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

    Jan 9, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    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…

  2. D-League Showcase: Day 1 Features Plenty Of Talent Vying For A Call-Up

    Jan 9, 2012, 11:59 AM EDT

    Gerald Green

    The first day of the eighth annual NBA Development League Showcase tips off Monday afternoon as the legendary Antoine Walker and the Idaho Stampede face-off against the New York Knicks-owned Erie BayHawks. There’s probably no better way to shake off the cobwebs of the weekend than sneaking out of the office for a late lunch…

  3. Monday And-1 links: Who is Lakers second scoring option?

    Jan 9, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    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). Who is the Lakers second scoring option after Kobe? Well, Kobe Bryant says it’s Andrew Bynum. Kwame Brown thinks he deserves some of the credit…

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

    Jan 9, 2012, 1:33 AM EDT

    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…

  5. DeMarcus Cousins is only responsible for being DeMarcus Cousins

    Jan 7, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins Royals

    We tend to treat NBA players as action figures. Fun to look at and watch do whatever actions they do, ultimately hollow, and easily classifiable. “This one is a hero.” “This one is a villain.” The problem is that these are people. I’m not imploring you to be more considerate of their feelings; that’s a…

  6. Kings say Chuck Hayes officially out 3-4 weeks

    Jan 6, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Kings-void-Hayes-contract-on-heart-ailment-MIO375Q-x-large

    Just a quick update on the unfortunate injury to Chuck Hayes in Sacramento — he will be out three to four weeks, the team announced Friday. Hayes dislocated his left shoulder when he fouled the Bucks Drew Gooden and their arms got tangled up awkwardly. Hayes fell to the ground in pain and laid there for…

  7. Kings have players-only meeting before beating Bucks

    Jan 6, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Keith Smart, DeMarcus Cousins

    The value of player-only meetings gets wildly overstated in the NBA. But there can be value if there is honesty and accountability taking place. After the Kings beat the Bucks on Thursday night several players referenced a meeting called by veteran Chuck Hayes after the Kings had lost a couple nights earlier to Denver. While…

  8. Friday And-1 links, where it’s Jan Vesely time

    Jan 6, 2012, 11:12 AM EDT

    2011 NBA Draft

    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). Jan Vesely’s hip better and the Washington rookie is expected to make his NBA debut Friday vs. the Knicks. Maybe that will help, because the…

  9. Kings’ Chuck Hayes dislocates shoulder, out indefinitely

    Jan 6, 2012, 2:34 AM EDT

    Chuck Hayes

    Capping off a tumultuous day for the Kings, forward Chuck Hayes dislocated his left shoulder during the team’s victory over the Bucks. He will be out indefinitely. Welcome to the job, Keith Smart. It was an ugly play. Hayes had his arm extended as he fouled the Bucks Drew Gooden, their arms got locked and…

  10. Keith Smart signs two-year deal to coach Kings

    Jan 5, 2012, 8:04 PM EDT

    Keith Smart

    Keith Smart had an impossible situation in Golden State when he became head coach. Not long after he was hired the team was sold to new owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber whose mandate was to change the culture of a franchise that had been to the playoffs once in 17 years. Smart coached the…

  11. Sacramento Kings fire Paul Westphal as coach

    Jan 5, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Sacramento Kings

    Locker room dissention plus confusion on the court equaled the firing of Paul Westphal as coach of the Sacramento Kings. The team made the announcement Thursday. Keith Smart will take over in the interim, starting Thursday night when the Kings host the Bucks. The Kings were 2-5 but not really playing even that well, with…

  12. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Bobcats and Knicks have the same record

    Jan 5, 2012, 4:14 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    What you missed while watching West Virginia score more first half points than 15 the NBA teams playing last night (seriously)…. Bobcats 118, Knicks 110: Boris Diaw outplayed Amare Stoudemire. Gerald Henderson took it to Landry Fields at every turn. The Charlotte Bobcats outworked a Knicks team that has a lot of talent but looks…

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

    Jan 4, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT

    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.…

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

    Jan 4, 2012, 3:02 AM EDT

    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…

  15. DeMarcus Cousins will suit up for Kings, not start Tuesday

    Jan 3, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    DeMarcus Cousins will be in a Kings uniform on the bench Tuesday night when the Kings take on the Memphis Grizzlies. After that… who knows? He will not start, reports Jason Jones at the Sacramento Bee, but from there things get really murky. Cousins will dress for tonight’s game but will not start, Westphal said….…

  16. Tuesday And-1 links, or how Kevin Love = Bill Laimbeer

    Jan 3, 2012, 10:56 AM EDT

    Kevin Love, Tim Duncan

    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). Lamar Odom thinks Kevin Love is the Bill Laimbeer for a new generation. Dennis Rodman is going to coach a topless women’s basketball team in…

  17. Report: DeMarcus Cousins to rejoin Kings for road trip

    Jan 2, 2012, 6:11 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Sacramento Kings

    Like sands through the hourglass, so go the Sacramento Kings…. The soap opera that has become the Sacramento Kings will go on the road, tweets Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated. Source says DeMarcus Cousins will be joining the Kings on their road trip to Memphis and Denver. It means that some kind of truce has…

  18. Monday And-1 links: More LeBron hairline jokes

    Jan 2, 2012, 11:14 AM EDT

    LeBron James Hairline Getty

    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). Happy birthday LeBron, you’re bald. Michael Beasley’s finger injury Sunday seemed pretty bad — especially the part on television where you could see him say…

  19. Kings GM, owner say no plans to trade DeMarcus Cousins

    Jan 2, 2012, 8:08 AM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins, Paul Westphal

    The Sacramento Kings are creating a textbook case of “how not to handle an unhappy player.” DeMarcus Cousins and coach Paul Westphal got into another in a long series of arguments after Saturday night’s Kings loss to the Knicks. Sunday, the coach released a statement saying Cousins had demanded a trade and was not going…

  20. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Denver makes lay-ups, beats L.A.

    Jan 2, 2012, 2:38 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    What you missed while breaking your New Year’s resolutions already… Nuggets 99, Lakers 90: Best game of the night and there was a little fire to this one — second nights of a home-and-home often carry over some tension. Denver jumped out early with Kobe Bryant shooting only 1-of-10 in the first half and the…

  21. The complexity of the Kings’ Cousins situation

    Jan 2, 2012, 12:53 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Sacramento Kings

    Following the Kings’ press release from Coach Paul Westphal concerning DeMarcus Cousins‘ behavior following a recent loss, the Kings are kind of facing a disaster. To list the things that should not happen in a professional sports organization A professional ball player should not behave in such a way as to elicit multiple suspensions and…

  22. Kings’ Cousins demands trade… or did he? Sacramento is a mess.

    Jan 1, 2012, 8:53 PM EDT

    Demarcus Cousins

    UPDATE 8:53 pm: Here is coach Paul Westphal’s pregame quote to the media and comments about the Cousins situation, via NBA.com. “He can only have so many chances and something has to be done.  And it’s time something has to be done.”  Westphal is not sure if Cousins will travel with the team on their…

  23. Kings players on Paul Westphal’s offense: “What offense?”

    Jan 1, 2012, 11:43 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Sacramento Kings

    “What offense?” When the guy who is supposed to be the anchor in the middle for your franchise for the next decade says that about the team’s offensive system, you’ve got a serious issue. You’ve got a coach on the hot seat. You’ve got Sacramento. In the race to the bottom for the first coach…

  24. Amar’e Stoudemire out Saturday with ankle sprain

    Dec 31, 2011, 2:51 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    Funny thing about super-teams. If one of the role players gets hurt, you’re have an issue. If two are hurt, you are in trouble. If two role players and a star go down? Major problems. And the Knicks have major problems. Amar’e Stoudemire will miss the Knicks’ game in Sacramento versus the Kings Saturday night…

  25. 100 early season observations

    Dec 31, 2011, 10:08 AM EDT

    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…

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