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  1. PBT Podcast: Draft status of Jabari Parker, Marcus Smart more

    Mar 22, 2014, 9:30 AM EST

    Duke v Mercer

    A poor outing in the NCAA Tournament and his being benched at the end of the game by Mike Krzyzewski alerted America to what NBA scouts already knew — Jabari Parker doesn’t play defense. In the latest edition of the PBT Podcast myself and Eytan Shander of NBC Sports Radio cover bring in Ed Isaacson…

  2. Marc Gasol sprains ankle vs. Heat, leaves arena in walking boot

    Mar 22, 2014, 12:04 AM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies vs Miami Heat

    Memphis is not going far come the playoffs without Marc Gasol. Which is why him spraining his ankle and leaving the game against the Miami Heat on Friday night was not good news. Nor was this. Gasol leaving American Airlines Arena in a walking boot — Ronald Tillery (@CAGrizBeat) March 22, 2014 These days the…

  3. Phil Jackson to Knicks could work. It probably won’t, but it could.

    Mar 15, 2014, 9:30 AM EST

    Jackson

    Ultimately Thomas Wolfe will be proven right, you can’t go home again. Not even Phil Jackson. It’s easy to sit back and list the reasons Jackson’s return to the team that drafted him, taking over basketball operations of the New York Knicks, will not work: James Dolan; Jackson has never had any front office experience before;…

  4. Is Carmelo Anthony’s smart play to opt in and play out contract with Knicks?

    Mar 7, 2014, 5:46 PM EST

    New York Knicks vs Miami Heat

    According to every reliable source, Carmelo Anthony is going to opt out of the final year of his contract this season and look either to re-sign a five-year deal with the Knicks or move on to another team to be part of a contender. If Anthony wants to jump ship and go somewhere like oft-mentioned…

  5. Report: Lakers will wait for 2015 free agents like Kevin Love unless they can get LeBron (Sorry, Melo)

    Mar 5, 2014, 10:45 AM EST

    Kevin Love, Jordan Hill, Wesley Johnson

    The Lakers are poised to make a big free agent splash this summer or the next, and Steve Nash is the lynchpin to the decision. If the Lakers want to go big this offseason, they’ll use the stretch provision on Nash, spreading the amount they owe him across the cap the next three years. But…

  6. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Thunder, Heat on top coming up to trade deadline

    Feb 17, 2014, 8:16 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    Today’s PBT NBA Power Rankings — brought to you by the technology of airplane wi-fi — will talk about the All-Star weekend past and the trade deadline coming up, as there weren’t many other games to speak of. 1. Thunder (43-12, Last Week No. 1). Their addition at the trade deadline is simply getting Russell…

  7. Report: Grizzlies turning down Zach Randolph offers, would rather add small forward

    Feb 8, 2014, 3:30 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Sacramento Kings

    With Marc Gasol back in the line-up and great fit on the perimeter in Courtney Lee, the Memphis Grizzlies look like a threat in the West again. They can defend with the best in the league, the question has always been if they can generate enough offense come the postseason. They are looking around at…

  8. LeBron says he should be Defensive Player of the Year

    Feb 7, 2014, 12:55 PM EST

    Heat vs. Spurs

    It’s going to be Roy Hibbert. If you were going to bet on one sure thing out of the NBA’s awards this season, you should bet on Roy Hibbert being named Defensive Player of the Year. More than Durant as MVP or Michael Carter-Williams as Rookie of the Year, Hibbert is a lock for DPOY.…

  9. The Extra Pass: Blake Griffin’s alternate reality; plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Los Angeles Clippers v Miami Heat

    Tell me if this sounds at all familiar. 24 years old, about 6-foot-8, 6-foot-9. Roughly 250 pounds. Stronger and faster than just about everyone. Phenomenal basketball IQ. Highly skilled, but often criticized for what he can’t do instead of appreciated for what he does. That’s Blake Griffin. And at one point, that was LeBron James,…

  10. The Extra Pass: Which non-All-Stars will make an All-NBA team?

    Jan 31, 2014, 8:00 AM EST

    New Orleans Pelicans vs Miami Heat

    All-Star selections have become the de facto measure of good seasons, even though they’re really only the measure of good half seasons and rely on a gerrymandered system that splits players by conference. But All-NBA teams – which evaluate a full year and aren’t split by conference – are a better metric for good seasons. In the last…

  11. Doc Rivers lobbied other coaches to vote DeAndre Jordan an All-Star. It won’t be enough.

    Jan 30, 2014, 2:26 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Boston Celtics

    Later on Thursday the NBA All-Star Game reserves will be announced — and in the Western Conference frontcourt a couple deserving guys will get snubbed. The fans voted in Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Kevin Love as the starters. There likely will be four (maybe five) front court replacement players from a group including LaMarcus…

  12. Pau Gasol not sure if he will play for Spain in 2016 Olympics

    Jan 23, 2014, 1:48 PM EST

    pau gasol spain olympics

    Spain has the second best national basketball team in the world. Anchored in the paint by brothers Marc Gasol and Pau Gasol, plus with a host of good guards such as Jose Calderon and Ricky Rubio, they have won two Olympic silver medals in a row, able to beat out every nation on earth save…

  13. PBT NBA Power Rankings: At season midway Pacers, Portland on top (not exactly Stern’s dream finals)

    Jan 20, 2014, 1:20 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v New Orleans Pelicans

    We’re at the midway point in the NBA season and the Indiana Pacers sit on top of the ProBasketballTalk NBA power rankings — we knew they’d be good but they have been better in the regular season than expected. Portland is second, and that is a surprise, but also a team on a win streak.…

  14. The Extra Pass: Vince Carter had a front row seat for the “Miracle on Hudson” plane crash

    Jan 16, 2014, 8:00 AM EST

    US Airways Passenger Jet Crashes Into Hudson River By NYC

    LOS ANGELES — “They have to be shooting a movie or something.” That was Vince Carter’s first thought. Five years ago yesterday, the morning of Jan. 15, 2009, Carter woke up in the bedroom of his home in Edgewater New Jersey, and was lazily sitting on his bed just looking out the window of his…

  15. The Extra Pass: The best possible nickname jerseys; plus Tuesday’s recaps

    Jan 15, 2014, 8:00 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Brooklyn Nets

    If you missed it last week, the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets played with nicknames on the back of their jerseys instead of their last names. Once I was able to shush the crotchety old man that sometimes takes over my brain, I really enjoyed it. Ray Allen‘s “J. Shuttlesworth” jersey, a nod to his…

  16. PBT Podcast: Talking Marc Gasol return, taking your twitter questions

    Jan 14, 2014, 9:37 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Golden State Warriors

    Marc Gasol is back with the Memphis Grizzlies and that is the lead topic in the latest ProBasketballTalk Podcast with myself and Eytan Shander of NBC Sports Radio. Gasol being back is a good thing for Memphis but they have a lot of work to do — the win pace to make the playoffs in…

  17. Marc Gasol returns to Grizzlies’ lineup Tuesday, will start vs. OKC

    Jan 14, 2014, 7:53 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Golden State Warriors

    Marc Gasol, the defensive anchor for the Memphis Grizzlies and the fulcrum of their offense out of the elbow, will return to the team’s starting lineup Tuesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Gasol had been out since late November with a sprained MCL in his knee. No surgery was required, it was just a…

  18. PBT NBA Power Rankings: New York teams rising but Pacers on top still

    Jan 13, 2014, 2:32 PM EST

    Toronto Raptors vs Indiana Pacers

    Here are the weekly PBT power rankings, with some improving teams out of New York. For you fans in Dallas, Denver, Phoenix, Minnesota and Memphis — teams with dreams of the Western Conference playoffs — know that the pace right now is 47-48 wins just to get the 8 seed. Plan accordingly.   1. Pacers…

  19. Report: Marc Gasol to return to full practice with Grizzlies

    Jan 13, 2014, 1:52 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Golden State Warriors

    Memphis is four games back of the final playoff spot in the West and they need to jump at least three teams to grab a spot. Good news that the will get Marc Gasol back soon. The NBA’s reigning defensive player of the year will go through a full practice with the Grizzlies on Monday,…

  20. NBA says there’s been no increase in rate of ‘significant’ injuries this season

    Dec 30, 2013, 10:43 PM EST

    Derrick Rose

    Unless you’re a hardcore fan of one of a small group of five NBA teams, the injuries sustained this season to many of the league’s star players have made this a dismal campaign thus far. The Thunder are one of the five, but we’ve seen them have to deal with missed time from Russell Westbrook,…

  21. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Even without Westbrook Thunder take top spot

    Dec 30, 2013, 4:51 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Oklahoma City Thunder

    It’s legitimate to question how well Oklahoma City will fair in the roughly 27 games they will play without Russell Westbrook, but so far so good and that slides the to the top of the last power rankings of 2013. 1. Thunder (25-5, Last Week No. 2). They won all their games last week, but…

  22. As expected, Zach Randolph gets $25,000 fine for saying refs favored Harden, Rockets

    Dec 27, 2013, 2:47 PM EST

    MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES VS. HOUSTON ROCKETS

    “It’s obvious. It was the refs tonight. I mean, eight against five. I mean, the game was, in the second half, (James Harden) is shooting a free throw every time. We out there playing hard. They dictating the game. It can’t be like that, man. We’re out here playing, too.  It was a horrible game…

  23. Report: Knicks plan is to have Rondo force trade to play with them

    Dec 26, 2013, 7:50 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    The Knicks need to rebuild. You can throw blame at Mike Woodson all you want, and he deserves some, but the Knicks roster construction is flawed. They went heavy with an older roster last season and drained a lot of three balls on their way to 54-wins and the second round of the playoffs, but…

  24. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Santa brings presents to Blazers, Thunder; lumps of coal to Atlantic

    Dec 23, 2013, 3:59 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Oklahoma City almost took over the top spot in the rankings, until they laid an egg Sunday night. The Blazers hold on for another week, but they didn’t look elite last week even in their wins and this week sees a few big tests.   1. Trail Blazers (23-5, Last Week No. 1). If the…

  25. Report: Memphis could see Marc Gasol back in a couple weeks

    Dec 23, 2013, 12:26 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Golden State Warriors

    In the 13 games the Memphis Grizzlies have been without Marc Gasol they are 4-9, with an offense scoring a point per possession (25th in the league in that stretch) and the defense giving up 107 points per 100 possessions (26th in the league). They have fallen to 11-15, 13th best in the West. That’s…

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