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  1. 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…

  2. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Vintage Tim Duncan sighting

    Jan 24, 2012, 2:54 AM EST

    New Orleans Hornets' Jack puts his head in his hands after being called for a foul during their NBA basketball game in New Orleans

    What you missed while getting that nail you didn’t know you shot into your head removed… Celtics 87, Magic 56: Don’t go overboard with any “the Celtics are back” hype yet, but they got a quality win in our game of the night. Spurs 104, Hornets 102: New Orleans loses a lot of games but…

  3. 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…

  4. While Knicks struggle, back-up Jeremy Lin messes around and gets a triple-double in the D-League

    Jan 21, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

    Jeremy Lin

    The New York Knicks have been dealing with quite a few issues this season, some of which are related to injury, but it was succinctly summed up on Friday night when Knicks blog Posting and Toasting wrote that they would “rather eat a cactus than watch these Knicks.” If fans aren’t quite ready to start…

  5. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Samuel Dalembert saves the day

    Jan 20, 2012, 8:25 AM EST

    Samuel Dalembert

    What you missed while being thankful this wasn’t your fifth grade teacher… Heat 98, Lakers 87: Miami looking like contenders and the Lakers looking lost was our game of the night. Rockets 90, Hornets 88 (OT): The most entertaining game of the night was the one almost nobody watched. Houston led from the opening tip…

  6. DeMarcus Cousins speaks highly of Keith Smart. So far.

    Jan 18, 2012, 1:33 PM EST

    Keith Smart, DeMarcus Cousins

    In just his second season in the league, DeMarcus Cousins has a reputation in some quarters as hard to deal with and a coach killer. Fair or not, it’s out there. Paul Westphal is out and Keith Smart — who went from a nearly impossible situation in Golden State (due to an ownership change) to…

  7. Wednesday And-1 links: Cuban is still spending on something

    Jan 18, 2012, 11:22 AM EST

    Mark Cuban

    Welcome to our 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). Mark Cuban is going to spend about $1.4 million on Mavericks championship rings. He’ll do it without blinking. He’d gladly do it again next year, but…

  8. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Kobe passed with the game on the line

    Jan 17, 2012, 3:38 AM EST

    Lamar Odom, Kobe Bryant,

    What you missed while trying to figure out how to pay off your $44 million hospital bill…. Thunder 97, Celtics 88: Boston’s fifth loss in a row was our game of the night. Lakers 73, Mavericks 70: The Lakers won this game — and were the better shooting team — hitting 38.2 percent of their…

  9. NBA Power Rankings: Heat slip, Bulls charge into top spot

    Jan 16, 2012, 3:02 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose listens to coach Tom Thibodeau during their NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Chicago

    Miami tripped up out West and the Bulls ran over them on the way to the top of PBT’s weekly power rankings. Meanwhile, jump on the Sixers bandwagon while you can. 1. Bulls (12-2, last week ranked No. 2). Five wins in a row and their next five games are against teams under .500, so…

  10. Monday And-1 links: Schedule wearing everyone down

    Jan 16, 2012, 11:11 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics

    Welcome to our 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). Is fatigue setting in for the Chicago Bulls? Maybe a little, but it is the same for every team. Yao Ming is getting into politics in…

  11. Full slate of NBA on tap for Martin Luther King day

    Jan 16, 2012, 10:51 AM EST

    martin-luther-king-jr

    The NBA has tried to make Martin Luther King Day it’s sporting day — and it’s a good fit (well as good as any sporting attempt to claim the day). The NBA has become a league about inclusion on a lot of levels: If you can ball well enough it doesn’t matter if you are…

  12. Weekend Observations 1.14.12: The Nightmarejao Effect

    Jan 14, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    Each weekend we bring you 25 random observations from the NBA week that was.  1. Gregg Popovich’s talk about defense isn’t just his usual grousing. The Spurs were brilliant the first handful of games defensively but their regression has seemed very emblematic of last year’s team. They are slipping further and further away from what…

  13. His new coach talks DeMarcus Cousins and maturity

    Jan 13, 2012, 3:57 PM EST

    Keith Smart, DeMarcus Cousins

    Somewhere near the top of the list of things Keith Smart has to do that his predecessor as coach of the Sacramento Kings (Paul Westphal) couldn’t do is build a good relationship with DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins is immensely talented but with an ego to match. He’s not loved in his own locker room, other teams…

  14. Marcus Morris injury hampers Day 4 of the NBA D-League Showcase

    Jan 13, 2012, 12:26 AM EST

    Marcus Morris

    The eighth annual NBA Development League Showcase came to an end on Thursday night after 16 teams played a total of 16 games over four days in lovely Reno, Nevada. The final day may have been the least uneventful — at least as far as top prospects were concerned — but an injury to Houston…

  15. Thursday And-1 links: “Kobe really wants that MVP”

    Jan 12, 2012, 11:11 AM EST

    Gerald Wallace, Kobe Bryant

    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). After the Clippers win over the Heat, in the Clippers locker room a player (to remain nameless as this was not an on the record…

  16. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Kobe drops another 40

    Jan 12, 2012, 7:58 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 11, 2012, 10:16 PM EST

    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…

  18. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Nate Robinson beats the Heat

    Jan 11, 2012, 7:40 AM EST

    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…

  19. NBA Power Rankings: Heat on top, Blazers best in West

    Jan 9, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 9, 2012, 11:59 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 9, 2012, 11:29 AM EST

    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…

  22. The NBA D-League Showcase Begins Today. Wait, What’s A D-League Showcase?

    Jan 9, 2012, 11:12 AM EST

    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…

  23. DeMarcus Cousins is only responsible for being DeMarcus Cousins

    Jan 7, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

    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…

  24. Kings have players-only meeting before beating Bucks

    Jan 6, 2012, 3:49 PM EST

    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…

  25. Friday And-1 links, where it’s Jan Vesely time

    Jan 6, 2012, 11:12 AM EST

    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…

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