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  1. Nike unveils All-Star shoes for Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and LeBron James

    Jan 28, 2014, 8:04 PM EDT

    Nike Basketball 2014 All-Star

    Nike Basketball unveiled its lineup of special edition colorways that LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Kobe Bryant will be rocking for All-Star weekend in New Orleans. As always, the colors and patterns of the 2014 NOLA Gumbo League Collection were inspired by the city hosting the celebratory midseason exhibition. From the official release: “Nike Basketball is…

  2. Paul George swings by Jimmy Kimmel Live (VIDEO)

    Jan 28, 2014, 12:15 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Denver Nuggets

    Paul George can wear that outfit and get away with it. Kind of. You cannot pull it off, I come nowhere close to pulling it off, but on Paul George it sort of works. The Indiana Pacers are in Los Angeles to flat out destroy take on the slumping Lakers Tuesday, so with a night…

  3. Report: Kobe Bryant out another two weeks to month with knee fracture

    Jan 28, 2014, 10:51 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

    We know him, if it was just a matter of playing through pain, Kobe Bryant would be back. But it’s not. He has a fractured lateral tibial plateau — the bone at the top of the shin that connects to the knee — and until the bone heals properly Kobe can’t return. Which means he…

  4. Suns’ Goran Dragic to receive $1 million bonus if he makes the All-Star team

    Jan 28, 2014, 10:13 AM EDT

    goran dragic

    It’s common in the NBA for players to have performance-based incentives built into their contracts as a way for them to earn extra dollars. It was even put into the latest iteration of the collective bargaining agreement, where players with at least four years of service are eligible for a higher maximum salary in their…

  5. Report: Australia’s Dante Exum to declare for NBA Draft

    Jan 28, 2014, 9:32 AM EDT

    dante exum eurocamp

    Dante Exum is an Australian 6’6″ point guard who has had scouts drooling over both his current skill set and his NBA potential for well over a year. Many executives of teams currently projected to end up in the lottery have yet to see him play in person, but that’s likely to change over the…

  6. Pau Gasol says playoffs ‘are a utopia right now’ for Lakers

    Jan 28, 2014, 12:03 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    From Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary: uto·pia (noun) yu̇-ˈtō-pē-ə :  an imaginary and indefinitely remote place. Pau Gasol has been a bit more vocal as of late on the topic of the Lakers’ recent struggles, even going so far as to throw a tantrum in front of teammates and Kobe Bryant in the locker room following an especially…

  7. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Durant powers Thunder to top slot

    Jan 27, 2014, 3:29 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    No Russell Westbrook yet Kevin Durant has pushed the Thunder to the top of the West and the top of PBT’s weekly power rankings. Still strange to see the Celtics and Lakers near the bottom of the poll, but it’s where they belong this season.   1. Thunder (35-10, LW 4). Kevin Durant is making…

  8. Pat Riley says David Stern “The No. 1 reason why this league is where it is today”

    Jan 27, 2014, 1:27 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    This is David Stern’s final week as NBA Commissioner — the power exchange to Adam Silver comes over the weekend. Feb. 1 is the final day for David Stern on the job, and we all know the final day on a job you’re just screwing around and cleaning out your desk anyway. Stern is taking…

  9. Kobe Bryant, 50 Cent, Meryl Streep just hanging out together…

    Jan 27, 2014, 11:05 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, 50 cent, Meryl Steep

    Sunday morning, as so often happens, Meryl Streep and 50 cent had the exact same thought — I’d like to watch some hoops today. Maybe see Carmelo Anthony go off against the Los Angeles Lakers’ “defense.” And the Knicks are all into having celebs at their games. So they did, Streep and 50 cent were…

  10. The Extra Pass: Kobe’s thoughts on Carmelo Anthony to L.A. speculation, plus Sunday’s recaps

    Jan 27, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    NBA All-Star Bryant of the Lakers and All-Star Anthony of the Knicks laugh during the NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    by Brett Pollakoff NEW YORK – When Carmelo Anthony scored a jaw-dropping 62 points in a win over the Bobcats on Friday, he didn’t just set a Knicks franchise record. He took something that belonged to Kobe Bryant. The Madison Square Garden arena record, since the building opened its fourth incarnation in 1968, was set…

  11. Tony Snell’s mom sounds awesome

    Jan 26, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

    Ateve Alford, Tony Snell

    Kobe Bryant covered this already, the college-basketball system isn’t great for players. Run as a cartel, the NCAA often forces players into tough and unfair situations. Tony Snell found himself in one of those situations last year. Having played three years at New Mexico, Snell was ready to turn pro. His coach, Steve Alford, was…

  12. Kobe says Pau Gasol’s tantrum after Lakers’ loss in Orlando was a good thing

    Jan 26, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

    NBCSports.com

    NEW YORK – There’s a lot of losing going on in LakerLand these days, and the team’s most recent loss in Orlando to a Magic squad who came into that one with a record of 11-32 on the season was enough to send Pau Gasol over the edge. Gasol threw a postgame locker room tantrum…

  13. Kevin Durant returns from injury, puts up a triple-double against Sixers (VIDEO)

    Jan 26, 2014, 12:04 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant sat out of the Thunder’s win in Boston on Friday due to a shoulder injury, and it was the first time in the history of the Oklahoma City franchise that the team played a game without both Durant and Russell Westbrook. Durant didn’t want to make it a trend, so he returned to…

  14. Report: If Carmelo Anthony leaves New York, he is leaning toward Chicago

    Jan 25, 2014, 6:29 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls vs New York Knicks

    In the end, I still believe that Carmelo Anthony will be a New York Knick next season. When he surveys all his options, he will choose Manhattan, he will choose to go down as a Knicks’ legend. But ‘Melo is going to look at his options closely. His amazing 62-point performance aside, the 16-27 Knicks’…

  15. PBT Podcast: If not Kobe, who should be All-Star starter?

    Jan 25, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    kobe all-star 2013

    We know who the starters are for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans… and it leaves you with some questions: Should Kobe Bryant play? Will the league grant him his wish to get out of the game? What does Dwight Howard falling out of the starting rotation say about him? Who should be…

  16. Carmelo Anthony sets Knicks franchise record, scores 62 points in win over Bobcats

    Jan 24, 2014, 10:05 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v New York Knicks

    This is one way for the Knicks to turn things around — simply have their best player go on an insane scoring tear to singlehandedly drag the team to victory. Carmelo Anthony turned in a performance for the ages on Friday, pouring in 62 points to lead the Knicks to a 125-96 win over the…

  17. Friday And-1 links: What happened to all those draft picks the Knicks gave away?

    Jan 24, 2014, 6:44 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v New York Knicks

    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 more than we love a good California Zinfandel…. • What happened to all the…

  18. LaMarcus Aldridge thinks he should have been an All-Star starter

    Jan 24, 2014, 2:53 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Portland Trail Blazers

    If the NBA coaches and players were voting for who got to be an All-Star Game starter, LaMarcus Aldridge would be a lock in the West. But the fans wanted to see other guys (Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Kevin Love is your West starting frontcourt) so Aldridge will again be selected by the coaches…

  19. Dwight Howard’s popularity decline as measured in All-Star fan votes

    Jan 24, 2014, 2:01 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Dallas Mavericks

    When the surprise announcement came that Kevin Love and Blake Griffin had leapfrogged Dwight Howard to become All-Star Game starters this season — leaving the Rockets’ big man for the coaches to pick as a reserve — my first thought was “that’s a huge Lakers fans base that he pissed off.” They took their vote…

  20. LeBron says it’s too early to know if he’ll play in 2016 Olympics

    Jan 24, 2014, 12:02 PM EDT

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    LeBron James will not be part of Team USA this summer when it heads off to Spain to try and earn a berth in the 2016 Rio Olympics (winner of the World Championships automatically qualifies). After three straight trips to the Finals for the Heat, plus the London Olympics in that mix, LeBron is taking…

  21. Kobe does not want to play in All-Star Game, may not have choice

    Jan 24, 2014, 11:18 AM EDT

    kobe-bryant-all-star

    Kobe Bryant asked you to vote for Damian Lillard or other young, rising stars of the NBA. You — and by you I mean NBA fans around the globe — voted Kobe in as an All-Star Game starter anyway. For Kobe it would be All-Star Game No. 16. His reaction? He doesn’t want to play.…

  22. Steve Nash may return to Lakers next week

    Jan 24, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Injuries more than anything else have been the story of the Lakers season to this point, and while many felt that even a healthy L.A. squad would have trouble competing with the Western Conference elite, that task became impossible once Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Steve Blake, and others went down with injuries for extended periods…

  23. We know the starters, so who should be the All-Star reserves?

    Jan 23, 2014, 8:27 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    Your job is done fans. You picked the NBA All-Star Game starters. Well done. Now the job of picking the reserves falls to the NBA’s coaches. Well, really whoever the coaches delegate the job to — an assistant coach, the video coordinator, the equipment manager, someone working the beer concession line — but the coach…

  24. LeBron, Curry, Kobe voted All-Star Game starters — but Kobe doesn’t want to play

    Jan 23, 2014, 7:25 PM EDT

    NBA All-Star Bryant of the Lakers and All-Star Anthony of the Knicks laugh during the NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    You voted for them, so here they are — your 2014 NBA All-Star Game starters: EASTERN CONFERENCE Backcourt: Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) Frontcourt: LeBron James (Miami Heat), Paul George (Indiana Pacers), Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) WESTERN CONFERENCE Backcourt: Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) Frontcourt: Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder),…

  25. Phil Jackson says Jordan would beat Kobe in game of one-on-one

    Jan 23, 2014, 2:15 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Michael Jordan

    Sometimes we as sports fans have this obsessive need to rank everything and allow that to get in the way of just enjoying a player for what he is. We can’t just sit back and enjoy what Kobe Bryant or LeBron James have done on the court, they must instantly be compared to the all-time…

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