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  1. Kobe denies report of poor recruiting call with Howard

    Feb 7, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Dwight Howard

    We passed along the report over the weekend, one that cropped up in a couple places, that a conversation where Kobe Bryant tried to recruit Dwight Howard to Los Angeles turned off the center. That Kobe told Howard that the offensive options would be first Kobe, then Pau Gasol, then Howard. Which struck me as…

  2. Carmelo Anthony out 1-2 weeks with groin strain

    Feb 7, 2012, 11:53 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    The good news is that Carmelo Anthony‘s groin strain is not serious. The bad news is this is a slow injury to heal and it has to be fully healed or it is easy to re-aggravate. The Knicks announced that Anthony will be out one-to-two weeks to heal the injury, reports Howard Beck of the…

  3. Tuesday And-1 links: Want to watch Gilbert Arenas workout?

    Feb 7, 2012, 11:14 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Sacramento Kings

    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). Gilbert Arenas is going to conduct an open workout in Los Angeles this week so teams can come and decide for themselves if he’s got…

  4. Kobe Bryant says he’s not leaving Lakers to chase rings

    Feb 7, 2012, 10:40 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant chews on his jersey during NBA game in Los Angeles

    Right now, Steve Nash is the guy in the “trade him so he can get a ring” spotlight, even though he’s not pushing for a trade. But if the Lakers keep deteriorating, it’s not impossible to imagine that day coming for Kobe Bryant, either. Well, it is for Kobe. He told Stephen A. Smith of…

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

    Feb 7, 2012, 8:58 AM EDT

    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. Lakers live by the Kobe, lose by the Kobe (and Lou Williams)

    Feb 7, 2012, 1:20 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum, Lakers,

    Philadelphia keeps answering every question asked of them. Can they win against the best teams? They beat the Bulls, Hawks and Magic last week… and now you can add the Lakers to the list after a 95-90 76ers win Monday night. But Philly doesn’t have a superstar, who is going to score late in the…

  7. Video: Kobe Bryant passes Shaq on all-time scoring list

    Feb 6, 2012, 9:22 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant smiles as he hands the ball back to a referee in Minneapolis

    “It was inevitable” was how Kobe Bryant described himself eventually passing Shaquille O’Neal to move into fifth on the all-time NBA scoring list — which he did with a long two pointer in the second quarter against the 76ers Monday night. Kobe had all 24 he needed to move past Shaq in the first half.…

  8. NBA Power Rankings: Heat on top, Clippers climbing

    Feb 6, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James prepares to make a shot against Milwaukee Bucks during their NBA game in Milwaukee

    Miami moves back into the top spot — but the Clippers have now cracked the top three, which had been the domain of the Heat, Bulls and Thunder for a while. Oh, and the Bobcats still suck. 1. Heat (18-6, last week ranked No. 2). They’ve had a few uninspired wins (like Sunday against the…

  9. The implications of rumors regarding the disintegration of Dwight Howard’s interest in the Lakers by the top dog Kobe Bryant

    Feb 5, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Dwight Howard

    OK, I’m going to tell you a story, and at the end of it, we’re going to try and make heads or tails out of what’s actually going on. Because it in no way can be what is reportedly going on because if it is, then Metta World Peace is no longer the craziest individual…

  10. Hypothetical: What if the Lakers were able to team Dwight Howard with Andrew Bynum?

    Feb 4, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Andrew-Bynum-and-Dwight-Howard-806-306x248

    From CBSSports.com: Despite assertions to the contrary, the Lakers remain firmly on Howard’s list of three teams he’s asked to be traded to, along with the Nets and Mavericks, multiple people familiar with the situation said. The Lakers’ clear preference is to trade Pau Gasol in a Howard deal and not Andrew Bynum, who was…

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

    Feb 3, 2012, 11:25 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Feb 2, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

    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…

  13. Gilbert Arenas apparently had “Kobe procedure” on knees

    Feb 2, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

    Arenas magic

    At some point this season, some team is going to take a chance on Gilbert Arenas. Despite the rumors I don’t think that team will be the Lakers, but somebody will. And the guy they are getting apparently had the same experimental, German procedure on his knees that Kobe Bryant had. That’s what Arenas’ former…

  14. Thursday And-1 links: Kobe talks about passing Shaq

    Feb 2, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

    Kobe Shaquille O'Neal Lakers

    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). Kobe Bryant on passing Shaq on the all-time scoring list (he’s just 69 points back): “It was inevitable.” Sorry, but that feud was more than…

  15. Tuesday And-1 links: Judge tells Allen Iverson to pay up

    Feb 1, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    Allen Iverson

    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). A judge has reached into Allen Iverson’s bank account to pay a jewelry store where Iverson bought more than $300,000 in bling but never paid…

  16. Baseline to Baseline recaps: ‘Melo is back, Knicks cruise

    Feb 1, 2012, 8:37 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Tayshaun Prince, Jason Maxiel

    What you missed while getting arrested for attacking people and police with a toy light saber… Knicks 113, Pistons 86: Carmelo Anthony returned, he had 25 efficient points while playing his best game in weeks, and the Knicks cruise to an easy win. Coincidence? Well, kind of. This win was really about the Knicks defense…

  17. Carmelo returns to Knicks lineup Tuesday night

    Jan 31, 2012, 7:07 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    From the New York Times’ Howard Beck, via Steve Adamak: Report from @bergenadamek at the Garden: Carmelo is back in the lineup tonight vs. Detroit. Anthony’s struggles this season have been well-documented: he is currently behind only LeBron James and Kobe Bryant in usage rate, but he’s shooting just 39.4% from the floor and 30.3% from beyond…

  18. Phil Jackson’s new book out next year, called “Eleven Rings”

    Jan 31, 2012, 3:17 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson

    The subtitle is not “suck on that, Red Auerbach.” Probably. Phil Jackson said when he retired (and several times since) that he planned on writing the next part of his memoir. Apparently that is moving along. It will be released at some time next year through Penguin Press and will be titled “Eleven Rings” the…

  19. How much has LeBron James’ post game improved?

    Jan 30, 2012, 7:47 PM EDT

    LeBron Post

    If you’ve taken a drink every time a national TV broadcaster has referenced Miami Heat forward LeBron James‘ “improved post game” this season, there’s a good chance your liver hates you. After being shut down by the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals thanks, in part, to James refusing to punish the likes of Jason…

  20. Kobe Bryant, Ricky Rubio already started Olympics trash talk

    Jan 30, 2012, 3:07 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant drives past Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Minneapolis

    The Lakers were in Minnesota Sunday night as part of their Grammys road trip (the event that kicks them and the Clippers out of Staples Center for a couple of weeks) and that means Spanish friends and teammates Ricky Rubio and Pau Gasol were hanging out talking in the hall after the game. Then Kobe…

  21. Monday And-1 links: Former Net now “Moses of Rikers.”

    Jan 30, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    Jayson Williams

    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). Former Net Jayson Williams is now the “Moses of Rikers.” Can you blame all the problems in your life on Minnesota GM David Kahn? Maybe.…

  22. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Kyrie Irving does not fear the moment

    Jan 30, 2012, 5:33 AM EDT

    Ray Allen Cleveland Cavaliers

    What you missed while waiting for Nadal and Djokovic to finish…. Heat 97, Bulls 93: LeBron James and Derrick Rose had moments of brilliance and key missed free throws in our game of the day. Cavaliers 88, Celtics 87: If you want to say that Boston choked, to ahead — if you give up a…

  23. Miami holds on, beats Chicago. Can we just start their playoff series now?

    Jan 29, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James dunks against the Chicago Bulls during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    In two ways Sunday’s Heat victory over the Bulls summed up this young season. First, the Bulls and the Heat are the two best teams in the East. Clear and away. Philadelphia, Atlanta and even Indiana are good, but these two teams are on another level and are destined for an Eastern Conference finals rematch.…

  24. Report: Lakers talking to Gilbert Arenas. Hey, don’t laugh.

    Jan 28, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Sacramento Kings

    How serious are the Lakers point guard concerns? If you think Gilbert Arenas can help solve them, pretty serious. The Lakers have struggled at that spot as they need a more traditional point as they move from the triangle offense to Mike Brown’s sets, and so they are looking at their options. And Arenas is…

  25. World Peace was just a little “bored” on defense

    Jan 27, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Metta World Peace

    Metta World Peace has not been as good as Ron Artest was. He’s shooting is off this season (especially from three, 15.8 percent this year), he was floating around the offense, he wasn’t impacting the game — Mike Brown wanted him to lead the Lakers second unit and instead he’s having the worst year of…

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