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  1. Does Phil Jackson want to coach again? Even Jeanie Buss doesn’t know.

    Mar 26, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    The New York Knicks have not contacted Phil Jackson about coaching them yet. At least not formally (anything might have happened through back channels). But at some point they will offer the job to him, the question is will he take it? He was burned out after his second stint with the Lakers and talked…

  2. Monday And-1 links: Trayvon’s father thanks Heat players

    Mar 26, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    Miami Heat hoodie photo

    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 father of Trayvon Martin thanked the Miami Heat for their support. •…

  3. How Kevin Durant almost played for North Carolina

    Mar 26, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    kevin durant texas

    Kevin Durant in Carolina blue rather than Texas burnt orange? I have trouble picturing it, but it almost happened, apparently. The New York Post’s Peter Vecsey had a story Sunday primarily about how Kevin Love and Kevin Durant are good friends going way back to seventh grade. How Durant has been over to Love’s family…

  4. Mickael Pietrus out indefinately with concussion after fall

    Mar 26, 2012, 10:20 AM EDT

    Mickael Pietrus

    Friday night it looked scary for Mickael Pietrus — after an awkward fall in Philadelphia where his neck snapped a little (but his head never hit the floor) he had to be taken off the court on a stretcher. He was released from the hospital but did not travel with the team back to Boston.…

  5. Yes, Kobe Bryant sat a key stretch of fourth quarter. So?

    Mar 26, 2012, 9:35 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    With 5:45 left in Sunday night’s game and the Lakers down 14 points, coach Mike Brown sat Kobe Bryant Sunday night. He sat for the next 3:53 of a game where the Lakers were within striking distance of the Grizzlies (but never closed the gap and lost 102-93. This has caused consternation among Lakers fans…

  6. Video: Dwyane Wade drains three-quarter court shot at buzzer

    Mar 26, 2012, 8:06 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    It was about the only thing the Heat seemed to do right in the second half. To beat the buzzer at the end of the third quarter Sunday night, Dwyane Wade launched a three-quarter court shot. And drained it. The Thunder still ran away with the game, but the shot is worth seeing so we’re…

  7. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Are the Hawks and Jazz still playing?

    Mar 26, 2012, 3:37 AM EDT

    Joe Johnson, Marvin Williams

    What you missed while welcoming Don Draper back into your life… Thunder 103, Heat 87: Kevin Durant outdueled LeBron James (making a nice MVP case), but the bigger concern for Miami should be that Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka combined to drop 35 on them. Matt Moore has a lot more as this was our…

  8. Arron Afflalo suspended for elbow to head of Gordon Hayward

    Mar 25, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

    Arron Afflalo

    If you saw the play — or even watched the video above — you knew this was coming. Denver’s Arron Afflalo has been suspended one game for throwing an elbow to the head of Utah’s Gordon Hayward during the third quarter of the Jazz’s win Friday night. Afflalo was ejected from that game and will…

  9. Video: Kevin Durant, Kevin Love put on show in OKC

    Mar 24, 2012, 12:44 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    In case you missed one of the most entertaining games of the year last night, we bring you some highlights from the Minnesota Timberwolves at Oklahoma City Thunder. Like above, when at the end of regulation Kevin Durant and Kevin Love traded threes. Below, watch Durant send the game into double overtime, where the Thunder…

  10. Mickael Pietrus injured after hard fall, released from hospital

    Mar 24, 2012, 12:15 PM EDT

    Mickael Pietrus

    UPDATE March 24, 12:15 pm: This has to be taken as good news — Pietrus stayed behind the team and spent the night in Philadelphia, but not in the hospital. He now has been cleared to return to Boston, reports A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. Which is very good news. He may miss a game…

  11. Doc Rivers says Celtics want Kevin Garnett back next season

    Mar 23, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett reacts during their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers as the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan looks on in Los Angeles

    The question is not want. As always the question is money. But know that the Celtics would like to have Kevin Garnett back next season, in large part because he has played better than expected this season. His contract is up at the end of this year, he is a free agent. Still, some in…

  12. Ray Allen scratched from Celtics/76ers due to ankle sprain

    Mar 23, 2012, 7:41 PM EDT

    Ray Allen, Jeff Teague, Tracy McGrady

    Friday is the biggest game of the regular season for the Celtics — well, maybe not their fans, they want to beat the Lakers more than anything — if they beat the 76ers they take over first place in the Atlantic Division. Which means a jump from the seven seed (Miami in the first round…

  13. Mike Brown relents to reason, will start Ramon Sessions

    Mar 23, 2012, 5:46 PM EDT

    Ramon Sessions

    It didn’t take a scout’s eye the last few games to realize that when Ramon Sessions was on the floor, the Lakers offense was much, much better. We’ve covered all this before — with Sessions on the floor the Lakers offense has been as good as any in the league. That situation led to calls…

  14. Hornets’ Jason Smith suspended two games for hit on Griffin

    Mar 23, 2012, 4:40 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Vinny Del Negro

    We all knew a suspension was coming for that hit, the question was for how long? Jason Smith will be suspended for two games by the league for his hockey check of Blake Griffin during the Hornets victory over the Clippers Thursday night, the league has announced. He will miss a game Sunday against the…

  15. Video: Timberwolves karaoke “sings” Britney Spears

    Mar 23, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

    Nikola Pekovic

    Got to hand it to the Timberwolves video team, who have pulled off some good stuff this year. Their latest is to get some suckers players to “sing” the Britney Spears classic “Hit me baby one more time.” And by the way, I use the word “classic” very loosely here. Michael Beasley sings like he…

  16. Spurs sign Boris Diaw for rest of season

    Mar 23, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Boris Diaw

    We told you yesterday that the Spurs were the frontrunners to land the services of Boris Diaw — because everybody is clamoring for guys the Bobcats waive — and now that has become a reality. San Antonio has reached a deal with Diaw for the rest of this season, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo. In…

  17. Wade posts picture of himself in hoodie in support of Trayvon Martin

    Mar 23, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT

    wadehoodie

    The photo you see to the right is from Dwyane Wade’s Facebook page, a picture of him in a hoodie in support of the Trayvon Martin case. That shooting in Florida has sparked national debate and interest. Martin, a black 17-year-old man, was unarmed when he was shot and killed in a confrontation with neighborhood…

  18. As expected, looks like Larry Bird will retire from Pacers

    Mar 23, 2012, 1:08 PM EDT

    NCAA Championship Game: Michigan State Spartans v North Carolina Tar Heels

    Reports have come out of the New York Post Friday that Larry Bird is leaving as the President and decision maker with the Indiana Pacers after this season. Sources are saying this. It’s news. It shouldn’t be a surprise. I’m not sure we really need sources when Larry Bird himself said this last June. “They…

  19. Report: Austin Rivers leaving Duke to enter NBA draft

    Mar 23, 2012, 11:52 AM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Lehigh v Duke

    This is not really a surprise to anyone, it’s just going to lead to a lot of speculation about how he can land on the Celtics. Austin Rivers, the freshman starting point guard at Duke and son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers, is going to sign with an agent and declare for the NBA draft,…

  20. Friday And-1 links: NCAA makes players draft decision harder

    Mar 23, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

    Adrian Diaz

    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. • To make things easier on their coaches and universities, the NCAA is screwing…

  21. Clippers players say “it’s not him, it’s me” about Del Negro

    Mar 23, 2012, 11:24 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro watches a free throw during their NBA game against Minnesota

    One of the rights of passage for an embattled coach — and make no mistake, Vinny Del Negro is an embattled coach, even the most reasoned of Clippers writers are talking change now — is for the players to rally to the defense of their coach. The “it’s not you, it’s me” lines pour out.…

  22. Kobe Bryant says some really nice things about Jim Buss

    Mar 23, 2012, 10:32 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Mike Brown

    Kobe Bryant is too smart to go on the Lakers flagship radio station in Los Angeles and rip his boss. He’d have you read between the lines of a terse statement. But that’s not what he did. Kobe was on the Mason and Ireland show on ESPN Radio in L.A. (John Ireland is the Lakers…

  23. Video: Samuel L. Jackson doesn’t really sell Hornet’s intros

    Mar 23, 2012, 9:25 AM EDT

    Samuel. L Jackson

    Samuel L. Jackson can act, but he was not selling it in his intros of the Hornets — if you are going to go Pulp Fiction and recite Ezekiel 25:17, then put your heart in it, man. Because in the movie that is brilliantly intimidating, here it is just nice. I suppose my dream of…

  24. Baseline to Baseline recaps: George comes up big for Pacers

    Mar 23, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Paul George, Danny Granger

    What you missed while being thankful you’re not allergic to water…. Hornets 97, Clippers 90: The New Orleans Arena felt especially warm, mostly because of the heat emanating from Vinny Del Negro’s seat. The Clippers lost their third in a row to a feisty Hornets team in our game of the night. Celtics 100, Bucks…

  25. Report: Kyrylo Fesenko to sign with Pacers for rest of season

    Mar 23, 2012, 8:09 AM EDT

    FESENKO_KYRYLO

    With backup big man — and fan favorite — Jeff Foster forced to retire due to ongoing back issues, the Indiana Pacers are in the market for a big man. (But who isn’t in the NBA?) Enter Kyrylo Fesenko. The former Jazz backup big will sign in Indiana for the rest of the season, according…

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