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  1. Nike unveils All-Star shoes for Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and LeBron James

    Jan 28, 2014, 8:04 PM EDT

    Nike Basketball 2014 All-Star

    Nike Basketball unveiled its lineup of special edition colorways that LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Kobe Bryant will be rocking for All-Star weekend in New Orleans. As always, the colors and patterns of the 2014 NOLA Gumbo League Collection were inspired by the city hosting the celebratory midseason exhibition. From the official release: “Nike Basketball is…

  2. Highlights of Miami Heat’s “Battioke” event. Chris Bosh is the best.

    Jan 28, 2014, 5:09 PM EDT

    Miami Heat player Chris Bosh speaks to the media before a team practice ahead of Game 2 of the NBA Finals basketball playoff against the San Antonio Spurs in Miami

    That is Chris Bosh singing Tom Jones’ “It’s not unusual” while breaking out the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Carlton Dance. That is why Chris Bosh is awesome (that and he’s a better basketball player than most of you seem to give him credit for, but that’s another post for another day). It’s may favorite thing…

  3. LeBron James wants to talk to Adam Silver, has ideas about growing the league

    Jan 28, 2014, 3:20 PM EDT

    2012 Sports Illustrated Sportsman Of The Year Award Presentation - Arrivals

    When you are the biggest name in the sport, you can get a few perks. So if LeBron James wants to sit down with incoming NBA Commissioner Adam Silver — who takes over for David Stern as of this weekend — he might get his wish. LeBron told Brian Windhorst of ESPN that a sit…

  4. The Extra Pass: Three guys that deserve more playing time, plus Monday’s recaps

    Jan 28, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Milwaukee Bucks

    With the first half of the season in the books, let’s look at five players who deserve to get a little more burn the rest of the way. John Henson, F/C, Milwaukee Bucks Before we get to Henson, let’s travel in the way back machine to the 2009-10 season. If you’ll remember, Kurt Rambis was…

  5. Kevin Durant goes one on five, hits game-winner vs. Hawks (VIDEO)

    Jan 27, 2014, 10:38 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant is in the midst of a stretch that has him at the forefront of the league’s MVP race this year, and considering the fact that LeBron James still plays in the NBA and hasn’t exactly declined from the level he played at a season ago, that’s really quite the accomplishment. Durant finished with…

  6. Nets’ Andray Blatche goes to the Euro-step against Raptors (VIDEO)

    Jan 27, 2014, 10:04 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Brooklyn Nets

    An entertaining part of some of the Nets’ recent blowout victories has been the late-game offensive freedom afforded to reserve big man Andray Blatche. Blatche has some embarrassing moments forever archived on YouTube, but he’s developed offensively to the point where he has some skills at the ready whenever the opportunity may present itself. On…

  7. PBT Extra: Handing out the NBA’s midseason awards

    Jan 27, 2014, 7:36 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    In the latest edition PBT Extra, it’s a Kevin Durant love fest as we name him the NBA’s MVP at the midseason. As noted in my post on this topic, LeBron James could go on a run and catch him, but there is some voter fatigue with LeBron as the MVP so people have been…

  8. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Durant powers Thunder to top slot

    Jan 27, 2014, 3:29 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    No Russell Westbrook yet Kevin Durant has pushed the Thunder to the top of the West and the top of PBT’s weekly power rankings. Still strange to see the Celtics and Lakers near the bottom of the poll, but it’s where they belong this season.   1. Thunder (35-10, LW 4). Kevin Durant is making…

  9. Pat Riley says David Stern “The No. 1 reason why this league is where it is today”

    Jan 27, 2014, 1:27 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    This is David Stern’s final week as NBA Commissioner — the power exchange to Adam Silver comes over the weekend. Feb. 1 is the final day for David Stern on the job, and we all know the final day on a job you’re just screwing around and cleaning out your desk anyway. Stern is taking…

  10. ProBasketballTalk’s mid-season awards: Durant for MVP, Carter-Williams for ROY

    Jan 27, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Charlotte Bobcats

    We are at the NBA’s mid-season — it takes that long to really start to get a line on the NBA’s award season. Guys get hot early then fade, and you can bet some guys will make a push the second half of the season (remember J.R. Smith for Sixth Man of the Year last…

  11. The Extra Pass: Kobe’s thoughts on Carmelo Anthony to L.A. speculation, plus Sunday’s recaps

    Jan 27, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    NBA All-Star Bryant of the Lakers and All-Star Anthony of the Knicks laugh during the NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    by Brett Pollakoff NEW YORK – When Carmelo Anthony scored a jaw-dropping 62 points in a win over the Bobcats on Friday, he didn’t just set a Knicks franchise record. He took something that belonged to Kobe Bryant. The Madison Square Garden arena record, since the building opened its fourth incarnation in 1968, was set…

  12. What malaise? Chris Bosh, Miami look sharp in blowout win over Spurs

    Jan 26, 2014, 3:29 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers vs Miami Heat

    Miami just needed a challenge, apparently. The Heat had coasted through the last few weeks, still winning some games but not looking sharp, looking like a team that was bored with the season. Like a team a little tired and just waiting for the playoffs. Then the Spurs came to town and Miami woke up…

  13. Luol Deng would consider re-signing with Chicago Bulls this summer

    Jan 26, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    Jimmy Butler, Luol Deng

    The Chicago Bulls, if they amnesty Carlos Boozer, will have significant cap room this summer. They’d have viable starters at point guard (Derrick Rose), shooting guard (Jimmy Butler), power forward (Taj Gibson) and center (Joakim Noah). That would leave a hole at only small forward, assuming Tony Snell isn’t ready to step into a bigger…

  14. Kevin Durant returns from injury, puts up a triple-double against Sixers (VIDEO)

    Jan 26, 2014, 12:04 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant sat out of the Thunder’s win in Boston on Friday due to a shoulder injury, and it was the first time in the history of the Oklahoma City franchise that the team played a game without both Durant and Russell Westbrook. Durant didn’t want to make it a trend, so he returned to…

  15. Friday And-1 links: What happened to all those draft picks the Knicks gave away?

    Jan 24, 2014, 6:44 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v New York Knicks

    Here is our regular 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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points more than we love a good California Zinfandel…. • What happened to all the…

  16. LaMarcus Aldridge thinks he should have been an All-Star starter

    Jan 24, 2014, 2:53 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Portland Trail Blazers

    If the NBA coaches and players were voting for who got to be an All-Star Game starter, LaMarcus Aldridge would be a lock in the West. But the fans wanted to see other guys (Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Kevin Love is your West starting frontcourt) so Aldridge will again be selected by the coaches…

  17. Dwight Howard’s popularity decline as measured in All-Star fan votes

    Jan 24, 2014, 2:01 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Dallas Mavericks

    When the surprise announcement came that Kevin Love and Blake Griffin had leapfrogged Dwight Howard to become All-Star Game starters this season — leaving the Rockets’ big man for the coaches to pick as a reserve — my first thought was “that’s a huge Lakers fans base that he pissed off.” They took their vote…

  18. LeBron says it’s too early to know if he’ll play in 2016 Olympics

    Jan 24, 2014, 12:02 PM EDT

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    LeBron James will not be part of Team USA this summer when it heads off to Spain to try and earn a berth in the 2016 Rio Olympics (winner of the World Championships automatically qualifies). After three straight trips to the Finals for the Heat, plus the London Olympics in that mix, LeBron is taking…

  19. Kobe does not want to play in All-Star Game, may not have choice

    Jan 24, 2014, 11:18 AM EDT

    kobe-bryant-all-star

    Kobe Bryant asked you to vote for Damian Lillard or other young, rising stars of the NBA. You — and by you I mean NBA fans around the globe — voted Kobe in as an All-Star Game starter anyway. For Kobe it would be All-Star Game No. 16. His reaction? He doesn’t want to play.…

  20. LeBron goes coast to coast for slam vs. Lakers (VIDEO)

    Jan 24, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    The Heat had a little more trouble than expected before pulling away for a win over the Lakers on Thursday, but this signature highlight from LeBron James was as easy as they come. Miami often likes to use its defense to get easy looks in transition, and once James grabbed this rebound and took off,…

  21. Thursday night NBA grades: Night of the power forward

    Jan 24, 2014, 2:03 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Portland Trail Blazers

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while wondering what NBA players could play in the NFL… Only power forwards make the list tonight. LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers. He’s the best power forward in the game right now. Better than Kevin Love (Aldridge is a better and more interested defender), better…

  22. Lakers make it interesting late before eventually falling to Heat

    Jan 23, 2014, 11:03 PM EDT

    lebron nick young

    The Lakers don’t have much in the way of talent these days, and looking at a starting lineup that includes Ryan Kelly, Kendall Marshall and Wesley Johnson may feel like a strong sign that the basketball equivalent of the apocalypse has descended on Los Angeles. But what the team does have is an above average…

  23. We know the starters, so who should be the All-Star reserves?

    Jan 23, 2014, 8:27 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    Your job is done fans. You picked the NBA All-Star Game starters. Well done. Now the job of picking the reserves falls to the NBA’s coaches. Well, really whoever the coaches delegate the job to — an assistant coach, the video coordinator, the equipment manager, someone working the beer concession line — but the coach…

  24. LeBron, Curry, Kobe voted All-Star Game starters — but Kobe doesn’t want to play

    Jan 23, 2014, 7:25 PM EDT

    NBA All-Star Bryant of the Lakers and All-Star Anthony of the Knicks laugh during the NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    You voted for them, so here they are — your 2014 NBA All-Star Game starters: EASTERN CONFERENCE Backcourt: Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) Frontcourt: LeBron James (Miami Heat), Paul George (Indiana Pacers), Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) WESTERN CONFERENCE Backcourt: Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) Frontcourt: Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder),…

  25. Phil Jackson says Jordan would beat Kobe in game of one-on-one

    Jan 23, 2014, 2:15 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Michael Jordan

    Sometimes we as sports fans have this obsessive need to rank everything and allow that to get in the way of just enjoying a player for what he is. We can’t just sit back and enjoy what Kobe Bryant or LeBron James have done on the court, they must instantly be compared to the all-time…

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