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  1. Worlds collide: Jeremy Lin excited Tebow coming to New York

    Mar 22, 2012, 10:53 AM EDT

    Divisional Playoffs - Denver Broncos v New England Patriots

    Mark Sanchez may not be thrilled (nor are some other Jets if you read twitter), but Jeremy Lin is pumped up for it. Lin has said before that he is a fan of Tim Tebow — both men are very religious, although it is more low-key with Lin while it is wrapped up in the…

  2. Clippers crossroads: Is Vinny Del Negro’s job in danger?

    Mar 22, 2012, 10:23 AM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro

    The Clippers are regressing. They have gone 7-11 since Chauncey Billups went down with his Achilles injury and they have looked a mess, including a blowout loss to the Thunder Wednesday. The Clippers have not played good defense all season but early on their offense was able to overwhelm teams — Chris Paul in the…

  3. Kobe calls Dallas fans booing Lamar Odom “stupidity”

    Mar 22, 2012, 9:38 AM EDT

    Lamar Odom, Kobe Bryant

    Mavericks’ fans are done with the Lamar Odom experiment. Odom has struggled all season with the Mavericks, shooting 34.5 percent (down from 54 percent the year before), looking lost on the court, and that carried over to Wednesday against the Lakers when he was 0-3 with 1 point and 1 rebound on the night. Now…

  4. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Five in a row for the Knicks

    Mar 22, 2012, 9:03 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Jrue Holiday

    What you missed while being thankful a rogue boulder didn’t destroy your home and car… Knicks 82, Sixers 79: This was the ugliest win for the Knicks on their five-game winning streak, but it may also be the best. Not the best because it moves them within three games of the struggling Sixers in the…

  5. A couple NCAA Sweet 16 matchups scouts will be watching

    Mar 22, 2012, 8:33 AM EDT

    Anthony Davis

    NBA fans — and to some degree NBA GMs — do a lot of scouting during conference tournaments and the NCAA Tournament. They like seeing players they may draft respond to pressure situations against good competition. But for scouts, it rarely changes what they have thought about a player they have watched for a couple…

  6. Video: JaVale McGee game winning putback dunk

    Mar 22, 2012, 3:13 AM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    JaVale McGee had quite the debut with the Denver Nuggets — 15 points on the night including these two, which won the game. The Nuggets were down 3 to Detroit — mostly because Ben Gordon had gone off for 45 points — when Arron Afflalo made a spinning layup with 5.6 seconds, and drew the…

  7. Video: Joe Johnson sends it to overtime, hits game winner

    Mar 21, 2012, 11:55 PM EDT

    Joe Johnson

    Joe Johnson had 22 points, but was just 7-of-19 shooting and seemed to have little impact on the game — until the game was on the line. He knocked down a good look three to send it to overtime, then there does a good job of using his body to create space and knocking down…

  8. Derek Fisher releases statement on signing with Thunder

    Mar 21, 2012, 10:19 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Eric Bledsoe

    A statement from Derek Fisher gave a lot of us an odd flashback to the lockout, when as president of the players union he did that regularly, but he did it again upon signing with the Thunder. Here is the statement, via Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated. “I am extremely honored to announce that I…

  9. PBT Extra: I answer all your questions from twitter… or some at least

    Mar 21, 2012, 10:06 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    PBT Extra is back and today I answered your questions from twitter about everything from Deron Williams and the Nets (and Mavericks) to the evolution of positions in the NBA. Thanks to everyone who sent in questions, we will be doing this again, and I’ll take questions on Top Chef, bebop jazz and probably some…

  10. In surprise, Portland claims J.J. Hickson on waivers

    Mar 21, 2012, 8:27 PM EDT

    Hickson Kings

    Last year before the lockout, J.J. Hickson was considered a prospect on par with Omri Casspi, and they were traded for each other. But his performance this season left him glued to the bench of an unimpressive Kings team. Paul Westphal or Keith Smart, neither thought his play warranted minutes — he was shooting 37…

  11. It’s official: Derek Fisher joins Thunder, will play Wednesday

    Mar 21, 2012, 6:42 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    This tweet from Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman says all you need to know: Derek Fisher just walked in the Thunder’s locker room. It’s what he brings to that locker room — more than on the court — that got the Oklahoma City Thunder to sign the five-time champion Derek Fisher. The team has confirmed…

  12. Report: Spurs frontrunners to land Diaw as free agent

    Mar 21, 2012, 5:28 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Milwaukee Bucks

    The San Antonio Spurs locker room culture and Boris Diaw  — on the surface that seems like oil and water. But Gregg Popovich may get to see if he can mix the two for the rest of the season. Diaw agreed to a buyout with Charlotte and now just has to clear waivers — which…

  13. It’s official — Heat sign Ronny Turiaf for rest of season

    Mar 21, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    UPDATE 4:55 pm: It is official, Ronny Turiaf is a member of the Miami Heat. Let the sideline cheering begin. The Heat had made runs at bigger name big men this season — Kenyon Martin when he returned from China, Joel Przybilla, others — but this gives them a little more depth up front. He…

  14. Pacers’ Jeff Foster announces retirement due to back issues

    Mar 21, 2012, 4:36 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Indiana Pacers - Game Four

    Jeff Foster had a good NBA career. He played 13 solid seasons, all for the Indiana Pacers, most as a backup center. In a hoops world that can become obsessed by rings and All-Star Games, there are a lot of other ways to judge a career. For most guys it is about other things. It’s…

  15. Samuel L. Jackson to do intros at Clippers, Hornets Thursday

    Mar 21, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

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    What is it about New Orleans that they get all the best celebrity introductions? A few weeks ago it was Will Ferrell. Now on Thursday night when Chris Paul and the Clippers come to New Orleans it will be Samuel L. Jackson, reports the Times-Picayune. The Oscar-nominated actor, in town to shoot Quentin Tarantino’s “Django…

  16. Woodson thinks Knicks have shot at NBA title. This year.

    Mar 21, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v New York Knicks

    Mike Woodson is nothing if not optimistic. While his team prepares for a big game Wednesday night that may determine if they can even get out of the first round of the NBA playoffs — by avoiding Chicago and Miami as the opener — he is not shying away from talking about his team going…

  17. Knicks face first big test of Woodson era against Sixers

    Mar 21, 2012, 12:56 PM EDT

    New York Knicks interim head coach Mike Woodson gives instructions to players during their NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in New York

    This is the reality of the Eastern Conference — you don’t want to be the seven or eight seed. You don’t want to face the Bulls or the Heat in the first round. That promises a short stay in the postseason. The Knicks are currently the eight seed. The easiest route out of that hole…

  18. Video: DeMarcus Cousins dons jacket to coach Kings

    Mar 21, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

    Keith Smart, DeMarcus Cousins

    If you ever needed evidence that DeMarcus Cousins has a much better relationship with Keith Smart than deposed coach Paul Westphal, we bring you this video. Cousins had been yelling out instructions to the team, walking up the sideline from the bench, so Smart gave him the jacket and the job for a second. After…

  19. Report: Derek Fisher in Oklahoma City to finalize deal

    Mar 21, 2012, 11:44 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Derek Fisher has options, but it looks like he is choosing the one that could most haunt the Lakers — the team he will forever be most associated with. Fisher should clear waivers at 6 p.m. (Eastern) today and he is in Oklahoma City this afternoon to finalize a contract with the Thunder, according to…

  20. Wednesday And-1 links: Who are the NBA’s best floppers?

    Mar 21, 2012, 11:10 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Charlotte Bobcats

    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. • Who are the NBA’s best floppers? These guys. But Chris Paul is really…

  21. Bobcats, Boris Diaw agree to buyout. So, he can be yours.

    Mar 21, 2012, 10:27 AM EDT

    Boris Diaw

    The Charlotte Bobcats — the worst team in the NBA this season — do not want Boris Diaw on their team. That should tell you something. And he wants out of Charlotte. Now they both get their wish. After a week or so of talking about it, Diaw and the Warriors have reached and agreement…

  22. Warriors owner Joe Lacob talks about getting booed

    Mar 21, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Lacob Chris Mullin AP

    I’ve been hard on Joe Lacob the last 24 hours saying that he brought the boos on himself. First, never take the microphone after the guest of honor (he spoke after Chris Mullin at Mullin’s jersey retirement). Second, he has broken the classic marketing rule — he’s over-promised and under-delivered as Warriors owner so far.…

  23. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Heat hotter than the Suns

    Mar 21, 2012, 9:31 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem drives to the basket against the Phoenix Suns in the first half during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    What you missed while wondering why someone whose job it was to smuggle cocaine into the United States would get the personalized license plate “SMUGLER”… Heat 99, Suns 95: It looked like the Suns had a road upset in their pocket — they led most of the fourth quarter and were up 10 with just…

  24. Video: Jamal Tinsley goes between defender’s legs

    Mar 21, 2012, 8:36 AM EDT

    Jamaal Tinsley

    We feel bad for Nazr Mohammed, he did what he was supposed to do and tried to show out on the pick-and-roll, but Jamal Tinsley made him part of one of our favorite highlights of the year, going between his legs on the dribble then hitting the pull-up jumper.

  25. Brandon Roy returns to Rose Garden (as a spectator)

    Mar 21, 2012, 12:42 AM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    Brandon Roy was back at the Rose Garden on Tuesday night. He was courtside in a seat, not on the court. He just came to watch. But this was his first trip back to the Garden since the Trail Blazers used their amnesty provision on him before the season because his knees just would not…

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