12 PM EST

    Washington Wizards v Sacramento Kings

    And the hopes of thousands of Lakers fans are crushed. Little do they know this is what is best for them, such is their disappointment. The Lakers attended the recent workout of Gilbert Arenas and even Kobe Bryant was good with bringing him in, but it’s not likely to happen according to the Los Angeles…

  14. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Dallas can still close out games

    Feb 14, 2012, 7:35 AM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki

    What you missed while wondering why a man would try to rob a store wearing only chocolate and peanut butter… Mavericks 96, Clippers 92: What do you need to do to win in tight fourth quarters in the NBA? Execute. For example, don’t turn the ball over — the Clippers has seven fourth quarter turnovers.…

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

    Feb 13, 2012, 3:22 PM EST

    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…

  16. Why the bottleneck on NBA trades? Calendar and Howard.

    Feb 13, 2012, 12:04 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    We’re a couple months into the NBA season, and there have been very few trades. Before the season we had some biggies — Chris Paul to the Lakers, er, Clippers — but once the season started, that has dried up. And you can expect things to stay pretty much dry past the All-Star game at…

  17. Monday And-1 links: The (largely) Jeremy Lin edition

    Feb 13, 2012, 11:25 AM EST

    New York Knicks' Lin is congratulated by teammates Jordan and Fields after win against Timberwolves in Minneapolis

    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). The picture you have been waiting to see — the couch in Landry Field’s place where Jeremy Lin slept. The real question: Why all the…

  18. Dwight Howard goes on rant about fourth quarter touches, even after the Magic win

    Feb 12, 2012, 1:30 PM EST

    Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard gestures during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Let me tell you how bad Dwight Howard‘s post-game rant in Milwaukee was. I don’t have enough room to block all the important quotes. I’m sitting here, staring at this mass of text, and that’s usually my format. Gentle intro, segue to blockquote, blockquote, discussion of blockquote, tangential remarks, unnecessarily snarky finish, the end. But…

  19. Winderman: The fuzzy line of NBA talk, tampering

    Feb 10, 2012, 1:11 PM EST

    APTOPIX NBA All Star Basketball

    Sorry, just not sure how this works anymore, when it comes to what is tampering what is innocent conversation, and, frankly what is NBA protocol and civility. Perhaps because Kobe Bryant and LeBron James aren’t impending free agents, it’s all simply viewed as innocuous. So Larry Bird, in his role as Pacers president, talks freely…

  20. Jay-Z involved in changing look, style of Brooklyn Nets

    Feb 10, 2012, 12:02 PM EST

    2011 NBA All-Star Game - Performances And Celebrities

    When the Nets roll into Brooklyn next season, things will be different. Off the court, at least. (On the court remains to be seen.) The Nets are coming to the nation’s largest market in a new building and they are looking to make a splash. There will be changes — and they will have Jay-Z’s…

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

    Feb 9, 2012, 7:24 PM EST

    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…

  22. Kobe says he’d choose LeBron if he could pick a teammate

    Feb 9, 2012, 12:29 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant is a scorer. Which is why getting Chris Paul — a playmaker who sets others up as well as anyone in the game — made a lot of sense to Kobe. It made less sense to David Stern (and other NBA owners) and so that trade got shot down. Wednesday Kobe was talking…

  23. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Magic cool off Heat

    Feb 9, 2012, 9:24 AM EST

    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…

  24. Magic owner: “I don’t want to trade (Dwight Howard)”

    Feb 9, 2012, 2:12 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    If you have wondered why trade talks around Dwight Howard have stalled out, here is your answer. Orlando owner Rich DeVos, age 85, surprisingly met with members of the media before the Magic took on the Heat, as reported by Chris Sheridan at Sheridan Hoops: “I don’t want to trade him,” DeVos declared to reporters.…

  25. Kobe denies report of poor recruiting call with Howard

    Feb 7, 2012, 1:28 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant Dwight Howard

    We passed along the report over the weekend, one that cropped up in a couple places, that a conversation where Kobe Bryant tried to recruit Dwight Howard to Los Angeles turned off the center. That Kobe told Howard that the offensive options would be first Kobe, then Pau Gasol, then Howard. Which struck me as…

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