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  1. 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…

  2. Nash calls Kobe’s 48 against the Suns “one of the best performances” he’s seen

    Jan 11, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Grant Hill

    By now you’ve surely heard about Kobe Bryant‘s 48 points he put up in a win over the Suns on Tuesday. You likely are also aware that Bryant is playing through torn wrist ligaments in his shooting hand, and that perhaps he’s been shooting too much, to the detriment of this Lakers team. The fact…

  3. Kobe Bryant wants you to keep on doubting him

    Jan 11, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    Six years ago, if Kobe Bryant dropped 48 points in a game, we called it Tuesday. It seemed like nothing out of the ordinary. There were a couple highlights on SportsCenter, his fantasy owners patted themselves on the back, and then we pretty much moved on because we saw this all the time. But in…

  4. Wednesday And-1 links: Anderson Varejao is no Magic Johnson

    Jan 11, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    Anderson Varejao

    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). Anderson Varejao is no Magic Johnson. Here is the video proof. Paul Pierce misses having Delonte West around. By the way, West apologized for his…

  5. Video: Watch Kobe Bryant drop 48 on Phoenix

    Jan 11, 2012, 8:25 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Grant Hill

    Kobe Bryant is an aging jump shooter with bad knees and a sore wrist and… well, it sure didn’t look anything like that on Tuesday. Kobe got to his spots on the floor against the Suns (Grant Hill can’t handle him), was feeling it and dropped 48 on Phoenix to power a Lakers win. Half…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Nate Robinson beats the Heat

    Jan 11, 2012, 7:40 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Golden State Warriors

    What you missed while being addicted to cracking your knuckles… Wizards 93, Raptors 78: The Wizards win! Theeee Wizards win! Warriors 111, Heat 106: This was another Miami route, they were up 17 late in the third quarter, but then Nate Robinson happened. And then Dorell Wright happened. And suddenly Mark Jackson and the rebuilding…

  7. Mark Cuban will be on your television during Super Bowl

    Jan 10, 2012, 6:55 PM EDT

    Obama Welcomes NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks To White House

    Are there going to be any NBA players on your television during the Super Bowl? Well, LeBron James will not be on the sidelines (the Heat play at home that day). Maybe he or Kobe Bryant show up in an ad, maybe not. But there will be one NBA owner — Mark Cuban. Selling Skechers.…

  8. Report: Team USA sets 19 players for preliminary Olympic roster

    Jan 10, 2012, 5:39 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    The USA will send 12 men to London this summer to suit up and defend America’s gold medal from the last Olympic games. And that dozen will come from these 19 guys, according Chris Sheridan at SheridanHoops.com who broke the story of the preliminary roster. We’ve broken them out by position (they are alphabetical in their…

  9. Kobe not having experimental procedure on wrist after all

    Jan 10, 2012, 2:37 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant can’t go to Germany right now, and Germany is not coming to Los Angeles. Kobe wanted to but is not going to have the experimental procedure done on his wrist that he had done on his knee this summer, according to the Los Angeles Times. Of greatest importance, the German doctor whom Bryant…

  10. Monday And-1 links: Who is Lakers second scoring option?

    Jan 9, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    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). Who is the Lakers second scoring option after Kobe? Well, Kobe Bryant says it’s Andrew Bynum. Kwame Brown thinks he deserves some of the credit…

  11. Warts and all, the Lakers still better than Grizzlies Sunday

    Jan 9, 2012, 1:18 AM EDT

    Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol, Gasol brothers

    The Laker have flaws. Unless it improves, their point guard play is going to come back to haunt them. Same with their depth issues. That night was not Sunday night against Memphis. The Lakers deficiencies were on display but could not be exploited by a Memphis team trying to find its way without Zach Randolph.…

  12. The Imperative: Kobe Bryant and the variance of injury

    Jan 7, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

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

    The imperative is an element of urgency based off of observation with some evidence to back it up. But like most anything in the NBA, the imperative is rarely black and white, cut and dried. Basically I’m hedging in case Bryant averages 35 points per game over the next seven games.  Kobe Bryant scored 39…

  13. Suns head coach Gentry cares not for your three-point field goal defensive statistics

    Jan 7, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    nash-gentry-preview

    The Phoenix Suns, just like most teams in the league, pay a fair amount of attention to all kinds of statistical data. And, just like most teams in the league, they have their favorites. It’s safe to say that three-point field goal defensive statistics are not one of them. Before Friday night’s win over the…

  14. Weekend Observations: 25 things from the week that was

    Jan 7, 2012, 2:16 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks

    Each weekend we bring you 25 random observations from the NBA week that was.  1. Ramon Sessions is not shooting well, but he’s drawing a lot of contact and his assists are up this year. He’s got a 19.5 PER and can’t get over 25 minutes per game on the Cavaliers. He’s much more of…

  15. Baseline to Baseline recaps: No LeBron, no Wade, no problem

    Jan 6, 2012, 4:17 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    What you missed while wondering what a crocodile would do with a lawn mower… Heat 116, Hawks 109 (3OT): No LeBron James or Dwyane Wade for Miami, yet the Heat were gritty (a little lucky) and get an unexpected win. This game was entertaining and dramatic, much more so than we expected going in. But can…

  16. Kobe wants to try exotic German blood treatment on wrist

    Jan 5, 2012, 8:59 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant’s knee has not been the problem this season. Which is a nice change of pace. Apparently flying all the way to Germany to have an experimental blood treatment done on his knee seems well worth the expense now. Just don’t ask about the wrist. We’re not talking about the wrist. Wait… what about…

  17. Thursdays And-1 links, where Lakers fans are just wrong

    Jan 5, 2012, 10:52 AM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    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). In this poll, 56 percent of Lakers fans would rather have Andrew Bynum as their starting center over Dwight Howard. Those fans are fools. I’m…

  18. Kobe getting pain killing injection in wrist before every game

    Jan 5, 2012, 10:18 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant passes around Houston Rockets Courtney Lee and Kyle Lowry during their NBA game in Los Angeles

    Kobe Bryant’s wrist injury seems to impact him on the court in spurts. There bad shooting nights and some lost control on the dribble, then he’ll turn around and look like his old self for a stretch. In the Lakers loss to Denver Kobe shot 6-of-28 and there were questions, he bounced back with 14-of-29…

  19. Does it really matter if Durant, Westbrook like each other?

    Jan 4, 2012, 4:47 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant Russell Westbrook

    Another interview, another chance for Kevin Durant to downplay any tension between himself and Russell Westbrook. This time it was with Hoopsworld, and if you want to see the video follow this link. Here is the money quote from KD: “There’s a lot of people that want to see us fail, of course, but it’s…

  20. NBA releases All-Star ballot, here are my early votes

    Jan 4, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT

    All-star-nba-logo0103_rdax

    You can vote — and not just if you’re a Republican in Iowa. The NBA opened All-Star Game voting to the fans on Wednesday, so you can pick who will not play any defense in Orlando Feb. 26. Fan voting picks the starters, the coaches for the teams help pick the rest of the squad.…

  21. Winderman: Meet the new Kobe, same as the old Kobe

    Jan 4, 2012, 10:37 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Courtney Lee, Kyle Lowry

    At the conclusion of Tuesday’s play, only one NBA player was averaging more than 19 shots per game. That player, in fact, was averaging 22.3, essentially putting him in a league of his own. Which, of course, is where Kobe Bryant long has considered himself. The question now is whether 22.3 is too many, whether…

  22. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Portland says they are contenders, too

    Jan 4, 2012, 3:02 AM EDT

    Thunder, Trail Blazers, Nazr

    What you missed while Iowa was the center of the political world for a night… Bulls 76, Hawks 74: This ugly but exciting contest was our Game of the Night. Portland 103, Oklahoma City 93: Portland wants you to know they are contenders, too. Or they at least are starting to look like it early…

  23. Kobe Bryant is going to keep shooting. What did you expect?

    Jan 3, 2012, 8:39 AM EDT

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

    Kobe Bryant is still going to be Kobe Bryant when the Lakers take the floor Tuesday against the Rockets. To think that his 6-for-28 shooting night in a loss to Denver Sunday was going to change him was to think that arrests were going to change Lindsay Lohan. Some people are what they are. In…

  24. Kobe shooting woes sign of changes coming to Lakers

    Jan 2, 2012, 5:06 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant looks on against the New York Knicks during second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Kobe Bryant was ice cold last night, shooting 6-of-28. That of course has led to the standard black or white Kobe discussion on the internet — his defenders act as if he can do no wrong, his detractors think he shoots for his ego not because he’s one of the game’s great all time shooters.…

  25. NBA Power Rankings: Blazers climb, Heat on top of mountain

    Jan 2, 2012, 1:35 PM EDT

    Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, LeBron James

    Lots of big moves up and down as the rankings start to shake themselves out a little. In college football they should hold off doing polls through those early weeks because said polls impact the postseason, but as the NBA has a playoff to determine who is best let’s dive in. 1. Heat (5-0, last…

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