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  1. Keith Smart talks about maturity and DeMarcus Cousins

    Nov 12, 2012, 11:15 AM EDT

    Andrew Bogut, James Capers, DeMarcus Cousins

    My friends say I should act my age. What’s my age again? What’s my age again? —Blink 182 DeMarcus Cousins acts a lot like of 22-year-olds. Stretches of maturity followed by lapses in judgment. And learning lessons the hard way. He’s been in the spotlight so long, since his days at Kentucky, that we expect…

  2. Lakers cruise to another win as nobody talked about the game

    Nov 12, 2012, 1:13 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol, Francisco Garcia

    What were people talking about at Staples Center Sunday night? Phil Jackson. Is he coming to the Lakers in the next 24 hours? Does he really want the job? How does he implement the triangle with Steve Nash and no training camp? You know the fans want him because midway through the second quarter they…

  3. Three Stars of the Night: Two big names and a role player

    Nov 12, 2012, 1:05 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, James Johnson

    On any given night, anyone can step up to be the difference maker that leads his team to a victory. Typically, it’s the team’s best player or one of their key starters that does it. That’s why they’re paid the big bucks, after all. Sometimes, though, it’s a role player that comes out hitting shots…

  4. DeMarcus Cousins suspended two games over incident with Spurs broadcaster Sean Elliott

    Nov 11, 2012, 7:42 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    DeMarcus Cousins has been suspended two games without pay for confronting San Antonio Spurs announcer Sean Elliott in a hostile manner following Friday night’s game, the league announced in an official release. Cousins will miss Sunday night’s game against the Lakers in Los Angeles and Tuesday night’s home game against the Blazers. The original incident…

  5. NBA reviewing incident between DeMarcus Cousins and Sean Elliott

    Nov 11, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    Andrew Bogut, James Capers, DeMarcus Cousins

    We told you about the words exchanged between DeMarcus Cousins and Spurs broadcaster Sean Elliott during (and apparently after) Friday’s game between the Kings and the Spurs. The short version is that Elliot said some very Elliot things on the broadcast, Cousins heard what he said, and let him know (probably as politely and professionally…

  6. DeMarcus Cousins responds to Sean Elliott ripping him on the Spurs broadcast

    Nov 10, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins, Harrions Barnes

    Sean Elliott is pretty much the definition of a “homer” when he’s working as an analyst on the Spurs television broadcast. His commentary is one-sided, which is probably fine if you’re a Spurs fan, but for those who aren’t, it makes it a little difficult to listen to. We’re just interested observers, though. Imagine how…

  7. Thomas Robinson says all the right things after receiving two-game suspension

    Nov 8, 2012, 8:26 PM EDT

    Thomas Robinson

    The elbow from Kings’ rookie Thomas Robinson on Wednesday — you remember, the one that connected with the throat of Jonas Jerebko and earned Robinson a well-deserved two-game suspension — was brutal and unnecessary, and has no place at all in a basketball game played at the professional level. Thankfully, after receiving his punishment for…

  8. Kings’ Robinson suspended two games for elbow to neck of Pistons’ Jerebko

    Nov 8, 2012, 5:42 PM EDT

    Kim English, Jonas Jerebko

    We told you Wednesday night when it happened a suspension was very possible for Kings rookie Thomas Robinson, and the league has come down pretty hard on the rookie. Robinson has been suspended two games (without pay) for throwing an elbow to the neck of Jonas Jerebko of the Detroit Pistons, the league announced Thursday. Robinson was…

  9. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Spurs lose and we have a DeAndre Jordan sighting

    Nov 8, 2012, 7:34 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers

    Our nightly roundup of all the action in the NBA. Or, what you missed while you were watching the first episode of the new season of Top Chef and thinking you could make an omelet…. Jazz 95, Lakers 86: Well, that was about as ugly as the Lakers have looked this season. Utah’s front line…

  10. Kings’ Robinson ejected after nasty elbow to Pistons’ Jerebko

    Nov 8, 2012, 1:25 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Indiana Pacers

    Thomas Robinson, you’re a rookie so let me help you out here — the check for that fine that is coming can be made out just to the NBA. And there is certainly at least a fine coming — and likely a suspension — for Robinson following his uncalled for and nasty elbow to the…

  11. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Spurs, Knicks remain undefeated

    Nov 6, 2012, 4:42 AM EDT

    Rasheed Wallace, Tyson Chandler

    Our nightly recap of every game around the NBA. We catch you up on what you missed while you were finding out where Superman’s home planet Krypton actually was…. Spurs 101, Pacers 79: Don’t look now, but the Spurs are defending again this year. Which is how they crushed the Pacers. We broke it down.…

  12. First NBA flopping warnings go to J.J. Barea, Donald Sloan

    Nov 5, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

    Barea Hinrich

    Congratulations J.J. Barea and Donald Sloan, you have gotten the historic first warnings from the NBA for flopping. The league announced Monday that Minnesota’s Barea and Cleveland’s Sloan got warnings — there are no fines until their second offense (and then it is just $5,000 for the next offense). The goal rather is to leak…

  13. NBA Power Rankings: Spurs and Knicks movin’ on up

    Nov 5, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

    Fans celebrate as Knicks' Anthony sinks a three-point shot against Heat during NBA basketball game in New York

    The first few power rankings of the year show the most volatility — we don’t have established patterns for teams and so if someone gets hot or cold for a few games there is no context yet to put that in. It’s Small Sample Size Theatre. The Magic are 2-0 but I don’t think they…

  14. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Lakers defense sucks, too

    Nov 1, 2012, 4:13 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Jodie Meeks

    Our nightly recap of every gamegaround the NBA. It’s what you missed while buying dive bar T-shirts…. Trail Blazers 116, Lakers 106: In the season opener, Dallas scored at a 108.7 points per 100 possessions pace on the Lakers (for comparison, only five teams in the NBA averaged giving up more points per 100 last…

  15. PBT Power Rankings: Heat start season on top, Bobcats in cellar

    Oct 29, 2012, 4:56 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh,Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    It’s that time of year — the PBT’s NBA Power Rankings are back. Power Rankings before a single game is played are admittedly a bit silly, but then again the NBA has playoffs to determine which team is best so really all power rankings are silly and just for the entertainment value. It would take…

  16. Four days left and Harden, Thunder still talking extension

    Oct 27, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    James Harden

    Halloween is the deadline for rookies from the draft class of 2009 to sign extensions. And there are some real questions out there. Would you offer an extension to Stephen Curry? What about Jrue Holiday? Or Ty Lawson? The Bulls are expected to reach a deal with Taj Gibson but it hasn’t happened yet. Tyreke…

  17. The 2012-2013 All-Breakout Team

    Oct 25, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Sacramento Kings

    Last season, Jeremy Lin coming out of nowhere (and the ensuing Linsanity) was the perfect headlining story for a crazy, compacted season. Lin was absolutely the breakout star of the year, but we also saw Ersanity (Ersan Ilyasaova) become a thing — at least in Milwaukee, anyway. And Kevin Love‘s nightly performances? Just good old-fashioned…

  18. Seven players who need to answer doubters, have big years

    Oct 24, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

    John Wall

    It’s time gentlemen. Step up or be swept to the side. There are a lot of players in the NBA who need to answer questions we have about them, but maybe none more than the seven below. These are players who either need to show how good they are to get paid next summer; or…

  19. Kobe shut down for preseason, Howard likely plays Thursday

    Oct 24, 2012, 4:41 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    That sore foot of Kobe Bryant’s — the one that kept him out of the past couple practices and the Lakers latest preseason game — is now shutting him down for the rest of the preseason. But expect to see Dwight Howard back in the Lakers final preseason game Thursday. Kobe doesn’t really miss time…

  20. Video: Thomas Robinson throws down over Dwight Howard

    Oct 22, 2012, 10:10 AM EDT

    Thomas Robinson

    Welcome back to NBA action, Dwight Howard. That would be Kings rookie power forward Thomas Robinson who is not going to just let you have that rebound. That is quite the athletic move by the young Robinson. With a front line of Robinson and DeMarcus Cousins, there is some real reason for hope in Sacramento.…

  21. NBA season preview: Sacramento Kings

    Oct 19, 2012, 3:59 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins, Harrions Barnes

    Last Season: More of the same, for a club that has been truly terrible for the last six seasons. Paul Westphal was run out of town mid-season in favor of Keith Smart, who thus far has had much greater success relating to the team’s young players. DeMarcus Cousins showed significant improvement, and the speedy rookie…

  22. Thursday And-1 links: J.R. Smith is among NBA’s injured

    Oct 18, 2012, 7:41 PM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Here is our regular 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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like most of the country likes watching the Yankees lose. • Already without Iman…

  23. Kings draw delay of game for taking too long with handshakes

    Oct 18, 2012, 10:23 AM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins, Harrions Barnes

    When David Stern puts in a new rule because television executives tell him to shorten games he is not messing around. Wednesday night’s Kings/Warriors games started with the Kings getting a delay of game warning for not being ready for tip-off 90 seconds after the intro ended because the players were still going through their…

  24. Odds on NBA MVP (yes, LeBron leads), Rookie of Year

    Oct 17, 2012, 2:23 PM EDT

    James of the U.S. hugs teammate Durant after their game against Lithuania at their men's preliminary round Group A basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    If you don’t have LeBron James, Kevin Durant on top of your “most likely to win the MVP” list you’re doing it wrong. Professional odds makers don’t do it wrong. So when the guys at offshore book Bovada put together a list, you know who is at the top. But the real value is farther…

  25. Tracy McGrady bids goodbye to NBA fans on FaceBook

    Oct 14, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tracy McGrady

    T-Mac has left the league he excited, dominated, disappointed, and called home for over a decade. He’s headed to China, and in that decision comes a departure from the NBA which he has been a part of the tapestry of his entire career. McGrady took to FaceBook recently to thank some people and some fans.…

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