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  1. Lakers engaged in talks with multiple teams to trade Jordan Hill

    Feb 19, 2014, 10:38 PM EDT

    jordan hill

    As the Lakers continue to look at ways to shed salary and potentially get under the luxury tax threshold this season, Jordan Hill is a player that many expect to be dealt before Thursday’s trade deadline passes. L.A. was in talks with Brooklyn a couple of days ago, mainly because the Nets have a $5.25…

  2. Wednesday And-1 links: Trade rumor updates, mostly bad news if you want trades

    Feb 19, 2014, 5:59 PM EDT

    Grizzlies' Tony Allen celebrates on the bench during the third quarter in Game 3 of their NBA Western Conference final playoff basketball series against the San Antonio Spurs in Memphis

    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. Today we start off with a heavy dose of trade rumor updates. • Talks between Memphis and Minnesota on…

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

    Feb 17, 2014, 8:16 PM EDT

    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…

  4. Karl Malone is a big Anthony Davis fan

    Feb 17, 2014, 8:46 AM EDT

    anthony Davis

    NEW ORLEANS — Right now it’s a serious debate about who is the best power forward in the game — LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Love lead most lists, Blake Griffin is trying to muscle in on the list, but guys like Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki still have a say in the matter. If five…

  5. All-Star 2014: The Standouts

    Feb 17, 2014, 12:40 AM EDT

    NBA-All-Star-Game-2014-starters

    First, the obvious: The NBA All-Star Game is different from a normal basketball game. Apathy often reigns supreme, especially on defense, in this yearly exhibition, and there’s a premium on flashy play instead of solid, efficient basketball. For some players, it’s a dream format, while it’s less than ideal for others. In short, how a…

  6. Anthony Davis with the block on one end, alley-oop finish on the other (VIDEO)

    Feb 14, 2014, 10:16 PM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans v Memphis Grizzlies

    NEW ORLEANS – Don’t say nobody plays defense in the Rising Stars Challenge All-Star weekend… Actually, you can say that all you want. Nobody plays defense in this game. Trust me, I was in the building and my Monday night pickup games (with no guy over 6’4″) have more effort on defense. But Anthony Davis…

  7. James Harden to start All-Star Game for Kobe Bryant

    Feb 14, 2014, 9:33 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    Kobe Bryant was already replaced on the Western Conference All-Star roster with Anthony Davis, but that was only half the process. Kobe must also be replaced in the starting lineup. Looks like that’s settled, too. Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports: Injured Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will be replaced as a Western Conference All-Star…

  8. PBT Podcast: Talking everything All-Star Weekend in New Orleans

    Feb 14, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

    adidas NBA All-Star Jersey EAST WEST Clipped

    New Orleans. The Big Easy. The NBA’s biggest party is coming to America’s premiere party city (sorry Vegas) and it is going to be something special. I have a personal goal of gaining 20 pounds this weekend. I am in New Orleans and stopped eating gumbo long enough to tape the latest NBC ProBasketballTalk Podcast…

  9. The Extra Pass: Predictions for All-Star Weekend

    Feb 14, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    NBA All-Star Game 2013

    All-Star weekend is upon us. While the rest of the PBT crew gets to eat beignets and earn beads for showing a little skin (that’s how that works, right?), some of us will be stuck at home watching the celebrity game and reevaluating our life choices. Not that I’m bitter or anything. Not at all.…

  10. Adam Silver talks Anthony Davis, league’s loyalty to New Orleans to kick off All-Star weekend

    Feb 13, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    NEW ORLEANS – Adam Silver kicked off his first All-Star weekend as commissioner on Thursday, appearing at the NBA’s Jam Session theme-park-like setup at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to make a ceremonial opening statement of sorts to some children’s groups assembled at the event’s Center Court. Silver won’t be addressing national and more NBA-specific…

  11. Extra Pass: Jimmer Fredette salvaging NBA career with long 3-pointers

    Feb 13, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Jimmer Fredette

    Jimmer Fredette – the bright lights of Madison Square Garden shining on him – walked the ball up court and called out a play. Of course, Fredette has never been big on plays. His freelancing, gunning style endeared him to fans at Brigham Young, where he carried the program to unprecedented heights. Fredette noticed his…

  12. Monday night NBA grades: Time to stop shoveling dirt on Anthony Bennett

    Feb 12, 2014, 3:09 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while thinking this may be the best soccer goal celebration ever…. Anthony Bennett, Cleveland Cavaliers. You don’t know how a draft pick is going to pan out for three years. You just don’t. Some guys start fast but never really develop beyond that (Tyreke Evans,…

  13. Anthony Davis goes off the wall for dunk, says “put me in the dunk contest”

    Feb 11, 2014, 6:16 PM EDT

    Anthony Davis

    I wish they had put Anthony Davis in the dunk contest (although the lineup they have with Paul George, Damian Lillard, John Wall, Terrence Rose et al is quite good). Better yet, Adam Silver put Davis in the main game on Sunday (where he should be considered a dark horse MVP candidate as the hometown…

  14. John Wall: People see me as a No. 1 pick who hasn’t done anything

    Feb 11, 2014, 4:22 PM EDT

    John Wall, LeBron James

    Professional athletes love to talk about all the people who don’t believe in them, even if everyone believes in them. Some get creative. Throughout his NBA career, Michael Jordan referenced a high school coach cutting him. That was because nobody really doubted Jordan during his time at North Carolina and with the Chicago Bulls. But…

  15. Toronto Raptors reportedly wary of paying Kyle Lowry in $40 million range

    Feb 10, 2014, 5:54 PM EDT

    Kyle Lowry

    Kyle Lowry’s value has never been higher. It might never get higher. With Lowry heading into free agency this summer, this could be the exact right time to trade him. The Raptors could get substantial long-term assets in return, positioning themselves to truly contend down the road. However, a Lowry trade would almost certainly undermine…

  16. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Thunder stay on top, Bucks stay on bottom

    Feb 10, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    More and more I think Adam Silver’s first NBA Finals as commissioner will feature Indiana and Oklahoma City — which would be good basketball but not exactly Super Bowl ratings. Things can change, but those are the two best teams right now.   1 Thunder (41-12, Last Week No. 1). We gave been praising Kevin…

  17. Tyreke Evans says he’s never talked with Monty Williams about role on Pelicans

    Feb 10, 2014, 9:45 AM EDT

    Tyreke Evans, Dion Waiters

    Tyreke Evans received a DNP-CD in the Pelicans’ loss to the Nets on Sunday, and New Orleans coach Monty Williams called it “internal” issue. Evans doesn’t quite see it that way, turning it into an external issue in a hurry. Evans, via Shlomo Sprung of Sheridan Hoops: “He’s trying to figure me out still,” Evans…

  18. Goran Dragic scores career-high 34 points to lead Suns past Warriors (VIDEO)

    Feb 9, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    goran dragic

    When an All-Star replacement needed to be named for the injured Kobe Bryant, there was no way the league was going to pass up the opportunity to have the host city’s team represented, and Anthony Davis was certainly deserving of the honor. But so was Goran Dragic. The Suns’ point guard has played at an…

  19. Anthony Davis selected to fill Kobe Bryant’s All-Star slot in West

    Feb 7, 2014, 3:22 PM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans v Cleveland Cavaliers

    We told you earlier in the week it was coming down to two guys: Anthony Davis of the Pelicans or Goran Dragic of the Phoenix Suns. Kobe Bryant was voted an All-Star starter by the fans but can’t play due to his fractured knee, so the league office picks the replacement — meaning new commissioner…

  20. 2014 Rising Stars Challenge rosters set; Anthony Davis taken with first overall pick

    Feb 6, 2014, 10:31 PM EDT

    faried rising stars

    The Rising Stars Challenge kicks off the All-Star weekend festivities that Friday night, and features a mix of the game’s top rookies and sophomores competing in the exhibition. Teams used to be separated by seniority, which often times meant a blowout victory for the second-year players. But the league has since created a draft of…

  21. 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,…

  22. Pierre Jackson scores D-League single-game record 58 points

    Feb 5, 2014, 12:38 PM EDT

    2013 NIT Championship

    The New Orleans Pelicans have plenty of talented players who play or have played point guard: Jrue Holiday Tyreke Evans Brian Roberts Austin Rivers That’s why the Pelicans’ second-round pick, point guard Pierre Jackson from Baylor, signed to play in Europe. But Jackson left his French team to be closer to his grandmother and is…

  23. James Harden tries to go incognito as Anthony Davis (VIDEO)

    Feb 4, 2014, 2:13 PM EDT

    New Orleans Pelicans v Memphis Grizzlies

    I’m not sure a basketball star from the University of Kentucky who went No. 1 in the draft can really fly under the radar, but Anthony Davis isn’t as well known to casual hoops fans now as he will be in a couple years. Or sooner if Adam Silver puts him on the All-Star Team…

  24. The Extra Pass: Central heat, plus Monday’s recaps

    Mike Brown

    No NBA head coach has been fired yet this season. Of course, “yet” is the key word there. Given the performances and the high expectations of a few teams in the Eastern Conference’s Central Division, that could be changing soon. Here’s a look at the tenuous positions of three coaches from that division, in order…

  25. Monday night NBA grades: Tony Parker can still carve up a defense

    Feb 4, 2014, 2:16 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v New Orleans Pelicans

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while realizing yes, the TSA employees are laughing at your body scans…. Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs. The Pelicans are without Jason Smith for the rest of the season and that means New Orleans usually had Greg Stiemsma or Alexi Ajinca on the court —…

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