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  1. Dwight Howard Instagrams photo of himself dunking on Kobe Bryant

    Feb 14, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

    If someone ever photographed me dunking on someone – an impossibility, considering my hops have most commonly been compared to Bill Laimbeer’s, and I’m not 6-foot-11 – I’d be tempted to send that picture to the dunk victim every single day. If the dunked-on were my friend, I probably would. If he weren’t a friend,…

  2. Lakers GM says no regrets about Nash. What else is he going to say?

    Feb 14, 2014, 10:59 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    When Steve Nash played in his 10th game of the season this week — which took the medical retirement off the table, his $9.5 million will be paid by the Lakers one way or another now — there were a number of Lakers fans upset with that. They thought Nash was selfish for not putting…

  3. Rockets’ James Harden drives for game-winning lay-up over Wizards (VIDEO)

    Feb 12, 2014, 11:16 PM EDT

    WASHINGTON WIZARDS VS. HOUSTON ROCKETS

    It was an unsual ending in Houston. The Rockets had the ball down two to the Wizards with :04 seconds left and, as you would expect, Houston wanted to get the ball to James Harden coming out high off a Dwight Howard screen — except Trevor Ariza hooked Harden’s arm, knocking him to the ground…

  4. Dwight Howard does his Kevin McHale impersonation (VIDEO)

    Feb 12, 2014, 6:50 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Portland Trail Blazers

    “Birdy?” Dwight Howard likes to play around, he likes to do impressions. At shootaround Wednesday when asked about getting a win in the last test before the All-Star Break (against Washington), Howard broke out his imitation of coach Kevin McHale. It’s okay. Could use some work but not bad. McHale probably thinks its funny.

  5. Howard, Stoudemire, Parsons, Shumpert, more star in fantastic fake movie trailer (VIDEO)

    Feb 12, 2014, 4:52 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Houston Rockets

    The first thing you need to know is that there is a company called Relativity Sports which represents a whole lot of NBA players. Dan Fegan is the head man of their basketball operations. That operation includes a marketing team, which put together this funny fake movie trailer. Which is pretty amusing. They got Dwight…

  6. Love puts up a big line, but balanced Rockets keep rolling to sixth straight win

    Feb 11, 2014, 1:30 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Minnesota Timberwolves

    Just before the All-Star break and a celebration of the game’s biggest names we bring you this reminder: Basketball is still a team game. The Timberwolves’ Kevin Love was the best scorer on the floor Monday night when Houston came to Minnesota. With no Kevin Martin (thumb) and no Nikola Pekovic it puts a lot…

  7. Monday And 1 links: New look Pierre the Pelican ready for his close up

    Feb 10, 2014, 7:02 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New Orleans Pelicans

    Here is our regular 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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • The rumors are true: We will have a new look Pierre the Pelican…

  8. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Thunder stay on top, Bucks stay on bottom

    Feb 10, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    More and more I think Adam Silver’s first NBA Finals as commissioner will feature Indiana and Oklahoma City — which would be good basketball but not exactly Super Bowl ratings. Things can change, but those are the two best teams right now.   1 Thunder (41-12, Last Week No. 1). We gave been praising Kevin…

  9. LeBron says he should be Defensive Player of the Year

    Feb 7, 2014, 12:55 PM EDT

    Heat vs. Spurs

    It’s going to be Roy Hibbert. If you were going to bet on one sure thing out of the NBA’s awards this season, you should bet on Roy Hibbert being named Defensive Player of the Year. More than Durant as MVP or Michael Carter-Williams as Rookie of the Year, Hibbert is a lock for DPOY.…

  10. Wall, Lillard, George headline new look All-Star Saturday Dunk Contest

    Feb 6, 2014, 8:55 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Washington Wizards

    If all of us — red state, blue state, regardless of religion or skin color — could come together and agree on just two things they would be: 1) Kevin Durant’s new puppy is really cute. 2) The NBA All-Star Saturday Dunk Contest needed some life injected into it. The NBA has heard you on…

  11. J.R. Smith fears Mike Woodson getting fired (as he should)

    Feb 6, 2014, 6:58 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    J.R. Smith was suspended for the New York Knicks’ first five games due to a failed drug test. He delayed getting knee surgery until after signing a new contract. He feuded with Paul Pierce. And that was just before the season began. But when Smith returned after his suspension, Woodson immediately gave him big minutes.…

  12. It’s official: Cleveland Cavaliers fire GM Chris Grant

    Feb 6, 2014, 2:07 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 2:07 p.m.: The Cleveland Cavaliers have confirmed the report, they have fired general manager Chris Grant. David Griffin, who had been an assistant to Grant, will step in as the interim GM. “This has been a very difficult period for the franchise,” Owner Dan Gilbert said in a released statement. “We have severely underperformed against…

  13. The Extra Pass: Blake Griffin’s alternate reality; plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Los Angeles Clippers v Miami Heat

    Tell me if this sounds at all familiar. 24 years old, about 6-foot-8, 6-foot-9. Roughly 250 pounds. Stronger and faster than just about everyone. Phenomenal basketball IQ. Highly skilled, but often criticized for what he can’t do instead of appreciated for what he does. That’s Blake Griffin. And at one point, that was LeBron James,…

  14. Wednesday night NBA grades: Dwight Howard looks like guy Rockets thought they signed

    Feb 6, 2014, 3:58 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Houston Rockets

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while wondering why anyone would live in a dumpster for a year, voluntarily…  Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets. The NBA game is in large part about exploiting mismatches. With all due respect to the solid season Miles Plumlee is having, him trying to cover Dwight Howard…

  15. adidas unveils All-Star shoes for John Wall, Damian Lillard and Dwight Howard

    Feb 5, 2014, 9:31 PM EDT

    adidas NBA All-Star Crazy 8 (G98719) Detail

    adidas unveiled its 2014 NBA All-Star lineup this week, with four different models that will be worn by John Wall, Damian Lillard, Dwight Howard and more of the brand’s signature athletes during the festivities in New Orleans the weekend of Feb. 14-16. Details, from the official release: Crazyquick 2 “The bold “Vivid Berry” and “Solar…

  16. Omer Asik could return to Rockets in a week… just in time for the trade deadline

    Feb 5, 2014, 4:25 PM EDT

    Omer Asik

    I’m sure this is all just a coincidence. The fact that the Rockets were playing Omer Asik back when GM Daryl Morey set up a false trade deadline to try and generate offers, and then when that didn’t work he had a somewhat mysterious knee injury. Now that the league-mandated “real” trade deadline is approaching,…

  17. Kyrie Irving on Cleveland: “I’m happy to be here”

    Jan 31, 2014, 10:37 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics

    You knew Kyrie Irving was going to say something like this. Thursday afternoon a report leaked that Kyrie Irving was telling people around him he wanted out of Cleveland, a fan base still a little sensitive to stars being unhappy and bolting them. So you knew Irving was going to get asked about it. And…

  18. The Extra Pass: Which non-All-Stars will make an All-NBA team?

    Jan 31, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans vs Miami Heat

    All-Star selections have become the de facto measure of good seasons, even though they’re really only the measure of good half seasons and rely on a gerrymandered system that splits players by conference. But All-NBA teams – which evaluate a full year and aren’t split by conference – are a better metric for good seasons. In the last…

  19. John Wall, Chris Paul, Damian Lillard lead NBA All-Star Game reserves

    Jan 30, 2014, 7:27 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

    The fans had their say last week naming the NBA starters. This week coaches have their say getting to vote in the All-Star reserves — seven from each conference. Next the fun part comes, picking out who got snubbed. The reserves are voted on by the coaches (who only vote in their own conference and…

  20. Report: Kyrie Irving has been telling people he wants to leave Cleveland Cavaliers

    Jan 30, 2014, 4:40 PM EDT

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    The Cleveland Cavaliers went 21-45 Kyrie Irving’s rookie year, 24-58 his second year and are 16-29 in his third year. It’s 27 degrees in Cleveland right now, the warmest it’s been there in days. Why wouldn’t Irving want out? Apparently, he’s struggling to find reasons, too. Chad Ford of ESPN: Kyrie Irving has been telling…

  21. Doc Rivers lobbied other coaches to vote DeAndre Jordan an All-Star. It won’t be enough.

    Jan 30, 2014, 2:26 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Boston Celtics

    Later on Thursday the NBA All-Star Game reserves will be announced — and in the Western Conference frontcourt a couple deserving guys will get snubbed. The fans voted in Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Kevin Love as the starters. There likely will be four (maybe five) front court replacement players from a group including LaMarcus…

  22. PBT Extra: PBT does its own Rising Stars Challenge draft; plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Jan 30, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans v Cleveland Cavaliers

    The NBA announced the field for the Rising Stars Challenge, but the teams won’t be selected until next week. A sucker for any opportunity to hold a mock draft, I enlisted Kurt into holding our own. We followed the same positional rules whoever picks the teams on TNT next Thursday – the general managers have yet to…

  23. Don Nelson: ‘I can’t believe that Dallas isn’t getting more free agents’

    Jan 29, 2014, 3:40 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Minnesota Timberwolves

    Just two years ago, the Dallas Mavericks were dreaming of adding Deron Williams and Dwight Howard. But Dallas struck out on both, Williams re-signing with the Nets and Howard joining the Rockets. Instead, the Mavericks – who play in a state without an income tax, haven’t had a losing season since 2000 and have one…

  24. The Extra Pass: Should Indiana be worried about its offense? And Tuesday’s recaps.

    Jan 29, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles Lakers

    LOS ANGELES — Indiana is the best team in the NBA right now — they have the best record in the league (by percentage points over Oklahoma City) and they have the best point differential in the league. The Pacers are legitimate title contenders. They have done all that in spite of their offense. The…

  25. Tuesday night NBA grades: Anthony Davis is a force of nature

    Jan 29, 2014, 1:48 AM EDT

    Anthony Davis

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while singing “If I had a hammer” in honor of Pete Seeger…. Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans. He had 8 blocks in this game, giving him 15 blocks in his last two games — he is a defensive beast. He protects the rim but his…

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