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  1. Tuesday And-1 links: Zach Randolph is back at practice

    Feb 14, 2012, 11:44 AM EST

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    Here is our daily 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). Zach Randolph has been cleared by doctors for non-contact practices and is expected to return to the Grizzlies in early March. That would be huge…

  2. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Dallas can still close out games

    Feb 14, 2012, 7:35 AM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki

    What you missed while wondering why a man would try to rob a store wearing only chocolate and peanut butter… Mavericks 96, Clippers 92: What do you need to do to win in tight fourth quarters in the NBA? Execute. For example, don’t turn the ball over — the Clippers has seven fourth quarter turnovers.…

  3. Hawks Josh Smith ticked about All-Star Game snub

    Feb 13, 2012, 8:31 PM EST

    Josh Smith of the Atlanta  Hawks walks off the court against the Chicago Bulls during the second half of Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Chicago

    Josh Smith should have been an All-Star. He has stepped up his play with Al Horford out and is giving the Hawks 15.9 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.1 blocks per game, and the Hawks are your four seed in the East at 18-10. Hard to look the other way. But the reserve All-Star…

  4. LeBron, heckler reportedly had words in Washington

    Feb 13, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    LeBron James’ talent may have moved to South Beach, but he still fills the arenas. However, the sound he hears in those arenas is a lot different than he heard a few years ago. Then he was the wunderkind carrying the Cavaliers on his back, now he is the villain leader of the Heat. He…

  5. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Miami crushes faith in Atlanta

    Feb 13, 2012, 2:10 AM EST

    LeBron James

    What you missed while wondering what the heck Nicki Minaj was doing at the Grammys…. Celtics 95, Bulls 91: No Derrick Rose but the Bulls made a late rally and a game of it, in our game of the day. Lakers 94, Raptors 92: The Lakers are still a disorganized mess at the end of…

  6. Miami’s big three tell John Wall to work hard, stay positive

    Feb 11, 2012, 10:04 PM EST

    John Wall, Wizards, Heat

    There was a time when LeBron James was trying to figure out how to get the Cleveland Cavaliers into the playoffs, when Chis Bosh was not near enough to get Toronto over .500, when Dwyane Wade was trying to figure out how to fit is game into the NBA. Basically, a time when those three…

  7. Mike Brown compares, Kobe, LeBron: It’s about the rings

    Feb 11, 2012, 1:01 PM EST

    2009 NBA All-Star Game

    Mike Brown is different from the last Lakers coach in a lot of ways. For example, when you ask him a direct question he’ll answer it. Even if he probably shouldn’t wade into those waters. For example, the whole “Kobe or LeBron” debate. Brown talked about it to CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger and talked about it…

  8. Video: Dwyane Wade with the ally-oop to LeBron

    Feb 10, 2012, 9:39 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    Your Comcast announcer is correct — being the lone defender back on a 2-on-1 break and seeing it is LeBron James and Dwyane Wade is about as bad as it gets.

  9. Wizards would like an actual home-court advantage

    Feb 10, 2012, 6:26 PM EST

    John Wall, Trevor Booker, JaVale McGee

    There are about 30 NBA towns where MVP chants for Kobe Bryant have rung out. Pretty much the same for LeBron James and Derrick Rose. But it’s been different for the Washington Wizards — their home games have sounded more like road games at times. Combine the fact that the Wizards are not a real…

  10. Winderman: The fuzzy line of NBA talk, tampering

    Feb 10, 2012, 1:11 PM EST

    APTOPIX NBA All Star Basketball

    Sorry, just not sure how this works anymore, when it comes to what is tampering what is innocent conversation, and, frankly what is NBA protocol and civility. Perhaps because Kobe Bryant and LeBron James aren’t impending free agents, it’s all simply viewed as innocuous. So Larry Bird, in his role as Pacers president, talks freely…

  11. Kevin Love says he will compete in three-point contest

    Feb 10, 2012, 9:40 AM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves' Love high-fives fans after defeating San Antonio Spurs in their NBA basketball game in Minneapolis

    Kevin Love is an All-Star, selected by the coaches as a reserve. He earned it and there was no suspense about whether he would make it. But Love has other plans for All-Star Weekend, too, tweets Jerry Zgoda of the Star-Tribune. Love says he also will compete in three-point shooting contest at All Star Game….…

  12. Your NBA All-Star reserves announced, coaches went safe

    Feb 9, 2012, 7:24 PM EST

    Kevin Love

    The fans picked the five starters, but this week the coaches voted to name the reserves to the All-Star Game in Orlando. And the coaches played it safe. They went with the old names they new not the future stars. They went with veteran Joe Johnson and left out Rajon Rondo. They left out Paul…

  13. Report: Lakers to retire Shaq’s #34 next season

    Feb 9, 2012, 6:00 PM EST

    Shaquille O'Neal

    From NBA.com’s Scott Howard-Cooper: Indications are Lakers will retire @Shaq uniform No. 34 next season. Brief delay due to rush of schedule, not any doubt it would happen. O’Neal, who retired after last season, played for the Lakers from 1996-2004, and is still currently the only player to win a championship after signing a max contract with…

  14. “No timetable” for Irving’s return from concussion

    Feb 9, 2012, 5:10 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

    From the AP: CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers rookie guard Kyrie Irving is being evaluated at the Cleveland Clinic as he recovers from a concussion. Irving missed his first game of the season Wednesday night with the concussion. He was kept out after the team diagnosed him with the head injury, which he sustained Tuesday night in…

  15. Kendrick Perkins says he deleted his twitter because of “too much negativity”

    Feb 9, 2012, 4:52 PM EST

    Blake Griffin Kendrick Perkins

    Kendrick Perkins has gained some national attention recently thanks to his strong words about LeBron James’ twitter reaction to Blake Griffin’s play-of-the-year dunk on Perkins, and his feelings towards “elite” NBA players on twitter in general. Perkins deletehavd his twitter shortly before he made his statements, and recently there have been some insinuations that Perkins…

  16. Erick Dampier signs 10-day contract with Atlanta Hawks

    Feb 9, 2012, 12:59 PM EST

    Erick Dampier

    Erick Dampier is back. The veteran center has signed a 10-day contract with the Atlanta Hawks, the team announced. The Hawks have talked about needed more depth in the middle since the injury to Al Horford but have waiting to make a move to add to the ranks of Zaza Pachulia and Jason Collins at…

  17. Thursday And-1 links: Kevin Durant raps

    Feb 9, 2012, 11:01 AM EST

    Kevin Durant

    Here is our daily 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). Kevin Durant is laying down the lyrics — he is in a rap video with Privaledge and sounding pretty good. Normally we’d run the video,…

  18. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Magic cool off Heat

    Feb 9, 2012, 9:24 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    What you missed while watching a guy get bit in the face by a dog on live television… Magic 102, Heat 89: Maybe the Magic owner should tell the media he doesn’t want to trade Dwight Howard before every game. Orlando played the game it wants to play — good defense (especially challenging in the…

  19. LeBron has no appologies for Perkins, tweeting about dunk

    Feb 9, 2012, 8:09 AM EST

    Sweat rolls down the face of Miami Heat's James during a break in play against Milwaukee Bucks in their NBA game in Milwaukee

    Kendrick Perkins didn’t like LeBron James tweeting about how Blake Griffin dunked all over Perk. Not in the least. Perkins said that you don’t see Kobe Bryant tweeting, or Jordan, or guys that play the game “for the right reasons” who want to win not get hung up on one play. In response, our man…

  20. Photos: All-Star edition shoes for Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, and LeBron James

    Feb 8, 2012, 4:50 PM EST

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    Nike has officially released details on the All-Star lineup of shoes for its most high-profile athletes — Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, LeBron James — and the results are straight fire. From the official release: “Nike Basketball is proud to unveil key colorways celebrating its pinnacle players competing in the 2012 NBA All-Star Game in Orlando…

  21. Griffin, Irving headline pool of players for Rising Stars game

    Feb 8, 2012, 2:38 PM EST

    Rookie John Wall, of the Washington Wiza

    The NBA is trying to change the fortunes of what used to be the overlooked and uninteresting All-Star weekend Rookie Challenge (where the rookies played the sophomores). This year TNT’s Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal are picking teams playground style (Team Shaq and Team Chuck) from a pool of rookies and sophomores — and the…

  22. Wednesday’s And-1 links: It’s going to cost you to see Jeremy Lin

    Feb 8, 2012, 11:45 AM EST

    Jeremy Lin Knicks

    Here is our daily 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). You want to see Jeremy Lin play for the Knicks? It’s going to cost you. Larry Bird says he and Red Auerbach are about loyalty,…

  23. Kendrick Perkins rips LeBron for tweet about Blake dunk

    Feb 8, 2012, 11:09 AM EST

    Blake Griffin Kendrick Perkins

    When I spoke to Kendrick Perkins right after the game against the Clippers where Blake Griffin threw down the dunk of the year on him, he didn’t know what had happened. Oh, he knew he’d been dunked on spectacularly and he accepted that as part of the game when you are a shot blocker. But…

  24. Humphries, LeBron, Kobe make poll of most disliked athletes

    Feb 8, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

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    I had lunch a couple weeks ago at a popular spot near my house, and a couple seats down two early 20s, attractive women from a local health spa sat down for lunch. The Nets game replay was on television and the two started talking about Kris Humphries — “He’s so cute but he was…

  25. Baseline to Baseline recaps: LeBron beats Cleveland. Yawn.

    Feb 8, 2012, 8:49 AM EST

    Miami Heat forward James watches a replay of his score with teammate Miller against the Cleveland Cavaliers in their NBA basketball game in Miami

    What you missed while learning to play a-ha on the accordion…. Heat 107, Cavaliers 91: As has been their pattern, this is another game where the Heat played down to the level of the competition. At least for three quarters — in the fourth the Heat cranked up the defense and that was enough to…

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