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  1. 100 early season observations

    Dec 31, 2011, 10:08 AM EDT

    Miami Heat James smiles after making a basket against Charlotte Bobcats during their NBA game in Charlotte

    We lost basketball this year. Precious, sweet basketball. And even though most of the lockout happened in the offseason, those days were still slogs through disappointment and frustration. So to mourn those days and celebrate the first week of professional basketball this season, here are 100 observations on the early season. 1. Lob City’s a…

  2. Report: Rose on verge of $250 million deal with Adidas

    Dec 30, 2011, 9:55 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose Playing Fans at 'Run with D Rose'

    Derrick Rose said at the press conference for his recent contract extension that he really doesn’t know how much money he makes. Let me help you out a bit Derrick — you are about to make mountains of cash. Adidas is about to give Rose a lifetime contract worth about $250 million, according to ESPN.…

  3. Knicks talk defense, Lakers play it and win handily

    Dec 30, 2011, 2:39 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Matt Barnes, Pau Gaso

    The talk coming into the season was how Tyson Chandler was going to change the Knicks defense. He might, eventually. But Mike Brown has brought new energy and physicality to the Lakers defense right now — the Knicks shot 31.7 percent Thursday night (and for the season opponents are shooting only 38 percent against the…

  4. Derrick Rose says he must assert himself early. Too.

    Dec 28, 2011, 5:14 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose celebrates after teammate Luol Deng was fouled while shooting by Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Derrick Rose came into this season trying to pull a bit of a Kobe Bryant from recent years — feed the other guys early, get them going, then take over late. Except, the result has been sluggish starts for the Bulls. (Kobe would be happy to commiserate.) The Bulls had to come from 11 points…

  5. Alex Rodriguez got treatment on knee in Germany on Kobe’s advice

    Dec 28, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    I’m trying to picture how this conversation went down. “Hey, Kobe, it’s Alex Rodriguez. You know, your counterpart from baseball as the most hated guy in the league.” “That Kris Humphries now.” “Oh, sorry. How’s the family?” Silence. “Anyway, wanted to ask you a quick question about that knee treatment you got done in Germany…”…

  6. Kobe Bryant on 1-2 start: “Shoulda won all three”

    Dec 28, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant remains Kobe Bryant. He keeps sounding like Patrick Swayze in Roadhouse — “pain don’t hurt” — and believing that he can carry the Lakers to a title regardless of the roster. So is anyone shocked at his post-game comments Tuesday, reported by the Orange County Register, after the Lakers finally got in the…

  7. Kobe Bryant in a lot of pain… and frustrated, too

    Dec 27, 2011, 9:21 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    Kobe Bryant has tried to be in his happy place this season. Major shakeups for the Lakers on the court with a new coach and system — plus Lamar Odom for a trade exception — have the Lakers struggling. And there have been major changes in his personal life. However, he was healthy and that…

  8. Your Los Angeles Lakers are 0-2 and look very confused

    Dec 27, 2011, 6:56 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol of Spain walk towards the bench for a time out after losing possession of the ball against the Chicago Bulls during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Stability mattered more than ever this season. Shortened training camps and just two preseason games means switching systems was going to be a challenge. But Jim Buss was intent on wiping all traces of Phil Jackson from the Lakers, not keeping Brian Shaw and the triangle offense with a team built to run it. No,…

  9. Monday And-1 links (formerly one morning liners)

    Dec 26, 2011, 11:24 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    New name, same drill. This is 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). Kobe Bryant had experimental work done on his ankle last summer as well as his knee. At this point if you…

  10. Video: Watch Derrick Rose drain the game winner in L.A.

    Dec 26, 2011, 8:07 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    These were the deciding plays in the Bulls win over the Lakers on Christmas Day. There is a smart trap play by the Bulls — they didn’t just foul right away, they went for the steal first — that leads to a poor pass from Kobe Bryant that gets picked off. Watch Derrick Rose come…

  11. Chicago 88, L.A. Lakers 87: Bulls erase a six-point deficit in the final minute to steal it

    Dec 25, 2011, 9:25 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, Ronnie Brewer, Taj Gibson

    The Lakers surprised many with their play for most of Christmas Day, hanging with the Bulls without suspended center Andrew Bynum and integrating a lot of new pieces into a new head coach’s system. L.A. erased a seven-point halftime deficit quickly, built its lead to as many as 11 late in the fourth quarter, and…

  12. 5 Things to Watch, Bulls-Lakers: Where the Lakers look for the… upset?

    Dec 25, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose

    GAMES. There will be actual NBA games played today starting at noon. To get you pumped, ready, and primed for the start of the 2011-2012 NBA season, we give you five things to keep an eye on today in Heat-Mavericks. To get you pumped:   Point of defense Things which terrify Lakers fans: Derek Fisher,…

  13. The gift-giving guide for NBA Christmas Sunday

    Dec 24, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Wait, so we’re going to have actual, real-life games on Sunday? Like, for real? With defense and actual coordinated playsets (as opposed the summer exhibitions) and everything? BEST. CHRISTMAS. EVER. And since ’tis the season and all, we thought it would be good to put together what the teams playing in Sunday’s season openers really…

  14. Super-Conductors, Super-Teams, and You: An analysis of where the mega-squads stand and are constructed

    Dec 24, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

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

    The Knicks don’t make sense. ***************************** Every team’s fans are defensive of their squad. I like to single out specific fanbases for sport, but in reality, it doesn’t matter the locale or composition. Teams fans will react similarly in most cases provided the writing is not on the wall in gigantic stenciled block letters that…

  15. Photos: Christmas kicks for LeBron, Kobe, Amar’e, and Durant all in one place

    Dec 24, 2011, 2:18 AM EDT

    Ho11_BB_Xmas_Family_original

    Pictures of the Christmas Day special edition kicks that will be worn by Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Amar’e Stoudemire have trickled in over the past couple of weeks, but with the holiday almost upon us, Nike has made the release of the shoes official. So, we’ve gathered some photos of them all…

  16. Devin Ebanks, Josh McRoberts are your Lakers starters

    Dec 23, 2011, 6:52 PM EDT

    Devin Ebanks Derek Fisher

    Well, this isn’t going to calm the frazzled nerves of Lakers nation. Second year player Devin Ebanks will get the start at the small forward over Metta World Peace and Matt Barnes when the Lakers open the season against the Chicago Bull Sunday, coach Mike Brown announced Friday. Josh McRoberts will start at the power…

  17. Previewing NBA’s Christmas Day tip-off

    Dec 23, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose

    Time to unwrap the present of an NBA season — and just like the gifts under the tree there may be some assembly required. Condensed training camps and just two preseason games is going to mean some sloppy openers on Christmas day. But they are games, which are vastly superior to antitrust lawsuits. So let’s…

  18. Friday morning And-1 links (formerly one liners)

    Dec 23, 2011, 11:14 AM EDT

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    New name, same drill. This is 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). Snoop Dogg is no Pau Gasol fan. (Language NSFW or family Christmas gatherings. The spelling is bad, too.) A really fascinating…

  19. Kobe Bryant says he will play Sunday. You expected otherwise?

    Dec 22, 2011, 8:32 PM EDT

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

    Did anyone really expect a different answer? Kobe Bryant downplayed his injury and told the media he would play on Sunday in the Lakers opener against the Chicago Bulls on Christmas Day. Here are his quotes via the Los Angeles Daily News. “I should be fine,” he said…. “It just swelled up,” he said. “It…

  20. Kobe’s teammates expect him to play on Christmas Day

    Dec 22, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Luke Walton

    Of course Kobe Bryant is going to play on Christmas Day. He is essentially the Black Knight of Monty Python fame — cut off his arm and he says it’s a flesh wound. So while he sat in street clothes wearing a splint Wednesday night, his teammates were not buying it. Check out these quotes…

  21. Kobe Bryant has torn ligament in wrist, listed as day-to-day

    Dec 21, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

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

    Another season, another injury in his shooting hand for Kobe Bryant to play through (and say it doesn’t bother him while his performance clearly shows otherwise). Kobe will sit out Wednesday’s Lakers preseason game against the Clippers due to a torn lunotriquetral ligament in his right wrist, the team announced Wednesday afternoon. The injury occurred…

  22. Heat may do preseason tour of China next year

    Dec 21, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    Lebron-James China

    You get the feeling Nike is the puppet master on this one, pulling all the strings… Monday the Miami Heat signed a sponsorship agreement with Chinese beer company Tsingtao, and that may be the first step to a preseason tour of China for the Heat next season, reports the Sun Sentinel (via SLAM). “We’re not…

  23. Kris Humphries beats out LeBron as NBA’s least liked player

    Dec 21, 2011, 12:56 PM EDT

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    Finally, Kris Humphries has found a way to get mentioned in the same sentence with LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. In a new poll of the least liked NBA players — conducted by Nielsen and E-Poll Market Research, so you know this is legit — Humphries topped even the two traditional black hat guys in…

  24. Kobe Bryant is cool with Mike Brown criticizing him

    Dec 21, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

    Mike Brown, Kobe Bryant

    We can all agree that the Clippers looked good against the Lakers the other night. But the other half of that is the Lakers picked up their defense from right where they left off in Game 4 against Dallas last playoffs. The Lakers were slow and soft, particularly on the perimeter. After the game, new…

  25. Chris Paul looks really, really good in first game as Clipper

    Dec 20, 2011, 8:08 AM EDT

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

    We have to start with this disclaimer — it was a preseason game. Which means about as much as an autographed Derek Jeter baseball. Actually, less. That said, Chris Paul had 17 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and five steals and was a +24 against the Lakers in his first game as a Clipper. He…

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