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  1. Sacramento one vote away from losing the Kings last night, but still in control of their destiny

    Feb 8, 2012, 7:30 PM EST

    team maloof with stern

    If you build it sticky-fingered shooting guards will come. And if Sacramento doesn’t approve an arena for the Kings quickly then Seattle has no problem playing Kevin Costner. And let’s not bury the lede here, Seattle almost got their wish Tuesday night as the Sacramento City Council narrowly voted 5-4 to bury a resolution that…

  2. Griffin, Irving headline pool of players for Rising Stars game

    Feb 8, 2012, 2:38 PM EST

    Rookie John Wall, of the Washington Wiza

    The NBA is trying to change the fortunes of what used to be the overlooked and uninteresting All-Star weekend Rookie Challenge (where the rookies played the sophomores). This year TNT’s Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal are picking teams playground style (Team Shaq and Team Chuck) from a pool of rookies and sophomores — and the…

  3. Wednesday’s And-1 links: It’s going to cost you to see Jeremy Lin

    Feb 8, 2012, 11:45 AM EST

    Jeremy Lin Knicks

    Here is our daily 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). You want to see Jeremy Lin play for the Knicks? It’s going to cost you. Larry Bird says he and Red Auerbach are about loyalty,…

  4. Baseline to Baseline recaps: LeBron beats Cleveland. Yawn.

    Feb 8, 2012, 8:49 AM EST

    Miami Heat forward James watches a replay of his score with teammate Miller against the Cleveland Cavaliers in their NBA basketball game in Miami

    What you missed while learning to play a-ha on the accordion…. Heat 107, Cavaliers 91: As has been their pattern, this is another game where the Heat played down to the level of the competition. At least for three quarters — in the fourth the Heat cranked up the defense and that was enough to…

  5. Video: Kings’ Isaiah Thomas gets his own documentary

    Feb 7, 2012, 7:40 PM EST

    Isaiah Thomas

    Today seems like a good day to mention this, the day after Isaiah Thomas sparked a Sacramento Kings come-from-behind win with 14 points and 5 assists in the second half. Thomas is getting his own documentary. What you see above is the trailer. Why him? He’s Mr. Irrelevant, the 60th and last pick of the…

  6. All-Star Weekend rookie/sophomore game to go playground

    Feb 7, 2012, 1:52 PM EST

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    There’s always a bit of a playground element to the NBA Rookie Challenge — what you and I call the rookie/sophomore game — on Friday night of All-Star weekend. Remember last year John Wall threw a bounce-pass ally-oop last year, it’s all about as playground as it gets. So this year they decided to take…

  7. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Jeremy Lin is king of New York

    Feb 7, 2012, 8:58 AM EST

    Jeremy Lin Knicks

    What you missed while thinking that even though you didn’t love Madonna’s halftime show at the Super Bowl, it was better than the Black Eyed Peas doing Tron or whatever it was the year before…. 76ers 95, Lakers 90: It was the Kobe Bryant and Lou Williams show, and it was our game of the…

  8. NBA Power Rankings: Heat on top, Clippers climbing

    Feb 6, 2012, 2:12 PM EST

    Miami Heat's James prepares to make a shot against Milwaukee Bucks during their NBA game in Milwaukee

    Miami moves back into the top spot — but the Clippers have now cracked the top three, which had been the domain of the Heat, Bulls and Thunder for a while. Oh, and the Bobcats still suck. 1. Heat (18-6, last week ranked No. 2). They’ve had a few uninspired wins (like Sunday against the…

  9. Monday And-1 links: Comparing the Knicks and Giants

    Feb 6, 2012, 10:57 AM EST

    Amare Stoudemire, Iman Shumpert

    Here is our daily 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). Stat of the day, courtesy Tim Reynolds of the AP: Since the Knicks last won a playoff game, the Giants have won eight. Ice Cube…

  10. Seattle officials are moving on bringing an NBA team back to Seattle by fall. And the Kings are being discussed.

    Feb 5, 2012, 1:06 AM EST

    Seattle_Supersonics_Logo

    There have been better separations of cities from teams. But the move of the Seattle Supersonics from Seattle to become the Oklahoma City Thunder remains the worst in the history of the NBA. It’s not just the forty years of history, the success of the franchise, the passion of the fans, it’s the way the…

  11. Weekend Observations 2.4.12: Where corn don’t grow

    Feb 4, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Blake Griffin

    Each weekend we bring you 25 random observations from the NBA week that was.    1. Blake Griffin is not human. 2. Denver’s a really great team this season, they’re just not so impressive you know you can count on them in the WCF. The lack of star power is going to continue to be…

  12. Friday And-1 links: Even the Mavs realize OKC is very good

    Feb 3, 2012, 11:25 AM EST

    Kendrick Perkins, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    Here is our daily 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). Dallas’ Jason Terry says what we all already knew: Oklahoma City is the team to beat in the West. Lou Williams and the art of…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Are there moral victories for the Knicks?

    Feb 3, 2012, 6:32 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Rose drives to the basket past New York Knicks ' Jeffries during their NBA game in New York

    What you missed while adopting your girlfriend as your daughter….. Bulls 105, Knicks 102: Are there moral victories for the Knicks? They played hard on offense, they attacked the rim, moved the ball at key points and looked pretty good against one of the best defensive teams in the league. But this is the Knicks,…

  14. Baseline to Baseline recaps: ‘Melo is back, Knicks cruise

    Feb 1, 2012, 8:37 AM EST

    Carmelo Anthony, Tayshaun Prince, Jason Maxiel

    What you missed while getting arrested for attacking people and police with a toy light saber… Knicks 113, Pistons 86: Carmelo Anthony returned, he had 25 efficient points while playing his best game in weeks, and the Knicks cruise to an easy win. Coincidence? Well, kind of. This win was really about the Knicks defense…

  15. NBA Power Rankings: Top spot now Thunderstruck

    Jan 30, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

    Russell Westbrook, Kris Humphries

    The top three teams remain the same, just trading places, because they are the three best teams in the league right now. But all three also have long road trips coming up, which should test them. 1. Thunder (16-3, last week ranked No. 3). They are “only” fifth in point-per-possession differential in the league, but…

  16. Jimmer Fredette trying to find his way, Kings not helping much

    Jan 28, 2012, 8:02 AM EST

    Jimmer Fredette, Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose

    It’s been a rough rookie year for Jimmer Fredette. In college he was a pure scorer who could do no wrong, racking up big numbers in the face of double teams while setting his teammates. His team won and he was the Golden Child. In the NBA, with its longer defenders, he is shooting just…

  17. Blake Griffin heads 2012 rookie deal extension class

    Jan 27, 2012, 2:24 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin slam dunks against Memphis Grizzlies Hamed Haddadi of Iran and Dante Cunningham during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook got theirs. Kevin Love got a deal, as did Danilo Gallinari. Eric Gordon and Brook Lopez did not. And nobody seriously considered giving Michael Beasley one. It’s the first extension to the rookie contract — the first chance for NBA players to make serious, serious money. But as we saw…

  18. Thursday And-1 links: Heat arena as homeless shelter?

    Jan 26, 2012, 11:38 AM EST

    AAArena_Night

    Here is our daily 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). Some politicians want to force Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena to house the homeless on non-game nights (that was part of the public financing plan). Feels like…

  19. Wednesday And-1 links: Who do you think is the MVP?

    Jan 25, 2012, 11:28 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Denver Nuggets

    Here is our daily 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). I said yesterday that right now LeBron James is my MVP choice, who would you pick? We’re taking votes here at NBCSports.com. Baron Davis would…

  20. Kings Arena Update: Critical Sac City Council meeting postponed at last minute

    Jan 25, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

    ProposedKingsArena

    It’s been a while since we checked into the Sacramento Kings’ arena situation, which almost faced another crucial moment on Tuesday when the Sac City Council meeting was set to turn into a shootout at the Cowbell Corral. On one side, arena opponent and council member Sandy Sheedy was ready to force debate on whether…

  21. Monday And-1 links: Apparently Web surfers love the Magic

    Jan 23, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    Here is our daily 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). Which three teams lead the NBA is traffic to their Web sites? Two are pretty obvious — the Lakers and Heat. But the third is…

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

    Jan 21, 2012, 1:18 PM EST

    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.…

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

    Jan 19, 2012, 8:05 AM EST

    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…

  24. DeMarcus Cousins speaks highly of Keith Smart. So far.

    Jan 18, 2012, 1:33 PM EST

    Keith Smart, DeMarcus Cousins

    In just his second season in the league, DeMarcus Cousins has a reputation in some quarters as hard to deal with and a coach killer. Fair or not, it’s out there. Paul Westphal is out and Keith Smart — who went from a nearly impossible situation in Golden State (due to an ownership change) to…

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

    Jan 16, 2012, 9:02 PM EST

    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…

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