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  1. The Kobe System: Forbes says Bryant NBA’s top earner

    Jan 25, 2012, 9:10 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    Apparently the Kobe System has taken him beyond success. You’re welcome. As part of their NBA financial breakdown on Wednesday, Forbes Magazine named the top earners in the NBA, based on both salary and endorsements. Not shockingly (and to the delight of Vanessa), Kobe Bryant tops the list at $53.2 million last year. Kobe made…

  2. NBA quarter pole awards: Yes, LeBron is the MVP

    Jan 24, 2012, 2:37 PM EDT

    Miami Heats' LeBron James plays against the Philadelphia 76ers during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    We are a quarter of the way into the NBA season, which is far too early to start talking about end of the season awards, playoffs or much of anything else. I’m going to anyway. Here are the awards in a few categories as we reach the quarter pole. We’ve got a long back stretch…

  3. Report: Minnesota to offer Kevin Love max extension. Or Not.

    Jan 24, 2012, 10:13 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    This is not rocket science, but the Timberwolves are finding a way to screw it up. Minnesota has until Wednesday to reach a deal on a rookie contract extension with Kevin Love. Love is an All-Star, soon to be Olympian, double-double machine (39 and 12 Monday night) and the face of the franchise’s marketing efforts…

  4. NBA Power Rankings: Bulls on top after quarter of season

    Jan 23, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics

    Believe it or not, we are about a quarter of the way through the condensed NBA season already. And with that, these rankings are starting to take some solid shape. Which is bad news for Celtics and Knicks fans. But it’s all good in Chicago. 1. Bulls (15-3, last week ranked No. 1). If Derrick…

  5. Weekend Observations 1.21.12: Dead legs and the dirty ground

    Jan 21, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    Each weekend we bring you 25 random observations from the NBA week that was.  1. The Lakers use the pick and roll a lot but what winds up happening is it just resets the offense on the weak side. It doesn’t result in shots or quick passes. It’s like spending 10 hours cooking a hamburger.…

  6. Adelman would like to see Kevin Love’s contract get done

    Jan 20, 2012, 11:20 PM EDT

    Rick Adelman

    Agent Dan Fegan — who represents Kevin Love — was courtside at Staples Center Friday night to watch his star power forward. Timberwolves GM David Kahn also was seen walking around the building. Rick Adelman would like the two to get together and talk. They have until next Wednesday to reach a deal for an…

  7. Video: Adrian Wojnarowski talks Russell Westbook deal

    Jan 19, 2012, 9:17 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    Adrian Wojnarowski was on NBC’s SportsTalk Thursday talking about Russell Westbrook‘s new deal — five years at $80 million. — and what that means for the Thunder going forward. The big question as the bills come due over the next few years for Oklahoma City is how much this small-market ownership is really willing to…

  8. NBA All-Star starting teams pretty much set already

    Jan 19, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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    You can keep voting on the NBA All-Star Game players through the end of the month — you can vote every day between now and then, if your heart so desires. It’s not going to matter, the All-Star Game starters are pretty locked in. The NBA released the second round of All-Star balloting returns on…

  9. Brook Lopez will not be getting extension from New Jersey

    Jan 19, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT

    Brook Lopez, Jared Jeffries

    Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook have got their extensions to their rookie deals, and most likely Kevin Love will get one before the deadline next Wednesday. Brook Lopez will not. That’s what Nets GM Billy King told ESPNNewYork.com. “I’m sure I’ll have a conversation with his agent [Arn Tellem],” King told reporters before Wednesday night’s…

  10. Report: Westbrook agrees to max extension with Thunder

    Jan 19, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Juan Barea

    The Oklahoma City Thunder have some hard choices coming in the next few years as they try to keep this core together — but Russell Westbrook just made that a little bit easier. Westbrook has reached a max extension deal with the Thunder, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook has signed…

  11. Thursday And-1 links: Glen Davis drops his shorts

    Jan 19, 2012, 11:27 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic

    Welcome to our 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). Glen Davis, you need to keep your pants on when talking to the ref. It’s pretty much an automatic technical. What are the Sixers doing right…

  12. Baseline to Baseline recaps: It’s Bizzaro World night in NBA

    Jan 19, 2012, 8:05 AM EDT

    Andray Blatche Wizards

    What you missed while watching the Australian Open and thinking “I need to go to vacation there”…. Wizards 105, Thunder 102: Yes, you are reading that right. The worst team in the NBA (1-12 entering the game) just beat a title contender (12-2 before this started). It gets weirder — Oklahoma City shot 48.1 percent…

  13. Wednesday And-1 links: Cuban is still spending on something

    Jan 18, 2012, 11:22 AM EDT

    Mark Cuban

    Welcome to our 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). Mark Cuban is going to spend about $1.4 million on Mavericks championship rings. He’ll do it without blinking. He’d gladly do it again next year, but…

  14. Baseline to Baseline recaps: One half of Heat bests half of Spurs

    Jan 18, 2012, 2:13 AM EDT

    Heat small forward James reacts after the Heat tied the game with the Spurs in the second half during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    What you missed while buying the paintings of a squirrel… Heat 120, Spurs 98: It was a tale of two halves. In the first half the Spurs controlled the tempo and forced the heat into the half court. LeBron James, fighting a cold that might have kept him home if Dwyane Wade could have played,…

  15. Report: Boston getting calls asking about Paul Pierce

    Jan 17, 2012, 7:17 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Boston Celtics

    Can you picture Paul Pierce in any other uniform than Boston green? It seems weird. But Celtics fans are starting to try, they taking to message boards and asking the big question: Is it time to blow up the Celtics and rebuild? This team has lost five in a row, has fallen to 4-8, and…

  16. GMs predict Heat to win title, Kevin Durant MVP

    Jan 17, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    The annual NBA survey of team general managers is out and — shockingly — they think the Miami Heat are very good. Same with that Kevin Durant guy. So, they see the world pretty much like the rest of this. In the annual survey of team executives, 74.1 percent of the GMs think the Miami…

  17. However you build it, U.S. Olympic team will be very good

    Jan 17, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

    Krzyzewski & Kobe Bryant

    We don’t know exactly what the U.S. Olympic team will look like in London. We know the pool of players — the 20 finalists — the roster will come from. And we know a couple other things: Mike Krzyzewski and staff have some hard choices ahead of them. This team will be very, very good.…

  18. Boston’s best game still not enough to beat Thunder

    Jan 17, 2012, 12:57 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Rajon Rondo

    The good news: The return of Kendrick Perkins and the challenge to match up to one of NBA’s elite teams in the Oklahoma City Thunder got the Celtics to play their best game of the season. The bad news: Oklahoma City 97, Boston 88. Maybe the highlight for Boston fans was the video tribute to…

  19. Draft class of ’08 not getting many contract extensions

    Jan 16, 2012, 9:02 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    Pop quiz: How many players out of the 2008 NBA draft have gotten the early extensions to their rookie deals as of now? Answer: One. Derrick Rose. That could change a little over the next 10 days — Jan. 25 is the deadline to do an early extension — but only a little. As David…

  20. NBA Power Rankings: Heat slip, Bulls charge into top spot

    Jan 16, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose listens to coach Tom Thibodeau during their NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Chicago

    Miami tripped up out West and the Bulls ran over them on the way to the top of PBT’s weekly power rankings. Meanwhile, jump on the Sixers bandwagon while you can. 1. Bulls (12-2, last week ranked No. 2). Five wins in a row and their next five games are against teams under .500, so…

  21. USA Basketball announces 20 finalists for Olympic team

    Jan 16, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

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    When USA Basketball sends a dozen players to the Olympics in London this summer, the roster will come from these 20 finalists, released by USA Basketball on Monday: Guards: Dwyane Wade, Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Eric Gordon, Russell Westbrook, Chauncey Billups, Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant Forwards: LeBron James, Andre Iguodala, Rudy Gay, Kevin Durant, Carmelo…

  22. Kyrie Irving might play for Australia in Olympics

    Jan 16, 2012, 12:06 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Here’s something I didn’t know about Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving — he has dual citizenship in the United States and Australia. He was born down under while his father was playing professional basketball there. Which means Irving has a choice to make in the next few weeks — does he want to play for…

  23. Full slate of NBA on tap for Martin Luther King day

    Jan 16, 2012, 10:51 AM EDT

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    The NBA has tried to make Martin Luther King Day it’s sporting day — and it’s a good fit (well as good as any sporting attempt to claim the day). The NBA has become a league about inclusion on a lot of levels: If you can ball well enough it doesn’t matter if you are…

  24. Kendrick Perkins returns to Boston for first time Monday

    Jan 16, 2012, 9:51 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo Kendrick Perkins

    It’s going to be weird. With all due respect to Jeff Green, nobody in the Boston locker room wanted the Kendrick Perkins trade to go down. Perk was part of the family, part of the foundation, part of the reason there is banner 17 at the Boston Garden. Celtics fans didn’t like it much either,…

  25. Kobe says guys most like him: Derrick Rose, Chris Paul

    Jan 16, 2012, 8:06 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Derrick Rose

    Kobe Bryant is the guy with the rep as the toughest dog in the junkyard. Deservedly so. Which led to this interesting comment he made after the Clippers knocked off the Lakers Saturday night, via ESPNLosAngeles.com. “The game just gets easier with Chris Paul,” Bryant said before comparing himself to Paul. “He’s a dog. He’s…

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