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  1. Stop talking Rondo for Westbrook trade, it’s a bad idea

    Dec 29, 2011, 4:11 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo Russell Westbrook

    In the wake of Russell Westbrook having a spat with Kevin Durant while at the same time the Boston Celtics are off to an 0-3 start, there’s been all sports of buzz on the Internet and talk radio about a Westbrook for Rajon Rondo trade. Stop it. Let it go. It doesn’t work. And it’s…

  2. Grizzlies Conley may miss a couple games due to ankle

    Dec 29, 2011, 12:58 PM EDT

    Mike Conley

    It was 24 seconds into the Grizzlies playoff rematch with the Thunder when point guard Mike Conley rolled his ankle, and at the time we didn’t know the severity. All we knew was Conley didn’t come back and rookie Jeremy Pargo was thrown into the fire (and acquitted himself quite well). Conley was wearing a…

  3. Thunder show even on off night they are good, beat Grizzlies

    Dec 29, 2011, 2:46 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay

    Elite teams win on their off days. This was certainly an off day for the Thunder. Russell Westbrook went 0-13, missing shots he usually drains blindfolded. He got frustrated and that led to words with Thabo Sefolosha and Kevin Durant, to the point Durant and Westbrook had to be separated. And in the end, the…

  4. Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant have altercation on bench

    Dec 29, 2011, 1:29 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    Be careful about reading too much into this — good teams with competitive players have fights on the sideline. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook had one of those during the second quarter of the team’s victory over the Memphis Grizzlies Tuesday and had to be separated by teammates, according to the Oklahoman’s Darnell Mayberry. Westbrook’s…

  5. Photo of the day: Russell Westbrook’s Air Jordan rollerskates

    Dec 28, 2011, 7:15 PM EDT

    air-jordan-iii-true-blue-roller-skates-russell-westbrook-1

    You can put skates on just about anything with a soul. My in-line skates are a pair of old CCM ice skates (yea, I used to play some hockey, what of it?) I had converted over. But Russell Westbrook did me one better. Did everyone one better. He converted a pair of Air Jordan III…

  6. It’s one game, but Ricky Rubio sure looked good in debut

    Dec 27, 2011, 3:17 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    When I saw the Timberwolves schedule my first thought was “welcome to the NBA Ricky Rubio, we’d like you to meet Russell Westbrook.” Tough way to debut. But Rubio was not fazed in the least, he looked good in his first NBA game. Very good. The numbers are modest — six points, six assists, five…

  7. Video: Eric Gordon with the game winner for Hornets

    Dec 27, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    Eric Gordon is very, very good. In a few years he will be one of the best slashing guards in the league. The Clippers were only going to trade him for a handful of players in the league (Chris Paul being one of them). Here he is getting the Hornets a win over the Suns…

  8. Baseline to baseline recaps: Dallas has some issues

    Dec 27, 2011, 7:48 AM EDT

    Chris Andersen, Vince Carter,

    What you missed while out celebrating Boxing Day…. Kings 100, Lakers 91: We covered this one already in our game of the night. Nuggets 115, Mavericks 93: Mavericks forward Sean Williams threw up when subbed out in the fourth quarter of this game, which got a lot of laughs on the Mavs bench but pretty…

  9. Nate Robinson would prefer GMs ignore Shaq’s new book

    Dec 26, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

    Guard Nate Robinson of the New York Knic

    When you go job hunting, do you look at what you posted — or others posted about you — of Facebook and wince? Welcome to Nate Robinson’s world. Robinson is a free agent looking for a job. Complicating matters is Robinson did not come off well in Shaquille O’Neal’s new book. “Nate was always trying…

  10. NBA Power Rankings: Mavericks fall, Heat race into top spot

    Dec 26, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks

    Only one third of the teams in the NBA have played a game, but it was enough to move some teams around and give us a new No. 1. 1. Heat (1-0, last week ranked No. 2). They had 100 possessions in their opening game, nine more than they averaged last season. If they do…

  11. Five things we learned watching the NBA on Christmas

    Dec 26, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Heat forward James and guard Wade laugh during the closing minutes against the Mavericks in Dallas, Texas

    The NBA gave five Christmas day presents to the fans… which were really more like belated birthday gifts disguised as Christmas gifts because we should have opened the NBA season on Nov. 1. But we’ll forgive and move on, like we do with family around the holidays. We’re just glad to have the NBA back.…

  12. Thunder crushes Magic, reminds you they are contenders

    Dec 26, 2011, 1:07 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Oklahoma City Thunder

    This game went pretty much like everyone expected. The Oklahoma City Thunder looked like the contenders with Kevin Durant playing like an MVP candidate, the team playing balanced on offense and showing real depth with their second unit. The Magic just looked confused. Dwight Howard looked off. In the end that led to a blowout.…

  13. Heat waive Eddie House

    Dec 24, 2011, 4:59 PM EDT

    Eddie House

    The Heat announced Saturday that they have waived Eddie House. House joined the Heat last season as a free agent after being traded from the Celtics in 2010 when the Knicks acquired Nate Robinson, who was coincidentally also waived by the Thunder on Saturday. House played limited minutes for the Heat last year, with a…

  14. The gift-giving guide for NBA Christmas Sunday

    Dec 24, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Wait, so we’re going to have actual, real-life games on Sunday? Like, for real? With defense and actual coordinated playsets (as opposed the summer exhibitions) and everything? BEST. CHRISTMAS. EVER. And since ’tis the season and all, we thought it would be good to put together what the teams playing in Sunday’s season openers really…

  15. Christmas Eve Super-Shopper Sale! Every Nate Robinson must go!

    Dec 24, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Three

    Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated reports: Source says OKC Thunder expected to complete a buyout of guard Nate Robinson‘s contract by tomorrow morning and he will become a free agent.Sat Dec 24 07:16:14 via TweetDeckSam Amick sam_amick Robinson is only 27, so age isn’t an issue. He’s a veteran, so inexperience isn’t an issue. And…

  16. Photos: Christmas kicks for LeBron, Kobe, Amar’e, and Durant all in one place

    Dec 24, 2011, 2:18 AM EDT

    Ho11_BB_Xmas_Family_original

    Pictures of the Christmas Day special edition kicks that will be worn by Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Amar’e Stoudemire have trickled in over the past couple of weeks, but with the holiday almost upon us, Nike has made the release of the shoes official. So, we’ve gathered some photos of them all…

  17. Previewing NBA’s Christmas Day tip-off

    Dec 23, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose

    Time to unwrap the present of an NBA season — and just like the gifts under the tree there may be some assembly required. Condensed training camps and just two preseason games is going to mean some sloppy openers on Christmas day. But they are games, which are vastly superior to antitrust lawsuits. So let’s…

  18. Rose, Durant go different path with contracts than LeBron

    Dec 23, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose attends news conference in Chicago

    When LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade came up for contract extensions, they all asked for three-year deals, or options that let them opt out of their deals after three years. The idea was simple — gain leverage over the team, pressure them to build a winner or they could lose their star. (We…

  19. Wednesday morning one liners

    Dec 21, 2011, 11:14 AM EDT

    Samuel Dalembert, Tony Battie

    Our morning 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). If you want to be the smartest NBA fan on the block — or the virtual block — order the new Basketball Prospectus preview book that just…

  20. Video: Durant shows off the Nowitzki step back

    Dec 20, 2011, 12:11 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    In the Western Conference Finals last year, Kevin Durant got an up close look at Dirk Nowitzki‘s wrong-footed step back jumper. Too good a look for Durant’s taste. Well look what Durant broke out in a preseason game Monday. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

  21. Thunder trade Byron Mullens to Bobcats for pick

    Dec 19, 2011, 3:29 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets

    B.J. Mullens is a guy who can’t get off the Thunder bench — he’s played in just 26 games over two years. He’s going to get his chance now — Mullens has been traded to the Charlotte Bobcats to help out their depleted frontcourt, reports the Oklahoman. The Bobcats are sending back a second-round pick.…

  22. NBA Power Rankings: Mavericks start out season on top

    Dec 19, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    Dallas players Carter, Marion, Nowitzki, Odom, Kidd, and Terry pose for photos during media day at the team's headquarters in Dallas, Texas

    Welcome to our inaugural power rankings for the 2011-12 NBA season (a regular Monday feature at PBT). These are fun if ultimately meaningless — in the NBA we have a playoff system to decide who is best (are you listening college football?). This is a preseason ranking, so remember that when you get mad about…

  23. Monday morning one liners

    Dec 19, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Richard Jefferson

    Our morning look around the NBA with stories worth reading and notes that are not their own post here at PBT. A fantastic read at Hoopspeak.com on what the Thunder need to do to get Kevin Durant more open looks. After signing Baron Davis for the mini mid-level, the Knicks are out of the running…

  24. Celtics’ Jeff Green to miss entire season after heart surgery

    Dec 17, 2011, 11:43 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    We thought things didn’t sound good, and they are not for the Celtics. Jeff Green — expected to be Boston’s sixth man — will miss the entire season after surgery to fix an aortic aneurysm, the Celtics announced on Saturday. The important thing is that Green is expected to make a full recovery. This can…

  25. Can the Dallas Mavericks repeat as NBA champions?

    Dec 16, 2011, 5:16 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    After a trying, decade-long run that consistently placed them along the title’s periphery, the Dallas Mavericks finally claimed their first ever NBA championship last June. The fact that Dirk and the Mavs are the reigning champs still seems like a hazy dream — a vision almost too similar to a storybook to be real, and an…

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