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  1. PBT Extra: What is going on with Miami? How about Chicago?

    Apr 2, 2012, 6:53 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    Today’s episode of PBT extra features a discussion about what is going on with the Miami Heat, how long can the Bulls hold off playing Derrick Rose, and are the Celtics and Spurs really contenders? On the last question, I’m not sold. I think things need to go perfectly for them and the elite teams…

  2. Once Hornets are sold, team could get new name, identity

    Apr 2, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    The Charlotte Hornets was a fitting name — in 1775, just prior to the American Revolution, Lord Cornwallis referred to Charlotte as “a hornet’s nest of rebellion” and the people of that city have worn that rebellious badge proudly ever since. The New Orleans Hornets… that name is just the leftover a team moved there…

  3. NBA Power Rankings: Top spot now Thunderstruck

    Apr 2, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook celebrates with small forward Kevin Durant during their NBA basketball game against Chicago Bulls in Oklahoma City

    There can’t be any question about the Thunder in the top spot after the last 8 days, but there are questions about the Heat and the Bulls in the East. And the Celtics and Spurs as spoilers. 1. Thunder (40-12, last week ranked number 2). They beat the Heat, Bulls and Lakers in the last…

  4. Grant Hill says he will push to be back this season with Suns

    Apr 2, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Phoenix Suns

    The questions here are: Why? And what happens when they are eliminated from the chase? But for now, Suns swingman Grant Hill said he is pushing hard to get back to the team following knee surgery last week. He wants to help their long shot playoff push, reports the Arizona Republic. Hill’s expectation to return…

  5. Draft entrants update: Syracuse’s Fab Melo headed to NBA

    Apr 2, 2012, 2:07 PM EDT

    Big East Basketball Tournament - Syracuse v UCONN

    With the college season winding down — and the NCAA putting a ridiculous time pressure on students thinking about declaring for the draft — we’re seeing a lot of guys say they are in or out of the draft. Here is a roundup of recent big names to make their announcement. • Fab Melo of…

  6. Reggie Miller, Don Nelson lead Basketball Hall of Fame class

    Apr 2, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT

    Reggie Miller

    I’m going to try — to really, really try — not to turn this into a “we need a separate NBA Hall of Fame” rant. Even though we do. I don’t want to go there because there are some deserving people getting into the Hall of Fame as part of this year’s class. Reggie Miller,…

  7. Pietrus had Grade III concussion, likely out until playoffs

    Apr 2, 2012, 12:44 PM EDT

    Mickael Pietrus

    The unfortunate, ugly fall that Mickael Pietrus took back on March 26 resulted in a Grade III concussion — the highest, most serious grade — and he likely will be out until the playoffs if not longer. Pietrus swung by the Celtics locker room on Sunday — the first time since the incident — but…

  8. Monday And-1 links: More Howard/Van Gundy drama. Great.

    Apr 2, 2012, 11:28 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    Here is our daily 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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • The rumors are out there that there will be a coaching change in…

  9. Knicks withheld Lin knee injury until after playoff ticket money was due

    Apr 2, 2012, 10:54 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v New York Knicks

    Technically the decision to have surgery on his knee fell to Jeremy Lin himself — and he made it official when he decided Saturday to have the procedure that will keep him out six weeks, until the start of the playoffs (at best). But everyone in the Knicks organization had known what the ultimate outcome…

  10. Nicolas Batum dunks off his own head, basket waved off

    Apr 2, 2012, 9:53 AM EDT

    Nicolas Batum, Greg Stiemsma

    Here is your chance to learn a little NBA rules trivia: This did not count due to offensive goaltending — and that’s the right call. Portland’s Nicolas Batum dunked the ball on Sunday and while it went through the rim the ball did not go through the bottom of the net because it hit his…

  11. Stephon Marbury’s L.A. home sold at foreclosure auction

    Apr 2, 2012, 9:25 AM EDT

    China Marbury

    Stephon Marbury has been having a lot of success in China — he just won a ring, taking the Beijing Ducks to their first ever title. He’s a star with his own shoe line there. He is happy and not coming back to the NBA, J.R. Smith told the New York Post. Good for Marbury.…

  12. Jason Kidd would like to be a general manager when he retires

    Apr 2, 2012, 9:02 AM EDT

    Mavericks guard Kidd watches from the bench against the Spurs  during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    Jason Kidd is not ready to retire after this season. He will be 40 next season but has played solidly this season — 5.9 points and 5.2 assists per game with a PER of 12.4. He might be reduced to being a backup — especially if he returns to Dallas and they fulfill their goal…

  13. Jordan denies report he’ll sell Bobcats if they continue to suck

    Apr 2, 2012, 8:13 AM EDT

    Michael Jordan

    When NBA owners put their teams on the market, there are billionaires waiting in the wings who would love to snatch up one of these toys. Often guys who also want to move the teams. We’re looking at you, Larry Ellison. So whenever Michael Jordan does sell the Bobcats there will be a market —…

  14. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Rockets playoff hopes take punch to gut

    Apr 2, 2012, 2:39 AM EDT

    Courtney Lee, Paul George

    What you missed while reading the book “Cooking with Poo”…. Thunder 92, Bulls 78: The Oklahoma City Thunder have rolled over everybody lately (that’s going to be good for them in the power rankings Monday) and their athleticism overwhelmed the Chicago in our game of the day. Celtics 91, Heat 72: Does Boston have one…

  15. Video: Westbrook’s ridiculous half-court alley-oop to Durant

    Apr 2, 2012, 12:46 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    Just in case you hadn’t seen this during the game, or on pretty much every highlight show since then, here is Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant connecting on a ridiculous half-court alley-oop pass as part of the clinic they put on against the Bulls on Sunday. It’s plays like this that remind you just how…

  16. Bynum leaves Lakers game with “moderate” ankle sprain

    Apr 1, 2012, 11:45 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum, Gary Vitti

    Well, at least now Andrew Bynum has a good excuse for not being Mike Brown’s huddle… Bynum sprained his ankle late in the first quarter of the Lakers game Monday against the Warriors when he landed on teammate Josh McRoberts’ foot. Bynum left the game and went back to the locker room soon after it…

  17. With this season done, will Jeremy Lin be a Knick next season?

    Apr 1, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v New York Knicks

    Now what, Jeremy Lin? I don’t mean the next six weeks — that is surgery and rehab for the torn meniscus in his knee. He’ll work hard with the hopes of joining the Knicks in the playoffs. But by the time he is back and able to really help, it may well be too late.…

  18. Video: Brandon Jennings’ behind-the-back, twisting layup

    Apr 1, 2012, 12:56 AM EDT

    Bucks' Jennings goes to the basket against Bulls' Brewer during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    This was the best shot of the night…. well, second best. Anthony Davis of Kentucky had the best. But Brandon Jennings was impressive on this break against the Grizzlies. Unfortunately there was not enough of this for the Bucks, who need to start racking up a lot of wins if they plan to catch the…

  19. Kobe has day only Kobe could have, caps it with game winner

    Mar 31, 2012, 8:11 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Saturday was vintage Kobe… or at least vintage 2012 Kobe. He looked tired — as he has a lot lately, which is why we have all watched his shooting percentages drop — and started the game 0-for-15 shooting with zero points through three quarters. Yes, you read that right. Zero points on 15 missed shots.…

  20. Dwyane Wade’s nephew shot in wave of violence in Chicago

    Mar 31, 2012, 2:34 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade poses during media day at the team's training camp in Miami

    Heat star Dwyane Wade’s nephew was one of 13 people shot — two fatally — in a violence spree in Chicago. Wade said that he learned of what happened Thursday night and said his nephew was on his mind as he dropped 30 on the Toronto Raptors in a Heat win Friday night. From the…

  21. Grizzlies’ owner promises not to sell team if goal is to move it

    Mar 30, 2012, 11:40 PM EDT

    Image (1) Heisley-thumb-275x393-14169.jpeg for post 2659

    Basically, Michael Heisley has promised not to be Howard Schultz. Reports had surfaced that billionaire Larry Ellison is sniffing around the Memphis Grizzlies, looking to buy them. Which scared Grizzlies fans because Ellison has been looking for a team to move to San Jose. There’s a few reasons that is not going to happen, but…

  22. Video: Michael Jordan holes one out from 55 feet

    Mar 30, 2012, 10:55 PM EDT

    Jordan golf

    Usually if we are talking about a 55-footer on this site, Jordan Farmar — or some other long-shot specialist — hoisted one up from the other side of half court to beat the buzzer and it happened to fall. Like say Dwyane Wade. But in this case we’re talking Bobcats owner Michael Jordan…. who as…

  23. Video: Wojnarowski’s NBA weekend preview

    Mar 30, 2012, 8:12 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski swung by NBC SportsTalk to discuss the big games over the weekend: Chicago vs. Oklahoma City, Miami vs. Boston. They totally left out the Bobcats vs. Pistons matchup on Saturday. I’m sure that was an oversight. We really like the Pistons in what promises to be one of the most beautifully…

  24. Marbury drops 41 to lead team to Chinese basketball title

    Mar 30, 2012, 7:19 PM EDT

    stephon marbury china

    Stephon Marbury has a chip. Marbury led his Beijing Ducks to a 4-1 series win over Aaron Brooks and the Guangdong Hongyuan by dropping 41 points in the fifth and final game of the championship series. Marbury was emotional (as you can see from the clip below), like a guy who was invested in a…

  25. Stop guessing, Rasheed Wallace says he will stay retired

    Mar 30, 2012, 6:20 PM EDT

    rasheed_wallace

    Rasheed Wallace will not be back in the NBA this season. If we had to guess, he will never be back. He worked out for the Heat and reportedly had talks with the Lakers. But now we have this from Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida. Barring sudden change of heart, indications are Rasheed Wallace…

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