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  1. With this season done, will Jeremy Lin be a Knick next season?

    Apr 1, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v New York Knicks

    Now what, Jeremy Lin? I don’t mean the next six weeks — that is surgery and rehab for the torn meniscus in his knee. He’ll work hard with the hopes of joining the Knicks in the playoffs. But by the time he is back and able to really help, it may well be too late.…

  2. Video: Brandon Jennings’ behind-the-back, twisting layup

    Apr 1, 2012, 12:56 AM EDT

    Bucks' Jennings goes to the basket against Bulls' Brewer during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    This was the best shot of the night…. well, second best. Anthony Davis of Kentucky had the best. But Brandon Jennings was impressive on this break against the Grizzlies. Unfortunately there was not enough of this for the Bucks, who need to start racking up a lot of wins if they plan to catch the…

  3. Kobe has day only Kobe could have, caps it with game winner

    Mar 31, 2012, 8:11 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Saturday was vintage Kobe… or at least vintage 2012 Kobe. He looked tired — as he has a lot lately, which is why we have all watched his shooting percentages drop — and started the game 0-for-15 shooting with zero points through three quarters. Yes, you read that right. Zero points on 15 missed shots.…

  4. Dwyane Wade’s nephew shot in wave of violence in Chicago

    Mar 31, 2012, 2:34 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade poses during media day at the team's training camp in Miami

    Heat star Dwyane Wade’s nephew was one of 13 people shot — two fatally — in a violence spree in Chicago. Wade said that he learned of what happened Thursday night and said his nephew was on his mind as he dropped 30 on the Toronto Raptors in a Heat win Friday night. From the…

  5. Grizzlies’ owner promises not to sell team if goal is to move it

    Mar 30, 2012, 11:40 PM EDT

    Image (1) Heisley-thumb-275x393-14169.jpeg for post 2659

    Basically, Michael Heisley has promised not to be Howard Schultz. Reports had surfaced that billionaire Larry Ellison is sniffing around the Memphis Grizzlies, looking to buy them. Which scared Grizzlies fans because Ellison has been looking for a team to move to San Jose. There’s a few reasons that is not going to happen, but…

  6. Video: Michael Jordan holes one out from 55 feet

    Mar 30, 2012, 10:55 PM EDT

    Jordan golf

    Usually if we are talking about a 55-footer on this site, Jordan Farmar — or some other long-shot specialist — hoisted one up from the other side of half court to beat the buzzer and it happened to fall. Like say Dwyane Wade. But in this case we’re talking Bobcats owner Michael Jordan…. who as…

  7. Video: Wojnarowski’s NBA weekend preview

    Mar 30, 2012, 8:12 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski swung by NBC SportsTalk to discuss the big games over the weekend: Chicago vs. Oklahoma City, Miami vs. Boston. They totally left out the Bobcats vs. Pistons matchup on Saturday. I’m sure that was an oversight. We really like the Pistons in what promises to be one of the most beautifully…

  8. Marbury drops 41 to lead team to Chinese basketball title

    Mar 30, 2012, 7:19 PM EDT

    stephon marbury china

    Stephon Marbury has a chip. Marbury led his Beijing Ducks to a 4-1 series win over Aaron Brooks and the Guangdong Hongyuan by dropping 41 points in the fifth and final game of the championship series. Marbury was emotional (as you can see from the clip below), like a guy who was invested in a…

  9. Stop guessing, Rasheed Wallace says he will stay retired

    Mar 30, 2012, 6:20 PM EDT

    rasheed_wallace

    Rasheed Wallace will not be back in the NBA this season. If we had to guess, he will never be back. He worked out for the Heat and reportedly had talks with the Lakers. But now we have this from Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida. Barring sudden change of heart, indications are Rasheed Wallace…

  10. Clippers’ Reggie Evans fined $25,000 for obscene gesture

    Mar 30, 2012, 3:57 PM EDT

    Reggie Evans

    Reggie Evans was trying to be subtle. It wasn’t that subtle. Stu Jackson — NBA VP and administrator of justice — noticed and on Friday fined Evans $25,000 for an obscene gesture during the Clippers win on Tuesday over the Hornets. Evans tried the old “I’m not flipping you the bird, I’d scratching my face…

  11. NBA players part of new Christian sports apparel company

    Mar 30, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v New York Knicks

    There are some very devout Christians playing and coaching in the NBA. Maybe the most visable is Warriors coach Mark Jackson, who also is minister of a church in Los Angeles. But the NBA does not have a guy whose faith is so tied to his persona as is the case with Tim Tebow. But…

  12. Looks like Bernard King missed out on Hall of Fame again

    Mar 30, 2012, 2:23 PM EDT

    bernard-king-608

    The official announcement isn’t until Monday, but word is leaking out about this year’s class for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. For example, Don Nelson is deservedly in. Bernard King — Knicks legend and one of the better pure scorers the game has ever seen — did not make the cut with voters, reports…

  13. LeBron’s pregame music: Wu-Tang, Jay-Z and some DMX

    Mar 30, 2012, 2:09 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Philadelphia 76ers

    When you think of LeBron’s pregame ritual, you probably think of the chalk toss he stole from MJ. But music is part of it, too, long before he takes the court. It’s that way with a lot of players. They sit at their locker wearing Beats by Dre listening to whatever and getting into a…

  14. Timberwolves owner says Kevin Love no Kevin Garnett. Yet.

    Mar 30, 2012, 1:12 PM EDT

    Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves competes in the three-point contest during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    Kevin Love is putting up video game numbers in March — averaging 31.2 points per game and having double-doubles in nine straight games. It’s led to a lot of hype — too much hype. Like saying this puts Love in the MVP discussion. He’s had an All-Star season, but a guy on a below .500…

  15. Andray Blatche’s mom says her son’s problem is himself

    Mar 30, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

    DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors shot is blocked by Washington Wizards' Blatche during their NBA game in Washington

    Tough love. Andray Blatche’s mom loves her son, and it cannot be easy for any parent to hear their child get booed by 15,000 people (or however many actually show up for Wizards games now days). Especially when she knows her son tends to respond better to positive reinforcement than negative. Blatche told the Washington…

  16. Rip Hamilton could return to Bulls lineup Friday

    Mar 30, 2012, 12:07 PM EDT

    Richard Rip Hamilton

    Bulls fans are not going to believe it until they see him and his mask walk out on the court — and even then they may not be sure. But Richard Hamilton could return to the Bulls lineup Friday night. The Bulls are being their usually overly-cautious selves regarding discussing injuries, but here is what…

  17. Friday And-1 links: Final word on Bynum’s three from Kupchak

    Mar 30, 2012, 11:32 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    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. • Right now, Andrew Bynum’s ill-advised three Tuesday seems like the least of the…

  18. With it time to write checks, Maloofs balk at Sacramento arena plan

    Mar 30, 2012, 10:53 AM EDT

    sacramento arena

    As has followed the long-standing pattern with the Maloof family — or at least half of the Maloof family — when it comes time to talk money on a Sacramento Arena deal to keep the Kings in that city, the family wants to get and not give. But this time it may not matter because…

  19. Dallas’ gunner Jason Terry says Heat on his free agent radar

    Mar 30, 2012, 9:53 AM EDT

    Jason Terry

    Miami is becoming the team where veterans who are willing to play for less want to go to win a ring. You can add Dallas’ Jason Terry to the list. The Mavericks’ second leading scorer is a free agent this summer — he didn’t get a contract extension as part of Dallas’ effort to free…

  20. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Pacers will take any win they can get

    Mar 30, 2012, 8:38 AM EDT

    John Wall, Danny Granger

    What you missed while deciding if you want to buy a bacon coffin… Heat 106, Mavericks 85: This felt a lot more 2006 finals rematch than 2011. It was one of our games of the night. Thunder 102, Lakers 93: In case you had any doubt the Thunder are the team to beat in the…

  21. Grant Hill to have minor knee surgery, may miss rest of season

    Mar 30, 2012, 8:05 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

    In a blow to the already fading playoff hopes of the Phoenix Suns, they are going to be without Grant Hill for most if not all of the rest of the season. Hill is set to have his knee scoped out on Friday, reports Paul Coro at the Arizona Republic. A magnetic resonance imaging test…

  22. “New” Lakers still not as good as same ol’ Thunder

    Mar 30, 2012, 2:43 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Matt Barnes

    This was supposed to be a statement game for the “new” Lakers — new coach, new system, new emphasis on defense and now a new point guard to organize it all. The Thunder, they didn’t change much of anything from last year. Well, the game was a statement all right — the Thunder are much…

  23. Heat, Mavs remind us they are not the same Heat, Mavs teams

    Mar 30, 2012, 12:11 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Wade is congratulated by teammate Chalmers after he scored against Dallas Mavericks during their NBA game in Miami

    It was, by definition, a rematch of the NBA finals from last June. It sure didn’t feel like it. Because these are the same franchises and the same uniforms, but they are not the same teams. The Miami Heat got a comfortable win, 106-85, playing with more energy than we have seen in recent weeks.…

  24. Video: Steve Nash says “anything is possible” with free agency

    Mar 29, 2012, 9:03 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    Steve Nash was a guest on NBC’s SportsTalk on Thursday and talked about the Suns and their push for the playoffs… But that’s not what most of you care about. You want to know about what jersey Nash is going to put on next season. Nash stuck to his script — he’ll looks hard at…

  25. Video: The Nuggets’ bizarre pregame screaming ritual

    Mar 29, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    Honestly, I have no idea what to make of this. But it amuses me. Thank you so much Dan Devine from Ball Don’t Lie for finding this, um, nugget. Here is the description of what is going on from Nuggets.com. When the pregame clock goes under 4 minutes, Nuggets equipment manager Sparky Gonzalez shouts “3:59,…

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