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  1. Video: LeBron James introduces Norris Cole to Jay-Z

    Apr 17, 2012, 7:24 PM EDT

    Jay-Z, LeBron James

    “Hey, rook, come over here. I want you to meet Jay-Z.” There are perks to playing with LeBron James in Miami — this kind of thing simply does not happen at Bucks games. Or at Cleveland State. After LeBron scores the final 17 Heat points to get them a win Monday night, he waves Norris…

  2. Hayward says he wanted to fight West after “wet Willy”

    Apr 17, 2012, 6:19 PM EDT

    Gordon Hayward

    We can debate, if you are so inclined, if the above is a true “wet Willy” as Delonte West did not wet his finger before sticking it in the ear of Gordon Hayward. There are schoolyard guidelines for such things. However, I think that may miss the point. I think we can agree it’s a…

  3. Sessions wants to return to Lakers, but it’s going to cost L.A.

    Apr 17, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    Ramon Sessions will tell anyone who will listen he is enjoying his time as a Laker — he has come in and provided some quickness and playmaking at the point guard the team desperately needed under new coach Mike Brown. He said he really wants to return to the Lakers next season. Just not enough…

  4. John Wall admits he played too many charity games last summer

    Apr 17, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

    John Wall

    John Wall seemed to be everywhere last summer (him and Kevin Durant). As summer rec leagues and charity games grew is stature during the lockout — players were not at Summer League, were not working out at team facilities, so they were finding games — Wall crisscrossed the country seeming to show up at everything…

  5. It’s official: Kobe Bryant out Tuesday night vs. Spurs

    Apr 17, 2012, 4:09 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    We told you to expect this but Lakers coach Mike Brown made it official at the Lakers shootaround Tuesday — Kobe Bryant will miss his sixth straight game with a shin injury and will sit out the game against the Spurs, as reported by the Los Angeles Times and other sources. The rule of thumb…

  6. Coach K complains about one-and-done rule. Shocking.

    Apr 17, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

    Michigan v Duke

    Know this about Mike Krzyzewski — he likes to be in control of things. He may not be obsessive and overbearing about it like some coaches, but he likes things done his way. And when it comes to college basketball and the one-and-done rule, he has no control. Nobody does. John Calipari may have figured…

  7. Playoff implications of Tuesday’s games

    Apr 17, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan,  Kobe Bryant

    Every night from here on out games will dramatically impact the playoffs — who gets in, who is on the outside looking in, and of course seedings. Let’s take a look at what’s on the line tonight. Pacers at 76ers: Indiana is quietly one of the hottest teams going (won nine of last 10) but…

  8. NBA trying out ads on uniforms in the D-League playoffs

    Apr 17, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

    12NBADL_Playoffs_BBVA3_300

    Check out the D-League playoffs (now in the semi-finals) and you may notice something — a BBVA bank logo on the back of every jersey. All-season those jerseys have had the adidas logo (they are the jersey manufacturer) on the upper right chest area but the bank ad is new for the playoffs. While the…

  9. Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose learning physical price of stardom

    Apr 17, 2012, 1:14 PM EDT

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    Derrick Rose vented after Charlie Villanueva bloodied his nose that he was sick of the cheap shots and hard fouls. Monday afternoon, Blake Griffin echoed he same thing, via the Orange County Register (hat tip to SLAM). “I’m definitely sick of taking hard hits,” Griffin said after the Clippers’ shootaround Monday. “…There’s a point, I…

  10. Report: Suns to go hard after Jamal Crawford this summer

    Apr 17, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    Would the addition of Jamal Crawford be enough to keep Steve Nash in Phoenix? We may find out as acquiring Crawford seems to be high on the Suns priority list, reports Chris Haynes at CSNNW.com. “Aside from Steve (Nash), he’s (Crawford) high if not the top free agent priority on their list,” the source said.…

  11. Derrick Rose embraces the Jordan comparison, says he didn’t get Obama

    Apr 17, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

    Rose GQ cover

    Derrick Rose is never going to escape the Jordan comparisons. Doesn’t matter that their games are different, their generations are different and the NBA is different. He’s the star of the Chicago Bulls and every player in that spot for the rest of eternity will have impossibly large shoes to fill. Rose is not only…

  12. Tuesday morning one liners: Rip Hamilton says he’s back

    Apr 17, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Chicago Bulls

    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. • Richard Hamilton got some real burn for the Bulls Monday night, the first…

  13. Report: Knicks expect Amare Stoudemire back Friday

    Apr 17, 2012, 10:28 AM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire

    Got to love New York fans — at first they crow about how much better the team is playing with Amare Stoudemire out and the offense flowing through Carmelo Anthony, then they complain that ‘Melo needs a second scorer to go with him. Well, love the idea or hate it, looks like the Knicks are…

  14. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Suns rising while Rockets crash back to earth

    Apr 17, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

    Luis Scola, Kosta Koufos, Kenneth Faried

    What you missed while watching the holographic Tupac set from Coachella… Clippers 92, Thunder 77: Oklahoma City scored just 25 points in the second half. It’s the kind of game that makes you go hmmmm….. Nuggets 104, Rockets 102: In the first half, the Rockets were playing with a sense of desperation on defense. How…

  15. Delonte West gives Gordon Hayward a “wet Willy.” You read that right.

    Apr 17, 2012, 9:10 AM EDT

    delonte

    This may be the most bizarre way to get a technical foul I have ever seen. After a diligent search it turns out the words “wet Willy” do not appear in the NBA rule book, but the referees decided to “T” Delonte West up anyway for sticking his finger in Gordon Hayward‘s ear during the…

  16. Video: Nowitzki, Millsap force multiple overtimes

    Apr 17, 2012, 8:07 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) reacts after hitting a three point shot during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz  in Salt Lake City, Utah

    It took three overtimes for the Jazz to beat the Mavericks 123-121 on Monday, a win that kept Utah’s playoff hopes alive (they are half a game back of 8 seed Phoenix) and dropped Dallas down to the 7 seed. It was a huge game and a big win for the Jazz. But it was…

  17. For second time in a week, Clippers beat Thunder. Hmmm….

    Apr 17, 2012, 2:41 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Clippers

    When the Clippers beat Oklahoma City Thunder last Wednesday, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were 2-for-12 shooting in the fourth quarter. In the second half Monday night, Durant and Westbrook were a combined 1-for-13 shooting and the Clippers pulled away with an 18-4 run in the fourth quarter to win 92-77. The OKC loss combined…

  18. Could Miami catch Chicago for top spot in East? Maybe. But not likely.

    Apr 16, 2012, 11:25 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's forward Howard and guard Wade congratulate forward James after they took the lead over the New Jersey Nets in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game in Newark, New Jersey

    A few days ago, this seemed impossible. It’s still not likely. Unless you think the Heat can start to find those higher gears we think they have but haven’t seen in a while. Still, after the Heat came back to beat the Nets Monday night on the strength of LeBron James scoring the final 17…

  19. Report: Anthony Davis, other Kentucky stars to declare for draft Tuesday

    Apr 16, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT

    Final Four Kentucky Kansas Basketball

    Not even the most die-hard Kentucky fan — say, Ashley Judd — really thought Anthony Davis or the rest of the top players on Kentucky were coming back for another year. That will become reality Tuesday when Davis (the lock No. 1 overall pick and likely franchise player) as well as Terrence Jones, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist,…

  20. Derrick Rose, Luol Deng both sitting out for Bulls Monday

    Apr 16, 2012, 8:09 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    Chicago has a lot of guys who are just tired and banged up — guys who need rest going into the playoffs. Luol Deng may be chief among those, as he has looked exhausted recently. Well, both Deng and Derrick Rose are out Monday for the Bulls as they take on the Washington Wizards, reports…

  21. Jazz nickname staying in Utah, David Stern says

    Apr 16, 2012, 6:59 PM EDT

    David Stern

    The New Orleans Hornets are going to change their name to something actually fitting for the city. New owner (pending the rubber stamp from the league) Tom Benson echoed that again Monday. How about something like… Jazz? That was the New Orleans teams’ name until it left for that other jazz music hotbed of Salt…

  22. Dwyane Wade, Deron Williams out for Heat vs. Nets Monday

    Apr 16, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

    Not that it is going to make much difference in the final outcome, but the Nets will be without Deron Williams and the Heat will be without Dwyane Wade Monday night when Miami and New Jersey clash. Williams was a surprise late scratch due to a calf injury, tweets Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.…

  23. Quote of the Day: Deron Williams feels bad for John Wall

    Apr 16, 2012, 5:55 PM EDT

    John Wall, Deron Williams

    “I don’t want to put anybody down but he’s not playing with the smartest guys in the world.” — Deron Williams, talking about the challenges John Wall is facing in Washington. Pretty spot on there, but you get the feeling the Wizards are finally trying to turn that corner with some recent moves. Still a…

  24. Don’t expect Kobe back for Lakers vs. Spurs Tuesday

    Apr 16, 2012, 5:36 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Normally, this kind of game — the two seed Spurs vs. the three seed Lakers — is the kind of contest where we try to gain clues about what would happen if they met in the second round of the playoffs. But this time, the game may be hard to read. For one, Kobe Bryant…

  25. Former MVPs think Durant edges out LeBron this year

    Apr 16, 2012, 4:56 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    It’s going to come down to LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant. That is your MVP race and it is going to be close. Chris Tomasson at Fox Sports Florida decided to ask 11 former MVPs who would get their vote. Fun idea. Durant won five votes to four (with two abstentions). “I think that this…

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