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  1. The complexity of the Kings’ Cousins situation

    Jan 2, 2012, 12:53 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Sacramento Kings

    Following the Kings’ press release from Coach Paul Westphal concerning DeMarcus Cousins‘ behavior following a recent loss, the Kings are kind of facing a disaster. To list the things that should not happen in a professional sports organization A professional ball player should not behave in such a way as to elicit multiple suspensions and…

  2. Kings’ Cousins demands trade… or did he? Sacramento is a mess.

    Jan 1, 2012, 8:53 PM EDT

    Demarcus Cousins

    UPDATE 8:53 pm: Here is coach Paul Westphal’s pregame quote to the media and comments about the Cousins situation, via NBA.com. “He can only have so many chances and something has to be done.  And it’s time something has to be done.”  Westphal is not sure if Cousins will travel with the team on their…

  3. Kings players on Paul Westphal’s offense: “What offense?”

    Jan 1, 2012, 11:43 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Sacramento Kings

    “What offense?” When the guy who is supposed to be the anchor in the middle for your franchise for the next decade says that about the team’s offensive system, you’ve got a serious issue. You’ve got a coach on the hot seat. You’ve got Sacramento. In the race to the bottom for the first coach…

  4. Amar’e Stoudemire out Saturday with ankle sprain

    Dec 31, 2011, 2:51 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    Funny thing about super-teams. If one of the role players gets hurt, you’re have an issue. If two are hurt, you are in trouble. If two role players and a star go down? Major problems. And the Knicks have major problems. Amar’e Stoudemire will miss the Knicks’ game in Sacramento versus the Kings Saturday night…

  5. 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…

  6. Expect to see more of what Gregg Popovich did Thursday

    Dec 30, 2011, 2:58 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v San Antionio Spurs - Game Five

    Tim Duncan didn’t touch the court in the second half of the Spurs loss Thursday to the Rockets. Manu Ginobili played the first seven minutes of the second half then sat the rest of the way. Tony Parker sat the last 14 minutes. The Spurs bench and younger legs got more run. The Spurs were…

  7. Baseline to baseline recaps: Kevin Durant is an assassin

    Dec 30, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

    What you missed while watching an octopus pick the BCS matchups…. Lakers 99, Knicks 82: We broke this down as our game of the night. Thunder 104, Mavericks 102: This was easily the best game the Mavericks have played this season. The ball movement was back, the clever veteran plays were there. Delonte West said…

  8. Jeremy Lin is eager to prove himself as more than a piece of NBA trivia

    Dec 29, 2011, 6:52 PM EDT

    large_Lin

    A little known fact about Jeremy Lin, who was recently claimed off waivers by the New York Knicks: he actually has a pretty solid all-around game. He’s a big guard, racks up steals at an incredible rate, and is — at the very least — a solid straight-line driver. A better-known fact about Jeremy Lin:…

  9. Thursday And-1 links (with some Portland love)

    Dec 29, 2011, 10:46 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers forward Gerald Wallace reacts to his team's loss against the Dallas Mavericks in Portland, Oregon

    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). They love them some Gerald Wallace in Portland, and he is learning to love it there. With Wallace and LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland could be very,…

  10. Baseline to baseline recaps: Lakers sure don’t look tired

    Dec 28, 2011, 3:07 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    What you missed while debating the merits of a law forcing porn actors to wear condoms… Heat 115, Celtics 107: We broke this one down as our game of the night. But can you ever really get enough Norris Cole? Lakers 96, Jazz 71: If you watched this game and didn’t know which team was…

  11. Knicks snatch up Jeremy Lin, which might be a good fit for him

    Dec 27, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

    Jeremy_Lin_Warriors

    Jeremy Lin came out of Harvard with a fearless game — he attacked the rim at every opportunity. Even the times he shouldn’t. But his aggressiveness and some good finishes made him a fan favorite in Las Vegas at the Summer League a couple years ago. He’s quick but his game is a bit raw.…

  12. Tuesday And-1 links: Why all the Kris Humphries hate?

    Dec 27, 2011, 11:08 AM EDT

    Kris Humphries, New Jersey Nets, Washington Wizards

    New name, same drill. This is 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). Washington Wizards fans booed Kris Humphries all night long Monday. Well done, Washingtonians. Way to side with the woman who became…

  13. Baseline to baseline recaps: Dallas has some issues

    Dec 27, 2011, 7:48 AM EDT

    Chris Andersen, Vince Carter,

    What you missed while out celebrating Boxing Day…. Kings 100, Lakers 91: We covered this one already in our game of the night. Nuggets 115, Mavericks 93: Mavericks forward Sean Williams threw up when subbed out in the fourth quarter of this game, which got a lot of laughs on the Mavs bench but pretty…

  14. DeMarcus Cousins will try to play smarter this season

    Dec 26, 2011, 4:37 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    From Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee: Mention some of DeMarcus Cousins‘ less-than-flattering statistics from last season and you won’t hear any excuses for them.Cousins doesn’t blame his teammates’ inability to catch passes for averaging 3.3 turnovers, ninth-most in the NBA. Nor is there complaining about officiating as a reason Cousins led the NBA with…

  15. NBA Power Rankings: Mavericks fall, Heat race into top spot

    Dec 26, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks

    Only one third of the teams in the NBA have played a game, but it was enough to move some teams around and give us a new No. 1. 1. Heat (1-0, last week ranked No. 2). They had 100 possessions in their opening game, nine more than they averaged last season. If they do…

  16. Monday And-1 links (formerly one morning liners)

    Dec 26, 2011, 11:24 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    New name, same drill. This is 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). Kobe Bryant had experimental work done on his ankle last summer as well as his knee. At this point if you…

  17. Friday morning And-1 links (formerly one liners)

    Dec 23, 2011, 11:14 AM EDT

    snoop_gal_640

    New name, same drill. This is 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). Snoop Dogg is no Pau Gasol fan. (Language NSFW or family Christmas gatherings. The spelling is bad, too.) A really fascinating…

  18. It’s official: Kings to sign Chuck Hayes. Again.

    Dec 23, 2011, 9:05 AM EDT

    Chuck Hayes

    UPDATE 9:05 am: It’s official, the Kings have reached terms with Chuck Hayes, who is back with the team. The important thing in all this is that Hayes is healthy, that whatever the issue was could be treated and dealt with. Now we can  get back to watching him ball and seeing how he pairs…

  19. Chuck Hayes’ agent says no heart condition, he is cleared to play

    Dec 22, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

    Chuck Hayes

    The representatives for Chuck Hayes — who did not pass his physical with the Sacramento Kings and had rumors swirling of a serious heart condition — say none of that is true. Hayes has been cleared to play, according to his agent. Here is the report, from Ken Berger at CBSSports.com. Free agent Chuck Hayes,…

  20. 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…

  21. Report: Chuck Hayes may have serious, treatable heart condition

    Dec 22, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Chuck Hayes dunk

    Chuck Hayes is not talking about the condition discovered by the Kings that led them to cancel his free agent contract. At his request, the Kings are not talking. But some other sources talked to the Sacramento Bee. I am still working for further confirmation, but I have been told by two sources close to…

  22. Report: Samuel Dalembert reaches deal with Rockets

    Dec 21, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

    Samuel Dalembert

    The Houston Rockets got a big man. Finally. It’s not the All-Star they had hoped for (Nene or Pau Gasol) but they have a deal with defensive stalwart Samuel Dalembert, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. Sources told ESPN.com that Dalembert has agreed to a two-year deal. The value of the contract was not immediately…

  23. Wednesday morning one liners

    Dec 21, 2011, 11:14 AM EDT

    Samuel Dalembert, Tony Battie

    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). If you want to be the smartest NBA fan on the block — or the virtual block — order the new Basketball Prospectus preview book that just…

  24. Report: Rockets out of the Dalembert sweepstakes, Kings in

    Dec 20, 2011, 11:28 AM EDT

    Samuel Dalembert

    Samuel Dalembert is the best free agent big out there on the market right now. Problem for him is the market is shrinking and he may not get paid like he hoped. The Houston Rockets are out of the running, tweets David Aldridge of TNT and NBA.com. Sources: Rockets, at the moment, taking a pass…

  25. Tuesday morning one liners (KG is taunting Raptors again)

    Dec 20, 2011, 10:41 AM EDT

    RNPS IMAGES OF THE YEAR 2011

    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). Kevin Garnett went all Kevin Garnett and taunted a Raptor during a meaningless preseason game. Does this even shock us anymore? Jason Terry had to leave Mavericks…

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