Notes from around the NBA: February 18, 2012

Update: ESPN released an apology. Last night, ESPN.com’s mobile web site posted an offensive headline referencing Jeremy Lin at 2:30 am ET. The headline was removed at 3:05 am ET. We are conducting a complete review of our cross-platform editorial procedures and are determining appropriate disciplinary action to ensure this does not happen again. We regret and apologize for this mistake. The Big Lead Oklahoma City Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha is expected to be sidelined for at least another month with a foot

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Notes from around the NBA

According to a source, the NBA is hoping to add Lin to its All-Star lineup by having him participate in the Haier Shooting Stars competition during All-Star Saturday night. The competition features one current NBA player, one current WNBA player and one TNT on-air talent and legend on each team. Lin would be the obvious choice, especially since he has become an overnight sensation. He is 5-0 as a starter and the Knicks have won six straight games since Lin became

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Saturday’s best game: New York at Houston

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With one game remining in the NFL season, the NBA is making its customary schedule shift from heavy to lighter on Saturdays and light to heavier on Sundays, with some allowances for the compression of the lockout. As a result, Saturday’s slate has just six games, and the best of a weak bunch has the slumping New York Knicks visiting the surging Houston Rockets. Yes, this isn’t exactly a marquee matchup, especially with Knicks star Carmelo Anthony again sitting out with multiple

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Friday’s best game: New York at Miami

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The three-star approach seems to be working for the Miami Heat. For the New York Knicks, not so much. The rivals meet Friday night in Miami, the best game on a schedule of 13. While the Heat may be getting back one of their stars, the Knicks will be without one of theirs. Miami’s lineup could include Dwyane Wade, who averaged 28 points vs. New York last season but has missed the last six games with a sprained left ankle. The Heat

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Melo makes a point (one) as Knicks end slide

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// Louis Amundson, Jeff Pendergraph, Gana Diop, Bismack Biyombo, Dexter Pittman, Ed Davis, Gary Forbes, Robin Lopez, Sam Young, Luke Babbitt. No, it’s not another edition of The Bernucca List, because we’re going to give you the answer right away. Of the 115 players who took the floor in Tuesday’s five NBA games, those were the 10 who did not score. Those were also the same 10 who Carmelo Anthony managed to outscore. That’s Carmelo Anthony, fourth in the NBA in scoring at

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Baron Davis scrimmages with Knicks; Debut coming soon

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Baron Davis went through his first full scrimmage today, and is expected to make his debut sometime during the New York Knicks’ upcoming four-game road trip. Did somebody say “savior?” Just a few months ago, Davis’s back injury was so bad, he was considering retiring from the NBA. “Two, three months ago, I was really contemplating and thinking about retiring and just asking to be taken care of so I could be able to walk, walk straight or even work out

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Hamilton: Stoudemire struggling to fit in with Knicks

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NEW YORK – Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony seem to be at odds… At least on the basketball court. From the day Anthony arrived, Knicks fans immediately began to expect great things and playoff victories from Stat-e-Melo. Chemistry, we were told, would take time to develop. But if it seems like things are getting worse, it might be because they are. Between last season and this season, Amar’e and ‘Melo have played 37 regular season games together and still haven’t been able to consistently

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Hamilton: A must-win for Knicks tonight vs. winless Wizards

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NEW YORK — Tonight brings Game 7 of the young season for the New York Knicks. And given the caliber of the opponent and the increasing vulture culture surrounding coach Mike D’Antoni, it is fair to say this is a “must-win” game. After being manhandled at Madison Square Garden by the Toronto Raptors and the Charlotte Bobcats, the Knicks will square off against the woeful Washington Wizards tonight at the Verizon Center. After winning just two

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