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  1. This isn’t Kobe vs. LeBron, it’s Heat break vs. Lakers big men

    Jan 19, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    Thursday night’s showdown in South Beach is not Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James. Not totally. Yes, they are the league’s top two scorers, but LeBron is a game time decision after being sent home sick from shoot around. He’s been fighting a cold for a few days. Either way, you can be sure Kobe is…

  2. Eddy Curry could debut for the Heat Thursday. We’re serious.

    Jan 18, 2012, 7:41 PM EDT

    Eddy Curry

    Yes, Thursday night Hitler and Jack the Ripper may get in a snowball fight in Hell, also. Long dismissed — but well paid — center Eddy Curry could make his debut for the Miami Heat, reports our own Ira Winderman at the Sun Sentinel. Instead of again summarily ruling the bulky veteran center out of…

  3. Report: Knicks will target Steve Nash next summer

    Jan 18, 2012, 12:13 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    The Knicks need a point guard. I know it, you know it, anyone who has watched 20 seconds of a Knicks game knows it. Their front office knows it, too. Getting a quality one this season via trade is unlikely (hence the hope that Baron Davis can be the man), so they are looking at…

  4. Mike Brown wants to cut back on Kobe Bryant’s minutes

    Jan 17, 2012, 8:21 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    Last season, Phil Jackson expressed frustration at not being able to get Kobe Bryant’s minutes below 33.9 a game — he didn’t want to wear him out, but sometimes he had to ride the hot hand. This season, Kobe is playing 37.7 minutes per game, nearly four minutes more per game (with less time to…

  5. It may seem like it, but lockout does not equal more injuries

    Jan 17, 2012, 5:36 PM EDT

    Curry injured AP

    You knew this would come — the talk around the league that the lockout and shortened training camps had led to more injuries, more sprained ankles and more traumatic injuries. anecdotal evidence seems to back that up. Al Horford is down for the season after surgery to repair his pectoral muscle Tuesday, a similar injury…

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

    Jan 17, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 17, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

    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.…

  8. Tuesday And-1 links: Portland’s sell out streak in jeopardy

    Jan 17, 2012, 11:07 AM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    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). Portland’s 166 game sellout streak is in danger of coming to an end. Which speaks more to the condensed schedule and the economy than it does…

  9. Jordan thinks Kobe is the only one who deserves comparison

    Jan 17, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Michael Jordan

    Let’s just get this out of the way up front — Kobe Bryant is not as good as Michael Jordan. That may frustrate a handful of the Kobe apologists out there, but the fact is he is not, and that is not about ring count. Jordan was superior on the court. But if you can…

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

    Jan 17, 2012, 3:38 AM EDT

    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…

  11. Video: Derek Fisher hits game winner for Lakers

    Jan 17, 2012, 1:43 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    When will people learn to cover Derek Fisher on a potential game winning shot? Let’s be clear — Derek Fisher has almost nothing left and should barely see the court for the Lakers. But what he still has in abundance is a self-confidence that in the biggest moments lets him fearlessly let a shot fly.…

  12. USA Basketball announces 20 finalists for Olympic team

    Jan 16, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Jan 16, 2012, 8:06 AM EDT

    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…

  14. Caron Butler nearly returned to Miami

    Jan 15, 2012, 10:26 PM EDT

    Clippers' Butler tries to strip the ball from Lakers shooting guard Bryant during NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles

    Caron Butler was part of a pretty special team in Miami. It featured Dwyane Wade in his rookie season, Lamar Odom, and Butler. It was a young, athletic team with players starting to come into their own. They upset the Hornets in the first round and then gave the Pacers a run in the second…

  15. Clippers showing a lot of room for improvement… and still winning

    Jan 15, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Chris Paul is still trying to get his guys to know what he wants them to do. Chauncey Billups is still firing away without enough consideration and dribbling like he’s the point guard at times. Caron Butler is still finding his legs. DeAndre Jordan is still adapting to being the anchor of the defense down…

  16. Chis Paul strains hamstring in win over Lakers

    Jan 15, 2012, 2:09 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    During the Clippers’ 102-94 win over the Lakers Saturday night, while Kobe Bryant was shooting his way out of an early game slump on his way to 42 points on 28 shots, Chris Paul was slicing and dicing for 33 of his own on 22 shots. Paul was a monster against the Lakers, and the…

  17. Video: Nike’s latest spot for the #KobeSystem: ‘Success for the Successful’

    Jan 14, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

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    While we showed you the teaser clip for the KobeSystem a couple of weeks ago, the ad campaign for Kobe Bryant‘s latest basketball shoe — the Nike Zoom Kobe VII — has now officially launched. It’s star-studded, and continues with the theme of Bryant as motivational speaker somehow convincing everyone that by adapting his system…

  18. Lakers-Clippers: 5 Things to Watch

    Jan 14, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Clippers' Paul sails to the basket as Lakers' players watch during their NBA preseason game in Los Angeles

    Saturday night is the first matchup of the new-look CP3-lead Clippers against the old guard Los Angeles Lakers. The Showdown at Staples, Part 1. The Lakers are coming in hotter than a pistol behind Kobe Bryant‘s 40-point streak, while the Clippers have also managed to hold on despite some questions about their defense, standing just…

  19. Weekend Observations 1.14.12: The Nightmarejao Effect

    Jan 14, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    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…

  20. Mike Brown says Kobe more “serious minded” than LeBron

    Jan 13, 2012, 12:57 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    While he tried to be diplomatic about it, Lakers coach Mike Brown said what we’ve all thought for a while: Kobe Bryant is far more intense than LeBron James. Here is the quote, via Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register: “There’s just a different feel to the two guys,” Brown said…. “LeBron is a…

  21. Dwight Howard leads everyone in first All-Star ballot returns

    Jan 12, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    You didn’t love Dwight Howard as much as Derrick Rose and LeBron James when it came time to award the MVP last year (I know you didn’t get to vote on that, neither did I, but sentiment on this site ran heavy to Rose among commenters). But you love him now. Howard, the Magic’s center,…

  22. Can Kobe keep scoring like this? Is it good for the Lakers?

    Jan 12, 2012, 2:28 PM EDT

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

    It’s the question Lakers fans are asking Thursday — can Kobe Bryant sustain this? He scored 48 against the Suns Tuesday and 40 against the Jazz and long-time nemesis Raja Bell on Wednesday. Kobe now leads the NBA averaging 30.3 points per game. He is using nearly 40 percent of the Lakers possessions when he…

  23. Tim Duncan passes Larry Bird on all-time scoring list

    Jan 12, 2012, 12:57 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan

    Tim Duncan played maybe his best game of the season Wednesday night, he had a little jump in his step that is not there every night like it once was. Getting old sucks. Duncan scored 17 points, which pushed him past Larry Bird up to No. 27 on the NBA all-time scoring list. Duncan has…

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

    Jan 12, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT

    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…

  25. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Kobe drops another 40

    Jan 12, 2012, 7:58 AM EDT

    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…

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