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  1. Amar’e Stoudemire discusses meaning behind his teardrop tattoo (VIDEO)

    Apr 12, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

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    Amar’e Stoudemire is the subject of an hour-long EPIX Original Documentary entitled Amar’e Stoudemire: In The Moment that will premiere on April 19, the eve of the NBA playoffs. The video clip above is the most interesting of those released in advance, and features Stoudemire discussing the meaning of the teardrop tattoo he has on his face below…

  2. Andrew Bogut out for Warriors at Lakers Friday due to ankle injury

    Apr 12, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Andrew Bogut, Mark Jackson

    As the Lakers continue their pursuit to wrap up the eighth and final playoff spot in the West, they’ll do it against a Warriors team on Friday playing without its starting center. Andrew Bogut didn’t travel with his team to Los Angeles following Golden State’s loss to the Thunder on Thursday, after playing just nine…

  3. Thunder maintain West’s top playoff spot with blowout win over Warriors

    Apr 12, 2013, 2:16 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Durant has the ball bounce off his shoulder after he scored past the Denver Nuggets in their NBA basketball game in Denver

    The Warriors celebrated mightily after Tuesday night’s win over the Timberwolves, and rightfully so. The victory clinched a playoff spot for Golden State for the first time since 2007, and with only the difference between opening the postseason as the sixth or seventh seed hanging in the balance for their final few games, it’s perhaps…

  4. John Wall throws out first pitch at Nationals game, does much better this time

    Apr 12, 2013, 12:14 AM EDT

    John Wall, first pitch

    It’s been almost two years since John Wall graced the mound at a Washington Nationals game, where he threw out one of the worst first pitches of all time, especially when taking his background as a professional athlete into consideration. While we all might have hoped for a similar performance when Wall got the opportunity…

  5. Baseline-to-baseline recaps: Heat set franchise record for wins, Lakers remain in playoff position

    Apr 11, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while waiting for Microsoft Office to come to your mobile devices … Lakers 113, Trail Blazers 106: Kobe Bryant scored 47 points to out-duel rookie Damian Lillard, who finished with 38. Bryant dragged his team to victory for the second straight night, and…

  6. Kobe’s 47 points lead Lakers to road win over shorthanded Blazers

    Apr 11, 2013, 4:15 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Bryant shoots against the Portland Trail Blazers during first quarter of their NBA basketball game in Portland,

    The criticism for this Lakers team, which has struggled mightily in consecutive nights against teams that have long since been out of the playoff picture, is both real and well-justified. But regardless of the poor starts, even worse team defense, and a propensity to play down to their level of competition, the reality is that…

  7. Knicks sign James Singleton, will release Kurt Thomas

    Apr 10, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: April 12, 1 p.m. ET: The deal for James Singleton fell through due to some issue with his being released from his Chinese team, so the Knicks signed Solomon Jones instead. April 10: The Knicks need frontline help, with so many of the veterans they brought in to fill those positions having been lost…

  8. Andrew Bynum a no-show for Sixers’ team picture day

    Apr 10, 2013, 8:49 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers introduce Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson

    Sixers fans would probably like to forget that last summer’s trade to bring Andrew Bynum to Philadelphia ever happened. Looking at the official team picture from the 2012-13 season should make it very easy. From John Finger of CSNPhilly.com: Though there were a lot of different faces in this year’s photo, there were two that…

  9. Judge rules DeJuan Blair must pay $53K to jeweler, Spurs ‘uncooperative’ in lawsuit

    Apr 10, 2013, 12:21 PM EDT

    DeJuan Blair

    It’s always a little strange to see a professional athlete sued by a business for some amount of money that is small in relation to that player’s salary. It’s even stranger when that athlete plays for the San Antonio Spurs, a franchise that has a reputation of employing players that typically stay away from this…

  10. Baseline-to-baseline recaps: Knicks win 12th straight, Clippers clinch first division title

    Apr 8, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Caron Butler, Blake Griffin, Robert Sacre, Chris Paul, Earl Clark

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while watching the two-hour season premiere of Mad Men … Knicks 125, Thunder 120: When the Knicks are knocking down threes they can beat anyone — and they hit 10 threes in the first half as they pulled away. But more impressive was…

  11. LeBron in line to join select group of all-time greats if he wins fourth MVP

    Apr 7, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    David Stern, LeBron James

    LeBron James is favored by most to win the MVP award for his other-worldy play he’s displayed over the course of this season. Despite the stellar performances we’ve seen from Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony, no one has been as dominant as James, and honestly, it’s not that close. If James comes away with the…

  12. Clippers clinch first division title in team history with win over Lakers

    Apr 7, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

    Clippers forward Griffin grabs a rebound as Lakers forward Gasol defends during first half NBA game in Los Angeles

    Division titles don’t mean a whole lot in the NBA these days. But for a Clippers franchise that has been mired in mediocrity or worse for the better part of its existence, clinching the first Pacific Division championship in franchise history with a runaway 109-95 win over a Lakers team with more than any of…

  13. J.R. Smith drains the dagger three-pointer to seal Knicks’ win over Thunder (VIDEO)

    Apr 7, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    It seemed like there were a lot of plays kind of like this one Sunday afternoon in Oklahoma City, where the Knicks earned their 12th straight victory by outscoring the Thunder. Scramble plays in this game often seemed to end with the ball in a Knicks shooter’s hands, who would then launch an open long…

  14. Don’t expect Derrick Rose or the Bulls to announce he’ll sit out the season

    Apr 7, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Trail Blazers Bulls Basketball

    There have never been so many non-update updates to an injury situation as there have been with Derrick Rose this season. It speaks to both the player’s popularity, as well as to how much he means to the city of Chicago and the Bulls franchise. And all of that, combined with Rose’s work ethic and…

  15. Reggie Evans has his tooth knocked out, keeps playing, then places it in front of broadcaster (VIDEO)

    Apr 7, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Reggie Evans, Jeff Adrien

    Early in the third quarter of Brooklyn’s win over the Bobcats on Saturday, Reggie Evans had a tooth knocked out thanks to an inadvertent head butt from Michael Kidd-Gilchrist as the two were battling for rebounding position. Evans kept playing through to the next possession, before the blood forced a timeout to be called. The…

  16. Steve Nash likely out again Sunday against Clippers

    Apr 7, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers will likely be without Steve Nash for the third straight game on Sunday when they report to Staples Center as the road team for an afternoon matchup against the Clippers. Nash is still being bothered by a hip injury originally sustained on March 25. If he does sit out Sunday as planned, it…

  17. Warriors use ‘elevator’ screens to perfection to free up their shooters (VIDEO)

    Apr 7, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis

    There are plenty of teams that use variations of a single play to get wide open looks for their best shooters. The Warriors use what’s called an ‘elevator,’ or ‘gator’ action to free up Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson for open looks from distance, and do so with both consistency and success. The video clip…

  18. Terrence Jones ignites the break with a block, James Anderson finishes with a posterization of Evan Fournier (VIDEO)

    Apr 7, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    James Anderson

    When looking at the names in the headline, the more casual NBA fan may not have been enticed enough to click through and check out the highlight. Oh, what a mistake that would have been. If you’ve gotten this far, then you’re fortunate enough to have seen one of the more incredible plays of Saturday…

  19. Iman Shumpert shaves adidas logo into the back of his head, later removes it and apologizes

    Apr 6, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

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    Iman Shumpert of the Knicks is all about doing his own thing where his hair is concerned, as evidenced by his 80s style high-top fade he’s been rocking for the bulk of the season. Shump may have overstepped his bounds on Friday, however, when he showed up for the game between the Knicks and the…

  20. Former Wizard Jordan Crawford tells reporters he doesn’t recall playing for Washington

    Apr 6, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Jordan Crawford, Iman Shumpert

    Jordan Crawford is playing for his third team in his third NBA season, after the Wizards dealt him to Boston at the Feb. 21 trade deadline. Crawford flourished when he was given the minutes in Washington, but fell out of favor in the rotation once John Wall returned from injury and rookie Bradley Beal was…

  21. Ricky Rubio receives warning for violating league’s anti-flopping rule (VIDEO)

    Apr 6, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    Ricky Rubio received a warning for violating the league’s anti-flopping rule, the league announced on Saturday. The violation came with 46 seconds remaining in Minnesota’s home win over the Thunder on March 29th, and honestly, it’s one of the weaker ones the league has seen as fit to punish. Rubio appears to take contact to…

  22. Eric Gordon benched in second half at Utah after shouting match with his head coach

    Apr 6, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Eric Gordon

    The Hornets were competitive in Utah into the third quarter on Friday, but things fell apart in the fourth when the team managed to score just 16 points in an eventual 12-point loss to the Jazz. The points might have come easier had Eric Gordon, the team’s leading scorer, actually been in the game. Gordon…

  23. Terrence Ross throws down the 360 slam dunk (VIDEO)

    Apr 6, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    Terrence Ross won the dunk contest this year with a series of incredible dunks, so we already know the man has skills. But pulling off contest-worthy dunks in an actual game is always special, so we bring you this 360 throwdown that Ross completed in the Raptors’ win over the Timberwolves on Friday. The mid-air…

  24. Tony Parker out Saturday against the Hawks

    Apr 6, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Tony Parker

    After playing just two fourth quarter minutes in the Spurs’ loss to the Thunder on Thursday, it’s no surprise that Tony Parker has been ruled out of Saturday night’s game against the Hawks, the team announced on Saturday. Parker was said to be dealing with a shin injury, but the team said a neck issue…

  25. Highlights from Carmelo Anthony’s red-hot, historic scoring streak (VIDEO)

    Apr 6, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony reacts after scoring against Miami Heat during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    The Knicks won their 11th straight game on Friday, but as hot as the team has ben during that stretch, Carmelo Anthony has managed to be even hotter. Anthony poured in 41 points on 17-28 shooting in his most recent effort, to go along with 14 rebounds. In doing so, he tied a franchise record…

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