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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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.…

  5. 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…

  6. 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.

  7. 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…

  8. Video: Frank Isola talking Knicks on NBC SportsTalk

    Mar 20, 2012, 10:51 PM EDT

    Before the Knicks went out and won their fourth game in a row under Mike Woodson, this time beating the Raptors at home, Frank Isola of the New York Daily News was on NBC’s SportsTalk (on the NBC Sports Network) talking about where the credit for this run should go. No, it’s not Mike Bibby.…

  9. No extension for Stan Van Gundy could make things awkward in Orlando

    Mar 20, 2012, 8:39 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard Stan Van Gundy

    Time to talk about the contract extension in Orlando… no, not that one. We’ll all be forced to be back on Dwight Howard watch this summer, we can give it a rest until then. But during the whole Howard saga there was that report that the Magic told Howard if he signed an extension he…

  10. Could ‘Melo’s role with D’Antoni cost him a spot on Team USA?

    Mar 20, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd, Olympics

    Mike Krzyzewski and the coaches of Team USA have some very tough decisions ahead of them as they trim the list of 20 candidates down to 12 who get to suit up in London this summer for the Olympics. Look at the power forward spot. You only really need three and the guys on that…

  11. Quote of the Day: George Karl seriously overestimates JaVale McGee

    Mar 20, 2012, 3:27 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    “I think he plays a little bit like Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar), but he’s a defensive Kareem more than an offensive Kareem. He’s not going to be a power player, but he’s going to be an athletic-length-long player.” — Nuggets coach George Karl on newly acquired center JaVale McGee, via The Denver Post. Um, no. No he…

  12. It’s official — Gilbert Arenas will join Memphis Grizzlies

    Mar 20, 2012, 3:09 PM EDT

    Arenas magic

    It’s a shot in the dark. A Hail Mary. It’s you at the bar at 2 a.m. looking at that girl finishing her Cabernet. Memphis is taking a shot on Gilbert Arenas that is not likely to work out, but neither side has anything to lose so they have decided to go for it. Arenas…

  13. Sale of Hornets could be completed by middle of April

    Mar 20, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    With a new lease deal in place to keep the team in the New Orleans Arena, the sale of the Hornets appears closer than ever. While we keep hearing potential dates, there is a very good one coming up next month, notes the Times-Picayune (via Sports Business Daily). The NBA Board of Governors has a…

  14. Video: Watch Chris Mullin get jersey retired (without the boos)

    Mar 20, 2012, 1:29 PM EDT

    Chris Mullin

    If there is one thing pretty much everyone agrees on, it’s unfortunate that Chris Mullin’s well deserved jersey retirement was overshadowed by the fans picking that moment to express their displeasure with co-owner Joe Lacob. I get that there are reasons for the frustration, but the timing was just bad. So, thanks to the magic…

  15. In obvious move, Lakers to pick up option on Andrew Bynum

    Mar 20, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT

    Lakers center Bynum gets around Grizzlies forward Speights during the second half of NBA action in Memphis

    Over his last 10 games, Andrew Bynum has averaged 24 points while shooting 65.7 percent plus grabbing 13.1 rebounds per game. He’s been a beast at the end of games, where the Lakers are finally feeding him (read: Kobe Bryant is finally trusting him) and he is delivering. Plus, Bynum is staying healthy. He is…

  16. ‘Melo basically admits he’s trying harder for Woodson

    Mar 20, 2012, 12:18 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony shakes hands with interim head coach Mike Woodson after defeating the Portland Trail Blazers in their NBA basketball game in New York

    The New York Knicks are 3-0 under new coach Mike Woodson. There haven’t been a lot of new offensive sets — they still run a lot of Jeremy Lin pick-and-rolls with Tyson Chandler, although Carmelo Anthony gets a few more isolations. The defense has improved. What has been the difference? Carmelo Anthony is trying. Credit…

  17. Report: Heat, Thunder frontrunners for Derek Fisher’s services

    Mar 20, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    How badly did Derek Fisher want to get out of Houston? He gave up his entire $3.4 million player option for next season, according to Real GM. That’s a lot of green to leave on the table. But he is out — or will be Wednesday when he clears waivers — and is talking about…

  18. Tuesday And-1 links: Conan has Guinness colored Nikes

    Mar 20, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

    conan_twitpic_guinnessshoes

    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). We’re trying out a bullet-point format to help the look and feel, tell us what you think of it. • Conan O’Brien got a pair…

  19. Why did Warrior fans boo?

    Mar 20, 2012, 10:36 AM EDT

    Joe Lacob

    The timing was uncomfortable for everyone — it was supposed to be a night about Chris Mullin. One of the legends of the Golden State Warriors, the Hall of Fame player and former team GM, getting his number retired. But instead, it will be known as the night Warriors fans unloaded on team co-owner Joe…

  20. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Bulls are beating everybody

    Mar 20, 2012, 9:08 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Joakim Noah

    What you missed while getting emails from your dead friend…. Bulls 85, Magic 59: Chicago is now 10-4 this season when Derrick Rose sits and now have beaten the Heat and Magic without him in the last week. Credit where credit is due — they have been playing the best basketball in the NBA for…

  21. Video: Point guards with huge slams on Monday night

    Mar 20, 2012, 8:28 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    We’ll let you decide who you think had the better dunk. Clearly Deron Williams above showed some power and athleticism with that throwdown above. But I like Jeff Teague over Ray Allen better.  

  22. Nuggets Danilo Gallinari breaks thumb, could be out month

    Mar 20, 2012, 3:34 AM EDT

    Danilo Gallinari

    In a tight Western Conference the Denver Nuggets are only a game and a half out of the nine seed — and missing the playoffs entirely — and this is not going to help their cause. Danilo Gallinari — the leading scorer on the Nuggets with 15.6 points per game — broke the thumb on…

  23. Warriors fans hijack Mullin number retirement to boo owner

    Mar 20, 2012, 1:59 AM EDT

    Lacob Chris Mullin AP

    I’ve never seen a number retirement ceremony go badly before. I have now. Chris Mullin was having his number retired by the Golden State Warriors Monday night, but when owner Joe Lacob took the microphone — right after Mullin — fans unleashed a torrent of boos. You can see it in the video above. Why?…

  24. Report: Celtics, Heat in lead to get Ronny Turiaf’s services

    Mar 19, 2012, 10:39 PM EDT

    Ronny Turiaf

    Ronny Turiaf headed west on the trade deadline — well, that’s not accurate, his contract headed West. His contract followed JaVale McGee from Washington to Denver (with Nene headed the other direction) but the Nuggets had no intention of keeping him and he is being waived and bought out as we speak. He will be…

  25. Rockets Patrick Patterson fined for tweet ripping referees

    Mar 19, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

    Patrick Patterson

    Note to NBA players: Putting something out twitter is pretty much the same as telling something to a reporter after the game. At least it is in the eyes of the NBA league office. Most importantly, it is the same thing in the eyes of NBA VP Stu Jackson, the guy doles out the fines.…

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