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  1. Thursday And-1 links: Comparing Kobe and CP3

    Apr 5, 2012, 12:11 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant brushes past Los Angeles Clippers' Paul during their NBA preseason game in Los Angeles

    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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul, compared by their fellow Olympians in Beijing and…

  2. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Playoff impacts everywhere you look

    Apr 5, 2012, 10:06 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett

    What you missed while getting drunk on peanut butter and jelly flavored vodka…. Heat 98, Thunder 93: Don’t read too much into “statements” before the playoffs start, but the Heat made one in one of our games of the night. Lakers 113, Clippers 108: The Clippers had the big highlights, but the Lakers will take…

  3. Kanye West raps about Kim Kardashian, slams Kris Humphries

    Apr 5, 2012, 8:59 AM EDT

    VMAN21 Launch Party

    On his new track “Theraflu” Kanye West pretty much confirms the rumors that he and Kim Kardashian had a thing going on, and he slams Kris Humphries in the process. “And I’ll admit I fell in love with Kim, around the same time she had fell in love with him/Well that’s cool, baby girl do…

  4. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Turns out LeBron can score a lot

    Apr 4, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James drives to the basket as his team plays against the Philadelphia 76ers during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    What you missed while watching Baylor win the national title and thinking Brittney Griner can flat out ball…. Heat 99, Sixers 93: The Heat needed a win and they had LeBron James in a scoring mood — those things go together like Oreos and milk for Miami. The result was James putting up a season…

  5. Video: Kobe Bryant should not be that open on game winner

    Apr 4, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Even Kobe Bryant‘s most ardent supporters have to admit he has put up some terrible shots at the end of games, highly contested fade-away threes. But this time he is the best option on the play and gets a shockingly open look. To set the stage: The Lakers are up one (because of an earlier…

  6. Deron Williams sounds ready to test free agent market

    Apr 3, 2012, 9:28 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    Don’t pull out the “loyalty” card on Deron Williams. Some Nets fans have tried it on twitter as a way to convince D-Will to stay in New Jersey — actually, make that Brooklyn — and not opt-out this summer. Williams will have none of it. He keeps saying his loyalty is to winning. What Williams…

  7. NBA Power Rankings: Top spot now Thunderstruck

    Apr 2, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook celebrates with small forward Kevin Durant during their NBA basketball game against Chicago Bulls in Oklahoma City

    There can’t be any question about the Thunder in the top spot after the last 8 days, but there are questions about the Heat and the Bulls in the East. And the Celtics and Spurs as spoilers. 1. Thunder (40-12, last week ranked number 2). They beat the Heat, Bulls and Lakers in the last…

  8. Jason Kidd would like to be a general manager when he retires

    Apr 2, 2012, 9:02 AM EDT

    Mavericks guard Kidd watches from the bench against the Spurs  during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    Jason Kidd is not ready to retire after this season. He will be 40 next season but has played solidly this season — 5.9 points and 5.2 assists per game with a PER of 12.4. He might be reduced to being a backup — especially if he returns to Dallas and they fulfill their goal…

  9. The Nine Circles of Bobcats Hell

    Mar 31, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    hellrufus

    The Bobcats are in Hell. Not literally. They’re still alive. They still get paid. They’re operational. They’re not tortured with fire. Other than that, though, yeah, pretty hell like. The team is on pace for historic levels of failure. It is literally just about as bad as it can get. There is nearly no reason…

  10. Video: Michael Jordan holes one out from 55 feet

    Mar 30, 2012, 10:55 PM EDT

    Jordan golf

    Usually if we are talking about a 55-footer on this site, Jordan Farmar — or some other long-shot specialist — hoisted one up from the other side of half court to beat the buzzer and it happened to fall. Like say Dwyane Wade. But in this case we’re talking Bobcats owner Michael Jordan…. who as…

  11. Dallas’ gunner Jason Terry says Heat on his free agent radar

    Mar 30, 2012, 9:53 AM EDT

    Jason Terry

    Miami is becoming the team where veterans who are willing to play for less want to go to win a ring. You can add Dallas’ Jason Terry to the list. The Mavericks’ second leading scorer is a free agent this summer — he didn’t get a contract extension as part of Dallas’ effort to free…

  12. Nets’ Shelden Williams out at least a week with eye injury

    Mar 29, 2012, 10:08 AM EDT

    shelden williams

    It was a fluke, an innocent play midway through the second quarter of an eventual Nets victory. The Nets Shelden Williams gets the ball out by the three-point line, guarded by Tyler Hansbrough, and turns and face up. Hansbrough attempts to poke the ball free but catches Williams in the eye. Williams left the game…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Fear Kevin Love

    Mar 29, 2012, 9:17 AM EDT

    Kevin Love, Eduardo Najera

    What you missed while tweeting pictures of your food rather than eating it… Knicks 108, Magic 86: It was pretty much a perfect storm for the Knicks, and they need more like it. We broke it all down here. Minnesota 88, Bobcats 83: Kevin Love is in full on NBA2K12 beast mode — he had…

  14. Winderman: 2012 Mavericks are what Heat should have been in 2007

    Mar 28, 2012, 12:55 PM EDT

    Mavericks forward Marion, guard Kidd, guard Terry and forward Nowitzki stand with the Larry O'Brien Championship trophy before their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    Heat-Mavericks wasn’t what it was cracked up to be on Christmas Day, and it won’t be on Thursday night either. At least when cast as an NBA Finals rematch. Oh, the Heat still start the same lineup they started in Game 6 in the 2011 NBA Finals, the night the Mavericks won the NBA championship…

  15. Report: Nets to target free agents Kevin Garnett, Ersan Ilyasova

    Mar 27, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett reacts during their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers as the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan looks on in Los Angeles

    Dwight Howard is still the guy at the top of the Nets most wanted list. But he is not going to be there when the Nets start playing in Brooklyn next season, so the Nets are looking at some other potential free agents who could pair well with Deron Williams — who they are desperately…

  16. Monday And-1 links: Trayvon’s father thanks Heat players

    Mar 26, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    Miami Heat hoodie photo

    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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • The father of Trayvon Martin thanked the Miami Heat for their support. •…

  17. Brook Lopez out a while longer as CT scan reveals another “small crack”

    Mar 25, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Brook Lopez

    On the list of guys who you should feel bad for regarding this season, Brook Lopez has to be one of the bigger candidates. Imagine if your job kept working with you to get you back at work from an injury, but you knew the only reason they were is that they want to use…

  18. Friday And-1 links: NCAA makes players draft decision harder

    Mar 23, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

    Adrian Diaz

    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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • To make things easier on their coaches and universities, the NCAA is screwing…

  19. Baseline to Baseline recaps: George comes up big for Pacers

    Mar 23, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Paul George, Danny Granger

    What you missed while being thankful you’re not allergic to water…. Hornets 97, Clippers 90: The New Orleans Arena felt especially warm, mostly because of the heat emanating from Vinny Del Negro’s seat. The Clippers lost their third in a row to a feisty Hornets team in our game of the night. Celtics 100, Bucks…

  20. Thursday And-1 links: Kobe talks playing against Fisher

    Mar 22, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Derek Fisher

    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) — laid out in bullet points. Because god is a bullet (have mercy on us everyone). • Next Thursday night Derek Fisher will pull on…

  21. PBT Extra: I answer all your questions from twitter… or some at least

    Mar 21, 2012, 10:06 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    PBT Extra is back and today I answered your questions from twitter about everything from Deron Williams and the Nets (and Mavericks) to the evolution of positions in the NBA. Thanks to everyone who sent in questions, we will be doing this again, and I’ll take questions on Top Chef, bebop jazz and probably some…

  22. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Bulls are beating everybody

    Mar 20, 2012, 9:08 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Joakim Noah

    What you missed while getting emails from your dead friend…. Bulls 85, Magic 59: Chicago is now 10-4 this season when Derrick Rose sits and now have beaten the Heat and Magic without him in the last week. Credit where credit is due — they have been playing the best basketball in the NBA for…

  23. Video: Point guards with huge slams on Monday night

    Mar 20, 2012, 8:28 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    We’ll let you decide who you think had the better dunk. Clearly Deron Williams above showed some power and athleticism with that throwdown above. But I like Jeff Teague over Ray Allen better.  

  24. NBA Power Rankings: Suns are rising, Spurs climb too.

    Mar 19, 2012, 2:27 PM EDT

    John Lucas III, Carlos Boozer

    Trade deadline moves aren’t changing the top of the rankings much, but we will see Portland and some other teams fall in the coming weeks. And we don’t know what the Nets are thinking either, so don’t ask. 1. Bulls (37-10, last week ranked number 1). They beat the Heat without Derrick Rose in the…

  25. Gerald Green comeback takes another step, Nets sign him for remainder of season

    Mar 18, 2012, 5:49 PM EDT

    Gerald Green

    The Nets signed Gerald Green for the remainder of the season Sunday. The man most known for his dunk contest performance in 2008 has actually played really well (and dunked amazingly) this year in 11 games for the Nets, averaging 19 points per 36 minutes on 52 percent shooting. The Nets can use as much…

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