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  1. Wednesday And-1 links: Anderson Varejao is no Magic Johnson

    Jan 11, 2012, 11:29 AM EST

    Anderson Varejao

    Welcome to 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). Anderson Varejao is no Magic Johnson. Here is the video proof. Paul Pierce misses having Delonte West around. By the way, West apologized for his…

  2. The man who cut Michael Jordan in high school… sort of

    Jan 11, 2012, 10:26 AM EST

    Michael Jordan dunk

    It is one of the legends of Michael Jordan — that as a high-school sophomore he was cut from his high school team. Jordan, ever the master at using slights real and perceived as fuel to drive him, took this insult as one of the things that pushed him through high school to North Carolina…

  3. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Nate Robinson beats the Heat

    Jan 11, 2012, 7:40 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Golden State Warriors

    What you missed while being addicted to cracking your knuckles… Wizards 93, Raptors 78: The Wizards win! Theeee Wizards win! Warriors 111, Heat 106: This was another Miami route, they were up 17 late in the third quarter, but then Nate Robinson happened. And then Dorell Wright happened. And suddenly Mark Jackson and the rebuilding…

  4. Report: Team USA sets 19 players for preliminary Olympic roster

    Jan 10, 2012, 5:39 PM EST

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    The USA will send 12 men to London this summer to suit up and defend America’s gold medal from the last Olympic games. And that dozen will come from these 19 guys, according Chris Sheridan at SheridanHoops.com who broke the story of the preliminary roster. We’ve broken them out by position (they are alphabetical in their…

  5. Kevin Love says he is the best power forward in the game

    Jan 9, 2012, 5:12 PM EST

    Kevin Love, Tim Duncan

    Kevin Love is a pretty special player. A double-double machine who on offense has smooth moves around the rim to go with shooting range out to the three-point line. He’s as good a rebounder as there is in the game. So mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the best power forward of them all?…

  6. NBA Power Rankings: Heat on top, Blazers best in West

    Jan 9, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

    Miami Heat's James does a dance with Chalmers during a time-out in overtime after they tied their NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta

    A little shifting up at the top but nothing too dramatic. Your big movers this week is the 76ers, who are playing well and moving up the rankings, and the Hornets dropping like a rock. 1. Heat (8-1 last week ranked No. 1). Chris Bosh drops 33 on the Hawks and wants you to remember…

  7. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where the Spurs look old

    Jan 9, 2012, 1:33 AM EST

    Tony Parker, Kendrick Perkins

    What you missed while watching Tim Tebow resurrect after three games…. Lakers 90, Grizzlies 82: This was our game of the night, where the Lakers flaws are showing and it doesn’t matter. Thunder 108, Spurs 96: Both teams were tired — third game in three nights for Oklahoma City, fourth game in five nights for…

  8. Update: Eric Maynor out for season with knee injury

    Jan 8, 2012, 5:26 PM EST

    Russell Westbrook, Eric Maynor

    UPDATE 5:26 pm: The Thunder have announced that Eric Maynor is out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate that will require surgery. After watching the video below, that should not seem like a huge shock. It was nasty. This is a blow to the Thunder. Sure, Russell Westbrook is young and can play…

  9. Weekend Observations: 25 things from the week that was

    Jan 7, 2012, 2:16 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks

    Each weekend we bring you 25 random observations from the NBA week that was.  1. Ramon Sessions is not shooting well, but he’s drawing a lot of contact and his assists are up this year. He’s got a 19.5 PER and can’t get over 25 minutes per game on the Cavaliers. He’s much more of…

  10. Thursdays And-1 links, where Lakers fans are just wrong

    Jan 5, 2012, 10:52 AM EST

    Andrew Bynum

    Welcome to 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). In this poll, 56 percent of Lakers fans would rather have Andrew Bynum as their starting center over Dwight Howard. Those fans are fools. I’m…

  11. Does it really matter if Durant, Westbrook like each other?

    Jan 4, 2012, 4:47 PM EST

    Kevin Durant Russell Westbrook

    Another interview, another chance for Kevin Durant to downplay any tension between himself and Russell Westbrook. This time it was with Hoopsworld, and if you want to see the video follow this link. Here is the money quote from KD: “There’s a lot of people that want to see us fail, of course, but it’s…

  12. NBA releases All-Star ballot, here are my early votes

    Jan 4, 2012, 4:12 PM EST

    All-star-nba-logo0103_rdax

    You can vote — and not just if you’re a Republican in Iowa. The NBA opened All-Star Game voting to the fans on Wednesday, so you can pick who will not play any defense in Orlando Feb. 26. Fan voting picks the starters, the coaches for the teams help pick the rest of the squad.…

  13. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Portland says they are contenders, too

    Jan 4, 2012, 3:02 AM EST

    Thunder, Trail Blazers, Nazr

    What you missed while Iowa was the center of the political world for a night… Bulls 76, Hawks 74: This ugly but exciting contest was our Game of the Night. Portland 103, Oklahoma City 93: Portland wants you to know they are contenders, too. Or they at least are starting to look like it early…

  14. Reports: Warriors close to signing Nate Robinson

    Jan 3, 2012, 7:21 PM EST

    NBA Finals Game 2:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Because they needed another guard off the bench… wait, no they didn’t, but the Golden State Warriors may be adding one anyway. The Warriors are close to signing Nate Robinson, according to Marcus Thompson of the Contra Costa Times. He said the signing may happen Wednesday and Robinson could be in uniform by the weekend.…

  15. Report: Kevin Love has not been offered contract extension

    Jan 3, 2012, 11:45 AM EST

    Kevin Love

    Among the no-brainers out there is that Kevin Love is deserving of a max contract extension off his rookie deal. He’s entering his fourth year as an All-Star and double-double machine who has improved his game this season. He will be at the core of any Timberwolves turnaround. But he hasn’t gotten even the offer…

  16. Dwyane Wade says 2012 will be his last Olympics

    Jan 2, 2012, 2:48 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade Team USA Olympics

    Dwyane Wade is considered one of the locks for the 2012 USA Basketball roster for the London Olympics. He has Olympic experience helping the USA get the gold medal in Beijing, he is probably the best two guard in the game today and in what should be an up-tempo affair he is one of the…

  17. NBA Power Rankings: Blazers climb, Heat on top of mountain

    Jan 2, 2012, 1:35 PM EST

    Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, LeBron James

    Lots of big moves up and down as the rankings start to shake themselves out a little. In college football they should hold off doing polls through those early weeks because said polls impact the postseason, but as the NBA has a playoff to determine who is best let’s dive in. 1. Heat (5-0, last…

  18. 100 early season observations

    Dec 31, 2011, 10:08 AM EST

    Miami Heat James smiles after making a basket against Charlotte Bobcats during their NBA game in Charlotte

    We lost basketball this year. Precious, sweet basketball. And even though most of the lockout happened in the offseason, those days were still slogs through disappointment and frustration. So to mourn those days and celebrate the first week of professional basketball this season, here are 100 observations on the early season. 1. Lob City’s a…

  19. Stan Van Gundy willing to help Thunder out by taking Durant off their hands

    Dec 30, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    Selfless. Really, that is the best word to describe Magic coach Stan Van Gundy. Reporters in Orlando were talking with Van Gundy about the alleged rift between Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant when Van Gundy came up with an inspired solution, according to the Oklahoman (via Ball Don’t Lie). “I think it’s very serious, and…

  20. Friday And-1 links (and the truth about height measurements)

    Dec 30, 2011, 10:48 AM EST

    Barea of Puerto Rico and NBA team Dallas Mavericks celebrates with his teammates after their win over Mexico during their men's final basketball game at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara

    Welcome to 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). Who are the guys in the NBA not nearly as tall as listed? Well, if J.J. Barea is 6’0” then I am looking down on…

  21. Baseline to baseline recaps: Kevin Durant is an assassin

    Dec 30, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

    What you missed while watching an octopus pick the BCS matchups…. Lakers 99, Knicks 82: We broke this down as our game of the night. Thunder 104, Mavericks 102: This was easily the best game the Mavericks have played this season. The ball movement was back, the clever veteran plays were there. Delonte West said…

  22. Video: Kevin Durant’s ridiculous game winner over Mavs

    Dec 29, 2011, 11:34 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Seven

    Dallas played the best game they have all season. With a chance to take the lead late Dirk Nowitzki made a smart play drawing the defense in and kicking to Vince Carter for a wide open three. The Mavs were up 102-101 with 1.4 seconds left. Ballgame? Not after this Kevin Durant shot. Thunder win…

  23. Durant, Thunder coach play down Westbrook altercation

    Dec 29, 2011, 10:03 PM EST

    Durant Westbrook

    “Nothing to see here, move along.” No, we’re not just quoting Chief Clancy Wiggum, we’re summing up what Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Thunder coach Scott Brooks said about the altercation on the bench between Westbrook and Durant on Wednesday. Royce Young of Eye on Basketball spoke to Westbrook and Durant about everything at shootaround…

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

    Dec 29, 2011, 4:11 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 29, 2011, 12:58 PM EST

    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…

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