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

    Jan 4, 2012, 4:12 PM EST

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    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.…

  2. 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…

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

    Jan 3, 2012, 4:29 PM EST

    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….…

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

    Jan 3, 2012, 10:56 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 2, 2012, 6:11 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 2, 2012, 11:14 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 2, 2012, 8:08 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 2, 2012, 2:38 AM EST

    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…

  9. The complexity of the Kings’ Cousins situation

    Jan 2, 2012, 12:53 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 1, 2012, 8:53 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 1, 2012, 11:43 AM EST

    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…

  12. Amar’e Stoudemire out Saturday with ankle sprain

    Dec 31, 2011, 2:51 PM EST

    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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. Thursday And-1 links (with some Portland love)

    Dec 29, 2011, 10:46 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers forward Gerald Wallace reacts to his team's loss against the Dallas Mavericks in Portland, Oregon

    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). They love them some Gerald Wallace in Portland, and he is learning to love it there. With Wallace and LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland could be very,…

  16. Baseline to baseline recaps: Lakers sure don’t look tired

    Dec 28, 2011, 3:07 AM EST

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    What you missed while debating the merits of a law forcing porn actors to wear condoms… Heat 115, Celtics 107: We broke this one down as our game of the night. But can you ever really get enough Norris Cole? Lakers 96, Jazz 71: If you watched this game and didn’t know which team was…

  17. Your Los Angeles Lakers are 0-2 and look very confused

    Dec 27, 2011, 6:56 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol of Spain walk towards the bench for a time out after losing possession of the ball against the Chicago Bulls during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Stability mattered more than ever this season. Shortened training camps and just two preseason games means switching systems was going to be a challenge. But Jim Buss was intent on wiping all traces of Phil Jackson from the Lakers, not keeping Brian Shaw and the triangle offense with a team built to run it. No,…

  18. DeMarcus Cousins will try to play smarter this season

    Dec 26, 2011, 4:37 PM EST

    DeMarcus Cousins

    From Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee: Mention some of DeMarcus Cousins‘ less-than-flattering statistics from last season and you won’t hear any excuses for them.Cousins doesn’t blame his teammates’ inability to catch passes for averaging 3.3 turnovers, ninth-most in the NBA. Nor is there complaining about officiating as a reason Cousins led the NBA with…

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

    Dec 26, 2011, 2:50 PM EST

    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…

  20. Kings’ GM Geoff Petrie issues statement on re-signing of Chuck Hayes

    Dec 23, 2011, 11:33 PM EST

    Chuck Hayes

    When the Sacramento Kings dropped the news that they were voiding the contract of recently-signed free agent center Chuck Hayes, it was depressing for multiple reasons, not the least of which was legitimate concern for the health of Hayes himself. But after seeking a second opinion and getting clearance to play, the story, for now,…

  21. Friday morning And-1 links (formerly one liners)

    Dec 23, 2011, 11:14 AM EST

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    New name, same drill. This is 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). Snoop Dogg is no Pau Gasol fan. (Language NSFW or family Christmas gatherings. The spelling is bad, too.) A really fascinating…

  22. It’s official: Kings to sign Chuck Hayes. Again.

    Dec 23, 2011, 9:05 AM EST

    Chuck Hayes

    UPDATE 9:05 am: It’s official, the Kings have reached terms with Chuck Hayes, who is back with the team. The important thing in all this is that Hayes is healthy, that whatever the issue was could be treated and dealt with. Now we can  get back to watching him ball and seeing how he pairs…

  23. Chuck Hayes’ agent says no heart condition, he is cleared to play

    Dec 22, 2011, 12:14 PM EST

    Chuck Hayes

    The representatives for Chuck Hayes — who did not pass his physical with the Sacramento Kings and had rumors swirling of a serious heart condition — say none of that is true. Hayes has been cleared to play, according to his agent. Here is the report, from Ken Berger at CBSSports.com. Free agent Chuck Hayes,…

  24. Thursday morning one liners

    Dec 22, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    LeBron James Quentin Richardson

    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). Free Darko’s Bethlehem Shoals is blogging the NBA season over at GQ. I know that mag is your browser home page anyway, but be sure to check…

  25. Report: Samuel Dalembert reaches deal with Rockets

    Dec 21, 2011, 5:20 PM EST

    Samuel Dalembert

    The Houston Rockets got a big man. Finally. It’s not the All-Star they had hoped for (Nene or Pau Gasol) but they have a deal with defensive stalwart Samuel Dalembert, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. Sources told ESPN.com that Dalembert has agreed to a two-year deal. The value of the contract was not immediately…

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