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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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,…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

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

    Dec 24, 2011, 2:18 AM EDT

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    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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. PBT’s NBA season predictions: LeBron James gets his ring

    Dec 19, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    Miami Heat Media Day

    Before Miami Heat fans get excited about this, remember that I suck at making predictions. But thanks to my never-exhausted capacity for self-embarrassment, I’m giving you my predictions for the coming season (scroll down to see Brett from PBT’s calls for this season). I think that the condensed schedule — and condensed playoff schedule —…

  19. NBA Power Rankings: Mavericks start out season on top

    Dec 19, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    Dallas players Carter, Marion, Nowitzki, Odom, Kidd, and Terry pose for photos during media day at the team's headquarters in Dallas, Texas

    Welcome to our inaugural power rankings for the 2011-12 NBA season (a regular Monday feature at PBT). These are fun if ultimately meaningless — in the NBA we have a playoff system to decide who is best (are you listening college football?). This is a preseason ranking, so remember that when you get mad about…

  20. Kobe Bryant says his knee is “90 percent better”

    Dec 19, 2011, 10:14 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant arrives for a news conference announcing the players rejection of the league's latest offer in New York

    Kobe Bryant is practicing with the Lakers again. That is big. Last season he didn’t, something he and Phil Jackson decided on together — they were going to save his sore knee for game time and so he only practiced a handful of times all season. It showed. Not in Kobe’s game so much as…

  21. The Houston Rockets have not gotten over the Pau Gasol trade falling through

    Dec 18, 2011, 2:12 PM EDT

    Spain's Pau Gasol looks at the timeboard

    It was supposed to be different this time. After years of trying to trade for a legitimate star or sign one in free agency and having it fall apart at every turn, the Rockets were going to land their big fish. It was there on the table. It was agreed to by all parties. And…

  22. Report: Lakers to find salvation in Troy Murphy

    Dec 17, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Troy Murphy

    The Lakers have had a downright disastrous offseason, and it only lasted a week. Jerry Buss was in the hospital. A trade for Chris Paul was blocked by the league. The fallout resulted in Lamar Odom being traded to Dallas for essentially nothing. They spent money on Jason Kapono. Kobe Bryant‘s wife is divorcing him.…

  23. Kobe Bryant’s wife of a decade files for divorce

    Dec 16, 2011, 9:04 PM EDT

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    Kobe Bryant’s wife of more than 10 years, Vanessa, has filed for divorce. This has been in the works for a little while, Vanessa signed the papers on Dec. 1, Kobe responded on Dec. 7. The papers were filed on Friday in Orange County with Vanessa citing irreconcilable differences. We know your mind just flashed back…

  24. Video: Kobe Bryant talks Chris Paul to the Clippers

    Dec 16, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant actually is pretty spot on here — the lockout really was about the owners fighting amongst themselves as much as it was about anything else. And when those owners saw the big market, powerhouse Lakers about to land Chris Paul they flipped out — that is what killed the first three-team deal where…

  25. New York will be better, but fans will be thinking about what’s next

    Dec 16, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler, Carmelo Anthony

    The New York Knicks are going to win a playoff game this year. For the first time since 2001. Having Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire together for a full season will boost the offense, having Tyson Chandler along the back line will turn them from terrible to average on defense (or maybe a little better,…

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