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  1. Pacers head coach Vogel leads league in technical fouls, calls $22K in fines ‘money well spent’

    Apr 13, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Frank Vogel, Greg Willard

    If you had to name the head coaches who lead the league in technical fouls, the two names tied for second on that list with seven apiece might be among those you’d think of first. The man at the top of the list, however, isn’t exactly a household name, and therefore probably wouldn’t come to…

  2. Kobe Bryant has surgery, timetable for return expected to be 6-9 months

    Apr 13, 2013, 5:03 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant will have surgery to repair the torn left Achilles tendon he suffered on Friday, and is expected to need 6-9 months to recover, Lakers trainer Gary Vitti told reporters at the team’s practice facility on Saturday. From Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles: Vitti said Bryant would be immobilized up to a month…

  3. Report: Tyrone Corbin will be back as Jazz head coach next season, whether team makes the playoffs or not

    Apr 13, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks

    It’s been an interesting, up and down season for the Utah Jazz. The team has nine players who can become free agents after this season, yet for the most part, head coach Tyrone Corbin has done a decent job of getting his guys to come together, especially when you consider how close they are to…

  4. Phil Jackson weighs in on Kobe Bryant’s injury

    Apr 13, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder

    When Kobe Bryant went down with what in all likelihood is a torn Achilles injury with three minutes to play in the Lakers’ win over the Warriors on Friday, it wasn’t his first injury of the night. As seen in the video clip above, Bryant suffered minor injuries to his knee and his foot over…

  5. LeBron, Kobe, Durant get Elite versions of their signature shoes

    Apr 13, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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    For the second straight season, Nike Basketball is rolling out premium versions of its signature shoes for LeBron James and Kevin Durant. The Elite series features lighter and stronger materials, along with some design tweaks that are most noticeable in the KD V Elite, which goes from a high to a low version for the…

  6. Kobe Bryant meets the media after suffering torn Achilles injury (VIDEO)

    Apr 13, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    We don’t think of Kobe Bryant as being vulnerable to season-ending injuries, considering his will to win and the amount of minutes he’s demanded to play down the stretch of the regular season. But after suffering a likely torn Achilles on Friday against the Warriors, he’s likely done for whatever remains of this Lakers season.…

  7. Kobe Bryant suffers torn Achilles in Lakers’ win over Warriors (VIDEO)

    Apr 13, 2013, 2:50 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    Late in the Lakers’ win over the Warriors on Friday, Kobe Bryant left the game with what was later diagnosed as an Achilles tear that will keep him sidelined for the rest of the season. You can see the injury take place in the video clip above, though there really isn’t all that much to…

  8. Kobe Bryant suffers ‘probable torn Achilles,’ will undergo MRI to confirm

    Apr 13, 2013, 2:02 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers kept their playoff hopes alive with a come from behind win over the Warriors on Friday, but likely lost their best player in the process. Kobe Bryant exited the game with 3:08 to play, after suffering the injury and then hitting two free throws to tie the game at 109 before he limped…

  9. Nets clinch home court advantage in first round of playoffs with win over Pacers

    Apr 13, 2013, 12:15 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Indiana Pacers

    The Nets made it more difficult on themselves than it needed to be, but when it was all over in Indiana on Friday, Brooklyn came away with a 117-109 win over the Pacers that clinched home court advantage for them in the first round of the playoffs. Brooklyn led by as many as 24 points…

  10. PBT Podcast: Bulls, Warriors, Lakers, Jazz, and thoughts on teams resting players

    Apr 12, 2013, 3:21 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss last night’s games, which included the Bulls snapping the Knicks’ 13-game winning streak. We discuss the Bulls’ playoff chances, and wonder whether or not they can win a series against a first round opponent that will be either Brooklyn or Indiana.…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. Knicks sign James Singleton, will release Kurt Thomas

    Apr 10, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

    james_singleton wizards

    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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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