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  1. Report: Odom asked Mavericks to buy him out last month

    Mar 19, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT

    Lamar Odom, Evan Turner, Lavoy Allen

    Lamar Odom is not a player that does a great job compartmentalizing his personal life from basketball. What happens off the court impacts him on it. With a host of personal issues — a car he was riding in last summer hitting and killing a boy in New York, a health scare with his father,…

  2. Mike D’Antoni wants to return to coaching next season

    Mar 19, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v New York Knicks

    Mike D’Antoni is leaving New York but he does not want to leave NBA coaching. Which isn’t really a surprise but is confirmed in a story by Marc Berman in the New York Post. But D’Antoni is not bitter he lost a power struggle with Anthony and hopes to coach next season, according to the…

  3. Monday And-1 links: LeBron, Thibodeau setting records

    Mar 19, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James walks off the court after the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Utah

    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). Sunday LeBron James scored 14 points, making it 400 consecutive games he has scored in double digits. That is eighth on the all-time list. If…

  4. Video: Blake Griffin takes seat in front row, drives up drycleaning bills

    Mar 19, 2012, 11:21 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    I suppose if you can afford front row seats to an NBA game, you can afford the dry cleaning bill that is going to come with Blake Griffin spilling beer all over you. Now, whether you can afford another beer at the Staples Center prices is another matter. (Why is it you pay more for…

  5. Derek Fisher still wants to play, is seeking contenders

    Mar 19, 2012, 9:55 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    Derek Fisher has gone through the waiver process — no team was going to absorb his full $3.4 million salary — and now has agreed to a buyout of his contract with the Houston Rockets. The Rockets got him in a trade deadline deal for Jordan Hill and a pick but Fisher asked to negotiate…

  6. Kevin Love, J.J. Barea have to be separated on bench

    Mar 19, 2012, 9:28 AM EDT

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

    Minnesota was a frustrated team Sunday — they were losing to the Kings, playing poorly and it outing like this that will have the Timberwolves on the outside looking in at the playoffs. And that caused everything to bubble over — during a fourth quarter timeout Kevin Love and J.J. Barea had to be separated…

  7. Quote of the Day: Doc Rivers has a great trade idea

    Mar 19, 2012, 8:12 AM EDT

    Doc Rivers

    “I thought we were going to get Gasol, Bynum and Kobe. But they turned down the second-round draft pick we offered.” — Celtics coach Doc Rivers, joking about the insanity of the rumors around the trade deadline. Thing is, you know somebody tried to work this out on the trade machine. Quote via IamaGM.com.

  8. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Bosh looks good in Heat victory

    Mar 19, 2012, 3:10 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Dwight Howard

    What you missed while thinking a new study proves your children are brilliant…. Heat 91, Magic 81: Everybody talks about the big man the Heat could use. We often underestimate Chris Bosh — he had 23 points on 13 shots. Dwyane Wade owned the fourth quarter with 14 of his 31 coming then, when the…

  9. Video: Donte Green, Jeremy Pargo with dunks of the day

    Mar 19, 2012, 12:27 AM EDT

    Donte Green

    Since you spent your Sunday watching the state of Ohio dominate college basketball (four of the Sweet 16) I wanted to bring you a couple of the dunks you missed from the NBA. But I couldn’t decide between Donte Green’s reverse for the Kings (above) or Jeremy Pargo making a Kevin Seraphin poster. So, we’re…

  10. Kobe understands Fisher trade better than some Lakers fans

    Mar 18, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Derek Fisher

    It’s a cold business with little room for sentimentality. Derek Fisher was part of the problem for the Lakers at the point guard spot. If the Lakers were going to have any shot at a ring they needed an upgrade — Ramon Sessions is an upgrade. A big upgrade. Steve Blake is a solid backup.…

  11. Video: Another day, another monster slam from Blake Griffin

    Mar 18, 2012, 12:02 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Blake Griffin is going to end his career mentioned with Vince Carter, Shawn Kemp and the other great in-game dunkers of the NBA at his peak. Because he does things like this every game. It helps to have Chris Paul feeding you and all, but this guy is a monster. Whether he finishes his career…

  12. USA Basketball coaches suddenly have extra time to prepare for Olympics

    Mar 17, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

    Krzyzewski & Kobe Bryant

    Jim Boeheim should be nervous. Let’s just say, I’m not betting on Syracuse next week. It’s been a tough week for three of the four coaches that will lead Team USA this summer in the 2012 Olympics in London — Mike Krzyzewski, Mike D’Antoni and Nate McMillan. Head coach Krzyzewski’s Duke Blue Devils screwed up…

  13. Video: Rudy Gay with cold-blooded three to force OT

    Mar 17, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

    Danilo Gallinari, Rudy Gay, Arron Afflalo

    Toronto beat Memphis Friday night, 114-111, but they had to work a little overtime to get it done. Why? Because Rudy Gay forced them to with a cold-blooded three in transition with no time on the clock. Great shot. Zach Randolph was back for this game and you get the feeling that once he gets…

  14. Report: Sixers buy out contract of Andres Nocioni

    Mar 17, 2012, 1:33 AM EDT

    Andres Nocioni, Jimmer Fredette, DeMarcus Cousins

    The 76ers had moved past Andres Nocioni — he had touched the court just once in the last seven games, and that was for a four-minute stretch. He’s played 56 minutes all season. So it shouldn’t come as a shock that the Sixers have bought out his contract Friday, as reported by Dei Lynam at…

  15. Who has the best hesitation move in the Association?

    Mar 16, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose LeBron James

    Fun video from the fine folks at NBA.com. I tend to agree it is Chris Paul or Derrick Rose, but they both use them so differently. With CP3 it’s like in that split second he soaks everything in then makes the best play for the team. Rose just uses it to blow by you before…

  16. Nets looking at short term, not building a solid foundation

    Mar 16, 2012, 7:28 PM EDT

    Billy King

    The Nets are moving to Brooklyn next season — they wanted to enter the nation’s largest market with a splash. They made a bold trade a year ago to get Deron Williams — giving up a lot of good prospects like Derrick Favors — in hopes they could use him and the looming bright lights…

  17. Clippers hold hour-long, closed-door meeting after ugly loss

    Mar 16, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin

    The Clippers blew a 12-point fourth quarter lead at home to a Phoenix Suns team playing without Steve Nash or Grant Hill. That is pretty much the textbook definition of an ugly loss. The Clippers have had a number of losses lately, most accompanied by some poor end-of-game execution. Take the ball out Chris Paul’s…

  18. John Wall has “Calipari won’t leave Kentucky” line down

    Mar 16, 2012, 5:19 PM EDT

    John+Calipari+John+Wall+Drexel+v+Kentucky+umo9l0Q82zBl

    Between now and June — or whenever the Knicks and Wizards get around to hiring their coaches for next season — we are going to get a lot of “John Calipari is leaving Kentucky” stories. He’s already spent considerable time before the first round of the NCAA Tournament trying to distance himself from the Knicks…

  19. Yankees legend Reggie Jackson talks clutch play, LeBron

    Mar 16, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

    Yankee Reggie Jackson

    In some sense, the debate about clutch play in basketball’s statistical community — who is good in the clutch, how you define clutch, if clutch play really even exists — is a moot point. Players and coaches believe it exists, therefore it does. You can argue that it doesn’t but there is at the very…

  20. Rockets to buy out contract of Derek Fisher

    Mar 16, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT

    fisher-kaman-flagrant-2

    The Lakers needed to move Derek Fisher for political reasons in the locker room — can you have a guy the Lakers fans love and the team signed because Kobe Bryant wanted him to sitting at the end of the bench? Almost never in the game? His play warrants him sitting, but fans won’t see…

  21. Video: Jeremy Lin, Landry Fields explain their handshake

    Mar 16, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    Mike Woodson might be trying to kill off “Linsanity” but we’re not done with it yet… well, actually, we kind of are with the hype. Truth be told. We’re just not sure the coming Baron Davis era is really a great improvement. What we are still down with is the Jeremy Lin/Landry Fields pregame handshake.…

  22. Grizzlies get Zach Randolph back Friday night

    Mar 16, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    Watch out — the Memphis Grizzlies are back. The Grizzlies that knocked off the Spurs in the playoffs and put a scare in the Thunder are back. Why? Because Friday night Zach Randolph is back in the lineup. He will play against the Raptors on Friday, something expected after a reportedly good practice Thursday with…

  23. Don’t expect the Hornets to buy out Chris Kaman

    Mar 16, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Chris Kaman, Nene

    The usual pattern goes like this: Team tries hard to trade overpriced veteran player, then if they find no takes they buy him out after the trade deadline. Then he signs elsewhere for the minimum (or fades into the sunset) That’s not going to be the pattern with Chris Kaman of the Hornets. New Orleans…

  24. Louisiana to announce new lease deal with Hornets

    Mar 16, 2012, 12:44 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v New Orleans Hornets

    David Stern says there are buyers lined up to take the Hornets off the league’s hands and start running them like a real franchise. But there was a pesky issue in the way — the league wanted a new, more favorable lease on the New Orleans Arena. Which is owned by the state. That lease…

  25. Deron Williams makes it clear he will become free agent

    Mar 16, 2012, 11:43 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    Ultimately, Dwight Howard wanted to stay in Orlando and — after a couple days of ridiculous flip-flopping — he decided to “opt in.” (Technically he waived his right to opt-out of his contract, but we’ll go with opt-in.) Dwight Howard has a loyalty to Orlando that overcame everything else. Deron Williams has no such loyalty…

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