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  1. 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…

  2. Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey is a big believer in talent at NBA D-League Showcase

    Jan 11, 2012, 10:16 PM EDT

    Daryl Morey

    The eighth annual NBA D-League Showcase is nearly complete in lovely Reno, Nev., as all 16 teams having completed at least one of their two scheduled games at the annual scouting event for the NBA’s official minor league. Two players have already earned call-ups to the big league since the Showcase began, but Houston Rockets…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. D-League Showcase: Day 1 Features Plenty Of Talent Vying For A Call-Up

    Jan 9, 2012, 11:59 AM EDT

    Gerald Green

    The first day of the eighth annual NBA Development League Showcase tips off Monday afternoon as the legendary Antoine Walker and the Idaho Stampede face-off against the New York Knicks-owned Erie BayHawks. There’s probably no better way to shake off the cobwebs of the weekend than sneaking out of the office for a late lunch…

  6. Monday And-1 links: Who is Lakers second scoring option?

    Jan 9, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    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). Who is the Lakers second scoring option after Kobe? Well, Kobe Bryant says it’s Andrew Bynum. Kwame Brown thinks he deserves some of the credit…

  7. 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…

  8. DeMarcus Cousins is only responsible for being DeMarcus Cousins

    Jan 7, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins Royals

    We tend to treat NBA players as action figures. Fun to look at and watch do whatever actions they do, ultimately hollow, and easily classifiable. “This one is a hero.” “This one is a villain.” The problem is that these are people. I’m not imploring you to be more considerate of their feelings; that’s a…

  9. Kings have players-only meeting before beating Bucks

    Jan 6, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Keith Smart, DeMarcus Cousins

    The value of player-only meetings gets wildly overstated in the NBA. But there can be value if there is honesty and accountability taking place. After the Kings beat the Bucks on Thursday night several players referenced a meeting called by veteran Chuck Hayes after the Kings had lost a couple nights earlier to Denver. While…

  10. 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…

  11. Rockets’ Kyle Lowry charged with battery of female referee

    Jan 6, 2012, 9:24 AM EDT

    Kyle Lowry

    An incident from one of the many charity games played during the lockout has become a very serious situation for Rockets point guard Kyle Lowry. Lowry has been charged with misdemeanor battery from a clash with a female referee during a game in Las Vegas in September, reports MyFoxHouston.com (via Eye on Basketball). The declaration…

  12. Keith Smart signs two-year deal to coach Kings

    Jan 5, 2012, 8:04 PM EDT

    Keith Smart

    Keith Smart had an impossible situation in Golden State when he became head coach. Not long after he was hired the team was sold to new owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber whose mandate was to change the culture of a franchise that had been to the playoffs once in 17 years. Smart coached the…

  13. Roy Hibbert wants you to know he is not Hasheem Thabeet

    Jan 5, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Roy Hibbert

    Roy Hibbert — he of “Parks & Rec” fame, who also happens to be the starting center for the Indiana Pacers — has pet peeves, just like the rest of us. And not just people who don’t use their turn signals. He was on 790 The Ticket in Miami and was asked what is the…

  14. Sacramento Kings fire Paul Westphal as coach

    Jan 5, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Sacramento Kings

    Locker room dissention plus confusion on the court equaled the firing of Paul Westphal as coach of the Sacramento Kings. The team made the announcement Thursday. Keith Smart will take over in the interim, starting Thursday night when the Kings host the Bucks. The Kings were 2-5 but not really playing even that well, with…

  15. 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…

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

    Jan 4, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT

    All-star-nba-logo0103_rdax

    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.…

  17. Wednesday And-1 links, where Wade is eating plant food

    Jan 4, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade poses during media day at the team's training camp in Miami

    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). Dwyane Wade is eating Chlorophyll as part of his new diet. Seriously. Is Zach Randolph’s knee injury worse than the Grizzlies first let on? We…

  18. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Portland says they are contenders, too

    Jan 4, 2012, 3:02 AM EDT

    Thunder, Trail Blazers, Nazr

    What you missed while Iowa was the center of the political world for a night… Bulls 76, Hawks 74: This ugly but exciting contest was our Game of the Night. Portland 103, Oklahoma City 93: Portland wants you to know they are contenders, too. Or they at least are starting to look like it early…

  19. DeMarcus Cousins will suit up for Kings, not start Tuesday

    Jan 3, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    DeMarcus Cousins will be in a Kings uniform on the bench Tuesday night when the Kings take on the Memphis Grizzlies. After that… who knows? He will not start, reports Jason Jones at the Sacramento Bee, but from there things get really murky. Cousins will dress for tonight’s game but will not start, Westphal said….…

  20. Tuesday And-1 links, or how Kevin Love = Bill Laimbeer

    Jan 3, 2012, 10:56 AM EDT

    Kevin Love, Tim Duncan

    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). Lamar Odom thinks Kevin Love is the Bill Laimbeer for a new generation. Dennis Rodman is going to coach a topless women’s basketball team in…

  21. Kobe Bryant is going to keep shooting. What did you expect?

    Jan 3, 2012, 8:39 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant chews on his jersey during NBA game in Los Angeles

    Kobe Bryant is still going to be Kobe Bryant when the Lakers take the floor Tuesday against the Rockets. To think that his 6-for-28 shooting night in a loss to Denver Sunday was going to change him was to think that arrests were going to change Lindsay Lohan. Some people are what they are. In…

  22. Report: DeMarcus Cousins to rejoin Kings for road trip

    Jan 2, 2012, 6:11 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Sacramento Kings

    Like sands through the hourglass, so go the Sacramento Kings…. The soap opera that has become the Sacramento Kings will go on the road, tweets Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated. Source says DeMarcus Cousins will be joining the Kings on their road trip to Memphis and Denver. It means that some kind of truce has…

  23. NBA Power Rankings: Blazers climb, Heat on top of mountain

    Jan 2, 2012, 1:35 PM EDT

    Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, LeBron James

    Lots of big moves up and down as the rankings start to shake themselves out a little. In college football they should hold off doing polls through those early weeks because said polls impact the postseason, but as the NBA has a playoff to determine who is best let’s dive in. 1. Heat (5-0, last…

  24. Monday And-1 links: More LeBron hairline jokes

    Jan 2, 2012, 11:14 AM EDT

    LeBron James Hairline Getty

    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). Happy birthday LeBron, you’re bald. Michael Beasley’s finger injury Sunday seemed pretty bad — especially the part on television where you could see him say…

  25. Kings GM, owner say no plans to trade DeMarcus Cousins

    Jan 2, 2012, 8:08 AM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins, Paul Westphal

    The Sacramento Kings are creating a textbook case of “how not to handle an unhappy player.” DeMarcus Cousins and coach Paul Westphal got into another in a long series of arguments after Saturday night’s Kings loss to the Knicks. Sunday, the coach released a statement saying Cousins had demanded a trade and was not going…

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