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  1. PBT Extra: Who should be All-Star Game reserves?

    Jan 22, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    Lance Stephenson

    Thursday night the starters for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans will become official, but we pretty much know who they will be — the East has no close races and the West is seeming settled. Here is who almost certainly gets announced. EASTERN CONFERENCE Backcourt: Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers)…

  2. Report: Dwight Howard to play for Team USA at World Championships, maybe Olympics

    Jan 22, 2014, 4:59 PM EDT

    USA's Dwight Howard grans the ball durin

    The last time Dwight Howard played for Team USA he was a 22-year-old helping the United States win gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. But that appears likely to change this summer with the World Championships in Spain, Howard will be in the pool of players coach Mike Krzyzewski and USA Basketball will choose from,…

  3. Today is anniversary of Kobe’s 81 point game, why not relive it? (VIDEO)

    Jan 22, 2014, 4:04 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers vs Orlando Magic, 2009 NBA Finals

    It was Jan. 22, 2006. The Lakers were actually struggling against the Toronto Raptors, trailing by 14 at the half on their home court. This was a Lakers team that started Kwame Brown and Smush Parker (I still say getting this team to the playoffs was one of Phil Jackson’s great coaching jobs), so if…

  4. Let’s actually set criteria for selecting All-Stars

    Jan 22, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Toronto Raptors

    Has Dwyane Wade or Kyle Lowry had a better season? Lowry smashes Wade in win shares (6.4 to 3.1) and tops him in Estimated Wins Added (6.5 to 5.7), too. There’s value in staying on the court, and because Wade has been hobbled by knee issues this year, it’s clear Lowry, an impressive and consistent…

  5. Watch Kevin Durant drop 46 on Portland Trail Blazers (VIDEO)

    Jan 22, 2014, 11:24 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder

    Kevin Durant is just trying to get his team wins, and with Russell Westbrook out that means he has to take on a heavy scoring load — he has scored at least 30 points in eight straight games. That includes an impressive 46 on Portland Tuesday night, with 11 of those coming in the final…

  6. Kobe Bryant doesn’t like how NBA has become more finesse game

    Jan 21, 2014, 11:32 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    It changed in the fall of 2004. Up to that point a defender out on the perimeter could put his hand on the guy he was guarding — “hand check” him” — and with that the league allowed defenders to be more physical, to grab a little. Go back and watch highlights of Gary Payton…

  7. Kobe Bryant says he won’t play in 2016 Olympics

    Jan 20, 2014, 10:02 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant spoke to reporters before his Lakers faced the Bulls in Chicago on Monday, and the most newsworthy portion of the dialogue was regarding his status for the 2016 Olympics. Bryant has struggled with major injuries since the end of last season, and is currently sidelined with a fractured bone in his knee that…

  8. Report: NBA executives increasingly believe Jabari Parker will remain at Duke another season

    Jan 20, 2014, 9:18 PM EDT

    North Carolina State v Duke

    Andrew Wiggins hasn’t been quite as good as many hoped at Kansas, but that doesn’t significantly diminish the 2014 NBA Draft. This beauty of the upcoming draft – and the reason so many teams are tanking – is how strong and deep it is at the top. The team with the NBA’s worst record gets…

  9. The Extra Pass: 2013-14 Western Conference All-Star reserve picks; plus Sunday’s recaps

    Jan 20, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    After selecting the Eastern Conference All-Star reserves on Friday, it’s time to tackle the Western Conference. Once again, we’ll defer to the last ballot returns for our starters, which are decided solely by fan vote. Here’s the projected Western Conference starters: West Starters (Fan Vote) Backcourt: Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry Frontcourt: Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin We’ll…

  10. Kobe says Lakers’ record not a factor in his returning to play this season

    Jan 18, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles Lakers

    If you haven’t watched the Lakers play recently — and unless you’re a die-hard fan of the team, you would have no real reason to — you may not know just how dire things have become for one of the league’s traditionally great franchises. There is no star power in Los Angeles playing for the…

  11. Kobe includes Rajon Rondo when discussing future Hall of Famers who played for 2010 Celtics

    Jan 18, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo, Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant is still a spectator these days, not expecting to return from the fractured bone in his knee until sometime in February. With his Lakers taking on the Celtics in Boston on Friday, memories of better times were brought to the surface, and Bryant was among those sad to see the Paul Pierce and…

  12. Kobe Bryant just drops in on Boston College international marketing class

    Jan 17, 2014, 1:49 PM EDT

    Yao Ming & Kobe Bryant Attend NBA Fans Appreciation Day

    “Hey, who is that guy auditing the class today, he looks familiar somehow…” Kobe Bryant is traveling with the Lakers on their Grammy road trip and is in Boston with the team, when he decided to go out to hit the town for a night… and just drop in on an international marketing class at…

  13. Tuesday And-1 Links: Family Feud fans think Shaq is second best player ever

    Jan 14, 2014, 7:20 PM EDT

    family-feud

    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. • That photo you see to the right (courtesy The Big Lead) is from…

  14. Kevin Durant wants to shoot less with Westbrook out, needs help from teammates

    Jan 14, 2014, 2:10 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    It’s not that Kevin Durant wants to shoot more with Russell Westbrook out, it’s that he doesn’t have much of a choice if the Thunder want to score a lot of points (and they do, that remains kind of an important thing in basketball). In the nine games since Westbrook went out with another knee…

  15. Pau Gasol has strain in left foot, game time call for Tuesday night

    Jan 14, 2014, 12:07 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Well, it could have been worse, and usually this season when a Laker gets injured it seems like “worse” is the default. Pau Gasol had an MRI on his sore left foot and it came back with a “moderate strain of the flexor tendon of the big toe of his left foot” the team announced.…

  16. Denver makes video trying to get people to vote Ty Lawson for All-Star Game

    Jan 13, 2014, 4:34 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets Lawson celebrates a three-point shot against Golden State Warriors in their NBA Western Conference quarter-final basketball playoff in Denver

    Not bad Denver Nuggets, not bad. Ty Lawson likely isn’t getting invited to New Orleans for the NBA All-Star game — he’s not in the Top 10 vote getters in the Western Conference backcourt so far this season — but Denver is pushing his candidacy with this video, making light of Lawson’s speed. To me,…

  17. PBT NBA Power Rankings: New York teams rising but Pacers on top still

    Jan 13, 2014, 2:32 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors vs Indiana Pacers

    Here are the weekly PBT power rankings, with some improving teams out of New York. For you fans in Dallas, Denver, Phoenix, Minnesota and Memphis — teams with dreams of the Western Conference playoffs — know that the pace right now is 47-48 wins just to get the 8 seed. Plan accordingly.   1. Pacers…

  18. Lakers’ Jodie Meeks on his way to hitting contract incentive

    Jan 11, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Los Angeles Lakers

    At least one positive thing may come of all the injuries the Lakers have been dealing with this season, but it’s something that will benefit just one of the team’s players. Thanks to plenty of available minutes in the rotation without players like Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar around for much…

  19. Quote of the Day: This Lakers’ season almost driving D’Antoni to drink

    Jan 10, 2014, 7:24 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Utah Jazz

    Beer and cigarettes for therapy, right coach? MDA: "I don’t drink or smoke. … I’m thinking about starting, especially the drinking part"— Bill Oram (@bill_oram) January 10, 2014 Hard to blame Mike D’Antoni if this season hasn’t been a fiesta on Figueroa coaching the Lakers this season — it was going to be a tough…

  20. Mike D’Antoni hopes to have Kobe, Nash back on Jan. 28

    Jan 10, 2014, 4:27 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Bryant and point guard Nash of Canada after shaking hands after beating the Charlotte Bobcats during an NBA basketball game in Charlotte

    The Lakers (and Clippers) are about to be kicked out of Staples Center for a couple of weeks so Lorde, Robin Thicke and Katy Perry can drag down the collective musical intelligence of our nation perform and win those oh-so-prestigious Grammy awards. When the Lakers get home from that 12-day adventure, Mike D’Antoni is hoping…

  21. LeBron on ‘Melo’s free agency: “You got to do whatever makes you happy”

    Jan 10, 2014, 2:35 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    To me this feels like the “Bart’s Inner Child” Simpsons episode where everyone in town starts emulating Bart. In the role of self-help guru Brad Goodman we have LeBron James, who himself went through an over-hyped free agency period a few years back. You may remember that. It was a PR disaster but LeBron bounced…

  22. Stephen Curry moves past Chris Paul as starter in latest NBA All-Star balloting

    Jan 9, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Golden State Warriors - Game Six

    We can take Chris Paul’s brilliance as a point guard for granted because he’s the guy throwing the lobs, not the guy finishing the highlight play. Paul can score and take over a game, but his mastery of the point guard play is subtler than that — he takes over games by dictating flow and…

  23. No drama in reunion, just easy Rockets win vs. Lakers (VIDEO)

    Jan 9, 2014, 12:56 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets

    Wise move, NBA television executives, choosing to pull Wednesday night’s Lakers at Rockets game off the national broadcast (not that the Spurs/Mavs game that replaced turned out to be a thriller). There is no Kobe Bryant and the “Dwight Howard reunion” drama had played itself out long ago. This was simply another mid-season NBA game…

  24. Pau Gasol’s night at “The Lion King” almost ruined by false trade rumor

    Jan 8, 2014, 4:14 PM EDT

    Actors of the musical "The Lion King" pe

    There were a whole lot of Andrew Bynum for Pau Gasol trade rumors out there last weekend, ones that never came to fruition because the Lakers wanted pieces to help them down the line (young players or picks) and the Cavaliers had no intention of giving those up because they already had the Luol Deng…

  25. Kobe Bryant thinks you should be voting younger guards into All-Star Game

    Jan 6, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

    kobe all-star 2013

    You want Kobe Bryant to start in the All-Star Game… well, maybe not you personally, but people do. Like that guy in front of you in line at Starbucks this morning. Blame him. Fan voting has Kobe Bryant well out in front as a starting guard for the West in the 2014 All-Star Game. Chris…

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