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  1. Recapping PBT’s coverage of All-Star weekend from Orlando

    Feb 27, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    After four exciting and exhausting days in Orlando for All-Star weekend, it’s time for PBT to get out of town. The weather was good, and the city itself might be great, but we wouldn’t know due to spending the entire time shuttled between hotels, convention centers, and of course, the Amway Center downtown. Speaking of…

  2. Monday And-1 links: All-Star Weekend notes edition

    Feb 27, 2012, 9:59 AM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    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). All weekend Deron Williams got asked about Jeremy Lin again and again — not his favorite topic, as you might guess — but he did…

  3. Deron Williams says Nets ready for weeks of speculation

    Feb 27, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    It’s about to become the only think anyone talks about. Through All-Star Weekend, Dwight Howard was able to keep a lid on the speculation about whether or not he will be traded. But that is about to change. The Magic players and front office staff are going to be asked constantly about whether or not…

  4. Kevin Durant wins 2012 All-Star MVP, West beats East 152-149

    Feb 26, 2012, 11:56 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    The 2012 NBA All-Star game started off as a blowout, but ended up being competitive to the final possession. Kevin Durant and LeBron James tied for the game-high in scoring with 36 points each, but Durant got the MVP nod as his West squad held on to win in exciting fashion, 152-149. Durant started off…

  5. Dwight Howard isn’t talking trade, but everyone else is

    Feb 26, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

    Sprint NBA All Star Celebrity Game

    Three times on Friday and Saturday I heard a reporter try to broach the topic of trade demands and where he might play in the future with Dwight Howard, and every time he has responded that he is not talking about anything past All-Star Weekend. “The situation we are in right now is All-Star Weekend.…

  6. Kevin Love works overtime to win Three-Point Contest

    Feb 25, 2012, 11:22 PM EDT

    Love of the Timberwolves competes in the three-point contest during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    Do you remember when then Minnesota coach Kurt Rambis was trying to keep Kevin Love from straying away from the basket and shooting threes? Rambis, Loves hopes you were watching. “But for me, coming into the league, I was told not to shoot three point shots, so to be where I am now and continue…

  7. Tony Parker is your 2012 Skills Challenge champion

    Feb 25, 2012, 9:50 PM EDT

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    The Taco Bell Skills challenge was technically the second event on the agenda for All-Star Saturday night in Orlando, but with the first featuring teams of NBA players past and present, along with WNBA players launching half-court shots to ultimately determine the winner, well … we passed. The Skills Challenge, though, is a little bit…

  8. David Stern defends Dwight Howard’s right to leave Orlando

    Feb 25, 2012, 8:46 PM EDT

    David-Stern-all-star-2012

    NBA commissioner David Stern held his annual All-Star weekend press conference from the Amway Center in Orlando on Saturday, and not surprisingly, one of the first questions that came up was about Dwight Howard. Howard, as you may have heard, is an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, and he’s gone back…

  9. The league was nice enough to pair Dwight Howard up on a community service trip with Deron Williams

    Feb 25, 2012, 1:35 PM EDT

    NBA All-Star Practice

    The Nets want Dwight Howard. And not in the “well, if you’re available, we’d love to have coffee with you” way. More in the “blurting out ‘I love you’ on the first date and talking about how easy you are to get into bed” way. The only way this gets more intense is if Mikhail…

  10. NBA’s Rising Stars know exhibition drill, put on dunk fest

    Feb 24, 2012, 11:58 PM EDT

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    Give the people what they want. Nobody tuned in to the BBVA Rising Stars game Friday night of All-Star weekend to watch defense — they wanted to see dunks, crazy passes and guys carpet bombing threes. Then more dunks off ally-oops. Then Jeremy Lin. In that case, the fans got their money’s worth. Friday night…

  11. Don’t expect Dallas to make a trade deadline deal. Unless…

    Feb 23, 2012, 9:28 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    The defending NBA champions started slow — we’ll call it a championship/lockout hangover — but have found their footing of late. Despite all the roster changes this summer they look good — Dirk Nowitzki is healthy again and their offense is clicking. But the Mavs don’t as good as Oklahoma City in the West. Or…

  12. Kevin Durant to replace Joe Johnson in Three-Point Contest

    Feb 22, 2012, 8:04 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Oklahoma City Thunder

    And the All-Star Three-Point Contest continues to have way more star power than the Dunk Contest…. Kevin Durant has been chosen to replace the Hawks Joe Johnson in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest on All-Star Saturday night in Orlando, the league has announced. Johnson has tendonitis in his left knee and is resting it through…

  13. Nets pulling out all the fireworks to impress Dwight Howard

    Feb 22, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard gestures during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Dwight Howard heads to New Jersey Wednesday night to play the Nets in the building that team will not play in next season. The Nets are going to Brooklyn, and they want Howard to join them there. So they are pulling out all the fireworks. Literally. Here is the tweet from Andy Vasquez, the Nets…

  14. Nets’ Shawne Williams done for season after foot surgery

    Feb 22, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

    Shawne Williams, Carmelo Anthony,

    The Nets have been without Shawne Williams for more than a week with a foot injury, one that was more serious than previously known. Williams is done for the season after surgery Wednesday to put remove a bone fragment and put in three screws, the team announced Wednesday. He should be able to return next…

  15. Video: Mannix, Wojnarowski discuss ‘Melo, Lin fit

    Feb 22, 2012, 9:14 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo were on NBC’s SportsTalk yesterday and of course Jeremy Lin, Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks came up. Their consensus — there’s a lot of potential there. Which sounds familiar. Oh, and by the way Deron Williams is really good.

  16. First look at Team USA Olympic basketball uniforms

    Feb 21, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT

    USA Basketball uniforms

    That photo to the right (the larger version is below) was tweeted out by Nike on Tuesday. Nike has all kinds of interconnections with USA basketball and they are the people who design and make what Team USA will wear in London this summer for the Olympics. What you see is it, modeled by Kobe…

  17. Lin, ‘Melo together showed a lot of potential in first game

    Feb 21, 2012, 2:56 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Jeremy Lin, Mike D'Antoni

    Let’s be clear — there was a lot of uncertainty and plenty of rust in the Knicks first game with Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin in the lineup together. It was far from pretty. Stoudemire spent most of the game as the weakside option, something he will do more of but he needs…

  18. By the way, Deron Williams really enjoyed win over Knicks

    Feb 21, 2012, 1:42 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    Linsanity started a couple weeks ago when Jeremy Lin came off the bench and out of nowhere to drop 25 on the New Jersey Nets. Deron Williams read in the papers how he got “destroyed” by Lin. He got weeks of questions about Lin and how good he was. Williams quietly fumed. Then Monday night…

  19. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Dirk Nowitzki is still good

    Feb 21, 2012, 7:55 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Dallas Mavericks

    What you missed while trying to find something to watch now that Downton Abbey is over….. Nets 100, Knicks 92: Deron Williams would like you to know he is the best point guard in the greater New York area, and will be next year when the Nets move to Brooklyn (unless he leaves to play…

  20. Jeremy Lin who? Deron Williams dominates Knicks in Net wins

    Feb 21, 2012, 1:33 AM EDT

    Deron Williams, Jeremy Lin

    “Linsanity” started when Jeremy Lin came in off the bench against the New Jersey Nets, dropped 25 points on Deron Williams and his team, and started to change the Knicks season around. Williams was frustrated. A couple days later, Williams was being peppered with questions about Lin, at one point said “What phenomenon?” then cut…

  21. Westbrook, Williams headline All-Star Skills Challenge

    Feb 20, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Samuel Dalembert

    The Taco Bell Skills Challenge can get overlooked during the All-Star Saturday festivities (especially when guys are dunking over a car), watching guys go through drills is not the most exciting part of the weekend. But this year’s lineup might at least get you stop and watch. Participating are: Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Tony Parker,…

  22. NBA Power Rankings: Streaking Heat, Spurs land on top

    Feb 20, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Miami Heat

    Miami has looked dominant the last week, while Tony Parker may be the best player in basketball the last two weeks so the Spurs climb. At the bottom, things look familiar. 1. Heat (24-7, last week ranked 1). They became the third team in the NBA to sweep a back-to-back-to-back (Bulls, Thunder), but they did…

  23. Monday And-1 links: Anthony Morrow to honor Drazen Petrovic

    Feb 20, 2012, 11:24 AM EDT

    drazen-petrovic

    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). Anthony Morrow is going to wear a Drazen Petrovic Nets throwback jersey during the All-Star Three Point Contest next weekend in Orlando. Petrovic was a…

  24. In Stephen Jackson’s world he gets traded to the Nets

    Feb 20, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

    Stephen Jackson

    Stephen Jackson is living in his own little world right now. Jackson and old-school coach Scott Skiles have not meshed, nor has Jackson in the Bucks system. The result has been reduced minutes — eight on Sunday — and lots of Stephen Jackson trade speculation. Jackson basically said on Sunday his ideal situation in his…

  25. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Pistons handle Celtics easily

    Feb 20, 2012, 7:14 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Pierce and Garnett react when the team was called for a technical foul against the Chicago Bulls during NBA basketball game in Chicago

    What you missed while trying to decide if you should vote for the naked cowboy guy for president… Knicks 104, Mavericks 97: So Mark Cuban, still think Linsanity is all about New York? Matt Moore broke this down as our game of the day Sunday. Heat 90, Magic 78: It wasn’t that close, the Heat…

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