Sunday reading for those without Valentine's Day plans

Or plans for the holiday and a very patient, understanding better half.

-Shannon Brown's one-and-out performance in the Dunk Contest was described by the Orange County Register's Janis Carr and Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore as a disappointment. Then again, the entire contest was labeled a disappointment (and as ESPNLosAngeles.com's Dave McMenamin notes, Brown has bigger plans for a career than just throwing down 24/7) so along those lines, way to tow the company line. Ball Don't Lie has a breakdown of the anticlimactic-ness.

-Author/Lakers expert Roland Lazenby talks about the R-rated escapades inside the Showtime era locker room.

-Basketball Prospectus takes a look at defense stoppers. (Thanks to reader "Exhelodrvr" for the tip.)

-As the trade deadline looms, the Dallas Mavericks were the first big mover and/or shaker, obtaining the services of Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood. Will the Cavs follow suit and bring in Amar'e Stoudemire?