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  1. Rose on Howard: “Who wouldn’t want to play with him?”

    Jan 30, 2012, 9:54 PM EST

    Derrick Rose

    It’s official, we have a mutual admiration society. From the “what else was he going to say?” file, we have Derrick Rose returning the favor of Howard’s kind words and singing the praises of  Dwight Howard. And he got in a shoe plug, so well done. Here’s the quote via CSNChicago.com: “Me and Dwight definitely…

  2. NBA Power Rankings: Top spot now Thunderstruck

    Jan 30, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

    Russell Westbrook, Kris Humphries

    The top three teams remain the same, just trading places, because they are the three best teams in the league right now. But all three also have long road trips coming up, which should test them. 1. Thunder (16-3, last week ranked No. 3). They are “only” fifth in point-per-possession differential in the league, but…

  3. Monday And-1 links: Former Net now “Moses of Rikers.”

    Jan 30, 2012, 11:29 AM EST

    Jayson Williams

    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). Former Net Jayson Williams is now the “Moses of Rikers.” Can you blame all the problems in your life on Minnesota GM David Kahn? Maybe.…

  4. Dwight Howard open to playing with Derrick Rose, Bulls

    Jan 30, 2012, 11:08 AM EST

    Dwight Howard Derrick Rose

    And the “Dwight Howard said he would play here” tour has moved on to Chicago. This has all the meaning of a Kardashian wedding vow, but here is the quote from the Chicago Tribune when Howard was asked if he would be open to playing in Chicago with Derrick Rose. “If I could play with…

  5. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Kyrie Irving does not fear the moment

    Jan 30, 2012, 5:33 AM EST

    Ray Allen Cleveland Cavaliers

    What you missed while waiting for Nadal and Djokovic to finish…. Heat 97, Bulls 93: LeBron James and Derrick Rose had moments of brilliance and key missed free throws in our game of the day. Cavaliers 88, Celtics 87: If you want to say that Boston choked, to ahead — if you give up a…

  6. Daniel Orton made his NBA debut 582 days after being drafted by Orlando Magic

    Jan 28, 2012, 6:30 PM EST

    Daniel Orton

    The Orlando Magic drafted Daniel Orton on June 24, 2010, with the 29th overall pick of the NBA Draft. 582 days later, the 6-foot-10 center made his big league debut in garbage time of Friday night’s 93-67 loss to the New Orleans Hornets. Orton, a project pick and one of five Kentucky players selected in…

  7. Dwight Howard blasts teammates for lack of effort after blowout loss to Hornets

    Jan 28, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    The wheels are starting to come off in Orlando. Just one night after blowing a 27-point lead at home in a loss to the Celtics, the Magic pulled a complete no-show in New Orleans, and were blown out 93-67 by a Hornets team that entered the game just 3-15 on the season. That effort (or…

  8. Dwight Howard says Orlando needs to make “changes”

    Jan 27, 2012, 12:35 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    Just a reminder Orlando: despite your fast start you still have the Sword of Dwight Howard hanging over your head. Howard can opt out of his contract at the end of this season and become a free agent. He has consistently said he wants to play somewhere he can win a ring and two ugly…

  9. Video: Kevin Garnett says Celtics won “a bar fight”

    Jan 27, 2012, 10:09 AM EST

    Orlando Magic's Howard guards Boston Celtics' Garnett along with Magic's teammate Anderson during their NBA basketball game in Boston

    Kevin Garnett was a little amped after the Celtics came from 27 points down to beat the Orlando Magic. Really amped. Which made for a great interview on TNT where he asks Craig Sager if he has ever been in a bar fight, then realizing the impossibility of that tells him to ask Charles Barkley…

  10. Orlando chokes, breathes new life into Boston’s season

    Jan 27, 2012, 12:40 AM EST

    Kevin Garnett

    Boston was having serious trouble finding itself this season — they looked old and the talk was about what was the best way to rebuild — but now there is hope. Hope because twice this week the pressure of Boston’s defense turned the Orlando Magic into jelly. The first was a Boston 31-point blowout Monday…

  11. Kosta Koufos agrees to three-year extension with Nuggets

    Jan 26, 2012, 3:47 PM EST

    Koufos_Kosta

    While we were all focused on Kevin Love and Eric Gordon’s contract extensions (well, in the case of Gordon the lack of extension), there were a few other notes that flew under the radar. For one, the Denver Nuggets extended center Kosta Koufos for three years, $9 million, something first reported by Sam Amick of…

  12. Dwight Howard says he would consider Boston. Well, sure.

    Jan 26, 2012, 2:58 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    Remember how first LeBron James went around the country the season before “The Decision” and whenever he got to a new city and was asked if he could see himself playing there he said yes? Then last year Carmelo Anthony tried a calmer version of that same play, but would never say no to any…

  13. Most ludicrous rumor ever: LeBron back to Cleveland

    Jan 26, 2012, 11:56 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    I think Thomas Wolfe was right — you can’t go home again. Especially if you are LeBron James. Certainly not in the near future. You are not going to returning to the Cavaliers. At PBT we try to avoid the craziest, most ludicrous rumors out there (Dwight Howard for Amare Stoudemire, for example) and bring…

  14. Thursday And-1 links: Heat arena as homeless shelter?

    Jan 26, 2012, 11:38 AM EST

    AAArena_Night

    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). Some politicians want to force Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena to house the homeless on non-game nights (that was part of the public financing plan). Feels like…

  15. The Kobe System: Forbes says Bryant NBA’s top earner

    Jan 25, 2012, 9:10 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    Apparently the Kobe System has taken him beyond success. You’re welcome. As part of their NBA financial breakdown on Wednesday, Forbes Magazine named the top earners in the NBA, based on both salary and endorsements. Not shockingly (and to the delight of Vanessa), Kobe Bryant tops the list at $53.2 million last year. Kobe made…

  16. Wednesday And-1 links: Who do you think is the MVP?

    Jan 25, 2012, 11:28 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Denver Nuggets

    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). I said yesterday that right now LeBron James is my MVP choice, who would you pick? We’re taking votes here at NBCSports.com. Baron Davis would…

  17. Baseline to Baseline recaps: ‘Melo is off but Knicks aren’t

    Jan 25, 2012, 3:16 AM EST

    Amare Stoudemire, Tyrus Thomas

    What you missed while calling 911 asking to fight a cop…. Raptors 99, Suns 96: The biggest upset of the night was our game of the night. Knicks 111, Bobcats 78: Carmelo Anthony wondered if he shot too much after the Knicks loss to the Nuggets, then he sat down with Amar’e Stoudemire and talked…

  18. Quote of the Day: Dwight Howard zings Big Baby

    Jan 24, 2012, 6:40 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    Asked what Glen Davis brings to the Magic… “Food. Drinks. By the time he brings the food, there’s no food left. He usually eats it before he brings it to the table.” —Dwight Howard, talking about the former Celtic and his penchant for enjoying a good meal. A large good meal. From WEEI, via The…

  19. Cuban calls NBA players in Olympics “epitome of stupidity”

    Jan 24, 2012, 5:27 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets, Game 2

    In the ongoing “club vs. country” debate that rages through soccer, basketball and other sports, Mark Cuban has long been clearly on the side of the clubs. Which makes sense because he owns one. He pays a lot of money, hypothetically, to a tall German forward who went and played for his national team this…

  20. NBA quarter pole awards: Yes, LeBron is the MVP

    Jan 24, 2012, 2:37 PM EST

    Miami Heats' LeBron James plays against the Philadelphia 76ers during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    We are a quarter of the way into the NBA season, which is far too early to start talking about end of the season awards, playoffs or much of anything else. I’m going to anyway. Here are the awards in a few categories as we reach the quarter pole. We’ve got a long back stretch…

  21. Tuesday And-1 links: Learn about the Van Gundy brothers

    Jan 24, 2012, 11:22 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 2

    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). Tonight (Tuesday), HBO’s Real Sports will profile the Van Gundy brothers — broadcaster (and former coach Jeff) and current Magic coach Stan. They talk about…

  22. Boston plays best game of season, routs Orlando. Don’t read much into it.

    Jan 24, 2012, 12:55 AM EST

    Kevin Garnette

    For one night, it felt like 2008 in Boston again. The Celtics played with tremendous defensive energy, shutting off driving lanes and seeming to choke off whatever the opposing offense wanted to do. They contained Dwight Howard and chased down a lot of three-point shooters. Boston set a franchise record for fewest points allowed. The…

  23. Rumors everywhere, but Grizzlies not planning Mayo trade

    Jan 23, 2012, 9:56 PM EST

    O.J. Mayo, Andrew Bynum

    O.J. Mayo shows up in almost as many trade rumors as Dwight Howard. The Grizzlies shopped him around last year, when he was having a rough season, and there were so many rumors it seemed like he was destined to be gone. But things are different this year — Mayo is having his best season,…

  24. Gasol not thrilled with Lakers offense, wants more post touches

    Jan 23, 2012, 7:51 PM EST

    Pau Gasol, Shane Battier, Joel Anthony, Chris Bosh

    One of the reasons the triangle offense worked for the Lakers is that Pau Gasol can pass or knock down the jumper from the elbow. He has a polished set of skills on the low block, too. In the Lakers new offense Gasol gets a lot more touches at the elbow or in the midrange,…

  25. NBA Power Rankings: Bulls on top after quarter of season

    Jan 23, 2012, 2:48 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics

    Believe it or not, we are about a quarter of the way through the condensed NBA season already. And with that, these rankings are starting to take some solid shape. Which is bad news for Celtics and Knicks fans. But it’s all good in Chicago. 1. Bulls (15-3, last week ranked No. 1). If Derrick…

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