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In Phoenix. We see a guy with a Browns shirt. I'm wearing my O-H-I-O tee. We say "go Browns!" Him: "Really? Are you just messing with me?"
Mirotic gets second start start in 16th different Bulls starting lineup as mad scientist Thibs at it again with Mirotic at 3 ; Dunleavy out
LAL's 2 starting bigs, Sacre and Hill, played a lot of 1-v-1 vs. Pau last year in practice. The Spaniard won most of those games.
The 49ers are flush with cash thanks to Levi's. They are literally searching for places to invest/spend it. Except in the coaching staff.
No Dunleavy again. Mirotic getting a start and stretching out the floor. Bulls should rack up plenty of points with this lineup tonight.
Kobe was supposed to address crowd after Pau tribute, but was in tremendous amount of pain & groggy from meds. Spoke to Pau privately & left
Kelly Clarkson with back-to-back threes and Lakers lead 6-0.
Lakers up 6-0 - pair of three-pointers from Kelly Clarkson
A Chicago Bulls intrasquad game might offer two better starting fives.
Lakers coming out in a zone?
LAL came out in a 3-2 zone, which the Bulls worked to get a shot for Gasol, who just missed. Clarkson then hit a 3 to open the scoring.
Pau got a strong standing ovation from the fans following tribute video. Came to center court to acknowledge the crowd. Classy moment.
Tribute to No. 16 http://t.co/qmIi3odEmx
Lakers fans with the standing ovation for Pau after the video tribute... now he will remind those fans what he does when used properly.
Got to love that the theme from "Welcome Back Kotter" played as Pau's video rolled on the JumboTron.
Byron Scott wanted a standing ovation for Pau, and he gets one. Comoes out to center court to acknowledge fans.
Watching Mizzou-Kentucky... They said the only NBA team taller than Kentucky is the TrailBlazers.
Lakers just played video tribute. Pau Gasol standing at center court clapping his hands & waving to the crowd
Lakers honoring Pau Gasol - standing ovation for the Spaniard
Huge ovation for Gasol as he steps to half court. BK
Pau Gasol getting a standing ovation from Lakers fans.
You ever wonder if a player's attitude -- and not his impact on a team -- play a role in the fans/coaches voting for this All-Star stuff?
The cheers in Staples for Pau Gasol and even Rose during intros were louder than for any Laker starter.
Loud applause for Pau Gasol, who quietly acknowledges the crowd.
Jimmy Butler also told me how much Pau means to the Bulls. Said his leadership and knowing how to win is everything.
The cheers for Pau Gasol > Lakers starting lineup combined
Maybe Monta will get Kobe's All-Star spot, since Kobe can't play in it. I said "maybe.''
... But he made point to say how much he is enjoying Chicago. He still has his place in LA, though, and figures to live here in the future.
Bulls starting Mirotic, Gasol, Noah, Butler and Rose.
If I started today, how long would it take me to get good at the cello? (Please include the time to acquire a cello.) BK
Lawrence Tanter announced Pau Gasol's name, and indeed they gave him a standing ovation
When Pau asked how things are w/me, I said great--and kidded him by saying I still get to live full-time in LA. He allowed that's something.
Probably just coincidence, but that's wild how the first five teams are great, while the next five ... aren't great.
Teams with highest assist % this season: 6) Celtics, 62.6% 7) Bucks, 62.5% 8) Sixers, 60.4% 9) Knicks, 60.1% 10) TWolves, 59.9%
Tms with highest assist % this season: 1) Hawks, 68.8% 2) Warriors, 65.1% 3) Spurs, 63.9% 4) Clippers, 63.7% 5) Wizards, 62.8% (cont'd)
Mirotic starting at SF 🙏
Bulls starters http://t.co/HZ04fZ9pGb
The Magic haven't ruled out making an in-season coaching change.
Hibbert (18/10) credited weight lifting before the gm & made sure to "emulate Ian a little bit when he dunks." Legs spread, hanging on rim
Contrary to a published report, GSWs do NOT have the option to re-open the CSN Bay Area deal next season. Deal terms remain until "re-set."
Luis Scola said Vogel told on Wednesday that he would get rest tonight & not play. Scola's reax? "It’s his call at the end of the day."
That means the Warriors can "re-set" the terms of their deal at that future date to make sure they're the top-tier of NBA local-TV revenue.
Orlando Sentinel: Magic brass have been told by one Western Conference coach that Magic have better talent than 15-34 record shows.
More Knight: "If I'm blessed enough to be picked by the Commissioner, I'll be more than proud to represent the city of Milwaukee."
Z-Bo: "I didn't play against 'em last game."
NBA source: The Warriors have a "re-set" clause in their long-term deal with CSN Bay Area that can be triggered sometime after 2020...
Knight: "It's not going to take away from the season that I'm having. I'm just blessed to be in consideration."
Never mind candles, Griz celebrate Marc's 30th by blowing out the Nuggets, 99-69.
Safe to say Jacque Vaughn is in trouble. Magic management "not happy at all." Source to Sentinel: "We won't settle for this."
That's Tyrus Thomas' first NBA basket since April 17, 2013.
Bulls out for warm ups. Think Pau has shaked hands with every usher and security guard...naturally
Just talked to Knight in locker room. Will have quotes up in blog in a bit.
Stop Letting Chuck Johnson Be A Thing 2015
Carmelo admitted his sore left knee was fatigued on second night of back-to-back and it was "tough.'' "We reverted backwards,'' Melo said.
Ugly loss, but Knicks cracked 60% assist rate for the season tonight. Ninth in the NBA in assist percentage, after ranking 27th last year.
Dunleavy out for 15th straight game.
Butler on All-Star: "I still feel like I have a long way to go to get where I want to get, to get where we want to get as a team."
What's wrong with this picture: Foye, Gallinari and JaVale McGee in garbage time for Denver....
Charles Barkley said Dwyane Wade did not deserve all-star berth and said Knight, Korver or Jennings (now injured) would have been better.
Two days ago, three-star LB Mohamed Barry asked all UM fans to follow him on Twitter.Tonight, he commits to Nebraska over UM & Kansas State
Butler: "So if you see me diving on the floor and people are like, "What is he doing? I can't help but be the player that I am."
Butler joked that he would still play D in the All-Star Game: "They might not, but I do."
Lausanne makes it on TNT! But how is Reggie Miller just now seeing Fat Marc?
Nick Calathes drops in the layup to make it 91-60... Hammer, nail, coffin -- this baby is over.
Kobe will be involved in Pau ceremony pre-game but won’t speak to media just yet. Respectfully doesn’t want to take away from Pau’s night.
Jimmy Butler makes the All-Star team the same day Doug McDermott is found to have slid in Taylor Swift's DMs. The competition is real.
Should add this correction: Scola's streak of games played was at 277. "Has played a full slate of reg season games in 6 of 7 NBA seasons"
Read and watched some of the opening statements from the Hernandez defense...wow.
Jimmy on ASG "I think everybody would love to make the All-Star team in their career. I feel like I've come a long way since I started here"
Before today I thought Marshawn was just a delusional athlete, wrapped up in his own victimhood. After today I feel he needs real help.
The Pau Gasol shirt that fans are getting tonight. http://t.co/JyE24SvvZC
Shout out Napa, California Shout out LeBlanc Shout out my media jackals Shout out to Real Human Beings out there
Five points, four rebounds in 18 minutes tonight for Shayne Whittington in his first D-League game.
TA lean back http://t.co/sTbZuoD5Xh
Kobe is here at Staples Center, sling and everything. He'll be making pre-game remarks to fans as part of brief Pau Gasol ceremony.
Kings injury report for tomorrow at CLE: DeMarcus Cousins (Left Ankle Sprain) - QUESTIONABLE Carl Landry (Right Wrist Sprain) - PROBABLE
If this kick-starts a Missy comeback, I'm with it.
This brutal Nuggets-Grizzlies game wasn't even supposed to be the brutal early TNT game. The brutal Knicks-Pacers game had been dropped.
Good thing we have All-Star stuff to carry us through. Because tonight might be the worst night of game action of the season.
Tobias Harris said he hurt his right knee.
To be clear, I love chicken wings and I love women. Just never got the appeal of it on the radio. I'm obviously in the minority, though.
OK, scratch that tweet about Luis potentially missing out on a bonus. He said that $ was guaranteed this season. Informed Wed. he would sit.
Flyers beat the Jets 5-2, win 3rd straight game; 4 of 5.
Jimmy Butler, smiling, when reminded defense isn't played much at All-Star games: "They may not. But I do."
Best part about wing bowl being over is not having to hear old men on the radio awkwardly compliment women half their age. Just not a fan.
Guess the best way to make an all-star game is to have previously made an all-star game. The West is hard, but c'mon.
Denver just wants this to end. Zero interest in playing
Wait, LILLARD didn't get in? HAHAHAHAHA.
Flyers score on the empty net.
Matthew McConaughey had such a good 2014. Don't ruin it with Lincoln commercials. Stahp.
I would have had Boogie in over Durant, Duncan and Westbrook. Sucks for him. Hopefully he gets in for Kobe.
ZBo just credited with 4 rebs on one play. gotta be pretty rare
Under Tom Thibodeau, Luol Deng & Jimmy Butler became All Stars, Derrick Rose MVP & Noah defensive player of year. Just a crazy coincidence.
Vogel said he expects Luis Scola to be back in lineup "if not next game, then the game after that."
Zach Randolph went from 11 to 15 rebounds on that one possession
Luis Scola had played in 278 straight gms but Vogel chose to rest him. Said team didn't want to be concerned with long streaks
Hawks get to face the Wrath of Dame Friday night. Prediction: Korver will hit six threes and be like "I ain't even mad, bro."
Used to be able to have only 12 active players in the regular season. That changed after last lockout. Feel like A-S game hasn't caught up.
Pacers spokesman says Luis Scola did not play for rest purposes.
It really is odd All-Star rosters are at 12, and not 13 (the number of players you can have active in a regular-season game).
No real update with Lavoy Allen (sore right knee)... will be reevaluated tomorrow and should be more info then.
Oh man, Marshawn Lynch spreading in locker rooms. George Hill: "I'm only talking so I don't get fined." Then added, "That was hilarious."
Upset Alert: Missouri 13, Kentucky 12.
For reference: Tim Duncan has 2.8 defensive win shares, fourth in the NBA. He's still an elite defender. That kinda matters in basketball.
Thibs on Butler: "We’re thrilled for him. He has worked extremely hard to put himself in that position. His teammates are excited for him."
Good thing there is a voice pizza ordering app since there was previously no way to use your phone to talk to a pizza place about an order.
Hey Brandon Knight on the way out can you pick up some Milk... you did everything else tonight - 16 Pts, 5 Reb, 9 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 Blk
And about that earlier tweet, yes, Orlando streak is gone. Ended at 17 straight losses. But Kidd 1-1 with Bucks in Orlando.
It's pretty weird that Dunleavy had a day-to-day ankle sprain at the beginning of the month and has missed all of January.
Asked @KeefMorris today who the toughest guy to defend is. Didn't hesitate: "Zach Randolph. It's not a game, it's a wrestling match."
Zach Randolph is the greatest sumo wrestler in NBA history.
Bucks win 115-100 and finish 3-game trip with a 2-1 record. For 2nd straight game, 7 players in double figures. Bayless leads with 19.
I came up with an idea for a talk show hosted by John Chaney & Charlie Manuel. Gold.
It's cool if you don't think Tim Duncan is a All-Star, but I won't take your basketball opinion seriously.
Dunleavy looks frustrated. He's out.
He'll play for the first time since Dec. 5
JaVale McGee coming in
Anybody wondering if Jusuf Nurkić regrets getting in Marc Gasol's face last time these teams played?
The Magic have committed 24 turnovers, tying their season high.
DeMarcus Cousins is questionable for tomorrow night's game with a left ankle sprain.
That's where JOB could have made me love him forever by coming in and knocking Dedmon on his ass. OPPORTUNITY SQUANDERED.
Berman of the Post will ask Langston Galloway if he's upset that he didn't make the All Star team. Mark it down.
Knicks fall, 103-82, to Pacers. Indiana shot season-high 53% from the floor, and hit 65% of its shots in 3Q, when floodgates opened.
How did Halak do tonight? I wasn't watching but don't like what I'm hearing.
The players snubbed should get to face J.R., Josh Smith, Gerald Green, Nick Young, JaVale McGee, Lance & Nate Robinson at All Star Weekend
Isn't one CMS written since 2003 that doesn't log changes that were made, what logged in user made the changes, and what IP they came from.
And yes, Demarcus Cousins should be an All Star as well.
Benefit of the Western Conference? You're on a better team. Negative? A significant snub to be an All-Star. Like Lillard in the East, easy.
No Pau. No Rings.
Flyers score an insurance goal and lead Jets 4-2. Officer Krupke might put a stop to this one.
Vaughn puts in Dewayne Dedmon with 6:50 left and he blocks two shots, changes one and has a layup. Where oh where was he in the first half?
Here's the funny thing about Tim Duncan getting in: you can make a good argument that Kawhi Leonard is the better All-Star pick on the Spurs
How many points does Nurkic have? http://t.co/kEruAKRvNQ
Vince Carter (left foot injury) will not return tonight and will have MRI tomorrow. Fear is he has stress fracture but could be sprain.
When Nick says, no I didn't foul but gets a foul call and then chaos people chaos http://t.co/agsDAnA6EL
Fans want to see Kevin Durant in the All Star Game but did coaches really vote for a guy who has missed 25 games? Where is Damian Lillard?
Hardaway limping on left foot pretty badly. Trying to stay in, but doesn't look able to really walk on it.
Those who play in less than 75% of their team's games should not be eligible to play in the NBA All-Star Game. Disservice to others.
Dunleavy will warm up and then make a decision.
Lillard should replace Kobe. He and Cousins are both having All-Star-caliber seasons, sure, but Cousins missed 12 games.
Tobias Harris, who appeared to hurt an ankle in the third quarter, has gone to the Magic locker room.
Magic has allowed 100 points or more in 11 straight games. Mayo scored on drive to give Bucks 101.
That's Devyn Marble...I get around the Magic (21 turnovers) and I can't type. Defense was given up 100 or more points in 11 consecutive gms.
Robinson likely would have had a couple more A-S berths had he not started his NBA career at age 24 due to Navy commitment.
Can’t argue with Scott on this one. Gasol is more than deserving of some recognition tonight from Lakers fans. Hopefully he gets it.
Duncan's 15th All-Star bid a Spurs franchise record, obvs. Second is George Gervin (12, including 4 ABA nods). Robinson made 11 A-S games.
Upper deck at BMO Harris BC too cavernous. That will not be part of new plan.
I like Amway Center - modern, bright but a bit sterile. Would be nice for new Bucks arena to have cozy downstairs seating.
For those that don't see it... count the number of media impressions NBA All-Star gets over the next few days -- brilliant marketing.
Not a good end to first half ... Grizzlies lose Fareid twice for monster dunks, cutting the lead from 19 to 15.
Bucks co-owner Wes Edens here tonight. Said took a tour of Amway Center, now in its 4th year.
Beaut of a block by Cope on HardawayJR. Not only got a clean block but kept it inbounds.
Magic rookie Devyn Marbe -- now get this -- has gone from D-League to starter to being deactivated Thursday night vs. Bucks.
Vaughn has tried everything, although moves are curious. Dewayne Dedmon, praised for his D in 2nd half in Memphis, has yet to see floor...
The Magic have reached the 20-turnover plateau with 10:11 to go in the game.
Scola has played in all but 8 games throughout his 8-yr career. Played in every game in all but 1 season (injury in ’11). Bonus for it, too.
DeMarcus Cousins questionable tomorrow night. (Left Ankle Sprain)
Interesting that Luis Scola has yet to play tonight. Last time he DNP: 4/13/11, with the Rockets. 277 straight appearances.
Don't know how much longer Magic can keep Jacque Vaughn. Magic, down by 25 to MIL, are being booed at home and have lost 13 of last 15.
Not going to speculate on Vince Carter's injury (left foot/ankle) but it didn't look good. No weight on the ankle as he was helped off.
There were 4 Lakers on the West squad that year. Shaq and Kobe, obvs. But also ... Eddie Jones and Nick Van Exel.
Just Shayne Whittington's luck. He could have gotten minutes for the Pacers tonight instead of going up to Ft Wayne.
And of course ... ANTOINE WALKER.
That '98 East roster was fascinating. Kemp w/Cavs, Mutombo w/Atlanta, Tim Hardaway w/Miami, Glen Rice w/Charlotte, Grant Hill with Detroit.
No Scola to start the 4th Q. It's Chris Copeland taking Allen's backup 4 minutes
"Looks like he's walking pretty good to the locker room" says Reggie as VC can barely put weight on his foot.
End of 3: Bucks 96, Magic 71. Dudley 17, Knight 16, Middleton 15. Bayless did not play in third but still has 13.
Copeland getting some burn against his former team. Or, what's left of his former team.