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  1. Jason Kidd wants to come back for one more season

    Apr 12, 2012, 4:14 PM EDT

    Mavericks guard Kidd drives past Bobcats guard Augustin  during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    At age 39, Jason Kidd is having the worst season of his NBA career — 5.9 points per game on 34.7 percent shooting, 5.3 assists per game and a PER of 12.5. All of those are career lows. He has been slowed by back pain and other physical issues. But he wants to come back…

  2. LaMarcus Aldridge to have surgery on hip, done for season

    Apr 12, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge, Marcus  Camby

    We thought this might be a possibility, but the fact he needs surgery kind of made the decision for everyone involved. After having a specialist look at Aldridge’s ailing hip and suggesting surgery after finding “slight abnormalities” the team announced Friday they are shutting the All-Star forward down for the season. “In his most recent…

  3. Wade backtracks; Colangelo explains why players not paid for Olympics

    Apr 12, 2012, 2:43 PM EDT

    Olympics+Day+16+Basketball+-lnrt0GUlGQl

    In a purely business sense, you can argue that guys from the USA Basketball team deserve a cut of the money they earn USA Basketball — they do generate a lot of money in jersey sales and they help drive some big ticket events. But it’s a public relations disaster to ask for the money.…

  4. Playoff shakeout: What the chase looks like with two weeks left

    Apr 12, 2012, 1:29 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose LeBron James

    Two weeks from today — April 26 — is the final day of the regular season. It came up on us all sneaky fast. You can thank the lockout for that, too. Let’s take a look at how the playoff races and seedings shake out with two weeks left: Eastern Conference Chicago and Miami will…

  5. Gilbert Arenas details gun incident with Wizards

    Apr 12, 2012, 12:37 PM EDT

    Arenas_beardshot

    We will go through this one more time, then let this be the end of it. Not because it should be swept under the rug, but because it’s time to move on. Gilbert Arenas is trying to move on from the gun incident with the Wizards that led to him being suspended for half a…

  6. Video: Bird, Magic on Late Night with David Letterman

    Apr 12, 2012, 11:56 AM EDT

    Larry Bird Magic Johnson

    Magic Johnson and Larry Bird swung by Late Night with David Letterman on Wednesday to promote the new play about their lives, and the two guys who are now friends tell some stories and have some laughs. It’s a fun trip down memory lane. Enjoy.  

  7. Thursday morning one liners: Grant Hill could return Friday

    Apr 12, 2012, 11:28 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

    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. • Look for Grant Hill to return to the Suns Friday. They really could…

  8. Back pain almost forced World Peace to retire this summer

    Apr 12, 2012, 10:52 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    What would the NBA be like without World Peace? We almost found out. Back pain slowed then Lakers forward Ron Artest last season — before his name change and before the lockout. But it was a lot worse than he let on and he told ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Dave McMenamin he considered retirement because of it last…

  9. Report: Magic could turn to Donnie Walsh to calm storm

    Apr 12, 2012, 10:24 AM EDT

    Donnie Walsh

    We all know the Dwight Howard soap opera in Orlando is simply on hiatus, set to return this summer and into next season — until he is traded or signs an extension. The crux of Howard’s hesitation with staying in Orlando is clearly this — he does not trust the Magic front office to build…

  10. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Close games and playoff races

    Apr 12, 2012, 9:35 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    What you missed while hiring a nude maid service…. Knicks 111, Bucks 107: In a must-win game for both teams, the Knicks got the stops and gutted out a win that likely sends them to the playoffs. Clippers 100, Thunder 98: On the ESPN studio show, injured Clippers guard Chauncey Billups said the key to…

  11. Video: Blake Griffin throws it down over Serge Ibaka

    Apr 12, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Griffin dunks the ball over Oklahoma City Thunder's Ibaka during their second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Wednesday night the Clippers were more than just a highlight factory, they were a team that started to live up to all that promise and found a way to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in Kevin Durant‘s house. It was a quality win. But of course, there were highlights, too. Like Chris Paul’s game winner.…

  12. Kevin Love spends night in hospital following concussion

    Apr 12, 2012, 8:02 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Kevin Love spent the night in a Denver area hospital as a precaution following him leaving Wednesday night’s game in the first quarter with a mild concussion and neck strain. While the team called it “mild” and said it was not serious, Love must now go through the league’s concussion protocol and be cleared by…

  13. Video: Chris Paul’s game-winning drive and layup

    Apr 12, 2012, 1:56 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    This play is so fantastically Chris Paul. He dribbles out as much clock as he can, not starting his move until there is 5 seconds left. He goes away from the pick so as not to go into the trap. He gets around his man then makes a little ball fake like he might pass…

  14. Video: PBT Extra, where it’s all playoff races, twitter questions

    Apr 12, 2012, 12:15 AM EDT

    Shawn Marion, Lamar Odom, Vince Carter

    Here is the latest edition of PBT extra, where the focus is on the playoffs. First I look at who will make it in each conference — out West, I like the Suns more than Denver — then we talk a little playoff matchups with your twitter questions. Oh, and of course there is some…

  15. Call it gritty, ugly, whatever — Knicks win over Bucks means playoffs (probably)

    Apr 11, 2012, 11:36 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    Early on Wednesday night it was all Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks offense, it was pretty. But against a feisty Bucks team you knew that wasn’t going to be enough. With these Knicks nothing comes easy. They were going to need defense. They were going to need someone to step up. They were going to…

  16. Mickael Pietrus returns for Celtics (but Ray Allen out)

    Apr 11, 2012, 9:37 PM EDT

    Celtics guard Pietrus reacts after a three point shot in the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta.

    On top of everything else seeming to go right for the Celtics, we have more good news — Mickael Pietrus returned for the team Wednesday night against Atlanta. But just because the karma in the universe must balance out, Ray Allen is out again for Boston with the same sore ankle that has bothered him…

  17. Hornets not planning to bring back Okafor this season

    Apr 11, 2012, 8:32 PM EDT

    Emeka Okafor, Kevin Love

    And really, why should they? Hornets coach Monty Williams was speaking to the media prior to his team’s “showdown” with the Kings said they do not plan to bring back Emeka Okafor at this point, reports the Times-Picayune. He said Okafor had an MRI Tuesday to see if things had improved… but don’t ask the…

  18. Dwyane Wade also thinks Olympians should be paid

    Apr 11, 2012, 7:12 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade Team USA Olympics

    Ray Allen — a guy with a gold medal at home but if he’s going to London this summer it is as a tourist — said yesterday that Olympians should be paid. Dwyane Wade — Team USA’s leading scorer from 2008 who almost certainly will be part of Team USA this summer — agrees. Here…

  19. Shaq to co-star in sequel to Adam Sandler’s “Grown Ups”

    Apr 11, 2012, 5:19 PM EDT

    2nd Annual Cartoon Network Hall Of Game Awards - Arrivals

    I’m not sure which is a stranger idea — that there will be a “Grown Ups 2” or that Shaquille O’Neal will star in it. But both of those things are happening, according to the Boston Globe (via IamaGM.com). Retired NBA star Shaquille O’Neal will costar in the sequel to Adam Sandler’s comedy, “Grown Ups,’’…

  20. Who gets the most “hockey assists” in the NBA?

    Apr 11, 2012, 4:59 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose, Paul Pierce

    In the NBA, the guy who makes the pass to set up a shooter gets an assist. But often you will see a point guard drive and draw the defense, kick out to a guy at the arc, who will then see the defense rotate and make a pass to a second open shooter who…

  21. Magic expect to have Dwight Howard back Friday night

    Apr 11, 2012, 4:36 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    Dwight Howard didn’t play for Orlando Tuesday night and they lost to the lowly Wizards. That says just about all you need to know about how good they are without Howard (and why ownership is so desperate to keep him). Expect Howard to suit up Friday night when the Magic take on the Hawks in…

  22. Steve Kerr takes himself out of Trail Blazers GM search

    Apr 11, 2012, 3:41 PM EDT

    Steve Kerr

    Steve Kerr — the former Suns general manager and current TNT analyst who reportedly was at the top of Portland’s list of potential GMs — has taken his name out of the running, reports the Oregonian after speaking to Kerr’s agent (via Hoopshype). After an informal phone interview last week, Steve Kerr has told the Trail…

  23. Report: Celtics to play preseason games in Istanbul, Milan

    Apr 11, 2012, 2:55 PM EDT

    istanbul

    We have no idea who will be on the Celtics roster next October when training camp opens. But we do know whoever it is will need working passports as part of training camp will be in Turkey and Italy. The Celtics will have part of their training camp and play some preseason games in Istanbul…

  24. LaMarcus Aldridge out Wednesday, how much longer unclear

    Apr 11, 2012, 2:39 PM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge, Marcus  Camby

    After he flew with a team trainer to Colorado to have his ailing hip looked at by a specialist, this really shouldn’t come as a surprise: LaMarcus Aldridge will not play Wednesday when the Blazers hos the Warriors, tweets Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com. The bigger question is how long he will be out. Doctors found…

  25. Chris Paul: Everyone loves Blake Griffin except those he dunked on

    Apr 11, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Not everyone loves Blake Griffin anymore. They did last year, when he burst on the scene and was throwing down monster dunks for an entertaining but ultimately harmless Clippers team. Then he went during the lockout and interned at Funny or Die and you realized the guy has a great sense of humor. But this…

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