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  1. Thursday And-1 links: Kevin Durant raps

    Feb 9, 2012, 11:01 AM EST

    Kevin Durant

    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). Kevin Durant is laying down the lyrics — he is in a rap video with Privaledge and sounding pretty good. Normally we’d run the video,…

  2. Photos: All-Star edition shoes for Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, and LeBron James

    Feb 8, 2012, 4:50 PM EST

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    Nike has officially released details on the All-Star lineup of shoes for its most high-profile athletes — Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, LeBron James — and the results are straight fire. From the official release: “Nike Basketball is proud to unveil key colorways celebrating its pinnacle players competing in the 2012 NBA All-Star Game in Orlando…

  3. Baseline to Baseline recaps: LeBron beats Cleveland. Yawn.

    Feb 8, 2012, 8:49 AM EST

    Miami Heat forward James watches a replay of his score with teammate Miller against the Cleveland Cavaliers in their NBA basketball game in Miami

    What you missed while learning to play a-ha on the accordion…. Heat 107, Cavaliers 91: As has been their pattern, this is another game where the Heat played down to the level of the competition. At least for three quarters — in the fourth the Heat cranked up the defense and that was enough to…

  4. League admits Aldridge goaltend call on Durant was wrong

    Feb 7, 2012, 4:42 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    Portland should have had the win. Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge looked like he’d made the defensive play of the game, blocking a Kevin Durant layup on the last play of regulation, but then Scott Foster, the referee out near half court, called goaltending. Tie game, 103-103, and the Thunder went on to win in overtime. Tuesday…

  5. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Jeremy Lin is king of New York

    Feb 7, 2012, 8:58 AM EST

    Jeremy Lin Knicks

    What you missed while thinking that even though you didn’t love Madonna’s halftime show at the Super Bowl, it was better than the Black Eyed Peas doing Tron or whatever it was the year before…. 76ers 95, Lakers 90: It was the Kobe Bryant and Lou Williams show, and it was our game of the…

  6. Dirk Nowitzki says he shouldn’t be an All-Star this year

    Feb 6, 2012, 6:08 PM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki

    The fans wanted to see Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant as the Western Conference All-Star starters. (Durant is a gimme, but we can debate later if Griffin should really start.) That leaves it to the coaches to pick the two or three forwards on the bench out of Pau Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love, Paul…

  7. Greg Oden to have another knee surgery. Ugh.

    Feb 3, 2012, 2:56 PM EST

    Greg Oden

    This is not something you should gloat about, this is not a time for “I told you so.” This is a sad addendum to a long story. Greg Oden is going to have another operation on his knee, the team has announced. This one is to “remove debris” from his right knee (which was the…

  8. Friday And-1 links: Even the Mavs realize OKC is very good

    Feb 3, 2012, 11:25 AM EST

    Kendrick Perkins, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    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). Dallas’ Jason Terry says what we all already knew: Oklahoma City is the team to beat in the West. Lou Williams and the art of…

  9. Kobe, LeBron, Howard lead NBA All-Star starters

    Feb 2, 2012, 7:20 PM EST

    2011 NBA All-Star Game

    Well fans, you got the game you wanted. And it should be a good one (as defenseless exhibitions go). Good on ya. The NBA has announced the starters for the All-Star game, as voted in by the fans. Usually there are a painful choice or two, but this year it’s a solid group. We can…

  10. Kevin Durant calls monster Griffin dunk “a layup”

    Feb 1, 2012, 6:11 PM EST

    Blake Griffin Clippers Thunder

    Kevin Durant was not very talkative after his Thunder squad got their heads handed to them by the Clippers Monday night. Not surprisingly. The entire Thunder team was frustrated. After the game a reporter asked Durant if he got a good look at that Blake Griffin’s monster dunk over Kendrick Perkins. He responded, “I don’t…

  11. Video: Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki go “BIG”

    Feb 1, 2012, 2:01 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    It’s not an all-time favorite, but I am kind of liking the NBA’s new “BIG” advertising campaign. So, here are the two latest ads, featuring Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Durant. Enjoy. You’ll probably see these a lot as commercials during games in the coming weeks.  

  12. Kendrick Perkins thinks that Westbrook and Rose are similar, Westbrook doesn’t get a fair shake

    Jan 30, 2012, 6:28 PM EST

    Russell Westbrook, Juan Barea

    From Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears: Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins doesn’t want to hear anything aboutRussell Westbrook’s shot count or his drop in assists or his occasional arguments with Kevin Durant. The only thing Perkins sees in Westbrook is an All-Star point guard who has helped lead the Thunder to the NBA’s best record. “He always gets this label…

  13. Kevin Durant: “Who cares who’s better, Westbrook or me?”

    Jan 28, 2012, 9:27 AM EST

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    Kevin Durant honestly doesn’t get why people think he and Russell Westbrook can’t coexist. They have had some friction, but so has every team that won a title. You think it was a bowl of cherries to practice with Michael Jordan? Durant genuinely could not care less who scores the most points, who gets the…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. NBA All-Star starting teams pretty much set already

    Jan 19, 2012, 2:48 PM EST

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    You can keep voting on the NBA All-Star Game players through the end of the month — you can vote every day between now and then, if your heart so desires. It’s not going to matter, the All-Star Game starters are pretty locked in. The NBA released the second round of All-Star balloting returns on…

  17. Report: Westbrook agrees to max extension with Thunder

    Jan 19, 2012, 1:31 PM EST

    Russell Westbrook, Juan Barea

    The Oklahoma City Thunder have some hard choices coming in the next few years as they try to keep this core together — but Russell Westbrook just made that a little bit easier. Westbrook has reached a max extension deal with the Thunder, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook has signed…

  18. Baseline to Baseline recaps: It’s Bizzaro World night in NBA

    Jan 19, 2012, 8:05 AM EST

    Andray Blatche Wizards

    What you missed while watching the Australian Open and thinking “I need to go to vacation there”…. Wizards 105, Thunder 102: Yes, you are reading that right. The worst team in the NBA (1-12 entering the game) just beat a title contender (12-2 before this started). It gets weirder — Oklahoma City shot 48.1 percent…

  19. GMs predict Heat to win title, Kevin Durant MVP

    Jan 17, 2012, 2:45 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    The annual NBA survey of team general managers is out and — shockingly — they think the Miami Heat are very good. Same with that Kevin Durant guy. So, they see the world pretty much like the rest of this. In the annual survey of team executives, 74.1 percent of the GMs think the Miami…

  20. However you build it, U.S. Olympic team will be very good

    Jan 17, 2012, 2:10 PM EST

    Krzyzewski & Kobe Bryant

    We don’t know exactly what the U.S. Olympic team will look like in London. We know the pool of players — the 20 finalists — the roster will come from. And we know a couple other things: Mike Krzyzewski and staff have some hard choices ahead of them. This team will be very, very good.…

  21. Boston’s best game still not enough to beat Thunder

    Jan 17, 2012, 12:57 AM EST

    Russell Westbrook, Rajon Rondo

    The good news: The return of Kendrick Perkins and the challenge to match up to one of NBA’s elite teams in the Oklahoma City Thunder got the Celtics to play their best game of the season. The bad news: Oklahoma City 97, Boston 88. Maybe the highlight for Boston fans was the video tribute to…

  22. Draft class of ’08 not getting many contract extensions

    Jan 16, 2012, 9:02 PM EST

    Derrick Rose

    Pop quiz: How many players out of the 2008 NBA draft have gotten the early extensions to their rookie deals as of now? Answer: One. Derrick Rose. That could change a little over the next 10 days — Jan. 25 is the deadline to do an early extension — but only a little. As David…

  23. USA Basketball announces 20 finalists for Olympic team

    Jan 16, 2012, 12:26 PM EST

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    When USA Basketball sends a dozen players to the Olympics in London this summer, the roster will come from these 20 finalists, released by USA Basketball on Monday: Guards: Dwyane Wade, Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Eric Gordon, Russell Westbrook, Chauncey Billups, Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant Forwards: LeBron James, Andre Iguodala, Rudy Gay, Kevin Durant, Carmelo…

  24. Kobe says guys most like him: Derrick Rose, Chris Paul

    Jan 16, 2012, 8:06 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant Derrick Rose

    Kobe Bryant is the guy with the rep as the toughest dog in the junkyard. Deservedly so. Which led to this interesting comment he made after the Clippers knocked off the Lakers Saturday night, via ESPNLosAngeles.com. “The game just gets easier with Chris Paul,” Bryant said before comparing himself to Paul. “He’s a dog. He’s…

  25. Carmelo Anthony doubtful for Saturday vs. Thunder

    Jan 13, 2012, 4:37 PM EST

    Carmelo Anthony

    One of the biggest shows of the year is coming to Oklahoma City Saturday night — Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. But it looks like the part of Carmelo Anthony will be played by Bill Walker. Anthony did not practice with the Knicks on Friday and is doubtful for the game, tweets Howard…

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