Found December 22, 2011 on Basketball ]
Houston planned on remaking its roster by getting involved in a three-way Chris Paul-fueled blockbuster with the LA Lakers and New Orleans Hornets, a deal that would have brought All-Star power forward Pau Gasol to South Texas and sent Kevin Martin and Luis Scola packing to the Big Easy.

Pau Gasol: Clippers Were ‘Flopping a Little Too Much’

For the second consecutive preseason game, the Clippers beat the Lakers, and continued to get under their skin. According to Pau Gasol, the Lakers were mostly upset that their Staples Center neighbors were getting away with flops (*cough* Blake Griffin *cough*). From ESPN: “It was just a preseason game, so the result of the Los Angeles Clippers’ 108-103 win on Wednesday hardly...

VIDEO: DeAndre Jordan Dunks On Pau Gasol to Open the Chris Paul Era in Los Angeles

Write this down: the Clippers are going to be really fun to watch this season. In the first quarter of what might have been the most-watched preseason game in NBA history, DeAndre Jordan announced the Clippers' arrival emphatically. I still have reservations as to whether the Clippers are good enough to challenge the best teams in the Western conference. My three...

Rockets move ahead after trade collapses

It was a deal designed to propel the Houston Rockets toward the top of the Western Conference. The Rockets were willing to deal away top scorers Kevin Martin and Luis Scola and backup point guard Goran Dragic to land Pau Gasol. Instead, the NBA killed the three-team deal and the Rockets were forced to prepare for the 2011-12 season with much of the same team that missed the playoffs...

Ten Fantasy Basketball Sleeper and Busts

Yes, I know; too late to help your league, you hate the NBA, it's Christmas, it's cold, there are wolves after you. Sack up and dig in.Busts1) Pau Gasol. I don't know what's wrong with his head, and neither do you. But I do know that the Lakers are going to need him to be one of the top 15 players in the Association, and he's going to have to do that while getting...

Houston Rockets Sign Samuel Dalembert to 2-Year, $13.7 Million Deal

The Houston Rockets were blocked at the rim when they tried to acquire Pau Gasol as part of the Chris Paul trade/fiasco, so they’ll have to settle for the next best thing … Sammy Dalembert? I guess. ESPN reports: “The Houston Rockets have reached terms on a new contract with free-agent center Samuel Dalembert, according to sources close to the situation. Sources told ESPN...

Friday morning And-1 links (formerly one liners)

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…
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